First post. I would like to comment on what the previewer stated:
"Oddly the power you put into your shot depends not on how fast you swing the Remote, but on how far you raise the Remote behind you before swinging. Maybe there are some safety issues behind that decision?
So if you want to swing at full power, you raise the remote right up before you swing. But for half power you only raise the Remote back to just around hip-height."
That is not odd; in fact, that is how a real-life golf swing works.
I am not a golf pro by any means, but my buddy has been playing golf for over seven years and was kind enough to take me one day and teach me how to swing.
According to him, you don't muscle the swing in golf. Provided you do the swing correctly (and it is mighty hard in real life), all you do once you have swung your arm up, is to let it "drop", which causes the entire swinging movement recoil.
The entire golf swing is based on human kinetics. By "dropping" your arm, gravity, plus the shoulder's movement, is enough to not just hit the ball, but hit it quite far (golf club notwithstanding).
Therefore, if anything, EA's approach is correct for a golf simulation. Again, a real-life golf swing has absolutely nothing to do with the amount of strength you put into the swing. In fact, if you muscle the swing, chances are you will not hit the ball as cleanly as you normally would.
Just thought I would clarify that. Personally, I hope EA keeps it real and doesn't dumb down the simulation, because I am so anxious for the game to come out, invite my golfing friend over and hit the courses. Oh, and I pray that Tiger Woods for the Wii has under its options a way to disable the "shake your Wii remote vigorously to spin the ball" - apart from looking dorky, in real life you just can't change your ball's spin once it's in the air. The spin originates from the swing, and how the club face makes contact with the ball.
If this game strives for realism and arcade gameplay at the same time, at least let those who appreciate the game for its complexity to disable the arcade elements.
Golf is a horrifically hard game and incredibly frustrating at times; perhaps that's why even golf greats like Tiger himself is always finding ways to improve his swing. Personally, I'd rather it be that way - true to the real thing.