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  1. Exactly right, in bold! The game is meant to test the player's physical AND mental skill, including their ability to manage uncertainty. Being able to consult a laser-accurate guidebook that removes doubt from the player's mind is antithetical to the spirit of the game.
  2. Right. That shouldn't be allowed. It's pretty simple. If the player and caddie want information about the course they should go out on the course and get the information.
  3. I can't tell if you're being snarky but yes, this is exactly it. If the caddie decided to share his notes with another caddie or player in his group it would be against the rules.
  4. I mean if the Player's Advisory Committee was interested in banning player's personal notes this would seem to have been the time for them to do that. If they don't have an issue with it neither should we.
  5. It's a pretty thin slice of the pie. I doubt the NFL Network pulls great numbers except on game days. At the very least TGC is something non-controversial that can be left on the air 24/7 at golf courses and golf stores and I assume that a big chunk of their ratings reach happens that way. Niche networks survive on cable licensing fees. Advertising money is probably gravy. All the Golf Channel needs to do is stay on the air and maintain their status as an "enhanced basic cable" throw in.
  6. It's a shame we don't have decades of actual experience with operating the Tour before these greens books became available.
  7. Yes. The critical difference is that the player or caddie is doing the work on behalf of their team and not for anyone else's benefit.
  8. You have to think there are plenty of ex-players who wouldn't mind having the position that Duval and Leonard have, which leads me to assume that many have shown interest and maybe had a screen test or two. But as far as ex-players go, there probably aren't many who can do it better than those guys. They have a rare combination of being highly-respected players who are smooth communicators and willing to do the work week after week after week.
  9. I'm not sure I'm the one who doesn't get it. Equating a player or caddie's own notes with a commercially available greens book is a poor analogy under the Rules of Golf. One of the biggest tentpoles in the Rules of Golf is that the player is responsible for his own game. The only exception is the caddie. There are very few rules restricting what the player and caddie can do to gather information about the course, the weather, distances, hazards, etc. Almost anything goes on that front. There *are* rules restricting players and caddies from getting outside i
  10. Nah, disagree. If your caddie takes notes, or if you take notes, that's doing your own recon and that has always been allowed and no one would ever question that. Spending $180 to get a book of someone else's notes is way different.
  11. Listening to golf coverage with your non-golfing wife in the room is a good way to see the silliness and repetition buried in the coverage. I spend most of that time embarrassed for the commentators.
  12. Exactly. They're taking advantage of their sunk costs on the set and crew and talent already being there and already paid for. Turn on the lights and let them talk, I guess.
  13. There's a feature on the GOLF mag website that shows all the yardage book and green book pages for Torrey Pines. That'd be a great example of what a modern greens book looks like. There is definitely a video game aspect to the look of them, and they have a ton of measured data that would not be perceptible to anyone who didn't go out there and measure. For example, all the sprinkler heads are marked so you can easily calculate the distance from any sprinkler head to some other feature. Course designers spend a ton of time designing greens to not only perform well and
  14. It is somewhat interesting that the sources close to this decision said it wasn't even a close call, they were pretty much unanimous in their agreement. Makes me wonder if the availability of the detailed greens info was causing other issues, such as players routinely skipping the Pro-Am's, or practicing more at home versus at the tournament site, simply because they can learn the greens without having to spend the time on them.
  15. Callaway Fusion or TaylorMade SLDR Mini Driver
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