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  1. Er - no one off 1.4 or 0.4 for that matter is making it into the US Open. They have it at 1.4 I suspect because they want as many entry fees as possible, but at the same time they can't have total hackers chopping it about while better players are there trying to qualify. To make it through you need to be probably 4 under the course rating at locals and probably 10-12 under the rating for 36 holes at sectionals. Zero chance any scratch players manage that.
  2. Hi all, I had a lesson on Friday and I have two things that I need to work on. At the top of the backswing, my club is quite a bit across the line. Trying to get that closer to straight DTL. I can do it in slow motion when I'm looking at it, but as soon as I swing, it's right back to where it was. Does anyone know any drills to help get that into a better spot? The other thing is my hands are high at impact, so my dynamic lie is very upright. That means a square clubface is actually a little open, especially with higher lofted clubs - anyone know any drills to try to bring those down?
  3. 14vs12 is a difference but a small one 5vs7 is a bigger difference. Takes work to make that gap 0vs2 is a big difference. Really hard to make the step +4 vs +2 is a vast chasm. You have to make a really significant improvement in more than one part of the game to make that step. +8 vs +6 is the difference between top ten in the world and also ran on the KFT. 0.1 of a stroke at that level is hard work and a lot of it. incremental improvement at the top levels are thousands of hours of effort/colossal talent differential
  4. Friend of mine played 11 rounds one year. 6 of them were alternate shot and one practice round. The other four were tournament rounds. For those he shot 66, 69, 67 and 71. On proper golf courses. My standard answer to this question is you really don't need to play much. Bruce Lietzke managed to not touch a club through the off season and come out as a top level tour player. The catch is you have to have put in the time somewhere. My friend I mentioned was practising and playing for several hours a day during school holidays when he was around 12-18. He put in his time and is able to walk onto a golf course having not played in a month and shoot par or below. I've played about 20 rounds this year and my index is +0.4 right now. What's really hard is to get better without playing or practising a lot.
  5. How do you think it's possible to hit chips closer to the hole, but not approach shots?
  6. I watched your video - fascinating stuff. There is a force that is applied to your feet when you're standing to accelerate you up. That force is really what I'm talking about. Side note - my favourite thing about relativity is how simple the premise that it starts from. Special relativity is basically just that you can't tell if you're moving or not. General relativity is you can't tell the difference between gravity and being accelerated. At least that's how I remember it said. The other thing is that it's wrong. It's basically perfect on macro scale, but breaks down with small stuff. Comparatively quantum mechanics is basically perfect on a micro scale, but falls apart with the larger stuff. And they're incompatible with each other. Fun stuff. And way off topic
  7. So the force due to gravity varies with mass - agree or disagree?
  8. You lost the m term in your second set of equations. You can remove it from GMm/r^2 = ma, but you can't remove it from Fg = GMm/r^2 or from Fg = ma. Your second equation needs to read Fg/m = GM/r^2 = a. Fg/m is constant(ish). Fg changes because more massive things are harder to accelerate, so for a to remain constant F has to change if m changes. I agree that they both change with the inverse square of distance - I think I said that (I certainly meant to).
  9. He said gravitational acceleration was a constant but gravitational force changes with the inverse square of the distance from the center of the earth. Gravitational force changes with the mass of the object though (and the distance from the center of the earth). Acceleration changes with the inverse square of the distance from the center of the earth.
  10. This is just wrong. F=ma - the mass is constant, so if acceleration is constant then so is the force. In the Newtonian model, F=Gmm/r^2. G is the only constant. Gravitational force varies wildly on different objects depending on their mass. It's directly proportional to their mass. A 10kg weight has a much higher gravitational force applied to it than a 1kg weight. 10 times as much. The m cancels out in the F=ma bit because ma = Gmm/r^2, so a is basically constant - though it does change with the distance from the earth, just not by much on the scale we look at. It's not the only thing in here that's wrong too. You say elsewhere that when you squat, the GRF is decreased (which it is because you're accelerating downwards at the start of the squat). To get to the bottom of the squat you have to slow down again. Otherwise you'd just keep on falling into the ground. You need a larger GRF to decelerate than you had when you were standing. Simple physics. The other thing I'd add is that as you hit the ball, the clubhead is accelerating pretty significantly upwards (to continue traveling around the circularish path that it is following). You have to pull upwards on the club at impact to have it follow that path. That pulling upwards on the club means (Newton's laws) that the club is pulling down on you. You however are not accelerating downwards because of the GRF. The faster you swing, the more that force is. I would think (and this is off the top of my head) that is at least partly why the higher GRF are a part of faster swing speeds.
  11. This is simply not true. Tiger hit around 75% of his greens at his best. That means he's hitting 4 or 5 + maybe 2 on par 5s chips. Maximum 7 short game shots a round - that's assuming he never has to hack out sideways. The worst short games on tour are probably getting up and down about 50% of the time. That means the most shots he could possibly make up is 3.5. Meanwhile, he's hitting 18 approach shots and 14 drives. Far more scope with those to gain/lose shots than there is with short game. Short game is I think the least important differentiator between different standards of players.
  12. Partly saying this because I want to keep this thread front and center and partly because it might help some people. Putting heads up (i.e. looking at the hole) has been mentioned a little around the place lately. Sasho Mackenzie was discussing it on the Hack It Out podcast. It's an interesting topic. I started doing it a few years ago and stopped because I felt silly. Decided to give it another try. I'm only three rounds in, but my strokes gained putting has improved about 0.9 of a shot over those rounds compared with my last 20. I'm only doing it on putts inside about 10 feet. On the longer ones, I feel like the adjustment of my head angle shifts my shoulder alignment and it feels wonky - like it's hard to bring the putter back far enough to hit a long putt. On short putts though it's great to get my stroke out of my head. I have my routine and go through exactly the same thing, except when I take my second eye trip over the line I stop at the hole and don't come back. If I have a four foot putt that I think is inside right, I'll look at the right quarter of the hole. It's quite fun watching the ball appear and going right where I want it to. It's also great for confidence with the very short ones - watching a 2 foot putt go in the dead center of the hole boosts your confidence the next five footer you have. It's worth a try for anyone who's struggling - or even not. Next for me is to try to build it into my longer putts where speed is more important than line. And actually now that I say this, one thing I did find is if I have a putt down a tier where I want the ball to be basically stopped at a particular point well short, it's much easier to look at that point where I want the ball to stop (not quite stop, but you get the picture). I had some good success with putts like that - mainly on the putting green, but I haven't had much chance to do that on the course yet.
  13. Three names spring to my mind. Westwood, Vijay and Boo Weekley. So much misinformation in this thread. The majority of the difference between a random pair of players is going to be long game, not putting. There are physical attributes that you have to have to be able to hit a driver 300 yards in the air under control. There are physical attributes that you need to have to hit a long iron from 225 to 10 feet from the hole. Not many people have those. There are virtually no physical attributes that you need to have to hole a 10 foot putt. I don't think it's unreasonable to say that Bryson, DJ and Rory are three of the best drivers of a golf ball on the planet. I'm pretty much certain that there is no better driver of the ball than those three who we've never heard of. Similarly, Morikawa is the best iron player on the planet right now. And Tiger is the best iron player of the past 30 years. Bar none. There is no Joe Schmoe out there who hits his irons better than Tiger at his best. Conversely, who's the best putter in the world? I have absolutely no idea. Did find this article on golf.com about the major series of putting: https://golf.com/news/inside-golfs-newest-high-stakes-event-the-major-series-of-putting/ Specific quote here: “It’s not like a Treasure Island putt-putt course—it’s hard. I four-putted the 9th hole, and I’m playing a PGA Tour event this week,” said Sam Ryder, a Tour rookie. “I had no idea what to expect when I came over here, but it’s been great. And this is serious cash.” Ryder failed to reach the 16-player match-play portion of the pros-only putting tournament, but earlier in the week the Benjamins were flying. A $5,000 entry-fee event drew 66 players, with a 22-year-old ex-UNLV golfer named Taylor Montgomery taking first place and $75,000. On Monday and Tuesday evening, men and women competed against one other in the pros-only event. Faxon’s Tour buddies John Cook and Tommy Armour III were in the field. So were Kyle Thompson and Colt Knost, who joined Ryder from the Shriners. The final rounds were staged Tuesday evening, where players went head-to-head in 18-hole match play to determine the champ. As the sun slowly set over the Strip, Faxon KO’d Armour 2 and 1 in a quarterfinal, but Knost clipped Faxon in the semis. In the championship, a little-known pro from Longmont, Colo., named Cole Nygren, who wore khaki shorts and boat shoes, made three aces on the back nine and took down Knost 3 and 2. Nygren graduated from Cal Poly earlier this year and recently fell short in his attempt to qualify for the Web.com tour. The $15,000 payday was the biggest check he’d ever won. “It’s just incredible,” he said. “I had no expectation to win with so many PGA Tour guys and veterans in the field. I’m taking this money and I’m going to use it to enter a bunch of tournaments.” Perfect. Because if there’s one thing to be learned at this competition, it’s that there’s nothing more fun than betting on yourself. Someone is going to have to tell me what Taylor Montgomery's and Cole Nygren's PGA Tour stats look like...
  14. I'd definitely recommend building in some margin, so if you're not on for 3hr 30min pace, then you get marched along. If you aim for four hour pace, you'll get a lot of people suddenly slow down on 18 and take 4 hours and 1 minute and claim their money back and beer. I think it has some potential, but the issue I see with it is you have chosen the carrot over the stick and the carrot is encouraging people to take longer. Better to say we aim for a four hour round - if you fall behind pace by more than say 3 minutes, you're out (no refund). If you are ahead of pace then you get a beer at the end (or a voucher for 20% off your next round or something like that). Stick to deal with the slowpokes and carrot to benefit the faster players.
  15. Last two days were the Met Mid-Am at Friar’s Head. Course is amazing albeit pretty tough in a lot of spots. Surprising changes in elevation relative to the pictures I had seen. The walk from 15 green to 16 tee is something else. A bridge over cliffs that fall about 200 feet down to the Sound. I shot 76 yesterday. At first I thought that was easily going to make the cut, but the afternoon wave scoring was better than expected. It was windy and cold. 76 wound up being right on the number. I didn’t really have it today for round 2. Shot 78. I reeeeally need to work on my long bunker play. Not really sure how to but it cost me at least three shots from leaving balls in the bunkers. I missed exemption for next year by one shot too. Gah! Played today with a guy who shot 66. He didn’t really miss a shot all day and on the odd occasion when he did it didn’t matter. One three putt bogey on 10 (our first) and then 6 birdies and 11 pars. One chip in and a lot of holed putts. Very impressive. overall I’m pleased with how I played this year. I made two of the big Met area events and made the cut in both. One more event to go. The Sarazen Invitational at Fresh Meadow. I’ve played well in that in the past. Hopefully follow up with more of the same. Should finish reasonably high in the player of the year rankings too. At least for the LIGA one. Met Area is tough. Somewhere in the middle 100s for that I suspect.
  16. MondayQinfo on Twitter (great follow by the way) just posted a card yesterday of someone who started with 6 birdies in a row, shot 31 on the front and then 44 on the back for a smooth 75. Ouch!
  17. Not a dumb question, but I don’t know the answer to it.
  18. I have S+ in my irons and S+ in my wedges. See no reason to change it just for wedges. I hit soft shots with my irons too from time to time.
  19. 1. Done 2. I did! 3. Traxion Tour standard in red/white/black 4. Traxion Claw 2.0 in red/white
  20. As far as I am aware they've all been there for basically forever. No wrong answer I don't think.
  21. Couple of questions: 1. Is it a straight putt you're hitting? If it isn't, it's likely that you're subconsciously adjusting your start line to where you think it is. 2. When you aren't using the training aid are you missing putts to the right? If you aren't, then there's something funky going on with the training aid that doesn't happen when you play normally. Maybe you typically aim left and push it, so now that you're forced to aim straight by the lines, you're pushing it still. If you are, then you need to close the face more
  22. 1. Must subscribe to Club Champion's YouTube channel HERE - DONE 2. Search for your local Club Champion location HERE - DONE 3. What Club Champion location would you get fit at? - Syosset on Long Island, NY 4. Have you been fit for clubs before? - Yes 5. What part of your bag could use a fitting? - My irons and wedges (woods and putter wouldn't hurt either!)
  23. Back on topic, made it to England to play in my old boys tournament. 5 pairs of foursomes (alternate shot) knock out. My partner just recently got his amateur status back. Practice round on Wednesday he was ridiculously good. Holed a few putts, hit his irons solid and his tee shots were insane. He hits his 2 iron about 280. He hit a couple of drives over 400 yards (mildly wind assisted, but not enough to do that) and he was splitting fairways with them too. It was, to put it mildly, a lot of fun. Then tournament on Thursday and I had a lot of walking to do. Back to the tee for a reload. Rough was up and thick. Lost five balls between us and found a couple of others that we were lucky to find. Lost on the last hole, so the team lost in round one. That meant plate time. Team changes from 5 pairs to 3 pairs for the plate. I played really well for the next three days and we wound up winning the plate, so that was fun. All five of my matches were 4&3. Won 4 of them and lost one. The one loss our opponents were under par, so not exactly upset about it. Team won though and on we went. Got to play three different courses during the plate event as well. Great fun was had by all.
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