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|2 days 19 hours ago||I'm not trying to be||
I'm not trying to be argumentative here Dr Jaws, but from my extensive experience clubs "made for beginners" are a VERY bad idea for beginners who have any aspirations of getting better. In my post above I explain in more detail, but for brevity sake just understand that "beginner" or "game improvement" irons are built such that if the player puts a proper strike on the ball they NEVER going to hit a good shot. Super light, very upright and offset "game improvement/beginner" clubs will lock the player into terrible swing dynamics and impeded any progress. Now, if one decides they're a 2-3 times per season guy, with no interest in lessons/improvement nor practice, ok (Maybe). Just like training wheels on a bike don't teach a kid to ride a bike -- they actually hold them back -- those beginner clubs are worthless, IMO.
However, you're 1000% correct on the putting! Bobby Jones said the way to improve is to learn to turn three shots into two, and the only way to do that is to chip/pitch and putt well.
|2 days 19 hours ago||http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/o||
See my comment from the previous golf club thread.
How serious are you about getting better? Unfortunately, becoming a proficient golfer isn't something that can be achieved quickly (usually). It takes time, focus, and most importantly, attention to specific fundamental details. Equipment is important, for sure. But, as I said in the post above, often times "game improvement" equipment is really a straight jacket of sorts if you're trying to improve. From your comments about how you hit the ball currently, I would give you the same advice as I gave to the other OP -- buy something old, unforgiving, and bendable. Have them bent flat so you can learn a proper shallow entry into the ball. When you go play, you don't need as full set as likely there little to no difference between your iron distances at this point. Buy a used driver and maybe a 5 wood -- nothing fancy, something 5-10 years old will suit you fine. Learn a proper strike FIRST, then progress to better equipment.
Again, I'm not in the golf buisness anymore, but I'd be happy to help a fellow Michigan Man anytime!
Good luck, and Go Blue!
|1 week 4 days ago||I've said this since the day||
I've said this since the day the story broke: In situations where insitutions do nothing about a know pedophile often lead to finding that the known perpetrators were NOT acting alone. I'm not only talking about turning a blind eye. I'd bet that Sandusky was not the only sick fuck pederast with in PSU. He was protected from on high, and not only through JoPa's negligence -- assuming that that was his only role in the situation.
Criminology stats are quite the opposite of the "lone wolf" pedophile image that is pervasive in popular culture. These sick fucks NEED enablers, and when in institutions, they need other more powerfully placed sick fucks who are willing to risk the destruction of the whole institution to get their sick fix. All of these guys who knew, including JoePa, knew confronting Sandusky was going nowhere because other sick fucks encouraged and participated in his sick fuck behavior.
During the breaking of the scandal there were some very intriguing circumstantial "conspiracy theories" about police and reporters investigating the allegation disappearing. People laughed it off as impossible, but I saw the pattern at the time, and this new info only severs to strengthen it -- LOTS of people knew, even the university and its insurers knew, yet NOBODY did anything. Why?!?
To say it's protecting a football legacy or people didn't talk about it then is, no offense, naive IMO. Something much larger was, and possible still is, going on. Do a little research into BoyTown, the Belgian Cabinet child sex scandal, human trafficking, and the pedo rings of the Catholic Church and other religious organizations. See who is involved, where they're placed, and what methods they use to cover up and institutionalize their sick fuck activities. It's not for the feint of heart, but then overlay those patterns upon PSU and, at least to me, it's starkly obvious what was going on.
I'm with most in here: PSU should be removed from the Big10 (in the very least) and maybe the entire insitution should be investigated by the DOJ and possible scrapped and rebuilt (figuratively) from scratch. It's a hive of evil of which only a tiny portion was exposed, I'm sure of it!
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||The most important question a||
The most important question a good club fitter will ask you before the fitting is: are you working on your game with an instructor? Basically, the fitter should discuss with you whether he's going to fit you for where your swing is today, or where you want it to be in the future.
If it's where you are today, and you have some definite flaws, those clubs are going to be an impediment to you improving your swing -- they can become a straight jacket, if you will. Similarly, if you get clubs fit for where you plan on being after you put some serious work in on your swing, but then don't for what ever reason, those clubs won't help you in the least.
It's a tough proposition to get right, and one that in my experience, most fitters do not take into account -- they want to sell clubs! Club manufactures are selling straight jackets, even when "custom fit" and in many cases virtually ensuring that their customers never improve. Then, in a year or so, they hit you with another technological advance that is the best ever, and everyone goes rushing out to get it. The problem is similar to learning to ride a bike with training wheels -- you can't learn real balance until you take time off. You can't learn how to properly strike a golf shot with a ridiculously light, upright, and forgiving golf club.
My advice to you, if you really want to learn the game and improve, is go to a store that sells vintage clubs and buy yourself a set old blade irons, then have the lie angles bent about 3 degrees flat. Depending upon how old they are they're going to be 2 degree flatter than today's "standard" anyway, the lofts will weaker, and they'll be much heavier than what you'll find today.
Club manufacturers today build long, strong, offset, upright, super forgiving, light clubs because most everyone slices. Unfortunately, those "training wheels" they build in to help slicers virtually ensure that most will keep on slicing because if they ever make a swing that won't produce a slice it'll likely be a dumpy pull hook. "Game improvement" clubs should be called what they are, straight jackets!
Take those vintage irons and practice with them until you can hit good shots. If you're taking a lesson and the pro tries to sell you some new clubs, tell him or her that there were your grandfather's clubs and it means a great deal to you that you play with them. They feedback you'll get from the blade will actually help accelerate your learning, and the flat lie angle will teach you to not stand the handle up and approach the ball shallow and from inside.
Now, if you don't want to work on your swing then go get fit for a set of new clubs -- but understand you'll only see improvement over your old clubs if they weren't fit for your particular set of swing flaws, and your new ones are. Also, as I said, don't expect to be able to make improvements to your swing and have those new clubs work well for you.
$.02 from someone who formerly was a tournament professional, a professional caddie, a custom fitter/RP for Adams Golf, and is a current avid competitive amateur and a died in the wool golf club technophile.
OP, I'd me more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I agree with the comments||
I agree with the comments about soccer's "diving culture." That, and the way the players are allowed to be aggressive toward the ref are pathetic, and FIFA really needs to do something substantial about them.
I hope that as the US team becomes a better and better side, that they don't succumb to being whiney little bitches like so many other teams. In fact, I would hope that the US team would set a new example, a tough example if you will, and defiantly get up quickly after hard challenges, and stop the lame appeals and writhing in pain only to jump up after the theatrics. In no other sport so we see people act this way, and since the US is relatively new to soccer on the world stage, why not set a new trend?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Holy shit ... That might be||
Holy shit ... That might be the longest day of my life. Even shorting the ES from the new (new) all-time high was a complete ass whipping! I almost feel sorry for those mo mo muppets who priced in the STAY vote. Wait a minute, no I don't ... when you panic buy at all-time highs, you get what you deserve! Thanks for the cash you greedy fucks!
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The rule in question is||
The rule in question is worded as, "more likely than not ..." i.e., the player is deemed to have caused the ball to move unless he/she can give a more likely explanation. Given the fact that the greens are so smooth and fast, the rule seems unnecessarily punitive considering simply stepping near the ball under those conditions can cause it to move. IMO, the player's intent to strike the ball should be paramount -- if there was no intent, then there is no penalty. That way, IMO, all the arcane and circuitous decisions (have you seen the Rule of Golf Decisions book?!?) are unnecessary. As it stands now the players are guilty until proven innocent -- not very American.
I was a tournament player for a while back in the day and had two notable run-in's with USGA officials -- one who denied me a drop away from a cartpath (after my playing partners agreed and without me calling him in for assistance) because he deemed that the shot I said I was intending to play wasn't my actual intended shot, and the shot HE thought I was going to play didn't require a relief. It was a baffling situation. It was the local US Open Qualifying, I was playing well to that point, and was so flustered by the incident that a few bad holes ensued, and I missed advancing to the Sectional. I was inexperienced, but it left a very negative inpression of the USGA in my mind.
DJ handled the situation with great professionalism, and I'm quite impressed with his resolve.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I'm immersed in the financial||
I'm immersed in the financial world and listening to her speak her circular, contradictory, nonsensical gibberish is insulting. Has there ever been anyone who exemplifies, "diarrhea of the mouth" more than Chairwoman Yellen?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe, but only if you agree||
Maybe, but only if you agree to go down on Janet Yellen!
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I know many of you are||
I know many of you are shocked by this new information about this horrific situation, but I for one, am not and have been saying that this kind of revelation would come out sooner or later.
For anyone who has studied this kind of criminal behavior its pretty well known that these sick perverts rarely operate without cohorts who actively participate and/or enablers who turn a blind eye. Sadly, history is repleat with instances of unthinkable activities being normalized and continuing, like seemingly the PSU situation, for decades.
I'd be willing to be a lot of money that Sandusky was not the only abuser in this affair, and that those other abusers were far more powerfully placed that a football coach. It's the same or similar M.O. nearly every time one of these cases comes to light. When/if the lid TRULY gets blown of this case the details will be even MORE shocking I suspect.
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||I agree 100%. But that's not||
I agree 100%. But that's not my point here.
A lot of Hoke's players quit. So, if this were a thread about Hoke being inept, and one of them came in here saying Hoke was a bad coach without putting some of the blame for the losses on themselves and their teammates, I'd say the same thing to them.
|14 weeks 19 hours ago||No. Let me put it simply.||
No. Let me put it simply.
I think your comments are chicken shit! It wasn't coaching that caused you guys to lose, it was you and your weak ass teammates getting out hustled, physicaled, and out scored by those teams. Without acknowledging that, you're just looking for excuses for your own failure.
Maybe it's my advancing age, but that type of weak lack of responsibility irks me. Grow a pair and at least put a qualifier like, "we didn't get it done ..." before you trash a guy who busted his ass for you!
People outside the program can comment on coaching alone because they didn't have any responsibility for the success or failure on the field. Those INSIDE the program, if they're to be taken seriously IMO, have to man up and take some of the responsibility on themselves -- which you've not done.
|14 weeks 20 hours ago||I'm not saying it's not time||
I'm not saying it's not time to make a change. I'm saying your comments dogging JP's coaching ability are lame considering you were part of those teams and apparently weren't up to the task of leading YOUR team to victory, and the same could be said about these elite players of whom you speak.
Hoke was part of the equation, but only part of it. He was inept in many ways, but so were the players -- neither one operates in isolation. JP might not be getting the best/most of his players, but his players also aren't giving their best.
Again, my only beef with your comment is that you were on that team. Now, if you had beat those elite clubs through person Herculean efforts, and despite ineffective coaching, I wouldn't take exception. But, you didn't, you couldn't, and now you're here saying, "yeah, it wasn't my fault, our coach sucked ..." What's worse, you're basically making the same argument for the players now -- they're elite, they've got all the support, yet they're not winning ... It's not THEIR FAULT it's that crappy coach.
I find that offensive. For example, I wouldn't expect coach Harbaugh -- were he to be in your situation -- to be trashing his former coach. I'd expect he would say something about he and his teammates not coming through it the biggest games, and how they need to dig deeper, etc.
Again, if JP isn't the guy to take the program to the next level, fine. But don't for one second think that some of that failure rests on the shoulders of the players.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||"I attributed that simply to||
"I attributed that simply to coaching."
Of course you did, you were on the team that had those losses. Rather than looking at your, and your teammates's, heart, preparation, and skill, you attribute your shortcomings to someone else's shortcomings.
Lacrosse isn't football, it's a lot more like basketball in that one person can take over a game and carry his team to victory. Sounds to me like these kids from the elite schools back east didn't have the will and the drive to beat the teams they simply couldn't "out-talent." Jimmies and Joe's not X's and O's.
Why didn't you or one of your elite school buddies will your team to victory against those elite clubs? Was JP doing something tbat kept you from digging out that ground ball? Or maybe he didn't teach you how to shoot properly so you missed the cage at a critical moment?
If JP needs to go, he needs to go. So be it. But I think is pretty lame for a former player to come in here and attribute his own shortcomings to his coach. Play better. Play harder. Score more goals, make more checks. You're the player!
The eye test, like the eye test under Hoke, is that the kids aren't giving their all. They're a bit tentative and thinking too much. Is that coaching? Well, when Harbaugh came in it became obvious it was. Some of the issue, IMO, is on the kids themselves, just like it was on you and your teammates who couldn't beat those teams you listed.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Pope, You're so right. In||
You're so right. In thinking back it's amazing the talent that was squandered with Denard and Devin, and to think "what could have been" if those players were coming through the program NOW, or if Harbaugh had been in RR's place THEN. However, it's quite possible that Denard would have never come to Michigan were it not for RR. I think Devin would have been more likely as he was a Detroit kid, but again, we'll never know.
Transitions, especially ones that don't go smoothly, have an unfortunate side effect of lots of people falling through the cracks, so to speak. Hopefully, we're in for a period of continuity and consistency so this type of squandered talent NEVER happens again.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||This ^^^^ x 1000!!!! I've had||
This ^^^^ x 1000!!!!
I've had this very same discussion with friends. If Brandon hired Harbaugh in 2007 I have no doubt that he would not be Michigan's coach right now. He probably would have righted the ship better than RR and Hoke did, over all, but Brandon would have driven him to the NFL in the same way York drove him to back to college and to Michigan. Further, as you aptly point out, much of his allure today was the result of his success in the NFL.
Coach lives by the mantra of improving every day. As such, it's safe to say he's a far better coach now than he was then, and that he'll continue to improve. It was painful, for sure, but if we had to wade through a river of shit like that to get to the Harbaugh side, I'd do it all over again as somethings are worth the pain and struggle.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe. But, he might also||
Maybe. But, he might also have been a Heisman winning QB. Can you imagine Denard with elite QB coaching? Sadly, we'll never know.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||I think it's absolutely||
I think it's absolutely necessary, at least at this point in Michigan's revival to national relevance. Harbaugh, as the OP, et. al. aptly point out, seems to have mastered the art of remaining a topic of conversation. Whether you love his antics or not, he is accomplishing his goal of building a buzz around Michigan football -- one that has been severely lacking of late.
Think about it. His first recruiting class is in 2016, and for those kids (and their parents) their biggest memory of Michigan is The Horror in 2007. Then the Rich Rod debacle, and the downward spiral of the Hoke tenure. Nobody remembers the Sugar Bowl win as it's written off as an aberration. Throw in losing to OSU and MSU consistently and Concussion Gate, and I'm pretty sure that Harbaugh is acutely aware of the fact that Michigan has nothing but bad press for going on a decade.
To rebuild perception requires an intense effort to show that things have changed on the field, and to get into the consciousness of the media and fans around the nation. CFB fans everywhere, not just Michigan fans, read every article that comes out about Harbaugh. Some chastise, some laugh, and some are ambivolent, but they're all READING and TALKING about him, and by extention, Michigan.
Harbaugh is like a PsyOp infecting the minds of rivals and recruits. Rivals can poke fun and hate all they want, but they cannot stop talking about him and Michigan. The beauty of this is that now that he's in their heads he can start dictating the narrative to what he wants, and what is best for Michigan long term. It doesn't matter if it starts off as hatred, it's the psychology of advertising/marketing and its proven to work like a charm.
Go get 'em Coach!!
|25 weeks 5 days ago||*sigh* this AGAIN?!? This||
*sigh* this AGAIN?!?
This "right way" moralistic (crap) is tiresome. Michigan fan watch as other programs rack up CC's and NC's and we pine to be relevant again. But, we also have a faction who thinks that the way these other programs operate is shady. Well, correlation might not always be causation but it bears investigating to see if it is.
There is a reason Bama has won so many NC's recently. Sure, some of it is Saban, but some of it is that they play the recruiting/roster management system to the hilt. Do they transgress to outright paying players? Who knows, but I doubt they do because they really don't NEED to with their success.
This is how the game is played today, like it or not. You're welcome to remain perched a top your high horses feeling icky everytime something like happens, it's your prerogative. Further, you're also welcome to rationalize mediocrity from on your moralistic high by crowing, "well WE do it right ..." If there or no violations, if everything is within the rules as they're laid out presently, I, for one say push it right to the line but not over.
The "right way" is within the rules, full stop! If you think the rules are unduly harsh towards the players, again, your prerogative. However, if you're also sick and tired of being a "has been" program whose most recent elite success came nearly 20 years ago, then by all means remain perched in your that holier then thou saddled. Adapt or die! If you're not willing to adapt to the current culture/ethos of big time CFB you're welcome not to, but don't complain when your beloved Wolverines are a footnote to modern CFB history.
I'll give a practical example. For those of you in the markets you'll know that trading these days has been overrun by HFTs who have tactics such as "spoofing" and "front running" that basically make it impossible for them to lose. These so-called "strategies," are -- for the most part -- enabled by the system who allows them to co-locate and basically receive a faster data feed than those unable or unwilling to fork over the $MM to set up the technology and monthly fees.
As a result of this relatively new market structure, "price discovery" -- the foundation of most trading -- has become nearly impossible because so much of the price is BS and manipulated by these HFT's and their tactics. Just like football programs that have refused to adapt, 2014 and 2015 saw a large number of previously successful hedge funds flounder and close -- their operators reporting that "price discovery is no longer possible."
These guys can't, or won't, "stoop to the level of" the HFT guys, yet it's the HFT's who are winning BIG TIME, and doing it within the rules as they are written now. Will that change? I don't know. But, one thing I can tell you is that there are ways/strategies these funds could employ that don't put such a big emphasis upon price discovery, that aren't even close to the "grey area" rules wise, and that dance with these algo fuckers like Fred and Ginger!
Adapt or die! Very simple. We saw Michigan in its death throes recently. Now we have a coach who is doing everything possible -- with in the rules -- to get Michigan back where we believe it belongs and we still have the "I feel icky crowd" wringing their hands. Adapt or die!
|26 weeks 2 days ago||That's cuz he was to dense to||
That's cuz he was to dense to take the hints he'd been receiving for nearly a year prior!
Good lord can this story just go away?!?
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Where's Donnie Brasco? I||
Where's Donnie Brasco? I thought he said Long wouldn't commit to this dumpster fire?!?
He must be off somewhere with Lefty and Sonny Black planning a jewel heist or something.
Great pick up, and welcome to Michigan young man. You're in great hands. Give it 100% every snap, drill, lift and you'll have a chance to be star!
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Whoa whoa whoa, pot is not||
Whoa whoa whoa, pot is not pointless ... It's ... It's ... It's
Um, yeah ... What was I saying?
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Yep! He's like the guy who's||
He's like the guy who's told, "I'll go out with you, but just as friends ..." They go out, despite the caveat he's out buying flowers, and asking her to go into increasingly romantic situations. Finally, after saying "maybe you should ask out some other girls" and him not hearing her, she finally comes out and calls off any contact. Sure, the dude feels spurned but (from the sounds of things) he wasn't taking the hints.
All this indignation is foolish.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks UMChick!I should have||
I should have read it several times -- my writing was a bit off in a couple of places.
I put this in the cateogy of, "Michigan fans aren't happy unless they're miserable."
For all the love that Harbaugh gets from the Michigan fanbase, there seems to be this weird undercurrent of posters in here who are standing sential ready to jump all over him should he do something that offends their delicate sensibilities.
I am not, by any means, saying that blind loyalty to the Supreme Leader is called for. However, I've said it many times in here that optimisim (or an optimistic perspective on a story) is attacked with a vengence by the gentry in here.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Yep! As I said above. Hoke||
As I said above. Hoke offered very early, and the kid instantly accepted. Hoke's gone, and Harbaugh's staff affirmed when they got in, but likely added some caveats. Mostly likely the kid didn't live up to those provisions, which he failed to meet.
I'm baffled why people are so upset by this. As someone else said, JH doesn't hide the ball. He lets everyone know where they stand at all times. Why would this instance be any different? Swanson, with Michigan offer clutched in one hand, refused to accept that he wasn't going to make the cut and did nothing to cover his bases. Now, he's faced with the reality and is milking the media for some pats on the head as the emo crowd circle the wagons.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||HEY BRIAN! Quit the hand||
OMG, not ... not ... B ... B ... BRIAN HIMSELF?!? How could I have been so foolish as to express a contradictory opinion from that of BRIAN HIMSELF!
HEY BRIAN! Quit the hand wringing! Get over your indignation and realize this that these things happen in high-level recruiting. Maybe if Swanson payed attention to the nuances of this process he wouldn't have been blindsided. Again, I don't think he was, but is using this to garner so kind of emo response from those that care -- and he seems to have found the honey hole on MGoBlog.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Is it hard to hold the reins||
Is it hard to hold the reins of your high horses while wringing your hands?!?
You know what? I'm glad they let Swanson go if they thought he's below the bar they're trying to reach. I'm sick of the "anyway" recruits that we've been getting. There's nothing dirty or even remotely shady about this. Although we need more facts to flesh out the whole story, it sound like the staff told him to look around, to take all his OV's. That, alone, should have been an indication to the kid (or at least to his coaches and parents) that Michigan isn't as hot for him as he was for Michigan.
This sounds to me a bit like the kid had an obsessed crush on Michigan. He got an offer from Hoke, accepted on the spot, and when Harabugh came in ur reaffirmed it before he really got recruiting going. The kid never had a Michigan OV, and they said look around. He didn't. That's on him.
This whole discussion of integrity is spurious. The staff is doing what they need to do -- build the best class possible. A kid who isn't up to that level in their eyes and can't take the hint shouldn't be a concern in the least.
But, keep those hands wringing if you must -- it might keep you guys warm through the cold winter months.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||In this era of "concussion||
In this era of "concussion awareness" and with a head coach who probably has a more acute and accurate understanding of the risks due to his NFL playing experience, how can a simple "year off" anywhere near an appropriate prescription?
Is there a reason you want this to be a black eye on Harbaugh? Personally, even if it were what you're insinuating, and Pip was run off dubiously, I couldn't give a shit. This whole idea that underperforming players have to be maintained this taking up roster spots is naive to me. It's a competitive world, and a highly competitive environment in big time CFB.
But, that being said, that's not what went on here so you can'l stop the hand wringing.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||What happens next year isn't||
What happens next year isn't relevant in the least. Pipkins suffered several concussions so as to trip the medical staff to not clear him to play. There was no proverbial "spot needed," it was a legitimate safety issue.
Again, the hand wringers jumped all over this and blasted their high ground guilt all over, lamenting how we'd become OSU or (gasp) just like those SEC scoundrels we chastise so vehemently. Turns out, Pip has legit concussion issues, and Michigan was trying to do the right thing. If he wants to risk his health at TTech, and they're willing to clear him, that's their business. But, he's not playing for Michigan with that medical record. Isn't that a form of the "high road" especially considering how Pip might have helped a depleted D Line late in the season?
|26 weeks 5 days ago||What we know is that ES has||
What we know is that ES has been committed for some time, that OT is a position of need at Michigan, and that there seems to be no other OT to replace him. If these are facts, why would Harbaugh suddenly push a viable committed prospect away without an viable Plan B?
Those incredulous posters need to stop and think before pointing the dirty end of the stick. As some above aptly pointed out; the Pipkins affair seemed shady and ruffled feathers, but turned out to be anything but.
If we need OT's and STILL need OT's, something went wrong.
Personally, I'll wait for more facts, but for now, I'm assuming something went wrong and the staff is behaving properly.