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  1. Sorry but Phil vs Hogan w/ or w/out Tiger would never be a discussion. Sorry not now, not ever. Hogan won the only three majors he entered that year, he couldn't make it back for the PGA because he went by friggin boat to the UK. played in ONE open championship at Car"nasty" of all places and won. As for me I give Faldo the edge, but I have a hard time being objective on this one. I IDOLIZED Faldo growing up. The methodical Hogan like steeliness, the precision, his Ryder Cup assassin like attitude. Watching him stalk down the Fairway staring straight ahead was so awesome. I always answer these types of questions with "If so and so had to play the 18th at Oakmont in US Open conditions and make a par to win for me to stay alive who would I pick?" that answer is Faldo all day.
  2. Great stuff brother- long time no talk. Jim is the classiest dude out there. side note, what most people don't know is the dude was a hell of an athlete period growing in PA. was getting recruited to play baseball as a catcher.
  3. Masters- Augusta PGA- Oak Hill US Open- Oakmont without trees, which is how Mr. Fownes designed the course to be. Then I would say Shinnecock or Winged Foot behind them Open Championship - Carnoustie then Muirfield
  4. that was Jarmo Sandelin who accused him and literally he set the ball down like 1/16th closer to the hole and had no way of knowing he did because the ball still "hung" over the coin from the top down view.
  5. Its fun to see these discussions and see everyone have an opinion. I have been a plus handicap for over 20 years and play in elite am invitationals and have qualified for USGA events. I was always really close 20years ago and could shoot some really stupid good rounds but it felt more lightning in a bottle than consistency. what got me over the hump was playing with a lot of tour pros and other elite ams in money games on the days I was hitting it GREAT and still losing. Their ability to get up and down is nothing like most people can fathom. Tour pros aren't just trying to get it close to the hole they are trying to get it to a specific spot where best to putt from. It isn't horseshoes and hand grenades with them, it's precision laser guided wedge shots/pitches/chips and leaves on long putts. there is an absolute argument to be made that mental game should be number one, my only rebuttal is though for the avg guy is if you don't have a repeatable motion and have a general idea which way the ball moves I don't care how strong you are mentally you won't lower your scores. when I decided I REALLY wanted to be at an elite level in golf I basically stopped hitting balls on the range (granted I had a very good idea which way the ball was going but I would never say I had an elite level striking ability) and spent 90% of my practice time from within 100 yards of the green. I also didn't just hit balls off of good lies, in fact I rarely hit practice shots around the green from the fairway cut unless I'm working on a specific face angle or specific shot. I would find deep rough, sand, side hill lies, downhill lies, uphill lies and drop balls and force myself to get up and down 8/10 before I moved onto the next shot. Somedays I spent the whole session on one shot. I also would find guys who had elite short games and watch them to see how they approached each shot, how they read the greens, what club they used on each shot, how they hit each shot. I finally got to a point after about 6 months to where there was nowhere under 100yards I didn't think I'd get up and down. ever. it became an art to me, not a point a to point b thing. Don't be afraid to practice absurd shots, how to spin it sideways, how to chunk and run, how to nip it, how to hit into a bank and get it to stop short sided. how to use a hybrid/3wood around the green. you have 14 clubs in the bag to use, use all of them. That gave me the confidence to step on any course and KNOW that if I wasn't driving it well and hitting my irons close I was still going to have a good round. Before practicing short game relentlessly great round was 67-70 and avg rounds 74-76, bad rounds 77-80 After practicing short game relentlessly great rounds are 65-68, avg rounds are 70-73 bad rounds rarely if ever above 75 I play from the tips whenever possible (85% of the time), I never touch the ball to improve a lie even in a casual round, I putt everything out, literally everything. My ranking would be 1) short game 2) mental game 3) Driving 4) iron shots. There is literally no course in the world I will tee it up on and not believe I will shoot even par or better. that is because I KNOW my short game is sharp If I go play a casual round I will spend 10 min hitting full shots pre round and about 20-30 min hitting wedge shots/ pitch shots and getting to know the green speeds. If I am playing in a tournament round I will spend 20 min on the range hitting full shots and 40 min practicing my short game pre round.
  6. Hey Ben, thanks for the kind words. haha, I am not being paid to play in AM events so just want to clarify that. Still don't practice though unless hitting balls before a round for 20 min counts. I use to grind like a mad man but found that I shot the same scores if I hit 30 balls before a round or spent 4 days on the range a week grinding. The only thing I may practice is my wedges and short game if I get some time. I spend a considerably large time working with my son who plays High School QB and looks to have a bright future there. Now THAT I will grind at with him. I'd rather spend 3 hrs in the 100deg heat catching passes, running routes and working on footwork drills with him than stand on a range and figure out how try to work a 7 iron from a 3yd draw to a 5yd draw. haha. Still no luck on my clubs. I fear all of it is gone.
  7. Well---I just had my entire bag stolen out of my truck 2 weeks ago so I am starting over from scratch. Before that though I had one set that I played and rarely switched. I tinkered but RARELY would something knock something out of the bag Driver - TM Tour Issue M1 w/ Mitsubishi Tensei White 60TX 3 Wood - TM SLDR TS 14 w/ Tensei white 80TX 2 Hybrid - Adams tour issue Idea Pro ( club has been in my bag since 2006ish) 4-6 - Mizuno MP-18 SC w/ Project X flighted 6.0 7-PW- Mizuno MP-18 w/ Project X flighted 6.0 Gap- Wedgeworks Titliest 54 deg V grind with DG TI s400 Sand- Wedgeworks Titliest 58 deg K grind low bounce DG TI s400 Lob- SM7 62deg DG TI s400 Putter- Mannkrafted Blue Wave ( looks like a smaller version of scotty cameron fastback w/ plummers neck The clubs can be replaced but it's the sentimental stuff that is gone forever, Headcovers from clubs I've played, Tournaments, my custom yardage book cover from 2017 US Mid Am, cloth tee bag from Royal Aberdeen, Champions Cup trinket bag, good luck ball markers, divot tool. I think the iron shafts piss me off the most- they don't make the flighted shafts anymore and those particular shafts have probably been pulled and put in at least 3-4 sets. everything on ebay is fakes at this point. Just pisses me off typing all of this
  8. Can you imagine, say the Broncos starting down 21-0 against the Bears in the Super Bowl? Okay, I'd enjoy that, but still . . . Oh man if the Patriots got that the country would MELT DOWN. I don't like it. someone above mentioned match play which while is not a true test of everyone against each other I think it would make for a more interesting watch. Give the top seeds a bye and let the others hash it out. I think there should be a reward for the guy who is at number 1 going into the tour championship, he played better than everyone per the rules. I just don't know what the answer is. the points thing (unless you are NASCAR fan) is hard to keep track. I don't think sprinters would like it or long distance runners would like it if people got a 10 yard headstart or 1 mile on the marathon. It just seems flawed. It is very much like a handicap system but at this level everyone is the same. Now...If someone like Tiger wins it and he was at even to start every person at the tour office will be patting themselves on the back till their shoulders fall out of socket.
  9. Try with all your might to come up with witty chants but we will let the sticks do the talking. USA, USA, USA is good enough for us. I'm hoping this turns into the Presidents Cup part Deux where we damn near win it on day 2 As for DJ, he will be fine. The dude is the biggest Alpha Male we have on the team and from what I can tell once he is inside the ropes he becomes a robot. He will be walking down the fairways with that gunslinger walk of his looking at all the pretty French Maids waiting to carry his sac...errrrr golf bag
  10. I think it's ridiculous for ANYONE who is not standing on the green next to someone using a long putter to claim they KNOW they are cheating. their hand can touch their shirt, just not their body. I've said this in other long putter threads. A close close friend of mine (who is now CT eligible) has played with and known Bernhard Langer for 25+ years and has said EMPHATICALLY that if anyone thinks that BL is cheating then they are fools, this is one of the most honest men who has ever walked the earth and would never even come close to breaking the rule. He just wouldn't do it. I was never a big BL fan as he was a Ryder Cup killer (outside of Kiawah when he was full on in the throws of his putting struggles) but I have come to love the man. He isn't pretty, nothing about his game is sexy except his scores and trophies. He is a tinkerer, he is a guy who likes to goof around with his clubs and plays WHAT WORKS. have you ever seen the mans bag?!? it's like WXR's dream. the dude single handedly has kept the lead tape industry in business too. But more than anything I've read about the man he is, the life he leads and the honest life has. He is a tremendous father to his kids, a phenomenal husband to his wife and from all accounts by men I KNOW have played with him a person who plays the game honestly. He isn't breaking the rule or in my mind the spirit of the rule. There is literally no rule that can be made that is fair to all sides. Like someone else mentioned earlier, if it was so wonderful EVERYONE would be buying one and putting that way. I tried it once and think I doubled my putt count for a round. It was comical, and I was actually TRYING. The rule was made for the reason that was stated above, because the USGA saw a trend in the way juniors were being taught and didn't like it. The BELLY putter is what drove this rule to be written. Like someone else said, the ONLY way to make it fair across the board would be to make everyone putt with the exact same style of putter head, no design changes. the same reason DJ, Tiger, Rory and all other players in life bounce between STYLES of putters can add the same advantages in Strokes gained as someone putting with a long putter. Hell, Adam Scott isn't winning every tournament he enters since going back the last time I checked so it can't be THAT great. Personally I'd rather beat someone using every "advantage" they can find to try and beat me instead of beating someone who is limited by something that seems arbitrary. Long putters are not currently ruining nor WILL they ruin the game. Drivers going farther and balls being more like small ICBM's are what will make this game unwatchable.
  11. The left dot ProV 1 is the best ball Titleist has ever produced, period. Unfortunately you have to be on the PGA tour to get them. Not ever WEB players can play them on the reg unless they steal a bunch from a random appearance. The new 2017 PRO V 1 (as I was told by a very very High VP in the Ball dept at Titleist) is the closest ball to that left dot they have ever made but I still don't think it hit the mark. I really thought the '17's were going to wow me but they haven't. I can understand why Rory left them. The X launches too high off the irons for me and the PRO V just feels flat. No jump. The '13's were special indeed. Isn't that the ball that DLIII hoards as well?
  12. Course Name: Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Course Course Location: Harrison, OH Cost to play: $23-$25 Website: https://www.greatparks.org/golf/miami-whitewater-forest-golf-course Course Description: This will not make many peoples grand lists but it will always be at the top on mine. This is the course at the age of 9yrs old I fell in love with the game. It's the first course I shot even par on ( back then 15 was a 320 par 4) at the age of 14, It's the first course I hit all 18 greens in regulation ( a big accomplishment since the greens are super small) and also beat many a foreign players in head to head battles ( Usually by one stroke to the roar of a magnificent crowd). The course itself is a Kentucky bluegrass/bent grass rolling course thru the Ohio River valley area. Bunkers aren't spectacular but placed in the right place. Course plays at it's absolute longest 6800+ yards but since the soil is fairly soft it effectively plays closer to 7000yards. Also through in some elevation gains to the greens on about 30% of the holes and it makes it feel longer. The range is terrible, you hit rock balls off mats and the putting green rolls at a 5 but the course with the gas powered carts, most have no roof so wear a hat. It has some really good long par 4's that are not easy. LOT's of trees and as a kid this was MY Oakmont, St. Andrews, Augusta National and Pebble Beach rolled into one. I would encourage anyone in the Cincinnati area if you have a spare day and $30 then roll over there and play it. Again, it's not a championship course but if I had one course to play one last time I'd stick my peg in the ground right here.
  13. I was thinking the same thing. The whole "exclusive" lime thing. Todd became too much and the BS started piling up deep. I know a good man (who will remain nameless) who jumped ship from there at the right time. WTH ever happened over there anyway? did it just shutter it's doors or what? They're still around. From what I've gathered it seems like Hoss bought out BigHitter and runs it himself. Not 100% sure as I haven't been there since I joined WRX Man I just got finished with reading 25 pages of posts about that old place and when it appears to have "revamped". I was on in the VERY early days and when I moved overseas to the middle east I stopped posting some then came back for a short period then stopped. Good riddance to BH. I never got banned, which is surprising because I backed Todd into a corner pretty good one time on a scientific discussion about thermodynamics and principles of flight and the ball. He had no idea what I did at the time or my background and he was stating some things backed up by physics and I finally had enough. I private messaged him and said look man, I don't know where you studied physics but I have more people and experts standing behind me watching me type this ready to shred you to pieces and it won't be pretty so again, what you are talking about is NOT POSSIBLE. He responded back to me, I'm not going to go back and forth with you anymore as you must be some expert or something but all I know is physics supports what I say. That was when I sat back and thought, if this guy spouts this much bs about this then God only knows what else. I went back many many years later but now maybe 10 posts a day happen over there I bet.
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