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  1. I don't disagree with you very often Dave, but it's hard for me to blame anyone but a tailgater when an accident happens. And for the record, I've been the guy following too close (not in anger, just because of traffic flow) as well as the guy lightly tapping my brakes for someone to back off. Traffic is dangerous even when no one is doing anything wrong. Tailgating just adds another layer of it. Whether the lead driver purposely brake checks, overreacts out of nervousness, or has to brake for some other reason, the driver tailgating is the main reason for anything that results from his choice to ride someone's ass. And I'd tell you the same thing if I was the one tailgating. It's just as easy to argue that what happened in that video might have prevented future accidents. If the lead driver in that video slammed on his brakes with the intention of causing an accident, you're correct - he crossed the line into recklessness. But tapping your brake lights when someone is on your bumper should not be an issue. I know the question wasn't directed at me, but I'll answer anyway. Could I sleep at night if I was in an accident where 3 people died? Not even if I was doing everything right. I'd always question whether there was something I could have done differently.
  2. If it ends up being something that won't go away, then I definitely will. I just switched physicians and have an appointment in two weeks. I should know something by then. Ha ha, that was pretty good. There's more truth to that than you think. Besides, why ugly up a perfectly good fairway with divots?
  3. Agreed - unless you're letting someone merge as was the case with the video. Neither driver did anything I don't see every time I drive to Detroit or Grand Rapids - other than the resulting accident. Here's the entire story.... The first driver was required to get to/stay in the left lane because of merging traffic. However, the second driver couldn't let him get away with that so he took the appropriate action by tailgating - what other choice did he have? Now the driver #1 could have sped up a little and gotten back over to the right, allowing driver #2 to be on his way. But that wouldn't have taught driver #2 that no one - NO ONE - tailgates him and gets away with it! So he took the appropriate action of brake checking that SOB into the median. Now everyone else knows to never, ever mess with driver #1. The story driver #2 told was that he was doing nothing wrong. "I was simply driving the speed limit in the left lane when suddenly this jerk (driver #1) abruptly changes lanes and slams on the brakes... causing me to lose control". The cop didn't buy it and wrote #2 a ticket for careless driving. Driver #1 was a little nervous at first that a witness might have taken his tag. But after a few days, he started feeling pretty bad-ass about the whole thing... I'm a road warrior he thought to himself. A couple weeks later, driver #1 tried the same tactic - unbeknownst to him that this tailgater was texting on her phone. She slammed into the back of his vehicle causing him to lose control and end up in the median. She told the same story to the cop that driver #2 had, only this time the cop believed it. She was crying after all... and had a nice body. What choice did the cop have?
  4. This is a good point. Here's what I've always thought.... how many times do we stub our toes on piece of furniture, drop something in the kitchen, or otherwise do something clumsy? Yet, with thousands of drivers going at each other at 65mph, sometimes on an icy surface with limited visibility and nothing but a narrow stripe of paint separating them, it is a bit surprising there isn't more mayhem. (Although some of that may be due to improved safety technology.) But that's exactly what makes the dumb choices drivers make so much more aggravating. It's as though the laws of physics don't apply to them.
  5. I agree with everything @Wanzo posted. It's not that new irons won't help some of us who are higher handicap, especially if the ones we currently have are old and not very forgiving. But I believe an improved swing makes so much more of a difference than new equipment. Quality instruction is the fastest way for most players to improve their swing. That said, I upgraded a used set of Adams A4's two years ago to a new set of Mizunos. I saved my pennies, shopped around, waited and finally pulled the trigger. The new irons were more forgiving and I believe they helped my game a little, but more than that, I just wanted something new. The fitting ended up being BS, but I still really like the clubs and do not regret the purchase.
  6. I'm way ahead of you Randy and have already made some changes. I know what you're thinking... that "after" picture looks a lot like the 13th hole at Augusta National... or that those Magnolias are not indigenous to Northern Michigan, but rest assured, that really is my yard.
  7. Thanks guys. I'm hoping it's nothing and some rest will fix it. At this point, if it gets worse it's my own dumb fault for not giving it enough time to heal. The upside is I haven't yet paid for my yearly golf membership. Lol.
  8. @cipher - your blog entries immediately came to mind after experiencing a potential injury yesterday. I'm hoping what's going on isn't anything severe, but I won't know for a week or so. Perhaps it a little bit of a knee-jerk, Chicken Little reaction, but I'm thinking about what life will be like without golf. Just as everyone else on this site, the game has taken on so much more importance in my life than is should. Those of us up North wait patiently (or not so patiently) for the four or five months the courses are closed just to get out and tee up a ball in the Spring. All the simulator, indoor and even outdoor practice in the world doesn't really cut it compared to getting on the course. So faced with the possibility of an injury that will only get worse with each full swing, I began thinking about all the other things I used to really enjoy before getting sucked into golf. There was fishing, hunting, searching for morels... these were things I loved doing but have since become second fiddle. Then, there are all the chores I either neglect or hurry through just to get out on the course. I have two acres of property and a house that is always in need of upkeep. And the thing is, that used to be rewarding work. So naturally, I thought of what you're going through and of this quote: I'm not comparing a tweak in my arm as being anything like the injury, surgery and rehab you've been faced with, but it has given me a glimpse into what life might be like without the game. If a low single-digit player like yourself can deal with the possibility, maybe a hacker like myself can as well. On the other hand, I am a natural lefty, so.....
  9. While taking full swing practice, I injured a muscle, tendon or ligament in my right arm yesterday just below the biceps. Took another couple of swings to confirm, but something isn't right. I'm going to try and give it plenty of rest but I'm somewhat concerned. The sharp pain is unlike the normal muscle strain or arthritis that I'm accustomed to. It feels like something is about to tear (perhaps a bit of hypochondria). I believe I can safely continue putting practice (which was the weakest part of my game last year), but full swings are out for now. I've even asked my wife to conjure up all her nagging powers and if I try to get out too soon. My self control is weak when it comes to not swinging a club.
  10. I just bought new grips and missed the opportunity to go up to midsize. I have some older second hand clubs that I really enjoy practicing with. They came with Golf Pride wraps and I thought if I bought the same grips for my regular set, it might help. I brought the older club into my local shop and when the owner asked if I wanted midsize, I told him standard (I don't have large hands). I didn't realize until I put that first grip on why he'd asked. The grip on the older club is larger. Now I'm wondering if the oversized grips are what I like about that club.
  11. I hate being tailgated as much as the next person. I was rear-ended at high speeds twice in one year while driving my truck (though neither was by a tailgater). Now that I drive a compact car, I'd prefer it not happen again. Slowing down when being tailgated is not always an unsafe practice and the reasons are not always immature. When done in the right manner, it gives the person behind you a safer opportunity to pass. Also, my logic is that if I'm going to be rear-ended, I'd rather that occur when both vehicles are running at 55 mph instead of 60 or 65 (I generally run at about 5 over on dry roads). Several years ago I had a semi driving way too close. We both came over a hill to a doe standing in the middle of the highway. It didn't cause an accident, but the semi driver decided to stay further back for the rest of the commute. Not sure if this is the same thing as "brake checking", but I can tap my brakes to activate my brake lights without significantly slowing down the vehicle. It's done for the purpose of communicating to the driver behind they are too close, much in the same way you might flash your high beams to someone who is unaware they are driving with theirs on. It's not done to be a prick or scare the person behind. If they continue to tailgate, I'll gradually slow down to the speed limit and concentrate on the road in front of me. Most of the highways on my commute are 55mph with limited places to safely pass. I drive before or after dark for most of the year. Pulling over isn't really a safe option.
  12. ...makes perfect sense. This will take a while. It's nice to know that the investment in time is the right thing to do.
  13. Point taken. I am going to take everyone's advice on this. It's becoming apparent how easy it is to fall back (no pun intended) when I don't think about getting weight to the lead foot. So this seems to be where an instructor would really be beneficial - at least for me. It's virtually impossible to know when improvement is good enough to make it no longer the most damaging of my many faults. When you say to do it "right", I will never get to the point where I look like a tour pro with this or any key. However, there is improvement and I can see getting to the point where this little bit of success may become unconscious. I just always assumed there were different levels of competence. I don't mind working on this for the entire 2017 season and beyond - if that's what it takes for the improvement to stick and even get better.
  14. I din't get through the entire article but thought it was a well-written piece. There are thousands of minor league baseball players who have similar stories. Some are good enough to stick with it a long time and never make any real money. Others give it a go, realize the difficulty, and get out while they're young. The article reminded me of Ben Hogan's story and how he talked about giving up on a tour career and getting a "real" job - just before winning his first tournament.
  15. I agree with what others have said. The issues showing up on video and the description of your iron play indicates you will be fine once you get some quality, focused instruction. The only advice I can give is to not try too many fixes at once and to be patient. Get a priority piece to work on and give it a lot of focus and time before moving on to another. There is rarely a quick fix IMO. Welcome to the site @jcspigler2010 and good luck!