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I don't like BDC's hat hat because:
1) My personal fashion sense tells me that to pull off wearing a driver cap, one needs to have a certain "it" factor. I don't think Bryson has it.
2) The hat, which is also the log for BDC's "brand", reminds me of all of the times he has put his foot in his mouth. Like yelling at a camera operator about damaging his brand, arguing with a rules official about fire ants and OB line, slow play, the whole Brooks feud thing, making stupid comments about the vaccine, etc.
3) Even without reasons #1 and #2, I think driver caps aren't a good look.
Seeing him in a regular hat, he just looked like a golfer representing the US, without all the negative things associated with his image/brand.
I won't comment on his manliness, but I am a huge fan of BDC the golfer. I don't care for his non-golf persona/brand, but I think what he has done with his game is remarkable, and he's backed up his approach with a US Open win, multiple tour wins, and a good performance at the Ryder Cup. I look forward to watching him play every week.
Hmmmm, that doesn't really track:
2021: 0.660 (4th)
2014: 1.367 (1st)
2021: 0.403 (35th)
2014: 0.602 (4th)
2021: 0.118 (71st)
2014: 0.022 (93rd)
2021: 0.187 (66th)
2014: 0.274 (41st)
2021: 70.043 (16th)/1.368 (7th)
2014: 68.827 (1st)/2.266 (1st)
He's 0.898 strokes worse per round than he was in 2014, and 0.707 of that comes from driving, with another 0.199 coming from his approach shots. What's 0.707 + 0.199? 0.906, which is > 0.898. He's actually gaining 0.305 shots around the green and putting now, when he gained 0.296 in 2014.
So, nah, I think his driving and approach play have tailed off. He can't hit wedges very well, either.
Extensions in graphite are a bit tricky because it's difficult to remove them without damaging the shaft. That being said, the simple way to do it is just cut off the extension at the end of the shaft. You will still have the 2 inch piece of extension base down in the shaft but it only weighs a few grams so you won't likely even notice it's there once it's been cut and gripped again.