I use Skype when playing most of the time and I have seen in a regular game not UEL a ball clearly in the fairway and hearing the ding but the ball went off into the rough from a distance of less than 50 yds. Yes this glitch does occur.
Not necessarily. How can you be sure that the aim marker wasn’t moved by accident before the shot was taken. I know I have done that before. Especially in mobile.
As for shots coming up way short did you recheck the club chosen boefore taking your shot or rechecking the amount of spin applied. Too much added spin especially with the high spin balls wreck havoc on shot distances. Or one thing I did quite often early on was not really looking at what my lie said. There are many spots where it appears that your ball is in the fairway but the game has it in the rough. Often 30/40 rough. A good example is Kiawah Island #!2. Your ball looks like it is in the fairway but is actually in 30/40 rough.
I am not saying there are no. WTF shots but most of them are actually user error.And winds can be affected or negated to a certain extent by trees. And Wolf Creek with its hills and canyons so to speak can really affect the winds