QA Survey Question Results

By Frank ThomasDecember 5, 2007, 5:00 pm
Editor's Note: This is the latest in a weekly Q&A feature from GOLF CHANNEL's Chief Technical Advisor Frank Thomas. To submit a question for possible use in this column, email
A good lesson is; if you are not prepared to read the answers then dont ask the question.
I was fully prepared to do the analysis of the four questions I asked but did not anticipate the volume of the additional comments from our readers in the mini-survey we conducted last week. These very considered comments and thoughts were provided by more than 50% of the respondents and amounted to more than 51,000 words. I will summarize these next week in a separate document.
More than 1,500 readers answered the four questions we presented last week.
Here are the results with my comments:
Question 1) How important is it to you that there be only one set of rules?
The table shows the results on a five point scale.
Very important --- 57%
#2 --------------------- 16%
#3 --------------------- 10%
#4 ---------------------- 5%
Not important ------ 13%
I think we have a winner in that one set of rules is important. This is good for golf.
Question 2) Do you think something should be done in the equipment regulations to rein in some of the extraordinary performances exhibited by tour players and the like?
Yes ------ 26%
No ------- 74%
It looks like our readers dont think reining in the pros by using equipment regulations is necessary. After all, they are the best of the best and there are other means to challenge them.
Question 3) If the equipment performance rules did change because of Pro performance and they detrimentally affected you and/or your performance, how likely is it that you would ignore the change and continue to use your existing (now non-conforming) equipment?
Very likely --------------- 47%
#2 -------------------------- 12%
#3 -------------------------- 10%
#4 -------------------------- 7%
Not at all likely --------- 24%
If the equipment performance rules were to change which would detrimentally affect golfers, it looks like about 60% would continue to use their existing equipment and ignore the rule (this is not good for golf). The performance of the majority of golfers (99%) must be carefully considered before adopting a rules change.
Question 4) Do you think that a Ten club (local) rule for elite players is a better idea than changing equipment performance standards for everybody?
Yes ----------------- 63%
No ------------------ 37%
This is a solution which costs nothing and is easy to evaluate. It will not affect current equipment specifications nor will it cause the disruption that having two sets of performance rules for equipment may.
I think a reasonable conclusion is that the majority of golfers want one set of rules but may ignore a rules change, which would render their existing equipment -- which works for them -- non-conforming.
I hope this message gets to the right places in time.
Next week I will summarize the comments and thoughts from our readers on this subject.
I hope this is interesting and useful information and I would like to thank all of our readers who responded to the survey and gave me their thoughts.
Thank you

Thoroughly enjoy the discussions each week. Stores and manufacturers seem bent on placing tags, especially price tags, on the shaft of the club. What is the best method for getting these tightly adhered buggers off the shaft without damaging the shaft? Ive tried everything. And also, is there any truth to the golf legend that once you take the price tag off (aka after you buy it) its guaranteed to not go as straight ' only joking but it sure seems like the case for most of us!


Thanks for the kind remarks and I am pleased you are enjoying the weekly Q&As.
First, let me say that there are few places better than the shaft to place the stickers you refer to. One of these is a Bar Code (UPC code) which identifies the product details and the price. This helps in inventory control and a quick checkout.
Sometimes an additional price tag is glued to the shaft, in an effort to help the customer make a decision before going to the checkout counter.
The best way to remove these tags is to borrow a hair dryer (some stores use a heat gun), turn it up to high, and heat up the price tag. This will soften the glue --- very good glue as you have discovered -- to the point where it will be easier to peel off.
You are right in your belief that when you remove the tag the club will no longer perform as well as it does when the tag is in full view, and you are constantly reminded how much you paid for the implement. This phenomenon has been proven over and over again, just ask any superstitious golfer. Or it may be that the club likes to have the tag attached.
On the other hand, if the club starts misbehaving itself, you may not want your buddies to see how much you paid for such a badly behaved instrument.
Keith, you do have a dilemma, which you alone must resolve and this starts with finding your wifes or girlfriends hairdryer and then sit down to make the big decision, Do I or Dont I take it off?
You are on your own from here. I hope you make the right decision
Hoppy HolidaysFrank Thomas, inventor of the graphite shaft, is founder of Frankly Golf, a company dedicated to Helping Golfers. Frank is Chief Technical Advisor to The Golf Channel and Golf Digest. He served as Technical Director of the USGA for 26 years and directed the development of the GHIN System and introduced the Stimpmeter to the world of golf. To email a question for possible use in an upcoming Let's Be Frank column, please email
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Rahm (62) takes early lead at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.

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Mickelson starts fast, fades to 70 at La Quinta

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:07 pm

Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his first competitive round of 2018 - for six holes, at least.

The 47-year-old is making his first start since the WGC-HSBC Champions this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge, and only his third competitive appearance since the BMW Championship in September. Four birdies over his first six holes indicated that a strong opener might be in the cards, but Mickelson played his subsequent holes in 2 over.

It added up to a 2-under 70 at La Quinta Country Club, typically the easiest of the three courses in rotation this week, and left Mickelson eight shots behind Jon Rahm.

"It was fun to get back out and be competitive," Mickelson told reporters. "I for some reason am stuck on 70 here at La Quinta, whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score."

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Mickelson stunted his momentum with a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 eighth hole, but he managed to save bogey and otherwise drove the ball relatively well. Instead, he pointed to his normally reliable iron play as the culprit for his back-nine backslide on a day when more than 120 players in the 156-man field broke par.

Mickelson will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course with the Stadium Course on tap for Saturday's third round. While there were several low scores Thursday at La Quinta, Mickelson remains bullish about the birdie opportunities that still lie ahead.

"This isn't the course where I go low on," Mickelson said. "I feel more comfortable on Stadium and Nicklaus. Neither of them are nearly as tight and I tend to score a lot lower on those other two than I do here, historically."