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  1. Sorry, when I was referring to people as hitting it 300+ yards, I was talking about people who do it somewhat consistently. Not necessarily as their average, but they hit at least 2-3 per round.
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    Failure To Include an Unknown Penalty

    Eh, I'd argue there's a bit of a difference between having someone's life potentially in your hands and playing by the rules in a golf tournament. A rules exam seems a little silly for the PGA Tour just because they're there because of skill at golf, not necessarily knowledge (they've got caddies to help them supplement their knowledge). Maybe a one time thing when they first get their card just to ensure they're not brain dead with regards to the rules. That said I fully support them bearing the full penalty of their rules breaches instead of getting away with the, "I didn't know" excuse. It's literally their job, they should know the rules in the same way that a stock trader should know the laws surrounding shares and futures and they should bear the consequences of their actions in the same fashion.
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    Failure To Include an Unknown Penalty

    I can understand the old version where tournament committees had the option to instead give them the penalty plus 2 strokes for the lower score, but to make it no penalty at all is absurd. The additional 2 stroke penalty before if they didn't know provided players with an incentive to know the rules and avoid dropping 2 extra strokes that could otherwise be avoided. This actively provides an incentive for players to NOT known the rules, which should never be the intent of the rules.
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    Provisional ball strategy

    Like others mentioned it can depend on the circumstances, but in the vast majority of circumstances I'll hit the same shot. If I did something like misjudge a tailwind and just pound a drive past where I wanted to hit it (into thick rough or potentially OB, etc.) then I will take one club shorter to avoid that. Another scenario that I'd change my strategy for the provisional is if I didn't see some kind of ravine that was hidden and ended up failing to do my homework to know it was there, but hit into it with my first shot. 98% of the time I have to hit a provision ball this isn't the case though, it's just a bad shot by me. In those cases I just hit the same shot because the one preceding it was most likely a fluke (or it just went into the rough during fall and I'm concerned I won't find it otherwise thanks to the leaves.
  5. Abusive towards Tiger is somewhat plausible, in terms of just the fact that he put Tiger through a hell of a lot for him to get to the place he's at now. As far as unfaithful to his mom, I can't find a single other source mentioning that (at least not in the first page of Google results in 2 searches).
  6. Personally if a flawed adulthood meant I became the most successful golfer in history and made over $1,000,000,000 since the age of 20, my only question would be which dotted lines do I need to sign to have that kind of flawed adulthood. I'm not necessarily sure that Tiger's childhood necessarily translated into his issues later in life, at least in terms of infidelity. It's possible that he was exposed to a lot of it since he grew up around the military, but there's certainly no indication that it was present in his father to set an example for him.
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    2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National - Paris, France

    Like @iacas mentioned, Justin Thomas was ranked 5th out of a team of 12 in terms of the US driving distance. He was almost the median driving distance player on the US team, not the longest. That's not to say he doesn't hit it long, because he does - just not longer than 1/3 of the rest of the team.
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    How to get a Lean Body?

    My modification of choice.
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    How to get a Lean Body?

    That chart shows REALLY unrealistically low body fat percentages. By that I mean it's talking about perfect world ideals, not ideals that are attainable by most people. The average man has a body fat percentage of 18-24 percent. The best athletes in the world have body fat percentages of 6-13% for men and 14-20% for women. At the 8-10% range of body fat (for men) you are able to clearly see veins without flexing because of how little fat is present on the body. Add about 5% to each of those percentages and you'd still have a person who was in better shape than probably 80% of the people their same age.
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    Collected Data on Arccos Accuracy

    Don't worry, I skipped the complicated bits for you! 😁 GPS is a cool subject, and the improvements for it have been pretty significant since the 2000's when the intentional offsets were removed.
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    Collected Data on Arccos Accuracy

    Being within 2-3 yards of the distances on all your shots doesn't surprise me too much. The accuracy of civilian GPS has a minimum of 7.8 meter range accuracy 95% of the time, but interestingly enough the specs have improved and now the average "User Range Error" is 2.3 feet 95% of the time. This doesn't mean that GPS devices are accurate to that size of a hoop around you, it's just the accuracy of the distance between you and the satellite. This roughly translates to an average accuracy (in mid-range user devices) of a 3 meter circle. High end devices can manage 1-2 meter accuracy in good conditions, but they're quite expensive. The primary reason military GPS is more accurate is access to the P(Y) code (old version) or M-code (new version) that is encrypted and transmitted alongside the freely available civilian data. It can include error correction and forward error correction, and it significantly helps with ionospheric correction to increase accuracy. The new M-code will also be transmitted (once new satellites are launched) with directional antennas that can increase signal strength in specific areas as necessary. I've had long conversations with a senior engineer in charge of a GPS replacement celestial navigation system (for use in military vehicles if GPS systems are down) and have been told that the accuracy of the military GPS is usually within 5 centimeters of the actual location and that their goal was to match or beat that accuracy. Interestingly enough researchers as early as in 2016 have found techniques that can make even civilian GPS accurate to within 1 inch of your actual location by combining data from GPS satellites and sensors onboard the device that is being located. That said, since 2000 the gap between civilian and military GPS has been shrinking since the US stopped randomly offsetting the GPS data (initially by up to 400 meters, since it was intended for use in ocean navigation) that was transmitted by satellites. Civilian GPS still doesn't have access to encrypted data that the military uses, but interestingly enough clever systems used to be able to use the old P(Y) signal to help with error correction even if they couldn't read the data in the signal itself. Basically, the gist of it is that GPS is going to be more accurate than you pacing it off, but only marginally less accurate than most standard laser rangefinders.
  12. It all depends on where you golf. At the courses I play at in the last 2-3 years I can count on 1 hand the number of times I played with or saw someone who could legitimately hit 300+ yard drives that wasn't already playing in some form of competitive tournament with me. One guy from a work golf league, one guy who I later saw at the US Amateur qualifying on the range, and one guy recently who I happened to pair up with this past fall. I've met or overheard plenty of people saying they hit the ball 300 yards though.
  13. That could indicate a very slightly in-to-out path, or it could just be overcompensation for the slices meaning the face was more closed on the hooks than it was open on the slices. From the descriptions however it seems clear that the face angle inconsistency is a larger issue than your swing path, however. The initial direction of the golf ball (push/pull) is primarily a factor of the face angle. The swing path factors in slightly, but it's incredibly minor (something around 10-15%, IIRC) and face angle dominates there. If the face is open, relative to the target, you will hit a push of some variety. If the face is closed, relative to the target, you will hit a pull. The curve once the golf ball is in the air is based on the difference between the face angle and the path. If the face is closed, relative to the path, then the ball will draw or hook. If the face is open, relative to the path, then the ball will fade or slice.
  14. You're right, it appears I underestimated slightly 🙂. Game Golf pegs my PW at 158 yards, with a pretty clear and visible gap between the flighted wedges (in the 130-145 range) and the full swings. Haven't played much this year with the Game Golf though, mostly because I haven't played much in general (I'll need to fix that before applications for the 2019 Newport Cup begin!), so distances could have changed since then. I know I did lose about 5 yards per club switching to my current MP4's from my old S55's, so that could also account for the difference there. This is all lighthearted jest by the way, I don't mean to attack or make you feel ganged up on. You're free to believe what you'd like, I was just giving a bit of perspective on why someone who hits that distance would find your suggestion a bit strange if you mentioned that he should hit some knock down shots with a 6 or 7 iron. I think what might be a little bit of a better variant on the same idea, for most players anyways, is to pick a club that would get you to the back of the green with your normal "full" swing and then try playing that club to the front, middle, and back of the green. For most golfers it's best to avoid overswinging and trying to hit the ball further than you normally would with a club. I, personally, try to avoid it unless it's really needed - if I need to clear a tree or other obstacle and require more loft as a result. It's good to know how to hit the ball further with a club if you absolutely have to, but it's not something I regularly practice since in many of those cases you're better off hitting a low shot instead (unless you live in Colorado, where bushy evergreens like blue spruce mean you don't get to go low as often). Practicing shots other than just full swings is a good idea though, specifically taking just a few yards off it to cover any gaps between clubs. Full swing mechanics are where the bulk of most people's focus (myself included) belong though, and the rest can just be mixed in along the way.
  15. Another good point, it's all in what you know how to do and what you've practiced. I got good at flighting my wedges when I used to work at a course where the range had one flat in the center of a green at 145 yards. If I hit a full gap wedge I'd end up towards the front of the green, and a full pitching wedge was the back of the green. It was a real gap in my yardages, and so I hit a LOT of flighted wedges until now it feels more comfortable to me with wedges than a full swing.
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