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  1. As viewed from above, Hogan and Palmer have both made an effective rotation of the trail hip away from the target line. This is large effected by the knee / shin moving away from the toes to a more vertical position as the inside of the trail foot is pressured. Palmer may be extending somewhat, but based on the pic below still from his younger days, I doubt Jack is much. To the extent that the trail leg retains flex for that amount of turn away from the ball-target line the trial hip will be further from the target line on an arc as viewed from directly above (more effective degrees of ro
  2. At the top level the men may still be much better than the women at putting. Paige McKenzie once talked about how she played against some college guys who destroyed her on putting and she thought she was pretty good relative to her peers. I expect the best pro women ballstrikers have to work even less on putting to compete successfully than the guys where every edge is crucial just to get a card and make cuts. I love to watch Rory and DJ crank it out there. But I also get a kick out of Jim Furyk and Mo Martin's precision oriented play. It's all good. If they want to make accuracy mor
  3. I'm not positive, but I think there may have been some consideration about the softness of the ground closer to the creek / further down the bank where the water table would get closer to the surface. Basically, the downhill lie is what got him. He knew he needed height to stop it in the shallow green and he likely fought going with the slope with his swing. A damage control shot might have been to go with his most lofted club and just go for extra height while going with the slope to try to stop it somewhere on the green, at or past the pin, two-putt and move on the the next hole. Golf i
  4. This is looking like a good chance year for DJ, Rory, and Jordan. DJ's putting and short game seem much sharper than in years past, and Rory's resurrected his putter. Should be interesting!
  5. Hey Randall. Just wanted to say cheers, and thanks for the fun discussions about stats. Hope your progress continues apace!
  6. Based on the mud ball example above it would appear that while the spin rate is clearly measured with their patented tech, the spin axis is calculated/imputed based on the lateral movement of the ball even if the axis isn't tilted. For practical purposes, though, mud balls and uneven dimple wear shouldn't be much of an issue.
  7. I thought I might be getting an increase in characteristic time or forgiveness sort of like a flex face driver. That's encouraging, then. I guess I can attribute the extra distance to technique improvement. True enough. I have a permanent ding in the toe of my 7-iron from hitting a buried rock trying to play out of a hazard.
  8. Yeah, knowing your swing and how it affects ball flight relative to ball flight laws is great for making the most of any ball flight monitor, I'd think. I'd agree that a few calculated parameters (if the science/numbers are good) isn't a killer either...depending on what information is crucial to you and your particular faults. Certain systems may be more insightful for readily available bits of info than others. Here's an interesting thing I just noticed on TM re spin axis. Their new patent may give them a direct measurement of spin rate, but it seems that the spin axis is imputed based
  9. Players' is an extremely competitive event in terms of field depth and quality. Course is tough too. I'd put it close behind the Majors, but because the Majors are more desirable to most players to add to the CV it typically adds more psychological pressure to win them so they typically remain a bit more important on that factor alone...to me at least. I'm not as sure about the WGCs. I haven't looked at them all, but the size of the field matters as well as the number of top ranked players. The 150th in the world has less of a chance to win than the top ranked guys, but IIRC it's in the r
  10. That matters though in your average distance with each club because while pros have much tighter impact patterns on the clubface, they aren't perfect either so they still benefit from a certain amount of forgiveness too, particularly with longer clubs. The improvement in MOI and distance with I've seen somewhat unbiased comparisons put the difference in the range of 5 yards across several swings for a skilled golfer. Modern irons have the same general shape as old pre-1980s blades, but they are still quite different. Design tech has advanced significantly with improvements in MOI
  11. That's not old tech. This is old tech: The Big Bertha was part of the revolution with larger volume clubheads. The ball was also part of it with new materials and design starting in the 80's. The old balls spun a lot more than modern balls and it affected distance. Here's an interesting, anecdotal comparison: http://0to300golf.blogspot.com/2013/03/persimmon-balata-v-titanium-pro-v1x.html
  12. I've read that TM also uses (or used) the 'silver dot' method too, but that may only have been indoors because the limited space typically didn't give enough revs with a driver to get a good reading. This interview with Fred Tuxen indicates that they can measure just from a ball (outdoors at least). GC2 (and I assume quad) also directly measure the ball spin. Measured Data (Flight): Ball Speed; horizontal & vertical launch angles; spin & spin axis
  13. Have you played with trying to bow your lead wrist through impact at all?
  14. This happened to Rory McIlroy so you might want to research info on his diagnosis and recovery. My own experience with a rib fracture was in the range of 2 months with no stressful activity to give it time to heal.
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