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  1. mdl

    Will the New Flagstick Rule Become a Fiasco?

    After seeing the numbers, and having some experience playing with the stick in all the time when I'm trying to speed golf, I want it in all the time. I'm not going to be a big stickler about it though. If I'm not first to putt and a playing partner takes it out, I won't insist on putting it back in. Maybe I'd be singing a different tune if I ever had anything more than $10 on the line. I agree it could become a problem for pace of play. Not sure how likely I feel that is.
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    My Swing (chspeed)

    Looks great!
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    What'd You Shoot Today?

    Shot a nice 80 on Sunday. Didn't have time to get there early, just stepped onto the first tee. 3-putt double to start, then three more bogeys, one a 3-putt, to go +5 through 4. Then +3 through last 14, hitting the ball great. It was really cold so even lost a few shots choosing the wrong club for the conditions, coming up short twice and long twice hitting the shot I wanted, though I got two of those up and down. Shot of the day though was this. Two putted for birdie.
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    My Swing (iacas)

    Haha. You're welcome. Notice I haven't posted a video of my own swings in a while. I know they're ugly and have obvious flaws to work on when time permits. Don't need online evidence of how ugly it is
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    My Swing (iacas)

    What's up with the cross the line at the top and super steep at A5?
  6. Oh yeah?! Well I'm 5'1", 85lbs, 65 years old, am so inflexible I can't even touch my knees, much less my toes, 1-rep max bench press even 30 years ago was 25lbs, have TWO bulging discs plus a left shoulder that barely stays in the socket at rest from so many dislocations, and nerve damage that limits movement on my whole right side. But apparently I understand the grip and the swing better than you, because I've driven a 390 yard par 4 and average 320 yard carry!
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    My Course Rating Got Changed Thread

    So say we have a par 72 course with 6,000 yard and 6,600 yard tees. 6k tees start off with a rating of something like 63, and 6.7k tees with something 65, and then all the other stuff adds points up to the final ratings? 90/10 seems maybe extreme? I know for sure that I've played different courses of the same length where my average score is more than 3-4 shots different, but that seems to be about the range of rating difference available when 90% of the rating is distance.
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    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    Well it can't really be underrated, because it seems from what you see people playing on the course to be highly rated already! But I'm going in the minority here and saying it's not overrated at least for reasonably good avid golfers. I don't have any numbers to back it up. I just know that even among premium balls I've felt a difference. I played the Nike RZN balls forever because I work there and got 10 dozen for like $80 when Nike stopped making golf equipment. After (fewer than I would like to admit) years, I ran out of those, and figured I'd try the Pro V1Xs that everyone seems to love but I'd never played. Like I said, I can't point to any statistical differences, but the balls at least felt way better. It felt like my ball flight was more consistent, and the feel around the green was better. I don't think this is a socially influenced bias, since I'd always kind of been against the Titleist balls just because of how much everyone else loved them, so I was totally ready to feel vindicated and not like them. But I admit it's totally possible that if you put me on a monitor and gave me 10 shot per club with the Snells everyone's talking about and the same with the Titleists that the stats wouldn't back up my feel. But I still like the feel!
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    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    Not to reset the clock, but I figured I'd answer my own now I knew shape variety would be considered over rated, and I agree. Sure, there are some hard dog legs left where I wish I could reliably switch mid-round to hit a single hard draw with my driver and shorten the hole a ton. But I can't, and agree it's overrated as an ability. Better to become as consistent and accurate as you can with your best playable shape. More interesting I think is trajectory and spin. I don't play pro tournament setup type courses often enough that I need to worry often about reducing spin so as not to zip the ball back off the front. I'm not sure that's rated super highly, so not sure if it's overrated, but I don't think it's super important. For the same reason, controlling trajectory in and of itself isn't super important for the courses I play either. But I've had a ton of success with learning to flight my short irons. Honestly that success is more about shortening and simplifying the swing and making it easier to control the club face, so the trajectory and spin change from that swing isn't really the point for me. But I'd say that's an underrated thing to learn.
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    Faksakes' Experiment

    Plenty of people have piled on about thinking all coaching is bad, so I'll just note I also disagree with you there. But as to your goal, I used to play every once in a while with a guy who'd been a good golfer right handed (mid to high single digit IIRC), and then was hit by a bus on his left side. Major injuries to left hip and leg. After recovering he found he couldn't swing right handed anymore without pain, but swinging left handed didn't hurt. So he switched and learned how to play lefty. I met him years later, so I don't know how long it took him to learn. But by the time I met him he was probably a 10 handicap with a nice looking swing and solid distance!
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    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    Overrated/Underrated #6: Hitting a variety of full swing shots (shape, trajectory, spin, etc.)
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    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    I've only ever had my irons fit (whoops!) so I'm only qualified to answer there. I'd say under rated. I'm a big guy, and I ended up with +1.5" and 2˚ upright, and it made swinging SO much more comfortable. Also added ~0.5 clubs in length, though I was switching from some fairly old irons, so who knows. I've been considering splurging and getting and Edel putter fitting. Though I've made a few changes in my grip and setup with my current putter and have been putting a good bit better recently. So now I'm wondering whether I can really justify the expense....
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    Describe Your Bad Shot/Great Result Moment

    Similar to @rehmwa. I did it off the tee on the hole below. 3rd hole at Links at Victoria, for those of you who know LA public golf. Short par 4, 300-310 from the back tees. It's hard to see below, and I think the trees were bigger than in this pic, but with my distance I can get it pretty close to, or on, the green with a good drive in SoCal weather and hard fairway roll. And given my driver dispersion and the fact that a leave to either side is worse than it looks in this pic, really I should've always been hitting 2h. But, who doesn't love to bomb the green! I hit an awful duck hook. Left side of the cart path has a concrete curb. I duck it into the cart path into the bend past the left fairway bunker, ricochet perfectly off the curb, roll it to 15-20 feet. Didn't make the birdie, but easy GIR par
  14. Totally agree with this. Most guys will have zero holes that we think of as a really high pressure situation – say, back nine in the hunt on Sunday, especially at WGC or majors. And those that don't have zero holes in those situations will probably have no more than a couple dozen. And the pros proportion of bad shots is in the range that with so few shots taken in high pressure situations, just randomly you'd be totally unsurprised by zero or one, or a bunch.
  15. I agree with @Ty_Webb. The committee doesn't have to worry about definitions or the like at all. They only have to decide how they want an area to play. It doesn't matter if an area is long grass, woods, water, desert, whatever. If it's an area where you're certain or nearly certain to lose the ball – including water, long grass, dense woods with heavy leaves, etc. – does the committee want it treated basically as OB, since it's guaranteed (or almost) to be a lost ball so you have to take stroke and distance if you hit it in? Or does the committee want it to be treated as a classic water hazard, where you have to take a stroke but not necessarily distance? To me it seems simpler for the decision to be around how the hole should play, rather than whether it meets whatever definition.

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