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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Rick Shiels Tests the Mizuno ES21 Wedges (Video)

Another Rick Shiels test, this time of some new Mizuno wedges. Rick says he has never cared for Mizuno wedges because they don't really stand out when compared to other wedges. But these wedges have given him something to think about, primarily because of their design. And since we often see manufacturers come out with variations of successful designs, I thought you might like to become familiar with these new wedges.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Don't Get an Unintentional Penalty! (Video)

This Golf Monthly video might save you some money on the course! Here are eight rules that golfers often break unintentionally, and they can cost you strokes or even get you DQed. It's well worth a watch.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Willett and Wallace on Spin Control (Video)

Over the last two weeks I've been so busy that some things have slipped by me. For example, I forgot about the new LPGA event last week (the Pelican Women's Championship), the ET event this week (the Alfred Dunhill Championship) and even forgot to do my typical Thanksgiving post yesterday. I'll try to do better through the Christmas holiday.

In honor of the ET event being played this week, today I've got a recent ET post featuring Danny Willett and Matt Wallace as they explain how they control spin with their wedges.

And in case you don't know the air times, GC's live coverage starts at 5:30am ET on Friday (today) and at 4:30am ET on Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

How to Chip It In (Video)

You're going to say, "Mike, this is the same old chipping techniques you've posted before!" But there's a big difference here.

You see, Rick Shiels has specifically chosen to chip from a spot where a good player would EXPECT to hole out. He's going to show you how to use those same old techniques SPECIFICALLY to try and hole out.

This video teaches you the strategy for holing chips. Don't underestimate the value of this video!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

How to Avoid Counterfeit Clubs (Video)

With Black Friday and Christmas ahead of us, you may find this video saves you a lot of grief. This 8-month old video from Golf Digest will help you avoid wasting your money on counterfeits this holiday season.

The really helpful info is in the last half of the video but you'll want to watch all the way through because there's a lot of necessary background info in the first half. Don't get cheated!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

A Finish Position Drill (Video)

LPGA instructor Aimee Cho has a simple drill to help you learn a good finish position.

While this seems simple, let me explain why it might help you.

See how her finish position looks exactly like her impact position, only it's a bit farther into the followthrough? When these two positions don't match, you can lose control of the direction the ball flies even if you were aimed properly at impact.

  • If you bend your wrists more after impact, you'll hook the ball unpredictably.
  • If you let your lead arm separate from your chest as you swing through impact, you'll tend to open the face and slice uncontrollably.

Practicing this drill might be just what you need to eliminate some of your unpredictable shots. And best of all, since you don't hit the ball, you can do it in your backyard without breaking windows.

Monday, November 23, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 RSM Classic

Winner: Robert Streb

Around the wider world of golf: Sei Young Kim won the inaugural Pelican Women's Championship on the LPGA; Emily Pedersen won both the individual and team titles at the inaugural Saudi Ladies Team International on the LET; Joachim Hansen won the Joberg Open on the ET; and David Pastore won the LOCALiQ Series Championship on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. In addition, IC tells me that Takumi Kanaya won the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament on the Japan Golf Tour; and Ayaka Furue won the Daio Paper Elleair Ladies Open on the JLPGA.

Robert Streb with RSM trophy

I was 1 for 2 once again with my Twofer Tuesday picks. I had Zach Johnson (T6) and Webb Simpson (T37). Webb had an off week but Zach showed he's still got it!

  • Top10s: 26 for 66 (10 Top5, 16 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 3 for 33 events
Robert Streb's game has been looking up lately but I can't think of any circumstance that would have made him stand out to me as a pick this past week. But the great thing about golf is that past performance is no guaranteed indicator of future performance.

It took him six years to get his second win, and he got it at the same tournament, in another playoff, by winning on the second playoff hole.

I'm sensing a pattern here...

For those of you interested in such things, Streb has followed his own drumbeat. He doesn't use a glove but he does use a 10-finger grip. And while I suppose you could argue that his record might be better if he did things like everybody else, I'd counter that there are hundreds of others who do things the 'orthodox' way but don't have any wins at all.

Now Streb has two. And he gets a nice shiny Limerick Summary to boot. You go, Robert! Do it your way!

Since Robert’s outlasted the worst,
His fortunes have finally reversed.
Though six years apart
Robert’s two wins may start
The career he expected at first.

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