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  1. Exactly. And this time around, the people voted for a more active government. Next election may be different. That's ok - that's democracy. Private businesses are restricted by government all the time. Everything from licenses, inspections, consumer protection, anti-monopoly enforcement, registration, etc. Are those restrictions worth it? As a business owner I may bitch about some of them, but I understand why they're there. Economists study these things. I'm not an economist, but even they can't answer whether saving 100 lives is worth $X. That is a political/philosophical d
  2. Same here. The guy won the masters after spinal fusion!. Perfect time to go out near the top. He's charismatic, ambitious, and obviously enjoys helping kids and others. Could do a lot more with his career now from behind the ropes than by hobbling around with a golf club. Not saying he *can't* come back, just saying he can do a lot more without coming back.
  3. Good one. 🙄 I was just saying that it would be great if they could match or increase, and it might pay off. I could even see men agreeing to lower theirs if it was presented in a certain way. I appreciate the rational capitalist argument, I do, but the world doesn't always work that way. And if we want change, we can dream. And yes, it would take a lot of luck.
  4. Very true. But not very unusual. None of this is fleshed out. And even if you were a marketer, they differ in strategy, opinion, and values. But it's a good conversation!
  5. This is a great point. The decision makers at Fortune 500 companies are driven by more than just company profit. Because $7M for a Fortune 500 company is a rounding error. And the publicity that can generate could have a lot more ROI than 60 seconds of a lame ad during the Superbowl. I agree. It doesn't. And if it was that way in the past, it doesn't have to be in the future. I'm no expert on sports sponsorships. But how do you know that? I, for one, would not be surprised is some Fortune 500 companies sponsor a golf tournament because the CEO likes golf a
  6. I doubt the LPGA has the cash to do this. I think it's very hard, but not impossible. Maybe you can convince the USGA (for their events) to split the purses fairly (or at least give more to women's events than they get now). It's a matter of getting the ball rolling. I'm sure that the LPGA has been trying to figure this out for years. My point is that purse matching is not a one-way street. Why does it have to be altruistic? The point is to drive up popularity so that your publicity and sponsorship increases the value of your brand.
  7. Good thread. Like most here, my first instinct is to lean on the free-market idea that purses are driven by popularity, advertising...and there's certainly validity there. But we all know that things aren't that linear. For example, in many forms of entertainment popularity is often manufactured by investments in advertising, promotions, etc. which in turn start the engine, drive up popularity, generate more income to spend, etc. I think there's an argument to make that increasing purses (or even matching) for some events could generate good "equality" publicity, draw more talent to
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. Um, no. That's not how correlation works. Arbitrary? So math and numbers are arbitrary and silly, and your opinion is factual? Sigh...
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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