What I Took Away From The Ryder Cup
Whether you love this bi-annual competition or not, there's no question that the Ryder Cup provided golf viewers and fans with more drama...more highs and lows...than you get from any other televised golf event. The emotions run higher than with any major, and the players are more wrapped up in external pressures and influences than with any other event, in my opinion.
I'll admit that I didn't glue myself to the television for the endless hours of coverage, but I did watch enough to take away a few things that made me go "Hmmmmmmm". So, here are my sub-stories, so to speak:
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Pressure will make even great players make stupid decisions. As far as the chunked short shots, I heard they were blaming the turf! Maybe their wedges weren't fit properly!!!
Pressure bursts pipes!
I noticed during the US Open most players could not resist the temptation to go for the short driveable par 4 even though it appeared to be an easy birdie for those who laid up. This was on a course where the winning score was +1! And of course Webb Simpson was one of the guys who laid up.
Got my juices flowing, and while playing yesterday it helped me relax. We all feel some pressure on the golf course, but it's nothing compared to what they must have been feeling.
Terry, if you'd care to comment, in your opinion how many of these poor shots are equipment related? Don't most tour pros carry wedges that have nearly all of the bounce removed from the heel? I know that is desirable in certain situations, but it seems to lead to shots that are sometimes spectacularly good and often times spectacularly bad. It wasn't just during the Ryder Cup. One sees a lot of awful shots around the greens from the best players in the world on a weekly basis.
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