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  1. Hey guys and gals - stumbled across this interesting article about this guy who teaches grad courses at Columbia University (Mark Broadie) that did a study and determined that the long game is more important than the short game (esp. for the regular Joe). http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/21/sports/golf/21pennington.html?scp=4&sq;=golf&st;=cse Here's one excerpt: It is the long game that proves to be the biggest factor when examining the difference in scores between pros and amateurs and even between low- and high-handicap amateurs. If, for example, a PGA Tour player were available to hit shots for an amateur from 100 yards and in, or available to hit all the shots leading to the 100-yard mark, Broadie says the amateur would benefit the most from having the PGA player hit the long shots, not the short ones. Thoughts? I'm not sure I buy it yet, I'd have to read the original text of his argument, but it is interesting nonetheless!
  2. RANT - etiquette!

    OK, so this actually happened this past Sunday. It was an extremely overcast day in the Bronx, but I decided to chance it by going to the 9 hole course so that I wouldn't get pissed if I couldn't finish 18. Sure enough, it began to rain - but not hard. There were still groups out ahead of us, but what pissed me off is what the 2-some behind us did. A well dressed man (probably in his 40s, with his wife - also well dressed) apparently asked one of the guys I got paired up with if he could play through (we were in a group of 4). Though I didn't hear him, my playing partner told me that the 2some behind wanted to play through while we were walking the fairway after our tee shot. He said he told the guy that there are groups in front of us and that it wouldn't make any difference - so no, you can't play through. What does he do as I'm lining up my approach? He tees off and the ball comes crashing into the tree to the right of me. WTF?!?!? It's raining, we're all trying to finish at least 9, no one said you could play through - yet you decide to hit into us?!??? After tapping in for a 4, the guy is in the trees looking for his ball that almost hit me and my playing partners. As I walk by towards the next tee I yell - 'Hey guy! Don't hit into us!' To which he responds - 'Don't you know the rules?' I give him a ????? face...these are my eyes - oO...and I reply 'What? Like not hitting into someone after no one said you could play through?' Ugh, just disappointing if you ask me. Whats more - we COMPLETELY LOST HIM! I mean he was probably spraying the ball all over the place! Imagine if we had let him play through only to have to play through him again? RANT OVER - I ended up playing my finest round ever - 10 pars, 5 bogeys, 2 doubles, and 1 triple. Glad he didn't ruin it for me!
  3. I recently realized something in my swing and honestly don't know what to do or what is proper. I'm a righty and when I address the ball, the fold in my left elbow sometimes points directly up at towards the sky and at other times it points directly across to my right arm. Can either produce a swing flaw I'm not aware of? I wanted to reference Ben Hogan's 5 fundamentals, but couldn't find it.
  4. Less than 14 clubs?

    Lately, whenever I play my home course I carry only 10 clubs in my sunday bag, mixing it up a little bit each time I go out. Typically it looks something like this - Driver, 3w, 3hybrid, 5i, 7i, 9i, PW, 54*, 58*, Putter. Sometimes I swap around a little (leave driver at home for extra wedge or wood or long iron, etc). I figured it would be more of a challenge anyway since Vanny only measures about 6100 yards or so. Does anyone else do this on courses that are on the short side?
  5. Judging by the vocabulary and consistent gaffes from the posts I've seen by you, I'm a bit skeptical not only of your insistence on you being a coach, but of your age as well. First I saw you not know the word 'behoove', then I saw Homer Simpson, now I see 'add'? And finally we see 'old laws' and 'new laws' I'm sorry, but I don't believe a word you're saying anymore (if I ever did). Either you're really a kid trying to get his kicks by trolling, or you're an ostrich with your head in the sand (waiting to get plunged by a cheetah) Or my personal fave - All of the above.
  6. As others have said, just because you can't see something with the naked eye, doesn't mean knowledge gained by using advanced imaging technology is irrelevant. Here's an analogy - Just because you can't see distant galaxies with the naked eye doesn't mean they're not there. Yes - there is a vetting process and ultimately it helps our understanding of the universe as a whole.
  7. I agree that playing with fewer than 14 is good for practice. Heck, I carry only irons on some days and hit from the front tees. But as an official rule? HA! I'm not sure whats worse - this or that guy that wanted to change the size of the hole to something the size of a basketball hoop.
  8. Downhill Shot

    Whenever the downward slope is enough to make me feel uncomfortable at address, I definitely focus on keeping it simple - first stabilize your base and try to get your shoulders level with the slope (yes this means weight forward). Shorten your backswing and focus on solid contact at a slower swing speed. Not sure what would cause the hooks though - might be because you're releasing the club too early? I always figured a downward slope would encourage the opposite.
  9. Simple - go to walmart or target, swap out the cover on a ProV1 box with a DT series cover ;) Kidding of course - I'd say my favorite ball to play when I'm not shelling out for premiums are the Titleist DT So/Lo (if your place still has a few boxes laying around, you never know) or other Titleist DT series balls.
  10. Life.

    My favorite part is where they show those flying fish, flap flap flapping away!
  11. 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine

    My sentiments exactly. Yang played his heart out over all 3 days to crawl into the final grouping. Follows that up with a final round that ties the lowest score of the day. Very very deserving and quite exciting as well! When that eagle-2 rolled in my jaw simply dropped. I'm not saying he'll ever reach Tiger-like consistency, but it was a great win for him and you could bet the farm that Korea is rockin the 'jeep' (lets see if anyone catches that one ) I thought it was an exciting final round. 70 was the low score of the day and Yang shot it while everyone else was barfing all over the place. The man had nerves of steel and showed it. I wish him the best of luck in the future.
  12. Animals on the course

    Off the top of my head (and this is in the Bronx), I've seen these animals: Deer Fox Turtle Squirrel Geese Swan Duck Chipmunk Rabbit Gopher Humans Shankopotamus. I hate those damn Shankopotamuses
  13. There's one at Mosholu golf course in the Bronx that you can just go to for free. The facility includes a putting green, a chipping green, and a range (50% balls though). No bunkers unfortunately
  14. I tend to play better with better players and worse with not so good players. I'm not what you would consider a low capper anyway, but I definitely don't take the game less seriously because my playing partner has a high handicap - i just tend to feel more pressure when playing with a better player (and I guess its a good thing that I play better under pressure )
  15. Interesting Story from Today (in progress)

    Y'know - I can never resist reading these types of threads. You clearly have a lot of patience. If it were me, and the dude really did get up in your face like you described, I'm not sure what I woulda done. Heck - if he were close enough, you coulda called the cops on him for invading your personal space and harassing you. That oughtta shut him up.
  16. Why do Titleist let so many top guys go?

    I wouldn't go as far as saying that Nike isn't for truly serious golfers. Plus they got a whole lot of other golfers donning the swoosh (Stewart Cink, Justin Leaonard, KJ, AK, etc). Sure they got Tiger to beef up their image. With that came a whole lot more money for Nike to spend on R&D.; Consequently, I think they have pretty good equipment now and its only getting better. I love their new drivers (still not a fan of the square models though) and I'm actually starting to warm up to their golf balls too
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