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  1. The nerds didn't make baseball unwatchable, they simply discovered how to maximize run creation. The fact that three-true outcome-guys are more valuable than slap hitters is a reality that every organization has had to adapt to. If you think that has ruined the game (and I certainly think it's less interesting to watch now), blame those who can change the rules but don't. As for RBs, they haven't mattered for a long time, if they ever did. In the words of Ben Baldwin's 'nerd-to-human translator', saying that running backs don't matter is really saying that: "the results of run plays are primarily determined by run blocking and defenders in the box, not who is carrying the ball. Running backs are interchangeable, and investing a lot of resources (in the draft or free agency) doesn't make sense."
  2. I highly recommend checking out Mike Adams / Terry Rowles. Mike is a former PGA Teacher of the Year. They do physical assessments of all of their students to identify each person's optimal swing. One of those tests is checking to see the way that your right arm naturally wants to fold. The results of that tell you how weak/strong your grip should be (and how your right arm should work in backswing). If you have a mismatch, it's very difficult to hit the golf ball solidly and consistently. Among the top-100 players in the world, you see guys with weak grips who end up with more of a flying right elbow (with paths that go a bit left as a result) and guys with strong grips, a tucked elbow, and a ton of lag (with paths that go right). Both of these grips/swings, and everything in between, can obviously produce world class golfers. The key is ensuring that your biomechanics match your swing.
  3. Was it $9,000 for under-40? Interested in learning more about Tualatin since I'm buying a house nearby. Any members here?
  4. IMO, it doesn't get more arbitrary or dumb than the OB rules, even after the updates. All they do is disproportionately punish worse players and slow down the game. A lateral hazard is already a serious penalty for better players, which is why guys on tour are so conservative when their target is near a hazard. When you hit it in a lateral, you're already scrambling for bogey; that's a big deal if you're trying to break par. Many OB lines are already deep in the woods. Treating them as a lateral hazard (allowing a player to drop from within two club lengths of point-of-entry) would often require punching out with your 3rd, making double bogey likely anyway. We should've left white stakes in the 20th century.
  5. It depends on the body/swing. Anecdotally, I play best when I embrace the fade. I want my only miss to be a pull. Eliminate the double-cross.
  6. Strokes gained is the best way to do this. Tour players miss 50% from 8-feet, but basically never three putt from inside 40.
  7. I'm aware, dude lol. I was agreeing with you; I was saying that I couldn't imagine adding that much mass without doing the compound lifts that increase "neuromuscular efficiency". GOMAD, brother
  8. Can't imagine adding 20 pounds of muscle without a focus on squats, deadlifts, cleans, and shoulder press. If your argument is that you don't necessarily need to get heavier to get stronger, and that it's the latter that would increase your swing speed, I'd buy that (given that your body fat is going down in the process).
  9. Exactly. I really like the analogy to how analytics have informed us of controversial realities in other sports. For example, there are still a TON of people (including NFL GMs) who will argue that running backs matter. But we know for sure that they don't. And yet RBs are still being drafted in the first round and getting fat contracts; these things are dying, but it's a slower death than it should be given the quantity and certainty of the data.
  10. Do yourself a huge favor and look into what Mike Adams (former PGA Teacher of the Year) and Terry Rowles teach. Your body wants to swing the club in a particular way based on your biomechanics, and if you try to swing differently than that, you'll struggle. 20 years from now, most golf instructors will be doing a physical assessment at the beginning of their first lesson with a new student. These guys are ahead of their time.
  11. If the backs of your hands point forward when you let your arms hang naturally, try a claw/pencil grip (use a STRONG left hand). You'll see an immediate difference.
  12. If you add significant muscle mass it might make a difference, but it's very difficult to add 15+ pounds of good weight in your late 30s without help. As you said, you can't just magically "add more lag" without ruining your ball striking. Sorry. Anecdotally, over the past decade I've been between a skinny 195 and a strong 220, and am currently a skinny fat 210, and my carry distances never changed.
  13. Also make sure you have them try to get their hips way open at impact. Shame them for early extending as often as possible.
  14. It helps a ton to have a stroke that can repeatably start the ball on the intended line. At that point you can just make a decision and live with it. Without that you're just guessing and hoping to get lucky. For a long time, I couldn't start the ball on my intended line consistently and, as a result, absolutely hated putting. Now that I can, it's stress free and fun.
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