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Can you call Shinnecock “Shinny”? GolfWRX members don’t think so.

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Surely, you’ve seen or heard it in the coverage of this 118th U.S. Open. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Most golf fans and producers of content refer to the famed Southampton course Shinnecock Hills Golf Club as “Shinnecock.”

However, some pepper in another name for the track, and it’s a nomenclature that annoys some GolfWRX members more than a stone-cold shank: Shinny.

Youdamantiger writes this regarding “Shinny.”

“For some reason this really gets on my nerves. You see it mostly from the print golf journalists as opposed to the TV guys. I mean, are they too lazy to type out the extra nine letters? Is it to sound hip? At next years Masters are they going to be talking about the extra length added to “Gussie?” Now get off my lawn.”

Get off my lawn, indeed. When you see venom in the forums, you always wonder how it will be received. Will the OP get burned, or will other WRXers join the fire breathing chorus?

In this case, the latter. A sampling of the concurrence with original sentiments.

Ferguson says

“I pointed this out 2 weeks ago when “someone” posted “Shinny” twice in one sentence. In that case, I think he was trying to make it sound as if he was familiar with the club, maybe trying to “give the impression” he had played there.”

AceCatKY says

“Almost as annoying as those calling Baltusrol “Balty” a few years back.”

Bscinstnct draws some parallels

“St. Andrewski

“Pebble Beachinator

“McGusta”

Sharkiesj takes this approach

“I’m goin full on Chevy Chase in Fletch and callin it Shinnycocktoastin.”

And on and on they go, for four pages at this point.

So, what say you front page, WRXers? Does “Shinny” irk you?

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  1. Art Williams

    Jun 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I agree that calling the course “Shinny” is someone trying to pretend he or she is an insider. It’s also part of what is done in the world of sports. The Astros become the “stros”, the Charges the “bolts” etc. Rays was used so much the Tampa Bay Stingrays became the “Rays” so who knows where this will lead?

  2. Thomas A

    Jun 18, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Must be a northeast thing. My local course is Shennecosset in Groton, CT. We call it ‘Shenny’ for short. Nobody cares.

  3. Joey5Picks

    Jun 15, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    And can we stop saying “3 metal” instead of 3 wood. If they’re going to be that precise, they can’t call it a 7-iron (it’s not iron, it’s steel), so call it a 7-steel.

    “Unforced error”? Of course it’s “unforced”. No one is playing defense, or hitting a ball over the net at you. It’s sitting there.

    • Wiger Toods

      Jun 15, 2018 at 11:02 pm

      Amen, all around. These are all stupid things, and certain people need to let it go.

      • Steve

        Jun 16, 2018 at 11:49 am

        Sounds like you 2 need to let it go. Relax. It’ll be alright.

    • Jim

      Jun 18, 2018 at 5:48 pm

      I call an ‘unforced error’ when my students start a backswing from a messed up set up. It’s the only part of the golf swing we truly have 100% control over 😉

  4. 3PuttPar

    Jun 15, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Anyone else frustrated with the broadcast through the US Open website / app? My god…the camera guys have no idea what’s going on. Tiger literally setting up to a tee shot with driver in hand. and the camera slowly turns to DJ standing next to his bag 6 feet away. Then all you hear is Tiger’s swing and contact. They have no idea what’s going on.

    Also, the commentators are constantly battling for talk time and keep talking over each other. It’s ridiculous.

    Okay. Rant over.

    • Thomas A

      Jun 18, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Multiple cameras, could be the director in the truck missed his que.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

The folks at Dormie Workshop continue to outdo themselves. It’s ubearable.

The Peoples Clubs with a sick set of NCW blades they just built.

Heckuva an action by one of Jimmy Hutchings’ young pupils.

Kraken Golf is working on a deathly cool project.

Michael Martinez with a savage mock-up of some Ryder Cup Jordans

About right…

We think so too, Kevin.

If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

 

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Check out these limited-edition Ryder Cup Adidas Tour360 shoes

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Here are GolfWRX, we love our Ryder Cup swag. Gianni brought you news of the U.S. squad’s apparel and some goodies from Puma last week. Today, we have more Ryder Cup-related gear news for fans of golf’s most storied team competition: Adidas is launching a limited edition Tour360 to commemorate the showdown at Le Golf National.

Available Sept. 24, the shoes draw their inspiration from the famed Ryder Cup trophy. The 10-cleated TPU outsole is designed to look like the wood grain finish at the trophy’s base, and the TPU top plate is shiny and gold like the trophy itself.

While the exterior of the shoe is the same whether your support the United States or Europe, the fortunate souls who snag a pair of the limited-edition shoes will be able to choose their preferred sockliner. One features the American flag and the final scores from every Ryder Cup since 1979, the other, the European flag.

“We know how much the Ryder Cup means to fans all over the world,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director, adidas Golf. “It’s the most competitive event in golf, and brings out a level of emotion that you don’t normally see in the sport. Possession of the Ryder Cup trophy is what both of these teams and fans are after, so we looked to it for inspiration.”

The shoes (MSRP $220) will come with a limited-edition shoe bag and will only available online at adidas.com.

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Rope hat fans, rejoice: Titleist’s Tour Rope Flat Bill is here

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The rope hat is having something of a moment, isn’t it? As the mesh trucker fades to the periphery and the outer recesses of hipsterdom where it belongs, the good old-fashioned cotton rope snapback is stepping up to fill the void in vintage-inspired headwear.

Titleist is getting into the rope hat game with its Tour Rope Flat Bill, worn perhaps most prominently by Cameron Smith recently, but seen adorning the heads of Adam Scott, Jason Kokrak, and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Check ’em out.

The Tour Rope Flat Bill is available on Titleist’s website for $30 now in black/white, navy/white, and white/hunter green colorways.

 

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