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Forum Thread of the Day: “Did the ‘Tiger effect’ rattle his opponents on Sunday?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from IamMarkMac, who asks fellow members whether they believe the “Tiger effect” is back. On Sunday, Woods’ main competitors imploded on the par-3 12th hole at Augusta, and IamMarkMac wants to know if the deafening roars heard around the grounds as Woods whipped the patrons into a frenzy during the final round played a pivotal role and rattled the 15-time major champion’s rivals. Our members give their thoughts.

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.

  • redfirebird08: “I think after what we saw with McIlroy & Rose at the Tour Championship along with guys like Molinari & Finau today, you gotta say Tiger’s aura is making at least somewhat of a comeback. I’m writing off Koepka’s double bogey at the 12th as a fluke more than anything. He played very well from 13 through 18 and just did not make enough putts. But even though I’m writing this off as a fluke, I want to see Koepka in a final round of a major staring down Tiger…let’s see how that plays out. They were not in the same group today, and they were not in the same group at 2018 PGA either.”
  • dropkicked: “It’s definitely real. You could see when it impacted BK.. Tiger, almost drains it on 16 and the tee box @ 17 sees and starts going crazy.. The group themselves look back to see what was happening. In the back of his mind he knew he had to make birdie because he knew Tiger was pressing. Even more telling are the interviews with BK, Xander and even Molinari.. They all acknowledge his greatness.. Tiger, knows again that he can win against the new crop of assassins… that confidence being restored is huge.. I see his putting becoming “telepathic” again quite soon.”
  • CAT GOLFER: “I would put it this way; they all know about it. They basically came up trying to emulate that against each other. I think for that reason it has a different effect. No longer is it sheer intimidation; I think it is more like the constant pressure of the aura, it permeates, it’s there everywhere. The biggest difference is I think Tiger believes completely in his game again. And he is managing his health and stamina much better now.”
  • A.Princey: “The fact that Moli, in post-round interview decided to divulge his thoughts on the fans from 12, after rinsing his ball, speaks volumes of what sort of thoughts he’s left with regarding their roars for Tiger. Mr Unflappable is caught up in the moment and has enough focus lost to remember how the fans were reacting to his misfortune, and to then surmise that many were happy for his blunder, seems like an effect of some kind. Just saying. This season will be epic!”

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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 @giannimosquito

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  1. Jose Pinatas

    Apr 17, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    A simple no. They(Koepka, Finau, and Molinari) went at the pin on 12, and that was a mistake. There is nobody to blame but themselves. Tiger went about his game plan and executed perfectly. I personally don’t believe with today’s athletes and their mindsets, there is any sort of intimidation that affects any of them. Now fans(patrons as Augusta calls them) are more tumultuous when Tiger is in the hunt, and may have an impact upon those athletes concentration.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ghoul31 who created a thread dedicated to finding the ideal golf ball for players with slower swing speeds. Our members have their say on what is the ball most suited to slower swing speeds, with a variety of models receiving a mention.

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.

  • Hogan9: “My SS is 80 to 85. I play the Titleist AVX. Many people on these forums tell it’s wrong for me. I’ve tried several brands and types over the last year ( Pro-V-1 and 1X, Cally Supersoft and Chrome Soft, TM TP5X, Wilson Duo Soft and the Snell MTB. The AVX gives me the best overall performance for my game. I’ve had to slightly adjust to how it reacts on chips and pitches, but the extra distance off the tee is well worth it. “
  • North Butte: “Maybe 90mph driver swing on a good day. Driver 205-ish hit 6-iron from 150. Pro V1x but I have played AVX, B330, TP5 with pretty much similar results to my favorite V1x. Also played the Chrome Soft for a while but it seemed to fly a little low and sometimes have trouble holding greens (or maybe I just didn’t give it a long enough chance to know for sure).”
  • Hat Trick: “Pro V1X – Spin and higher launch keeps it in the air longer, but at the same time that spin holds the greens – SS 96-98 mph.”
  • Kmac: “My SS is right around 95-100, and I find the QST to the perfect for my game. I will also play the AVX or Chrome Soft Truvis. But for the money, nothing beats the QST.”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from rbark11 who has sparked an interesting debate over single length irons in our forums. Rbark11 has been playing single length irons for the past seven months, and he is concerned that he may have issues changing back to regular length irons. Our members give their take on the matter, as well as discussing single length irons in general.

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.

  • mcs4: “No, it will not. Both my father and I are currently playing Cobra One Length irons after decades of playing variable length irons. It took both of us maybe a few rounds to feel comfortable with the switch. This weekend I played a round with my old irons, and it was different but not a big deal. My opinion is that there are pros and cons with each approach, but I don’t think picking one will make any particular negative impact on your ability to later switch to the other.”
  • Quadra: “I’ve played both. Right now I am back to VL clubs ( Wishon 560 irons). Find VL gives me more shot-making options. With uneven lies, especially with the ball above or below foot level, the shot seems easier with a more upright or flatter lie, rather than trying to manipulate a shot from clubs with only a single length/lie. VL = more shot possibilities.”
  • Aucaveman: “I played Cobra ftbo for a year. Shot my best scores ever. Our club switched to Mizuno exclusively, so I had my first real fitting. I switched to the 919 forged and had to sell the Cobras to fund the mizunos. Really wished I hadn’t. I really liked the Cobras. The shafts in the Mizuno’s are better suited for me but had I put the same shafts in the Cobras; I’d prob been better off. At some point, I’ll prob do it and go back to one lengths. I was perusing eBay yesterday actually.”
  • Brandons68: “I think that the consistency you gain from SL irons is pretty great. I have not played them personally, but have talked to several people that have, and they really like the feel of the irons and the fact that they swing every iron the same because they are all the same length.”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Jason Day splits with Steve Williams after two months”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day concerns the split between Jason Day and caddie Steve Williams. The pair have decided to part ways after working together for two months, with Day describing their relationship as “a disconnect of old school and new school”, and our members have been discussing the split and giving their thoughts on the brief collaboration.

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.

  • jimb6golf: “Bottom line the caddie doesn’t make the player. The player controls how he plays and that includes practice, etc. to getting better. JD has a few younger kids and probably can’t practice as much as he’d like and combining that with injuries he’s just not as good as he once was. All understandable. If he wants to get better, then he needs to recommit to the game and maybe even get his original caddie/ coach back on the bag. The others at the top of the ranking are all fully committed to the game and getting physically ready to play, but it takes a lot of time, and it’s hard to do with a family I would imagine.”
  • QuigleyDU: “So can we chalk Steve up as overrated now??”
  • wkuo3: “Jason needs to be healthy again ( if that’s possible) before he could return to the winning form. He can do well on the Tour with any caddy if, he is healthy. This sport wears on you at the competitive level, next to American football. Recreational play is fine if not done excessively.”
  • munichop: “Without a healthy back he will never regain the form he once had. He is another example of what I believe is the biggest legacy of Tiger’s career- the shortening of golf careers due to the all-out commitment to bomb and gouge golf. Certain guys will last longer than others, but in general, the bodies will wear out sooner from the speeds these guys generate.”

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