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  1. Gary Player is a complete quack, but I do appreciate trees on most golf courses, and I feel they definitely have their place in much of the golf world. Probably put me in the in-between category. Watching the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park, I considered the course very ordinary with the exception of large Cypress trees lining each hole. As president of my golf club, I just spearheaded an effort to add 20 trees between a couple of holes where golfers tend to hit the ball onto the wrong hole and not have any penalty for it. I viewed it as a dangerous situation that these trees could eventually help remedy. The PGA Tour plays on very few courses where trees are not part of play. Shinnecock Hills and Oakmont have great earthwork on them to make interesting elevation changes and undulations that most courses do not have. The same could be said for most of the courses on The Open rotation. I can see on courses that have great earthwork that large trees all over the place would take away from the undulation design elements. It is pretty tough to say that courses that do not have these elevation changes and undulations should cut down most of their trees to get back to the designers "original intent". I really don't care to always play "goat tracks" where we have flat holes and somewhat flat greens with the only potential obstacle being long rough. To me golf is great because every course offers different challenges for the golfer. It can be played just about anywhere with each course offering up local challenges for the golfer.
  2. There was obviously uncertainty and reasonable doubt with the rules official before he hemmed and hawed and said it was plugged. If you had a beyond unreasonable doubt clause, the official could have quickly denied the claim. If you don't have a rules official, if golfer and a playing partner agree ball is plugged beyond reasonable doubt, then it is plugged. I honestly don't care that much. I wouldn't have ever tried to claim that ball was plugged though. I would have been thankful it didn't roll all the way down the hill and counted my blessings, and played the shot as it layed.
  3. Just change it similar to the rule for whether or not a ball went in a hazard or not. It needs to be plugged in its own pitch mark "beyond reasonable doubt" or something similar. It is pretty tough to put a measurement to it. In this case, I don't think that CM gained an advantage by getting a drop. It just seemed like a waste of time for him to ask for relief and the RO to give him relief.
  4. To me an embedded ball should be much more obvious than that to give relief. On tightly mowed ground to need to mark and pull your ball to possibly see the smallest of indentations in the ground is a little ridiculous.
  5. I've watched and did a couple of the lessons in the past month. Seems like a great off-season / back to the basics refresher that I will hopefully utilize all 30 days of this winter.
  6. How many reachable par 5s and driveable par 4s? How many holes does the smart play take driver out of Member #1 and #2 hands? Without knowing that, I'd guess Tour #1, Member #1, Tour #2, Member #2, Member #3, just because 6300 is manageable for all, and there are likely some holes where Member #1 and Member #2 will need to hit irons off the tee
  7. We've still got 3-4 weeks of snow melt and drying out before we can even think of opening. As president of my semi-private club, I'm going to do everything I can to let us open to members (at least) once we dry out enough to open.
  8. Even without Covid-19 happening, it is still going to be a while here.
  9. I know of a top amateur who is a former golf pro who is now a reinstated amateur. This person is currently a professional club fitter for PXG and has this as their full time job. This job does not preclude this person from amateur status in tournaments. We are somewhat getting away from the PGA of America model of club professionals. In years past, a person would need to be a "professional" to be able to make money in the industry. The You Tube situation is kind of similar. You have an entertainer with some golf knowledge who makes money off providing content for people to watch.
  10. I'd hate to have been in Kim's place and had my playing partners cheat in front of me. Regardless of how I handled it, I don't think I could play my normal game after that point. Kim has been a touring pro for a decent length of time though, so is obviously more mentally tough than me.
  11. If the intent of the vote is an average tour pro (and not the former PGA pros on the O.P.), I'd vote in the 65-70 range. My course is a par 72, but if there was an average field PGA tournament at my course, they'd probably play it as a 6800+ yard par 70 with both of the par 5s on the front converted to par 4s and slightly more difficult than average pin placements. This are how I would envision the field as a whole would score relative to par on each of the holes 1 +0.25, 2 +0.10, 3 -0.10, 4 -0.05, 5 +0.05, 6 -0.25, 7 +0.05, 8 -0.15, 9 +0.10, 10 -0.35, 11 +0.10, 12 -0.5, 13 -0.2, 14 -0.1, 15 0.0, 16 -0.5, 17 -0.35, 18 -0.1 = -2 strokes below the par of 70. If there were 420 rounds for the field for the event, I'm guessing the field as a whole would pop several scores in the 59-61 range for the week, but there would also be several scores in the 74-77 range. I'd guess on an average day, the course would play a stroke or two easier than that for a tour pro or somewhere around 66-67 for an expected score.
  12. I hope you realize your claim of the margin being not "small" seems like just as much of a guess as mine. Your right that mine is a guess, but is somewhat educated. If I have time, I'll try to post some backing statistics for my guess in the next week or two because I'd like to get a better feel for it myself to aid in my fantasy golf wagering.
  13. I don't necessarily consider these co-sanctioned events to be true European Tour events. They give their tour members a place to play and improve their craftThey definitely bring the average OWGR down. The OWGR does a pretty good job of ranking guys, but they do still need to (somewhat arbitrarily) assign strength of events to distribute points. Pretty much all the top 25 OWGR guys and most of the top 50 guys have status on both tours. Some of the typical PGA guys just play enough events to get them into the Turkish Airlines, Nedbank and Dubai events where they can win some decent coin. Others in the top 50 like Fleetwood, Reed, Lowry, Oosthuizen, Wallace, Fitzpatrick, Willett, Garcia, Stenson, Wiesberger, Poulter, Cabrera Bello, Pepperell, Hatton, Noren, Li, Bjerregaard, Lewis, etc. either majorly play Euro events or do a decent job of mixing in a significant number of Euro events in their schedule. The field strength of a typical PGA Tour event is better than that of a typical European tour event, but it is probably like an average OWGR of 150 vs 250.
  14. Yes - I actually do. I have a Draftkings golf habit and track all the events on both tours. It isn't an easy thing to track a comparison as the Euro tour runs quite a few events that are co-sanctioned with lesser tours which have very weak fields (Kenya, Australian PGA, South African Open, Fiji, Vic Open, South African Dunhill, AfrAsia, India, Maybank, Golf 6s, etc). All of these events have weaker fields than pretty much every PGA Tour event. Also all of the majors and WGC events are co-sanctioned by both the PGA and Euro tours, so have identical fields. The average player who gets into 20 events a year on the Euro Tour is a slightly worse golfer than the average player who gets into 20 events a year on the PGA Tour. I would say the difference is probably less than half a stroke per round though.
  15. The PGA Tour has had way more events over the past year with winners in the -20s than the European Tour. I get that the PGA Tour fields are slightly stronger than European fields, but it isn't by a huge margin. After a pro-am tournament where the wind didn't really blow seems to be a somewhat poor time to try and make this point.
  16. Did your friend have a half-way athletic swing prior to the recent rash of injuries / by-pass / extra weight? There are plenty of overweight guys who are still athletic, that can do just fine with a bit of belly. However, if the athleticism has disappeared or was never there in the first place, then it is probably a mostly arms only swing, and probably standing too upright. The belly could easily cause troubles in this situation. A video would be helpful.
  17. From what I read, much of Bahamas was fine. Damage was severe on Abaco Island and to a lesser extend Grand Bahama Island. The first tournament is not on either of these islands and I'd guess will go on fine. The second may be in question. Bahamas needs tourism, so anything they can do to show they are open for business would help their recovery.
  18. My Samsung Galaxy J7 does not. Was able to download an app for it that does.
  19. Apologies to Dave if OT. I figured it might help him understand his swing a bit more while maybe giving me a little assistance. I definitely didn't want to distract him off what he is working on or make him start thinking about something else. I really like that aspect of his swing. I'll stop posting on this thread after this post. I've been thinking about starting my own swing thread. I was recording myself in my backyard net a couple weeks ago, but at the time had no way to put it into slo-mo. I think I have a way to do it now, so a swing thread will eventually happen. The clubs are getting put away for winter soon, so I may wait until spring so I can actually work on it - or maybe I'll post something just as a placeholder so I can compare my spring swing to where it was this fall. I'm also trying to lose weight right now, so it might be good for me to see how that is coming along next spring. Generally getting my weight to the front foot is not an issue for me, but rather a flaw that occasionally rears it's ugly head. Thanks all.
  20. I'm more looking for a swing thought or image in my head to try and ensure I transfer my weight to my front foot during the swing. I don't necessarily care what the back foot actually does as long as I get the weight to the front foot every time I take a full swing.
  21. I did a very small amount of internet research on this type of move this morning. You can see this move in swings of Byron Nelson, Greg Norman, Camilo Villegas, and probably others. It sounds like Norman tried to train himself away from doing this as he felt it led to the front shoulder coming up leading to some blocked shots. However, Norman and Nelson were both excellent ball strikers, so not sure if they would have been as good of ball strikers without that move? I didn't see anything yet to scare me away from at least trying to incorporate this move into at least my driver and fairway wood swings to see how it goes.
  22. Thanks for the response Dave. I figured it was just naturally part of your swing, but wanted to check. I probably looked at this thread about a year ago, and thought that was a somewhat unique move. As long as balance is maintained, I would think it is not a bad thing.
  23. @DaveP043 Have you always allowed your back foot to slide or lift up during the contact through follow-through portion of the swing? Does doing this cause you any problems? I personally have a problem where I keep reverting to a swing problem where I don't get enough weight transferred to the front foot during the swing. It comes back every spring. I fix it for a while during the golf season and play solid golf, but then all of a sudden it comes back and I have to train it away again. I played nine last night and focused on making sure my back foot slid forward on the follow through like this to ensure weight transfer was happening and liked the results. I'm tempted to try and make this part of my swing, so wanted to see if you purposely do this, and if it causes you any other problems. Thank you.
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