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  1. Thanks fellas! I appreciate it.
  2. Here's my list: TM - Tour Driver and 3W...lower loft on 3W, 430CC on driver, both with deeper face. Cobra - King Utility Irons. WTF? Lefty everything else but not the utility? Callaway - More loft/grind options on wedges. Until then, I'll stick to my pings. Ping - meh. They treat lefties pretty well. Mizzy - Always a tease. Not even a putter in lefty. I love my 919 Forged, but I'd trade them in a heartbeat for lefty 919 Tours. Evnroll - Nothing new for lefties since original release. Very disappointing. Bettinardi - It's like they make all this stuff for RH golfers and then someone chimes in...'what are we going to give the lefties?' And someone replies: 'same crap we always do! one blade, one wide blade and the fugliest mallet we make!'
  3. Unless you're fortunate enough to practice on a range with retail golf balls (Pro V1s, etc), then a range finder won't do you much good out on the driving range. The typical range ball flies no where near what a retail golf ball would fly when struck...distance or accuracy. The limited flight range balls, scuffed range balls, water-logged range balls, all of which don't fly the distance or travel the line a ball in your bag would travel. So for that, does it really matter if the flag out on the range is lasered at 143 but the sign says 150 and now you're frustrated that your 8 iron, that normally carries 152, is coming up short? For me, I'm not too concerned on distance at the range. I will say that after using a range finder for years, I prefer my GPS watch (Garmin S60). I remember listening to Tom Watson challenge regular golfers to hit towards the middle of the green and see what happens to their scores. Unless I'm out on a course with large greens (>35 yards deep), then I'll just look at the watch and add 7 for back pin or subtract 5 for a front pin. My GIR % has improved a decent amount for playing a bit more conservative instead of trying to get cute with yardages. One added benefit to the Garmin S60 is being able to move the pin position on my watch to get a more accurate reading if I'm playing well and hitting the approach shots I want. I also found it speeds up play if I have all the yardage info on my watch instead of trying to laser the front of the green or a bunker.
  4. Texas courses vary depending on county. Houston courses are mixed, even in the same county. City owned courses are shut down while public courses are open. However the neighboring counties have shut down most of the courses...north in Walker County, south in Galveston County...it's weird. I'm going up to Central Texas next weekend to go play with some family members. I imagine with the Governor starting to re-open the state, you'll see more and more courses re-open with certain stipulations.
  5. @Pug well done on your research and response. If anything, I hope you learned something new while researching and typing up your response. While there might be more pressing things in this world right now that take up my time, I'll keep this response brief... I'm not against IF. If someone can lose weight via caloric reduction and reduce inflammation while on IF, then great. Same goes if you have success on Keto, or South Beach, or Paleo, or Vegan, etc. However, none of these are a magic bullet. People should be encouraged to try any or all of them to see where they might be successful in weight loss. What I am against is Dr Fung. In one of your responses, you quoted the following: Fung’s point is evidence based medicine is completely worthless if the evidence base is false or corrupted. Why or how could this happen? As cited in this article, another former editor of the NEJM, Dr. RELMAN said in 2002: “The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful” To that I say, what does Dr Fung sell? And why does he need to push it? Sounds like he is doing exactly what Dr Relman stated. He sold out to an herbal tea company with zero verified health benefits. And yes, a lot of the folks I seek nutrition advice from have an app, but it's a generic weight loss app that keeps track of caloric intake, not a tea or 'immune boosting' supplement that others might push right now. That's what I don't like about the guy. Also, sugar, HFCS, artificial flavors and sweeteners do not cause cancer. The over consumption increases the risk, but so does an over consumption of a lot of things. The ingredient is never the poison, the dosage is the poison. Here's a summary on a 2005 study that rebutted the 1970s studies that showed artificial sweeteners caused cancer. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15367404 And a note on studies...every study, regardless of scope, intent, outcome, etc is funded by someone or some company/industry. Folks in Academia can't personally fund tests that last for year(s) and involve dozens of subjects, so someone has to float the bill. What you, the reader, has to learn is how to look at these studies and interpret the data. Let's say a study comes out that says 'Bacon increases cancer risk by 30%' which just reading the headline, you're like 'oh crap'. But reading the test and the results, your baseline risk of getting cancer from bacon was only 5% but a 30% bumps it to 6.5%...which could completely change the opinion of someone like you reading the details. We will agree to disagree on CICO. There are obesity doctors that have argued there's no way around CICO and there are others that say it doesn't matter nearly as much. Those that push say, and I agree, that people underestimate their calories in and overestimate your calories out. I know you said a lot and I skipped around a bit in my response.
  6. I'll take random golfer outside top 20 in world ranking to win the Masters. Otherwise, I'll go with Xander. I think he finally breaks through.
  7. Pug, that might be one of the most civilized responses I've ever encountered on the internet. I'm impressed. And yes, I reached on the 'IF cures cancer'. I retract that statement. To equate CICO to golf, CICO is the base TaylorMade driver head with all the adjustability options being your hormones, metabolism, etc. Without a performing head, your fine tune adjustments won't mean squat. On the other hand, moving the loft sleeve or weight track can better improve overall driver performance. A few studies regarding inflammation found that B-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) directly inhibits complex sets of proteins called inflammasome. BHB is a metabolite produced by the body in response to high-intensity exercise or a caloric restriction. That caloric restriction can be achieved by any sort of diet...keto, IF, south beach, low-carb, low-fat, etc. While none are a magic bullet for inflammation, they all help reduce inflammation. You'll find studies saying Keto reduces inflammation and others say IF reduce inflammation. But you have to ask why inflammation was reduced...which is derived from the overall caloric restriction. Let's keep this discussion going.
  8. Good on you for citing studies. Very few folks do that these days and with the infinite amount of 'nutrition experts' on social media, very few cite studies to push their methodology. In fact, I would encourage you to question everyone you get information from. Do they back up their claims with actual studies? Do the studies include a large number of participants and what is the adherence rate? What other factors are they taking into effect other than 'oh we just gave them a low carb diet and let's see what happens' because there are hundreds of variables a test subject can change to get good/bad results. So let's break down this response... The Fildes study, from what I'm reading, looks at the probability of an obese person obtaining a normal weight. While weight loss is getting overly complicated thanks to social media, one aspect that's not being assessed enough according to some nutrition experts I follow is the psychological side of weight loss. What are the triggers for someone to eat in excess? What environmental factors attribute to an excess in eating? What stress levels and other personal decisions are being made that lead to weight loss? Much like golf, it's more between the ears than anything else. Yes, it is discouraging to read, but at the same time, I'm considered overweight by BMI standards. BMI is too much of a broad stroke and doesn't account for body type. According to the BMI charts, Lebron James is overweight and JJ Watt is obese. Looking at hospital charts and tracking it solely on weight and height as the basis of the study leaves a lot of questions to be answered. The WHI study was based on post-menopausal women...ages 50-79. Do you know what happens to a woman's body/hormones pre and post menopause? It's a significant change to say the least. Weight loss in post-menopausal women is extremely difficult. To test post and apply it to pre menopause women is a true WTF moment. Geriatric dietitians actually will recommend a little more weight on the bones as you get older to help protect against falling injuries. Obviously they will promote a healthy weight but it's better to be a little heavier than skinny as you get into your senior years. I don't know why that's brought up in your response, but whoever is using this as a source to rebut CICO is leaving out critical components of the study. CICO is about energy balance. To lose fat, you need to be in a caloric deficit. If you gain fat, by definition, you are not in a caloric deficit. Maybe you gained fat because your metabolic rate is outside the average. Maybe you gained fat because you didn't track your calories accurately or underestimated your energy expenditure. Maybe you lost fat because you like ate foods that were less processed with more protein and fiber, all of which are factors that can increase energy expenditure. Different food choices affect the calories out portion of CICO. And as far as hormones go, I encourage you to go get tested. And then what happens if your hormones are fine? What's the excuse? I'm not trying to be a jerk about it, but if people clamor about hormones go get tested and see that everything is normal, then what? I get the push for hormones for weight management but once it's fixed, it's CICO. My wife has hypothyroidism and takes medication for it daily. Before her diagnosis, she ate in a caloric deficit (albeit a small deficit) but gained some weight. Got the thyroid tested and with the help of the medication, her weight is back to a normal level and we're back to CICO. It's not impossible to lose weight with low thyroid, just more difficult. As soon as you said it's hormones and CICO is garbage, I immediately thought of Jason Fung. Remember earlier when I said to question those you seek nutritional information from... The kidney doc who studies the kidneys AND PUSHES A DETOX/FASTING TEA. (The kidneys already detox the body on their own. This is simply a product that no study has shown to be effective) https://www.piquetea.com/pages/fasting-tea His ability to leave out evidence based science on his site is appalling. Here he is pushing IF to cure cancer, yet there's no study to back this up: https://www.rsng.com/categories/movement-fuel/articles/could-7-days-of-fasting-protect-against-cancer Fung's Cancer 'Fear Mongering' Article using 25 year old data: https://medium.com/@drjasonfung/cancer-inc-4cece0eb4e07 And the rebuttal with updated charts that Fung failed to include, but were available to him: https://nutritionalrevolution.org/2019/03/11/lies-from-fung/ And here's Fung's take on the Women's Health Initiative...not once stating the subjects in this test were post-menopausal: https://medium.com/@drjasonfung/diet-wars-992db10afa2e Here's Fung refusing evidence-based medicine: https://www.dietdoctor.com/corruption-evidence-based-medicine Can you imagine MGS refusing evidence based testing? See how ridiculous it sounds? Let's say you have an ailment and go see this 'doc'...do you want this man treating you with something he's come up with or something that has been proven to work? What would your reaction be if you had a headache and this man told you to drink his tea instead of just taking two advil? Advil has been proven to work. His tea? Not so much.
  9. Scientifically speaking, a calorie in the most basic sense is a unit of measure and a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. Where people get confused is that while all calories are the same, the expenditure you get out of the calorie is what matters most. Protein has the highest energy output from one calorie followed by fiber, carbs and then fat. Protein and fiber are your go-to calories for the day with some carbs and a little fat. All are important and all have a job to do, but you can gain weight with an excess in any of those four types of calories. Also, please post that study/article because it sounds like it defies the laws of physics in the human body. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  10. If you find yourself in front of a TV this weekend, Baylor-Kansas tips at 11am on Saturday. Gonna be a good one. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  11. Just a few things to keep in mind on your weight loss journey... A healthy weight loss is 1-2lb/week. That's 4-8lbs a month. Don't get discouraged if the weight doesn't drop immediately. Sometimes it stair-steps down. Sometimes it plateaus. Remember, weight loss is more mental than physical. Eat your damn fruits and vegetables. I don't care how, fresh, frozen or canned, it's all good. The nutrition difference of fruits and vegetables is negligible between fresh, frozen, organic, canned, etc. Nothing wrong with eating canned green beans vs fresh. Nothing wrong eating a $.25 apple vs a $1.25 organic apple. Side note, frozen berries are usually cheaper than fresh. All have the same nutritional density. Though it might be tough at times, get moving. Go on a short walk, do some push-ups during a commercial break, climb some stairs...whatever you need to do, get moving. Get involved with a community of folks who share the same task. Either an online forum, a group of friends/family/co-worker/strangers, etc. regardless it's best to be in a community to share the struggles and successes with. The ingredient is never the poison, the dose is. Sugar doesn't kill you. Sugar is mass quantities can. Just like water in mass quantities can. Just like oxygen in mass quantities can. Food doesn't have morals. There are no 'good' foods or 'bad' foods. There's just food. Some food is more nutritious and satiating than others but there's no good vs bad. Same with 'real' or 'clean' food. Think of food more on a processed scale. Eat more of the minimally processed foods than the heavily processed foods. Think of side dishes...like carbs...a bowl of brown rice is more satiating and more nutritionally dense than white flour pasta, but a sweet potato is more satiating and more nutritionally dense than the brown rice. Terms like 'super food' or 'organic' meat is all derived from the food marketing industry, not science. Spinach is just as healthy as a super food like kale and there's no such thing as an organic chicken...just...chicken. Chemicals will not kill you in proper doses. In fact, everything is a chemical. Organic is just more expensive, not nutritionally superior. GMOs are safe. All livestock are raised on grass...some just finished on grains versus grass. Grass fed beef has slightly more Omega 3's than regular beef, but it's nothing to throw your money at if you don't want to. If you need Omega 3s, eat more salmon. We live in a day in age where science has us living longer than ever. Why deny science now? If things become a struggle, switch it up. Keto not working for you? Try intermittent fasting. IF not working? Try intuitive eating. There's no magic bullet but changing the landscape could reveal better results for your particular body type. Here's some apps to help with the journey: MyFitnessPal, Noom, RP Diet Here's some informative accounts to follow on social media: BioLayne (PhD Nutrition Science), FoodScienceBabe (Chemical Engineer/Food Scientist), DrNadolsky (Obesity/Lipid Specialist Physician), Marie Spano (Sports Nutrition Expert) What if obsessing over healthy eating negates the health effects from healthy eating? - Dr. Nadolsky
  12. Today is the day! @GolfSpy Dave ...
  13. Oh this has peaked my interest... *checks golfworks for LH options* *sees neither DBM irons nor KE4 is available in lefty* F.
  14. @Kor.A.Door those are beautiful! I gamed those a few years ago and i echo the feel of those irons. I wish I had those as a backup set. Very little offset but not as punishing as some might think. When you flushed a short iron...that was one of the best feeling irons I have ever gamed.
  15. I'm just glad the male cheerleaders where there to step in for crowd control. Talk about the best day ever.
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