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  1. I would not use any nonconforming equipment. I see value to nonconforming equipment for people just learning the sport. When I first learned, my father would have me hit all shots off a tee. I would tee up my second (and third) shots in the fairway. It allowed me to enjoy some success while learning the game and developing some skills. Once I got a bit better, I stopped using the tee, but was told to improve my lie. After I got a bit better, it was on to playing the ball as it came to rest. For players who just want to go out and wack the ball around, I have no problem with them not strictly following the rules. If that is how they have fun, then go for it. But I draw the line when a golfer starts keeping a handicap or playing (or betting) with others who do follow the rules. It should be an even competition at that point.
  2. You might try doing an “if/then” practice session on occasion, especially when what you are working on becomes frustrating. In an “if/then“ session, you do not judge results as good or bad. You just observe what happens. If I do X, then Y happens. Again though, don’t judge as good or bad. It’s cause and effect only. Be curious and playful, not judgmental. For example: you are working on your swing path. Take a normal swing and see how it feels. Then try exaggerating the move. If I try to swing way over the top and exaggerate the out to in path this happens. How did that feel different from the regular swing? Then exaggerate the opposite, swing way inside and feel like you are swinging down the first base line. If I swing way inside, this happens. How did that feel different? Then do your regular swing again. How did it feel compared to the other swings? I agree completely with Dave regarding the grip. Learn to grip the club consistently. If you want to test out different grips, fine. But do it systematically. If I grip the club this way, A happens. If I grip it another way, B happens. It will make you more aware of your grip and should help you find the grip that best suits your swing. Once you find it, practice it every session until you do it automatically. Then keep practicing it.
  3. I recommend two things. 1. Yoga. 2. The Alexander Method, or other similar program. The two work together. Yoga stretches, strengthens and stabilizes. Nevertheless, it helps to examine why your hips are tight in the first place. What are you doing that causes your hips to tighten? If you don’t get to the root of the problem, you just get into a cycle of continuing your activity that tightens up the muscles and then stretching out those muscles. If you modify the behavior that is causing tight hips, your muscles will stay stretched and flexible for longer and the yoga will be much more effective. I speak from experience. I have been doing yoga for a couple of years. I am 62. It has helped a great deal. But, it didn’t take long between sessions to tighten back up. (Albeit, I would not get as tight as I was when not doing yoga.) I stumbled upon the Alexander Method in February when I read the golf book “Golf Sense, Practical Tips on How to Play Golf in the Zone,” by Roy Palmer. I had never heard of the Alexander Method. It is an approach to discovering the unconscious actions people take which cause harm to their bodies. Once discovered, the method is a way to break the bad, unconscious habit. I carried a lot of tension in my shoulders. I found out that I was unconsciously tightening my neck which caused my shoulders to tighten and get stiff. For example, when walking up stairs, I would look down at the stair treads, but I would bend my head forward by tightening my neck and bending forward from the base of neck/shoulders. My balance was thrown forward and I hunched over. Now I go up stairs with my head and neck relaxed, and back, looking down with my eyes, and if necessary, my head tilting from the top of my neck joint (which is located about even with one’s ears). A simpler little change with huge ramifications. My back and shoulders stay loose. Similarly, I am working on how I sit in my office and in a car to help with tight hips. It is a work in progress, but I’m getting there. My hips are staying loose longer and continued yoga is helping to counteract years of bad habits when sitting.
  4. My golf coronavirus set up is much more contained than my wife"s quilting coronavirus set up.
  5. The Sheep Ranch at Bandon Dunes. I have played the other Bandon courses. Two thumbs up, way up. Early reviews say The Sheep Ranch may be the best course yet. In General, I enjoy Coore and Crenshaw courses. I would love to try their sea side course.
  6. 1. Yoga. 2. The Alexander Technique. The Alexander Technique is a way to analyze your everyday movements to become more aware of those movements. Once aware of movements that you are doing unconsciously, it has techniques to help change those moves. It works well with Yoga; by changing the movements that contribute to tightness, you become less tense and the stretch from each yoga session last longer.
  7. Other sports adjust their rules when the game gets “out of balance”. Take football as an example. The rules regarding kicking have changed numerous times in my lifetime as kickers have gotten better and longer. The improved skill of kickers fundamentally changed the relationship between a touchdown, field goal, extra point and punt to pin the other team deep in their own territory. For a while, almost anytime a team got over the 40 yard line, they would kick a field. The game got boring as the strategy changed. in my lifetime, the rule changes regarding kicking include narrowing the goal post to make it harder, kicking field goals off the turf (they used to use a wooden block on which the holder would place the ball), moving the line of scrimmage back for extra points, moving the kickoff from the 40 to the 35, for a kickoff in the end zone having the receiving team start on the 25 instead of the 20. In basketball, the game stagnated when 7 footers entered the game. The guards became less important. The rules were changed and the three point line was added to re-balance the inside and out side game. I think golf has gotten out of balance in the last few decades. Courses were (and are) built to present challenges. Green complexes on short par fours are different than those on long par fours because the architect expects the golfer to be hitting different clubs and types of shots into the green. Hazards are placed to present a challenge or strategic choice off the tee. The response to longer hitters has been to lengthen courses and move hazards, neither of which is sustainable. It’s just too expensive, and great courses lose their strategic appeal. Think about comments you have read regarding the “bomb and gouge” game or the “three club tour.” Distance is measure in absolute terms, but “long” or “short” is relative. If steps are taken the reign in absolute distance, long hitters will still be long compared to the other players. But, some balance would be returned to the game. Long par fours would be long again, meaning that most players would have to hit low lofted clubs into the green once again, which is the shot the hole was designed for. As for average golfers like me, it means I would need to move up a set of tees. I play the same course I grew up playing as a kid. The changes in technology mean the course is challenging to me when play the blues, the same tees I played in high school. Obviously I am not stronger or faster than I was 40 years ago. I have kept most of my distance because of changes in the ball and clubs. My course actually plays longer than it did back then because it is now watered so we don’t get the summer roll from baked out fairways. I think the reason people talk so much about limiting the ball is because it is the fastest, least disruptive and least expensive way to limit distance. Balls are replaced regularly. We lose them and scuff them. Plus they are relatively inexpensive. Clubs last for years and are a much more expensive outlay.
  8. For me, the greatest feeling in golf is when I visualize the shot, step up with freedom and then execute the shot. It can be a long drive, a well struck sand shot, a four foot slider on the green or a 7 iron hit right at the pin. I have had shots that I miss hit that turn out fine, sometimes even great. I have made putts that I thought I missed when I hit the ball. But, those don't give me the satisfaction of seeing the shot and then hitting it confidently and with no interference or fear. When I see the ball in the air and think, "Yeah, I hit that just like I planned," I am a happy camper.
  9. The contact tester drill. Hit a series of 5 balls, each ball at a different height on a tee. For example, the first ball could be on a three inch tee, the next on the mat, the next one half inch off the mat, etc., try it with different clubs, a wedge, mid iron, long iron and driver. Eyes closed drill. One arm swing drills.
  10. I see a marketing opportunity. A Scotty Cameron mask anyone? A Nike swoosh across the mouth? A tiger mask?
  11. The seed issue is a big surprise to me. I ordered seeds for my garden in February. No issue. I just checked Seed Savers and their site says they are not taking new orders and are restocking. I’m glad my seeds are sitting on my desk waiting for the soil to warm up. I do have a seed vault I bought a couple of years ago. Don’t really see the need to dip into this year.
  12. I would read the rental agreement carefully before signing. It is a storage unit. Activities in the unit may be restricted.
  13. I'll update on my son and daughter in law. They are recovering. They no longer have a high temperature. They still have a bit of trouble breathing, but they now have their energy back. She says that she feels 80 percent and my son is about 70 percent. They were in social isolation for a week before coming down with it and were really sick for over a week. They are not looking forward to the two weeks of quarantine after the last symptoms. My worry level is down from full on panic to only an intense worry. A guy who works for me part time also (probably) has it, along with his wife. They are in their 60s and are having a hard time. They have not been hospitalized. But both say you do not want this. It is the worst they have ever felt. They've been sick for over two weeks. The irony is they have not been tested. They called the hospital and were told not to come in. They live in one of the few counties of Iowa that "doesn't have a case." Yeah, right.
  14. I have a three month membership at a club in the Florida panhandle. It technically ended on March 31. I went to the club today and talked to the pro. The club has automatically extended all three month memberships to April 15. After that date, they will allow golfers to go month to month at a prorated amount. The pro said there are quite a few others in the same boat as me. Snow birds (I've been here since December 30) who don't want to risk travel. Nice the club is accommodating. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have us renting carts and push carts.
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