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May not be of any help to you but what I found helped my pitch and chip shots was really committing to the shot.  I was decelerating a lot as I made contact which caused chunking, topping or blading the ball.  When I commit to my shot I make good contact and the results are much better than when I decelerate.   Again, probably not the issue for you but thought I'd share – one hacker to another :)
Thanks for the reply.  I was just curious as it seemed that the rule(s) could be applied differently in the same situation, which is disconcerting.  I think the variance in "judgement" is what usually causes the debates over these types of infractions. Definitely appreciated the feedback!
Time to play what if –   If Tiger had called a rules official over and told the official that the ball oscillated but did not move but he still wanted a ruling.  The rules official then says you're good - no penalty.  Later this "video evidence" comes to light which indicates it moved vs oscillated.  Does Tiger still get the two-stroke penalty?   Just curious.
You should silently "crop dust" the box prior to your opponent teeing off.  It will definitely distract him when the noxious fumes burn his nose hairs off.
I agree that speed is the key but as I don't practice it enough, it's difficult for me to judge the proper speed on inclined/declined greens from that distance.  I try to protect against the three-putt as well.  I'm just saying that getting the ball close from that distance is a skill that I think most "average" golfers haven't developed enough.
I wish every putt I attempted was going in the hole.  A few of the articles I've read were of the opinion that amateurs three-putt more often than pros because of their lack of putting skill beyond 20 feet.  And, that increasing their ability to lag putt from distance would improve their score quicker than other areas.  I'm not an expert so I don't know if it's true but I know that when I started hitting more GIR my number of putts went up.  And, getting into a 6 foot...
Not much different than the other answers people have provided but I think course management has to be number one.  It's something that has to be considered on every hole prior to your tee shot as well as between every shot.   1. Course Management 2. Off-the-tee (woods/irons) 3. Approach (irons) 4. Wedge/short iron game (pitch/chip/bump-n-run) 5. Lag Putting 6. Putting   I also separated putting and lag putting.  As your approach shots get better (GIR)...
Made up a round from league yesterday.  Shot a 43.  Had a couple of doubles - one from a duffed tee shot and another from trying to bend (draw) a ball around a corner with my hybrid (it bent alright, right into the woods).  Overall, I was very happy with my score though.   Cheers!   Also, had a great drive on a 347 yard par 4.  Hole doglegs slightly right with a fairway that slopes left to right.  Ended up about 30 yards off the green.  Chipped to about 4 feet...
Anytime I use a an iron from the tee box I hit it off the ground.  The only exception is when I use my 3H or 4H, then I'll tee it very slightly off the ground.   I don't use a tee with the traditional irons because I seem to make poor contact.  Something about the ball being slightly elevated bothers my eyes and I never make clean contact.  So, I treat it just like any shot from the fairway. Not sure everyone does this but when I'm hitting an iron shot, I focus my...
The young man showed remarkable character in calling the infraction on himself and as others have pointed out, he did so according to the letter of the rule.   It was unfortunate and I wish that the "spirit" of the rule could be applied instead as I'm sure the rule was written to keep the integrity of competition true and fair, meaning that no one would gain an unfair advantage.  As others have pointed out this would bring subjectivity into the game which could introduce...
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