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  1. Athletes in Every Sport are Better

    OK, I have no problem with that. I don't think that changes what I was saying. Namely, that it's easier to argue with your assertion than it would be if you had replaced PGA Tour Players with today's Olympic swimmers. With your assertion, I could argue that those 50 years ago were better because their scoring averages were similar, yet they played with inferior balls and clubs on poorly maintained courses. In the latter assertion (with Olympic swimmmers), it would be much harder to come up with an argument as to why Olympic swimmers were "better" 50 years ago. And for the record, I agree that PGA players are better and stronger, I was just trying to explain why this is an oft-contested topic. Definitely - happens with everything. Like when I walked to school uphill both ways when I was a kid.
  2. Athletes in Every Sport are Better

    I agree, but I think the reason this is an often debated topic is because it can be difficult to define what is "better". Assuming we can agree on what defines a "sport", I propose that we put sports into one of two categories. -Less changing: Running a 100m dash for example, is something that does not change much. Sure, sneakers may be better, but the 100m dash 50 years ago is very similar to the one today. Many Olympic sports like swimming fall into this category. Arguably, sports like basketball fall into here. -More changing: Sports that have big rule changes over time, or in which results are strongly affected by equipment changes. I would say that golf, skiing, and a number of other sports fall into this category. Obviously, there are many gray areas between these categories, but I think the discussion of what "better" means is a lot simpler for "less changing" sports than "more changing" sports. For instance, it's harder to argue that Jesse Owens was a better sprinter than Usain Bolt than it is to argue that Jack Nicklaus was a better golfer than Tiger Woods. The same goes for debating on whether athletes are always "getting better" at a particular sport. It's clear that sprinters will always improve a bit (although as you mentioned, the improvement has slowed down). But debating on whether golfers are always improving becomes more reliant on a difficult-to-agree-upon definition of better.
  3. Correct in terms of regeneration. However, cardiac muscle, is different than skeletal muscle in its mechanism, and should not be used as comparison. While exercise has been correlated with reduced early death, never seen statistics in terms of exercise's effect on heart disease vs other organ failure as a cause of death.
  4. Brandel Says He Was Wrong About Tiger

    Yes, it was not consistent. He hit some very good shots around the green, but many poor ones too. I did see a number of other guys hitting poor chips & pitches from those collection areas near the greens. The announcers (for what it's worth) attributed many of those to the Bermuda grass. Even so, Tiger seemed below average on those shots. If he's going to contend, he'll need to improve that.
  5. My Swing (nabzi)

    See this video:
  6. Grades for Tiger's Performance

    Like others, I agree that if we're grading his progress, he gets an A+. In a few short months, he went from mug shot to golf shot. But grading against the field, I'd give him a B. Breaking it down further might be fun. Note, I didn't see any stats, so these are just my impressions watching (mostly) all 4 of his rounds. Driving: A- Long irons: A- Mid/Short irons: B- Chipping: C+ Putting: B
  7. Tiger Woods Master Catch-All Discussion

    Can't help it. Been through this too many times. Maybe he fixed that particular issue, but can the rest of his battered 41 year-old body hold up to hitting the ball VERY hard in competition over four straight days?
  8. Tiger Woods Master Catch-All Discussion

    Am I the only one having trouble watching these? I keep waiting for him to grab his back or wince. It's going to be stressful watching these next (hopefully) four days. Good luck Tiger!
  9. Cramp between shoulderblades

    Don't want to be a Debbie downer, but have you been screened for heart disease lately? My cousin, who is 49, had unusual cramps in his upper back, and turned out he needed a quintuple bypass!
  10. Driving Range Etiquette

    I don't mean to be dismissive, but this post isn't really about driving range etiquette, nor is it about golf. You sound like you're trying to figure out others. I can't offer you any useful advice there, but as far as improving in golf, I can say that you'll do best by tuning out others, and focusing on what you want to do to improve. Good luck!
  11. Austrian Open Starting a 40s Shot Clock

    I love the idea, but yeah, lots of details have to be worked out. Another article about it here: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/the-european-tour-will-try-out-a-shot-clock-in-2018-to-address-slow-play
  12. Golf's Mental Game Aspect

    +1 Just want to add something. I read a lot of books, including a fair number of golf journalism books. I believe that part of the misconception about mental vs physical is due to journalism bias. A story about Tiger's mental toughness is more compelling than a story about his impact position. As in all sports, journalists also like to attribute skill and chance to mental phenomena like choking. It's not that mental toughness and choking don't exist, it's just that IMO, they're a much smaller contributor to the outcome of a game than is portrayed in golf journalism.
  13. Is golf more mental or physical?

    I would say 99% physical, for everyone. Even the pros, who aren't the most introspective lot, instinctively know this. How much of their practice time is spent practicing the mental game? I would guess close to zero. Sure, they may have a sports psychologist, but the truth is that they spend almost all their time physically practicing shots that they will need on the golf course. I do, however, think that you should practice your mental game if you: 1. Are always angry on the golf course because you think you are better than you really are. This takes away the enjoyment for others stuck playing with you, and probably isn't helping you physically execute anything. 2. Are waiting for the green to clear on a 450 yd par 4 after hitting a 150 yd. slice drive into the rough. This takes the enjoyment away for everyone behind you. You're not that good (see #1).
  14. 8 shot penalty for Ben Crane?

    Bad grammar, should have written, "Ben's use of stickers...". True that Purpose != Intent, but I could have just has easily used "purpose." The purpose of using those stickers is not "for the purpose of influencing the movement of the ball." The rule does not require that the stickers can or would influence the movement of the golf ball if struck, but rather requires that the they have the purpose of influencing the movement of the ball. Again, that's not the case here. Finally, in other places, the rules do differentiate between the target area of the clubface, and other areas. For example, Appendix II - 5(d). The impact area is highly regulated, but other areas on the clubface can have exceptions (see above). This specific rule claims that "Exceptions may be made for attachments that do not affect the performance of the club." IMO, claiming these stickers affect the performance of the club is a tough argument. We'll just have to disagree here. I think that the performance argument is weak, but that the "temporary and easily removable" is strong. Either way, for what's it worth, if I was a rules official (which I most certainly am not) I would also have ruled against Ben. A little OT, but I just think that the rules are not as clear as they would first appear, and think that many rules of golf are open to interpretation. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but can lead to some very strange rule situations (e.g. Sergio's ordeal on 18 yesterday). Maybe we need to have a fast-acting rules center (like the NFL does) that can make live, fast, decisive calls.
  15. 8 shot penalty for Ben Crane?

    I don't think this it's quite so cut and dried, and while one of the decisions seems to implicate the clubs, I can see how this could have gone the other way. In terms of 4-2: While the word "intent" does not appear, Rule 4-2 does state: "Foreign material must not be applied to the club face for the purpose of influencing the movement of the ball." The second part of the sentence clearly points to intent, and I think because of that, 4-2 shouldn't be used here. There is no way that those stickers had an intent of affecting the movement of the ball. The pictures posted above show the stickers are nowhere near the impact area of the club. Seems to me like this is not a 4-2 issue. For 4-1: Referring to Appendix II, Decision 4-1/5 which @iacas pointed out, is the relevant section. This Decision addresses an "Adhesive Bandage or Tape Applied to Clubhead to Reduce Glare or for Protection". I'll put this decision in it's entirety here, and then address each point. An adhesive bandage or tape added to the clubhead is considered an external attachment, rendering the club non-conforming (see Appendix II, Rule 1a but see also Decision 4-1/4). However, material attached to the clubhead that does not affect the performance of the club and is semi-permanent, durable, not easily removable and conforms to the shape of the clubhead may be permitted by exception, but an adhesive bandage or tape does not fall under that exception because such items are temporary in nature and easily removable. See "A Guide to the Rules on Clubs and Balls," Section 1a, for detailed criteria regarding permissible external attachments, such as alignment markings, protective coverings or decorative decals. Additionally, adding such an attachment during the stipulated round would change the club's playing characteristics in breach of Rule 4-2." a. The first sentence refers to Appendix II - Rule 1a. This rule's relevant section appears to be the following: "All parts of the club must be fixed so that the club is one unit, and it must have no external attachments. Exceptions may be made for attachments that do not affect the performance of the club." I read the second sentence as clearing said stickers from this rule. I think it would be a real stretch to claim that those stickers affect the performance of the club. To me, "Exceptions may be made" allows a rules committee latitude to interpret this rule. The first sentence also points to Decision 4-1/4, which simply clears lead-tape as an exception, and is irrelevant to this case. b. The second sentence is critical. It explains that "exceptions may be allowed for materials that don't affect performance," but only if the materials are "semi-permanent, durable, not easily removable and conforms to the shape of the clubhead". It goes on to explain that an adhesive band-aid or tape "does not fall under that exception because such items are temporary in nature and easily removable." If I was in the rules committee, this is where I would have hung my hat, and argued that those stickers are "temporary in nature and easily removable", and therefore according to Decision 4-1/5, render the clubs non-conforming even though they don't affect performance. This seems pretty strong, but I think that whether the said stickers apply here is arguable. As a first step, you could argue that said stickers are not "temporary in nature and easily removable". And while the rules committee may have placed this exception explanation to apply to decorative decals that do not affect performance, those are actually covered elsewhere - Appendix II.5(d). So this begs the question as to what materials would fit under the definition of "semi-permanent, durable, not easily removable", and could the offending stickers fall under that definition?

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