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  1. Not really. I don't care about looking for "smoke" - it's just a bad comparison. There are other golfers that had a lot more in common with Morikawa at age 23 than Anthony Kim.
  2. I think that comparison falls a bit flat. AK was a party-guy. Confident? Sure, but also a bit brash. Morikawa seems like as polished and low-key as a guy could be. Honestly, neither their personalities, nor their games strike me as very similar to one another.
  3. Played the back 9 at first dawn this morning and birdie hole 16 - the easiest par 4 on the course, but a first for me this year. I am now sitting at 8 under, but the bad news is that every "easy" hole on the course has now been checked off. Every birdie from this point forward is going to take some good golf shots and/or some luck, both of which have been in short supply this year....
  4. I think that is exactly what happened. Unreal....
  5. In fairness, that 8th is a really tough hole. Schauffele, Cauley and Z. Johnson are all tied for 2nd and each of them bogeyed the 8th as well.
  6. If your group is not out of position, then I agree it seems rude. The only time I will start walking to the next tee is when we are obviously falling behind. And usually then I will acknowledge by saying something like, "hey I'm gonna go tee off so we can keep up the pace." Whenever possible, I will wait for everyone to putt out. In a casual round, it's just a courtesy. And in a competition, it's a necessity if you are attesting to their score. Yeah, in this case, there is really no justification for this behavior.
  7. I read the article when it was first published a few days ago and I re-read it more closely this morning. Honestly, I found it poorly argued and logically inconsistent. The author essentially admits that players have been lining up the trademark on their ball for decades (and presumably he sees no issue with that), but that drawing a line with a sharpie is just going too far. So what then? What happens when the manufacturers respond by making their trademarks longer and longer until they start to resemble a line? Do you then start to restrict the size of what can be stamped onto golf balls? And if someone orders a custom imprint on their balls (a feature that many manufacturers offer), do they need to have those balls approved by someone before they can be put into competitive play? And if so, who? And what about those handful of guys in my men's club that underline their number as a way of marking it. Do they have to start using dots or hearts, because lines are no longer allowed in any capacity? Jeez, talk about opening a can of worms to solve a problem that doesn't really exist.
  8. I think there are two different issues here. One are the laws and county guidelines, which can vary based on the region. The other is what are "best practices" in terms of managing risk during a pandemic. I know that when Los Angeles County decided to re-open their courses in early May, they mandated that all city and county courses would need to limit the carts to single rider. Even two people in the same household could not share a cart (although that stance has since been softened). In those cases, golfers were not charged extra for single rider carts because the decision was made for them. Incidentally, green fees were raised by about 5%, so that revenue was partially being made up in other areas. But LA County was the outlier. Almost every other county in California and just about everywhere else in the Midwest and East Coast have no such requirements. So basically, 99% of the courses can dictate whatever policy they want. Now, the question becomes - is it "right" that courses would charge extra for single rider carts? It is not just an ethical issue but a risk management question as well. If a course charges based on double rider carts and someone gets Covid because they are paired with someone who is asymptomatic, could that course be sued for not following CDC guidelines and endangering their customers? I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility. But taking it a step further, I think it's fair to debate whether golf courses have a moral duty to the golfing community as a whole. Recall that when government shutdowns started to hit thousands of small businesses back in March, the overwhelming refrain among golfers was that our courses should remain open. The rationale? That golf was an outdoor activity that could done safely and in full compliance with social distancing guidelines. And when the courses did start to re-open here in California, the mentality among most was - "hey guys this is great news. Let's everyone do our part to golf safely and not screw it up." For the most part, golf courses have taken this to heart - eliminating bunker rakes, turning cups upside down, eliminating common touch points, etc. But the policy to charge based on double occupancy carts really does fly in the face of that, and a criticism could be made that it does more harm than all the aforementioned precautions do good. I mean seriously - what is more likely: That I'm going to catch Covid because I happen to touch a rake that some guy two hours earlier touched? Or that I'm going to catch Covid because I have to share a cart with some stranger that may be an asymptomatic carrier? I think the answer is self evident. Of course, @iacas is right that courses can set whatever policies they feel are most appropriate. And financially, it just makes more sense to charge extra for a single rider. But whether that policy is in the best interests of the golfing community in the near term is up for debate.
  9. Intuitively, this makes no sense whatsoever. And unlike some things that seem surprising at first glance, but come together once you start to dig a bit deeper, I am having trouble connecting the dots on this. This Coach is saying that as his players' total number of birdies increases, their scores also rise? Is this just an anecdotal comment, or does he have actual data to back it up?
  10. I understand that, but we aren't talking about a private course here where there are barriers to entry. This is a public men's club that literally anyone can join. I think you can actually sign-up online, sight unseen. With that being said, it just seems like there isn't much interest from the black golfing community. Again, no argument. But that's a "chicken or the egg" problem. You have to have people in the door before you can show them how welcoming you are.
  11. Upon reflection, I guess I feel the same way. There are lots of black people that golf the Long Beach municipal courses. But as I noted above, very few of them have have joined our men's club. I know the majority of our club members personally, as well as almost everyone on the Board of Directors. In my opinion, you couldn't find a more welcoming group of guys, so it's a bit hard for me to speculate on why our black membership is so low.
  12. Ours is not a private club, but we do have an active Public Men's Club with over 300 members, so that is my frame of reference. Our club is fairly diverse - not quite as diverse as the demographics of the greater Long Beach area as a whole, but certainly pretty diverse as it relates to the golfing population. We are probably about 65% white and 35% "non-white." Of that segment, the majority would probably be categorized as Hispanic but we do have several Asian members as well. We have a few black members, but probably fewer than 10. While the term "color blind" can be overused in day to day life, I can honestly say the closest I come to that is when I am on the golf course. Race, age, gender - it doesn't matter. We are all golfers and we all share the bond of the joys and maddening frustrations that go along with playing this game.
  13. If someone is hitting to one hole, that is fine and I have no issue with it - whether they use 2 balls or 30. With that said, I've been on hundreds of practice greens and I don't think I've ever seen someone use that many balls to practice putting. The most I've seen is 8-10 balls, and then it's usually a high school kid working on his/her game that is good enough to keep their stuff concentrated to a tight radius. Is that really a thing @mclaren4life? Occasionally you will see someone who sets up shop for an hour or two at the practice pitching green. Since ours only has two flags, that can be a bit annoying. But even then, I have developed a foolproof solution, as my TST alignment stick doubles nicely as another pin location. I simply give the guy who is hogging the green a friendly nod, plant my alignment stick into the green at least 10 yards away and start hitting my chips and pitches. No one has ever raised an issue with this.
  14. I don't think the bold part above is an accurate representation of Rotella's message. It's been awhile since I have read the book but I believe he acknowledges that you have to understand the layout of the hole - including the "trouble spots" - before you pick an affirmative target. And really, how could any right thinking person seriously argue otherwise? As to the poll question, I have no idea what my sub-conscious mind does or does not hear, so all I can do is speculate. But I remember that this particular chapter of the book rung true to me when I read it. I've had one too many cases of doing exactly what I told myself not to do, that it's hard for me to feel otherwise. I voted "yes."
  15. Congrats on the refund. Having a bit of unexpected cash to spend is a good problem to have. I won't weigh in on where you should spend most of that cash, but I do have a question. Why would tracking your handicap be more trouble than it's worth? Punching in your score to the app literally takes about 30 seconds after each round. Whether I'm playing competitively or not, keeping a handicap has always been a no brainer for me, as it's a cliff notes version of which direction my game is headed. Now, sometimes, I may not like the story it tells, but that's another story altogether. So yeah - spend $30 to renew your ghin. Unless there is more to the story, I'm really not understanding why you wouldn't
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