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  1. Setup to the ball at address....ball position and alignment....then tempo...low and slow back and thru nice and smooth ....kinda like Freddie (I hope) .
  2. So they hold breakout sessions on "Growing the Game" at the PGA Show but arent bright enough to realize that maybe one way to do so is to open up at least one day of the show to the general public.Then they write articles in the Golf Mags and present stories on Golf Channel, etc. discussing the many woes of the games declining popularity......anyone else see a problem here? FYI PGA: - The secret to growing the game is to make it more user friendly and accessible.....the PGA Show would be a great place to start, eh?
  3. Sounds like you know what you want....now you need to find a teaching pro who can give you what you need. Ask around and seek out recommendations for good instructors. The guy you were seeing is not the only swing coach in the world. And then talk to him about your specific goals and how to set a clearly defined course of instruction. Yes, you must interview these guys before hiring them. Go with your instincts regarding which one is best for you and can provide you with the most help in accomplishing YOUR goals - not theirs. Good Luck.
  4. My advice to you is to determine what kind of player you want to be ....i.e. are you new to the game? If so use the "pro" to take you through the bag and introduce you to all the clubs and their purposes , etc. After that the best and fastest way to learn is to get out on the course as often as possible....only by getting yourself into trouble (aka "the easy part") and getting out of it will you learn how to play this game in real time. Perhaps you can find teaching pros with good references to fall back upon when you discover various issues in your game....i.e. maybe a lesson or two with a driver, putter etc... BTW: I used a club "pro" for precisely this purpose and was also disappointed with their knowledge, and teaching abilities/metghods,etc. As a career educator and professor perhaps my standards are high....but I know others who have had similarly unpleasant experiences....consequently I do not place a great deal of credence in all this "see your PGA teaching pro" stuff.....beware of any teachers who's next paycheck is determined by your next lesson... good luck!
  5. Another great read written by two conservative constitutional scholars from the rightwing American Enterprise Institute is "It's Even Worse Than It Looks" -by Mann and Ornstein They explain accurately the condition of "asymetrical polarization" which plagues the nation and blocks every effort to resolve social ills...the GOP/Teaparty has moved hard right while the Dems have essentially held their usual middle-left position ...while the two party's have polarized only the GOP has shifted to rightwing extremism ..which prevents progress and dangerously tends to shift the national discourse from the middle -best represented now by Obama to a new more rightist "middle" which is in fact further right than traditional republican policies had been... Amazon link to book and reviews : http://www.amazon.com/Even-Worse-Than-Looks-Constitutional/dp/0465031331
  6. You apparently are either ignorant of or refuse to acknowledge what even the handful of remaining moderate Republicans admit: the changing demographics in American society spell disaster for the GOP moving forward as they have consistently alienated and essentially lost ALL of the fastest growing groups in our society: Latinos arer the fastest growing group and are overwhelmingly registering and voting Democratic, Women are already the majority and also vote Dem due to on-going GOP war against women and African Americans have long been a rock solid base of the Democratic party all the more so now with the recent choreographed GOP efforts at voter suppression.......add to this the LGBT community and the young and its sayonara Grand Old White Guys Party....Colin Powell has the courage to speak the truth to his party....Even Jeb Bush has done so but the hard liner teaparty extremists still think that its about dogmatic extremism and ideological purity over effective outreach....so go right ahead and try to make politics-as -subtraction work....fact is politics is a game of addition -not subtraction and the present GOP demographic base fits neatly into a phone booth....i.e. Romney won the white vote rather decisively yet was trounced in the electoral college and lost the popular vote as well...this trend insures that there will be no presidential election victories for Republicans moving forward and that is precisely why the GOP is trying to rig the game yet again by attempting to remove the traditional "winner -take -all" state laws regarding awarding the electoral college votes....Virginia is leading this most recent assault on Democracy....
  7. Yep...being poor in the USA is soooo good now, eh? Why dont you try it for a while??...say a month living on food stamps should be more than enough to change your tune of ignorance ...at the very least it will work wonders on your waistline You'll be livin' high off the hog on $4.32 per DAY , Sparky.....LOL Your arrogance and ignorance warrants no further discourse ....you are uneducable ...but the good news is you are now in a small and rapidly shrinking minority.....soon to be discarded appropriately to the political ashbin of history where your ideas belong.
  8. As a Professor of History, Philosophy and Humanities now for over 30 years I am saddened but amused by your virtually complete stereotypes and Fox sounbites du jour regarding the current state of public affairs.....complete with the obligatory "parasites" reference...you certainly parrot your Rush, Fox and Friends well! However in my profession we are function in the universe of FACTS....here are but a few : American income inequality has skyrocketed over the past 30 years, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute. From the report : "In the United States as a whole, the poorest fifth of households had an average income of $20,510, while the top fifth had an average income of $164,490 — eight times as much, this top-to-bottom ratio exceeded 8.0. In the late 1970s, in contrast, no state had a top-to-bottom ratio exceeding 8.0." The United States currently has more income inequality than Pakistan or the Ivory Coast, according to a study by ThinkProgress using data from the CIA factbook . Income inequality in the United States is actually higher than at any other time in modern history since the Great Depression, according to a Huffington Post article. Are these the "parasites" you had in mind?: Nearly 16 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level – $23,021 a year for a family of four. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses. Using this standard, 45% of children live in low-income families . Most of these children have parents who work, but low wages and unstable employment leave their families struggling to make ends meet. Poverty can impede children’s ability to learn and contribute to social, emotional, and behavioral problems. Poverty also can contribute to poor health and mental health . Risks are greatest for children who experience poverty when they are young and/or experience deep and persistent poverty. As a Professor of American History and Public Policy Researcher I find your comments both ignorant and unworthy of any American seeking to address the critical issue of our time: income ineqaulity. Fortunately the last election clearly demonstrates that yours is a minority view and the new American Majority is moving forward in addressing these issues -based on facts- not soundbites from Fox and Friends....this is precisely why the GOP extremists are now on the run politically and the Republicans face a demographic tsunami of biblical proportions -they are literally on the brink of becoming a permanent minority party....see 2014 for details. Try to get past your hatred of your fellow Americans ....realize the truth about our economic inequity and join the process of common purpose and shared sacrifice necessary to uplift the least amongst us.....acknowledging FACTS is a critical first step. "Facts are stubborn things." John Adams
  9. With so many people struggling to make ends meet it is truly apalling that someone generally as media savvy as Phil would make such a calous and boneheaded comment. The "exorbitant" tax increase he is whining about is a paltry 3% (simply a restoration of the Clinton Era tax rate ) and only impacts income over 450,000.....you'd think that he was paying his fair share or something akin to it for all his bitchin'. Let's remember that under GOP President Eisenhower the top tax rate was 91%....Phil is only going to pay 39.6%....which provides badly needed revenue to invest in job-creating infrastructure projects that will build and upgrade the roads that Phil drives his Escalade upon to see the people who can then afford to attend his tournaments. A Shameful display of unpatriotic and compassionless self entitlement when he should be thanking God that he has such a gig at which he is priviliged to be payed so much that he qualifies for that tax bracket. According to Forbes Phil is the 7th highest paid athlete....he gets all that money for hitting a little ball into a little hole ...he does not educate children, work with the poor, assist the elderly nor seek a cure for cancer....his "added value" falls far short of your local public school teacher, social worker or mental health worker -all of whom do far more for far less with no such whining. John Feinstein made it clear in his excellent book " A Good Walk Spoiled", that most of these pampered PGA Tour Players politics are "to the right of Atilla The Hun" none the less, Phil should be ashamed of himself- not only has he done irreperable damage to his image but more importantly, revealed a more candid portrait of his true character -or rather lack thereof. "Taxes are the price we pay for civilization" - Oliver Wendell Holmes
  10. Correction: I meant to say that I hit driver approx 200 - 220 yards (220 is a blast with the wind at me back and a hard fast fairway!) while my partner hits 260-270.. But thanks to tee it forward we both play from the appropriate tee box and enjoy the opportunity to make G.I.R. (now and again) while playing a good competitive round shooting in the 80's.. It makes the game fun and is more than challenging enough for a couple of old duffers.
  11. Yes it is appropriately based on driver distance not age. For example, I am a senior but hit my drives an average of 220 yards (typical distance for amateur) while one of my playing partners is almost ten years my senior but can hit his drives 260-270 (close to LPGA Distances!) so he hits from the boxes one BACK from mine and we always have competitive matches which inevitably come down to shortgame prowess since we are now both capable of G. I.R......great Fun!
  12. Lest There Be Any Confusion Regarding The Tee It Forward Program: Your driver distance determines the appropriate course yardage for your game and thus, your appropriate tee box. I do believe that this is one of the very best developments in recreational golf to come along since the hybrid iron set. The only obsticle to it making golf more fun and take less time is the silly and stubborn testosterone crowd who are too "proud" to tee it forward and would rather hit from the tips; shoot over 100 and slow down play at every hole while groups behind them watch these clowns play military golf-left-right-left all day long...anyway here's the actual guidelines for players to determine their correct tee box...FYI-it is no longer based on age but instead on distance which makes perfect sense. Shout out to Barney Adams of Adams Golf who is credited with first proposing this approach which is now endorsed by Jack Niclaus, Tom Watson etc. "TEE IT FORWARD," the new national initiative to be conducted at golf facilities nationwide from July 5-17, encourages all golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance. With TEE IT FORWARD , golfers can potentially speed up play and have more fun by utilizing tees that provide the greatest playability and enjoyment. That's why The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association are pleased to jointly support TEE IT FORWARD. The chart below is to be used as a guideline to help golfers potentially align their average driving distance with the length of a course that is best suited to their abilities. We hope that golfers and golf facilities nationwide embrace TEE IT FORWARD and help maximize the enjoyment of golfers everywhere! Driver Distance Recommended 18-Hole Yardages PGA Tour Professional 7,600-7,900 300 7,150-7,400 275 6,700-6,900 250 6,200-6,400 225 5,800 -6,000 200 5,200-5,400 175 4,400-4,600 150 3,500-3,700 125 2,800-3,000 100 2,100-2,300
  13. 100 yards? #15 wood (37 degrees-equivalent to approx 8 Iron) ....but hey I'm a lot older than you and have almost twice your handicap. LOL
  14. You might just enjoy hitting an approach shot and making a GIR once in a while....tee it forward is the best thing to happen in recreational golf since the hybrid.
  15. I agree with Couples or Zinger but Miller may be too controversial/ difficult personality....bit like hiring Bobby Valentine.
  16. Obama "worst president ever"?! Try Andrew Johnson, Hoover...and ...of course... Have you already forgotten George W Bush who put two wars on the credit card-one totally unnecessary while blowing up the economy? Meanwhile Obama has 31 consecutive months of private job GROWTH -compared to Bush who was losing over 750 THOUSAND jobs per month; he ended the neo-con war in Iraq and oh BTW he killed that Bin Laden guy Bush wasnt interested in finding.......Obama faced historically unprecedented and in fact treasonous obstruction from the GOP/Tea Baggers in congress yet has righted the ship...it took Bush 8 long incompetent and criminal years to create this mess and you complain that Obama hasnt mopped it up fast enough?! LOL You must have a serious case of Romnesia.
  17. yeah didnt we all get numerous lectures from Olly about sportsmanship ...and how he and Seve were outraged (OUTRAGED I tells ya!) at what happened at the 1991" war by the shore"?? Where the hell was "Mr Sportsmanship" to run on the green, pick up Tigers ball and shake his hand, eh? What a steaming crock of Euro-rubbish..all this talk of sportsmanship etc... Olly...teach us all by example!
  18. Right you are...Love was playing not to lose instead of finishing them off.....neither Poulter nor all the "Seve Spirit" they could muster would have brightened up the Euro clubhouse Saturday night if they were down 11-5. And Love's Captain's picks of Stricker and Furyk did NOTHING as well.
  19. Yup...just ask Colin Montgomerie. Personally I've long ago tired of hearing all this euro-rubbish about sportsmanship, fairplay etc.... So let me get some of this off my chest here: 1. First off, Seve pulled just about every cheap ploy concievable in Ryder Cup play....he LOVED f'ing head games and gamesmanship...and Sergio has inherited some of that trait from his mentor... 2. Perhaps Phil would have been more effective in that clutch match with Rose were he less nice and supportive and more focused on thrashing his a ** ....a bit more Tiger-style aloofness couldnt have hurt. just sayin'
  20. If Phil really must sit then pair the white hot Keegan with someone else ...dont piss away ANY potential points.....dumb move by Love .
  21. Well I'm certainly not the first nor last to say that golf, especially pro tour golf is one great big good ole boys club...and Captain Love chose Striker and Furyk and they delivered filet of NADA... in addition , the good captain SAT his hottest tandem on Saturday afternoon -namely Bradley and Mickelson who tore it up and electrified the "13th man" crowd....Davis' decision not only likely cost the US a "nail-in -the -coffin " point on Saturday (5 up = adios Euros!) it threw ice water on a white hot US team's mojo....to add insult to injury both Keegan and Phil LOST on Sunday. so a net MINUS THREE POINTS , eh? Davis Love deserves the blame for both his poor Captain's picks and the inexcusable sitting of the best tandem on the course.... otherwise it's fair to say that the lion's share of the US team played like garbage on Sunday...and the real blame belongs to those inside the ropes for failing to perform.
  22. " We gave you this wonderful game and look what you are doing to it." ahm....Do you mean Americans have DOMINATED it for decades...yeah. and turned it into a major television spectacle and "supersized" the prize money as well. you're welcome.
  23. Yes I too believe Rory is now 100% Titleist but that could indeed change with Nike's cash ...and they could offer him a limited club kind of deal so he could take the dough AND play some Titleist clubs he prefers...
  24. That may well be but most equipment deals do not require that all clubs in the bag are made by the sponsor....in other words he could use Nike irons and Titleist woods ...I know a mini-tour pro with a sponsorship and they require he carry 10 clubs from their shop...
  25. Yes...I too am flirting with breaking 80 ...and I know that my main weakness is pitching-especially from 150 and in....I've started playing practice rounds by myself and when the course is not busy I will drop 2 or 3 balls and pitch them on the green....I will lay up just to get pitching practice and , of course pitch a bag or two of range balls as well. It's getting more dependable and I hope to soon join the under 80 golfers of the world...I've shot 81 FOUR freakin' times!!! :(
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