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Smylie Kaufman: Social media “sucks.” How much should pros tweet?

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Aptly named, affable, natural fit as a Natural Light pitchman, Smylie Kaufman quickly became a popular and promising talent on the PGA Tour.

As we know, however, the past year has been awful for Kaufman: he’s made only two cuts this season and is a routine fixture on the bottom of leaderboards. Owing to an inflamed left elbow and wrist issues, the LSU alum has filed for a medical extension and is shutting it down for the season.

This is unfortunate, certainly, but Kaufman’s remarks (as told to Golf Digest) about social media were particularly interesting.

With respect to negative comments and all out roasts on social media, keyboard warriors likely either assume players aren’t checking their mentions or hope they are so that a sparring match might ensue.

From the sound of it, Smylie Kaufman is keeping up on his notifications…and it’s just upsetting him.

“Social media doesn’t help,” Kaufman told Golf Digest. “That place sucks. It was so great for me for so long, but it was never anything good the last six months. When I go to Twitter, it’s like reading the newspaper for me. Well, I don’t wanna see Tom or Joe telling me how bad I suck when I read the newspaper.”

Kaufman pointed out the reality of social media for athletes and celebrities: sponsors and agents encourage them to be on it…however, it doesn’t do anything positive for their core competency (playing sports).

“A lot of things about social media are great. I love that I can interact with fans and other players. It’s the way things are moving and a way that you can market yourself. But I need to focus on my golf.”

Clearly, there’s a balancing act for public figures with respect to how much time and energy they ought to spend on social media. And clearly some trolling is to be expected. That said, if you get 100 notifications and 99 of them are people telling you you’re garbage (and you probably feel like garbage at said moment), that’s going to have an effect.

Kaufman was a very active user of Twitter and Instagram, and after taking a break, he’s back on a limited basis. This is probably the right move. There are diminishing returns on anything beyond a minimal presence for established athletes, aren’t there? That said, regular posting is the key to audience growth and allows the insertion of occasional sponsored messages.

So, all of his begs the question, how much should professional athletes use social media? Is this different for elite athletes (whose futures are secure and bank accounts are filled), versus, say, a journeyman on the PGA Tour?

Let us know what you think, GolfWRX Members.

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  1. Boyo

    Aug 9, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Say it to his face or don’t say it at all. Twit, an apt description. Dumb phones are a blight on mankind.

  2. Tommy

    Aug 7, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    It’s probably pretty frustrating to get constant personal criticism from losers who aren’t good enough to carry your bag. It’s hard to defend yourself against a moron who can’t even reason for himself. I don’t blame him. Get a clean restart, mind and swing, and go win again Smiley. The guy’s a PGA Tour winner…you?

  3. Noo

    Aug 6, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Yeah it sucks to be butt hurt

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The Challenge: Japan Skins – All the details that you need to know

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Just three days remain before Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day take part in “The Challenge: Japan Skins”, and here are all the essential details that you need to know before the event takes place.

What is the Skins format?

  • The lowest score for each hole wins that hole and the money that hole is worth.
  • In the result of a tied hole, the “skin” carries over to the next hole and continues to do so until won by one of the four players.
  • In the result of a tied 18th hole, a playoff will take place to see who wins the final skin.
  • The value of the 18th hole will not multiply if a playoff takes place.

The value of each skin.

  • Holes 1-6: $10,000 per skin
  • Holes 7-12: $15,000 per skin
  • Holes 13-17: $20,000 per skin
  • Hole 18: $100,000 super skin

What we know about the extra challenges.

  • Money won from the extra challenges will go towards the event’s charity partners.
  • Extra challenge details are not yet known, but expect something similar to the side action we saw in “The Match Woods-Mickelson.”

How can you watch?

  • Event takes place October 21st, 1 PM local time in Japan, 12 AM ET in the U.S.
  • U.S. viewers can watch the simulcast live on Golf Channel beginning at 11 p.m. ET.
  • Viewers outside the U.S. can tune into the event on Discovery’s GOLFTV.
  • Those in the UK & Ireland will need to pay a small subscription fee for Discovery’s GOLFTV.

Who is the betting favorite?

  • Rory McIlroy is a warm favorite for the event at +200.

Full odds courtesy of BetOnline:

  • Rory McIlroy +200
  • Hideki Matsuyama +250
  • Jason Day +300
  • Tiger Woods +325
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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.17.19)

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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.

Epic “Trick or Treat?” creation from Bettinardi.

Lefty putters now available at Swag.

Before and after shots of this satin black NP mid-slant from Embrace Putters.

Cool shot of Trump Golf Links Ferry Point courtesy of NCR.

New additions from Dormie.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.16.19)

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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.

Sharp looking Kyoei KK prototype wedges.

Twisty DD201 WB 303SS with a satin marine finish from Lajosi Putters.

New designs from Bettinardi.

Dormie Sugar Skull covers.

New addition from Swag.

Great photos of Baltusrol Upper Course courtesy of Cameron More.

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