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  1. The problem is driver technology as a whole remained static from 1945 to 1980. A block of wood turned into the familiar shape with a hard plastic/fiber insert and possibly some ballast weight. All the USGA had to do was say, when the Pittsburgh Persimmon came out, "uh, how 'bout no?" And write some rule like: "any clubhead of loft less than 25°, or whose volume exceeds x, or whose distance front to back as measured perpendicular to the face to the furthest extremity is greater than 1.5 inches, shall be constructed primarily of wood." Or perhaps simpler:
  2. Yeah you can't declare a ball lost de jure, but you can 'declare' a ball lost de facto by taking actions such as: dropping a new ball without calling provisional, not looking for the ball and playing your provisional past the spot you think the ball is in. The only time the difference ever matters is a horrible shot and excellent provisional, where an opponent wishes to find the first and the player does not. Even then, "I'm not even going to look for that one, it's gone," is usually met with, "ok, let's keep it moving."
  3. You are correct if golf is meant to be an exercise of strength. But suppose a hockey stick and shooting style were developed that produced a shot capable of being fired from center ice with no windup and impossible to stop. Yay! Athletic advancement! No need to learn how to stickhandle, skate, or do much of anything beyond winning faceoffs and getting the puck to someone open somewhere. Could that ever really happen? No. But if it did? I think it's safe to say the rules would be changed to mitigate it. I am also not saying golf is at that stage yet, my hockey example i
  4. I would strip first. I don't see why you wouldn't strip and media blast first, to have a uniform material to machine. But Im just guessing. Hell yeah! ....Buuut. You yourself can't. (Without a ton of investment) The industrial process is too complex and expensive for a single job, not to mention the chemicals are particularly noxious. $30-40 or so per head. You send them off looking like garbage, they come back looking concours. I've done it, we're talking see your reflection in it chrome. Ebay search "hogan apex refinish" you'll see
  5. We do, hockey sticks physically break if you put too much into them. Also at the NHL level goalie pad size regulations change somewhat frequently to respond to scoring rates. We do, its called defense. In the NFL kickers were too good for extra points, so they moved the kick back. We did, pitching used to be from a box 45' from the plate. Then it became a mound of some height, which was later lowered because it was felt it was too advantageous to the pitcher. Funny taking an example from a game that deliberately limits bat tech though. Olympic javelins were
  6. Built it up today, will test tomorrow weather depending!
  7. That's the trick isn't it? Take a 425 yard par 4. Hit a 330 yard drive and you have 95± yards in. If you hit the fairway, great! Flip wedge. If you hit the rough and the lie is good, yay, flip wedge. If the lie is bad, it means either a) flip wedge on the green but maybe not to birdie range, or b) hack to 25 yards, and a 50/50 shot at an up and down. And some version of that for every par 4 from 350-500 yards. Because 500-330=170, which is pitching wedge or 9 iron for these guys. When I play my home course from the senior tees I am faced with a lot of simil
  8. Maybe one day we'll get paired up. That's a once a week type shot for me the way I play. I usually fluff it in the sand. Its like "announce like joe buck today" is the motto over the door they touch as they enter the booth.
  9. Wolff is grinding, dechambeau is not cruising but looks more comfortable. The course has obliterated everyone else. English had a lost ball in the rough on 1 but bounced back with a birdie hole out from the sand on 2. But its looking like "who slides back the least" instead of "who charges to win this thing"
  10. Commentator: "for this shot you have to decide if you're going to try to get this to the flag or are you ok leaving it short?" Me: well there's nothing but short grass between him and the flag I imagine he's gonna play a low runner that worst case winds up coming off the false front and stays in front of the green, best chance is hole high. Bryson: by your command, James
  11. You're right blade, and I have noticed it when I play at my club. 6,800 yards, and my biggest drives (260 or so) is about as long as you can be for the course to be demanding. All four par 5's are Driver-wood-wedge for me, and par 4's are either long driver-hybrid or short driver-p/9/8. And it creeps into my set makeup just as you describe. I now play driver-3w-5w-3hy-4hy-5i... and try to avoid pulling 5 and 6 as much as possible. I played a single round from the whites at 6000 yards and shot a season best 75. Pretty easy to do when I was over the back of two par 5's in two, and n
  12. My brother in law has a 52° MP-T4 and 56° MP-T5 in a backup bag he's letting me reshaft for this project. I'm going to play the 52° at the PW length less ¼" and see how it goes.
  13. I redesigned the 11th at Winged Foot. I hope you find the changes more appropriately punishing...
  14. Kind of, on the other hand they are so fast that the players have to put so defensively there's a lot of break affecting them. The ball just picks up that little curl at the end.
  15. The dechambeau par 5 game plan: Blast drive, wedge on, 3 putt. I swear the minute he gets one to drop he's gonna turn to somebody and say "Happy learned how to putt. Uh-oh!" Also, enjoy this video I found: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9WVFFbYZ8w
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