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Rory McIlroy: Criticism of caddie Harry Diamond ‘uncalled for’

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Rory McIlroy is hoping for a repeat of his 2012 Kiawah Island heroics when he tees it up at this week’s PGA Championship, and ahead of the event, he has launched a passionate defence of his caddie Harry Diamond.

Diamond began looping for Mcilroy in 2017, and the partnership has been scrutinized by some talking heads, with critics often pointing out Diamond’s lack of experience.

McIlroy singled out Diamond for praise following his role in the Irishman’s drop on the 72nd hole at Quail Hollow, and ahead of this week’s event, McIlroy revealed how critics of the looper are off base.

“This was supposed to be a short-term thing back in 2017, and I ended up really enjoying it, really liking it, and he – we made the decision that this was going to be a long-term thing, and it’s worked out great. We’ve had six wins together.”

I think the reason I wanted to single Harry out, as well, I feel like he gets some negativity around the relationship that’s very unfair, uncalled for. People don’t know him, don’t really know me. They sort of see things from the outside and from their own perspective, but they don’t really know.”

Mcilroy then went into further detail on the drop, which proved to be the correct decision at Quail Hollow, saying that if it wasn’t for Diamond, he likely would have lost the event.

“I wanted to make a point of Harry was 100 per cent the person that told me not to hit that ball on 18 in the creek, and if it wasn’t for him, I probably would have lost the tournament because I’d still probably be trying to hack it out of there. I’m like a dog, if I see a golf ball I want to hit it. It’s there. Or if someone puts a football in front of me I want to kick it. I saw the ball, I wanted to hit it.

He’s like, let’s just think about this. That was the reason I wanted to single it out, because he kept a cool head when maybe I wasn’t in the best place. And yeah, because of that unfair criticism that I think he’s gotten over the last couple years, I wanted to just make a point of we know what we’re doing out there.”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. James

    Jun 3, 2021 at 2:47 am

    My friend handles a Drimmel really well, but I wouldn’t let him drill my teeth with it. I go to the dentist for that. Same thing for a professional caddie. Your friend can do it. but should he?

    • Zzzz

      Jun 4, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Depends on what you need or want out of your caddie. Not every caddie on tour is out there crunching numbers, checking wind or choosing clubs. Some are simply there to carry a bad, tell bad jokes, and remind you when to eat.

      • James

        Jun 10, 2021 at 2:10 am

        sounds like you described Rory’s bag man

    • Steve Finley

      Jul 8, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      But in that analogy, _you’re_ the one who should be the dentist, if you’re a professional golfer.

      Really, your initial statement is dead right. It _does_ depend on what you want out of a caddie. I’m absolutely amazed — and appalled, sometimes — at the way players use caddies as crutches on questions they should be crystal-clear about themselves. “Off the right a little? Quartering in?” Jeez, I don’t know. You’re a pro. Can you tell which direction the wind is blowing by standing there and feeling it? /: Some of these guys act like they’re a machine waiting for input from the programmer.

      I don’t actually know why it’s anybody’s business. If Rory likes him, who cares? Has he won with him on the bag? Yeah? Then I don’t get why it’s a problem.

      • Steve Finley

        Jul 8, 2021 at 4:56 pm

        Oops, sorry — it was the first reply that said “depends what you want out of a caddy.” Which is exactly right.

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Lamborghini set to build golf carts with solar panels

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One of the most iconic high-performance car brands has officially entered the golf cart business. That’s right, Lamborghini is partnering with Kinetic Green Energy, an Indian electric-vehicle manufacturer.

Kinetic Green CEO Sulajja Firodia Motwani told Bloomberg Television that their new venture would create “beautifully differentiated golf carts,” which will also feature solar panels.

It is not a surprise to see luxury car brands enter this space, as golf carts are reportedly a $3 billion market.

The Lamborghini-Kinetic Green golf cart collaboration has yet to attach an official name to their partnership. Distribution is set to begin in 2020, and the golf carts are expected to be sold at airports, hotels and resorts.

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LPGA pros react with ambivalence to USGA’s new driver-length rule

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The USGA announced earlier this week that they would be implementing a local rule that limits the driver shaft to 46 inches. While Phil Mickelson was among some of those who were in outrage with new stipulation, LPGA tour pros were far more ambivalent.

The Korda sisters commented on the controversial issue during their press conference for the Aramco Team Series. “No drama,” Jessica stated. “It doesn’t affect us,” Nelly added. This appears to be a common response in the women’s game, which caters to a more finesse and strategic style of play, as opposed to the “bomb and gauge” approach that many PGA Tour pros have employed.

“I would only see something like that as a problem if 90 percent of the field played with something like that. I don’t really see it as a big point. You can do way more with other things– limiting driver heads or balls, stuff like that. I don’t think this rule will change much, especially in the women’s game,” said Anne van Dam, who also happens to rank first on the LPGA Tour in driving distance.

Sophia Popov seemed to sum up the LPGA’s common sentiment best, “I don’t care, because I don’t have a drier that’s longer than 46 inches. I know I heard some criticism on the men’s side, but for us, the shorter the driver is, the harder you can hit it. I don’t think it’s that big a deal… It’s something I just watch from afar and watch on Twitter and laugh about.”

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Introvert vs Extrovert – Study shows what brand golfers buy based on personality type

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A recent study conducted by Stephen Smith, chief psychologist at the UK-based Sports Psychology Ltd (SPL), sought to determine the brand preference of golfers based on them having either an extrovert or introvert personality.

As reported by FirstCallGolf’s Ken Klavon, Smith, who has worked as a psychologist to professional athletes in golf, Formula One, rugby, and football, posted a short questionnaire with questions on golf equipment preferences focused on around 15 brands, followed by a level of personality questions. 

The study focused on three main character identification questions for the personality section: Introvert versus Extrovert, Pragmatic versus Visionary, and Logical versus Idealist.

After receiving “hundreds upon hundreds” of responses, the data, matched up with their favored golf equipment, showed the following results:

Introverts

Ping was the preferred brand of 40% of those who were identified as introverts, while Titleist was next up for introverts, with 18% of those naming the brand as their favorite.

Extroverts

Callaway and TaylorMade were brands that 40% of those identified as extroverts chose as their favourites.

Smith’s data also concluded that “60 percent of golfers are sensory pragmatics who will be driven by the look, feel and sound of any equipment” and that golfers are by and large a group of consumers driven by a futuristic vision.

Amongst his takeaways, Smith said:

“This study shows that golf needs to be much more sophisticated in its understanding of the customers it is connecting with, and in the way it communicates to build that connection.

How do you get personalities to react to something, particularly a piece of equipment? No doubt the 2020s may be the decade when the psychology of design will be as important as the engineering that underpins it.”

Find out more about the study here.

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