Rock has relatively short legs comparing to Mac. His handle raises as well albeit not so big as Mac which is understandable because of Rock's smaller #3 Angle.. I do not see nothing bad in handle raising between A1 and A7, it is a perfectly acceptable pattern. Lots of great strikers were handle raisers, btw, and not so much were able to return shaft on the same plane.
I understand your philosophy. When I teach someone I also do not want to change pupil's swing habits over the dead bodies. Yet if I teach a rookie I would like him to work out habits that give best chances for effortless striking which my eyes and brain found in the late Mac's swing.
Snuck a few minutes in the basement earlier before we were cooking turkeys and the like. Then had a go on the sam puttlab. Using he t-stroke and the Mi putting template I got my scores pretty high. The t stroke also feels much more natural at square so I am getting there.
Yeah, @Jack Watson, it's perfectly fair to compare a single, one-off round where a guy just tries the old stuff on a lark to guys who grew up playing the stuff.
Give the PGA Tour guys a few weeks and they'd sort out hitting the old equipment. If you don't think that's accurate, your opinion is worth less than you've revealed it to be since joining the site.
Oh, I've definitely found range balls that draw, then slice, or vice versa. It's not all that common, but I've seen it enough times to know it wasn't just the wind or something like that.
And I still have some dimple-less golf balls that I bust out from time to time. They're funny to hit.
Rafa hitting it about 100 yards is about right. I had to tee it up on a pencil and hit up a ton to try to get as close to 45° (probably got to 30 or so) with a driver to hit the front of the green on a 140-yard par three (with my driver) once.