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  1. The Mevo+ is the first "affordable" launch monitor that has piqued my interest, because previously my main hesitation towards buying one was how limited the data you received from the device ended up being. Spinrate is nice to know, but it's substantially more useful when you can also see either the ballflight or the spin axis. Since none of the previous affordable options included a spin axis they felt primarily limited to practice at a full driving range so you could see the ballflight. At a driving range the previous devices feel a little limited to me since I can measure distances myself and am able to determine if spin or launch is too high/low based on trajectory, but the specific data is always nice to have. Adding spin axis, however, means I can get all the information I want when hitting into a net at home. I have enough information to determine what the ballflight will look like and whether I'm making the progress I want to make, without having to go to the driving range to confirm that my feel corresponds to the correct ballflight. I'm looking forwards to seeing if competitors develop similar products and are able to continue to drive prices further down, because this feels to me like the right balance of enough data to appeal to most golfers while excluding data that would confuse them and drive up costs. If you know what the ballflight looks like and you can take videos of your swing, qualified instructors can help you fix the swing details (club path and face angle) that this doesn't measure to produce the result you want to see.
  2. The TST corporate offices will be closed as well, which is a large hindrance. There wasn't enough warning to set up proper secure VPN solutions to allow full work-from-home capabilities. We apologize for the inconvenience, but it truly is the only option for the near term moving forwards.
  3. I'm not sure that liquor and tobacco stores being open is a negative, and it could potentially help slow the spread of infection. I say this specifically because liquor and tobacco are available (in most states/areas) at grocery stores that will remain open throughout the entire crises as truly essential. People will still buy their liquor and tobacco, but with specific stores closed they would instead be going to a centralized location to do it which would become crowded with more people. Keeping separate liquor and tobacco shops open could have some type of social distancing effect in that it spreads the consumers out apart from one another, rather than clustering them all into a smaller number of stores. You do have to balance that with the question of whether those shops remaining open will encourage more people to go out. I would wager that no more people are going out, only the people who would already be going to buy it at the grocery store anyways, but I could be wrong. As far as golf goes, maintenance work shouldn't really pose much of a threat. It's not like maintenance workers are usually within 300 yards of the next closest worker, especially if they just staggered the start times so they weren't in the shop at the same time. They also are often wearing masks/respirators and gloves anyways as PPE.
  4. If you think tour professionals are good teachers, I've got a bridge to sell you. There are guys like Bubba Watson who can't teach because they learned by just hitting balls over and over again. Then there are other guys who have had one coach their entire lives and can't teach because they only know one way of going about things. Then there's the vast majority of the rest of them that can't teach because feel isn't real and while they can describe their feeling, they can't effectively communicate that to find the correct feeling for their student. Teaching something is an entirely different skill set than doing it, and in many cases requires the ability to do it and then some. University professors can certainly do everything they teach about, or else they wouldn't know enough to teach it. In the same way a quality golf instructor can do all of the things they teach, in terms of changing swings and hitting different kinds of shots. They may not be as consistent as the top pros in the same way a chemistry professor may not have memorized specific formulas the way a lab chemist has, but the breadth of knowledge is much wider because they have to be able to do it as well as know how to teach it. If you can't do something in golf you'll never be able to communicate and teach it effectively.
  5. In terms of a business proposition, this doesn't make as much sense as a large and low-stakes operation (such as the Myrtle Beach WorldAM). You're looking to profit off gambling which means you can learn a lot from the casino industry, and the thing about casinos is that only a very small percentage of their business is from the high rollers willing to make large bets. More than 65% of casino revenue comes directly from slot machines, because everybody can afford them and people can put their money in quickly. The number of people willing to bet in quantities that large is, quite simply, staggeringly small. Casinos know this, and its why they focus on increasing revenue and players for their slots machines rather than advertising lavish benefits for high rollers. A more prudent business idea would be a more widespread series of tournaments you host, focusing heavily on local advertising on nearby courses and pricing entry at only 10-15% above the cost of greens fees. You'll make less money per tournament, for certain, but smaller tournaments like that often fill to capacity when they look like fun and don't break the bank. You can also host many, many more of them in a year. I have no doubt there are people around the world willing to ante up for a $10,000 buy-in for a tournament. My doubt is that you would be able to reach enough of them without specific connections to make the event a reality. Among the people willing to pay that kind of entry fee, you'll find an even smaller percentage of them willing to do that without being wined and dined or given lavish benefits at the tournament itself. Most of the people with that kind of disposable income are entering this kind of tournament for fun, not because they are looking to turn a profit, and their expectations for the destination, food, and events off the course will reflect that. The people willing to make that buy-in for the money alone, and play a fairly standard course with no events outside of the golf itself, are a minority among the already small minority willing or able to pay the price of entry among the minority of people worldwide who even golf to start with. You're literally looking for the minority within the minority within the minority, which isn't impossible but does become prohibitively expensive without the right connections. This isn't trying to earn riches from the niches so much as it is trying to find 20 or more needles in a haystack.
  6. There is no way a tournament would have enough entries to support a $25,000 price without the entry fees themselves being absolutely ludicrous or there being too many players to make it onto the course. Your predicted prize pool is somewhere in the neighborhood of $50,000. Assuming the house takes a generously small 25% cut, that means that there is about $65,000 in entry fees just to support prize money and tournament organization. Assuming 100 players, a large number for a single course to host without PGA-level prep work, that's $650 of their entry fee going to just the prizes and tournament organizers. Then there's the greens fees - Myrtle Beach golf isn't cheap and each round of golf will cost you about $75 even with a bulk discount for organizing a tournament like that. The entry fee just went up to $725, and that's not even counting any other goodies included with the tournament. You expect players to pay $725 or more in tournament entry fees and just be okay with possibly being disqualified because they played well? You also expect players to accept getting disqualified, regardless of entry fees, when they stand to gain $25,000 because they just played the best golf of their life? You'd be up to your neck in lawsuits before you could even say, "statistics" because improbable doesn't mean impossible. You'd also be hard pressed to organize more than one of those types of tournaments a year, and the main draw for it would not be the cash prizes but the resort location it could be hosted at (since a local area would not support such a tournament, it would need to be travel-worthy). The golfers with a handicap to play in such a tournament (you'd need a high handicap to be interested, because low handicappers know they have no chance) are not the type to spend big bucks on tournament entry fees. Generally speaking, the majority of golfers willing to spend that kind of money for a tournament are low handicap players, so your audience would be incredibly limited. You'd also have to notify all golfers competing that they would need to revoke their amateur status before the tournament to accept any prize money in the end, which would turn off another large swatch of players. I could see it being fun for a very specific group of people, but the issue is that the exorbitant cost of hosting such an event combined with the very limited audience means it would be unlikely to catch on in any widespread fashion. Money doesn't grow on trees, and your potential customer base only gets smaller the larger the prize pool is because no sponsor will waste their money on that tournament's prize pool (it would not be televised and would receive minimal exposure) and the cost of entry would skyrocket accordingly.
  7. I can picture people getting disqualified unnecessarily because of that system, and the line of what is "too good to be true" for net scoring is entirely arbitrary. The bigger issue with net scoring, in general, is that the odds of a low handicapped golfer winning are near zero unless the handicaps are adjusted in a way that ends up making it too difficult for high handicap golfers to perform well. The primary issue is just that high handicap golfers have much more variability in their score than low handicap golfers, meaning a personal best followed by 2 above-average rounds (what it usually takes to win a big event's net scoring) is a substantially lower net score than a low-handicapper's personal best plus two above-average rounds. I imagine some people would be interested, as evidenced by the Myrtle Beach WorldAM, but many of the people who enjoy golf enough to enter and play in tournaments for cash prizes are also the type of golfers who would not play in net events. You could organize the events, but unless there's a draw besides just the money (such as the draw of playing in Myrtle Beach), you'll attract the same crowd that already plays in the men's club and city championship events. I can see there being some interest, just not nationwide interest because I still don't see anything that sets it apart from club championship or men's league style tournaments. They're the same thing essentially, but with net scoring only rather than net and gross.
  8. The primary reason it doesn't exist is because of the importance of the distinction between amateurs and professionals in the world of golf. These rules, plus the fact that the average golfer isn't that good compared to pros or top amateurs, mean nobody is motivated to play for the sole purpose of prize money in events like you describe. Low-handicap amateurs can't play in events like that, at least not events of any size, because they would earn too much to remain an amateur. Professionals wouldn't want to play in events like that because the purse would be too small to be worth their time (most of the prize money in professional tournaments comes from sponsors, not entry fees). As far as the weekend golfer is concerned, they wouldn't want to play it this type of tournament either because they wouldn't have a chance of winning. They know they won't finish in the top 10-20% of golfers in the tournament, so why throw their money away? The only people with a chance of winning are professionals and low-handicap amateurs, who wouldn't/couldn't want to play in the tournament for the reasons outlined above. Besides that, the format you describe is very similar to the tournaments hosted by men's/ladies club organizations at courses across the country, or city championships. The only real differences is that the competitions often include net payouts in those events, as well as those events having their payouts capped to avoid running afoul of amateur status regulations. The events also often accumulate points for a season-long overall championship. My city's championship event as well as all the nearby men's club events all pay out to the top X finishers using a portion of the entry fees. What specifically is different about those types of events from what you propose?
  9. I would agree with this sentiment. To not consider violations of the rules as cheating and penalize them accordingly, whether they be intentional or careless, undermines the entire purpose of having rules in the first place. As far as pace of play goes, I guarantee you the PGA Tour could play their rounds in 4.5 hours or less every single day of every single tournament if they did one thing: enforced the USGA pace of play policy using Rule 5.6a. Players would be allowed 40 seconds per shot. Players who fail to do this will be assessed one penalty stroke on the first occurrence. The second occurrence results in a two stroke penalty (or loss of hole in match play). The third, and final, occurrence is disqualification. As soon as penalties are on the table and penalties are strictly and evenly enforced the slow play problem will vanish literally overnight. When playing slow means losing strokes or possible disqualification, it will cause all the slow players on tour to suddenly play at a reasonable pace like they should. The fact that the PGA hasn't done this yet is proof enough that they don't actually care about slow play, considering the penalties they have given are few and far between.
  10. I believe this may be the case. In any rate, if you're putting the golf ball in your pants or vest pocket you are not doing so to intentionally change the playing characteristics of the golf ball. The only possible way for it to go that far is if you had hand warmers or ice cubes in the same pocket as the ball to try and heat it up/cool it down. Even in such outlandish circumstances, you would need to be deliberately heating the golf ball and intend to change its playing characteristics to be penalized. Penalties only come into play when you deliberately alter the performance characteristics of the golf ball. This means you have to intentionally try to change the way the ball plays. It's not something you can accidentally do, because it's impossible to do something deliberately if it's an accident. So the short answer is no, you will not be penalized for any conventional method of storing, transporting, or carrying your golf balls.
  11. If the weather is 20 degrees outside and you keep your golf balls heated to 75 degrees, you will be in breech of the rule and penalized accordingly in USGA sanctioned tournaments. Feel free to try if you're convinced of your reading of the rule, but don't expect to be unpenalized if you show it to a rules official.
  12. It's very simple - if you intend to change the playing characteristics of your golf ball by artificially heating or cooling it, you are breaking the rules. Every single one of your contrived circumstances can be covered and answered by this very plain and common sense explanation. You cannot wash your ball in warm water if you're doing so to intentionally make the ball go further. You can wash your ball in warm water if you're a normal person doing it because it gets dirt off the ball better. You cannot place your golf balls in a special insulated black sack designed to act like a sauna to heat the balls up. You can place your golf balls in a black sack if it just happens to be what you store your golf balls in. Golf is a game of honor and intent, and this is no different than the dozens of other rules regarding activities prohibited only if the player intended to gain an advantage. It makes the judgement of the rule very simple for honest golfers, and more difficult for those intent on toeing the line as close as possible so that they can gain an advantage so small as to be nearly unmeasurable. I know which type of golfer I am, and I also know which type of golfer I'd rather play with in a tournament.
  13. The temporary fix is to move the ball further back in your stance. A more permanent fix could be to work hard on weight transfer during the swing, but that may not even be your issue. It's impossible to know why you hit it fat unless you show us video of your swing. That said, there is something you can do to help understand when you're hitting the ball fat off a mat. Go to a hardware store and buy a chalk line. Use this to snap a line of chalk on the mat, and place your golf balls so that they sit just a fraction of an inch in front of the chalk line. Hit the ball. If you see the chalk line disappear, you know your club hit the ground too early because only your club can scrape the chalk off (the ball is in front of it, remember?). Seeing it distort a little bit is expected just from the air your club is pushing around, but the chalk completely scraping off (and chalk on your club) is a dead giveaway of a fat hit on a mat.
  14. Do you have any photos of the irons to share? It's impossible to say much without seeing what the clubs themselves look like.
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