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  1. billchao

    Golf In Relation With Other Sports

    I'm gonna be that guy and point out that the puck generally spins on the horizontal axis, thus it usually has sidespin 😉 Plus there's no such thing as sidespin on a golf ball - the ball has backspin and turns based on how it is tilted. I think the slap shot is one of the motions from another sport that is sort of comparable to a golf swing. A lot of people think the baseball swing is similar, but other than swinging a stick to hit a ball, they're fundamentally different. Of course a lot of good baseball players can swing a golf club pretty fast, so there's some advantage to training a swinging motion in general.
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    Interesting/Controversial Business Names

    The shirt is only available in ladies? Men can get crabs from Dirty Dicks, too 😜 This reminds me of a place I drove past yesterday called Southside Clam Bar. The name by itself isn't controversial, but the place used to be a strip club.
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    Golf Myths Running Topic

    Same here. My backswing tempo is too quick and leads to loading/sequencing issues. Increasing the duration of my backswing by 0.33s feels incredibly slow to me because I'm slowing down my backswing by 50%, but it is definitely not a slow backswing.
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    Interesting/Controversial Business Names

    Pretty sure Guido is/was a common Italian name, so Guido's Pizza is no different to me than Luigi's Pizza or Tony's Pizza.
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    Official Fast Food Fry Rankings

    KFC's potato wedges aren't fries and they're damn delicious.
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    How Many Rounds Have You Played In Your Lifetime?

    I updated my vote in poll. Definitely over 100 now given that I have played close to 50 rounds in the past two years.
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    Divot Or No Divot

    As a picker myself, from my experience the issue with not taking a divot has more to do with margin of error than quality of well-struck shots. I lack really good low point control that the pro pickers do so I can hit nasty thin shots that are nearly unplayable. If I regularly swung with an arc that resulted in good divots, those shots would end up being slightly thinned, which is not as big of a deal. A small difference in the location of the strike on the face can lead to a big difference in the resulting ballflight. I also have contact issues hitting out of deep rough.
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    I Am Not a Mudder, Are You?

    I'm okay playing in the mud. It exposes my weak short game, though. Chunked pitches are an issue for me.
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    Over Under On Improvement In 1 Month

    I went with the under. Seems like the odds are better, it's a significant amount of improvement in a short span of time, plus playing unfamiliar courses on the trip might lead to higher scores as well.
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    G10 Driver Cut Down

    Results sound good, if it works for you then go with it. I cut an old driver down once and couldn't feel the head anymore and it was unplayable for me, but then I need heavier shafts to begin with and losing the extra weight actually hurt my swing. BTW stock length for the G10 driver is 45.75".
  11. I suggest you update your swing thread so people can see what you're doing with your current changes. My first thought regarding the reduction in swing speed is that maybe you might have become too passive with the upper body. Arm speed is important in generating swing speed.
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    Short, Downhill Breaking Putt Strategy

    There's still going to be a reduction in energy transfer from a center strike vs a slightly toed one, but if you're good enough with the putter to be able to control distance and point of contact, then you're already good enough to control distance simply from hitting the center anyway so it seems like this strategy is just adding an additional unnecessary variable. Just make a shorter stroke if the putt may run out too far downhill. I've hit 4' puts with 6-12" weight before, it's really not that hard. It's more a matter of committing to it and trusting that gravity will get the ball to the hole without the need to assist it with my stroke.
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    Short, Downhill Breaking Putt Strategy

    Put me with the "hit the center and just make a shorter putt" crowd. The last thing I want to do is try to toe it and miss, ending up with a much longer putt back up the hill than necessary.
  14. Only because I'm never going to dismiss someone who is a 20 saying they can hit it 300. Like I said that's a product of raw speed and luck. There are people who will dismiss the possibility of someone who has the ability to hit the ball a long way simply based on their handicap.
  15. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best, a 20 is not hitting 60% of their shots as 8s or better. We're kind of talking about two different things. You mention consistently, I'm talking about occasionally. I don't believe for a second that someone can consistently produce 300 yard drives and stay a 20 for very long, but all it takes is some luck for a guy who swings fast to crank one once in a while.
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    Exercises to improve stability and balance

    Balance is definitely something that can be trained as a lot of it has to do with core strength. Stronger core muscles will increase your ability to balance. One of my old gym goals was to stand on a stability ball and that's something I can work towards; it's not like just because I'm an adult I can never learn to do that or handstands or something. I actually believe in the opposite. Training properly in the gym will help you be better at skating and snowboarding. Lots of gym exercises can help train balance and stability. Unsurprisingly, most of them involve training while unbalanced: single leg deadlifts or squats, renegade rows, single arm dumbbell press, etc. Generally anything done on a stability ball or ball will train your balance. You can even do regular lifts on balance balls which will challenge your core stability. Lots of good stuff in yoga, too.
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    X-Factor Linked to Back Pain

    I agree with this. It's pretty similar to how Tommy John surgery is on the rise in baseball. We're getting to the limit of what the human body is capable of. Plus, it's a repetition thing as others have mentioned. You do something as stressful on the body as the golf swing is and you will wear your body down. Whether or not something gets damaged or breaks depends on the individual. Some people are just more durable than others.
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    Hitting the Ball a Groove Low

    A groove low should launch the ball slightly lower but actually generate more spin due to vertical gear effect. My guess is you're also delofting the face too much.
  19. That person would likely not be a 20 handicap player and thus not the topic of this thread. I'm sure there are exceptions, but generally a 20 is not hitting 60% good or great drives. It's an old topic that started with someone venting. They tend to evolve over time.
  20. I can't speak for anyone else but for me it's not about jealousy since I can hit the ball pretty far, it's about expectations and objective observation. A lot of people base their distances off their best hits. They will dismiss duffs and tops or other mishits but then hit a perfect drive and see that as what they're expected to hit when in reality (especially as a higher handicap player) the perfect drives are aberrations (and maybe even a less likely outcome statistically than the duffs for a high handicap player). I could and have hit 300 yard drives when I first started playing, but my true average was probably something like 220 given all the bad shots I hit. Having the natural ability to swing fast and being able to control the clubface to make the game playable are two different skills. I struggled (and still do) to hit the driver with any real consistent results and being able to hit the ball far didn't really translate to any semblance of a decent golf game for a very long time.
  21. Yea because you swing really fast. Plus you're not a 20+, so this topic isn't really about you. Your mishits just aren't as bad as theirs and they probably happen less frequently. I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb to assume you probably didn't average 300 when you first started even though you were capable of hitting one far once in a while.
  22. I agree with this. A more efficient motion should result in slight gains in swing speed. A better swing will result in better overall contact which should result in distance improvement as well.
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    High Handicap Player Using Low Handicap Irons!

    Optimal performance for an individual golfer is more complicated than simply your handicap is x, so you have to play clubs suited for x handicap players. Some people don't need the elements brought by SGI irons and they might even hurt their game. Plus, it's important to be confident with your clubs and to play what you like. I don't recall ever playing with you 😉
  24. When I read the thread title the first thing that came to mind was hemp can absolutely be used to make shoes 😉

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