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Golf Movie Madness: The championship match

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Hardly a “Cinderella story, out of nowhere,” it’s hardly a surprise to see “Caddyshack” in the finals of our Golf Movie Madness Bracket. Likewise, the “unfinished symphony of Roy McAvoy,” “Tin Cup” has rightfully booked passage for this ultimate voyage.

Here’s how we got here.

More directly, “Tin Cup” took down “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” The story of Roy McAvoy’s U.S. Open bid edged out the tale of Francis Ouimet’s improbable 1913 U.S. Open victory, 75 percent of the vote to 25 percent.

In the other semifinal match, “Caddyshack” topped “Happy Gilmore” 72 percent to 28 percent. The prodigious Mr. Gilmore’s tale was no match for the saga of Danny Noonan and the goings-on at Bushwood Country Club.

Now, it’s time for the final showdown.

Tin Cup vs. Caddyshack

Who wins, GolfWRX Members, securing the title of “GolfWRX members choice for greatest golf movie”? Vote below!

Who wins the championship match?

  • Caddyshack (62%, 971 Votes)
  • Tin Cup (38%, 592 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,563

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  1. GhostofKenGreen

    Mar 25, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Dead Solid Perfect is the only winner here. If you think otherwise you like white belts, cart speakers, and FIGJAMs hairDO

  2. David Sims

    Mar 25, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Tin Cup was a golf movie, Phil Mickelson, Corey Pavin, Peter Jacobson. There was real golf.

    Caddyshack was a movie about a motorized gopher. C’Mon people wake up.

    • Gene Ebert

      Mar 25, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      Dead Solid Perfect was a Golf movie even more than Tin Cup. That doesn’t mean it’s a better movie than Tin Cup. Caddyshack is the best movie on this list. Just so happens to be golf related.

  3. Michaele

    Mar 25, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Shocking that anyone could choose Tin Cup over Caddyshack.

  4. Rich Douglas

    Mar 24, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Caddyshack, naturally. Of course, it’s not exactly a golf movie.

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The Wedge Guy: Why wedge mastery is so elusive

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I have conducted numerous surveys of golfers over my 40-year golf industry career, because I have always believed that if you want to know what people are thinking, you simply have to ask them.

As a gearhead for wedges and a wedge designer over the past 30 years, most of my research and analysis is focused on these short-range scoring clubs and how golfers use them. What this research continually tells me is that most golfers—regardless of handicap–consider the wedges the hardest clubs in the bag to master. That’s because they are. I would even go so far as to say that the difficulty of attaining mastery even extends to the best players in the world.

Watching the Genesis Open this past weekend, for example, it seemed like these guys were hitting wedge approaches on nearly every hole. And while there were certainly many shots that covered the flag—like Max Homa’s approach on 18–there were also a great number that came up woefully short. Not what you would expect when a top-tier tour professional has a sand or gap wedge in their hands.

The simple fact is that wedges are the most difficult clubs in our bags with which to attain consistent shotmaking mastery, and that is because of the sheer design of the clubhead itself. For clarity of this article, I’m talking about those full- or near full-swing wedge shots, not the vast variety of short greenside shots we all face every round. To get mastery of those shots (like the tour pros exhibit every week), you simply have to spend lots of time hitting lots of shots, experimenting and exploring different techniques. There are no shortcuts to a deadly short game.

But today I’m talking about those prime opportunities to score, when you have a full- or near-full swing wedge into a par-five or short par four. We should live for those moments, but all too often we find ourselves disappointed in the outcome.

The good news is that’s not always all your fault.

First of all, you must understand that every wedge shot is, in effect, a glancing blow to the ball because of the loft involved. With 50 to 60 degrees of loft—or even 45 to 48 degrees with a pitching wedge—the loft of the club is such that the ball is given somewhat of a glancing blow. That demands a golf swing with a much higher degree of precision in the strike than say, an 8-iron shot.

I have always believed that most golfers can improve their wedge play by making a slower-paced swing than you might with a longer iron. This allows you to be more precise in making sure that your hands lead the clubhead through impact, which is a must when you have a wedge in your hands. Without getting into too much detail, the heavier, stiffer shaft in most wedges does not allow this club to load and unload in the downswing, so the most common error is for the clubhead to get ahead of the hands before impact, thereby adding loft and aggravating this glancing blow. I hope that makes sense.
The other aspect of wedge design that makes consistent wedge distance so elusive is the distribution of the mass around the clubhead. This illustration of a typical tour design wedge allows me to show you something I have seen time and again in robotic testing of various wedges.

Because all the mass is along the bottom of the clubhead, the ideal impact point is low in the face (A), so that most of the mass is behind the ball. Tour players are good at this, but most recreational golfers whose wedges I’ve examined have a wear pattern at least 2-4 grooves higher on the club than I see on tour players’ wedges.

So, why is this so important?

Understand that every golf club has a single “sweet spot”–that pinpoint place where the smash factor is optimized—where clubhead speed translates to ball speed at the highest efficiency. On almost all wedges, that spot is very low on the clubhead, as indicated by the “A” arrow here, and robotic testing reveals that smash factor to be in the range of 1.16-1.18, meaning the ball speed is 16-18% higher than the clubhead speed.

To put that in perspective, smash factor on drivers can be as high as 1.55 or even a bit more, and it’s barely below that in your modern game improvement 7-iron. The fact is—wedges are just not as efficient in this measure, primarily because of the glancing blow I mentioned earlier.

But–and here’s the kicker–if you move impact up the face of a wedge just half to five-eights of an inch from the typical recreational golfer’s impact point, as indicated by the “B” arrow, smash factor on ‘tour design’ wedges can be reduced to as low as 0.92 to 0.95. That costs you 40 to 60 feet on a 90-yard wedge shot . . . because you missed “perfect” by a half-inch or less!

So, that shot you know all too well—the ball sitting up and caught a bit high in the face—is going fall in the front bunker or worse. That result is not all your fault. The reduced distance is a function of the diminished smash factor of the wedge head itself.

That same half-inch miss with your driver or even your game-improvement 7-iron is hardly noticeable.

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On Spec: Homa Wins! And how to avoid “paralysis by analysis”!

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This week’s episode covers a wide array of topics from the world of golf including Max Homa’s win on the PGA Tour, golf course architecture, and how to avoid “paralysis by analysis” when it comes to your golf game.

This week’s show also covers the important topic of mental health, with the catalyst for the conversation being a recent interview published by PGA Tour with Bubba Watson and his struggles.

 

 

 

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