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  1. I don't think there is actually any real incentive to drastically improve pace of play at the pro level. I think they try to do enough to keep from too many pros and fans from complaining, but there's isn't an actual reason for them to pick up the pace of play. Shortening the tournament by faster pace only means less commercials and people aren't turning the TV off if there is something compelling happening at the finish of a tournament. The USGA might want to improve pace of play overall for the game, but I just don't buy there is any urgency for them to shorten the couple events they each year on network TV, and same goes for the other governing bodies that only get 1 or 2 tournaments a year. For the PGA tour and regular events the only thing that will change pace of play is if tournaments keep going over allowed TV time and the networks don't want to expand coverage windows.
  2. I understand the uproar of the how Bryson is changing with his length and its definitely a game changer, but you're also talking about an insanely talented guy in the first place. It's not like some PGA journeyman or young struggling Korn Ferry player underwent this transformation and unlocked a key to success. I know the TV plays up certain story lines because #content and his length and a lot of short irons helped him lead in SG Approach, but they definitely didn't give enough credit to Bryson's scrambling around the green (#3 SG for US Open) and putting (#18 for the US Open). One thing I also wonder is if the slopes on the greens helped Bryson, he was definitely precise at times but in past tournaments he's struggled with his wedges and I wonder if the ability to use slopes to filter the ball to the hole actually helped his ability to get the ball closer.
  3. This was a great video and you can tell the amount of hard work that went into it. I like how foreplay has slightly bumped up the sophistication of some of their golf content, while also staying true to their more relaxed feel which differentiates them from No Laying Up which has more analysis/takes. I like that each of those podcasts provides different type of content and it doesn't feel redundant to listen to both or watch the content each produces.
  4. bacchus

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    Player B needs to relax if it's just for fun, once the put is given in a casual setting nothing after matters. If it was reversed and Player A counted a 7 after the group saying it was a gimme, he'd be a sandbagger. So I think its actually pretty respectable of him that he doesn't want that missed putt to be included in his handicap (assuming he's allowed to take a 7). If you were in match play it could be a different story, after a putt is given in match play I believe any stroke by that player after the fact is a loss of hole penalty. The main situation here would be if Player A and C were playing together and player A hit a 3 ft putt for double, it might show player C what the ball does around the hole and giving him an advantage.
  5. I play a mixed bag which reflects a combination of what I liked the best when testing clubs and getting fit (Mizuno Irons, Vokey Wedges, Scotty Putter) and what I was able to get good value on (bought Cobra Driver and 3W during a Buy a Driver, Get a Wood Promo, my scotty was 60% off, and the Cobra hybrid was also a clearance rack special). As to the OPs original question, I think there are different types of people in each category: - There are definitely people who play 1 brand of clubs because they are fan boys, or its what a certain player uses, and you can't convince them another brand makes a better product in any category. I doubt these type of players make it onto the Mygolfspy site much less the forms. I think this is probably where people would get judged for playing one brand if they aren't getting sponsored. - Then there are people who play 1 brand because they develop preferences about something in the clubs (looks, quality, feel, etc) that they might not be able to call out, the value proposition, or maybe they just take comfort that they only have to decide when to upgrade equipment and not obsess over small differences in 5+ companies products when buying new clubs. Nothing wrong with this or the next 2 examples. - There are people who play a mixed bag because they are all about finding the best bang for the buck and its easier to find deep discounts if you're not beholden to 1 brand. - Then there are people who play a mixed bag because they are obsessed with squeezing every last bit of performance out of their clubs. Probably missing one or two for each as well, but I think the point is brand loyalty is necessarily a negative for performance.
  6. I think he'd be easier to root for and people would appreciate his different approach if he just did his own thing and explained it when asked, but instead he explains his approach then tells us/boasts about how genius it is and how we should appreciate what he's dong for the game of golf. I think that's what drives most people crazy, he might even gain more fans if he just leaned into his cockiness, but he's stuck in between this sensitive guy who wants to be liked by everyone and someone who has cockiness/confidence/arrogance that his approach is going to make him the best golfer in the world, but doesn't lean into it with any swagger.
  7. Agree with get fit if you can, they will determine what is best route to go. A couple things I'd keep in mind as someone who plays a split set: 1. You need to pay attention to lofts because most manufactures have jacked up lofts on the game improvement/super game improvement irons, so its not necessarily a smooth progression. It also might not be as simple of bending lofts, because if you bend it too much it will change other characteristics like the bounce. 2. From my fitting experience and things I've read/seen, fitters generally recommend 6 iron as the club to split at. You can either have your 6 match your short irons or your long, often depends on how comfortable you are. 3. Definitely make sure you hit all the irons, I think generally you're going to notice more of a difference between the players-type long irons and game improvement long irons than between game improvement and super game improvement long irons. So in your case you might decided you'd rather just have a full bag of the Mavrik rather than Mavrik/Mavrik Max split set.
  8. Buzza Golf on youtube actually just posted a video about this a month ago, talking about how to hit hybrid stingers and the differences versus a traditional driving iron. Video is called how to hit your hybrid low. As others mention the flight might not look exactly like a tiger stinger, but its all relative to what the normal flight of the club is.
  9. I think Martin Chuck did a video somewhere that shows most tour golfers get lead wrist flexion (bow) somewhere in the downswing, and the bowed wrist at the top does mean less club face movement throughout the swing. I think the one thing about having a bowed wrist at the top is you have to rotate hard, especially if you want to fade the ball at all, so it not necessarily as simple as bowing your wrist at the top of your swing. Obviously its best to work with a swing coach unless you're incredibly knowledge about the golf swing and how to make changes successfully.
  10. NO-AD sport works great for me. I find it modestly less greasy than some other brands, they almost make sunscreen sticks (looks like deodorant) if you don't want to get your hands greasy mid-round, although its not as easy to apply and you go through it faster.
  11. If your intention is to play in state sanctioned tournaments (both state championships or just "competitive/fun" tournaments), most of the time you have to be a member of your states golf association anyways, and the fee includes a official USGA handicap. Something to keep in mind next time your Grint Pro comes up for renewal. Most states charge $30-40 to join the "eClub" or you can also join through your local course (publics typically just don't advertise handicap/state golf association memberships).
  12. Thanks, I completely missed the part. Makes sense given the uncertainty about when tournaments will have spectators again.
  13. Anyone hear back on the Master's lottery for this year? I was notified that I won tickets for this years (2020) Masters on 7/8/19, so I'm wondering if they are potentially holding off on notifying winners and losers about tickets for 2021 until they have more clarity on whether they will have fans in November. I don't have any of my rejection emails from prior years saved, so not sure if they notify winners much earlier than everybody else either.
  14. @Carm There are good suggestions on here for mid-priced balls if you're in a pinch. My recommendation if you can afford to, stock up on the premium balls when they go on sale. If you buy enough you can get the premium balls in the $30-40 or below range. I recently took advantage of the Srixon deal around Fathers Day and was about to get 4 dozen Z Star for $80. Titleist runs their promotion in the offseason I believe (Thanksgiving - Easter timeframe). If you search around enough you can find the times each brands' premium ball goes on sale and easily stock up on the "top tier" balls while staying in your price range.
  15. It just means tighter tolerances, which does require more handling and higher labor costs, but they definitely slap a premium on it for the name and exclusivity too. Same thing as Tour Issue versions of Dynamic Gold I assume. I doubt it matters much for normal golfers, some Pros have their equipment so in-tuned that the extra tight tolerance gives them confidence that a new shaft in a club or in their back up clubs won't change their preferred set up (i.e., with club speeds, launch angles, etc.)
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