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Saturday, July 2, 2022

How to Practice a Figure-8 Swing (Video)

While I don't usually recommend a figure-8 swing, I realize that many players are curious about it and are interested in trying it. However, I haven't seen a lot of clear instruction on how to practice it. Mike Malaska did this short video on how to create the move properly. If you're having trouble with your swing and want to try a different approach, I see no reason why you shouldn't give it a try.

Friday, July 1, 2022

The Correct Way to Hit UP on Your Driver (Video)

I like this drill because it teaches you how to get more distance with your current driver rather than buying a new one. And the drill is something you can do in your living room while you watch TV -- no broken furniture! It's a win-win situation.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

The Secret To Greenside Sand Play (Video)

I know you're going to say "But I know this." However, if you're still having trouble with greenside sand shots, YOU DON"T. Pay close attention to what Rick says, fight your natural tendencies, and just do it! You'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

How to Use a "Cheat Swing" (video)

In this short video Russell Heritage explains how to use a "cheat swing" to make swing changes more quickly. I'm a big believer in this concept simply because few weekend golfers are going to have the time -- or patience -- to develop a textbook swing. You don't need something that makes you look good; you need something that can help you score better! Understanding how to use a "cheat swing" can help you make swing corrections on the course so you can score better and enjoy your game more. And the method Russell describes here is one of the simpler ways to use such a technique.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: John Deere Classic

Twofer Tuesday heads down to the Heartland of America and the John Deere Classic, where tractors are part of the trophy presentation.

Defending champion Lucas Glover

TPC Deere Run in Silvis IL is definitely a place where you find "horses for courses." No less than six players have won this event more than twice. One of the players to win this event three times is Steve Stricker, and players joked about the "Steve Stricker Annual Annuity Event" for several years.

Defending champion Lucas Glover is hoping to join that stellar group with a second win of his own. But it's not unusual for first-time winners to make the Deere their maiden victory either.

Alas, I'm not picking any past champions this week. Let's give the new blood a chance!

  • I think Sahith Theegala is ready to win. He's come close twice now, with last week's runner-up being a good sign. Since the Deere has been so friendly to first-timers, I'm hoping this will be his.
  • And I'm taking Denny McCarthy as my other pick. Although his game's been up-and-down this year, his last three events have been T5-T7-MC. Coming back with a chip on his shoulder perhaps, I look for him to do well.

GC's coverage begins Thursday at 3pm ET. And as usual, PGA TOUR LIVE's streaming schedule also starts Thursday and you can find it at this link. The Deere is always a fun and relaxed event... but some weather is expected. In the Heartland of America, people are used to that. Let's see how the pros handle it!

Monday, June 27, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Travelers Championship

Winner: Xander Schauffele

Around the wider world of golf: In Gee Chun got her third major at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on the LPGA; Pádraig Harrington made his first Champions Tour win a major at the US Senior Open Championship; Pierceson Coody won the Live and Work in Maine Open on the Korn Ferry Tour; Haotong Li won the BMW International Open on the DP World Tour; Ssu-Chia Cheng won the Island Resort Championship on the Epson Tour; Michael Blair won the Elk Ridge Open on the MacKenzie Tour; Jesus Montenegro won the Bupa Tour Championship on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Min Ji Park won the BC Card Hankyung Ladies Cup on the KLPGA; Min-gyu Kim won the Kolon Korea Open on the Asian Tour; Ayako Kimura won the Earth Mondahmin Cup on the JLPGA; and Yuki Inamori won the Japan Players Championship on the Japan Golf Tour. [Thanks, IC!]

Xander Schauffele with Travelers trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks are back to their old tricks. I had Sam Burns (MC) and Aaron Wise (MC). Both went from decent play on a tough course the week before to poor play on a traditionally easy course this week. What more can I say? I'll try again this week.

  • Top10s: 19 for 72 (13 Top5, 6 Top10)
  • Winners: 3 for 35
  • Top20s: 30 for 72

I'll make this short and sweet. None of us doubt Xander Schauffele's ability to win. He is, after all, the reigning Olympic gold medalist.

But his record with 54-hole leads on the PGA Tour had been horrible. He was 0-for-4 closing out tournaments when he entered the final round with the lead.

That record is now 1-for-5... and he did it the hard way. He hit a sand wedge stiff on the final hole to win by two strokes after Sahith Theegala doubled the 18th to fall one behind Schauffele, who then birdied to finish in style.

It was Schauffele's sixth PGA Tour win, but it was his first solo win in over three years. He teamed up with Patrick Cantlay to take the Zurich Classic team event back in April.

Perhaps this will get him over that mental hump that we all seem to develop in whatever discipline we pursue after we can't get it done a few times. At any rate, it snags him his first solo Limerick Summary in three years... and that can't be a bad thing.

Theegala was leading by one
But a final 6 ended his run
And then Schauffele broke through
To win this one by two
When his final round lead got it done.

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

A Drill for Creating Shaft Lean (Video)

This short video teaches a drill that will get your lead side into the correct position for good impact. I will simply add this: Make sure you understand what that position is. Viewed from the front, your lead leg will appear to be vertical. Viewed from the side, it will appear to lean backward, away from the ball. That's because your lead hip has moved back as you turn toward the target at impact. It's not a difficult position but many players never get there. Practice it and you'll improve your impact.