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  1. And it's worth adding that, however it went down, Gibson and his caddie both carry the blame of not knowing the rules. The rules and decisions can be arcane, and it think's its understandable that recreational golfers don't know them exhaustively. But if golf is your livelihood, know the rules.
  2. I honestly don't want to defend anyone here; I think there's lots of blame to go around. But from the caddie's own report, he didn't know the decision that might have allowed him to protest. I suspect it's a safe assumption that the player didn't as well. So the caddie picks up the ball, the penalty is assessed, and neither Gibson nor his caddie know that they might have grounds to protest that decision. They don't think they have any choice but to accept the penalty, and so Gibson is irate. So Gibson's temper tantrum doesn't necessarily indicate that there was doubt about whether he was going to drop. It may (again, not pretending to know what's going through his mind) simply mean that he wasn't aware that the rules allowed for what his caddie did (and I do think that that ignorance is very, very likely).
  3. This is a good example of a poorly written rule. The whole point of decision 26-1/9 is to allow for the caddie to pick up the ball with explicit verbal instruction. But, as you note, it also says that "any doubt should be resolved against the player." By its very nature, any situation without explicit verbal instruction could be construed as having some amount of doubt. Which means that, with one phrase, everything that the decision gives with one hand it takes away with the other, making the whole thing stupid.
  4. Have you guys seen this? http://golfweek.com/2018/01/24/web-com-tour-player-throws-headcover-at-caddie-over-costly-and-mysterious-penalty/ Quick summary: Web.com player in the hunt for a tournament win, hooks ball into hazard on the last hole. Caddie picks up ball. Rules official assesses a stroke penalty because the caddie got the ball without explicit authorization from the player. Gibson drops and hits, nearly holes out. Grabs putter out of the bag, pulls headcover, and flings the headcover at the caddie. Apparently at the same time, fires the caddie. Gibson finishes 3rd instead of T-2, costing him about $12,000. Caddie posts summary of the event on YouTube, including his argument that the penalty stroke should not have been assessed. My thoughts: first, events like this are always interesting to learn more obscure rules. It looks like the caddie is correct: there should not have been a penalty here. Provision is made in the decisions of golf for circumstances in which a drop is obvious that a caddie can pick the ball up without penalty. Second, Gibson comes out looking really bad. His anger is understandable, but any circumstance in which a person treats a subordinate (caddie, waitstaff, etc.) in a demeaning manner is a telling revelation of that person's character. Fire the guy: fine, that makes sense. But throwing things at him on the course? Childish and way over the line.
  5. I don't throw clubs. At most, I do the disgusted club drop. But the quickest solution to that is golfing with my young son. Kids notice everything, and encouraging him to control his emotions and conduct himself like a gentleman becomes really good incentive for keeping my own displays in check.
  6. It's mystifying that the same golfer who can string together several respectable holes can follow it up by playing so many shots on a single hole, but there it is, folks. Sent from my LG-G5 using the MyGolfSpy mobile app.
  7. Lions fan here as well. So we're used to having to choose teams other than our own to root for in the Super Bowl. Sent from my LG-G5 using the MyGolfSpy mobile app.
  8. I have a habit of rooting for Goliath in sports. I find it compelling when watching the very best in the world competing at something, to find one who somehow manages to be a class above all the rest of the best. It's high entertainment, in my opinion, to read lists of Tiger Woods' accomplishments and just be astonished. Thus, I'm inclined to hope for a Patriots' win. It isn't exactly that I'm rooting for them, as I would for my own teams. But adding to their pile of accomplishments is interesting to me. Hearing, for instance, that they will now have appeared in more Super Bowls than any other team in the NFL is amazing. I wasn't alive for the golden age of dominance of the Steelers and the Cowboys. I have been able to witness this.
  9. It isn't free, but the coverage on PGA Tour Live on Thursday and Friday is fascinating. Each day has featured groups, and you can watch every shot in those groups. As others have already said in this thread, being able to watch a pro through his whole round is a much more instructive and interesting experience than merely a package of the best shots from around the course.
  10. I'm willing to get on board here—if his tee ball sin't finding the rough.
  11. I'm going to go with make the cut, finish in the top half of the weekend (top 35ish), but not threatening the lead. Torrey is doubtless a different animal altogether than the course in the Bahamas, but just on a skill-and-scoring basis, Tiger showed that he can still easily hang with the top-ranked players in the world.
  12. I've used Game Golf for the last couple of years. One plus of Game Golf is that you can get all the functionality from it even without buying the hardware, for free. It's certainly more tedious, but if you pull out your phone and tell it (before each shot) what club you're using, it'll keep the same GPS-based stats that it does with the tags. Another option, if you do buy the tags, is to use with any a phone with NFC: keep your phone in your pocket, and just tap the club on your phone before each shot. The data is useful, though from what I've seen, the Arccos data seems a bit better organized. Even so, Game Golf breaks your game into four categories: off the tee, approach, short game, and putting, and it'll tell you where you're losing strokes (strokes gained) compared to other handicap levels. In addition, it'll give you your tendencies off the tee and on approach shots. I am one who loves to have all this information, and the one downside for me has been that, in an effort to make sure I'm tracking everything, I can actually perform worse.
  13. I bought the Satin 2135 Elevado near the end of last summer. The first couple of rounds I used it were not good. I ended up pulling the standard grip and replacing it with a SuperStroke Flatso 1.0. With that change (and some practice), the Cleveland beat out all the other putters in my collection in a contest I set up (details here: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/21620-basement-green-and-putter-shootout/). I suspect that, minus the kind of testing MGS is capable of doing (weeks or months and thousands of putts), it is very difficult to demonstrate the stroke-saving benefit of putter technology. It's not at all to say that I'm a tech skeptic; rather, I doubt that rolling an Evnroll or a Cleveland in a store will be a convincing display of the tech, any more than the immediate honeymoon effect that we've all had picking up a new stick. As to the differences between the Cleveland and the Evnroll: I don't believe that the Cleveland claims to have any effect on putt direction, which is a claim of the Evnroll face. The Cleveland should help even out putt distances on off-center strikes. Assuming that there is something to that claim from Evnroll, that might be reason to pony up the additional $100+. That said, the Cleveland is definitely my first-string putter now. The tech makes sense to me, though (again), I can't prove that it is the reason I made more putts with it. The fit and finish are top notch, and even more impressive considering the price point. The deep milling produces (for me) the exact feel I'd be looking for: very soft, a very dull (non-clicky) sound.
  14. If indoor putting is worth anything, you'd think that the Northern states would be full of Spieth-level putters.
  15. It's going to be almost 45° here today! That would be golfing weather, were it not for the two feet of snow still covering the ground. This is the hardest time of year to stream PGA Tour Live. Look at the screen, look out my window, sigh. Sent from my LG-G5 using the MyGolfSpy mobile app.
  16. Absolutely agree with this. I have both a SwingByte 2 and the 3bays GSA Putt, and the most useful element of both is the specific feedback that tells you if you are drifting away from the stroke you intend to be making. I suspect all of us have had occasions in which we've felt that we've "lost" our putting stroke. Having a gadget that can tell you what's different can be immensely helpful to getting that back on track more quickly.
  17. 17 more yards! Sent from my LG-G5 using the MyGolfSpy mobile app.
  18. Yep, this is something that irks me, but it's showing up in more putter grips. The SuperStrokes with the weight in the butt end have the same problem, as does the Flat Cat, which doesn't have a vent hole in the top of the grip (it's on the side). I have one Game Golf sensor from which I cut the screw and applied double-sided tape as a workaround. Not especially elegant, but it works.
  19. First initial, middle name, last name. I've used this for a long time online, mostly because there are a whole lot of Michael Rileys in this world, and so that username is normally already taken. Profile picture is a picture of me. I'm kinda boring that way.
  20. Gogebic Country Club: https://gogebiccountryclub.com/ By modern standards, it's quite short (just over 6,000 yards at its longest). The greens, in general, are pretty small, and their speed varies considerably with the weather. I'd like to get around to some of the other courses here in the UP. Played George Young for the first time right at the end of this past season, and enjoyed that immensely.
  21. Up here in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a generous golf season stretches from late-April until early-November. It isn't unusual to see a month lopped off either end of that range. In 2014 (if I recall correctly), we were still getting feet of snow the last week of May, and the course didn't open until mid-June. And the end of the season isn't "Oh, it's too cold to play golf." It's "There are multiple feet of snow on the ground and the course is closed." I've learned that, if I'm going to be a golfer here, I had better be OK with the early and late season rounds being cold. All that to say, it is a short golf season here. Even so, our local course is a great deal. I have a clergy discount (which always feels weird to me, but not so weird that I'm unwilling to take it). My season pass is $180/year. There is no range here, so that (obviously) isn't included, and they charge about $15/round for cart on days when I choose not to walk. In addition, they allow kids to play free until they're 12. My son has been coming with me and playing rounds of golf since he was two, so we're going to be getting way more out of that than most folks. And the man who manages the course loves having my boy there, so that's a plus. All told, I couldn't ask for a better deal.
  22. You'll get no complaints from me. There are a variety of reasons to find golf fascinating. For some, it really is all about the number on the scorecard at the end of the round. For others, it's primarily about the camaraderie, or the outdoors, or the Tour, or tinkering with clubs. In the past decade, I've found that the business of sports (particularly pro sports) is often more interesting to me than the games themselves. And MGS itself often devotes significant article space to the business of golf. But I'm firmly in the "to each his own" camp of golf enjoyment. Sent from my LG-G5 using the MyGolfSpy mobile app.
  23. Same here. Everything else seems to be working, but no notifications. It's been like this for at least the last week for me. Sent from my LG-H830 using Tapatalk
  24. Volume is a really good consideration that I hadn't thought about. Sent from my LG-H830 using Tapatalk
  25. That doesn't mean it still isn't odd I enjoyed the article you linked to, and the luxury approach to golf goods absolutely comes into play with, for instance, James Patrick's wedges. To a lesser degree, it remains relevant with the PXG-class of clubs (including, obviously, PXG, but also the Epic Star and others trying to get in on that market). But MBs aren't marketed in the same "ultimate engineering, exclusive luxury" way. They tend to be marketed on the basis of certain performance characteristics, moreso than on luxury appeal. I'd still love to see the profit margins on a set of MBs. Though perhaps this raises another question: if my suspicions were correct about the profit margins on the MB-class irons, would OEMs have incentives to make more golfers aspire to play them? Yes, I'm overthinking this. But yes, I'm doing it on a golf discussion forum, the one place where it makes sense to overthinking such things
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