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  1. True dat! I remember reading an article where the author interviewed Ben Hogan, which didn't happen very often. He said when he shook Hogan's hand, he felt like he'd stuck his right hand in a vise! My Uncle was a country club pro before WWII, and was much the same way. About as big as me, 5'9" and about 165, but he had huge hands and these big, "Popeye", forearms. When he grabbed you, you knew you'd been grabbed! But, that never influenced the fluidity of his swings. When I was in my late teens, early 20's, he would have been in his late 40's, early 50's. I could hit the ball pretty good, but his drives would just crap all over mine! As far as the OP's problem, I don't really know what to make of it. Is it his grip problem, swing problem, or equipment problem? I've swung older used clubs that had grips so slick they were nearly impossible to hang onto! I'd suggest that he have one of these clubs re-gripped, and see if he continues to have the same problem with it. If not, then he knows what he needs to do!
  2. I believe it was none other than Jack Nicklaus who said that if have just one swing thought in your mind when you head out on the course, that's one too many!
  3. Yup, that's it! You were in a match and had no other choice. I've been in that situation many times. A few times I've seen guys stop, pick up my ball, look at it, stick it in their pocket and drive on! They don't even bother to look around to see if anyone is playing the adjacent hole! One time I had to chase a guy down and ask him if he found a Titleist whatever with 2 black dots on either side of the number in the tree line. He gave it up, but was muttering and giving me looks like I was a mugger! We went and dropped as close to where we could figure the ball had ended up. This was a casual round.
  4. Ahh! I was quoting posts from an earlier page. And I am hoping that guys understand that a lot of these rules are written specifically for tournament play when a lot of "stuff" shows up on the course that we would never encounter.
  5. I think you guys are confusing line of play (if there is such a thing) with "line of sight"! If a TIO interferes with a player seeing his target, he is entitled to relief. How his ball travels after that depends on his stroke. We have no way of knowing, but DJ just might have been using the rule to get a better lie. The rule says he is "entitled" to a drop, but that doesn't mean he has to take one. As I said before, that drop might have put him in 2 foot tall fescue. In that case I'm sure he would not take the drop and choose to play the ball as it lay. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. As has been said before, the rules can hurt you or help you. It's up to you to know how. And, if it's within the rules it is proper sportsmanship. Nothing in the rules of golf say you have to make it harder on yourself than everyone else.
  6. Yep, that's when I do it too! And I'm 63 and can still bend and pick a ball out of the bottom of the cup, but I don't have back problems, knock on wood! They used to have those "suction cup" things that would attach to the end of your putter grip to enable you to get your ball out of the hole. Problem is, they won't fit on the new fangled "fat" grips!
  7. Wow! I'm so glad that stuff missed us. It went by to our southwest. We got a few small thunderstorms and rather gentle rain. The AJGA was in town at Mill Creek, and they had to finish in a gentle, intermittent sprinkle this morning. A little off topic but, man, can some of those kids play golf!
  8. OH! I get a bad feeling about this. I have to admit that with all the replays, and coaches challenges, and rules "experts" standing by to explain the rules to us (which should be in plain enough language that these experts aren't needed), that pro football has become less and less interesting to me the past few years. I don't want that to happen to golf! Anymore, watching an NFL game has become more like watching a legal proceeding than a game! Well said! There is a rules official with each group. Whatever decision they make should be it! If it's the wrong one, that's on the official. And you're right, I thought a player had to ground their club behind the ball in order to be deemed responsible for a ball moving. And your last sentence really tells the tale. Instead of the nearly otherwordly golf played by Dustin Johnson on a wickedly difficult course being the story, it was all about this particular rule and the USGA's method and process of determining it's enforcement. And Lastpick, I'm figuring you must be from Texas. I never heard the phrase "eat up with the dumb ass" until my brother, who was in the Army, came home from a stint at Fort Hood!
  9. Oh, they've allowed "professionals" into the Olympics for quite some time, it was just better covered up. How do you think Jean Claude Killy made his living? Selling insurance on the side? It was only after the public started seeing through poor, old, addled Avery Brundage's inane prattling about the "purity" of Olympic competition that they decided to retire him and open things up. They wanted the best athletes, and if that meant pro so be it. If anything, it made the whole deal more honest if you ask me. The LPGA needs as much help as it can get despite the fact that many of the ladies are playing some wonderful golf! You may be onto something. Perhaps the IOC could partner up with the USGA, R&A, and other governing bodies to help assemble fields and structure the competition. I was also hoping for more team competitions. Someone earlier mentioned an idea I really like, 2 person man/woman teams in a foursomes competition. Hopefully, some solution can be found because I believe that golf belongs in the Olympics. It is a world wide game!
  10. That sounds like me. When I was younger, stronger, and more "tightly sprung", I really needed a good warmup session. Nowadays I do a little chipping and putting. I can take my first practice swing right back to parallel, I just need to remember to do that when I'm actually playing a stroke!
  11. How do you know this? How do you know that he "chose" to make his drop on the exact spot that would kick the ball toward the hole? He went to the nearest "line of sight" relief spot, measured out two club lengths no nearer the hole, marked it with tees, and took his drops which bounced closer to the hole. Then, the USGA Official on hand pointed out the spot where he could place his ball. Johnson didn't get to pick his own spot! It could just as easily have happened in 2 foot tall fescue! That's just the "rub of the green"! As iacas said, sometimes the rules work against you, sometimes for you.
  12. No doubt, given the IOC's recent penchant to stage the Olympic Games in third world hellholes! After his experience at Sochi, Bob Costas is liable to perform his host duties in a hazmat suit!
  13. Hmmm, not quite as expensive as I first thought, but maybe not that far off either, since I have no current Idea of the conversion rate from Pounds to Dollars. My buddy was thinking about getting one. I told him they might be the better part of a thousand buck per! That idea went out the window real fast!
  14. I know that feeling. Hey, it's golf, it happens. You can have a good nine bad nine, or good hole bad hole. But here's another way you can think about it. As a current 15, you could choose to be overjoyed at the 37 on the front. Disappointed with the back, sure, but don't get down on yourself. You ARE starting to turn a corner, the front nine proves it! You just haven't turned it completely. Weird crap can sneak into a swing at any time. Think how Jordan Spieth felt at the Master's!
  15. Interesting point yourself! I once read an opinion somewhere that "no golf ball is ever completely at rest". Internal changes due to heating or cooling. The"odd" blade of grass under the ball. A bug sticking its head up to have a look around, or an earthworm tunneling through the soil underneath. Of course, most of these changes would be on a scale far too small for us to perceive directly. But once in a while, they might.
  16. Like others here, I say nothing unless asked, and then only if I feel that I've spotted something obvious and can actually help the person. And I only mention one thing. I don't want to load a person's head with too many new thoughts. To tell you the truth, I've seen some setups and swings that were outright bizarre! I was actually hoping that the person wouldn't ask for advice because I'd have no idea where to begin! But sometimes it does work out. Quite a few years ago I was grouped with a couple of black guys. One guy was your average chop, but his buddy had a very good swing and hit the ball a mile! He also had a weak grip and his shots tended to bleed right. I was playing very well at the time, and as we waited on the 10th tee for his buddy to come out of the shop, he asked me about it. I had him strengthen his left hand grip very slightly just to see what would happen. What happened was that he split every fairway and shot 2 over on the back! When we said goodbye he gave me a big old bro' hug!
  17. Same here! Went and played today in the insufferable heat and humidity! Sometime during the round I began to feel how the left hip should function in the swing. I suddenly began striping every drive down the the center, and 20-30 yards farther than normal! It's a very simple physical move, but it can make all the difference in the world! And, it's not a "big" move, it can be very subtle. For instance, as Peter_b referred to it, you don't want your head moving toward the target, just your hip. Getting the head sliding toward the target is pure death! The feeling I get is one of just "shoving" my left hip toward the target a little bit when I begin my downswing, After a particularly fine drive I like to joke with my buddies that the secret of the golf swing lives in the left ass cheek!
  18. Ehhhh, I don't know about that. I did notice that his practice putting strokes were quite close to the ball, but that is not what caused the ball to move. At least as far as the visible "evidence" is concerned. There was no issue when he made his practice putting strokes. It was only when he attempted to ground his putter head behind the ball, which NEVER happened BTW, that the issue arose, which DJ called to an official's attention. I also found it interesting in the post tournament interview with the "Stepford Rules Officials", a couple of dweebazoid robots who look like they've never smiled in their entire lives, that they kept referring to the "evidence" that DJ caused the ball to move. But, they never honed in on what that "evidence" actually was! This was one of the times that I wished that I was the interviewer. SHOW ME THE EVIDENCE! I'd have screwed them to the wall! And, listening to Dan Patrick this morning, his comment was, "How about we agree that the rule is just plain silly! What advantage was gained?"
  19. Exactly right! Anyone but me remember Ernie Els back in '94? He was given "line of sight" relief from a camera crane that turned out to be "movable". In that case the USGA rules official got in trouble for giving the wrong ruling, not Els! In this case the camera tower was an "immovable" obstruction that is not normally on the course. I figured this last huge flurry of posts was mainly about the possible penalty stroke. I noticed that the USGA guys kept insisting that they felt the ball moved because of DJ's "grounding" of the putterhead. But, they were very careful not to say where he grounded it! I can only guess that's because he never grounded his putter directly behind the ball, which is the direction the ball moved. As iacas said, the rule is much more fair now. Back in the day you could walk 5 feet behind your ball, and if it moved, you did it! Anyway, beside all that, it was a heck of a championship! And how about DJ's play of the 18th hole?! Bombs a drive, has to back off his approach because of a noise, then proceeds to stripe it in close and make the birdie putt to remove all doubt! Good for him! And God bless Paulina for wearing that dress!
  20. There are all kinds of ways to structure a session at the range. Dornenglanz makes some great suggestion. Also, it might depend on what part of your game is a problem at the time. There's no set formula for a practice session. I think variety is the spice of life there. Mix things up, keep it fresh, don't let it become drudgery!
  21. That's a mind easer. When I and my buddies would make our annual fishing pilgrimage to the Canadian bush, we slathered on enough Muskol 100% DEET to change our DNA! Or at least that's what we figured. But, it was the only way to keep the blackflies off you. Compared to them, mosquitoes are easy! We did discover one thing. Don't have DEET on your hands and grab the plastic paddle on the handle of your reel because it will melt! That's right, 100% DEET melts plastic!
  22. Exactly! They know what contracts they have. They could easily tell their contractual partners that during US Open week, The Open is priority one. Hey, they can't broadcast major championship golf "under the lights" like baseball now can they! I can't tell you how much that pissed me off! And for Aguirre, it's a little better this year, I think. But Joe Buck is still as clueless as ever!
  23. Here I was, ready to heap praise upon the Fox Network for their extensive coverage of the U.S. Open, when they cut away to broadcast the entirety of one of 4,860 regular season baseball games that will be played this year! The US Open is our national championship! Is a regular season baseball game between the Cubs and Pirates anywhere near as important? Could they not have joined the game in progress?
  24. So sorry, I got confused. Since cartierbresson had responded to my earlier post I took him as the OP. As I said earlier, I did not read through 46 pages of posts.
  25. Cool tip! Takes me back to the days when "The Friendly Trapper" was on the radio here. He was a pest control guy who advocated natural remedies. He claimed that lots of critters, especially insects, couldn't handle volatile compounds like vanilla, garlic, or mint! He suggested peppermint oil for a lot of problems. Kind of what I thought. How can you get one product to not degrade the performance of another.
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