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  1. Smoking is a lot cheaper than a lot of other coping mechanisms that some people use. Money itself isn't really what would stop me from getting the driver anyhow. It's more a question of whether its worth bothering with under the circumstances.My swing is the problem. If any sort of competition is out of the question, there is no point to paying that money out. Try to get better this year and regroup next year. It's all really a matter if I want to remain eligible to compete in something this year. 1. The only real purpose of an HI is to level a competition. If there is no competition, there is no point to bother with it. 2. Without messing with handicap posting I won't need to care about playing by the rules of golf. The main point will be figuring out how to hit a ball, not what the score turns out to be. 3. Posting for handicap requires playing against someone. Maybe that will turn out and maybe it won't. I don't have a regular game yet. 4. $30 isn't a big deal, but it is still money. 15 minutes of our pro's time if the price hasn't changed. It's a question of what I want to focus on for the remainder of this truly f--k'd up year. There really is a liberating quality to not bother with some of the formalities. If I'm going to try to compete on some level I need to do it right. That's the consideration. .
  2. @billchao, @CarlSpackler, thanks for your responses. I'd had the whole idea of replacing driver in my head since I gave up on my old Nike VRS last year. I took it out of the bag and put in a 90s era Taylormade Burner. It's about 10 yards shorter on decent strikes, but tends to stay in the yard on the bad ones. So I can make due with that. The trick to the lessons is that I need to get a lot more out of them than I did last year. I took one at Kittyhawk and one at Miami Shores. I like the kid down at Kittyhawk, but all he had for me was to relax my grip. No doubt that is often true, but its also the tip of the iceberg for me. The Shores pro was definitely more impressive. He used his video equipment and changed up my stance a bit. A lot of what he said made sense. The part that was bit rough was he wanted me to square my back foot to the line. Normally, I flare my feet on any shot. I tried and tried to square that foot, but just couldn't keep my balance doing that. I'll probably give him another stab. Probably trying to do these lessons regularly, every three or four weeks say, might make more sense. Not getting that driver frees up at least a few lessons worth. So the driver is out. Maybe the better question is whether I bother with the ghin and the business of keeping score this year. Getting on the course is going to be a big enough pain in the ass by itself. Focusing on nothing more than hitting the ball solid might be a good approach.
  3. An e-mail from the City of Dayton suggests I should be receiving my refund very soon. So that brings up a question. What do I do with it? The original plan, when a full slate of KHMA events was presumably going to occur, was to spend the cash for a combination of lessons, shoes and a driver. Well, we got the new shoes last Friday. Soon the golf budget will have the cash to buy the driver, but does blowing that money on a driver still make sense? It's almost June. I've got absolutely no events to look forward to at this point. If I'm just going to banging the ball around Miami Shores casually, what difference does getting a fancy, expensive driver make anyway? While having no men's association, Miami Shores hosts a couple of events that could be entered supposing COVID doesn't cancel them. Of course, my game isn't really up to it at the moment. There is a County Championship in early September that I could shoot for theoretically. For that matter, I've not actually bothered to get my ghin paid up and updated yet. The $30 bucks is nothing, but is even tracking the HI more trouble than its worth at this point? So with 80% of my Dayton pass on its way back to me, its either: 1) Reallocate the cash to other budgets, figure on just keeping golf really casual this year and forgetting about handicap indexes, 2) Set the County Championship as an actual goal, spend the money, buy the driver, get lessons and work toward it 3) Just get the HI sorted, get some lessons and see what I can do without fussing over the driver or any competitions.
  4. Yes. That occurred to me later. In 83, they sucked. A Mickey Mouse Club, I believe. Just kind of rolled with it. Should of known the Jersey guy would call me out. Probably you and a lot of other people. I like reading about the historical stuff and the Original Six era was a big part of the NHL's past. Still there probably aren't a lot of people running around today that even saw an Original Six game in person.
  5. It's exactly the lateness of the NHL expanding that makes this whole era thing even more confusing to deal with. The overall talent pool for hockey really wasn't much better in the late 70s or early 80s than it was in the 50s and 60s when the Richards, Howes and Hulls were doing their thing. It's was still mostly Canadians. Only after American and European players started coming into the league in larger numbers did the overall talent pool significantly improve. Put it this way, I'm not real sure Gretzky had to deal with a lot tougher competition in the 1983-84 season against juggernauts like the Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Scouts, Hartford Whalers and New Jersey Devils (21 teams x 20 players = 420) than Howe, Hull and Richard had to deal with in the 60s against the old original six (120). Would you rather face the best 420 players in 1983-84 or the best 120 players in 1966? Also think about the level of familiarity. With that many head-to-head games, you aren't going to fool anyone after a while. Then things change dramatically when eastern Europe opens up and their players start coming over in large numbers. A current team against anyone from prior to say 1990 would probably be a beat down. And that's probably why Gretzky won't get replaced as everyone's perceived GOAT if not the genuine article. His fame, bolstered in a big way by his trade to the LA Kings), is world-wide. It would have been all over if the Kings had actually won a Cup or two back then. Lemieux is known but not on the same level. I'd guess that if you aren't of a particular age, a hockey fan or from Pittsburgh, you might not even know him.
  6. Thanks @Bonvivant. It's settled. The GOAT is actually 11-time Stanley Cup winner, Henri Richard. And let the Era-related comments begin! 🙂
  7. Ok. I get the era thing. The real GOAT is some kid in Kamloops that needs his diaper changed. Just like the Woods v. Nicklaus thing. Athletes get better over time. It makes sense and I agree with it for the most part. ... It still makes the entire discussion of a GOAT a bit silly. Lidstrom is one of the best ever, but I don't think I've ever heard someone make that claim before. Your very own era-adjusted scoring list doesn't seem to have Nick's name on it (not that pure points per game ought to be the only consideration).
  8. The argument one might make for Bobby Orr has to emphasize that he was a defenseman, did things no defenseman ever did before him and very few have done since. It changed the way coaches looked at the position. Without considering the context, simply looking at adjusted points per game stats against the greatest forwards of all time, is a disservice to Orr.. Consider this. The top ten scoring seasons in NHL history for a defenseman are owned entirely by two men. Orr and Paul Coffey. Coffey, you may know, played with both Gretzky and Lemieux. Only three other players have ever scored 100 points or more in a season. Al McInnis, Brian Leetch and Dennis Potvin did it one time each. Talk about different eras? The highest ranked season after 2000 came in at #40 when Brent Burns scored 83 points in 2018-19. Bobby Orr deserves some credit because he was more than just an offensive player. He did play defense, he hit, could fight if he had to. Of course, its some of those type of things that helped shorten his career. Lemieux is said to have saved the Penguin franchise, but Orr made a ho-hum Bruin franchise into a massive thing in Boston. They say that ice rinks popped out of the ground in Boston during the 70s and it was because of Orr. Not sure if I'd call him GOAT, but he should be in the top 3.
  9. Oh. I guess I interpreted your statement as surprise that Orr was ranked as low as No. 5. Love watching those old highlights of him even when it came at my club's expense.
  10. Yeah, but Orr is also the only defenseman on the list.
  11. I'm not a big fan of the GOAT arguments because of the difficulties in comparing eras. The inherent nature of hockey makes it even more difficult. It's a team game and an individual player's statistics usually have a lot to do with that guy's teammates. That said, I'm inclined to agree that Lemieux deserves to be right up there and teammates are a big part of my argument. Those early Penguin teams that Lemieux played for weren't very good. #66 made a 100-point scorer out of a guy named Rob Brown. A few years later, I'd watch Brown with Kalamazoo play the Cincinnati Cyclones on a regular basis. Compare that to who Gretzky got to work with and your head spins. You are talking Coffey, Kurri, Anderson and Messier. It's not even close. Then you had all the health problems that Lemieux suffered. You had the lymphoma, but the back issues were a big factor. Lemieux took a relentless pounding. Remember the job done on him by Darius Kasparaitis. Gretzky, on the other hand, always had his enforcer at the ready. You really sort of wonder what Mario could have done in a different situation.
  12. Between golf course closures and Covid, the whole business of hitting a golf ball solidly has suffered. Really any spring is a bit of starting over for me. In past years, I'd be grinding things out at Kittyhawk in late April and early May to put together some sort of workable swing by the time the summer started. Obviously, that's simply wasn't possible. The sporadic rounds I was able to play were chock full of miss hits and improvement has been slow to come. At about the same time that Dayton pulled the plug on Kittyhawk, Miami Shores opened their driving range. That has helped. The only alternative was a mat range on the other side of town. Hitting off mats is a lousy idea for me because they result in wrist-shattering fat shots on turf. The Shores range has nice, well maintained turf and is often the fallback on days where getting on the course is impossible. I've had some productive sessions out there, but getting any result on the course didn't happen until yesterday. The front nine was more of the same old garbage, but things sort of came together on the back. The weight finally got forward on time. The head stayed steady and I remained on balance throughout the swing. I parred five of the last nine holes and hit some of the best shots I have all year. Coming up 18, a par-5, for the first time in a long time I actually swung with some confidence. After a so-so drive, I smashed a 5W 210 yards straight down the middle, made a quality 8I shot to the green and only missed my birdie putt by inches. I'll take my positives where I can find them.
  13. Ran into the chap yesterday at the course and mentioned to him that I hadn't seen him the couple of times I stopped out at 2 p.m. Seems he's a bit of a fair weather guy, so the threat of any rain will keep him home. I'm sure we'll get out sometime soon. Your guys must be the only ones. From what I can tell, everyone and anyone with a bag of sticks are trying to get on the courses around here.
  14. My old club championship was a two-day event. From what I could tell, the real key was not drinking like a lunatic after the first round. I'd see guys pounding it down and some of them never showed up the next morning. I agree with @David in FL, that sounds like an awful lot of practice if you aren't sure you can play 18 on consecutive days. Some of the old guys I know play 18 just about every day. If soreness is a problem, you may want to see a doctor.
  15. Setting tee times has unfortunately become necessary around here and nobody takes tee times for a single. Frustratingly, I actually worked Memorial Day so that I could play with a friend of mine yesterday. Dude sends me a message at 1 a.m. Tuesday that he won't be able to make it. I really miss the days of being able to just show up at my old home courses any old time and know I was going to get on one of them.
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