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  1. I can understand that, but what kind of greens were being played during the writing of that book? If the greens are as slick as glass, yeah, you don't want to miss them on the short side, but if they're slow? Why not take the chance? From your description you're facing extremely long putts on very slow greens. What's to lose?
  2. A) Is a dead pull hook. What many would call a "duck hook", a quacker off the planet left! B) Starts at target, hooks left. C) A slice that starts at the target and ends well right. D) Ah hah! This is the puzzler! Since the degrees of angle are exactly opposed, I think that many might suppose that the shot would be straight. But since the angles are 10 degrees opposite, I'm thinking this might might be a big, old pull slice! I'm sure you will let me know how I did on this exam, and I'm anxious to learn the results. I found it interesting, and quite tricky, that you put clubface angle before path. I had to change a few of my answers when I realized this was the case. I don't know why, but I've become conditioned to consider path before clubface angle! It may come from my early days, when my swing path was fine, but I would "hang on" to the handle like a starving dog would hang on to a steak! BTW, it doesn't matter WHAT I MEAN by open! Clubface open to the swing path is a hard measurable! That is, if you have sophisticated equipment or 20/10 vision! Most of us depend upon results. Of course nuances are available. That is, if the clubface is "closing" at the moment of contact, or "static", or "opening". I thought about responding to Valleygolfer's post, though I couldn't see a good reason why I should! EDIT: BTW, I didn't think it was all that harmful to offer quite a small suggestion to the OP. I helped people before with just that!
  3. If you're going to keep golf out of the Olympics, how about kicking out basketball. Golf is, at least, as universal a game as that! I've been wondering for years why golf was being kept out! OK, maybe the current format doesn't work. It's their first shot at it in a while. In another thread I suggested several ways the IOC could work with golf's ruling bodies world wide, in order to make one more acceptable.
  4. You are exactly right. A press bet means that your opponents have conceded the prior part of the match, and want a chance to get even in the holes remaining. If you are up, you can't lose! You either win double, or you owe nothing. It's best to get this all ironed out beforehand, but that can get a little involved. In many places it is simply de rigeur that a 2 down press will be accepted, it's automatic! I've even heard of some instances where a player, or team, demanded "air presses". They can be 2 down, but want the right to see the opponent's tee ball in the air before they call for a press! I've never had that happen to me, and thank God! I might have had to brain the guy with my driver!
  5. I've replied previously in this thread, but decided to skip to the end, Unfortunately, the government is a business! It is about, or should be about, the people's business! Safeguarding the nation, building and maintaining infrastructure, and ensuring the opportunity to excel. Viewing your hidden content, governmental expansion, in both influence and numbers employed by it, renders your argument null and void! I do agree with your point that businesses do NOT exist to create jobs. That is one of the biggest economics myths that have ever been created. Businesses exist to make money for the owners of those businesses! I don't know this Oliver guy, but Rush is a wonderful news reporter! He puts their clips, in their own words, right out there on his airwaves, and then proceeds to dissect them wittily, factually, surgically, and microscopically. In other words, he cuts their guts out and turns them into hash! Much of the hand wringing, and "sturm und drang", over Brexit comes from the fact that the cognoscenti, the literati, the illumined, the intelligentsia, the media, the leadership, the so called "smart ones", NEVER SAW IT COMING!!! They were blindsided! Since they consider themselves smarter than everyone else, and of the elite, they have a hard time understanding "regular" people and how they feel. And however regular people feel must be wrong, since it's not how they feel! This reminds me of the Inquisition. The left is the new church, and any thought counter to theirs is in error, and subject to punishment.
  6. This is the most utter nonsense! And I am surprised, and chagrined, that others here didn't catch it! If the clubface is square to your swing path, then the ball will travel along your swing path! It can't do anything else! The only way the ball slices is if the clubface is open to your swing path! If you swing out to in with an open clubface, you will hit a pull fade or pull slice. Along the target line, straight fade or slice. In to out, push fade or slice. And whether it's a fade or slice depends on how open to the swing path the clubhead is. For the OP. Having not seen your swing, or grip, there's no way of really knowing. But, I'd like you to try an experiment. Take your left hand grip and dial it just a few degrees clockwise. In other words, "strengthen" it just a tad! Hit some balls this way and see what happens. If it goes haywire you can always take it back to where it was. I'd be very interested to see what happens if you try this! P.S. JUST YOUR LEFT HAND!
  7. Despite some of the replies posted, I'm going to take you at your word, and believe that you are, indeed, hitting a shank! In other words the dreaded "lateral shot off the hosel"! You also mentioned that you have been hitting the gym to prepare yourself for firefighting duty. GOOD ON YOU!!! I know a couple of local firefighters, and they work their asses off to be prepared. I would ask you where you think the bulk of your added mass resides. Is it in your upper body? Arms, shoulders, neck and chest? Since muscle tissue is much denser and heavier than fatty tissue, this area could be much heavier than before. You didn't mention on what shots you have this problem. Can it happen anywhere, or is it on a particular type of shot? When I had an issue with the shanks it was on mid-range pitches about 40-50-60 yards. Fulls shots and chips were no issue. What I discovered was that I was allowing my body to fall toward the ball, allowing a weight shift into the balls of my feet. Now, I try to keep my weight centered between the balls and heels of my feet. Occasionaly, my weight will settle into my heels and I'll end up pulling the ball left of target, but I'll usually end up still on the green. I can live with that.
  8. If I had to think about all that, I'd end up in an asylum! I like the ball a bit forward, though not as far forward as my driver. Just a bit forward of center. If I make my read and line up, and don't like the look I get, I adjust. I just move around a bit until I like that look. Shot a 39 in league today, and putted quite well. Any problems I had weren't mis-strokes, they were mis-reads. Sign above a urinal at a golf course. "Attention golfers! This is the only place on Earth where no one will try to change your stance or adjust your grip!"
  9. You have delivered a great tip! From his descriptions of the ball flight, it's obvious the OP is coming down and across. For him, the idea would be to find a place to make practice swings where the ground slopes up in front of him. Like on the slope leading up to a raised tee box. Stand on the flat, and make practice swings as if your ball was on the upslope. This automatically flattens your swing and gets you swinging inside out, or at least inside, to square, to inside! This could help get him away from the chopping wood move! And don't feel all that bad about not being able to hit the driver off the deck. There aren't that many people that can!
  10. That thought also occurred to me. Make some of that distance in the air. But that's another stroke to practice and try to master. Here's an idea that doesn't seem to have occurred to anyone else. How about improving your approach shots? If the greens are that slow, why aren't you firing at the flag? Why leave yourself 70-80 foot putts? Especially if the greens are that huge. Get out your clubs that comprise your usual approaches and head to the range!
  11. Like Ronald said, your wrist to floor measurement is the proper parameter to look at. If your measurement is accurate, you may need a shorter than off the shelf driver. But make sure that measurement is accurate! I stress this because it can be a little hard to do on your own, and make sure you're measuring to the proper place. Place your hand in front of your face looking at your palm. Flex your wrist just slightly towards you. The first, BIG crease in your wrist just below the heel of your hand is your measuring point. Stand erect with your shoulders square, and take the measurement. I did mine by myself with a yardstick, and with a friend to verify. In both instances it came out exactly 33 5/8". I'm 5'9", but have short arms. In dress shirts I take a 32" sleeve. There are two schools of thought here. For hundreds of years the "standard" driver was 43.5" long, It was thought ideal. That was before graphite shafts and hollow, metal heads. I think what you need to do is just start looking around, and trying different length drivers to see what feels good to you and what you can swing well. Maybe go swing some used clubs at the local golf shop. I've cut an inch off of many different drivers. I, too, think that many modern drivers are made much too long! I'd remind everyone that, in his heyday, Tiger Woods played a 43.5" driver with a stainless steel shaft! True he was a consummate golfer, but that configuration seemed to work quite well for him.
  12. We usually like to play for a "little" something. It could be quarter skins, or post round beers. I have run into strangers who have tried to goad me into taking larger bets than I'm comfortable with. Maybe they're hustlers. Maybe they just think they are. I ran into one of those. His grip was actually pretty good, but his swing was straight out of the bizarro world! I decided to take the bet and cleaned his clock! But, I wasn't an a**hole about it. I congratulated him on his too few good shots, and commiserated with him properly on his misses. What surprised me most was that he actually paid up at the end of the round!
  13. I read your OP, and in my opinion you didn't miss anything. You just had the misfortune to run into one of those self important people who aren't happy unless they have something to bitch about. A sourball on continuous lookout for the next rope he can piss up!
  14. Back in the day, the pros would just use a post hole digger, make a hole in the ground and put the mortar at the bottom of it. No problem! But, I don't think the golf course would take very kindly to this happening in their rough. So, the sand in the 5 gallon bucket sounds like a good idea. Maybe wet the sand down a little to make it heavier. Here's another thing to consider. When I go out to the rifle range to shoot my 30.06, a pre-'64, Winchester Featherweight btw (rifle afficionados will appreciate this), it packs a punch! But, no matter how much the muzzle, scope, or anything else moves after the shot is touched off, that bullet hits where I was aimed! The same is true with your fireworks, unless there's a manufacturing defect involved. I have seen a mortar, in a professional display, go off in the ground! This happened exactly once in my life, and I am now 63 so that gives you some idea of how rarely it happens. Still, it's a great reason to have water and fire extinguishers on hand. I love fireworks! Both watching them and setting them off! But then I had an Uncle that we called "Uncle Pyro", because he loved making bonfires and setting off fireworks!
  15. A valid point. But, if this guy is spinning a tale, I really have no way of knowing that, just as I have no way of knowing if you are! Please don't take me the wrong way here. I am not making accusations, I'm just caught between differing opinions. Overall, I still favor Brexit. The issue must have have been serious enough for a national vote to take place! There must have been enough buttons pushed, enough punishments levied, enough fines, restrictions, regulations imposed to result in that. Enough impositions upon freedom to cause a revolt! In addition, although I did not quote this post, it had some interesting statistics, although we all remember what Benjamin Disraeli had to say about those, don't we? It was way back in this thread where someone posted the vote percentages broken down by age group. Younger voters, who may have known nothing but the EU, voted overwhelmingly to remain, while older voters, who might have some memory of what real freedom is like, voted overwhelmingly to leave! This reminds me, back when Russia had it's brief flirtation with democracy, of an interview with an older Russian lady. This was before Putin and his thugs. She had lived her life knowing nothing but Communism. She told the interviewer, "I don't know what to do! No one will tell me what to do!" That's what she was used to, and all she wanted! Some government apparatchik to tell her what to do! So sad!
  16. Ah! It was so much simpler back in the old days! Want distance off the tee? Get yourself some Top Flites! Just don't expect to hold a green with them unless it's as soft as pudding. But, the same thinking applies today. Low spin balls are for distance, high spin balls are for control, shot shaping, and holding greens. Manufacturers today are trying to give us the best of both worlds, low spin off the driver but high spin on approach shots. But compromise only goes so far. My buddy was playing the Titleist Velocity and hitting the ball a mile! He gave me a sleeve to try and I liked them. They feel good and go like hell! Then he found a brand new Pro V-1 and decided to play it to see how he liked it. He hit it nearly as far off the tee, but it was on the approach shots where the differences showed up. He hit the Velocity high anyway, but with the Pro V the trajectory looked like the first big hill on the roller coaster! He began winding up short and couldn't understand why. I told him because he was hitting a high spin, "pro style" ball, he might need to take an extra club. I suppose somewhere in between is the happy medium.
  17. i can appreciate your opinion. A few years ago, some outfit, I forget who it was, brought out a driver that sounded like an aluminum softball bat! Every time I'd hear one of those on a course it would grate on my nerves! I still hit a TM R9. It performs well for me, and I get a nice, satisfying "crack" when I hit the ball. It's as close to an old persimmon driver hitting a balata ball that a metal driver can get, IMO!
  18. It would be interesting to know what your actual clubhead speed is. You say it's not all that great, but it must be OK if you can hit a 9.5 degree driver any distance at all. Anyway, happy you found something you like. Maybe I should take a cruise through Dick's and see if they have anything left.
  19. This kind of explains things, along with some facts you gave in the OP. You're swinging two very different clubs! Why would you expect them to produce similar results? For me, every hybrid or "rescue club" I own is easier to hit than the equivalent iron. They get the ball up in the air, and I hit them farther! About the only problem I have with them is when I wind up in the trees and need to hit a low punch out of there. The hybrids get the ball in the air so easily that they are hard to keep low! I sometimes feel like pulling one club and putting an old 2 iron in the bag for that specific purpose.
  20. Your friend sounds like me, dave s! Full shots I've never had a problem, nor with chips. But the 40-50 yard pitch fills me with terror! I haven't hit one in a while. Usually I end up pulling those shots now.
  21. And also after, notably Bobby Clampett, who does give kudos to Homer Kelley. When I was learning the game I was just told to "hit down" on the ball!
  22. Interesting thoughts! Pun intended! Although I don't know if Jordan Spieth is the best example to offer for "thoughtless" golf, not after some of the extensive discussions I've heard him and his caddie have planning a shot. There's no way I could stuff all that in my head and then try to hit the ball! I suppose hypnosis might be helpful in what might be called "target focus". What's the usual "skull job" a buddy will pull on the tee. "Look at all that water!" Or "all those bunkers", or "all those trees"! All comments designed to get you looking at the trouble instead of the target. I also do archery, and when I am shooting my bow, I'm not concentrating on anything but the bullseye and my form. Form being basically, grip, stance and alignment. Thinking about it, I'm a much better archer than I am a golfer. I don't hit the bullseye every time, but I never miss it by much. If I could do that when golfing my scores would be much lower! Hmmmm, maybe there a clue here!
  23. A poignant comment in it's own right. What the UK voted out of was the joy in bailing out Greece, Italy, and possibly Spain with their "endless vacation" ideas of how life should be! The PM of Greece is an absolute nutlog, BTW! And despite the fact that travel between EU countries was made easier due to not requiring passports, it also created a problem. The problem being that Turkey sits on your Southeastern border, and hundreds of thousands of "refugees" are flooding Europe from there! This mimics free travel between states here in the U.S. But, these are sovereign states, not sovereign nations! Sovereign nations have the right to control their borders, know who is getting in and out and why, and how long they will be here. Unfortunately, we have a gigantic "hole" in our Southwestern border which the Feds seem loathe to close. If I want to travel to Mexico, and now Canada, I have to have a valid passport. It seems I need that no matter where I go abroad. So, what's the problem? BTW, many of these ideas were not developed on my own. They come from information from an expatriate Brit who still has family in the UK, and consider the EU to be an unmitigated disaster!
  24. Your post caused me to remember something. Years ago I read an article authored by a Tour pro who said, basically, to Hell with putting for a 3' circle on lag putts! Try to make everything! He felt that putting for the 3' circle allowed sloppiness into your technique. I also do archery, and this thinking also resonates there. In archery you are taught "aim small, miss small". And if you hunt with a bow, and are drawn down on a whitetail deer, you are not taught to "aim for the big middle", you are taught to "pick a hair" where you want that arrow to hit.
  25. Yep! Like the commentators said, they've never seen the "tracer" take off at such an angle! So, even the pros do it!
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