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  1. Pretzel

    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    He had 2 victories in 2018. There were 4 golfers last year with 3 wins (Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Bubba Watson) and another 5 golfers with 2 wins to match him. He won the US Open two years in a row, but he wasn't exactly dominant in the sport. He wasn't even in the top 10 on tour for top 10 finishes, he tied for 15th in that category.
  2. Pretzel

    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    Overrated. Everybody says that winning a major will change the trajectory of your golf career, but this is only the case if you have a solid career that the major acts as a capstone for. Not many remember Danny Willett, because besides his recent Masters victory he's only won once on the PGA Tour (sorry Euro Tour guys, but there is a pretty significant difference between the two tours and there's a reason Euro Tour players try to play in PGA Tour events and not vice versa). Lucas Glover won the US Open in 2009, but with only 3 other PGA Tour wins to his name he's forgotten by most. Did you remember Ben Curtis, winner of the 2003 Open Championship? Didn't think so. How about Y.E. Yang who won the PGA in 2009? Major championships CAN act as a turning point in someone's career, or as a high point that caps off their lifetime achievements, but if you only win one and you haven't done much else you're going to be forgotten the same as the thousands of past professional golfers who only achieved small success even if they made a living off it. A major championship win alone isn't going to provide you with comfortable living for the rest of your life as many make it out to be. The cushy lifetime sponsor deals only go to those who've made a name for themselves beyond a single tournament, not just those who are one and done.
  3. Pretzel

    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    Another point of discussion is that Arnold Palmer won the easiest major (the Masters) for more than half of his major championship wins while never winning the major with the greatest depth of field (the PGA Championship). @iacas had a good post in the past going into depth comparing the strength of the fields in the various majors which can back this statement up, but for the life of me I can't find it right now (unless it was just a fever dream). Palmer was a very likable character and undoubtedly a great ambassador for the game, but in terms of his golf and increasing the popularity of it on television I believe that Nicklaus would've been able to fill his role well and would've given golf an immediate publicity boost at the start of his career by winning the U.S. Open as an amateur, a first since 1933. Having a single dominant golfer with a meteoric rise (as Nicklaus would've had with such a US Open win) and solid background contenders is now a proven formula for increasing the game's popularity and that's how it likely would've played out without Palmer on the tour. That said, I feel like Palmer is slightly underrated for his role in defining the major championships as we know them today. It was Palmer who originally set forth the idea of the modern grand slam after winning the Masters and U.S. Open in the 1960 season (remarking that winning The Open and the PGA Championship would be a "grand slam of his own" to rival Bobby Jones' achievement in 1930). Until then the Western Open as well as the North and South Open (US events) were seen by many US-based golfers to be equally important to the traditional majors and the British PGA Matchplay Championship was as important over in Europe as the PGA Championship in the US. Having one of the most popular figureheads for the sport announce a goal like that publicly would certainly have influenced the then-amateur Jack Nicklaus who had just come off a narrow defeat from Palmer himself at the U.S. Open, likely leading (in part) to Jack's emphasis of these tournaments throughout his career.
  4. Pretzel

    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    I would say overrated. Arnold Palmer helped drive the golf industry in much the same way as Tiger Woods pushed golf into the modern era, but I think golf would've still had other influences and rivalries that would've had a similar or identical effect even if he hadn't come along. Arnold Palmer was the face of golf as it moved toward televised events and his role as the charismatic battler on the course was effective but could've been filled by other golfers from the time period during/immediately after his time. Jack Nicklaus in 1962 with his debut win in the U.S. Open over Arnold Palmer served as a changing of the guard and set up a rivalry, but Jack could've also developed rivalries with golfers such as Billy Casper (51 wins to Arnold's 62, similar time period), Sam Snead to some extent as a changing of the guard (last win for Snead was 1965), and the other well known player's of Jack's extended time such as Tom Watson, Gene Littler, Lee Trevino, and Gary Player among others. Arnold Palmer was a dominant golfer who competed at the tail end of Sam Snead's career and beginning of Jack Nicklaus' career, but it would've also been possible for golf to take off in popularity slight later on with the rise of Jack Nicklaus himself and the change from Snead's era to Jack's. The rivalry between Jack and Palmer served as a catalyst for golf's popularity then, but it could've just as easily been a similar situation to Tiger Woods with Jack Nicklaus driving the sport by being even more dominant over the other not quite as great but personable players of his time. Arnold had the adoration of the fans, but other dominant golfer's could've filled that role by being a dominant force with the primary effect being that the popularity of golf was slightly delayed. Prior to Tiger Woods I would've said that golf's development and expansion would've required multiple greats at the same time (Sam Snead was a contemporary to Hogan and Nelson), but Tiger showed that you can grow the game tremendously with a supremely dominant golfer on top surrounding by a supporting cast of solid players with individual character (in Tiger's case these were Phil, Vijay, Sergio, Davis Love III, and Ernie). Arnold was certainly a key player in how golf developed, but I think that the game would've still moved forwards tremendously without his contributions even if it proceeded in a different fashion.
  5. Pretzel

    Golf's Mental Game Aspect

    One thing that I think is important to mention is that as soon as you convince yourself that your mental game is bad and hurting you when you play golf, then it will. So many golfers fall into this trap. They talk themselves into a corner saying they're no good under pressure because it's so much easier to remember the negative experiences than the positive. I've done it myself, and it's even had an effect on my equipment selection. I used to love the Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft, but with very few changes to my swing it's gone from one of the best shafts for me to the absolute worst. Why? Because in one summer I had 1 Bi-Matrix come unglued and separate where the graphite meets the steel and had another come unglued at the hosel, both in tournaments. I just can't bring myself to trust that shaft anymore, even though the first was a freak occurrence and the second had nothing to do with the shaft itself. Once you convince yourself that your mental game is costing you strokes, it'll always be in the back of your mind in pressure situations and it WILL cost you strokes. If you believe it's a non-issue and treat it as such, you'll see no harm from it because it's not this big scary thing looming over you like some kind of dark shadow. It's similar to the line of thinking that leads you to hit that tree you're specifically trying to avoid, because you think you have a poor mental game that's all you'll think about instead of just going through the motions like you should.
  6. I'm a bit slower, but I also like a heavier putter which could contribute to that. My preferred tempo is about 68.
  7. Pretzel

    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    That's very poetic, but unfortunately it doesn't quite work out that way. Best round of golf I ever played in high school happened the morning after prom in the 2nd of a two day tournament when I only had about 3 hours of sleep and was in overall rough shape. The only thing I really wanted that day was to lay in bed for another 5 or 6 hours, and I was literally falling asleep on the par 5 tee boxes when we would be waiting on the groups ahead of us to go for the green. There's no question my "mental game" was in absolute shambles and yet it was the first time I ever broke 70 in a tournament round. If you don't bet on him it's no different than betting on any of the other golfers. They have the same skills and handicap for a reason: it's because they play golf to the same level regardless of what is or isn't in their heads. Mental fortitude, so long as you're got enough to avoid having a panic attack/other physical reaction such as shaking and vomiting, has little to no effect on the final score.
  8. Pretzel

    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    Yeah, I can't think of a single school that actually has a sports psychologist. All large colleges have general purpose psychologists and some have psychiatrists, but that's more because they're trying to keep suicide numbers down (you wouldn't believe how packed those places get around midterms and finals, it's line-out-the-door insane and the only reason I noticed them in the first place).
  9. Pretzel

    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    The 10 handicapper that needs to make par on the island green would be MUCH better served by having a fundamentally solid swing. If he had the swing of the average tour pro he'd be hitting that green 76% of the time regardless of the lie, and would have a par 3 average score of 3.07 (lower on an "easy" par 3 as short as that one is - even on the 17th at Sawgrass the average score is 3.05 and pros hit the green 84% of the time off the tee: https://www.golf.com/tour-and-news/tpc-sawgrass-17th-hole-statistical-breakdown). That 10 handicapper does not, however, have the swing of a PGA Tour pro and is far more likely to miss the green. If they miss the green it's not because they choked, it's because they have a poor swing (by comparison to a tour pro). No amount of thinking or mental fortitude will increase your chances of your ball moving from the teebox onto the green, the only thing that can do that is your golf swing. If your golf swing isn't repeatable it's not helpful to blame the bad shots on your "mental game" instead of realizing that the swing itself isn't repeatable. Funny enough, first tee jitters (or pressure situations) hardly affect you at all if you have a solid and repeatable golf swing. Even for tour pros, for every time someone chokes under pressure and hits a bad shot that they blame on their mental game there are dozens of untelevised and equally bad shots from other pros throughout the week. That 10 handicapper saying he dunked the tee shot on the island green because of the mental game is laughable, because if you stuck him out there and had him hit 100 golf balls he'd probably dunk half of them without any pressure at all: http://www.thegrint.com/range/2013/03/golf-tips-gir/ (10-15 handicap golfers only hit 27% of all greens in regulation, so we can be generous and say this 10 handicapper is twice as likely to hit the island green because it's a wedge shot and off the tee).
  10. Pretzel

    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    Vastly, VASTLY overrated. You hear all to often a golfer saying that if they just had a better mental game they'd be breaking 90/80/70. Then you watch them play golf and they may start out strong but then flub a pitch shot short of the green or slice a tee shot into a hazard. Or they may start out poorly and play strong for the rest of the round. This inconsistency in the level of their performance is not due to a "bad/inconsistent mental game", but due to an inconsistent golf swing. The most important part of the mental game is planning your way around the course (which was discussed pretty heavily for par 5's with the last topic), and once you've done that the rest of the game of golf is a matter of how good/consistent your swing and fundamentals are. If you start shaking like a leaf when you're 2 strokes under your goal score with 3 holes to play that is a sign you're letting your nerves get the better of you, but if that's not the case then the culprit is your swing and fundamentals rather than your mental game. A mid-handicap golfer (15ish) can usually stand to gain several strokes per round based on better course management, but there will be no noticeable effect from them beefing up their "mental game" under pressure. Solid fundamentals and a repeatable swing will, however, help them and magically their mental game will seemingly improve because there aren't the same flaws in their swing and fundamentals that can rear their ugly heads at inopportune moments. TLDR: If you're capable of handling a stressful situation at work or in your personal life, your mental game is just fine. You're just convinced it's your mental game because the flaws in your swing and fundamentals caused a mistake at an inopportune time.
  11. Pretzel

    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    Let me put it this way: so far this year in 2018 there's been one time I didn't go for the green in the 2, and it was on this hole: 1 is where the tee box was and 2 is where my tee shot went (a 3 iron since I didn't know where was safe to hit as it was my first time playing the hole). The blue outline shows where the water hazards on this hole are located, and the purple dot is a tree that my blue outline covered up. Going for it from the position I was at was riskier than I wanted to play because there was both a water hazard AND a tree directly between myself and the green, when I still had about 240 left. I don't know about you, but for me a 3-iron up over a tree and a water hazard isn't exactly a high percentage shot for me (or most golfers). A drive up towards the cart path (or past the bunkers) or a 3-wood to a position between the bunkers and the left water hazard are the only 2 tee shots that would give you an angle to go for it on this hole. It's a bad hole, in my opinion, because it makes it pretty much impossible to reach the hole in 2 unless you hit some incredibly high risk shots (rather than having some risk but still making it possible to reach the green in 2). This is a case where the risks of going for it in 2 clearly outweigh the benefits. Every other time I played this year, however, I went for the green of all par 5's in 2 or at least gave it my best effort to get as close as possible if I knew I'd be unlikely to reach all the way there. If you care to look at my par 5 scoring on my Game Golf profile you'll see I average better than par on the par 5's that I play.
  12. Pretzel

    Shaft Adapters

    Not as impossible as you think, and here's why. Realistically you only would need to design 2 parts. One is a socket that is epoxied into the clubhead and the second is the adapter that goes onto the shaft. The adapter could be held into the clubhead by way of a set screw (or 2 or 3) on the collar of the socket that fits into indents on the adapter, allowing for set positions of rotation within the socket and providing the desired adjustments. The reason they don't do this is because it wouldn't be profitable. You'd get a few people who would buy them here or there, but overall it would be too small a number to justify the development, marketing, and manufacturing costs. The entire reason clubs now are all adjustable is not, in fact, because it's meant to be a feature for users but because it's meant to be adjustable for fitters and retailers. The fitter or retailer doesn't need to stock a 9.5* clubhead, a 10.5* clubhead, and a 11.5* clubhead now because those lofts can be achieved with a single clubhead now. It reduces the number of variants of a single club that need to be manufactured and greatly simplifies the whole process since you don't even need all the parts in one place to manufacture a golf club anymore, you can just send the shaft (with an adapter on it) to the distributor separately from the clubheads. You only have to design and manufacture one clubhead, providing greater optimization of manufacturing, that will fill all the roles that different clubheads previously would. It's a benefit to the customer because they can change their driver specs if they desire, but that's secondary to the effect the adjustable clubs have on the cost of manufacturing and distribution of new product releases. It's not even a marketing point anymore when selling new clubs because everybody does it, and everybody does it because it reduces manufacturing costs.
  13. Pretzel

    Golf Channel Am Tour - Is It Too Expensive?

    I've been part of the staff working at a golf course to host a Golf Channel Am Tour event before, and it was decent but nothing out of the ordinary. Entry fee was around $150 for the event, and that included range balls, golf, cart, and a meal afterwards for the golfers. At the time I was paying about $225 for 2 day ranked junior events and $75-125 for 1 day junior events with no food included, so the price seemed in line with the tournaments I was playing in (though, admittedly, the standings are pretty meaningless for the Golf Channel Am Tour compared to earning AJGA points). It seemed like the people who played had a good time anyways, and the tournament was well organized. I don't think I'd play in their events because I'd rather play in my local CGA events (qualifies you for CGA championships, has better fields, and costs less because they get funding from outside of the tournaments on top of discounts from courses), but I'd think they're a good option for people who want to dip their toes into competitive events - specifically because they appeared to me to be less about a competitive atmosphere and more about having fun (plus they have a bunch of flights for different handicaps).
  14. What club did you have to remove to make room for that? If it's one you never used then it would make sense, but otherwise it doesn't make much sense to ditch a more versatile club for one that is good for only one specific scenario. If you had to have the 4 iron back behind your rear foot to hit low line drives with it, odds are you're either playing with some SGI-style irons that are designed to launch the ball very high or your swing isn't letting your hands stay in front of the clubhead very well when you're trying to hit a low screamer of a shot. With proper technique you should be able to keep a 4 iron or 3 iron no more than head high at its apex, and with enough practice you ought to be able to hit a real kneecapper with it. I personally carry up to a 3 iron (Mizuno MP4's, so hitting a low screamer is as easy as catching it slightly thin if I'm not careful), which isn't something I'd recommend for most golfers admittedly, but got good at hitting low shots of all shapes with a 4 iron as I was working my handicap down to the level it was at its best (I, too, found myself in the trees all too often). It was just a fun type of thing to practice and after a little working at it I was able to get good results with my PING Eye 2's, and later my S55's. That said, if time for practice is at a premium this isn't a bad band-aid. I just don't necessarily think it's a full solution.
  15. Pretzel

    Overrated/Underrated (Golf) Topic

    Underrated. So many people discount how much of an impact it makes on your scores to play par 5's like a par 4, or even just being able to get close to the green in two even if you're not on the green itself. Laying up to your "comfortable yardage" somewhere 100-150 yards out will almost always be worse than getting the ball closer than that if you're capable.
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