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  1. I think Kuchar is getting way more flack for this than he should.   He should have paid the caddie more and I think that he was in the wrong there, but Gillis basically made it a public shaming when it should not have been.    I'm also quite surprised people are not going WTF about a "50k or nothing" response from the caddy.   

    Being booed and having people cheer when you miss putts is also just ridiculous.  Most of those people probably are not discussing it to the length that people on this forum are and it's shame that it got to the level that it did before something else was done.

    I'll tell you why I have some measure of sympathy for Matt.  I am lucky enough to make more money than both my family and my wife's family.   And what did they do to me for that?   They expected me to be their piggy bank and backstop for their life choices.   It became an expectation that I would help them if they got into trouble and I was given a lot of crap if I didn't swoop in and pay their bills.   I can't help but think that there is some measure of "well he's rich so he should ...." embedded in all of this.

    No one really looks good in all of this.  The caddy looks the best overall, but it's a crap show.

    Kuchar -  dude, you should know better and at the very least recognize that your bottom line doesn't change by doing something really nice for the caddie

    Caddie -  sorry, but saying no to $15k tells me someone is in your ear about this.   from what I've read, you don't speak English and probably were a lot less help than other caddies.  But you did deserve better.

    Gillis -  what an ass.

    I caddied for 15 years.   Sometimes the guys paid well when they won.  Guess what, sometimes they didn't think they had to.  Did I like that?  No.   But I didn't expect some big bonus just because they hit the right shots to win.   Again, the caddy deserved more, but man how many people complaining about this are wearing clothes made in far away sweat shops or buying off Amazon which hits Main Street businesses hard.   That's basically the same thing, where you gain an advantage at the expense of someone else.   A lot of people in the midst of this should not throw boulders around (just a few stones so Kuchar does the right thing though).


  2. I use a 64 degree occasionally, and I say occasionally because there are not many times where it is the only, or correct, club to use.   It is noticeably higher than a 60 and it goes high enough to largely stop very close to where it lands.   The main reason I don't use it very much is because I don't find shots that tight, not the right sand to hit from if I am in a tight bunker.   I've successfully used it to get up and down from pitches where I have very little green to work with, and once you get down your distance on these pitches, it's an effective weapon. 

    However, it gets used maybe 1-2 times over 3 rounds of golf.   There are so many other ways to get the ball near the hole and it's not really a good club to launch from the fairway from 60 yards out.

  3. I don’t use a tee past a 9-iron on a par 3.   But I do put it nice and highly placed on the grass if it’s some type of wedge.   It’s great if you have the game to drop a ball and hit, but I would say always use one.  

  4. I used to have a sweet deal with work where I played Wednesday mornings, and hardly anyone was at the course.   I usually played in 90 - 110 minutes (course was un-walkable, so on a cart) and could shoot near my handicap.   If I was behind Poulter, I'd be furious at being held up.....

  5. I'm brand loyal, but not a snob.   I would put Snell and Vice against the Titleist ProV1s that I use and not have an issue.   As for equipment, I spent a lot of time going over what clubs worked for me, and what I wanted to hit.   I did not consider anyone out of the running, although some of the SGI and GI clubs were something that I did not want to go for.   But that stripes across companies big and small, doesn't remove someone from consideration.


    I expect that my wedge, woods and irons will all be the same vendor when I refresh in several years.  I am extremely happy with my bag and unless they crap the bed with future releases, they have earned my trust.



  6. Unless it’s low thirties I don’t see any difference in distance.  I don’t think I am good enough to know that a well struck 6-iron went a few yards shorter because there are enough other reasons it might do so.  


    I played a lot of golf in low 30s weather though and that was an extra club.   50 degrees, I am pretty much the same as 80 degrees afaik. 

  7. 13 minutes ago, David in FL said:

    And there you go...


    Yeah, thanks for the creative edit.   The guy was considered a joke for a long time in the NY area, and with good reason.   Does that men much today?  Not really, he's re-invented himself at least twice since the late 90s.   Make sure you apply a lot of sunscreen to that thin skin of yours, there are other viewpoints out there.

  8. Just now, David in FL said:

    Brash and controversial does not equal "notorious jackass".  Many people would consider that to be smart and successful.


    I can only speak for myself and the people I spoke with when I lived there.  I'm sure there were people who loved him.  At least 3 or 4 people on the Upper East side

  9. 35 minutes ago, David in FL said:

    Ah yes, growing up in the same city/state gives you a special insight...  :doh:


    When you see the newspapers reporting on him as a local celebrity (this was well before the Apprentice), then yes.   People are the same everywhere and some people loved him, and others hated him.   His deals, money troubles and outlandish statements were all news.   He was very brash and very controversial well before he stuck his toes into politics.

  10. 14 minutes ago, Lihu said:

    There's some talk about "Faithless Electors". I've read that it only happened a few times and that at no time did it affect the outcome of an election.

    I'm just wondering how can people think that after all that has happened, that on December 28th, somehow, the current election results could be reversed?

    I sincerely doubt it.   I am very unhappy with the results of the election but feel that it is more important to honor the wills of the voters.   There will be talk but I would be surprised.  A peaceful transfer of power is both expected and required.  No matter if any language might give them wiggle room (if it does)

    and in my mind, a Hilary Clinton presidency would be illegitimate if that happened.  

  11. @toto mis-spelled his/her username.   I believe they misspelled troll. 

    Wrt to the EC.  It's hard to change.  Personally I think its fine for a number of reasons.   There is no reason to not do a national popular vote and have it be just as valid.  I think a better change would not be the ridiculous drawn out primary process where early states control who the nominees are.  

    Changing to a straight popular vote doesn't change the fact that democrats in urban areas balance against republicans in more rural areas.  That's an over simplification but essentially changing something so entrenched is probably more trouble than it's worth. 

  12. Couple of things that get overlooked I think....

    1 -  State demographics change over time.  Because a state is red/blue today doesn't mean it will always be.  People are more mobile as well.   I don't think it marginalizes someone's vote to have a winner take all system within a state.  I don't think that proportionally allocating is bad either, but that is (per the Constitution at this time) a decision for each state to make.  A weak candidate in either party could shift a state the other direction.  

    2 -  The fact that certain states are reliably Red/Blue are also because politics are much more tribal now.   A weak candidate will still win double digit states because people vote for their party no matter what.   or stay home.   That didn't used to be so prevalent in this country, but it is more so.   Past bad candidates have lost upwards of 45+ states

    3 -  It's not just winning a state and that automatically selects the winner.  There are a number of provisions and methods for dealing with contested elections, ties and esoteric circumstances.  Those are largely in place due to the EC.  For example if the results of an election cannot be determined or there is a tie (we could have a tie in the popular vote as well within a margin of error), then these provisions could be inacted.  I'm not saying that many of them could not be used for a straight popular vote, but dismantling an entrenched system is both a lot of work and can have unforseen consequences.


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