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Forum Thread of the Day: “Matt Every suspended for three months after testing positive for cannabis”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from nichho and discusses Matt Every’s recent Tour ban after testing positive for the use of cannabis. The PGA Tour announced that Every will be eligible to return on Jan. 7, 2020, while the 35-year-old released a statement voicing his disapproval of the Tour’s current policy.

“I tested positive for cannabis, a drug I do not abuse and a drug that I have a legal prescription for in the state of Florida. I have been prescribed cannabis for a mental health condition by my physician whom has managed my medical for 30 years.
For me, cannabis has proven to be, by far, the safest and most effective treatment.

With that being said, I have no choice but to accept this suspension and move on. I knew what WADA’s policy was and I violated it. I don’t agree with it for many reasons, mainly for my overall well-being, but I’m excited for what lies ahead in my life and career.”

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.

  • Matty01984: “I love how Every is banned for it as this time of year. Genuinely seems like they have looked at it and thought, right we need to take a stance on this (even though our stance is going to be ridiculous), let’s ban the guy over this stupid fall period when interest levels are negligible in any event.”
  • Chrisosterone: “Regardless of my personal opinion on the subject, marijuana is currently a banned substance. There are myriad other avenues for him to research meds for whatever medical condition he is currently afflicted with a banned substance. Simply find another avenue if you want to play on the PGA Tour. Case closed.”
  • Man_O_War: “He’s been an open user for years…guess he was dodging bullets for a while.”

Entire Thread: “Matt Every suspended for three months after testing positive for cannabis”

 

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  1. Jeff

    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Whoever thinks cannabis is a performance “enhancing” drug obviously has no experience with it.

  2. Brandon

    Oct 21, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    WADA needs to be done away with. Let Matty smoke.

  3. Moosejaw McWilligher

    Oct 21, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Unless they’re considering cannabis a performance enhancing drug, then this is a ridiculous and antiquated policy. Medical marijuana has been a reality for a long time now, and despite a certain push against (funded to some extent by the “socially sanctioned” alcohol industry), it will be legal in more states soon. The fact that it’s still “illegal at federal level” is one excellent example of why U.S. division of state and federal law is moronic.

    Why not ban alcohol use and nicotine? Both very harmful drugs!

  4. Matt

    Oct 21, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    The USGA/US PGA Tour can pretend to be “growing” the game with Play 9 and NBA-style promo videos, but this a public stance that reaffirms golf’s out-dated and out-of-touch approach to marketing its players. Just like baseball, they’re resisting change at all costs to cling to “tradition” at the cost of ensuring the game’s survival moving forward.
    The Euro Tour is double-lapping the US PGA in becoming a 21st century sport.

    • Stephen

      Oct 21, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      I agree with your sentiment and while baseball has a long way to go in many aspects of their league. They do not test or punish their major leaguers for street drugs. At all. The PGA tour could learn from them in this regard. I fail to understand how testing for these non-performing enhancing drugs helps the players or the tour itself or more importantly helps any players who possibly have a problem.

  5. Ryan

    Oct 21, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Geez, what’s next? Is someone going to suspend someone for 3 years for flipping off a camera man?……

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Courses that are now obsolete on Tour due to power in the game?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Titleist99 who asks WRXers if they feel some golf courses are now obsolete on Tour due to the ever-growing power element in the game. Some of our members list tracks which they think will struggle to host majors again, while others explain why they feel every famous course still has its place on the calendar.

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.

  • oikos1: “The courses aren’t obsolete because most fans enjoy seeing a course overpowered. Golf traditionalists may not like it but just look at other sports today. Sure, a no-no, once it gets to the 7th becomes interesting, but most fans want to see homers and runs scored. Same in basketball, no one wants a pro game ending at 60-54 and football clearly is shooting for high scoring passing affairs. The majority of golf fans just don’t want to watch pro’s grind it out every week. They want to cheer for birdies and eagles. They want to see if the impossible is possible, the potential for crazy good. Bring on the 54 in golf! So no, golf courses aren’t becoming obsolete. PGA Tour attendance has been on the rise the last three years. If anything, they are looking at ways to make the events bigger and will seek venues that allow for just that.”
  • LICC: “Some former Majors courses that are now too short for the majors: St. Louis, Canterbury, Northwood, Prestwick, Myopia, Five Farms, Wannamoisett, Chicago Golf Club.”
  • Obee: “The problem with the shorter courses is that the Tour players don’t like having driver taken out of their hands. And that’s really all it is. They get ‘bored.’I get it; it does take away a large part of the game. But I would love to see them play more short courses were drivers taken out of their hands on a good number of holes. But as far as ‘obsolete’ goes. None of the courses are obsolete. They are just different.”
  • NJpatbee: “Course design and not just length add to the difficulty of a course. Pine Valley will never host a pro tournament because of their inability to handle the crowds; I would speculate that even the regular tees would be a challenge for the PGA Tour pros. The Championship Tees would be a bear. Now, I have never played there, but I am available if any member wishes to invite me!”
  • Titleist99: “PGA TOUR might want to add a little rough to protect our classic courses..”

Entire Thread: “Courses that are now obsolete on tour due to power in the game?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “How hard do you swing?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jjfcpa who asks fellow WRXers how hard they swing and what the overall result is depending on what per cent they swing at the ball. Our members discuss their methods and how going after it harder or softer can rely on the situation and club being used.

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.

  • Moo: “Driver where it matters…100% Short par 4 where it doesn’t matter, 80%. The rest of the clubs, 80%. But, I think the % thing is a guess for me. It’s about control and release for me. I can get quick and get some bad results, so I’m always trying to find that balance point that gives me good distance, but excellent contact and direction. Also, at 54, there are days when my 100% is not the same 100% as the day before, so there is that variable.”
  • cardoustie: “Close to full past 200. 150-200 at 90. Short irons … 75-80%”
  • MtlJeff: “I’m not sure anyone, even pros truly swings at 100 per cent. Literally as hard as you can on every shot? Unlikely though it’s probably closer than most think. 80 is waaaaay to low. Do you know what 80 per cent of 115mph swing speed is? 92mph. I probably didn’t swing driver at 92mph all of last year on any individual swing. If you swing your 7 iron at 90mph. That would mean your average 7 iron you’re swinging around 72mph. I know there’s more to it than just pure swing speed numbers, but you get the idea. 92 to 95% is probably realistic for many.”
  • TheSphynx: “Ever since tiger said he swings 80% in that book… everyone’s brain is stuck on swinging 80%. I just have a hard time believing that when someone pulls a 7 iron, and their “stock” swing is 80mph; they have the ability to ramp it up to 100mph.”
  • dbornack: “I’m about 90% on everything. Sometimes I get a little too hard with driver, been working to back that off a bit. Which is funny, when I just “try to hit it straight” it ends up going further.”

Entire Thread: “How hard do you swing?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “58 vs 60-degree wedge”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from xyckin who is looking to find the perfect wedge for 100-yard shots. Currently, with his 60-degree wedge, xyckin excels on short shots and from the bunker, but without wanting to compromise on those shots, he is considering changing to a 58-degree club in order to hit a comfortable “high 100-yard shot”. Our members share their advice.

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.

  • ChipNRun: “It takes quite a touch to hit full shots with an LW – be it 58* or 60*. It appears you may be experiencing the lob effect with your 60*. The lob effect is the point(s) in your wedge mix at which going from to a fuller swing launches the ball higher, but not much longer. I have found the first 60* LW since before 2000 that I can hit reliably. Still, anything more than a 3/4 swing is unstable and unreliable. It’s not just with LWs. A few years back, I found a Wilson SW that picked up the lob effect at more than a half swing. Half swing = 60 yards / 3/4 swing = 70 yards // full swing = ??whatever?? In your case, it seems a 58* would give you a little extra distance to fill in your yardage gap.”
  • rt_charger: “Not to be that person but I would highly recommend not trying to choose 58 or 60 based on distances – depending on what manufacturer, chose based on bounce (some don’t have a 58 or 60 mold and bend to get loft affecting bounce) and on your need to hit lower or higher shots floppy/pitch shots around the green. I myself prefer a 60 to get more loft on flop shots; I hit it full once in a blue moon when I have a front pin, the exact yardage, and the right conditions to do so; I also carry 4 wedges and consider myself a short game specialist.”
  • dalehead: “I choose my lob wedge on how it performs around the green and out of bunkers not how it performs on full shots. If I need to take 10 yards or so off my 54 I choke it down an inch and make a full swing. Gives me better results than trying to hit the lob wedge hard.”
  • RainShadow: “I went to a 58* many years ago and haven’t looked back: more consistent full shots ( Rarely used for those) and same function around greens. I use mine as 75yd full. 54* goes 90yd full, 50*GW is 105 Full. Learned to control distances with all wedges and short irons….develop those golf skills.”

Entire Thread: “58 vs 60-degree wedge”

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