IMO, watching the pros play links golf really shows you the extreme level of talent these guys possess. Some of those bunker shots were just plain incredible, not to mention how many par saves after a wayward drive into the fescue! Scorecards just form a bell curve for that particular event. The leader board is packed, and there is some amazing golf being played. I love how difficult the course is to play!
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And Justin Beiber is one of the most popular "musicians" in the world. See my point?
Unless you are in a competition, you really can't worry about your score on a true links course. You have to look at it as a fun challenge.
But if I were in a competition, i would be bummed out when a shot that I intended to go 150 yards bounds 180 into a pot bunker that I didn't even know was in play.
If you are in a competition you should know the pot is there. Otherwise just have fun - that's what links golf is all about. Do you know there is a broken tree branch sitting just where your ball lands? Do you know a path drops away just where you hit it? Do you know there is an unraked bunker up ahead? Get real, golf is like life - you do your best and hope you get a few breaks. But sometimes odd things happen. It's a game. Or you could take up tennis where everything is predictable - maybe that would suit you more.
Seve: to the effect, "I hit it, I find it, and I hit it again, until I get it in the hole."
If everyone is playing the same course, he/she who plays well and adapts the best will win. Play to your strengths: play away (as best as you are able a la Watson, Nicklaus and Trevino) from your weaknesses; prepare for both; and putt well. The more greens one hits, the more the average distance from the hole for the first putt will be (think 3 putts).
Even more than on an U.S. Open course, short game deficiencies are exposed the most on a British Open course. Good lies, decent at best lies, bad lies, tight lies, cuppy lies, dry lies, juicy (rough) lies, fliers and jumpers, greens that will not "hold,", difficult bunker sand, unpredictable and unavoidable bounces, on and on. ALL American and worldwide golf holes are based on the golf DNA of British golf courses and holes.
Check out CB Macdonald and Seth Raynor, who designed all of their courses and holes based upon British/Scottish/Irish golf holes.
In truth, there are only 25 to 50 original golf holes.
ok, Tiger is not the second coming of Nicklaus. Talent-wise, yes; intelligence, yes; self control, NO.
Would anyone describe Tiger as a "Gentleman." Seriously. On a character level, would anyone confuse the quality of his character to that of a Bobby Jones, Nicklaus, Player, Hogan, Mickelson, ..? NO. He's a self indulgent, narcissistic, POS. His Buddhist, "Jesus Christ," f**k, damned, rants are a huge turn off to me.
Let's see. Early on, as a junior (how did his parents pay for Tiger to go to Ledbettter. Tiger wins US Amateurs. Tiger dumps Ledbetter and goes to Butch Harmon - majors; Tiger dumps Harmon and goes to Hank Haney - and wins majors; and then Haney dumps Tiger. Sean Foley takes on Tiger - no majors.
Nope. It's an example that perfectly describes the argument. Just because something is immensely popular, that doesn't guarantee that it's not an unpolished turd.
I disagree. I'd say he's a very polished turd.
Just spent some time playing golf over in Scotland and Ireland and agree with what Erik has said. Some of the best courses in the world have that "natural" look.