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



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 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today



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



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

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



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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