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What Zhang and Hossler mean to the sport of Golf

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I know Tiger woods qualified for the US Open when he was 15, but he seemed to be an anomaly  on many levels.  

What Zhang and Hossler mean to me is that younger people are showing a REAL interest in playing golf well, not just playing around with golf.

 

 This is a very good thing for the sport. 

 

Still, I'm not sure I can get used to a kid with braces at the mic.   biggrin.gif

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You are right, things are different. When I was in high school (30 plus years ago), we played whatever was in season. Baseball in the summer, football in the winter, and basketball in between. I was an anomaly because I played golf. A few weeks ago, I was in Eastern Oregon, and there was a football camp in town. In June. Kids today are much more focused on one sport. Which can be good or bad depending on your outlook. I personally like that I played everything even if it meant I wasn't ever going to maximize my ability at any one thing.

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Beau will be turning away a good amount of money when this tournament ends to keep ho amateur status...more than most of us make in 5-10 years. 

 

Tiger was talking about the future players coming from the east. These players do not even see a golf course for their first 6 months, they are indoors working with a swing coach perfecting their mechanics and then when they hit a course, they are so far ahead. 

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Good for the sport of golf. Bad for kids. It's generally recommended that kids not specialize in any one sport too early. This kind of focus is not going to help that.

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I have to agree with you Rusty.  I think kids are being pushed to extremes on some of these things, and(perhaps) are leading less rounded lives.  On the other hand, my parents let me quit softball when I was a kid because I didn't like it and now I wish I'd done it more.  I guess there is a balance to be found, eh? 

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There have been plenty of younger kids playing in the Open, Masters and other tournaments going back for many, many years.  This is nothing new.

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I too agree with Rusty.  Good for golf, bad for kids but potentially very good for the parents, at least that is what they hope.

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I have to agree with you Rusty.  I think kids are being pushed to extremes on some of these things, and(perhaps) are leading less rounded lives.  On the other hand, my parents let me quit softball when I was a kid because I didn't like it and now I wish I'd done it more.  I guess there is a balance to be found, eh? 

 

Ah, the joys of parenthood. :-) Damned if you do, etc etc. But I do think people always assume kids "are being pushed" to do these things, when it's not always that way. A lot of kids push their parents, too.

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Ah, the joys of parenthood. :-) Damned if you do, etc etc. But I do think people always assume kids "are being pushed" to do these things, when it's not always that way. A lot of kids push their parents, too.

Its easy to have a knee jerk reaction about kids being pushed, and I believe some are, but not all.  On the other hand, some parents may allow kids to bounce around too much and not find focus.  I'm not sure there is a rich tray, but I think you're spot on about the kids pushing their parents.

 

Watching Hossler in the US Open was interesting.  

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Meet each at their needs. 

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