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Piz last won the day on December 30 2017

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  1. A weight shift is not something one has to do consciously. It is an aspect of a proper golf swing. If your weight is not getting to your front leg...eventually...then something further back in the sequence is responsible for that. While not always the case...a fault is often times a result of something else rather than a stand alone issue. It isn't a fault, per se, but a physical manifestation of a previous action.
  2. Dynamite going off wouldn't bother me...as long as I was aware that there was blasting going on. Sounds are just part of the environment.
  3. The secret to hitting the ball farther and straighter, with less effort, is to use less effort. One cannot go the extra mile and shorten a journey at the same time.
  4. Any good swing is fundamentally sound. That there are variations on the theme, so to speak, should not be surprising. An athletic motion is going to have some variance from person to person but the commonalities are the important aspects...not the idiosyncrasies. (Had to look that one up) It doesn't matter much how one gets there...if they arrive, in timely fashion, at the proper destination.
  5. I think you will find...15 years down the road...that your golf game is not, precisely, where you left it. During your hiatus the information available, to golfers of all levels, has increased exponentially. There has never been a better time to get back in the game. Welcome back.
  6. Same here @mcanadiens. All the glove did was ride around in my back right pocket. It didn't take too much mental energy to conclude that I didn't like wearing them.
  7. The most notorious bunker, at my local, is so deep you can't see the green from the bottom of it. Unless it hasn't rained in a good while it is always full of water. There is no getting the ball out of it or even seeing where it is. The ball is lost. Although you have every reason to suspect it is in there somewhere; that somewhere cannot be determined. You have to put another ball in play...or contract a pearl diver...which are in short supply around here.
  8. I understand and reckon my score accordingly. The thing is...a bunker full to the brim, in these parts, is hardly an "abnormal" condition. The last few months it is the norm. My gripe is that the greens were not intended to be defended by ponds. One day I'm trying to get up and down from a greenside bunker. No problem...an interesting challenge. The next day it's a lost ball. That does not seem right.
  9. Baseball pitchers do not "push" off the mound. They step in the direction of the plate and, as I said before, some of them (or their coaches) describe that as a "push". It doesn't matter, at the end of the day, how an individual accounts for physical sensations. If player A likes to think one way and player B prefers another image...fine...let's move on and talk about something important. Sometimes, in coaching, you have to let Dumbo (or his dad) keep the feather.
  10. Why is a flooded bunker not considered casual water? A sand trap is not designed to be a water hazard. Are we supposed to treat a bunker as a small pond? Why?
  11. How many times have you made a putt you were only trying to get close...or mishit something that went in? Pick a line, and a pace, roll it and see what happens. I understand your frustration but your experience is far from exceptional. We all play break that isn't there or fail to account for break that is there. My advice...based on my own failures...would be to play the shorter putts with a little more pace and a little less break. Curling everything in is great when it works but really frustrating when it doesn't. Golf is about distance and direction and no matter how well, or poorly, we play...we only get both right 18 times per round.
  12. This issue used to come up, on occasion, when I was coaching pitchers. Some people say you have to push off, some say you stand tall and fall, and some don't give it a lot of thought. The bottom line, for me, is this: if you are going to rotate your upper body you need a modicum of traction. Imagine trying to throw a baseball, or swing a golf club, while standing on ice. That is where I think the notion of pushing off comes from. Another way to look at it is to consider ambulatory activity. (We don't use the W-word around pitchers) We take smaller steps when traversing slippery surfaces lest our feet lose their purchase. We keep the upper body quite still to minimize lateral stress on the lower body...specifically the feet. So...you can think of it either way: either you are going somewhere or staying put. And in either case you need some traction to do so.
  13. Hmmm...I might have to initiate a foam ball par 3 challenge at my local. Who can get down in the fewest strokes with a foam ball? Do you take a driver off the tee? Might be fun.
  14. "Feel ain't real" is not an either/or proposition. Of course one can "feel" they are doing something they are not - or not doing something they are - but that is not a permanent condition. As our swings evolve (or devolve) so does our thinking. Feelings may be unreliable, at the outset, but that doesn't mean they should be ignored...if such a thing is even possible. In other words...if it is necessary to develop a feel for the game; I'd like to believe it is possible to do so. It is one thing, to give an example, to learn the note sequence in a particular piece of music...and another thing to develop a feel for the piece. The golf swing is no different in that respect.
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