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  1. @bkuehn1952 beat me to it. This is essentially exactly what I was going to say (below) I'm not a golf pro. I'm just saying that my observation (take it for what it's worth) is that people try to muscle and over-hit the driver way more often than not. They get really tense over the ball and I can just see so much tension and rigidity in their swing. Then they hit it 200 yards. My driver swing is the most effortless swing I have in my bag. I'm not saying you have to play a driver. Hell, I've left my driver AND 3w at home, TWICE. But I did that just for fun to see how my game would change at my home course (mix it up a little). I didn't leave them behind "because I was afraid of them." Learn to hit it. Sometimes you have to break down your swing to nothing and start all over. We've all done it.
  2. I always found it odd that people want to leave driver in the bag. It's the biggest faced club, you don't make contact with the turf, and it's nice and light. I think most people struggle with it because they try to hammer it. They can't hit it far, so they try to swing harder. When people try to hammer it, the most often thing I see is a massive slice. Honest to God, I can hit a 250 yard drive (with avg roll out, not sure what my carry is) with a 3/4 back swing and it be almost effortless. It's the most butter feel in the golfing world, to me. I also cut my driver shaft down by 3/4" shorter than standard.
  3. So I'm proud to report that I'm officially in the "animal stole my ball" club! I played the senior tees this afternoon and on a long uphill par 4 I hit a 2h from the tee, beautiful shot, center fairway in the perfect landing area. As I'm walking up to my ball huffing and puffing (this is a super steep hill), I see a FOX dart out from the right, right across the landing area, stop in front of my ball, not even sniff the thing, pick it up, and run away! The son of a biscuit even LOOKED at me briefly has he was high-tailing it off the fairway! I laughed so freaking hard watching him with the ball in it's mouth like it had caught a tasty fish or something. He didn't even drop the ball, he want 2 fairways over and I lost sight of him.
  4. Strangers I'll never bet. People I know and play with often, sure. Often times not a lot of money changing hands. If they're (strangers) persistent, which has only happened once, I have no problem telling them no a couple times and then making it a problem. If someone is badgering, they're badgering. Usually no way out of it unless you get confrontational to some degree. The one time it happened I said "If you want to play for money, play in another group, I don't mind playing by myself." He did end up leaving because he was miffed at my response.
  5. The hover technique gets my arms way too tense. My most loose swing is with the driver. Personally, I align it to "try" and hit it above 0.5" towards the heel because my coordination puts that in the sweet spot. If I actually try to hit the center of the face I very often hit it in the heel about 0.5". Just a hand-eye perception thing, not a big deal.
  6. I had 2 clubs do this to me. I brought them to golf galaxy. One of the club heads had come unglued and even turned on the shaft (which I didn't even know, but I guess it was slowly moving with shots). The other it was just the piece moving up on the shaft shich he said was just cosmetic (my 8i). My 8i still has that gap (probably 1/4"), no big deal.
  7. 1. Work - transitioning from engineering to management... so doing 2 jobs for a while and often times staying pretty late which means no summer evening rounds 2. School for MBA, most evenings are shot 3. House projects, most weekends are shot The last thing I'm holding on to is my Saturday morning group, but I think I'll even have to cut that back to every other week to make time. I don't even have kids yet... wife is preggo too so when the baby comes I'll probably be at zero golf.
  8. Less than 70%. I don't even take a full back swing. Might be the leading cause of some of my issues, though. But right now I hit a 7i 145 yards carry and I'm okay with that. Driver 230-240 carry probably (usually about 240-250 average with roll out). I play with guys 30 years older than me that will take a 9i to the tee box and I'll be carrying a 6i or 5i. Kinda sucks... but it's just how I play. I look at it as I'm saving my back - but that may be an erroneous assumption.
  9. Congratulations @Golf Grouch. I'm particularly glad you won it considering you already use a push cart that is pretty old and it will feel like a true upgrade to you (especially if you're still pumping tires!). I lover my Sun Mountain micro sport push cart, so I'm sure you'll love this one too.
  10. Yea, just don't connect them. But it would be a shame!
  11. I researched TVs heavily last year. I was like you, just going to find a budget 4k or even a 1080p TV (65-inch also) because I'm not a videophile. I just wanted something bigger than the 46-inch Westinghouse's in our house that had performed fine for 6+ years (and still do). The problem was, TVs have gone downhill in terms of quality (imo). My 1080p LED Westinghouses that my wife and I bought on a Black Friday from Target for $300 ea. seemed higher quality than 90% of the models available last year. We ended up buying the 65UH9500 because we got a good deal on it, but I'm STILL not terribly impressed with it. It has ALL of the good features for TVs these days including 10-bit HDR, 120hz native, local dimming, webos 3, etc. But the things that are terrible nowadays are the black levels and the edge bleed (for edge lit panels, full array panels are probably better). My Westinghouse doesn't do that crap, and it looks pretty awful. So if we had bought something more "budget" model, it might have been even worse. I don't know.
  12. I was wanting to make a mock shot zone map for Jordan's playoff hole on the 18th with his approach shot but I haven't had the time. I was thinking I would make a 4-ft diameter circle around the hole and label it as a hazard, and I would label the bunkers green for good! Maybe make it a meme. Another one would be Jordan talking to his caddie, make a meme where his caddie is giving him advice but Jordan interrupts him saying "I'm just going to put it in the bunker, I'll be safe there!"
  13. My top sell out moment was buying a brand new Scotty Cameron putter. I have always felt like a putter is a freaking putter. If yo'er a good putter you can probably putt with my $15 Yes putter. Well I was (and still am) a sucky putter and buying a super nice flat stick likely didn't help squat! lol My recent behavior of being a sell out is using my 20-deg 3h for all shots 160-200 yards. Because my swing magically started sucking again. Yep. I'm as fickle a swinger as they come.
  14. I have 1 shot that is absolutely leaps and bounds more heroic than any shot I've ever made in my life... and it happened just about 2 weeks ago. I'm playing 9 holes after work one day. Nice weather, but I'm playing fairly poorly but not terribly. I'm still enjoying myself. I get to the 9th hole and I'm something like 9 over for the round if I'm remembering correctly. It's a dogleg left 525 yard par 5, uphill, upwind (usually) with a massive grain silo smack at the turn of the dogleg (the signature monument for the course). There's no trees but to "cut the corner;" you have to hit it something about 320 yards from the men's tees to not be in danger - so no way for me. I hit a drive that leaks right, into the handful of trees. Not where you want to be but usually reasonably playable, but it just makes the hole VERY long from there. So I walk up to my ball and it's resting under a tree, "great..." I say to myself. It's sitting back behind the tree on the fairway side of #8 but the trunk itself isn't in my line of sight to get back up and into the fairway. The problem was all of the low branches on the tree. And it was about 15-20 ft. OF those branches between the ball and getting out straight. I though to myself "great... I'm going to have to basically punch out because nothing I have will clear below the branches" (they were very thick, no way to even hope to get through them). Then I said to myself "I'd need like 10 degrees of loft to get under there. Then I looked at my bag and said... "this is my moment." Look back down at the ball, it's slightly above my feet... sitting perched on some light rough. I look down the line and I say to myself "how could I NOT hit driver here???" Grab my driver, line her up, and BAMMMM! I hit a B-E-A-UTIFUL bullet right up under the branches, no contact, and split the fairway in two. AND hit it about 250 yards! In excellent shape to easily get on in 3 (which I did, AND sank the birdie putt!). It was a great end to my round. I had never even attempted to hit driver off the deck up to that point, and I've been playing a few years now. I don't think I'll ever top that shot. It was just too beautiful, like a unicorn in my game.
  15. That's really interesting. And just yesterday I was held up behind a cyclist on my narrow, weaving, blind corner back roads. What kind of idiot does it take to choose that as their path? Put your bike on/in your car, drive to somewhere safe, start cycling, obey traffic laws, finish, and drive home. It's easy. I wish cyclists were required to have identification plates including their life insurer so I could call the insurance company and let them know "hey, this guy is in a high risk category - basically asking to be killed!"
  16. I laughed out loud when he did that. I actually thought it was silly in a way that likely calmed himself down a bit. That's actually the personality I will assume when things like that happen to me. He knows it's not the iron's fault (duh) but it's a humor mechanism. I loved the way he cradled the club face specifically, looked it "straight in the eye" and said "what's wrong with you!" So funny. I love that about him. I think it's a positive thing.
  17. I'm not a doctor, but I believe this is valid. I wouldn't recommend full 180 degree inversion for any length of time but the inversion table things nowadays seem to have a pretty sound reasoning behind them. I've actually been meaning to try one as I feel some of my early back pain is a result of constant compression, as you've said.
  18. I have a 4-wheel push cart... and I always take it up to the tee box... I can't see how that's damaging at all - and I do understand the sensitivity of the tee ground. I would even speculate that the people with stand bags when the two small stand points come out that they plug into the ground to some degree, doing "damage." Is this not even worse? I'll ask our clubhouse today but now I'm afraid of the answer
  19. I'm shocked that a lot of you are surprised. It clearly shows his character... for those of you that are surprised. But is he doing something physically damaging to the course? Meh, probably not. He also owns the course. So it's not like an "I can do what I want on any golf course, I'm a big shot!" It's his property, so really, he can. Should he? No. But we shouldn't be surprised based on what we know about him. So it's just a question about class, and that ship has sailed for this man. <I've reviewed my comment, and I feel nothing here is political - merely character>
  20. Agreed. That data needs to be normalized, heavily. A start would be average hours spent in an automobile per person versus hours spent on a bike on a public road.
  21. My company golf tournament last year (nearly a year ago to date, as our next tournament is this coming Saturday) I played in a 4-some of "friends" of the company, so I was the only company employee. We played captain's choice and we played the "string" game and also each had a mulligan. I was probably playing around a 12hc or something that time of year, and 2 of the people in my group were probably an 8 and a 14. The other guy was probably a 16-20. We played ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENALLY! It was the most awesome round of golf of my life. So exciting to have 3 people miss big and then someone hit a wicked awesome shot. Or all miss the fringe putt and someone clutch putts it. We had something like 7 strokes from the string. We came in 17 under I think. The winning team was 17 under as well and won it because of the lowest handicap hole and our scores on that hole. And they had a couple really good golfers on their team (low single digit). But ever since that tournament everyone thinks I'm a liar lol. Which was so funny because as we're coming down 14, 15, 16th holes I'm telling these guys "you guys, my co-workers are going to think I'm a crock of s****, we may need to start sucking lol. Nobody is going to believe us." Sure enough I got tons of crap later about it from co-workers.
  22. Lol that's an awesome idea.
  23. Because it is; terrifying. I think people that cycle on public roads have at least a fleck of insanity. (Speaking as a US citizen) Do you really trust our fellow Americans THAT much? All it takes is one goofball, one clown, one psycho, one driver that's driving without their glasses, one teenager fiddling with their radio/phone, or one mentality unstable person, and the list goes on and on - to end your life or seriously harm you. Question to those that cycle on public roads in the States, if you're on any forums or are knowledgeable in the statistics: what percentage of US drivers when striking a cyclist actually stop and help the person, and do the right thing?
  24. That's not my quote. My quote is I don't care where they ride, so long as it's safe for everyone that already uses the road, doesn't impede traffic, and everyone obeys the traffic laws (..."safety"). There's a (big) difference between a "get off my damn road" mentality and a "I'm going to make you want to get off my damn road" mentality. I am the former. I'm not going to jeopardize someone else's, and my personal safety to express my opinion/point.
  25. 1. Somewhere that does not put themselves in danger, and at the VERY least, does not people others in danger. 2. First off, why are you assuming I think it should be banned? I just want people to be smarter about where they cycle and understand it's not all about them. I don't believe it's "share the road," it's "cars first, bikes second (safely)." If there's a long straight road with plenty of visibility and low traffic, knock yourself out. If you're on a windy road with extremely limited visibility - get the eff off the road; what a freaking hazard to everyone involved. 3. I'm not here to argue semantics. I'm here to argue safety. 4. I'll have some more constructive comments to nevets88 reply: You're right. My mind is probably jaded to those a-holes on the windy roads with limited visibility, decked out in "cycling gear" huffing and puffing their way down the road weaving side to side and those same people that think "share the road, buddy! I pay for these roads too!" So we're on the same page there. I just want people to be safe. For themselves, and be courteous of others. If cyclists can do that I don't even think twice about them - so my mind is probably loaded with the bad examples. Cities of course need to be able to support cyclists as a mode of transportation. There's (typically) ample awareness of cyclists in cities and ample infrastructure to support "pedestrians" (or cyclists) / non-motor vehicles. All well and good there. That's safe. I have no problems there. Both parties in the video made me mad. The cyclist was covering the lane during what seems like a high traffic time of day so people can't pass him. What the driver did was worse, of course. If you want to ride long straight runs for exercise, choose the right street and the right time of day. Be observant and get the eff out of the way if you have 10 cars behind you. I don't care if your exercise routine is getting interrupted - that's on you.
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