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  1. Trash bag. So he's either a really really bad father or just a stupid cyclist towing his crap around.
  2. I just saw the story and this is -- word for word -- almost exactly what I was going to say.
  3. 1. We have an Upstate NY group. 2. What's the point of a sub-forrum called "Member Outings and Meetups" if not to discuss meeting up and having an outing? @RFKFREAK my summer has been really chaotic (in a good way, but still very crazy) and I don't think I can do a golf trip to Rochester this month. I need to recover from my June and July.
  4. Mine is obviously a joke. I don't maintain a handicap and can't even if I want to. I play probably 98% of my rounds alone and would never get in enough official rounds get an HI calculated. My Game Golf HI is currently 35. I don't know how GG calculates it but if I don't follow the rules to the best of my knowledge/ability, I don't include the round in my stats.
  5. I still don't completely understand what he's actually measuring. Before the round he gets a sheet that shows hole positions and he has a book with the contours of the green. So when he gets to the green he can see that the hole on the sheet isn't exactly where it is on the green? And then he's using a compass (I almost said protractor) to figure out on his book where the hole really is? 1. I either didn't learn or have forgotten how to use a compass. How is he doing this? 2. Can he possibly be accurate enough to matter? The photos that I've seen show him with his putter in the crook of his arm while holding a floppy book in one hand and a protractor ... dammit... compass in the other. (I love how Ads by Amazon is now offering me a 16-pack of plastic protractors when I few this page.)
  6. I thought I had read that it was going to be allowed but I guess I was reading someone's opinion and not the official ruling. I'm not terribly surprised at the ruling; I don't see a lot of difference between using the compass to figure out the "true pin location" on the green and using a range finder to find the "true location" of the pin from where the player is standing.
  7. Tidbit: The Walker Cup is named after George H. W. Bush's grandfather. And yeah... presidents like to golf.
  8. They definitely need a pace-of-play rule in baseball. A few years back there is/was a pitcher for (I think) the Cubs who was taking almost a minute per pitch. Granted, it was during the playoffs but he'd take forever even when the bases were empty. I love baseball and one of the reasons is that there isn't a clock. And while I am one of the most patient people you will ever, that game was completely unwatchable.
  9. I don't remember what days I signed up for. Doesn't matter though, I too was denied.
  10. I teed off yesterday at 9am and it was about 80 degrees. We finished at noon and it was 95+. As we were finishing, I saw some people on holes 10 and 2. So there were some hardy golfers out there! I probably wouldn't have started playing if it was 95 degrees but it wasn't terrible.
  11. I have found that my phone (a Motorola X) has a fairly small sweet spot for NFC. You can be close and the phone makes a sad little noise, basically saying "I saw something was there but didn't know what to do with it". Then move the tag less than an inch and it reads it fine. When you put the phone in your pocket, do you hit the power button to turn the screen off? If so, don't. When the first hole comes up either put the phone in your pocket or hit the "half-moon" button in the center. (See attached, tiny picture I grabbed from their site.) Also, it's a little OT but how do you like that phone? I'm looking for a new one and was considering that one.
  12. Walked nine with my wife. She doesn't play but will push my cart for me which is nice. I was playing pretty well tonight but making an effort not to total up the score while we were waiting on a couple tees. Finally on the tee of the par 4 9th, my wife says, "You've got 45 so far." Great. If I par the hole, I'm sub-50 and I know it. I hit a decent drive, and then a 9-iron into a bunker. Chip out of the bunker (the sand was hard as a rock) and sink the putt for par. So 49? Not so fast. I total up the card (didn't use game golf tonight) and come up with 53. We go back and forth and I finally underline groups of holes that total 10 to discover I was counting one hole twice. Final score... 47! This is the second time this season that I've broken my best 9-hole score. I had no triple bogies and only one penalty stroke. I wish I had time to play full rounds.
  13. I don't know; I wasn't trying to adjudicate it. I was simply pointing out that (a) the only decision I found about compasses was about the magnetic kind and (b) that on the surface, "using a device to measure something" sounds like it would be against the rules.
  14. When DeChambeau invites you over to dinner... I couldn't resist.
  15. There was a decision, 14-3/4 that sounds like it was intended for the directional compass: Using the geometrical compass sounds like he's using a device to measure distance which, on the surface, sounds like a no-no.
  16. I voted no. While I agree with some of the authors points, I don't think the player complaints are completely unwarranted either. It's interesting that he used Stenson as an example. I googled a bit for remarks from Stenson and found this article. "A little bit over the line" is definitely not "whiny baby" talk. Now, the author of @iacas's post didn't directly quote Stenson but I do feel that it's worth pointing out Stenson's comments on the round since his poor play on 15 was used as an example. I think players are under a lot of pressure and different people deal with that pressure differently. I don't care if players complain about wind or talk to their ball or drop F-bombs, etc. I think that's part of being human. But they should be reasonable too and sometimes they're not (e.g., don't complain when your ball stays right when you hit it in a strong left-to-right wind.) But it's unfair to them as people to judge them over isolated instances of expressed emotion. I also think that the players can't win. If they keep their emotions in check and don't react to anything, we (the general public) can accuse them of being boring robots. If, instead, they react as the flawed human beings they are, we can call them childish names like "snowflake" and "whiny baby." So while I agree that the players have grown too accustomed to perfect conditions, I don't think they're "whiny babies" when they're faced with hard conditions and express their frustration.
  17. Very interesting. I agree with his comment about paying people for some of those jobs. The USGA has mighty deep pockets and wouldn't be hurt by it. The one thing I don't understand... he was a volunteer and his volunteer credentials got him access to watch golf. What "ticket" did he pay $175 for!?
  18. I am all over the place these days. Played 9 tonight, score 55. I was +1 after three holes. Then +7 after four. On one hole, I was 164 yards from a pond and figured an 8I was a safe layup... nope. According to game golf, it was my best 8I ever. Still managed a bogey even with the penalty. On the plus side, I'm gaining distance with all of my clubs. On the negative side, I'm now having club selection problems.
  19. I don't think difficulty would bother me as much as cost. If I knew it was a tough course, I simply wouldn't keep score and pick up after I reached say double or triple-bogey.
  20. The rules can't possibly cover every possible scenario. That's why rules like 33-7 exist.
  21. I don't understand what you're saying.
  22. What isn't clear enough here?
  23. There are clearly defined penalties for 1-2 and 14-5 (the two rules that could have applied to Phil). In my opinion, purposefully breaking any rule is a breach of etiquette and we don't need a new rule to address that. I disagree. There is enough being made about this in the press and social media that I don't believe the rules-makers wouldn't be influenced by it all. Document it now and work it into the next rules-review cycle.
  24. True but my argument against that is in the immediate aftermath of a high-profile infraction (e.g., DJ's accidental ball movement a couple years back) do they have the correct perspective to make the best change?
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