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Everything posted by JetFan1983

  1. Congrats, Scott! Wishing you a healthy, happy retirement! 👏
  2. As long as he stays healthy and motivated, neither of which appear to be an issue, he'll eventually figure this out. Golf is just multi-year maddening like that for even the game's best. It's interesting though that his swings from 2015 are nearly identical to the ones he makes now, at least to my eye. 2015 Matchplay: 2019 Northern Trust, slight over-draw to left side of fairway:
  3. Air pollution is down across the world. It's the golden age of being a pet, every owner is forced to stay home with them haha. I'm appreciating the life I had before #QuarantineLife began, that's for sure. Also, we can all finally write our novels/screenplays too* hehe. I'm zero pages into mine, which is another positive... for the world. Otherwise though, I've been pretty negative about this whole thing, so thanks for starting a thread that forced me to go the other direction for once 😃 *well, a lot of us anyway.
  4. It feels like so long since I've watched one of these. This was really great. USA!! 😄
  5. Learning golf is definitely chaotic, there's no question about that, but I've had the pleasure of working with several good instructors over the years, and there's also no question that they quantum leap you forward. You could spend an entire year practicing five times a week trying to figure out something that the instructor will tell you in thirty seconds. That kind of time/chaos reduction is worth the $100 or whatever they charge. You're always going to have to practice a lot to become good at this game, and you're going to get better at timing a bad swing the more you practice, but if you don't have correct information or you keep ingraining bad habits and just keep trying to make them work, you will never ever get to great or even good amateur golf, which I think a lot of us who start as adults hope to reach, especially those of us who join golf forums or who take their improvement seriously. A good instructor will give you an opportunity to reach whatever your potential is in this game, whether that's a zero or a five or a nine or whatever the case may be.
  6. Drew McConnell's Helsinki -- "The Very Last Boy Alive"
  7. Because I’m a sellout who loves America.
  8. Okay, I officially take back everything I ever said about Patrick Reed and am now rooting for him to win us some points.
  9. I used a theraband flexbar, weights, stretching, gentle massage, and working with a great PT. I also used blood flow restriction therapy. And I know this next one is for tennis elbow but strengthening the entire forearm is going to help. IMO the best thing is to see a great physical therapist to walk you through this though, someone who is up to date on the latest treatment methods. I currently do not have any symptoms and hit balls yesterday without any pain there. Pain emotionally yes but not in the medial epicondyle 😄
  10. I had just a stretch day yesterday and overall felt pretty good, so I decided to go back to the range to hit some drill PWs, just so I could do some disciplined work on my swing and build some momentum hopefully towards lasting change. Keep in mind, I can't even break 90 right now. Not because of putting and short game which IMO are perfectly fine (for example, I shot an under par round at the Jupiter Lighthouse mini-golf course recently), but because I would just hit so many awful full swing shots, there's simply no way it would happen right now. The good news is, the range is a magical place for me despite all the frustrations that come with trying to change one's swing. So face-on looks perfectly fine to me right now, especially given the scores I anticipate I would shoot if I stepped on the course: BTW, I hope everyone is cool with vertical video. I used to poo-poo it, but since I read the site a lot on my phone, vertical vids are actually preferred for me, but I can stop doing that if it's frowned upon still. But yea, I know that's a drill swing, but it seems like it's fine given my ability level. DTL however is a bit of a different story. This is more or less a full swing. Well close enough anyway: Yea, not as promising looking as FO is. That said, after I left I went to grab a bite, and while watching some swings at the table while waiting for my food I noticed this: Elbow shifts behind me in transition which probably is compromising some of what I'm trying to do. And I don't do it in softer drill swings. From that nice DTL driver swing from Monday: And I'm not necessarily trying to copy Tiger, but he's such a good model for so many things, I'm just going to remind myself what he looks like at this point too: I will say, working my swing again has been both totally frustrating, totally fascinating, and a lot of fun 😄. It's interesting how on drill swings the elbow doesn't shift behind me, but it does on full swings. It's definitely something I need to pay attention to if I want the kinds of elbow positions that make it easier to swing the club on plane. I know Rory McIlroy and others have weird elbows and stuff and are fine, but since I'm such a crap golfer, I think it's probably a good idea to apply some conscious thought to this so it gradually goes away with practice and time. I'm otherwise still working on the same things: Steep shoulder pitch in backswing, dip torso in early downswing, bring arms down faster relative to the body, open/slide/extend knees and hips, and now... don't let my trail elbow shift behind me in the transition. Hopefully I feel good enough to get back out to this range in a couple days. I got a two hour PT session though in an hour with some BFR therapy so hopefully I get through that well given how sore I am at the moment lol. Baby steps continue.... Edit: I just wanted to add that because I'm dynamically working on several things,especially during rehearsal swings in between actually hitting the ball, this experience will likely be a bit more frustrating than normal. I know these are a lot of changes to juggle. I just want to remind myself that frustration and bad shots and everything else are just a part of the game, and the faster I learn to accept that, the better off I will be.
  11. I think @rehmwa was referring to a @chile quote, not me. Anyway yea, I'm also interested to see what the Aussie crowds do with this 😄. And piggy backing on what others have said, coupled with his history and the act itself, it really is about all the stupid ways he's decided to cover this up in the aftermath. And then yesterday, he decides to turn himself into this victim/hero/star-of-his-own-revenge-tragedy by saying that what Cam Smith said about it was "personal." Really? I mean, I guess he's in Australia at the moment so he can contact Mel Gibson and ask him optimal revenge strategies to use this week. Definitely a solid resource. Maybe Braveheart revenge will be more effective, I dunno. But as an American I guess I can do some mental gymnastics and make this personal along with him. Let's teach them internationals some manners, Patrick!!!
  12. Got it. Thanks for clearing that up. I will alert Golfchannel immediately 😜 It’s Tuesday after the fact, I think it’s still fair game lol. Plus the guy has a history. Also it’s a golf forum. And I’m just joking around 😂
  13. Find someone as forgiving to you as much as @chile and @BallStriker are to Patrick Reed 😄
  14. This is an informative thread. I'm very much enjoying reading through it again these last few days. It's just so taboo to "swing your arms" in golf or to talk about swinging your arms, or feeling like swinging your arms that I can easily see how this is both a confusing and important topic for many. But because it's so taboo to talk about this and because it's so easy to score points with any golfer within ear shot by talking about "hitting it with the body," or "opening the hips faster" or whatever, what should be a pretty intuitive thing gets lost in plain sight it seems. Beginners all seem to subconsciously get this, albeit without any correct lower body action or anything close to resembling a functional swing plane, but they seem to more or less get they need to swing their arms fast. Seriously though, check out Brooks Koepka here from face on: Practice this in front of a mirror or have a friend film you doing it with your phone or something. Just pose this position. Remember to look at the ground like Brooks is doing. If you need to swing your arms more, you're gonna realize real quick just how much so many of the world's top players aggressively do this.
  15. Yea considering anyone decent at this game can tell exactly where they hit the ball on the face for every single shot, trying to play dumb that you can’t feel the brushing of sand away from your ball with a wedge... twice... is just flat out insulting to anyone observing, let alone the entire golf world.
  16. Reed: Smith criticism makes Prez Cup 'personal' Following his first practice round at Royal Melbourne on Tuesday, Patrick Reed... Yea okay, Patrick. You’re the victim. Get revenge, buddy. 🙄 The fact that a jerk like him won the Masters just shows how absurd the universe is. I’m gonna be rooting hard for whoever he faces off against this week. Apparently my love of America is not as strong as my dislike for Patrick Reed right now 😂🇺🇸👍❤️
  17. Finally got back out to the range since the last time (officially post-surgical range session #2). Sixteen days between them. I wasn't happy with how some things were feeling so I refocused my energy on rehab. Long way to go still, but things keep "progressing nicely" to quote Tiger 😄 So, in the days leading up to yesterday's session, I decided to focus heavily on mirror work so I had some feels nailed down and ready to go once I was ready to actually hit some balls. I wasn't going to waste any time since I was limiting the session to an hour only. I don't have the privilege of "finding it in the dirt" if you know what I mean. After about a couple days of doing the mirror work, I decided to just try to copy Tiger Woods to see what it feels like to match his positions. I did this just for fun, but also because I thought it could be useful to my own learning. Before you say, "omg bruh stop copying any pro," I totally hear you, but I actually think with the right knowledge base, this can be smart to do sometimes, especially if it's done in the spirit of learning and understanding. Plus I was kind of frustrated with how my swing was looking in the mirror. It definitely didn't seem right, so I wanted to try to feel what Tiger does to see if I could uncover some more information about myself. Obviously there's a lot different between what I do and what Tiger does lol, but the major pieces I noticed were the following: 1) His backswing shoulder pitch is steeper than me 2) He regains flexion in his trail knee and torso a ton in the early downswing (aka his head lowering/squatting) I understood both these pieces were not peculiar idiosyncrasies of his swing but rather universal pieces I can acceptably adopt, especially if I was deficient in those areas and I thought they were causing me sequential problems. On my second to last ball, I was able to get the DTL view to look like this, which I'm very excited by: Here's a slowed down version I put on Instagram: When you consider this is what DTL looked like during my last range session, this is a very positive difference: That was the last swing I filmed from range session #1. My time was up (45 minutes) and I had to walk away and ponder that awful DTL view for the next two plus weeks lol. Psyched about the feels I'm using to change that picture though! Anyway, here are some face ons. This is the first swing of yesterday (PW). Feels here to start the session were: 1) Steep Shoulder Pitch on backswing 2) Head lowers (regain flexion) in early downswing 3) Slide and rotate hips on downswing 4) Palmar flex lead wrist to lay down shaft in transition (but I was willing to ditch this feel if I couldn't juggle all four) Not a bad start honestly: Here's a seven iron a couple balls later: Anyway, after I kept working (I filmed every single ball I hit yesterday), I gradually realized that regaining flexion in my trail knee was a lot more important to the sequence than I thought. For some strange reason, doing that combined with rotating/sliding/extending the hips as well as dipping the torso slightly was shallowing the club without much effort. I guess the geometry of that makes sense, but it was still surprising how addressing the trail knee's role in the early downswing affected my swing plane, at least, so far. Who knows if that will keep working, especially as I ramp up the speed. Anyway, here's the last swing of the day: This was a straight-as-an-arrow low bullet that went forever. I hit the wall at the back of the range (which was like 240 yards away). I'd prefer more hip slide/axis tilt and I would like to see my head lower and back, but it's not bad otherwise. I really tried to add speed to this one to see what happened and for the most part, it's promising. But jeez, squaring the knees/silding hips/rotating hips simultaneously as the downswing begins is definitely not easy for me to do and will take some work. I'm excited by my progress so far though. To summarize the updated feels: 1) Steep shoulder pitch on the backswing 2) Regain flexion in trail knee and torso in transition/early downswing as hips slide/rotate/extend 3) Swing arms across my chest through impact 💪🙂
  18. True, 250K per song is a good rate. Phil's gotta play 36 holes over two days minimum for what amounts to just a couple mil or thereabouts. So if you think about it, he's giving them an amazing deal and is arguably getting lowballed, especially when adjusted for inflation. Likely they were drinking 1983 Pessac-Leognan. A touch of the ethereal to be sure, but hardly what one comes to expect from that magical estate.
  19. Big fan of the Saudi government, great administration, fair for sure. Great amenities, lovely Haut-Brion, etc. Very pleased with the level of care they give to tour pros as the PGA tour can be a third world gulag at times, especially if you've been grinding for three plus decades like Phil has. Really unfair and frankly, he's suffered enough. I hear women were just allowed to drive by themselves too, which I applaud. It definitely shows they're moving forward and being progressive. They've nearly caught up to the west now for sure IMO. That journalist guy, whatever happened there, seems like a misunderstanding or something. All the facts aren't really out, so it's unfair for us to start jumping to conclusions just yet. Plus Phil's a family man first, a golfer second. He needn't trouble himself with these cause-célèbre-du-jours that seem to pop up everyday now. Also, I'm pretty sure that journalist is fine somewhere, probably sipping Haut-Brion in Dubai as I type this. You don't know. I equate this to that time Mariah Carey played that four-song set for Muammar Gaddafi's 2009 New Years Eve bash for a cool million bucks... you know, obviously before his people rose up and killed him just a couple years later for decades of atrocities. That totally wasn't tone deaf and was totally her right as a performer. Sure, the audience was filled with murderous generals and various terrorist sponsors yucking it up over Haut-Brion and avocado toast but so what? #hatersgonnahate
  20. Ahhh interesting that they like Dallas too. That’s another good site that if you take with just the right amount of salt grains you can make some pretty good predictions. Good to see DVOA has Dallas’s special teams ranked 32nd lol. They’ve been absolutely awful there all season.
  21. It's kind of a chicken or the egg thing with Dallas. We have a large enough sample to know that Jason Garrett is a below average head coach, but the Dallas players also haven't played well either. I do however think that a new head coach is the way to go if you're Jerry. There have just been too many silly things over the years, including this year, that makes me scratch my head and wonder. The FG down seven last week in New England with six minutes to go probably should have been four down territory. They gave up a huge play against Minnesota a few weeks ago with just ten men on the field. It ultimately led to a TD and Dallas lost 28-24. And as good as I think Dak Prescott is as a talent (I'm not a hater), he isn't coached up enough in some of these late game spots where he has to know that taking a 3 or 4 yard scramble is better than an incomplete. He's done that quite a bit year to setup more difficult four downs. That's partly on Dak/partly on the coach for not hammering at him in practice to stop doing that. I'm not sure who the answer should be here at HC. Kellan Moore is pretty young and has shown as many great flashes of play calling as he has bad. I'm sure some no name out there could probably do a better job though. If anyone cares, here's what Profootballfocus thinks of Dallas. They're their 4th rated team overall this year based on each graded play, so PFF loves them I guess: I've been a subscriber there for years so I know how much salt to take these grades with, but it's still always interesting to see what they think. Overall, based on their name value, it seems Dallas has underachieved on the offensive line as well as defensively. Their grades do reflect that as well. As far as them being overhyped every year, Dallas has the highest Forbes valuation at just over 5.5 billion, so it makes sense why people talk about them a lot. They have a crap load of supporters. Other than that though, I do think they're underachieving given the amount of talent they have. But like I said, that probably has to do with poor execution and a few too many guys playing through injuries as it does with Garrett's poor preparation. I know everyone's injured at this point, but Dallas does seem pretty banged up too.
  22. This seems pretty clever. The fact that it's sold out also says something. I might be adding this on my "From Santa, To Me" list 😄
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