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  1. jlbos83

    Should divots be considered ground under repair?

    And there is the problem. If a divot hole is ground under repair, we might as well play lift clean and place, because someone could claim almost anywhere was a former divot hole.
  2. From my viewing of it, it looked liked he never even let the full weight of the club reach the ground. The up and down motion, what little there was, actually seemed to be keeping weight off the ground. addressed the ball, then stepped back, and come back in I would be much more suspicious. I didn't see anything that looked like more than addressing the ball. So I voted no. I could buy inconclusive, since with angles and foreshortening almost any video view is inconclusive!
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    Does Sports (Golf) Teach Life Lessons?

    I voted yes. I don't think it even has to be "competitive" sport. I am a hacker. I play golf for fun. To get out in the sunshine. To spend an afternoon with one of my sons (the one who decided to like it). To try to get better. Last spring I had a bad result from my colonoscopy, and I've spent the last year and a half doing fun things like radiation, surgery (three times, though once was because my gall bladder decided it wanted gangrene), and chemo. With some periods to recover for the next wave. All through it I played golf when I could, not well, sometimes with an ostomy bag, but I kept playing. And it reminded me about the things that are important, and the things that are not. It doesn't matter if I shoot 110 or 90. Though I much prefer 90, and actually shot my best round ever between radiation and surgery, an 87. But I grew to appreciate even more the chance we have to play. Even on the bad days, it is nice to be on the green side of the grass. I've decided I want to challenge myself to improve, after years of pretty much being stagnant. Though I haven't been posting, I am up to nine days in a row of practicing at least five minutes. I've taken three lessons in the past month, and I am working on implementing changes. I see a difference, though I haven't seen the breakthrough in score I am looking for, yet. But, maybe tomorrow! I don't believe anyone ever said, or even implied that sports is the only way to lean life lessons, or the best way. But it is certainly one way.
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    Club innovation and sticking with the same set

    I'm content with the restrictions. I would not object to rolling back a bit, but that isn't really viable. As far as getting new clubs, I was wondering if the improvements that players attribute to new clubs might be more attributable to better fitting, or perhaps better said, better fitting to their game as it evolves over time. Clubs that were good for someone five years ago might not be a great match now, So a new set that fits might seem to be a great improvement, but was it the new heads, or the new fit?
  5. I voted no. He sure proved how hard it is, even on some "this close" to perfect shots. It looked like he had one in on the fly, and some of the misses were, so, so close! It takes skill to come close that many times, but I think there's a bit of luck in closing the deal.
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    Decisions of the Rules of Golf

    Go to USGA.org. Click down to Rules and Decisions. It's all there. For free, http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules/rules-and-decisions.html#!rule-01
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    Best places to live with great muni golf

    Tucson has a lot of public golf, and isn't nearly as expensive in the winter as Phoenix, though the best courses are steep. The payoff is in the summer, when you can play better courses for less.
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    More Career Majors- Day, Rory, or Spieth?

    I "guessed" Jordan. Day's game is incredible, but I think his health is a serious issue, as far as winning multiple majors. Rory could be the one, if he can stay consistent with his putting, which is questionable. Plus, Jordan has the age advantage on both of them.
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    Putting with the Flagstick In

    I play by myself a lot, so leaving the stick in had advantages for me, at times, just from the standpoint of saving time. When I read of the proposed change, I played a couple rounds leaving it in, and I am pretty sure I putted worse. I think my eyes and hand decided they didn't want to hit the stick. So, on putts I don't expect to have a prayer on, I would leave it in, but anything I hope to make, I think I will still walk up and pull it.
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    Provisional/hole finished/ball found

    From the description, the second ball was never a provisional, it was the ball in play when it was struck. You can't go look for your ball, and then return and play a provisional. You are allowed to go forward a short distance (they say about 50 yards) to determine whether a provisional makes sense, but you don't get to search for the original, and then hit a provisional,
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    Use of artificial light after dark

    There was a made-for-TV tournament called the Battle at Bighorn back in the early 2000s that finished under the lights several times. Tiger was usually in it.
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    Leaving a Mark to Help my Swing

    I believe you can place something on the ground to help with alignment, but you have to remove it before you make your stroke. Or, for instance, your partner could stand at the top of a hill while you line up, and then move out of the way before you hit. I believe that would be similar to using a club for alignment, and then removing it before the strike, which is allowed.
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    Playing a Round of Golf Solo

    The rule says you post them if you are not unaccompanied. It does not request bloodlines, or friendship history.
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    Rule 14.4

    Though if you are extra skilled, and manage the triple hit, it's still just one penalty stroke.
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    Attending the Flagstick

    The definition of the flagstick says that it is straight, and centered in the hole. I don't see any way that asking it to be straight, and centered in the hole while it is attended could be a violation. One might actually have more of an argument to say that holding it any other way with the intention of not showing the hole's position might be a violation on the part of the tender (though I think that a serious reach.) The flagstick, while in the hole is certainly not a swing aid, an alignment rod, nor equipment of the player. And it is certainly not being used in an abnormal manner. So, based on the definition that the flagstick is straight, and is centered in the hold to show its position, I don't see any possible case for a violation. The stick could be made of a steel rod, and not even be bendable.

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