Мнение: не слишком ли разумен VW Golf R сам по себе
Мнение: не слишком ли разумен VW Golf R сам по себе?
Давайте разберемся, почему полноприводный супер-Golf мощностью 320 л.с. не мог победить Hyundai, который стоит вдвое дешевле
Иногда приятно просто напомнить себе, насколько безумно быстрые обычные автомобили появляются в наши дни.
Вот один из них: последний Volkswagen Golf R. Уже ведутся разговоры о том, что Mk8 R выдает намного больше мощности, чем заявленные 320 л.с. VW рассчитывает, что он разгонится до 100 км/ч за 4,7 секунды. Мы бы предположили, что они скромничают.
И все же… Golf R не одержал победу в поединке «горячих» хэтчбеков на Неделе скорости. Он никогда не вызывал ощущение «ох, давай, еще один круг», как победивший Hyundai i20N. Почему? Что ж, мы провели небольшое расследование, чтобы убедиться, что последний супер Golf — это слишком много для VW и недостаточно для R…
‘Don’t doubt him:’ Justin Thomas and more PGA Tour players react to Tiger Woods news
NASSAU, Bahamas – News that Tiger Woods said he has accepted the reality that he may never play at the highest level again, his body broken to the point he wouldn’t be able to get ready to compete, quickly spread through the Hero World Challenge, which has attracted 20 of the game’s best players.
Woods also said he’d still have a great life even if he never returned to the PGA Tour, but if his body allows, and he finds the intensity once again to rise from the damage, he’d try to play a few tournaments a season on the PGA Tour.
That was welcomed news for his peers to hear, who are grateful to see Woods again after a horrible, one-car rollover accident in February nearly took his life. Whatever Woods’ future holds, the players said, it’s just great news that he is back and potentially could make enough progress to return to the PGA Tour.
Here are some of the player’s reactions.
“I know I’ll be pulling for him and helping him in any way I can. His body has gone through what it has, but if he were to return to the PGA Tour, it would mean a lot. But he has to decide if he wants to try and come back, and then wonder if he can compete, and have fun, and feel that it’s worth it. He’s done enough for the Tour. At least in my eyes. Anything else he does is a bonus. I’ve said many times, don’t doubt him. If he can come back, if he decides to come back, he will.”
Playing Captain Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas celebrate defeating Byeong-Hun An and Hideki Matsuyama on the 18th green during Friday foursome matches on day two of the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on December 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images)
“He’s been through a hard, nine, 10 months. I think the fact that he’s come to that reality on his own, that he might not play again and he’s OK with that is great. What he has given this game is a legacy that will never go unnoticed. There is nothing else he has to prove. But he’s such a beast. He always feels like he has something to prove, whether to himself, to the people that continue to doubt him. It sounds like, to be able to put that to rest, to feel he doesn’t have to have something to prove, that will help him.
“For us, to be able to enjoy just having Tiger back in any way, shape or form, for me, that’s a blessing. It’s sad that potentially we have seen the best of Tiger, that we might not see him play again, that he just can’t climb that mountain again, but we have to enjoy what we have. We have Tiger back. That wasn’t a guarantee at any point in the last 10 months. To hear that his body, his leg, might not let him be able to come back, that is sad. But to even have him back, to maybe see him play a few tournaments next season or the seasons to come, no matter how he plays, that’s a blessing for all of us. So many of us are out here because of Tiger. I saw him earlier today, spoke to him for a few minutes, and it’s already been the highlight of the week. He could walk away from the game at any given moment. There is no reason for him to play at all. But we know his nature, and he’s going to give it a shot. And that’s great to hear. And whatever he has left, he’s going to go out on his shield, and we’re blessed to have him back and blessed to see him.”
Tiger Woods (right) greets Tony Finau after putting on the 18th green during the final round of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports)
“I don’t know the extent of his injuries other than they were really bad, but I think the fact that he believes he can play again is great for the game of golf. Even if he plays five or six times a year, or three times a year, those are going to be the three biggest events of the year, aren’t they? To have him still involved in golf is huge. It has been a long road of recovery and there’s still a long road ahead. But he is golf. It’s just awesome that he’s still around and still able to play, hopefully, and still wanting to try and play at the highest level.”
United States team member Daniel Berger, second from left, with his girlfriend along with Tiger Woods, second from right, the assistant United States team captain, and his girlfriend, during the four-ball golf matches on the third day of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
“It’s great to hear him say he wants to try and play again and play Tour events. It sucks he can’t play a full schedule. I totally get it. Hopefully he can gear up for the majors and a couple big-time tournaments. We all want to see him back; we all want to see him healthy and playing like the Tiger Woods we’ve seen the last 20 years. It seems like he’s in great spirits. He’s obviously working his ass off; there’s nobody who works harder than him. He’s going to do everything in his power to get back. It seems he’s OK with where’s he’s at. He hasn’t turned the page as a competitor, but he’s entered a new phase of life, which we all get to, and he seems content with it. Which is cool for me to see. We all want to see Tiger happy.
“If he does come back, as everybody knows, when Tiger is playing, literally the whole world tunes in. If 10 people, 100 people get introduced to golf because of that and take up the game, that’s massive. The PGA Tour is in a great spot right now, with so many young players, so much depth, and Tiger would certainly add to that if he’s able to play again.”
Tiger Woods of the United States and Harris English of the United States walk across a bridge during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 6, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
“As a player and seeing what he’s gone through, and not just this time but all those other injuries and surgeries, it’s hard to tell what will happen. It’s Tiger Woods we’re speaking of. I’d put nothing past him. You never know. He’s been discarded before. But he has come back, and he’s won. It’s awesome to see him swing a golf club again. We didn’t know if we’d ever see that again. It lifted the moral of the players and himself and the fans. Even if he came back and played just the father-son again, that would be huge for him.
“He’s played so much golf and done so much for the game of golf, and he’s arguably been the best player to ever live on this planet, there comes a time where you are going to shut it down and enjoy life and spend time with your kids. This time it might be a forced retirement, but at the same time, he’s sat down and realized that for what he’s done and how hard he’s hit it and how hard he’s played, it might be time to shut it down and he’s OK with that.”
Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed walk the 6th hole during a Ryder Cup practice round at Le Golf National. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
“I’m happy I got to experience him at a high level (Ancer lost to Woods in singles in the 2019 Presidents Cup the U.S. won). In a really pressure-packed match. It was really cool for me and I learned a lot from him in that match. I don’t know where his head is at. Obviously he’s been through a lot. I can see him making golf completely secondary. You know, family first, and his quality of life, too. We all hope he can make it back out here and play some more events. But the most important thing in his mind is his family and having a good time. If he does come back, every time Tiger shows up at an event, it’s completely different. He transforms the events.”
U.S. team player and captain Tiger Woods, right, shakes hands with International team player Abraham Ancer of Mexico after Woods won their singles match 3 and 2 during the President’s Cup golf tournament at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
“I think it’s a beautiful balance where he’s at right now, with like a measured approach and also that will to want to try and play again, which is what he needs day to day to keep working at the rehab, to keep trying his best and to keep the dream alive. I think that’s really important to get him through the tough times he still has ahead. He has come so far, it’s amazing, from where he was a year ago getting out of that car to where he’s at right now. We are all relieved he can think about quality of life, but more so he still has that sort of slight dream and glint in his eye of being able to compete. What I love about Tiger is if someone says he can’t, that’s what drives him. But it seems he has a measured approach. He’s like, I’m not sure I can be the best in the world and my body might not let me be able to do that, but I might be able to have a chance to click one or two off here and there. And that’s a lofty goal, with where he’s at. He’s tiptoeing that beautiful line between being Tiger Woods and doing the unthinkable but also realizing that, hey, I’m pretty lucky to be where I’m at.”
Justin Rose holds the FedEx Cup and Tiger Woods (right) holds the the Calamity Jane a replica of Bobby Jones putter after winning the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. (Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
Former regional correspondent on Capitol Hill. Covered Major League Baseball for six years. Golf reporter since 2007 for USA TODAY and Golfweek. Covered events from the White House to the House that Ruth Built to the Home of Golf in St Andrews.
COVID ventilation needs cause energy cost leap for Perthshire arts body Horsecross
Keeping arts audiences in Perth safe through a policy of ventilating its buildings, Horsecross Arts is seeing “prohibitively expensive” energy costs going forward.
- 12:28, 3 DEC 2021
The organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre is facing a struggle to survive financially.
The venues urgently require a £2-3 million investment in upgrading “fairly elderly” equipment and infrastructure.
While keeping both venues well ventilated has been described as “prohibitively expensive.”
Perth and Kinross Council’s scrutiny committee was given an update on the council’s arms-length external organisation at a virtual meeting on November 29.
Energy costs are said to have increased by 29 per cent. Horsecross estimates it will cost them an additional £72,000 to ventilate buildings in 2022/23.
Horsecross Arts chair Colin Hood told councillors: “The price of that energy — because we buy off of the council scheme — is set and I don’t think it’s subject to rising which is good. It’s the actual consumption that’s the issue for us — just keeping these buildings as well ventilated as we can and it’s been prohibitively expensive.”
Head of finance and administration Willie Anderson told the committee: “Energy costs are soaring because of the need to ventilate our venues to an appropriate standard because of COVID.”
He said there had been “severe cost control” on staffing and programming which “just counteracts the large increase in energy costs.”
Mr Anderson said Horsecross was currently in a “stable financial position” but that it was “very much down to external funding from various agencies over the past year.” He was “very cautious” about it being seen to be a provider of similar forecasts.
He said the need to upgrade equipment and infrastructure had been “the elephant in the room.”
Mr Anderson said: “Horsecross had not any history of setting aside funds — probably because there wasn’t the funds to set aside — for investment in its own internal equipment and infrastructure. Our current estimate is that we probably have outstanding requirements which could be as much as £2-3 million.”
He estimated Horsecross required to set aside £200-£300,000 each year into their revenue budget going forward to make up that deficit.
While the buildings are owned by PKC, Horsecross has to finance upgrading infrastructure and equipment.
He said a lot of the equipment was in a worse condition due to a long period of inactivity. Councillors were told the board had agreed a £100,000 investment in urgent IT upgrades in the new year.
Mr Anderson said: “Literally nothing has been touched since the Concert Hall was opened.”
Perth Concert Hall opened in 2005.
Dr Hood said the IT equipment needing replaced weren’t computers but largely related to light and sound controls. He described the technology as “fairly elderly.”
The Horsecross chairman added: “The last thing we want — in the middle of a performance — is for that equipment to fail.”
Looking ahead to the 2022/23 budget Mr Anderson identified a number of financial challenges.
The head of finance and administration said: “We’ve got a big wage inflation challenge because of the large rise in national living wage. Rightly or wrongly a number of our staff are at or about that value so that has a very real impact upon us.
“We also have a wide staff body who have not had any meaningful change in salary in three years and will be subject to the 1.25 per cent increase in national insurance as will everyone else. That all tots up to in excess of £150,000. Our energy consumption — assuming the need continues — will be £72,000 above pre-COVID days.”
He said while Horsecross had benefited from two years of no business rates these are expected to come back. COVID costs were estimated to be “around £1000 a week” for Horsecross in terms of cleaning regimes and increased staffing for both cleaning and audience management.
Dr Hood said they were “trying times” and they were focussing very much on community activities.
Bryson DeChambeau & Brooks Koepka feud timeline
January 2019 — Slow Play
Although the beginning of their «feud» wasn’t officially raging, the comments Koepka made about DeChambeau during the 2019 Dubai Desert Classic are known as the first time either one of them spoke about each other publicly.
DeChambeau at the time was known for his slower style of play since he is so methodical each stroke he takes. Koepka commented on «slow play» generally after the tournament, and many believe he was not-so-subtly talking about DeChambeau with the «long hitter» reference.
«I just don’t understand how it takes a minute and 20 seconds, a minute and 15 to hit a golf ball; it’s not that hard,» Koepka said, via ESPN. «It’s always between two clubs. There’s a miss short, there’s a miss long. It really drives me nuts especially when it’s a long hitter because you know you’ve got two other guys or at least one guy that’s hitting before you, so you can do all your calculations, you should have your numbers.»
Koepka’s comments sparked a debate in the golf world about slow play, which in turn caused DeChambeau to become defensive. At the time, this was DeChambeau’s response to the criticism he indirectly was receiving from various golfers, not just Koepka.
«When you start personally attacking people on Twitter, it’s like, come on, dude,» DeChambeau said. «Let’s have some more, I was going to say something else, but let’s have some more balls and speak to me to my face about that.»
August 2019 — Caddie Fight
Months into the «slow play» debate, DeChambeau reportedly approached Koepka’s caddy ahead of an event and told the caddy to tell Koepka to tell his comments «to his face.»
Was standing on the putting green with Koepka’s caddie earlier when an irritated Bryson DeChambeau walked up & told him to tell his boss to make any comment about slow play «to my face». Brooks arrived soon after, got the message & ambled over for a chat with the scientist.
— Eamon Lynch (@eamonlynch) August 11, 2019
Koepka found it ironic that DeChambeau didn’t actually confront him to his face. Koepka spoke with media about the situation after, too.
«It’s not just him. I know he feels singled out, especially when I’m speaking about it,» Koepka said. «But it’s like I told him, I’ve mentioned his name once, and that’s it. There’s so many guys out here where it’s become an issue, and obviously him being probably the best player that’s relatively slow right now, he’s going to be on TV a lot more, so you’re going to catch a lot more of those type of instances.»
DeChambeau commented back to Koepka and apparently the two met and had a conversation about the issue.
«It was great. ‘I think we got to start internally so we don’t have these issues come out in public and it creates a bad image for the PGA Tour,» DeChambeau said. «We never want that. So, it was great. We had a great conversation, and have a new level of respect for him.»
And, ironically again, their feud was far from over.
January 2020 — ‘I got abs’
The feud sparked again after DeChambeau spoke out about Koepka’s body after he appeared in ESPN’s Body Issue.
Koepka jokingly responded to DeChambeau’s comments on Twitter by showing off his four major wins. At the time, DeChambeau had not won a major.
August 2020 — Mad Scientist
Koepka continued to take indirect jabs at DeChambeau through parts of the 2020 season. He never called DeChambeau by name, but many of his comments led people to believe he was talking about DeChambeau. For instance, in this clip, Koepka says, «There’s no reason to be scientific. . » DeChambeau is known as the «Mad Scientist» since he uses his background in sports science to improve his game.
Brooks Koepka is one shot off the clubhouse lead after another impressive PGA Championship round
Watch the #PGAChamp now on Sky Sports Golf or follow here: https://t.co/lCwOOLXYf1 pic.twitter.com/H4XI9yJTOt
— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) August 6, 2020
May 2021 — The Eye Roll
The 2021 storyline of the DeChambeau-Koepka feud was born at the 2021 PGA Championship. It all began with an eye roll.
This video quickly became a meme circulating social media, and it caused many people to be curious about their feud. What did Bryson say? Why don’t they like each other? And so on, and so forth.
Then, when DeChambeau was announced to be playing in «The Match 4» partnering up with Aaron Rodgers, Koepka took to Twitter to «apologize» to Rodgers for having to play with DeChambeau. DeChambeau made sure to reply to that, as well.
@BKoepka It’s nice to be living rent free in your head!
— Bryson DeChambeau (@b_dechambeau) May 26, 2021
June 2021 — Brooksy
The «Brooksy» saga began at the Memorial Tournament in June when spectators started yelling «Brooksy» at DeChambeau while he was playing. Koepka even began encouraging this nickname by calling himself «Brooksy» in videos.
July 2021 — The Driver
During The Open 2021, DeChambeau commented saying his driver sucked one day during the event, and then Koepka decided to start emphasizing his love for his driver. First, he mentioned it in an interview, then he posted about it on Twitter.
Brooks Koepka: «I love my driver» This is content, folks.
Please, we need Brooks vs. Bryson Dechambeau for The Match 5.#TheOpen pic.twitter.com/EzGjQSEdTt
— Cam Rogers (@MrRogers99) July 16, 2021
August 2021 — The End of Brooksy
During the final round at the BMW Championship, DeChambeau competed in a six-hole playoff against Patrick Cantlay. Fans continued to shout «Brooksy» at him, and he finally had enough of it. DeChambeau said «You know what? Get the f— out,» to one of the fans who called him «Brooksy.»
This caused the PGA Tour to step in. PGA commissioner Jay Monahan announced that any fans using «Brooksy» at PGA Tour events could possibly be barred from attending future events.
PGA TOUR commissioner Jay Monahan says the TOUR will look into fan behavior after Bryson DeChambeau was heckled at the BMW Championship.
September 2021 — Ryder Cup saves the day?
Ahead of the 2021 Ryder Cup, Koepka assured Team USA captain Steve Stricker that the two rivals would be on their best behavior at the event. Stricker made sure to not partner them up for any competition, although it was later discovered that the two wanted to be partners.
Steve Stricker said this team was so together that Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka wanted to play together. #RyderCup2020 pic.twitter.com/BbbxqNQUzO
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) September 26, 2021
After Team USA clinched the victory, Koepka and DeChambeau were seen hugging, celebrating together and even wearing «best friends» shirts. Many believe this was a way to publicly say that the feud is over.
However, during the week of «The Match,» DeChambeau and Koepka came out and said the hug at the Ryder Cup was forced.
«It was definitely a little forced,» DeChambeau said, via Bleacher Report. «The team wanted us to do it, and to be honest I was surprised he did it. But I’m a guy that can put things behind me pretty quickly when you apologize and then we can move along. But it definitely felt forced, there wasn’t an apology or anything like that. Until I get an apology for what he’s said and what not, nothing will change.»
Supposedly, their hatred for each other is as real as it could get. DeChambeau said «all real on my end,» while Koepka said, «I’ve never really liked him.»
November 2021 — ‘The Match’
Ahead of DeChambeau and Koepka’s competition «The Match,» they have revisted parts of their feud as a way to promote the event. Here are a few of their tweets they have used to promote «The Match.»
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Dustin Johnson plays the 2020 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
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13. Golf is contested on the prettiest playing field in sports. Large and pretty. Excellent combination.
12. Unless you make a Ryder Cup team, you don’t have to wear a uniform. Tuxedos aren’t recommended, but cut-offs aren’t allowed, either. Just follow the local dress code and be ready when it’s your turn to hit.
11. That last hour before darkness. Just you and your golf ball in the 14th fairway on a splendid summer evening.
10. Golf is played on real grass. The kind cows eat, not the fake stuff still carpeting the earth at more than half of all NFL stadiums.
9. Johnny Miller. His critical analysis and brusque delivery broke the nicey-nice code practiced by every announcer on every golf telecast before him. Lots of golf fans couldn’t stand Johnny, preferring the candy-coated schmaltz to someone who called it as he saw it. Johnny was bold. He broke the mold. Much of what he said was absolute gold.
8. Most of baseball’s historic ballparks have long since been torn down. Ebbets Field, Forbes Field, Polo Grounds…Some of those dinosaurs needed to go, obviously, whereas golf’s most significant shrines are preserved for the ages. Many still rank among the best courses in the game.
Arnold Palmer signs his name for fans in the 1979 season.
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7. The Arnie Factor. So many tour pros have cited the example set by Arnold Palmer as the reason they stop to sign autographs (even after shooting a 75), pose for photographs and show the same level of respect to those who attend tournaments as they do their fellow competitors. I’ve witnessed hundreds upon hundreds of small acts of kindness over the years, even from guys who could be pretty gruff. Palmer’s legacy comes with deep roots. May it last forever.
6. The green jacket. In what other sport is such a tribute to tacky fashion presented to the winner? The spoils awarded to a Masters champion are many, but that emerald blazer is the signature prize, a stroke of traditional genius from a club that has always done things its own way.
5. I wrote an entire column last year on why a hole-in-one is the most overrated occurrence is golf, which doesn’t mean they aren’t very cool. An ace is just dumb luck, unlike anything else in sports — a stroke of perfection often produced by the imperfect of sources. Tradition calls on the man of the moment to buy everyone a drink in the clubhouse bar afterward. One of those corny, celebratory things that brings people together for a few laughs.
Tiger Woods points at Phil Mickelson during the 2021 Players Championship.
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4. Tiger Woods. For all his flaws and poor decisions, Eldrick’s brilliance has produced a body of work to behold—the cause of so much joy to so many people for so many years. Woods is the greatest pressure performer in sports history. Jordan had help. Brady has an offensive line. Tiger did it alone. In 50 years, his achievements will border on the unfathomable.
3. You haven’t seen it all until you’ve been inside the men’s locker room at Seminole GC, which the immortal Dan Jenkins described as “one of the better places in Florida to change your shoes.” From the trophy-cluttered sitting areas (all from amateur events) to the colossal collection of photo albums and stuffed animal heads glaring down from the walls, the room looks like someone opened a golf museum inside a hunting lodge, then added a touch of timeless style in case a visitor gets bored after three or four hours.
2. The Super Bowl has become a bloated spectacle — everything but the football seems to matter. The six games of the 2021 World Series lasted an average of 3 hours and 41 minutes. Pro golf has four major championships, each different in personality but almost identical in competitive structure. None of them have overtly succumbed to the influences of corporate America or commercial revenue. Not yet, anyway. The Masters is the best sporting event known to mankind, but this year’s PGA Championship and U.S. Open produced two of the best final rounds imaginable. When it comes to the competitive pinnacle, no sport boasts a more compelling or watchable product.
1. My 73-year-old father in-law just bought his wife of 52 years a Ping putter for her birthday. She didn’t need a pair of shoulder pads and probably couldn’t find much use for a hockey stick. Golf is the game of a lifetime, a recreational force of nature that brings people of all ages, shapes and sizes closer, even when they’ve known each other for more than a half-century. Apparently, Nana wants to make more putts. Can you blame the woman?
How it Works: Breaking Down the Golf Towel Drill
There are nearly as many golf drills as there are golfers. If something is wrong with your game – and let’s face it, something is always wrong – you can seek out a drill to help you get on track.
The towel drill is one of the most popular ways to correct a faulty swing, and this article is going to break down what it is, what it does, and how you can put it to use.
The Concept of Connection
At its heart, this is a drill about staying connected in the golf swing. So, before we talk about the golf towel drill and how you can use it, we need to talk about staying connected and why that matters.
Connection in the golf swing refers to all the various pieces of your swing working together properly.
Your arms, torso, and lower body need to be in sync if you are going to find consistent ball striking success. This is easier said than done, of course, which is why golfers use drills like this one to get back on track.
When you stay connected, everything moves through the ball at the right time, and you’ll find it surprisingly easy to hit your targets. When that connection gets away from you, however, the ball is likely to go anywhere, and you’ll struggle just to keep it on the grass.
Golf Towel Drill Basics
Part of what makes this drill so popular is its simplicity. You can learn how to use this drill in just a matter of moments, and you don’t need any specialized equipment to use it (just a golf towel and a club).
If you’d like to try the drill for yourself, you don’t even need to be at the practice range, although you can certainly use it there, as well. The drill works as followsL
1. Choose a club to use for the drill.
You can pretty much use any club in your bag (other than the putter), but we’d recommend starting with a middle iron. Also, you will need a golf towel.
The only important point here is to find one that is an appropriate size – if the towel is too small it won’t stretch from arm to arm, and if it is too big it might get in the way of your swing. You might need to test a few of your towels before you find one that is a good fit.
2. Put the towel in place under your arms.
To prepare for the drill, take your normal stance and get ready to make a practice swing. Before making that swing, take the towel and run it across your chest and under both armpits.
You should be trapping the towel under your armpits, so it is suspended without needing to hold it up with either hand. Once the towel is in place and you are in a comfortable stance, you’ll be ready to make the swing.
3. Start swinging
The goal during this drill is to make a full practice swing without allowing the towel to fall to the ground.
To do that, you’ll need to keep your arms down and connected to your torso from start to finish. If you allow your arms to move up and away from your body at the top of the swing – which is a common error among players who struggle with a slice – the towel will quickly drop away.
It’s this instant feedback that has made the towel drill so popular for so long.
You don’t have to go back to watch video or ask a friend if you let your arms got away from your body. The towel will tell the story, so you get immediate feedback on your performance.
This is an easy drill to incorporate into your typical practice session. In fact, it works great as a warmup – go through a few repetitions of the towel drill before you get into a bucket of balls at the range. You’ll be simultaneously warming up your muscles while also building good habits.
Also, if you feel your technique getting sloppy in the middle of a range session, stop and do a few reps with a towel under your arms.
Выбираем подходящую модель
Для занятий спортом отдайте предпочтение модели, изготовленной из ярких эластичных материалов. Как правило, такие комбинезоны можно найти в спортивных магазинах.
В качестве офисной одежды можно использовать боди-блузки, имеющие отложные воротники и манжеты и пошитые из соответствующих материалов. Помимо того, большим спросом пользуются классические модели, пошитые в виде гольфа. Такие боди чаще всего носят под строгие пиджаки или классические кардиганы. Помимо того, ними же можно заменять и обычные водолазки.
Что же касается эротического белья, то оно, как правило, шьется с выраженными чашками бюстгальтера, который иногда даже имеет специальные поддерживающие косточки. В эту же группу можно включить и корректирующие боди, хорошо утягивающие фигуру и подчеркивающие все изгибы женского тела.
С застежками или без?
Еще один важный параметр выбора – наличие либо отсутствие застежек:
- Цельные модели не будут натирать нежную кожу и мешать под джинсами или брюками, но неудобства начнутся в тот момент, когда вы отправитесь в туалет и захотите снять это белье.
- Если же вы решили отдать предпочтение модели с застежками, обязательно убедитесь в том, что они вам нигде не мешают и при этом не проступают из-под одежды.
Warm Golf Balls
Exposure to golf balls in warm conditions does not significantly impact performance.
Cold Golf Balls
Prolonged exposure of golf balls to extreme cold conditions can significantly impact golf ball performance.
Exposure to both hot and cold temperatures can alter compression but it’s perhaps surprising that heat has a more significant impact on compression than extreme cold.
We wanted to find out what impact leaving a ball to bake in the sun has on performance. Think of it as what might happen to your golf ball while it’s resting in the fairway while the group in front of you is putting on a slow-play exhibition.
While we can’t say the direct sunlight had no impact on performance, differences were certainly minimal enough that we can’t definitively say that heat alone was the cause.
As the chart above shows, ball speed was only slightly slower. The warmer balls spun a tick more on average and flew just a bit lower. The average carry difference was only one yard.
In the extreme, it’s likely that leaving your bag in the trunk of your car all day would have a greater impact. That’s based on what happened when we placed balls under a heat lamp.
As a follow-up, we did a quick experiment to quantify how much heat can change compression. We found that constant exposure to 115 degrees for one hour can decrease compression by more than 15 points.
When the heat source is removed, compression increases at a rate of one to two compression points every 10 minutes until it normalizes.
Given the compression changes observed by exposing golf balls to prolonged heat, unless your goal is to make a Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash feel a bit more like a Chrome Soft, we’d advise not storing balls in your car.
For this test, we placed golf balls in a freezer for about six hours.
Admittedly, this one was as much a curiosity as anything else. Since we were heating balls up a bit, it only made sense to cool them off as well.
For the SoCal and Sun Belt crowds, there’s probably not much in the way of practical value here but for those of us who sometimes tee off in sub-freezing temps, especially if you tend to leave your bag in the car, this test isn’t nearly as far-fetched as our warm-weather friends might think.
I’ve teed off with temps in the mid-20s and, while I probably won’t do it again, there’s zero chance I’m the only one who has ever layered up and tried to stretch out the golf season.
When hitting frozen balls, it’s fair to say the performance impact was more significant.
First, and perhaps most notably, was the significant difference in sound (and presumably feel). The frozen balls were loud and unpleasantly pitchy.
Observationally, the surface texture of the ball changes and likely firms up quite a bit. The working theory is that cold alters the material properties of the urethane covers, ultimately making them behave a bit like an extremely poor quality Surlyn.
Interestingly, the cold had only a minimal impact on compression. In our lab tests, after six hours in the freezer, compression only changes by two to three points.
As for the performance notes, the frozen balls launched lower and spun significantly more (nearly 500 rpm). Ball speeds dropped very significantly (more than six miles per hour on average). The flight was noticeably lower and, anecdotally, a bit erratic. Distance (both carry and total) dropped by more than 21 yards.
If you were thinking of freezing your balls to try and boost compression, speed, and distance, don’t.
The initial results of our temperature experiments are interesting and there are definitely a number of rabbit holes we could dive into in pursuit of more insights.
For now, we’ll leave you with an understanding that temperature can impact golf ball performance but the degree to which it matters is dependent on the type and duration of exposure.
For the best (and most consistent) results, we’d advise against keeping your golf balls in your car. As with many things, room temperature is the sensible play.