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  1. Yep! And hard headed 15 hcps who refuse to shoot better scores because of their ego!
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  2. First I want to be sure that we are talking about the same thing. A "bump and run" has traditionally been a shot that is "bumped" into a hill or mound short of the putting surface to kill the speed and let the ball roll to the hole. It's been a common shot in links golf, in part because of the design of the courses, and because wind can so often be a factor for any shot that spends too much time in the air. With the proliferation of high loft wedges, the bump and run isn't seen as often these days, but I did see a pro use it a couple of weeks ago in a PGA Tour tournament. It sounds l
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  3. Not a tough crowd.... we are just golfers. In particular, those of us who regularly participate in the Rules forum believe that the rules exist for a reason, and we believe in playing by those rules even in casual rounds (anything other than a declared "practice" round). We do this in part because we want our handicaps to be a s accurate as possible, and because most of us find he game more enjoyable when we test ourselves under the same rules and procedures every time we play. I play all of those shots by the rules because I don't want to be completely befuddled when I encounter them
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  4. I just bought new clubs after 10 years. I bought new M4 irons, an M-4 5 wood, a Callway Epic Flash driver, two Cleveland CBX wedges, and an Odyssey Stroke Lab putter. I had one spot left in the bag, so I bought a Cleveland "chipper" wedge. I have never been good at chipping. After two rounds using the chipper, I am completely sold on it. Last round, I had two chip from bad lies that got within 3 feet, and made the putt. It's very easy to use. You simply use a putting stroke, and the ball always goes straight and low. I know there is a prejudice among golfers against this c
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  5. It will be broadcast on NBC on the weekend, Woods paired w/DeChambeau (aka SLIG) and Ancer. World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship - English Version PGA TOUR
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  6. This isn't apart of my normal road to championship stuff, but just something I thought about a lot in the Kuchar caddy payment thread. Part of the Kuchar issue is what role the caddy actually played, in his win. But, it begs the larger question of what does a caddy really do for a Tour player? Besides the normal role of carrying a bag and raking bunkers, etc., a caddy is, imo, in essence a GPS for the player, a support person, and sometimes a coach. Not that the player can't get the info on their own or that they don't already. But, a player does not make it to the PGA Tour because o
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  7. Well, opinions are like @$$holes everyone has one. … most people think other people's stink. My opinion, based on your answers is just get the free fitting. You already know which irons you want. You aren't looking for a lesson. Save your cash for a lesson from a person you trust. Again, just my opinion. Do let us know how it turns out.
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  8. I think you summed up the why do use caddies pretty well in three reasons: Pack mule / course maintenance GPS / course scout / game manager Emotional Support / Coaching I think the real question is why do pros maintain a regular caddie as opposed to using someone different each week. I think the answer is obviously NOT #1 and obviously YES to #3. But I think #2 is an interesting issue. I would imagine most tour stops have good local caddies - I must assume that Riviera has some good caddies that really know the course so well they might be an advantage over a regul
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  9. OK, if you can curve the ball like that, the strike zone should be way smaller. Batter has no chance.
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  10. Welcome to TST. We're glad you've joined.
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  11. One of those small Nerf footballs with the fins on the back? Anyways, here's an article from Anya Alvarez, professional golfer who was hit with a slow play penalty IRL, and her viewpoint. Fifty seconds for a one-foot putt: Is slow play killing golf? | Sport | The Guardian JB Holmes frustrated fans and fellow pros with a five-and-a-half hour round...
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  12. They didn't "change" the reference point so much as they created the idea of a reference point in all situations. In dropping from shoulder height, too many people stood on the line and dropped to the side. That's now possible/allowed when before it was technically a breach. By establishing a reference point for back-on-a-line, the rules procedures for dropping have more in common and are thus simpler. You still use the point at which the ball last crossed the margin (or where the ball sits for example in a bunker), but those points are not the actual "reference point" in this sit
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  13. Interesting subject to discuss. I mostly go long with your ideas. Outside of the physical effort of carrying the bag and grooming the course, I imagine one of the biggest reasons every pro has a caddie is because they can have one. And they are afraid that IF a caddie might make a 1 or 2 stroke difference, then they sure as hell want to have that advantage when everyone else in the field has a caddie.
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  14. They had a specific reason for lowering the drop height...to decrease the ball rolling away, and so decrease the number of re-drops and eventual placing of the ball. That would not have been accomplished by allowing a range like you suggest. And really, the old rules didn't allow for any more flexibility than the new ones.
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  15. I think the procedure has been made more consistent throughout. Any time you have to drop a ball, you establish a reference point, which then defines the relief area. The requirements for the reference point may vary from rule to rule, but you ALWAYS have a reference point, and the relief is always within a specific distance from that reference point. The limitations for the relief area also vary somewhat, but there's always a specific relief area, and the ball when dropped has to hit the ground within the relief area, and remain in the relief area. Its only when you don't specificall
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  16. That's amazing, I love it! I wonder if someone will bring out a frisbee or something one day, to pass the time. 😁
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  17. They're all good options, depending on the situation and the ground you are running on. But I, personally, like to use the same wedge every time. If you always use the same wedge, your rollout is very consistent. you really only have to judge how the slope will affect rollout, rather than having an added intangible of different rollouts for different clubs.
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  18. In which case the rules of the game should apply. What are the chances of hitting a fairway and finding your ball in a divot? But when it happens you still hit out of it. Or you find your ball (not on the green) with a nice hunk of mud on it. It happens.
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  19. Why wouldn’t you practice a shot that you very well might encounter on the course? Especially something as simple and benign as that...with no worry about injury, or damaging a club. Play the shot and revel in the result of having done so.
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  20. Yup. And what is even more remarkable is the PGA Tour players will exceed that time when they are a twosome in the final round. Two players taking longer than 2.5 hours is absurd.
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  21. My goals for 2019 are as follows: Learn to hit the ball consistently straight! make sure my set up is correct and get the basics correct first. My main aim is to be able to play a round of golf ! Im still learning the trade in the range atm Lots of videos and advice from places like this should make achieving my goal easier 🙂
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  22. 4:40 for a foursome is an hour longer than it should be
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  23. People I like… and see in person. 🙂 I thought that the "hand out" part gave that away. 😄
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  24. In many cases it takes less precision to use a club with some bounce, like a wedge. Also, in certain types of grasses, the bump and run isn't very reliable, the ball's first bounce can be really "sticky". If you check out the instructional content here, you'll find some good stuff about pitching and chipping:
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  26. As far as I know, the PGA Tour functions as the Committee in setting pace of play policy. Here is the PGA Tour Player Handbook from last season, the Pace of Play policy starts on page 71. https://qualifying.pgatourhq.com/static-assets/uploads/2017-18_pga_tour_handbookregs_final.pdf As far as I am aware, the PGA Tour responds pretty well to the Players Advisory Council. If enough concerned players get themselves elected to the Council, they could have a huge role in revising the Pace of Play policy. MY interpretation, the players don't want to enact a policy that could result in
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  27. From your description, this sounds like it could be one of two things: 1) You could be someone with a significantly less steep swing than you thought, and you're picking the ball with an inline position through impact. 2) You could be flipping the clubhead through impact which usually results in a very high ball flight on shots that manage to catch the correct portion of the face. It's significantly less consistent, however. The only way to really tell for sure which case applies to you is to take video of your swing. If you post it here we can take a look and help you determine
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  28. They could use the course's or PGA Tour's pace rating. For my PGA chapter, if our groups, in pro ams, don't play in 4hr40min or within 15min of the group in front, we get penalized a stroke onto our 18th hole score. I think regardless of the method used, there would have to be proper penalties or enforcement. No warnings, just add a stroke (just 1 per round should do it for these guys).
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  29. How did he short the caddy? He paid more than the agreed upon amount, what part of that equates to shorting the caddy on his pay? The caddy was paid less than traveling caddies who stay with their players week in and week out, but the caddy was paid more than the agreed upon amount between the caddy and Kuchar. How can you lose respect for a guy who not only pays his debts, but overpays them?
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  30. Right, my only point was that one event isn't proof of much of anything. I think Tour caddies can be over-paid, but at the same time, their guys are one injury away from struggling to find another bag or something. And they are away from their families, etc. too.
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  31. I do believe he has a new nickname: mo͞oCH
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  32. Mike, I think it's not about his networth or his lifestyle. It's about what his usual caddie bill would have been anyway. He would have paid as he has done throughout his career I am sure. I don't think it was a 'screw job' or anything malicious, but it's hard to have sympathy for those who do the absolute minimum necessary toward their obligations when the opportunity presents itself. Even less so for those are arguably fortunate. That's cheap. It may not be a crime but image is fragile.
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  33. Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter. Still rubbed wrong way by Justin Thomas having someone kicked out of a tournament for shouting something like "get in the rough!" when his ball was already in the air. Seemed like such a petty, douche-baggy (not a word, but should be) thing to do. Bubba seems like a big hicky crybaby to me. Poulter just seems monumentally annoying. All three are golf villains to me, and I'd generally root for someone else to beat them. Not claiming that my descriptions of them are are even faintly accurate. Just a feeling.
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  34. I can tell you this, I'm coaching a boys golf team this year (high school) and I have two players. I have had one match cancelled because the school we were playing doesn't even have a team and the other match only had 6 total players (including my two). Most golf teams numbers are down. It's actually the same for football in this area (numbers are down). Why go out and practice and be good at something when you can sit in your living room, eat junk food, and be a legend on X-box. I'm a physical education teacher...and I'm here to tell you are kids are getting fat...really fat. I didn't have o
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  35. What happened to golf? Over the past 40 years I would have to say: 1. Television, technology, too many distractions. Easier to do something else. 2. Just like expansion in other professional sports--the pool of good players is only so big and the increase in tournaments and level of play has been saturated by what would really be called mediocre professionals... 3. Lack of commitment...to be good at anything you need to practice and commit to it. 4. In many instances, cost as compared to what you can do with the same amount of money. Like the movie theaters, cost of
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