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  1. Congratulations, Brother, and Semper Fi! Range "time" is relative. My recommendation is going to the range or practice area with a specific goal in mind. Also, make every shot mean something. Golf is so mental that if you put yourself in golf course scenarios on the range, it can help to translate to the course. Mindset is everything and the game is to be enjoyed first and foremost. Be careful of just being out on the range hitting balls for the sake of hitting balls. If you have bad habits and you aren't working to change them, then you are just reinforcing those bad habits by hitting more balls with those habits. Most of the good players I know and work with accomplish more with a few practice shots because they are actively practicing. Less experienced players tend to get out there and send a bucket down range and feel like they have practiced when all they did was go through the motions. If you can get in that mindset early you will be golden. Train like you fight, Marine! Best of luck.
  2. I totally get that. Everybody is fight their own battle. I'm just saying the higher percentage of transfers are for getting a playing job. On the other hand, it's like the news. These things have happened in the past and, of course, the landscape of things is always evolving, it is just that we now have immediate access to information as it happens and it seems like a lot more than it really is. It's the 1% taking attention from the 99%. I don't blame them at all. It is a business and NOBODY will look out for your future like YOU. Like you said...it is just a small percentage of folks. We just see them more because of our ability to consume information in real time.
  3. @iacas I broke par on the Scarlet Course (68 on the par 70) at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC during a charity Pro-Am. I got under par with an eagle on the 16th hole (a short Par 5). I won a charity tournament there with my partner, John Ashton (played Sgt. Taggart in Beverly Hills Cop). Funny dude. Also (not on the same day) I aced the 12th hole at the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes (The Tiger Trap hole from the Buick commercials). I thinks that puts me at Broke Par, Eagle, Hole-In-One, and Tournament Winner. My next goal will be LSW. I meant what I said when I told you that I respect your place in the game. We are all here to learn. No hard feelings... Dave
  4. @Vinsk Absolutely! The ugly "business" of professional sports continues to rear it's head in the NCAA and even down to the high school level. It is tough enough to keep a leash on these kids by managing their expectations, but the parents and "managers" don't help by convincing the player that they need to "put themselves in position for the draft". It kills me every year. Commitment is no longer rewarded because professional players switch around from team to team through the trade system and the college kids are just taking that example and moving to where ever they think they can get the starting job. I long for simpler times...
  5. I'm a "see it all" guy as well. As long as you can keep up with who is doing what, it can really tell you a lot about their course management and how they think their way around tough golf courses. Then, of course, there is the entertainment value of being able to see all of my favorite players.
  6. I would consult with Erik on that if I were you. I can only hope it's that simple. All I am defending at this point is that there are thousands of us coaches east coast to west and we all have our way of doing things. At the end of the day the highest percentage of us are looking out for the best interests of our students and want the best for them. I truly believe we are all chasing the same goal. I really believe in Erik's methods. I've just been out of the loop for a while. My bottom line lies with the condescension. Let's keep it classy.
  7. I agree and I just want to keep it that way. As stated, I am here to learn. I am NOT a top 100 instructor and I have been absent for most of the past 15 years on deployment. What I have done to this point is based on my own reality and as I learn I am sure I will catch up with the more modern and educated coaches out there. Do you do everything you are asked to do if you have something further to say on a particular topic? This is an open forum for all of us to discuss our theories, hypotheses, purposes, and the lot. I am doing just that. I never said he was wrong, I am just supporting my stance and letting him know that there is more than one way to our objective of shooting lower scores. Please, Sir, don't make it more than it is.
  8. Out of context, @phillyk. "Just fine" was my way of saying I have success with my method the same way you do with yours. I will be more specific in the future. My apologies.
  9. If I have a lie the puts me at risk of injury (i.e. my ball is behind a tree root or a rock) then I will move it to a safer spot. Generally, though, I play it down all the way through.
  10. 1. Agreed...dust it off and focus next time around. 2. How old are you? It makes a difference as far as recovery. Hold off until you know exactly what the source of the pain is and how to fix it. 3. Don't do anything foolish like "play through the pain". It could make it worse. Just remember, "It's easy to be hard, it's hard to be smart". Get medical advice and follow it. Recover the best you can and don't rush it.
  11. What courses do you play in Charlotte?
  12. It seems as though you are assuming that there is only one way to approach the game of golf and anyone that has a different opinion than you must be "wrong". I'm not doubting your knowledge or saying you are wrong. I'm just saying that this is how I approach things and it works just fine. Clear and simple. I'm sure you will let me know if you disagree, just don't talk down to me or anyone else because of a different opinion or method.
  13. @iacas Erik....Friend....You and I have clearly had very different experiences in life. You approach things with a scientific mind and it has served you very well. I am well-read on your history and accomplishments in the game. I applaud your multiple degrees and certifications. As such, I am impressed with the amount of data that you have collected over the years and the facts with which you support all of your statements. I, however, lived on the other side. I have a long and successful career as a U.S. Marine with most of my years of service in Special Operations. Having said that, I have grown accustomed to the need to make sound and timely decisions under great deals of stress. That requires me to keep things as simple and as manageable as possible. Hence, my approach to the game. Since you have such a great depth of knowledge, I have come here to learn from you. I appreciate all that you have to teach and look forward to learning all I can from you and all the others here at TST. All I ask is that you do it with some amount of respect and dignity. You come off as elitist, rude, and narcissistic. I don't know if it stems from sucking at other, more athletic sport. Maybe you were bullied as a youngster. Don't know and don't care. As the owner of TST I expect a lot more. I concede that you know more about the game than do I, I also concede that you have a MUCH greater teaching resume than do I. However, let's tighten it up a bit when it comes to answering the feeds. I am not offended or hurt...just disappointed. Let bury this and move on. I will read up more on how distance and power translate to the entire long game. I will also likely purchase your book because I have great faith in your knowledge and experience. Just don't be such a dick, Dude. Internet muscles aren't sexy. Dave
  14. I agree. Both are important, I am simply cautioning golfers to approach fundamentals first and then distance because usually distance shows up when consistency kicks in anyways. Absolutely. I have really enjoyed hearing everyone's thoughts on it. I appreciate all the candid responses. Good times...
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