Jump to content
iacas

Who is on Golf's Mount Rushmore?

139 posts / 9563 viewsLast Reply

Recommended Posts

Want to hide this ad? Register for free today!

Tommy Watson. Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, and of course Ben Hogan.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

If we are just including men as players: Woods, Nicklaus, Snead, Palmer

If we are expanding it to men and women as players. Woods, Nicklaus, Snead, Mickey Wright.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I don't have enough historical knowledge of golf to comment, but I have to say that the way Tiger delivers that answer is awesome. I love having bad-ass Tiger Woods back.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Won't claim to be the best historian of golf, but any thought to Harry Vardon?

As I understand it, he was the game's best player at the time when golf was really starting to become popular in the U.S. His visits over here must have given the game quite a boost.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Cool question. When I think of the Mount Rushmore of Golf I think who impacted the game as a whole more. Tough to narrow it down to four but here it goes. 

 

Tiger, Jack, Jones, Hogan. 

Leaving Palmer and Snead off was hard, but thats my list. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

19 minutes ago, mcanadiens said:

Won't claim to be the best historian of golf, but any thought to Harry Vardon?

As I understand it, he was the game's best player at the time when golf was really starting to become popular in the U.S. His visits over here must have given the game quite a boost.

I think Vardon was the early superstar in Golf. Of course he was beat in an 18 hole playoff by amateur Francis Ouimet. Does beating a giant warrant a spot on the Mount?

Otherwise:

Palmer, Hogan, Woods! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

If it's all about them wins, Tiger, Nicklaus, Snead, Hogan

Though, I could easily swap out Hogan for Palmer.

Phil is a tough case. If he had about 5 more wins, I think he could push for that 4th spot.

If we want to throw up an iconic figure in golf, Jones could push out Hogan or Palmer for creating the Masters tournament.

Yea, I have to go with Tiger, Nicklaus, Snead, Jones.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I don't have a real appreciation of the history, so I can't answer fully.  So this is only partially thought out....

Tiger, Jack, Arnie, Seve.......

 

 

Now for pure entertainment? - Chi Chi, John Daly, Phil, Lee Travino

Best "Power Club" - easy - Arnie, Jack, Lee, Gary

Edited by rehmwa

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

There are 3 that I would have as locks. Jones, Nicklaus, Woods. The 4th spot is between Hogan and Arnold. It's a tough one to choose for me because Hogan's accomplishments are incredible. But Arnold's impact on the game and his status as a pop culture icon give him a strong claim as well. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

10 minutes ago, saevel25 said:

If he had about 5 more wins,

or one US Open. Modern Grand Slam would make it hard not to include him..for me at least. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

This was harder than I thought. I'm going with Nicklaus, Woods, Snead, Palmer. I gave Palmer the edge over Hogan (who I'm a big fan of) because of his impact on the game as a whole.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Good question.

Jack Nicklaus- He is still considered the best to ever play by many people, still has the most majors, he has to be on there.

Arnold Palmer- He was the first superstar golfer, and still one of the most enduring personalities even after his death. He was the first person to make golf cool.

The first two are easy, now it gets tougher...

Bobby Jones- He still has a presence on Tour with The Masters, he is still considered the greatest amateur of all time. I have to put him on there.

Tiger Woods- I realize he is a bit young to be immortalized, but he is the most famous golfer of all time. I may not have chosen him had I not witnessed that scene unfold on the 72nd hole of the TOUR Championship. There is not a golfer in the world that garners that much excitement. Heck there may not be another athlete in the world that garners that much excitement.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

It's kind of weird watching someone being asked, who's the top 4 greatest ever and no questions asked one of them is himself and he says, well, me, then yada yada yada. I'd find it awkward.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Tiger, Jack, Arnie and then a fourth rotating cliff that flips every month between Jones (greatest amateur), Hogan (most enigmatic), Snead (longetivity at the highest level) and Player (international impact). 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2018 TST Partners

    PING Golf
    FlightScope Mevo
    More to come…
  • Posts

    • I have a slit-sole SW from another model year. If by chance you do, I'm interested!
    • Hi folks, So I wanted to do something a little fun. I've been a golfer on and off now for the last seven years. Three years ago, I had my best season (I started off averaging about 120, and by the end of the season, managed to start breaking 100 on a regular basis). Last year, due to financial limitations, I only played four rounds. This year, I'm going to be out there at least once a week!  So here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to keep this thread going, and after each round at a course, or practice at the range, give everyone who wants to read it, an update with some thoughts, or ramblings about golf in general. So let's get this thing started: DAY 1: It's been close to year since I've been out to the range or a course. The weather was a nice 42 F with little rain, but some winds. I called my favorite little executive course and found out they're opening on Monday should the weather be good enough. I NEED to see if I can even remember how to swing a club. I grab my 7 iron, 4 iron, and driver and hit up the Royal Oak Golf Center.  I get the balls, stretch, and give a few practice swings with my 7 iron. I'm playing the same irons I bought 3 years ago, when I decided I wanted to be a "serious" golfer (whatever that means!). They're these Wilson Reflex Irons Dicks Sporting Goods sold me for about $250. I almost bought a set of Strata's that year, but decided I liked the way the Wilson's looked, and I was vaguely aware of the history of Wilson Staff irons, so it felt like a cool thing to get. They have this mat black polish around the head, with red offsetting the black.  I take five balls and line up for the first swing. It feels really awkward. I'm looking around at all the other golfers who seem to have flawless swings, and I'm nervous because I just know this isn't going to go well. There's this woman three or four lanes away from me and she's obviously just taken up the game, because she keeps topping the shots. Her boyfriend is trying to help her out, but she's just doing her thing. I smile and feel a little better about myself.  I focus on the ball and take my first swing. I top it and it flies like 30 yards down in front of everyone else's lane. It's like that scene in Tin Cup when he's first arriving at the driving range for the US Open and he can't seem to get rid of the shanks. I shank three, maybe ten more.  I step away and look around. Nobody cares, and then I remember I'm all alone. It doesn't matter at all. I need to find my swing, because I really want to start playing again. I line up behind another ball, take a deep breath, and have my first really good swing of the club. I can feel when it's a good swing, because it feels natural, and the ball seems to float up in the air, before landing and taking a bounce. I hit a few more with mixed results. I switch to the 4 iron. The 4 iron I'm hitting really well; 165 yards! I'm not understanding what the difference between why my swing is working with a 4 iron, but is hit or miss with the 7 iron. I switch to the driver (an old Olimar Tri Metal from the 90s), start off with huge slices. Switch back to the 4 iron; no issue. I'm really starting to wonder what's going on. I slow things down, and then make a discovery: right before the club contacts the ball, I'm breaking eye contact with every shot that's not using the 4 iron. With the 4 iron, I'm concentrating so much that I'm allowing myself to access swing mechanics appropriately. I go back to the 7 iron, remember to keep good eye contact, and every single one of the next 15 balls I hit end up at 130 yards and right at the spot I'm aiming. I go to the driver, repeat the same process, and I'm mostly hitting straight and at about 220 yards (still a slice on a few shots here and there, but overall much more consistent and a better feeling).  The end of the practice session was good, but the struggle was real for a while. Finding the swing was really hard because of the lack of practice in the last year or so. I had to constantly remind myself that this is a simple game; it's a simple thing. I think we tend to overthink the game, and the swing, too much. It's also helpful, I think, to remember that at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter all that much, because we're out there to have fun and enjoy life. I went to a few stores afterwards and looked at some nice things (bought some Wilson Staff Duo balls for the season and am looking for a Sunday bag because I want to walk courses not ride) and I'm really looking forward to the season. That first round is going to be a nightmare, but I don't care. I probably won't even keep score!  So, here's the three main takeaways: 1. The swing should feel natural. If it doesn't feel natural, you're doing it wrong.  2. This is a really simple game and it's helpful to remind oneself of that simplicity; keeping calm and cool is better than getting frustrated and upset. I don't think I understood that when I first starting playing. This is meant to be fun, not frustrating.  3. Keep you eye on the ball at all times and do not anticipate the contact between the club and the ball, otherwise you will pull, slice, top, shank, etc. Eye contact will certainly almost always give you a good and consistent result if your swing feels natural. 
    • Trucker, you are good enough to use one. Every shot requires a goal, not that you attain perfection.  If the pin is 5 from the back and long is bad, then my club choice (depending on wind....) would be, if I pured that club, it would just reach the pin.  If you think you are not good enough, chances are high the right mental approach can move you index 5 or more quickly. 
    • The DG you show is a Stiff flex. I don’t think they even make the DG steel in a senior flex. I wouldn’t base it on how it ‘feels.’ Go hit it and get some numbers.
    • Hi Joe, welcome back to TST.
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Antneye
      Antneye
      (51 years old)
    2. CapM
      CapM
      (54 years old)
    3. Cardsfan
      Cardsfan
      (27 years old)
    4. Mr Golf Addict
      Mr Golf Addict
      (15 years old)

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to TST! Signing up is free, and you'll see fewer ads and can talk with fellow golf enthusiasts! By using TST, you agree to our Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, and our Guidelines.

The popup will be closed in 10 seconds...