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  1. The topic seems to be catching on:

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    Morrie Gold is not a placard-waving political protester. He is a 69-year-old retired doctor in Pennsylvania.

    But he recently participated in a quiet act of rebellion: He and 11 golfing buddies canceled their annual trip to a Florida resort owned by Donald J. Trump to express their disgust with his remarks about women, immigrants and minorities.

    “For me,” Mr. Gold said, “it’s an ethical statement.”....

    ...The amount of money is not always small. Before they rebooked at a rival golf resort nearby, Mr. Gold and his friends had planned to spend about $18,000 on a multiday stay at Mr. Trump’s Doral golf resort in Miami. They had played there for about 14 years, he said, long before Mr. Trump purchased and upgraded the property in 2012. “It’s a beautiful place,” Mr. Gold said with a sigh.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/us/politics/donald-trump-brand-reaction.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&action=click&contentCollection=us&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=29&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0

     

     


  2. On 8/5/2016 at 2:56 PM, JonMA1 said:

    If I boycotted based on political views or how "good" of a person the ownership was, I'd have to quit watching movies, listening to music, watching professional sports, driving a vehicle....

    It's next to impossible to avoid giving money to a business or organization which doesn't have at least one a-hole who will prosper at some level. Why would a Trump-owned business be any different?

    Admittedly, the world we've created is complex enough that making those determinations require information that is just not available.  There are, however, times when it is clear a threshold has been crossed and any involvement with the entity in question either a) demands a response; or b) overrides any possible positive involvement on your part.  If it's clear a clothing line you are considering purchasing was made by forced labor or helped prop up an apartheid dictatorship, would you buy it?  A reasonable person wouldn't.  More complex would be your note on driving a car - I'd say many of the protests oil companies receive are misplaced.  Petroleum has been so fundamental to daily life that it's hypocritical blame them for that fact.  Our focus (and positive energy) should be on finding replacements.

    Trump?  He's run a misogynist, racist campaign from the start and it's amazing that it's taken a video/recording for some people to see this (and some still don't!).  

    For me, the threshold was crossed some time ago.

     

     


  3. 10 minutes ago, b101 said:

    Each to their own - personally, I'm enjoying this far more than the US Open or the Masters (bar the last 9 holes) this year and pretty much every PGA Championship ever.

    I'm with you.  That course (with the wind and rain), looks ridiculously difficult.  

    And hitting it into the gorse is something I can identify with (so there's that).


  4. On June 18, 2016 at 8:28 PM, amoline said:

    For me, the unequivocally best thing to do is hit shots to range targets where your arm goes no further than parallel to the ground on your backswing. Most likely, if you tape yourself doing it you'll almost guarantee swing past that point. Learning to accelerate properly from this position especially with wedges is really important, as someone who was once a chronic extreme overswinger, now just a chronic slight overswinger. :) 

    What I do for my wedges is use this left arm parallel swing, hands gripped about an inch to an inch and a half, as my "stock shot" for that club. If I need more or less with that club, I simply grip down or let up further and make the same swing for +/- 5-ish yards on the lob wedge, and +/- 10-12 on the pitching wedges. Your mileage may vary of course ;)

    My two cents.

    Thanks for this.  I tried it out on the range and a practice green this morning and initial impressions are positive.  In addition to 'dialing distance', the focus of my left arm parallel to the ground is super helpful (chronic elbow bender here!).

    I'll be on the course tomorrow and we'll start to have opportunities to see more.

    Best.


  5. Question: I've recently started using my 60 lob wedge around the green but a problem has emerged.  While previously, I (almost) exclusively was using my 52 gap and was able to dial distance with the single club I now find that switching between the two is really creating distance problems.  Now, the 52 feels like the ball explodes off the head and I tend to hit it too far.  I know it's probably just more practice but is there anything clever that can help as well?

    For longer shots, I've actually taped distances for a full, 3/4, and half swings on a tag on all my wedges and i've found it helps a bunch.

    Any tricks for the short shots?

    Tx.


  6. 7 minutes ago, saevel25 said:

    This has to be on the most idiotic rule changes I have seen in a long time for the USGA. 

    I'm with you.  I don't play tournaments.  My handicap is a very personal thing.  I play often in the very early morning before work (daybreak) and am typically alone.  Having a handicap has been the single most important thing I've done to improve my game.  It actually means something to me even when alone that my score counts for something.  I take joy in good shot that would otherwise mean nothing.  I follow the rules.  This actually takes some of the joy out of the game for me.


  7. This was a place I once spent a bit of time... (Doe Library at Cal)

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    "But books as we go into the future will take up less and less physical space. I never liked studying at the practical low ceilinged claustrophobic hear every single thing no space to think libraries of my university. I always preferred big high ceilinged spaces - it was less oppressive."

    One of my current projects is an interior library renovation at UC Santa Cruz.  I have to say I'm a bit old school and have conflicted feelings about the speed that books are being tossed out of libraries.  On this team, I'm pretty much alone with this position.  The Uni has two libraries and the primary one will not change - the stacks will remain.  The secondary library (Science Library which is indeed large), has removed floors of stacks to create study/collaboration/"maker spaces"/computer stations.  

    What makes me question my initial reservations is the popularity of the spaces.  The space hasn't even been renovated yet (only the books have been removed) and kids are sitting sitting everywhere in groups collaborating, working on laptops, and generally (seemingly) being productive.  It's quite a sight - and it makes me feel old...


  8. 6 minutes ago, saevel25 said:

    I think some type architecture is cool. Really it doesn't lift the heart, soul or spirit for me. 

    It's generally not valued in our society as we are a very conservative lot.  Of course there are inspirational projects in the States (and I can point you to a ton), but generally speaking, they are a very small portion of the built environment.


  9. 16 hours ago, SavvySwede said:

    ....Everything should have a purpose, not simply look nice.

    I'm afraid you missed the purpose.

    The purpose of architecture is to inspire.  To lift the heart, the soul, the spirit.

    This is what sustains us.

    18 hours ago, nevets88 said:

    We've got movies, music, tech, books, why not architecture?

    Toyo Ito's new library/media/cultural center opened in Gifu City. Eco friendly design, interesting use of space.

    toyo-ito-gifu-city-library-minna-no-mori

    toyo-ito-gifu-city-library-minna-no-mori

    http://www.designboom.com/architecture/toyo-ito-gifu-city-library-minna-no-mori-media-cosmos-06-17-2015/

    http://g-mediacosmos.jp/lib/

    Ito is the real deal.  I enjoy his work in a similar way I used to I enjoy Tod Williams/Billie Tsien's stuff.  The germinating idea comes from anywhere and is followed relentlessly.  Ito is miles ahead of course.

    Beautiful library.


  10. In defense of Hagen...he won 11 majors when the PGA didn't exist.  The Western was really closely comparable at the time.  He won that 5 times.

    In addition, the idea one could party all night, show up at the first tee in your tux and kick your opponents *ss has me put  him near the top.

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    I played Pebble Beach on Friday and it really lived up to the billing.  I was at a conference just down the road at Asilomar and thought I’d bring my clubs and walk on.  It worked – 6:50am check-in, 1st on the wait list, tee-off at 8:20am – back at conference for 2:00pm presentations.

     A couple of quick take-aways:

    - I’ve played courses that were littered with traps but still did not induce the fear of the judicious use of bunkers here.

    - Don’t play here without a caddy.  I got into significant troubles that could have been avoided.

    - Don’t play with three visiting club pros in the middle of their third day of a serious gambling match.  (The very reason I had the opportunity to play was that the fourth dropped out due to bad feelings…).

    - I learned what a “barranca” is (it’s a deep, hidden gully that crosses the fairway)

    - I learned what a “barranca” is not (a deep, hidden gully that crosses the fairway but is filled with sand – that’s a sand trap!)

    - Pebble Beach might simply be the most beautiful place on earth.

    Since it was my first time, I had wanted a caddy but one was not available so I walked and carried.  I was a nervous at first.  I grew up in NorCal and Pebble always held mythical sway with me.  I watched the group in front go off and felt a little better when I saw their tee shots.  Unfortunately, the three in my group all had consistent 300 yd smacks.  They spent the first 10 minutes prior to the first tee going over some fairly complex waging.  I sensed a bit of money was on the line.  All were perfectly nice guys but every hole for them was serious.  Multiple times they called in their caddy for adjudication. 

    Notes on a couple of the memorable holes:

    Hole 6 (#2 hncp) 505 yd par 5:  My tee shot was careful and straight at about 270 and in the middle of the fairway.  I am then looking up to a cliff with a flag pin on top of it – 100 yards above me.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  I could certainly hit my 3 wood 235 but not an additional 100 yards up.  I had literally no idea what was at the top of the cliff or where to land.  So I pulled my 7 iron out and tried to lay up to the bottom of the cliff but hit it too hard and then had a third shot literally on the side of the cliff.  It didn’t go well.

    Hole 14 (#1 hncp) 576 yd par 5:  The wind picked up a bit on the back 9 and we had a decent headwind here.  I had a great tee shot and 3 wood and found myself 111 yds from the green.  The view from this point is terrifying.  The green is small and 85% of it is protected in front by a sandtrap that builds itself up 12’(?) like the mouth of Moby Dick.  The only portion of the green that is visible is about 8’ of it to the left of Moby’s mouth.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  Well, fear got to me and I flubbed the pitch.  I went from being in terrific position for a par on the #1 hncp hole to getting a double bogey (or at least that is what I wrote down).

    Hole 18 (#3 hncp) 543 yd par 5: Hands down the most beautiful hole in golf.  The tee box is at the water and right below us were sea lions basking.  The fairway an impossibly narrow, long arc that requires geometry.  Again, I had two great shots that put me in good position only to see the bunkers and panic.  I need to work on my short game.

    Anyway, an all around epic day and I thought I’d share.


  12. my home public course has a number of retired monthly pass holders who insist on teeing off in complete darkness - more than an hour before sunrise.  It's rather unbelievable.  They're there with headlamps, a strong light on the ground and a partner keeping an eye out.  To top it off, this is the SF Bay area and it's often extremely foggy as well.  Good thing they don't hit the ball far.  I think they play like 5 holes in the dark.  It's a riot.

    I know this because I'm often heading to the driving range before work.


  13. Well not that odd but dang funny.

    A few weeks back I'm at my very hilly local course and I'm on the green of a par 4 which is one of three parallel fairways all with the same significant cross slope.  I look back to see a three wheel cart absolutely hauling from the upper fairway across mine toward the lower fairway.  It was moving very fast and straight.   Just behind it, a larger, older fella was running faster than he ever thought he could. Behind him was an electric cart with passengers at full speed - which was still not fast enough to keep up with the two in front.

    Straight out of Benny Hill, or Caddyshack or.... 3 Stooges

    Finally hit a tree in the next fairway.

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