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I'm trying to hole every putt I take, cup every chip I make . . .
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Sunday July 9, 2017 12:00 AM
QUOTED  I don't like "good par". Is there a bad par?


Examples of "bad" pars...

1-Driving a short par 4 then 3 putting.
2-Hitting a par 5 in 2, then 3 putting.
3-Hitting it within "gimme" range for birdie on any hole... then missing the putt.

However, I remember in a round many years ago hitting a par 5 in 2 then FOUR putting from long range for bogey... So "bad par" is relative.
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The goal has always been long and straight! But since I can no longer hit them long, hopefully straighter could be achieved more than occasionally?
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Sunday July 9, 2017 2:26 AM
That's not bad par, just bad putting.
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Sunday July 9, 2017 9:52 AM
Niiiiice Wendy, well played!
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Grandpa taught me to never complain about a par.
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QUOTED  I don't like "good par". Is there a bad par?



You've played enough rounds with me to know what a "bad par" looks like. LOL

[[Edited by robule on Sunday July 9, 2017 2:39 PM]]
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Meow lol
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Sunday July 9, 2017 8:24 PM
QUOTED  However, I remember in a round many years ago hitting a par 5 in 2 then FOUR putting from long range for bogey... So "bad par" is relative.

Nick, ouch!

QUOTED  That's not bad par, just bad putting.


QUOTED  Niiiiice Wendy, well played!

Ouch!

LOL!
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Monday July 10, 2017 5:56 PM
And the beat goes on...

It would appear that the use of the word "unlucky"...when it has absolutely no relevance or applicability to the shot at hand...has reached epidemic proportions. Case in point: during this week's LPGA event, ex-PGA journeyman Jim Gallagher Jr. employed that term on three separate occasions while describing what was taking place on the golf course.

In two instances, a couple of well-struck approach shots landed very close to the pin but then backed up a few feet due to the backspin imparted on the ball. As a result, the respective players were left with putts in the 4-to-6 foot range. Gallagher's assertion? Both players got "unlucky" with the spin. Laughable to say the least.

And on Sunday, Katherine Kirk's tee shot on the Par-5 13th hole was struck offline and ultimately rolled into a bunker guarding the right side of the fairway. Again, relying on all his "expertise", Gallagher chimed in that Kirk was "unlucky" to find the hazard. I just don't get it. What's so unlucky about hitting the ball directly into the bunker? As it was, Kirk's immediate reaction on her follow-through was one of digust, which clearly illustrated she realized it was a poor shot.

Like Mark alluded to in his initial post, this trend has become pretty annoying to those of us who expect unbiased and honest commentary from the announcers entrusted with describing the action. It may not be a big deal to many viewers, but it only reaffirms my belief that many of these on-course commentators are much too quick to blame a player's poor execution on bad luck. Makes me wonder if they took that very same viewpoint during their playing careers.

La de da de de...la de da de da
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Monday July 10, 2017 6:23 PM
I watched about five minutes of the senior LPGA tournament today and heard it once: A player's short-iron approach shot landed about 25 feet short of the pin and then sucked back another 10 feet after landing. Verdict? Unlucky! Like someone who's a senior golfer--played as a professional for at least 25-30 years-- didn't expect a short iron to back up when it hit the green?

[[Edited by Itslikeimsayin on Monday July 10, 2017 6:27 PM]]
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