Originally Posted by ScottW
My thoughts are if NS is best played with thumbers instead of controlled backhand or forehand shots then get better at throwing a thumber then everyone else and if you won't do it then I hope you're real good at locating your other shots. I won't do the thumber trick not because I think it is a weak cheater shot but because I hate throwing them and think I become a better player by throwing other shots. That said, I know sometimes thumbers are just necessary so I use them on occasion. I don't have a problem if the tournament overall forces players to use a wide range of shot selections (even the dreaded overhand) because players should have them all incorporated into their game.
I don't throw thumbers because they HURT! All overhand shots hurt to throw, so why should a secondary shot be forced to be made off the tee? A hole should not be designed so the best shot is one that doesn't require a ton of skill, but merely rotator cuff strength. That is not a well designed hole. I have run tournaments in the past where I used height mandos to restrict the overhand shots off the tee because the more skilled shot is the one necessary to navigate the middle of the fairway.