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  1. It's funny you mention that, because chariot racing is a prime example of an ever changing field of competitors. It's hard to have a consistent depth of field when about half of the competitors die in each race. This is helped by the fact that spectators were encouraged to sabotage the opposing teams (they raced for the Reds, Whites, Blues, and Greens based on the colors they wore) by throwing nail studded chunks of lead at the racers (the Romans did love their lead), and the fact that racers had the reins tied to their bodies instead of just holding them like a sane person. But if we wan
  2. Highest paid athlete in history is a category for GOAT that has yet to be passed. Diocles, from 104 to 146 AD, earned an equivalent amount to $15,000,000,000 (15 billion) in his 24-year career. So far nobody has even come close to that number. One could even argue he's the GOAT for any sport in any time, but certainly he's the GOAT for chariot racing with a record that will not likely be challenged anytime in the next couple centuries. He won 1,462 of his 4,257 races, and placed 2nd or 3rd in another 1,438 of those races. Considering the dangers of chariot racing (they literally carried k
  3. If you believe that to be the case, why don't you go ahead and provide evidence for any other factor making a difference? I have based my opinion on facts and evidence. So far you have backed up your opinion with nothing but, "because I said so".
  4. Except we can account for these variables. In golf the only variable that matters across eras is the strength of the fields. Equipment and course difficulty are irrelevant because, funny enough, all players within an era use the same equipment and play the same course. The only differences are the people who are playing in each era. Tiger's era had exponentially stronger fields than Jack's era, so the reason you like to claim it can't be compared is because when the comparison is made your golden boy falls short.
  5. Your spin rate is your spin rate. Side spin and backspin are not independent from one another, more backspin with the same angle between the club face and the swing path (and hit in the same place on the face) will always result in more side spin. Side spin, as most people think of it, isn't really a thing. The golf ball doesn't spin completely backwards and completely sideways, the golf ball simply spins at an angle. You can factor out the angled spin into backwards and sideways components, but it's just an angle - called the spin axis. It's also affected by how centered your strike is o
  6. That is an adapter for the Titleist 917 D3 that fits on any 0.335" driver shaft. The Taylormade TP Shafts were made in both 0.335 and 0.350. Generally speaking the driver shafts were 0.335 and the fairway wood shafts were 0.350, so we do not have enough information to determine whether this adapter would work for the shaft you currently possess. We can't give a reasonable recommendation unless you can give us a little information about your current swing. Do you currently have high driver spin? Do you know what your current driver swing speed is? Is your swing smooth or is it
  7. Men swing 2 degrees steeper with a 3 wood than women do, and they swing 17 mph faster. The lofts of 3-woods are the same for both ladies and men, usually, at about 15-17 degrees. The reason the driver spin numbers are so similar, by comparison, is that men tend to use lower lofted drivers than women. Despite the larger difference in attack angle, when you use a 10.5 or even 12 degree driver instead of an 8.5, 9, or 9.5 degree driver like many men do it will cause your spin rate to go up (and also your launch angle).
  8. Even if he was better than average, the most accurate player on the PGA Tour from 150-175 yards (with a fairway lie) is Danny Willet, and his average proximity to the hole is still 22 feet 5 inches. The median tour pro has an average proximity from the same distance of 28 feet 4 inches. Stat – Approaches from 150-175 yards Strokes Gained | Greens in Regulation | Accuracy from Fairway | Accuracy from Rough | Scoring | Going for it | HoleOuts, Other Pros are insanely good, but not quite good enough to average a yard away from that distance because g
  9. The average golfer has a 1 in 12,500 chance of making a hole in one while playing golf. Since they'll get a lot of practice at the same shot, however, I'll calculate the success probability based on 1 in 10,000 odds. This means that the probability of failure for each shot is 0.9999 (probability of success is 0.0001) P = 1 - 0.9999^7500 P = 1 - 0.472349 P = 0.527651 The average amateur would have about a 52.7651% chance of success.
  10. His typical miss at 171 is not less than a yard. From the fairway 150-175 yards out even the best pros miss the green entirely more than 20% of the time. I would encourage you to look at the actual math behind this scenario that I posted back on page 3. The odds of success are not 99.987% unless you have insanely high odds of holing each individual shot. Here's the post with the initial math: Here's the post with a more in-depth explanation of why my math is correct: The only thing open for debate is the odds of success for each individual shot. To have a
  11. It's an opinion that has been backed up with facts and data. The MPF is an opinion on club playability, one created specifically to favor the clubs that Maltby himself manufactures (the second part there is a fact, not an opinion).
  12. Your swing has no turn to the hips or shoulders. Do you know where "power", or more accurately clubhead speed, comes from in the golf swing? The answer is in using the entire body to create tension and "lag" in multiple areas that can be used to snap each piece into place faster than if there was no tension. The hips being ahead of the shoulders creates tension in your abs, lats, traps, and obliques - tension that can be used to help "pull" your collarbone to rotate faster than it could on its own. Your arms folding across your body puts more tension on the lats and traps, as well as
  13. No, it's comparing risks and rewards. In the proposed scenario you are risking 5 years spent in jail if you fail, but the reward if you succeed is $5,000,000. In the comparison you are risking a horrible death in a car crash if you fail to make it to the ice cream shop safely, among other things, and the reward is getting ice cream. The odds of failure are low enough to offset the relatively small reward, however. The odds of success are 99.99%, or more. In this case the odds of success are somewhere between 70% and 90%, depending on your skill level. This means you have a 10-30
  14. The Maltby Playability Factor is useless when it comes to determining how easy or hard to hit a given model of clubs will be. I play Mizuno MP4 irons, which are muscleback blades, with a MPF of 397. The 2016 Titleist AP2 irons, which are significantly easier to hit than my blades, have a MPF of 417. The 2016 Titleist CB blades have a MPF of 464, almost 50 higher than the far more forgiving AP2 irons. They also rate the PING i210 irons as having a MPF of only 338, and I can assure you that the i210 irons are immensely more forgiving than my MP4's despite having a 59 point lower MPF. T
  15. Michael Jordan has serious incentive to say bullshit like this. He wants to pretend like he'll always be the GOAT for basketball and others, such as LeBron or Curry, can't be compared to him because they're "from a different era". The truth of the matter is it's pretty damn easy to compare players of the same sport across different eras. You (and Michael Jordan) are just salty because the numbers might not turn out the way you want them to.
  16. Yeah, unfortunately those were just poorly made clubs. Either the casting process was garbage, the material was garbage, or both were bad. Nothing you can do to inspect this before the purchase unless you hit them on the range, because the flaws and defects that cause it won't be apparent from just looking at them. If you stick with a name brand such as Wilson, Spalding, or Callaway you shouldn't have any of these problems because the casting process for the heads (and the material used) will be of a much higher quality. Of the clubs you mentioned I would most strongly recommend the used
  17. Correct, I specified standard difficulty to mean a course with a rating similar to its par, but I can understand most courses aren't that way. 36 holes on the same day is only an issue for those with some sort of disability or who are very out of shape, because the PGA requires the use of golf carts for the PAT currently (https://www.pga.org/articles/playing-ability-test-pat-policies-and-procedures).
  18. No, he wouldn't say that because he knows it would make it more likely for him to be beat. Once Tiger won 3 Ams saying that Ams don't count made it less likely for him to be beat. Him claiming that senior tour wins should count only makes it more likely for him to be beat, rather soundly, and Jack is smart enough to know this.
  19. Jack would never say that. He knows if he does his record will be broken in under 10 years, easily, because Tiger qualifies for the senior tour in 7 years and would wipe the floor with every player on it.
  20. That's impressive, it looks like they managed to infringe upon two different copyrights at once!
  21. That's true, I was assuming that the ball had moved forwards when it fell off the tee. I was thinking of what happened to Zach Johnson at the Masters, except when the player was intending to hit the ball.
  22. A player on my high school team had a truly superhuman swing speed like this. As a 17 year old in high school he had a SS of between 135 and 140. It was fast enough that his PING i20 driver broke after he used it for only 2 years, because he literally caved the face in. That was something I previously didn't know was even possible. Practice, technique, and flexibility are what gives you swing speed. Being a larger person (tall and long arms, not fat) also helps you out. As far as technique goes, a lot of it is just about the hips getting ahead of the shoulders, the shoulders
  23. The trick is to use a chisel tip pen/marker, that's what creates that distinctive looking font. Letters are pretty easy to practice and get super near because there's only ten of them, but the trick to writing out names that neatly is that you always use all capital letters. Still takes some time to get them looking nice, but it makes things easier than if you also used lowercase letters since most capitals have more straight lines and fewer curves.
  24. Yes, because he asked about what would happen if you re-teed the ball and played it regardless of the rule against doing so. It seemed as though he knew you got a 1 stroke penalty if you intended to hit the ball but whiffed.
  25. Two rules apply here, which I'll go into depth later. I can briefly answer your questions up front though. 1) One stroke penalty, and the ball must be replaced (under Rule 9.4) 2) Disqualification (under Rules 1.3.b.1 and 3.3.b.3) For the first question, Rule 9.4 states the following: Obviously none of the exceptions for Rule 9.4 apply here, and the player should be penalized 1 stroke and is required to replace the ball on the ground where it fell from the tee originally. The primary concern of the second question is rule 1.3.b.1, which states: The second qu
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