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  1. I'll take the bet. It would be quite a story to tell in prison.
  2. Yeah, I get that. I’d be tempted, but realistically even if the odds for me were dead even, the upside isn’t worth the downside. 5 years in prison would have a much larger negative impact on my life, than $5 million would have in improving it.
  3. 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 $750-800 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/ Edit: Add the appropriate "Candidate" badge/award to yourself here: https://thesandtrap.com/forums/topic/99617-2019-newport-cup/?do=findComment&comment=1421967 Thank you!
  4. 8 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.
  5. Winter golf in the Frigid Mitten involves finding an open course, dressing in layers and accepting sub-optimal conditions. One won't get much roll in the fairway Casual "water" can be an issue And the greens will have some loose impediments Digging your ball out of a bad lie can require a bit of club cleaning Unless it is snowing, the courses can look very playable And you run the risk of running into some crazy old guy wandering around on the course. [Photos taken 2/5/2019 at Huron Hills Golf Course, Ann Arbor, MI]
  6. “That Rule is So Unfair!” A Rules Geek’s Generalized Guide to Hot Takes and Overreactions | Rules Geeks I apologize for the length of this post. If I had more time I’d have written a shorter one. – Erik J. Barzeski “That Haotong Li penalty was an outrage! He didn’t gain an adv… My reasons against a lot of the "hot takes" by fans over rules issues are: They Get The Rule Wrong They Don’t Appreciate that Rules Cover Many Situations They Don’t Understand the Reasoning Behind the Rules They Don’t Understand the Underlying Principles They Misuse the Word “Fair” They Assume Intent Matters They Think “The Spirit of the Rule” Matters They Side With the Players Take a few minutes to read it. I'd love to hear what y'all think (in the comments over there).
  7. To me, a pro not knowing the rules is like an accountant not learning about the new tax laws. When they don't understand the rules, they feel dumb and go on the attack, "rules are unfair", it's just ignorant.
  8. Yes indeed, what a great game golf is and a game that, for the most part can last a lifetime. I'm a senior golfer living in central British Columbia and I finished the last season with a nine handicap. I'm a member of a semi private club, the golf course plays to a par 71 and is always in beautiful condition. Our course is heavily bunkered and water comes into play on numerous holes. I started swinging a golf club when I was around 6 or 7, I lived on a small island off the coast of Scotland and in the mid 50's golf was only for the well to do folks. Our home backed onto the only golf course on the island so I was able to sneak on, find a couple of balls under the gorse bushes and whack away. I'm in my early 70's fully retired now and I will play around 12 rounds a month. Last Summer I had a ten day period where I just simply played the best golf of my life, I shot my age four times and bettered my age ( 73 ) twice ,,, totally unexpected but as we all know " on any given day " ,, I mean it didn't take long to get back to normal scores ( my average would be around 77 ). I'm extremely thankful for what I have, my wife who is not a golfer is my biggest fan I tee it up regularly with a super group of guys and we are basically all in the same handicap range. We have 112 senior members at my club and only 18 with single digit handicaps and last season I won the Super Senior Championship with rounds of 77 - 76. At my wife's encouragement last Winter I was professionally fitted for a set of irons at GolfTec ,,, what a wonderful experience that was. The fitter was one of the best in the Province and we spent a good deal of quality time together. The fitter was absolutely meticulous, I've always been a big fan of Mizuno golf equipment so I chose Mizuno. We narrowed it down to two models, the forged and the " Hot Metal " and I really must say that after testing both seven irons with the same shaft and using my play ball I just couldn't tell the two clubs one from another, I chose the " Hot Metal ". But as we all know it's mostly all about shafts these days, we chose UST Mamiya recoil 95's F4, I was quite surprised when the fitter said we were going with a stiff shaft. He finished the irons off with a Golf Pride MCC Plus 4 grip, they are wonderful grips. I had a set of Pingi3 irons with graphite shafts we checked the degree of loft in my new Mizuno 7 iron against my Pings ,,, identical but I was ten yards + longer with my new Mizunos. Golf ,, so different from other sports, I was a hell of a good right winger in my soccer team years ago but all in all you just can't play that game and many others ( football, tennis, ice hockey etc, etc, ) when you are in your senior years. So roll on the new season, probably around six weeks away, can't wait. I've been blessed with good health and I've had the opportunity to play some great courses over the years ( The Old Course at St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Turnberry, Royal Troon, La Costa to name a few ). I will make only one change in equipment for the new season, my putter, I've had the same old Nickent " Pipe " putter for ten years and I'd gladly replace it if I could but I've never been able to find a replacement. I came across a Mizuno / Bettinardi mallet style putter that I purchased so that will be about the only change for 2019. In the meantime to those of you that live in warmer climates and are out there hit them long and straight and others like myself waiting for the snow to disappear hang in there ,, won't be long. Oh by the way for lessons on how to dig up a few bunkers and greens check out Mr. Garcia he's a friggin expert at it ,,, the as@#$%e ,,,,, Cheers guys.
  9. 5 points
    I am constantly critiquing myself. I give a lot of good lessons. Lessons about which I feel I did really well. Lessons I'd give myself an "A" for giving; not an A+, mind you, which almost never happens. But As and A-s. And I'm a pretty harsh grader. But today I gave a C+ lesson that I may have recovered and turned into a B+ lesson, if only by recognizing it early enough. The details are unimportant, but basically, I found myself talking about something that was probably priority #3 or #4 for the guy. It had to do with hand speed, when really his focus is on his turn and hip drive/slide. He asked a question, and rather than my usual vocal "That's not something we need to worry about now" (or some variant of that), I answered it. Then when I was done I recognized that I'd said too much, that it was unrelated, and I backtracked a bit by saying something like this: "Look, I just made a mistake, so I'm hoping you can overcome that by forgetting all of what I just said, because it's not related to what I'm trying to get you to do today." Then I spent extra time really simplifying even further and re-iterating the two things I wanted him to focus on quite a bit. More than I might usually do (and I repeat things a lot in a lesson). I think that being very critical of myself is important, and today I slipped into one of the things I'm most likely to slip into: giving away too much information. It's not about the "giving away" - it's about how if the student is only going to remember three things from a lesson, I don't want one of those three things to be the irrelevant stuff where I just talk about swing theory or something that's not super-specific and super-fitting for them right then. I'll probably follow up with the guy later on, too, to re-iterate the two thoughts I want him to focus on even more. 🙂 So, a bad lesson in my mind. The student was happy, but I was beating myself up in my head.
  10. If it made JB Holmes play faster, I'd buy him a track suit to wear!
  11. Also, speaking as a lifelong FL native who grew up in the Panhandle and lives in Central FL, our state is full of nutjobs of every type. Seriously. It's an angry mob of carnies. Now some folks will say they live here and disagree (that's how you know they're one of them).
  12. Not "since he's wealthy," but yes, we "get to judge" how generous he should be with his money like we "get to judge" ... basically anything. Yes. I don't know if "shame" is the word I'd use, but if Company X brings in profit hand over fist and pays its employees the dead-bare minimum, I have no issue with trying my best to steer clear of them.
  13. I'll be following closely. For those who may be new to TST, or who haven't paid attention to previous Newport Cup competitions, I can tell you that this event is just about the most fun I've ever had related to golf. I have met players from all over the country, and I feel like each one became a new friend. Thanks in advance to @mvmac and @iacas for all the hard work I know it must take to put this together. One small detail, Erik, the Newport Cup webpage needs to be updated just a bit, it doesn't show the winner of the 2017 competition.
  14. iacas

    Bunker Question

    You can move a loose impediment in the bunker these days, but not if your ball moves (and not by marking and replacing). If your ball moves when removing a loose impediment anywhere but the putting green or the teeing area, you incur a one-stroke penalty. http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules/rules-2019/rules-of-golf/rules-and-interpretations.html#!ruletype=fr&section=rule&rulenum=15&subrulenum=1
  15. Dumb take. Dumb take. In other words… "shut up, guys."
  16. 2. I have a brush on my bag. 7. I have white shorts and a couple white belts. 16. I have alignment sticks, but I play a lot of competitive golf. I once had a guy on the first tee of a tournament, poke fun at me for my white shorts and belt. It went like this: Him: Smartass comment about my golfing attire Me: "Have you ever had a guy in a white belt hit it 50 yards past you and beat you by 15 strokes" Him: "Nope" Me: "Well then you might want to pay attention today" He didn't have much else to say after that and I hit it 70 yards past him and beat him by more than 15 shots. I like my white belt, If you come at me with smartass comment you better have the game to back it up.
  17. 100% chance I try that shot....90% chance I regret it lol.
  18. NOTES FROM TODAYS LESSON PART ONE: BACKSWING STUFF Main Problems: 1. I was over-doing my back leg/hip pivot. My hip is so far to my lead side-I could not bump it toward the target in transition. 2. My neck was kinking to the left causing bad things. Fix: 1. Less extreme back leg straightening (minor) 2. Fix head/neck (major). My feeling- must keep bill of hat “square to the ground”. Also don’t let neck kink left. I actually got a bigger shoulder turn and bigger swing arc when I turned my hips less. Plus it looks much better. As soon as this changed, I felt as if I had a lot more space/freedom to hit the ball. PART TWO: DOWNSWING STUFF MAJOR-Must bump hips toward target laterally-NOT DOWNWARD Very scrunched on the left, pivot slowing down. Feeling: Reverse-C through impact while posting lead leg. Side note: my hips rotated more through impact. This was a side effect. Not an active feeling. Wrists were still flipping too early. Keep club from turning over just a little longer
  19. 4 points
    I think you summed up the why do use caddies pretty well in three reasons: Pack mule / course maintenance GPS / course scout / game manager Emotional Support / Coaching I think the real question is why do pros maintain a regular caddie as opposed to using someone different each week. I think the answer is obviously NOT #1 and obviously YES to #3. But I think #2 is an interesting issue. I would imagine most tour stops have good local caddies - I must assume that Riviera has some good caddies that really know the course so well they might be an advantage over a regular caddie - think the guy Crenshaw used at Augusta. But I would guess some of the issues with using a local caddie are: 1) there's probably not one for the entire field; 2) how do you know / do you have confidence that you are getting a good one? Still I'm a little surprised no head strong pro has tried the "local caddie" strategy. Maybe because there might be more downside than upside. I don't know if this will work but this links to an article from two years ago where a tour pro talks about what the tour would be like if there were no caddies. Undercover Tour Pro: What If We Had To Play Without Caddies? - Golf Digest Here's the question: What would the World Ranking look like if we had to carry our bags? No caddies. Also, FWIW, there was an interview podcast last year with Webb Simpson's caddie right after he won the Players. He talked about one of the things he does to prepare for a big round is prepare a list of non-golf things to talk about to keep Webb from thinking about golf every minute of the round.
  20. To me, all it comes down to is this: Kuchar, a pretty darn well-off person, had an opportunity to do something nice for someone less well-off than he is - someone who played a part in him winning a golf tournament, and someone he seemed to have a good time with, despite the language barrier, on the golf course for a week - and he decided not to. He fulfilled their agreed-upon obligation, yes, but he could have taken the opportunity to do more and he declined, despite the near-insignificant impact it would have had his own life. That says something about Kuchar's character far more than does him saying "gosh golly" after a missed putt.
  21. https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules/rules-2019/rules-of-golf/rule-17.html That quote is from the link, near the bottom of the page- just under the graphics shown. I’m pretty sure this applies, but an expert can certainly correct me if I’m wrong. Looks to me he is allowed to drop in the penalty area. If he doesn’t like the drop, or just wants to abandon playing from the penalty area, he also can take relief outside the penalty area, with additional penalty.
  22. The other day I was playing, and my wife was with me . she was not playing, just driving the cart. I was playing with a couple of strangers, and was holding my own, score wise. My wife was watching, and keeping my score. During our time together during this round, we talked vey little about golf. We spent the time discussing family stuff. Like any family, our family is going through some stuff, both good, and bad. Three family members, representing three generations are dealing with some serious medical issues. Occasionally she would tell me athat I hit a good shot. On other occassions she would look at me, and hold her nose, and laugh a little. On two shots, she was more specific calling me a "lucky shit". As I finished up on the 18th green, and was walking back to the cart, I noticed what appeared to be, my Special Lady wiping a tear, or two from her eyes. I asked what the problem was. She told me it was nothing, that she was just remembering that just a few years ago, she and other experts believed that due to my poor physical health, that golf was not going to be a part my future. The tears were there because she had finally seen, that I had truly beaten the odds. That my passion for the game had helped to make me healthier, beyond medical expectations. The fact that she had me down for a 78, and winning enough skins for a nice lunch together afterwards, was also a plus. We all play this game for various reasons. We all have different styles of play. We all have different abilities. We all take away something different after a round of play. Me, I play to stay healthy, which is a "serious" enough reason for me. The fun part is just extra gravy.
  23. Selection of clubs always has some kind of trade-off, its difficult to keep perfectly consistent yardage gaps between clubs. I've made a choice to keep more wedges, and accept that I have larger yardage gaps at the long end of the bag. On the other hand, its a great idea to be able to hit partial shots with a number of different clubs, especially at the short end of the bag. @chspeed has a couple of great recommendations: identify yardages for different swing feels with the clubs you have buy Lowest Score Wins for great advice about this and other topics around learning and playing the game. Buy | Lowest Score Wins .com Visit the post for more.
  24. I have a temper. Got it from my dad. Not at people, but at situations. Lost keys, dropped glass, missed shot in golf, etc. Short, volatile explosion. Yelling, cursing, throwing objects (not breaking things). I always rationalized it by saying it was cathartic, got it out of my system. What my wife finally made me realize that it wasn't about me, it was about those around me. It made them feel bad, awkward, etc. I finally saw it when I witnessed this type of reaction by a guy I play in a tennis drill class with. I saw my own actions through the eyes of others. It was eye opening. Also, I have had previous heart attacks. Good now, but doctor says to reduce stress. So I did what few do. I changed. I no longer let things get to me. I am calmer. I can't control the action, but I can control my reaction. I get the frustration. But act like a father to be. Your kids watch what you do much more than what you say. My kids, who used to be afraid of making me mad, now say that they are not afraid of my reactions anymore and are proud of my new found restraint. So it is possible to change, you just have to make the decision to do it. Hope Sergio can, but few I know have actually done it. It is hard, but it gets easier the more you do it. Like a swing change, just needs a lot of reps.
  25. Good demonstration of how scientifically illiterate we have become if anyone considers this as even somewhat scientific.
  26. I don't get bothered by athletes (they have their lives, I have mine) but I see how people find him annoying with the whole "scientist" thing. I consider anyone with a career in physics, medical/biological research, most engineering, and many other fields to be more of a scientist than someone with just 3 years as an undergrad physics major. So he does go a bit overboard with the scientific and anatomical lingo, like he's trying to cram his intelligence down your throat. Reminds me of the freshmen engineering students who would do math on their dorm windows like some wannabe Beautiful Mind character only to get a C+ on their Physics 1 exams. My opinion is that a truly smart person can explain a complex issue in a simple manner, not the opposite. Bryson takes 1000 words to say "I strained my shoulder". I don't doubt he loves physical sciences and the data driven/biomechanical focused approach to golf. He's doing his thing and it's working for him, but I don't know if I could sit down for a beer with him...
  27. A brief story about my golf adventure during a business trip to visit an Italian carmaker in Turin. Even though it is unlikely that you plan a golf trip to this course I wanted to share and keep a record of my story and a few photos. ---- It has been about 40 minutes and the second taxi driver was about to give up on my plan and wanted to drop me off at the hotel again. “I don’t know no course here mister” he said. My phone’s battery died and one minute later we saw a narrow path leading up to a gate. “Could you try that route please? Our last try, ok?” I said - it was 11:00 am sharp and we read Le Fronde Golf Club on it. We had an extra day at the end of our business trip and the other colleagues traveling with me chose to visit Milan. I had found a golf course on the map near Turin but no staff on the phone at the club spoke English – I tried my luck without booking. For work I travel internationally over 60% of the year and I usually bring my golf shoes, gloves and golf clothes to most business trips where I rent the clubs. The grandmother at the reception immediately greeted me with a big warm smile and spoke to the taxi driver who was super relieved. She served him a homemade lemonade and they agreed that he will pick me up by 3pm. I had arrived at what appears to be a local golf course in a village where tourists usually don’t frequent. It was surrounded by beautiful mountains, hills and similarly looking family houses and a few Etruscan landmarks. It was September, 95°F and near 12:00 noon when I hit my first tee shot and first orange golf ball ever. I believe that I was the only player and at past noon the temperatures felt like over 100°F, but I was happy and relaxed. The TaylorMade set they gave me was very nice and the grips seem to have been recently replaced. Here are a few more pictures of the course. I’m not a selfie, Instagram or food picture guy so I only took a few pictures when I was resting or enjoying the view. This at the driving range where a family had just arrived after lunch: The hospitality: After I showered and went to the clubhouse the grandmother had prepared a warm sandwich made with Italian ciabatta. She also gave me a fresh lemonade drink and fruits. I realized that the clubhouse has a swimming pool and I was desperate to swim in it, but I didn’t want to overstay my welcome. Perhaps I would have interrupted the peace of the local members who were reading books by the pool side. As I paid about $50 for 18 holes, par 5, she said that the meal and the club rental were on the house. To return the friendly offer I bought a golf shirt and gloves from her shop. Even then the shop employee, who appeared to be her family member, gave me a pack of Le Fonte branded golf balls as a free gift. We only communicated in gestures and with smiles, and this was one of my best golf experiences even though I played alone. The same taxi driver was already there and he picked me up before 3pm. My score was 94. This is their website. It is only in Italian. Home Campo da golf, Golf club, associazione sportiva dilettantistica - End -
  28. 3 points
    We're in that special hell of rules controversies with the implementation of the new Rules of Golf. There have been some growing pains with the new rules, and that has allowed the golf media to tee off on its favorite target, the USGA. Which, to be fair, can make itself an easy target: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/despite-harsh-words-from-some-tour-pros-usga-pleased-with-roll-out-of-new-rules-of-golf. That aside, I wanted to talk about the "controversy" about the knee-height drop that the Rules now require. Rickie Fowler got a one stroke penalty for dropping from shoulder height this past weekend. Cue the complaining from him: https://golfweek.com/2019/02/22/rickie-fowler-hit-with-one-shot-penalty-for-illegal-drop-at-wgc-mexico-championship/ I can forgive him - he just had a brain fart, probably didn't gain an advantage in this situation, it cost him money. I'm always annoyed when I get a penalty, personally, and it's absolutely never my fault, okay? But cue the pearl clutching from the media: https://www.golf.com/news/2019/02/25/backstopping-pro-tours-under-policed/ I'm here to tell you that this is wrong, and knee-height drops actually make a ton of sense. One of the best things the new Rules do is simplify dropping. Now, all you have to do when dropping is land the ball in the relief area (without touching you or your equipment before hitting the ground) and ensure the ball comes to rest in the relief area. If you don't do this, you have to redrop. Pretty simple. Yes, you have to figure out what your relief area is, but that's pretty simple, too. (For a fuller explanation of this, see Rule 14 and the definitions in the Rules of Golf.) The old rules were much more complex. Specifically, if your ball rolled to one of 9 areas after you dropped it, you had to redrop. For example, if your ball rolled more than 2 club lengths away from where your ball hit the ground, you had to redrop. You had to know all of these 9 areas to know if you needed to redrop or not. So, the new way is simpler, right? Instead of learning 9 different triggers for a redrop, you only have to learn 1. Great! Why am I talking about when you have to redrop? This is why we're dropping from knee height. Generally, under the new Rules, your ball cannot go as far after hitting the ground as it used to without triggering a redrop. Dropping from knee height reduces the chance that a redrop will be necessary. It also means that a ball has less of a chance of embedding in sand when you drop it. It makes a ton of sense, really. Now, you might say, that's all fine, but why not allow dropping a ball from anywhere above knee height? I think you could easily game the rules to be able to place the ball when you really want to by simply dropping from shoulder height instead of knee height. Think about dropping on a side slope, for example. You're much more likely to have to redrop and place if you drop the ball from a higher point. Sure, this is rare, but why take the chance? We're all on the same page, right? Knee-height drops make a lot of sense. (If you want to know more about the changes to dropping, this is an excellent article that talks about this in a bit more detail: https://rulesgeeks.com/2018/12/30-days-of-2019-rules-changes-day-16-procedure-for-dropping-a-ball-in-playing-it-from-a-relief-area/) Now to the point of all of this: golf media, please take 5 minutes to understand the rule before issuing a HAWT TAKE about the rule. The USGA has a one page sheet that explains the rule: http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules-hub/rules-modernization/major-changes/new-procedure-for-dropping-a-ball.html. You don't come off very well when you fail to read that. I know it's fun and easy to just mindlessly bash the USGA, but they do get things right. This is one of them. (Oh and by the way, the Rules are actually really good, as a whole. Maybe I'll talk about that in another post later.)
  29. I'm not sure it was ever really studied, but there was an impression that it could help. Golf started as a match play game, and some of the earliest rules said that either side could have the flagstick removed. So if I'm playing you, and I think the flagstick COULD help you, I can have the flagstick taken out before you hit your shot. I can protect my own interests, and really nobody else is effected by my choice. But in stroke play, the entire field's interests need to be protected by the rules, so the earliest stroke play rules required the flagstick to be removed, initially when you were within 20 yards. Later versions required the flag to come out when you were on the putting green. So its largely a tradition without any real proof. Modern researchers are quantifying the statistics involved with the flagstick in or out. I should clarify, this is my interpretation, based on what I understand of the rules through the ages, and drawing my own conclusions as to why the rules changed in the ways that they did. Check here for some rules history: On the Putting Green
  30. Wow I LOVE that the USGA called out Justin Thomas. Big thumbs up from me for that.
  31. My mom crochets and knits and you'd be amazed what she spends on the hobby. Custom yard this, a class for that, she literally has a dozen Sterilite Tubs full with different yarns and the like. She's travelled to all kinds of places in search of certain yarn for certain projects. She's even taken a "knitting cruise". I kid you knot... get it "knot" … knitting... see what I did there?
  32. Because it's not a $5M bet. If the prize was equal to the penalty, I'd take it. But for many people, including me, 5 years of freedom is worth a hell of a lot more that $5M.
  33. I don't know how to define "problem". Is it the factor keeping people from starting to play golf, or keeping them from playing as much as they'd like, or making them choose to give it up? I think there are courses available for most of us, although there are some areas where they are scarce or very expensive. I think there is golf for a variety of budgets, from used clubs and municipal courses to high end private clubs and top of the line equipment. I think the one thing that is a constant across the board is the time commitment. Not necessarily the pace of play, but even with reasonable (not fast) pace its 2 hours on-course for 9 holes, 4 or more for 18, That means most people will be away from the house for 3 to 5 hours or more when they play. But another factor keeps at least some people away. Golf isn't easy to learn, and downright hard to become good at, if you want to be able to succeed right away, its not a good sport for you.
  34. Why wouldn’t you practice a shot that you very well might encounter on the course? Especially something as simple and benign as that...with no worry about injury, or damaging a club. Play the shot and revel in the result of having done so.
  35. So Kuch comes up and asks this guy to carry for him. They negotiate a deal. If Kuch misses the cut he makes 0 and he pays the fee? The caddie could have negotiated a %, take a risk for a bigger payout. But he didn’t. The caddie could have countered and Kuch coule have chosen a different caddie. This bugs me in the same way that people think that founders or business owners don’t deserve big payouts. There is a risk reward part of this. Unless there was a record of the contract and the negotiations this seems like the public trying to vote someone a share of Kuch’s money. I just don’t get it.
  36. Whether Kuchar can afford it or not is completely irrelevant, he basically hired a guy to carry his bag for a week. I certainly think he could have been more generous but not 50K and definitely not the 10% his regular caddie would receive. This should have never become public in the first place. Too bad he caved but it was the best move to end it, move on and keep his sponsors happy.
  37. With so much money on the line I would want someone I can trust. Someone who knows my game, how I have performed in the past on certain holes, and knows exactly what to say at the right moment. Not some random local caddie. Some of these tour pros have been playing these courses for years and have a lot of experience at the courses as well
  38. There have been plenty of tour pros who are more pickers than diggers, but you can be assured they all have inline impact positions (aren't flipping) and can hit it low when they need to. I'm not much of a divot taker, but I don't always have inline impact because I struggle with a flip, and I sometimes hit it too high.
  39. Hey Lama? How about a little something for the effort?
  40. 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.
  41. Man I hope to be good enough for this one day.
  42. 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.
  43. Working on your partial wedge shots may help as well. I find a 3/4 wedge shot to be very reliable for 100 yard and actually more accurate.
  44. I chose hole in one, based on the fact that once your original is holed, the hole is considered completed.
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