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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:00 am

Good job, Lefty.
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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:23 am

To shoot a 66 at Muirfield, Phil deserves to win the British Open.
What a comeback, from +2 to -3... a very popular champion although
many were hoping LW can make it, well done and with this win,
he will move up a few notches in the world ranking.
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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:52 am

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pocketace wrote:
I am gunning for Phil Mickelson! 

Yes I know hardly anyone won the Open if they won the previous week's Scottish Open

But I think PM is very motivated and enjoyed the challenge of playing links style

He has the shots to execute from his arsenal of shots

Hope Left will prevail.

If not, then I hope Paul Casey will give it a good run, his game is coming back recently

I also like Brendan Grace

Sergio? Hmm, I don't know.

If Phil wins, I will convert back to callaway for whole set Razz

Hmm... time to change back to Callaway again Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:19 am

BTW, was Stenson using legacy black irons?
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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:26 am

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mengteck71 wrote:
pocketace wrote:
I am gunning for Phil Mickelson! 

Yes I know hardly anyone won the Open if they won the previous week's Scottish Open

But I think PM is very motivated and enjoyed the challenge of playing links style

He has the shots to execute from his arsenal of shots

Hope Left will prevail.

If not, then I hope Paul Casey will give it a good run, his game is coming back recently

I also like Brendan Grace

Sergio? Hmm, I don't know.

If Phil wins, I will convert back to callaway for whole set Razz

Hmm... time to change back to Callaway again Smile

 Woah change whole set ???
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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:29 am

Not a fan of leftie....but he show resilience and a lot of patience to come back from 5 behind to win. and to win in that style and condition, i respect his dedication to his profession. many will think that he might have the right moment, but for an american to master the links, PM has put in a lot of hours training for this........
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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:31 am

He really powered his FWs to win. Classy act, Phil! Well done!!

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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:56 am

Congratz Phil, you deserved:cheers:  to win.....................
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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:58 am

its easy to say its the equipment....but every golfer on the first 2 pages of the leaderboard have special access to equipment that enable them to play better. 

at the end of the day, its still down to the golfer.....and for that, its the right motivation and will to succeed prevails over equipment, skills and talent.
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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:20 am

Genius of Phil'
Thursday.. complain abt set up..R&A Responds by watering the course

Next execute his strategy under conditions he desires
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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:25 am

I agree, DGman, but don't you think that given how the course played... luck was also a huge factor?

I saw golfers who hit great shots but because of a bad bounce, they ended up in the bunker while others who hit poor shots somehow were fortunate as their ball bounced in a safe manner and rolled up to the hole. It was somewhat erratic and frankly, I didn't quite enjoy this year's Open. It seemed far too hit and miss for me.

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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:25 am

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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:29 am

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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:36 am

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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:40 am

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Congrats to PM and his lovely family ... Callaway

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PM's caddy/friend/partner, Bone McKay was very emotional over his win ... He shed tears after the final round and he shed tears again after his boss received the Claret Jug ... Not only the golfer's pure talent & skill are necessary, having a solid and experience partner cum caddy helps ... PM mentioned in his post-final round interview that there were 3 irons that could possibly play the same shot because of the wind condition, his caddy helps him to decide many a time ... Superman
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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:44 am

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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:45 am

Technospaz wrote:
I agree, DGman, but don't you think that given how the course played... luck was also a huge factor?

I saw golfers who hit great shots but because of a bad bounce, they ended up in the bunker while others who hit poor shots somehow were fortunate as their ball bounced in a safe manner and rolled up to the hole. It was somewhat erratic and frankly, I didn't quite enjoy this year's Open. It seemed far too hit and miss for me.

 Luck favours the prepared....for this I feel Leftie had prepared well and hard to garner this win.

He thoroughly deserves it for the dedication in practice and perseverance to grind out the required pars and birdies.

Callaway
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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:48 am

Phil's winning WITB -

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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:50 am

Phil's winning putter ... Picture courtesy of GOLFWRX.

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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:52 am

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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:58 am

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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:00 am

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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:33 am

asahi wrote:
Technospaz wrote:
I agree, DGman, but don't you think that given how the course played... luck was also a huge factor?

I saw golfers who hit great shots but because of a bad bounce, they ended up in the bunker while others who hit poor shots somehow were fortunate as their ball bounced in a safe manner and rolled up to the hole. It was somewhat erratic and frankly, I didn't quite enjoy this year's Open. It seemed far too hit and miss for me.

 Luck favours the prepared....for this I feel Leftie had prepared well and hard to garner this win.

He thoroughly deserves it for the dedication in practice and perseverance to grind out the required pars and birdies.

Callaway

While I agree with the statement, I don't think it's a fair remark here. I'm sure a lot of the golfers came prepared but in this case, it's not about golfers not knowing that the green is fast, bunkers are deep or rough is thick. Rather, it's about golfers hitting really good shots into the fairway or green and then watching in dismay as the ball ricochets into the bunker or the rough, or hitting a stinger into the green but because it's more slippery than ice, watching into run way past and into the rough behind.

I know... it's all part of golf but I felt that the course wasn't necessarily ideal. There were some really good outcomes and some horrific ones. But most of all, I felt that it wasn't within the golfers' control which made it difficult to appreciate.

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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:54 am

PM mentions in his pre-competition interview how he felt that the players who would excel would be those that have excellent skill and "touch" within 40 yards ...

This week showed that even the best players in the world have problems hitting greens under Open conditions, and had to rely on how well they could scramble

Of course, to win, PM also hit a lot of fantastic wood and iron shots ...

So for us social golfers, perhaps the question we can ask ourselves is (and the answer will be different for each golfer) ... which is easier for you?  Improve your short/mid irongs, long irons/hybrids and woods to a level where you hit most GIRs?  OR improve your short game so that you have a chance of making an "up and down" or at worst 1 pitch/chip and 2 putts ...

I would hazard a guess that for the majority of golfers who are struggling to play to a "bogey" course Par of 90, you will get more mileage from sharpening your short game.  It will take less time and less effort as compared to trying to develop a technically sound full swing.  I am not saying don't work on the full swing, just cautioning that if your current plan is to wait until you have a sound full swing before working on your short game, the day might never come ...

Of course, for the more skilled players (those who aim to shoot in the 70s and below Par), I am sure you guys already know how to analyse your games and what you need to do ...

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PostSubject: Re: Preview: British Open 2013 @ Muirfield   Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:33 pm

Derek wrote:
PM mentions in his pre-competition interview how he felt that the players who would excel would be those that have excellent skill and "touch" within 40 yards ...

This week showed that even the best players in the world have problems hitting greens under Open conditions, and had to rely on how well they could scramble

Of course, to win, PM also hit a lot of fantastic wood and iron shots ...

So for us social golfers, perhaps the question we can ask ourselves is (and the answer will be different for each golfer) ... which is easier for you?  Improve your short/mid irongs, long irons/hybrids and woods to a level where you hit most GIRs?  OR improve your short game so that you have a chance of making an "up and down" or at worst 1 pitch/chip and 2 putts ...

I would hazard a guess that for the majority of golfers who are struggling to play to a "bogey" course Par of 90, you will get more mileage from sharpening your short game.  It will take less time and less effort as compared to trying to develop a technically sound full swing.  I am not saying don't work on the full swing, just cautioning that if your current plan is to wait until you have a sound full swing before working on your short game, the day might never come ...

Of course, for the more skilled players (those who aim to shoot in the 70s and below Par), I am sure you guys already know how to analyse your games and what you need to do ...

Very well said Derek and I completely agree with your thoughts.

In addition, I think when one is able to improve on his short game and able to count on them when one is having an off day with ball striking, they can still get up and down to salvage what could have been a bad round into at least a mediocre round, which is not too bad at all.

If one is able to rely on his/her short game abilities to get up and down in trouble times, it could even take some pressure off their long game and they might even swing more freely --> better outcomes Smile
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