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  1. Yeah, you have to admire the Red Sox organization for its approach to building their teams of late. There are always a few "relatively overpaid for the year they have" players on most every team, but you have to have a good feeling to build your team up from your farm system and a few key acquisitions. In the Rangers' case, I am pretty amazed that their young guy has picked and chosen the key players the manager and management wants for their brand of baseball. Playing the game doing the little things well is always rewarding to watch. Sure, they have a few superstars, but they also have s
  2. I found it interesting that after the game some of the chatter from the Yankee writers was (paraphrased): "Next year the Yankees will sign the Ranger's Cliff Lee and everything will be OK."
  3. Well... we are happy with the Rangers. World Series here we come. Now we wait.
  4. We are all guests here. I don't get the "entitlement attitude" that someone can post whatever they want. Of course, a privately run forum can lock or delete threads arbitrarily and as guests here we accept this fact. One of the things that makes this community successful is the nature of the information and decisions made about the forum -- that is a big reason it is so popular. I don't have a problem with how the forum is moderated, but if someone does, they are free to select some other forum. JMHO.
  5. RC

    Anthony Kim

    Don't know the thumb (which one) but if it is the left one, that takes time. I had surgery and my left thumb was not right for a long, long time, and even gave up the game for a few years just because of frustration of not being able to swing quite as solidly as before -- it hurt. Then after the lay off, finally got back to playing regularly again... but the locked in feeling starting the downswing has never been quite the same and sometimes the thumb is still a little sore if I hit too many balls. So if it his left thumb, who knows the long term effect his surgery may have. Lesson to be l
  6. Ditto... write down the things you are asked to do. It does not matter if you are a visual learner or not, technical or not, write stuff down.
  7. I am worried about the Giants (or the Phillies) but meantime I'm more worried about the Yanks. Go Rangers... it has been a long time waiting for a first World Series appearance. They are due and playing well.
  8. And for the pros, most (not all) only have baby versions of draws and fades. Their shots are pretty straight and fall one way or the other. Of course there are notable famous players who hit almost all shots with one direction of spin, a lot of faders come to mind, but also there are draw players like Perry that aim right and really move the ball back left. To answer a previous question, having a default swing that fades or draws the ball is advantageous. For example, on a driver hole with bunkers along the left side, the option of aiming at the trouble and knowing you can cut the shot of
  9. I've never understood the concept that if you line up your feet so the toe line is open, you will hit a slice. Does not work that way for me. I try always to be open, and play a draw at the same time -- that seems natural for a push draw. To hit a fade, I might open up a little more, but swing just left of the target and try to hold off the clubface, i.e., a push fade. A fade is a hard shot for me, but an open stance draw is the easiest shot I know. A square to closed stance right to left (draw) shot usually is going to turn into a mean hook in my case. The only time I might purposefully
  10. Imagine if Cliff Lee was still with the Phillies. He pitched a magical game tonight. His delivery is so hard to read I don't know how anyone hits him unless it is just a lucky swing and he misses his spot entirely. Oh, and apparently Smoltz shot one over at Bethpage, or something like that -- I did not quite catch the whole exchange except he must have bogeyed 17.
  11. A Phillies/Rangers Series would be a great duel of good pitchers, but at this stage -- they are all loaded with good pitching.
  12. Game 3: Cliff Lee through 7 is very impressive. Hope that is not a jinks.
  13. Lots of very good things in this swing. Kudos.
  14. Driving to or returning from golf... John Sebastian Bach, especially BWV 1006a. Air on a G String is not bad either.
  15. Ditto the feet as well as the eyes. Reading putts is an acquired ability.
  16. I'm neutral since the forum approach is such a success. But who knows? How would you discover new things unless you try them? The pre-Forum days certainly did not know what success they might become.
  17. Not a big shot at all, a little flop. The lie was super tight, there was no way to stop the ball from running long. So a flop shot hoping for max spin was the choice, but it would need to be hit hard and high even for a shot of only perhaps 10 yards. It seemed to go straight up then came straight down the pin into the hole without touching anything but cup and the bottom of the stick. Really nice.
  18. 8 years. Heck, from when I was born until I hit my first golf ball was shorter than 8 years. But 8 years seemed like an lifetime away from golf at the time. The effects of an injury (from a lifetime of sports,) then surgery, made me think golf was over, but after a long time away from the game, I went out one day and hit some balls with no real expectations... and the hook was reset back in place as hard as ever.
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    Ace no big deal.

    I wonder... I've made and seen hole in ones, several in fact. I would guess at least half of them were not the best, sweet type shots. Maybe a little thin, so they ran a bit, or a big curving shot that just happened to go in. Of course the well struck, right at it ones are always amazingly well played, but not all hole in ones are equal when it comes to what the ball striker feels at impact. Also, and I don't remember this exactly, was it not Hogan who was playing with someone who either made a hole in one or flew a second shot into the hole and Hogan did not even notice it due to his fo
  20. Motteler621 -- you got it as I meant it. Yes, compared to the first mostly rotational swing, lower club pattern emerging out of the 80s into the 90s, the swing started looking much less classical. Today, Fowler and others who do the swing in the Fowler's video look "different" yet again. You sort of have to do a double take when you see a swing like that, but it works for (some of) those who use it. It does not hurt to be young and flexible, and very fit. I tried to swing and play that way myself for a few years, but as age keeps moving forward, I am no longer able to do it and the yards
  21. You did not read my words carefully... I said "head to clubhead plane," not shaft plane and how simple his hands remain -- in the same relative position to this line. Notice, his hands have moved inside and actually so has the club (the angle is not the best to see this.) However the major move is linear extension combined with a shoulder turn that is already pretty good before the club gets waist high. This is a relatively recent concept the way some are doing it. Nicklaus used a different way to get his loading at the top, a low club, straighter arms and hands (i.e. the low takeaway appr
  22. He starts with his hands below his head to clubhead plane, keeps his club in that position on the way back, which gives him lots of room to turn back to the ball. He creates amazing extension. It is not the old style low and inside plane circle takeaway, but it is a modern swing style seen more often today because it allows tremendous shoulder turn and additional lag (because of the extension, then loading to start the downswing) without overly crossing the line at the top or going way past parallel. He just lets the club drop as his right hand cocks backward. The club stays in front of hi
  23. I like his take-away very much... he maintains the club position very well. No drop under and trapped postition to correct to start the downswing. His hands do not move poorly at all. He can just fire away and is in position to use all his power. With this type of swing, the harder he goes for it the better.
  24. Actually, when talking to an engineer in one of the states' air quality control boards, I got a shock... he said the city where he worked had exceeded a few air quality standards (meaning they were in violation of getting a better rating) and it was due to mountain cedar trees emitting too much "pollution" during a couple a months each year when they would pollinate. So not only do some trees attack golfers, skiers, sky divers, and cause lightening attraction, they can also lower your air quality in a very specific way (but likely not overall, of course.) Imagine the evil. Sort of reminds m
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