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2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by legitimatebeef » Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:13 am

I should copyright this shit, for I am the progenitor of the whole goddamn winter golf support group therapy movement. Someday, probably many years from now, I will get my due from the golf-psychology-wellness community, for recognizing a pervasive and widespread problem.

Anyways, it is actually with a small measure of optimism that I open this topic. For today, believe it or not, is the winter solstice. That's right friends, we have made it, in a sense. These last few weeks, with their ever-shortening days, have surely taken a toll on our beleaguered, aging spirits. The darkest hour is the one right before dawn, and now that hour is over. Though it is but a tiny flicker at the moment, Hope has arrived. We can now literally look forward to a literal brighter tomorrow, literally. :bawl

Here in the tri-state we are ringing in the solstice with a bunch of torrential, tropical-warm rain. The golfability forecast looks very good for the foreseeable, but in the spirit of this thread I can still complain about the turf conditions, which were already sloppy before today's drenching. There are spots on the golf course that are so wet you actually fear to tread on them. Talking about grass-covered turf, that undulates when you walk on it. I am still committed to trying to break 80 for the first time in 2018, but I don't know if there is a sub-80 score even out there for the taking. :nope
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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by bkuehn1952 » Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:43 pm

I will admit to a bad attitude because I "punched my December ticket" a few weeks ago. Yes, I could have gone out today. Or taken advantage of a few mild days when I had a cold, the heck with good health. I am saving myself for a rare January day when the snow is gone and the temps approach 40 degrees.

Meanwhile, let's "Solstice Away" and enjoy the lengthening days. I think I will go out and kill a lamb this evening(figuratively) and feast. And give thanks that we heathen brothers remain strong to our faith, golf.
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Post by bkuehn1952 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:03 am

What a nice winter so far. I have played more golf since the solstice than any recent year. I have not even had to consider the course of last resort, Huron Hills, and their infamous "flat seven." We have had a total snowfall since 11/1 of about an inch and a half. Yes, right now it is 20 (f) with flurries but there is nothing on the 10 day forecast to concern me. :ohyeah
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Post by DougE » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:35 am

Feels about 15* here today. Wind gusting over 30. We did have a 9 inch snowfall in November. That's more than you had in MI, I think. But, I have 5 rounds in already in 2019. Unfortunately, not looking good for awhile. Continued cold into next week and now snow forecast for the weekend here. As I said in another thread, shoulder and elbow will be happy for that period. I will not.

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Post by legitimatebeef » Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:00 pm

We have reached the perilous phase of winter. I was just about to remark that this support group has been very poorly attended this year. We've had a good winter, all across the USA. Seasonal disorder hasn't been flaring up too bad either, for me at least. But yea, we are now entering the unknown. The weather is not prohibitive other than the cold. Right now, it's too cold. But if this keeps up for another couple weeks, I am willing to get out there and test it. I will play golf in a goose down parka and ski gloves if I have to.
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Re: 2018-2019 Winter Support Group

Post by bkuehn1952 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:43 am

legitimatebeef wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:00 pm
...We have reached the perilous phase of winter...
Yes. We are in the deep freeze for a couple days. If this trend continues, the Mitten becomes a rock hard ice ball and any snow stays around until April. While I remain hopeful, things do not look good.
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Post by DougE » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:15 am

1-3" turned into 4-6" of snow. It's a freakin' winter wonderland out there. Son of a bitch. Yeah, yeah, I know, it's good for resting my shoulder and elbow, except now I have to go outside and shovel it all with that shoulder and elbow. :fk

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Post by legitimatebeef » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:50 pm

Sorry Doug that's a tough break. We didn't get any. As a result I got an eye on Tuesday, about 40 degrees. Sorry. I'll think of you while I'm out there.
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Post by DougE » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:06 am

Thought it was ending yesterday morning, but it kept coming. Ended up with about 8 inches of snow. Though it never accumulated at a fast pace, it just kept snowing. From Saturday afternoon until late last night. About 30 hours, non-stop. It was a long, slow period of psychological pain and suffering for me.

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Post by srogers13 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:14 am

You don't own any red or orange golf balls with embedded RFID tracking chips?
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Post by jasonfish11 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:15 am

DougE wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:06 am
Thought it was ending yesterday morning, but it kept coming. Ended up with about 8 inches of snow. Though it never accumulated at a fast pace, it just kept snowing. From Saturday afternoon until late last night. About 30 hours, non-stop. It was a long, slow period of psychological pain and suffering for me.
Our forecast is for it to stay cold through Friday then warm up on Saturday and drop rapidly on Sunday ending in snow here. If that holds true I can only imagine what your long term forecast is calling. :puke
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Post by jasonfish11 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:16 am

srogers13 wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:14 am
You don't own any red or orange golf balls with embedded RFID tracking chips?
EPIRB golf balls?
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Post by DougE » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:13 am

Not yet, but you can be sure when Titleist puts those chips into their AVXs, I will surely have some. Not sure about red or orange though.

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Post by bkuehn1952 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:19 pm

This afternoon we are predicted to reach the highest temperature for the next 10 days ... 34 degrees (f). Despite the cool temperatures, we do not have a single bit of snow on the ground. If one can get a tee into the grass, a 350 yard drive should be fairly routine. Just make sure it is going in the right direction! And for God's sake, don't hit the green on the fly!!!

I got my 3 rounds in for January so right now I am not too anxious. As the days click by with no change in the weather, I suspect I will begin to experience some agitation.
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Post by DougE » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:05 am

So, this is officially the longest forced layoff I have had since I blew out a gastrocnemius muscle (calf) in November of 2016. It's been 18 days since I was on the course. Feels like an eternity. Today is going to be near 50, but pouring rain all morning. It was 5 degrees here 3 days ago. Most of the snow is gone now. If the course opens---and that is a big IF---I may try to play a few holes.

Either way, I'm driving back down to Florida (was also there for Xmas)---just me 'n my pup---next week for my Mom's 90th birthday celebration. (She doesn't look a day over 80 and acts like she's 40, but I digress.) I've promised her my handyman services while I'm there. She just bought a new house and sold her bigger one. (Who buys a new house at 90?) I'm loading my truck up with lots of tools....and lots of golf gear. In between repairs and projects, I hope to get in some warmer-weather golf. At this point, I'd be happy to play one round while I'm there, but am shooting for more.

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Post by legitimatebeef » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:46 am

I love road trippin with dog. Dog seems to love it too. A good question in 2019 is what do you listen to on the road? There are so many choices now. Satellite radio, podcasts, streaming radio, Audible books on tape. I just started an Apple Music trial, it is a pretty awesome selection. Previously I used Amazon Music which is almost as good. Of course I also like to tune into AM/FM radio to pick up some local color (NYC being the worst radio market in the world). One could even "watch" tv on the road.
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Post by legitimatebeef » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:47 am

Your mom sounds cool by the way!
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Post by DougE » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:37 am

My mom IS cool. I just wish we could get her to stop rearranging the furniture around in her new place by herself. Like I said, she doesn't think she's old. When she drives her car behind a retiree she'll complain about old people who drive so slow. She and my sister drove up to Connecticut when she was 88. My sister flew home. My mom picked up a friend (who doesn't drive) and drove her back to Georgia, stayed overnight at her place, then drove back to Sarasota alone. Don't tell her she's old. She'll kick your ass.

I'm boring as far as my audio choices go on road trips. I listen to a lot of news. Usually MSNBC or CNN. Every now and then I'll flip over to Fox Faux, just to hear their spin. It's quite entertaining. I also listen to the country music station, Highway 56. It's all on Sirius radio. When I get bored of the same old news and songs, I'll play some Eagles---my favorite band of all time---off my iPhone playlist. Or find a light jazz or New Age station on Sirius, but I need to be wide awake when I do that or drowsiness will quickly set in.

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Post by legitimatebeef » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:40 am

No Howard Stern, bababooey?
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Post by jasonfish11 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:54 am

Do you like audio books beef? I can't get into them, I feel like reading is too personal for me. When I read, I like to read a story and hear my voice reading it. I feel that audio books would be too strange hearing someone else. It's like a movie w/o the video.

Also Doug I'm impressed you can listen to the news w/o getting arrested for road rage. Maybe that is what the light jazz is for, after a good 30 min of news you notice your blood pressure is up and you've just flipped off the last 3 cars that drove past. So you switch it over to jazz?
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Post by legitimatebeef » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:06 am

I've never actually tried an audiobook. I feel that one day--not anytime soon mind you--I will get into them.
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Post by legitimatebeef » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:07 am

I do enjoy the Sirius whenever I get it in a rental car. I like the Phish channel, and the standup comedy. I'm not a fan anymore but I'll check out Howard too.
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Post by DougE » Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:02 pm

I also listen to the PGA Golf channel a lot on Sirius. And have listened to two golf psychology audio books while I'm driving as well. Both written and narrated by Dr. Bob Rotella, though I have listened to both of them at various other times as well. I've heard them both now, at least 5 or 6 times each.

Golf is not a Game of Perfect and Your 15th Club are the two books, btw.

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Post by Duke of Hazards » Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:28 pm

True crime podcasts. Even the kids get into them.
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Post by Duke of Hazards » Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:34 pm

I listened to an audiobook once, and it was okay. It was a novel. I agree with Fish that for story telling, it's a little strange to hear someone else's voice telling it besides your own internal one. However, for instructional-type non-fiction books like the ones Doug mentioned, I think it'd be less of an issue, especially since the writer (Rotella) narrated it himself.
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