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What’s good for one is good for the other

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Over the summer, we saw more of the same when it came to slow play on the PGA Tour. Players complaining that guys like Bryson DeChambeau play way too slow and are holding up other groups. Bryson originally came out in the press conferences and owned the issue. He apologized to his fellow players and fans. At the time, I thought it was a very honest and professional thing to do.

However, a video of him later appeared on Twitter in which he told everyone the following. “Y’all can say whatever you want, but we’re having a f—ing awesome time,” DeChambeau said. “So screw all y’all haters, no big deal. I still love you all, even though you hate me.”

For me, this was the last straw. You have an extremely talented player that has the potential to make a great impact on the game and young players but chooses not to. Instead, he takes a hurray for me and to hell with the rest of the world attitude. A PGA pro dropping F-bombs and saying “screw all y’all haters.” Why didn’t the PGA Tour come down on him and hit him with a major fine and possible suspension?

Fast forward to the last week of September and the KPGA. Golfer Bio Kim got frustrated with a fan that yelled something out during his swing. Kim looked right at the spectator and flipped the spectator his middle finger. To some degree, I can sympathize with Kim but in his position, he still represents the Korean Tour and should do his best to represent his country and himself as a professional. The KPGA fined Mr. Kim $8350 as well as suspending him from the tour for three years. I feel that this is overkill, but I guarantee you that other players on that tour will take notice and not make the same mistake.

If the KPGA did this to Mr. Kim then what should the PGA Tour have done to Bryson? Mr. Kim made a gesture to one fan Bryson sent his message out to all of his colleagues and fans around the world. In my mind, something should have been done to him to discourage him from behaving like a jerk.

This is not about slow play—it’s about the men and women that represent our game behaving like professionals and ambassadors for the game of golf. This recent attitude that has infected all professional sports and society as a whole needs to stop. Can any of us imagine Jack, Arnie or any of the other greats doing this? Yes, we had an outburst from Seve Ballesteros now and then, but nothing like this.

As fans of the game and players of the game, we must demand more from the players and from ourselves when it comes to personal conduct. We must insist that players that are role models for our young people live up to that. I am not saying be perfect, because we would all fail at that, but at the same time, we can’t let poor behavior stand. Golf has always been a game for ladies and gentlemen with a profound sense of honor in it. We are losing that, and as fans and players we are the last line of defense.

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  1. Golfing Nomad

    Oct 10, 2019 at 7:40 am

    I don’t have a problem with Bryson the scientific golfer. He stepped out of the comfort zone and started something new in golf. As far as sporting role models and bad language or behaviour go, let’s look at great role models like Lance Armstrong, or some of the drug addled athletes of the three-alphabet sports, NBA eg, the wife-beaters, drug addicts, drug cheats, they make Bryson’s little dig pale by comparison. Ricky Fowler sometimes uses a pink ball, HOW DARE HE ! and his attire is somewhat flamboyant – good for him. deChambeau is not my role model but I might just make up a set of irons with all the same shaft lengths as my #7 and see for myself.

  2. Joe

    Oct 9, 2019 at 6:34 am

    he said a bad word! lets suspend him

  3. Oskar

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:24 am

    So much spite in one article..
    I despise slow play, and not too fond of Bryson. But his comments were genuine, and thats what the sport needs. It doesn’t need another person behaving like a robot towards the community.

    • Scratchscorer

      Oct 9, 2019 at 7:50 am

      I agree. Tiger dropped a lot of F-bombs and for the most part people appreciated a genuine reaction. The 3-year suspension is ridiculous. Fining Bryson for expressing his opinion on Twitter or whatever is even more ridiculous. It’s the over sensitive whiners that get offended by everything that will cost us free speech. I am wondering if this article is just trolling for reactions..

      • Golfing Nomad

        Oct 10, 2019 at 7:25 pm

        deChambeau has one of those rare attributes shared by golfers like Hogan Palmer Nicklaus Trevino Norman (2) Woods – c h a r a c t e r .

  4. Tyler Durden

    Oct 9, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Bryson living rent free in this hacks head.

  5. Bradley Read

    Oct 8, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    shut up whining maggot

  6. Jeff

    Oct 8, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Athletes are not role models, parents and community members are.
    Educate your children and this shouldn’t be a problem.

  7. Isitour

    Oct 8, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I applaud Bryson for standing up for himself and telling it like it is.
    Speaking of telling like it is, your article sucks.

    • Joe

      Oct 9, 2019 at 6:31 am

      hahahaha love the response. Great start to my morning lol

    • Erik Morden

      Oct 9, 2019 at 3:16 pm

      Right lets stand up for ourselves and tell the world to F off nothing says we are a civilized society like a self absorbed millennial puke telling the world to F off. This article is right on there should be a standard not a 3 year suspension for one player and nothing for another. Maybe the Korean’s have a better handle on what is acceptable and what isnt. Maybe the PGA needs to take lessons from the KPGA?

  8. kevin reynolds

    Oct 8, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    relax dude

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Watch for players lofting up at altitude at the WGC-Mexico Championship

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This week, at the PGA Tour’s WGC-Mexico Championship, we are going to watch some of the best and longest players on the planet play what will effectively be one of the shortest courses on tour.

Now, 7,341 yards is by no means a cakewalk, and there are shorter courses from a pure yardage perspective played on tour—Harbour Town, as an example, only plays at 7,099 yards from the very back. The difference is Harbour Town is played at sea level while Club de Golf Chapultepec is at over 7,500 feet of elevation, and when you factor in the altitude difference between the two courses, they play very differently—more on the math in a moment.

The altitude will also factor in how some players will be setting up their equipment and we could see some adjustments. The most obvious is lofting up the driver or fairways woods to increase carry, which is something Tiger Woods specifically mentioned last year.

The biggest misconception when talking about playing golf at altitude is that the ball doesn’t spin the same in thinner air and players “loft up” to maintain spin. Let’s get into the physics to bust this “spinning less” myth and simplify the science behind playing at altitude,

The golf ball is an inanimate object, and it has no idea it’s at altitude; the air will not have an impact on how much the ball will actually spin. Yes, increasing loft should, by almost every imaginable measure, increase spin but the air it travels through will not change the spin rate.

However, playing at altitude has an effect, Let’s break down what happens

  • Thinner air exerts less drag force (resistance/friction) on the ball. The ball moves more easily through this less dense air and won’t decelerate as quickly as it flies. But note that the faster an object moves the more drag force will occur
  • Less resistance also means that it is harder to shape shots. So you when you see Shot Tracer, the pros are going to be hitting it even straighter (this makes Tiger’s fairway bunker shot last year even more unbelievable)
  • Less force = less lift, the ball will fly lower and on a flatter trajectory

Time for some math from Steve Aoyama, a Principal Scientist at Titleist Golf Ball R&D (full piece here: The Effect of Altitude on Golf Ball Performance)

“You can calculate the distance gain you will experience (compared to sea level) by multiplying the elevation (in feet) by .00116. For example, if you’re playing in Reno, at 1 mile elevation (5,280 ft.) the increase is about 6% (5,280 x .00116 = 6.1248). If you normally drive the ball 250 yards at sea level, you will likely drive it 265 yards in Reno.”

Not every player will be making changes to their bag, and some will instead focus on the types of shots they are hitting instead. When speaking to Adam Scott earlier this week, I was able to ask if he planned on making any changes heading into Mexico the week after his win at the Genesis Invitational.

“It’s very rare for me to make club changes week-to-week beyond playing in the Open Championship and adding a longer iron. The one thing I focus on when playing at altitude is avoiding partial shots where I’m trying to reduce the spin because as spin goes down the ball doesn’t want to stay in the air. I’ve experienced partial shots with longer clubs that end up 25 yards short, and because of that I want to hit as many full shots as possible”

With Club de Golf Chapultepec sitting just over 7,800 feet above sea level, we’re looking at 9.048 or an increase of just over 9 percent. That makes this 7,341-yard course play 6,677 yards (+/- where the tees are placed).

 

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The Gear Dive: Urban Golf Performance owner Mac Todd

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In this episode of The Gear Dive brought to you by Fujikura, Johnny chats again with his old pal Mac Todd Owner and Operator of Urban Golf Performance in Los Angeles. They cover the growth of the business, what the new Club member experience may look like and much much more.

Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes or here to listen on Spotify.

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The Gear Dive WITB Edition: Adam Scott

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In this WITB edition of The Gear Dive, Johnny chats with JJ VanWezenbeeck and Aaron Dill of Titleist Golf on the ins and outs of Genesis Invitational Champion Adam Scott’s setup.

Adam Scott WITB details below

Driver: Titleist TS4 (10.5 degrees, A1 SureFit setting, 2-gram weight)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 X

  • Scott put the Kuro Kage in play this week. Per Titleist’s J.J. VanWezenbeeck, “Adam Scott switched to the TS4 driver at the ZoZo Championship due to head size, shape, and improved launch to spin ratios. This week, after discussions with Adam, he went to a shaft he had previously played for increased stability. He felt the shaft went a little far and he lost head feel. We went on course with lead tape to get the feels to match up then weighted the head to preferred swing weight after testing.”

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (16.5 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax P95 X

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (3-iron), Titleist 680 (4-9 irons)
Shafts: KBS Tour 130 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (48.08F, 52.08F, 56.10S), Vokey Design SM8 WedgeWorks (60.06K)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT Tour Issue X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Xperimental Prototype Rev X11 (long)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Scott marks his ball with dots in the pattern of the Southern Cross, which is featured on the Australian flag.

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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