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  1. We're in that special hell of rules controversies with the implementation of the new Rules of Golf. There have been some growing pains with the new rules, and that has allowed the golf media to tee off on its favorite target, the USGA. Which, to be fair, can make itself an easy target: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/despite-harsh-words-from-some-tour-pros-usga-pleased-with-roll-out-of-new-rules-of-golf. That aside, I wanted to talk about the "controversy" about the knee-height drop that the Rules now require. Rickie Fowler got a one stroke penalty for dropping from shoulder height this past weekend. Cue the complaining from him: https://golfweek.com/2019/02/22/rickie-fowler-hit-with-one-shot-penalty-for-illegal-drop-at-wgc-mexico-championship/ I can forgive him - he just had a brain fart, probably didn't gain an advantage in this situation, it cost him money. I'm always annoyed when I get a penalty, personally, and it's absolutely never my fault, okay? But cue the pearl clutching from the media: https://www.golf.com/news/2019/02/25/backstopping-pro-tours-under-policed/ I'm here to tell you that this is wrong, and knee-height drops actually make a ton of sense. One of the best things the new Rules do is simplify dropping. Now, all you have to do when dropping is land the ball in the relief area (without touching you or your equipment before hitting the ground) and ensure the ball comes to rest in the relief area. If you don't do this, you have to redrop. Pretty simple. Yes, you have to figure out what your relief area is, but that's pretty simple, too. (For a fuller explanation of this, see Rule 14 and the definitions in the Rules of Golf.) The old rules were much more complex. Specifically, if your ball rolled to one of 9 areas after you dropped it, you had to redrop. For example, if your ball rolled more than 2 club lengths away from where your ball hit the ground, you had to redrop. You had to know all of these 9 areas to know if you needed to redrop or not. So, the new way is simpler, right? Instead of learning 9 different triggers for a redrop, you only have to learn 1. Great! Why am I talking about when you have to redrop? This is why we're dropping from knee height. Generally, under the new Rules, your ball cannot go as far after hitting the ground as it used to without triggering a redrop. Dropping from knee height reduces the chance that a redrop will be necessary. It also means that a ball has less of a chance of embedding in sand when you drop it. It makes a ton of sense, really. Now, you might say, that's all fine, but why not allow dropping a ball from anywhere above knee height? I think you could easily game the rules to be able to place the ball when you really want to by simply dropping from shoulder height instead of knee height. Think about dropping on a side slope, for example. You're much more likely to have to redrop and place if you drop the ball from a higher point. Sure, this is rare, but why take the chance? We're all on the same page, right? Knee-height drops make a lot of sense. (If you want to know more about the changes to dropping, this is an excellent article that talks about this in a bit more detail: https://rulesgeeks.com/2018/12/30-days-of-2019-rules-changes-day-16-procedure-for-dropping-a-ball-in-playing-it-from-a-relief-area/) Now to the point of all of this: golf media, please take 5 minutes to understand the rule before issuing a HAWT TAKE about the rule. The USGA has a one page sheet that explains the rule: http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules-hub/rules-modernization/major-changes/new-procedure-for-dropping-a-ball.html. You don't come off very well when you fail to read that. I know it's fun and easy to just mindlessly bash the USGA, but they do get things right. This is one of them. (Oh and by the way, the Rules are actually really good, as a whole. Maybe I'll talk about that in another post later.)
  2. The comments are funny. And more people want the bag than the shoes, which… yeah, nurse shoes is about right.
  3. I live in New York and would like to go to the range and maybe get in a round or two before the real winter shows up. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what to wear that will keep me warm? Thermal shirt, thermal underwear? I've heard about Under Armour and Nike just to name two.
  4. After Nike exited the golf hard goods industry in August 2016, Ping stepped up and arranged in April 2017 to buy several Nike patents for clubs and ball. As one of the first modern golf club OEMs, Ping has a reputation for resisting the use of outside technology. I imagine Ping wants people to forget Nike, and bought the patents in part to preempt any adventurous startups. But, the WITB threads show that Tiger was playing custom TGR Prototype irons in November. A former Nike employee reported they were made at The Oven in Fort Worth before Nike shut it down. Next, Tiger started the new year circa Jan. 25 by signing an Endorsement Deal with TaylorMade. So, does this TM deal pretty well mean than Nike golf clubs are destined for the gone and forgotten category of golf clubs? Any chance for them to return as a boxed-set-only brand?
  5. Now that it's been close to a year since Nike Golf announced that it would exit the hard goods side of the business, it's interesting to ponder how the golf world might have been different had they never left. For example, would Rory have finally secured the green jacket because he wouldn't have hurt himself testing equipment? Would Brooks Koepka have still won the U.S. Open with Nike clubs?
  6. Hello! I am new to golf so please forgive my ignorance! I recently purchased a new set of golf clubs, Nike Vapor Flys, and hit them for the first time today. As I was running through the irons I noticed the club was "peeling" shown in the picture below. I am hoping someone here can tell me if this is a common occurrence with new clubs. Again I am new to golf and this is the first set of clubs I have owned. If its not common, should I take them back to the store or contact Nike? Thank you in advance for all your help!
  7. Hey everyone, I've played golf a few years ago in high school and been to the driving range a decent amount of times and I've decided that I'm finally going to take it up as a sport. I'm down to my final club choice, and it's my driver. The choices are the Vapor Fly, Vapor Fly Pro, Covert 2.0 and Covert 2.0 Tour. I'm looking for a club that has the most forgiveness over distance right now. Swing speed is around 85 most of the time. Don't always strike the ball clean, hence why I need the added forgiveness. Which would you guys recommend? Vapor models would come with the Diamana S+ 60 Blue Board shaft and the Covert models would have the Kuro Kage Black. Is the difference between the Pro and Tour models that much of a difference? I'm thinking yes and it's more of a choice between the Vapor Fly and Covert 2.0 but that's why I'm here asking. Any advice would be great. Thanks.
  8. http://www.golf.com/tour-news/2017/02/12/tiger-woods-shows-support-nikes-equality-campaign He's largely avoided being political int he past, but he has commented on race a little in the past. He's not in that commercial, from what I could see, but he's tweeting about it.
  9. Cheap Nike wedges and putters (new!) at Academy Sports, if you're keeping Nike and have gaps to fill. In the golf section I found Nike VR.X3X wedges for $20 and some Nike Method Core putters for $30. I had never been to Academy Sports & Outdoor before. It's kind of a cross between Sports Authority (RIP) and Cabela's. For golf, it's a cut-rate version of Sports Authority: A few first-line putters and wedges, and some legacy models from TM (RAC wedges and SLDR long clubs) and Callaway (X Series 416 long clubs). Assorted balls, gloves, etc. SuperFly wedges = 68°, 72° and 76°! and budget-tier Wilson long clubs Various boxed sets Academy golf bags and clothing No hitting bay! A clerk said most of their store's golf revenue comes from balls, accessories and clothing - not a whole lot of club sales.
  10. http://foursum.com/otd/rory-mcilroy-unveils-new-nike-lunar-control-vapor-shoes-china/ I saw this on Instagram earlier this week, but there weren't a lot of details yet. The bottom is very flexible and has an interesting spike pattern.
  11. http://news.nike.com/news/golf-traction-takes-a-new-course Neat looking shoes - can't see them pulling me away from TRUE, but the cleat pattern is very cool. I always liked the Flyknit material, but they never made a true "zero-drop" running shoe, so I never wore them much.
  12. What does everyone think of the new "Blade" collar that Nike has come out with? It looks intriguing, to say the least. Rory has been wearing it for about a month now on some of his shirts. I'm thinking about ordering one and seeing how I like it. http://news.nike.com/news/new-nike-golf-polos
  13. Hi, I'm looking at replacing my current toe balanced putter with a new one. I have found a few that take my fancy online at reasonable prices but for some reason they don't state whether they are toe balanced or not. Does anyone have any insight or any useful reviews on the following clubs and which would best suit my my arced putting stroke? Thanks in advance. Nike Golf Method Core MC-3i Putter Nike Golf Method Core MC-5i Putter Cleveland Golf Classic HB #1 Putter
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