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Offline wily ole dog

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« 2019-Jan-09, 08:33 PM Reply #50 »
I find that just getting in the right finishing position is paramount. Body and arms need to be in sync. Sadly I can only do it in about 60% of swings. Hence my horrific scoring continues  :lol:
Hit a drive up the guts of about 280 the other day and then proceeded to hit 3 along the ground, finishing with a 3 putt  :lol:  a typical 7 :mad:

Conversely, topped my drive on the next only 150, leaving  200 to the pin. Stiffed a wonderful 5 iron to 5 feet and drained the putt:wacko:
It’s a great game :bop:

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« 2019-Jan-22, 10:06 AM Reply #51 »
PING is launching a new driver catching up to some degree with its competitors with movable weights designed to affect ball flight .... the likely price range of $500USD is well below latest offerings from Titleist Cobra and Callaway...first impressions I like the look but at this stage I doubt I'll be changing drivers.

https://mygolfspy.com/first-look-ping-g410-plus-and-g410-sft-drivers/

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« 2019-Jan-23, 06:03 AM Reply #52 »
PING is launching a new driver catching up to some degree with its competitors with movable weights designed to affect ball flight .... the likely price range of $500USD is well below latest offerings from Titleist Cobra and Callaway...first impressions I like the look but at this stage I doubt I'll be changing drivers.

https://mygolfspy.com/first-look-ping-g410-plus-and-g410-sft-drivers/

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What driver have you got now Arsie?

I'm hitting a 2017 M2, with a 3 wood length shaft in it at the moment.  Love it.

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« 2019-Jan-23, 07:24 PM Reply #53 »
Using a Callaway EPIC 10.5 degrees with Diamana 40g senior shaft ......I thought about buying the PING GMax and while it felt very good no apprecible gain in distance or dispersion...plus the trade in offer was well below an acceptable figure....a couple of years ago I went through a fitting at the Taylor Made Lab at Golf Central very high tech but my strikes were so poor they offered to give me the driver if I hit it straight....which I didn't do.

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« 2019-Jan-23, 09:13 PM Reply #54 »
If wily old dog can hit as he states he should change his pseudonym to 'gorilla'.  When I was a a bit younger and followed the pros eg G Marsh era they would hit 5 irons about 175.  If the gorilla hits that far with a 5 he should be close to scratch and I will not be turning up.  In fact he wouldn't need anything other that a 5 iron, a wedge, a sand iron and a putter to get around a lot of courses in a respectable score.
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« 2019-Jan-24, 05:57 AM Reply #55 »
I am  hitting  my PW 120.
Irons might be a lot better now then they used to be Timw.
If i am 150 to 160 out I am hitting my 6 iron

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« 2019-Jan-24, 06:47 AM Reply #56 »
Tim, a scratch player will hit it that far 9 out our 10. As I highlighted Im not very consistent. Sadly Im more like 2 out of 10  :lol:



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« 2019-Jan-24, 01:30 PM Reply #57 »
http://www.golfwrx.com/541732/pga-merchandise-show-2019-demo-day-recap/


Lots of interesting stuff to view from the PGA merchandise show in Orlando.

Pity the golf industry doesn’t have an annual golf show here in OZ I’ve only ever been to one this  was years ago on the Gold Coast it was there that I met the designer of YES putters who conducted a putting seminar...one thing he suggested to hole more putts is don’t move your head until you see a black spot behind the ball after you’ve hit the putt.

Daiwa has released a non conforming driver G111 cor 0.88 outside the limit of 0.85 on the market for $2400USD I haven’t seen Diawa locally for years I think David Jones or Myer had them when they were popular a mate of mine had a set of Daiwa irons which are long gone from his bag.

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« 2019-Jan-27, 08:49 PM Reply #58 »
If wily old dog can hit as he states he should change his pseudonym to 'gorilla'.  When I was a a bit younger and followed the pros eg G Marsh era they would hit 5 irons about 175.  If the gorilla hits that far with a 5 he should be close to scratch and I will not be turning up.  In fact he wouldn't need anything other that a 5 iron, a wedge, a sand iron and a putter to get around a lot of courses in a respectable score.
Tim
the ball travels further now and most clubs have been delofted , with the advent of recovery woods what was once a 4 iron is now a 2 iron etc
with WOD hitting (stiffing) a 5 five iron in times past he actually hit a (nice) 2 iron coupled with todays lofts and ball technology .
hope this helps 

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« 2019-Jan-27, 09:00 PM Reply #59 »
as an adject
I remember watching a interview featuring Jack and he said he could hit his driver further at 60-65 years of age than when he was 21 

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« 2019-Jan-28, 07:12 AM Reply #60 »
Tim
the ball travels further now and most clubs have been delofted , with the advent of recovery woods what was once a 4 iron is now a 2 iron etc
with WOD hitting (stiffing) a 5 five iron in times past he actually hit a (nice) 2 iron coupled with todays lofts and ball technology .
hope this helps

Very true Rats. I had some clubs made for me recently and my 4 iron is a 3 iron loft.
The off shelf commercial clubs started this a few years back trying to hoodwink consumers into thinking their clubs hit it further than others

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« 2019-Feb-03, 11:51 AM Reply #62 »

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« 2019-Feb-05, 10:57 AM Reply #63 »
I find it very odd that the game brings in new rules to speed it up but every one of the dozen different courses I have played in the past few months have all removed their distance markers from the side of the fairways. Usually a 150m post
We're now left with golfers wandering the fairways looking for sprinkler heads and the likes with yardage on them. Resulting in massive time wasting :mad:

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« 2019-Feb-09, 08:02 PM Reply #64 »

The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last


Yesterday Karrie Webb had 7 birdies for a 65.

Today she had 8 bogeys and one double bogey for an 82.


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« 2019-Feb-13, 12:49 PM Reply #65 »
https://www.golf.com/news/2019/02/12/they-can-keep-their-money-kuchars-fill-in-caddie-breaks-silence-over-pay-dispute/

‘They can keep their money’: Kuchar’s fill-in caddie breaks silence over pay dispute
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Kuchar's Caddie Controversy
A pay dispute between Matt Kuchar and his fill-in caddie, David Giral Ortiz, for the Mayakoba Golf Classic is still ongoing, dating back to November.

David Giral Ortiz, the diminutive Mexican caddie who goes by El Tucan, said in a recent phone interview that after being paid $5,000 by Matt Kuchar on the Sunday evening after the golfer won the Mayakoba Golf Classicon Nov. 11, he has not received any other payment.

The caddie said he was offered an additional $15,000, for a total of $20,000, but that he found that unacceptable. He also said he would not want to work for Kuchar at next year’s tournament.

For both player and caddie, the show-me-the-money aftermath of a magical week has been filled with frustration and disappointment. Ortiz feels he was underpaid. Kuchar feels he has made a fair offer to a club caddie who was with him for only one week. That the pay dispute has played out over social media without either party saying much of anything is a sign of the times.

In a Jan. 24 email Ortiz sent to Mark Steinberg, Kuchar’s agent, the caddie wrote, “I am a humble man, who takes care of his family, and works hard. I am reaching out to you to see if you can facilitate me receiving a fair amount for my help with Matt winning $1,296,000. I am not looking to disparage Matt or give him a bad name. Fair is fair, and I feel like I was taken advantage of by placing my trust in Matt.”

 
David Giral Ortiz, known as "El Tucan," and Matt Kuchar fist pump during the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
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Ortiz, a 40-year-old father, as is Kuchar, said he wrote in Spanish and used Google Translate to turn his words into English. He also said he received help from Americans visiting Mayakoba, the Mexican resort where he works. Ortiz caddies at the El Camaleon Golf Club, in Playa del Carmen.

Asked how he felt about the offer to receive what he said would be an additional and final $15,000 payment, Ortiz said, “No thank you. They can keep their money.”

In response to an email from GOLF.com to Kuchar and Steinberg seeking comment, Steinberg wrote on Monday, “The “reports [sic] on what Matt’s caddie was offered are wildly inaccurate. However, it is inappropriate to discuss those amounts publicly.”

Steinberg also represents Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, among others.

Matt is a good person and a great player. He treated me very well. I am only disappointed by how it all finished.
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Ortiz said he did not expect to be paid what a Tour caddie would have made, but said he believed his work and contribution toward the win was worth $50,000. The win was Kuchar’s first in more than four years. He has made over $46 million in Tour prize money in his career and is 10th on the career money list.

Speaking through a translator, Ortiz said, “Matt is a good person and a great player. He treated me very well. I am only disappointed by how it all finished.”

Shortly after the tournament, Ortiz said he hoped and expected to work for Kuchar when he defends his title this year. Asked recently if he would want to caddie for Kuchar again, Ortiz said, “No thank you. I’m a little bit pissed, a little bit confused.”

Ortiz said he wrote to Steinberg because he did not have contact information for Kuchar. He shared with GOLF.com three emails he sent to Steinberg, one on Jan. 24, one on Jan. 29 and one on Feb. 5. He said he has received one email from Steinberg, on Jan. 29, which read, “I am out of the country. What Matt has offered is fair.”

Ortiz, a fulltime club caddie, was filling in for Kuchar’s regular caddie, John Wood, who did not make the trip to Mexico.

A $3,000 weekly payment for a fill-in local caddie would widely be considered generous pay by Tour standards. The sticking point is the size of the bonus. A Tour caddie typically receives five percent of a player’s winnings, a higher percentage for a top-10 finish and 10 percent for a win. These arrangements are usually handshake deals.

Ortiz said that Kuchar said at the start of the tournament that he would be paid $3,000 for the week, plus an unspecified percentage of his winnings.

On that basis, in the euphoria of victory, Ortiz had hoped to make as much as $130,000. When Kuchar left Mexico, the caddie said, he was under the impression that he would still receive a bonus.

By Sunday night of the tournament, Kuchar’s smiling face was sunburned and covered in stubble. He and Ortiz posed for pictures together with the winner’s trophy. Later, Ortiz said the golfer handed him an envelope with his payment in cash in it and said, ”There you go. Thank you. Bye.”

Ortiz said the envelope contained $100s, $50s, $20s and $5s that it added up to exactly $5,000. He counted it after Kuchar had handed it to him and left.

In January, at the Sony Open in Honolulu, Kuchar was asked by reporters about what he had paid Ortiz. He said, “That’s not a story. It wasn’t 10 percent. It wasn’t $3,000.”
 
Kuchar and El Tucan pose with the winning trophy.
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The payment dispute became Tour fodder when Tom Gillis, a former Tour player, tweeted about it in January. Ortiz said he did not know how Gillis heard about it. He also said he was offended by some of the comments he read about the dispute. “I read, ‘That’s a lot of money, for a Mexican,’” referring to Gillis’s initial claim, that Ortiz was paid $3,000. But Ortiz also said he had read many supportive messages on social media.

Ortiz lives in a small cinderblock house that is a 20-minute bus ride to the course. He said with a more substantial payment, he and his common-law wife had hoped to start a laundromat. As for the $5,000 he made, Ortiz said most of it had been spent on painting the house, buying new curtains and a mirror for it and flying his young daughter home from Veracruz, Mexico, for Christmas. He said his caddie services at the Mayakoba resort were in higher demand since Kuchar’s win there. He said he makes as much as $200 on a good day as a club caddie, though half that is more typical.

In victory, Kuchar said of Ortiz, “He was definitely my lucky charm. He brought me good luck and certainly some extra crowd support and did a great job as well. He did just what I was hoping for and looking for.”

In an interview after the tournament, Ortiz said the most useful thing he said to Kuchar came on Sunday on the back nine. “’You need to calm down,’” Ortiz said he told him. “He was very nervous.”

The first ending was a happy one. The second was not. Ortiz said he still hoped to receive another $45,000 from Kuchar, for a total of $50,000, the sum he thinks is a fair share of Kuchar’s $1.3 million first-place check.

“Maybe I will,” he said. He acknowledged that it is more likely he won’t.

Michael Bamberger may be reached at Michael_Bamberger@Golf.com.

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Kuchar agreed to $3K plus a bonus turns out the bonus was another $2K not bad for a few days work but a lot less than Tour caddies would have received ....Oritz hoping for $50K but not expecting to get it seems a reasonable ask and a most likely prognostication ....when Oritz knocked back the second offer of $15K I think he was foolish...hoping that Kuchar would feel guilty and up the offer ...that didn't happen and Kuchar is looking a miserable prick...and Oritz is left with a miserable $5K.

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« 2019-Feb-13, 01:09 PM Reply #66 »
"that didn't happen and Kuchar is looking a miserable prick"

Which he is.

He probably took it from the Mickelson handbook.

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« 2019-Feb-13, 01:38 PM Reply #67 »
"that didn't happen and Kuchar is looking a miserable prick"

Which he is.

He probably took it from the Mickelson handbook.

Phil is pretty liberal spending his money from what I've heard.

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« 2019-Feb-13, 01:59 PM Reply #68 »
Also liberal in taking advantage of insider trading information and liberal in dodging taxes etc.

I could be wrong but has a reputation as a bit of a  :censored:  also.




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« 2019-Feb-13, 02:42 PM Reply #69 »
And he’s a cheat

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« 2019-Feb-14, 11:30 AM Reply #70 »
One for the unionists a bit up market for most I expect but the motto speaks for itself.




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« 2019-Feb-17, 02:42 PM Reply #71 »
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Matt Kuchar's mea culpa: 'I was stubborn, hard headed...I missed the boat with this one'
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PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — The PGA Tour has been more like the Apology Tour this week at the Genesis Open, at least in between an impressive first couple of rounds by co-leaders Justin Thomas and Adam Scott at a wet and wild Riviera Country Club.

First, it was Sergio Garcia, offering up a mea culpa for his temper tantrums that led to disqualification two weeks ago in Saudi Arabia, followed by a string of social media posts that showed him taking selfies with fans, handing out goodies to kids and making nice with the troops. Then the next best thing that could have happened to him did: Matt Kuchar.

After playing to a crowd that included more than a few hecklers over having paid his fill-in caddie a paltry sum ($5,000) en route to winning ($1.29 million) in Mexico last fall, not to mention a media and public relations firestorm that was quickly engulfing him, Kuchar issued a statement apologizing for the matter and said he’d paid the caddie, David Ortiz, the full amount ($50,000) that he’d requested.

Finishing his second round on Saturday morning, he addressed the issue again, this time fielding questions from reporters and explaining why he had a change of heart after only a few days earlier having maintained the original arrangement was a fair one and that he wasn’t losing any sleep over the situation.

RELATED: Let's break down Matt Kuchar's response to his caddie controversy and see how it's not helping

“I was stubborn, hard headed,” Kuchar said. “In my mind I had it as a deal is a deal, but after I won the tournament, a deal wasn't a deal. Not a good deal. Any transaction, all parties should come out feeling like they've won, and certainly in David’s case he did not feel like he won in that situation and I needed to make that right. It's as simple as that.”

Kuchar added that he called Ortiz in Mexico on Friday night but that the call went to voicemail and he left a message. The two still haven’t been able to speak.

Next week, Kuchar is scheduled to play at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

“I don't know if ‘soul searching’ is the right term,” Kuchar said when asked what the last few days have been like. “I think I live my life and try to live my life in pretty simple terms. I find things basic. You treat people the way you want to be treated. You know, that one, and then you put the shoe on the other foot. I think those are like two simple rules that I think I've always followed, I think everybody should follow.

“I missed the boat with this one.”

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Better late than never Kuchar wouldn't miss $50K it's just like a round of drinks Oritz should be happy now.

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« 2019-Feb-18, 08:05 AM Reply #72 »


ADELAIDE, Australia — The scissor-kick was familiar. Joining her father, Petr, her brother, Sebastian, and her older sister, Jessica, Nelly Korda can call herself an Australian Open champion. Dad and little brother won their titles at tennis (1998 and 2018); the sisters on the golf course (Jessica winning in 2012).

More specifically, 20-year-old Nelly completed the family Grand Slam with a final-round 67 on the West Course at The Grange Golf Club to clinch a two-shot victory over defending champion Jin-Young Ko of South Korea. It was Korda’s second LPGA victory, only five months from her first, the 2018 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship.

This one was special though. On the eve of the event, the rising American talent had spoken with no little frustration of her desire to emulate the feats of her nearest and dearest. “I have yet to figure out how to play in Australia, to be honest,” she said. “Last year, I think I was in every bunker. The courses are a bit different out here. So I'm going to take some time this week to prepare.”

Clearly, she did it well. En route to her winning total of 17-under 271, Korda made a remarkable 28 birdies. Only Angel Kim in fourth place came close to that total with 26.

“I think there’s something in the air here in Australia,” Korda said with a smile. “I’m just happy to finally be a part of the club. I kind of felt left out. But I was playing all day for my parents, and I’m really proud of that.”

Nelly Korda
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Korda's closing 67 gave her an comfortable two-stroke victory.

Still, this latest victory for the middle-child in this remarkable family should come as no surprise. Last year the world No. 16 missed only four cuts in 22 starts, picked up more than $1 million in prize money, achieved that maiden victory and established herself as a strong contender for the U.S. Solheim Cup side that will defend the trophy against the Europeans at Gleneagles in Scotland this September.

Making the team would, however, make Nelly only the second Korda to appear in the biennial contest. Sister Jessica was part of the first American side to lose on home soil in 2013 and qualified again in 2017, before injury forced her to withdraw.

RELATED: Bogey-free final round gives Nelly Korda first LPGA title

For all that high level of success, Korda’s stated aim for the months ahead is “greater consistency.”

“When the tournaments are coming thick and fast,” she says, “it’s easy to get a bit fatigued. So my Dad and I have been looking at my scheduling for the coming months. I’m not going to play any more than four in a row this year. That’s my maximum. Asia is especially tough for me. I find it tough to stay strong mentally after three weeks of that sort of schedule. It’s tough to feel 100 percent when you are tired, and that can lead to more injuries. I can tell when I’m tired though. My shots tend to start going all over.”

They didn’t do much of that in Adelaide, not during a final round where she started with a three-shot edge and saw it grow as large as six by the 12th, the result of five birdies in a six-hole run. Thereafter, only Ko—whose closing 64 was the low round of the week—came close to making a realistic challenge. Indeed, when Ko made her eight and final birdie on the 18th green, there was a moment of doubt as Korda dropped a shot at the 15th.

Only a moment though. Korda’s birdie at the penultimate hole—where she holed from 15 feet—restored the two-shot lead she maintained with a par on the last.
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« 2019-Feb-19, 10:27 AM Reply #73 »
Putters go missing for Perth play

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@hulabulajim CM today.

TOP golfer Wade Ormsby is fuming that he had two putters stolen from inside the locker room at Perth’s Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

A PGA of Australia spokesman confirmed yesterday that “putters were reported missing from the bags of six players” before Sunday’s final round of the World Super 6 Perth tournament.

Without his favourite flat stick, Ormsby bowed out in the first wave of Sunday’s matchplay knockout rounds after an epic putt on Saturday had got him through.

The thieves targeted top-ofthe-range Scotty Cameron putters that retail for $500-plus before the Tour-only modifications for pros.

“Please help...STOLEN out of locker room...not a nice feeling,” Ormsby tweeted.

Scotland’s Conor Syme was another victim even though his Scotty Cameron has the initials “CS” embossed on the face. French pro Adrien Saddier kindly offered Ormsby a similar putter before discovering his had been stolen too.

“The locker room is secured and we are working with the club, the security team and the police to establish how this occurred,’’ said Natalie McIlroy, the PGA of Australia’s general manager of Tournament and Event Operations

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What a low act thieving tea leaves getting into players locker rooms you would think the cops will have CCTV I know my golf club does.......one of my occasional golfing mates told me he lost a new Odyssey putter and a wedge a couple of weeks ago leaving them behind on the 18th green ...this was a Saturday members comp and neither club has been handed in ..hard to imagine at least one member in the following groups wouldn't have noticed them picked them up and FORGOT to hand them in ...bloody disgraceful :thumbsd:.

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« 2019-Mar-10, 09:29 AM Reply #74 »
Legendary golf writer Dan Jenkins passed away aged 90 wonderful tribite if a bit long on Golf Digest.




Finally, on Thursday night, March 7, 2019, at 90, His Ownself.
He long ago picked out the exit music: Vera Lynn singing “We’ll meet again.” As for the carving on his stone, while he supposed he should go with something Oscar Wilde-ish like “Ah, now for the greatest adventure of them all,” the inscription he floated at the Hall was more his style: “I knew this would happen.”
What it was, was great.
Dead solid perfect.
Eddie be funny.
A news dog.
Best In Show.
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