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Ashley Schaeffer

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  1. Reminds me of that Bill Hader sketch on SNL from years ago when he was playing James Carville on Weekend Update: “Seth, it’s like when people call actors geniuses. You know there are real geniuses out there, right?”
  2. You’re right. How am I supposed to chip with that going on, Doug?
  3. I always love the “Dude would be as good if he didn’t have [important part of the game]” thing. Shaq could barely hit the backboard from outside 10 feet, and rec leagues are full of 5’9” dudes who can rain threes but couldn’t make a DII roster. Saying BAD wouldn’t be as good without the length is as silly as saying Shaq wouldn’t have been as good if he was only 5’9”. It’s a tautology, like saying someone wouldn’t be good if they weren’t good. Here, however, it goes one step further. We have a guy (Fitz) who (1) fully recognizes the advantage length gives a player, (2) says he can do it if he wants, and (3) declines to do so.
  4. For the first time in my life, I was ready for Nicklaus to jump in with a comment. Thanks, Gary Player.
  5. Wasn’t him, then. Unless he was being funny. Which is a possibility.
  6. It was a funny article, written by someone who had likely never played at a high level. Fixation on the loft of a certain iron is funny when such is so easily manipulated by anyone with tour-level talent. Edit: To say I certainly don’t have such talent. Just commenting on observation over the years.
  7. ? I remember an article in Golf Digest back in the late 90s with the headline: "He hit a 7-iron How Far?!!" or something like that. (I got the print version for probably 20 years). It went into a thing about how pros use lofts that aren't "really" 7-iron lofts, etc. and how we shouldn't believe what we see on TV. It might've even been Dan Jenkins. IDK why, but your post reminded me of that article.
  8. Question for the panel: Are these modern pros also swinging for the fences with impunity with irons?
  9. That's correct. But they say such feats are supposed to be rare. In the end, it's because people struggle to wrap their heads around the fact that more players are physically able to do it now than there were then.
  10. Short hitters can get longer if they want. If they are unable, well... I was just brainstorming about course setup. Risk/reward for long hitters, etc. Sorry if it was just stupid. Stupid. Stupid...to those who have everything figured out.
  11. Strictly speaking to the topic of course setup, what about this?: Make the fairways WIDER, but the rough twice as long. Like 10”. At 20 yards wide with 5” rough, I’d choose to hit driver every time because I’m not much more likely to hit that ribbon with less than driver anyway, so might as well send it. 20 yards wide with 10” rough would be unwatchable. But a wider fairway with much more penal rough could make me think about taking the risk, and bring some strategy into the decision. Just a thought, likely riddled with holes. But ultra narrow with hackable rough doesn’t seem much of a driver deterrent.
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