UA would be the most likely competitor but I'm not sure UA wants to be in the hardware business especially seeing how Nike and now Adidas are struggling with it. Clearly the most profit is in the soft goods which UA already has.
I can see Adams and Ashworth getting acquired by a Golfsmith or Dicks type business. I don't see venture capitalists being interested in TaylorMade if Adidas retains the soft goods rights.
I don't know that you'll get a feel that works for you. This is one of those kinds of things where you just do it and see what it feels like to you.
It may feel like you are turning and not using your arms or bending your arms at all. Try that.
I would love to go, but pretty much all of my available vacation time (and budget) is already committed to my Ireland trip in June, and our Thanksgiving week in Pinehurst. The photos of the courses look amazing, I'm sure the guys who go will have a great time.