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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Not Twofer Tuesday: WM Phoenix Open

Twofer Wednesday struggles with its identity crisis as it drops in to the madness that is the WM Phoenix Open.

Defending champion Scottie Scheffler

The closest thing to an NFL Football game on the PGA Tour takes place in Phoenix this week — Super Bowl weekend, as usual, which will be played this year in Glendale AZ — and we're all excited to see and hear the wildest hole on the PGA Tour, the par-3 16th. Because this is the first full-field elevated event, it's the first time that some of the top players will run the gauntlet.

They might be... unprepared.

The Phoenix Open has an irritating tendency to give us winners who aren't really on anybody's radar because it's not just about good play, it's about mental toughness. So my Twofer Tuesday picks this week will come as no surprise to anybody.

  • Rory McIlroy
  • Jon Rahm

I feel kinda bad not taking Scottie Scheffler, who is not just the defending champion but also in pretty good form. Still, I can't help feeling the growing rivalry between Rory and Rahm is going to take the spotlight this week.

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 3pm ET. PGA TOUR LIVE's streams begin at 9:15am ET (the full schedule is on this page). This week the boys are going to face the pressure of not only the crowds but also the elevated purse. This is going to be awesome!

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

The Limerick Summary: 2023 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Winner: Justin Rose

Around the wider world of golf: Daniel Gavins won the Ras Al Khaimah Championship on the DP World Tour; Pierceson Coody won the Panama Championship on the Korn Ferry Toru; Abraham Ancer won the PIF Saudi International on the Asian Tour; Benjamin Follett-Smith won the Bain's Whisky Cape Town Open on the Sunshine Tour; Sarah Jane Smith won the 2023 TPS Murray River in Honour of Jarrod Lyle on the Australasian Tour; Aditi Ashok won the Magical Kenya Ladies Open on the LET; Michael Brennan won the Men's Individual trophy at the NCAA Southwestern Invitational and Texas won the Team trophy. Oh, and Aaron Rodgers won the Amateur trophy at the AT&T.

Justin Rose with AT&T trophy plus Jim Nantz

My Twofer Tuesday picks continue to be a case of feast or famine... but mostly famine. I had Jordan Spieth (T63) and Seamus Power (T15). Both of my picks were in the Top10 at some point over the weekend but the weather just threw both of them for a loop.

  • Top10s: 2 for 10 (1Top5, 1 Top10)
  • Winners: 1 for 5 events
  • Top20s: 3 for 10

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was kinda like The Wizard of Oz this past week. One minute you were thinking about the beautiful views on the Monterey Peninsula... and the next minute you realized you weren't in Kansas anymore.

I couldn't help but think about that tornado that blows Dorothy to Oz in the movie. (You guys do realize that the Dorothy character's last name was Gale, don't you?) I'm afraid that most of the pros who got blown into the weekend felt the house land on them, sort of like the Wicked Witch of the West did.

But then you get the fairytale. Here comes Justin Rose, pretty much forgotten by everybody since his last win back in 2019. The Masters and Olympic champion had been struggling with his health and his game, so he got himself back in shape, showed up at Pebble and — not to put too fine a point on it, but I'm sticking with the image here — he clicked his ruby red slippers and found himself back home, right there on the trophy stand.

Personally I think the real magic here was the fact that Justin, despite being 42 and supposedly no longer competitive, had so much experience playing all over the world, on all kinds of courses, in all kinds of conditions. Because that's exactly what Pebble threw at the field this year. And now he has to be taken seriously again.

I always enjoy seeing the "old guys" win, no matter what sport they play. But this Limerick Summary is particularly sweet, and I'm hoping Justin blows away the field a few more times in 2023.

The wind and the rain and the hail
Battered pros with the force of a gale;
Mother Nature went wild.
Justin Rose merely smiled
As he authored a real fairytale.

The photo came from this page at pgattour.com.

Monday, February 6, 2023

A Drill for Correct Shoulder Rotation (Video)

The Limerick Summary is postponed until tomorrow for obvious reasons.

This drill from Chris Ryan is strange — at least the second half is. If you're having serious problems with forearm rotation, by all means feel free to try it.... but that's not why I'm posting this video.

The first 2:30 or so of this video has a great drill for creating a correct shoulder turn, one that keeps your head steady over the ball so your impact position becomes more consistent. It's a very simple drill that will teach you to feel a correct shoulder coil, and that's why I'm posting it. Have at it, folks!


Sunday, February 5, 2023

A Baseball Bat Drill (Video)

Not all of you will find this helpful—it depends on how you swing the club—but it's worth trying to see if it can help you. In my opinion, the value of the baseball bat drill lies in the weight of the bat. It forces you to make a properly sequenced move in order to make a balanced swing... and that IS what you're after. Worth a try.


Saturday, February 4, 2023

Swinging in Balance (Video)

Alex has a neat drill to teach you a smooth balanced swing in sequence by feel. If you struggle with balance, this just might help you get a handle on it.


Friday, February 3, 2023

Ten Drivers Tested (Video)

A few days back I posted a video where Neil Tappin from Golf Monthly compared two drivers and said I'd be posting more equipment videos soon. Well, this time we've got a comparison from him of TEN different drivers, and around the 4:00 mark there's a chart with test data on a whole lot more. It's a subjective test to be sure, with a lot of different faves in different categories, but if you're in the market for a driver it's a pretty good overview of what's currently available.


Thursday, February 2, 2023

Looping the Clubhead (Video)

I'm posting this video not so much for what is said as for what is shown. As a general rule—and this video is no different—demonstrations of looping the club tend to be exaggerated. They show a lot of looping with the hands and arms as they change swing planes between the backswing and downswing. But Mike DESCRIBES the actual movement here, not so much as the arms and hands looping as the CLUBHEAD doing the looping. And if you watch as he actually hits balls, you'll see that his hands and arms appear to be on the same plane back and through while the clubhead makes a very noticeable loop. So pay attention to that when you watch this video... and do as he does, not as he says.