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DaveP043 last won the day on June 18 2016

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  1. I watch as little online "generic" instruction as I can. By "generic" I mean those instructors who are just sending it out there for anyone to use, as opposed to instructions for a single player based on that player's video. I'm pretty sure that way over 99% of us do NOT have the skills to diagnose the root cause for our swing faults, so I'm not a believer in searching through the internet for specific tips that will help to fix a problem when I've probably mis-diagnosed the cause. With the wide range of philosophies, and the often contradictory advice to cure any specific fault, using that type of instruction is more likely to CAUSE a problem than it is to fix one. That's all horribly off-topic. I believe a steady head is important, because your eyes are your reference point for understanding where the ball is. If your reference point, your eyes, is moving around, that makes it much harder to hit the ball consistently. Watch baseball players, hockey players, football receivers. The most successful generally have a still head (for baseball), or a head that remains pretty level (when they're running or skating).
  2. I think the sway away from the target is most common, but I've seen people whose head actually moves towards the target. I like @alfriday101's image of "centered", and the same for the hip rotation, remaining centered.
  3. By stable, I mean it doesn't move a lot. I dislike the image of a rigid fixed position, but I believe that if your head moves a lot, you'll be less consistent with contact. A little bit of up and down is pretty common, even with good players, but you see very little lateral movement of the head for those good players. A LOT of up and down would indicate , to me, excessive flex/extension of the knees. A lot of lateral motion would indicate a sway, or reverse-pivot. My image of a good swing is one that revolves around your spine. Hips turn on an inclined plane, your body rotates around an inclined axis (spine), your shoulders rotate around your spine, while the spine (and your head on top) remain pretty stable.
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    Favorite Putting Aid - Improved Stroke

    I'll echo cnosil You can get a metal yardstick at your local hardware store for 5 bucks or less. Put the ball in the hole at one end. If you can consistently putt it off the other end, without it falling off the side, your face angle AND path have to work together. If you can consistently hit your line, you're ready to work on read and speed.
  5. I think if you look at a large number of really good players, you'd see a wide variations in backswings, but almost all would have very similar impact positions. In my opinion, the ideal backswing puts you in a position at the top of the swing that allows you to swing forward with the minimum of compensations. The route you take to get to that position can vary quite a bit, but most of us have a pretty small range of "top of backswing" position that really work well. Of course, changing something early in the backswing can result in subconscious changes to other parts of the swing, so that you may be able to fine-tune impact by tweaking the backswing. Hideki Matsuyama is an interesting example. He comes to a basically still position at the end of his backswing. He might be able to simply set up there, eliminating the entire backswing, and still make a really good forward swing. I think your pro is probably doing a very positive thing, by concentrating on your backswing. If you can find a way to go back, and get to a consistently good position, your forward swing can be much simpler. But the backswing is a stage-setter, not the star of the show. So what is my personal checkpoint on the backswing? Proper shoulder turn, stable head, weight to the inside of my right foot and ready to move forward, all at the top of the backswing. I don't really think at all about the route I took to get there.
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    Groove Rule, has it really affected you?

    I actually did want to get the past opinions that we each hold about the USGA, and about this particular change in the rules, and get an idea of the actual impact of the rule change. Now that a few folks have brought that up, I'll add my two cents. I agree with @revkev on this, the issue is probably more one of perception than of reality. I blame the USGA, of course, but also those who covered the rule change. Golf publications are funded largely by advertising for the big equipment companies, and every manufacturer wanted to have golfers buying new "conforming" clubs right away. Is it any wonder that the coverage highlighted the changes, and downplayed the timing? Its quite possible that the rule will end up being totally ineffective, also possible that there wasn't that big a "problem" in the first place. But the reality is that most people have yet to feel the effect of the rule changes. Most people will never feel any impact, we'll have replaced our old "nonconforming" clubs due to normal wear and tear.
  7. If you believe Bryson, they must, and the USGA uses different ones. Actually, I bet the PGA does make sure that the flagsticks themselves are consistent from one week to the next. They try to make the sand consistency similar, make the fairway height consistent, green speeds within tight limits, why not flagsticks too?
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    Groove Rule, has it really affected you?

    Please understand, I'm interested in understanding how this has worked so far. From what I see here: https://ncga.org/player-handbook/ In particular the Hard Card stating the conditions of competition, the 2016 Rules of Golf apply for this season's competitions. The Equipment rules currently allow the use of pre-2010 grooves unless the conditions of competition require the newer grooves. It seems possible that the highest level events would have additional requirements, but I don't see that conforming grooves are required in general. But back to my question, has it really affected you? Have you been required to buy new clubs to play in specific events? I'm not trying to suggest that the rule was effective in accomplishing a specific goal, or that it was ill advised, or whatever, just asking if you've really felt its effect.
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    Groove Rule, has it really affected you?

    Do the FSGA events require 2010 conforming clubs? I looked quickly at VSGA stuff, and couldn't find any information, probably because this year's competitions are over, and they don't have anything on next year's competitions yet.
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    Groove Rule, has it really affected you?

    I see you're a low handicapper, which tournaments were you in? US Open qualifiers? Do top state-level tournaments require the newer grooves? College competitions?
  11. A two-part reply to a two-part question. Yes, and yes. Many many resorts are "elitist", in that the cost a bunch of money. That of itself eliminates a whole lot of people. On the other hand, most are also "non-elitist", in that you don't need special connections, you don't have to wear fancy clothes, you don't need to come from the "right family", all you have to do is pay your money. And I'd consider this, for sure. Having looked at the cost for Streamsong before, and having visited Kohler, WI, the price for this competition isn't really excessive. I'm not going to lead the charge in putting together a team, but I'd give it some thought if a buddy was interested.
  12. In a lot of the threads concerning the USGA and the Rules, a number of posters have mentioned the 2010 groove rule as something specific that the USGA really screwed up. But as far as I can tell, it hasn't had any effect for almost all golfers. The Rule required all clubs made after 2010 to have conforming grooves. The Rule took effect as a Condition of Competition for a small number of USGA events in 2010, and for all USGA events and qualifiers in 2014. But the USGA recommends that, until no sooner than 2024, the new grooves not be required for anything other than competitions that involve "professional-level players and/or players at the highest levels of amateur golf." I know that the rules required clubmakers to change their manufacturing processes to produce conforming grooves between its the rule's announcement in 2008 and its first use in 2010. Clubmakers routinely change their clubs on a yearly basis, so I don't see that as a big issue, maybe some of you do. A few of us play clubs made before 2010, and some of those clubs might not conform to the 2010 rules. But unless you're a really elite player, you can keep playing those clubs for another 5 years before you have to consider a change. So my question, who among us has REALLY been effected by the 2010 groove rules?
  13. I realized, there IS a legal way to force players to remove the pin most times. There is actually no USGA Rule governing the size of the flagstick. So its easy, make the lower part of the flagstick 3 inches in diameter, so that a ball couldn't fit in the hole with the stick in. You can bet the player will remove it whenever he gets anywhere close.
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    Question #1

    First of all, I would not rest, I'd do that when I went back to work. I'd go play golf. I might drive somewhere to play, Pinehurst is only 6 hours. So if I was told this early in the day, I could drive down after work, play for 3 days, and drive back home. And THEN I would rest.
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    I see two or three two opposing factors here. First is simply the number of opportunities. There are generally only 4 chances for an ace on any one day, and 14 opportunities to hole out a shot for eagle. The second factor is length. For the courses I play, and with my length, I have a moderate number of short irons and wedges into greens, say 30 to 40% of the 10 par-4 holes, and all of the par-5s, if I hit my tee shot reasonably well. But I see very few par-3 holes that short. Most of the rest of the par-4 holes I'll be hitting a mid- to long-iron, not dissimilar to most par-3 holes. Both of these two factors, more chances, and more shorter shots, would suggest that we should make more holed-out eagles than aces. On the other hand, you do have to hit one or two good shots to get those opportunities for the hole-out, which pushes the odds a bit back towards the ace. In my own game, I know I've made 3 aces in close to 50 years of playing golf. I don't have the statistics. but I'm sure I've made more than a dozen hole-out eagles.