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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Clubbing in Cold Weather (Video)

Nothing fancy here. Just a simple tip to help you choose the right club in cold weather.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

A Useful Chipping Drill (Video)

This is a really useful drill for teaching you to square the clubface when you chip. One nice thing about this drill — besides giving you instant feedback — is that although Alex doesn't mention it, if you do the setup the way he says (wedge face under the ball of your lead foot, shaft touching your trail shin) you'll automatically set up slightly open with a narrow stance, which is usually a good position for consistent chipping.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Do You Tee Too High on Par-3s? (Video)

Teeing your ball at the wrong height on par-3s can really affect your iron play. Ali Taylor gives you some tips on how to find just how high is right for your game.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

You Might Think This Move Is Wrong... But It's Not (Video)

I bet most of you will think the feeling these drills teach you is wrong, that it's too upright... but you're wrong. The fact is, power players tend to swing more upright than other players. If your swing isn't upright enough, you tend to move off the ball to create width and length of backswing rather than creating a strong shoulder coil. That causes you to mis-hit shots and lose distance. The drills Russell teaches you in this video will probably feel way too upright when you try them, but that's because you haven't been turning — you've just been leaning sideways. It's time to fix that!

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Yes, It's the L-to-L Drill Again! (Video)

Yes, it's back! I try to at least mention the L-to-L drill every once in a while, simply because it's the best single drill you can do to build a bulletproof swing with speed and balance. It works with every club in the bag. And since Mike Malaska decided to do another short video about it, I'm posting it again. Don't underestimate the value of this simple drill!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Hero World Challenge

Twofer Tuesday goes for the gimme at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Defending champion Viktor Hovland with Tiger Woods

Tiger won't be in the field — he withdrew Monday because he has plantar fasciitis in his right foot. But that won't stop me from making a couple of picks this week.

I know what you're thinking. "Mike, you should be making picks from the Australian Open field." And you know, you're probably right. But I'm no dummy, folks. There are only 20 players in the field this week, which means that no matter who I pick, I'm getting at least two Top20s.

That's right, friends. I'm using this week to pad my stats. I've been a relatively good boy this year so I'm calling it my Christmas present to myself!

Here are my two picks:

  • Jon Rahm
  • Justin Thomas

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 1:30pm ET. Don't worry — I'll be checking out the Australian Open this week. But the Hero is simply a fun event... and I intend to have fun padding my stats.

Monday, November 28, 2022

The Two DP World Tour Events

This isn't a Limerick Summary like I normally do on Monday, simply because I didn't even realize golf was being played this weekend. Between the Thanksgiving holiday over here in America, the World Cup (unless the USA wins against Iran today, I think we're out) and the other various things I had going on this weekend, I didn't realize the DP World Tour even had any events going on!

But I wanted to make sure I gave some space to the winners -- there were TWO events this past weekend!

Cam Smith with Fortinet Australian PGA Championship trophy

First up -- and the biggest event of the two in my opinion — Cam Smith won his 3rd Fortinet Australian PGA Championship. This is part of the Australian Triple Crown of Golf, which includes this event, the Australian Open (that's next week) and the Australian Masters (which is no longer begin played, at least not since 2015).

And with this win, Cam Smith puts himself into some rarified air. There are players who have won more, and I believe Kel Nagle's 6 wins are the most — unless you count Dan Soutar's 7 wins (3 @ match play, 4 @ stroke play) over a century ago when it was the Australian Golf Union Championship. It's not unreasonable to think that Cam can win even more... and he won this one in bad weather that stopped the event twice on Sunday. Not bad, young man!

Dan Bradbury with Joberg Open trophy

The other winner was Dan Bradbury, who picked up his first DP World Tour title at the Joberg Open. He won the event by 3 strokes, which is pretty impressive when you realize he just turned professional this summer.

It's worth mentioning both of these players not just because they won but because they're both headed for THE OPEN this coming summer. Cam would have been there in any case since he's the defending champion and being a LIV Golf player doesn't automatically rule him out over in Europe. And as much as I hate what LIV is doing to the golf world, I do agree that if an event is truly an Open and anybody can go through a qualifications process to get in, then LIV golfers should be able to get in through those qualifications.

At this point I realize there's some contention over what those qualifications should be, but Cam's qualifications seem pretty solid to me.

And for Dan to get in the way he did... well, that just plain deserves some applause!

I'll be doing a Limerick Summary next week since I know (at the very least) to look for the Australian Open. But I have to admit, I never thought I'd EVER have a weekend so busy that I'd forget golf. I can't even remember the last time THAT happened!