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Why the Pros Should Not Play in the Olympics

Feb. 6, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Thrash TalkThe 2016 Olympics are fast approaching. It will be here before you know it. I get the sense that most golf fans couldn't care less. We have so many events to look forward to — mainly the four majors - and oh yeah, if that guy Tiger Woods ever comes back, that it's difficult to find a spot in our minds for an event about which we don't know much.

In some sports the Olympics are at the pinnacle. In track and field, swimming, and a number of others, winning gold at the Olympics means you are the undisputed king of that sport. For some others — boxing, for example - it is place where the up and comers can show off their skills before making it into the professional ranks. Sugar Ray Leonard and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. are the first the comes to mind for me.

Where Does Tiger Go from Here?

Dec. 6, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Thrash TalkThe model for a retired golfing superstar has been set. Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer have written what I would call the perfect book on how to do better in your retirement than in your actual career. Now it is Tiger's turn.

I am not certain that we can agree that Tiger's career is completely over, but his days of being a dominant force in the game are over. He is now giving interviews in which he says everything right up to "I am retiring." I can understand the urge to spend time with his kids. Right now with his injuries and how he has played lately they probably bring him ten times the joy of anything golf-related. Add to this, his relationship with his father was so strong, he likely wants to mimic that relationship with his kids. His father was a teacher and now Tiger likely feels the urge to teach his kids as he was taught. Good for him.

Callaway Great Big Bertha Driver Review

Dec. 6, 2015     By     Comments (1)

GBBThe golf industry like any marketplace is constantly changing. In the late 1990s Callaway was as hot as any golf company could be. They were the first to really embrace titanium driver heads in a big way. Over the years that stranglehold on the top spot was lost. Callaway seemed to lose their way.

That is until the last few years where Callaway has gone back to utilizing the brand name that was so popular for them, Big Bertha. The last few drivers released by Callaway have been outstanding, and the latest release - the Great Big Bertha for 2015 - is the crème de la crème. The marketing campaign for this driver, "Leave no yard behind," is really a great theme. Because we are constantly blasted with marketing nowadays it might not get as much attention as it deserves, but if I were to sum up the performance of this club and someone mentioned that tag line to me, I would wholeheartedly agree.

Callaway has packaged almost all of the really good technology that they have developed in the past few years and threw it all together into one awesome driver. For the review I was given a 9° driver with a stiff shaft. With that introduction, let's get started with the review.

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Who Really Won and Lost the Presidents Cup

Nov. 5, 2015     By     Comments (3)

Thrash TalkCalling the Presidents Cup a second fiddle in the team match play events might actually be a compliment. The U.S. players versus the rest of the world except Europe was, by all accounts, a complete bore. The Americans have dominated the event since its inception.

So the 2015 playing of the event was vital to the future of the event. Another U.S. blowout and the event was all but finished. What we got was not only an outstandingly competitive event but also excitement from the participants and even a broader discussion about the involvement of two giants who are just now thinking about graceful retirements.

I’m Not Sorry You Made a Mistake

Sep. 27, 2015     By     Comments (5)

Thrash TalkIt's been said that there is no such thing as bad publicity. That even if someone is saying something bad about you, they are still talking about you and therefore it is better than if they never spoke your name. Many different companies and the Kardashians live by this mantra. So when Suzann Pettersen apologized for her role in ConcessionGate, I asked myself if this was really the best decision.

On social media everyone is praising the decision to apologize. Before the apology she was getting roasted by all the American fans, and even a few former European players for her decision. It was hard to find anyone on her side. As the dust has settled a little more now, many people are saying that she was within the rules and Lee was just at fault as Pettersen was. Lee has the moral high ground, but Pettersen was not completely to blame. The action seemed to fuel the Americans and it helped them to produce a Medinah- or Brookline-like comeback to win the event. The incident and ensuing comeback was outstanding theater.

The Newport Cup Is About the People

Sep. 21, 2015     By     Comments (10)

Thrash TalkI have been trying for years now to convince my wife that golf has never really been about golf, but rather an opportunity to hang out with my friends. That if I didn’t play golf that I would have found some other hobby, like wind surfing where I would have gone out to hang out with friends who were just as into wind surfing as I was. The idea is to hang out with people who enjoy the hobby as much as you.

Now the reality is, I did not get into golf because of any friendships. I started at golf because it was something that I could go out and do on my own. All other sports required someone, or a group or people to play. I played plenty of sports as a kid, football, baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis, but they all required someone else to participate. With golf I could go play eighteen holes or go to the putting green all by myself. Nobody needs to hit the ball back to you in golf.

Callaway XR Pro Driver Review

Sep. 7, 2015     By     Comments (1)

XRPhysics tells us velocity multiplied by time equals distance. Distance is something that all golfers are looking for. We all want it; frankly we can't get enough of it. But just telling golfers that you are going to give them more distance just doesn't work anymore. We are tired of hearing it. Heck, if it were true I would be hitting 320 yard drives last season. We just won't believe you anymore.

So Callaway has come up with a creative strategy for telling us their XR line of drivers are going to help us hit it father. They don't simply tell us we are going to get more yardage, they tell us we are going to get more speed. Speed is really a simplified version of the velocity ingredient in our physics lesson above. The XR line of drivers is designed and built for outrageous speed. I for one appreciate the creativity from their marketing department and after getting to try their XR Pro driver I also appreciate their engineering department as well.

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For this review I was given a 10.5 degree Callaway XR Pro driver with a stiff Project X shaft. Let's see how it performed.

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Should I Buy or Sell My Jordan Spieth Stock?

Aug. 30, 2015     By     Comments (8)

Thrash TalkIn today's economy it seems that one of the key indices of a healthy market is how the stock market is performing. Currently as China stock market underwent a crash it got me thinking about prospecting. I mainly wonder "If Jordan Spieth were a stock, would I buy or short him?"

There is no question his price in this Golf Street market would be extremely high. Two major wins and two extremely close calls; there is no other way to describe it than to measure it against Tiger's 2000 season. It was not as good as that season, in fact, not really even that close but it is the closest comparison one can make in recent history. You need to go back to Ben Hogan's 1953 season to find another to compare it to. Add to this the fact that the 2015 season isn't over, a win at the season-ending Tour Championship would only add more fuel to a season already full of big fireworks.

2015 PGA Championship Staff Preview

Aug. 12, 2015     By     Comments (1)

Thrash TalkWhistling Straits has hosted two previous PGA Championships. 2004's edition was won by Vijay Singh in a very exciting three-man playoff, and in 2010 Martin Kaymer nipped then-majorless Bubba Watson in a playoff after Dustin Johnson failed to recognize a bunch of sand as a bunker. Knowing the course offers very exciting finishes we should probably expect to have just as many fireworks as in past events. Rory is claiming he is healthy and has raised expectations he is ready to defend his title. Tiger is coming off his best finish in 2015 and also his swing is looking better as well. Jason Day has recently won, and don't forget about the guy who won the season's first two majors and then missed the playoff for the third by a single shot - Jordan Spieth.

It seems that anybody who is anybody in golf is playing well and ready to tackle the event. So lets see who the TST staff thinks has the hot hand, and what other expectations they have for the event.

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