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  1. I just wanted to add that the data you have for Nicklaus is a little off as far as I know. You forgot to remove the majors from his regular event total. Also the tour's website doesn't include the Open in their total starts stat up until 1995 the date it became an official event. I'm not trying to be rude, I just spent a lot of time on gathering the stats myself a while back. Here's Jack from his first pro event in 1962 to the end of 1978: Won 53 of the 285 regular events, or 18.6%. Won 15 of the 68 majors, or 22.1%. Total win percentage: 19.26% And Tiger from 1996-2009
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  2. Your quote highlights something that Tiger is seldom given credit for, which is that he has never (to my knowledge) tried to lobby for himself the way Jack did. Tiger is pursuing the two biggest records in golf, namely Sam's 82 wins, and Jack's 18 majors. Tiger is a student of the game. He knows golf history. He knows that Snead (and Jack, for that matter) have gotten credit for official wins in team events, very short field events, etc. that would not compare favorably with the Tiger Challenge, let alone the weakest official event Tiger has won. There have even been articles by reput
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  3. That's very unfair to Jack, since he played events well into his 60's. It also distorts Tiger's record, since he played injured for several years. It would be more fair to look at the the periods when Tiger and Jack were in their primes --- 1996 through 2009 for Tiger, and 1962 through 1978 for Jack. For both men, those are the years from their rookie season to the year before they first went winless, and fell out of the top 50 in the money list. Tiger played 239 official PGA events from turning pro through 2009, including 50 majors and 30 WGCs, leaving 159 "regular" events.
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  4. That is a key point. Jack shouldn't get to decide what the criteria for GOAT is, yet he did. Several times. With changing definitions, tailored to what he could achieve or thought he could achieve. From winning a 'Bobby Jones' type slam as a career amateur, to winning a professional grand slam (which Tiger arguably has done, with the only argument on the meaning of grand), to beating Snead's PGA victory career total (which Tiger is about to do but which, with any set of consistent criteria on what counts and what doesn't was surpassed long ago). He couldn't do any of them. So except for
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  5. I don't believe that first bit is true. Based on this study, with data collected by TheGrint, 2016 REPORT: Overall Golfer Performance By Handicap YOU (vs) OTHER GOLFERS How do you compare to other golfers in the US? even 25 handicappers average less than 39 putts. For a 25 handicapper to get to the point where he breaks 80 regularly, we're talking about close to 20 strokes of improvement. The fewest putts a player is likely to average is 30 to 32, so he can gain maybe 7 or 8 per round by putting better. To get into the 70s with regularity, he has to improve
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  6. Thanks for the correction. I don't know how I managed to forget to subtract the majors, but in my defense, I'm a moron. The British Open's unofficial status is a more subtle error, so congrats for spotting it. I actually got my stats from a saved copy of a post I made several years ago to the old Golf Channel board, so I'm not sure what herb or beverage might have influenced me at the time I did the original calculation, but henceforth I'll double-check when I copy from an old post. Thanks again for your very polite correction.
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  7. Remember when Tiger was doomed with the chip yips?
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  8. Some people say Steve is abrasive, but I've met Steve and played golf with him and he is a kind, intelligent, and amiable person dedicated to his player. Steve has caddied for Peter Thompson, Greg Norman, Ray Floyd, Tiger, Adam Scott and has 150 wins on the tour almost double what any other caddy has done and is in the Caddy Hall of Fame. A so-called "abrasive person" could not accomplish what Steve has accomplished. Like Tiger, Steve has achieved the height of his profession and is arguably the greatest caddy in the history of golf. Tiger or any other golfer would have the advantage to h
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  9. Sadly, I'm sure I chose McIlroy. Me of little faith. So happy to be wrong.
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  10. How good is this no-name Koepka guy? If he keeps this up in majors he might make a name for himself one day.
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  11. You're right it's cyclical, when my wife and I were dating she would say "Sure, go to the golf course, have fun." She didn't want to be too pushy. We got married and had kids and she would say, "There are things around the house that need to be done and YOU'RE going to the golf course!" Many a fight began as I tried to get to my car with my clubs. Now we've been married for 20 years it's, "Aren't you supposed to tee off at 7:30? Hurry, you'll be late!" She just wants me gone so she can do what she wants to do.
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  12. Reason's why Jack and golfers in and before his era wouldn't win more majors than Tiger. 1. Equipment helps out less skilled golfers. There is a reason why ball speeds on centered strikes has not changed. If you have a golfer who hits the center of the clubface 99/100 times versus a guy who hits it 80/100 times, which do you think equipment benefits more? This is why Tiger has not seen the gains in distance versus the field, which has caught up to him. 2. Tiger's ceiling is higher. He proved it against tougher competition than Jack did. He didn't just beat golfers he dominated the ga
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  13. To follow up, this link takes you to a searchable database of all courses with USGA ratings National Course Rating Database
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  14. This is a cool one to watch. And this quote: Reporter: "He loves the game?" Earl Woods: "No... it transcends love. He's addicted to greatness. He's addicted to being the best that has ever played the game"
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  15. This is going to sound dumb, but the ball should finish where you want it to finish. That might be in line with your feet, it might be left of your feet, or it might be right of your feet. Your feet can influence club path, but your feet alone don't dictate shot shape. It's possible to draw the ball with a stance that is closed to your target, and its possible to draw the ball with a stance that's open to your target. This might help you understand ball flights a bit more https://thesandtrap.com/b/playing_tips/ball_flight_laws
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  16. Don't forget Tom Watson could just never win a PGA, Ray Floyd couldn't figure out the Open Championship, Trevino never won a Masters. I'm going to go out on a limb here... I think Tiger might get his 16th major before Rory completes the career slam. Especially now that Tiger knows he doesn't have to have the lead going into Sunday to win a major. He finally figured out how to win it from a couple strokes back. Simply put... Play your own game. In my head I think this will be more like Jack's 1980, than 1986. Tiger isn't done winning or winning majors. Rory will complete the car
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  17. And both are back in play. Getting four more majors is still a long shot; that's a Hall of Fame career by itself. But Tiger is now only one year behind Jack in longevity. His winning span is now 24 years, to Jack's 25. If you're interested, the longest PGA Tour winning span is 30 years, held jointly by Sam Snead and Ray Floyd. The only other two golfers with more than 25 years are DLIII and Phil, both at 29.
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  18. Just input your e-mail address here: https://mailchi.mp/practical-golf/snell-giveaway
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  19. This was GREAT - he'd walk up and check out some part his putt when someone was prepping their approach. Then walk back out of the way for the shots......just to make sure they saw him up there. He's wiley.
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  20. I see him winning quite a few more majors. Maybe a lot more. He's just stone cold... cold. Doesn't approach it like most.
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  21. If you truly believe it is all just conjecture now, how would winning 3 more majors make it any less of a conjecture? I think you just revealed yourself.
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  22. All the data in the world can't make this argument anything more than conjecture. I hope TW just wraps up 3 more majors and puts the matter to bed.
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  23. No. My daughter had a bad round putting the other day. 40 putts. Broke 90. Larry, you should buy and read Lowest Score Wins, if you haven't already (you don't have any achievements, so I don't know…). Yes, the quickest way to lower your score by a few shots is to learn to chip and putt better, but that's also low-hanging fruit, and it's also not very big. A guy shooting 95 that wants to shoot 75 is losing about 15 of those shots to the full swing, and only five shots from putting and short game. It's also highly unlikely that a guy shooting 95 has eight shots to
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  24. A lot more can go wrong to compound your score or give you more opportunities to score before you get to the green. Go read "Lowest Score Wins" and look at strokes gained data. I'll take a premium ballstriker with suboptimal putting over a premium putter with suboptimal ballstriking any day of the week.
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  25. Story? I'm a fan of the Dark Tower series, also Feist's Magician series (the entire thing), and Julian May's extended Pliocene Exile series. (Frankly, it's not birdies for me, those come one or two maybe a round, but some of the best rounds are just regulation golf - that GIR approach shot is a big deal - I'd rather be 2 putting for par (with chance of birdie) every day rather than scrambling for par - if you can hit that approach shot well, then suddenly being good vs great at putting matters a lot less in just keeping the score from blowing up - which is a good thing, frankly I'
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  26. Had yesterday off from work and the kid, so I went to play somewhere nice and expensive (relatively), Chambers Bay. As most know, they finished re-sodding their greens to Poa this winter. They didn't roll too fast, but they were completely smooth. I shot a 76 from the tips. Wasn't my best round. Off the tee was decent, it was mostly around the greens that screwed me up. I hit 11/18 greens with 33 putts. I had two terrible pitch shots. It's very rare that I play courses with such tight fairway lies and I couldn't make it work. One was from 45yds when near green in two shots on the par 5 4th
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  27. I agree with this, except that I'd even go so far as to even include other statistics. They are all subject to variables that cannot be quantified for the different generations imo. And what proof is there that Snead, or Hogan, or Jones would not have been better than both? There is none, other than speculation. My view is that the best we can do is to say that each was the best of their time. We can speculate as to who would have been the most dominant, but there is no proof.
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  28. Another way to say this, once you have completed taking relief within the rules, you're basically starting over. You make your decisions based only on the current position of the ball, not on the (completely legal) drop that brought you to that position.
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  29. I worked with @iacas last year and he had me open my club face to align more with my path and open my stance a bit too. So my foot line is a bit left and my face is aimed a bit right. The resulting ball flight is a higher push draw or push that does not end up on the line my feet were aimed at. If you watch the PGA pros off the tee, the ball doesn't always end up where their feet are aimed. Tiger's feet often are aimed at the left rough and he'll hit a high fade that ends up right of where his feet aim. Fred Couples is like that too, but does more of a push draw I think. Pat Reed's feet
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  30. I finally got to see the second Butler Cabin interview with just Tiger, Nick, and Nance. I think his answer was interesting when he was asked about Joey - he said that LaCava was the most loyal person you'd ever want to meet. Maybe THAT is what he needs. I'm sure that over his travails and even in the good years he had a lot of people show unfortunate true colors. I would imagine that after all that, loyalty would be a highly valued quality in someone so deep in the inner circle.
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  31. It's really great to see these threads back on top of the first page, I haven't posted much as of late but I do believe Tiger woods is the greatest player of all time. When and if he simply ties Jack's professional majors record should settle it for everyone. Tiger will at least have 84 PGA tour victories at that time which will be the most passing Sam Snead at 82 also Tigers 3 US amateur titles gives him the edge over Jack.
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  32. I am a 26 handicap and today I hit every fairway and green shot 40 on front and 43 on back. For an 83. Beating my handicap by 14 strokes. I had 7 pars on front and 2 double bogeys. For a 4 over.
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  33. @iacas shared this with me a few years go when I was having trouble with balance and shanks. With your hands crowded into your body it could get very tough to return your club to the ball.
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  34. We do not penalize Jack for the level of his competition. We merely note that despite facing weaker competition his record is nowhere near as dominant as Tigers in 25 different areas, and the only area he leads in is 18>15. As I have maintained for years 18>14(now 15) is the only argument the Jack supporters have - and stop the second place nonsense - no one achieves greatness by losing. @iacas used to argue with me about this, but I think it is fair to say he has come around. If you were to read back through the thread you will see that other than noting Jack's comments that tour
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  35. There are obviously meaning things that could cause this, but I sometimes find myself dipping the right shoulder in an attempt to help the ball into the air. The dipping of shoulder causes the club face to open. One man's issue, yours could be way different.
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  36. Here’s the formula with explanations (assuming you’re in the US): http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/handicapping/handicap-manual.html#!rule-14389 Most of what you’re looking for is in sections 10-1 and 10-2 of that page. With 7 rounds, only your two rounds with lowest differentials are used to calculate your handicap index.
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  37. Look at Rules 6.2b(5) and (6): I'm assuming the ball remained in the teeing area (i.e., the area two club lengths behind the tee markers). It sounds like it likely did. Assuming the player meant to hit the ball, he gets a stroke for making that stroke. Then, he can tee it back up or play it as it lies. No penalty. Once he hits that shot, he has now made 2 strokes. The rules @Pretzel quoted are for when a ball is moved when you're not making a stroke at it.
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  38. Two rules apply here, which I'll go into depth later. I can briefly answer your questions up front though. 1) One stroke penalty, and the ball must be replaced (under Rule 9.4) 2) Disqualification (under Rules 1.3.b.1 and 3.3.b.3) For the first question, Rule 9.4 states the following: Obviously none of the exceptions for Rule 9.4 apply here, and the player should be penalized 1 stroke and is required to replace the ball on the ground where it fell from the tee originally. The primary concern of the second question is rule 1.3.b.1, which states: The second qu
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  39. Check out interpretation 9.4a/1 – Procedure When Player’s Ball Is Dislodged From Tree
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  41. I like playing alone. It is what you make of it.
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  42. Yeah, I experienced some fatigue and in talking with a friend he was like, "when did you last do a deload?" And it had been over two months so I've only gone to the three times this week and only lifting 50% of my working weight. Back to regular training on Saturday, though!
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  44. The whole "majors are the measure of a career" is, to me, a false argument. The fact that both Jack and Tiger are credited with agreeing with the statement does not lend it additional weight, as I believe they both "hid" behind it as a way to justify playing a very limited schedule. I have not doubt that Tiger is the GOAT, and that Jack is in 2nd place - but 3rd place really starts to bring in a number of factors. Things for players like Hagen & Sarazen who missed opportunities for more majors (and tournament wins) due to canceled events due to the Wars. Hagen would, again IMO, have m
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  45. The leaderboard was pathetic but you're not saying the field was weak. Really? But take a look at the field in one of Jack's early majors, the 1966 British Open. Of the EIGHT Americans in the field (at a time when American golf was so dominant that they were in the midst of administering some of the worst beatings in the Ryder Cup that Britain ever suffered - and the vast majority of that field was made up of Brits) only one failed to make the cut, Fred Haas. The other 7 Americans all finished in the top 15. The 7 were Jack*, Doug Sanders*, Dave Marr, Phil Rodgers*, Arnie*, Dick S
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  46. Ken : I used to do weight training. In fact I trained for 30 years, then my body started to break down. I had a pinched nerve, a herniated disk and pains up my calves when I did aerobics. I started doing all kinds of styles of Yoga to relieve the tightness in my muscles that I was getting from the heavy lifting. I continued to do the weights, aerobics, and swimming .I also started to work with an inversion table almost every day. After about 5 years of this routine, I discovered Baptist Power Yoga, a Yoga that includes arm balances and inversions. This practice challenged my muscle
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  47. I played in high school and shot consistently in the 90's and then when I graduated I stopped playing due to college. Pretty much 10 years later I started getting into it again and a situation came up and I was asked if I would be willing to coach our varsity golf team which I jumped at. This was 5 years ago and I said, well, if I'm gonna be the coach I better be able to play well and know what I'm doing. My first year back I was shooting what I did in high school by the end of the season. The second year I got myself shooting in the mid 80's. The last two years I was shooting upper 70's to lo
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