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  1. For me, nothing beats the feel of a flushed, well compressed iron shot. The moment you strike it, during impact, sensing through your hands, arms and spine hitting the sweet spot and the shaft kicking at perfectly right time. The turf interaction, sending a clean and thin dollar bill shape divot in the air after pure contact with the ball. You feel the right sequencing in your muscles, kinetic chain working, the ease of it all in the motion. The ball flies off the club head like a rocket, dead straight towards the target, and to the perfect trajectory which holds. No side curve, no weak spinny shot that dies mid-air, just a strong penetrating ball flight that goes through the wind or whatever, and then at the peak of it’s height you start zoning the ball, the green, the flag, and the ball again…knowing that it will drop very close if you chose the right club. Man, that is such a complete golf experience, captivates everything I love about this game. In driving, you miss that zoning in to the specifc target (hole) part, and in short game you miss the proud and uplifting experience of sending ball airborne to its full flight. Every shot, well executed, gives an awesome and somewhat different feeling though. Btw, after this opinion, is anyone surprised that I play Mizuno irons?
  2. 2) Did you get skinned by Henrik Stenson? Good observatorion, and valid for PGA Tour players as well. Rory just recently switched back to his old trusty 3 wood.
  3. I’m glad that you are happy with yourself. I just found that ”joke” tacky and offensive. More like an insult disguised as a joke.
  4. One of Europe’s biggest stars Tommy Fleetwood even just lost his PGA Tour card for next season. I’d pick Kevin Kisner for sure to the US team. He is currently hot with a win under his belt, nicknamed the ”matchplay assassin”, great putter, and a true locker room guy everyone loves playing and being with. For once the Yanks could let go of their commercial and endorsement driven thinking and do what’s best for their team: pick Kiz instead of Phil. Saying this as a Europe supporter because love to watch electric fights regardless of their outcome, aka Reed vs. Rory in 2016.
  5. The great Nick Faldo once answered to an interviewer about the topic: ”I can’t just go out there to play for fun because it doesn’t work for me. I can’t stand up and hit an eight iron sideways to the bunker and go - oh this is fun!”. He sure nailed it for me. Hitting good shots makes playing fun, and if you strike well you score well too. So, the better I play, the better my golfing experience gets - and vice versa.
  6. And the way he won them…US Open by 15 shot margin and The Open Championship by 8 shot margin.
  7. Captain America sure stirs up the pot and instigates controversy…at the Tour, Ryder Cup, and even on this forum! What a lightning rod of a man.
  8. Tiger schooled him real well in the shot shaping challenge. Morikawa could hang in there with cut shots but when they changed to high draws, it was game over for him. In the end Tiger made a bit of a statement on who is the greatest iron player of all time. After few perfect high six iron draws to the flag, he took a blade three iron from the bag and hit the same flag with a similar, but lower draw by swinging half speed. Best part: Did not take a single practise swing in between changing clubs and before executing this shot.
  9. As an European, I’m curious of your thoughts about certain Mr. Reed, aka Captain America? He gets fired up for the matches for sure, and will also lit up the home crowd, but what is his impact behind the scenes to the US team? Will the total influence lean into positive or negative in your opinion?
  10. Fun fact: Rickie Fowler is number 23 at all-time money list leaders, with nearly $40M earned by just playing tournament golf. At the age of 32. Guy would still be set for life without a single sponsor deal. At this stage, do you still play for the money, for majors and legacy, or because it is the lifestyle you’ve grown into?
  11. Agree 100%. I believe Rory belongs to the catholic minority of Northern Ireland and one of his extended family members has been murdered in the past during the violent clashes between protestants and catholics - which have been ongoing for more or less frequently for generations. In his junior years Rory has been competing in the same events and teams with Irish, which has just been the practicality of golf in that region. He probably deep down feels more connection to Ireland than UK, but due to political sensitivity, sad family history, and his current super star status, has decided to keep his mouth shut and take a neutral stance on the issue. The patriotic nature and flag waving of the Olympics is making it only worse for him. There is a saying that if you bow down to one direction, you will be showing your a## to the other, and this is exactly the case with Rory.
  12. Can someone please explain to me, when Rickie is being spoken of as a superstar, how much of that is because of his pure golf game? If we take away the marketability, Q-factors, and the overall good guy & cool guy vibe -just focus on his golf. He hits it longer than average, especially compared to his size, but not crazy long. Rory trumps him in this departmemt big time. Interesting looking swing, decent ball striker. Used to have somewhat aggressive playing style, but doesn’t everybody in their early twenties? Now has toned it down a tad. His putting stroke is a thing of beauty, I’ll give you that. Technically one of the best out there. Scoring and competing wise seems to lack that final killer instinct in tournament golf. However, still able to contend in every major as we’ve seen. He is, or was, that good overall. Hasn’t improved his game that much for the past few years. I think the fuzz around Rickie (worth 24 Pages in this Forum, lol) is the same bias why attractive looking people are assumed having also other appreciated qualities in them, and therefore receive more favorable treatment. People confuse his other abilities with his golf game and expect too much. Simple as that. Blame marketing and media if you will, but it is his choice to make those endorsements. Rickie is very good Tour player, but I’ll start calling him a star after he wins his first major and a superstar after he bags the second one.
  13. Tour Pros would still be playing mostly with blade irons, steel shafted metal woods and balata balls. Pro V1 ball wouldn’t have ever been introduced, no oversized NASA wind tunnel designed drivers heads with 100+ custom after market graphite shaft options either. No era of anchor putters, no single length irons for Bryson, etc. Utility irons and hybrids would be noin existent. How many more tournaments and majors more would have Tiger won? Would we still have seen the likes of Rory and Koepka bagging few majors each? Would DJ have developed a different approach to game? No success in Majors for 50+ guys, sorry Watson and Phil…or yes? Which players would have benefitted the most and for whom the lack of modern technology would have been disastrous?
  14. Hats off to you, Sir. As an European from Scandinavia we have a different tradition when it comes to walking vs golf carts. Only few years back in my country using golf carts was allowed in most courses only if you had a doctor’s certificate to prove that you are disabled. Now it is, unfortunately, becoming more accepted and popular here as well. I get the usage of golf carts in extreme heat or at courses with extreme elevation difference, but then on the other hand, why build golf courses to such places anyway if walking 18 holes becomes unbearable? Or why not just close the course for the hot season. What an effect would it have to golf as a hobby and an industry if usage of golf carts would be denied by default globally and you should walk your round? Probably it would bring great health improvements to many players, especially as obesity is more a norm than an exception among adult population in developed countries these days. Also, it would change the generic population in the courses to the more dedicated types, probably would improve overall playing speed and behavior as well. Less of those music blasting and beer drinking idiots making a mess and disturbing others. Also, I’d love to see all trash cans removed from golf courses in the name of sustainability. Rule would be, ’what you bring in your bag to the round, you take it away from the course as well’.
  15. Where I live and play the proper way is to tee up the ball if a group behind you hits it too close without yelling fore. I’ve done it myself once. To be fair, a simple apology from your side would have cleared the situation. It is always player’s and playing group’s responsibility to check that the course is clear before their next shot and knowing safe distances with one’s shot yardages.
  16. SamboRoll

    Louie O

    He does have a simple ”turn and turn” swing with excellent tempo and rhythm. But you also see little bit of early extension through impact which is the reason he is not on my list of truly great swings to mimic and copy.
  17. Played in the evening seven holes from the club tees one under par. At our course it is the most convenient number of holes if you don’t have time for a full round. Finally my ball striking and putting came together. Two birdies, one lip out and 6/7 GIR. Didn’t even feel any nerves playing with a ”red score” during the round. Awesome feeling, it has been few years since I’ve played longer strech of the round close to or under par. Whole different focus and mindset when your game is on. Golf at it’s best!
  18. Stenson for irons in his hay day, e.g. during 2016 season. Rory for driving all day. Naming two different players here because also driver swing and iron swing vary from each others.
  19. If your swing is out of sync, setting up to a ball with a mid or long iron in hand and just feeling zero zonfidence that you will make this shot, having no belief in your ball striking capabilities to keep the ball in play.
  20. My first thought was that you are probably a relatively short hitter for your skill level. Creating yourself consistently eagle opportunities basically comes down to driving distance and whether if you can make it on the green with two at par fives. There are some drivable par fours also every now and then. I play usually club courses 6200-6800yds long, and I can break 300yds with a good drive, so short par fives then become longer par fours if you can hit your second shot with a long or even mid-iron on the green. Giving yourself a chance for this might require a higher risk drive, though, over a hazard / water / trees, etc. This is how the golf course is usually designed for. Risk and reward. If you play safe all the time, probably won’t make much eagles either. Length from the tee was one key factor behind young Tiger’s success. He could really prey on par fives that were unreachable by two for most other player. His stats from 1997 Masters, before lengthening the course, are ridiculous, the club selections he was hitting his second shots to the greens on par fives. All the fuzz around Bryson now is that with his length he can sort of break the course design rules. I.e. use angles and driving lines to ”hack” the hole design and give huge advantage going for the second shot.
  21. Wesley aka Wedgeley Bryan. Grew fan of the Bryan bros during covid lockdown last spring watching their match plays against each other. Fun to watch a PGA Tour Pro during casual rounds, their skill level comes across in a whole different way.
  22. I’ll give KB a three year window to make it in professional golf. Guy has played couple of years of uni golf with some success, and had a +3 HCP at his best. But so has everyone else on the satellite and minitour level, without adjusting their swing for 5 years to fit long drive competitions from late teens to early twenties. Current PGA Tour setup, with no rough and ridiculous rolls on the fairways favor his type of a player. Don’t know how the course set ups are on the minitours there. In Europe with roughs, different course types and harsher playing conditions, I doubt he would even achieve a Challenge Tour card, not to mention keeping it for the next season. Three biggest challenges for his transformation will be: 1. Split of focus between LD and Tour golf. You have to choose and focus at some point, man. His income flow from LD will become a liability eventually. 2. Public spotlight. He is good at monetizing his fame, but it will put a lot of pressure on his appearance and performance in the (mini)tour events. Everyone will be waiting for too much too soon. Like competing and winning isn’t hard enough without that extra chip on your shoulder?! 3. Adjusting his swing from length to consistency. Too many moving parts in the LD swing with hands flying high and pushing force from the ground. To keep your swing together for 4 consecutive competitive rounds, how much of that length is he willing to sacrifice for consistency? Knowing that it will also decrease the competitive advantage to his peers off the tee. All the best for the man and his efforts. I just see this more of a commercial hype fueled by social media and golf equipment manufacturers. Lot of free cards to the events will be available for him, organizers looking for that quick cash grab. Drive for the show, putt for the dough...
  23. Slow players, people who get constantly mad at their bad shots and swear out loud or throw clubs AND never practise nor take lessons from a pro. I mean, what else of an outcome should you expect to play out with that formula??? Then there are the swing advicers. I’m too good of a player to get swing advice from random playing partners but too many times I’ve seen people on the course or driving rage going full Butch Harmon on their close ones and actually have zero clue what they are talking about. It seems to be worst among families and extended families. Hacks who can’t break 100 coach their wifes, children and son in laws like their life depends on it. Always without them asking for it. Before and after each and every shot. Seriously, if you want your girlfriend or wife to improve, buy her a lesson from a local pro. If you want your kid to actually learn the right technique, put him or her to a local junior program or a golf school. Women definitely get it worse in the swing advice section. Usually these older men see it as their divine right to start commenting on the swing and giving playing advice to a woman in their group, regardless if they know her or not. How many times have I seen the opposite happen during my 25 years playing career in golf, a woman giving advise to a random man? Not once.
  24. Yeah, I agree you on many of the things in today’s recreational golf. I started to play in 1991 as a junior and where I’m from you had to achieve a ”Green Card”, sort of a golfer’s drivers license before even allowed to go and play on the course. The test itself was a no joke either with the rules part and culminating to playing few holes with a senior club member who delivered you this unwritten code of conduct and etiquette on how to behave on the course. The whole process thought you respect for the game and passed its great traditions in a way that seems from a different world compared to today’s way of doing things where profit, ease and instant access are pioritized. Golf is being dumbed down among many other things in today’s society. For me the fundamental philosophy of golf is that it is supposed to be hard - not easy- and through that teach you on being humble and controlling your emotions, behaving yourself in front of others and giving respect towards the course and fellow players. Playing a round of golf with someone is a good way of seeing the sides of their character that get hidden in a normal everyday life. Yes, I support the idea of easy access, low price public courses and some driving ranges where you can just blast balls, listen to music, and have a couple of beers with your buddies. But this should’t become the norm, because golf is by design a game of mindfullness that releaves you from the noice and stimulus overload of today’s society. If we jeopardise these features just because people don’t have the patience and focus anymore to learn anything that doesn’t provide them instant reward, we will end up ruining and watering down a great sport. ps. IMO golf carts should be only allowed to disabled players and blasting music from the carts on the course should be banned, period. Long distance walking is one of the greatest health benefits golf provides and it also helps people to calm down and notify their playing environment better during the round.
  25. Coldest and one of the most fun rounds for me was in the beginning of December, when I played a three man scramble with a teaching pro and a another guy who had played the local tour regularly. The temperature was between 1 and 2 degrees celcius (35 fahrenheit), thank god it wasn’t windy that day and the course wasn’t yet totally wet. Some icy puddles on fairways but nothing to stop or prevent us playing. We shot 59 that day and won the scratch competition. Bombing drivers on all par 4’s and 5’s as at least one of three balls would always be in play. Was a fun round, going for it with every shot and without pressure as team’s success didn’t rely on my consistency for once. My takeaways for playing golf in a cold temperature: Warm beanie, layered clothing, long johns and wintersoft golf gloves are a must. Thermos bottle in the bag full of hot drink that will remain its temperature during the whole round is a game changer! Positive attitude and adventurous spirit helps a lot too. Never mind the bad shots, it is great to be able just to enjoy playing golf outside this time of the year. I live in Scandinavia, so better to take the weather as it is and enjoy the positive things!
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