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  1. SoTS is a pretty widely referenced but I've never read it. There's some interesting videos on Baudrillard I've seen. They seem pretty spot on. I've read my fair share of DFW. Little depressing for my taste. And don't get me started on 2-irons. They pretty much signal the owner is a Champion at Life. Speaking of which, if you haven't watched CPG's Greg Norman Essay vid, do it now!
  2. Such philosophical ideas are over my head. I'm a lowly engineer, a cubicle jockey. The kind of guy important CEOs hire/fire everyday.
  3. LOL, most obvious troll ever. 4-line post referencing a political figure, LOL. Yeah, that's real! Mr. Gorbachev...shut DOWN this thread!
  4. You're suggesting that people here (myself included) do that. That's offensive to me and everyone else that you believe you can cast out those kinds of absurd projections and that we here won't take great offense. It's as if you assume I'm guilty and that I'm on the hook to prove to you I'm a nice person. That's just offensive dude. You assumed the worst about me after mis-reading what I wrote. And you did the same to someone else. I should be nice about that? Really? Really?!
  5. We're closer to agreeing that not although I kind of think it's unrealistic to consider what happens in Canada to be reality. Nobody cares about Canada. Do you think the LPGA should in general toughen up the rough at more events? The reason I ask is that I'm sympathetic to the idea that course setup helps dictate who wins. I wonder if ball-strikers like Megan Khang wouldn't benefit from tougher setups? I think the LPGA has room to increase difficulty. I'm not sure they want to do that though. It might bring crappy putters like Lexi and Carlotta even more into the fray of being competitive each and every week. That's hard to watch. Where do you stand on that issue? Would it make the LPGA worse? Better? No difference?
  6. I will admit that for some reason I stopped tuning in a few years ago. Other than the Majors, I just find the PGA Tour boring these days. So many of these guys either let you down (Rory), are overhyped (Rickie, Spieth) or just aren't that likable (Brooks, Bryson). I just don't really find the PGA Tour compelling these days. There's more reason not to like a lot of these guys (Reed).
  7. Is there any formal process for buying here? I know on Reverb they act as a 3rd party holding the money until the buyer receives / approves the product. I know on Ebay I've had a couple returns lately that went shockingly well. So longs as tracking info is provided things go smoothly and disputes are really nicely coordinated. I've been on both sides of that. Worst case, you talk to a real human!
  8. Eh, don't be yelling RoG at the family. Now you sound nuts, LOL. The last thing you want to do is over-react and I like that you polled the audience on this one. I remember similar instances when I was a kid. The punishments were always personal. I'd have to go without something for awhile or give up my favored baseball glove in favor of my back-up or something. Then again, I never cheated which is a strangely anti-social offense. I had a big mouth as a kid and so I got a lot of spankings (which I deserved!). That's easy. Selecting a punishment for cheating seems very challenging. In a way, it's more complicated, particularly if your son knowingly cheated. My hunch is that this was a personal sin and thus the punishment needs to be personal as well. I would be careful not to shame your son in front of his friends, especially the girl. There's a lesson to be learned but you don't want to unnecessarily humiliate him. I would tell your son to DQ himself. Have him report that he "accidentally" had it on. If you're confident he really knew, do him the favor of keeping it between you two this time. People make mistakes. People do things as kids they look back on with shame. No need to make this bigger than it is.
  9. If you don't want to answer my question, that's fine. But don't ask me to keep repeating it. I didn't say she shouldn't be allowed. That's absurd. I'm asking whether you think the test is being made too easy in certain areas (i.e. course conditions) if an 11yo is passing the test of qualification. What are you testing that an 11yo has the answer? Does an 11yo girl have the physical tools to compete against the world's elite? Would we feel good handing a US Open title to an 11yo? What would it say about the physical difficulty of the game should an 11yo girl win? And if you're so confident that an 11yo isn't going to win, then why is she there? How'd she get in? Was her qualifier not demanding enough? You said the test should be open to all and fair. Open-to-all is the format. Fairness is a Rules-of-Golf conversation. We're not discussing either one of those technical points. I think an 11yo Amateur winning the U.S. Open would be catastrophic. That'd be indescribably embarrassing to the sport to have that happen.
  10. Great points! There's absolutely a no-man's land between "short game" and "distance wedges."
  11. Take my advice with a grain of salt because I'm not scratch, but I'd put my touch with a 60o up against any scratch with money on the line. I may not be able to make the 3- or 5-foot putt but I feel as though I can scramble to those distances from anywhere, LOL. It's one of the few things I'm consistently way above average at in my personal game. I won't win every bet but I'll come out in the black so long as we don't actually have to putt out, LOL. #1 I think shot selection is all about balance and moderation. I agree with picking the safer shot most of the time. On the one hand, a good short gamer will prefer the safer shot, but don't get it twisted. They aren't going to select 10 different shots for 10 different situations either just because those were the 10 safest options. If you're more familiar with one type of shot, there's a natural bias there (and that's okay). #2 Dial yourself in with 1 club and use the others only when you have to. My 60o is my main short game tool. I use my 56o when I face a long chip or when I want more bounce. I'm not a big believer in using a large number of clubs unless you're really far from the pin. Most of the time when we miss greens we're (somewhat) short-sided so I question anyone that doesn't use a 56o or 60o as their primary tool. Again, if a pitch-and-run is your go-to you're either really far from the flag or you just shouldn't be giving advice. #3 Learn to use the bounce and control the shot via the release. One of the reasons I love my 60o is that I can do everything with it. I can smash it 100-yds. I can swing smooth at 90-yds. I can take a little off at 70- or 80-yds. I can use a punch, knock-down or big lob from 40- or 50-yds. Then on shorter shots I can vary the face angle as well as AoA to generate various types of impact conditions for chips, pitches, lob and flops. When you have one club that so easily generates all those different shots there's very little reason to try and force other clubs into the mix. Look at the Pros: they all lean primarily on their LWs. Once you feel like you can hit all different types of shots you can rely on your lie-reading abilities and risk-tolerance to select a given shot. Maybe you go high or low? Maybe you fall back to the lower lofted wedge if you're unsure? You've got options. #4 If you're doing all the above, proximity all comes down to touch. Same as lag putting.
  12. This topic always reminds me of Death, a band who's 1993 album was titled Individual Thought Patterns. Remember that your brain is just a pattern recognition machine. You teach it what to do and how to react. The fact it (and by extension you) tend towards certain behaviors is only because you've taught it to do that. You've indulged in certain behaviors over and over. If you want to control your reactions and emotions more, you simply have to start doing so more often. Eventually you'll get used to it. Like almost all human behavior, we're simply talking about routine & habit. I promise you that almost all calm golfers probably started as people who routinely got upset and angry.
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