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Agreed, there are times I love watching the best in the world bring a course to it's knees, but I also like to watch the best struggle to break par occasionally.

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We need more tough. I just read a fantastic article in Golf Magazine about how golfers are becoming too soft. I couldn't agree more.

 

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I hope that the course is tough as well as forcing different strategies other than bomb and gouge.

 

I like watching the pros compete on tough courses that show the mental game of the players. Can they grind out a par or bogey and not let the space between the ears hurt them.

 

 

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Agreed, there are times I love watching the best in the world bring a course to it's knees, but I also like to watch the best struggle to break par occasionally.

I certainly enjoy when they go low - but once or twice a year it's great to see who wins when the score is close to even.

 

 

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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We need more tough. I just read a fantastic article in Golf Magazine about how golfers are becoming too soft. I couldn't agree more.

 

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I just don't know that I agree with that statement Every sport is that way - complaining that the modern - fill in the blank- is soft.

 

But it was like that for the last generation too - in every sport.

 

Certainly each generation is different - but soft? I don't know about that. These guys work much harder and smarter than prior generations

 

 

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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I like the US Open as its set up tough! We amateurs get it tough everytime we play whether its thick rough or bobbly greens or tight fairways etc so I want to see the best in the world (who are being paid a small fortune to play) challenged with tough golf- it's the same for everyone and the best will always rise to the top.

 

I get fed up seeing another 'winner' at -19 and 25 other players at -18 to -12

 

 

When you miss a fairway you should be lucky to scramble a par, not easily get a birdie or better.

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I'm all for tough.. but fair. 

I like that they set up the US Open course to be challenging, but in past years they've taken that a little over the top. Good shots should not be punished - like drives that land in the middle of the fairway running through into bunkers or hazards; or greens that won't hold a well struck iron from the fairway. A slight miss should be recoverable and a big miss should be where the players expect to lose a stroke for it.

Narrow the fairways, grow the second cut of rough a bit deeper, and keep the greens fast but receptive, beyond that, mother nature and the players will separate the best from the rest.

I recently read a quote (can't remember from whom) that the US Open course set up should identify the best players in the world, not humiliate them. 

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I second @GregB135 .... should be tough - hardest test in golf tough - but should also be fair so that a good precise shot is rewarded.

 

my fear is that since Erin Hills seemed so easy last year the USGA will resort to being tough and unfair; hope not, the television coverage will have that part taken care of.  :lol:

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Tight fairways, thick roug and fast greens that will test these guys. I like seeing birdies on the regular and hate seeing well over par scores in the us open but will be happy with somewgeee between -1 & +3-4 for the winner. I want to see guys hit golf shots and work their wedges

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I may actually disagree with the "fair" part.  Exactly what is fair about golf?  It's not meant to be fair.  Equal opportunity - yes - but fair?  What's fair about ripping a 300 yard drive down the middle into a divot while your opponent yanks one in the woods only to hit a tree and kick out into a perfect lie in the middle at his favorite number?

 

Also what's humiliating about shooting even par and winning a tournament and then getting paid a couple of million dollars for it?  Golf humiliates me all the time, I come back and play it again the next opportunity. 

 

I'm sorry but this one tournament a year, to make it tough, go for it USGA - I want to hear a lot of whining - that's when we know the course will be just right.

 

@Shankster - unless there has been some sort of radical change that I'm unaware of Shinnecock will not be a bomber's delight.

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Tour Exotics 3 wood is in the bag because we are allowed 14 clubs.  It's a great club for pulling balls out of the water or from bushes - you never want to put your hand into anything in Florida unless you are absolutely certain that it's safe.  There are rare wind conditions when I might hit it off the tee on a few holes that I play.  

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Read that the fairways are wider than Erin Hills... large targets.

From what I've heard (NLU podcast), they're wide in parts that don't really matter. If you find yourself on the wrong side of the fairway, you'll be lucky to make par.....no matter how far you bomb it. Besides that, your 'playable area' is very narrow since the fescue is death and it's everywhere.

 

The winner this week will have to be very accurate off the tee.

 

 

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I'm all for tough.. but fair. 

I like that they set up the US Open course to be challenging, but in past years they've taken that a little over the top. Good shots should not be punished - like drives that land in the middle of the fairway running through into bunkers or hazards; or greens that won't hold a well struck iron from the fairway. A slight miss should be recoverable and a big miss should be where the players expect to lose a stroke for it.

Narrow the fairways, grow the second cut of rough a bit deeper, and keep the greens fast but receptive, beyond that, mother nature and the players will separate the best from the rest.

I recently read a quote (can't remember from whom) that the US Open course set up should identify the best players in the world, not humiliate them. 

its the same for everyone- that's my definition of fair!

 

Ever played a links course to see your career best drive down the middle swallowed up by a pot bunker- thats golf

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This is why I enjoy the Valspar Championship in Tampa. Winner this year was -10. That course is just tough. We need more of this.

 

 

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If the wind blows and they are able to get it to play firm and fast, then the scores should be pretty high. I'm a little worried that the course will play soft though. They have gotten a lot of rain in NJ so far this year.

As for the Bomber's having an advantage, Ted Scott (bubba's caddie) seems to believe that a longer player has an advantage here. 

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Yes. I want to see a tough match this week. I've also heard the FW's are going to be wider. Ok fine. But wider where exactly? From the tee to 250 yards they can be 400 yards wide. Nobody plays there. Hopefully they'll neck them in the 250-350 yard range where everyone plays from. Additionally... how about some deep furrows in the bunkers while we're at it. Better yet, let's have Jack "corn-row" Nicklaus out here doing it for them. LOL

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