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Jordan Spieth co-designed a short course at the University of Texas

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The University of Texas men’s golf team is currently No. 6 in the country; the women are No. 18. Those rankings could get better in the coming years. Why? The ultimate recruiting tool: A short-game course designed with Jordan Spieth’s help.

OK. This may not be the ultimate recruiting tool (D-I football has shown bags of cash work well in that regard).

Incoming students will no doubt be wowed by the the Spieth Lower 40 (“Forty Acres” is a colloquial reference to UT’s campus as a whole). Built on 4.5 acres, the Lower 40 is a six-hole par-3 course.

Roy Bechtol, designer of the University of Texas championship course, assisted with the project, but Spieth had a hand in everything from layout, to contouring, to green positions.

The six holes range from 80 to 125 yards in length. Greens are between 2,800 and 4,000 square feet. The course features four different grasses.

And as you can see from this photo and video (courtesy of the University of Texas), the Lower 40 looks like a damn good time.

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The course is slated for a soft opening in September. Here’s hoping GolfWRX lands an invite to Austin.

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  1. Judge Smeills

    Sep 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    I hear there’s a guy with a towel on every tee that you can yell at after your tee shot

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Are advanced stats overrated? Some GolfWRX members think so.

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On the instruction side of our fair game, we see plenty of impassioned exchanges between the anti-Trackman set and proponents of the swing radar technology.

A cousin to this debate is playing out in the GolfWRX forums right now: WRX member Golfer929 writes that he thinks advanced stats (strokes gained, proximity from certain distances, etc) are overrated.

He says

“Nobody needs to know that when Jordan Spieth eats a PB&J for lunch on a Thursday he has a 72% chance to break par. How in the world are these ridiculous stats like Strokes gained and distance from the flag from the right rough going to help somebody win a golf tournament. Obviously they can tell where they need work and I know I’m gaining strokes on people if I’m moving up the leaderboard.”

He goes further, taking his criticism to the golf course to the arena of other, well, arenas. Golfer929 calls advanced stats “the downfall of modern sports.”

Sean2 agrees with the central thesis.

“I used to keep track of everything. I discovered I was getting more hung up on statistics than anything else. I’ve since stopped and I am playing much better…As to the Tour, it is beginning to remind me of MLB. I don’t know if statistics are the “downfall”, but I do wonder how the likes of Hogan, Snead, or Jones, were able to play golf at all.”

The aptly named ThinkingPlus has a more philosophical take, suggesting the statistics themselves aren’t the problem.

“Use the information wisely and it will likely make you a better golfer.  Use the information unwisely and you may get distracted.  Not considering all the information available is foolish.”

There are plenty more hot takes in this thread. Check it out, and let us know if you think the focus on advanced stats has gone too far, or if this is all part of the evolution of the game and important information for players (and/or fans).

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Billy Horschel, Brandel Chamblee battle on Twitter re: Tiger’s swing

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Yes, friends, Billy Horschel and Brandel Chamblee traded barbs on Twitter. And while the specific issue, Tiger Woods’ swing, gets the headline, it’s worth noting that Horschel questioned the Golf Channel analyst’s ability to, well, analyze, more broadly.

Before getting to Chamblee’s latest bit of hornet’s nest kicking, it’s worth examining Horschel’s point: As Chamblee is “a ghost on the range,” and doesn’t talk to players about their swings or coaches about what they’re trying to get their players to do, Horschel doesn’t believe he’s qualified to talk about current player swings.

That’s a bold claim, but it’s one that’s almost certainly echoed by many of Horschel’s fellow PGA Tour pros. It’s certainly the way Tiger Woods, who by all accounts despises Chamblee and has lobbied behind the scenes for the analyst’s firing, feels.

Anyway, onto the exchange. Chamblee, not surprisingly, feels Woods’ action before the advent of Trackman. This is, of course, a moot point as Woods himself stated firmly his left knee issues made his early 2000s swing unsustainable. Regardless, Chamblee decided to tell his followers to emulate Woods’ early 2000s action and stay away from his “Trackman drunk” Foley-era swing.

Then, well, you don’t need play-by-play…

Nice to see Chamblee was able to work in his callback “lift your left heel.” A lot to unpack here, WRXers. What do you think?

 

(credit to Golf.com for the screenshotting)

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Who’s the best golfer without a major right now?

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In this week’s episode of “Yo, GolfWRX?!” equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Grayson Murray vs. Bernhard Langer, Breakfast Balls and Tiger Woods rumors. Also, who’s currently the best player without a major?

Watch the video below to see their answers:

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