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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Proper Leg, Spine and Hip Movement in Your Backswing (Video)

Russell Heritage is describing a simple movement here but he's giving you roughly three ways to understand it. You might find that one of them makes the action clear to you, or you might need all three. But he's trying to help you get rid of excessive hip and leg movement that causes your upper body to change its tilt during your backswing... and it can definitely help you minimize or eliminate that over-the-top move if you understand it.


Friday, May 27, 2022

Tips on Gapping Your Wedges and Irons (Video)

Paige recently discovered some of her clubs weren't performing properly and she went back to Club Champion to get them adjusted. True, she does commercials for them but the tips she gives here on what you should be aware of when you get adjustments like this made -- and even how you'll know you need them -- are useful no matter where you get the work done.


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Two Champions Majors in a Row

The Champions Tour is unusual in that its first two majors are sequential, two consecutive weeks of pressure cooker golf. And this week it's the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.

Defendinc champion Alex Cejka

Last year Alex Cejka won the first two majors but that won't happen this year. After only two events back -- and winning the Regions Tradition just two weeks ago -- Steve Stricker had to withdraw from this week's event after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

The rest of the field will tee it up at Harbor Shores GC in Benton Harbor, Michigan and the favorite (once again) is Steven Alker. His two wins, two runner-ups, a third and a fifth so far this season have made him seem like the can't-lose kid.

GC's coverage starts at 1pm ET today. Stricker will be missed for sure, but the field is still stacked and hey, it's a major! What more can we ask?

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

5 Days of Women's Match Play

Just a quick reminder that Ally Ewing's defense of her Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play title begins TODAY at 1:30pm ET on GC. This is a FIVE-day event, much like the PGA Tour's WGC-Dell Match Play. It was a new event last year so it will be interesting to see how things shake out in this second edition!

Defending champion Ally Ewing

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Charles Schwab Challenge

Twofer Tuesday leaves Oklahoma and heads back to Texas for the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Forth Worth.

Defending champion Jason Kokrak

Weren't we in Texas just a couple of weeks ago? Well, we're back again, less than an hour SW of McKinney TX where the Tour played the AT&T Byron Nelson. After Southern Hills, Colonial ought to be a walk in the park. I said ought to. A par-70 at just over 7200 yards, Colonial tends to play tougher than most courses that size.

Depending on the weather, this week could be very tough indeed. The defending champion is Jason Kokrak, so it's clear that power can be a valuable resource around Colonial.

Since my picks did so well last week without me giving any explanation for why I picked them, why change my strategy? Besides, I think my choices are pretty much self-explanatory, since Colonial is a Perry Maxwell design like Southern Hills. That's my story and, as far as you guys are concerned, I'm sticking to it.

  • Justin Thomas
  • Will Zalatoris

GC's coverage begins Thursday at 4pm ET. PGA TOUR LIVE starts streaming at 8:15am ET and you can find their schedule at this link. I really have no idea what might happen this week and my picks are probably tired after that playoff. But I've got nothing better to go on and, hey, who says one of them can't win this week as well? I guess we'll find out...

Monday, May 23, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 PGA Championship

Winner: Justin Thomas

Around the wider world of golf: Trevor Cone won the AdventHealth Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour; Grace Kim won the IOA Golf Classic on the Epson Tour; Albert Venter won the FBC Zim Open on the Sunshine Tour; Jung Min Hong won the Doosan Match Play Championship on the KLPGA; Eun Shin Park won the Descente Korea Munsingwear Match Play on the KPGA; Mao Saigo won the Bridgestone Ladies Open on the JLPGA; and Shugo Imahara won the Golf Partner Pro Am Tournament on the Japan Golf Tour. [Thanks, IC!]

Justin Thomas hoists seond PGA Championship trophy

FINALLY! One of my Twofer Tuesday picks came through! I had Jordan Spieth (T34) and Justin Thomas (1). Jordan started off well on Thursday but quickly lost his way. And then there was Justin...!

  • Top10s: 16 for 62 (10 Top5, 6 Top10)
  • Winners: 2 for 30
  • Top20s: 27 for 62

It was a wild week at Southern Hills. I mean, really... did any of you pick Rickie Fowler (T23, +2) to crush Scottie Scheffler (MC)? Or Brooks Koepka or Collin Morikawa (T55, +8)? Or even Jordan Spieth (T34, +4)? Or that most of the leaders starting Sunday wouldn't even have a regular PGA Tour win, let alone a major?

Or that JT would shoot -3 and still come from seven shots back to win in a playoff?

I wish I could say I knew something special was coming JT's way, but I didn't. I just thought he was due. But it was clear Bones knew even more, as Justin (and his dad) gave Bones credit simply for encouraging him and telling him not to be so hard on himself, that he was good enough.

He certainly was. He was good enough to give me my second win of the season... and I'm responding in kind. Here's your Limerick Summary, JT -- and it's well deserved!

Too far back on Saturday night
But Sunday? He’s back in the fight!
From seven shots back
Justin launched his attack—
Now the Hall of Fame’s square in his sights.

The photo came from this page at si.com.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Pitching High Without Hitting Fat (Video)

This short video tells you how to hit your pitch shots higher without hitting the ball fat. Here's a tip you might miss if you aren't paying close attention: If you dip your trailing shoulder during the downswing, you're almost certain to hit it fat. Now go out there and get better at your pitching!