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curlydastooge

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About curlydastooge

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  1. Too late... Dwight Eisenhower used black balls on the White House lawn in the snow a looooong time ago.
  2. OK. Here's the answer... "USGA Testing Procedure" Ensure that the Indoor Test Range (‘ITR’) temperature is maintained at an average of 75±3 °F (23.9 °C+/- 1.7 °C). Measure and record the temperature, barometric pressure and humidity. Golf balls shall be maintained at 75 °F +/- 1 °F (23.9 °C +/- 0.6 °C) for a minimum of three hours prior to testing. ...... So if "we" keep the balls at 75° F+/- 1°F , "we will not be "altering the performance characteristics" of the balls, but instead we will be maintaining those characteristics. .... I'm sure you Floridians will be glad to know this. .... I sure am.
  3. Despite being called a "troll" and being told I may be overly irritable, I will hold my fingers in check and will not respond in kind. I will, however, await an answer from the USGA about my question. Please allow me that. I will let you all know what they say when they respond. Have a nice day.
  4. David in FL, Do you have some sort of problem with me wanting information from the USGA? It seems like you don't like the idea that I'm trying to clarify what is "legal" and what is not. I'm not a lawyer or a "troll'. Trolls, to the best of my knowledge live under bridges and attack billy goats. I'm simply trying to get correct information. If that bothers you, tough.
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  6. So, if we "maintain" the temperature of the balls at the same level (degrees) at which the manufacturer or the USGA or whoever tested them, then we are not violating the rule. Right? But if we "deliberately alter" the temperature of the balls by heating or whatever, then we are violating the rule. Does that seem correct? So now we need to know what the "official" USGA temperature is, so that we don't violate the rule. Right?
  7. What if i "clean" my golf balls in warm water before the round? Is that a violation?
  8. Ahhh! Murphy's Law strikes again. Once you open a can of worms, you're going to need a bigger can to get those worms contained.... I'm still waiting for a USGA ruling on this question...
  9. What about carrying your golf balls in a black bag on a sunny day? We all know that the color black retains more heat than white or any other color. So would carrying the balls in a black bag be heating the balls "artificially"? Not trying to get the discussion "heated" or anything, but this is getting more and more interesting.
  10. Just sent this question to the USGA rules email site. Hopefully I'll hear back from them soon.
  11. When is a golf ball considered to have been illegally "heated?" For example... 1. If a golfer drives to the course with a golf ball over a heater vent in his car, is that illegal? Or 2. If a golfer uses a "Hot Biscuits" or other type ball warmer plugged in before the round but unplugged before teeing off on the first tee, is that illegal? Or 3. If a golfer keeps his golf balls in a thermos/insulated cup or bag with hot water before the round, but empties the hot water before teeing off on the first tee, is that illegal? In short, can a ball be heated before a round begins? And if it can, can the ball be kept in an insulated container that is not "actively heating" the ball but simply retaining the heat already within the ball during the round? I know it is illegal to carry a ball in a pocket with a hand warmer in the same pocket, by the way. Be kind with your answers, please Mike
  12. Back to my "original" question. Whether or not it is an effective method of achieving more distance on relatively cold days, would the use of a thermos bottle without any warm water in it during a stipulated round be within the "Rules of Golf"? To be clear, the warm water would be dumped out before the round. I'm only thinking about trying to retain the heat that is already in the balls during the round. I have a thermos bottle (the gray one with the silver cap, probably can't say the name without getting in trouble for advertising) that retains heat very well for a long time. I can put 6 golf balls in the thermos and they will stay warm for the whole round. As I sometimes tend to be a bit wild with my drives, I occasionally lose a ball or two during a round. Just want to know if I can "legally" use the thermos to insulate the balls from the cold air, thereby keeping them warm. It seems to me that this would be the same as using an insulated bag or an insulated coffee mug to achieve the same purpose.
  13. Here's the scenario. Cold weather (40-50° F) in California. I'm thinking of ways to keep golf balls warm that will be within the Rules of Golf. I've tried a "Hot Biscuits" plug-in ball warmer. Not happy with the results. I understand that keeping a hand warmer in your pocket with the balls is against the rules. So I've come up with this idea. How about putting the balls in a thermos that is filled with warm water overnight and then keeping them in the thermos (without the water) during the round. It seems like that would not be "actively warming" the balls during the round. Don't know if it would be effective in adding distance or not, but it seems like it would keep the balls warm without violating any rules. Please comment and let me know what you think. Curlydastooge
  14. I'm taking the plunge to comment on this topic because I've been frustrated for several years by having my clubs get tangled while taking them out of the bag and returning them to the bag. Just to let you know, I usually walk and push my push cart which has the bag slanted, not vertical like on a riding cart. Even though I purchased a Callaway Org 15 bag, I was still having problems with the clubs getting stuck and the plastic tubes (which I had purchased to help with the sticking club problem) sliding out while I was trying to get a club out of the bag. So, I was trying to figure out a solution to the problem which didn't involve spending a lot of money on another new bag. After discussing the problem with my lovely bride (married 31 years) I decided to visit the local Ace Hardware store and see what kind of solutions might be available. Here are a couple that seemed to work for me. 1. Attach a large neoprene gasket to the tube and insert it into the bag. The gasket sticks to the tube and the bag and keeps it from sliding. 2. Use the kind of tape they use for sealing camper shells to pickups. Wrap a few wraps of the tape around the tube a few inches below the top and the tube will then stick in the bag and not slide out when removing the club. Hope this helps my fellow dweebs to cure a frustrating problem.
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