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  1. We all know Tiger is the only universally captivating player in golf. Tiger's practice rounds get more discussion on the forum than once-in-a-lifetime performances by other players--even the "greats" of today. Yesterday, Rory shot a course-record 61 on the 7500-yd monster that is Quail Hollow. Last Sunday, Rickie played the final 6 holes at the TPC Sawgrass in 6 under par to get into a playoff, and then shot 2-under in the playoff to beat Sergio Garcia (and some other dude) to win the 5th major in dramatic fashion. Rickie's performance generated about 10 pages of discussion. Half of those pages were about his girlfriend's shorts. Rory's performance got a dozen posts. I'm not sure anyone on the forum would dispute that Rory is the better golfer--the best in the world, in fact--and that his A game would crush any current player. (I personally think Rickie's close at the Players was a better performance than Rory's 61 at Quail Hollow.) So what gives? Is Rickie's style that warranting of discussion? Tiger never had style (unless you consider crushing your competition, seeing them out-driven before you, and hearing the lamentations of their women a "style"). Sure, Rickie's girlfriend is hot, but Rory has a bikini model in the stable for every trophy in his case.
  2. I'm going to stop lying to myself. I don't play golf anymore. At least not for the foreseeable future. I'm working that weekend.
  3. Cutting the cord

    They can advertise that they have the major networks even if it's just VOD. They also may not have contracts to broadcast live sports, even if they have live ABC (as an example). I'm pretty happy with PSVue right now. I've had Sling, DirecTVNow, and now PSVue. PSVue is the only one that gave me 2 local network live channels (DC area), ESPN, and Golf channel for $35. Plus I enjoy HGTV (gotta get Chip and Jo), travel, food, TBS, and it always seems to have a decent movie on. PSVue also seems to have really short (under 30 secs) commercials for their VOD offerings (DirecTVNow VOD commercials were neverending). I'm waiting for Hulu. They're in Beta now, but supposedly their package will include their current on-demand content and a really good channel package. 3 of the 4 majors have a stake in Hulu, so I think this may be the one that really gets it right content-wise. For me Hulu is the best on-demand streaming service so I pay for it anyway. With the launch of Hulu I expect we'll be able to get the following for around $45-- *Hulu's current library of on-demand network content--commercial free *all of the ESPN and Fox affiliated sports *2-3 local live network channels I can't give you a comparison on their cloud DVR features. I've basically learned to live without that for live TV and it hasn't affected me at all. For VOD it's irrelevant.
  4. Some of you know I've been seriously struggling to give any time to golf for the last 18 months or so. Today I took the first swing since last August. I figured why not start with the 7-iron; it's the only safe club in my bag. This is what happened on the first swing. I guess my clubs don't like being neglected.
  5. Next steps have been met in my road to golf recovery. I finished a big year-long project (organizational manpower study) last week that's kept me away from just about everything. And the wife just signed the kids up for swim lessons at a place that has an indoor golf training facility next door, so starting next Saturday I'll get 1-1/2 hours of hitting bay time with trackman feedback every week. And temps are on the rise. I think by the first of April I should have a few callouses. Looking forward to it.
  6. Are Major Championships Really That Important?

    The Norman discussion is really about how valuable are seconds at the Majors, much as in the Jack v. Tiger discussion. It is important that a player was consistently good in the majors, but without the wins it's just another stat.
  7. Are Major Championships Really That Important?

    I can think of at least one guy Faldo scared two different times (89 & 96) on Sunday at a major. And with Faldo's six majors and 40 wins, I'd put him ahead of Greg.
  8. Anything that will drop a 20 to a 15? A 15 to a 10?

    Ya, of course it would. But what you're describing probably isn't realistic. Generally speaking, and based on the research Erik relied on for LSW: A 20-cap isn't going to "chip it within 10 feet consistently", because based on averages, that's the kind of thing that much more skilled golfers (like sub-5 HCPs do). And, even if he did, it wouldn't help his score much, because the average 15-25 HCP 2-putts from 10 feet like 75+% of the time. The stroke avg from 10 feet is probably only slightly lower (like .1 stroke or less) than from 20 feet. That's the general idea. That overestimates how good a bogey golfer can get at chipping, and overstates how much a 10-foot (just as an example) closer chip will impact score.
  9. Anything that will drop a 20 to a 15? A 15 to a 10?

    I'm interpolating (it's a word, I swear) that he's associating really bad (clueless) chipping with bad contact, multiple chips, etc. Maybe not. If I had to guess.... Most 20-cappers are missing the green and chipping it onto the green, though rarely inside 10 feet and usually not outside 30 feet. Their avg stroke count from anywhere between 10-30 feet is probably between 1.5 and 2 (although 30-feet range may be just over 2). And they're probably not going to be able to improve those averages enough to matter very much.
  10. Anything that will drop a 20 to a 15? A 15 to a 10?

    If you're talking about guys taking multiple chips on several holes, they're probably not 20 HCPs. A 20 HCP hits very few greens but makes bogey on the majority of holes. This could be a double-edged sword. High, soft iron shots that just miss the green seem to plug more often than balls that are hooked, bladed, or shanked into a bunker.
  11. Forged irons

    I'm not sure I follow this. Premise 1: Tiger grew up learning to play at the end of the "shotmaking era" when balatas and blades forced pros to strike it true and craft shots (shot shape, height, spin, etc.). Premise 2: Equipment advances made learning these shots unnecessary. Premise 3: The guys Tiger played against (and beat) never learned how to hit these shots. Conclusion: Tiger beat these guys because he could hit shots they never learned to hit. Except whatabout...Nearly everyone Tiger beat was OLDER than him, so they too would have learned to play in the "shotmaking era". And if equipment advances made controlling/spinning the ball unnecessary, how did having those skills give Tiger an advantage? And Tiger won the vast majority of his majors (like all but the first three) playing a multi-layer urethane ball. (Although it is widely understood that when Tiger switched to Nike balls, he had them make a ball to his specs that spun more than standard urethane balls.) Relating to the topic, equipment advances (and understanding basic physics) have largely eliminated what were perceived drawbacks to cast or GI clubs. Some (such as deliberately low CoG) still make a difference in launch angle, but that is offset by reductions in loft. The ball has made spin much more consistent and less of a factor. But at the end of the day, the Indian matters much, much, much more--regardless of what arrow he's slinging.
  12. The Wall Drill for a Proper Pivot

    Good advice, and thanks for the tip. I completed the full course of the "evaluation" period, which included initial eval and range of motion, 8 sessions of manipulation (with stretching and exercises in between), and an ending eval. The manipulation sessions definitely felt good, but did not really affect my issue at all. PT's conclusion was that the treatment wasn't effective.
  13. The Perfect Round of Golf

    I was just referencing the wisdom of Roy McAvoy.
  14. Put me on the tag list, though I can't commit yet. I know we have training that weekend, but I might be able to skip it depending on how some stuff works out between now and then.
  15. The Perfect Round of Golf

    A great round includes playing well on a good course with a good partner. "Perfection is unattainable."
  16. Realistic Expectations

    Yes, that's what I meant to say.
  17. Realistic Expectations

    Those eggs are not equal. I assume the one on the lower left is a club down which is a "stock" shot (i.e. a full gap wedge) where the one on the right is trying to control the distance on a PW, which causes more error on distance control. Or am I reading more into the picture than I should?
  18. Realistic Expectations

    Great post. I think I'll re-read LSW to get my head in the game for my comeback.
  19. Tiger Woods Master Catch-All Discussion

    I guess Poulter took off without him. What a d!@#
  20. Pros Filling Divots on Tour

    Sorry...no hint being made (other than we already have a thread for that), just trying to be helpful!
  21. The End of the Blimp on Tour

    The networks don't need the blimp, except for the fact that they'd have to pay for alternative options, whereas the blimp paid them. http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/07/01/military-turns-to-blimp-in-box-for-surveillance.html This would work too. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JLENS I'm sure there are dozens of options aside from the ancient, giant blimps or using drones.
  22. The Wall Drill for a Proper Pivot

    I've always tried to emphasize a full shoulder and hip turn away from the ball, and I think it definitely helps prevent me from swinging too far left across the line at impact (which has always been a problem area for me). Interestingly enough, I had a dozen sessions with a physical therapist this year because of some pain at the intersection between my T and C vertebrae. PT did range of motion tests at the beginning, middle, and end of the course of the evaluation/therapy. My shoulder and hip rotational range is significantly more turning to my right (backswing motion) than it is in the opposite direction. My backswing range of motion was (according to the PT) very good, but my follow-through range of motion was "restricted." I told him it doesn't matter at that point because the ball is already in the air. He disagreed. My neck still hurts, so what does he know?
  23. Tiger Woods Master Catch-All Discussion

    Okay, fair enough. I wasn't thinking about the idle-ness associated with a typical round on the modern tour.
  24. Tiger Woods Master Catch-All Discussion

    Totally agree--they have always been that way. Do you think it serves a purpose? I'm not sure I necessarily buy this. What's so different about a tournament that he couldn't replicate in practice? Hitting a few hundred balls on the range, putting drills for an hour, walking 18, and getting in a light-to-moderate conditioning session...I'm guessing this is what a typical full day of "practice" or "training" would consist of if he's healthy. How is a tournament going to feel different to his spine?
  25. A rant against oil change chains

    Back in the day when you had to change the oil in your car every other week, I had a Jiffy Lube incident. Apparently the kid replaced the plug in the oil pan only finger tight, and it rattled out a few blocks down the road. That was super uncool. Now-a-days I just take it to the dealer for scheduled maintenance. It's rarely "just an oil change" per the service manual, and with newer cars it's only once a year (or 10k miles) anyway. I'm not a tinkerer, so I'm cool with the dealership giving my car a once-over at least annually.

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