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Sunday, August 22, 2010

I Had to Make a Title Change...

I just realized today that the posts about Dexter's over-the-top problem weren't going to show up properly in the search engines. They look for the phrase "coming over the top" instead of "going over the top." (Yes, I know I do dumb things sometimes. Don't rub it in.)

So, to make sure people can find them when they search, I'm changing the titles from "Dexter's Going Over the Top" to "Dexter's Coming Over the Top," and that means that any of you who linked to those posts will need to change your links.

Sorry about the mix-up. Brain fart acknowledged and duly noted. ;-)

10 comments:

  1. Nothing to do with the topic - did you watch any of the European Tour this weekend and see Simon Dyson taking his practice swings cross handed, then switching to his regular grip for the shot ?

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  2. No. I only caught the end of Sunday's round and the playoff. Did they say why he was doing it? Is it something he's been doing regular, or was it just this weekend?

    BTW, did you hear about Juli Inkster getting disqualified at the Safeway for using a practice weight on her club while waiting for a hole to clear? She was tied for 2nd at the time -- really unfortunate.

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  3. Like Frank Nobilo said, she should have left it in the locker and used two clubs. Such a tough situation. It hurts even more that she was in contention. I've never seen the official rule book, but I imagine that it is very thick. Seems like there's a rule for everything.

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  4. Dexter - what you should be wondering is what the CADDY thought when she pulled it out of the bag that he's carrying. I have one of those egg shaped weights (a terrific tool) and they weigh a couple of pounds - and a couple of extra pounds can really wear you out, especially in this hot weather. :-D

    Mike - it's the first time I've noticed it. Saw it during the Saturday round. Best I can figure is that it forces you to extend the left arm, forces you to shorten your backswing, and it forces the club to turn over through the hitting area. Haven't seen or heard that anybody asked him about it.

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  5. Dexter -- The rule book itself is fairly small. You can buy a copy for $4 or $5, and it fits in a pocket. It's the "decisions" book that gets really huge, and you can't just buy one of those, I don't think. You can also check out a copy of the Rules of Golf at usga.org.

    Court -- I think you're probably right. My first thought was that it would force him to keep his arm straight and maybe keep his wrist firmer as well. Perhaps he's had his wrist flat at the top but breaking down at impact.

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  6. SURE you can get a copy of the decistions. It's 500+ pages of solid bedtime reading. :-)

    https://usgapubs.usga.org/store2/category.asp?catalog%5Fname=pubstore&category%5Fname=Rules%2FSafety%2FEtiquette&Page=1

    The rules book is on that page as well. I think you can get digital copies of both for your computer, and there is an ap for iPhones for the rules.

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  7. I stand corrected. Thanks, Court.

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  8. 500+ of decisions. Wow! I think I'll just pick up the rules book for now. Do professional players have to pass a written test of the rules in order to play on the tour? I think I saw somewhere that teaching pros have to take a test to be certified. I was just wondering if the pros had to take a similar test.

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  9. Oddly enough, professional golfers don't have to pass a rules test. I wish they did.

    PGA professionals have to take a lot of tests to get their credentials - it's more difficult than getting a lot of associates degrees in junior college. They take business classes, playing tests, agronomy tests, rules tests, and spend a huge amount of time working at golf courses before they pass.

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  10. And just to make sure things are clear, I'm a playing professional (or, more simply, a professional golfer)... which just means I'm a golfer who plays for money and no longer has amateur status. That's also the case for most of the players on the PGA Tour, the Nationwide Tour, and most of the mini-tours.

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