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  1. I prefer a non-insert putter personally getting back to the question, I have a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 (light milling face), SeeMore DB4 (no milling), YES! Callie-f (lots of grooves), all of them sit at 4* of loft and 33" I have a inside to DTL stroke, with a right bias. All of them work perfectly fine the weights are different and materials are a little different so sound / vibration feel are slightly different. I like the Scotty the best, SeeMore comes in 2nd, YES! comes in third.
  2. A ball can not have more or less "true roll" from a physics stand point. The state of "true roll" is only achieved from friction and gravity the exact percentages from physics are bellow roughly. According to Vector Putting: The Art and Science of Reading Greens and Computing Break by H.A. Templeton, it varies based on how hard you hit the putt and how fast the greens are. The ball will skid/roll until the rotational velocity matches the horizontal velocity. The velocity at which the ball starts rolling is 71% of the initial velocity. In the case that you think I am full of s***, I have a couple links that provide some good detail about spin, launch, roll of a putter. http://puttertalk.com/community/index.php?topic=36275.0 http://puttertalk.com/community/index.php?topic=36287.0 This is more about a FEEL thing when talking about an insert versus a non-inserted putter, grooves on the putter have only 28% influence on the over all roll / distance of the ball. Can you tell that marketing has done a great job convincing people that their is such a thing as "a better roll" or a "better method" of putting? Sorry for the rant but it is one of the biggest things that has been annoying me lately about putters / design.
  3. I hate it when the greens are different speeds. We have 2 or 3 greens that are always slower then the others on my track, I just call them home court advantage because I know I need to give those greens just a little more power to get them the same distance. I think a lot of courses especially late in the day run into this problem of variances in speed, from the amount of sun / air each one gets. When I would cut greens I would see some greens end up with more grass in the catch buckets then others, just from natural growth from the previous day.
  4. Having worked on a golf course in college as a greens mower / maintenance guy I think I might be able to help you out here. Grain is just the direction in which the grass lays. If the color of the grass is a glossy silver the blades are laying away from your perspective and is "down grain". If they are laying towards you then it would look like a deep lush green very dull looking and is "into the grain". Where a mower comes in is that it pushes the blades of grass over slightly in the direction of which it is cutting. the grass will always be pushed over in the direction which the mower was heading. If the mower was heading away from you then it's silver / down grain. IF the mower was heading towards you then the grass is dark green and it is into the grain. It is a very subtle different in terms of speed a lot of times because the natural grass growing in a given direction, or natural grain will take over later in the day for greens. Where it is the most noticeable is in fairways that are cut in a clock manner to see down grain versus into the grain from the tee box to the green. A clock pattern is where you cut the fairway in a clock manner, so you start on the other side going clockwise when you are done you will have roughly a straight line down the middle of the fairway one side silver the other side green. The theory is with the clock cutting of fairways you get a "fast side" and a "slow side" maybe you remember this from the masters tournament before they started cutting all the fairways from the green back towards the tee so that the entire fairway would be into the grain. Clock style fairway cut: Diamond pattern fairway cut (double cut) Single stripe (the faded cuts straight down the fairway are from the previous day) Well, the major difference between a high end course and a not as well maintained course is almost always the maintenance budgets. For example Augusta National Golf Club has an unlimited budget to do whatever they want, so the fairways are likely to be cut at the same grass length as some municipal courses greens would be cut. The fairways on tour probably run a an 8 or so roughly on the stimp of that tells you anything. What will screw me up the most is when the course is in REAL bad shape. The tee boxes and fairways have a grass height of what my home course would call the first cut of rough. 1/4 of the ball is sitting bellow the top of the blades of grass. On par 3s this is more noticeable because I only tee the ball up enough on well maintained tee boxes so that the bottom of the ball is just above the blades of grass the head of the tee is only thing sticking out roughly. When the grass is that lone at that tee height the grass still covers the bottom of the ball, it messes with me visually on the tee box. Then in the fairway you shouldn't be having to play out of very light rough If the greens are slow and/or bumpy it effects me the most. Slow greens that roll true are better then fast greens that bounce everywhere I will admit that. I personally don't like slow greens, it's not even really a mechanical issue in my stroke either. It's mostly speed on down slopes, it absolutely annoys the hell out of me when the ball stops 1/2 way down a slope while traveling downhill. I played the thing to pick up speed with gravity down the slope not slow down because the grass is longer then the pitch of the slope is to pull the ball down to the flat. Having cut greens for 3 summers in a row 7 days a week in college, I hold the opinion that without good greens you don't have a golf course you have a got track.
  5. Well it's interesting, but good looking, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I personally think the wedge is ugly as hell. I can't stand the white chain link between the grooves. It's like they are trying to get a high contrast on wedges and putters now a days to help a player's perception of alignment. That's really why TMaG went to white heads originally is to make it high contrast between a black face and a white crown for alignment of the head to the target. The Odyssey Versa putters have been found in a lot of people they will try to keep the contrast stripe scare to the target manipulating the face in the stroke closed back open through. A manipulated stroke is not a consistent stroke, it can be successful but it's also streaky. I almost wounder if the same effect for a wedge can take place, if you see the white lines in your peripheral vision or you look at the head as you pitch or chip will you start manipulating your swing? Anyways regardless if it doesn't cause manipulation it is way more going on in the face of a club then I want in terms of visual stipulation.
  6. Exactly not to mention the speed of the indoor putting greens is rarely going to match the speed of the greens you play on the course unless you somehow managed to match them up pretty well. So even a 10 footer at a given stroke length my not be actually a 10 footer based on course speed of the greens. So the carpet green at home is say a 10stimp, if you get on a 6 stimp your 10 footer is short, you get on a 12 stimp it's long.
  7. Well that depends on who is hitting the blade wedge in comparison to the person hitting the pure shot, here is kind of a comical video, towards the end he hits a 29" driver and a Putter
  8. OMG I about spit out my coffee when I read that, good s***!
  9. To me a "stinger" is a word announcers have coined for Tiger Wood's low trajectory knock down shot off the tee box. I think the word came about because of how much club head speed / ball speed tiger has to be able to hit a ball on a low flat trajectory without ballooning the ball. It looks like a low bullet flying through the air, the sound probably has a nice smack to it thus "sting" the ball or "stinger" was born. Tiger Woods talks about control his trajectory with where his hands finish at the end of the swing. LOW ~ hands finish near the rips as low as possible it's sort of a cut off follow through MEDIUM ~ Hands finish near the shoulders and has a nice full follow through HIGH ~ Hands finish way over the head and has a nice full follow through I already talked about hitting a knock down shot on this website almost a year ago now: http://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/5831-knock-down-shots/ Some of the stinger is more full swing then in the video I posted in that thread but same basic concepts really just a little faster, longer swing.
  10. Do you really think that Tiger intentionally broke the rule seriously? I think more then one person here would have interpreted the rule is "line of play" rather then "last crossed". Honestly at this point I could care less, All I care about is that now they have set the expectation for everyone on tour that they will get the DQ waived and accessed the penalty. I think the big thing now is that Rule 33-7 is in direct conflict with Rule 6-6d since it is now expected that the DQ penalty will always be waived.
  11. Double sided tape is not the same thickness as professional build up tape, plus double sided is more expensive over all so you really don't want to use it as build up tape. Here is a chart from Golf Works on grip size / build up >> http://www.golfworks.com/images/art/GripSizing2.pdf If you look on the right side of the above chart it says "Do not build-up grip size with the double-coated tape as it is more expensive than masking tape and it is also thicker (.014" vs. .010")."
  12. Well, if you look at Rickie's playing style then you sort of start to figure out why he doesn't do as well as he really could in any tournament. Rickie Fowler's stats for the week: 2 Eagles, 13 Birdies, 42 pars, 10 bogeys, 4 double bogeys, 1 other Adam Scott's Stats for the week: 0 Eagles, 15 birdies, 51 pars, 6 bogeys, 0 double bogies, 0 others It pretty much paints the picture that Rickie was way to aggressive all week in spots that should have probably been more passive in and tried to make par. i personally think that it is going to take Rickie learning when to dial it back on how aggressive his target lines are in some situations. I guess that just has to come with maturity and not thinking everything is a "green light". You want to stay aggressive yes but there is such a thing as over aggressive and it reflects in the number og bogey, double bogey, others that Fowler carded compared to Scott. I would almost suggest that is maybe why Rickie really hasn't won as much as he probably could on tour, just a bit over aggressive in some situations. EDIT: to answer the question directly, he needs to mature as a player to win a major, 5 years or more would probably be a good guess assuming that he ever does win a major.
  13. Yup RR explained the situation and Tiger's options here, I think majority of people interpret the rule as "line of play" that's not really the case all of the time. Rule 26-1 gives the following options: a. Proceed under the stroke and distance provision of Rule 27-1 by playing a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5); or b. Drop a ball behind the water hazard, keeping the point at which the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the water hazard the ball may be dropped; c. Not really listed specifically under Rule 26-1 but it is a drop area designated as such by the tournament committee A white circle painted with DZ or Drop zone in it to specify where a ball may be played from other then the above two options. A drop must land in and stay inside the circle. Tiger didn't elect to take option C, the drop zone. He Proceeded under Rule A because the point of last crossed was way the heck left of where the original was hit from. So that just leaves option A left "drop as near as possible". He failed to do this thus where the 2 stroke penalty came into play. Really is it no penalty, a DQ, or waived DQ under 33-7/4.5 giving two strokes... is what it all boiled down to.
  14. Just as a word of warning from Bruce Rearick (Burnt Edges Consulting) on the subject of indoor putting greens / surfaces: "Do not make the mistake of grooving a stroke that uses one back swing length. I suggest to all my clients to practice multiple length strokes starting the ball on line. Making 100 ten foot putts on a carpet is a nice indoor goal, but when you get outside and all putts are different distances, that 10 foot practice will work against you, not for you."
  15. Golf Digest does a list of top teachers per state and top 50 teachers over all here is the list from 2011-2012 this is just one simple place to start... OHIO 1. Steve Mulcahy; Shawnee C.C., Lima 2. Tom Fussaro; Shaker Heights C.C. 3. Don Sargent; Scioto C.C., Columbus 4. Nick Paez; GolfTec, North Olmsted 5. Gary Robison; Brookside C.C., Canton 6. Ted Ossoff; Valley G. Cse., Columbiana 7. Bob Bourne; Stonewater G.C., Highland Heights 8. J.R. Ables; Ables Golf Ctr., Westerville 9. Joseph Giles Chapel Hill G. Cse., Mount Vernon 10. Jim McGurk; Golf Instruction at Jim McGurk, Toledo 11. Ross Keen; Windmill Lakes G.C., Ravenna 12. Jon Jones; Youngstown C.C. 13. Charlie Wood; Mayfield Sand Ridge C., South Euclid 14. Matthew Creech; Mayfield Sand Ridge C., South Euclid You can also use the pga.com website to search for instructors near you by state then city here: http://www.pga.com/golf-instruction/instructors/ Direct link to Columbus OH >> http://www.pga.com/golf-instruction/instructors/oh/columbus
  16. The short answer is NO, you are not crazy. Honestly, I would just attribute that up to your individual FEEL needs and swing weight. I personally went to the club builder last night here locally from a recommendation by my friend Jim, and found out that my irons were D0 to D1 which caused me to sometimes get out in front of the ball or fast in the downswing, I didn't know how to time my body properly because I couldn't feel the head weight. The builder put on some lead tape at first to bring one clubs to a D4 and it instantly improved my timing. The clubs were originally built to a D2, then I changed grips and added some build up wraps under the right hand and presto I was back weighting them 1 or 2 points. In the end I had my entire set swing weighted this is 100% what I need for my FEEL to be able to make a good smooth well timed swing. Driver ~ D6 4wood ~ D7 (it's over length probably going to cut it down 1/4" which will bring swing weight down some) Hybrid ~ D2 increased it to D4 (when i switch from the 88g shaft to 98g shaft this should take care of the swing weight alone) 3-PW ~ D0 to D1 increased all to D4 GW ~ D3 increased to D4 Sw ~ D3 increased to D5 LW ~ increased to D6 For me to FEEL the head in the swing the clubs has to be D4 or heavier otherwise I lose my touch and feel getting myself out of sequence at times. It's actually a pretty important thing for a player to get the feel of the club right. So over all I don't think there is a correct / incorrect shaft weight, it's more a swing weight that works well for you.
  17. I am also a Cadet-M or small glove size, I normally buy the Small as it fits skin tight and then stretches out to a conferable fit. Left hand is +1/64" right hand is roughly +3/64" so it's something between a standard and a midsized grip it feels great.
  18. You can build up standard sized grips to be midsize over all, tape and grip material weigh different amounts so this something to consider for swing weight. But if you wanted to get from a standard then use build up tape (click here for golf works tape) that is designed for 1/64" increase in diameter of the grip. "2+1" would be +1/32", "4+1" would be +1/16" midsize. The first number is amount of full layers of buildup tape, the 1 is always 1 layer of double sided tape. If you went up to "8+1" then you looking at an oversize +1/8". I think it is Bubba Watson that plays something like 14 wraps under his left hand (lower hand). I like to use a 0.580" Core Grip on a 0.600" Butt (+1/64" already) then add 2 wraps under my right hand (lower hand only) to get less tapper in the grip.
  19. Heads I haven't had one go dead on me before, I have caved in the face a TMaG 460 SuperQuad back in college. Adams Golf on the Fast 12 LS had to re-design the tip adjuster because I had heard some guys that had high swing speeds (an LDA guy for example) were breaking them. I really haven't heard too often of a face going completely dead. I would say that's either a manufacturing flaw or simply an ass ton of balls that went across the face of it. Shafts Only time that I have had issues with premium shafts is when the tip matrix get compromised from heating / re-heating to pull and move the shaft around a bunch of times. I exploded two different Diamana WhiteBoard 73x shafts from this happening. I have heard a rumor before that steel shafts can eventually bend a little over time for guys with high swing speeds and resistance to the ground etc. I haven't really seen proof of that happening however.
  20. Others have mentioned swing weight which is something to consider for sure. The biggest thing is performance changes. The major thing is that a too small of a grip could lead to hooks and too large of a grip could lead to fades. It's mostly how they are going to sit in your hand. Midsize depending on core / butt size is normally +1/16", the oversize is +1/8" roughly. With your small hands the over sized grips could end up giving you a fade bias.
  21. I'm almost positive that was Nick Faldo that said that on main network coverage. It's true people would have been calling in for sure. We have an ass ton of examples of this happening and players ending up DQ because they signed for a wrong score card and were found to have violated a rule. Harrington comes to mind on the one dimple roll forward after removing his mark, thus why the addition of 33-7 even came about to deal with that exact situation. Thanks to technology we have made a ton of advancements in golf and now we almost have to consider re-working the rules to accommodate for the HD TV officials, and the first attempt at it has been 33-7 EDIT: Rule 33-7/4.5 is really what we deal with here. http://www.usga.org/Rule-Books/Rules-of-Golf/Decision-33/#33-7/4.5 I just won't be happy if they decide to DQ John Doe for the exact same thing from now on and not DQ the famous players.
  22. I am not saying that it's not within the committees ability, it's obvious that it is under the new rule 33-7 in terms of dealing with call-in officials sitting on their sofa's. I think that's really the biggest issue in golf is that you me or anyone else reading this can literally call in a rules violation and have the tournament adjust a players score. You would never see that happen in any other sport, some might argue that's what makes golf different. I argue that we have the technology and amount of people on the golf course on Tour to actually moderate the game without the people calling in on possible rules violations. It is now set the persistence for rulings down the road if it happens to someone else. If someone else is looking at a possible DQ for a call in rules violation situation then they need to have the DQ waived and assessed the amount of strokes that is warranted for the penalty. We really no longer even need the rule of DQ for signing for a improper score card honestly if we are always just going to waive it.
  23. I finally got myself out of being a club hoe last year. I finally started to realize that I have equipment that perfectly fits me as a player and maximizes my ability. Bad scores are not the fault of my equipment they are the fault of myself operating them. I'll try driver shafts here and their and try different clubs for fun but I never really have the desire to buy anything anymore. If it does make it into my bag it means the product is earth shattering or something in terms of performance / feel
  24. It's only a 2 stroke IF AND ONLY IF it is corrected and placed BEFORE the score card is signed. The penalty for signing a WRONG score card that has a LOWER score then you recorded is a DQ. The committee used rule 33-7 to exercise their right to WAIVE the penalty of DQ for a wrong score card signed, instead giving a 2 stroke penalty. The question really is would rule 33-7 be exercised for literally everyone in the field in the same way?
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