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Forum Thread of the Day: “How big of a role does coming from money play in making it as a pro golfer?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from J2putts who opens the discussion asking just how important coming from money is to join the PGA Tour. Our members discuss how money, more than other sports, helps those achieve Tour status and whether or not superior talent loses out to players with decent ability and unlimited funds.

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.

  • lumberman2462: “Deep pockets early will always have an advantage in golf.  Premium instruction at an early age means kids with means will win earlier and develop the game and confidence that will carry through to a successful career. Here’s the deal, I’ve been around golf for 40 of my 48 years…and I’ve seen it all.  Kids that grew up with not much money beating the ever living $@&” out of rich kids and seeing young players with some means at their disposal becoming good players- but not great.  The junior tours are full of the sons and daughters of Doctors, Dentists, Lawyers and whatever successful profession you can dream up… Some become ok players, and others flame out. I can’t condemn a kid because his Dad started a computer company…you still have to hit the shots and make the putts.
  • Bye: “They still have to put a score together over four days, but it can’t be understated how big an advantage it is. It costs a lot to play full time let alone paying to live as well. Being able to travel to warmer places to play and compete all year round is one of the biggest advantages.”
  • straightshot7: “Deep talent, desire and work ethic is waaaay more important. Look up all the stories of guys who hit balls in the backyard, garage into a mattress, etc.  If you have the game people will back you, too. I think you’d be really hard pressed to find a guy who had a world class game but didn’t make it because of lack of money. Unless he refused to be sponsored and quit. But that’s a choice that stopped him.  Those guys on YouTube you referenced aren’t firing 65’s on a routine basis in tournaments. Their game is what’s stopping them.  Show me someone who can consistently shoot 65-69 in tournaments, and I’ll show you 5000 guys who will sponsor his way through Q School.”
  • Shawn Paul: “I always wanted to play golf as a kid, but golf was expensive.  Neither my father or mother played golf.  I played football, basketball, baseball and ran track.  All of these sports were not expensive to play.  Eventually, my Dad’s boss gave him some old hand me down snake killers and a 5-gallon bucket of balls.  It helped me to get started, but it wasn’t until I was 21 that I played golf on an actual course. From there I didn’t start golfing for real until I was 32 years old because, in my circle of friends, nobody played golf.  In my experience, money can certainly make the difference to get started in golf.  I wanted to play my entire life but couldn’t until I had not only the means but the pipeline of friends and contacts to do so.  My son’s been playing since he was 6, now 12.  He has the head start I never had!”

Entire Thread: “Does money trump talent in helping guys achieve Tour status?”

 

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Nucking Futs

    Mar 15, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks for deleting my post!!! Clowns!

  2. Nobody likes you Tom

    Mar 13, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    If money was no a problem:
    Then I’d be easily on Tour.

  3. golfraven

    Mar 13, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    This one is very controversial.

  4. Andre Giant

    Mar 13, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Gianni needs to go get a job at Buzzfeed so he can virtue signal until the cows come home.

  5. D

    Mar 13, 2019 at 11:14 am

    This is so dumb

  6. ActualFacts

    Mar 13, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Money provides easier/more convenient access to equipment, facilities, and instruction. That said, heart and tenacity will usually prevail if the talent, the ethic, and necessary support are in place.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “How will Brooks Koepka’s 24lb weight loss affect his 2019 on the course?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Holy Moses who began the thread discussing Brooks Koepka’s recent weight loss which is rumored to be for an ESPN photo shoot. Koepka has stated how he is “out of sorts” on the course recently due to him dropping 24lbs, and our members have been speculating on the impact it could have on his season.

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.

  • MattyO1984: “Crazy that he would try and change his body so much for a photo shoot. If he were a model, you could understand it but as a golfer, who relies on his body being able to do what he needs it to do it’s madness and more than a little vain as well.”
  • Cool Runnings: “So Brook’s has lost 24lbs, and his driving/swing is suffering, isn’t this the opposite of what the ‘so called experts’ were religiously stating about players bulking up and it impeding their driving/swing. Yet more proof they’re talking about topics above their pay-grade”
  • Holy Moses: “Well, Brooks has been wondering why he hasn’t been getting media attention. He’s come out of his shell lately. Good for him.”

Entire Thread: “How will Brooks Koepka’s 24lb weight loss affect his 2019 on the course?”

 

 

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Sexy, slick, minimal irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Glowbal who is on the lookout for sexy, slick, minimal irons ala Scratch Golf’s old SB-1 iron set. Clean, as little branding or markings as possible and lofts instead of numbers on the club, are all the things Glowbal wants from an iron set, and our members have been on hand sharing their suggestions.

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.

  • Fried Slice: “National Custom Works are Scratch. Same grinders and owners I believe. I’m sure they can hook you up. http://www.nationalcustomworks.com 
  • 11forgedblades: “When I was looking for irons without any logo, Geotech blades only had the numbers on them…completely blank.”
  • ivygynonc: “I have a set of Kyoei MB’s black.  They are nicer than my BBs as far as feel and looks.  Look great at set up.  Can’t go wrong with these.  And they are on the low end as far as costs for JDM blades, at least they were when I bought mine.”
  • kmay: “Another for National Custom works, incredible products, and from what I see watching there IG every day, they will make them to your exact requests, any stamping you want (or don’t) any shape muscle you want, sole grinds you want, seems like everything can be customized starting from forged blanks. True craftsmen.”

Entire Thread: “Sexy, slick, minimal irons?”

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best fairway woods of 2019?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from pollock21, who opens the discussion concerning what are the best fairway woods of the latest releases. On the lookout for a new fairway wood, pollock21 asks for fellow members feedback on the new editions, and our members provide it in spades.

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.

  • chadly643: “I did some initial testing of all the main available options last weekend. They are all very close in terms of performance. Ballspeeds were all identical. Ping was definitely the highest flight. I disliked the Ping shape, however. Srixon was the best looking option and felt really good. The winner for me, however, was f9. Those rails really do offer something useful that the others don’t have. In all honesty, all the big manufacturers have a great option this year. You can’t make a mistake with any of them. It comes down purely to preference on looks and feel.”
  • JustinM: “The epic flash SZ fairways are great. I replaced my PXGs for these both 15 and 18 degrees. The head is small, and the face is tall if that makes sense. I’ve tested them all and a clear winner.”
  • Sh00terMcGavin: “I’m going to go with TEE CBX for best fairway. I will say that the Epic Flash sz does look mighty appealing to hit. Guys on TXG were raving about the ballspeeds it was producing for a fairway wood.”
  • Honman: “I’ve hit most of this year’s fairways, flash sub zero was by far the best on ball speed, and I like the feel. PXG was a good number two. G410 felt the most forgiving by a long way, but I couldn’t control the spin, and they didn’t have the LST to try. I think that would be a good head for me. In a separate session, I’ve hit the ST190 and was putting a good flight on that, dialled down to 14 and really liked the feel. The TaylorMade fairways both want to go really high this year.”

Entire Thread: “Best fairway woods of 2019”

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