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      Visit the site flagstickrule.com to read about and sign a petition for the USGA/R&A regarding the one terrible rule in the proposed "modernized" rules for 2019.


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  1. Path is instinctual. Yes.
  2. The latter thing - turning more, feeling the handle go low and left more - is definitely the easier piece. And if you're good playing a big draw, it may give you the reduction in curve and the added face control you need.
  3. Your brake lights aren't the same as your running lights (or whatever they're called). Plus in daylight it can be tough to see red tail lights. I think you've been wasting your energy.
  4. I asked the compliance officer: Things were looser awhile ago. They're tighter now, yet each school is free to set their own admission policies. But CMU is not likely to be one of the schools that admits a student they otherwise wouldn't admit because they can play golf.
  5. It doesn't hurt you to leave it in. I'd suggest they leave it in and putt the same way they would otherwise, maybe with just a little more speed to ensure that it holds its line better. This topic is more about the theory. I'll move your post to the "areas of the course" rules topic. Yes, it would obviously be available to everyone if it was in the rules. The points that remain are: If it offers an advantage, the USGA/R&A are wrong. And better putters are going to be able to use that advantage more than poor putters. If it offers no advantage beyond the purely psychological, then some players will want it in, some out, and it will actually slow play.
  6. I think you and I would disagree on our assessments of those players. It's highly unlikely IMO to be true, let alone that you know "a lot" of such players. The gap between scratch and "in the mid-80s" is HUGE.
  7. Maybe whenever that was things were different. I can only speak to what the regulations are right now. But NCAA Division III athletes can't get any strings pulled for them. You can't wink-wink nudge-nudge and give them financial aid that they're not entitled to, you can't get them admitted when they otherwise wouldn't be admitted, etc. I'll confirm this with my school's compliance officer. But, long story short @Akman, your golf may not be up to snuff enough for Dan Rodgers to care too much. His kids shoot good scores on tougher courses than you probably play right now. George Qian (I think that's his last name) routinely shoots in the 60s at Longue Vue, which plays to about a 73.2 rating. https://ncrdb.usga.org/NCRDB/courseTeeInfo.aspx?CourseID=13065 http://athletics.cmu.edu/sports/mgolf/2016-17/stats
  8. I had a hell of a time figuring something out at Myrtle Beach, but I said then that it was probably some little thing, and if I just got on video I'd see it and could sort it out… and that was accurate. I found a little thing with my right elbow and managed to play pretty well today, despite mis-hitting a driver on #3 a little. Straight, slight draws… in high winds and soft conditions. http://www.gamegolf.com/player/iacas/round/1454603 36. 9 pars. Two (first and last) were scrambling pars. The greens were soft and slow though so you could just throw it almost all the way to the hole. Use the PING Glide 2.0 wedges. Spun one back to the front of the green on #4. I forgot that they're much more aggressive with spin.
  9. I think it's been discussed. Yep. Pretty much. Look, I'll put it this way… If the first is true (it makes putting easier), pace of play will be fine or improved. But you then have the problem that putting will be easier. If the second is not true, and it turns out that putting is basically the same with or without the flagstick, then I imagine the pace of play will actually be worse because players will be taking the flagstick out and putting it back in based on what they think is advantageous to them. If it turns out that the flagstick is actually a disadvantage (to be clear, I haven't heard anyone really say this, except those like @dedalus101 who only have their biased memories to back their claims), then pace of play will basically be exactly as it is now. So ruling out the third, either: Golf got easier, or This proposed rules change will actually slow golf down.
  10. A putter being swung on a tilted plane will arc… and the baseline of the plane will still be a straight line. Consider a plane board and put your club directly on it, and swing it back: the club will travel in an arc (from above), but the baseline of the plane (i.e. where the laser points, or the shaft, etc.) will be on a line or very close to it. So I think I get what you're saying - but no, this shouldn't "make" you swing on a straight line. Yes, and to keep the putter face square to that, you'd have to counter-rotate your wrists.
  11. Simple fix that will be weird for you to pull off. Two things: Club gets across the line at the top, so you shallow a LOT coming down. Your pivot slows down through impact, which keeps the arms fleeing the body and the hands rolling over more. Bit by bit… The shaft is short of parallel, so it shouldn't even be pointing down the target line (parallel) to it, let alone right of it. Compare to Robert Rock. Compare to Zach Johnson. Now, what I want you to notice mostly in these is their right elbow. They're more "in front of their chest" and less to the right of their chest. Their right elbows point more at the camera, while yours points directly away from the ball (nearly). So, while you may not be able to point your elbow at the camera as much as they do (or Jason Dufner does), little bits here will help. Then you'll also want to feel that your watch (left hand) is showing more to the sky - rotate your forearms so that the club is more in the direction of the black arrow, or the direction of where laid off would be. Like Zach. So, your club is "above" the line or plane, and so you're going to try to get it back down ON the plane. But it's going to build up momentum, get to the plane, and the momentum carries it under the plane. Which looks like that. With that path, you've either gotta have the face WIDE open to hit a push, a little open to hit a push-draw, or if it's anywhere near square to the target line… hook left city. Now… despite the fact that you're across the line with a shut face - a bad combination most of the time - it would be okay (or better, at least) if you just rotated like crazy from there to try to pull the path left as much as possible. But you don't. So let's look at the pivot now, or problem/fix #2. Your lower body action here is a lot like Zach's. Cool. Fine. (Still more across the line than him, but I'm now talking just about the lower body action.) Still looking pretty much like Zach. Good. This is where problems start to arise. I've stopped both when your right arm is horizontal. Zach is a few more degrees open with his chest, AND he's not flipped the forearms as much: in fact he's holding on a bit. The two go hand in hand, but he's also probably learned not to "roll" the forearms as much, either. Continuing the turning will help pull the handle left a little more. Your turning rate slows, so the arms fly off the chest and the forearms roll over one another.
  12. Any time before May 5 or 6 would be a big help.
  13. DIII schools in general? There are players that don't break 100 and players that have +2 handicaps, and all start. Some DIII schools don't have enough players. One DIII player, in my conference championship before I was coach, shot rounds of 162 and 158. The guy who medaled shot lower over two days than his 158 over one day (and that score was probably suspect… I'm sure his fellow competitors just took the "12" or whatever he would say at face value when it may have been a 13 or 15 or whatever). Travel varies too. My team wins our conference a lot (7 of the last 8, the last 6 in a row) and we earn an automatic bid to Nationals when we do. So we travel for that, and we travel in the fall AND the spring. Some colleges only play golf in the fall OR the spring. You can find out a lot of this information yourself, and if you're intelligent enough to get into Carnegie-Mellon, you're going to be smart enough to find the answers to these basic questions yourself.
  14. We aren't there for another (nearly) two months.
  15. We're not supposed to be able to do anything. It would be an NCAA violation to "help" a student with anything like that, even admissions. I can tell you all about DIII golf, but ask more specific questions than that…