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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 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.21.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Throwback to Bettinardi’s first wedge from 18 years ago.

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Rory’s clubs that have him top of the leaderboard in Mexico.

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Tiger Sunday Red from Embrace Putters.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Titleist responds to USGA and R&A’s Distance Insights Report

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Titleist has responded to the USGA and R&A’s ‘Distance Insights Report’ saying in-part that the governing bodies are focusing too much on the men’s professional game, and are undervaluing the skill of the game’s elite.

In a written statement titled “A Perspective on the Distance Insights Report”, David Maher, CEO and president of Titleist’s parent company, Acushnet, wrote

“We believe the conclusions drawn in this Report undervalue the skill and athleticism of the game’s very best players and focus far too much on the top of the men’s professional game and project this on golf and golfers as a whole.”

Maher stressed that the current equipment regulations are sufficient in halting any significant increases going forward by the longest hitters in the game, and believes that any changes implemented that could see a local rule put in place, would be a wrong move.

“The existing equipment regulations allow professional and amateur golfers to play by the same unified set of rules, with the same equipment, and on the same courses. We believe that playing by a unified set of rules coalesces our game, is an essential part of its global understanding and appeal, and eliminates the inconsistency and inability that would come from multiple sets of equipment standards.”

The use of technology to bring younger people into the sport and aid the longevity of golfers was also highlighted by Maher who said

“Golf is bringing younger players into the game sooner and keeping older players longer than ever; professional golf is as dynamic and entertaining as it’s ever been; and the game remains a healthy challenge for all players and at all levels.”

Read the full written statement here.

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.20.20)

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Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Look out for this awesome headcover from Dormie Workshop in Paul Casey’s bag this week in Mexico!

New Mizuno drivers.

Studio Select NP2 restoration from Embrace Putters.

Another great looking job from The Golf Garage.

New in the bag for WRX’s Editor-In-Chief.

Bettinardi showcasing its “Copper Candy”.

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