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  1. I think this might be regional. Here in NYC, in the past 20 years we had SARS, H1N1 (Swine Flu), Ebola, Zika, and even a Measles outbreak last year. Not to mention the yearly flu outbreaks. Obviously, none were nearly as deadly as Covid-19 (at least in the US), but they all raised awareness, some panic, etc. and made NYC feel, wrongly it turns out, that it was ready for a bigger outbreak.
  2. This is the right question. And, as most of us know, the answer is that we don't know. While it's abundantly clear that being outdoors is safer than being indoors, we don't know exactly why or how much. The majority of scientists think it's a lot safer, but they're not sure. Science outside the laboratory is hard. Very, very hard. There are so many variables, and almost no way to control for them. Every outdoor (and indoor for that matter) event is different. The number of people, the circulation, the strain of virus, the number of people wearing masks, etc. ad nauseam. The only thin
  3. I only watched for about 30 minutes, but saw Bryson hit a 330 yd drive (almost to the green). It was very odd. He did the same thing I see (or used to see) guys in the gym do before they're about to lift 5 times their body weights. A bunch of nervous steps, huge, loud breaths, etc. Like something you'd see in a long drive contest. It's not pretty, but his drive was dead straight. He hit an average chip that ended up above the hole and proceeded to miss a 3 ft putt for birdie. Anyway, I was most struck by the pre-shot routine. Have never seen that in golf.
  4. Um, no. That's not how correlation works. Arbitrary? So math and numbers are arbitrary and silly, and your opinion is factual? Sigh...
  5. Yes. I was curious, so I spent 15 minutes comparing the data in 2020. Correlation of Scoring Average rank / Driving Distance rank is 0.35 for the top 100 golfers. Very weak.
  6. Please take with appropriate context, but it looks to me like the swing starts coming undone when you lunge towards the ball with your upper body from the top. Your head moves forward and down. One thing that helps me with that is to "separate the head" from the front shoulder. This forces me to more turn the upper body more in place while the lower body slides and opens.
  7. Kids should be taught differently than adults. Adult drills often have to compensate for years of bad habits. If you think your kid would enjoy getting some instruction, it might be best to seek a qualified instructor rather than get advice online. There are some pros here who teach children, they can probably answer best.
  8. Hi - love these drills. I doubt there's anyone out there at any level that can't find a priority piece in one of these. I've been working on the shoulder-tilts, and to me, those are a game changer. I do that drill pretty much every day, even on the course before a shot I practice that movement sometimes before I hit. Helps a lot. @iacas One thing I noticed on the Advanced Shoulder Tilt drill, is that when you took full practice swings, your torso and head appear to moving forward quite a bit as you rotate through. When I have this result in a swing on video, I often get contact issue
  9. My dad, a cardiologist himself, had a similar procedure (myectomy, and once they got in there, also a double bypass) about 25 years ago. He doesn't play golf, but he was up and working from bed the next day! Best of luck to you, hope you're back and golfing soon!
  10. Escape From New York Since NYC looks like it's slipping back into the 80s, had to pull this one up. Easy birdie. An all-time classic, excellent Kurt Russell - hilarious special effects but the technology in it aged surprisingly well all things considered.
  11. Guys, I'm no prude, and love my internet porn, but this thread is just weird. It's like a mix of per-pubescent fantasy, creepy old men, and 1980's early internet. @iacas i vote to kill it.
  12. When a swing is well sequenced, the effort happens by the proper muscles at the proper time, which makes it look like what we call effortless in some golfers. Some, like Tiger, often look like they're swinging hard, others not so much. As said above, it takes a ton of effort to swing that fast. And beauty is overrated. Results are what matters.
  13. WARNING: Completely OT I've always loved this graph. I was a psych/comp-sci major, and it rang true. Unfortunately, I was heartbroken to learn that the studies of the Dunning-Kruger effect are likely wrong. I don't understand much of the math behind this, but many measurement scales that limit results to 0-100 are subject to an effect that creates statistical "noise" that in this case, may have not been properly accounted for. Feel free to dig in more: The Dunning-Kruger Effect May Be a Statistical Illusion Sophisticated research suggests that se
  14. Crazy. As these guys approach long-drive champion distances (winners are ~400 yds), what happens next? How long before 400 yd. holes are considered drive-able?
  15. I too am optimistic that a workable vaccine will be developed sooner rather than later. Even if that happens, we face a global challenge of producing and distributing the vaccine to those who need it most in order to slow down the pandemic. In the political climate we're in, that will be an even bigger challenge. This is from an HBR article: "At least for the first eight to 12 months after the Covid-19 vaccine becomes available, it is likely that there will be only a limited supply to meet global demand. Consequently, there needs to be a global agreement on allocating stocks to countries aroun
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