The point is simply this, and you, Harmonious, and all of the other "Nick Faldo won six majors using this 'bad' information" people can surely understand it: I think it's downright stupid to give people incorrect or at the best misleading information when good, correct information is so easy to say and understand. Bad information must be overcome, good information leads to instant and lasting growth and understanding*.
That's it. That's all I've ever said about the ball flight laws. Someone who believes what Nick Faldo says (just to use him as an example since he's in our ball flight laws video) and manages to produce impact somewhat similar to what Nick Faldo says they should try to do will nail the tree they're trying to curve the ball around just about every time.
It's a boring Friday night and my bball bracket is totally shot and, since you dragged me into this discussion:
Let's take poor old Nick stuck behind that bad old tree. Let's assume the flag is directly in line with the center of the trunk, and Sir Nick is 20 yards away from that nasty trunk he wants to miss. He points his iron at the flag (center of trunk). He lines up, let's say, 5 degrees (5 feet in 20 yards +/-) out to the right to hit a hook. To ensure he hits a big hook he, purposely or not, swings a little more in-to-out than normal (I know I do in those situations), let's say another two degrees. Now his clubface is actually aimed two degrees to the right of the target. Also, since Nick is a professional golfer who always hits the ball before the bottom of his swing, at impact his club path is another couple of degrees out to the right (D-plane, right?). I won't add those two degrees to the clubface.
So Sir Nick takes his swing. His path is 9 degrees to the right (5 plus 2 plus 2). The clubface is 2 degrees to the right. The ball takes off approximately 30% between those two, or about 4 degrees to the right of the target. Using these assumptions, and if the ball flight data and my calculations are correct, when the ball passes the tree it is over 4 feet from the center of the trunk. Unless Nick is playing in the redwoods (big trees) he misses the trunk easily.
I'm not saying that his shot will fly to the flag. Of course it won't, it will hook further left. But the claim that he will hit the tree just about every time is just not accurate.
Now, back to Kentucky-Indiana.