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Forum Thread of the Day: “Does the PGA Tour need an off-season?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Hellstorm, who wonders whether the PGA Tour could benefit from having an off-season. With the new wraparound season beginning at last week’s Safeway Open, just two weeks after the 2017/18 season finale in Atlanta and four days after the Ryder Cup, some of our members here at GolfWRX feel the new season has arrived too soon. Others, however, are pleased with the quick turnaround, while also stressing just how important the beginning of the season is for the fringe players on Tour.

Here’s what some of our members have posted regarding the matter, but make sure to check out the entire thread and have your say at the link below.

  • MarkFromTheUk: “It seems a bit silly that the 2019 season starts in October of the preceding year, and that the results count towards the FedEx. I think there should be tournaments, but they certainly shouldn’t count towards the FedEx.”
  • IVM: “I don’t think the tour needs an off season . These events give the players with lesser status a chance to earn money and Fed Ex points . If these events did not exist these guys would have no chance of keeping their cards .
  • Superbrit: “I think its good, you actually get to see some players that normally wouldn’t get one minutes broadcast time.
  • JonnyKrasnodar: “I think they should acknowledge this period between September and January for what it is, a pre-season. The only big names involved will be recovering from injury, a poor season or working on new swing thoughts without getting skelped by big names. Stakes are low for them.

Full Thread: “Does the PGA Tour need an off-season?”

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  1. Pru

    Oct 10, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Time to add a 5th Major. Its should take place a month after the first event of the new season, which would put it right around the first week of November. And it should be like the Evian for the ladies, always at a fixed location. US players need a place where there is a chance of inclement weather, so that future Ryder Cuppers are more prepared to face the Europeans in similar poor weather conditions.

  2. eGolfGadgets

    Oct 9, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    It’s definitely a year around endeavor now if you want it to be. Maybe lower the points given for events in the ‘off season’?

  3. Aaron

    Oct 9, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    SKELPED – (verb) To help someone while skipping near or past them; The little girl skelped an old woman who had dropped her coin purse in the the street.

  4. A. Commoner

    Oct 9, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Bring back silly season!!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Current best player without a major?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from buckeye440 who asks fellow members who they believe is the current best player on tour without a major who has competed in at least 20 major championships. For buckeye440, his six choices are “Rickie Fowler 0-38, Matt Kuchar 0-54, Paul Casey 0-61, Hideki Matsuyama 0-27, Marc Leishman 0-31 and Gary Woodland 0-30.” 

Our members reflect on buckeye440’s list, as well as giving their thoughts on who is most likely to break through at some stage.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • puttfordoux: “I would have to go with Kuchar. His best bet seems to be the Open where he’s played well of late. And #1 in the FedEx Cup this year.”
  • golfandfishing: “It’s Bryson DeChanbeau at the moment. Five wins since 2017 is (I think) the most of anyone on tour without a major.”
  • Hescrience: “Tony Finau. He is too close to the top in virtually every tournament. He hasn’t competed in 20 of them though. Of the people you listed, Rickie. Rickie also hasn’t won many regular tournaments either though.”
  • conrad1953: “I’d go with Rickie. He’s played well in majors; shot some low rounds and had some very high finishes in many. The way he won the Players was unbelievable; he played some astounding golf that Sunday on the back 9 and in the playoff.”

Entire Thread: “Current best player without a major?”

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Low handicapper switching to game improvement irons”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jasonTel3 – a low handicap player who plays blades but who has had his head turned by game improvement irons. According to jasonTel3, every ball was hit straight when testing out a set of Ping G400’s at a simulator, and he’s been asking fellow members for advice on whether he should make the move to GI’s.

Here are a few posts from the thread discussing jasonTel3’s conundrum, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • balls_deep: “My first thought is to say don’t do it.. but then if you’ve hit them, liked them, and the numbers were right, it could be a good option. A friend I play with uses G400 and they have too much offset for my liking. I also don’t like that you can see the cavity on the 4 and 5 iron. Top line is actually very nice for a SGI iron. I just read the Ping Blueprint article on Golf Digest where they were talking about how some players hit small heads better. I definitely fall into that category. That said, I just ordered a set of i210 to try as I had really good luck with the i200 and should never have sold them. Have you tried the newer I series? IMO it’s GI help in a players look with an acceptable sole width. Long story short though – if you felt comfortable and the fit was right, why not try them? If you don’t work the ball a ton, I don’t see any issue with it. High and straight is a good way to go!”
  • hammergolf: “I’ve been playing Ping G25’s for 6 years. Still can’t find anything I like better. I can hit any shot I need to whether it’s my stock draw, fade, high, or low. And when I hit it a little thin, or on the toe, it still lands on the green. My thought is why play golf with a club that will punish you for mishit when you can play one that will help you.”
  • azone: “Everyone has an opinion, and here is mine. If you are/have been a good ball striker with a sound mental game, your mind will keep writing checks your body may not be able to cash as you get older or don’t practice enough. Those “ugly” forgiving irons look beautiful when a miss ends up on the green, and you are putting– not in rough or deep in a short side bunker. Those irons won’t be AS ACCURATE as, say, a blade, BUT if you aren’t as dependable as in the past, your results will be better. I used to keep two sets of blueprinted irons; blades for practice and CB for play. I play with guys that have cashed checks playing…and they don’t care how ugly the iron is.”
  • Jut: “As a decent player (and ball striker) and a sweeper/picker (I could hit off of a green and not take any landscape with me), I’ve found much success with the F9s (which, with the wide sole, are very similar to the G410 irons). In the past 4 years I’ve gone from Mizuno MP-68 to Callaway Apex CF16 to Ping i500 (a brief and bad experience) to the Cobra F9’s. For what it’s worth, the Cobras have been the best of the bunch by far.”

Entire Thread: “Low handicap going to game improvement irons”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Mark O’Meara’s Scotty Cameron putter”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Mark O’Meara’s Scotty Cameron flat-stick. The 62-year-old is teeing it up at the Senior PGA Championship from Oak Hill this week, and his putter has impressed our members, who in particular have praised the clean finish and sole shape of the flat-stick.

Here are what our members are saying about the putter, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • BearQ: “Clean. Love the sole.”
  • Bdmac79: “Looks similar to Tiger’s and Rickie’s with the neck placement. I would guess that he’s had it for a bit.”
  • mBiden2: “So fresh and so clean, clean!”

Entire Thread: “Mark O’Meara’s Scotty Cameron putter”

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