No, not at all, man… it’s funny because you asked did anyone get uncomfortable watching Yang hit that shot, and you’d have to say that out of everyone in the world watching it, Tiger was probably the most uncomfortable of the lot- because it was the nail in the coffin of his loss etc…a discomfort, but a different sort of discomfort than the one you were referring to which is why it was funny… that Styles guy is pretty sharp with the wit… I was surprised it hadn’t gotten a reaction so I wanted to give him his due…
Happy Gas: Careful. The golfing gods are watching you and have just declared a two stroke penalty on your next round for blasting a 460 driver and hybrids. Now I know how fond the ABS group is with persimmon and blades, but lets not knock equipment that has made the game fun for many, many people. But not everyone…a quick story–
A man I knew came to my driving range nearly every day for years. He was in his late eighties, could hardly walk or talk, and would take about 10 minutes to walk 50 feet with a very unstable gait. He would back up his old rusty Ford Bronco next to his favorite tee and after lining up his favorite persimmons and blades would proceed to spend nearly the entire day trying to find the magical something. He would take a break, return to his truck, eat lunch and go back to work slamming the elusive dimples until it was dinner time- again, sometimes in the truck. Mind you, his carry distance with his persimmon was about 80 yards.
In time he started urgently requesting that I build him a new “space age” driver. I assumed he couldn’t afford it and I didn’t want to feel like I was robbing him because it might have not made much difference- so I continually talked him and me out of doing it. He proceeded that summer with determination that he could still make that persimmon fly. But he had a look in his eye that only now do I really know what it meant. He continued searching for the magic until he suddenly died. He never found the magic! Perhaps the so widely trashed 460 driver might have given him a gleam in his eye. My worst mistake in golf. RR
Golf is NOT about hitting golf shots on a driving range. Golf is about “controlling” your golf ball around a golf course and scoring the best score you can. That is the “Mission Statement of Golf”.
If all you want is to stand up on the driving range and beat balls until dark, then BY ALL MEANS go get yourself a 460cc Driver and Perimeter—Toe Weighted—Flange Handy PLAYERS Club they are pushing via “Editors Choice” in Golf Digest.
You gotta ask yourself…
Do you want to hit high fluffy shots out on the range, or do you want to have some “control” in your life ???
Hybrids, as far as the ‘new technology’ goes, doesn’t bother me as much as far as what it’s doing for golfers.
I game a Mizuno hybrid and it doesn’t look that much different from a persimmon 5-wood I used to have, it just has a shorter shaft. I only use one hyrbrid a 3-hybrid because it goes about as far as a 2-iron off the ground and about as far as a 1-iron off the tee and it doesn’t twist in heavy rough. I wouldn’t be down with using 3-4 hybrids in your set, but I don’t see a big fuss over one hybrid in your bag. I think the drivers, golf balls and GI irons pose a much bigger threat to the game and a golfer’s improvement than hybrids.
I’m afraid my point has found its way past your realm of humility- a main attribute of “control”. No matter what you use for equipment, the game has always been about the indian and not the arrow.
Now that I think about it, would it be fair to say that persimmons with trumped up bulge and roll dimensions is a game improvement club since one can gear effect the ball back into play with a poor motion to gain, in your words, “control.”
LCDV: Have to agree…you write great stuff. When I read your posts it’s almost like I’m reading a column from a Detroit area sports writer named Pat Caputo. Sounds strange but you sound just like him in print if that makes sense. RR
Never read Pat’s stuff bet I’ll take a peek. Mitch Albom is my frigging hero. Nice to see the occasional true renaissance man.
What’s a MDF by the way? And I disagree with No 50. When I’m rich and powerful I’m gonna go Elvis plus one and get stark nekked and shoot the TV every time with a sterling siver .45 when Pelz comes on. It’s a dream of mine.
MDF’s: Made cut, Didn’t Finish - brought in a couple of years ago. If top 70 plus ties represented too many players, they’d give those ties all last place money and send 'em home after Friday so schedules weren’t affected. Not sure if it’s been modified, because the last Players had a 3rd round cut instead but the John Deere was back to 2nd round MDF’s.
You gotta be shitting me. What ever happened to the 10 shot rule? That makes no sense whatsoever. What the fuck does that have to do with schedules? If that happened to me I’d be on the tee at 7 and make them call the cops and make them drag me off the property in cuffs. If you make the cut you can win the thing, period.
Not any more! I’ve just had a look into it and it seems there was a huge player uproar over sending players home who made the cut. I can’t track down the official algorithm but they seem to have changed it under pressure so that if there are 78 or more left after taking top 70 plus ties, they send all 78+ into Saturday and have another cut after day 3, where only the top 70 plus ties go through to Sunday. No wonder players lease their own jets.