I love Las Vegas. Not for the gambling, but for the people-watching. I'm fascinated with the inner monsters people allow out in Vegas. Maybe I love it because we see those monsters from golfers every week if things go horrifically wrong. The pros question everything about themselves and their game, then act surprised or embarrassed by their behavior.
That's what you get to do here: Let out your inner monster to ask those questions you thought you couldn't get away with asking at home. But unlike Vegas, you can tell everyone when your Twitter question gets answered without any shame! This week, even though the tournament is in Vegas, there are no losers. Only winners here.
The number of MDFs (made cut, didn't finish) is always dependent on the number of players that make the cut over 78, which is when that secondary cut is used. In last week's case, 82 guys made the cut Friday; the secondary cut was 2-under, meaning nine guys didn't get to tee it up Sunday but got paid as if they made the cut. That number can fluctuate depending on how many guys make the initial cut after the second round. It's an effort the PGA Tour enacted in 2008 to manage weekend field sizes.
No one is harder on Keegan Bradley than Keegan Bradley. That's great in practice, but it's hurt him on the course during rounds. The hardest thing for a golfer like Bradley, who's had such success early in his career, is to remember how the bad shots didn't bother him as much. Golfers are notorious for being able to focus more on the negative as they strive for a perfection that's impossible to attain. For Bradley to "figure it out" this year, he needs to get back to staying positive through his misses. I believe he can find that "happy place" again on the course this year.
First, I wouldn't rely too much on the ranking of instructors. Last year, Sean Foley was listed as No. 2 and priced at $250 an hour, and this year he fell to 11th yet his price doubled to $500. Two things about a list like this. First, it's instructors voting on instructors. So just as when the old football polls were done by coaches, they don't watch other guys teach. How would they know who's got the best teaching technique? They only see a sample of what the students do on the course. I've never seen Butch Harmon watch Hank Haney when Haney was with a player and vice versa.
Second, and most important, an instructor is only as good as the student allows him or her to be. If you understand what someone is teaching you and they only charge $50 an hour, that instructor is eons better than the person who charges $1,000 but you don't know what the heck they're trying to get you to do. Big names get big money because they're so well known, they are in demand.
Great question and the answer is both. Most players' contracts stipulate that they must play new clubs when available to them. They get around that with a provision that says they switch when they feel confident and when the numbers on TrackMan are equal to or better than those they already have.
When player switch companies, such as going from Titleist to TaylorMade or from Ping to Nike, it has to do mostly with money. I have first-hand knowledge of a case where the player was so unhappy with the new company's equipment, he returned the signing bonus and went back to using his old equipment for a smaller endorsement deal. The majority of golfers switch to the new stuff because the guys from the tour trucks show them how the new clubs will help them score better. Then it's up to the player to trust the new stuff in crunch time.