I am in 2 minds with regards VEM, (or VEnoM, or VErMin as I used to refer to it when I was angry :-)
1 - If it didn't exist then those who are attentive would have the game so nailed down that it would be just like going through the motions on an old Atari game - get the physics right and take good notes and you are guaranteed to come up within a yard on every single approach shot. Great - but what's the point in that, it's more or less game over when you can do that.
2 - The game is not doing what I am telling it to do so I might as well not be playing at all - what's the point honing your skills when those will be taken out of your hands to some extent, every shot taken feels like you're also flipping a coin with the VEM and when you know it's just lost a birdie/ made you a bogey you just want to throw your computer through the nearest window or just give up the game declaring it stupid and not worthwhile (like I did).
I am sure there have been many many suggestions proposed, I asked them to turn it down a bit - perhaps they could weight the VEM such that user inputs that result in an approach shot within a foot of the hole are unaffected, 2 foot = 10% VEM, 3 foot = 25% VEM.....e.t..c.....
But at the end of the day it comes down to this: 'can I accept the general picture, the ups and the downs of VEM and get on with it knowing that everyone faces the same challenge and if I am improving my game it will still be evident even in light of the shot losses imposed?
I am as yet undecided, though I feel a lot cooler towards it on my return to the game - after 5 months away from the turbulent cauldron it had created within my mind.
1 things for sure - playing 2 or 3 games per day instead of the 7 to 8 will probably avert that 'obsession' that starts creeping in, and using 10 credit balls will be a lot less anger inducing than losing an expensive 250 credit Nike - balls are a big nonsense anyway, they really don't do as much as people think - gimmicks that can actually distort your game and leave you wholly confused - A high spin club (cleverlands and burners) should be enough with a ball with 1 or 2 dots of spin.
Just keep cool and take a break when you feel a volcano rising inside.
(and I do believe the meter has been performing almost stutter-free on my return -anyone??