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  1. The golf industry is at its highest levels since, when? maybe peak Tiger era? How long do you expect it will last? I've read that it will take maybe another year before the supply chain catches up, but will the demand still be high? Should we expect the going rate for drivers to be $600 or $650, next year? What do you all expect the future of the golf economy to look like?
  2. I'm excited to see this test. One thing I have learned is buy nice or buy twice and these look niiiiiice.
  3. He's 27 years old, about to turn 28. I would agree if he was 18-20 and skipped college to go on tour.
  4. It was a great course with classic hole designs. Multiple redans and bearritz. True risk reward holes. Absolutely loved it. Didn’t play great. Started off strong but hit a few OB in the middle stretch and wasn’t mentally tough to keep battling. Found it again on the back though. 89 46/43, 8 GIR, 7 FIR (6!! Penalties) take away the penalties and it was easily a low 80s round.
  5. Funny thought - who would Bryon's next sponsor be? Funny ones I've thought of: PXG - Imagine the commercials between Bryson and Bob Parsons! XXIO - because no other equipment company wants him TourEdge - they need to break into sponsoring "younger" athletes Honma - Bryson begins doing more Asian tour events and redefines his image overseas
  6. At this point, I was hoping he would have just doubled down in his apology. Bryson - my agent fees are low. Feel free to have your people reach out to my people. Here is how I would have Bryson “apologize” - "I was frustrated after a bad round yesterday and that impacted how I responded to the question. I'm sorry to Cobra. I love you and thank you for putting up with me. I'm not happy with my driver right now, when you are a superhuman, you have to have super clubs, technology is not evolving as fast as I am. It's a good problem to have, I guess. By the time I'm 130, with 250 mph club head speed, I know Cobra will have a driver that is forgiving but can still get me 380 on miss-hits and 450 on center strikes. Thanks to all my sponsors (insert list of sponsors)."
  7. When the rep and his caddie from last week goes on record saying he has outbursts like an 8 year old, you know he's insufferable. But at what point is too much. We are only seeing a small glimpse of how he acts in private and what his sponsors and entourage put up with. From the GolfWeek article- “It’s like an 8-year-old that gets mad at you,” he said. “They might fly off the handle and say, ‘I hate you.’ But then you go. ‘Whoa, no you don’t.’ We know as adults that they really don’t mean that and I know that if I got him cornered right now and said, ‘What the hell did you say that for,’ he would say that he was mad. He didn’t really mean to say it that harshly. He knows how much everyone bends over backwards for him, but it’s still not cool.” I like this take better. But also, what's next... Hypothetically, He would then have "the best shoes" and still only hit 4 fairways in a round where he used multiple clubs outside of driver. Does he blame the shape of the tee boxes? Dew point? Grips? Glove? Underwear? I think I just want him to take responsibility for not playing well. I feel like this is golf psychology 101. Control what you can control and accept the bad shots. If he has a miss-hit or foot slips swinging at his 100%, maybe he can swing at 90% and still hit it 20-30 yards past others. What he has done is incredible, but at what point will he realize that his plan is not perfect?
  8. If I was an equipment company, I would stay far away from Bryson. The amount of resources you would have to put forward to R&D to make a driver that fits Bryson would take a lot of time, money, and people. Full recap of what happened - in Bryson's post round interview (https://twitter.com/theopen/status/1415699970276139010?s=21) he says the "driver sucks" and mishits result in really bad shots. Golfweek then gets a Cobra rep to comment on his statement. The rep who goes into detail about what they are having to do to work with Bryson. People are actively CAD'ing to get him a better driver. At what point is Cobra not seeing ROI when Bryson demands so much? What they design for him would never touch a shelf in a big box store.
  9. Low round on Sunday - Louis Oosthuizen
  10. I think infrastructure is the biggest obstacle as others have said. While its definitely a much different experience attending a tournament at a cool course vs playing the course itself, imagine a tournament out at Sandhills, a course most people would never get to step foot on. A part of the country the casual viewer would never associate with golf. It could be a "build it, they will come" situation. I think @sixcat is right though, a major championship is more likely than a regular stop for most of these courses.
  11. @Mtbryant01 and I have both used Neil Thompson. I did a few lessons with a guy who is no longer teaching under him. He used to teach at Oxmoor but RTJ execs cut all independent contractor (including teaching pros) Jan 1 2021. Dumb move on their part in my opinion. He's at Timberline, Heatherwood, and Ballantrae now. I was sold on them because during my first lesson, as we talked about goals he said his philosophy is to not get you a perfect swing but a repeatable one because we can't/don't practice everyday. He said he could teach me to hit it further or work it both ways etc. but if we focus on ball striking and hit more greens, scores will go down.
  12. I agree. When I saw them, I immediately thought of True Links and Cuater.
  13. I saw that NOBULL recently released a golf shoe https://www.nobullproject.com/collections/golf?page=1 I used to do a lot of CrossFit and these shoes were really popular when they first came out. I think they are still pretty popular but there is a running joke that they have not changed their style or features since they were launched over 5 years ago, maybe 10 years? Their claim is that it is no frills and all you need in a shoe. I'm guessing this is their same claim for the golf shoes. For a no frills golf shoe, $180 seems a little steep. Hopefully they show up in the next spikeless tests.
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