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  1. I practice with a mat that is aligned to my target, so that when I play on the course correct alignment feels right. Always practice with an alignment stick or something, and always hit to a target. If you don’t, then bad alignment WILL sneak up on you! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Mine is with the gapping at the top end. 3W, 5W, 2i, 3h, 3i. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Strongish, but its neutral for me. My left thumb runs down the shaft about 30* to the right of top dead center. That’s around 1 oclock. 3:00 would be with your thumb on the very back of the shaft at 90*off top dead center. 1:30 is half that at 45*. 1:00 is 30*. (Or 360 degrees in a circle and 360/12 = 30) To check your grip, grip the club normally, then remove your trail hand . Then lift the club and point it straight out from you. Then turn the handle til your thumb is top dead center. Where does the clubface point? Note the second picture below. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Huh. The first one, sure, but the second... I didn’t realize there were so many good stunts in it. Don’t remember it that way. Have to pay attention to that next time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. So have you seen it yet? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Yes indeed. And I think one of the questions the movie intends to raise is to what degree is society (we/us) responsible for these people and their acts? In Joker it is quite clear that everyone — from the bullies to the mother to the father to the counselor to the show host — no one cared except a figment of his imagination, and so they all shared some degree of culpability in his metamorphosis. One gets the sense that if at any point someone had reached out to him in genuine friendship to notice him, pay attention to him, care for him then his descent from despair into madness would have stopped. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. If i can piggyback on your “alienation and helplessness” line, the movie also serves as an interesting critique of existentialism and existential nihilism. The way he transitions from not being sure he even existed and not knowing who he was to finding his purpose and “real” identity — as a murderer... the world was harsh and didn’t make sense so he just followed his heart and did what made him happy, defining his own life, despite what others thought. Good advice, right?! Oops. But isn’t that what everyone says today? [stands up and gets on soapbox]: I despise existentialism and nihilism and am glad when anything critiques these horrible worldviews. Every idiot college philosophy professor seems to think these empty evil philosophies are wonderful, even though it is the proliferation of these views that has led to many of our current societal problems. They claim these views are liberating, but they only “work” if everyone around you is still living with a somewhat unified worldview and morality. When everyone around you turns existential & nihilistic too then chaos ensues, society falls apart and institutions crumble because everyone is subjectively defining their own purpose & reality - and that is philosophical, religious, and moral anarchy. [Gets off soapbox] I appreciate movies that have an intentional philosophical purpose... something deeper to say about the way people think or the way our culture understands (or misunderstands) things. Sadly most movies unintentionally (and some very intentionally) promote bad philosophies instead of critiquing them. I think many people find Joker too dark in part because they themselves have adopted an existential & nihilistic worldview and the movie dethrones that view as empty and absurd without supplying a better alternative worldview to replace what it has so harshly criticized. Not that people intellectually grasp this when they watch a movie; they just feel the darkness of the way the character is thinking and changing. But the fact that they were able to sympathize with the character means they were at some level thinking and feeling like him, and that is disturbing to them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Wow. I came to the opposite conclusion. The movie explains specifically how he became a murder loving psychopath who kills for fun — that’s the main thrust of the plot— and did it in a way that seemed somewhat real/plausible/current by placing him in the current climate of insane mass shootings. He wasn’t “passed off” as a man with undefined mental illnesses; that’s a core part of the Joker character! Frequent stays at Arkham Asylum as criminally insane is kind of a big part of the Joker story. Even Ledger’s Joker had undefined mental illness—if you’ll recall when he is first identified it’s noted that he had previously been in Arkham but it doesn’t say why, which is... the plot relying on undefined mental illness. I kinda knew from the get-go that this was going to be a Talented Mr. Ripley take on the Joker, getting you to sympathize with the main character before he really twists off into evil, so I was prepared for the darkness of the film. That is, I knew the trick already so I didn’t get tricked! I think that’s what people find so dark and disturbing about the film more than anything else: the fact that they emotionally invested their sympathy in the character... who turns out to be EVIL. You root for the poor underdog to succeed and then he does but... “oh crap I was rooting for evil!” It’s a great plot device. Used in classic flicks like The Shining. The Godfather. Citizen Kane. Anyway it’s the opposite of redemption, where you start with a bad character who becomes good (like the original Star Wars trilogy). Though in the Joker he doesn’t “become” crazy and evil, but finds out this is what he really was all along. And the fact that you follow only the main character for the whole movie—there’s no side characters or side plots to follow, you’re always with Joaquin— that is a movie making challenge and it is really pulled off well. Kudos to the director. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Yep. Ask them what kind of ball they are playing; don’t tell them what kind of ball you found. Gotta do what you can to keep the cheaters honest! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. All you can do is fit for your length and arc type (right amount of toe hang or face balancing), and maybe loft. (Grip type, headweight, swingweight, milling, aesthetics don’t matter too much in my experience.) If that doesn’t work... “It’s the Indian, not the arrow.” Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. In the video I notice that your left foot is a bit open, and that your putter path follows your left foot’s alignment. Your foot is open so you slightly cut across it. Try bringing your left foot back to square. That might correct your pull. I myself pull it because I get my right foot too far forward, which also creates an open stance. I have to setup and then pull my right foot back an inch or two or I’ll pull putts (especially the short ones!) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I knew a guy who got mad and threw his hole bag of clubs into a lake. Later he went swimming. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Worst round in a long while today! I hurt my back about a month or so ago and as it has healed it has really tightened up. Experiencing a lot of lower back pain, tightness that just won’t let up. I’ve been stretching a lot to try to help and it does alleviate the pain for a bit. But today when I tried to play I could just not get loosened up. So stiff. Couldn’t sequence. I duffed 2 shots on the first hole. Opened with 5 bogeys in a row. But I still had fun! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Yeah, having a floppy shaft will make you spray them. Sounds like the stiff works better for you. How far do you hit a 7 iron? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I’m not sure what to think... it’s a heavy practice shaft. For $200. I think I’d just take a cheap shaft and add lead tape to it if I wanted to simulate a heavy feel for practice. I could see it being used by a teaching pro, though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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