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  1. Oops. She took six months off and then of course came back. Her retirement was spoken about quite a bit last year, for something that didn't actually happen!
  2. Recall that some of the biggest stars have retired - some might suggest they lacked the desire to continue, but I offer that the rewards are not in place to retain them on tour. Annika Sorenstam (currently age 46), if you think about it, retired with several major wins left on the table. Also the retirements of Se Ri Pak (age 39), Lorena Ochoa (35), and Inbee Park (29), result in the loss of any fan interest they draw. They were all close to their peak in name recognition and marketing when they called it off. What would men's golf be like, if stars like Mickelson (age 47), Stenson (41), Garcia (37) and Day (29) just retired? Think about how many interesting stories these 4 guys have provided us in the last few years. Even casual fans might have taken interest in Garcia's Masters win or Stenson/Mickelson in the Open last year. Fans are deprived of this in women's golf because they just aren't incentivized to continue their careers.
  3. I have been struggling all year, hitting range balls probably 20 times and battling a huge slice. Just recently I read something critical, worked on my swing path, and completely crushed the ball. Really it made such a different sound, an onlooker even commented. That shot and the next one that day were good enough, I knew what had gone wrong with my swing thoughts and just needed to repeat what I know how to do. I do not think I hit the ball that well all last year, it was a long time without my best swing, then it clicked.
  4. I disagree, I think he is a quitter. He lacks an interest in golf. His blog is marketing this "plan" but he is there saying he can only play once per week... like the rest of us. Then he goes on a back injury and does not return to blogging. Ok to check out of golf with injury, I suppose, but I have never heard of a professional blogger going out with injury. Ultimately unethical to quit blogging and just let it trail off. So Dan's back may be injured, but when look at Stacy Lewis, you see she has overcome much more serious issues with her back and achieved what she has because she has the willpower and desire to accomplish things in golf.
  5. ^ Probably Lexi Thompson, she slams into the ground, and really jumps up with her left leg, swiveling her left foot around after impact. Huge divots, no release with her hands. Apparently she is phenomenally consistent, every swing the same, so this is what makes it work.
  6. Hi Buckeye, I see your point to some extent but I have also played Firestone Farms, several years ago. I remember it fondly and have just checked maps to confirm. There was indeed a long drive right away, after the second hole and looks like the next few holes or so had houses adjacent. However the back nine was (no surprise) mostly just farms. I enjoyed it and despite the fact it is a cart course, all rates include cart and given its location and design, it is a screaming value for $25-35 dollars only as high as $45 before 2 on weekends. Now for comparison I will post an old fashioned course... the way things were. This is a 36 hole course from 1922. These were flatter courses, tighter courses, more walkable and without houses in between. As you can see, holes go back and forth, and blur together; and I can confirm, golfers here need to stay alert for balls flying at them from slicers on adjacent holes. To make matters more interesting, this course was designed by none other than Donald Ross. Which would you rather play?
  7. I agree completely - I would love to turn on or off the announcers. Nantz would be powered down at my house because he never says anything that is not patronizing. Blah blah. I would also like to be able to add or subtract the leaderboard and scrolling graphics, at will. It seems like these features would be obvious viewer preferences. Not sure if this technology will ever come to television or if we will just all wind up watching things online with these features available. Some of the British characters like Peter Alliss have a knack for shutting up which I appreciate. Also, tennis announcers tend to be quiet and calm, but even when I have found tennis online without commentators I have preferred it that way.
  8. Yes, that reason is called summer. They don't play US Opens or PGA Championships in Florida or Texas because they are held in June and August respectively. The USGA chooses traditional courses in NY, PA, MI, which were operational before air conditioning and development came to FL. Plus, there's this event called the Players Championship which takes place in FL each year and it is considered the 5th major. In addition to the WGC event at Doral and the other tour events.
  9. The thing about mats is that it is easy to keep your alignment, and the ground should be more level than what you get on a course. Sometimes I think it is easier to get into a groove. I feel like there's less friction, and you always have a perfect lie. The problem with public grass ranges is they get pretty beat up. They let the grass grow longer than it should. The ground is lumpy from old divots covered over, and there's too many new divots. If you're not in a club, you can be SOL for decent practice facilities depending on where you live.
  10. I can relate - I recently had a run of mysterious fat wedge shots, and half wedge shots, and punch shots. I was sticking my clubface into the ground well before the ball - this meant shots that would make bystanders think I was an absolute beginner. These shots were terrible, and I would often hit two in a row with the same problem, failing to get onto the green from 100 yards in two. Essentially, I was crapping the bed, as an adult. The problem was basically a lack of rhythm. Feet and weight transfer out of sync, and hands getting away from my body. Sometimes it is a sway back, or taking the club too inside. Or not unwinding the upper body into impact, leaving the chest and shoulders behind. Yet mostly this was cured by focus/tempo/being the ball. No more complicated than that.
  11. I have a mini tripod for my camera. The tripod only cost $7 and there is a standard interface that screws into most cameras (Canon, Panasonic, etc). Really it is an easy setup and best of all I get HD video from this. Highly recommended. No iPhone for me, I have a different one. I don't know why there are so many iPhone accessories available (e.g. Target has a whole section) while everyone with a different phone has to get their stuff online, and get so many fewer choices.
  12. You might be right, people practicing and hitting extra balls. What is frustrating is that for some people the little Par-3 is a means to work on their game and take it out to their club, while for others it is more of a destination. It is decent enough to have a nice competition, and there are probably women and children who get more enjoyment out of it because of the shorter holes. Even if it is just a practice venue, there is no need to act like you are TW and blaze around leaving ball marks in your wake. I don't care as much how the marks are repaired, just bend over and make the effort.
  13. I can second this recommendation to look at the "surf" brands like Hurley, O'Neill, etc. More selection and cheaper prices. Polyester is good for shorts it is light and it dries fast. Retailers still look at golfers from the perspective of a third-world street vendor: the same products cost you more because they know you've got more money. If you shop online, you want to buy somewhere that gives full measurements like this: Waist Measurement: 32 in/ Outseam: 21 in/ Inseam: 11 in/ Front Rise: 12 in/ Back Rise: 14 in/ Leg Opening: 22 in. Basically you get out of it what you put in, don't be a lazyass, get your best fitting shorts out and measure them with a ruler. If you find some that are perfect, go straight back and order another pair in a different color. For some reason shorts have given me trouble in the past and I had to learn all this the hard way.
  14. So why do you still consider this to have been "top shape"? It seems to me like the ability to bench 300 lbs is highly correlated with later-in-life injury and obesity. The sad fact is that pro bodybuilders all wind up getting joint replacements at relatively young age. And at some point the level of training declines and all that muscle turns to fat. Great point here. For some reason I think Americans get stuck on the physique of - say Brian Urlacher, who is 6'4" and 260lbs. The fact is that for a normal guy with a normal life it is far better to be Ashton Eaton, Michael Phelps, or some soccer player like David Beckham (6', 170lbs). My best advice would be to develop a sustainable diet and exercise routine that can withstand the changes in your life - firstly your various jobs, wives, kids, and hobbies, but also your natural changes due to aging. Even as we go through our 20s things change (metabolism, hormones, etc.) and so should our diets and routines. Golf as ever is mostly about mechanics and practice. Think karate. When we practice we're using the exact muscles that are needed for golf: the best exercise for golf is often golf. If you have a chance to go see a PGA event, go do it - you will see people of all different builds, fat and skinny, short and tall. Moreover, watch LPGA and you'll see women who could kick any of our asses on our home course, but who are most likely not powerlifting or anything like it.
  15. I think you are right. The first reason to pattern divots in a strip is that you use much less turf by placing the ball right behind the last divot. The second I though was ease of reseeding and covering with sand: it is just faster if you only need to hit one strip and not fill dozens of smaller individual divots. The third is that the ground winds up more level as a result. It seems like a simple win-win to me and I would say those who disagree are simply wrong. Re: ball marks on the green, I have regularly played a par three course full of them, and have been forced to give up on fixing one other than mine. I always fix mine and any in my vicinity, but I am not the greenskeeper and sadly don't have enough time and energy to repair the whole green. On a nice course it is rare to find a ball mark, but on a cheap course it is all too common and frustrating. I don't know whether it is uninformed beginners, or some sort of sociopath who leaves their ball mark. You would think there is a certain amount of ability required to put that spin and trajectory on the ball that the marks must come from better players, which sadly would suggest the sociopath is more likely.