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  1. I play competition golf twice a week. Put simply, you play off the men's tees. We have what are called "social tees' but these are for people who aren't really golfers - people just having a hit when competitions are not on. You will find that in Australia, most members play a competition on Saturdays. Midweek and Sunday competitions are available. You never get a choice of tee. That's my point about handicaps - they account for the fact that not everyone is going for greens in regulation because they don't have the length. Heaven help the ego of a player who chooses tees that give him a mid or short iron into every par 4 and 3, thinking that he is an 80 shooter, when he plays off the men's tees on a decent course. Not saying I don't like the idea of different tees, but the way an 80 year old competes with a 24 year old is with handicap - not a head start on every hole.
  2. I would be 100% certain that he will. The chances of him not talking about his relationship iwith his father is -1000000%. Others may have opinions about Earl Woods, but Toger is always happy to discuss their relationship. And the health issues that caused his over use of prescription medicine will also be covered, without a doubt. I would bet my life on it.
  3. It has to do with the fact that you don't aways have a choice of tees. In my case never in 45 years of golf.
  4. A question for anyone has played with the big hole: One would assume that it's impossible to miss from 4 feet but my guess is that even from six feet a surprisingly high number of putts slide off exactly as if it were a normal sized cup. Is that the case?
  5. In competition play everyone plays from the same tees. This means that many players can't reach par 4s in 2 or par 3s in 1 or par 5s in 3. That's what handicaps account for.
  6. For players who do not regularly play in competition, the idea is good, and this is why: In Australia and the UK, members play stableford most of the time in competition and Monthly Medal (stroke) on the first Saturday of each month - so roughly once a month apart from Club Championships. In stableford, you pick up when you no longer have a point to get. You have zero points and you move on. In stroke play, you could be playing the 18th hole and not find your drive after not hitting a provisional and not feel inclined to walk back to the tee and slow everyone down. No matter how you were going at the point your score is wiped. Even par after 17 holes and a pick up on 18 is a No Score Returned. You may as well have scored 120. In stableford the wipe on 18 might still have you at 43 points. With the Maximim Score Cap you might end up with an 8 or even a 10 in a stroke round but you are still getting and submitting a score. BTW This has nothing to do with stroke rounds being handicapped as Stableford scores.
  7. Problem I see... No point because noone wants to see it. There is no reason to do it.
  8. A guaranteed to way to improve is to ignore people who've never seen you hit a ball diagnose your problem and tell you what to do and seek help from someone who can actually watch you hit balls. A decent teacher will be able to help you after seeing you hit two balls. And that's only to confirm what they saw on the first swing. Someone who has not ever seen you play has no idea, because for all they know you might be doing something outrageously incorrect. How would they know you're getting "stuck on the downswing"or something? And telling you to exercise a "reverse pivot". Seriously?? My guess is also that irons and chipping are not "good", but your lack of experience makes you think they are. Save yourself years of frustration and have a lesson. Best not to ask people who don't have a clue about your game.
  9. What complete and utter horsesh*t. At 17, only a fool would have bet that Rory or Tiger would not be #1 in the world at some stage. At the moment, you wouldn't bet money on Bhatia playing on the PGATour in 5 years time.
  10. What? There's a lot of good Indian food in Britain because a lot of people with Indian heritage live there. Not because it was a colony. That explains why they play cricket in India.
  11. I would be looking for a morbidly obese golfer to lose weight to help him in all aspects of his life rather than modify a golf swing to fit an unhealthy body. You seem to be implying that weight loss isn't an option. If he's prepared to change his golf swing because of an unhealthy lifestyle he should be even more prepared to take his health seriously.
  12. And more money means more stars. It's a chicken and the egg thing. But combining men's and women's golf does nothing except diminish both. Young women will want to play because they see someone who they admire and can look up to, not because they see women playing alongside men. And if the money's good there's an added incentive, which attracts more players.
  13. Perhaps you should read my post. McIlroy would rather have a single major in a year, sure. - Hence my Norman example. Fact is, Rory had a better year than Koepka and was clearly POTY. Especially if the PGATour want to pretend that The Players is a Major. Bring it all a year forward and say it is Hovland who has the wins that Rory had and Koepka wins one major. Who is POTY? Not Koepka. It wouldn't even be a discussion. It's about the year's achievement, not what a player with $180 million in the bank would prefer.
  14. In the same way that Rory was the most promising Irish golfer or Tiger the most promising U.S. golfer. It would not surprise me if Hovland won a major in the next two years. In any case, he is probably the most promising new PGATour member, full stop.
  15. That's complete BS. If Greg Norman had a season with 15 world wide wins and another with one win, The Masters, he'd take the single win year. But the 15 win year is the better year. McIlroy had a better year than Koepka. A single major does not trump everything else unless you are a player trying to fill holes in your CV.
  16. You mean when you could skip events in the final series and still win it?
  17. I would say that Rory has been there since he was 16 years of age. He just needs to assemble all parts of his game in the same week. When he does no-one can touch hm because next to Tiger, he is probably the most naturally gifted player there has ever been. In terms of raw talent, there is Tiger and Rory at their best and then daylight.
  18. Good grief. Do you advise doing it precisely 36 milliseconds before impact or somewhere between 15 and 75 milliseconds? I mean.... you can almost live with Johnny Miller's "trap draws" and Faldo's "compressing the ball into the ground", but seriously... where do people get their information?
  19. What a load of BS. It's like someone saying AFTER they've made a fortune or won something that anyone can do it and that you just have to "believe". It's like the horse manure theory of Malcolm Gladwell that that fool, dan, of The Dan Plan swallowed hook line and sinker. Methinks that some of these "sports psychologists" have never played any sport at any level.
  20. Yep. And this comment of his was even better: "It's definitely a thought that came into my head, 'how can we make ourselves more relatable to the fans?', and having $15m front and centre isn't probably the best way to do it."
  21. I fully understand why players average high scores on par 5s - it's because they have more opportunities to make a mess of the hole - but I have certainly never played a course where the #1 hole is a par 5. And I dispute the notion that it is "often" the case. It absolutely is not. There's a big difference between saying "often" and "it happens".
  22. I strongly disagree and have never ever played a course where even one of the par 5s is rated #1. Probably not even 2,3,or 4.
  23. EAL is 100% correct. One of the hardest things to do - but one of the most effective - on a golf course is to do these two things: 1. Hit the shot 2. Accept the result and repeat 1. My philosophy these days is to see the game as a process and accept that even if I score less than 36 points it can be a good round. Even if I reset my expectations after a poor front 9 to 30 points, if I achieve that I can feel good about my round. But the main thing that I've said for many years is that you've got to be so good for it to matter that it doesn't matter at all what we do. Enjoy being out there no matter how you're playing, because one day you won't be. And even if you had a sub par round off a handicap of 18, who would honestly care, anyway?
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