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About RandallT

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  1. I think I'm with most: use until badly scuffed/damaged or lost. But then again, the ones I put into play are not mint condition to start with. I have a big box of "previously enjoyed" balls, sorted by brand. My father walks many evenings near dusk along a par 5 hole near his house in Hilton Head. He finds a few per day, for weeks and weeks at a time. As a result, I'll get a box of fairly decent balls at a rate far faster than I can use them! Many of them quite decent balls.
  2. Day late (but I was out of the running for an award anyway!). 10/19: Good range session with video. Reviewed all my recent lessons. Practiced the backswing- hitting the points my instructor wants (bit steeper than I'm used to) and with toe less vertical at A2. Then focused on laying the club down. Did lots of slower swings until I could get it mostly right. Tried to confirm at the end with a few full speed swings. Not great results on video, but contact was great. It felt like a better swing. Getting back out today for more video, and submission to instructor.
  3. I'm back to troll. This is exactly where I'm at, but I'll be looking to 2017 to actually make time for more rounds and maybe some real scores. By the way, your impact position in a few of the pics up there look to my eye like you really have your swing in a groove. And no pressure, but I decided to copy you and get fitted a new Edel putter, next season but only if you can lower your strokes lost putting in GAME GOLF by 2.
  4. I think you need to consolidate it all with an umbrella corporation, complete with a press conference. Just like TGR, but with a better logo.
  5. Agreed re: "no reason not to." Some day, it'll pay off. I think it'll be exciting to see what they can come up with. Great thread! Just catching up things from some time away from thinking about golf. Minor tweak to this statement: it turned out that 5ft was the threshold. Like you say, one needed to putt a bit better than a PGA pro outside 5ft just to avoid losing strokes in GAME GOLF. Inside 5ft, their numbers seemed to be closer to what we'd expect: a tad worse than a PGA pro putts. And for those new to this topic or new to the forum, lots of folks here worked with me last year to do our own little home-cooked strokes gained analysis across the different areas of the game. @kpaulhus's analysis in the OP aligns EXACTLY with what we saw time and time again- roughly 1.5 to 2.0 strokes difference between strokes lost putting (GG scratch v PGA). Interestingly, at the time we analyzed last year, it was at about the 10ft mark that GAME GOLF expected you to hit 50% of the putts to break even for a scratch player (the magical 1.50 strokes to hole out point). As we know for pros, that benchmark is typically 8ft. If anyone ever wants to confirm if they've tweaked their reference data set, just set 18 putts to 8ft. Make them all. If you gain 9 strokes, then you've found the 50/50 point. If you gain fewer than 9 strokes when all 18 putts are 8 ft, then GAME GOLF expects you to make more than 50% from there. Try 9 ft for all 18 putts. Then try 10ft. When you get 9 strokes gained in the report for the round, you've found GAME GOLF's 1.50 expected hole out distance. Oh, and then delete that round because you're corrupting the data sets, man! For what it's worth, I used 3 different courses and found that on all 3 courses, the 10ft putt length was the 50/50 point- consistent across all 3. Probably overkill, but I wanted to make sure that they didn't use data specific to just one course, but sure enough, it seemed like they used the same reference data for all greens. No surprise, but it was worth the check since I was already geeking out. I thought maybe they had such a massive data set that they could've broken it down more! Note: I've signed a non-disclosure agreement with GAME GOLF (which I take seriously), but all of this info above is readily available from just using the system. I've not included anything above that I might've learned from any of our discussions where I mostly just provide a voice to show them how a stats geek experiences their product.
  6. The only proper response to any industry's public award is the same as Bob Dylan to the Nobel Prize for Literature. Radio Silence. http://www.salon.com/2016/10/17/nobel-prize-for-literature-winner-bob-dylan-is-too-cool-to-respond-the-committee/ But seriously- Congrats, Erik!! I think as the times evolve, we'll find that your many methods of outreach to golfers are having more positive impact on the golf world than the combined efforts of most on that list. My hunch is that many on that list are tied to country clubs and golf academies, so they likely just reach people in a conventional way. You have so many ways in place to reach out that it's impressive: book, TST forum, online lessons, in-studio lessons, college level coaching, plus more I'm not listing. I wish there was some way the industry would recognize the uniqueness of your efforts, frankly. Your initiative and ability to deliver such quality through multiple means is pretty damn impressive- often without much recognition or direct financial reward. That might get lost on a list of 50 people, where you get lumped in with folks who might be more "9 to 5" about golf, or perhaps have 1/10th the impact you do. But congrats, nonetheless! Great to see "them" recognize you. My hunch is also that something good will come out of it. Just don't run off to some lucrative academy somewhere more tropical, sign a non-compete agreement, and shut down TST!
  7. 10/18. I'm back! Reviewed Evolvr lessons, and did 15min mirror work. Will go to range tomorrow for new video submission. Maybe even update to my swing thread. Odd, but I've been off a couple months or so from golf/TST, but I've been sorta mentally going through a lot of the items on my list from my instructor- at random times, just percolating the info. In the mirror work today, I felt like it was easier to flatten my club from the top than it has been. We will see tomorrow on video, but I'm hopeful that the time off didn't really stop some of my forward progress with the swing.
  8. Hi Russ, Love the overall idea and glad you're having success. Since starting lessons, I've tried to have better range sessions as well. I also go to the range each time with a purpose. The big differences in my sessions and yours are two things: I usually have a video camera (sometimes, I'll admit I'm too lazy to set it up- but I usually find the session is not as productive) I use far fewer balls. I hit 45 (smallest bucket at the range I usually go to), and most of them are not full swings. There is lots of time replaying video to see if I'm doing what I think I'm doing. It's tedious, but I find it more productive than when I'm just swinging away at full speed, trying to feel my way to a better swing. I like your idea of jotting down ideas after a successful "feel" works. I've had sessions where I forgot the last breakthrough, and it takes time to recover it. Maybe if I'd jotted down a note, that could've gone faster. I usually just review notes from my instructor, of which I just have a running tally of shorthand ideas in chronological order. You've likely seen this thread, but always a good reference for new folks who might be tuning in:
  9. Love it! I liked the little discussion you threw in about denormalizing the data model to capture the slope/rating at the time the round was played, as that's something I don't think I'd ever thought through. I guess your only other option would have been to assign a date of the rating in the course_tees table into the scores table? That would certainly make the calculation of differential a bit more complex to do the join between two tables based on the correct rating (based on round date in the scores table to a date NO LATER than that round in the course_tees). Not sure I know how to do that in a JOIN command. Anyway, great idea for topic. I think lots of us enjoy geeking out with data modeling, but are afraid to admit it. I'm also a fan of MS SQL Server, but I also felt looked down upon by Oracle or Sybase guys at work. Those of us supporting MS SQL Server were the pariahs. Curious if that division (sometimes just teasing, sometimes quite serious when choosing a platform for a new project) still exists out there in the workplace generally (OT, I know!).
  10. Nice blog! Looks like you're going to be pretty dedicated to this endeavor. If things don't work out on that blog site, you might consider porting it over to this site: https://thesandtrap.com/blogs/ My hunch is that you'd have a decent audience here, and you'd benefit from more regular comments, if you posted within this TST blog area, as we can all subscribe to your blog with our accounts here. And we are known to comment frequently! From a quick glance so far, there are not many people commenting on your current posts, which is a shame. I really doubt you'd have that problem here! I figure the more interactive, the better it is for you- since that helps you stay motivated. (you may have to put up with some criticism occasionally which can be demotivational too, of course) Good luck! From my experience, getting down under a 14 has been quite difficult. I was able to get there with a homegrown swing, but lessons are needed to undo my bad habits, and I can't even imagine getting to a single-digit handicap. I'll pop in from time to time to see how it's going, if I remember. (if you ported it all here, I'd definitely see it!) Edit: I just noticed you said that you considered posting here, but are concerned about flooding with too much content. Got it. I can understand that.
  11. There is a blog area here where you'd likely get a lot more viewership of your ideas. https://thesandtrap.com/blogs/ Look around and you'll see others who publish articles from time to time as it strikes them. I believe anyone can create their own blog here (I see the "Create Blog" button), and you can publish each of your articles as a separate blog entry. This site gets pretty good coverage in google searches, so you'd likely get more viewership and feedback, since that's what you are looking for. That link you posted appears so spammy with all the wacky characters that I bet a lot of folks wouldn't dare click on it. I never click on stuff like that, as a rule. But I gotta admit, I'm curious as to what you're writing about.
  12. I heard Fowler 4-putted the first to start with double-bogey, and just saw him miss a short-ish putt a moment ago. No Americans in the 25 players who are under par right now. Reviewing the pics on the Olympics site, they seem like mugshots: http://results.nbcolympics.com/golf/event/men/phase=gom001101/index.html
  13. Feherty just said "there was no better putter ever than Ian Baker-Finch." I don't want to derail this into a discussion of great putters, but they had just interviewed IBF on how well the event is going. IBF is thrilled with the course, and the excitement thus far, but of course, one of his players is well in the lead! Jason and Adam WHO? When they cut back to the booth, Feherty chimed in with IBF being the greatest putter of all time. I knew IBF was well-regarded, but I had to search to see if he had many any lists as the best putter ever. Anyway, so far after about 45 minutes of having the event on in the background, it seems like a fun event to keep an eye on. Lots of commentary thus far about it setting up just like an Australian Sandbelt course. Glancing at the scoreboard, there's very little correlation right now between OWGR and the leaderboard position, which can sometimes be a letdown as the tournament comes to a close.
  14. Ok, I'm subscribing to this swing thread just for the pics and videos!!!!! This is awesome. Carry on with the awesome content here.
  15. Oh man, your game will never be the same. This is in your head. Every swing. Rest of your life