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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Wally Armstrong's Drill for Better Shots Off the Tee (Video)

Wally Armstrong from Golf Tips Magazine calls this drill "sweeping the dew." It's an easy drill you can do on the teebox before your shot.



Placing the clubhead on the ground well back in your stance, then dragging it along the ground and up to a full finish can help your drive in a number of ways.
  • It helps you learn to stay more level during your downswing. Many players think they lift their heads when they actually straighten their knees.
  • It helps you learn to turn fully into your finish. If your shoulders stop turning too soon, that's going to affect how square your clubface is at impact.
  • It teaches you how far to stand from the ball.
I think that last one may be the biggest advantage of this drill. If you stand too close to the ball, you won't be able to use your knees properly, and if you're too far away you'll lose your balance very easily. And it will help flatten your swing just enough to prevent an over-the-top or pull swing.

Yes, I know I harp on ball position all the time. But a huge number of swing problems are caused by incorrect ball position, and yet it's one of the easiest things to fix because it's just a setup issue.

If you do this drill correctly, you should feel rhythmic and balanced all the way to your finish. That, in conjunction with correct ball position, should really help your tee shots with a minimum of practice.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Wie Out for the Rest of the Season

In case you somehow missed it, Michelle Wie's wrist finally got the better of her. She's fought it all year, taking cortisone shots, skipping events to rest and rebuilding her swing again, all in hopes of avoiding surgery. Alas, it was not to be. The deed is done and she's done for the year.




I think John Mayer once said, “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” ☺️ A lot of people have been asking me what’s been going on with my hand and I haven’t shared much, because I wasn’t sure what was going on myself. After countless MRI’s, X-rays, CT scans, and doctor consultations, I was diagnosed with having a small Avulsion Fracture, bone spurring, and nerve entrapment in my right hand. After 3 cortisone injections and some rest following the British Open, we were hoping it was going to be enough to grind through the rest of the season, but it just wasn’t enough to get me through. So I made the decision after Hana Bank to withdraw from the rest of the season, come back to the states, and get surgery to fix these issues. It’s been disheartening dealing with pain in my hand all year but hopefully I am finally on the path to being and STAYING pain free! Happy to announce that surgery was a success today and I cannot wait to start my rehab so that I can come back stronger and healthier than ever. Huge thank you to Dr. Weiland’s team at HSS for taking great care of me throughout this process and to all my fans for your unwavering support. It truly means the world to me. ❤️ I’ll be back soon guys!!!! Promise 🤝
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Personally, I think it shows just how tough and how determined Michelle is to play. Say what you like about her lack of wins, she's been dogged by injuries since her teen years and yet she just keeps coming back. Hopefully she'll start next year the way she started this one, with a win.

In the meantime, get well soon, Wiesy!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Who Says Laura Davies's Best Days Are Past?

This is the first year that there have been two senior women's majors.

Dame Laura Davies owns both trophies. Need I say more?

Laura Davies with Senior LPGA trophy

This one wasn't as easy as her 10-stroke romp at the US Senior Women's Open. The wind howled at 25mph and, as best as I can tell, she still tied the best score of the day with a 70. She beat the field by four strokes in tough conditions.

I'm now watching to see if she can take this form back to the main tour. She HAS to have gotten some real confidence from these performances. Way to go, Laura!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Dame's at It Again!

It was just a few months ago that Dame Laura Davies blitzed the field at the Senior Women's Open by ten strokes. And while she doesn't look to put on that kind of show this week, Laura is once again in the lead at the LPGA Senior Championship.

Laura Davies putting at the French Lick course

It's been cold and windy at the French Lick course in Indiana (and for those of you overseas who might not know, French Lick IN is famous for being the home of NBA legend Larry Bird) so it's put a bit of a damper on the scoring. After two rounds there are only nine players under par and Laura has a two-shot lead at -6 (68-70).

Laura finished her first round with two bogeys, then added two more in the first four holes of her second round before righting the ship to take the second round lead. Her closest competitor, Brandie Burton, has been on a roller coaster, shooting 74-66. And the oldest player in the field, Jane Crafter, is at -3 after rounds of 70-71. Silvia Cavalleri is also at -3, but it's hard for me to believe she's old enough to be in this field (LPGA seniors start at 45).

Perhaps that just shows my own age.

Anyway, the final round is today. I'm going to miss it because of work but at least I can check the scores on the LPGA's live leaderboard. If you're where you can watch it, GC will carry it at 4-6pm ET.

I'll be interested to see if Laura can make it two in a row, regardless of the victory margin. She's definitely making a good go of it so far.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The New Rules for Greens Books

We knew it was coming but the USGA and the R&A finalized their decision on how green-reading books will be regulated.

Typical greens book page

The new rules will limit the size of the books, the scale of the diagrams and even how you read them. (That last bit is the most interesting to me.)
  • The books' size will be limited to 4.5x7 inches, which makes them small enough to put in a pocket.
  • But you could just use smaller print, right? Au contraire, mon ami! The scale at which you draw the books will be limited to 3/8 inch of page for every 5 yards of green (1:480).
  • And just to make sure nobody tries microprinting the details, you can't use a magnifying glass or anything other than prescription eyeglasses to read the books.
The two ruling bodies will continue to allow handwritten notes as long as the writers are the player or his caddie -- in other words, no mass printing of the handwriting!

How is this going to affect the game? I don't know for sure. I suspect we may see a surge in the number of players using AimPoint Express, and I won't be surprised if some enterprising player (Bryson, are you listening?) figures out some new way to notate the contours of the green. All those tiny little arrows you see on the photo above? A few well-placed and well-drawn complex curves might give players the same amount of info without requiring so much detail.

Of course, that would make greens book reading more of an art. But that IS what the ruling bodies are after, isn't it?

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 CIMB Classic

Winner: Marc Leishman

Around the wider world of golf: In-Gee Chun blitzed the field to win the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship; Bernhard Langer did likewise at the SAS Championship on the Champions Tour; Jared Wolfe won the Volvo Abierto de Chile on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Nick Voke won the Clearwater Bay Open (and a Web.com Tour card) on the PGA TOUR China; Eddie Pepperell won the Sky Sports British Masters on the ET; and Tirawat Kaewsiribandit won the UMA CNS Open Golf Championship on the Asian Tour.

Marc Leishman hoists the CIMB trophy

It only took five holes for Marc Leishman to make his plans for the day clear. Four straight birdies on holes 2-5 gave him a lead that he never relinquished.

And when he birdied the final hole, he left no doubt in anyone's mind that he could be trouble going forward. After all, he's won three times in the past 18 months... and the last two were five-shot blowouts. He set a tournament record (-23) at the 2017 BMW Championship and tied the record (-26) this week.

Oh yeah, the field will take notice of this one.

As for Leish, he knew exactly what his plans for the night would be as well:
"We'll sit that (trophy) in the middle of the table tonight and have a few beers and just talk about it and just have a good night with friends really. I'm looking forward to doing that tonight."
Spoken like a true Aussie. There's not much more I can add...

Well, okay. Just this one little Limerick Summary. Leish is gathering quite a collection of them!
The field knew low scores were a must—
And Leish STILL left ‘em all in the dust!
Once he went five shots clear,
No one else could get near;
All their hopes for a victory went bust.
The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Tommy Fleetwood on Chipping (Video)

This video is three years old, right about the time Tommy started his run back to the top of the game. I won't repeat everything in this video -- that's why I include the video, after all -- but I'd like to point out a couple of things that you may be interested in.



First of all, Tommy now carries four wedges. That's nearly a third of the clubs in his bag, which shows you how much importance he puts on this part of his game. Note that he says the fourth wedge he added, which has slightly less loft than a sand wedge, allows him to take longer clubs off the tee on shorter holes if he so desires. So this fourth wedge is as much a strategy choice as a short game choice.

You'll also want to note that Tommy plays a cut shot for all his chips. As a rightie, he lines up with his feet aimed slightly left and swings down his foot line, which gives him a slight out-to-in swing path. A lot of players and instructors these days prefer to hook their chips to get them running sooner. There is no right or wrong here, but you need to pick the one you think benefits you the most. Tommy is very clear that he thinks a cut shot is the best shot, so that's what he plays. Confidence is important in your short game!

One extra thing I'll mention is that, while Tommy generally plays his chips from a narrow stance, he says he does widen his stance for longer chips that require a longer swing. Note that he doesn't put a length on when he does that, so it's clearly a feel thing for him. That's also worth remembering when you're developing your own set of fundamentals.

And I think that is the biggest takeaway from Tommy's video lesson. You have to develop your own fundamentals, decide on which techniques you're going to use in your own game. I don't care what any player or instructor tells you, there's only one truth when it comes to golf technique:
If it works for you, it's right for you.
There are a lot of ways to get the job done, so the important thing is to make your stroke with confidence. Don't let anybody tell you differently!