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    Lose Weight

    Anecdotally I agree... as someone who has always struggled with trying to gain weight, one of the best things I've done is started to drink a protein shake in the morning. It's about 700 calories, and it immediately fills me up, but by lunch time I'm super hungry and have a large appetite. The less I eat for breakfast, the less hungry I am at lunch. Counter-intuitive.
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    Is pace of play (or slow play) a real problem?

    I played on Monday with my dad, older brother, and cousin at a 6200 yard course (from the whites). It's a pretty basic, straight forward course without many elevation changes. We teed off at 7:15 and were the first group out. We had carts and played in about 4:15. After the round, my brother and dad were talking about how we played pretty fast, and while I would normally be pleased with a 4:15 round on a typical weekend here, given that there was nobody ahead of us, it just felt a lot slower than that. The total lack of ready golf was the most frustrating part, even if it only added 10 or 15 minutes to our playing time. Watching my brother sit in his golf cart next to his ball while my dad searched for his lost ball, only to then start his routine once my dad found his ball and hit... drove me absolutely nuts. There was no reason we couldn't have finished in 3:45 or even 3:30. I'm not trying to rush, but I am there to play golf. Plan your shot, hit your shot, move on. That is golf. Everything else, whether it's yakking it up with your buddies, appreciating nature, whatever-- it should be done within the confines of playing golf first and foremost. If those things are distracting you from playing golf, and in turn that is preventing or slowing other people from playing golf, then you are a problem.
  3. Not a fan of these analogies unless the instructor is working with someone to get them to do something very specific, and that person understands the analogy and the analogy helps them accomplish whatever that thing is. For general online instruction, I think they can cause more harm then good. I think of Shawn Clement immediately in particular for these analogies (although I do like him). In this case, I believe that "driving the spike" is supposed to represent a spike that is nailed in horizontally into an object (near the ground) like an upright wooden post, and you are taking something like a sledge hammer and driving the spike into it by staying behind it and coming in at a relatively flat attack angle-- otherwise, if you came into the spike at a steeper angle, you'd mishit the spike. "Chopping wood" represents a motion more akin to throwing your arms and shoulders over the top in more of a casting action. At least, that's my understanding of that particular analogy. I very much doubt an 11 year old would get either of those, though.
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    Regular use of Treadmill

    Man, I LOVED the Concept2 when I used to have it. I'd row 3 times a week at high intensity (sprints, HIIT style) and once a week I would do low intensity distance. If he's not familiar with rowing, though, it's important to understand the proper motion, as I see a lot of people trying to use mostly their arms and shoulders instead of engaging their full body. When done right, it's the best full body exercise around imo.
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    39" Driver

    I'm so confused. "i recently trimmed my driver to 39” (was 42) and i’m hitting absolute bombs. My average drive now is about 190-220." - June 30 "I went to the range and used my trimmed driver for the first time today and hit 250-280 consistently. My farthest carried almost 300." - June 30 "with that short of a driver my max may have been 210-220. I currently swing a 44 and love it. I just dedicated myself to squaring it up. I hit my longest drive today on the course at 315 (we used a range finder)." - July 19 So you switched your driver from 42 to 39 and were hitting "absolute bombs" (June 30), averaging about 190-220... and then the very same day, you posted that you hit your trimmed driver for the first time 250-280 consistently... and then a few weeks later, you reference how with a short driver your max was only 210-220 (the one you just said you were hitting 250-280...), and now you're swinging a driver 5 inches longer and are hitting it 300+. Either you're lying, or you really need to learn how to write better, because this is totally incoherent and makes no sense. From start to finish, you went from 42 inches to 39 to 44, and apparently went from ~220 to ~270 to ~300. It just... it doesn't pass the internet sniff test. Sorry mate.
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    Athletes in Every Sport are Better

    Babe Ruth is an icon and no doubt an all-time great. But relevant to this discussion, he played in the pre-integration era. The league was 99.9% white. The MLB is now closer to 55% white. There was a massive talent pool excluded from the game. There's a good chart of the fastest mile run times by year, that very clearly slopes down over time, and I suspect it's fairly indicative of overall skill levels of athletes in general over time (inverse). Everything about athletics has gotten better: nutrition, equipment, knowledge, etc.. Add to that deeper talent pools and voila. I'm always going to be skeptical if someone says the best person at a particular physical activity lived 100 years ago. Seems like misguided nostalgia, or a desire for some mythical hero who was just that special, that even with 100 years of athletic progress, he's still the best. It's just not likely.
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    What Does Good Impact Feel Mean?

    Probably the top 4... if I had to go with one, soft. Toe/heel or a little thin never feel soft.
  8. What's the margin of error here between their two accounts of the ball flight, anyone know? Like, are they 5 yards off but that 5 yards is the difference between crossing the hazard and not (or whatever the exact situation was)? I know Dahmen said something along the lines of there was no way it crossed back, but that's... well, tbh, pretty meaningless to me. People say things like that all the time and turn out to be wrong. I'm skeptical of any eyewitnesses here, particularly those who are coming out of the woodwork now to state definitively that they know XYZ happened. Even more so now that the accusation of him cheating is out there, which can definitely influence one's perception and recreation of the event in their memory. I have a hard time discerning how big of a difference the accounts of the ball flight were. Kang had the best angle on his shot. Even being a few yards off can give you a distorted perception of ball flight. Kang seemed pretty convinced of his flight. The people who had less than ideal views of his ball also seem pretty convinced. Without being there, I don't know that I'd take their word for it just because, particularly when we're talking about projecting ball flights. And I'm very hesitant to insist that he deliberately cheated. I think the whole thing will be a relative non-issue in a few days. Kang might have cheated, Dahmen came off as a DB, both players are nobodies.
  9. Not cunning like a fox, since as discussed, he could’ve just let the ball stop, and replace it at the original spot and take a one stroke penalty. He didn’t understand the rules (and in doing what he did he took arguably the WORST option available to him), he breached basic etiquette, and then he lied about it after the fact. @The Hook Meister I don’t think people are nearly as upset about what he did as they are about his bullshit excuses and lies after the fact. Had he owned up to frustration and said he let his emotions get the best of him and he’ll take whatever penalty the USGA gives to him, I don’t think we’d be here at all.
  10. After the first time I heard Phil talk about the million variables he thinks about when hitting a shot (angle of the sun, high tide / low tide, air quality, etc etc) I thought he was a bit of a blowhard. His very after the fact explanation for why he did what he did yesterday just added to my opinion. Great golfer, seems like kind of an a-hole.
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    Are you a brand snob?

    Definitely, yeah. Not particularly loyal to any one brand, I have a Cobra driver, Nike 3w, Srixon 2h, Nike 3-pw, Vokey wedges, Cleveland putter, and snell or vice balls. I associate most off brands like Ram or Tour Edge for example with cheaper quality, though I’m sure that is not always correct. In the last year I’ve seen a lot more people gaming Snells and Vices (myself included) and feel that their reputations are now such that they’re not really ‘off-brand’ anymore. Maybe even a little trendy, for good reason.
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    Best round BY FAR

    For what it's worth, I spent about 10+ years battling the two way miss, and the one biggest thing that helped was setup, standing further away from the ball. In turn, it feels almost as if I'm hyper extending my left arm, as well as leaning over more. It felt quite extreme at first. The image in my head of what I think I look like doesn't match what I actually look like (my arms are hanging below my shoulder sockets, maybe outwards a tiny bit, and my hands are roughly below my chin-- but it feels like my arms are stretched way outwards and my hands are outside my head), so I wonder if you've had the same issue? It's made a dramatic difference to my ball striking, particularly with the longer clubs. Now when I go to the range, I notice people standing too close to the ball, too upright, all the time. I think Tom Watson said you can't stand too close to the ball... that's absolute nonsense and that advice hurt me for years. And congrats on your round. Knocking off the two-way miss and picking up a few more fairways (as well as getting some added distance) can take off significant strokes depending on how bad your misses were. Two summers ago was probably my peak bad driving, and I was routinely losing 4 or 5 drives a round (plus a lot of punching out of the woods back into the fairway), and hitting fairways few and far between. OB first drive... OB provisional/third stroke... happened at least once a round. If you're shooting mid-90s with a two way miss off the tee, shooting in the 80s routinely isn't a far cry at all, IMO.
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    Driving Range Only

    I enjoy the driving range. Not as much as playing, but it’s much easier to get out, so I hit the range usually twice a week but only play two or three times a month. I’m not sure if I would keep going to the range if I couldn’t play, though. At the end of the day, while I enjoy the range itself, it’s ultimately practice for when I do get out.
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    Faster Play - Is It Hurting the Game?

    I don't want to discount your experience, but according to the USGA (https://www.usga.org/content/dam/usga/images/pace of play/trackingresearch.pdf), based on a study from 2013-2014, only 7% of course operators believe slow play is a problem at their course. However, one interesting tidbit is that both golfers and operators agree that the majority of the responsibility for speeding up play is on the players. To me, that's just... unrealistic, pie-in-the-sky thinking. Slow golfers don't think they're slow. There's nothing that is going to make slow players speed up, short of course operators forcing them to. As for paying customers being told to speed up, and leaving... good! I'd wager that it would end up being a net positive or revenue neutral at worst. Faster players who are currently choosing to not play will return, and shorter rounds should theoretically allow for courses to actually fit in more players, thus generating more revenue. And apart from a few crybabies, I don't think many people would quit over being told to speed up. I've been told to speed up when playing with a slow group, and as long as it's done in a courteous manner, I've got no problem with it.
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    Faster Play - Is It Hurting the Game?

    I said a 4 hour round to some people is a snail's pace. You are the one who interjected the 3:30 part. I am talking about people who can quite easily play 18 in under 3 hours if given the opportunity. I can walk 18 in about 2:30 by myself if I have nobody to wait on or play through. And there's no rushing there... I pull pins, play provisionals, look for lost balls, maybe even hit a few extra practice shots. I've been able to do that once in the last, I don't know, decade? And your average round of 3:30 is about an hour less than the average weekend round, which according to the USGA in 2013 was 4:30. That's an average of public and private courses. Public courses are slower, so you're talking about an even higher number. Some public courses averaged almost 5 hours. And about 10% of rounds were over 5 hours. So yeah, the difference between 2:30 or even 3:00 and 4:00 hours is the difference between a steady pace and a snails pace. One involves minimal waiting, the other involves waiting on every single full length shot. I don't think most courses have really changed that much in the last 20-30 years. If a course is longer, play shorter tees. The effort to speed up the game is in response to the game slowing down too much. I politely disagree and think you've got this all backwards. Slow play is a major concern for most golfers, and something like 50% of golfers have walked off a course in response to slow play. One of the problems is that most slow golfers don't think they are slow golfers. Very, very few golfers will admit to being slow golfers. I think it would make things worse. People would feel even more justified by their 5 hour rounds, since they're paying for it. Slow play isn't going anywhere, because most courses refuse to acknowledge that it's a problem. But fast play simply isn't a problem to begin with. The numbers are what they are... more people would play more golf if pace of play was sped up.

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