News & ToursJuly 15, 2015

So "feels" is a golf term that's actually catching on -- and we're not sure what to make of it

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- It's official. Golf's lexicon has a new entry for us all to accept, even if it is a bit grudgingly.

"Feels" is apparently a thing.

Pardon us for our hesitancy in embracing the term when Tiger Woods dropped it in passing earlier this month at The Greenbrier Classic, and then again Tuesday during his Open Championship press conference. But now that Jordan Spieth used it in a sentence on three separate occasions during his Open press conference on Wednesday, well, it seems to be an actual thing.

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To refresh your memory, here's how Tiger first made reference to the term at the Greenbrier. He was asked the question -- ironically enough -- about whether Spieth needed to go to St. Andrews early to get in extra practice on the Old Course or if playing at the John Deere Classic was good enough preparation for the Open Championship.

"I think it's great for him to play, get the playing feels, keep the playing feels going," Woods said. "Whether you're playing here or overseas, doesn't really matter, (as) long as you have your feels. Feels travel."

Hmm?!? Good to know that there is a thing called "feels" and that it can "travel."

And travel, indeed it did, from Woods to Spieth. As he tries for the third leg of the calendar Grand Slam, Spieth was asked about arriving on Monday and whether there were positives of playing the John Deere and getting to St. Andrews late.

"Not necessarily, other than going to a place I was familiar with, I could get in contention and get the right feels."

Related: Jordan Spieth Slam-O-Meter, Wednesday edition

Later Spieth was asked if he picked up anything about adjusting his body to different time zones late last year after he won the Austrlian Open, then flew to Florida and won Tiger's event at Isleworth the next week.

"I think I can draw back on Australia to Tiger's event because it was a shortened week. It was a place I had played [Isleworth] but I hadn't played in quite a while, and I was bringing great feels from the week before, and that's what we set out to do here."

And in reference to getting used to the course, Spieth noted: "I think simple is better, go off of the same feels we've had, just try and execute fairway, green, and get into a rhythm."

However, did you see what Spieth did there, just at the end? He used the term "rhythm." Isn't that what they mean by "feels"? Did we really need "feels" to more thoroughly explain things when "rhythm" seemingly suffices?

I'm just not feels-ing it.

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