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  1. 1 other person in history managed 3 in a row. In 1953. Name some more impressive accomplishments. Single instances of unparalleled feats and not some career achievement thing. 5 people have won all 4 in a career. That's it Yet the easiest of Tigers accomplishments to fall is going to someone else winning 4 in a row? That's the most absurd hot take I've ever seen. Tiger wasn't alive the last time someone else even completed a career grand slam.
  2. I've experimented with different lofts and lengths It's helps front to back but my misses are still worse left to right than with a 5 iron
  3. Every time I try one I eventually ditch it because dispersion vertically and horizontally suffers greatly vs a 5 iron
  4. 2004: -0.87 128th 2005: +0.264 46th 2006: +0.268 40th 2007: +0.156 67th 2008: +0.214 54th 2009: -0.146 131st 2010: -0.149 133rd 2011: -0.190 144th 2012: +0.562 11th 2013: +0.661 5th 2014: +0.234 52nd 2015: +0.262 41st 2016: +0.565 9th 2017: +0.337 40th 2018: +0.510 13th 2019: -0.160 139th 2020: -0.083 124th 2021: -0.073 122nd In 2012 he switched to the claw during the playoffs and finished T38 T4 T2 T15 T2 T14 the rest of the year after going 7 tournaments without a Top 25. He used the claw off and on in 2013 including early in the year when went off for an opening 60 and a record tying 28 under in Phoenix. Went back to it during the playoffs after going back to conventional when he switched to a superstroke 3.0 He actually putted most of 2014 and 2015 with a conventional grip then went back to the claw in 2016 almost exclusively with 10 feet for the entire year. (And went back to the SS 3.0 as well) In 2018 he did exactly what he did in 2016. SS 3.0 claw inside 15-20 feet. The bigger grip, combined with the claw, on a #9 style putter has by far been his most successful combo statistically in the strokes gained era. It's been all blade, pistol grip, and mostly conventional the last 2 years.
  5. He was literally one of the best putters on tour with the claw more often than not for 5 years after being terrible since strokes gained's inception. His putting has gone in the the toilet the last 2 years. What's notable about that? He's used a conventional grip in that time way more than not. Compare his strokes gained stats from 2012-2018 to the before and after. It's like 2 different people. Btw the armlock was back on Sunday
  6. Way too long breakdown of a round I played at my home course this afternoon upon receiving my dozen QST Divide yellow / red. Quick background. 7 Handicap (Prior to this round). Driver swing speed is around 93 on a bad day. Around 99 on a good day. Have tested a number of balls in various categories this year but settled back on Pro V1X (Had been using previous generations for a few years now). Have played QST occasionally in the past and thought it was a really good value ball. See signature for WITB if curious. Balls previously tested this year in order of personal preference: 2021 Pro V1X 2021 Chrome Soft X Vice Pro Plus 2019 TP5X Chrome Soft X LS Cut Blue Top Flite Gamer Callaway ERC Soft Conditions - Medium fairways Soft greens 90 degrees 10 MPH wind gusting to 15 Hole 1 - 360 yard dogleg left par 4. Out of bounds right. Tree lined. Hit a 3 wood that didn't really fade. Came of as a low hot knuckler (my general flight off a tee with 3 wood. Longest 3 wood I've ever hit on that hole. Maybe my longest tee shot on that hole. Had what I eyeballed as 80 yards. Hit it about 25 feet past the pin with a 54 degree. Our greens are soft bent. Ball was about a foot short of the pitch mark. Attempted to use the divide to line up my putt on 1. I've toyed with Triple Track and the Pro V1X Aim before. Definitely prefer both to this but Im not one to generally prefer lining up something on the ball anyone. It fits my eye line better to aim the putter down my aim line. I 2 putted with about a 3 foot clean up. Ball felt strange off of every club. Not a bad feel but unique. I've never played with a matte cover before. Definitely not overly soft like some balls but nothing near firm. I'd describe it as a dull feeling. Particularly off the 3 wood and putter. Hole 2 - 140 yard significantly downhill par 3. Back pin. 9 is usually too much. Wedge isn't enough to get to that pin without a hard hook (which I cant hit with the ZX4 short irons). Push into the right bunker even with the middle of the green. Exactly as I would expect for direction and distance with the swing I made. Sort of chunky bunker shot by accident. Ran out more than Id expect by a few feet so it was good. Made a 7 footer for par. Hole 3 - 530 yard par 5. Forced layup off the tee. Fatted my 4 hybrid. Layup second was a good cut 3 hybrid. Distance was as expected. starting to see a pattern that the ball doesn't curve much. Third was a chippy 9. Came up just short. Chip was about 30 feet. Had 15 feet of fringe to cover. Thinned it pretty badly. Went 25 feet by. Feel like a Pro V1X punishes me less on that strike. Made the putt. Started to notice that while I don't like divide for aiming putts I love how it helps me see break as the ball rolls. Hole 4 - 500 yard par 5. Drive was a bit heely but did well. Had 240 in. Pulled my 3 wood into some trees next to a creek. Ball must be lucky because somehow it wasnt in the creek. (A First) 75 yard wedge shot off a bare lie. Tried to play a low driving 54 under limbs and one hop it to a back left pin. Ball checked up immediately. Two putt par. Hole 5 - 190 yard par 3. Right pin. Usually a 4 hybrid. Hit a high cut 4 hybrid (Maybe faded a yard or two, this ball generally wasn't curving much). Landed about 10 feet left and stopped within 2 or 3 feet. Made a 10-12 footer for birdie. Hole 6 - 370 Yards Uphill into the wind. Hit a high pull fade but out of the middle of the driver. Wind killed the ball in air and got little if any roll. Had 145 in. Seems standard given the conditions. Hit a bad second shot. 20 yard pitch from a good lie in the rough. One hop and stop. Made par. Hole 7. 400 par 4. Straight pull left but solid. Had to try and hook a 7 iron from about 160 around trees. Was curious if I could work this ball enough. I over did it and clipped a limb. Had almost an identical pitch to 6. Hit the exact same shot. Exact same result. Hole 8 313 par 4. Tight tee shot with water lurking left and if you go further down right as well. Laid back with a cut 3 wood. For once once I heeled and left one open it did curve into trouble but not by much. Second from 75 ish yards. Chip and run 8 iron under a tree. Was surprised it ran out as much as it did. 3 Putt from 40 feet past. Poor speed on a long down hill put. Hit such a poor putt the divide break visual assist did not save the comebacker. Hole 9 - Dogleg left par 4 340. Beautiful tight draw 3 wood over the bunker at the corner. 100 yards in. Wedge came up short in the front middle of the green to a back left pin. Not blaming the ball. I quit on it. Ball may have actually helped. Ball pretty much sat where it landed. Left a 35 footer about 6 feet short. Pace control with longer putts starting to be an issue. Saved par. Hole 10 - 190 downhill par 3. 5 Iron into right greenside bunker. Standard. Terrible lie in the back of the bunker. Thought I caught it ok. Slightly thin. A "spinnier tour ball" might have held the fringe. QSTD did not. pitch coming back lipped out. Hole 11. - Dogleft right par 4. Drive ended up where a good fade always does (except shorter than a monster CSX LS fade that literally doesn't spin). Missed a wedge slight wedge trying to get to a tucked pin. Had a foot of rough, 2 feet of fringe, and 15 feet of green in my way. Chose to bumb a 3 wood. Ball reacted nicely. Went about 4 feet by. Divide helped seeing the break there again. Hole 12 - dogleg left par 5. Took an aggressive line. over water. Actually went too far and had a bit of a tree issue for my second from the right side of the fairway. Tried to hammer a 3 hybrid between clubs from about 210-215ish. Didn't fade. Was pin high though so a plus for distance. Flop shot reacted as expect but I pull nuked it to 25 feet. 2 putt par. Ran it 3 feet by but divide helped with seeing the comeback line. Hole 13 - 130 par 3. Over water. Back pin. Front pin at 120-125 is max PW. Had to hit a 3/4 cut 9. Ball had some sauce when it hit the green. missed a 15 foot birdie. Hole 14 - Tee shot gives me nightmares. 370 slightly uphill. If you miss the fairway right youre in thick rough and you have massive trees blocking the green. Piped a tight draw to about 120 out. PW was pushed slight but achieved about 3 feet of backspin. Two putt par from 15 feet. Hole 15. Forced layup short 4. Hit 3 hybrid further down then I ever have before on this hole. Had about a 60 yard flip 58. Flag tucked back left behind a ridge. Land it on said ridge and get some one hop and stop to 4 feet action. Birdie. Hole 16 - 175 significantly downhill par 3 Trees left keep me from really trying to play a cut but its my natural shot with mid to long irons. Usually hit it on the middle of the right side of the green. Pin was dead middle. Today I hit 7 iron. Barely faded one a yard in there. Landed 3 feet short right at the pin. Finished 3 feet right even with the pin. Birdie. Hole 17. 370 Downhill narrow tee shot. OB right. Big pull hook left. Had to hit a little low punch slice runner. Used driver. Curved plenty. Another 20 ish yard pitch shot. Judged landing and rollout really well again. Ball was reacting exactly as I would expect. Made a 7 footer for par. Hole 18 - 475 uphill dogleg right par 5. I need a good one down the left to reach in two. I hit an ugly low heel strike that did reasonably well but I was not far enough down or left to go at the green because of the trees. Laid up to 50-60 yards. 3rd from the rough. Back pin on a shelf. Land it right on the shelf. One hop to 4 feet. I then lip the 4 footer on the low side to shoot 1 under 70. I joined this course this year. I probably have 50 rounds on it plus 5 in the past. 74 was my previous low here. 73 is what I'd call my best round at a "real course" (I've shot 69 on a really dinky par 69 and 71 on a dinky par 71). (1.1 Differential - Previous career best was 2.8 I think) TLDR Breakdowns Distance - Good. Up there with most premium balls and other mid tier balls. Not the longest or shortest of the balls I mentioned testing this year with any club. Probably upper half at least. Feel - Similar to other mid tier balls that are softer than tour balls but not your silly soft budget balls yet a very weird sensation that might be attributed to the matte cover. It definitely seems different than prior generations of normal QST). Felt most odd off the putter. Spin - Seemed very good for a ball in this category. Seemed to have plenty with the wedges and irons and kill it pretty well with the longer clubs. Of the balls I mentioned only the Pro V1X, CSX, and Vice Pro Plus spun more. Durability - I played 18 holes with 1 ball. It took a couple trips to the trees. My wedges only have a few rounds on them. The ball does not look it has been touched. Seriously. It's nuts. Value for money - If you cannot justify playing whatever "premium" ball fits you best, or you really don't benefit from "premium" balls over "mid tier balls with premium materials" definitely try this ball. I seriously might switch. I'm going to milk this dozen for as long as possible then make a decision as I only have 1 dozen Pro V1X yellow left. Divide - As strictly a putt alignment tool it's not for me. Triple Track or even Titleist AIM is better. However, the divide look is amazing for seeing how chips and putts are breaking. Same goes for a ball spinning in the air. Its very easy to follow the ball mid flight (and pick it back up in flight if you lose it) and quick to find in a variety of lies. I think its brilliant and I'm not sure why its been forever since anyone has done this. Dispersion - I seriously feel like a number of the swings / strikes I made would have finished further offline with any other ball I've played recently. My bad shots were more controlled. Just going off results with similar feeling swings with the same clubs. Bottom Line - This round dropped my handicap from 7.1 to 6.1 - It was the first time I ever broke par. I'm more than intrigued. Hopefully I can get out this weekend and test the ball on a firmer course and see if it still holds up.
  7. None of the above. The most impressive accomplishment of his career was winning 4 straight professional majors. It's never been done otherwise and probably never will be done again. It's more impressive when you look at how he did it. Won by 15 Shots at Pebble Beach Won by 8 Shots at St Andrews Defeated a journeyman possessed in a playoff with numerous clutch putts setting a new 72 hole scoring record for the PGA (18 Under tying his total at the 1997 Masters) Had to wait 8 months with the pressure of everyone asking him nonstop about the slam to finish it at Augusta where he had to beat the 2nd and 3rd best players in the world on the top of their games down the stretch. The Tiger Slam is the greatest individual accomplishment in sports history. Forget about golf.
  8. 75-79. First rounds after 2 weeks off. Solid 1 Birdie 2 Bogey 1 Double opener. Second round I started Bogey Bogey Bogey Bogey Bogey Par Double with 3 penalty strokes. I made a couple birdies on the back to squeeze out the 79.
  9. Olympic Gold transcends golf. The Players is just another PGA Tour Event. I'd rather win the Olympics than any golf tournament that isn't one of the four actual majors. Craig Perks won the fricken Players for Christ sake. Joide Mudd won the Players. Tim Clark won the Players. Stephen Ames won the Players. There's four winners of the illustrious players championship whose careers are over and they combined for a whopping 7 pga tour wins outside of the Players Championship. Matt Kuchar's biggest career win is the Players Championship. He won a bronze medal at the olympics and carried it around with him everywhere he went for a year and wouldn't shut up about it. I don't remeber hearing similar stories with the trophy from the Players. Why do all these guys who can't handle the pressure and win majors when they have chances win the Players? Because its not a major. See Rickie Fowler. See Matt Kuchar. See Adam Scott (9 years) Sergio Garcia (9 years) and Henrik Stenson (7 years) long before they finally figured out how to break through in a major they had no trouble closing out the Players.
  10. He was struggling when he switched to the belly putter for the last 3 playoff events in 2011 then posted 2 top 10s in 3 starts and dropped it. Then miraculously became one of the best putters on tour for a 7 year stretch immediately after despite poor putting throughout his career to that point. Was a strange time
  11. The TX is untipped in the driver so he can play it at 48 inches The X is in the mini driver because he can tip it to preference
  12. 2 Driver 3 Utility irons 6-9 4 wedges is Phil Mickelson. No surprise that's a unique setup. I'm currently 1 Driver 1 Fairway 2 Hybrids 5-9 Iron 4 Wedges. (That's set PW 48 53 58) 1 putter I've been all over the place before though. 2 Drivers. 0 drivers. Multiple fairways no fairways. Sometimes hybrids sometimes utilities sometimes neither. Sometimes 3 specialty wedges sometimes 2 sometimes 1. I think even 4 one time. The most common set up I've used since 2015 when I started playing "good" (single digit handicap) golf has been: 1 Driver 1 Fairway 1 Utility 4-P 3 Wedges Putter. So the most basic of set ups according to this study.
  13. Playing as a 3-GW Combo Set. Would sell to one buyer or piece as necessary. All clubs are in excellent condition. They were bought new and gamed for about 10-15 rounds. Srixon ZX 3 and 4 (19 and 22) hybrids. With Headcovers. Project X Even Flow 80 6.0 stiff shafts. Standard length. Tour velvet. Will take $180 shipped each. Will take $350 shipped for both hybrids. Srixon ZX4 Irons 5-PW. Nippon NS Pro 950 GH Neo Stiff shafts all standard specs. Tour velvet grips. Will take $875 shipped for the irons. Cleveland RTX Fullface Zipcore 50-09 Gap Wedge. Bent to play as 48-07 and match the loft of set GW. DG Spinner TI shaft. Tour velvet grip. $140 shipped. If someone wants to buy 3-GW I will sell at a discount and do $1250 shipped for everything.
  14. Jordan and Rory are still far and away the two most likely to complete the slam next. They're only missing 1 tournament, keep giving themselves chances in majors, and are only 27 and 32. When Collin or Brooks or DJ get a third leg then we can talk about someone else being most likely to be next to do it. Heck Phil Mickelson gets to play another 4 US Opens. If I had to bet money on the next person to complete the slam Id say I like Jordans chances in Tulsa next May.
  15. What is that supposed to be in the back of it? Looks less stupid than the original T300 but man every AP series GI iron had way more shelf appeal
  16. I mean the guy said he planned to finish his degree later in 2015. In 2017 other sources started reporting he had a degree. Maybe during the year long stretch where all of his tournament results read MC or WD in late 16 early 17 he got the degree.
  17. Most people presented with the opportunity to make a boatload of money tend to drop out. How many elite players go through 4 years of college? Tiger Woods - college dropout Jordan Spieth - college dropout Justin Thomas - college dropout Rory McIlroy - dropped out before he even started Jon Rahm - played 4 years - was universally acknowledged as an absolute stud, but had nowhere near the achievements that Bryson had as an amateur. I literally can name 1 guy who was more successful than Bryson in amateur / college golf, stayed 4 years, and went on to have a great professional career in recent memory. I'll give you a hint - he's really bleeping good. Just ask him. He'll remind you he won the PGA.
  18. Because an athlete at a D1 college has never gotten a degree early or gone back part time or taken online courses to finish a degree I mean I hate the guy as much as anybody and know he's full of crap on so many levels but I'm not buying he's faking a physics degree from SMU. We aren't talking the most prestigious of universities here. We also aren't talking the most ethical of universities when it comes to ethics in athletics though so honestly they may have just fudged a degree so he didn't have to finish (not that the guy couldn't)
  19. Serious question: is there anyone who'll actually want to be Bryson's partner at the Ryder Cup? I literally think there's a legitimate chance they just give Phil a captains pick just to throw him out with Bryson in best ball and tell them both they can just walk around and be cheerleaders during alternate shot
  20. I'm going to bet 100% there was something in his contract that could have had him terminated for what he did yesterday and that's why we got such a public response from someone at Cobra and a quick apology from Bryson. He literally would be screwed without Cobra. No one would pick him up after that knowing how difficult he is to work with and that they'd have to build him a set of single length irons on top of everything.
  21. Player D Club 115.17 Ball 171.90 Smash 1.493 Distance 297.5 FIR 61.92% Cobra poster boy lost in the wasteland playing a 2019 model driver seems to be getting plenty output for his input. Just to reaffirm I am not suggesting Cobra makes bad drivers Bryson did that not me
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