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Tom Edrington

Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    baxter cepeda

    A win for Bryson 350.0.
    Another Big win for the anchored Kuch style putter.

    When Brysons final bomb on 18 Sunday came to rest in the 370s range, his ball was just 10 yards longer than the next two longest drives on the hole. That’s not much. Sure driving longer and better than everyone is an advantage, but it’s not much help alone.
    The real separator for Bryson was coupling those #1 off the tee stats with #1 putting, thanks in large part to the Kuch style method, which takes guys from zero to hero on the greens in less time than it took Bryson to gain 30 pounds to hit those Bombs.

    Bryson is to be appreciated, but at the end of the day a lot of his success only show the holes in the rules regarding equipment, most notably driver and these long putters.

    Both club issues bring up a ton of ‘good for the game’ questions.

    Sure putting and driving are still very hard but not for the elite. In fact they have become too easy. But Before considering bifurcation, consider all These amazing new generations of drivers coming out do not help Joe Blow very much at all.

    Most weekend warriors can probably hit the first generation of 460 cc heads as long as today’s drivers. The new stuff really helps elite players, especially the bombers. If drivers are dialed down, Bryson would feel it the most while Joe Blow would barely notice, if mr. Blow can even afford the new stuff.

    Even more than the need to dial down drivers somehow, is the painful reality that The anchored putting rule needs to correct this forearm loophole. I said at the time of the anchor rule change that everyone in pro golf with putting issues would switch to Kuch style and be very successful. And Here we are.

    As with new drivers, these forearm putters help top players a lot more than Joe Blow, who is probably not fitted correctly to begin with. Most weekend warriors stink with anchored putters as much as Regular style, but clearly Top players can use their resources to easily take advantage of the Kuch loophole to not only make up ground on the greens but even have an advantage putting.

    Back to the distance issue.
    For me Brysons new body and his increased temperament, seem linked. Sure he has always had a shortish fuse, but now we see it in a more bullish way in how he treated the camera guy.
    I’m not suggesting he is taking banned substances but maybe all those protein shakes, super intense workouts, not to mention golf and other duties are just too much for golfs brand.
    Bryson is concerned about how his brand is portrayed but should we be concerned how Bryson affects golfs brand?
    I will say it:
    His whole look is a bit off putting. I miss the old Bryson.
    Not everyone in golf will follow Bryson 350.0 or Kuch putting style. But the boys making the rules need to ask themselves if they want to end up with a bunch of moody, overworked bodybuilders using a crutch in the putting rules to overtake this sport.
    I sure don’t.

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