One of the most common questions that I get asked from a new student is: “What’s the quickest way I can improve my scores?” What people don’t realize is that 70 percent of the shots that are hit on the golf course are from inside 100 yards. Short game is the one area of golf that most golfers neglect to practice. If you were to focus more attention on your putting, you’ll definitely see an improvement in your scores. But putting doesn’t have to be limited to just on the green. Have you ever thought about using a putter when you are off the green in a chipping situation? It is probably the only shot in golf that isn’t played enough. Many players reach for a lofted club anywhere near the green. But if you think putting from off the green is a shot only played by beginners, you’re making a big mistake. The beauty of putting from off the green is that it’s very straightforward. There’s no need to play a delicate chip with a wedge — a shot that can so easily go wrong, particularly if your confidence isn’t sky high.
There is no shortage of “dark money” groups willing to do the bidding of utility monopolies such as Arizona Public Service (APS). The 60 Plus Association, The Free Enterprise Club, and Arizonans for Jobs hide behind conservative-sounding names while arguing against energy choice and energy independence. Add one more group willing to do the bidding of utility monopolies. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance, based in Virginia, seemed compelled to write a guest editorial published Nov. 30 in the East Valley Tribune, which slams solar power.
Something happens when courage shows up with a microphone. Hope sets in and America stands taller. We can use a bit of both right now. It’s my take that the Ferguson, Mo., mess has knocked our nation down a click or two.
Whenever I would get to this one gym, there was one particular gentleman that embodied the whole feel of the place. He was an unexpected surprise. Albert was an amazing gift to many different people. Patrons go to the gym to work out and feel good. Albert, a janitor, was a broad-shouldered man. He was dark-skinned with a distinctive shiny head. He had served our country in the U.S. Navy. He worked hard to make the place look good. He cleaned up other people’s mess. It was a dirty job — a thankless job on hands and knees cleaning dirty toilets. He served people with pride and professionalism.
Last Tuesday night’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a Phoenix police officer has once again shined the light on policing. An officer investigating a report of drug dealing shot and killed Rumain Brisbon when the officer believed he was pulling a gun from his pocket.
The holiday season is here, and that means it’s party time. Allstate’s new “Holiday Home Hazards” poll found that 83 percent of Americans plan to party this season, but beware: that sweater you plan to wear isn’t the only thing that can get ugly during the holidays.
Centuries ago, those who suffered mental illness were often committed to “madhouses.” These so-called treatment centers were about as brutal, barbaric and inhumane inventions as could be humanly conceived. Patients were subjected to various shock therapies, exorcisms, bloodlettings, ice baths, and gyration wheels. When not directly enduring these interventions, patients were generally kept in dark dungeons, chained to walls or the floor.
“Buyer beware” is always a good rule of thumb when weighing some “deal” that seems too good to be true. But it should be “taxpayer beware” or “ratepayer beware” when the “deal” in question involves a solar power system, since the bargain being offered often involves pilfering from one pocket (taxpayers) to fill another (solar power companies).