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Jack Watson

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Jack Watson last won the day on May 31 2017

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  1. Jack Watson

    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    @brocks @iacas Look at the 2000 Ryder cup teams. They were just ok. In 97-2002 an awful lot of golfs top tier talent was aging. I know I pointed it out before, but Tiger benefited not only from otherworldly talent, but he also burst on scene at just the right time. I’m not trolling, just enjoying a friendly spirited back and forth. Tiger came in when Norman and Faldo had been at the top but were aging like many other big names. Its fine to point out a mathematical concept and apply it to a situation as you guys are doing, but I also think it’s important to take into account specific realities of those exact years of golf. That’s fair isn’t it?
  2. Jack Watson

    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    Really, @iacas you may as well come out and say that Hogan wouldn’t have a chance against David Toms. After all Hogan’s best year was 53 and Toms beat better guys than Hogan in college. Clearly in your view Hogan’s swing was inferior to Toms after all it was homemade at the caddy yard.
  3. Jack Watson

    Are graphite shafts only for old dead people?

    I chose reg graphite in all clubs couldn’t be happier. Driver 240-260 7 iron 150 When on a monitor box store unqualified types tell me I need stiff, but being fitted outdoors on Trackman by pro I trust worked differently. So glad I went to softer gear.
  4. Jack Watson

    Athletes in Every Sport are Better

    Extreme sport? Large progression in last quarter century. I’m still not sure I can truly believe this stuff is real. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gM16TR5-RoI
  5. Jack Watson

    Athletes in Every Sport are Better

    Thing is, in golf you take the older players who grew up with equipment that required them to be more precise and develop their skill better and they scored pretty close to what guys now score. They had to have more skill because the gear required it and the courses forced it. The old gear was the swingdeveloper. All I know is I respect George Knudson way more than say Hunter Mahan or pick your modern journeyman. Knudson was a better striker with more skill and it’s not even close.
  6. A square right foot for me is a setup aid. I don’t look up after setup. So for me it has more to do with alignment of my setup to the start line. Personal quirk.
  7. Jack Watson

    Athletes in Every Sport are Better

    @saevel25 The topic here is based on a premise that all athletes in all sports are better than in the past. To a degree that’s absolutely true but to what degree? Athletic ability itself doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Other factors also affect outcomes. Take auto racing. You give Mario Andretti a car that’s slow he will be slow, but still fast relative to others in the same car. Take Formula One. Were Senna and Prost worse than Lewis Hamilton on pure skill? Was Schumacher worse than Hamilton? The Mcclaren Honda Marlboro cars were different and much more difficult to drive. Notice I’ve never disagreed with the reasoning itself in the argument being presented here. It’s logically consistent. I am simply pointing out that its premise is incomplete.
  8. Jack Watson

    Athletes in Every Sport are Better

    If we look at tennis and we assume the greater talent pool ultimately results in the performance gain v time graph flattening we would expect to see parity emerge. The limit being approached. But that’s not what we see. We see Federer Nadal Djokovic winning everything. Is a massive changing of the game in tennis with huge power a result of stronger better athletes? That’s whats being put forth. But what about technology? I’ve played almost 40 years. The tech now is light years ahead in terms of the spin you can use vs say gut or synthetic gut strings. The strings are so much better that the ball can be hit way way way harder with equal control due to spin. https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/qkqyvd/conspiracy-string-theory-how-new-technology-killed-american-mens-tennis So, the other point is why the lack of parity? Does better equipment make it tougher for outliers to dominate? Not in tennis!
  9. Jack Watson

    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    @Vinsk I was unable to view the paper listed above. I did take a look at some data though. At the Masters from 1940 through 1994 there were 32 instances of final totals under 280 strokes. From 95-present there were also 32 such instances. 32 in the first 54 years and 32 in the next 24. From mid nineties to now scores dropped. Why? Equipment wise little really changed once it was steel shafts and wound ball and wood woods. (1940 to 1994). Mid nineties to late nineties the transition happened to better golf balls and steel drivers by 2000 longer lighter drivers with titanium heads were in play along with solid core urethane covered golf balls. Right during Tigers heyday the tech changed golf more than any advancement since steel shafts in the mid 1930’s.
  10. Jack Watson

    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    @ScouseJohnny Thats a strong point of the info-being on one course-the best one. Strong posts. I will check that out. @Vinsk Im having a hard time responding to you because I can’t tell if you simply are not following or if you are purposely creating men of straw to burn.
  11. Jack Watson

    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    Was there an adjustment to data taking into account equipment. 95 or so forward the equipment gave more distance and straighter shots but courses did not begin compensating for a few years. You would expect better scores since the gear made it an easier game.
  12. Jack Watson

    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    @Pretzel If all those guys were very much better than those players from say 65-95 then how could a 58 year old man beat Tiger at Augusta in 98? How could a guy almost 60 years old come within a hard bounce of winning the Open? My explanation is number one peak talent and number 2 peak talent honed on less forgiving equipment. @iacas If we look into the fields in particular from say 97-03 you had a fair amount of the peak talent guys in decline. Plus 01 pro v1 comes in which gave an instant extra club on irons over wound ball tech. 97-2010 the game of golf became truly modern. Also I want to be clear that I am not including 2010 or so onward in my comments on field strength. By 2018 the game truly changed and you have players who trained on modern gear from a young age and take advantage of it physically and strategically. What used to be referred to as the college swing all out prioritizing swing speed has become the norm on the PGA tour. Hogan even said in 5l one day big strong guys will be shooting at the greens from the tee and now many do. But in particular from 97-03 the field lacked peak talent to push Tiger.
  13. Jack Watson

    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    @Pretzel In your a b thing both a and b were equally dominant. So if you were referring to Jack and Tiger that clearly doesn’t apply. In regards to your list Price and Langer are Tiger era? Lehman? Funk? Those stood out at first glance seems like they were like 40 in 1997. I would expect 2001 pga your guys to average lower than Trevino, they had prov1 and titanium drivers!
  14. Jack Watson

    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    @brocks This is copied from the article: “First, let’s define a measure for field strength; we measure the strength of a field by the quality of the average player in that field. Therefore, our measure does not (necessarily) capture the difficulty of winning an event.” Thats why I make my distinction between field depth and strength-because it’s more difficult to beat a strong field than a deep one.
  15. Jack Watson

    Strength and Depth of Field in Jack's Day and Tiger's Day

    @saevel25 If what you say is true and Tigers competition was better than Jacks why is it that you can’t name who these great rivals to Tiger were? More golfers on tour shooting within 6 of the winning score does not mean a field is stronger it only means it’s deeper. A stronger field means a field which contains more peak talent/skill not more also rans and a better score required to make a cut.
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