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  1. I can't speak to the mechanics, but only what happens to me. If I have the ball too far back in my stance then I hit to the right and hit a fade. My hands have not squared back to their original position and the club face is still open. I imagine I could do something else to my swing to have that happen, but I am ok with it being in the classic forward position in my stance.
  2. There are people that might take it that way. No one wants to be told what to say, how to say it, etc.. and when you personally don't mean anything by a word but it's going to be misconstrued if you don't remember then yes, it ticks people off. But there is also a more real problem because it's a college/university. These institutions need to get young adults ready for the real world, yet many of them coddle students and provide too "safe" of an environment. Not prohibiting things that are wrong. If something is wrong, illegal or prejudiced it should be prohibited. But many schools do go overboard in not "offending" people. And in fact colleges are regularly in the news for not letting a controversial speaker speak because the students don't agree with their views. That's not to say that if there is not enough outcry that someone shouldn't speak anyway, but at that age I think you want to have more interaction and have students make up their minds by hearing something instead of shutting it down. Being offended is part of life and learning to either not take offense, unless you really need to stand up for something, or trying to understand whether the person is truly offensive or just you are misunderstanding them. A lot of "offense" would go away if people truly put some thought into why the other party actually did/said what they did/said. The best, and funniest, example was a school that banned an Asian cafeteria item because it wasn't "authentic and truly representative of the culture" and hence would be offensive to people from that culture. When I think most people would just think "that's bad cooking!"
  3. I think it's a little overkill, but it does make sense from the perspective that a lot of people don't feel included or inclusive for things that many of us take for granted. Every year there is a big flap over "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" and the reason for doing that is so that people don't feel excluded, or that what they are is not part of the team, group or whatever. Now if "Happy Holidays" and the like were the only things that would make people feel excluded or different, I can see the whole thing being silly. but in fact, those smaller things re-enforce bigger attitudes that make people feel excluded or different, hence people trying to do what they can.
  4. My irons are being re-shafted now and the MCC Plus is what is being put on them. Happy to comment when I get them back.
  5. Where I play there is a club washer on the back of the cart. I stopped using a glove several years ago. When my hands get sweaty I stick them in there and then dry them with a towel. it removes all the sweat and oil and I can grip the club great. A large towel with a dry half and a wet half works as well. I rarely have issues with clubs slipping, even on very hot days.
  6. I like the plastic ones because I can keep a single tee in my pocket for the whole round. I don't think any type of tee makes the ball go further. That's just marketing.
  7. Actually on really hot days, I just raid my wife's underwear drawer. Probably the best I've worn.
  8. imsys0042

    run the roughs?

    $80 per bag! I caddied at the wrong place. I used to get $20 (plus tip) when I stopped. I've been living in Western PA for 7 years, since I moved here I've noticed that people generally just go straight down the fairway. In NJ/NY and where I traveled they emphasized 90 degree and the ranger would occasionally say something if he saw you not following that. Plenty of people didn't do it, but it seems like it's pretty standard here.
  9. My last round had no doubles. Birdies, Pars and bogeys. Shot 81, which might lead me to believe that breaking 80 is harder but it was poor putting. Three three puts cost me shooting below 80 on this one. And a couple make-able putts that were two putts.
  10. For years I had a set of Hogan Apex Plus irons and loved them. I lived in NYC for a few years and my swing was in bad shape from not playing much so after a year of moving where I am now I got a set of game improvement clubs. Loved the Hogans, although when my swing improved I opted for Mizuno irons because Callaway had not brought Hogan back, IIRC. The new ones are beautiful.
  11. I've played Louisville golf woods, modern persimmons and when I was younger persimmon woods when metal woods were common. It's a lot of fun. And it's nice to see people still playing with older equipment. I can still remember some of my persimmon 4w shots 25 years later. And I'm only 42. Fun stuff!
  12. That's pretty neat. I'm in IT and I wrote a handicap tracker in python. It keeps track of the courses and slope/rating and will take the last 20 in the data file that I write and calculate the handicap. It's great for keeping track since I cannot put in rounds where I am single anymore. I have plans to expand it to a stats tracker where I can say whether I hit the fairway, or went out of play. Or hit the green and give percentages on what the tougher shots seem to be, but that'll probably be down the road. Useful if you add club information because then you can pull accuracy stats for each club and overall numbers for each hole. I don't know much about databases (I support DBAs, but am only an end user of DBs) so this is completely different to how I would approach it. Good luck!
  13. Also not trickery, and has nothing to do with the match at hand, but helps the guy… what… get a lower vanity handicap? Why? Actually I don't quite understand the situation here. Unless it's a stroke play match or tournament that doesn't restrict to ESC, then why does this matter? The weekly Saturday game at my place caps the money game to ESC, so if someone is going to make a 10 and their ESC is 7 then they can pick up after the 7 and it affects nothing. They post the 7 in the handicap system. If you are playing match play and you are at this point it doesn't affect the match. By saying carded score, is the assumption that it's either bragging rights "I shot a 85 today!", when the extra shots would have made it a 90 or something? Or that the non-ESC score is used for some type of winnings? The former is that person being boorish, the latter should have never allowed him to take ESC to begin with and the rules for what you are playing in should make that clear. Also the most common one I have seen at my place is people grounding their club in a hazard of bunker, but only if you aren't near them. I've played with them enough to not see them do it, but if you walk closer while they are addressing, or look through a range finder from 100 yards away, it's pretty obvious.
  14. 1 - I witnessed someone know that a competitor was hitting the wrong ball, watched him swing and before the ball hit the ground informed him of a 2 shot penalty. 2 - I am not making this up. In a caddy match someone hit a white ball into the woods, claimed he found it and hit an orange ball out.
  15. My club had to do this for a qualifying scramble for a larger tournament where the winning foresome from your club goes to the finals elsewhere with the winners from other clubs. Someone had to go with every foursome because of cheating. That is always the day you cannot find anyone at the club because they are monitoring the members on the course.
  16. My strategy doesn't change in matches. If I am sure they are going to make it, I concede. I did have someone, last year, who had two putts to tie the last hole when he was 1-up from 6 feet on a flat part of the green and I conceded the putt. No way he was going to take more that 2 putts, but he did look a little surprised.
  17. I think it was a number of things. 1 - I play on a ridiculously hard course. I used to lose 6-12 balls per round and it forces you to try and be better or avoid problems and big numbers. 2 - Lessons. I had a lot of movement in my swing. My head, feet and hands moved too much which means that my rhythm for the day would dictate how well I did. By keeping my head and feet still I eliminated most of the movement. I had a big break at the top of my swing with my hands and if I couldn't square them the ball would go all over. Now they are passive and I generally square the club, even on mishits. That really helps keep me in play. 3 - I got used to shooting lower scores, thanks to the lessons. Like a lot of people getting down to a lower level of scoring was a rarity at first, but then it became more commonplace to shoot lower so that I didn't get nervous about it. It helped me get into the high 70s and low 80s for a lot of rounds. My bad days are now much lower than they used to be. 4 - watching other golfers, particularly on the greens. I don't think that watching another player on a full swing helps a lot because everyone is different. You can't try and emulate someone else's swing, which as a caddy is how I learned the game. I do think that putting and seeing how other people read greens and the variety of shots around the green does help. I watch how a lot of people play different chip and pitch shots. One thing I notice is that people tend to play one type of shot regardless of what the shot calls for. It's great to have a go-to shot, but you can't chip with an 8-iron and expect to stop it when you've got no green to work with. 5 - playing a lot helped because the swing changes felt natural after a while. I used to be able to play 2-3 times per week and hit balls 2 times per week. I can't now, but that swing was "grooved" to where now when I pick up a club that is how it should feel. I expect to drop off a little bit, but so far I am still shooting roughly what I did before the schedule change 6 - this one is kind of specific to me, but I have a generalized form of social anxiety disorder. I haven't been treated well by a lot of people close to me in life, so uncomfortable social situations can be very hard for me. It really helps to play with people that you are comfortable with. There are a lot of difficult people where I am a member and my scores around people who bother me are a lot higher. When I am with people that I am comfortable with I do well. I've seen enough stories about people bugging people and you need to have that filter to tune them out. 7 - visualize every shot. for every shot I try and visualize what should happen so that my execution should match that. it doesn't mean I will hit a good shot, but it helps me make a good swing. Getting up and hitting the ball without that when there is not optimal shot conditions can really hurt. By taking the time and taking practice swings I feel comfortable hitting off the side of a hill where the ball is a foot above my feet for example. 8 - recognize that any shot played is done and over and you can't make it up, or live off it for the rest of the round. too many times I've tried to force a shot and it makes a bad shot worse, or compounds the error. On a hole I am in trouble, it's best to take my medicine and accept the bogey or DB. Once I'm off a bad hole you have to reset and not let it put pressure on you.
  18. I generally agree with you, although on carts unless both are in trouble it should be pretty quick. However I wanted to point out something very funny that I have seen several times at my home course. I go into the woods or in a hazard area and am looking for a ball. I find a ball, say a Titleist 4 with a red dot. Look within 10 feet and find the exact same ball with the exact same mark!!! Yes, most likely someone took a mulligan (or provisional) and did the exact same bad swing.... Ouch!
  19. Mulligans are fine if you aren't posting or are not holding anyone up. And I wouldn't be bothered if someone took 30 seconds to hit another shot if they were trying to work something out and proceeded without delay. The people who are just oblividiots bother me. The original story reminds me of a match I played earlier this summer. Teamed up with 2 guys who "didn't want to play as a twosome" presumably because they didn't want to wait all the time. Boy did they make us slow and make us wait. Multiple balls on many holes that they would drop and hit! With people behind us waiting, and while my opponent and I were hitting! Other fun stuff with them was deciding to play music out of a speaker without asking me (in a match!!), they asked my opponent but never bothered with me. That didn't stick out until later in the round when I was complaining about how rude they were. They talked so much during our swings by the end that something was said to them. Completely just into their own thing and don't care if they affect others. Just like the people in the OP.
  20. only at the top of the bag will it change. I have a Driver, 4w and 3i as my longest clubs. On a course with longer, narrow par 4s I might swap in a 3w and take out the 4w. Also depending on the course I might swap a 3h for the 3i. On rare occasions I'll go Driver, 4w and then right to a 4i if I feel the need to swap in a 64 degree wedge. However usually it needs to be firm conditions since that takes away two clubs I might tee off with (3i and no hybrid to replace it)
  21. Clubs that let me down on the course don't get wiped off. They can stay dirty and think about the evil that they have done.
  22. Am through the first few chapters of "A Tight Lie" by Don Dahler. Very witty and wry writing. Lot of humor, darker humor, but he seems to write distinctive and descriptive characters. Looking forward to reading it this week. Recommended from me.
  23. I think the article overreaches, even though there are some good points. Selling clothes is different than the equipment side, however Nike pursued the same strategy that other golf companies did which is pay a lot of tour pros money to endorse and then use that to sell clubs. They didn't completely bank on Tiger, they had a number of pros over the years. Adding Rory was surely an attempt to get the "next Tiger". So they are following a business strategy that others did. Tiger was the leading face for Nike and two things happened in 2008. First there was the fire hydrant and all the fallout. Not to get into it, but that might send some segment of the population away from Nike clubs and clothes, just like any other celebrity stepping in it. Second was that the economy cratered in 2008 and that surely had an effect as well. So I don't think we can blame it all on Tiger and the decision to market him extensively. So the article collapses under it's own weight in some areas. I think the decline of Tiger had an impact on their business, but it was hardly the only reason. I never heard that about the amateur status complaints. Don't we have a lot of people who are going to turn pro soon still be amateurs and it's just a matter of time? I agree Earl had his plans out there for years probably, but how is that different from other pros who went thru this?
  24. 3i Less dispersion than my hybrid although it goes a few yards less. I generally don't have any issues hitting it off the deck. Mizuno doesn't have a 2-iron for the set. I find the clubs ok enough to hit to get one, if they had it, to play around with. The 2-iron would be good for a number of places where I choke down on my 4-wood.
  25. Usually a polyester golf shirt when it's warmer, and a cotton polo when it's cooler. With either polyester golf pants or shorts, depending on the weather. In the winter I usually wear a turtleneck with a fleece top and corduroy pants. At my home course or private courses, the shirt is tucked in. Otherwise I leave it untucked. It's rare to see a tucked in shirt on a public course where I live.
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