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Tour pro hits out at Bryson for not shouting ‘fore’ at WGC- FedEx St. Jude

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Bryson DeChambeau has already made headlines this week for revealing that he has not been vaccinated, nor does he have any plans for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in the future.

Less than 24 hours later, DeChambeau struck the ire of many again when he failed to shout “Fore” after hitting an errant tee shot into a crowd of spectators during his first round at the WGC- FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

As one would expect, social media did not react fondly to Bryson’s antics. Among the latest to call out DeChambeau was none other than the 36-hole leader at the U.S. Open, Richard Bland.

Bland was one of many to weigh in, as this latest video certainly provides contrary evidence to DeChambeau’s claims last month at the Open Championship that he does in fact shout “Fore” when hitting towards a crowd of spectators.

Amidst all of the chaos of the last 48 hours, DeChambeau still fired a first round 65 to sit three back of Harris English’s first round lead at the WGC- FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

The world number seven tees off for his second round today at 11:43 a.m. eastern time, along with Cameron Smith and Dustin Johnson.

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  1. Brian

    Aug 9, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    You shout fore when playing golf because other layers aren’t paying attention. Fans need to be paying attention. They aren’t going to hear a man yelling from 350 yards away. That’s just dumb to get all butt hurt about this.

    Do baseball players yell fore after a foul ball. No? Why not? That would be dumb too.

  2. Pingback: Brandel Chamblee comes to Bryson’s defense as ‘Fore’ debate rumbles on – GolfWRX

  3. Jack Kevorkian

    Aug 6, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Why would you take the death jab.

    • jgpl001

      Aug 9, 2021 at 4:39 am

      What a stupid, ignorant, unsubstantiated remark – stick to golf related matters

  4. Notgeo

    Aug 6, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    why hasn’t geohogan given his opinion yet? surely he never even has to think about yelling fore

  5. PaulVL

    Aug 6, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Bryson hits the ball 350 yards, like the fans can hear it. Fans should be watching the official behind the player signaling the ball direction. I sit at Torrey Pines par 3 number 11. Balls fly by us all the time. Even that close we can’t hear “fore”, but watch the official with the big paddles and duck when he points left.

    • chip75

      Aug 7, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      I think it’s the lack of intent that’s annoying folks with the hope that the crowd can be used as a buffer factored in too. I agree shouts can’t always be heard (I had an incident of a near miss and the guy on the other fairway didn’t hear me because the wind was blowing into my face).

      At the end of the day they don’t play in bubbles, marshals and other players can scream their lungs out and they can always recruit fore caddies and plonk them a few hundred yards down the holes.

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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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