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WATCH: John Daly’s one-handed short game is incredible

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It’s easy for us to become jaded as golf fans, especially lately since every week it seems there’s another 61 or 62, and another scoring record set. Greatness becomes commonplace, and we forget how skilled these guys are.

We lose perspective, but videos like John Daly practicing one-handed brings us right back to reality.

The amount of touch @pga_johndaly has with JUST his left hand is incredible. ????

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Seriously, have you ever tried practicing one-handed? Making solid contact is a chore, and he’s out there displaying deft touch that’d make the average Tour player jealous.

Daly, the 1999 PGA Champion who’s had his share of well-documented ups-and-downs, is currently on an “up” at the moment as he sits 1-under par and T8 through 15 holes at the 2017 PGA Championship. As always, the question becomes “Can Daly keep it together for four rounds?” If things start going downhill, however, he can always resort to playing one-handed.

Update: If you believe in jinx’s, you might say this story was an example. Daly finished par-bogey-triple bogey in his closing three holes to finish at 3-over par for the first round. 

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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Bubba Watson won’t blame Volvik S4 for poor 2017 season

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Bubba Watson just won his third tournament of 2018. That puts his victory total at three more than last year’s. Watson, if you recall, lost 25 pounds during the course of the 2016-2017 season due to an undisclosed illness and missed seven cuts.

He also played a Volvik S4 golf ball, something no other elite male professional does.

Watson, however, who returned to a Titleist Pro V1x for 2018, doesn’t blame the ball, saying,

“I don’t think it has had any (role) in my success,” Watson said (per Golf Channel’s WIll Gray).

“My clubs weren’t going the distance that I used to. I couldn’t shape it the way I want to. Luckily for me, I know the problem, and the problem was with health and not all these other things.”

But let’s be real here for a minute. Rather than question whether Bubba Watson genuinely believes he’d have won three times this season if was still playing the Volvik S4, I’ll pose another question: If Bubba Watson knows the golf ball he was paid more than a million dollars to game and endorse in 2017 is/was inferior, would he say anything? What would there be to gain? Could he be prevented from doing so legally?

Honestly, in this small, don’t-rock-the-boat world of professional golf, it would have been shocking to hear Watson say something like, “I’m happy to be back hitting the Pro V1x–the ball I won two Masters with–because that Volvik S4 just wasn’t cutting it. I just wish they’d make a Pro V1x in pink.”

THAT would have been surprising.

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Bryson does Bryson: DeChambeau spotted using a compass to read greens

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Plenty of armchair humorists and hot take artists remarked on Bryson DeChambeau’s use of a compass during the Travelers Championship this weekend.

Unfortunately (perhaps) for DeChambeau, the PGA Tour spotted the former physics major utilizing the device.

While it’s highly irregular/quite expected from DeChambeau, the powers that be aren’t certain of the legality of compass use.

“They said we just want to let you know we’re investigating this device and seeing if it’s allowable or not,” DeChambeau said.

The SMU alum also threw this bit of shade at the Tour: “People are saying it’s an unusual device, that’s at least what the tour’s saying… It’s funny people take notice when you start playing well.”

Let’s press pause here for a second to address the elephant in the room: What the heck was Bryson doing with the compass-and-yardage-book routine.

Here’s what he told reporters

“Figuring out true pin locations. The pin locations are a little bit off every once in a while, so I’m making sure they’re in the exact right spot.”

True pin locations. Is that like true gravity? Anyway, DeChambeau has reportedly been using the device since 2016… How is this the first we’re seeing of it? Does he only bust out the compass when he suspects

It also wasn’t the first time DeChambeau has used the device, he said, noting that he’d been doing so since the 2016 PGA Tour stop in Las Vegas. Reportedly, the Tour’s investigation concerns whether the compass is an “allowable” device (per Will Gray).

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Rules junkies: Is Bryson in violation? Mathematically inclined/cartographers: Is the technique an asset in cases of “untrue” pins?

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Baba Booey for Life! Does this GolfWRX member have a point?

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Oh boy, here’s a heater. On the subject of Baba Booey-ing at golf tournaments, WRX member Stickner started a thread, writing

“For those that think nois.e while a player hits shouldn’t be allowed, you must also believe that fans should NEVER make noise.

“A player with a large gallery jars a 70 footer for eagle to take the lead. The crowd erupts! This should not be allowed.

“Why you ask? There are other golfers well within earshot of the noise. This could disrupt their game. Why does the nearby player you can see deserve the “courtesy of quiet” but the one 400 yards away that you can’t see doesn’t?

“We have all seen players back off because the crowd erupted on another hole. What happens when that eruption happens in the backswing right before the player is about to transition to the downswing? Those boisterous hooligans need to keep their traps shut as this is a gentleman’s game right?

“Being quiet while someone plays golf is silly. My guess is that the elitist snobs that played this game a century ago needed a scapegoat when hitting a bad shot and noise became their scapegoat.”

He wraps his rant in, well, the most appropriate way possible: “BABA BOOEY FOR LIFE B&^%HES!”

Now, this flies in the face of the “isolated noise during the golf swing is extremely distracting” argument that is popularly leveled in defense of silence. But let’s see what GolfWRX members think about Stickner’s comments.

MtlJeff says

“While i am not in favor of intentionally yelling during a swing, your point is an interesting one. I hadn’t really thought of it like that, the loud roars often get overlooked when it comes to the “distracting noise” narrative.”

Eagle1997 says

“Planned vs. Spontaneous. Jabroni Factor only applies to one.”

Blackngold_blood says

“I am fine with cheering for a great shot or groaning for a bad one. My problem with…bababooey and mashed potatoes is the fact that it has nothing to do with GOLF! All the person is doing is screaming “Look at me, I need attention!” Or how about the even less classy “How’s your ankle” that was shouted at Finau after he hit his last approach to 18. I get the point that these are professional athletes and golf is becoming more mainstream but the immature comments need to stop.”

Naptime says

“Background noises and distant noises can be perceived as while noise. If you play next to a highway you adapt and become less aware of it. But if a trucker blasts a horn in your swing it would startle and at least for me would probably result in a hot grounder to third base. Yelling Baba Booey or any other lame comment after a swing doesn’t startle the swinger, just make the shouter sound like a doofus who can’t hold his alcohol.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Does Stickner have a point? Should the rules of the wider sports world apply to golf, or does golf fandom require a particular understanding of when to be quiet and when to cheer?

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