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  1. Titleist blades designed for Adam Scott, up to the 718MB line, actually had more offset than the Titleist CB irons. It was only with their newer 620MB that they finally made their blades into a "low offset" design. Blades do have offset, it's just generally designed to be less obvious and to be less than most GI/SGI irons. Clubs with truly zero offset will actually look quite strange to most people's eyes because they are so uncommon. With the slight bulge on the leading edge of most irons, since it's not a straight line, it makes a true zero offset iron look like it actually ha
  2. I refill my water bottles, take a leak, and potentially grab a hot dog/burger/crackers that are ready to go at the turn to take with me. Waiting and allowing groups behind you to play through while you eat only slows down the course for everybody. You are leaving the tee box open, but the group behind you cannot actually use that until they get there. There is no gap between the group behind you and the group 2 spots behind you. If you try to fit in between those two groups, there is no gap for you to fit into and you will slow down the entire course. If you specifically have separat
  3. I truly have no issues with the swing, and I don't think it's a bad option for golfers struggling with traditional swings or beginners who are looking for an "easier" start. It's essentially just the golf version of a baseball swing where you start with the club behind your head, then swing at the ball. It's definitely easier to grasp quickly than a normal swing, and for people with limited hip/shoulder mobility it would likely be more comfortable than a traditional swing as well. My issues are primarily just the outlandish and outright false claims. It's like the "vaccines cause autism"
  4. 900 horsepower and 3,400 pounds still pales in comparison to 1,000+ horsepower and 1,600 pounds. Power to weight ratio is still more than 2x in the favor of the Formula 1 car, with an F1 car having much more flexible aero packages for reduced drag (on ovals) or increased downforce (on road courses). Even swiss-cheesing the NASCAR chassis to save 1,000 pounds doesn't put it in the same class as an F1 car, but that's perfectly okay. They're different cars for different purposes.
  5. Yes, a shallow swing with no spin at all, yet a higher dynamic loft. I'd be willing to bet Jim has never used a launch monitor before, he's probably allergic to the facts they deliver.
  6. #2 for me. Every brand has some sort of Anser/Newport/Newport2 style putter in their repertoire, but some brands have drivers that work much better/worse for me than others. I'd love to keep my current putter (or a Circle T version of it), but honestly I'd be just fine switching to another brand's near-identical model. The same can't be said for the big stick, just because there's more performance difference between brands and models there and different brands/models will fit different swings better or worse. I like my putter, but not that much. I've kept my putters for a long time o
  7. I'd also wager that an F1 car would quite thoroughly thrash a NASCAR Cup car on any track in the world. Without restrictor plates the NASCAR Cup cars are limited to 670 horsepower. F1 cars peak out at over 1,000 horsepower. The minimum weight for a NASCAR Cup car is 3,400 pounds, while F1 cars weigh only 1,631 pounds. That's nearly twice the power in half the weight, not even counting the grippier tires, additional downforce, and stronger brakes.
  8. If you are still looking for playing partners, or if someone currently lined up isn't able to make it, I would love to have the chance to join you for your round! Feel free to shoot me a message if you want to get to know me a bit more, or if you have any questions/details that need to be reviewed.
  9. I am really enjoying that this season there is some legitimate competition to Mercedes. It's clear that both Verstappen is incredibly talented and the Red Bull is incredibly difficult to drive well, but at least this year there is somebody besides Hamilton/Bottas who is legitimately competing for wins each week and the overall title. I'll readily admit I'm not much of a Lewis Hamilton fan simply because it gets boring watching the same guy win for so long, but I'm really enjoying seeing him get the chance to properly display his talent again in a way that hasn't really happened since 2018
  10. I know I definitely used to fall into this trap more than I do now, but even today I still can find myself sliding into the same habit. Show up early for your round, hit the range, and try to find which feel I need to use that day to hit the shots I want to hit. Most rounds used a different feeling than the one before it, and if that feeling stopped working I'd try to correct something mid-round based on how I had been hitting it up to then. Last fall and this year in particular I've tried to focus much more on long-term improvement and consistency. I have something I've chosen to wo
  11. Depending on your phone, you may have the ability to also set a delay on the start of recording from when you hit the record button (like the timers on actual cameras, some phones have that built into their camera app as well). Otherwise you would likely also be fine asking someone else on the range to help you take a quick video, so long as they're not actively working on something and aren't the earbuds-in super focused type. If they're just finishing up, just arriving, or taking a bit of a break I've had luck asking somebody nearby if they could help me take a quick video so I can bet
  12. The biggest improvement in my golf game happened when I played 18-54 holes every day (plus warm-up and practice) and took 2-3 lessons a month one summer in high school, thanks to free golf from working at a course. Dropped my handicap from right about a 5 to my all-time lowest of a +2.7. As far as specific improvements go, that summer I primarily improved my tee shots and ballstriking. My "big miss" with the irons/wedges went from something I chunked/bladed 20 yards short or long, to something I hit two grooves low on the face that carried a little shorter/longer and curved a little more
  13. I have to wonder if this is particularly true though, simply because when Tiger burst onto the scene the new trend in course design and renovation was to "Tiger-proof" your golf course by making it longer, but more importantly by making it very narrow and penal specifically in the areas where longer hitters put their tee shots. Bunkers were added, the rough was grown out, fairways were pinched down to a narrower waist ~300 yards out from the teebox. Was Tiger truly less accurate than Jack, or is it partially because the courses were modified specifically to make things more narrow and difficul
  14. I had the most bizarre day of golf last Thursday afternoon, not at my home course but noteworthy in a birdie thread nonetheless. I hit 13 greens in regulation that day, including one GUR where I reached a par 5 in two. On the front 9 I hit all 9 GIR, and only 4/9 on the back. My AVERAGE proximity to the hole that day, for GIR/GUR, was only 14.54 feet from the hole. I had 3 different birdie putts inside 10 feet. I missed all three of those birdie putts, along with another 8 birdie putts (the longest being from only 29 feet away). It was very strange because it was probably one of the
  15. I've been in a scenario similar before, except I was the player who went over the time and it was an assistant coach who found my first ball as I was addressing my provisional. Yeah, it really sucks to find the first ball after it's already been declared lost. Knowing that you could have avoided the two strokes if you'd just looked "right over there" instead, but the ball was lost and now at least you aren't out the $4 of a nice ball (assuming you pay for balls, I know many high school/college golfers don't during school tournaments). There was no discussion or arguments on the cour
  16. This right here is the heart of the discussion, and I'm not sure that I agree with this statement that muscle back irons necessarily add struggle to a golfer's game (at least at a certain point). Game Improvement and Super Game Improvement irons certainly are more forgiving on most shots hit fat or in wet turf conditions simply because they don't dig into the ground the same way a thin muscle back does. Beyond that, however, the data and testing (in the original video and in others) seems to show that forgiveness in an iron is a very overrated concept for players who can get the ball off
  17. Usually they keep them at a reasonable pace, somewhere around a 10-11 in pace depending on how recently it's been mowed or how dry/windy it is that day. That day they were slow, however, because they had aerated too early when the grass was still dormant and were trying to promote a faster recovery once it started growing again. They also had ruined their mower reels with oversanded greens because of that, along with 3/4 of the maintenance staff dying/retiring at the start of March, so now they're finally starting to get everything back going again maintenance-wise. They actually have mem
  18. My short game is the biggest weakness in my golf game, but identifying the weakness doesn't mean it's a mental issue and neither does chipping well on a practice green but not on the course. The most likely problem is that when practicing chipping you're giving yourself ideal lies and easier shots to practice than you end up encountering out on the course. Every time I go to the golf course I see people around the chipping green who prop every ball up in the rough, roll it out of deep spots, and never put the ball right up against the collar. On the course your ball is more likely than no
  19. Last Saturday I got to add two new birdies to the list in the latest men's club tournament, which was a nice plus since they also both won me some skins! Holes 1 and 12 were the new ones, and hole 1 was the best start I've ever had to a tournament with my approach leaving just a 8 inch or so tap in! On Wednesday I had my best ever overall day off the tee with +5.35 strokes gained driving (compared to the MyRoundPro scratch golfer baseline), but unfortunately no new birdies. I've finally been able to nail down some improved consistency in my drives, which has made a huge difference r
  20. This is almost definitely what this plan is - use some of the money the Tour earns from TV broadcasts or other media and distribute it based on which players are influencing the value of the Tour's brand the most. The PGA Tour doesn't have team owners getting a cut of the media money (based on both performance and popularity, in many cases) like most other sports, so this seems like a nice way of doing the same thing for golfers who play an individual sport and would otherwise miss out on that opportunity. PGA players already engage in a popularity contest, because the more popular you ar
  21. Keep all the memories without creating new ones for two reasons. The more serious reason is that my Grandpa got me into golf early, when I was 3, and I grew up playing the game with him. He doesn't golf anymore and I have a lot of good memories of us together, so I'd hate to lose it. The more important reason is that if I can't create any new golf memories I can guarantee I'll have forgotten about my bogies, doubles, and triples by the time I get to the next teebox. I might need those little prayer beads to keep count for scoring, or just use my shot tracking device for scoring, but
  22. For how long? Until the ball is at rest, just like with 100% of other shots where you wait until the ball stops moving before hitting it again. If the ball is moving, not oscillating or wobbling as described in Rule 10.1d, and it's hanging over the edge of the hole it's going to go in the hole without much more than 10 seconds delay maximum in the first place. Si Woo Kim's ball is an excellent example of about the longest amount of time it would ever take for a ball that was constantly in motion to fall. Don't be ridiculous, for this rule to even apply you have to have part of the
  23. This is exactly the problem though, it's absurd to claim that a moving ball is at rest just because you decided it's been moving too long. It's completely arbitrary and perfectly contrary to the truth of the situation. It's no different than telling a player they need to pick up their ball and walk back 30 yards to drop it after their tee shot, because it had been traveling for more than 10 seconds so it must be replaced to where it was determined to be "at rest" regardless of the ball's actual condition. Encouraging or even requiring people to take a stroke at a moving (not oscillating) ball
  24. Playing on Saturday I picked up a birdie on hole #4, which is nice since that's definitely the hardest par 4 and I've got it finished for both the front and back 9 now. The other two birdies in my even par 34 were duplicates, but I only have holes 1 and 9 remaining for the front by now. The back nine was decidedly less nice, since I followed up my up and down front nine 34 with a horrifying 42 that contained a double, a triple, and three bogies with zero birdies to offset any of it. I was playing Wolf with those in my group and took a lot of risks off the tee on the back 9 because my part
  25. "Next up on the #1 tee, the best player for the start of the Masters to never win the tournament, Greg Norman!" If Augusta wasn't as strongly formal/traditional as it always has been that would be pretty funny, but it'll never happen for obvious reasons.
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