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Do you enjoy watching golfers flipping out?

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There’s a hot discussion going on in the GolfWRX forums right now. At issue, codyking760’s thread in which he says he enjoys watching pro golfers lose their cool

King writes

“I love seeing players emotional responses during golf tournaments, good or bad. I believe it really reflects how hard these guys work day in and day out to get where they are now. Like Kevin Chappell throwing his putter into the water during the 3rd round of the [Shriners] and then having to putt with his SW for the remainder of the round.”

“Yes it’s a tantrum, but it’s also an act of passion. And that’s what this game is for all of us right? We love it just as much as they do and it’s nice to see they care.”            

Plenty of WRXers disagree.

Londoner says

“So Tiger’s club throwing, spitting and swearing in front of kids was a good thing?  Not in my book it isn’t.”          

Vindog says there’s a line

“My opinion is…Throw a fit, cuss and act like a brat…I don’t really care it’s just a reflection on you. I draw the line a club throwing though. Throw a club and you could hurt someone. I’ll accept those things but I won’t say that they are “good.” It’s nice to see that the care but it would be nicer to see them act like professionals.”            

BlackDiamondPar5 disagrees

“I don’t mind a little emotion and anger. One of my favorites was Charley Hoffman tossing his putter in the pond at the Players after 3 putting from a ridiculous close range. Love the Hoff.”

New2G0lf writes

“Overall, I like when golfers show emotion, it makes them less robotic.  I’m also tired of using kids as the excuse of why they shouldn’t show emotion.  Let’s stop pretending kids all have virgin ears who never heard friends or family members cuss, never use the internet, don’t listen to current music or watch cable television shows.”

Of course, there’s a range of behavior between inhuman robot and unhinged club-snapping lunatic. Few would argue in favor of only one extreme or the other. However, there’s plenty to be said about the area in-between.

What say you, WRXers? Join the discussion in the thread.

 

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  1. SK

    Nov 8, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Speaking personally, when I feel that rush of adrenaline anger flooding my blood stream I immediately override that feeling with a deep breath, a humorous smile and a relaxing acceptance and quick analysis of my gaff.
    I’ve seen golfer take their anger to the next shot, the next hole, and the parking lot. Pathetic people who tend to blame their equipment rather than themselves, and then go and buy a new set of Super Game Improvement clubs. Good for the golf market economy.

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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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Sergio Garcia is playing Callaway equipment, but he’s not a staffer (yet)

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As we reported last month, Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade ended their 15-year relationship. And as the GolfWRX forums have been speculating, Garcia will play Callaway equipment at the DP World Tour Championship this week.

However, as ESPN reports, Garcia and Callaway are yet to reach an agreement — and it doesn’t seem that an arrangement is imminent. All Garcia was willing to concede was Callaway’s leader-of-the-pack status.

“At the moment it’s the company that’s in front of the other ones,” Garcia said. “What we’ve been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me. Now it’s just a matter of trying it on the golf course and trying it in tournament play, and seeing how it reacts and seeing how it feels.”

The decision to test the potential clubs he’s signing on to play in competition is a wise one, certainly.

Garcia’s remarks about parting ways with TMag, however, were a bit curious.

“It wasn’t only my decision,” Garcia said. “I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end. All companies change and the politics with TaylorMade have changed after leaving Adidas. We couldn’t come to an agreement. I understand that it’s also difficult when you have so many top players, to keep all of them. Unfortunately we were in that package.”

Politics? Package? What exactly went down? We’d have to assume Garcia was trying to leverage his major victory and strong season for a bigger piece of the sponsorship dollar pie. His remarks seem to suggest, however, TMag wasn’t willing to give him as much pie as he was asking for.

We’ll get you Garcia’s full Callaway WITB as soon as we have it.

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