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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Justin Thomas Critiques His Own Swing (Video)

Earlier this year Justin Thomas did a critique of his swing for Golfing World. Since he's leading another tournament, I thought it might be interesting to hear his own thoughts. Don't worry -- the video is very short.


There are a number of good things you can learn from this short video, but I think the most interesting thing is that he doesn't like how he jumps when he swings, although that's something that many players try to do now. He says he has tried to stop and, when he does, he can't even hit the ball!

So he says he has had to 'own' it and just content himself with the knowledge that he is hitting the ball well.

I think that's something most golfers need to learn. Everybody has quirks in their golf swing that are simply natural to them and, instead of trying to change those quirks, they need to simply accept them and exploit them to their fullest potential.

Again, this is a very short video but it's amazing how much you can learn from it. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

The Bunker Rules (Video)

Bunkers have their own chapter in the Rules of Golf. Maybe it's time you got the basics down. Here's your 8.5-minute crash course.


And yes, this video is only a week old so these are the up-to-date rules. Here's your chance to impress your friends with your vast knowledge!

Friday, October 23, 2020

Improve Your Game Without Changing Your Technique (Video)

This new video from Rick Shiels is deceptively simple and you'll be tempted to skip some of his tips. But you should be doing these three things on every shot.


The three tips are:

  • Choose the correct club for ALL the conditions you're facing TODAY. Don't just take your 'normal' club.
  • Choose the correct target based on your shot shape and ALL the conditions you're facing TODAY. And make it a small target, not a big one.
  • Visualize that good shot you've chosen BEFORE you hit it.

As I said, these tips are deceptively simple. But they can have a dramatic effect on your score. And you don't have to change your technique at all to use them!

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Just a Reminder

The Italian Open starts this morning. Bernd Wiesberger is the defending champion.

Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger

GC's live coverage begins this morning (Thursday) at 6:30am ET. It will continue at the same time on Friday, and will begin at 7am ET on Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Another Inaugural Event for the LPGA

And it's another Drive On event. The restart began with the LPGA Drive On Championship in Toledo OH. This week we get the LPGA Drive On Championship in Greensboro GA.

The Great Waters course

This is the last regular season event (2020 had a regular season?) before the Tour's final four events of the year:

  • the Pelican Women's Championship (another new event)
  • the Volunteers of America Classic
  • the U.S. Women's Open
  • the CME Group Tour Championship

There are only 108 players in the field due to the shorter days, but the field looks to be pretty good. Seven of this year's winners will tee it up, as well as a large number of past major winners. And we'll get to watch them in a four-day event.

Best of all, GC plans to televise all four rounds. GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 1pm ET. There's always a little extra excitement around new events and, given the circumstances that surround 2020, it's nice to have some good excitement.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Twofer Tuesday: ZOZO Championship

A confused Twofer Tuesday heads for yet another Asian event... and stumbles into California for this year's ZOZO Championship.

Defending champion Tiger Woods

The first PGA Tour event ever held in Japan returns to... Sherwood Country Club? The pandemic scramble continues as the second Asian event in a row finds itself staged in the US due to COVID-19 concerns.

ZOZO was a history-making event, not only for Japan but for Tiger as he tied Sam Snead's 82-win total last year. But if defending means you go to a course you're comfortable at, then Sherwood certainly qualifies. Sherwood was the home to the Hero World Challenge from 2000 to 2012... and Tiger won there five times and added five runner-ups for good measure.

But we don't know how Tiger's game will look this week -- it's not just his back, it's the havoc this pandemic has played with his schedule -- so I'm looking elsewhere for my Twofer Tuesday picks.

  • Last week I didn't pick Tyrrell Hatton because of the time and weather changes after his win at Wentworth... and he casually posted a T3 in Vegas. By all rights he should be too tired to compete this week. Therefore I'm picking him.
  • In fact, I'm going for an ET sweep. Patrick Reed finished T3 at Wentworth and took last week off. He, like Hatton, has been on his game most of this season. I think that game will work well around Sherwood. After all, a similar approach netted Graeme McDowell two wins and a runner-up here a decade ago.

I should note, in case you hadn't heard, that DJ is still not playing due to that positive virus test. It sounds like he suffered some mild symptoms and now plans to return at Houston. That was apparently announced late Monday so don't make the mistake of picking him if you're playing fantasy.

Since the ZOZO is in California this year, that means more prime time golf here in the US. GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 5pm ET. While I didn't pick Tiger this week, his past success at Sherwood certainly has to be taken into account when assessing his chances. After all, this course is like a second home for Tiger... and as we've all seen, 2020 has proven to be full of surprises.

Monday, October 19, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 CJ Cup

Winner: Jason Kokrak

Around the wider world of golf: Adrian Otaegui won the Scottish Championship on the ET; Phil Mickelson is now two-for-two after winning the Dominion Energy Charity Classic on the Champions Tour; Hayden Hopewell won the Nexus Risk WA Open on the Australasian Tour; and Matilda Castren won the Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship on the Symetra Tour. Plus, IC sent me these winners from the Asian tours: Yuki Inamori won the Japan Open on the Japan Golf Tour; Jiyai Shin won the JLPGA's Fujitsu Ladies Golf Tournament; and Hyo Joo Kim won the KB Financial Group Star Championship, the KLPGA's final major of their season. (Thanks, IC!)

Jason Kokrak with the CJ Cup trophy

I didn't have a very good week in Vegas. My Twofer Tuesday picks were Patrick Cantlay (T38) and Matt Wolff (73). Ironically, I mentioned in my picks that I would have liked Tyrrell Hatton if he hadn't had all the travel and stuff to deal with... and he finished T3. So much for logic.

  • Top10s: 23 for 56 (9 Top5, 14 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 2 for 28 events
Travel wasn't an issue for Jason Kokrak, who, as an ambassador for MGM Resorts, had played Shadow Creek quite a bit.

In fact, few players in the field (except my Twofer Tuesday picks) seemed to have any issues with the course. Their only problem was keeping pace with Kokrak and Xander Schauffele, who separated themselves from the field pretty quickly.

The back nine was pretty much just match play, basically settled by a Schauffele bogey on 16 and a Kokrak birdie on 18. Kokrak's final drive was so long and accurate that it was basically just a driver-wedge for him on the par-5.

Kokrak's first PGA Tour win took ten years and some teamwork -- specifically, Jason credited his caddie David Robinson for reading his putts and recommending he go to a 36" putter earlier this season. Never underestimate the caddies, folks!

So along with all the long-awaited bling, Jason Kokrak also picks up his first Limerick Summary. In my opinion, it was certainly worth the wait!

A decade spent chasing a dream
Got real with the help of his team.
Jason picked up the prize;
Now he’s one of the guys
Who rose up to the top, just like cream.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.