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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 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (9.13.19)

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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.

“Simple. Clean. Pure.” 

Bettinardi’s Queen B 8 Slant hits the Hive next week.

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Introducing the final Limited Run of 2019, RJB’s Queen B 8 Slant. Engineered using our popular wide-body blade, Robert crafted a special one-piece milled slant neck with a very fine Superfly Mill face milling based off Tour feedback. Completed in an elegant Oil Rubbed Bronze PVD finish & hand-painted in a rich black and gold paint scheme, our famous Project Honeycomb pattern was intricately milled across the sole for a subtle yet bold appearance. Limited to 300 pieces worldwide. The QB8 Slant releases online in the Hive 9/19 at 10 am CDT & select Bettinardi specialty dealers worldwide. Link in bio for more info. #Bettinardi #LimitedRun #Hive #customputters #pgatour #golf #golfwrx #putters #putting #madeinUSA #robertbettinardi

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Next generation of ATTAS arriving stateside in October.

Great shot of Els Performance Golf Academy in Vietnam courtesy of Quintin van der Berg.

Custom Evnroll ER8 from the guys at The Golf Garage.

On the way soon from Swag.

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

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Justin Thomas opens up on skin cancer scare in social media post

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Justin Thomas took to social media on Thursday to share his skin cancer scare after a recent trip to the dermatologist.

In his post, the 26-year-old revealed that a mole on his left leg was discovered to be in the early stages of melanoma, on which Thomas stated

“Luckily, we found it at a time where there should be no problems going forward.” 

Thomas has urged everyone to get checked, especially those regularly exposed to the sunwhile he also displayed the large incision he was left with after the removal of the mole.

 “I recently had a scare at the dermatologist where a very small mole on my left leg was caught in the early stages of melanoma. Luckily, we found it at a time where there should be no problems going forward. That being said, EVERYBODY GO GET CHECKED!! 

No harm can come from it and it’s the best way to catch anything before it becomes a serious issue. Especially for all the junior golfers (and other athletes) spending so much time in the sun. It is so important to make sure you’re monitoring your body – no matter how old you are or how much sunscreen you use. It really got my attention, and hoping it does the same to y’all!”

 

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Marc Leishman WD’s from the Greenbrier after being struck with a ball from one of his playing partners in Wednesday’s Pro-Am

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Following an opening round of 76, Marc Leishman withdrew from this week’s Military Tribute at the Greenbrier after an already ailing back was made worse in bizarre fashion during Wednesday’s Pro-Am.

According to a report from Golf Digest, the Australian was ready to get his season underway despite four bulging disks in his back, but during Wednesday’s Pro-Am, Leishman was struck in the back by an approach shot from one of his playing partners.

The incident occurred when Leishman believed that the player had picked his ball up on the short fifth hole, and despite seemingly not being in the line of fire, the 35-year-old was then unexpectadly struck by the errant approach shot on the right side of his lower back from a distance of 100 yards.

Speaking to Golf Digest after round one of the event, Leishman stated

“I can’t blame anything I did today on that. But it did hurt at the time. I was good until yesterday. This is frustrating, yeah. I was looking forward to getting the season off to a good start.”

In the same interview, Leishman announced his intention to battle through the pain but subsequently withdrew from the event after shooting a round of six-over-par on Thursday.

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