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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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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (4.23.19)

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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.

A custom TeI3 Newport from Embrace Putters.

Airstrike headcovers from Bettinardi Golf are hitting the Hive this Thursday.

While these flat-sticks from Bettinardi look very impressive.

It wasn’t just the Egg Cover that the guys over at Swag were busy creating for this Easter.

How about this creation from National Custom Works, exciting or scary?

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The perfect amount of exciting & scary.

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Love the coloring of these putter covers from MLA Golf that will be released this summer.

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

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Former caddie Steve Williams raves about Tiger Woods’ victory at the 2019 Masters

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Tiger Woods’ ex-caddie, Steve Williams, has spoken in glowing terms concerning the 43-year-old’s latest victory at the Masters, a win which Williams believes will “re-energize” the sport.

The New Zealander, who was speaking to ESPN’S Bob Harig, admitted that though he doesn’t watch the sport regularly on TV anymore, he made an exception last weekend, and feels how his former boss’ victory at Augusta National will do wonders for the game.

“Now that Tiger has come right back there again, winning a major championship, possibly putting Jack’s (Nicklaus) record in play again … it just re-energizes the game . . .  It’s absolutely awesome.

He’s the only guy who can energize the game like that. All those kids who were watching had to think it was fantastic. And so what he’s done is a remarkable achievement. It’s so positive.”

Though Williams and Woods’ high profile split in 2011 was less than amicable, Williams credited the 15-time major champion’s “amazing achievement” in coming back from the point where he was on the verge of retiring to claim his fifth green jacket down to “pure guts and hard work.”

“Given the fact that two years ago he stated that he was unlikely to play competitive golf again, or was seriously doubting it – he wouldn’t just say that in jest, There would have been a lot of truth to it. For him to actually come back full cycle to win a major championship… it’s just an incredible story.

 It’s an amazing achievement of pure guts and hard work for him and just a true indication of what he is made of. It proves again what an amazing athlete he is. It’s just an amazing achievement.”

Williams also believes that the passing of golfing legend Arnold Palmer in 2016 had a significant impact on Woods, and while writing for the Australian site The Players Voice, the New Zealander stated

“I’m thinking that when Arnold passed away there was a realisation in Tiger that golf had lost a guy who was the most popular player ever. It was about a year after Arnold died that Tiger started his comeback after his back surgery and I think he may have decided that with his second chance he wanted to be remembered the way Arnold was remembered. I do think the passing of Arnie had a change in that respect.”

Steve Williams caddied for Woods between 1999 and 2011 and was on the 43-year-old’s bag for 13 of his 15 major championship victories.

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Couple to name son after Tiger Woods after husband wins a bet with his wife

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Tiger Woods’ victory at last week’s Masters had a significant impact in the sporting world, and its meaning will forever be remembered in the household of a Dallas couple who are set to name their child after the 15-time major champion.

Trey Little, a lifelong golf fan, drew up a contract the week of the tournament (as you do), which stated that “If Tiger Woods wins the Masters this week, I (father) get to have the option of naming our son (coming September 2019) Tiger Little.” which his wife, Denise, signed.

Speaking to the NY Post, Little talked about the reaction of his wife and himself when they realized that Woods was about to win the event last Sunday.

“On hole 18, we realized, ‘Wow, he’s really going to pull this thing off. This whole thing started almost as a joke, then it turned into something really real, really quick.”

The name may not be the easiest to live up to, but with the child’s middle name to be Julian, Trey has all the bases covered, joking “He could always go by T.J.”

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