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  1. Using the flag stick

    Bottom line is that if you're about 100 yds from the hole. You see the flagstick had blown over and you hit your shot. It goes on the green and hits the flagstick. Stops or channeled into the hole. It could be in a position where it kept your ball from going in, or put it in an even worse position. So no penalty. After all, no one in the interest of pace of play is going to walk 100 yds up to the hole, insert the flag, then walk back to their ball and hit. If you're on the fringe of the green or pin high in the rough and the flagstick was blown over earlier or left on the surface of the putting green, put the flag stick in the hole. I'd say draw the line at about 25 yds. or if you have to traverse the green to get to your ball. I'd probably want the flag put in correctly because of an OCD thing.
  2. Club Secretary Stewart McEwen called the recent vote "a blow to the club, the local community and Scotland." My guess is that the membership at Muirfield joined because of 1) the course's history; 2) the people who are members. I would estimate the cost of membership to about the equivalent of $30,000/yr - source pulling a number out of thin air and using estimates from Augusta National as a baseline. There is no symbol font so I couldn't use British Pound - it would be about 20,000. But it wasn't that long ago when this situation reared its ugly head based upon race in Alabama at the PGA Championship in 1990. This was even with unwritten rules about not accepting black members. They just didn't allow any. When this news broke, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference threatened to protest the event and sponsors pulled advertising from the event. The PGA considered moving the tournament away from Shoal Creek, but in the end reached a compromise with the club: local insurance executive Louis J. Willie was invited by the mayor of Birmingham to become an honorary member with full membership to come after the waiting-list period of any membership application. Willie was also the first black member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, The Downtown Club and The Club, all civic and social clubs. This incident forced everyone associated with golf — clubs, the PGA, and the USGA — to look at minority access in the sport. The PGA and USGA changed rules regarding course selection, requiring clubs that hosted events to meet inclusive membership requirements. Following this decision in 1990, Augusta National invited and accepted its first African-American member, Ron Townsend. I wonder why. Note that the same "the country club is our home and we pick and choose who we want" argument was used here. They allowed black members and the sky didn't fall. I'm sure some members thought it would. The bottom line is that discrimination is ugly.
  3. Really? These are the reasons that were given in the statement issued by Muirfield: I posted this earlier in the thread. Mark Crossfield had somehow got a copy of it and posted it on Facebook. I copied it word for word. I really don't see anything legitimate in here.
  4. You know the reason they put Spieth under a microscope is the "blow up" at the Masters, right? What do they say when Jason Day is off and shoots a 79? He's done that, you know.
  5. The key with swing analysis and comparing swings is that the camera angles really need to be the same. If they're off, an untrained eye can get the wrong impression. So when you set up your tripods make sure you have marks on them so you're not higher or lower. Make sure you're not further to the left or right. Lining up with an alignment stick or two ball markers wouldn't hurt. But when comparing two swings of a pro you're at the whim of the camera person at the venue, and you're lucky if it's a steady camera.
  6. When is the weather "too bad" to play?

    1) when it is cold. Now this has several criteria. If it is in the 53-55 and calm I can handle it. If there is a breeze blowing, that gets cold. If it's drizzling and in the mid-50s I'm not going out. If it's in the upper 50s and windy I'm not going out. If it's =< 50 degrees, forget it. 2) when it is raining. I'm not talking about a few sprinkles. I'm talking about rain. Anything over 60 degrees I'll play unless it's raining or if the wind is over 20 mph.
  7. Watch the video again and focus on his left foot. It's not just the hands and arms. It's his footwork. Look at his left foot. On the picture on the left he's blowing through his left foot like I do. This is hard on the knees and ankle. In the swing on the right he's not. He's trying to prolong his golf career. So he might not win as often this season, but once he gets this change working it will be better for him long term. It might save him knee surgery. Surgery on the left knee would hurt his career a lot more down the road. A torn meniscus and the knee is not the same. Now if he wore spikeless shoes like I do it might not be so bad, but these pros wear spikes. Even though they're not metal spikes, there is additional grip in the ground and therefore the spikes create additional torque on the joints when there is twisting. I know my joints feel the difference when I wear spikes and when I don't. I need more advil when I wear spikes. That's my opinion of this. But I'm not a pro. I'm just a hack.
  8. Warming up before a round

    Tour pros also walk the course. They play 5 to 6 rounds a week. Work out in the gym on top of it, and practice at the range when they're not at the gym. These people are professional athletes. They're not out playing a round, riding around in a cart, having a few beers with their buddies. So if one has dreams of playing on the tour, in addition to the fact that they started young, some even at the age of 3, one has to consider this. I think this warm up routine just shows the gap between us hackers and the tour level players. And consider the fact that most of us are still trying to get the fundamentals down. I get to see pros practice when I go to the range. Yes they're seniors now, but they're still pros. One hits about 50 wedge shots, then another twenty 9 irons. then about twenty 5 irons, then another 20 wedge shots and calls it a day. 40 full swings. 70 partial swings.
  9. Playing a Round of Golf Solo

    Still going on about this? It sounds pretty simple to me. You want to play a solo round by the RoG, go ahead. Just remember that if you hit your ball in a "questionable" place, you'd probably better hit a provisional just to make sure you have one in play, and if you blow that one out, you should hit another provisional just to make sure - don't forget to count all the strokes and it would be advisable to make note of the number on the ball as well so you know which one is your original and which one was the first or second provisional in such a case. Make sure you measure properly when you make your drops. And remember that even though you may have shot your career best (or career worst) you cannot report it, regardless of what the people in the office tell you. If you hook up with some people and play say 7 holes on one 9 with them you can report those 7 holes and mark the other two holes for that 9 as par + HC. It's that simple. When you're keeping an official handicap you follow the rules you agreed upon with your organization. If you want to practice in your solo round.... practice. It doesn't matter. You can't report it anyway. You might as well because you don't see those lies or get to hit on grass as often unless your course has a grass driving range which most do not, and even then you don't get the uneven lies. One of the reasons why handicaps are not as solid as when playing alone is that when you're playing alone nothing is at stake. Of course i've played with guys who make me feel like nothing is at stake, too, and shot my best 9 holes simply because they were hacks like me.
  10. Warming up before a round

    @Buckeyebowman That surprised me as well. My instructor pro was on the tour for a few years back in the early 90s. He told me to spend about 20 minutes lag putting to get the speed of the greens ingrained in my head before I tee off. Also that if I only have about 20 minutes, putt. But putting that much causes my back to tighten up which is why I went to a broomstick.
  11. When there's a ball in front of you there's something at stake, and tension creeps in. Tension slows you down.
  12. This is something the broomstick is teaching me. It's heavy. It's teaching me a rhythm on the putting stroke. I can feel the the natural pendulum movement of the club. I've just varied the length of the backstroke depending upon the length of the putt or the uphill or downhill lie and let the club head come through at its natural speed. My misses have been mostly because I misread the line. I'm getting closer to the hole than last year. It's stopped my short pop stroke, which while it worked on very slow greens, doesn't do well on the faster greens.
  13. Saw a video on Facebook of Dustin Johnson warming up and while I'd just share the vid, my browser doesn't seem to like to post facebook vids. So here's his warmup: 60* Wedges - 12 54* Wedges - 26 PW - 13 8 irons - 12 4 irons - 33 3 woods - 4 Driver - 11 6 irons - 13 (heads to chipping area) PW off short stuff - 27 Pitches from rough - 6 (Heads to putting green) - I think for us hacks this putting routine should be reversed. Putts from 25 feet - 2 Putts from 5 feet - 12 - I noticed he wasn't making very many of them. Heads to first tee...... Full Swings: 68; Chip/Pitches: 128; Putts 14.... 65% shots inside 100 yds. Total number of shots: 196. Time 90 minutes. Of course this is WARM UP, not practice. He's not working on anything or making any changes during this time. This is more shots than I hit during practice. Ouch.
  14. The average men's tour player - 65. The top echelon? about a 63. LPGA pros from the blues - 69 to 70; Top echelon group? in the mid 60s easily. It's a fun course. Black tees are 7100 yds. but can go to 7300 from the tippy tips. Blues 6600, but the fairways are fair and the greens aren't tricky.