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Eric C

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  1. Eric C

    Johnny Miller's Legacy

    I voted playing career since he was a much better golfer than broadcaster, and as @boogielicious mentioned above, there would not have been one without the other. He's no Joe Buck, after all ...
  2. Eric C

    Paul Azinger to Replace Johnny Miller on NBC

    If you want to call me a sheep it's cool, but this is a change long needed. Good golfer, not a great commentator, and I think Azinger is an excellent choice to replace him.
  3. Eric C

    Anyone Know If This Guy Eventually Hits the Ball?

    If paired randomly with this guy I don't think I could keep my mouth shut for 18 (or 1) holes. My need to say "WTF" would outweigh the virtues of golf etiquette in this example.
  4. Eric C

    Spectator loses eyesight at Ryder Cup

    So that we're clear, I completely agree that the responsibility starts and ends with the lady that got hit with the ball. As unfortunate as it is, them's should be the breaks. That said, as a realist and having worked in the legal industry for 25 years, she'll get paid and paid well. Not the way it we'd like it to be, just the way it is.
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    Spectator loses eyesight at Ryder Cup

    The fact is that no amount of pointing and yelling is going to result in people always paying attention when they should be, regardless of their personal responsibility to do so. Especially when you're dealing with, as Erik pointed out, a good number of drunken idiots (my word, not his). This isn't anyone's fault, it's just a one-in-a-million unfortunate event that has an enormous impact on an individual but should be kept within context for what it is. An unfortunate accident. I feel horrible for the lady who lost her sight, and am in no way blaming her - she could have been the most attentive spectator in the world, but it only takes bad timing and losing focus for a moment for bad things to happen. I hope that the PGA, whoever, takes care of her financially. In this litigious society, she's going to get paid one way or the other. Next thing you know the PGA is going to follow the NHL and put nets up all along each fairway. That'll be fun.
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    Keeping a Second, Imaginary Score

    I agree that there's value in recognizing and understanding where you missed opportunities during the course of a round, but the effort is perhaps better put towards tracking meaningful statistics versus an imaginary score that doesn't really fit the reality. Like an honest handicap, true learning comes from long-term statistical analysis based off of real data. Not fake data. If fake data was real data we'd all still be smoking Camel unfiltered cigs ... (I've never actually smoked a cigarette) Your data won't help you learn where you need to improve, and I really struggle to understand how it boosts your confidence. Done the right way, I bet you find that true statistical analysis and learning is more effective to keep you motivated and interested. There are some that say that regret is the worst of all emotions - worse than fear, frustration, anger and sadness. It's not productive. Being proactive and doing something about improving your game, rather than rationalizing it, is far more conducive to the actual goal - which is change.
  7. Eric C

    I Need Urgent Help Guys

    Put your change in your left pocket, tie your left shoe in a double knot, turn the hat backwards, take a tee and stick it behind your left ear. Problem solved.
  8. Eric C

    2019 FedExCup Playoff Changes

    To me, another reason in favor of my format. You don't see Tom Brady taking a week off during the playoffs.
  9. Eric C

    2019 FedExCup Playoff Changes

    While I like the idea from a pure competitive play perspective, the lack of revenue from only a week-long playoff event at a single venue as opposed to spreading it across 4 events / 4 venues would wind up making the purse much smaller. I guess I don't know this for sure, but it seems logical. Also, given that every qualifying event with the exception of the WGC Match Play is stroke play, I don't think the playoffs would then be representative of the competition throughout the season. Correct me if I'm off base here, but someone who is great at stroke play isn't necessarily always great at match play. I vote four events, 16 rounds, lowest score each week wins the week and lowest score over 16 rounds wins the cup.
  10. Eric C

    Favorite Thing about This Time of Year

    It rains every day, it's ridiculously hot and humid, it's hurricane season. There are no redeeming qualities to this time of the year in the Orlando area. That said, we're roughly 30 - 45 days away from 5 months of amazingly perfect weather. I miss this time of year in Colorado - fall weather and the changing of the season / fall colors. My favorite time of the year there.
  11. Eric C

    If you had to choose one (just for fun)

    First option, for sure! Think of all the chicks I could replace my friends with ....
  12. I agree with @bkuehn1952 - start with lessons, and a group lesson is a great way to meet similarly skilled (e.g. unskilled) golfers who you will initially feel most comfortable around while learning the the game. Don't forget to also spend some time learning about golf etiquette and the basics of the Rules of Golf. I would not suggest you go to the range and try to "figure it out", and then attempt to transfer what little you might have learned to the actual course. No better way to learn bad habits that then take years to unlearn. Take some lessons, get a few range sessions under your belt, then give the course a try during non-peek times. Most of all, have fun and set your expectations for success at a reasonable level. This game is hard!
  13. Thank you for asking - you are, of course, correct but you've really made me think about this. I sometimes play with a traveling men's league and we exchange scores as a matter of course, but more recently I've been playing a lot as a single because of the season. When I'm with a group of people I don't know I just find it somehow intrusive and odd ... I'm not sure why to be honest, but that's my reaction. I'm one of the friendliest guys you'll pick up on a course and we'll have a good time, but for whatever reason this crosses a line for me.
  14. Eric C

    What Do You Do for a Living?

    I'm an IT Director for a law firm. Made my bones in the network engineering field. Since I control access, I'm lurking on TST all day for the most part.
  15. All it would take would be for you to say "would you mind not moving around whilst I'm putting, thank you" one time to solve that problem, and perhaps you achieve a teaching moment at the same time. It immediately sets the tone that you want to focus on your game and not jibber-jabber, and almost nobody is offended so long as you avoid being a dick about it. On the contrary, most people feel bad for having shown poor etiquette. As for the score thing, I also find it annoying when people ask about my score so my stock answer the very first time it happens is "I'm keeping my own card, thanks". It let's the person off the hook without having to be rude, and solves the problem. Just be direct without being an ass - like the over 12 hcp thing. Just because you're a better golfer than me doesn't mean that you respect the game or know more about it than me.

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