Watch Tiger Woods look like an amateur
By mustang6560 on 1/17/13
Who stayed up late last night to watch Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, the current world numbers one and two, respectively, struggle in their 2013 debuts?
I expected Rory to struggle since he replaced all 14 clubs in his bag since last season, however, I was surprised to see Tiger struggle as much as he did. He did manage to get around the course in an even-par 72 but not before he topped his driver on hole 1, his 10th of the day. His ball finished well short of the fairway, which isn't something you expect to see from a professional golfer — let alone Tiger.
But, he did manage to best Rory by three strokes (I guess Tiger was right). Rory shot 3-over-par 75 including two double bogeys. The low light of his round came on his approach shot on the par-5 18th. Rory snap-hooked the mess out of his fairway wood, which was eerily similar to his snap hook at the 10th on Sunday at The Masters two years ago.
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Saw it last night. Rory's was a left-to-left banana ball and Tiger, well, PU is all you can say to that. But when stuff like this happens I have conflicting feelings. I could feel glad because hey, even the pro's are prone to sucking just like I do, yay! On the other hand I am filled with feelings of futility. Which is to say no matter how much you practice, no matter how much status you attain in the world of golf, you could be considered among the top 2 of golfers in the history of golf, and yet you are still prone to embarrassment due to terrible fats, tops, smother hooks, etc occasionally rearing their ugly head at inopportune moments. Why bother practicing.
Good points, LB. I always told myself that some day I wanted to be good enough to not have to worry about EVER AGAIN hitting some snaggly worm burner off the tee. Sure, some drives would go OB, some would miss the center of the club face and not go that far, etc ... But at least I could feel comfortable that I was good enough to never poop some sorry ass 75 yard roller off my clubhead.
After watching Tiger, looks like I am doomed to never achieve that minimal level of competency. Sigh.
Kurt the Knife says:
Beef eloquently touches on one of the more alluring and discouraging aspects of learning golf. No one will ever be the absolute master. Basically, as discouraged as I get, I'm learning to take an attitude that the pros just make fewer crappy shots than I do.
orders of magnitude one might say.
I see beef's points as a 'glass half full' (even the pros hit bad shots) vs 'glass half empty' (I'll never get beyond topping the ball) debate, and I prefer the former. I never want to let myself think "why bother practicing" (it's a dangerous thought in my opinion). So I may never get beyond topping it off the tee (that sucks!), but I want to eliminate them as much as possible.
Here is the reality even as bad as they stunk it up they still shot even par and 3 over. If I am stinking it up we are looking at upper 80's. If I shot 3 over I am telling everyone about it for a week. lol So practice, practice, practice I say. Wish I had there time to practice.
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