# hopefulhacker

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1. ## Unplayables in a Bunker

Apologies on so many accounts. I got carried away hammering with all the slamming of doors that was going on. And I was wrong to think it this was a discussion rather than a task to sway your opinion. I'm not trying to sway your opinion... I'm hammering away saying I don't agree with it
2. ## Unplayables in a Bunker

The discussion is ALSO about changing a rule of the game.... which would surely warrant a holistic approach it.
3. ## Unplayables in a Bunker

Yes, lots of data, the only problem is deciding on which course of the 1000's that converted all their bunkers into water hazards to use (slight hint of sarcasm) Of course there is no data to show this to be true. I am using Erik's workings, you had no problem using these workings yourself. Ball out of bunker: 1.75 Ball into water hazard (formerly bunker) : 2.5 The 2.5 being the penalty stroke and the 1.5 used for greenside rough (after drop) So without asking my local course to do me a favour and convert there bunkers to water hazards... yes, scores would g
4. ## Unplayables in a Bunker

We have plenty of similar bunkers in Ireland. ;) Third Argument: The proposed change seeks some kind of "fairness" between different hazards but this is ONLY after an unplayable lie is brought into the equation. The proposal is flawed if it seeks parity in punishment from different dangers/hazards BUT nit picks when it wants this fairness. If you filled up all the bunkers on a course with water and red staked them, then scores are going to be higher than if they were left as bunkers. Thus, on the whole. A bunker is less penal than a water hazard. Fourth Argument: The argument for the r
5. ## Unplayables in a Bunker

Using your "here's some basic math" formula. How do you address the unfairness of a scenario where Player A enters bunker, good lie : 1.75 Player B enters water hazard but ball has held up on dry land : 1.5 ? Both hazards but the balance or fairness you want isn't there Let's call it a day and say that a ball is as likely to plug into a lip of a bunker as it is to cling onto the dry margin of a water hazard.
6. ## Unplayables in a Bunker

The old adage "Hard cases make bad law" comes to mind here. Rather than having to argue for the retention of it, what's the real substantial argument for getting rid of it? Bunkers are a unique feature they are not the same as water hazards or bushes. Why should they have the same relief? People should be aware that it is a "drop" within the bunker, if you're getting a severely plugged lie from a drop..... then give arm day at the gym a miss ;)
7. ## If you could change ONE rule, what would it be?

Ah ok, it read to me that you bought into their "winter rules". They should rename it "Winner Rules" because with that much cheating, you can't lose ;)
8. ## Can I PLEASE get a ruling on breaking the GPS???

I'm betting the OP is still out on the course :)
9. ## If you could change ONE rule, what would it be?

You'll be surprised with your lack of knowledge of winter rules too Winter Rules are local rules employed during adverse weather conditions in order to protect the course... there can be many variations but the club will always list what makes up the local "winter" rule whenever the club deems them in place. The most common winters rules are Lift, clean and place on fairways within six inches Placing in the rough Bunkers out of play etc Routinely taking drops for OB and lost balls is certainly not winter rules...They are playing No Rules....
10. ## It was an uncomfortable round last weekend...........

Out of interest, how many groups did you let through during the round?
11. ## Most Embarrassing Moments on the Course?

One of my first rounds playing and standing on the Par 3, I picked my 9i out of the bag (thinking it was a 6i) Hit it as well as I could and was delighted with myself as I grabbed my tee from the ground. Looked up to see my playing partners looking on quite puzzled.... I turned my attention back to the ball and watched as it landed 35 yards short.... WTF was my reaction, I slowly grabbed the club head to find out what I had just hit An embarrassing walk followed as we all laughed on our way to the ball. "The best thing about it was the sheer delight on your face and
12. ## How Would You Play It (16 at Saddleback Golf Course in Firestone)

If going for the green in 2 then I see no real advantage to taking a long iron of the tee. It only introduces more trouble. It'd seems like only a 9i if you play to the start of the fairway (or short) for tee shot and then maybe a wedge over water to the green. As long as you've got the distance correct both shots offer plenty of margin for error right & left. But I'd be taking out the hybrid I'm afraid :)
13. ## Do you have to be good to use lasers?

On that, I think there are two types of golfer that play without a DMD The first type is the guy that has never used a DMD all his life, and he is well used to reading the course and causes no delays... The other type is that guy who realises on the 1st hole they have left their watch/laser/rangerfinder at home PANIC!!!!! It is amazing how dependent and reliant we become on them
14. ## Do you have to be good to use lasers?

I'm offering my opinion on a forum, I'm not making it my business what is "allowed" of not. My opinion is that Lasers are being bought due to their increased accuracy. My experience is that lasers cause more delay than GPS watches or rangefinders. My conculsion is that if you're game isn't good enough for the increased accuracy to matter, then a laser is a "waste of time" on both accounts. Re the highlighted part, that is my thinking, I'm addressing that, you are/were obviously of an ability for it to become useful.
15. ## Do you have to be good to use lasers?

My post was not really directed at you or players of your ability. My post was addressing higher handicappers and their quest for improved accuracy from a laser when in fact, that additional accuracy and that level makes no difference. And unfortunately, it's my experience that guys that suck at golf (like me) also suck at using a laser.
16. ## Do you have to be good to use lasers?

The way I look at it is, the more inaccurate my GPS is, the better.... If I know that it's inaccurate, then that gives me confidence. I know my shots are inaccurate, and now know my distance may be 5 yards off... So everything may align and I may hit the green. Joking.... But only slightly. For my fellow high HC'ers... When does the 2-3 yards of extra accuracy come into play? From 200, 175, 150, 125, 100, 75, 50 yards out? I play with a 5HC'er regularly and he only believes it adds anything to him from 100 yards and in. Personally I think they should be only allowed for low single f
17. ## If you could change ONE rule, what would it be?

2 shot penalty for anyone that takes a divot.... It seems like the only logical rule missing ;)
18. ## My Swing (hopefulhacker)

Well, it has taken some time but I upgraded my phone and managed to get a few videos Erik. I'm guessing priority piece number 1 will be to work on the legs... they're very pale, we don't get much sun over here I would be very interested to see what you think, first 2 videos are SW, third is 7i.
19. ## High handicapper "blow up holes"

It is possible that I'll shoot a 59 in my next round, but not probable.
20. ## High handicapper "blow up holes"

I thought the OP was shooting 100+ & having blow up holes rather than being at the level were he is looking for pars??? He is averaging about 6 strokes a hole. Assuming par 4 as an average, he has to get away from double bogey golf and onto bogey golf before par golf. It wasn't a sweeping statement btw. I said my change was as a result of many things. But the 5i scenario sums it all up nicelyn for me. I also said that I only use it on 300-360 yard holes... I wouldn't have more than an 7i left at that higher end. And my point being, if a high HC'er who is shooting 100 works hard to make
21. ## If you could change ONE rule, what would it be?

Ok so, change the dropping height requirement to 1mm in these areas :) Or just call them Place Zone Places ;)
22. ## High handicapper "blow up holes"

I'm surprised when people are surprised when they have an 8 in a round of 100+ For eg, OP is struggling to break 100, If he is shooting 108 then his average score per hole is 6.... 8 isn't a "blow up", it's an expected variance. The "unlucky" blow up hole isn't unlucky and isn't what needs to be addressed. It's the standard of golf, your swing, your course strategy etc. Seeking solace with the mentality of "If I could only eliminate these occasionally blow up holes I'd be ok" is the wrong way to look at it. These "occasional" blow ups come as a result of "consistent" problems with sev
23. ## Share Your Personal Course Pictures

Ireland... It's a nice little country when the sun comes out :) Played Corballis Links today. It's a super course, a public one, green fees will set you back a cool €15!!!! It's the same piece of land, side by side, as The Island with green fees that are 10 times that. Some pics:
24. ## Phil Mickelson Master Catch-All Thread

I guess you had to be there......... :)
25. ## Worst Dresser on the PGA..

He used to dress fairly sharp, but over the last year things are mirrored his game... Scrappy and scruffy IMO. His shirts look like he picked them up in a any 5 for \$10 basket.
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