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  1. Yes, someone who worked at a course let me and a friend out with snow on the ground for fun, and then got yelled at for the potential damage to the green.   It was interesting.  About 3 inches on the ground. I remember bumping a lot of five woods around off the snow. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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  5. 4 minutes ago, David in FL said:

    And we're right back to politics...  :naughty:

    You could take the Donald Trump from the 1990s and make these statements.  I grew up in NY and he was always like this.   He was a notorious jackass long ago, politics aside.

  6. 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.  

  7. @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. 

  8. 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.


  9. 22 minutes ago, drmevo said:

    I think there is more to consider than politics at this point.  If Bill Cosby owned a comedy club, I would avoid it for the same reasons I would avoid Trump's golf courses.


    I agree.   Deciding to not be bothered, or be bothered, is a case by case basis for me.  Trump is the owner and front man of his company and properties.  That has more of a direct impact that other cases in the past few years.   He also is very closely involved with his properties.   he doesn't just buy something and tell them where to send the checks.

    I'd argue that differing politics should rarely be a case to engender such action.   However politics now encompasses a large number of issues that are outside the core political realm of economics, education, public safety and the military.   Many of those issues generate much more emotional responses and hence stronger reactions.  Trump has taken positions on some subjects that makes me very angry and hence I would not support him.

  10. Back to the topic, I voted that I am not sure.   Earlier this year when I played a lot more I was beating my handicap more than 50% of the time, so I definitely feel like it helped me game the system.   Now that I can only play once per week for the time being, it's cutting the other way.   I spend several holes struggling until I hit my stride and shoot what was normal months ago.  Frustrating being +6 or +7 over the first 5-6 holes and then being +2 or so the rest of the holes.   And if I am having an off day then I am no where near my handicap and would lose all ways.

    As a golfer I feel obligated to follow the rules and not post, so I keep it myself separately (or was, I fell off tracking it). But I certainly don't have to like it.

  11. On 10/11/2016 at 10:00 AM, Ernest Jones said:

    Personally, I think the Sand Trap would benefit greatly from a complete ban on politics and religion. Plenty of other outlets for that without sullying the Trap. 

    I saw something to that affect on the Grill Room page.   Personally as a community I'd hate to see things that people talk about regularly be banned.  Putting it into a corner of this site seems to make sense.   Unfortunately that creates overhead for the moderators because when it gets out of hand (hey, we'are all human it happens) and no one wants to see things get out of hand.

    We're a community here, someone going off the deep end has repercussions.  While I'd not cry a river if there was such a ban, I'd prefer that we self police and people who are interested in being a part of this forum respect the rules lest they find themselves on the outside looking in.

    I am totally committed to one side of the political argument but have not seen many people on the other side of my views that I disrespect based on what has been posted here.   Those few that have crossed a line are people that I will probably avoid in the future.  That's very much like what I would do to someone in real life. 

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  12. I went from 9.5 to 11 to 12 and have not lost any distance.  At 12 I can bomb the ball.  Personally I don't find bumping my driver to 12 affected my ability to find the fairway.  It's all about launching more optimally.  

    If you want to go this route then maybe it's the shorter shaft which might help for more control?   Maybe try choking down on the driver you have a bit?   I do that a lot for when I need to hit further than a 3-wood but can run out of room with a full driver. 

    Regardless.  If you are going to carry a driver I would base the loft on optimizing launch angle.  I notice no difference in hitting fairways between my 9.5, 11 and 12 lofts.  The 12 loft just gives me what my pro considers an optimal arc thru the air. 

  13. 27 minutes ago, drmevo said:

    Very interesting. My blow-ups are definitely worse when I play with other people. One really bad shot and I don't know if it's the embarrassment or what, but I struggle to recover, especially if it involves OB or a hazard. It's like I can't think straight.

    When I'm by myself I seem to be able to talk myself back into the right mindset, and I make better choices and shots after a mistake.

    This happens to me as well.  However I can have some pretty dire blow-ups playing alone as well.   Just fewer.

    I voted "Something else".   Basically I don't know because I let my own tracking go and didn't keep up with it.   I play a lot late on weekends and used to play on Wednesday mornings and people are rarely around.   I think the rule change sucks because if the intent is to prevent cheating then cheaters will find another way.

    Someone also responded that this is part of a step to converge handicap systems and have one global standard.   That may be, but I think it's a mistake.   Plenty of pitfalls playing by yourself as well and I think that solo rounds should count, IMO.

  14. 2 hours ago, Wally Fairway said:

    So you are saying that he becomes (or has become) Darth Vader.

    I'd say we are already at the point where he's thrown the Emperor down the shaft and well before the funeral pyre.   

  15. I regret not taking lessons sooner and I regret getting so frustrated with the game and letting it show.  TBH, I've had a very difficult time emotionally and golf is my bail-out and when it doesn't go well it crushes me.   But that's not anyone else's issue.  Since my daughters were born I've truly felt lucky to have my life be exactly as it should and that trickles down.

    Otherwise, I suspect that the deathbed feeling will be that I didn't play even more than I do now.   Golf is a worthwhile pursuit that is above work and many other things in life.   Truly a bad day at golf is better than most other things I have to do.

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  16. I have a rangefinder and a voice caddy.   In general when the greens are weird shapes and I don't feel that front/middle/back tells me enough I use the range finder.   Otherwise I feel that center of the green tells me enough on many courses.   Voice Caddy is pretty much the same information as a GPS watch.   I happen to already wear a watch on both wrists, so I don't have room for a third.


  17. 3 hours ago, CarlSpackler said:

    I'm wondering if anyone has changed their vote based on the either of the debates.

    Usually there is some percentage of the population who is undecided and the debates help.   However they also serve another purpose.  Political campaigns are largely echo chambers now and the debates are the rare opportunities where candidates are challenged in a forum they don't control.  If they make a telling mistake it can turn non-tribal voters off and change votes.


  18. 45 minutes ago, newtogolf said:

    Pence and his campaign manager can only spin doctor so much.  For Trump to have a chance to win the general election he needs to ban himself from posting on all social media and perform much better in the next debate

    He has toned down the orange spray tan, but social media?  Never, ever!   He's addicted!!  I think he'd give up eating before not posting on Twitter.   Someone would have to wrestle him to the ground, take his devices away and then tell him to put his big head down on the desk.

  19. 8 hours ago, Chilli Dipper said:

    Kaine spent more time attacking Trump than discussing the issues; Pence made up a completely different platform than the one his running mate is campaigning on. Not sure what to make of the VP debate.

    It was....odd...to say the least.   I pretty much agree with your take.   I am disappointed in Kaine.   I don't think he is suited to the role of attack dog.   The moderator did not do a great job either.   Either let the candidates get away with not responding or cut them off at certain points.

    In the end, Pence got the better of the debate.  I wonder how many "Kaine interrupted" memes are floating around on twitter today.

  20. I have the MP-69s and love them.   when I did my shaft fitting I used MP-4s and loved them as well.   The MP-69s are a little bigger.   Feel is great.   I love them.   I hope to have them for a very long time.

    if you google "Mizuno iron numbering" you'll get a couple of hits from other golf forums.   I didn't see anything obvious in a search here.

  21. 3 minutes ago, Kalnoky said:

    Guys, Donald Trump is going to lose in the biggest landslide since Ronald Reagan defeated Walter Mondale. I don't believe the polls at all.

    I watched the first debate but I will not be watching the others. I'm going to play twilight instead.

    It's Washington. Always expect more of the same. 

    I think what has changed since then is that barring a candidate shooting someone on live TV, certain states have enough inbuilt support for one party that at least 15 states will go for one side.

    I think Hilary has a chance to get states that otherwise would not go blue into her column this election, but Trump as bad of a candidate as he is*** will get double digit states.

    *** Not talking about issues, policies or anything other than he is unpredictable, unconventional and has issues that historically would not win him anything in a "normal" year.   His unfavorables are extremely high but not high enough to still poll well in areas of the country.

  22. My former home course had this.   They had:

    Gold  (back)

    Blue (longer men's tees)

    White (shorter men's tees)

    Silver (Senior)

    And then:

    Gold / Blue

    Blue / White

    White / Silver


    Each of those combos would take what was considered to be the 9 easier holes of the 18 and put them at the back tees so that it was graduated in difficulty.   Also, it was a great way to play if you were a shorter hitter because you still added/deleted some length but the course wasn't completely different for you.

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