GOLF SMARTER

GOLF SMARTER

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Golf's most popular podcast in iTunes and Google since 2005! Weekly in-depth interviews provide regular "ah-ha" insights for beginning to expert golfers, including weekend hackers like the show's host, Fred Greene. Entertaining conversations with experts on the mental game, course management, putting, mechanics, equipment, fitness and more. Enjoy these free episodes, but these are not the full interviews! Don't miss a minute! You can only hear the complete conversations when you join PREMIUM Access. Our global community of subscribers get even more valuable advice with exclusive entry to the complete library of more than 500 weekly episodes. All the experts agree, you play better and enjoy it more when you GOLF SMARTER. Join PREMIUM Access at GolfSmarter.com

Episodes

Key to a Better Golf Swing? Trust Yourself! with Billy Bondaruk  

568 Premium: Billy Bondaruk,PGA joins us to discuss his blog "The 7 Myths of Golf" and we focus on the first couple myths, but mostly what we learn are a couple of great practice tips and the understanding that everybody has a different swing, so there's no need to try to reinvent the wheel. When you learn to trust the swing that you have, then you'll start getting better results.

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567: A Thanksgiving Feast of the Greatest Golf Book Ever! THE MATCH with author Mark Frost  

567: In our previous episode, actor Malcolm McDowell talked about his favorite golf book ever, which so happens to be mine too. “THE MATCH: The Day The Game of Golf Changed Forever” by Mark Frost was published in 2008, but is a great read of nonfiction and in today’s 24 hour news cycle, an unbelievable story that was never told before this book. The audio book and book are both available at Amazon and here’s the write up to the story:   

The year: 1956. Four decades have passed since Eddie Lowery came to fame as the ten-year-old caddie to U.S. Open Champion Francis Ouimet. Now a wealthy car dealer and avid supporter of amateur golf, Lowery has just made a bet with fellow millionaire George Coleman. Lowery claims that two of his employees, amateur golfers Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi, cannot be beaten in a best-ball match. Lowery challenges Coleman to bring any two golfers of his choice to the course at 10 a.m. the next day to settle the issue. Coleman accepts the challenge and shows up with his own power team: Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, the game's greatest living professionals, with fourteen major championships between them. In Mark Frost's peerless hands, complete with the recollections of all the participants, the story of this immortal foursome and the game they played that day--legendarily known in golf circles as the greatest private match ever played--comes to life with powerful, emotional impact and edge-of-your-seat suspense.”  

This interview was originally published in 2008. Happy Thanksgiving!

566: Show Me An Actor That’s a Good Golfer, And I’ll Show You An Actor That’s Not Working! With Actor Malcolm McDowell  

Actor Malcolm McDowell is passionate about golf. This was an incredible opportunity to sit down and chat with him about his love of the sport, history and strategy, his appearance in the movie "Stroke of Genius" about Bobby Jones, “The Greatest Game Ever Played” and his first hole in one. Malcolm McDowell’s resume includes a wide range of roles that started in 1964 and includes Clockwork Orange from 1971 and continues today as a distinctive voice on video games like Call of Duty, the antagonist on the entertaining Amazon Original series, Mozart in the Jungle, and HBO’s Entourage.

565: If Fatigue is Impacting Your Round, It Could Be Your Nutrition! with Jim Delaby  

Jim Delaby, PGA wants to let you know that getting tired near the end of your round is preventable. There are specific foods, and ways to consume food and beverage during your round that will keep you focused on energized. Jim’s believes that anyone can get into The Zone, and even achieve a SuperZone state with the right tools which we discuss in the episode. 

http://www.Jimdelaby.com

Host Fred Greene is interested in hearing your opinion on this topic. Follow @GolfSmarter on Twitter, or join the conversation at the GOLF SMARTER Facebook page.

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564: A Club-focused Swing Can Be More Effective Than a Body-focused Swing  

Manuel De la Torre was born above the golf shop at the Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro in Madrid, Spain, where his father Ángel de la Torre was the head golf professional. Angel was five-time Spanish National Golf Champion. Manuel's father's instruction and that of his father's friend and colleague Ernest Jones, served as the basis for de la Torre's instruction. His concepts for golf instruction have stood the test of time for over 60 years. He was head golf professional at Milwaukee Country Club teaching amateurs and tour professionals for more than 60 years.

Recorded in 2009, this conversation is just as valid today as it was when we originally spoke. Unfortunately Manuel De la Torre died in the Spring of 2016, but we were honored to hear his opinion on why golfers spend too much time focusing on their body parts during the swing. Every body is unique and moves it’s own way. That’s why understanding the role of the golf club may allow you to be a much more successful, and less stressed ball striker.

His book and DVD “Understanding The Golf Swing” are still available online. Here’s the address for the hardcover in Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Golf-Swing-Manuel-Torre/dp/1886346518/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478020703&sr=8-1&keywords=understanding+the+golf+swing

Host Fred Greene is interested in hearing your opinion on this topic. Follow @GolfSmarter on Twitter, or join the conversation at the GOLF SMARTER Facebook page.

http://GolfSmarter.com

563: VIDEO Swing Analysis May Not Be As Helpful As You’d Like with Marc Solomon!  

Marc Solomon of Golf Made Simple shares his entertaining passion for golf instruction and it doesn’t diminish when we discuss video swing analysis. If the key to trusting your swing is clearing your mind before each shot, then he may have a compelling argument. 

http://GolfMadeSimple.com

Host Fred Greene is interested in hearing your opinion on this topic. Follow @GolfSmarter on Twitter, or join the conversation at the GOLF SMARTER Facebook page.

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562: Don't Change Your Clubs, Change Your Attitude for More Fun and Lower Scores!  

562: Tommy Masters has been named Golf Digest Top 100 instructor multiple times. Among the great pieces of advice he shares in this episode is acknowledging that occasionally (or in host Fred Greene’s case frequently) you will have bad shots. Don’t brood over them, don’t even get upset. See a bad shot as an exciting challenge. Focus on how you will get out of trouble. Just remember Fred’s favorite saying “Never follow a bad shot with a stupid shot!”  Also, Tommy advices to practice a variety of shots with each club so that you won’t be intimidated by tough situations. 

http://www.TommyMasters.net

This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

561: A Revolutionary Putter with a HUGE Sweet-spot that Delivers Truer Lines with Creator John Ambrose  

561: John Ambrose is a retired airline pilot who has succeeded in developing a unique putter that takes USGA specs to their limits. The major manufacturers continue to produce putters that are the same basic design from 100 years ago. But John wasn’t satisfied. When you pull this putter out of your bag, you’ll find two things happen. First, your playing partners will want to try it and talk about it. Most importantly,  on your first stroke you’ll discover that the ball will go down your intended aiming line. In this episode, John and host Fred Greene talk about the advantages, history, and concept behind his L2 MOI MAXX putter.  While looking down the line before his first stroke, Fred realized why his putts were brushing the right side of the cup. Now his confidence to stay on his intended line has dramatically increased. You can watch this complete interview, unedited to see what John’s talking about on the GolfSmarterTV channel at https://youtu.be/DrYjRfDuMSc . For an added bonus, we’ve also published a short interview with John on the practice putting green as Fred and others take their first strokes with the putter. https://youtu.be/4lKObEvF1H4  This putter cannot be found in any retail location or pro shop, only at L2Putters.com. Regularly $169US, save $15 by entering “golfsmarter” at checkout on his website.

 

This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

560: Improving Your Golf State of Mind: Mental Game Training with David MacKenzie  

560: David Mackenzie is a golf instructor that understands the value of mechanics, but believes, like we do here at Golf Smarter, that your fastest path to better golf and high performance is through winning with the mental game. It goes well beyond strategy, it’s how you deal with every shot from the driving range, to the tee box, approach shots and definitely on the greens. He offers articles, tips, video, online coaching, and a free mental game assessment at GolfStateOfMind.com

This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

559: Play Better Golf Using Your Imagination with Dr. Glen Albaugh  

559: In his return to Golf Smarter, Dr. Glen Albaugh, author of “Winning The Battle Within” talks about “playing with your imagination” and “playing with your athletic mind”. In addition to being a professor at University of the Pacific, Glen has been a mental coach and advisor for some of the great coaches including Bill Walsh and Pete Carroll as well as many PGA and LPGA Tour Players. In this return conversation, we talk about how your can be your own “Coach of the Future” using your creative mind, taking practice swings with your eyes closed, post-shot awareness, and how we can be positively influenced by great writers (“When we play our best we see things in paragraphs, not sentences”), and the passing of The Legend, Arnold Palmer.

Watch the complete conversation at GolfSmarter.com or our YouTube.com/GolfSmarterTV channel.  

https://youtu.be/i4d8hdrAjTg

This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

558: Meet The 19 Handicapper That Played In A Country’s Open…And Lived To Tell Us About It!  

558: In 2014 Justin Kreibich, who, in his mid 20’s and a bogie golfer with a 19hcp, signed up to play in the DPKR (yes, that’s North Korea) Amateur Golf Open. Knowing the risks involved and how good of a golfer he wasn’t, he knew that this may be the only opportunity to play in an Open Championship. So he signed up, was granted a spot, flew to China, then boarded a flight to Pyongyang City without the knowledge or permission of the US Government. There were only 20 players in the field and it was a single round. On the 18th tee he was in second place, but the realization of the consequences got in his head.  This is an outrageous and crazy story that could easily be a movie "based on a true story”.  He’s never shared this story with anyone outside of his friends and family…until now. 

Free episode length: 21:50

Premium episode length:  48:27

Watch the complete conversation at GolfSmarter.com or our YouTube.com/GolfSmarterTV channel.  

https://youtu.be/Q8ZXR9Xp0mo

This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

557: If Custom Fit Clubs Cost Are The Same Price, What’s Holding You Back? Featuring Frank Viola  

557: We continue the discussion of getting custom fit for your golf clubs to improve your consistency and your game. This time we head to Boston to speak with the US Vice President of the International Club Makers Guild, Frank Viola. This time we discuss the various components of the club and how important it is to not concern yourself with popular brand names, but to focus on getting the right parts that work best for you. We also talk about pricing variations of custom club making vs off the shelf clubs.

In the Premium episode, our host, Fred Greene, doesn't understand what all the numbers mean in a computer print out from a launch monitor after comparing five shots each with a blade 6 iron vs a cavity back 6 iron created by the same manufacturer. Frank explains the significance of each number and teaches Fred on which are the most important results in selecting the right club.

Free episode length: 26:59

Premium episode length:  52:37

Want to watch the full interview and see some of her work? Check out the complete conversation at GolfSmarter.com or our YouTube.com/GolfSmarterTV channel.  

https://youtu.be/UI4T_3oggP8

This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

556: Thinking About New Clubs? Don’t Buy Anything Until You Hear About Custom Club Fitting with Jacques Intriere  

556 Premium: Getting fitted for golf clubs. You may hear a lot about the advantages, but most of us ignore it, especially if we have a friend who is raving about his club and we take a successful swing with it. Our guest this week is the President of the International Clubmakers Guild, Jacques Intriere, who also has a very successful club fitting and club making studio. The surprise is that custom club makers like Jacques don't necessarily want to provide you with brands you're not familiar with, they take the components from the most popular manufacturers and build the club that is exactly right for your game, whether your a beginner or scratch golfer. We also break down a lot of technical terms that are familiar in the industry but may not mean anything to the average golf consumer.

http://InternationalClubFittersGuild.org

Free episode length: 20:25

Premium episode: 40:36

Want to watch the full interview and see some of her work? Check out the complete conversation at GolfSmarter.com or our YouTube.com/GolfSmarterTV channel.  

https://youtu.be/nXUVT22UB0c

This episode is brought to you by GolfOvernight.com. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

555: Disrupting Traditional Golf Teaching Techniques with LPGA Teaching & Club Pros Hall of Famer Kay McMahon  

555 Premium: Kay McMahon is a member of the LPGA T&CP (Teachers & Golf Pros) Hall of Fame who has given thousands of lessons and came to understand that there is a way to make the golf swing much less complicated. She developed the Golf 8.5 system and has had tremendous success with golfers who are just starting and single digit handicappers. We first met Kay back in May but have brought her back to break down her method and pick on a couple specifics to clarify exactly how simple it is.

http://eduKaytionGolf.com

Free episode length: 19:51

Premium episode: 47:00

Want to watch the full interview and see some of her work? Check out the complete conversation at GolfSmarter.com or our YouTube.com/GolfSmarterTV channel.  

https://youtu.be/WU4TN-CCq1w

This episode is brought to you by Golf Overnight. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.

554: Mr. Hogan, The Man I Knew with Author and LPGA Record Holder, Kris Tschetter  

554 Premium: Kris Tschetter has the unique privilege of getting to know, and receiving instruction from Ben Hogan when she was a young girl. Her book "Mr. Hogan The Man I Knew" subtitled "An LPGA Player Looks Back on an Amazing Friendship and Lessons She Learned from Golf's Greatest Legend" is fascinating to read, and on this episode you can hear why he was attentive to this vibrant and entertaining woman. 

Kris is also in charge of Community Relations for the great free golf app called "18Birdies" that allows you to compete with your friends, utilize GPS to track every shot of every round, and socially connect on and off the course with golfer's around the world.  Kris is co-host of the "On Par Podcast" which featured Golf Smarter host Fred Greene on episode No.12 from July 15, 2016

https://18birdies.com/players-club-digest/onparep12golfsmarter/

Free episode length: 22:59

Premium episode: 62:26

Watch the full interview on our GolfSmarterTV channel at GolfSmarter.com or on YouTube at https://youtu.be/GWfkME0DdCs 

This episode is brought to you by Golf Overnight. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.     

 

 

553: The Only Artist Commissioned by both the USGA & R&A for the Majors with Linda Hartough  

553: Here’s another fascinating story of someone who has found a way to make a living in golf without playing golf. Linda Hartough is a landscape painter who has recreated some of the world's most beautiful golf holes. She is the only artist ever commissioned by the USGA and the R&A Golf Club of St. Andrews to do their annual, official paintings and prints for the U.S. Open and British Open Championships. She has painted prestigious golf courses from the U.S. to Scotland to Hong Kong. Her paintings have earned a place on two ABC Television Golf Specials on famous golf holes hosted by Jack Nicklaus.

Free episode length: 15:12

Premium episode: 34:53

http://hartough.com 

Want to watch the full interview and see some of her work? Check out the complete conversation at GolfSmarter.com or our YouTube.com/GolfSmarterTV channel.  

https://youtu.be/X-DnoZvrylw 

This episode is brought to you by Golf Overnight. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.     

At the end of this episode, Dean Knuth, founder of Knuth Golf and creator of the High Heat Driver, 3 Wood, and Hybrid join us to select at random a winner of a custom made High Heat 3 Wood. 

Knuth Golf has extended their exclusive discount for the Golf Smarter community. Mention “Golf Smarter” in your order and save on each of these clubs that are designed specifically to help amateurs play better golf. Driver regularly $399, your price $329. Fairway Wood regularly $299, mention Golf Smarter and it’s only $269. All new High Heat Hybrid, $249, but for you only $229.  

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552: Bobby Clampett on the Impact Zone  

552: Bobby Clampett was the Low Amateur at the 1979 US Open and the 1980 Masters. He played on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour in addition to being a network golf announcer/commentator. After playing with over 1,000 amateurs at more than 220 Pro-Ams he noticed something about their divots that separates high handicappers from Tour players. “...the Touring pros had a swing bottom approximately 4 inches in front of the center of the golf ball. For every inch amateurs were behind that 4 inches, equated to, on average, 4 strokes per inch!" In this week’s episode Bobby talks with host Fred Greene about his history, greatest influences, the Golfing Machine, and his effective method of instruction called The Impact Zone.      

In the Premium Access episode which is more than 30 minutes longer, Bobby goes into much greater depth on all of these topics and more. Join Premium Access for only one month and see how much of Golf Smarter you’re missing, including getting access to our complete archives starting in 2005. 

Free episode length: 22:46

Premium episode: 56:04

 

Bobby is going to be giving a “Golfing In The Zone Clinic” at Michael Murphy’s Golf In The Kingdom Marathon charity event on September 11-12, 2016 at Peacock Gap in San Rafael, CA. For more information and to register for the event, visit http://itp-international.org/GKM2016.

This episode is brought to you by Golf Overnight. If you’re about to take a vacation or golf trip, don’t have your golf clubs slow you down! This trip, have your clubs waiting for you...not the other way around! Save 20% when you use our exclusive promo code “gsmart" at GolfOvernight.com. Click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.     

 

WIN! WIN! WIN! Golf Smarter has teamed up with Dean Knuth of knuthgolf.com to give away a High Heat 3Wood. Deadline to enter is Midnight Sunday, August 14, 2016 at GolfSmarter.com. The winner will be announced on episode 553. 

Knuth Golf has extended their exclusive discount for the Golf Smarter community. Mention “Golf Smarter” in your order and save on each of these clubs that are designed specifically to help amateurs play better golf. Driver regularly $399, your price $329. Fairway Wood regularly $299, mention Golf Smarter and it’s only $269. All new High Heat Hybrid, $249, but for you only $229.  

551: Eliminate Vacation Stress and Hassles by Using Golf Overnight  

551: Golf Overnight is not only a great service to have your golf clubs waiting for you instead of you waiting…and waiting…and waiting for your clubs at the airport, they’re also offering a 20% discount to Golf Smarter listeners with the Promo Code “gsmart”. Our guest this week is Aaron Foster from Golf Overnight who explains how the service works, the advantages, and the costs.

To take advantage of their offer, click on the ad at the bottom of the page at http://GolfSmarter.com and use the promo code “gsmart”.  We’re also really happy to announce that Golf Overnight is our newest sponsor! Please try them out on your next golf trip to see how much value you gain when you eliminate the hassle of dragging around your clubs.    

WIN! WIN! WIN! Golf Smarter has teamed up with Dean Knuth of knuthgolf.com to give away a High Heat 3Wood. Deadline to enter is Midnight Sunday, August 14, 2016 at GolfSmarter.com. The winner will be announced on episode 553. 

Knuth Golf has extended their exclusive discount for the Golf Smarter community. Mention “Golf Smarter” in your order and save on each of these clubs that are designed specifically to help amateurs play better golf. Driver regularly $399, your price $329. Fairway Wood regularly $299, mention Golf Smarter and it’s only $269. All new High Heat Hybrid, $249, but for you only $229.  

550: The Yips: What They Are and How to Cure Them with Jim Waldron  

550: There are at least five different type of the Yips in golf. Full Swing, Chipping, Pitching, Bunker, and the least common but most talked about: Putting. Our guest is one of our all-time favorite golf instructors who actually specializes in eliminating the yips, Jim Waldron of the Balance Point Golf Schools. According to Jim, there are three contributing factors to the yips. Mental. Emotional. Physical (mechanics). “By definition, the yips (flinching) are unconscious. No one tries to get the yips.”

In the longer Premium episode, Jim goes into much more depth on the contributing factors, examples, and devising a program that will eliminate them and “Flinch-Proof Your Game”, and curing a scratch golfer who’s yips got so bad, he handicap went up to a 12. Jim cured him in 4 hours.    

WIN! WIN! WIN! Golf Smarter has teamed up with Dean Knuth of knuthgolf.com to give away a High Heat 3Wood. Deadline to enter is Midnight Sunday, August 14, 2016 at GolfSmarter.com. The winner will be announced on episode 553. Click here to enter:   http://www.golfsmarter.com/contest-enter-to-win-a-custom-fit-high-heat-driver/

Knuth Golf has extended their exclusive discount for the Golf Smarter community. Mention “Golf Smarter” in your order and save on each of these clubs that are designed specifically to help amateurs play better golf. Driver regularly $399, your price $329. Fairway Wood regularly $299, mention Golf Smarter and it’s only $269. All new High Heat Hybrid, $249, but for you only $229.  

549: Pete Dye Disciple, Golf Course Architect Bobby Weed on TeeToGreen Course Management for Amateur Players  

549: This week we welcome Pete Dye disciple, golf course architect Bobby Weed. Bobby talks about how amateur golfers can increase their TeeToGreen course management by using a course designer’s perspective. 

In our Premium episode, Bobby also spends another 30 minutes talking about his work with Mr. Dye, designing four Tournament TPC courses, and more. 

Before we finish this episode, Dean Knuth joins us to draw the name of our winner and to announce that Golf Smarter listeners now have chance to win a High Heat 3Wood. Deadline to enter is Midnight Sunday, August 14, 2016 at GolfSmarter.com. The winner will be announced on episode 553. 

Knuth Golf has extended their exclusive discount for the Golf Smarter community. Mention “Golf Smarter” in your order and save on each of these clubs that are designed specifically to help amateurs play better golf. Driver regularly $399, your price $329. Fairway Wood regularly $299, mention Golf Smarter and it’s only $269. All new High Heat Hybrid, $249, but for you only $229.  

 

 

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