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DaveP043 last won the day on June 18 2016

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  1. A Committee is not allowed to institute a local rule that adds a penalty where none exists in the Rules, which is what it would take to make the use of the pin illegal. A committee likewise cannot eliminate a penalty by local rule. This is under Committee Procedures if you care to look it up for yourself. Slow play will occur if players don't communicate their intentions. If I know that player 1 wants it out, and player 2 wants it in, it will be in before player 1 is able to mark or pick up his ball. There's no reason this should slow things at all. I know it will, of course, but it shouldn't. I've played 5 rounds in the last few days, and left the pin in most of the time. We've seen one ball hit the flag dead center and bounce out, at what looked like the right speed. We've seen a lot of putts made, none that the flag appeared to help. My take, I'll leave it in for putts where speed might be questionable (long ones, or downhill), and take it out when I get close enough to feel like I'll have good speed control.
  2. I hit a little draw almost all the time. I can hit a fade in an emergency, but that's it. Most players, including me, aren't skilled enough to move the ball both directions with equal consistency. I'd rather hit my most consistent shot every single time.
  3. I know an instructor who has experimented a little with the line on the ball and his students. He says that a large majority of players can't effectively align the mark on the ball with their intended target, so apparently you're not alone. I'm sure the line helps some players, but I've never found it particularly useful. As with most things, there are a lot of ways to do something, and not every method will work for every person.
  4. I'm kind of interested in what angle the markings indicate. Are they intended to correspond to a specific degree or percent slope of the green surface? I ask as someone who has taken the Aimpoint clinic, and I do use and trust Aimpoint for most of my green reading. On the other hand, I've never liked using a line on the ball, so I'm probably not in the market for a tool like this one, I'm just curious.
  5. DaveP043

    What ya drinking tonight?

    Tonight is Caol Ila Islay malt whisky, with about a teaspoon of cold water
  6. The new rules say that a ball is holed when is it in the hole, and any part of it is below the level of the green. Rule 13-2/c
  7. I took a look at flagstick suppliers websites. In every case that I saw, the lowest portion was 1/2" diameter. Even those tapered sticks, the wider part was 3/4", tapering to 1/2" at the "business end". USGA regulations require a maximum diameter of 3/4" for the lowest part of the stick, from the tip to at least 3" above the green surface. I did see a study that shows a lower make-percentage for the heavier "tapered" sticks, as compared to the lighter single-diameter fiberglass sticks, but it wasn't a big enough difference to make me pull the flag.
  8. DaveP043

    Perplexed again : 2 Nd lesson

    I hate to condemn an instructor that I haven't seen work, but I think Plaid is right. It sounds as if you've had two lessons, and the guy is telling you the same thing over and over, as if he only knows one way to teach. And you've consistently been unable to use that "thing" and achieve any kind of success. In my mind, good instructors understand that different feels or drills are required for different people, even if the identical swing change is needed. If this guy only has one way, and that way doesn't work for you, I'd try someone else. And yes, there ARE a lot of poor instructors out there. The educational requirements to become a PGA Professional cover a wide array of skills, from understanding turf management, golf shop merchandise purchasing and inventory management, tournament operations, and yes, instruction. But the education doesn't go very deeply into any of those fields.
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    How would you handle this

    You could also consider giving copies of the evidence to a local news outlet, either a newspaper or TV station. Exposing the dark side of public officials gets attention for the media outlet, which is what the want, but it should also get the trolling stopped, which is what you want.
  10. I'm with everyone else on the layering bandwagon. For a long time I've used very lightweight silk mock-turtlenecks from www.wintersilks.com as my base layer. These are extremely light, but add a nice warmth. I'll generally wear a golf polo, then a wool vest, and on top a windshirt. That's usually fine to around 40 degrees. If it gets below that, I'll substitute a gore-tex lines wool sweater to cut the wind while adding.warmth. Those are pricey, but its a lot better than being cold. A few of those layers are so thin they' add almost no bulk, especially the silk undershirt, and the gore-tex layer in the sweater. A vest helps keep the trunk insulated while having a relatively small constriction on arm movement.
  11. Maybe I didn't word it very clearly. What I mean is that you can't watch a putt and decide after the fact whether the flag changed the result. You know the result, but you don't know what would have happened if the "other choice" had been made. Statistically based studies can help us make a rational decision as to which choice to make, but they can't pre-determine the result of any specific putt. Pelz' study provides some statistical basis for leaving the flag in. I expect other studies to come to the same conclusion, but I'm still interested in reading them. As an example, lots of people have smoked tobacco and never had lung cancer. But people who smoke have a higher rate of lung cancer than those who don't. As far as I know, nobody has proven that tobacco smoking causes cancer, there are examples where it doesn't. I still choose not to smoke, I like tipping the odds in my favor when I can.
  12. I don't think you'll ever be able to prove exactly how the pin influenced any single putt, wither the putt went in or didn't. If you watched the video I posted preciously in the thread, you'll see seemingly identical putts with differing outcomes, both with the pin in and with it out. What I believe we'll find out is that statistics will favor leaving the pin in. You'll make a higher percentage, and the putts that hit the pin and stay out will end up closer than when the pin isn't there. But to go back to a round and try to say "The pin helped here....", its not likely to be possible. In the case of this past tournament, from what I saw, Bryson's speed control was really good, the pin didn't make a significant difference.
  13. From what I saw, and I admittedly didn't watch every minute, Bryson just had a good week putting. Every putt that I saw him hole seemed to be going at a perfect speed, and I didn't see him clank a speedy one off the flag to leave it close. The flagstick certainly didn't keep anything out of the hole for him. The one that might have benefited from the flagstick was Woodland's eagle putt on Saturday. It was pretty close to center, but it was moving pretty fast. Who knows, really?
  14. DaveP043

    How do you measure a successful score?

    The Title of the thread is a bit different from the first post, really. Defining a "successful score", for me, means something maybe a stroke above par (course rating) net, that puts it well within my best 50%. I can get as much satisfaction from hitting the ball consistently well, hitting a bunch of greens, making the score "easy", as I can from hitting the ball poorly scrambling all day long for good scores. Generally, however, every day on the golf course is a good day. I'm either spending time with friends, or making new friends, while trying to do my best at a pretty difficult game.
  15. Here's a more recent video that adds to the weight of evidence.