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  1. No (14.3b). Unrelated: the announcers need to stop discussing the break of a putt in relation to "downtown" or "Mexico City". They sound idiotic.
  2. I had some MP33's a couple of years ago and sunk some coin in them. Had them reshafted and bent to my needs. I put them on ebay when I was done fooling around with them and sold them for everything I had in them, and a little extra. If the are not too beat up, put a fifty on the counter for them. See if they'll bite. @David in FL is right about the handicap. If you aren't hitting the sweet spot, there's a lot of distance loss and vibration you will get to enjoy. @Lagavulin62 he also stated he was going to play them, not just turn them over for a profit. Weed your panties out of your crack. How's that for relevant?
  3. Brandel makes me wish Golf Channel banned Twitter.
  4. That's one of the 'myths' that announcers keep perpetuating. Putts break downhill, period. General topography may influence how a course is put together. But a good green designer will put in optical illusions that counter the topography. This is why AimPoint works so well as you have noted.
  5. @CSTACK asked me a question, and I asked for some details on what he wanted to do. He responded, and I suggested options. I hope your postings on other interests are of higher quality than your TST remarks.
  6. (Feel free to move if this isn't an appropriate location) I purchased a SkyTrak launch monitor, and I have been very pleased with the product thus far. I feel that my review/experiences over the past few years may be able to help some or create good discussion on practicing. I don't have practice facilities readily accessible (25 min drive), so I've spent countless hours refining my swing in my garage with a mat/net. 3 years ago I was a 12 hcp and often struggled to make consistent solid contact, but have since lowered my hcp to the 4-6 range. It took a little while to learn the "feel" of different hits/misses while hitting into a net, but I was soon able to identify many different misses (fat, thin, toe, big slice, duck hook, etc) as well as a relatively solid hit. It was easy to make improvements to my swing, because the difference between my "better" shots and my "worse" shots was easy to determine. As I continued to improve my ball striking on the mat, I saw positive (although somewhat delayed) results on the course. Last year, I had finally eliminated the majority of major mis-hits, and my "worse" shots turned into smaller draws and slices as well as small errors in distance control and starting flight path. I found that my mat/net practice sessions mostly consisted of solid feeling hits that went in the general vicinity of my target. I was no longer getting specific enough feedback to further hone my ball striking. I would spend a full week practicing what felt great at home, but when I took it to the course, I realized that I actually had a mild-moderate slice/draw that I wasn't aware of. Basically, it was like hitting an 8 iron and knowing that my ball likely landed somewhere on the green or fringe, but, but not knowing if it was left, right, short, or long. I spent more time going to the range and hitting the course, but my schedule just doesn't allow me to go more than once or twice per week. My improvement plateaued. I did some research, and ultimately settled on the $2k SkyTrak instead of the variety of different options. I considered the Optishot2 and GC2 based on other reviews, but ultimately settled with an in-between. It was easy to setup, and after 5 minutes of experimenting with different ball positions, I've found it to be very accurate and consistent to the best that I can tell. I can't attest to the accuracy of the more specific measurements (spin, launch angle, club head speed, etc), but what I "feel" seems to be very consistent with what I see. The only thing that doesn't "feel" like what I see, is that my stock standard "good" feeling shot has a decent draw to it instead of being straight (remember my problem above?). Adjusting my baseline "feel" to what is reality, any shots that feel like a draw actually show up as a bigger draw, and what feels like a fade is actually a straight shot. I can consistently judge a fade, draw, flighted, flop, and my carry to within ~5 yards after I strike the ball. It truly feels like I'm hitting on the range but with more specific information at my disposal (carry, launch angle, max height, spin). Even if the numbers aren't perfectly accurate, they seem to be accurate relative to other shots within the same launch monitor (aka spin numbers increase and decrease as would be expected based on swing/club, even if I can't confirm their overall accuracy). I have no clue if SkyTrak was the best bang-for-buck, or if there are better products out there. I also haven't been able to take it outdoors to confirm flight patterns. It seems like a very poor setup for anyone wanting to take it to the range - indoor mat/net setup is its niche from my understanding. I'm only a week in to using it, so my feeling may change over time, but I thought I would share my experience and offer to answer any questions if anyone has them. Happy golfing!
  7. Hi everybody, Our Socal group has gone through a bit of a rut since the good old days of our large quarterly outings and I think it's time we change that. @tristanhilton85, @Big C, @mvmac, and myself have gone through the trouble of taking care of all of the initial planning stages for this outing so we can skip right to the fun part of finalizing everything. We've already narrowed it down to two Sundays that all four of us are available; Sunday April 23rd and Sunday April 30th. We also all agree on Goose Creek as the location. (Although, it's not a 100% guarantee yet on the off chance they're booked with a tournament for the day or something. If we can't book it, then we'll go with one of the other courses in the general area - Eagle Glen, Oak Quarry, Morongo, wherever.) As long as Goose is available, though, that's our course. So if you are interested, post here with which Sunday you're available, and we'll figure out which works best for the group and go from there. I think by then our crazy wet season will be over and everybody will be itching to play and we'll get a good turnout. :) Tagging all I can think of off the top of my head. If you know of anybody I missed, please post and tag them. Thanks! @Lihu @jefkve @bmartin461 @Shindig @Bechambo @No Mulligans @Pakoh @GolfSwine @chilepepper @Hacker James @Hategolf @gregsandiego
  8. The USGA and R&A are hosting a teleconference (I'll take part and may "live blog" it if possible this Wednesday, March 1, at 8:30am eastern time. It's scheduled to last one hour. Purpose: The USGA and The R&A will host a joint media teleconference on Wednesday, March 1 regarding the Rules of Golf Modernization initiative. Participants: Thomas Pagel, Senior Director, Rules of Golf & Amateur Status, USGA David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance and Chief of Staff, The R&A The expectation is that the rules will see massive, sweeping changes that greatly simplify and reduce the number and complexity of the Rules of Golf. Reportedly some of the changes may be: All water hazards will have four options (play it as it lies, stroke and distance, line back from last crossed point, two clublengths). Dropping may be eliminated. Measuring anything via clublengths may be eliminated (it will be interesting to see how that works if so…). Stroke play penalties will apply to match play, with the score coming at the end of the hole. Bunkers will be treated very differently (ability to move loose impediments, possibly take practice swings or ground clubs?) One stroke penalties almost exclusively. Kinder, gentler rules (like the 18-2 Local Rule) that relies more on player integrity to determine intent and fault. DMDs may be acceptable by rule for all rounds. Three (3) minutes for search instead of five (5). Could look very similar to http://simplegolfrules.com/CodeTwo/?showfile=CodeTwo.html minus the "points" system. Remember, those are a list of the rumors and "maybes." We'll know more shortly. It's expected that these Rules will undergo a long comment period, and the USGA/R&A are looking to enact the rules in 2019. The old thread discussing this was renewed again in early January: This will be the topic of record from now on. I'll lock the other thread as it was largely speculative, and in less than 48 hours, we'll have actual information to talk about. Update: 3/2/2017 - https://cl.ly/063A3i0a0q0d There is a PDF of the teleconference call that took place March 1 at 8:30am eastern time.
  9. You are splitting hairs. Get over it.
  10. Although your point is correct in him not asking persons opinions, this is a website dedicated to the love of the game. This can include sharing information and advice on things. I think it is fair to say @David in FL's comment was meant in good faith and with no ill will (without any further understanding of his intentions). Many people don't have the knowledge of what irons they should play given their handicap and so it's not a comment that was out of the ordinary from a person trying to offer some advice Not sure why your reaction would be so emotional.
  11. My buddy is a massive hitter. He had the Formula 6 krank head before he cracked it. He used 5* of loft with a 3X stiff shaft at 71grams at 49.5in long. His swing speed was consistently 147mph-ish in practice. Launch high, spin low. I don't know for sure about these numbers, but I think you want about 90-110ft at apex height with 1800 - 2200rpm. Launch maybe like 12-14*. Check out last years coverage of the Long Drive challenge. They show you all those numbers for the guys. Most companies come with warranties and if you hit a lot of drives in practice, they'll break. But you can get it replaced. Swing weight will become an issue with length, making it harder to get the face closed. A lot of those guys have funky swings. To get a ton of speed, you almost have to go a little unconventional. All you need is one good hit in the zone.
  12. The component vs OEM has been going on for decades. There was a time when you could be fitted with good quality component heads and shafts by professionally trained fitters. The cost was less than off the rack OEMs. But today the OEM market has changed significantly. You can buy a 2 year old OEM set of irons for less than a fitted component set off Ebay. Same with woods and hybrids. Now if you really think that OEM heads have better tolerances than the good quality component heads you might be wrong. Quality component companies have the same tolerances as the OEMs an are often manufactured in the same shops. They almost all are done out of the USA and in China and Japan. If I were to be fitter for a set of clubs I would go to a professional fitter not to a store that sells off the rack OEM, but will go though a quick fitting that would often pale compared to a professional fitting. A real professional with weigh components, shafts and grips in order to get each club to match through out the set. What I am writing here is just a quick look at what they do, but it is far better than what you get off the rack and better than going to the local golf store to get fitted by someone who is usually not a trained professional, just someone who has had a few tips on fitting using a launch monitor. Now for those who are adamant OEM proponents something like a Callaway or PING fitting center will do the same thing for you, but it might cost quite a bit more. For years I built my own clubs from quality components and my scores were no differnt than with off the rack OEM clubs. During that period I was a single digit player with both types of clubs, component and OEM. Done correctly both options can give you a quality set of golf equipment.As a qualifier I usually reshaft the OEM iron sets I buy today.
  13. good deal. Keeping to specifics should result in more participation, leaving not too much leeway. Either they can make it, or not.
  14. One of a few Fathers Day outings with my Son at Chambers Bay
  15. Before I clicked on this I assumed it meant the big 4 sports of baseball, basketball, football, and hockey. I'm going to stick with my answer of baseball during the spring/summer, football during the fall/winter, and basketball during that weird time we just had between the Super Bowl and Spring Training.
  16. Good post Dave. I think your sentiment is correct, but I do think the teachers of 5sk would adjust a backswing if it's preventing someone from getting their weight forward or have the correct path etc. (the other keys). Obviously these pros with unique backswings don't have an issue with that In the past I would have, but I try really hard to stay focused on my instruction given to me and not deviate. I think that's your best bet. Just watch the pros for fun not to look for ways to fix your game If you're having knee or back issues I'd say it's even more important to communicate that to your instructor and if you don't have one be really careful with what you are trying to implement.
  17. I'm sure a spectator/spectators that didn't pick up the ball but saw it there said where it was approximately. Phil didn't' make the rules, but he gets to use them even to his advantage like any player.
  18. The officials proceeded under Rule 18-1 http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules/rules-and-decisions.html#!rule-18 The official on the spot made the determination, based on the spectators accounts, that it was virtually certain that Phil's ball had been picked up by a spectator (outside agency). What was a little more surprising to me was that he found sprinkler heads deep in the jungle for two different shots. No accusation, he had an official with him both times, but who would have thought there would be sprinkler heads THERE?
  19. Up until about the mass introduction of the graphite shaft in the 1980s Drivers were all 43". 98% of your old wooden woods and early metal woods all had 43" shafts. I'm 6' 4 1/2" I can't really play a 43" driver. My wife's driver is 43.5" and I hit the hell out of it. Yes a little wild because it's a ladies flex shaft, and the grip is tiny but that is beside the point. I've actually toyed with the idea of having my driver cut down to 44" and my my 4-wood back to standard 42.5" (my driver is 45.5" but it's only 45" standard). I actually hit a friend of mine's old R540 with a 44" shaft longer than my EX9. in response to @1badbadger. I agree a slightly shorter shaft actually will make a difference on quality of strike. (Maybe I should have stuck with standard lengths in my irons)
  20. Looking forward to getting a good group out there like we used to. Hopefully at least three, if not four, groups out there. For those who haven't attended one of these before, in the past we've done a modified Stableford type scoring, although the last few that hasn't happened because it was only one group. Anyways, this sounds like fun. Hopefully there will be some new faces out there.
  21. I could be wrong, I don't claim to be an expert, but I don't buy it. You can't tell me that every green breaks away from the high point on the course as if the course designers don't create slopes on their greens. Agreed about readings greens he the feet. Firm believer in AimPoint.
  22. That's what I was doing. She just got a full set, so I was trying to figure out how to carry it all. It's not like it's a massive bag, so I'm sure I can just strap it to my bag.
  23. Why do the commentators keep talking about the "City center" when guys miss putts? Is the this same freaking nonsense about greens always break towards the water? It's so annoying....
  24. I have some experience with shorter driver shafts, and I might be able to provide some insight. I can comment on some of Ken's results as well. The length of drivers on Tour is accurate information. The average length has been 44.5" for a number of years, with guys like Sergio Garcia playing drivers between 43-43.5"! I have been an advocate of shorter length drivers for over 15 years. During that time, all of my personal drivers have been between 44-44.5" with the majority at 44.25". I have also built dozens of drivers for customers ranging from 43.5-44.75" with great results. The biggest misconception is usually that a shorter driver might be straighter, but distance will be sacrificed. The reality is, not only do most players not lose distance, they actually hit a shorter driver longer! How can this be? One reason is it's much easier to hit the ball on the sweet spot with a shorter shaft. When this happens, everything gets better. The other reason is most players tend to release the club early...unless your release is late, a longer shaft will actually be slowing down at impact. Because the driver is the longest club in the bag with the least amount of loft, it is a difficult club to hit for many players. There are many players who hit their 3 wood almost as long, or in some cases longer than their driver. Why? Because a 3 wood has a shorter shaft and more loft. The shorter shaft is much easier to swing and hit solidly, and the additional loft produces a better trajectory. A couple things to keep in mind...taking your driver and cutting an inch off and re-gripping it will not have good results. Too much swingweight will be lost, and it will be difficult to feel the club throughout the swing. I think this may have been happening to @Ken11. To help keep the weight up, I like to use heavier shafts. Something in the 75-85g range will help. Some additional head weight may need to be added as well. If your driver has removable weight screws, replacing them with heavier weights works great, or lead tape can be used. This will help prevent the feel of needing to swing harder or pulling the ball. I have been playing a shorter driver for about 15 years (current driver 44.25"), and I hit it longer and straighter than a 45" driver. I have had the opportunity to hit similar drivers side-by-side on the course and on a launch monitor, and I'm 6-8 yds longer and straighter, and I don't have to work as hard.
  25. My first thought is that if you're "rocking" a set of modern game improvement irons, and are still a 20(+) handicap, the last thing I'd encourage you to do is buy a set of 15ish year old blades. Having said that, I remember them being a quality set of blades, appreciated by a couple of low handicap buddies that played them a bunch of years ago. Right or wrong, you really can't go wrong for $70...
  26. IMO you figure it out by making a good pivot and where ever the arms naturally go just let them do it. Don't "force" a certain arm position because a certain player is flat or upright. The only time an arm plane position should be corrected is if it's interfering with something on the downswing. I know Hardy's definition goes beyond arm plane but that's basically what it is. There are players with upright swings that have steepish shoulder turns. If you cropped out their arms below, the pitch of the pivots are pretty darn similar.
  27. 1...back in 2015,..175 yards,was in one of our monthly medals (i finished nowhere had a nightmare round) i was playing alongside the captain,i didnt see it drop but two guys on the next tee were waving like marooned sailors so i knew it was in..club got me a trophy to comemorate it which was nice.
  28. This is what the R&A/USGA are thinking http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules-hub/rules-modernization/text/stroke-and-distance-relief.html
  29. Well this thread is interesting for a few not even in the market for the club. You are making a wise decision to wait it out.
  30. Yes, when Tiger came on to the Tour he played a 43.5" driver with a steel shaft! I read an article where he said that only if he thought his game was suffering would he consider going to graphite, let alone a longer shaft! Look, the club companies need to sell clubs to stay in business! The 43" - 43.5" driver was a standard for decades, maybe a century! Then the manufacturers started introducing longer drivers, promising more distance. At the same time they also introduced larger clubheads. Longer shafts and larger clubheads equal one thing. Clubfaces that are are harder to square to the target line! It's like Harvey Penick said, "The woods are full of long hitters!"
  31. Be the chicken now that's a steady head
  32. List of all the proposed rules. http://www.golfchannel.com/news/golf-central-blog/test-item-graphics/ The USGA and R&A announced a series of proposed changes to the Rules of Golf, which would take effect in 2019. Here's a complete list of the topics addressed, including what the new rule would be and what the current rule is. BALL AT REST: Topics Description of change Player accidentally moves his or her ball during search New rule: No penalty. Current rule: 1-stroke penalty. Player accidentally moves his or her ball or ball-marker on the putting green New rule: No penalty. Current rule: 1-stroke penalty (with exceptions). Standard for deciding whether the player caused his or her ball to move New rule: The player will be found to be the cause only when it is known or virtually certain (meaning at least 95%) to be the case. Current rule: Weight of the evidence/more likely than not. How to replace a ball lying off the putting green when it moves and its exact original spot isn’t known New rule: Replace the ball on its estimated spot; if that spot was on, under or against attached natural objects, replace the ball on that spot on, under or against those objects. Current rule: Drop the ball as near as possible to the estimated spot. BALL IN MOTION: Topic Description of change Player’s ball in motion accidentally hits the player, his or her caddie, the person attending the flagstick or the attended or removed flagstick New rule: No penalty. Current rule: 1-stroke penalty (expect it is a 2-stroke penalty when the accidental deflection relates to the flagstick or the attendant). TAKING RELIEF: Topics Description of change Where a ball must be dropped New rule: Drop in a defined relief area. Current rule: Sometimes the drop is in a specified area, sometimes it is on or as near as possible to a spot or a line. Where a dropped ball must come to rest New rule: The ball must come to rest in the relief area where it was dropped, or else the ball must be re-dropped. Current rule: The ball must be re-dropped if it rolls to any of the nine specified areas (Rule 20-2c), such as rolling more than 2 club-lengths from where the dropped ball struck the ground. Measuring the size of the relief area where a ball must be dropped and played New rule: The relief area is measured by a fixed distance of 20 inches or 80 inches from the reference point or the reference line;this can readily be measured by using markings on the shaft of a club. Current rule: Measured by using 1 or 2 club-lengths (with any length club the player chooses). How to drop a ball New rule: The only requirement is for the player to hold the ball above the ground without it touching any growing thing or other natural or artificial object, and let it go so that it falls through the air before coming to rest; to avoid any doubt, it is recommended that the ball be dropped from at least one inch above the ground or any growing thing or object. Current rule: Stand erect, hold the ball at shoulder height and arm’s length. Time allowed for a ball search New rule: A ball is lost if not found in three minutes. Current rule: A ball is lost if not found in five minutes. Substituting ball New rule: A player may always substitute a ball when taking relief. Current rule: The player must use the original ball when taking free relief (with exceptions); a substituted ball is allowed only when taking penalty relief. Embedded ball New rule: A player may take relief without penalty for an embedded ball anywhere (except in sand) in the “general area” (new term for “through the green”), unless a Local Rule has been adopted restricting relief only to areas cut to fairway height or less. Current rule: Relief is allowed only in areas cut to fairway height or less, unless a Local Rule has been adopted allowing relief anywhere (except in sand) through the green. AREAS OF THE COURSE: Topics Description of change Replacing a ball on the putting green when it moves from its spot after it already had been lifted and replaced New rule: The ball must always be replaced on its original spot, even if it was blown by the wind or moved for no clear reason. Current rule: The ball is replaced only if a player or outside agency caused it to move; otherwise, the ball is played from its new location. Repairing damage on the putting green New rule: A player may repair almost any damage (including spike marks and animal damage but not including natural imperfections) on the putting green. Current rule: A player may only repair ball-marks or old hole plugs on the putting green. Player touches the line of putt or touches the putting green in pointing out a target New rule: No penalty, so long as doing so does not improve the conditions for the player’s stroke. Current rule: Loss of hole/2-stroke penalty (with exceptions). Putting with an unattended flagstick left in the hole New rule: No penalty if a ball played from the putting green (or anywhere else) hits the unattended flagstick in hole. Current rule: Loss of hole/2-stroke penalty if the ball is played from the putting green and hits the unattended flagstick in hole. Areas the Committee may mark as a penalty area (where relief with 1-stroke penalty is allowed) New rule: Red- and yellow-marked “penalty areas” may now cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water. Current rule: Relief is allowed only from “water hazards.” Player moves loose impediments, touches the ground with hand or club or grounds the club in a penalty area when the ball is in the penalty area New rule: No penalty. Current rule: Loss of hole/2-stroke penalty (with exceptions). Expanded use of red-marked penalty areas New rule: Committees are given the discretion to mark all penalty areas as red so that lateral relief is always allowed (but they may still mark penalty areas as yellow where they consider it appropriate). Current rule: All water hazards should be marked yellow, except where their location on the course makes it impossible or unreasonable to drop behind the hazard; only when this is the case may these water hazards be marked red as lateral water hazards. Elimination of the opposite side relief option for red penalty areas New rule: A player is no longer allowed to take relief from a red penalty area on the opposite side from where the ball last entered that penalty area, unless the Committee adopts a Local Rule allowing it. Current rule: A player is always allowed to take relief from the opposite side of a red-marked lateral water hazard. Player moves or touches a loose impediment in a bunker when the ball is in the bunker New rule: No penalty. Current rule: Loss of hole/2-stroke penalty (with exceptions). Player touches sand in a bunker with his or her hand or a club when the ball is in the bunker New rule: No penalty except when a player touches sand (1) with his or her hand or club to test the conditions of the bunker or (2) with the club in the area right behind or in front of the ball, in making a practice swing or in making the backswing for the stroke. Current rule: Any touching of sand with hand or club results in loss of hole/2-stroke penalty (with exceptions). Unplayable ball relief options New rule: A player may take relief outside the bunker back on a line from the hole through where ball was at rest for 2 penalty strokes. Current rule: No relief outside the bunker (other than in playing from where the player’s last stroke was made). EQUIPMENT: Topics Description of change Use of clubs damaged during round New rule: A player may keep using any damaged club, even if the player damaged it in anger. Current rule: A player may use the damaged club only if it was damaged in the “normal course of play.” Adding clubs to replace a club damaged during round New rule: A player may not replace a damaged club, unless the player was not responsible for the damage. Current rule: A player may replace a damaged club if it is “unfit for play” and was damaged in the “normal course of play.” Use of distance-measuring devices (DMDs) New rule: The use of DMDs is allowed, unless a Local Rule has been adopted prohibiting their use. Current rule: DMD use is prohibited, unless a Local Rule has been adopted allowing their use. PLAYING A BALL: Topics Description of change Caddie standing behind a player to help with that player’s alignment New rule: A caddie is not allowed to stand on a line behind a player while the player is taking his or her stance and until stroke is made. Current rule: A caddie is allowed to stand on a line behind a player while the player is taking a stance and preparing to play, but must not stand there while the player makes the stroke. Caddie lifts and replaces the player’s ball on the putting green New rule: A caddie may lift and replace the player’s ball on the putting green without the player’s specific authorization to do so. Current rule: 1-stroke penalty if done without the player’s specific authorization. WHEN TO PLAY DURING ROUND: Topics Description of change Recommendations on how to play promptly New rule: Recommends that players make each stroke in no more than 40 seconds, and usually in less time. Current rule: No recommendations are given. Playing out of turn in stroke play New rule: No penalty (as today), and “ready golf” is encouraged when it can be done in a safe and responsible way. Current rule: No penalty, but the current Rule is written in a way that may imply that playing out of turn is wrong or is not allowed. Other changes to help pace of play Other new rules: Simplified dropping rules, allowing more areas to be marked as penalty areas, expanded use of red penalty areas and allowing a player to putt with the flagstick in the hole. New alternative form of stroke play New rule: A new “Maximum Score” form of stroke play is recognized, where a player’s score for a hole is capped at a maximum score (such as double par or triple bogey) that is set by the Committee. Current rule: In standard individual stroke play, players must hole out at every hole; the only recognized alternative forms of stroke play where holing out is not required are Stableford, Par and Bogey. PLAYER BEHAVIOR: Topics Description of change Playing in the spirit of the game New rule: Explains and reinforces the high standards of conduct expected from players and gives a Committee discretion to disqualify players for serious misconduct. Current rule: The Rules set out no standards of conduct, except indirectly in giving Committees discretion to disqualify players for a serious breach of etiquette. Code of player conduct New rule: Committees are given authority to adopt their own code of player conduct and to set penalties for the breach of the standards in that code. Current rule: Committees may disqualify players for a serious breach of etiquette, but are not allowed to impose lesser penalties such as a 1-stroke penalty or a loss of hole/2-stroke penalty. Eliminating announcement requirements before lifting a ball under certain Rules New rule: When a player has good reason to mark and lift a ball to identify it, check for damage or see if it lies in a condition where relief is allowed (such as to see whether it is embedded), the player is no longer required first to announce to another player or his or her marker the intent to do so or to give that person an opportunity to observe the process. Current rule: Before lifting in these cases, the player must announce to another player or the marker that he or she is doing so and allow that person to observe the process. Player’s reasonable judgment in estimating and measuring under a Rule New rule: When estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance under a Rule, a player’s reasonable judgment will not be second-guessed based on later evidence (such as video review) if the player did all that could be reasonably expected under the circumstances to make an accurate estimation or measurement. Current rule: A player’s judgment is given no particular weight or deference; the Committee decides any issue about the accuracy of the estimation or measurement based on a review of all facts.
  33. Here goes, I didn't realize I was doing this, but I had a hard time looking directly at the camera lens. I have a little stage fright. I'm also terrible at editing, but I did my best to make it look ok. Shoe Size - 11 Nike or 10.5 FJ Shirt Size - Large for all brands Pants 34/34 for all brands
  34. 1-5. Putting matters most. Uh huh. What are the chances I gain 2 strokes because I (or just about any golfer) 4 putted? It's happened. Rarely. What are the chances I (or just about any golfer) hit an errant tee shot and blow 2 strokes? 40% every tee shot for me.
  35. Wow...you can't be an all-time great without multiple majors? As Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction would say, "That's a bold statement." Let me throw this example at you...Jim Furyk. 27 Professional wins. 17 wins on PGA Tour. 1 major (U.S. Open...tied lowest 72 hole score). Vardon Trophy. FedEx Cup Champion. Player of the Year. Shot 59 on PGA Tour. Shot 58 on PGA Tour. Played in 9 Ryder Cups and 7 Presidents Cups. Over $67 million in career earnings. Sub-standard or great?
  36. I can't answer. If I had to, I could only give you who's my least favorite, and that's Speef. I like the others guys' swings much better, and there's something about him that I don't like. I think he's a prolly a douchebag deep down inside. Of the others, I love DJ and Rors. Day not too far behind but he's a slow player and he can go chew aluminum foil for that.
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    • The shortest par 4 on the course I play is 240 from the senior tees. since I hit the ball far less than that of course I do. 
    • My hole in ones were my most, luckiest shots I ever hit.  I suppose my "1 in a million" shot was on an island 150 yard par three.  I hit my tee shot short, into the the water. I dropped for a three, and holed that shot for a 1 in a million par.  Over the years, I have seen all kinds of both good, and bad weird shots. Probably could write a short book on them all. I saw a guy hit what appeared to be a poor, pushed shot on a 520+/- yard, par 5. The ball hit the concrete cart path, and because of the curbing, stayed on the cart path, with the ball rolling to with in 20, or so yards of the green. He then pitched the ball into the hole for a 3 under 2 on that hole.  Another time, I took a good friend golfing. He had never golfed before. Hadn't ever touched a club that I knew of. The day before our round, I gave him a few pointers to help him out a little..  On the very first hole he ever played, he makes a hole in one. It was witnessed by two other golfers, besides myself. He went on to shoot something in the 140s iirc. I don't think he ever went golfing again.
    • That's a bad idea. Ideal launch conditions don't change for a pretty broad range of conditions. Hit it normally.
    • Playing the ball too far forward on the course because I like the way it looks.  On the practice range I play the ball back farther in my stance and rarely miss a shot.  Lack of discipline on my part and a bad habit that I should be able to break.
    • Getting ready to turn 68 if I crush a drive it may carry and roll 225 so of course I would tee off any time the group in front is 260+ out - I cannot reach them even with a good forward bounce on the cart path.  

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