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About LightsOut

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  1. You are right on both points. However, this now being a privately owned aircraft, the ejection seat rocket motors were removed before sale to the civilian owner. Those motors are classified "1.1G" which is a high-explosives designation. That would bring all kinds of regulatory headaches from the DOT and ATF.
  2. I don't know, something about watching someone's life cease to exist in an instant makes you lose focus a little. Plus, being as how I was right at the scene seconds after it happened, I knew it would be prudent to get the footage uploaded and distributed to the news outlets. That takes some time and I had other things to do after that. Here's footage of the impact:
  3. You're absolutely right. I knew it was just a matter of time at this one. Just didn't think I'd witness it so intimately. This particular maneuver has caused many crashes. Remember the infamous B-52 air show crash? Same thing. Too low and slow to be making a steep bank turn. Loss of lift, nose-over, and they're down. A c-130 also crashed at an air show in that manner. You'd think pilots would know better.
  4. Amazing how little wreckage there was for such a sizeable plane.
  5. No way. He was flying low and slow, then made a steeply banked turn. Lost lift and just wheeled over into nosedive.
  6. Played my local course yesterday. It borders a small airport where they were practicing for an air show this weekend. After putting out on the third hole, a Grumman OV-1 Mohawk nosedived into the earth about a 9-iron away right in front of me. Pilot obviously had no chance for survival. Footage submitted to and used by local news stations. I did not finish the round.
  7. Coming off a birdie, bogey, par, par, birdie, par string leading up to the 18th. Pulled my drive a little, which ricocheted off a palm tree. Ended up in front of this tree. REALLY wanted to save par here for a strong finish. Hooded the club and made a perfect draw-punch shot to within 4 feet. Forget par, how about a birdie instead!
  8. You know what I'm talking about. That hole that eats your lunch every time you face it. It may not even be a tough hole, but for some reason you can't seem to score well. Mine is the opening hole on the Gold Course at Martin County Golf and Country Club. It's a long par 5 dogleg left. There's water halfway down, huge greenside bunkers, and several well-placed trees to punish any attempt at cutting the corner off the tee. The rough slopes away steeply the whole way down the right side, often kicking your ball into the woods. A bogey is my standard score. I feel like I'm automatically going to be down a stroke right out of the gate. I've been playing that course since I was 12. I'm 42 now. Today, I reached the green in two for the first time in my life, then made birdie. I couldn't believe it! Below are some short vids of me on my way to finally conquering this beast. I'd love to hear about your trials with your nemesis hole. And then the 3-wood, high draw to the green:
  9. You're right, it is. The stall you're referring to is that moment your hips stop turning for an instant and your hands catch up? Like a baseball player swings a bat. I'll work on that tomorrow. Maybe I'll get to 300 yet!
  10. UPDATE: After watching some instructional videos about generating more clubhead speed, I came away with two key thoughts (they coincide with each other). 1. Be "patient" at the top. 2. Unwind from the ground up. Went to the range then played 18 today. On the range, I focused on getting the weight shift underway before starting the downswing. After some practice, there was a MAJOR improvement in carry distance! One of the target flags was 256 yards out, and I started shelling that thing! This carry distance is 10 to 20 yards farther than what my TOTAL distance used to be. What a great feeling! You can see in the videos how the release comes later in the swing than before, and even the follow-through is longer due to the increased speed. It even SOUNDS better now. Here's one in real time (Couldn't edit for length due to it being shot at 60fps): And in SloMo: Went out to the course after this and found myself using wedges for approach shots instead of 8,7, or 6 irons! Now if I could just sink a putt...
  11. 10-4. We do tend to make the simple complicated, don't we? I'm reminded of a session I had with a coach once. After spewing a long, jargon-filled analysis of my iron troubles, he said, "Karl, forget all that. Just rare back and hit the sumbitch."
  12. Worked on not tilting the spine toward the target. After spraying balls all over the range I think I've got a feel for it. But what's your opinion on the release? Where am I losing (or not gaining) the clubhead speed needed to carry 250 or more? This is a big factor in my game improvement right now. If I could be approaching more par 4 greens with 9 irons and pitching wedges, I'd be at the next level I think. Instead it's often a 6 iron (or longer) with a needed up-and-down for par - which I've become quite good at due to all the practice! Now if they could just be for birdies instead... Just to pontificate a little - I get demoralized when I see drives falling at 200 yards, 230 maybe. It affects my attitude, confidence, and focus. I know everyone wants to hit big drives, but I think I actually NEED to!
  13. $3.09 for a gallon of regular down there? I'm 50 miles north and paying $2.30! I feel your pain on the rainout. It seems like every afternoon I head out to the course in bright sunshine and within minutes an Armageddon-like storm rolls in. That's summer in Florida, though. As for being reminded of golf... I don't need any reminders. My OCD takes care of that.
  14. Not sure I follow. I see the slight leaning towards the target, for sure. But what do you mean by "chest pointing down just below horizontal"? Obviously it can't point down during the turn... did you mean vertical? As in at the top of the backswing, chest should be just shy of vertical, paralleling a line drawn straight up form the ball? That would make sense. I could achieve that with a spinal tilt away from the target. Interesting what you said about throwing my wrists out (if not, would only hit it 10' off the ground). If anything, I always hit too high. I actually started a thread about that a couple weeks ago. That's caused by an early release? Let me know if this conclusion is accurate: Maintain spinal tilt away from target, hold that lag as long as possible. Can you recommend a drill for learning to maintain lag? Also, do you think i'm reaching forward too far as well? It seems like the pros have everything much closer to their body during the downswing. This feels awkward to me for some reason. Thanks for the input.
  15. I've been Playing Golf for: 20 years My current handicap index or average score is: 80 My typical ball flight is: straight/weak draw The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: Short drives. Videos: I'm 6' and 200 lbs.; pretty strong and flexible. I feel like I should be hitting 280-300 yard drives. Is it that I'm not generating enough clubhead speed? Releasing too early? Out of sync somewhere? In the head-on video (video 1), I can see an early release where my wrists uncock before impact. I never would have guessed that was happening without the slow motion proof. The other two don't look like I'm doing that, but still only getting 250 or 260 MAX, and that's on a good day. I also noticed in these that I start the downswing simultaneously with the weight shift. I feel like there should be a slight pause at the top as I start unwinding. Any suggestions for getting a better feel for holding lag and generating more clubhead speed? Thanks in advance.
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