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  1. ""The course did have some s*** patches around but for the most part clear. On one par 3, I hit a pretty high 7i that landed in a patch of s*** on the apron - had fun finding/digging that out." ... Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to early to be using the S Word!!!!
  2. ... Titleist isn't going to sabotage their ProV1 with a $22 soft ball that performs "similar". There may be a market for high index players with low club head speed that find the two balls play "similar" for their style of play but I have been playing and reviewing clubs and balls for over 20 years and I have never played a ball that was not a Tour Level urethane covered ball that could play similar to any OEM's top of the line ball, especially the ProV1. A single digit or Tour player may prefer a Bridgestone, Srixon or Taylor Made premium urethane ball over a ProV1 but none of them are hitting an E6, Q Star or Project (S) and I am 99.99% sure that would include the TruFeel.
  3. ... My sister in law is producing Strange Things. Don't ask about season 4 because she won't even tell me anything!
  4. ... But we gotta love your style! Right back at it without hesitation. You da man.
  5. ... Better Call Saul. Having watched Breaking Bad can make it more interesting, but it is not necessary to watch Saul. It has the most interesting cinematography of any show I have ever seen. Almost every show is a moving painting. The amount of mind boggling shots that have zero to do with the story but are there for the sake of the art is to be applauded. It is in a class by itself and even if you did not care for the story or the acting (which is outstanding by the way) it is worth watching for the visuals alone, although it does have a killer sound track as well. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
  6. ... I learned from going to the PGA Demo Day every year and hitting all the new clubs that being loyal to only one brand is counter productive. There were always different clubs from different OEM's that not only looked better to my eye at address, they also performed better. Keep in mind many of the Tour guys on staff with any OEM have their equipment tweaked. Maybe a different grind, a different cog placement, internal head weighting and more personalized changes not available to the public, so it is much easier for the to be loyal to the brand paying them. For the rest of us, playing one brand makes little sense, unless as MPR points out there are different reasons to play this game and if it adds to your enjoyment there is certainly nothing wrong with that.
  7. ... The only thing I dislike more than hitting wedge into every green, is hitting 3 and 4 iron into every green. Somewhere in the middle is the sweet spot. I like having wedge into several holes as well as having a long iron or two and maybe even a 5 wood into one difficult par 4. I think the best layouts give you and opportunity to use those two clubs but the majority of the par 4's should have mid iron approaches. ... The game is best played and enjoyed using your entire bag, which challenges you the entire round.
  8. ... Like I said earlier, I hit everything out there. I am of the opinion that most modern irons just come down to personal preference.
  9. ... I have 4 sets I rotate playing. I play P760's the most, then P790's especially in windy conditions, Cobra Forged Tours and Z Forged MB's the least.
  10. ... Thanks. I left the number in black because in bright sunlight the number can easily get lost. I learned that with the first set I picked clean.
  11. ... I'll admit that initially I was a little frustrated but it didn't take me long at all to understand my role. It is your lesson and I always felt my job was to give you what you want and hopefully what you need. I am not paying you to be there for me, I am being paid to be there for you. If You wanna take a lesson and not practice in-between lessons I certainly should have no problem with that. As long as you have no problem with not progressing very fast. ... Your second point is spot on Tony! As an instructor it is my job to convey information to you in a way that you understand. Some of my students that I had a very congenial relationship with might say to me after a break thru "Why the hell didn't you tell me that to start with?" To which I would reply " I did. 10 different ways. But it took you the 11th for you to get it!" I am amazed at how many instructors repeat the same things over and over again when their students are struggling with the concept. Assuming they have seen video and know the problem, lets say a student is having a hard time "keeping their head down" (words I really dislike because they should keep their eyes down but allow their head to move") but I might tell them to "watch hitters in baseball on TV and freeze the frame at impact. Every single one will have the brim of their helmet pointing at the ball hitting the bat so your golf hat brim should be pointing at the golf ball on impact." That may mean nothing to them. "After contact, make sure you pick out one single blade of grass before letting your eye move up". Still didn't work. I would stand in front of them and put the butt end of the shaft on their hat and tell them to keep the grip on the hat thru impact. Didn't work and not a tip for them. OK, try looking backward right at impact, having your eyes move a foot behind the ball. BINGO! It is an instructors job to find out how their student learns and like in your case as a visual learner, no talking without illustrating at the same time.
  12. ... Many years ago I used to view my clubs as works of art, especially my irons. I spent a lot of time and effort either cleaning out the paint fill for a clean look, or changing the paint fill color to match the shaft or grips. Once I started reviewing clubs, especially those sent to me by the OEM's, I did not want to change the appearance. But some of the paint fill came off one of my P790's and I decided to take the time to clean off the rest of it. I have to admit, it looks a lot better to my eye. Now I think I am going to have to do the rest of the set ... sigh. I never see the back at address but of course as the title says, Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder and they look pretty beautious to my beholdin'.
  13. ... Excellent replies from Pmookie and Plaid, From my teaching days I can assure you every student is different and unique. I loved when my students came to their first lesson knowing what they wanted from their lessons. "How much are you willing to practice?" ... "How much are you wiling to change?" ... "How long do you expect a change to become permanent" ... "How many steps back are you wiling to take before taking steps forward?" ... "Are you willing to play very poorly while the new swing takes shape?" ... These are questions I liked to ask before and during a lesson. Be 100% honest. Some admitted they were not going to practice, just play Saturday and come back for their next lesson. Some wiling to put in one day of practice and some practice every day. It makes a huge difference in how I would teach. I think one of the reasons I was so successful with word of mouth from my students is for the vast majority, I tried to help them do what they were already doing, just do it better. Meaning take a weak 25 yd slice and turn it into a more powerful 10 yd fade. Yes, I had some students willing to make huge changes and were willing to take a full year or longer with constant practice, but they were the exception. Most just wanted to make better contact, hit better shots and shoot lower scores. Not going from 110 to 79, but 110 to 90-95. ... And lastly, you should have a good rapoire with your instructor. I was a positive, encouraging, happy and friendly instructor because that is who I am. I started every first lesson with a smile and a plea "Whatever you do, please don't hit any good shots. It just makes my job so much more difficult. If you can hit some really bad shots and give me your very worst swings it will make my job sooooo much easier". Find an instructor that matches your personality or has a personality that appeals to you and your lessons will go much better. If you do not have a connection and/or do not like what or how your instructor gives you a lesson, find another. I had students that complained they really didn't like their previous instructor(s) and stayed with them too long. ... Lessons can be so much fun, so helpful and great for your game, so I wish you the best of luck gong forward!
  14. ... I wasn't talking about hitting a bird in flight with a tee shot LOL. The irony is I still do not have a hole in one. Honesty can't say I have ever really scared the hole either. Plenty of shots within a few inches but never right at the hole or gently bouncing off the flag. The Golf Gods actually made fun of me at a resort course when I hit the green and spun it back in the water, then holed the next shot for par. So they let me know it is certainly possible, they just aren't gonna let me have one.
  15. ... Well done! I love Reems Creek. I had one of my 2 Albatross's there.
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    ... My two favorite films for 2019. I am not sure I have ever seen a film get such polarizing reviews from both critics and the public. Not many 2/3 star reviews, just 4 and 0 stars. That in and of itself tells you something. It has been several days and it is still pretty active in my consciousness, and that is also pretty rare. I look forward to your thoughts on the movie.
  17. ... Layout and scenery are paramount for me. Don't care for houses on a course unless they are far enough away from greens and fairways. The more nature the better. This is one of the reasons I love Champions Gate in Orlando as it has an amazing amount of exotic birds as well as alligators. Condition is also a must. It does not have to be pristine, just in reasonably good shape. Aguila and Papago in Phoenix are great examples of picturesque courses that get a ton of traffic but are in decent shape for the price. Walking is a huge bonus. I am not going to skip a course like Quintero because I have to take a cart, but I will always choose a walkable course for most of my rounds. ... Like others I am not a fan of blind shots and certainly not multiple blind shots. But my biggest gripe is tricked up greens that don't match the natural terrain and have fabricated humps, mounds and tiers. Especially when the lay out is so nice but ruined by silly greens. Hitting a good drive and a great iron shot to 8 feet and looking at a possible bogie because of a mound or tier just isn't they way I want to play golf. I don't mid a tier if they keep the pins a good distance from the top or bottom but my experience has been if they have tiers they like to put the pin right at the top/bottom edge or even on the slope. Mystic Dunes/World Woods in Florida are perfect examples. Here is a review I wrote on Golf Advisor about Mystic Dunes: Beautiful course ruined by greens I do not normally write negative reviews. But in this case I wish someone would have and saved me a wasted round of golf. The greens are virtually unplayable if you are looking to post a score. It was a wind advisory day but they still put pins on slopes. Of course there are so few flat spots I guess the didn't have much choice. Putting defensively on every single putt gets old quickly. What is really dissaponting is the lay out is very picturesque, especially the back 9. ... Interestingly the couple I played with at Mystic Dunes were high index players and they loved the greens. They said they struggle and 3 or 4 putt on all greens so they had an excuse for poor putting and they loved watching a better player struggle like them on tricky greens LOL.
  18. ... The Chiefs play the Texans Sunday at 12 noon. Awesome match up pitting Mahomes drafted 10th against Watson drafted 12th. Both playing very well this season and the Browns, Bears, 49ers, Jaguars, Titans, Jets, Chargers, Panthers and Bengal fans can only watch and wonder what could have been. Should be a great game!
  19. … The ideal swing is a combination of Power and Speed. Rory Mcllory is a perfect example. A big shoulder turn with fast hips create an unwinding of Power culminating with his arms and hands moving very fast creating Speed. And pound for pound I am not sure anyone hits it farther or as accurately. But Rory is very unique and one of the best players ever to play this game and his swing cannot be copied by most, if not all amateurs. Ok, that out of the way I want to concentrate on how you can maximize your ability and most of you will be surprised to know, it isn’t with Power. … I played with a guy today that turned his trunk, chest and shoulders so violently, his arms and hands could never catch up. He explained to me he had a lesson and his instructor was a Body Oriented teacher and believed the best way to swing was not with your arms and hands but with the body. Turn away and turn back thru the ball as quickly as possible with the arms and hands along for the ride. While that may work for a few, I have never liked that thinking and here is why. You can hit a golf ball effectively just using Speed. You cannot hit the ball effectively just using Power. Look at an Iron Byron hitting machine. There is a hinging duplicating the hinging of the club from the hands to the head creating Speed. There is no turning of the machine to create Power. Most of you have seen golfers that have lost the use of their legs, strapped to a golf cart and only using their arms and hands to hit the golf ball and they can hit it surprisingly far. One of my favorite drills to illustrate this was having a student stand with their feet together, legs locked and using no hip turn they would cock the club and uncock thru impact. Start slowly and keep swinging faster until you feel that you are losing control. I had more than a few students hit the ball farther this way than they did with their full swing!!! … Of course the ideal swing is a combination of Power and Speed. The body supplies the Power, but that comes from a slow build from the ground up and if you apply too much Power with your hips or chest or shoulders, you will always struggle with the kinetic chain ending with your club head losing instead of gaining Speed. I would always rather see more Speed and less Power, because most cannot apply Power correctly. So next time you are at the range or warming up before your round, try my feet together drill and you might be surprised at how far you can hit the ball just using your arms and hands if you hinge and unhinge thru impact. … For most am’s, using your body less than you are using now will result in increased distance and accuracy. Men especially use their chest and shoulders for power in many different ways their entire lives, so it is natural to attempt to use them in the golf swing. But as we all know, much of golf is really unnatural, or at least seems that way. Hit down to make the ball go up being a perfect example, something some players never accomplish. So unfortunately many over use their trunk and struggle with the golf swing. My suggestion is get Speed right before attempting to add Power. Just focus on the hinging and unhinging of the club picturing Iron Byron, then slowly start adding more and more hip and shoulder rotation with the same hinging and unhinging of the club thru impact. I can’t tell you how many swings improved dramatically when the body began playing a complementary role, not the main role in hitting a golf ball. I hope this helps some of you!
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    ... Art is subjective. Personally I never understand how some go into any art form with pre conceived ideas on "how it is supposed to be". I listened to Lee Childs Jack Reacher books on road tips and really enjoyed them. I saw the Reacher films and really enjoyed them as well. Books and films are 2 completely different art forms and may or may not be similar. Books do not need a star so describing Reacher as 6'5" and 250 is easy to do. Finding a bankable 6'5" 250 star that can be financially successful at the box office is not as easy. There is a saying in theater "leave your cloak of disbelieve at the door" meaning give up any pre conceived ideas and go into the show with an open mind. I read quite a few comments from loyal Jack Reacher book fans that were furious the shorter than 5'10" Tom Cruise played Reacher. Most never even saw the film but hated it sight unseen. A shame because Cruise captured the essence of Reacher even though he is not anywhere near the right size of the book character. ... That said, again art is subjective and if you wanna hate Reacher films because they aren't true to the book that is certainly your right and I would never say you are wrong. Same applies to Joker. My son is a huge comic book fan and Batman is his favorite. He absolutely loved Joker because he viewed it as a stand alone film, his opinion not predicated on the comic books, earlier films or his own ideas of how the Joker may have started out. Again, I do not post this in rebuttal to those of you that either didn't like Joker or don't want to see it because it isn't true to the comic books. I post it to let you know if you can view this film on it's own merits as if you knew nothing about the Joker, it is an amazing film experience.
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    ... Ben, taking it to another level I was lucky enough to be in The Dark Knight and the 2 days I shot, the make up people were a little shook up because Heath Ledger stayed in character as the Joker 24/7 so the line of fiction and reality was most definitely blurred. The Make Up and Hair people are usually the friendliest and most artsy people on a set and to scare them is really saying something. And I agree with you, that performance is a standard for others to hold going forward. I will not spoil anything for those that want to make up their own minds but they are 2 completely different interpretations in 2 completely different style films.
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    ... This is art at it's absolute highest form. It is an experience like very few others. That said, I posted the spoiler alert to warn people that do not want to see something so dark and depressing. It is if a comic book character was possible in the real world so it is not a comic book interpretation, which of course is what makes it so amazing and unique. As an actor I obviously see this on a different level and most of the time I also see enough darkness in the world and have seen my share of depressing subjects, so I certainly understand why some maybe even many will not want to see this film.
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    ... I really can't remember the last time I walked out of a theater with absolutely zero reservations about giving a film 4 stars. There is always something I need to think about or something that causes me to deduct 1/2 star or more. The Joker is a masterpiece on every level: Story, acting, cinematography and soundtrack. Joaquin Phoenix should win the Best Performance Academy Award and all other awards for Performance. We saw it in Imax and I went in thinking it was unnecessary, but it deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible with an excellent sound system. ... SPOILER ALERT: I wil not give anything away but be warned it is a disturbing, depressing and very, very dark film.
  24. ... Update: While I still haven't experienced and cover splitting having played 2 dozen now, I have found that many of these KS Golds scuff and abrade a little more the other premium balls. At the $15 a dozen price it is something I can live with using it for practice rounds or some casual play. And of course being free makes it an even better practice ball. ... Performance is a different story. For me the TP5x is about 5-7 yds longer with woods and long irons and maybe a few even longer than that off the tee with my driver. Also a little shorter with mid and short irons. Trajectory is lower as well. And while they do not balloon, they spin more into the wind which can also be a problem. Otoh, green side spin is a little better than the TP5x. Clearly I am a player that benefits from the TP5x higher lunch and lower spin while those that can benefit from a little more spin could find the opposite. All in all still a very good ball, especially if the spin and trajectory suit your style of play. Of course higher index players that may not be consistent with ball striking and trajectory may find the KS Gold to be a perfect choice at $15 a dozen for a premium urethane covered ball on your journey to getting better.
  25. ... I had one of those rare days when right from my first practice swing everything felt like it was on auto pilot. You know those days you wish you could bottle your swing and bring it out every time you play? Pretty windy and the greens were chewed up from so much rain and managed 3 birdies, 1 bogie and a double. 2 under and I had 185 to a back pin on #16 and the 15mph wind was quarrying into and across so I hit a full 3 Utility, my 200yd club and the wind died just as I made contact. Went right over the green and into thick weeds. Thankfully it is a red stake but I had to drop in thick rough and flop out to 10 feet and lipped out the putt for a double. Lipped out again for a birdie on 18. I played with an excellent companion that really struggled shooting 117 but was always positive and played fast. No complaints about my swing and how solidly I hit the ball in windy conditions and of course coulda woulda shoulda for scoring, but all in all a really good fall day!
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