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  1. I think everyone makes good arguments for Daly not being in, because of his sparse wins, but I personally think it's a crime if he doesn't get in. He resurrected golf popularity in the pre-Tiger era, did the impossible at the '91 PGA, and won at St. Andrews. I understand your arguments against him, I just think his performance is Hall-worthy. A train-wreck in life, yes, but a phenomenal golfer.
  2. I really liked it. For instruction, I've only read the ones I mentioned earlier, but it's my favorite so far. I just like the way he tells the reader to have realistic expectations of what they should be able to do on the golf course. And his suggestions of focusing on your grip, your setup, and turning around your head really do work.
  3. I always wrote Arnold Palmer off as a lovable, folksy kind of old-guard player, not someone to seriously listen to about how to play. Man, was I wrong. I just finished reading the '80's version of his book, My Game and Yours, and I wish I'd read it when I started golfing. I've read Hogan's 5 lessons, tried to get through Nicklaus's Golf My Way, and even Johnny Miller's Pure Golf, but none of them simplified and clarified golf the way Arnie's book did. His simple lessons of using a neutral grip, setting up solidly, and turning around your head seem so obvious, but when you limit your swing thoughts to these three things (really only keeping your head still and turning around it), man, does it make golf simple. I can't believe how the combination of a neutral grip and turning around my head had such an immediate impact on how straight I hit the ball. Also, his tips about swinging within yourself, and limiting your back swing to what you can control, both helped keep me on plane. There's way more about actually playing golf, but I'll leave that to you to read. I recommend this oldie but goodie to everyone.
  4. I might :-). All I know is I'm hitting it straight now.
  5. I've read articles about this and seen spots about it on Golf Channel, but never really thought much about it. I was slicing all over the place at a golf tournament a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to look at my swing again. I also happened to see a recent video about the flat left wrist (in the take-away, where I was tending to cup it, opening the face), and decided to give it a try. I can't get over the results. Instantly I was hitting it straight with my driver. I combined it with a higher hand position in my back swing and boom! I started hitting straight, low rising drives without loosing any distance. If you're having trouble slicing, this might be your answer (for your driver, anyway). Anyone else have similar experiences with it?
  6. Thanks for all the responses, everybody. Now, for swing style, I generally use more of a flop-shot style (the only one that I've had any success with, L to L, loose wrists), but I've seen a lot written about finishing high and swinging hard and fast (not giving up on the shot, etc.), but I've had no success doing that, I just bury the club head and watch my ball roll back to me. Any tips on how to swing, grip-style to use, etc.? I should add that the flop shot only works if it's a fairly flat lie, and the ball's not buried.
  7. Hi. When setting up for a green-side bunker shot, should the ball be pretty much in the middle of my stance, a ball-width back, or a ball-width forward? Hitting a couple of inches behind the ball has me questioning where the ball should be, especially when I'm trying to hit a high, short shot. Please let me know. Thanks.
  8. I respect your opinion, but Daly was WAY more than a redneck who could drive (I'm not a fan of his life choices either, but you can't say he couldn't play). Exhibit A: Watch just a few minutes of him at the PGA in 91, and tell me he wasn't a golf god. His performance there, especially when he came from nowhere, should probably alone get him into the HoF.
  9. I agree that he was a flash in the pan that should have done way more in golf, but I disagree that he's only known for being a guy with a mullet that wears loud pants. When they change golf courses for you because you take doglegs out of play, because you're so freakishly long, I think you have to acknowledge that. That said, thanks for posting the full criteria for induction.
  10. He did win two majors, and made the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was, like, 9th alternate or something for the PGA. I think it's a little close, I must be missing something, because, according to the rule criteria posted earlier by Eric C, all he needs is 15 wins on a pro tour, OR two major wins. Well, he has two major wins and, until the appearance of Tiger, was the biggest draw in golf by a long shot (no pun intended).
  11. True, distance wise, the past can't match the present (for the most part), but for the era they played in, if a player out-drove the entire field for years, like a Nicklaus, Woods, or Sam Snead did, then I think you can compare them.
  12. And just to give Love some love, here's an excerpt from a Golf Digest article from August of 2015: "In Love's most recent previous tour win, which came seven years ago at the 2008 Children's Miracle Network Classic, he ranked 14th in the field with an average of 289.9 off the tee. Like this past event, Love averaged 20 yards less than that week's longest hitter, J.B. Holmes (309.8). When Love broke onto the PGA Tour he was arguably the longest hitter. He consistently finished in the top 10 in driving distance for his first 20-plus years on tour, leading in that category in 1986 (285.7) and 1994 (283.1). This year he ranks 56th at 294.7."
  13. I voted that he should be in, because I just can't think of a golf Hall of Fame without him in it. I know five (or is it six now?) wins, even if two of them were majors where he pretty much dismantled the courses, aren't a lot, but I do know there are a lot of people that took up golf just because of Mr. Daly. A train wreck yes, but definitely Hall-worthy, IMO. Now, as much as I love watching him squash a ball, I'd have to say Jack Nicklaus is the hands-down long-ball master. The guy was competitive, truly competitive, for almost 40 years (the '98 Masters his final Wow), and the favorite to win for at least 15 of those years. And, that said, his ability to out-drive and otherwise embarrass the rest of the field throughout the 1960's and into the '70s took long-ball hitting, and golf for that matter, to a whole new level.
  14. Ok, here are my first questions for 2018: Q: Should John Daly be in the golf hall of fame? If so, why? If not, why not? Q: Who, in your opinion, was a more prolific long-ball hitter, Daly, Couples, or Davis Love III (or someone else I'm not thinking of. e.g., Jack, Tiger, Snead, etc.). Of course, this assumes equipment restricted all golfers to the era they played in. I'm hoping this will produce better responses than the gang-bang I took over single-length clubs (I knew not of what I spoke). Peace.
  15. A good read: https://www.golftipsmag.com/equipment/irons/one-length-irons/
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