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Forum Thread of the Day: “Is Rory McIlroy now a bad pressure player?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from bscinstnct, who brings up the topic of Rory McIlroy’s recent struggles to get over the line. Our members discuss why they feel the Ulsterman is currently unable to break through and win at the moment, and whether it’s because he now struggles mainly when the heat is on.

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

  • gvogel: “There is only one person who can figure out his inability to close the deal, and it is Rory.  Not a psychologist, not a caddy, not anyone else. On some deep subconscious level, Rory is going to have to become his own best friend. He’s not there in the way that Arnold was, or Jack was, or Tiger was/is.”
  • MMB1500: “The reality is that McIlroy’s career will be 99% defined by how many times, and which tournaments he wins, not by how many additional millions he has in his bank account. McIlroy knows this. Everyone knows this. His inability to close out tournaments from positions of strength is fast becoming a crisis. That’s the point.”
  • CasualLie: “I wonder if sometimes being a long hitter is a curse for Rory.  Especially on par 5s.  260 yards in, even with iron in hand how accurate can you be?  So you miss the green (understandable) and end up in a bad spot (going to happen a lot)…is that better than laying up to a wedge distance you know you can get within 10 feet, and closer to 5 feet?”
  • JonnyKrasnodar: “It’s entirely mental. He defends, and he ends up in bad spots, he plays aggressive, and he ends up in bad spots. It’s all over his face. ‘Why me?'”

Entire Thread: Is Rory McIlroy now a bad pressure player?”

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  1. Andy

    Mar 13, 2019 at 6:37 am

    When I watched him in person on the range and on course he was too busy trying to look cool. He is much more self conscious than his earlier years with an ego to boot. He has developed a “look at me” persona and then propitiates to fellow golf stars when having a bad round. He needs to loose this attitude and genuinely not care what people think of him, his golf game or hitting bad shots.

  2. Jamie

    Mar 12, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    What’s with all the Rory publicity lately? He’s such a nothingburger, not even remotely entertaining to watch. Well, except when he tried to cheat at WGC Mexico.

  3. larry

    Mar 12, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Jack Nicklaus had 19 2nd place finishes in majors….. can we get an article about why he can’t close?

  4. M

    Mar 12, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Somebody tell him to quit using the 7.0 in his irons, no matter how much he lifts heavy in the gym, he needs to get real and go back to the 6.5 shaft that won him so many before, and let go of his ego

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Dave D and it surrounds Viktor Hovland’s future as a Ping staffer. There has been plenty of chatter on our forums after Dave D shared this post from @golfnation_’s Instagram account.

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.

  • cvhookem3: “Seems like he was hinting at that with his equipment changes at the US Open. Good for him. He should be a lot of fun to watch.”
  • bladehunter: “Figured. He had near a full ping bag anyway. Love this kid. I really predict great things. Loads of raw tools.”
  • ImagineThat: “I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Viktor Hovland in the future…enough where his name will no longer appear strange. He seems to really be an upbeat guy with a nice personality, and he has a nice friendly smile to go with it.”

Golf Digest’s E. Michael Johnson reported Hovland is now a Ping man, writing he “signed a multi-year deal with Ping to play a minimum of 11 clubs, including driver and putter, along with a Ping staff bag and logo on the hat.”

Entire Thread: “Viktor Hovland signing with Ping?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Odyssey/Toulon Santa Monica putter”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases an Odyssey/Toulon Santa Monica putter which has got plenty of our member’s attention. Some have likened the blade to Tiger’s Newport 2, and a number are hoping for a release at retail soon.

For more photos, check out the full forum thread here.

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.

  • Weston11: “Absolutely beautiful!”
  • Scotty1140: “Sweet putter. Definitely inspired by Tiger’s Newport 2. Needs a bit more of a bevel on the trailing edges from address IMO. Always love a tri-sole. This coming to retail? Would like to roll this.”
  • Wdwfreak: “Bring that one out, and you have a sale. I like that a lot.”

Entire Thread: “Odyssey/Toulon Santa Monica putter”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “What golf-related Father’s Day gift did you get?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from nuttinbutapeanut, who asked fellow members what golf-related gift they received for Father’s Day. Our members share what they received, as well as gave on Father’s Day.

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.

  • OSpreyCI: “PXG 0811x Driver. Thank you fam bam.”
  • Aviador Naval: “Two hours of time with my son hitting balls and practicing short game on a day with beautiful weather. As an empty nester, that is 1000x more valuable than anything material.”
  • Kingcat990: “Took the father in law golfing, and we posted some horrendous scores. Had a great time piling garbage on the scorecard.”
  • Gautama: “New golf shirt and shorts, and got a surprise treat in a tee time for the whole clan on a little executive 9 hole, par 33 course. First time we’ve done it…my wife, my two sons aged 22 and 18, and my two daughters aged 9 and 6. The whole course was crawling with groups like ours… Not the fastest round any of us have ever played, but very fun.”
  • granata10: “New ping hoofer golf bag. It was needed and wanted.”

Entire Thread: “What golf-related Father’s Day gift did you get?”

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