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DaveP043 last won the day on June 18 2016

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  1. I took an Aimpoint Express class a couple of years ago, and I believe it has significantly improved my green reading. Its particularly valuable on a strange golf course, as the use of your feet to sense the slope eliminates all of the visual distractions that can mislead you into misreading a putt. I've found places on my home course where I used to think that balls curving "uphill" were caused by grain, were actually following the actual slope. My visual perception was thrown off by background cues. same thing when I've visited Palm Springs, my Aimpoint reads were pretty good, a large percentage of the greens actually do slope towards the east, towards Indio. I don't know that Aimpoint helps everyone, but it has definitely helped me.
  2. I'm not sure that @Edveed really cares to have a discussion, he just lobbed that one out there and hasn't returned. That seems to be a pattern with him.
  3. Two comments. First, you've made a claim without providing anything to back up that claim. So please bring us some kind of evidence that PGA Tour players are weak. You might also want to define what type of strength you're talking about. Second, please try to explain why you think strength is so important in golf. We're swinging an implement that weighs less than a pound, to me great strength simply doesn't matter. Strength in the core, strength enough to grip the club appropriately, yes. But beyond that, it gets down to flexibility, proper sequencing, and hand-eye coordination.
  4. Obviously I'll agree with the group, its its the Indian. A good player can shoot a decent score with poor clubs, a poor player can't shoot a good score with the very best clubs. Contrary to a few, I think equipment can make the largest difference for really good players. By different, I guess I'm thinking of percentage improvement, rather than gross numbers. Golf balls matter for fine-tuning, but still aren't critical. Just as an example, I can show you a video log of two good players shooting -3 over 18 holes of alternate shot using a purple Top-Flite Diva ball. Would they have been much lower with a ProV1, or any other "good" ball? Moral of the story, spend time on getting good instruction and good practice.
  5. I don't think that many of the slow players care. GMac says they can't possibly play any faster. Remember Bryson, who says its pretty impressive that they can plan and hit a shot within 40 seconds, really impressive. And Jason Day said not long ago that he'd use whatever time he felt he needed to take to play his best. In my opinion, it will take stroke penalties, and the current slow play policy makes it really difficult to play slow enough for long enough to get a penalty stroke.
  6. You;'re right, this is kind of off topic, so I'll put it here:
  7. Its Rule 9.4.b: There are 4 exceptions, but none excuse accidental movement of a ball in the general when its location is known. And you are required to replace it before you make your stroke. This is the rule that prompted Webb Simpson to go off, saying they "have to get intent into the rules", and proceeding to show his complete lack of knowledge about the rules concerning accidental movement of a ball during a search.
  8. I absolutely agree with this, when I'm actually playing, I'm using whatever swing I have. If I understood the OP correctly, he was talking about NOT trying to change your swing through lessons and/or practice. In my opinion, that approach will impose a limit on how well most people can play. For most of us, changing and improving our swings is the only way to long-lasting improvement in playing ability.
  9. I have to agree with @SteddyGolf, swinging "your swing" can be fun, and many people can play reasonably well that way. But for others, taking that route can really limit a player.
  10. A black dot, widely spaced, on each side of the number on both sides of the ball. If I have to hit a provisional, and don't have a different number handy, I'll add a dot just below the number.
  11. I will always buy a yardage book (if one is available) when I play a new course, I just like them for souvenirs. I can't say I make notes in them, but I really prefer them to online or other electronic versions. A reasonable substitute is to use Google Earth's distance measuring feature to make your own preliminary cheat sheet with key yardages, but its not easy to determine which distances you'll need in advance. When I made my yardage book for my home course, I tried to envision lots of different players, playing from each set of tees. II noted a number of "landmarks" on each green, and distances to each of them. I looked at potential lay-up yardages needed. I did a lot of hand-drafting to show topographic features. And I did all that just before the use of GPS and lasers became nearly universal.
  12. I agree with the poster who suggested a video, I don't think a still photo can be the basis for anything meaningful. Or better, see a good instructor, let him analyze your swing and help you determine what change you need to make first. In my own swing, I have a habit of stopping my backswing rotation a bit too soon. I then "lift" my hands and arms, which gives me the appearance of a pretty steep swing. One feel I work on, in conjunction with turning back better, is to get "deeper" with my hands, letting them work around my body so that they're further from the target line. The effect is to "flatten" my swing, but the cure is really body rotation in the backswing, nothing specifically to do with my intended swing plane. I say all that in order to come back to my second recommendation, see an instructor. Its quite possible, maybe probable, that your "steep swing" is a symptom of something more basic needing to change. Get some good analysis, try to determine the root cause, and fix the underlying problem. Otherwise you may just be band-aiding the symptom.
  13. I'm kind of surprised that nobody has linked this particular study https://mygolfspy.com/mgs-labs-line-vs-no-line/
  14. I can see two sides to this. I believe that the flagstick can aid depth perception, and that's one component of green-reading, so that's a positive. But if the cup wasn't installed quite plumb, or the flag isn't quite replaced correctly, you might be looking at a crooked flagstick, which could lead to mis-reading putts. I use Aimpoint, so I'm not really looking at anything to make my reads. Eyes can be influenced by a lot of things, including background slopes, and I have to believe that can include a slightly crooked flagstick.
  15. Fair question, and I don't have a great answer. I guess that through experience and practice I have learned to line myself up with my intended starting line. I do this much the same way I line myself up on any other shot in golf, I select the line, I set the club down perpendicular to the line, and i move my feet into position. I don't use an intermediate target either, I just do my best to set my putter perpendicular to the intended start line. I check it a couple of times with quick looks at a point about hole-high and on that start line (might even call it an aimpoint), to help reinforce the right distance feel, and take my stroke, hopefully back and forward along that same start line (OK, a slight arc, but tangent to the line at impact). And unlike @Kenny B, I try to keep my focus on the ball as I make the stroke, in order to keep my body still. I've found that if I follow the putterhead with my eyes, my body will move just a little, and my start line becomes erratic. In my opinion, I just think its difficult to set a line that's only 1.6 inches long accurately enough. If you're off by only 1/16" front to back (that's -1/32 at the front, -1/32 at the back), you end up being off by almost 4 inches at 10 feet. You only have 2 inches each side of center to play with. Not to mention, you have to have the line directly on top of the ball, and your eyes directly over the ball, or else you're looking at a curve, not a line. For those who are helped by the line, great. Its just not my choice.
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