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  1. "How can anyone watch geezer golf?" Three reasons - but I can't speak for anyone else - one being relational, another being technical, and the third, biological, I guess. 1. My wife is very OK with it, given if I am watching golf then I am probably not losing golf balls by playing golf. 2. I have a TV and remember the channel number for golf. 3. My eyeglasses still do a pretty good job. Old Cuss
  2. Plus fours have me at "pl", thus Payne Stewart, but did not like the more color, pattern-all-over-the-place ensembles. Brooks Koepka's dark pants, white polo combo is a very nice, classic look. Don't care for the slim fit, up-the-arm sleeve cut of today, but that could be due to such does not quite work for this old soul. Prefer a more relaxed cut in the polo and a longer short sleeve than is typical, much like the cuts prior to 2K. Apart from cut, Justin Thomas is usually well-groomed, down to the shoes. Billy Horschel too. Tiger typically has a nice look, as well; the mock neck shirt wears well in any decade as does the look of Davis Love. Don't care for the new, big thing, the anklet thing, yet the classic cut of old was: a) expensive, 2) heavy, and 3) hot. Today's pants are just about right, but still prefer pleats to flat front, the former now being a more senior tour thing, I suppose. Quarter and ankle socks with long pants won't remove an A grade, but one can't score an A+ with that combination. OK on the white belt, reluctantly. The wearers will be in a few years where those of us are now who wore those things in the 70s. Misery loves company. Hats? Love to see more variety. The "baseball" cap is overdone and this person does not perceive it to be more athletic than any of the other options. Old Cuss
  3. Concerned about growing the game? If so, more will be coming from bowling backgrounds than lacrosse and yachting combined. Demographics, SES, and all that. Although country club as a yung-un, one generation off the farm, was my experience, my choice of career certainly did not afford country club, mostly goat trails and it augmented with bowling and other lower cost and less time-consuming leisure pursuits. If I had to identify my people, the bowling cohort would claim me more than the golf cohort, thus the bowlers. Demographics, SES, and all that. Bowling has had its revolution, too, and has become more expensive for those wishing more than the 'Top Bowl' experience. Ball speeds, PIN to PAP, RG, DIFF, type of ball materials, type of ball roll characteristics, oil patterns (Course management?), one's "bowling ball arsenal", first pin average, strike conversions (GIR?), etc., but my favorite: a bowling shirt. Nutin like a 50-60s-style bowlin' shirt to make one feel like a bowler ... despite a low average. Vokey SM8? Hit that mark (Hit fairways?), score well. But what does it take to hit that mark consistently? About 60 games a week. Get a lesson? Purposeful practice and especially addressing one's miss? The YouTube of the reviewed ball and its breaking pattern is fun to watch, but most bowlers don't have the technique to make the ball perform in such a manner. ProV1X? A fitting? Me? Just one ball; one that works for spares, too, but one that gives me some pocket power - but for more pocket power I would need a second ball for spares thus less pocket power of the type that would then get my wife's attention ... and I would rather not. Man gotta accept his limitations, says Dirty Harry. Good bowlers are not unlike good golfers in terms of knowledge concerning the nuances of the sport, their attention to things the non-initiated are unaware, and the drive to develop and refine skill. Perhaps if more of these good bowlers gravitated toward golf a good many might surprise those that would never consider bowling or that it has much in which to consider or has even manifested? It might seem to some that bowlers are more welcoming of golfers than vice versa but the folks that I know in both camps are as welcoming, and I think probably there are more bowlers on this forum than expected. Demographics, SES, and all that. Old Cuss
  4. Assuming similar structure of all Ryder Cups (which is not the case [!] thus adjustments), different analyses for foursome, fourball, and single would be interesting. For, say, foursome, what is the probability of winning a match? A few, initial, scattered thoughts (mostly all I have these days) to generate reflection rather than to finalize it: Can't have a massive number of variables and retain power given the data set will comprise only 43x4x2 pairs or 43x8x2 individuals (Given individual performance is nested within the pair, multilevel modeling is probably better advised than a binomial logistic model but I will work with logistic regression here). A few variables to consider (and operationalism of some will need to be worked out) for model development: 1. As suggested, contribution is interesting, thus what are, say, four good indicators of such that might be scaled? Thinking .50-ish will be more consistently associated with winning (see #8). 2. Rank of competitors 3. Rank of partner 4. Rank of player 5. Course rating and slope or some similar measure to represent a pro set-up 6. Timing of match (an #10 consideration or indicates more?) 7. Age of players 8. Score relative to competition (needed to help interpret #1) 9. Outcome (win, lose but can be discerned from #8 for subsequent coding) 10. Course condition variables (and match to players?) 11. Day n of competition (or match sequence number) 12. Record of last, say, 6 events for player and partner and competitors 13. 1 - GolfWRX chance of winning 14. Team work/spirit measures (probably works better with multilevel modeling) 15. Performance of first, say, three holes. 16. Home, away 17. Prior RC experience 18. Psychological capital 19. Wife and girlfriend in close proximity on course 20. Etc. Good chance (?) of finding a statistically significant model, perhaps a few new insights, but the amount of explained variance will likely not satisfy (i.e., maybe more unexplained than explained) - as they say, the intangibles - and I wonder if such a model would tell us anything much different from what, say, ten very knowledgable people of these events and players could reasonably frame via conversation? I'm open. Still, if one is interested in outliers (e.g., presumably Sergio is such), perhaps a DEA approach (frontier analysis) is of greater utility? Such is often used for benchmarking. Old Cuss
  5. As Rory stated concerning the Ryder Cup, notwithstanding how one becomes a team member, it's a privilege, and part of such an assessment is regard for tradition - and yes, tradition should breathe as is needed to ensure its values are passed along and richly experienced by succeeding generations. One and done, the more current practice, enhances the importance of the opportunity at hand and respects and ensures as best as possible the ability to appoint a player from among a multiplicity of players deserving an opportunity to captain. There are more players deserving captaincy than there are competitions, thus one time.
  6. For the books, boys; congratulations! Old Cuss
  7. Scheffler, Captain's pick, defeats Rahm, whom had a great Ryders Cup.
  8. DJ hopefully goes 5-0 and if he does it will have been a shame not to have televised more of his performance.
  9. We had a good basketball team and we were down by nine after the second quarter. We believed in our capability, we could win, we had a record to suggest such and for the next two quarters played well. We lost by over twenty points. A game is not a career, of course, but we let our playing do our talking and had nothing or any need to explain when we lost; we gave it all we had, it started and ended on the floor, and that was good enough. Disappointed, sure, but as far as I know, no emotional issues to subsequently address. The team that beat us was like us but it was better, as the record would show. Also like us, it really didn't talk about what it was going to do excepting internal conversations - a different time - other than share that its goal was to win when it takes the floor and to win it all by doing so. Confident, yes, but that it would be the best? No. Could be? Yes. More like "we have the talent but we must demonstrate it and we are committed to doing so." It's also about respecting the moment and not getting ahead of oneself. There is both a proximal and distal focus and keeping each in its place is advised. Research reveals that those with goals tend to achieve more than those without such and public, variously defined, commitment to goals can reinforce commitment. Old Cuss
  10. I like chasin' rabbits, too, and sometimes experience new things, which for an old mind gives it a bit of needed exercise to function like it was younger, thus I know sumpin about intelligence, just not very much as it turns out. No matter on catchin' the little critter, the journey is better and makes me more aware of the thing and how to better understand my relationship to it and a need for a greater appreciation of and for it now and how it might evolve to retain its fresh and generative nature - not to mention how it might inform other pursuits and the level of their priority. More rabbit trails to discover the strangeness of the familiar and to make the familar strange. An openness to the present, conditioned by the past, coupled with a rejection of its necessary substance creates space for creativity, change and the potential for sumpin' better, variously defined, that would not ordinarily be considered plausible. The traditions are important but if they never give cause for traditioning or questions associated with such will they have properly served as meaningful events moving us forward as a people? We don't reject tradition or deny its meaningfulness by allowing it to evolve, rather allowing such is the best way to honor its function, character, and essence. The content of the debate is, of course, an open question and demands critical thought to discern what is being stated and what might occur from it, but to deny the debate is to close oneself off to creative processes essential for viable and sustaining futures in addition to attenuating regard for both the present and the past. Cuss, that swang of yourn can't possibly help you on the course? Usually not, but as long as I am swangin' it, shore nuff and more importantly, it makes gettin' out of bed and tyin' my shoes more doable. Old Cuss
  11. "If I am going into combat, I ... want ... warriors ... to take their opponents to the ground, hard ...." First things first: this is not a critique of PepperTurbo. He's a fine contributor to the forum and I do not wish to state anything to suggest otherwise. The point that he is making is not a problem. He's wants people to be sufficiently focused on winning. That we all affirm. My concern is that by the behavior of a good number of fans on the course and some players at Ryder Cup events the point is lost, winning is the only point, and it truly is about battle, warriors, and taking the opponent down hard. I like the sentiment and spirit of and for the Ryder Cup but am disappointed in how much of such is manifested. I am exhausted by the boring and tiresome displays of nationalism and loss of appreciation for performance, notwithstanding origination, manifested under a good deal of pressure. I want our boys to win, to give it all they have, to have no quit in them, as PepperTurbo suggests, but I want them, instead, to be better people having been in the contest than in winning it and I want that, too, for the fans that have the good fortune of attending and cheering for their side. It's simple really, sportmanship, collegiality, and fan regard for the performance first, the team second. Such is not inconsistent with rooting for one's side. The point of better international relationships via friendly competition, while not absent, could stand a good deal of improvement. As it improves, we do too. Guys when you do something good, whether first or as an answer to your competitor, don't look so angry, be joyful instead, we will rejoice with you and we won't then be motivated to experience feelings of "in your face" or "f&%$ you", depending on the context. Conversly when you fail, side of no consequence, we will be compassionate and empathetic and encourage you to succeed in subsequent attempts. Play with and toward your counterparts, if only silently, as we should be toward you. I am old and have no right to ask of younger players and fans things I have been guilty of, but friends, be much, much better than I have been. You'll thank me years later after I am gone as I have those that have already passed. I'd say more but I %$#j&# forgot to plug in the #&g$&%s cord to this &&$%#@! phone. Old Cuss
  12. Mustard_Tiger cites a good point: Reed was (probably) the 13th man ... couldn’t resist ... tweets ... pounding ... nails in his own coffin ...." He's disappointed, we are told. Goodness, he's a thinking, feeling human being. I would be concerned if he were not disappointed. No fault in expressing such but (cue cultural relevancy remark to belie actual cultural relevancy knowledge), Dude. How would Stricker, now, pick him to replace Koepka when he has implicitly and publically questioned some of the people in which cohesiveness - an important indicator of effective teams - is to be developed? It's one thing to assert "we have differences" and quite another to assert "he's not qualified (or something like that)." Old Cuss
  13. Many interesting proposals and perhaps, as one has correctly noted, many conflicting fixes. What might be helpful is agreement on the underlying logic for the tournament, that is, what does it mean to say tour championship? Once that is established, it would be easier to assess the proposals for their efficacy. Regardless of what tour championship means, I would prefer a modification to the current payout levels. The tour likes to tout its role in promoting charity, its commitment to social responsibility - something that many fans value and appreciate - thus I would like to see more given to this and a little less to winnings. Old Cuss
  14. Tastefully, sure, OK. In these days of financial pressures it surely can help with the cost of sustaining a course and to potentially increase revenue for local business. Both a win. Not looking for the scorecard to be a work of art but if I were, I would create my own (and have in the past ... only to taint it with my scores). Advertising attenuating the experience and perceived as a distraction from the aesthetics of it all? Given folks, despite the protests of some, are also elements of nature, let's consider them as a part of the environment, too; thus consider the advertisements they exude ... in fact, seems some are very keen to display <you name it brand on you name it equipment, accessories, and clothing>. Guess it is where one draws the line. Old Cuss
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