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  1. When you get into the "ultra-premium" segment of any market, you will always end up paying more for incremental improvements in performance or experience. Why pay $1,000 for a front row seat to a concert, when you can sit a few rows back for $350? Or fly 1st class for 4 times the cost of an economy ticket? If you believe that PXG's claims of superiority are simply a marketing ploy, and that their clubs are no different from the other top end manufacturers out there, then I suppose you can take opposition to their pricing and question those who choose to buy them. But if their stuff is even 1-2% better (however you choose to define that) then the competition, then it should be no surprise that people are willing to pay 2-3x the cost. There are a select few people out there for whom money is no object. They want the best and they will pay what it takes to get that.
  2. It's not just about the players. As a fan and a viewer, I want to see a course that fairly rewards the best players. And if the USGA pushes the set up of their course too far, they run the risk of tilting the balance more heavily towards fate and fortune at the expense of good solid golf. No one has a vested interest in that. I'm not saying that happened in a meaningful way here. Really we are just talking about one day and a few pin positions. I think Brooks Koepka was a deserving winner. But to imply (as you seem to above) that there is no room for discussion or conversation about this, is simply wrong-headed, in my opinion.
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    The TST Member tournament play thread....

    For the first time in 3 years, I was able to navigate the family calendar and get approval to play in my men's club championship. Round 1 was this last Saturday and there was literally something in the air that day. Much like Shinnecock Hills, the winds in SoCal were fast and furious this Saturday, which led to some really high scores. Of the 20+ participants in our flight, there was only one "red" number, which is pretty incredible when you consider that it's a net flight. I shot a net 76 (gross 83), which puts me squarely in the middle of the pack. It was a disappointing result considering that I was playing some outstanding golf on the front 9, carding a gross 38 and birdieing the #1 handicap hole. But as often happens, I found a way to put up a big number when I least expected it. I hooked my tee shot into the driving range on hole 10 and doubled the next ball, for a lovely 9. From there, I traded pars and bogies to complete the back 9 in 45 strokes. On the bright side, I completed the "no sixes" challenge - save for my upside down 6 on hole number 10. Although I'm guessing that doesn't count. Rounds 2/3 are this weekend. Hopefully I can play a bit better. If nothing else, keeping the "WTF?" shots to a minimum will be an accomplishment. I'm usually good for a couple of those per round.
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    The actual substance of the article is no better. "He cut a muscular path to a second major championship in a week when golf desperately needed that visual." Thanks Ian O'Connor - I think I need a shower after reading this article.
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    Yes, Mike Davis admitted as much (Golf week link). He blamed the fact that the winds on Saturday afternoon exceeded their forecasts. I listened to the Shack House podcast on my drive to work this morning and Geoff Shackelford basically called B.S. on that explanation. He did some research on all the available wind forecasts from Saturday and his take was that the wind did exactly what the forecasters were predicting. What caught the USGA by surprise was how much of an impact that those winds would have on the greens and the playing conditions. Essentially, he called Davis' explanation a cop-out.
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    That's a reasonable suggestion, but what if such a "safe" play does not exist? In it's most extreme form, I would equate it to the mini - golf "volcano" hole. You hit the putt and hope you make it because if it doesn't go it, it's rolling back down the other side. You try it again and again until one of your putts falls. If that never happens, you write down your 6 and move onto the next hole. Only there is no max score at the US Open. I'm not saying it ever got that bad at this US Open, but again, that is the extreme version of what people felt were unnecessarily penal conditions. If I recall correctly @Golfingdad and @allenc played an Amateur event at Pelican hill where one of the holes was cut on an almost impossible slope. Putts hit straight up the hill were just as likely to roll back down to your feet as they were to stay up. How did you guys feel about that hole?
  7. Phil should just have Amy make all public comments for him going forward. Her statement on the matter was more heartfelt and authentic then anything Phil said.
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    I agree, to an extent. I think these guys are so conditioned to fire at pins that it can sometimes work to their detriment. One of these days, I would love to see a player lay up to a perfect pitching angle from 150 yards because he knows his chances of getting up and down from the front of the green are better than trying to hold a full iron shot. But when the "effective" landing area of a green becomes too small - especially for short game shots - it really turns the course into a crapshoot. Consider a chip shot where anything that stops within 3 feet of the flag will hold. But anything outside of that rolls off the green 20 yards away. The reward is disproportionate to the quality of the shot when the course gets too close to the edge.
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    I don't think anyone would argue with this. But if the setup becomes so tough that good shots are not rewarded because they won't stop unless they go into the hole, then the game becomes less a test of skill and more tilted towards good fortune. And if there were several pin positions where leaving it 2 feet short of the hole were literally not possible, then I would say that is bad on the USGA. I wasn't there to see it with my own eyes, but based on what I saw on TV, combined with the comments from just about every credible source who dared to comment, I'd say the USGA messed up on Saturday.
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    2018 Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial

    I can’t remember seeing a better iron performance than Rose is putting on right now. It seems like every approach is stuffed to within 6 feet. Assuming he keeps it up, I would love to see the S.G. Data on this round
  11. Looking at that scorecard, I don't see a lot of birdies for the average amateur. For me to get to -4, realistically I have to take bogey off the table on every single hole, because there just aren't a lot of scoring holes available. Hell, even the "short" par 5 is 585 yards. So basically, I have to be in a position to be on or near every single green in regulation. That means no wild drives, no deep rough and no hazards whatsoever. My best estimate on the tee ball mulligans is 22. One per "driver/3W" hole, and 2 per par 3. From there, there about 7 holes where a good tee shot still yields a lengthy approach. Most of the time, I'll hit a decent shot within 2 attempts. There will probably be at least one hole where I mess up and need 4 swings to put one in play. Throw in one more for a 3rd shot into a par 5 that I'll probably mess up and that's another 12 mulligans right there. The other 7 par 4's that will require a mid/short iron approach should be more manageable. But I will need to stick a few of them close to score. I'm going to guess 10 more mulligans. That's 44 mulligans for my full swing. I will probably have hit 14 greens in regulation, with 4 nGIR's. I am going to be extra careful with my chips because I cannot afford to take bogey. So I'll probably use 3 mulligans per shot until I get within 8 feet. Maybe I get lucky and stick it close on my first try once. Let's say 10 short game mulligans. For the putting, well - it goes without saying that I cannot ever 3 putt. So again, any first putts outside of 8 feet will be replayed. Any side-hill 6 footers that I leave myself will be replayed until they are holed. My long putting shouldn't require too many mulligans (I hope). But it wouldn't shock me if I had to take 5-6 mulligans before holing a tricky mid-range putt. It's probably a light guess, but I'll say I would need 26 mulligans on the putting surface. That adds up to about 80 mulligans. Truthfully, I have no doubt that I could go 4-under and perhaps even 5 or 6 under with unlimited mulligans. I just think it would take me an awfully long time and be draining as hell by the time I finished.
  12. If the pro is asking you to consider joining, then you know that they are actively looking for additional league members. Regardless of skill, your participation in the league would be a net positive as long as you 1. Show up to participate consistently and 2. Are reasonably social and fun to play with If you meet those criteria, you will be welcomed into the vast majority of semi-competitive golf leagues. I'm sure there are some groups out there that might hold up their noses at a higher handicapper joining, but it's unlikely. And without personal knowledge of who is running the league or who the participants are, there is no way for anyone one this board to comment on that. If I were in your shoes, I would absolutely give it a try. Worst case scenario, you decide it's not for you and don't re-join the following year. Best case, you make some new friends and discover a passion for competitive golf.
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    Florida Mid-Am Ends in (Alleged) Face Punch?

    Bizarre. Golden does not come across well in that article. To call a rules official over that comment is a bush-league move, no matter how intense your match is. I am surprised that the rules official would actually assess a penalty. The alleged assault is a complete "he-said/she-said" situation, so I'm not going to comment, beyond saying that the fact that police found no evidence sufficient to support those charges is somewhat telling.
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    12 HS players DQ’d from Tournament

    I don't want to diminish the disappointment these kids must feel after a pretty lousy set of circumstances led to their dis-qualification. But you could argue that - taking the long run view - this could actually benefit them in the long run. My suspicion is that each of those 12 will be diligent about reading the rules sheets for all future tournaments. And more than willing to question or think for themselves when they are given information that contradicts the rules as they understand them. The bottom line is that this sort of stuff happens all the time. I have been given bad rules information more frequently than I care to admit - usually by people that have been playing the game for far longer than I have. If this experience gives these kids the confidence to think for themselves, learn the rules and trust their own knowledge, then I suspect it will be a net positive by the end of their golfing lives.
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    Is Joe LaCava Tiger's Best Choice of Caddie?

    Good post and likely true. I'm sure there are some, if not many, caddies that possess the attributes that Tiger values and might be better than LaCava in terms of overall fit & performance. That said, my feeling is that yes, LaCava is the best fit for Tiger based on what he prioritizes and the information he has available to him at this time. This paragraph basically sums up my feelings on the matter. My suspicion is that Tiger knows there are probably a few guys out there who could push his limits a bit more, and possibly squeeze an extra stroke out of him here and there. But I also believe that for as much as he recognized Steve Williams' skills in that regard, there were a lot of things about Stevie that irked him and rubbed him the wrong way. I think Tiger is willing to accept a more pleasant overall experience with his caddie, even if it might not maximize his scoring potential.

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