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  1. It is implied in the videos and drills, but not stated explicitly (that I recall). One issue that I had was that my 'golfing subconscious' pretty much refused (at first) to believe that this right position at the top would lead to good ball contact. There was this huge resistance to doing that on the course. Swinging with a pause at the cast A point helped me. And consciously with focus bowing the wrist on short (15 to 40 yard) LW pitch shots was quite helpful in my case. dave
  2. The rating system does adjust for this kind of stuff, but in a very specific way. And that way is based on a very specific skillset of a pretty good golfer (with a index of 0.0). This includes a specific driving distance, level of accuracy, course management, etc. So this specific golfer, when he moves to a very different course, will (in theory) remain a 0.0 index golfer. But the legitimate scratch golfers of the world have a widely varying skillsets with varying strengths and weaknesses. And some courses will punish a set of weaknesses that 'scratch golfer A' has but that is not
  3. I wonder how unique I am here. When I do cast A it is all about what my wrists are doing (specifically, getting to a bowed position) and where the club is pointing. And when I integrate it with my swing, it feels 'laggy' to me, rather than 'like a cast'. Feel is personal but I wonder if others feel this move as 'lag A' when they swing? dave
  4. I think this is what TP is saying. Take a course with six (straight) par 4's. Two 10 handicappers play this as their home course. One guy is long (260 off the tee) with overall mediocre golf skills. The other guy is short (<200 off the tee) with pretty good golf skills. Obviously they shoot similar scores on this course (same index established on the same course). Now change those 6 holes by adding sand/other features that force a layup to 210 yards. This will have virtually no effect on the short hitter's score but it will most certainly affect the long hitter. So these guys wi
  5. I have never read this and am not saying that I am personally convinced that this this a good idea. But I am certainly not convinced that it is a bad idea. And it is not being suggested as a replacement for more traditional drills. Firstly, most of us will probably always have swings with 'flaws'. And these flaws will require compensations to some degree that happen subconsciously for most of us. And many of us work to reduce those flaws, but they won't go away so neither will the compensations (compensations will be reduced if our work is successful). So given that o
  6. Been done once (Dr Ralph Mann - biomechanics type) - see https://www.amazon.com/Swing-Like-Pro-Breakthrough-Scientific/dp/076790236X . Be interesting to see what comes out this time. dave
  7. About 6 years ago I directed this very question to the USGA where a player, for no specified reason, plays a hole from a different tee than the tee that he/she is otherwise playing. Should you post this hole as a 'hole not played by the RoG' (par plus strokes) or make the yardage based adjustments in Rule 5-2g (the applicable section at the time). The answer was to apply Rule 5-2g. dave
  8. There is no doubt that someone (in this case) was doing this intentionally. I think that at that time the club was using some kind of software that prescribed pin locations to minimize total wear on the greens. So my best guess is that whoever was in charge of maintenance on that particular course was a golfer who, for his own reasons, wanted to avoid this hole playing at 210 uphill yards (which it did with a back pin/back tee). But I really am guessing here. However the pattern was most obvious in my data. dave
  9. This was over a decade ago. At that time one of the courses (a pretty short, but pretty interesting course) had a long/uphill par 3. At that time the course had only 2 sets of rated tees and from the back tees the hole was an uphill 190 yards. I was keeping very detailed, by shot (kind of like manual Shotlink stuff), data but this was before rangefinders were common. So I would note the tee position relative to 'the base tee position' (maybe it was +10 yards if the tee was back) and do the same for pin position (so might be -10 yards if the pin was up). Over time I noticed that th
  10. I play mostly at Pinehurst Resort and CC. If you are just traveling in and not wanting to drop a bunch of money at Pinehurst Resort, I am familiar with the following what I would call good/playable, but not top shelf, courses. 2 courses at Foxfire 2 courses at Whispering Pines Deercroft (which is a half hour south but is an interesting layout) Southern Pines Golf Club (a really good example of a Donald Ross design) The following are more high end and quite nice (and I assume more expensive) Talamore, Pinewild, Mid-Pines, Pine Needles
  11. I took a look at the four courses that I play most often from the perspective of a 'Modified/Modified Senior Tees Rule'. This rule says start on the middle tees and on par 4's keep moving up until you are under 360 yards. On par 3's keep moving up until you are under 160 yards. I don't know where that point would be on the par 5's, but I don't see that as applicable across these four courses where the longest middle tee par 5 is 515 which seems like an OK senior tee par 5 to me (at least on that hole). Across those four courses you would move up from the green tees on 5 of the pa
  12. No - I did not raise the issue of the proper labeling of tees. No, I did not raise the issue of the proper par for a 360 yard hole from the 'more forward than senior' tees. No, I did not raise the issue of where to play (I asked for a clarification). dave
  13. What the hell is going on here???? Ladies tees is a label and not a description and is totally consistent with the use of 'senior tees'. It does not imply who should play them and there is zero reason to believe that I implied otherwise - my Dad played the ladies tees (red tees, forward tees, shortest tees, I don't care) the last 3 years of his life and I played there with him when I visited. And I was happy to do it. And what does the par of a ladies/red/whatever tee at 360 yards have to do with this topic? dave
  14. Do you get to move up to the ladies tees if a senior tee par 4 is over 360? dave
  15. So would I be correct in assuming that the 'trolley problem' is an "electric trolley problem". It seems to me that what we in the US call an (unpowered) pull cart just would not be an issue. But I guess I have never tried one in muddy conditions - I carry when I walk. dave
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