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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.
  15. I've been stuck in the upper 70s for a decade (b/w 76 and 80 almost without exception). I recently made two changes (flatter backswing + claw grip putting) and saw immediate improvement, which translated to the course. I've had a chance to break par in four straight rounds (it still feels surreal). I imagine there are others out there with similar stories; what'd you change?
  16. I agree that grip is super important but run away from anyone who says there's one perfect grip. Your grip needs to fit your swing, which should fit your body. And as far as your two hands working together, this doesn't necessarily mean comfort. Some all-time greats (Tiger, Rory, Stenson, Spieth) have mismatched grips (i.e. one strong hand and one weak hand).
  17. Are you practicing with some goal in mind? Be process-focused. Personally, I can only ever work on fixing one thing at a time (e.g. flatter left wrist, or right hip back, or takeaway). Sift the big rocks first.
  18. I'm at a point where I don't trust any instructor who doesn't perform some kind of physical assessment as part of the first lesson. There are a bunch of different swings on the tour because there are a bunch of different body types. Rory Mcilroy's right hip moves forward in the downswing (*GASP*); should he try to eliminate that? C'mon. Even if two people have identical proportions, one may naturally move differently than the other (e.g. how does your right elbow want to fold?). I think a lot of smart, well-meaning instructors teach relative to optimal swings/positions, but there are a bunch of people who can't/shouldn't try to replicate that if their goal is optimizing their own personal swing. Some people get lucky and match with an instructor who teaches a method that fits their biomechanics; stack-and-tilt legitimately worked for some people, while for others, it was a disaster. Golf is hard, and if you aren't moving in a way that your body wants to move, good luck.
  19. For a guy who claims to make decisions based on science, this isn't a good look and could actually hurt his brand, imo.
  20. Where'd you play? I've played all the Portland metro courses multiple times, and for me: 1a) Langdon Farms: just a gorgeous course and layout that's always in great shape. A lot of the holes are framed by hills/mounds full of golden fescue on one or both sides. 1b) The Reserve (South Course): classic American golf course that was even better before they took out dozens of bunkers due to member complaints (it's semi-private, alternating north/south bi-weekly). Has hosted senior PGA majors for a reason. IMO, it plays easier than its rating (74.6 from the tips) if you're long off the tee, so it's a good way to bring handicap down. 3) Pumpkin Ridge (Ghost Creek): this is a really nice, classic course that benefits from its association with the more famous private side (Witch Hollow, where Tiger won a US Am). Lots of old growth that makes the course feel like it belongs there and has always existed. As others mentioned, there are lots of other fun courses in the area, too: RedTail: I'm biased because I grew up on this course, but I love it, even back when the greens were awful (they're much better now). Great layout; would be on all of the top-10 lists if it were private. Given its location, it gets a ton of play and rounds are slow as a result. This is a challenging course, very demanding off the tee. #7 might be the most difficult par-5 in the NW. Chehalem Glenn: Lovely and unique monster. Not a good course for beginners; I've seen someone lose > a dozen balls. I recommend a cart, especially if it's hot out, as it's a long and hilly. Fun course that'll test your game in all areas. Stone Creek: the front and back sides feel like two different courses. Plenty of variety. Nice golden fescue depending on the time of year. I have friends who'd put this in their top-3, it just never quite did it for me and I'm not sure why. Tournament-quality course, for sure. The Reserve (North Course): more of a links-style course that never seems to be in as pristine condition as the south side. High quality, nonetheless. Meriwether National: not as nice as it sounds, but really fun to play nonetheless. Again, the front/back are disjointed and feel like two separate courses. Great place to have too many beers and hit some bombs. Nice open feel without being a pasture. Greens are pure so you can go low if you get the putter going. Heron Lakes (Great Blue Course): best public course in north Portland. Feels big and open, but there's plenty of trouble if you're loose off the tee. Usually packed. Quail Valley: haven't played this in a long time but remember it being a nice, tournament-quality track. Holed out from 195 on 18 the last time I played it.
  21. https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/31958173/bryson-dechambeau-returns-being-covid-positive-regret-not-getting-vaccinated Bryson doing everything he can to be the most unlikeable guy on the tour. What an idiot.
  22. This is similar to the method that Geoff Mangum teaches. I've found it really helps to orient yourself that way and section off the green.
  23. Most people should do this whether it's windy or not.
  24. All good man, don’t take it personally. There have been some crazy posts over the years so the crowd is fairly skeptical of exceptional claims. If that swing you just posted was @ the beginning, then you’re clearly ahead of 99% of people who take up the game; you had a lot of good things to work with on day one.
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