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What are Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods’ “trademark shots”?

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When you think of Tiger Woods’ trademark shot, what do you think of? No, not his “signature shots,” but rather, a particular shot type you associate with Woods?

For Dave230, it’s the stinger. The GolfWRX member started an interesting thread asking what trademark shots we associate with particular players.

“The PGA Tour shared a video of Phil Mickelson’s best flop shots today on Facebook, and it really is amazing to watch. The height of his chips over such a small distance, how they stop dead from impossible angles.

“As long as I live, when I think of a flop shot, I’ll think of Phil Mickelson. Just like a stinger will be a Tiger stinger for me and recovering from the trees will be recovering like Seve.”

“What other shots do you associate with one player?”

Augustgolf says

“Tom Watson routinely knocking first putts 5′ past the hole…Then making everything coming back.”

MrJones says

“When I think of big curving shots I think of Bubba.”

It’s an interesting discussion. We talk so often about players’ defining shots, and no doubt you can call 10 of them to mind, but working in the opposite direction, from a shot type to a player, is compelling as well.

At least, it’s compelling at this particular moment, a month out from PGA Tour golf…

Check out the thread and join the debate.

 

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  1. GolfCodeWeekly.com

    Dec 18, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    When did a punch shot turn into a stinger?
    Was this the same time as Drinking turned into Binge Drinking?

    • Tal

      Dec 19, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Not the same thing. Don’t belittle the stinger!

    • Brandon

      Dec 19, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Ummm…….what??? So a stinger is nothing more than a punch shot, so does that mean a draw is just a hook and a fade is just a slice? Punch shot is a shot that is hit with a shorter backswing and flies a lesser distance that a full shot.

      Now if you wanted to call it a glorified knockdown then you may have an argument since a knockdown has a full backswing and cutoff follow through that hits the ball about the same distance as a full shot but on a lower traj. with more spin, but Tiger hitting 280 yard 2 irons off the tee is in no way, shape or form, a punch shot.

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Want to watch Rickie Fowler drive it 458 yards? Sure you do!

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I’m not about to act like Rickie Fowler had some Hulk-meets-Joe Miller moment at the Scottish Open and belted a drive more than 450 yards.

No, Dick Fowler, P.I.,was massively aided by baked out Gullane, the contours of the fairway, and likely a decent tailwind. Obviously. He’d certainly admit that fact, and it’s abundantly clear he smacked his drive down a concrete ski slope.

That said, a 458-yard drive is a 458-yard drive, and it’s a spectacle worth watching.

Check it out.

All credit to the Cobra King F8+ and Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 70X shaft; check out Fowler’s full WITB here.

Fowler finished tied for sixth place at 14-under.

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WATCH: Phil gets roasted, and other hilarious impressions of players at The 2018 Open Championship

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Impressionist/comedian Conor Moore has done impressions of golfers before, most notably his Masters edition (and this one), but he may have outdone himself with a new Open Championship video.

His impressions of Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson are scarily spot on. In the video, he roasts DJ’s laid back nature, Phil’s U.S. Open rules fiasco, Fleetwood’s hair, Tiger’s ability to dodge questions and Bubba’s propensity to shed some tears.

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

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Tiger Woods: “If I intimidate you, that’s your own (expletive) issue”

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In his heyday, Tiger Woods was one of the most intimidating athletes on the planet. I mean, does anyone dispute this? Woods demoralized and decimated his opponents, and he was happy to do so. Heck, his mother told him to step on his competitors’ necks…when he was a child!

For a period of time, there was no surer bet in the world of sports than a Tiger Woods win when he was in contention. He knew it. Fans knew it. Everyone else in the field knew it. Dude is 52-4 when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead!

Things are a bit different now. Humbled, with a fused back and easier demeanor, Woods surely isn’t the fiery competitor who always showed up to tournaments expecting to win, is he?

Well, if that’s your opinion check out the gem Twitter user @donaldremington has had stashed away since a May Tiger Woods clinic (presumably at Tiger Jam in Las Vegas).

Warning: If you’re offended by graphic language, well, cover your ears.

Vintage.

While Woods may no longer intimidate competitors the way he once did (see: Casey, Paul at the Valspar Championship), he doesn’t seem to have developed any sympathy for those who can’t stand the heat in the kitchen.

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