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  1. I guess that winning twice, in big tournaments, in the past year helps. But he is going to be headed down again, as those wins start to lose value. Of course, I know that you know that. I know I keep forgetting that the Tour Championship was a big win! It comes down to the OWGR being kind of a rolling average, rather than who is the best "at this moment". I think its a good compromise, though sometimes it looks funny. It seems (based on a very small sample size) that he plays better when he actually plays. He played some before the Masters, and was produced something of a miracle. After that he didn't play consistently for any stretch, and when he did play he seemed to need a round or two to find his legs, by which time actually competing was out of the question. To me the question (that we have no way of answering) is can he figure out way to play a it more before the big events without playing too much? Maybe that means picking two majors to prepare for (maybe based on course, or expected weather?) and maybe play something like three of five weeks leading up to them (or whatever he can do), and just not entering the others. I can't see him doing that, but the way he did it this year didn't seem effective, so maybe something different? Of course with his body it may be that he just doesn't know when he might have a "good" week, or when it may be impossible.
  2. I don't see how it's not a breach, though the line between sweeping pebbles out of that area and sand out of that area does get fuzzy at times. But that looked like a pretty good shovel load. It sure looked like he did it on purpose, but of course there would be "plausible deniability". It sure looked like his first "practice swing" as meant to scoop the sand away, interestingly after that, he never hit the ground until the actual swing. The sad part is, I don't the the sand was really an issue for the swing he was making, there
  3. I'm thinking that since the head is common element that there might be a bit of a sharp edge inside the hosel, nicking the shafts, and causing them to snap. I think I would be insisting on a new head. This shouldn't happen, or at least not with regularity.
  4. I don't like the idea of a clock for each shot, because every shot is different. But what about a chess style clock? You get some total time to play all of your shots in a round, no matter how many. You get a penalty stroke at the end of the round for each minute (or two) you go over. The trick is of course figuring out when to start the clock, since the players will figure out how to game the system. It probably has to start when they are "in the vicinity" of their ball, close enough to be getting a rough idea of distance and lie. Obviously this is only going to be possible at the PGA Tour level, but everyone else should be playing ready golf, and keeping up would do the job. (Yes, I know that isn't real life, but if the tour stops having really slow players, perhaps it trickles down.) I didn't hear the whole thing yesterday, Perez had obviously had a bit, Collins was trying to be serious. Bryson was a little right, and a lot wrong (in my opinion), but the big takeaway I got was that the players are using the system. If they all (or at least one in each group) drag their feet a bit, no one ever gets behind, and no one ever gets put on the clock, and it can take as long as they want. IF (and I do think there is an if) slow play is of importance to the tour, they need to adjust the rules, and then enforce them. But, do they really consider it a problem? The tour is, after all, the players. If seems to be important to some, but if they really want to stop it, it could end tomorrow.
  5. I'm sure it's a bit different for everyone, and I am not a good golfer. But I have found that for me, trying to guide the ball is a recipe for disaster. I am much more likely to hit somewhere near where I am looking if I let it go. Not an overswing, it can even be a three quarter swing, but it needs to be committed through the ball (not yanked down from the top).
  6. I totally stopped hitting driver, or even a wood, for a while. It was too dangerous for innocent bystanders. But, I always knew it was temporary. Once I got professional help I was able to use it again. Now I am comfortable with it most of the time. I do play some short par fours with my 5 wood (adjusted strong, so it's kind of a 4), when I know that even a so-so hit will get me to PW or less and the area in my driver range isn't a good place to be. As my driver has been improving, I have started to hit driver on some of those holes, and it is working out well. I am starting to believe the get it closer theory rather than the full shot theory. The full shot still leaves open the possibility of a bad full shot, which causes more trouble than a bad short shot, at least for me, most of the time.
  7. Saturday I shot an 89 at San Ignacio in Green Valley. It's more of a desert course than I usually play, so for me it is more difficult, but I played well. I hit 11 GIR, which is best ever. Then I proceeded to have SIX three putt bogies. I wasn't hitting the lines I was looking at, perhaps not focusing somehow, as that isn't usually a problem. Got a little better near the end. Had a lost ball, and a water hazard besides. So it was close to being really good, for me. Driving was pretty good, a lot of the approaches were not great, but I was close enough that they worked out. One under bogey is good for me. I want to be a reliable bogey golfer. Well, that's an intermediate goal, I'd like to be better than that!
  8. What I thought I was trying to maintain was set up by a pro, but it has been a while. I just got sloppy, and regressed back to my older habits. So now I need to bring back the new habits, or rather work at turning them into habits. Thinking about it, I had a hernia repaired after the series of lessons. I had a couple (from a different instructor) after that, but he didn't see these things, so I think they have come up in the past few months. Because there is no way he could have missed what's happening now! Hitting the ball went much better last night, and I think the video was a little better, but there are things I recognize as things the pro had "fixed" that I am still doing. I need a little quality time with my phone and computer, and hopefully can get a "My Swing" posted soon, as embarrassing as it may be!
  9. Remember that you do get a club length, not nearer the hole, from the NPR, which may get you to a slightly better spot. Also, if your ball stopped in the area between the path and the fence (where you are taking relief from the path), you would not be looking for relief. The drop is just putting you in the nearest place to where your ball stopped that is not impacted by the path, there's no logical reason why you should get to go somewhere else just because it isn't nice. As quote I have often seen (and often seen abused), it's Nearest point of relief, not Nicest point of relief. Putting, blading, chipping, or an unplayable are all other options.
  10. In this case, it was more a case of an unmonitored swing. I wasn't trying to change anything, since my last lessons this spring, though I have been trying to solidify what I was doing. But, I clearly regressed. If it is nice this evening, I will see if I have made any progress, then try to work out posting my swing.
  11. I have one. I have used it now and then, and while I don't know about it's absolute accuracy, I do believe it give a picture of the plane that is useful. For fine tuning, I doubt it, but I think it will show whether you are OTT or coming from the inside, and how your backswing plane and throughswing plane compare. I haven't been using it lately, since I have my place more or less under control.
  12. I had decided to go ahead and create a "My Swing" thread, and see how bad it was. So, I took out the tripod and cell phone, and hit the range. I looked at the first video and was stunned! A year and a half ago I took some lessons, and managed to stop my head swaying back off the ball. And my strikes improved pretty dramatically. Lately, I have not been hitting as well as I'd like. Well, the video made it pretty clear that I had seriously regressed. By the end of the evening, I was starting to remember what it feels like NOT to have made head go back, and every trip past a mirror has been an opportunity. I remembered that when the head was going back, my front shoulder was turning more horizontally, rather than down. It was so obvious in the video. Yes, it takes a few minutes to set up, but why, oh why, don't I do this regularly? GRRRR! Anyway, knowing that I need to iron that out, I will be taking the tripod again next time I hit the range (hopefully Tuesday, if the monsoon allows), and perhaps have something to post where I can break new ground! I play in our after work league tomorrow, hopefully what I discovered will help a bit. And then my somewhat regular Saturday outing. Which will be fun, as it will be a melding of the two groups I play with regularly.
  13. I think you can get decent instruction at GolfTec, though it of course depends. In the evaluation, I expect they will key in on you biggest (or perhaps easiest to fix) flaw, so that you leave feeling like you are better than when you went in. However, if price tag is you issue, they are not the place to go. They are going to try to sell you a series of lessons. The advantage is that it sort of forces you to follow through. The disadvantage is that they are not cheap.
  14. jlbos83


    Quite true. Sometimes the golf is better, sometimes it's worse, but it's all perfect!
  15. jlbos83


    If I'm out golfing, it's perfect. I'm not good enough to get upset for more than a few seconds, and after a serious health scare three years ago, I really just appreciate the time. Blue sky and green grass don't hurt, but I'm not too picky!
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