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    Golf Game Variations

    I don't think that's a stupid idea at all. I think it could be a lot of fun.
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    Will Golf Be the Next Sport to Require Helmets?

    A lady lost an eye recently at a PGA event when her eye was smashed by an errant drive (I think by Alex Noren). So a helmet isn't enough. They'll be forced to wear a helmet and protective goggles. Or maybe they'll erect netting in front of the patrons. I wear a helmet when I watch it on TV. I mean, you never know, you know?
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    Different Handicap for Walkers?

    Let's say a person knows that his handicap is higher when he walks, and his handicap is based on walking while playing. Then is he cheating a little if he plays in a tournament and rides?
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    USGA Seeking Feedback on Distance "Issue"

    I think we should leave things as they are and not try to curb any distance from the long hitters. The longest drivers on tour are fun to watch and they bring people to the course. I'll bet Cam Champ will be bringing people out to watch him hit the long ball -- people who otherwise wouldn't show up at an event. Why ruin a good thing? There's absolutely no need. If more birdies and eagles are made now, who cares? It's fun to watch. And if the scores are going lower and lower -- again, who cares? I think it adds excitement to the game. And I think it's great for golf if technology is working to help the average golfer hit the ball farther (with new club designs and materials, and with new balls as well).
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    Champions Tour - Scott Parel (WHO??)

    There was also the guy who ran a driving range in Georgia. He was a true exception, because when he went on the Senior Tour he was VERY successful. Regarding Jay Sigel. I remember when he was a fantastic amateur golfer who won scads of tournaments. I used to see his name in the paper all the time. I believe he was a stockbroker and wanted to remain an amateur. Now, if I recall correctly, he became a pro and tried to make it on the PGA Tour but did not do well at all when competing against the incredibly gifted PGA Touring Pros (not that Jay wasn't gifted). Bruce Zabriskie is another constant winner (as a club pro). He was dominant here in New York State. He also was on Tour but didn't make it. But, all in all, you don't stand much of a chance in making it on the Senior Tour unless you come over from the regular tour. That's how good those guys are. Some are so good, in fact, that they play both tours for a few years -- like Vijay. Let's never forget that Tom Watson was about a week or shy of 60 years old when he lost the Open in a playoff!
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    Single golfer in or around Seoul?

    Now I feel sorry for single players over there who want to play. Pitiful, if you ask me.
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    Winter Depression Thread

    I played yesterday (Sunday) here in NYC and it was a very nice 46 degrees. The best part about it was that the course was basically empty and we didn't have to wait even a second for anyone. It was like having your own course. I'd rather have a day like yesterday than a beautiful 85 degree day when the course is packed.
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    Champions Tour - Scott Parel (WHO??)

    If you haven't played on the regular tour, I don't think you have much of a chance of beating those guys. Occasionally, someone will make it through but those guys are few and far between.
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    Table 6-5 (Tiger Woods Strokes Gained)

    If you play golf perfectly, ie. hit every green in regulation, two putts for par, on a 72 par course you will have taken 36 shots with the other 13 clubs combined and 36 putts. This alone highlights the importance of the putter. Now obviously, it is not quite as straightforward as that as it is rare for any golfer, even the top professionals to hit every green. However, around 27 putts a round is considered good for a pro and that would probably result in a scoring average of perhaps 68? So, not half, but still a considerable percentage of the overall shots would be with the putter. The second point I want to make is more about confidence. Having confidence with your putter takes the pressure off the rest of your game. If you are out of position off the tee you are less likely to try something desperate to get to the green wth your next. You will probably be confident to play conservatively, putting the ball pack into play knowing if you put in on the green for your next shot you will fancy holing a putt to make your par. Tiger Woods made a pretty decent career (understatement) by missing fairways by a considerable amount on a regular basis then making a ten footer for par to keep in touch with the leaders. Confidence in his putting placed, pretty much, no limit to how many times he could get up and down in a round. How many times did he come in with a one under 71 or whatever, and the commentator said ‘that was a 78 in anyone else’s hands."
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    Johnny Miller's Legacy

    This is a contemporary analysis. I'm looking at it from an historical perspective.
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    Hi, I'm Clay Ballard, Instructor

    One of my hobbies is watching golf instructional videos on YouTube. I must have seen certainly hundreds of them. I've seen yours and I like them very much. You do a very good job.
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    Table 6-5 (Tiger Woods Strokes Gained)

    I know what I've seen over the years and what I've experienced myself in my own game. So I really don't need to read anything about it. Obviously, it's important to make great shots with all your clubs. But it comes down to sinking your putt. "Clutch putting" is what wins tournaments. Johnny Miller said that it was his putting that kept him off the tour. I've heard him say that many times over the years on air.
  13. West Palm Beach Country Club [public] has been sold. Top Golf is supposed to be coming there. Many courses in South Florida have closed or are closing. Melreese in Miami is closing. I'm finding this trend to be very unsettling.
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    Table 6-5 (Tiger Woods Strokes Gained)

    I'm talking about touring pros here. I know that every shot counts. But it's the putter in your hand that finishes every hole. Spieth proved it a few years ago in spectacular fashion. Look at him now.
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    Table 6-5 (Tiger Woods Strokes Gained)

    I'm not buying what you're selling. Those numbers don't tell you how many times a tournament is won or lost by great putting on the final holes. My money is going on the best putter. Tiger hit so many bad drives. It was his putting that saved him. Lousy putters on tour won't be winners.

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