No raising of the rim in basketball. Makes for unfair advantage for taller players as Red Auerbach argued many times. Have you seen it change as other venues have?
Developed poker skill. I'd like to use my marked cards against experts. Don't think it's allowed. Point, skill takes precedence, even with the ball strike in any sport. Separates the two.
For the 1/2 swings, you may easing up on your swing instead of going full speed with a shorter backswing. That is the key to partial shots, don't slow the downswing down. The chips can certainly work, but there are other times you want the partial shot.