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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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What’s your favorite photo from the history of pro golf?

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Golf history, as we know, is rich. Dramatic storylines, pithy anecdotes, iconic equipment, and storybook shots are all woven into the vibrant tapestry of the game at the professional level.

It’s no surprise, then, that from the rough black-and-white of Old Tom Morris, open-stanced, gazing past the camera to his target, to the present DSLR shots, the history of the professional game is peppered with great photographs.

WRX member Christosterone started a thread with the question, “What’s your favorite tour picture and why?”

He offered this shot of “three reverse-c idols and a Texan.”

Of course, it only took one response, for someone to offer up this classic shot of Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan. One assumes that the fact that they didn’t care for one another only enhanced their badass postures.

 

Also, dicko999 (who better to post the following?), offered a cropped version of the legendary Presidents Cup streaker shot. Beyond the absurdity of the scene, the facial expressions make this shot great.

Just a fantastic thread that you’ll want to check out–and hopefully add a photo of your own to.

Check out the thread.

 

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Do you go high-five or fist-bump on the golf course? #YoGolfWRX

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Equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Tiger’s best swing, high five vs. knuckles and logo up or logo down?

Watch below (or click here if the embed doesn’t work for you).

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Parents in Montana can’t watch their children golf, and nobody is happy about it

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In Montana, as you may have heard from an irritated friend at some point during the past month, spectators cannot watch high school golf.

Nick Petraccione of KBZK originally did a deep dive into the following passage from the Montana State High School Association Rulebook in November.

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Petraccione found the “designated” areas are generally the first tee box and the 18th green, but at some courses, there are no such area. Needless to say, as the KBZK report has been disseminated through the golf mediasphere over the past month, most are not in favor of the MSHA’s position.

Before drilling down into some of the dissent, it’s worth considering the logic of spectator restrictions. Per Petraccione:

“It comes down to a few factors: mainly that golf courses and tournament managers are involved in opening those spaces, not the MSHA. Other factors include parents being unruly, disrupting play, spectator safety, and illegally coaching players on the course.”

Fair enough. But the other side of the coin, beyond parents merely wanting to watch their kids play, is that the MSHA could be “trampling on civil rights,” per James Greenbaum, an attorney KBZK spoke with.

“The highest court has stated many times that difficulty of enforcement is no excuse for trampling on civil rights. They are discriminating against children and parents in an outrageous manner in violation of the federal and state constitution. That is a fundamental right, for their parent to bond with their child and encourage them in something as innocent as a sporting event. … How could you deny a parent that right?”

The outrage, as mentioned, is abundant. Major-winner Shaun Micheel tweeted his disbelief. Micheel also suggested the policy handicaps potential college recruits.

“Scores are only part of the bigger picture…That being the intangibles like attitude, etiquette and temperament. How does the player handle adversity? All of the extra things that are part of competing. Coaches aren’t able to evaluate those things by looking at just the final score.”

Chris Kelley, a parent of a high school golfer in Montana, created a Change.org petition aimed at bringing awareness and ultimately changing the rule. Dylan Dethier at Golf.com filed a look at some of the petition’s signees, which include Xander Schauffele’s father and a handful of coaches. You can view the petition here.

The MSHA has declined to comment.

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