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  1. 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!).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Ok, I'm subscribing to this swing thread just for the pics and videos!!!!! This is awesome. Carry on with the awesome content here.
  7. Oh man, your game will never be the same. This is in your head. Every swing. Rest of your life
  8. I took a tiny unexpected little hiatus for a bit, but right before the break, I was thinking that an in-person tune-up was exactly what I needed. As you know, I'm working on pretty much one thing, and I've struggled to do what I need to get past that one hump. In my case, I have trouble slowing down enough to the point where I get it right, and I'm way to eager to speed up to swing at normal speeds. So my thought was: if I had one of these experts right there with me, I'd be more likely to get over the hump. Similar to having a personal trainer I get a better workout than when I go alone to the gym. So I can't wait to hear how it goes at Erie.
  9. Great to see you back! I've had to back off thinking much about golf too for a little bit, but man it's great to be back. Not sure if it's the slow motion, but your swing looks so much more fluid now than I remember from a while back. Nice work. Crossing the line at the top with the club is a problem I think many of us have trouble getting rid of. When I have good full swings where I avoid it, I feel incredibly short in my backswing. I think the trick for me is to think about the backswing being more of a shoulder turn, and less of a hands/arms turn. The arms don't need to go back as far as many of us novices think. When I focus on the shoulder turn (while keeping "connected" with right elbow in front of my right seam), and worry less about where the club is going, the results tend to be better.
  10. Welcome, Steven! There's lotsa good info in the links on the menu bar above to get you going: Pages...Welcome to TST. Pages...Instructional Content. Plus a bunch of good links under the How To... drop down. Great place to start rolling with how things work here, plus a good foundation for improving your actual golf! See you around.
  11. Couple of crazy days here, but I did manage to practice. Screwed up my daily streak of posting, but the golf was good! Yesterday was 45 minutes at the range. 30 minutes diligent video evaluation, watching for the backswing, transition, A5 and A6. Not much progress, but managed to not backslide visually even thought it felt uncomfortable again. Also spent last 15 minutes going through the bag, loosely hitting shots with the feels I've been working on. Got a sense of ball flight (I usually rarely hit full shots at range). Bit disappointing as there was no consistent pattern. Most straight, but not too powerful. Some pushes, pulls. Some slices and hooks. I'm always amazed that some people have a pattern of their shot. I'm pretty far into lessons, and I never have a consistent pattern. Some left pulls, some of those draw, some hook, some fade, some slice. Same with the straight shots. And again with the pushes (some draw, some fade, others straight pushes, etc). I can get any shot at any time. Maybe over time, one will predominate, but it seems to me, they're all about equally likely.
  12. This is a dominant display by these two, and I think we'll remember and talk about this duel for a long time. This has all the elements of being something historic. Both guys look at the top of their game, and all I know is that this is just special to watch.
  13. 20 minutes working on the transition. Hands should move less downward, and more toward the ball to promote shallowing. Also the left wrist flexing at the same time gives the feel of shallowing. Reviewed hand, arm, shoulder, hip positions at A5, A6, and impact. Key learning: flexing of the left wrist makes me feel that I need to really rotate my hips to get to a good impact position. If I don't turn enough and don't get my hips forward, I can't get square impact with hands inline.
  14. Yah, big fan of NBC's move to pick Tirico up. I wrote something about how good he was a couple pages back when it came up briefly about the coverage for this tournament. I think NBC right now has one of the best teams we've seen covering this event. I used to like Nantz, but I've done a 180 over the years. Hard to say why- I think it has been his overly reverential/emotional bits that he hams up. I like Tirico and Gannon. Just straightforward setups of discussions with the experts around them.
  15. Interesting that they have this feature under their "News and Video" heading: Rulings of the Day Friday (http://www.theopen.com/News/News/2016/07/The-Open-Ruling-of-the-Day-Round-2) Thursday(http://www.theopen.com/News/News/2016/07/Ruling-of-the-Day-Round-1)