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  1. chspeed

    Tiger vs. Phil Match Play Showdown for $9M

    Ha ha! OK, got me there. 😎 Please explain. "I'm not arguing because I disagree with you - I'm arguing because you disagree with the people who make a living doing this stuff". Seems pretty clear to me. Yes, I know he's saying this. My point is that this is obvious, but is besides the point. Look, I understand the value of expertise, and the automatic rejection of others' points of view based on it. However, there's a difference between discussing a football coach's choices, marketing strategies, and let's say neurosurgery. In discussing football, it's silly and dull to disclaim non-expert opinion. In neurosurgery, the opposite is true. Marketing, I would say, lies somewhere in between.
  2. chspeed

    Tiger vs. Phil Match Play Showdown for $9M

    That's a straw man response. Of course they are, but that's not what my post, nor my response to your rebuttal, was about.
  3. chspeed

    Tiger vs. Phil Match Play Showdown for $9M

    Really? You are basically saying that people's opinions are invalid unless they "do it for a living?" And vice versa. I have worked with a number big media marketing groups on online events and I can tell you from experience that they often make mistakes. Real, expensive, fundamental mistakes. Since we both have no insight into the promoter's thoughts, why do you assume that I "disagree with the people who make a living doing this stuff"? Maybe they also wish they could have done more but didn't have the budget? I'm not saying that my suggestions are correct, but to disagree with them simply because they weren't done is not the way I think. Of course the coaches know more, but that doesn't mean that the coach wasn't wrong. It also doesn't mean that you can't question the coach, nor talk about. And if your response to any Monday morning quarterback talk is "you're not the coach", then remind me not to talk footballl with you.😁
  4. chspeed

    Tiger vs. Phil Match Play Showdown for $9M

    Definitely. Although I still think that listening to him and Phil banter for 4 hours will only be interesting in smaller, highlighted clips. I never said guaranteed. As I'm sure you know, business ventures market and promote all the time without guarantees. The match promoters did do some stuff, my point is that they could have done a lot more and it may have lead to more viewers and more interest. I think the point I'm making is pretty uncontroversial. I actually never play the lottery. But it's not about you or me, it's about the fact that having a chance to win something for free (or close to free) creates buzz. That's why lotteries and ticket give-aways work.
  5. chspeed

    Tiger vs. Phil Match Play Showdown for $9M

    I don't - neither do they, but from a promotions business point-of-view, they don't appear to be doing much. Me too, but I'd rather hear the highlights of those conversations, not everything they say. And unless Tiger shows some other self that he's been hiding, he's so guarded in front of cameras that I can't imagine it will be that exciting. Because these types of events can, if done well, build hype. Hype = more viewers and more engaged viewers. Doing a promotion for tickets would affect a lot more than 200 people. That's like saying playing the lottery is boring because it only affects the winner. What are the side bets? How will they work? Do they keep playing until there's a winner? Same. 🙂
  6. chspeed

    Tiger vs. Phil Match Play Showdown for $9M

    Why? I'm not saying that a lot of people won't watch. I'm saying that if they are building a business venture, they could have tried to reach a bigger audience.
  7. chspeed

    Tiger vs. Phil Match Play Showdown for $9M

    If this is going to be a business venture for promoting these types of events, I think there are a lot of things they could be doing better. Some ideas: -Have an under-card match or two (watching a shot and then waiting 10 minutes before the next one is, well, boring). -Have more live media appearances by Tiger & Phil -Sell some VIP tickets to the event, at least a couple of hundred. Better yet, give them away in promotions. -Create the brand now and start promoting it. TigerPhil productions, something, anything. -Make the rules clearer I'm sure they'll make money, and one can argue that they don't *need* to do all these things. But if this is a proof-of-concept for a joint venture, I would think they'd want to make it as successful as possible. IMO, this is half-baked from a business point of view. I'll still watch tho...
  8. If you've had a daughter, or other female family member, with serious body image issues, I don't think you'd say this. Not saying that Lexi has serious issues, but these issues can be very serious and even deadly. Same here.
  9. chspeed

    Winter Depression Thread

    Still OK in NYC. Played Bethpage Black on it's last open day yesterday, beautiful afternoon, sunny mid to high 40s, but not a ton of wind. Hoping snow holds out for another month or so.
  10. chspeed

    Failure To Include an Unknown Penalty

    I can think of one positive change, which you already referenced above. This new rule discourages asking for a referee. In watching a lot of tournaments this year, I was amazed at how often players called a referee at any sign of trouble (ball in hazard, near grandstands, etc.). Inevitably, there is a delay of at least 15 minutes as they wait for a referee, ask painstaking questions, etc. Speeding up the TV game would be a good thing. On balance, however, I think this rule is a negative.
  11. A bit OT, but in LSW, @iacas claims (I'm paraphrasing here) that on average, the mid-high handicapper will save more strokes working on full swing than working on short game. That does not mean everyone. My take, having read the book, is that this conclusion is based on both numbers and teaching experience. I have no doubt that this is good advice to many golfers. Even if the conclusion resulted from a rigorously reviewed repeatable experiment with a good sample size (which, no offense intended, I doubt it was), the advice would still only be applicable "on average". It doesn't mean it's the right advice for you. Just like a doctor can say that on average, you can benefit from such and such a drug, every patient needs to be evaluated before treatment. The other piece of this is that people are terrible at assessing their own weaknesses. The only way to know for sure is keep accurate statistics (no cheating!) and see where you're losing the most strokes.
  12. chspeed

    My Swing (MCrisp)

    A member swing thread involves posting pictures or a video of you swing, which you can take with a decent phone camera. The angles you take the video make a big difference. Please read this thread and follow instructions: https://thesandtrap.com/b/playing_tips/filming_your_swing Oh, and just so you know, nobody here cares about how you look, just how you swing a club. 🙂
  13. chspeed

    What do you do when your driver isn't working?

    Depends on the match. If I'm up, I'll change to something I can put in the fairway (putter?). If I need to win a hole, tee it high and pray.
  14. chspeed

    My Swing (MrJones)

    "Over the top" generally refers to your swing path. Instead of coming into the ball from inside your target line, your club head comes into the ball from outside the target line.
  15. chspeed

    My Swing (MrJones)

    No expert myself. However, your set-up and initial take-away seem decent to me, but I think you should stop about here: If you'd like expert advice, I'd contribute more to the forum in general, and film yourself properly. https://thesandtrap.com/b/playing_tips/filming_your_swing
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