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Baba Booey for Life! Does this GolfWRX member have a point?

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Oh boy, here’s a heater. On the subject of Baba Booey-ing at golf tournaments, WRX member Stickner started a thread, writing

“For those that think nois.e while a player hits shouldn’t be allowed, you must also believe that fans should NEVER make noise.

“A player with a large gallery jars a 70 footer for eagle to take the lead. The crowd erupts! This should not be allowed.

“Why you ask? There are other golfers well within earshot of the noise. This could disrupt their game. Why does the nearby player you can see deserve the “courtesy of quiet” but the one 400 yards away that you can’t see doesn’t?

“We have all seen players back off because the crowd erupted on another hole. What happens when that eruption happens in the backswing right before the player is about to transition to the downswing? Those boisterous hooligans need to keep their traps shut as this is a gentleman’s game right?

“Being quiet while someone plays golf is silly. My guess is that the elitist snobs that played this game a century ago needed a scapegoat when hitting a bad shot and noise became their scapegoat.”

He wraps his rant in, well, the most appropriate way possible: “BABA BOOEY FOR LIFE B&^%HES!”

Now, this flies in the face of the “isolated noise during the golf swing is extremely distracting” argument that is popularly leveled in defense of silence. But let’s see what GolfWRX members think about Stickner’s comments.

MtlJeff says

“While i am not in favor of intentionally yelling during a swing, your point is an interesting one. I hadn’t really thought of it like that, the loud roars often get overlooked when it comes to the “distracting noise” narrative.”

Eagle1997 says

“Planned vs. Spontaneous. Jabroni Factor only applies to one.”

Blackngold_blood says

“I am fine with cheering for a great shot or groaning for a bad one. My problem with…bababooey and mashed potatoes is the fact that it has nothing to do with GOLF! All the person is doing is screaming “Look at me, I need attention!” Or how about the even less classy “How’s your ankle” that was shouted at Finau after he hit his last approach to 18. I get the point that these are professional athletes and golf is becoming more mainstream but the immature comments need to stop.”

Naptime says

“Background noises and distant noises can be perceived as while noise. If you play next to a highway you adapt and become less aware of it. But if a trucker blasts a horn in your swing it would startle and at least for me would probably result in a hot grounder to third base. Yelling Baba Booey or any other lame comment after a swing doesn’t startle the swinger, just make the shouter sound like a doofus who can’t hold his alcohol.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Does Stickner have a point? Should the rules of the wider sports world apply to golf, or does golf fandom require a particular understanding of when to be quiet and when to cheer?

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  1. The Head Fanatic

    Jun 26, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Stickner and anyone else who supports the Baba Booey BS are clueless because they obviously don’t know the first thing about how the mind works while executing a golf shot. Dimwits like them who can’t play a lick probably have 14 swing keys on the backswing and 14 swing keys on the downswing. Good players, by contrast, load a visual or kinesthetic image into their subconscious and lock onto that single image throughout the swing. Anything from a camera click to a phone ringing and especially a Baba Booey from a clueless moron clears/scrambles/replaces that image and the player will most likely hit a bad shot. They will almost certainly hit a shot less well than they would have if they didn’t have to hear the moron yell Baba Booey!, Get in the Hole! or any such nonsense. THAT is why it is inappropriate. Basketball, baseball and football are another matter altogether. Now, if in a tennis match, you had one of these morons yelling during a player’s serve he would be removed from the stands. The same needs to happen with the Baba Booey morons at golf tournaments.

  2. ogo

    Jun 25, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Hey….. the fake news reporters scream at POTUS at press conferences… so why not same for pro golfers?!!

  3. Bob Jones

    Jun 25, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Yes, it’s the “Hey, look at me” crowd that never matured beyond nine years old that thinks this is remotely funny.

  4. stevez

    Jun 25, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    As long as its AFTER the swing, ba ba booey to y’all.

  5. K

    Jun 24, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Boot them INSTANTLY!! If i was mid swing and some random dumb@ss yelled out some stupid sh*t after someone else near by hit a shot and it ended up costing me $50k OR MORE Id probably end up going all Shooter McGavin vs. beach ball on that persons head.

  6. joe

    Jun 24, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    The yelling out is done mostly be macho jurks who only play mini-putt and can’t break 100 on a real golf course. You can spot them easy cuz they have pot bellies.

  7. ken

    Jun 22, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    I am so sick of the worn out over used “mashed potatoes, ba ba booey, etc yelling from attendees at golf tournaments.
    some were funny at one time. Now idiots just yell these things so they can tel their buddies. “dude did you hear me on tv at #12!!!!?
    Yeah, ya moron, we ALL heard you. Have another beer, ya drunk jagoff.
    I say, yell it out, throw ’em out.

  8. artvandalai

    Jun 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Could a thought on the matter be more wrong? Must be a special occasion.

    Somebody who yells in the middle of a back swing would be doing it to purposefully disturb the player. A couple thousand fans yelling on another part of the course are not doing it for that reason.

    Your welcome.

  9. Rusty

    Jun 22, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Yelling should result in immediate apprehension and the violator subjected to a breathalyzer test…I’d the test is failed, which is most likely, they should be turned over to the local police and charged with Public Intoxication.

  10. Ron

    Jun 22, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I wonder…….is he a golfer? If so, has he ever been startled by a loud noise in his backswing? If so…his reaction? Is he a golf fan or just a celebrity-watcher? Their stupid, loud, utterances also disturb surrounding fans as well as, potentially, the players. THROW THE BUMS OUT!!

  11. Dave r

    Jun 22, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Agree throw the idiots out . Totally uncalled for rude inconsiderate bunch of mutts. Could hardly watch the golf or was it a circus missing wind mills and a clown to be supplied by the usga at the next open.

  12. Boyo

    Jun 22, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Trow da bums out!@

  13. Sven Olsen

    Jun 22, 2018 at 7:54 am

    How come this fenomenon is mainly American? To me, it seems like the ice hockey crown transfers to golf during the summer period – notorious are the drunken idiots at Ryder Cup. Look at the Open – look at European golf tournaments, or for that matter, the Asian ones – of course, there are a few screamers there, too, but generally the public applauses politely.

  14. Paul

    Jun 22, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Eject and place on all-event blacklist.

  15. Ianoue

    Jun 22, 2018 at 7:46 am

    How is Stickner even allowed a platform?

  16. GolfGolfGolf

    Jun 22, 2018 at 5:36 am

    If ONLY every tournament was ran like the Masters. The US Open was by far the worst for idiots screaming the stupid stuff. Seems most of them were there just for drinking and screaming. I’m for tossing these idiots out.

  17. DGolfer

    Jun 21, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    People who shout baba booey and the other nonsense are acting like jerks. Period. Acting like a decent human being doesn’t make you an “elitist snob.” There were times when the 2018 US Open was almost unwatchable because of the pointless shouting of stupid things. Stop it. Just stop.

  18. TexasSnowman

    Jun 21, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    throw them out! It is a sick world and getting sicker, let’s TRY to preserve Golf as different from the real world.

  19. JThunder

    Jun 21, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Televised golf events are full of people who desperately want it (and everything) to be about them. There is absolutely zero correlation between the crowd cheering a putt on an adjacent hole and a drunken buffoon screaming some nonsense (or offensive) at the top of their lungs while everyone around them is silent. This is all about attention – “hey, everyone, look at me! Laugh at me! I can’t wait to get home and hear myself on TV and Howard Stern!” No different than people making stupid faces or yelling in the background of a serious newscast.

    Responsibility falls to poor parenting, poor education, and perhaps mostly to how our current culture and media react. The more attention they get, the more it will happen. Take a look down Pennsylvania Ave for more proof.

    “Baba Booey for Life B***ches”, indeed. The white trash circle will be complete when someone yells “Grab ‘Em By The P****” at an LPGA major.

  20. Sour Grapes

    Jun 21, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    People do not yell baba booey for the personal attention. Howard plays the baba booey golf shouts on his show regularly. As a Stern Show fan, I say keep hitting ’em with the Hein and a baba booey to you all.

  21. Bob

    Jun 21, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Ejection, Castration and placed in a fire ant pile until death.

  22. Blake

    Jun 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    yelling just for attention should result in ejection and castration

  23. fox_todd

    Jun 21, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I agree with Eagle1997. I am in favor of the “bababooey” ejection.

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Peter Kessler lashed out at anyone and everyone on Twitter

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With 140K followers on Twitter and a website as well, No Laying Up have become one of the most popular accounts in the golfing world. However, when the group plugged the second season of their show Tourist Sauce” with a new promo, it provoked a strong response from “the voice of golf,” former Golf Channel and PGA Tour host, writer, and producer, Peter Kessler. (Kessler responded to Green Jacket Auctions, who praised NLU’s work).

Kessler, no stranger to speaking his mind, then spent hours feuding with fellow social media users who defended No Laying Up’s promo. As is often the case in the world of social media, the arguments descended into personal insults, on which Kessler did not hold back.

Consider these tweets representative of dozens more in the same vein.

Although Kessler was firmly in attack mode, he had to be on his guard when @ProV1_iron took aim at his Perfect Club infomercials from back in the day. The spots are largely a humorous relic in the golfing world, but Kessler was having none of the “people in glass houses” analogy.

The responses from Kessler went on and on, and many had been expecting the ex-Golf Channel host cool off after yesterday’s exploits. However, the opposite happened, with Kessler getting right back in the saddle this morning and continuing his tirade against defenders of the show, with Kessler claiming NLU’s promo “is like intro to entertainment in 9th grade and school just started. Surely you’ve seen good movies and tv shows. These aren’t them.”

Despite saying that he has “Gotta run,” Kessler remains locked in a battle of personal insults with other social media users.

What do you make of Peter Kessler’s social media outburst, GolfWRX members?

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Which Air Jordan model should Nike release as a golf shoe next?

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According to GolfMagic, Nike’s Air Jordan III golf shoe took off from the foul line and soared right out of stock.

Per the site: “Nike launched this new model back in February… but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website. However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”

Grammar aside, this is interesting.

Now, it wasn’t long ago that all golf shoes looked like this.

And with all due respect to the Etonic Dri-Lite of yore, and giving wide berth to the traditionalists in the golf footwear space, the transition to sneaker-style golf shoes is cool, isn’t it? I mean, even if you’re monumentally swagger impaired like myself and could never pull the “Js on the fairways” look off, it’s intriguing, no?

With that in mind, and recognizing the demand for the 3s, I thought it’d be interesting to consider what the next Jordan golf shoe ought to be.

Here are my finalists for the next wide release (yes, I know Nike made Ray Allen custom 11s and MJ has had a few customs). Many of these are new colorways of classic (OG) models. I’ve tried for a range of styles and picks from across the Jordan timeline. Images via the excellent catalogue on the Jordan website.

Air Jordan XXXII

Air Jordan VI

Air Jordan VIII

Air Jordan II (low)

Air Jordan XXX

Let me know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…

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Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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