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    New Iowa Guy

    Greetings from Southwest Iowa and Northwest Florida.
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    Photography thread

    I'm a plus handicap when it comes to photography. My main interest in photography is to shoot large format cameras (8x10 up to 20x24) and contact print the film to create handcrafted platinum and palladium prints. I enjoy controlling every step of the process, from selecting the correct watercolor paper to experimenting with the mixture of platinum and palladium to get the exact tones I want for an image. I enjoy the process of hand coating the paper using a watercolor brush and custom emulsion. I do some wet plate photography and also work in albumen and gum over platinum. Most of my work is in rural scenes around my home town in Iowa. But I also do model work. Humm. Maybe I should think about getting hickory clubs and gutta percha balls?
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    College Football

    Re UCF: https://sports.theonion.com/ucf-deserves-a-shot-to-be-utterly-destroyed-in-the-coll-1831232725
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    🤔 perplexed : 2nd lesson

    One of the best lessons I ever had was on learning to swing the club. This was many, many years ago. My instructor had a tennis ball on a rope attached to a golf grip. I had to make the ball swing without jerking the ball back or kinking the rope. Once I got the basic swing motion down, my instructor had me hold the grip with tennis ball and a club together and swing them in sync. Here is a video of the same basic set up:
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    🤔 perplexed : 2nd lesson

    One more video on the throwing analogy:
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    Weekend before X-mas

    We had my wife's family over for Christmas today. 40+ people, and not everyone could make it this year. I'm stuffed. I don't know if I can take three more days of this. I may need bigger pants.
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    🤔 perplexed : 2nd lesson

    No, no, no, no and no. Don't be bummed by this lesson. Get excited! Jump up and down. Scream for joy. Throwing the ball should be a revelation. The problem is you missed the lesson from this drill. The drill is not about what your body can do, but what your mind can do. You can throw a ball or stone because you have a clear intent to throw it to a target. Your mind tells your body how to move without you having to direct the action "taxing position by micro position." Your mind is free to throw the ball. You are not micro managing it with throw/swing thoughts. This is your moment. Seize it. Let go of the constant and endless search to find the perfect golf swing. As Adam Young says, "Get obsessed with the task, not the technique." Free your mind from swing thoughts, body positions, club positions, face positions, weight shift, etc. To gain control, you have to give up control. You can do it, and you can do it the next time you go out. Throw your clubs. That's right, throw clubs at the target. Here is a video to take you through the entire process. http://www.golfwrx.com/473794/watch-how-to-throw-the-club-to-create-more-lag-and-distance/ Here is another. http://www.golfwrx.com/532902/watch-the-right-way-to-start-the-downswing/ Again, the point is not that your body is capable of doing these moves. It is that you eliminate technical thoughts, positions, and having your mind focused on your body parts. If you do that, you can learn a that the swing is a fluid motion. Stop over thinking golf: Embrace the freedom of learning to swing the club without conscious thought and direction. Your swing will improve dramatically once you let go. Then move on and try a few drills to learn the swing as a whole, not in parts, for example the feet together drill and waking drill. I'm excited for you!
  8. Schedule together time. Set a date night, get a baby sitter and do something fun as a couple. Agree with your spouse that she should have her alone time. What she does is up to her. You are in charge of child care. Agree with your spouse that you should have your alone time. What you do is up to you. She is in charge of child care. Schedule your golf for times so that playing is as little of a burden on your wife as you can make it. Get up early and out of the house before your child wakes up or during nap time. When you get back from the course, give her a big kiss and say thank you. And mean it. Do nice things for her. For example, next time she's tired and grumpy or feeling overwhelmed, go run a hot bubble bath. Don't forget the Epsom salts. Light candles in the bathroom. Cut a cucumber and put on a plate near the tub (for her to use to rejuvenate her eyes). Put on some soft music. Pour her a glass of wine and lead her to the tub. While she's in the tub, do the laundry. (I've been happily married for 37 years. And I play a lot of golf.)
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    Simple mechanic to increase driver swingspeed?

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    Favorite Putting Aid - Improved Stroke

    I use two ball sleeves just wider than the putter head and then putt over a coin a foot or two in front of the ball.
  11. I like for my head to stay "centered."
  12. I like it. It would also cut down on those pesky eagles and hole in ones. Or, the cardio of the caddies would improve. Can you imagine Fluff jogging to pull the pin on a par 3? That's entertainment.
  13. I've been contemplating how this rule change will impact me and the groups I play with. Frankly, I don't see it being much of a problem--I don't envision the pin being pulled, put back in, pulled again... We play a friendly game. A few analogous situations that come up regularly. One player is on the fringe and entitled to use the pin, but is closer to the hole than a player with a long putt. We normally have the player chip onto the green and then pull the flag, even though it isn't strictly his turn. There are two players about the same distance from the pin, one wants it tended, the other doesn't. We have the player who wants it tended go first, even if he's a little closer to the pin. We then pull the pin. Players will putt out of turn. I may go ahead and sink my 3 footer while the others are still getting to the green. I imagine we will continue in a similar way with the flag stick rule. Let those who want the flag in putt first. On long putts they can putt out, or mark their balls. Pull the flag, let those who want it out finish the hole. Put the pin in and anyone who marked will finish out. A few times a round, when big money is on the outcome of the putts (a glass of scotch is a big money bet for us), we may have to put it in and pull it more than we currently do, but I don't see that happening very often.
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    What is it about the 4i

    "In the world of Clubfitting there is something called the “24/38 Rule.” Basically, it says that the majority of golfers cannot consistently hit an iron that has less than 24-degrees of loft or is more than 38 inches in its length. The reason is that a club like that requires swing skills that most average golfers do not have the ability to acquire. Thirty years ago the 24/38 line fell on the other side of the 3-iron. So, when you bought a typical 3-iron through pitching wedge iron set, you could reasonably expect to hit each of those clubs. Because of the “vanishing loft disease,” the 24/38 line has now moved to the shy side of the 5-iron—making the 3-, 4- and even the 5-iron un-hittable for most golfers." From Tom Wishon: http://wishongolf.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/New-12Myths-PDF-2014.pdf
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    My son's first hole-in-one: age 5!

    This is AWESOME!