I have no issues with it so I voted continue to allow. I putt very conventionally so it makes no difference to me, but I kinda like watching the pros try to find ways to be innovative with their putters and putting style.
Over the past 5-6 years ive had massive problems with full swing yips. I gave up playing mostly for the last 2-2.5 years, but im feeling an urge to get back playing. I used to be quite good, i got to a 2 handicap then started to play dreadfully with full swing yips.
Ive read some good psychology articles and books, but one thing ive been noticing whilst watching a bit of golf recently is the swings of certain players like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker are three in particular ive really noticed.
If we take this example firstly, i know its a driver off the deck, but Phils swing starts with quite a pronounced "lift" upwards of the club and then he swings back freely.
This is DJ in a taylormade promotional video. His swing again starts with a "lift" and then he swings back.
From a technical perspective, i dont know why they do this. But I notice from my own yips that ive really struggled to take the club back, and i cant start a swing at all. Ironically, i can chip and putt balls no problem though.
What i tend to experience is i want to push more and more weight into the ground, almost to the point the shaft bends, and i simply cant move the club back. It means i have no rhythm, no speed, and it throws the whole swing off. When i could play golf quite well i would swing a 6 iron at around 90mph. It would be 80 with the yips...if im lucky.
When i saw these swings that started with the club being lifted up and then swung, i kind of instinctively felt this might work as a swing thought to "start" the swing, the lift becomes the start of the swing.
What do you think about this? I can imagine it puts a reliance on hand eye coordination but i dont really care if the shots are bad, just so long as i can swing fast and not yip!
I was talking to a Sr PGA Tour member and 4 time PGA winner 2 months ago and he mentioned that this would be the next big thing. He didn't have a big problem with it and thought it may extend a few careers. He did have an issue with anchoring and said that many guys still have a problem with Langer's non-anchored approach to the long putter. Interestingly enough he said he saw an elderly Sam Snead demo his illegal side saddle stroke and how he was lethal.
Personally, I don't have an issue with it, and honestly didn't have an issue with the belly putter either.
Collared shirts must be worn at all times on the golf course. He should have been tossed.
Obviously, he wanted the flag out.
I heard you hit the flagstick today! Uh, no I got hit by the flagstick.
That's the last time he plays the foot wedge and decides to take par and win the hole.
Golf is a civilized game. Where are my boxing gloves?
One sign of normalcy returning is the USO qualifying is back. Locals start soon, in about 10 days, going until May. I see 3 qualifiers near me. If you're not familiar, these are free and open to the public usually. Not sure how covid will affect attendance requirements. Anyone know if they are still open to the public to view this year?
Final qualifying dates May 24, June 7.