Thanks Scott, funny thing. :D
And I want to mention that these are the normal dispositions of VEM*, in my observation.
I'm aware of what a powerbar affected by a heavy CPU usage looks like and behaves like. (see my Twitch channel video with power bar test and 100% CPU usage video demonstration when using Xsplit to stream my games, and see the 9 hole game w/ 2 eagles and a couple of birds, I can work with that)
I also switched from IE to Chrome to Maxthon (pretty good) to C. Dragon now (my fav of all previous) because I need a smooth browser for WGT esp. when often playing at 100% while streaming on Twitch.
Even with 7% or 4% CPU usage and no computer / flash etc issues you will see these different meters. That's why only Norman comes out on the 1st hole. Now this may not be the view of WGT or others but as a 'professional button pusher' in live TV for over a decade and a half I've become keen in discernment of these kinds of things. Plus, I cannot speak for others, and I won't.
I may also add that during practice rounds you are less likely to see all of them. esp compared to a public tourney or multi tier multi player game.
Now if someone were to assure me 'There is only one kind of meter that is produced by the game' (aka Norman) I would have to LMAO because I am firmly aware that this is not the case, from my personal observation, again, speaking for myself.
It is my belief that this 'is the way it is' and I want to be clear I'm cool with it because it makes you a better player, and it keeps the game enjoyable and unpredictable. (somewhat unpredictable, as I have learned to predict the different types of meter actions!)
Now, you won't see me in the forums posting about meter 'problems' because thanks to WGT and it's members I've learned how to optimize my computer and flash, etc., plus understand the VEM & deviation programming, and remain humble with this complex and enjoyable game.
If you want easy and boring, go to my 1st post on my blog and download, for free, the Jack Nicklaus golf program and use DOSBox to run it.
Oh Look, a birdie as I'm playing Jack Nicklaus Unlimited Golf and I wasn't even trying!
* From my research, this is inferred several times in the VEM technology:
The VEM has an associated representation...such as through a graphical display means...For example, a virtual gun can have a graphical representation consisting of cross hairs.. In the case of an increased user skill level, for example, the VEM could add additional variables for controlling the virtual equipment that were not available at a lower skill level and change variables representing...sweet spots.
Adapting the representation can include changing the virtual equipment appearance, the user interface...or combinations of these.
For example.. the representation can be modified to provide an indication of such to the user.
edit: In my opinion, this inclusion of an inconsistent meter is realistic & even necessary as it can also be effective in foiling any 'auto-dinger' cheat programs that require calibration to a non randomized power bar.