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    Poor etiquette OR opponent over reacting

    If you kept doing it you wouldnt have to - loss of hole would be upgraded to disqualification if repeated : Advice Any verbal comment or action (such as showing what club was just used to make a stroke) that is intended to influence a player in: • Choosing a club, • Making a stroke, When a...
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    Golf Balls - Your Top Three

    Yes, Srixon Distance is good call. Callaway Warbird, and Taylormade RBZ also highly recomended. Lake balls perfectly good too, and its really only a whether you like new, or happy-to-buy-used personal preference.
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    Poor etiquette OR opponent over reacting

    Yes, thats perfectly fine, and no penalty would apply in that case, as it would not qualify as 'advice'. Rudeness and abuse are fully legal under the rules of golf! 😁
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    Poor etiquette OR opponent over reacting

    Saying "no pressure" constitutes giving advice, and so you lose the hole.
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    Sim 2 lots on sale!

    I wouldnt blame the SIM2 or the guys for that !
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    Golf Balls - Your Top Three

    There is zero chance that ball selection has any influence on the score of any one playing off more 5hc. Such are the variables involved, the influence of the ball is miniscule - they simply dont have the skill and consistency to profit from a known and specific ball response. Like the thread on...
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    Do hybrids need custom fit?

    100% no need to be fitted.
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    Golfers being ripped off?

    To be fair to them, the gear manufacturers, on clubs in particular, have a very tough job. With drivers for example, the size and COR, and graphite shafts, mean all drivers are the same, as far as making a difference to anyone's game, and have been for 15 years. So the difficult of creating an...
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    Winter golf balls

    If the putter in your backup rig has a harder face, you can get the same effect by simply switching it in for your gamer for the winter.
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    Golfers being ripped off?

    I dont think they are being ripped off, though prices certainly are high. Two factors at play really - golf is a rich mans game in general, and, the nature of the game does lure him into always looking for some tool or angle that will improve his performance. But golfers choose the high price...
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    Golf Tees, Favourite Brands or any suggestions on what to use and look out for?

    While I dont put much store in the differences between brands themselves, the amount of energy that can end up lost in the friction between the ball and the tee as it launches is pretty high, reducing energy transfer, as well as introducing a random element to the spin axis itself. But can be...
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    Played with sub scratch golfer yesterday

    Not following gca forums, but would have thought the above, if they are their conclusions, to be 100% incorrect. The situation is the exact opposite : Take the 'almost' reductio ad absurdum, where the ball was so short that the difference between the longest and shortest players' drives was...
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    Played with sub scratch golfer yesterday

    True, and as said above, the solution lies in the ball. It is so obvious that I find it maddening they dont shorten it back by 20% or so. It would solve so mant problems, and has zero negatives. One element people miss about tge lengthened game is that it is more than just the positioning of...
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    WHS working well for me

    That would be exceptional by a long shot. When hc sec some years ago I remember looking at it. One of the end of year review reports used to show it. And excluding the few times a year golfers, we had about 200 genuinely active full members of the mens club. The average came out at 12 point...
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    WHS working well for me

    Your mistake is comparing apples and oranges. Surely you agree witg a more equitable system, whatever the nunber on the current scale. Thats would be like saying you dont want distances changed to km from miles as it would move your golf course further away from your home.
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    WHS working well for me

    Which is the great improvement of WHS over UCS. UCS handicapped you according to rounds 50 rounds ago - it NEVER discarded history. So yes, 20 rounds seems reasonable as that is probably somewhere in the upper average of numbers of counting cards people will put in in a year.
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    WHS working well for me

    But surely more high handicappers winning is a good thing, one of the improvements WHS was to bring, and if people are noticing it, then they should not be surprised? It shows the WHS is indeed an improvement on the UCS. It is also better from an intuitive or understanding of what your expected...
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    Help me understand my Score Differential!

    Yes, its a clever and fair way to apply it alright. It just could be highlighted to make it clearer for those who follow the hc evolution.
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    Help me understand my Score Differential!

    I agree. There is a touch of rewriting history without even noting that it has been done, the way it is shown at the moment. I had similar : two 1 shot exceptional reductions applied about 6 weeks apart, so now have some differentials correct since the second one, some that have a 1 reduction...
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    WHS working well for me

    I realise now that I misread the briefings on the rationale for the WHS. The goal was to have a single name, not a single system. Even if that meant more handicap systems used in different countries than ever before.
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