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  1. 4 points
    Dr. Sasho Mackenzie had a quote in the March issue of Golf magazine that I liked. Listen, there'll always be science-deniers and the belief that none of what I or other researchers do is necessary. They're going to be eroded away. There'll be fewer and fewer of these people once the community realizes that science and technology are simply about learning and understanding better ways to swing a golf club. I no longer feel bad for the instructors who fight it, because the information's out there. If they've got a theory that's different from mine, fine. I'm open-minded. I'll listen. Maybe I've made a mistake, but if they don't have an argument other than, "I believe in my method," then okay. I can't do anything else. We can't have a logical debate. I just feel bad for the golfers they're teaching. Emphasis mine. Unfortunately, another quote applies: You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into.
  2. iacas

    2019 Newport Cup

    The 2019 Newport Cup Las Vegas, NV* So, just a quick note to say that @mvmac and I are looking at having the 2019 Newport Cup, a six-on-six Ryder Cup-style event in mid- to late-October, 2019 in or very near to Las Vegas, NV. Follow this topic if you'd like to stay apprised, and begin thinking of what you might say in your candidate video. * The event as a whole and the location are both tentative but likely at this point. All are encouraged to apply, but teams will likely still be comprised of 10 handicappers or less (it simply makes everything easier). While we'll encourage as many new players, we're not opposed to players making their second or third recent appearance. Costs will likely be the same as the last time - about $700 plus however you choose to get there. Regarding "goodies" we're not looking to top what we've done in the past, but Mike and I like goodies too. 🙂 Competition time frame is mid- to late-October, 2019, with teams chosen by mid-August. Format will likely be similar to 2017, with some small changes likely coming to the "Challenge Ball" idea. I may update this bullet list as I think of other things, or things change. That's all I have for now. You can't officially begin applying now, but you can denote your interest, and you can "follow" the topic so that you get instant updates. https://thesandtrap.com/newport-cup/
  3. JuanTheGolfer

    LECOM Suncoast Classic Tournament

    If any of you are going to the Web.com event this week in Bradenton/Sarasota at Lakewood National...and you have a few minutes... stop by the Volunteer Headquarters which is to the right of admissions and give me a shout. I am working this event all week serving as the Chair of the Volunteer Headquarters team. If you are going you can follow Angel Cabrera, Mike Weir, Ricky Barnes, Mavericak McNealy, .... lots of great players in this first Web.com event in the USA in calendar year 2019.
  4. phillyk

    Kuchar Pays Caddie $5k, Is Shamed, Pays $50k

    This. I can't believe how blown up this whole thing is. My first thought when I saw this thread a while back was "who cares?" Honestly is none of my business how much one makes or doesn't make, doesn't matter if he won or MC'd. They had a contract, Kuchar fulfilled it's terms. The caddy just wants more than what he signed on for, which makes sense, but it should not make Kuchar look bad at all.
  5. Big C

    2019 Newport Cup

    I had a blast in the 2015 Newport Cup, and found it to be a great blend of competitive golf and camaraderie. Erik and Mike spent a lot of time and preparation to make sure it was really a first class event. I'd love to participate again at some point down the line, but I'm afraid 2019 may not be the year for me. I spent most of my "golf capital" (both financial and intangible) on a four day trip to Bandon Dunes, Oregon last month - which was amazing in it's own right. That said, you never know how things will shake out, so I'll keep an eye on this thread and may even toss in an application when the time comes for that.
  6. sjduffers

    2019 Newport Cup

    Alright. You guys asked for it! It will be a challenge for sure (probably greater than the golf part)...
  7. nevets88

    Tiger Woods Master Catch-All Discussion

  8. coachjimsc

    2019 Newport Cup

    I'll just add this link to this post I wrote summing up my 2017 Newport Cup experience... Other than all that it was ahhight. 😀 Best golf trip I've ever been on. @iacasand @mvmac put on a terrific event. Hopefully I'm fortunate enough to be selected for this one.
  9. iacas

    Kuchar Pays Caddie $5k, Is Shamed, Pays $50k

    I don't believe that the sum total of the payments to the caddie were $3k. I also don't think that Kuchar having made $45M in his career is relevant. A Snickers bar costs $1.79 to a billionaire and a poor person alike.
  10. OK, Tiger Woods is in this one. I checked. There's video evidence. Genesis Open PGA TOUR And it looks like Woods is in the featured groups on PGA Live coverage: Featured Groups: Genesis Open Tiger Woods was 16 when he made his PGA TOUR debut at Riviera Country Club in ’92. As he makes his 13th start at the Genesis this week, it remains the only tournament he has played 10 or more times without winning... Ooaaff, you duffed it. No mercy.
  11. gbogey

    Heckled More At Riviera: Kuchar Or Garcia

    Sergio will get the boos because he's much less liked, but Kuchar may have taken a bigger reputation hit.
  12. GolfLug

    Heckled More At Riviera: Kuchar Or Garcia

    Sergio. After the last round of shenanigans, I don't think I will ever miss seeing him if he never shows up.
  13. jamo

    2019 Newport Cup

    I added myself in! Not entirely sure I'll be able to go (I've got a few other vacations planned), but I'm sure come application time my schedule will be clearer. Should be a lot of fun again!
  14. Day 365 - February 13, 2019 - Good session today with about eight crappy balls (doing the right thing, not caring much about the results), and then eight more well hit balls just emphasizing one thing a little bit more. One year!
  15. boogielicious

    Sergio DQ - Damaged Greens

  16. boogielicious

    Over Under On Improvement In 1 Month

    Typical geographically challenged Southerner. A 'Yankee' first referred to someone from New England. Albany can only see New England across the Hudson. And to add insult to injury, to folks across the pond, you are a Yank too!
  17. HJJ003

    2019 Newport Cup

    Man I hope to be good enough for this one day.
  18. Vader

    Adding Sims to my Existing Bar/Restaurant

    Here in Johnson County Kansas, there is a lot of money. My town, Olathe has money, but not quite the elite money of other towns inthe county. I would think we could get some 7 figure people in here that live 3-5 miles away in town. But I think because there is nothing like it within 3 hours, we could cater to all sorts of people. Leagues, amateurs that are afraid of real golf, buddies that want to drink as much as golf, there are a ton of high schools within 30 minutes, and just the "Top Golf" type people (pure entertainment), and there are a ton of companies that do team building all over here. To me, it's all about marketing correctly. I shoot in high 70's to mid 80's and love real golf, but after playing 18 on a TruGolf sim, I was hooked. The exit feeling I got was just insane and just like leaving the real course. I wanted that 3 wood on 14 back, and that approach I duffed back. And I was a bit tired too. I want a overhead camera system for many reasons. Accuracy, no theft like a Skytrack, aesthetics, stability, and left/right capabilities. And my place would not be just a bar/restaurant for golf lovers because it would be separated by a foot thick brick wall. I think this is very important to keep my place as more than just a golf bar. I really want to thank all of you for taking time out of your day to chime in. It is invaluable info.
  19. NM Golf

    2019 Newport Cup

    Being that Las Vegas is in my neck of the woods, I would love to attend another Newport Cup. My handicap is good to go and that is the absolute best time of the year for me as far as not being busy. Very interested!
  20. klineka

    2019 Newport Cup

    I definitely plan on applying! My handicap will likely be towards the upper end (probably 7-9) but I do plan on practicing a lot more this year than I have previously, so I don't think I should have any issue in keeping my handicap under 10. Based on everything I have read from the 2017 Newport Cup, it sounds like an awesome event.
  21. To go a bit further on what I was saying before… Consider this: Here's a normal graph showing normal scores for a course playing under normal conditions. It's normalized for the fact that the average score is not the 8 of 20 rounds that account for your handicap, and will serve as the baseline for understanding how the adjustments will work. So here's a normal day on a 73.0/133 rated course. Don't read into the numbers much - I'm making numbers that make it easier for me to make a graph. The point is the relative differences in the lines. So let's say there's a difficult day on the course - perhaps the greens are a bit faster, the rough is a bit thicker than usual, or the wind is up a bit, but the course is playing about the same yardage - and the scores are more closely represented by the orange line. If there are a lot of scores, you'll see an adjustment like this made to the standard scoring line (in grey): You can see here that the slope must have likely increased, while the course rating likely changed by only 0.1 or 0.2 points, given the intercept of the grey line is still nearly 0.0. Now let's say there's a very bad day on the course: The adjustment may very well be the same as the "bad day" despite the trend line being much higher. Why? Well, perhaps significantly fewer golfers played on the "Very Bad Day" - maybe it was raining, windy, and miserable. The few golfers who played shot predictably much worse scores, but the data is too thin to make any massive changes. The handicapping system won't move the needle (the course rating/slope combo) very much if it doesn't have a lot of data to back it up. Now, let's consider a Very Bad Day with a lot of players - maybe it's the club championship. The greens are slick, the tees are back, the rough is thick, and the holes are cut in the corners: Because the course might see 150 people playing that day, and because the scores are higher, the adjustment may be quite a bit higher. In this graph, the slope changed to perhaps 145 (from 133) while the course rating might change to 74.5 (from 73.0). Because of the large sample size AND the large change from expected scoring, the algorithm can be somewhat aggressive in making an adjustment. How's the math work out? Normally, shooting a 90 on the par 72 layout gets you a differential of (90-73.0)*(113/133) = 14.4. To get a 14.4 differential during the fictitious club championship, a golfer needs only to shoot 14.4*145/113+74.5 = 93. A score of 90 would yield a differential that day of 12.1. An easy day with a relative large sample size of scores? Maybe that's the adjustment: the course rating drops to 72.9 and the slope to 129 or something. Now, again, this is all subject to change, and I'm intentionally leaving some parts out. Plus, I did this pretty quickly, as I have other things to do today, so again the numbers on the charts are pretty irrelevant - I just wanted to make graphs, so just mostly look at the lines, and consider the sides of the graphs as handicap versus score over par without attaching the actual numbers to them. P.S. One additional note: the above, even with the "small sample size," assumes a minimum sample size has been met. If you have a day when only 30 golfers play, only 20 of which have handicaps… odds are pretty damn small that you're going to see any adjustment made.
  22. NCGolfer

    2019 Newport Cup

    I've been lucky to enjoy this competition more than once...the first one many, many moons ago. Erik and Mike did a great job last year putting this together at some awesome courses and added some excellent swag as well. You never know what to expect going into a golf trip never meeting anyone before but I have to say all the guys were great and would have absolutely no reservations on doing it again (except playing @DeadMan every round) and hope some new blood will get to enjoy this experience.
  23. gbogey

    100 Yard Options

    What worked for me - for a few weeks when I didn't have time to play, I went to the range, bought the largest bucket they had (150 balls or so), and did nothing but hit various wedges different distances. Didn't take a single full swing. After about 5 of these sessions my wedge play from 30-110 yards improved immensely.
  24. DeadMan

    2019 Newport Cup

    I will agree with a lot of others who have already chimed in here. It's a great event, and you should seriously think about applying to attend if you meet the criteria. It's basically a golf trip with your buddies that's more competitive than a normal golf trip. I will definitely be applying because it was so much fun last time.
  25. iacas

    2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Discussion Thread

    Why? If two players want to play on, why shouldn't they be allowed to? You'd also miss out on moments like…
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