The player is not using equipment in an unusual manner since the tee marker is not equipment - it is nothing more than an obstruction which is deemed to be fixed (i.e. immovable) when playing his first stroke from the teeing ground of the hole being played. After that they are movable obstructions.
There is no prohibition about standing on an obstruction, immovable or movable, with one or both feet, when making a stroke as long as nothing is done that would constitute building a stance.
As far as being a device, the all encompassing dictionary definition goes well beyond the meaning of the term as it is applied in the Rules of Golf. A device is an obstruction, and it may be equipment if it meets that definition, but not all obstructions are equipment or devices.
This is simply a case of trying to read into the rules something that isn't there. If it isn't prohibited, then it is permitted. I see nothing that would lead me to rule against putting one foot on or against a tee marker, provided that the tee marker doesn't move during the process.
I agree. Bounce is your friend. I had a pretty straight forward punch shot yesterday. For short punch shots I like to use more of a pitch motion. An 8 iron has about 4 degrees of bounce. #NoGlide
In terms of difficult lies. I'd say a soggy fairway is the worst. I rather hit of concrete than soggy fairway. It's just tough to let the club glide when the ground has that much give to it.
Don't retire in the south or mid-atlantic, it was 90 degree's yesterday, not that humid, but that is coming in another month.
Our course is getting into great shape right now. Much better than it was when we played in the arctic conditions.
This is it for me.
While I get on a level that the short-comings in my swing can result in wildly different results, it is what makes this one of the most frustrating games to play. Easier to rationalize after a round, but very hard to deal with on the course.