Duval didn't say that. He said they lost because of captains and freak execution by the Euros, and that he understood the feeling in that competition. That's legitimate for small sample size, but not over 20 years.
I caught it after it started, so I'm not sure what his initial point was about enthusiasm. So, when did it kick in, 1999? Everybody sure did look enthused there.
His point was the leaders of the US team haven't performed to their ability, and that has emanated through the rest of the team. There is no reason people like Ian Poulter should have a better record than TW or PM over this large of sample size.
If pointing records out makes him look foolish, then so be it.
Depends on what day it is. I never worry about shanking a putt, though. Some days driver is spot on and a nasty pull hook will creep into the mid to short irons. Next time around it's the driver that will shotgun all over the place, but once I'm back in the fairway (eventually) I can drill the irons spot on.
But overall, it is the snap hook when trying to dial back a notch off the tee. As mentioned before, I cant "do" a 3/4 driver swing.
Here's the deal: You want to play through the group in front of you due to slow play. Almost ALWAYS, slow play isn't the cause of the group directly in front of you. They can't go anywhere, either.
So, you press the issue and let's say the group allows you to play through. Now, THAT group is waiting on YOUR group on every tee box and approach shot because there is no where for YOUR group to go.
My solution: Make sure you play with people who are interesting and fun to be around. This way, when you find yourself in the midst of a 5-hour round, (heaven forbid for you speed golfers) the time waiting passes pleasantly.
Slow down. Enjoy the day and your company and you'll worry a lot less about pace of play.
You might also be able to arrange this early in the morning, teeing off on one of the finishing holes. It wouldn't hurt to somehow give them the impression that you were looking for a place to play regularly next year. Its much more likely they'll do you a little favor if you're seen as a prospective long-term customer.