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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Snedeker's Take on Tiger's Return

Randall Mell's post at golfchannel.com is about Tiger's play at the Honda, as seen by Brandt Snedeker. Sneds played with Tiger at Torrey Pines as well as at PGA National, so he's got some realistic perspective on Tiger's improvement so far this season.

Tiger's fist pump Friday afternoon

Personally, I'll just note that Tiger's driving was better at Genesis last week than it was at Farmers, even though he didn't make the cut. And I think the fact that he doesn't have to hit driver on every hole at the Honda certainly helps him in PGA National's tough conditions.

But I really like Tiger's attitude right now. He's still looking at this return as a project that's going to take time. That may end up being the ultimate key to his success.

And if he keeps this incremental progress going, he may actually be a threat at Augusta this year. Wouldn't that be cool?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Bobby Jones on Short Irons (Video)

This old video lesson from Bobby Jones has a surprise in it, one that I've not heard anybody mention before. Can you tell what it is?



The video is full of all kinds of advice on playing short irons. (Depending on who you ask, the mashie-niblick is closest to what we call a 7-iron or even an 8-iron these days.) And you can learn a lot just by watching his rhythm.

But if you pay attention to his swings, especially near the end of the video where he is shown from several angles (in front, behind, above), you'll see that Bobby Jones chicken-winged his left arm just like Jordan Spieth. Surprised?

I guess there really isn't anything new under the sun.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Craig Renshaw's Slope Putting Drill (Video)

GCA coach Craig Renshaw showed this little drill to help you improve your uphill and downhill putting... but I'm going to alter it and create a greens-reading drill.



Craig's drill is simple: Just place tees at various distances on a slope and putt from either end, trying to get your distance correct. This is a great drill that you can use anywhere on the practice green; you don't even need a hole.

NOW let's turn it into a greens-reading drill!

Here's what I want you to do: Find a slope on the green, just as Craig suggests. But I want you to place the tees ACROSS the slope, not up and down along it! If you do this, you can practice several putting distances with the same amount of sideslope. This will help you learn how distance affects the force you need to hit the ball to different holes on the same slope.

Might make an interesting competitive drill during a boring practice session as well.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The LPGA Heads for Thailand

The LPGA takes a short hop and a skip over to Thailand for the third event of the season, the Honda LPGA Thailand, a limited field event that nevertheless always manages to generate an exciting competition.

Six LPGAers

We do, of course, get the "local color" for which the LPGA is developing a reputation -- like the photo op with the Jakapat Thai national costumes shown in the photo above. Showcasing the outfits are (I think I got them in the right order) Supamas Sangchan, Alison Lee, Moriya Jutanugarn, Brooke Henderson, Bo Mee Lee and Muni He.

There are only around 70 players in this event, but that doesn't mean there's no star power. For example, the Top6 from the Rolex Rankings are there:
  1. Shanshan Feng
  2. Sung Hyun Park
  3. So Yeon Ryu
  4. Lexi Thompson
  5. Anna Nordqvist
  6. In Gee Chun
Along with defending champion Amy Yang, who also won this event in 2015, and 2018's first two winners.Brittany Lincicome and Jin Young Ko, there are also six players from Thailand in the field (Ariya Jutanugarn, Moriya Jutanugarn, Saranporn Langkulgasettrin, Benyapa Niphatsophon, Pornanong Phatlum, and Supamas Sangchan). You can get other details from Tony Jesselli's preview over at his blog, as well as the two LPGA posts here and here about the event.

Perhaps the biggest news I can pass on to you is the TV time. I was afraid this event would be too late for the eastern US to see it, but the LPGA website says that GC will be carrying the event beginning tonight at 10pm ET for four hours. It's a bit rough having to go up against the Olympics, but if you'd rather see a warm weather sport...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Adam Kolloff on Hitting Hybrids

Golf Digest instructor Adam Kolloff recently wrote a short article called Get The Most Out Of Your Hybrid. It focuses on hitting hybrids from the rough.

Gripping a hybrid

Kolloff has four tips to improve your hybrid play from the rough.
  1. Keep a firm grip so the face doesn't twist open or closed.
  2. Play the ball in the center of your stance.
  3. Don't sway off the ball. Try to stay very steady over the shot so you can hit down sharply on it.
  4. Be sure to accelerate through the rough.
That tip about playing the ball in the center of your stance is important. Kolloff says that too many players try to play the ball forward like a fairway wood, but I imagine just as many set up with the ball too far back in their stance like a wedge. Hybrids have straighter faces than wedges, so playing the ball too far back can drive it deeper into the rough rather than popping it out of the grass.

These are simple things, I know. But it's usually the simple things that trip us up.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 Genesis Open

Winner: Bubba Watson

Around the wider world of golf: Jin Young Ko won wire-to-wire in her first official start as an LPGA member -- only the second woman ever to do so -- at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; Joost Luiten won the inaugural NBO Oman Open on the ET; and Joe Durant won the Chubb Classic on the Champions Tour.

Bubba Watson with his third Genesis Open trophy

It appears that Bubba Watson is back on the golf map. And contrary to rumors of his impending retirement, he intends to stay there.

At least for a couple more years.

After a solid year of health problems, equipment changes and who knows what else, Bubba is back to his old self. That means, of course, that he's making news for more than his golf, such as playing in the NBA Celebrity Basketball Tournament in the middle of the Genesis Open.

And I mean no disrespect when I say that. Bubba is one of those folks who thrives on variety, on trying different things and not taking himself too seriously. The Bubba Watson who was "playing" all over Hollywood this past week was also playing some of his best golf -- golf we've all been waiting to see again.

He picked a great place to do it, as well. After successfully holding off the likes of Patrick Cantlay, Kevin Na, Phil Mickelson, Tony Finau and Scott Stallings with a bogey-free three-under on the back nine, Bubba joined Ben Hogan and Lloyd Mangrum as the only three-time winners at Riviera. That's pretty good company he's keeping!

So it's nice to welcome Bubba back to the winner's circle after a long absence... and just in time for this year's Ryder Cup! Here's a fresh Limerick Summary for your collection, big fella:
The last round was close, nip and tuck
Between several players, but luck
Was against all but one—
Bubba’s three-under run
Down the stretch left them all thunderstruck.
The photo came from the golf-monthly.co.uk website.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Birdies Strike Back (Video)

This is really short, but it's hilarious. In case you missed it, all those birdies Justin Thomas has been making took revenge against him and Amanda Balionis during a post-round interview Saturday.

Yeah, I know. Sometimes the smallest things entertain me. At least it's better than playing with a rubber band.