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  1. Smart watches

    Thank you - you may colour me surprised. That a heart rate monitor *might* assist you in your play is somewhat ridiculous. My watch might assist me in my play because hypothetically if I know it's been more than 2 hours since I ate a proper meal my blood sugar drops and I might get weak. Knowing that would mean that I need to club up a little bit. I'm making this up, but if you're going to label the word "might" as broadly as it needs to be to hoover up a heart rate monitor, then I think it catches an awful lot more things too. Out of curiosity, what's the standing of a golf cart? If I'm riding in a cart can I put my score in for handicap? I don't see an exception for that anywhere and I don't think they were in use in the 1700s when the rules were originally conceived.
  2. Smart watches

    Hi all i am looking at buying a smart watch to use as a gps. I have a couple of Garmin watches I’m looking at and there are a couple of things I’m not sure about. One of the watches I’m considering has a barametric altimeter. Would that be in breach? It also has a heart rate monitor which I want because it helps me track how (un)fit I am. I was looking at the rules and decisions and I don’t see anything referencing a heart rate monitor, but there is a letter to device manufacturers on the USGA site which specifically calls out heart rate as something that isn’t allowed (I can’t imagine ever using that information to help my game and it’s measurable by putting your fingers on your wrist anyway, so colour me thinking that’s ridiculous). Thoughts? my decision is between the approach s60, the forerunner 935 and the vivoactive 3. The s60 doesn’t have a heart rate monitor which I thought was a drawback but now I’m wondering if it’s a plus
  3. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    Thing is there will still be an incentive to know the rules. Playing from the wrong place is still going to be a 2 stroke penalty. It is to your benefit to not do that. And if someone like in @iacas's example drops the ball in the right place, but forgets to add the penalty stroke, I think it's going to be very clear that they knew. Maybe they get away with it once, but the next time they're gonna catch the DQ. I guess I'm not overly concerned about this. I doubt if it will make cheating rampant. I'm much more concerned about the possibility of an infraction being known, but not penalized. That and the impact on the rest of the field of not knowing where a player actually stands.
  4. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    Great post @iacas, personally I think Convert is right on the money. I think that’s exactly what happened.
  5. Grades for Tiger's Performance

    This is what I want to see. I'm not sure that I really buy there was ever an intimidation factor. I think a lot of that was just that he was better than everyone else. It's hard to beat someone who's better than you. Especially when they are so consistently better than you. I think that was what really drove it. Be interesting to see. Either way, I really hope that we get to see the Tiger of old all guns blazing ripping through a top notch field and leaving them dazzled in his wake. It will be worth it if only for the teeth gnashing it would inevitably cause among a certain subset.
  6. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    Makes you wonder why on earth they don't just say that now...
  7. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    I agree with that sentiment, although what I was referencing was the suggestion that they will still take call-ins, but will not say that's where it came from. If they are alleging that it came from their rules official watching the telecast, then how are they going to explain away the fact that they didn't add the penalty until the next day?
  8. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    Part of me suspects you are right, but what happens when it crops up the next day? I don't know how they're going to explain that away. This is a big mistake that they are making and it's going to cause a massive stink at some point.
  9. Your Final 10 Rounds

    Hmm, this is an interesting question. I missed it originally. Let's see. Genuine answer to the original question would be, in order: 1. The Old Course - home of golf - can't leave this off 2. Walton Heath New - as number 4 3. Bethpage Black - my "local" 4. Walton Heath Old - love this place - played it at school and a lot since 5. Winged Foot West - lucky enough to have played here and I really enjoy it 6. National Golf Links of America - the most fun golf course I've ever played 7. Royal St Georges - play here every year lately and it holds some very special memories 8. Royal Cinque Ports - as with number 7 9. Pine Valley - just the best course I've ever played 10. Effingham with my parents and my brother - this is the course I grew up on. Colt course in Surrey. I would pick it with my family for my last ever round - may change that once my kids are old enough to play, but for now, this. List number 2, the most exclusive by US standards anyway (I'm rating up the UK clubs on the list a little bit) 1. Pine Valley 2. NGLA 3. Winged Foot West 4. Winged Foot East 5. Muirfield 6. TOC 7. RSG 8. Merion 9. Baltusrol Upper 10. Bayonne
  10. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    They do? I see people suggesting that if the offence comes to light from a call-in, then the player shouldn't be penalized for the offence. That's basically the entire point of this discussion. Either the powers that be should ignore information if it comes to light via call-in or they shouldn't. I think if it comes to light that a rule was breached, then the player should get a penalty no matter how it came to light. Others disagree.
  11. This is my plan. I intend to be able to pick a yardage at random from like 35 to 100 and then hit a shot and have it go within 3 or 4 yards of that distance "most" of the time. I think if I can get that down my scores will benefit substantially. I think learning what effect it has to grip down by an inch or two on the grip, or other adjustments will be very useful too. If I can learn to do that with each of my wedges, it will help me control the ball better in the wind too. Then I want to use it to check what my minimum carry distances are, at least at the 95th percentile for each club in my bag. If I know that, and know what yardage I have to clear a front bunker, I can hit the club that will clear it 95% of the time and put it on the green. That would be handy for a front pin position. Or if there's a step in the green I want to clear. If I get all that lot down, then I just have to worry about hitting it straight.
  12. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    Now you can :D http://www.pga.com/pga-tours-revised-cut-policy-pays-off-in-huge-way-pettersson-in-canada not a common occurrence I'm sure In an ideal world, everyone would adhere to the rules precisely and anyone who didn't would be penalized for it. That's not feasible. What do you think is closer to the ideal? Where everyone who is discovered to have breached the rules is penalized or one where some are not penalized because it was only discovered upon someone calling in? Let's try this another way. What about innocent until proven guilty? The presumption should be that absent evidence to the contrary, every player is innocent of any breaches. It is only once evidence comes to light that a penalty would be applied. I am suggesting that that should continue to be the case. You are suggesting that some people even when proven guilty should still be allowed to continue under the presumption of innocence. Does that sound like a good thing to support? On the face of it, you are saying that because some people are more scrutinized than others, they should be excused known breaches of the rules. Is that really a position that you're comfortable taking?
  13. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    It is probably best I don’t share too much of my opinion of this. Suffice it to say this doesn’t make me feel better about her and what happened.
  14. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    I 100% agree that they should be doing everything they can to minimize the impact of these things. Having an official watch the coverage to make sure that they catch any breaches in real time is definitely sensible. I applaud that. We should strive to take the 'less than ideal' scenarios off the board. Not penalizing someone for a breach because they found out about the breach on twitter is bringing a 'less than ideal' scenario onto the board. Not off it.
  15. New Rules for Video Call-Ins

    I agree that finding out about a mistake substantially after it occurs is less than ideal. That's why when a player signs his scorecard he is telling everyone else in the tournament that that is what he scored and he is committed to it. If it subsequently turns out that score was wrong, that player has gained an advantage over the field in the meantime. Correcting that advantage is difficult and so the penalty used to be disqualification. Then some people decided that was too unfair and it should only be two strokes. Now apparently even two strokes is too much for them and it's going to be zero. So that advantage will no longer even be attempted to be unwound. Of course, as noted it is less than ideal to discover a breach a long time after. What is further from ideal is to do nothing at all about a breach after you've discovered it.

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