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    baxter cepeda

    Whom really deserves the dog house from this team?

    Morikawas short game isn’t the greatest but this team clearly didn’t struggle because of collin.

    The rock hard greens offered a lot of awkward chips which exposed some of the boys, non more than Wolf (and Champ towards the end but this isn’t about him).

    Matt is a great raw talent, as his hat said, but should his short shots be this raw still considering he has been working with a world famous swing coach for a long time now?

    Gankas is arguably better than most at not changing certain things that most swing coaches would change; but the question is if he is also worst then most at not Changing certain things most coaches would change?

    Matt’s chipping is suspect to say the least; it seems his unique, downright weird backswing has a lot to do with it. He takes the club so far outside and has to reroute. It’s one thing on full swings with more time to reroute but it’s obviously becoming more and more of an issue on courses which require tough chipping to stay in contention.

    Hovland, who is part of this age group, has dramatically improved his short game lately. His team lost because the rook Ventura left to look for a white dove or something.

    Anyway it’s clear Wolf needs to dramatically improve his short shots. Its amazing he got this far against the elite with all these quarks.

    The hip twist, the crazy backswing, and now his attitude have been a mess; there’s clearly many things to work on.

    But again the question is if Gankas will try anything; or just keep coaching to do what the player already does naturally?

    All I know is if any of the 100+ FT kids (including my own) chip like doggy doo doo, I kinda put it on myself.

    Will Gankas?

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      Tom Edrington

      There are a LOT of troubling signs around Wolff; Signed wrong card and DQ’d at The Masters, first round 83 and WD from Workday, a small field with no cut; and more, very, very troubling signs and we will address shortly; as for Collin, his putting has gone to hell in a hand basket, thus the “paintbrush” grip, shows true desperation, doesn’t look anything like the kid who won the PGA mostly with the flatstick.

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        baxter cepeda

        You have a great point on collins putting grip Tom.
        Funky grips are so acceptable now this stuff gets missed.

        You inspired me to go back to watch his PgA highlights.

        He seemed to release the putter beautifully with a conventional grip. Imo At that point he was a young guy with a very nice stroke whom was still learning the greens on the pga tour. Morikawa putter was already separating him on greens unfamiliar to most of the field; like Harding Park.

        Time has made pga tour greens more familiar to Morikawa; but his stroke is less familiar.

        A pencil grip may avoid breakdowns but One would think it’s difficult to learn to release as world class as he can with a conventional one.

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          Tom Edrington

          Guys don’t go to those unconvential putting methods because they’re putting well…..and once the seeds of doubt are planted in your putting stroke, you’re toast.

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            baxter cepeda

            Again, it’s more accepted to try something different these days. It doesn’t necessarily mean spoiled goods.
            Collins is a rabbit hole which he can back out from by simply bringing back his conventional grip. Imo
            I’m not worried about him.

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