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  1. JonMA1

    Trans Athletes

    I'm not informed at all. Not only do I have a very limited knowledge of genetics, I don't have any personal experience with transgender individuals and the treatment they undergo. The article in the OP is about titles being won and records set by transgender high school athletes with some parents wanting them banned. I suppose that makes my posts and opinions a bit off-topic. My only concern is that all kids have access and an opportunity to participate in team sports if they so desire. Records and titles are not a concern of mine, even though I recognize that they are important to most others. My suggestion was to allow a transgender female immediate access to competition by allowing her to compete against males. Will she win? Probably not often, if at all. But at least she could compete. If creating a criteria based on hormone treatment (or whatever is logical), and testing individuals can be accomplished easily, then I would concede that to be a better, more fair option. Again, I'm very ignorant about the science. It's nice to read through these posts and see that attitudes have changed a bit over what they were 20 or 30 years ago. I don't generally care as much about adults, but it's not that difficult to remember how crappy high school could be for those of us who didn't have something like this to deal with. I can't imagine what a day in the life of a transgender kid would be like.
  2. JonMA1

    Trans Athletes

    It is a complicated subject to be sure. But how would you make it better... even slightly? We can assume that the very best solution is going to be unfair to someone and imperfect, correct? So why not make incremental changes and build upon those with a long-term goal of make it reasonably fair to everyone involved? The saying "don't make perfect be the enemy of better" comes to mind when I think about subjects like this.
  3. JonMA1

    Trans Athletes

    Am I oversimplifying the situation to suggest they simply compete against men? Of course, that alone would require a tremendous change in attitude and rules, but if a league of their own isn't desirable or feasible, and competing against other females is unfair, what other options are there?
  4. JonMA1

    Joe LaCava (Tiger's Caddie) Pays Heckler to Leave

    Not sure a good thug would be required. Maybe just an average one.... who's also a golf fan. I mean, we're talking about a heckler at a golf tournament. How hard could it be? You might even be able to find a few spectators to take care of the problem for free, so long as officials agreed to look the other way.
  5. JonMA1

    Joe LaCava (Tiger's Caddie) Pays Heckler to Leave

    If you have enough money to bribe a heckler, you have enough to hire a thug.
  6. JonMA1

    Stop Aiming at the Flag!!!

    It's nice to hear LSW and some of the work put into it recognized on the Golf Channel. I thought they did a nice job with the graphics by shifting the center of the shot zone up towards the middle. That should to grab some attention. As much as I dislike the host, what he said about "checking the ego" was pretty good.
  7. JonMA1

    2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive

    I can't agree that luck had anything to do with the outcome unless you want to argue it was "bad luck" that Koepka played perhaps his best golf at the same tournament where Tiger finally played well enough to win any other time. I have to agree with this (at least for round 4).... I kept waiting for Koepka to buckle or to go through a bad stretch and he didn't. He missed some greens and a couple mid-range birdie putts late on Sunday, but he just appeared to be in control of his game. All this means is that it will be even more impressive when Tiger gets his next win. There is a lot of talent in the field in addition to BK. Tiger seems capable of playing above that level.
  8. JonMA1

    TST Pet Thread

    We have a boxer and mutt. Cooper, the 95 lbs boxer, is the most obnoxious and food-driven dog I've ever known (video of him whining for food). But he's a gentle giant. He wouldn't know how to bite a person. Lucy is a 3-legged beagle/wired-hair something mix. She is definitely the smarter of the two but wasn't smart enough to avoid chasing cars a few years back... hence the three legs. While Cooper's sole purpose in life is to eat himself to death, Lucy would like nothing better than to rid the world - or at least our property - of red squirrels.
  9. It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.
  10. JonMA1

    Is pace of play (or slow play) a real problem?

    On a positive note, I was behind a foursome today and they were flying. I held back a couple times... looking for golf balls or practiced chips, but overall, the 4 of them were riding at about the same pace as I was as a single walking. it was nice to see that kind of ready golf for a change. I honestly wanted to go up and compliment them. I'm starting to believe my course is becoming a mecca for slow players. As I was getting packed up to leave yesterday, a twosome had just arrived and asked me how the course was. I told them the course was fine but that there were a lot of slow players out. His reply was "Oh good, we like to take our time". I have less of a problem with it if the course is ok with it, and they are. I know it's going to be like that and I can choose not to play when it's crowded. But boy, today sure was a nice change.
  11. JonMA1

    What'd You Shoot Today?

    I can't brag about a round I wasn't going to keep score on, but I started off well and decided to see how long I could keep it up. Ended up with an 85, which I believe is my lowest score to date. Wanted to work on my short game today and I was happy with how that went. Really, everything was pretty good today. Driver is still weak but I'm keeping it in play. Made good contact with long and mid-irons and was able to start them on line. 3-putted a couple times but that was offset by making a couple long putts. Only one penalty today and that - of all things - came off a fat 8 iron that failed to clear the creek. Dropped in front of the creek, hit a wedge to the center of the green and 2 putted for double. Can't ask for more. You know that feeling when you have a good round going and you get to the last hole just knowing you're going to blow it but hitting a couple into the woods or something? Instead, I hit driver in the fairway, PW to just off the green and chipped in for a birdie. Best of all, it was the 2nd chip-in birdie of the round. It nice to experience these rounds now and then. I'll try to take away something positive from it (which may have been a controlled tempo). But I have to remember there's a long way to go before this becomes anything normal.
  12. JonMA1

    Post Your GAME Golf Rounds

    I think you’re right @HJJ003. Old habits are hard to break. Lol. Thanks.
  13. JonMA1

    Post Your GAME Golf Rounds

    Short game has been a weakness but not what I'd consider "glaring". I work so much on the full swing that I often neglect this part of the game. Today, I tried to use the sand wedge for shots I normally use my gap wedge for. Ironically, I've been working on chips every day (with all my irons). But as a drill for key #3. This is what I was trying to say. A putt from the fringe counts against the short game stats even though it's a putting skill (in my mind anyway).
  14. JonMA1

    Post Your GAME Golf Rounds

    It's a little deceiving. Short game was bad - no doubt. But some of the chips and pitches were from bad lies caused by poor approaches, even if they were nGIRs. And there were a few putts from right off the green so my putting wasn't great either.
  15. JonMA1

    My Swing (JonMA1)

    Follow up on my round today... From these tees, this course can be pretty tough. I've only broken 100 a few times from them. I was able to keep my shit together (not get pissed off) and really concentrate on my instructor's lesson plan... 1. Use the same pre-shot routine on every shot. Check. 2. Play in the present, forget the bad shots. Check. 3. Shift weight to the left on downswing. Hmmm... not so much. Easier said than done. 4. Specific putting practice. Fail. I haven't been working on this and it showed today. 5. Less judging, more acceptance (I think he meant on my game, not his instruction). Check. Also, 6. Divots were on the target side of the ball today. Likely due to the Erik's chipping drill I've been working on. Negatives... 1. On my best shots, I might be 50/50 at most on the weight distribution at impact. Slower tempo did help at times, but I was off-balance more than on and falling back on a few swings. 2. Probably due to the above, I'm cutting across the ball a lot on everything from mid-irons to driver. I was able to keep the driver in play, but a lot of weak slices to go along with decent fades and even a slight draw. The variance in distance can be 40 yards. All of today's drives were well-struck on the face, but that spin is a distance killer. 3. Chipping was horrible as was my sand game. After telling me he'd be in touch, I haven't heard from my instructor in a few weeks - which is fine. We've completed 2 of the 4 sessions I've paid for. This time around, I feel pretty good about my end of the deal. I've been as good of a student as I possibly can be. Kept a positive attitude and worked on the physical and mental things he'd suggested. I made it crystal clear how slow of a learner I was and gave him every opportunity to not accept me as a student. If he does end up calling, I'll ask what his plan is and continue being positive. If he doesn't, some of what he's worked with me on will be useful.

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