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  1. Originally Posted by Rounders

    What is your #1 golf tip you give out to friends (anyone really) to help them improve their game?

    examples: "keep your head down", "don't swing so hard" etc.

    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. Originally Posted by Harmonious

    The PGA Show in Orlando commences in a couple of weeks.  I plan to get out to the demo day on the 23rd, and hit one or two of the conference days.  It's always a good time, with a chance to try out all sorts of stuff: clubs, training aids, launch monitors, and chat with a bunch of golf people.

    In the past, I've been able to talk to Bob Vokey about his latest wedge designs and Michael Breed about his putter training aids. I've gotten a quick putting lesson from Dave Stockton Jr. and been fitted for a putter by Todd Sones. Oh yeah, and shared a cocktail with Roger Maltbie at the Optishot booth's happy hour.

    My reason for posting is to offer my services, for whatever they are worth, to the Sand Trap community. If there are folks out there that want specific information on golf stuff, let me know and I will try to get it for you.  Note: Don't ask me whether the new TM R1 driver is the greatest ever (too subjective) or what clothing lines Ian Poulter is bringing out (not interested).  But if there is something you want to know, within reason, I'll try to find out and report back.

    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. Originally Posted by jetsknicks1

    I've actually been playing for about 20 years and usually shoot mid/high 90s. My goal is to have a legitimate shot at breaking 90 on a consistant basis, which I feel is a realistic goal because I average 6-8 totally wasted iron/wedge shots a round and that's where I want to spend my lesson time.

    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. Originally Posted by WWBDD

    The GOP seems to have become essentially the party of the religious right ... a trend that began with the 'moral majority' movement in the 80s.

    John Dean (yup ... that John Dean) has quite a bit to say about this shift.

    An interesting read on the subject ...http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/

    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. Originally Posted by teamroper60

    I've stood in line behind people paying for their groceries with food stamps.    Many of them are eating better than I am and from the looks of their waistlines, they have been for quite some time.   Your view of the living conditions of those being subsidized by our government smacks of the arrogance and ignorance you accused him of.

    Yet again, you refer to a changing political tide as if it were a permanent thing.   It is not.   But again, IF you really are a history professor, you already know that.   Perhaps you've forgotten.   So maybe I should refresh your memory a bit.  In 1972, Richard Nixon carried 49 states (the lone exception was Massachusetts).   He collected 23% more of the popular vote and his electoral victory was by over 500 votes.  It was one of the top 5 most lopsided Presidential elections in history.    By contrast, Obama won this election by winning 26 states, collected  4% more of the popular vote and 126 more electoral votes.   So by comparison, Obama's purported landslide was nothing when viewed next to Nixon's.

    Watergate not withstanding, using your assertion that a large electoral college victory is a certain indication of the death of a political party, there should not have been a Democratic party in existence to contend with during the next election cycle.  Yet since 1972 we have elected 6 different Presidents, 3 Democrats and 3 Republicans (Ford was not elected to the Presidency).   So I find your prediction to be both premature and most likely erroneous.

    I seriously hope you don't lecture on politics since you seem to have a poor understanding of just how the political winds of this country change from election cycle to election cycle.  But if you do, I hope you do a much better job of hiding your political leanings when lecturing students than you have expressed here.   You are certainly entitled to your own political biases but it is NOT the job of a teacher/professor to impart their particular biases onto their students.   Rather it is their job to educate the students to both sides of the political picture without interjecting their own opinions and biases and allow their students to make up their own minds which side they support.

    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. Originally Posted by Kokomo Joe

    Hmm, OK now a Professor of Liberal Arts is saying they function in the universe of facts?    It's a universe all right.  How about getting back to planet earth and reality.   And I love the HuffPo and ThinkProgress sources!

    Income inequality might be rising but "poverty" standard of livings are as well!   Someone in poverty back in the 40's 50's 60's did not have the equivalents of today's large screen TVs, internet access, laptops, iPads, iPhones, central air, 2 cars, emergency health care etc etc.

    Being poor in the US is not what it used to be.   Seems back in the day there was real hardship and people went without.  It made them want to get out of that postion and improve themselves.   Today, there is incentive to stay in that position.   52 weeks of unemployment?   Are you kidding me?

    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

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  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. 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.

  14. Originally Posted by Shorty

    I would think it is his job to try to get his team another half a point.

    It would have been Olly's job to run on the green and tell him to concede, Nicklaus/Jacklin style if he had thought a tie was as good as a win.

    It wasn't as if it was gimme length.

    The more intertesting thing is that Woods didn't ask Molinari to putt. That was classy.

    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!

  15. Originally Posted by dmnoland

    The bottom line is Love was betting on not losing instead of stepping on his opponents throat and winning. In baseball you don't bench your best pitcher in the middle of a no hitter. Sure, he might give up a hit or even a run in the 9th but you still get a win. While I realize that Phil wanted to get benched and needed rest, Keegan clearly said he would go all day. Why not put him with Tiger who was red hot on the back nines? Saturday easily could have been an 11-5 outcome and ultimately altered the final outcome.

    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.

  16. Originally Posted by wadesworld

    Announcers just mentioned that when Webb Simpson shanked one, the Euro fans in attendance were on Simpson hard for several holes.  How can that be? We've been assured that all Euro fans would NEVER do such a thing.

    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'

  17. 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.

  18. " 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.

  19. Originally Posted by newtogolf

    I don't doubt their forged blades are comparable to the MB's that Rory is using now.  I was thinking more about the woods.  Titleist was just recently able to get Rory to switch from his six year old 906 fairway woods to the new 913's which would seem to indicate he's pretty particular about his woods.

    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...

  20. 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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