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Video vault: Tommy Armour III trying to hit vintage golf clubs

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Tommy Armour III

Tommy Armour III is a 57-year-old two-time PGA Tour winner and damn legend of the game who is still making his bones on the PGA Tour Champions.

Good on Skratch TV for picking TA3 as the guy to film the following video with: a pro hitting museum-worthy clubs. And credit to Neil Sagebiel of Armchair Golfer for digging up this video from last fall.

First up, a Spalding Tournament Model 3-wood. The club is from the 60s, perhaps? “There’s a good chance this…could explode as we hit it,” Armour says as he looks the club over.

tommy armour iii skratchHeck, rather than reading at a transcript of the video, you should be watching one of the truly legendary journeymen of the game.

Sidebar: Was there any doubt in your mind that TA3 still wears nails?

tommy armour iii shoesKeeping the ball constant, there’s no better way to illustrate the improvements in golf technology than an exercise like the above.

It’s a superior illustration to use a near-60-year-old pro than, say, the Gumby-esque center-contact-making Justin Thomas, who could probably still pipe a persimmon 290.

 

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  1. Someone

    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    what spiked clubhead covers did he have

  2. rex235

    Oct 7, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Would have gladly loaned him one with his Grandfathers name on it….

  3. A

    Oct 7, 2017 at 2:19 am

    It sucks that we bifurcate in golf anyway by letting Pros wear metal spikes. I would love to get to wear metal spike wherever I played. It just isn’t fair.

  4. fla fla fooey

    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    should have given him a real solid persimmon driver-well maintained, not that POS. That would have been interesting.

    • Stephen Finley

      Oct 24, 2017 at 12:08 am

      True. Looks like he might be into a light quartering wind — hard to tell exactly — but I’ve seen Tommy hit it, and you can see the mph numbers here. I’d be surprised if he failed to get a decent persimmon out there about 20-25 yards longer than this. He can find the ball with the clubhead, for sure.

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Ricky Barnes DQd at the Byron Nelson

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Ricky Barnes took a trip to Dairy Queen at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Barnes was disqualified following his second round 1-over 72. He signed for a three at the par-4 sixth hole, when in fact he had made a par.

Ultimately, he won’t rue his impromptu trip to get a Blizzard: Barnes was 3 over and was in no danger of making the cut.

Because this is the world we live in, Barnes apparently found out about the DQ via LuckyTrout Golf Pool on Twitter.

Of course, no scorecard error will ever top “What a stupid I am,” Roberto De Vicenzo signing for 66 when he shot 65, handing the green jacket to Bob Goalby at the 1968 Masters. Such an unfortunate legacy for a man who won hundreds of tournaments around the world.

Also unfortunate: Ricky Barnes is on the way for being remembered as a man who never lived up to the promise he showed at that same tournament, The Masters, as an amateur.

Let’s hope that changes.

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WATCH/LOOK AWAY: Jordan Spieth misses a 15-inch putt

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Aren’t you glad there isn’t video of all the 15-inch putts you’ve missed? I certainly am.

Unfortunately for Jordan Spieth, his failed attempt from little more than a foot at the Byron Nelson was captured on video, and it will exist on the internet for all eternity.

Spieth, who has struggled with the flatstick lately, stood over a short par putt at the par-4 15th hole, and well…

Spieth is currently 183rd on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained: putting, losing .412 strokes per round to the field on the greens.

But at least he hit the hole, right?

Here’s the offending weapon: Spieth’s trusty Scotty Cameron 009.

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GolfWRX members debate: What should the World Golf Hall of Fame criteria be?

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There have been a couple of controversial inclusions on the World Golf Hall of Fame. This isn’t to rehash, say, Fred Couples earning a spot, but rather, take a look at entry criteria.

More specifically, GolfWRX member playar32 writes

“I know the actual criteria is 15 tour wins, or 2 majors/Players championship. But what’s YOUR minimum?…For example, if a player won a “B” tournament every year (the one opposite a WGC event), every year in a row for 15 years, but missed the cut in every other event, would you still considered them HOF?”

It’s an interesting point. Specifically, the World Golf Hall of Fame criteria for an active male golfer is as follows.

“A player must have a cumulative total of 15 or more official victories on any of the original members of the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and PGA of Australasia) OR at least two victories among the following events: The Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.”

Further, a player must be at least 50 or five years removed from competition.

Here are some other WRX members’ takes.

Bladehunter says

“15 tour wins and 2 majors for me. Otherwise almost every 1 major winner out there is in.”

McCann1 says

“If we won’t remember your name without the HOF in 50 years I think you shouldn’t be in.”

Fowlerscousin says

“If any of these three criteria are met: 3 or more majors. Minimum 5 Ryder cup appearances. 15 tour victories.”

Hawkeye77 says

“Whatever the criteria are, don’t ever think about it unless someone whose speech I want to hear gets in.’

Golfer929 has more stringent standards

“20 Wins. 3 Majors. 2 Ryder Cup/President Cup appearances. 100 total weeks inside Top 50 OWGR.”

Golfgirlrobin says

“I’d like to see them go to some sort of point system like the LPGA uses. Factor in everything that’s important and let the chips fall where they may.”

You’ll want to check out the rest of what GolfWRX members have to say in the thread.

There are a ton off questions to consider when thinking about which current/recent players should make the HoF.

A few…

1. Should the standards be on par with other sports? If so, what does that look like?
2. If the WGHOF should be more/less stringent, why?
3. How important are major victories? Why two and not three?
4. Why 15 wins and not 10? Or 20?

All important questions, and ones which the golf fans of the world should be able to weigh in on, rather than merely a selection committee of 16 people.

Let us know what you think, GolfWRX members!

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