Can the pros tweak their ad­justable driv­ers dur­ing a tournament?

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ou might have seen Rory McIl­roy tak­ing a wrench to his driver dur­ing the WGC-Cadil­lac Cham­pi­onship in March like he was ratch­et­ing a lug nut o a 2016 HyundaiVeloster. He doesn’t own a Hyundai; we just like say­ingVeloster.Any­way, Rory could do that be­cause he had a screw loose – on his club. Rule 4-3 states that a club can be re­paired dur­ing a round if it is dam­aged dur­ing the nor­mal course of play, and the re­pair can be done with­out hold­ing things up.What Rory could not do was change the club’s set­ting to, say, favour a tee shot that would curve away from the wa­ter (Rule 4-2). Nearly ev­ery driver has ad­justable set­tings, so this got us think­ing that the pros must be ad­just­ing their equip­ment con­stantly.Turns out, they don’t

Ydo it that of­ten. Chris Tuten of Titleist says most play­ers ad­just the driver un­til they get it right. Then they leave it alone. Isn’t ev­ery er­ror in golf an “un­forced er­ror?” I wish an­nounc­ers would drop this ex­pres­sion. ▶ ▶▶ What if it was the op­po­site? Mis­takes are made by virtue of our ac­tions, right? So when you screw up, you cause or “force” the er­ror to hap­pen. Say what? While you mull that over, un­der­stand that the ex­pres­sion you loathe in

ltrated golf tele­casts af­ter much suc­cess on the pro-ten­nis cir­cuit. Play­ers such as Evonne Goolagong (best name in ten­nis his­tory) would do some­thing such as dou­ble fault when serv­ing, and the an­nouncer would pro­claim that she made an “un­forced er- ror.”Af­ter all, her op­po­nent didn’t cause her to dou­ble fault. If you ask us, mis­takes are nei­ther forced nor un­forced in golf.They’re just mis­takes.And you might not even con­cede that if you lis­ten to Rud­yard Ki­pling. (Who doesn’t?) He once wrote,“I never made a mis­take in my life; at least, never one that I couldn’t ex­plain away af­ter­wards.” What’s the deal with the fair­way bunker on No 10 at Au­gusta? I never see any­one hit into it dur­ing the Mas­ters. ▶ ▶▶ The mas­sive bunker on the 453-me­tre 10th hole does seem to be in an odd spot. Even the big­gest drives on this down­hill, dogle­gleft hole usu­ally don’t even come close to rolling into it.The pros then re their ap­proach shots right over the top of it, like it metaphor­i­cally rep­re­sents a fth-grader lis­ten­ing to a lec­ture on quan­tum physics. So why is it there, you ask? “When the course was rst built, it was a green­side bunker,” says our Ar­chi­tec­ture Edi­tor Ron Whit­ten. “But Perry Maxwell re­lo­cated the green to a hill­top be­yond the spot of the orig­i­nal. He re­tained that bunker be­cause it was so at­trac­tive, and as a salute to his late part­ner,Alis­ter MacKen­zie, who had de­signed the orig­i­nal course and had died in 1934.” OUR FAVOURITE CHEMS ▶ Mosquitos? DEET (C12H17NO) ▶ Sun­screen? Zinc Ox­ide (ZnO) ▶ Hunger? C7H8N4O2 (rhymes with bo­co­late)

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