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Chief Broom

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  1. It is within the rules of golf to use your putter to "mark" your ball.
  2. Chief Broom

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    Tommy Gainey did it. He was an assembly line worker at a water heater factory who played money games and mini tour events on the side. I believe after doing this for a few years and being reasonably successful doing so (making money in the money games and placing well in the mini tour events) he was able to convince a group of business people whom he knew to put up the money (along with winnings he was able to save) for him to devote himself full time to playing golf. It can be done and you don't have to go the route of spending large sums of money on living with a top golf instructor
  3. I wonder how you translate that drill into the full driver swing?
  4. Find a good vantage point somewhere on the back 9 prior to any of the players making it that far along in their rounds. Stay there and let all the golfers come to you. The herd following Tiger starts showing up a good 2 or 3 holes prior to him coming through, so being there ahead of time is crucial. This has always worked for me Sunday's at the Masters.
  5. I de-loft the driver horribly at impact. I have a very strong grip as a result of being a lifelong slicer of the ball. As I've tamed the slice (somewhat) my ball flight has drastically dropped. In fact the only shot with the driver I can get up in the air is that high slice/cut, otherwise it's low. This is a result of being above plane after I start down on the ball and come into impact outside-in. Any ideas for drills to work on at the range to add more loft or promote hitting up on the ball?
  6. Well I tried this and it didn't work. My club has 5 sets of tees and I always play the middle tees at 6250yds (70.4/126). Beyond that we've got 6750yds (72.5/130) and 7100yds (74.2/137). Our club championship is coming up this weekend and they'll set it up so that we'll be playing from a mixture of the three longest tees. Incidentally the one's immediately shorter than where I usually play are considered the senior tees at 5450yds (66.6/117) and shortest are the "women's" tees at 5000yds (un-rated for men). Figuring that I should have some experience from the longer tees leading int
  7. I guess I'd pick b for a larger margin of error. I'd missed that "capture speed" thread originally and it is certainly interesting. I'm definitely not a "rammer" when it comes to putting. That's one of my regular playing partners. He's a better putter than I am and I have found myself at times admiring his ability to firm those shorter putts home. Actually how firm he's hitting them I can't say because I'd put his success rate on those (and this practice stands out primarily on those in the 3'-5' range) around an 80% make rate. This weekend I did spend some time considering t
  8. The pros hit putts firm for a reason. I've got a regular golf buddy who does this and he's deadly on those short putts that can easily bring you to your knees trying to second guess the break and get the ball to die in the hole. As Ben said aim for the back of the cup and hit it hard enough so that it hits it.
  9. This practice is very widespread. I'd say far more people "roll" the ball than play it down. It doesn't bother me one way or the other. If someone who rolls the ball plays in a handicapped tournament their handicap will reflect the way they play, so any advantage gained will in effect lower their handicap accordingly. The problem I see from rolling the ball is for the "roller" if they ever find them self in a situation where they are not allowed to roll the ball. Then they will lose whatever advantage they have gained from rolling the ball, and constantly have to fight the impulse t
  10. Miura draws upon the Japanese cultural traditions of metallurgy, craftsmanship, artistry, etc. It's no coincidence that this approach has been successful for them in the Japanese market and beyond. This multidisciplinary approach has always been a fundamental component of Japanese culture and the Miura company functions under this philosophy. I've always admired this mindset. The Samurai prized the ability to arrange flowers and write poetry as much as skill with arms or military tactics. At the core of this belief is the assumption that better design is to be found through such a multidi
  11. In my experience when you play a course has a lot to do with how busy it will be. Take the time to get to know a course and it's play patterns and it should be fairly easy for you to schedule your rounds when you know you'll stand the best chance of not being held up. The best way I know to be able to play as fast as you want is to be the first group off in the morning. Those times are usually taken by course regulars because they also don't want to have to wait. There have been plenty of times when I showed up at the course prior to their first tee times and was able to convince them to l
  12. I don't disagree with your basic premise. But I get the impression that you might not be playing necessarily the same game a lot of these other guys are playing. There is a lot to be said against the current rage of the "bomb and gouge" style of play. You mentioned earlier playing the ball along the ground versus flying it to the hole, and I've played with a lot of older players who routinely will use their putter from 50 yards off the green. That's a style we aren't used to seeing here in the states but it is a style that can be used to great effect. So too can players become obsessed wi
  13. The reason I asked the typical yardages you play from is because that has a huge impact on breaking 80. I'd say if you stick to tees less than 6300 yds and hit your driver 220-230, but always straight, you'll have no trouble occasionally shooting in the 70's. Now if on the other hand you play tees pushing beyond mid 6000 yds to upper 6000's (and beyond) you're going to have a lot of trouble, and in fact have to play lights out in order to break 80. In actuality my average driver distance is certainly in the mid 230 yd range and I always stand a chance (albeit a small one) of breaking
  14. This is the way embezzlement works. The embezzler actively works to maintain the cover up of the funds being stolen. They get caught when someone finally figures out that something is wrong and decides to perform an external audit, or something happens to prevent the embezzler from actively covering up the missing money (e.g. the embezzler retires, gets fired, goes on an unexpected medical leave, or even goes on vacation). One red flag for auditors is when a key employee never takes vacations or only does so for short periods of time and specifically sets it up so that other employees don't
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