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  1. Athletes in Every Sport are Better

    Patrick Roy was the first goalie to really dedicate himself to the butterfly. He didn't invent it, and there were some goalies who used it even in the 70s to some extent, but most goalies were still very much playing a stand-up style in the 80s. He changed hockey more than any other player. Defense was big too, but didn't evolve nearly as fast as goaltending did, imo.
  2. Athletes in Every Sport are Better

    Gretzky would have of a fraction of the points he had if he had to face off today against a decent D1 NCAA goalie, let alone a top rate NHL goalie, just based on goaltending style alone. Guys were putting up 130, 140, 150 points a year routinely in the 80s when a lot of the goals were just sliding in on the ice because goalies were hesitant to go down. He had 215 points in one season! There's not a single player from the late 90s to present who has cracked 130 points. Don't get me wrong, Gretzky was a once in a lifetime talent who had oodles of natural ability, his knack for putting the puck exactly where his teammates would be without seemingly needing to ever look was unbelievable, but he'd be facing off against defensemen who are stronger, faster, and better conditioned than their average counterpart in the 80s.
  3. 2018 Valspar Golf Championship in Tampa, FL

    I'm jealous of you guys watching this live! I have to imagine being up at the top (regardless of whether he's actually #1 at the end of the day) going into the weekend is hugely symbolic for Tiger. From what I've seen the last few weeks, it still doesn't look like he's quite firing on all cylinders... and that has got to be scary for the rest of the field.
  4. Dealing with slow play

    Well no, I'm not suggesting it has no effect. I'm stating there's no noticeable decline in my performance. The effects on psychomotor skills are subtle and overstated (and in fact are negligible in routine users-- Ramaekers et al. 2010. Tolerance and cross-tolerance to neurocognitive effects of THC and alcohol in heavy cannabis users. Psychopharmacology 214), and on the flip side it decreases performance anxiety-- which is one of the main reasons the WDA bans it from competition. The head game is actually exactly where it benefits you the most. And doubly so if we're talking about getting stressed out and angry about waiting on your next shot for 5-10 minutes, which is the topic at hand. "Oh yeah, there were plenty of guys on the Nationwide Tour who smoked in the middle of the round. We always talked about it. You could go in the Porta John and take your drags." - Robert Garrigus I like this too, although not too much you can do if you're waiting out on the fairway or rough.
  5. Highest Price You've Paid For Green Fees

    Most I've personally paid for greens fees was $80. I'd be willing to pay probably $300 for a once in a lifetime round. For a once in a while treat (like once or twice a season), I'd pay $100-150. I typically pay in the $50-70 range.
  6. Dealing with slow play

    I don't think the effects are as strong as a non-smoker might expect. I play hockey, and routinely enjoy a toke before that as well (as do others), to no significantly noticeable deterioration in abilities. Robert Garrigus was on record as saying he would smoke in the middle of competitive rounds all the time, and many other players would as well. Besides the point though, a nice cigar could do the trick as well-- just keeping you relaxed and patient. At least that's my approach.
  7. Dealing with slow play

    Most of my friends-- when they're not the cause of slow play to begin with-- play around on their phones... fantasy sports, games, whatever. I don't like to do that, so I'll usually just hang out, take light swings, and try to relax. In the right crowd, I like to smoke some weed; guessing that is not many TST members' thing, but it helps my enjoyment immensely on a slow day.
  8. Winter Depression Thread

    Weather has been erratic up here, but generally mild especially the past few weeks. I've been hitting the range (outdoor, but covered) almost every week for the past month or so. Even been out there while it's snowing. First time I've continued practicing in the winter, typically stop from November to May or June. Even if it's 30 degrees, never realized that with enough layers it's still tolerable. Likely going back to the range tomorrow, going to be in the 30s but still worth it, for sure.
  9. Are Golfers Better on Faster or Slower Greens?

    I tend to over read break and under putt distance on slow greens. My stroke tends to be less smooth as well, which leads to poor contact and bad starting lines. Fast greens are more intuitive to me, both in terms of reading and execution. I played mostly faster greens in high school about 15 years ago, and now play mostly slower greens. The adjustment to faster greens comes pretty quick but I continuously struggle on slow greens. I prefer chipping and pitching into faster greens as well.
  10. The "Stop Conning Yourself" Thread

    I don't know, 140 to 100 is a huge difference. I can see how someone could think they drive it 250 when they really only hit it 220... but I can't see 140 down to 100. I thought I hit my 56* wedge about 105 on a really good strike. More typically, just under 100. It looked in the vicinity of 100 yards, and, well, it was right around the 100 yard sign. Then I got a laser, and turns out the 100 yard sign was really 95 yards from where I would hit, so I was typically more like mid 90s, occasionally putting one around 100 yards. But 140... that's comparatively WAY out there. Imagine rolling up to your ball, 140 out, hitting a solid strike, and only making it 2/3rds of the way there (or worse). Every time. Unless you skulled it, you'd never reach a green.
  11. Time for blades?

    I play some Nike VR Pro combos which are forged cavity backs, I'm a big fan. I think they would offer someone like you increased feel while maintaining forgiveness. FWIW, I also think they tend to look great. I hate seeing a clunky iron behind my ball, even if I knew it would improve my mishits.
  12. Golf Carts With GPS

    It’s been a while since I played with gps carts, and I’ve only played with them a handful of times, but I always enjoyed them. If the touchscreen works well and the gps is accurate, I’d go for it. And I would order food from the cart particularly if it were a resort type course. I’m not a big fan of getting to the turn and having to wait for food to cook, makes me a little anxious that we’re slowing things down.
  13. Why the hurry?

    I can’t add much to this. The only time I see poor golf add to time is people who constantly lose balls and spend too much time looking. If it’s once in a while, not a big deal, but if it’s constant, even multiple lost balls in a single hole, just take a stroke and drop it nearest where you lost it if you can’t find it quickly. And play a cheap gamer. Waiting for someone who is actually spending 5 minutes looking for a ball is painful.
  14. Cutting irons 1/2"

    @Typhoon92 How tall are you, just curious? I realize height is not the only factor, but just wondering.
  15. John Jacobs Incorrect Ball Flight Laws

    Why substitute a 4 iron? The putter is going to simplify the experiment the most. And you can do it in the comfort of your home without some fancy ball monitor. My guess is that you intuitively understand that with a flat face, the ball is going to start out almost immediately where the face is pointed. The rest of your post, about loft, swing speed, etc. dynamically affecting everything... it's just obfuscation. Yes, there are more factors than just the face angle and swing path-- e.g. a driver is going to be more face-dominant, versus a wedge-- but for the purposes of the thought experiment, the putter works perfectly to demonstrate why the face absolutely is the dominant factor in where a ball starts. It becomes less so as the clubs become more lofted, but still remains the most important factor. I also think you need to slow down and fully comprehend what people are saying. Numerous times you've stated that people are saying the exact opposite of what they're actually saying. Half the posts in this thread seem to be people re-stating things that you continue to misinterpret.

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