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  1. On the subject of ridiculous "golf" ads, created by Mad Men types who know nothing about the game, think back to when Tiger Woods (prior scandal) was a paid endorser of Tag Heuer watches. The resulting commercial featured Tiger hitting a golf shot, seemingly matched against a Formula One race car, as Tag was also the official timekeeper of that circuit. Like DJ's holing out from miles away, this was another discordant miss, a commercial using a celebrity golfer in a manner that had NOTHING to do with the subject at hand. Ah... Madison Avenue at its clueless best.
  2. Like many, I find Bryson Dechambeau fascinating in many ways. Sometimes a little rough around the edges but he's coming along and -- best of all -- he gives us PLENTY to talk about. But this "sponsors first" habit is starting to bug me. When, post-round victory interview, he's asked a specific question by Steve Sands, he ignores the question and immediately reels off a list of a half-dozen sponsors... as if we haven't been looking at the logos on his shirt all day. Sure, these guys are in business but this tactic is so blatantly commercial (and slightly rude) that I, for one, would like to
  3. Mike Tirico is excellent, offering solid information without annoying fluff or flourishes. Speaking of unnecessary, as the third-round weather delay ended and the final group teed off, Dottie Pepper briefly outlined Tyler McCumber's fingernail mishap via hotel window. Of course, Faldo just HAD to jam in one more pun, thinking is was entertaining to speak of the wildly unclever "window pain." Dottie uttered her approval. THAT'S the kind of crap I referred to in my Original Post.
  4. Are you like me... just SICK of that mindless pablum that serves as golf commentary? There's the not-the-least-bit-witty Nick Faldo jamming in every pun he can muster, followed by Frank Nobilo who attempts to "top" him with even more nonsense and the pathetically subservient Dottie Pepper who, apparently, is contractually obligated to cough up a courtesy laugh at these sad, desperate and woefully UNFUNNY time-wasters. If I'm a director in the truck and I hear this relentless palaver, I'm pulling a Frank Chirkinian and screaming to one and all: "Shut the HELL up!" How anyone can find this lo
  5. "I often try the latest and greatest driver heads and shaft, and it is rare that a new offering can match, let alone exceed, the performance of my gamer." Man, have you got that right. In recent years I would take my unpopular, odd-shaped MacGregor MacTec (cira 2005, named "Most Obsolete" by Golf Digest) into a hitting cage to compare against the latest and greatest. And the results? No major gains, not even a yard or two. And perhaps that's because USGA specs dictate that today's drivers are maxed out...regardless of whether designed yesterday or 15 years ago. So why buy the
  6. Yes, I do all that all with a serious, consistent fitness routine combining cardio, free weights and resistance bands. I'm quite fit and flexible. This question was about driver shafts...that's why its posted in "Equipment."
  7. Finally tired of my 15-year-old MacGregor MacTec, I took a chance on a Krank Formula X with their stock Tour Lite Fujikura shaft. I liked it and hit it well but after a while I asked Krank about a lightly heavier shaft and they said, "No problem. Send us twenty bucks and we'll ship you another shaft." Heck... why not? And that shaft worked okay as well. But in the eternal quest for more yards, I started wondering, "Only twenty dollars for a golf shaft? How good can it really be?" So that's the question I pose here: will getting to Club Champion or the equivalent and then test
  8. I've thought about this and the answer is "well, maybe" but probably not. We often see folks at Golfwrx debate the question, "Does an endorsement from a Tour pro influence your buying decisions?" Universally the answer is "Hell, NO... I demo before buying." Okay fine, but look at it the other way. Say Titleist (or Callaway or TM, etc.) finally decides to end all sponsorship deals, believing that advertising and word of mouth is all they need; no more paying Tour pros. What happens? Most -- if not all -- players will then gravitate to gear where they ARE paid to play certain stuff.... the
  9. From an earlier post: "Why "dominant trend"? What's the evidence for stating this?" If you read my original post again, you will see that I'm posing this as a question, NOT stating a fact requiring evidence. I simply find it interesting that each December and January, Golfwrxers are breathless over "who is going where" as new equipment deals are signed. (Jon Ralm was this year's big switcheroo.) And yes, most of the top stars are still linked -- through massive endorsement deals -- to play a certain number of clubs, wear the hat, brand the bag, etc. Tiger, Phil, DJ
  10. So you're Brooks Koepka, Jason Day, Daniel Berger, Patrick Reed or any one of many other top-flight pros who don't want to be locked into a single brand. (Believing, correctly, that you can win more with a "perfect" mixed bag of clubs than you might if a contract requires you to play 14 club all made by the same outfit.) But you need an adjustment, you want to try a new shaft..... what do you do? If you have a few Volkey wedges do you run to the Titleist van when you need some grinding done and then head over to the TaylorMade trailer so they can adjust your SIM2 driver? Or do
  11. "Now I understand why the Golf Channel has hired such ugly people (bald, fat, egg headed, weird small glasses, etc.) over the years. To mirror its viewers who apparently are triggered by anyone with more going for him than them." Wow... do we know each other? You just described me to a tee. Ha, Ha! As the originator of this post, come on boys.... this is the Internet and nobody's perfect. (Either that, or we all are.) I've admired Appleby as a golfer for years now but even Rich Lerner -- who has to sit next to the guy -- said at the opening of Pre-Game today, "We manage
  12. And there was this: "Appleby lives in Florida, there had to be a compelling reason for him to fly to Connecticut for the week and spend 4 days on air. It couldn’t have been money, I can’t imagine he’s picking up more than $15-$20k for the week." Boys, let me assure you that the cheap, penurious, cost-cutting, bottom-line-only beancounters at NBC and Golf Channel wouldn't shell out that kind of cash for a Pre-Game roundtable featuring Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Bobby Jones. Appleby was flown up and put in that chair for peanuts, meaning scale. For his part, he's ther
  13. Here's the lesson, boys: if any woman ever refers to you as "sticky," it's time to change that look.
  14. One more quick thought (and let's make it a contest.) What would Arnold Palmer say to THAT?
  15. Sporting long, unwashed greasy hair and a week of unruly stubble, the sad sack of human was tossed a sportcoat and pointed to the anchor desk where he was told to sit next to Rich Lerner and "talk golf." At least that's the first thought which occurs when spotting Stuart Appleby who, apparently, was the only former touring professional curled up under a bridge near a Stamford, Connecticut homeless encampment. Seriously: we Seattleites believe in free expression and "live your own life," but come on... this is coast-to-coast TELEVISION, folks!
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