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  1. This is a perfect example of why this argument gets silly. Ruth was definitely better compared to his peers. But...if you put him in the game in Aaron’s day, against the same pitching, he would have been mediocre at best. Things are all relative.
  2. It's not a thing that applies to a round golf ball on a green. 😉 (besides, I doubt anyone who actually knows what they're talking about would refer to μ as "friction value") Yeah...I think part of the perception problem they have is HOW they create difficulty. Fans seem more willing to accept a course that punishes any minor mistake tee-to-green, but once the players are putting, they feel like it's "gimmicky" to create too much difficulty.
  3. From the article @iacas quoted: I don't mind Bryson, but this quote is dumb. He sounds like a stupid person trying to sound smart. What the hell is a "friction value"?!? That's not a thing, buddy. It's like the reporter asked him to "say something sciencey, please".
  4. Very cool. I'll probably buy a pair of the white ones. I like white shoes with colored soles (beige in this case)...helps them stay looking new for a much longer time. From the photos, it looks like I need to get some joggers! FWIW, the Original is actually zero-drop (part of the reason I bought them).
  5. I’m not sure they do - what if it’s just a vocal subset of players? Is the golf media going to publish quotes from 20 PGA players who think the USGA does a pretty decent job overall? No way. All you see us the (anonymous) quotes from the whiniest of players.
  6. Went out today to practice the stuff that has been plaguing me lately - clubface control (practiced using slow speed swings with a variety of clubs, trying to start the ball left, right and center) and short wedges (simply a matter of getting my weight forward to make better contact on those 40 - 75 yard shots). If I could get the wedges figured out, and keep working on my short game (pitching practice in my yard and putting with the Puttist), I'd expect a pretty good benefit to my scoring in a short period of time. I also need to schedule a trip up to Golf Evolution soon to continue progress on my full swing.
  7. Maybe, but they aren't professional golfers!
  8. Such a weird round: View this round on GAME GOLF I had 8 pars (good for me), and the most GIR I've ever hit (56%): ...and still ended up with a roughly average score. I had about 5-10 short game shots and putts that were so terrible they probably cost me a stroke each (pitch shots that went 1 yard, a putt off the green, etc.) I played a stretch of 5 holes in one-over-par...with four pars and a quintuple bogey. Oops.
  9. My favorite is the Short. If I’m playing a new course, and I notice a 105-yard par-3, I’m instantly intrigued. The unusual greens and elevation changes that designers use to make short par-3’s challenging are generally interesting to me.
  10. Maybe a minor point (to some), but that is a pretty poor graphic, and basically pointless. The article is about volatility...why not plot volatility (deviation of score to par) for each golfer against their strokes gained? Maybe they tried and it was flat so it didn’t make for a good article?
  11. I’m surprised he didn’t try the old trick that children use: ”Actually, the first official said it’s OK, but I just had to ask you first.”
  12. I think the title of this thread sums it up perfectly. I also think an article of anonymous quotes is bullshit. I wouldn’t be surprised if half the quotes are adjusted by the author or intentionally taken out of context.
  13. I bought a cart bag with 14-way dividers, and I really like it (actually, it has 15...which is weird, and I have no clue why but I just don't use one). If I were going to carry, I'd probably go with a lightweight bag that has fewer, but since I generally use a push-cart I like the extra organization. No matter how many, you should make sure you get something where the dividers go all the way to the bottom of the bag.
  14. Also, obligatory GCA link: Golf Club Atlas » Country Club of Charleston
  15. Played a really fun round this morning - we were the second group off the tee and finished by 9:30. View this round on GAME GOLF I actually hit the ball better than the score (98) would indicate...I hit 5 GIR, and a few more nGIR, but my short game was simply horrific. The course also has a very tough set of fast (relative to what I'm used to) and undulating greens, so putting was really tough.
  16. Yeah - I’m excited for this as well. I’ll probably record one and watch the other live. Which is which will mostly depend on whether Tiger is in contention.
  17. I don't think it's inappropriate. Every time I've played at a private club, it's been for work, so everything was taken care of for me...but I still made sure to have cash just in case, and offered to pay for different parts of the outing. It certainly would be nice if the host mentioned beforehand, but still, you should be ready to offer to pay for some things if you're asked to play at a private club.
  18. View this round on GAME GOLF Good round today. I had my best look ever at an eagle, after a great drive and a great 4-iron approach: It was a pretty good putt, too...just slid a few inches to the right of the hole. I'll get one someday!
  19. Maybe a bit...I don't think it's physical, though. The group I play in has a ton of very slow players, and I think it just gets to me after a while. When I have time to practice lately, it's been working on my putting with the Puttist and working on my takeaway in slow motion. I did have a very good round today (lowest raw score ever, with an 88), which was nice. I hit my my driver extremely well, which is always going to lead to good scoring. Once again, I did play better on the front than the back (42-46).
  20. It’s also worthwhile to remember how slim the margins are at the PGA level. These are the absolute best of the best. The difference between winning five times in a year and ending up with no wins and five top-tens is incredibly slim.
  21. Muhammad Ali (or, if you wanna be crazy, Mike Tyson). Given boxing's overall decline in popularity, and competition from MMA, I'd bet that whoever is the GOAT now is not going to be replaced.
  22. I've been (slowly) getting back into working on golf again. I played a round last weekend...lots of ups and downs. Shot a 43 on the front, and 55 on the back (!)...mostly because of poor contact (fat/thin shots), particularly with wedges. I went out to the range today for a bit and focused on short, abbreviated swings just trying to make good contact. I'm hoping to get back one night this week to take some video and continue working on my high-priority full-swing stuff.
  23. That's what she gets for wearing Joseph's Technicolor Dreamcoat.
  24. They had all 100 until he withdrew: All top 100 world-ranked players set for challenge at 2019 PGA Championship | PGA Championship Bethpage Black Course, a reservoir of golf history and one of the most celebrated public courses in the game, will welcome the strongest all-professional field of the year, May 16-19, at the 2019 PGA Championship. (first time ever)
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