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  1. I faced a 110 yard shot over a pond to an elevated green. I fatted my GW and the ball bounced off the top of the retaining wall on the far side of the pond and landed 20 feet from the pin. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.
  2. My wife took delivery on a Mach E about a month ago. I live in a small town in Rural Iowa. The closest cities are 60 and 90 miles away. The car has plenty of range to drive to the city, shop and drive home without stopping to charge. My wife drove it to Minneapolis once, mainly to check out the ins-and-outs of long distance charging. It added about half an hour to a 6 hour trip. Shankster echos a lot of comments I’ve heard about the hassle of stopping to charge on trips. The other side of that is how much time one saves by not stopping at gas stations every week to fill up. We have a class 2 charger at home (paid for by the local utility company). You get out of the car, plug it in and the next day it’s ready to go. It takes at most 15 seconds. Unless you regularly drive beyond the cars range, you save time week in week out by charging at home. we also have a plug in hybrid minivan. 30 mile range on a charge then the gas kick in. This past winter (Jan-May), we put less than a tank of gas in the car because most days we don’t drive more than 30 miles a day. We use a class 1 charger for the minivan, so it plugs into a standard 110 plug. The electric car serves as my wife’s primary car, but we have the minivan available for long trips. To me, here are the important factors when considering electric cars, US specific: 1.. Can you charge at home? 2. How often do you really drive beyond the range of the car in a day? 3. Availability of charging stations in areas you travel. 4. Cost of electricity (much cheaper at both our Iowa and Florida houses than gas, even before the recent price hikes.)
  3. Doesn’t this cut the other way? Both a 1 handicap and an 18 handicap (and all golfers in between) would get a stroke on the hardest hole, they would cancel each other out. It seems to me it would favor the lower handicap golfer.
  4. I bought a used set of their single length irons for a Florida set. They are good clubs at a very reasonable price. I liked them enough to order a set for my wife. Good company, no complaints about the clubs.
  5. It’s possible that your grip/flat wrist is putting the full weight/pressure of the club on your thumb at the top of the backswing. That’s a lot of pressure when applied repetitively. When taking your grip, make sure the club fits in the “V” between your thumb and first finger. Then take the club to the top. The pressure should be in the “V”, not all on your thumb. Hold the club at the top and move your wrist around; you should be able to feel the pressure shift from the V to your thumb and back as you bend and flatten your wrist. If the pressure is mostly on the thumb, you may need to adjust your grip slightly weaker or stronger.
  6. Players will continue to get bigger, stronger, taller, faster. Does that mean rules should never change in response to that change? Take football. Kickers have gotten bigger, stronger et.al. The rules have changed many times because kickers got too good. The goal posts have been narrowed. Tee were eliminated for field goals and the ball had to be placed on the ground. The ball was moved back for kickoffs. The kicker was moved farther back for extra points. The balance/strategy of games sometimes need to be preserved, even when the change comes from players themselves getting physically bigger, stronger, taller, faster..
  7. To the OP: You should read the book “Evidence Based Golf” by Christina and Alpenfels. The authors did a number of controlled experiments comparing the results different drills and methods of doing drills to to test learning and retention of skills. Highly recommended. You can get on Kindle from Amazon.
  8. I'll add one more item form the report: The governing bodies are considering these topics within the context of Model Local Rules that could be utilized for competitions involving the highest level of elite golfers. There is also interest in considering whether the adoption of these potential Model Local Rules could also allow the elimination of the MOI limit for recreational golfers, which could facilitate greater innovation and provide modest distance increases at this level of the game.
  9. That seems to be what they are striving for, or at least minimizing the impact on regular players. https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/articles/2022/03/distance-golf-updated-areas-interest-research-topics-revealed.html For those who don't want to or won't go to the source, the operative statement: "The governing bodies believe that the changes being considered could: Address hitting distances for the longest hitters, whose impact on the game and golf courses has been the most significant Minimize the impact on shorter hitters with slower swing speeds at the recreational level Allow for continued innovation of balls and clubs for players at all levels."
  10. How about the old “park your cart over your playing partner’s ball as he searches for it” prank.
  11. Try reading Fred Shoemaker's Extraordinary Golf. He discusses two paradigms of golf instruction. Read what he says and see if it makes sense to you. I suspect it will given that Shawn Clement has helped you. It could help you decide to drop or keep the current lessons. If you do change instructors, it will help you ask the right questions of your next instructor to find one to improve your golf game.
  12. I hope the USGA doesn’t see this. They might use it as a guide for setting up the course for the US Open.
  13. The first 2:48 of the video are pretty good. He’s showing how the golf swing and swings/shots in other sports are quite similar. But the video goes completely off the rails starting around 3:00. He tosses out a few things that can go wrong, half complete thoughts on how things work and a few arguments with other instructors. Hard pass on this video. Mike Malaska (Malaska Golf) and Shawn Clement (Wisdom in Golf) have much better videos showing the similarity of the different swings and how paying attention to/feeling the movements (in say throwing a ball) can help one feel/understand/learn the golf swing. Malaska refers to this as “adjacency”. In his book “I feel Your Pain,” he has a full section on it and talks about tennis, hockey, baseball and other sports and how one can transfer skills from those sports to golf.
  14. Golf Goals for 2022 Be greatful Be a good friend and playing partner Enjoy Be present Be target focused and meticulous in fundamentals and routine Practice with purpose Evaluate good, better, how Play golf—emphasis on “play”
  15. "Are you listening to me?" Such a random way for my wife to start a conversation.
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