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  1. The question has been answered. It's Wayne Riley.
  2. Karl Vilips is probably the equal of several hundred other guys in their teens who have aspirations and possibly talent to make it. And he's a sensational golfer. He is not even close to Hovland, and I would bet not close to Rasmus Hojgaard. Within the next 5 years there'll be players coming out of the woodwork you've never heard of who will be leap-frogging the current crop of potential future stars. At the moment I wouldn't be betting $50 that he'll be on the PGA Tour in 2025, let alone top 25. Top 100 would be impressive. And that's a comment on the depth of talent out there, not a comment on Vilips' game.
  3. I think that if you are brought up in a golfing culture where the norm is to walk and wealthy clubs have a couple of carts to allow very elderly and infirm players to continue playing you might see carts differently. When I was younger you'd see women in their 80s walking. I never even saw a golf cart until I was about 30. And anyone who was young and fit would be laughed at if they were in one. I know that carts are just accepted as the way a lot of people in a lot of countries get around a golf courses, but That wasn't always the case. If it allows someone to play who otherwise wouldn't great. And if people want to ride I no longer care, but what I'm saying is that someone who has always ridden might see golf in a slightly different (and improved) light if they chose to walk occasionally. They would certainly gain a greater appreciation of the architecture of a good course.
  4. The only reason for not walking is if the golf course insists or if you have a physical injury that prevents you from walking. Or maybe if it's extremely hot. Even when I am playing and there are two carts plus me walking it doesn't affect speed. Golf is a game where you walk. If you can't walk, fair enough. Otherwise you aren't experiencing the nuances of the course at walking speed and you are getting less than zero exercise because the sitting is bad for you.
  5. Good grief! Are you serious? Do you know that they crucify people in Saudi Arabia? Or stone women to death for adultery? The whole reason that these despots want to attract people like Phil is to make uneducated people think that the regime is democratic, non-murderous, fair and progressive. Anyone playing is 100% endorsing the people signing the check. This is why ethical entertainers and athletes refused to "play Sun City" in South Africa for years. I don't care if someone is greedy or stupid, but I do care about athletes accepting money which essentially window dressing for awful governments.
  6. Like, well, like, you know, like, she's like not that articulate, so, like I don't know, but yeah, you know, I think she'll like be pretty atrocious.
  7. Yep. I watched Scott, Cameron Smith, Sergio, Leishman, Ancer, Tringale, Kaufman, Casey - to name a few, and if you didn't know what the top players looked like and you saw them play a few holes, you wouldn't be able to tell who the superstars are (because Sergio and Scott played badly) because they all bomb it and have great short games and hit their irons like lasers. But..........If Rory was there or possibly Reed or Koepka you would see a difference. But ALL of them hit bad shots too. I saw Scott hit two shots that I would be embarrassed to play. And one was a punch out where he did what a 20 marker would do and hit it straight into a tree in an effort to hit it 130 metres rather than 100 on his second shot on a par 5. But there are hundreds of players who we have never heard of who are going to be very disappointed and disillusioned 30 year olds who at least gave it a chance - and had the ability in many ways. As for the Dieces of this world the only thing I can think is that they have truly never seen a real ball striker in the flesh. I would say to anyone thinking of starting a "Can I be a pro" thread to go and watch these guys in the flesh, ask themselves if they could even imagine themselves hitting drives like that .......and then going and checking the OWGR and the results of those guys. It's sobering stuff. The analogy I always use is that it's like car racing. TV doesn't show you the speed the way being at a track does.
  8. Rather than reviving a thread I thought I'd start a new one. The one I'm referring to is where a guy claimed to plan to "dominate" the Mackenzie Tour, without any knowledge of what good golf actually looks like. My very recent (this week) experience just underscores how ridiculous this thread was. I was at the Australian Open yesterday and followed a young player who is known to me. Phenomenal player. The previous day we played in the same club competition . In the Wednesday competition he had 29 on the back with a bogey. 8 under for the round, I think, playing off +4. This is on a serious golf course, one of the top few in Sydney. Fast forward 24 hours. The drives I saw him hit at The Australian were just unfathomably good. 300m dead straight like shot from a canon. He had 5 over in the first round. Virtually no way he's playing the weekend. Last year this guy played on the Mackenzie Tour and made about $2,500. So.....my point is....rather than 40 pages of posts about whether at 22 years of age with of a DIY handicap of 5 (without ever breaking 80) and asking if you can become a touring pro, understand this: The answer is no. And, to anyone who has not seen these young guys in the flesh - forget about top 20 household names - go and watch ANY of these young college players and pros hit the ball IN REAL LIFE. TV shows you nothing. It's a tough way to (not) make a living.
  9. I can absolutely guarantee that NO-ONE plays golf with the flu. Having a cold is not having influenza.
  10. That is an exquisite example of practicality meeting artistry and craftsmanship. Congratulations on a fine piece of work! 😃
  11. Yes always such a disappointment when you find a ball, excitedly notice that it's a ProV and then have to discard it because it's an X. Nothing worse than the "clicky" ProV1X. I mean - you'd roll your eyes if a famous pro said he preferred the V1 over the V1X because it was "clicky".
  12. So that people who play off handicaps of 15 or more can say how they find the V1X a little more responsive around the green and prefer the lower spinning characteristics of the V, especially with their driver. It also gives people who have "tested" them for 6 holes after finding one the opportunity to say that they find them to be similar but have a preference for one over the other to demonstrate their own superior feel and sensitivity.
  13. Are you kidding? You think 40 seconds is normal!!!!!???? I would think 30 seconds is 15 seconds longer than it should be . So what if they're "independent contractors", a term PGATour players often use to excuse some of the the polarizing views they have? Are you suggesting that because someone is working they can do as they please? How about an independent contractor who lays 5 bricks an hour? Is that cool too?
  14. Go and look at any video of any professional tournament from 2013. Ask yourself what the players are lacking in their driving and how using the drivers that they had six years ago would disadvantage you. 3ballsgolf is an excellent source for pre-owned clubs.
  15. Of course the video is in slow motion. My point is that you can't see any outrageous moves which make him look as if he's doing something superhuman. I didn't post it to represent swing speed. I posted it to demonstrate how power is generated by rhythm, timing and tempo. It is possible that you could have done this yourself, but here is a normal speed video to help prove my point:
  16. If you look at guys who really bomb it, from amateurs to tour pros, very few of them astonish you with how hard or fast they swing. It's the economy of movement - mechanics - and timing that generate the speed, power and consequential distance. TIMING is everything. If you played with Marc Leishman, for example you'd be amazed at how far he hits it, but he wouldn't look as if his swing speed was super fast.
  17. I piss behind trees virtually every round I play. I rarely see golf courses with "rest rooms" on the course. Love the euphemism. Not quite sure what's wrong with the word "toilet".
  18. On the contrary, I am 100% correct. Care to elaborate on your criticism? The shot is almost the opposite of a shank.
  19. I'll say it for a third time. It came off the toe. The clubface was wide open and the toe hit the ball rather than the club hitting the sand. Just a bad swing. came up early.
  20. It wasn't shanked. The OP doesn't know what a shank is. It came off the toe. The clubface was wide open and the toe hit the ball rather than the club hitting the sand.
  21. Yes it can. If the clubface is wide open and he hits the ball instead of the sand. Of course it can. You don't say.
  22. Being just inside the world top 500 as an amateur qualifies you as basically a pro. OK.
  23. I'm being sarcastic to a point. What I am saying is that if you can hit the 5 wood 250 yards and be relatively straight with it you don't have a lot of problems. I am suggesting that if you DID hit it that far, and reasonably straight, you wouldn't need someone else to suggest that being 30 yards ahead of most people who have hit driver imight be an advantage.
  24. It's pretty damn obvious how you'd get on. And you certainly wouldn't need to contemplate if it's worth doing it. You would've been doing it already and playing off 5. You'd be longer than 90% of players you've ever played with and would be hitting shorter irons into most greens. Probably best to work out how far 250 yards actually is.
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