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  1. I'm so nervous for Tiger. The longer he waited to get healthy, the higher the expectations got about how he'll play upon his return. If he purports to be 100%, we will once again, more or less, expect him to win, or at least expect him to be fully capable of winning. With all that's gone on, I don't think he's capable of winning next week, I think a great result is simply solid, sound play, with good course management, maybe a top 10. However, if he finishes in the top 10, I fear the talk will be, "Tiger's lost that fire, he didn't seem driven to win." If he finishes out of the top 10, it may instead be, "he came back too early, really wasn't sharp," and the "will he ever win another major" debate will get yet more fuel. Which leads to why I'm really nervous, which is, the only way Tiger can finally stop this circus of speculation after whatever tournaments he plays in the rest of this year, is to win. And despite how many times he has risen above seemingly insurmountable odds, and his once-nearly infallible mental toughness, considering how many really good players.......REALLY good players.....go entire seasons without winning a tournament, that's simply a inter-galactic amount of pressure. I won't start any sort of debate about, "understanding what it's like to be Tiger" as regards what happened in his personal life, but I will encourage any Tiger nay-sayers to, cut the guy a little break. I mean, think about what I said above, to be Tiger this week. Could any of us even remotely handle that kind of scrutiny, and examination, and speculation, and pressure?? I'll tell you right now, I'd crumble like a three-day-old cookie. Even though I think he's in a bit of a lose-lose situation, I do hope he can just play the game well, satisfy whatever his own goals are for the tournament, and take a step toward becoming relevant again, and pushing others to play their best, too.
  2. I've seen it a million times...It amazes me how many weak golfers have no concept of proper club selection. IE...it may be a short par4.....the easiest damn par 4 on the course!!!.......IE..if they lay short of 100yds the fairway is wide as hell...then wedge on......definite birdie chance. but no......they try to drive into a narrow neck.....the result is always in trouble. I just don't get it...........it's like self mutilation on the golf course.... Some people are meant to shoot big numbers................. Lets say you?... Penny for your thoughts.....
  3. A few people asked me to post a thread like this. They wanted to get together at the PGA Championship this year and thought we should have a thread so they could plan a few things. I was hoping to go, but alas, Dave didn't qualify. :-) So I'll start the thread and then y'all can plan things and meet up. Any Atlanta-area people want to suggest some good restaurants to meet up? Who's going on what days? If you're planning to go but don't yet have tickets, tickets are still available through Vivid Seats , a service we recommend. Hopefully we can get some pictures in this thread too... let's put some faces to some names and have some fun. Let's start having some more meetups, and if the PMs I got about this one are an indication, hopefully that can start to happen more. Thanks!
  4. Quote: See Erik's point above. The reason amateur golf was different 50 years ago, beyond all the general athletics world changes discussed already, is that only the idle rich could afford the time it takes to become a world class golfer without getting paid. That's still true to a certain extent for anyone not in a college program, but those programs give those without trust funds a chance to play very high level golf without having to try to turn pro. The moral twinge Watson seems to be giving to his statement and you seem to be agreeing with seems like very misguided nostalgia based upon very very selective memory to me.
  5. I think some of the discussion is completely missing Watson's point. FTA: [quote]“When my dad asked (Arnold Palmer) about what would make me a better player, he said, ‘play in as much competition as you can,' " Watson said. "When you’re 20 years old, you’re a pretty seasoned player when you have the ability to play the type of competition that these kids have a chance to play in.” Watson’s competitive schedule from his amateur days pales in comparison to the docket of today’s amateurs, who compete year-round, and often sprinkle in a handful of pro tournaments. Watson said he played just four amateur events each summer -- the U.S., Missouri, Western and Trans-Mississippi amateurs. By comparison, Cantlay has played in four PGA Tour events this summer. [...] Rickie Fowler lost a playoff as an amateur at the 2009 NCHI. That means an amateur has had the low 72-hole score in three of the NCHI’s five playings. An amateur has finished in the top 10 in all five NCHIs. With so many amateurs invited each year, it seems certain that at least one will have a good week. And we’ve seen that an elite amateur’s top golf is good enough to hang with the pros.[/quote] His point is that the concept of what embodies an amateur is completely different now. They have lifestyles and a skill set that's much closer to the pros them than it was in the past, and in fact so many key elements are close to the pros that Watson feels that a paycheck is the only thing of substance that differentiates them from deserving the label of "pro". Hence his alliteration by using the phrase "in name only". It's the technicalities that deny them the label, not the over-arching lifestyle. He never said they [i]were[/i] pros, just that they're pros in most practical ways other than the paycheck.
  6. I've got a Garmin Approach G3, and really like it. No fees, it's had every course I've played since I got it (including a little executive nearby), it's reasonably small (but not as thin as the Callaway), I get great battery life off a pair of plain old AA batteries and it's durable as hell. I also picked up the carabiner lanyard for $10, and it makes it super easy to clip onto my bag and a lot more secure than the belt clip. It has distances to everything like front and back of greens and hazards, plus it takes about 2 seconds to move the pin to an exact location. My approach irons aren't accurate enough to need to move the pin personally, since I can easily see if it's front, back or center and those yardages are on there. I get as close as my game allows. ;) It does have some stat tracking and a scorecard, but I use neither. The main difference between it and the pricier G5 is the stat tracking. The only part of it I ever use is shot measurment, to see how long that drive really was.
  7. I am a big proponent of instruction. I believe if more players got quality instruction, the pace of play would be such that we wouldn't need a "tee it forward" initiative. But the key is quality. I've gotten instruction from four guys in my lifetime and the last one was far and away the best. Emphasizing sound fundamentals and using video feedback, my instructor has raised my level of play immensely. When I get a lesson, he does not bombard me with too many adjustments, even if I have multiple things going wrong. He tries to keep it simple. I have been playing fairly well lately but I still went to see him for a "tune up" the other day and with a couple small swing thoughts, he's got me puring the ball like never before! The key is finding someone. You can do research, you can ask around, you can go to an established golf school.....hard to say the best way to go about it. My instructor actually has an emphasis on junior golfers as I found him to work with my son. After the great results my son had I decided to work with him as well. The great thing is I have learned so much about the golf swing, etc. that if I fall into bad habits, I can usually make an education correction to get back on track as well as help my son if he has problems as we share the same swing theories. Don't give up on lessons. Just find a good instructor. Ask around. Google around. You can find someone.
  8. I got to play the Augusta National this year during their end of season outing week for tournament volunteers, club employees, and other invitees who participate in some way with the tournament. It was an awesome time. It's an all day thing. The gates open for invitees at 6:30AM and close at 8PM. Pretty much everything is open to you from the practice facilites to the clubhouse and pro shop. They serve a buffet lunch on the grounds behind the clubhouse that is top notch, beer, soft drinks, and light snacks are provided all day. You can eat on the veranda of the clubhouse or on tables under the big oak tree. You're given a tee time and can only play the big course once, but the par 3 course is also open for play. Depending on your tee time you play the par 3 before or after and plan on having lunch some time inbetween. I had a 8:52 AM tee time (the last tee time of the day was 3PM), so I played with a foursome (3 guys I'd never met, but who like me do business with the club during the tournament) after warming up on the range. We ate lunch together afterward, then we played the par 3. We then put up our gear and just hung out at the clubhouse drinking beer and touring the buildings. It was fantastic made better by the fact that it didn't cost a cent. I left about 5PM and just went home (I'm an Augusta native) and basked in the afterglow. I preferred the par 3 course over the big course, but that was mainly because I was a nervous wreck for most of the front nine. I played horribly with what has to be near a career high 41 putts. A caddy would definitely be worth it, but with the number of people who go out on those outing days (I think they said about 250 that day) the course is full and they aren't offered. They provided golf carts and you were on your own. It's funny because there are no ball washers on the course (that would be your caddy's job) and there are no hole markers. We almost teed off on number 9 tee because the number 2 tee is a bit of a hike from the number 1 green. Again your caddy would take care of that. I nearly aced the second hole on the par 3 course and I wondered aloud to my partners why I was able to play so much better there rather than out on the big course, but of course there was no pressure there. I did par the two par 3's on the back nine of the big course (12 and 16). Should have birdied 12, but I never figured out how to putt those greens. Another bright spot was teeing off on the first tee. The tee was crowded because no one wanted to miss their tee time, and as I was about to hit a guy standing about 10' behind me dropped his fully loaded staff bag. He began appologizing profusely, but I ignored him and took my swing and striped one down the center of the fairway to about 100 out from the green. Everyone was really impressed and the honest truth was I was so nervous that there could have been an earthquake and I still was going to take a swipe at the ball. All in all a good time and I hope to be able to do it again next year.
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