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Big C last won the day on May 3 2016

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  1. Really impressive feat for Steph. Heck, I was pretty impressed by his 8 over last year - to back it up with a 1 over yesterday is just incredible. And it's not like he's outplaying a bunch of nobodies either. Henrik Norlander was the number 1 player on the Augusta State National Championship team from 2010. The #2 on that team was some guy named Patrick Reed. Steph is currently 1 shot ahead of Norlander, along with a bunch of other guys who may be recognizable to many on this site.
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    The (No) Sixes Challenge

    I agree with the bolded part of your statement. I don't think that it's a great strategy to make avoiding a "6" an active part of your strategy while you are actually playing a round of golf. Much like standing over a tee shot thinking "don't go OB left" is a sure-fire way to snap hook one OB, trying to play for the goal of avoiding 6's will likely lead to tentative, bad golf. Both of the times, I accomplished this challenge, I didn't even realize it until I was reviewing the scorecard afterward. That said, I do think there is value in assessing your round, looking at where those 6's popped up and pondering if there is something you could have done differently, beyond simply hitting better shots.
  3. Does your local pro film or video his lessons? If so, then I'd say it's worth considering. I agree there is some value in immediate feedback and an "in person" look at your swing. And a good lesson with a recording that you can refer back to should give you more than enough to work on during a one month period. That said, if you can't refer back to the key points from the lesson, that more than offsets the positives, IMO. Without any reference point, you will probably forget key elements of the lesson, which will really make it tough to practice productively. I'm not a customer of Evolvr, but from what I understand, their on-line lessons are pretty detailed - and of course, the ability to reference them at any time just makes practice that much more effective. All things being equal, I'd go with the in person lesson. But for $60/hr, my suspicion is that your pro isn't filming and editing his lessons afterward. And that would make it a non-starter for me. If my suspicion is correct, go with Evolvr.
  4. Just my two cents, but practicing the right way (knowing your priority and having the discipline to stick with that) is far more important than total time spent on the range. When I joined TST, I was hovering between a 9-10 hcp and had drifted as high as 13. Thanks to some help from a few members here, mostly notably @mvmac, I identified a few key priorities for myself and stuck with them faithfully (okay, mostly faithfully). With kids and work eating a significant chunk of my hours, I don't get to the range more than 1-2 times a week. And I never spend more than an hour practicing. But I try to make my practice count and ingrain good habits at every possible opportunity. Whenever I feel like I'm drifting, I go back to my swing thread and review the basics. Almost always, I'll find a nugget or two that I have forgotten or neglected. Despite my relative lack of practice hours, I've been able to maintain a 6-7 index for several years now.
  5. No Laying Up just did a podcast over the weekend that goes over the Ryder Cup composition in some detail. Their “insider” take on the US squad is that that Tiger and Phil are both locks to make the team (no surprise reading either, IMO). And as I suspected, Kuchar is essentially a near lock. What was somewhat interesting is their belief that Bryson has a strong grip on the 4th spot right now. Apparently Tiger really wants him on the team and has been lobbying behind the scenes for his inclusion. What could shake things up a bit is if Bryson surpasses Webb Simpson on points, which would open up a spot for someone like Schauffele, Kisner, etc. BTW @DeadMan - did you send a twitter question about Webb Simpson getting the Tonya Harding treatment? If so, you got some love on the podcast so give it a listen.
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    Golf Strategy Choices

    Questions 1 and 2 are fairly straightforward. I would take the closer shot every time. Question 3 might be somewhat dependent on the hole layout. If there were OB or hazards in play, i could see myself laying up on certain holes. If the worst trouble were a green side bunker then I would almost certainly go for it. Edited to address your question about the uneven lie. A "moderately" uneven lie from 100 yards is going to be an easier shot for most than a 175 yard shot from a flat lie. 75 yards is a really big difference - the lie would have to be really severe for most golfers to be better off taking the 175 shot.
  7. I am pretty much in agreement with this post. But as I referenced earlier, I think Phil will get one of the spots. Even if it's the right move, I don't think Furyk will want to be the "bad guy" and leave Phil off.
  8. I wouldn't go near Phil in Foursomes at this point in his career. Yes, he can still pull off the spectacular recovery shot, but he is just as likely to put his poor partner in a lousy spot. And from what I have seen from the past few weeks, his putting inside of 10 feet is suspect. I do think he is probably one of the better four-ball options out there, because he can still put up birdies in bunches.
  9. I agree. I think he would be a fine pick on merits alone - and it's possible that his quirky personality could suit him well in the Ryder Cup. But assuming he doesn't make it on points, I don't see him making Furyk's final cut.
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    2018 British Open Championship at Carnoustie

    I see your point, but I don't think it's applicable to Tiger. This isn't a guy that needs to get a win under a belt to prove something to himself.
  11. There will be some tough calls to be made on the American side. I can't forsee any scenario under which Tiger will be left out. And I think Kuchar is pretty close to a lock (due to experience, form, and all-around likeability) for the 2nd spot if he doesn't qualify automatically. Phil isn't a lock - and honestly probably isn't the best choice - but I think Furyk will give him his Ryder Cup send-off. That leaves one opening for a bunch of guys who could be awesome additions to the USA squad. Finau, Schauffele, Kisner, Hoffman, Zach Johnson, hell even Brian Harman. I would love to see any of those guys teeing it up for team USA and think any of them would bring a lot to the table. Gun to my head, I think selections are Tiger, Kuchar, Phil and Schauffele. DeChambeau probably wouldn't be a terrible pick, but I don't think he will get a shot this year. There are too many other deserving candidates and I'm not sure he's among the more well liked guys on tour - which, like it or not, is a serious consideration. Unless he catches fire over the next few weeks, he will probably suffer the same fate as Bubba in 2016.
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    LPGA's Lincicome will play in PGA Event in July

    8 withdrawals seems high to me. I’m willing to be corrected but my suspicion is that that the number of WD’s in your typical tournament is much lower. And if my suspicion is correct, it seems quite likely to me that they did have something to do with Brittany. Or more specifically, not wanting to get beat by a woman.
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    2018 British Open Championship at Carnoustie

    Actually it does. My unconfirmed suspicion was that these guys are hardwired to take out driver/3w on every par 5- regardless of the layout. But I haven’t been able to watch much of the action today, so apparently that is not the case.
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    2018 British Open Championship at Carnoustie

    Food for thought. We just saw Tiger take an iron off the tee on a 490 yard par 4. Presumably this was to stay short of the fairways bunkers. If the bunkering off the tee were exactly the same, but the hole was actually a 540 yard par 5, would he have made the same decision?
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    My Swing (Jeremie Boop)

    I used to feel the same way - was never comfortable making a swing or putt with sunglasses. It felt disorienting to me. Eventually I got tired of losing sunglasses on the course or coming home with burnt out eyes. So I just bit the bullet and started keeping them on for the duration of my rounds. It didn’t take long (maybe two rounds?) for it to become a complete non issue. Now I don’t even notice it. My suggestion would be to give it another round or two.

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