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Best ball striker you have seen in person?


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#181 Petunia Sprinkle

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Posted 03 February 2018 - 03:21 AM

View PostMalvern, on 28 January 2018 - 07:58 PM, said:

This player will likely require some googling. I stood on a range many years ago and saw Brett Ogle warming up near Norman, hard to split who hit it better. With a long iron Ogle was awesome.

Ogle won a couple of times on the PGA Tour in the mid 90s but got the yips.

What a great swing. Too bad his putting was so bad or hed still be playing.

For me, it was Bruce Fleisher during his prime on the old washed up guys tour.


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Posted 05 February 2018 - 10:01 AM

Stenson or Garcia, wow.
Just hit the damn ball.
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Posted 05 February 2018 - 07:19 PM

View Postsonnygolf, on 03 February 2018 - 02:44 AM, said:

View Postgolfho50, on 02 February 2018 - 09:36 PM, said:

Even Tiger was a big fan of Moe Norman.  Tiger talked about only two golfers (Moe and Hogan)
ever "owning their swing".  

Titleist tested Moe's ball striking one day and indicated that they had
never seen anyone hit balls with zero sidespin and even the Robots had some sidespin.

BS!

Did you ever see him hit balls?
If you had, you never would have typed those two letters exclamation point.

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Posted 05 February 2018 - 09:42 PM

David Duval in his prime was pretty sporty. Unfortunately his prime didn't last as long as it should have. Go back & take a look at his card from the 59 he shot, pretty eye opening how close he hit it on nearly every hole.
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Posted 06 February 2018 - 12:52 AM

View Postjonsnow, on 05 February 2018 - 09:42 PM, said:

David Duval in his prime was pretty sporty. Unfortunately his prime didn't last as long as it should have. Go back & take a look at his card from the 59 he shot, pretty eye opening how close he hit it on nearly every hole.

Should have never tried to change his grip/swing.... people forget how good he was

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:32 AM

View PostJackhammer993, on 01 February 2018 - 10:26 PM, said:

I would say Driver- Greg Norman
                   Irons- Johnny Miller
                   Putter- Ben Crenshaw
I know many here are picking Trevino and I’ve actually seen him play 18 holes twice. Unfortunately both rounds were at Spyglass Hill during The Crosby. Trevino hated that course and didn’t hide his feelings. Everytime he had to wait on a tee he would start talking about how much he hated that course, how bad the drainage was and how they should take a bulldozer to it. I think it really effected his game because he never played well there.

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 12:39 PM

View Postnbg352, on 05 February 2018 - 07:19 PM, said:

View Postsonnygolf, on 03 February 2018 - 02:44 AM, said:

View Postgolfho50, on 02 February 2018 - 09:36 PM, said:

Even Tiger was a big fan of Moe Norman.  Tiger talked about only two golfers (Moe and Hogan)
ever "owning their swing".  

Titleist tested Moe's ball striking one day and indicated that they had
never seen anyone hit balls with zero sidespin and even the Robots had some sidespin.

BS!

Did you ever see him hit balls?
If you had, you never would have typed those two letters exclamation point.

I described a story about Moe Norman hitting balls in the late 80s at a Senior CPGA in another thread.  I was able to play in a Jr Pro am setup in a group in front of him.

His swing seemed a little awkward but he hit everything pure. I was on the range and some other pros were having fun and challenging him to hit things in the range at Greenhills just outside of London, ON.

It is near a highway and had telephone poles running through the driving range. Yup, he was challenged to hit the telephone pole. He hit three drivers before he hit it, just missing with the other ones. He acted like it was no big deal and was kind of joking with the other pros saying 'see no problem' or something like that. He couldn't stop fidgeting and the only time he stopped joking around was when he was about to hit a ball.

Looking back, he was definitely a little 'different' as others have mentioned in the posts. He pulled up in his big car for the dinner and was dressed in a bright multi-coloured sport jacket and pants that reminded me of the Rodney Dangerfield character in Caddyshack. None of the other pros cared as I assume they were used to it. They treated him awesome and gave a standing ovation for his award during the dinner.

Never thought much of it, but looking back, I guess I was pretty lucky to have seem him hit balls in person.

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 06:12 PM

[quote name='Dave22' timestamp='1517938761' post='16803214']
[quote name='nbg352' timestamp='1517876393' post='16799900']
[quote name='sonnygolf' timestamp='1517643892' post='16787884']
[quote name='golfho50' timestamp='1517625383' post='16787322']
Even Tiger was a big fan of Moe Norman.  Tiger talked about only two golfers (Moe and Hogan)
ever "owning their swing".  

Titleist tested Moe's ball striking one day and indicated that they had
never seen anyone hit balls with zero sidespin and even the Robots had some sidespin.
[/quote]

BS!
[/quote]

Did you ever see him hit balls?
If you had, you never would have typed those two letters exclamation point.
[/quote]

I described a story about Moe Norman hitting balls in the late 80s at a Senior CPGA in another thread.  I was able to play in a Jr Pro am setup in a group in front of him.

His swing seemed a little awkward but he hit everything pure. I was on the range and some other pros were having fun and challenging him to hit things in the range at Greenhills just outside of London, ON.

It is near a highway and had telephone poles running through the driving range. Yup, he was challenged to hit the telephone pole. He hit three drivers before he hit it, just missing with the other ones. He acted like it was no big deal and was kind of joking with the other pros saying 'see no problem' or something like that. He couldn't stop fidgeting and the only time he stopped joking around was when he was about to hit a ball.

Looking back, he was definitely a little 'different' as others have mentioned in the posts. He pulled up in his big car for the dinner and was dressed in a bright multi-coloured sport jacket and pants that reminded me of the Rodney Dangerfield character in Caddyshack. None of the other pros cared as I assume they were used to it. They treated him awesome and gave a standing ovation for his award during the dinner.

Never thought much of it, but looking back, I guess I was pretty lucky to have seem him hit balls in person.
[/quote]

Im sure he had Autism....I heard

[quote name='nbg352' timestamp='1517876393' post='16799900']
[quote name='sonnygolf' timestamp='1517643892' post='16787884']
[quote name='golfho50' timestamp='1517625383' post='16787322']
Even Tiger was a big fan of Moe Norman.  Tiger talked about only two golfers (Moe and Hogan)
ever "owning their swing".  

Titleist tested Moe's ball striking one day and indicated that they had
never seen anyone hit balls with zero sidespin and even the Robots had some sidespin.
[/quote]

BS!
[/quote]

Did you ever see him hit balls?
If you had, you never would have typed those two letters exclamation point.
[/quote]

Fake news

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 06:17 PM

Fred Couples. I watched him for 18 holes and he never mishit an iron shot. Every one right on the button, it was amazing. I almost forgot about Moe Norman, I saw him at my golf club when I was a kid. He did a little lesson for us and hit every shot perfect.
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Posted 06 February 2018 - 07:27 PM

Fred Couples - so smooth and looked like he was taking a walk through the park even when his game was off a bit.
Duval and Davis Love III both looked strong at the 2001 US Open at Southern Hills
Tiger was strong in the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 06:10 AM

No doubt, Tiger!
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 11:59 AM

I saw David Duval at the PGA at Oak Hill in '03 and he was hitting balls during a practice round aiming at a range picker maybe 120 yards away.  He started with probably a wedge or 9 and would hit 5-10 balls per club, probably working to about a 4 iron and every single ball was in that 6' or so window for 40 or more shots.  That was pretty unreal.  Of course, I think he went on to shoot 80 something and WD after that.

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 03:21 PM

Echo a lot of the names already mentioned, Couples, T Watson, Tiger, Adam Scott, Joe Durant, Duval, Trevino, and many others are mega impressive in person.

Anthony Kim at the 2007 US Open, it was amazing to watch someone hit it so well, while caring so little. He had a terrible 3rd round but shot 67 on Sunday at Oakmont, 2 clear of the next low round. I know he's sitting on some massive insurance payout, but wow with that ability...the what if's would be brutal.

Rory at the 2011 US Open, on the range Saturday he was flying his driver over 300 yards alternating between a 3 yard draw and fade, he was surgical with his ballstriking. If I could buy any swing, it'd be Rors.
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 02:53 PM

I saw Greg Norman when I was about nine years old and his ball striking blew me away. Ive seen a bunch of pros since but Norman was still the purest.
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 05:11 PM

View Postldchristopher, on 11 February 2018 - 02:53 PM, said:

I saw Greg Norman when I was about nine years old and his ball striking blew me away. I've seen a bunch of pros since but Norman was still the purest.

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 05:24 PM

Ever saw? Ill go with who I played with. In 1971 I played in a high school match against Curtis Strange at Ocean View Golf Course in Norfolk, Va.  He was 15 years old. On the 1st hole he topped his drive to about 125 yards. Pulled out a 1 iron and flew it to a foot from 230 yards. Proceeded to shoot 65 in 45 degree weather. Missed no fairways and no greens.

The best I ever saw as a spectator was Calvin Peete at Kingsmill one year when he won. He was a machine.


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 06:27 PM

Seen? I followed Matsuyama and DJ around Oakmont the year DJ won. They’re both unreal. Played with? There was a guy I used to play with in various golf leagues who was a former D1 player. We had some epic “battles” for $10 trophies, but he would average 15 GIR and 4-5 birdies a round.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:50 PM

Back in the day they used to play a charity event in New Bern NC.  Strange and Couples in a relaxed atmosphere. Absolutely awesome. Up close and personal. Couples swing was like "butta" and the ball just disappeared. Followed Rahm and DJ at Wells Fargo last year. Stood behind Rahm on several tees, ball left so fast my old eyes had a hard time picking it up. Awesome!

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 10:11 AM

Been lucky that my club stewards at Birkdale when the open is on, so I've been very lucky to see the best since 91 up and close and without doubt the best ball striker I've ever seen is Sandy Lyle. Not even Watson was as good, just unbelievable strike and power. Pitty his head went in the early 90s and he lost his dad as I think sandy would have won more than he did. But his long irons, wow! Never to this day seen a ball hit as good, crisp and powerful

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 07:33 PM

View PostDave22, on 06 February 2018 - 12:39 PM, said:

View Postnbg352, on 05 February 2018 - 07:19 PM, said:

View Postsonnygolf, on 03 February 2018 - 02:44 AM, said:

View Postgolfho50, on 02 February 2018 - 09:36 PM, said:

Even Tiger was a big fan of Moe Norman.  Tiger talked about only two golfers (Moe and Hogan)
ever "owning their swing".  

Titleist tested Moe's ball striking one day and indicated that they had
never seen anyone hit balls with zero sidespin and even the Robots had some sidespin.

BS!

Did you ever see him hit balls?
If you had, you never would have typed those two letters exclamation point.

I described a story about Moe Norman hitting balls in the late 80s at a Senior CPGA in another thread.  I was able to play in a Jr Pro am setup in a group in front of him.

His swing seemed a little awkward but he hit everything pure. I was on the range and some other pros were having fun and challenging him to hit things in the range at Greenhills just outside of London, ON.

It is near a highway and had telephone poles running through the driving range. Yup, he was challenged to hit the telephone pole. He hit three drivers before he hit it, just missing with the other ones. He acted like it was no big deal and was kind of joking with the other pros saying 'see no problem' or something like that. He couldn't stop fidgeting and the only time he stopped joking around was when he was about to hit a ball.

Looking back, he was definitely a little 'different' as others have mentioned in the posts. He pulled up in his big car for the dinner and was dressed in a bright multi-coloured sport jacket and pants that reminded me of the Rodney Dangerfield character in Caddyshack. None of the other pros cared as I assume they were used to it. They treated him awesome and gave a standing ovation for his award during the dinner.

Never thought much of it, but looking back, I guess I was pretty lucky to have seem him hit balls in person.
It was a pleasure, and I left in awe every time.....Crazy!........"This swing can't hit it crooked, can't do it!"......


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 12:21 PM

Lee Trevino.
Calvin Peete.

Also Bubba Watson - he can do things no one else can.  I can't imagine what weird things he could make a balata ball do.
I watched him hit a 5 iron at Bay Hill over the 200 flag. Left to right, right to left, high, low.. then repeated at the 175 flag, then the 150, then the 100.
How he could hit SOFT 5-irons (they climbed, like they'd been hit with a PW or 9i) is beyond me.  And he curved those, too. Drastically.
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