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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Swinging with Hip Problems (Video)

I know Todd Kolb says this swing technique is for senior golfers, but I've been struggling with sciatica for several months now and have been exploring a similar technique. This is a good explanation of the adjustments you need to make when hip problems are making it hard to swing without pain, and the drill he includes at the end will help you figure out the least painful way to keep playing and still create swing speed.


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.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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.


Saturday, June 25, 2022

4 Ways to Beat the Shanks (Video)

That's pretty self-explanatory, I guess. Rick's got four tips and drills to help you stop shanking the ball. If you're struggling with them, surely one of these will help!


Friday, June 24, 2022

How Far to Stand from the Ball (Video)

Here's another short video with a good tip about adjusting how far you stand from the ball with a short club like a wedge versus a long club like your driver WITHOUT ruining your posture. Russell Heritage's tip allows you to keep roughly the same posture through the whole bag regardless of which club you use. Now that's a useful tip!


Thursday, June 23, 2022

This Week's Other Major

I would of course be remiss if I didn't also mention the other major being held this week, the US Senior Open.

Defending champion Jim Furyk

This year's US Senior Open will be held in Bethlehem PA at the Saucon Valley Country Club. The course they'll be using is called Herbert Strong's Old Course and it turns 100 years old this year, which means all three US Opens this year have been held on courses a century or more old. (Alright, Congressional is only 98 years old, but that's splitting hairs.) A par-71 just over 7200 yards long, the Old Course should give the Champions Tour players should have their hands full. As we saw last week, just because a course is old doesn't mean it's easy for today's players!

Jim Furyk is the defending champion but the favorite this week is Steven Alker, who is arguably the hottest player on the Champions Tour. No one else is anywhere close to his four wins this season and he already has one major (the KitchenAid Senior PGA). Still, I can't help but think Steve Stricker is going to give him a run.

While this event starts on Thursday, you won't be able to watch it unless you've got the Peacock app and, as best I can tell, you need to pay for Peacock Premium to get it. GC's coverage begins on Saturday at 3pm ET.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

KPMG and the PGA Double Down (Up?) on the LPGA

KPMG, the PGA and the LPGA dropped a bomb Tuesday at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship -- a $9mil bomb that should have rocked the sports world.

Defending champion Nelly Korda

The third women's major of 2022 was already setting up to be big. The newly redone Congressional Country Club is hosting the women for the first time, KPMG's Women’s Leadership Summit on Wednesday is going to be bigger than ever, and Nelly Korda seems to be in form to put up a real defense of her 2021 title.

Then COO of KMPG Laura Newinski, PGA of America President Jim Richerson and LPGA commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan held a media presser midday Tuesday to announce that the $4.5mil purse of the 2021 event was going to be doubled this week to $9mil, and that the winner's share would also double to $1.35mil.

LPGA members learned of it through an email sent out during lunch. The shock waves from the unexpected prize bump left players speechless and a joke began to circulate that, upon receiving the email, the lunchroom emptied as players fled to the range to practice.

The KPMG Women's PGA Championship had already taken major steps forward since the PGA of America and KPMG signed on with the intention of making women's golf -- and the role of women in business -- a priority. Now it's the second-highest paying event in women's golf (the US Women's Open has a $10mil purse) with promises to go even higher.

GC's coverage begins Thursday at 11am ET. As hard as it is to believe, with the wave of excitement Tuesday's announcement generated around the event, this week's women's major could end up being an even bigger treat than fans expected.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Travelers Championship

Twofer Tuesday goes westbound and down to Cromwell CT and the ever-popular Travelers Championship.

Defending champion Harris English

After the house of pain that the Country Club dealt players last week, TPC River Highlands should be an oasis of joy. At a mere 6852 yards and a par of 70, the guys who show up this week -- which includes the Top4 in the FedExCup rankings -- should feel like a win here is theirs for the taking.

Of course it probably won't work out that easy. Defending champion Harris English needed 8 extra holes last year to claim his title over Kramer Hickok, and many of the top players have struggled in the past. Perhaps it's the poa greens. We'll see, won't we?

My picks this week are players who didn't do so well last week, players who are likely ready for a course just like the Highlands.

  • Aaron Wise has been running hot and cold this season but, with the exception of the Memorial, seems to be playing pretty well on shorter courses. And he made a run last week at Brookline before stumbling, so maybe he's on an upswing in his game.
  • And I've taken Sam Burns the last two weeks. The first he gave me a T4, and last week he was in the Top10 and ready to make a run at the title until he stumbled on Sunday. By my calculations he's due for another great finish.

GC's coverage begins Thursday at 3pm ET. Likewise, PGA TOUR LIVE begins their streams early on Thursday; you can find that schedule here. While the Travelers is usually considered a respite from the US Open, last year's 8-hole playoff may have taught the field to think better of this event. But with the field getting stronger each year, we're almost guaranteed a great finish.

Monday, June 20, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 US Open

Winner: Matt Fitzpatrick

Around the wider world of golf: Jennifer Kupcho won the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give on the LPGA; Norman Xiong won the Wichita Open on the Korn Ferry Tour; and Kiira Riihijarvi won the Ann Arbor's Road to the LPGA on the Epson Tour.

Matt Fitzpatrick with US Open trophy

I guess I can't complain about my Twofer Tuesday picks as much now. I had Sam Burns (T27) and Matt Fitzpatrick (1). Sam didn't do so well on Sunday but Matt gave me a third winner this season... and two of them are major winners. Hard to complain about that!

  • Top10s: 19 for 70 (13 Top5, 6 Top10)
  • Winners: 3 for 34
  • Top20s: 30 for 70

Perhaps it means nothing but I think I should mention it: It doesn't seem that any of the LIV Golf players factored into the US Open much after Thursday's first round. I don't know if that's the result of being uncomfortable with all the attention or just being tired after a flight back from London, but it does feel like it might be important going forward. As far as I could tell, the fans didn't give any of them a hard time... but it was like they just wanted to stay out of the limelight.

Not so for Matt Fitzpatrick, Will Zalatoris, Scottie Scheffler, Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy or any of the rest of the players who put up some great scores on Sunday afternoon. The finish was in doubt until the last player (Zalatoris) putted his second-to-last putt. We saw great shot after great shot, big swings in fortune as players charged then fell back, and players doing the impossible from places we didn't even think they could play from.

In some ways I feel as speechless as Fitzpatrick did, simply because his amazing play stood out so much because his competitors played so well themselves. And Matt's victory came on the heels of some incredible shots in the last couple of holes, under the most pressure, and they made him only the third player in history -- Jack Nicklaus and Juli Inkster being the other two -- to win the US Amateur and the US Open on the same course.

And of course, for Matt that course was the Country Club at Brookline, where Francis Ouimet is credited with really launching the age of American golf.

I guess all I can really say is "Well done, Matt! And while you're celebrating, have a Limerick Summary on me!"

Like Inkster and Nicklaus before,
Fitzpatrick just walked thru the door—
His pro/amateur double
Burst everyone’s bubble
‘Cause Matt’s play was really top drawer!

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

This Is More of a Classic Swing Move (Video)

I'm posting this because it's not unusual these days for instructors to mix classic (like Bobby Jones) and modern (like Ben Hogan) swing techniques, and the grip is definitely one of the main differences between the two.

In modern swings you're usually told to hold the club mainly with the last two or three fingers of your lead hand, but in classic swings you want to focus the grip in the thumb and forefinger of your trail hand -- that's what Alistair Davies is showing you here. You want to focus on the first 1:50 of this video because how much you reroute the club on the way down depends on how your body moves as much as anything.

What you're doing with this grip technique is basically the same thing you do with a tennis stroke. It's the same kind of control move. I won't say it's for everybody but if you're struggling to square the clubface, this may be something you want to try.


Saturday, June 18, 2022

Why It's Harder to Hit the Driver Than an Iron (Video)

Why is it harder to hit your driver than to hit an iron? Or perhaps for you, why is it harder to hit an iron than your driver? Mike Malaska has a very simple explanation for the difference, and it may be just the tip you need.


Friday, June 17, 2022

Strategies for Taking Advantage of Risk/Reward Scenarios (Video)

At this week's US Open, players are having to make tough decisions. How can they best take advantage of the possibilities stretched out before them? How can they avoid the pitfalls that will take them out of the competition entirely? Neil Tappin and coach Ged Walters walk you through seven of the riskiest scenarios you'll face and teach you the strategies for success. This video is nearly a half-hour long so allow some time to take it all in.


Thursday, June 16, 2022

Don't Forget the LPGA Today

In the midst of the US Open coverage going on today, don't forget that the LPGA is also teeing it up at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. Defending champion Nelly Korda headlines the field. GC's coverage begins today (Thursday) at 3pm ET.

Defending champion Nelly Korda

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

How to Use the Right Foot Back Drill (Video)

I'm posting this short video for one simple reason. This drill is frequently taught in order to help players learn to hit a draw. Mike Malaska explains how the drill is supposed to work and that you don't have to flip your wrists in order to get the draw -- as your body turns, your club path will cause the ball to draw.


Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: US Open

Twofer Tuesday chugs south from one Open to another -- from the Canadian Open to the US Open.

Defending champion Jon Rahm

It's history time, folks, as we enter the kingdom of Francis Ouimet, champion of the 1913 US Open, where American golf really got put on the map. The Country Club at Brookline MA is truly a legend, having hosted US Opens, US Amateurs and of course the notorious 1999 Ryder Cup. But now the course bears the fingerprints of Gil Hanse, the resident restoration expert for US golf, and this baby's gonna be a bear.

Par-70, 7264 yards of tightly twisting fairways with lots of rough, blind shots... and the look that Quimet, Vardon and Ray saw during their historic battle way back in 1913.

I'm really stuck this week. I can think of a dozen players who could find gold this week... or could see their dreams turn to lead. I really am shooting in the dark this time.

  • I'm taking Matt Fitzpatrick this week. He won the US Amateur when it was played here in 2013 and while the course is very different then... could there be some fate at work in that, a century after amateur Ouimet won in 1913, another amateur won the Amateur on the same course? I don't know, and I don't know that Fitz's experience will do him any good this week. But he's been playing well and... well, why not?
  • And I'm riding Sam Burns for another week. It's possible that he's too tired after that T4 in Canada last week. But then again, it's possible that he's primed and ready to go for his first major. Again, why not? This place has seen miracles before.

I'm posting the link to the TV schedule (at the bottom of the page) because this is confusing. On just Thursday we've got Peacock, USA and NBC covering five separate airtimes! Here's the Thursday schedule:

  • 6:45 a.m.-9:30 a.m. ET (Peacock)
  • 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (USA)
  • 2 p.m.-5 p.m. (NBC)
  • 5 p.m.-7 p.m. (USA)
  • 7 p.m.-8 p.m. (Peacock)

And that's just Thursday! At least the biggest event in the US will get the attention it deserves.

Monday, June 13, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 RBC Canadian Open

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Around the wider world of golf: There were a lot of great finishes this week. At the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed, 22-year-old Linn Grant became the first female winner on the DP World Tour when she beat her closest male competitors by 9 shots and her closest female competitor by 14; Thongchai Jaidee won the American Family Insurance Championship on the Champions Tour; Brooke Henderson won the ShopRite LPGA Classic on the LPGA; Robby Shelton won the BMW Charity Pro-Am on the Korn Ferry Tour; Lucy Li won the Carolina Golf Classic on the Epson Tour; Dylan Mostert won the KitKat Group PROAM on the Sunshine Tour; Tommy Cocha won the Fortox Colombia Classic on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; the USA won the Curtis Cup; Charl Schwartzel won the first LIV Golf event; Sanghun Shin won the KPGA Championship on the KPGA; Tomoyo Ikemura won the Aso Iizuka Challenge on the Japan Golf Tour; Miyuu Yamashita won the Ai Miyazato Suntory Ladies Open on the JLPGA; and Minji Park won the Celltrion Queen's Masters on the KLPGA. [Thanks, IC!]

Rory McIlroy with Canadian Open trophy

Another decent week for my Twofer Tuesday picks. I had Sam Burns (T4) and Adam Hadwin (T35). Sam moved into the Top5 with his finish and Adam at least made the cut. I haven't had two players make the cut in a while

  • Top10s: 18 for 68 (12 Top5, 6 Top10)
  • Winners: 2 for 33
  • Top20s: 29 for 68

I don't know if this is a sign of what's going to happen to the LIV Golf events, but the first one received relatively little attention simply because so much great golf happened everywhere else. Linn Grant became the first female winner on the DP World Tour, beating the men by 9 strokes; Brooke Henderson won the LPGA event with an eagle in a playoff; Lucy Li got her first pro win on the Epson Tour; and the RBC Canadian Open returned after a forced two-year layoff with possibly the best final group and the best competition between them that could have happened.

Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau shot 29, 29 and 31 respectively on their front nine. (No bogeys!) Justin Rose set a course record 60 but had a shot at 58. And Sam Burns shot a 65, nearly posting low enough to make the big boys think down the stretch.

And then all Rory did was get his first successful tournament defense ever, shooting 62 while JT and Tony shot 64s. Did I mention that fans were rockin' in Toronto? Rory said it best:

“It feels really good. For the Canadian Open, a national championship, to have a week like it's had, three of the best players in the world going at it down the stretch, trying to win in front of those crowds and that atmosphere … it doesn’t get much better than that.”
In the meantime Rory picks up his 21st PGA Tour win... and at least his 21st Limerick Summary. (I don't remember if I did any for him winning other events.) This is definitely a record worth celebrating. Congrats, Rory!

The stars really put on a show.
Both Tony and J.T. went low
But Rory stayed hot
And the thunder he brought
Made his first title defense a go.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

7 Gear Mistakes You Don't Want to Make (Video)

Short and sweet -- There are some mistakes you can make when you buy golf gear that will kill your enjoyment of the game. While you might not feel that all of these are mistakes, most of them are things we can all agree on. It's a short video so take a quick look! 


Saturday, June 11, 2022

When Your Ironplay Sucks... (Video)

Paige found out she was losing shots because of poor iron play so she did this video on how to do an iron-specific range session, showing you her approach to analyzing the problem as well as giving you some drills to help you improve. Have fun with this!


Friday, June 10, 2022

Rick Shiels Tests Some Exclusive Japanese Titleists (Video)

This video caught my attention because apparently most of the golf companies make special ball and club models that are sold exclusively in Japan. What's the difference? Rick Shiels wondered the same thing so, when one of his viewers sent him a sleeve of Titleist VG3 golf balls, which are a premium ball over there, he decided to test them and find out. Are we missing anything? Here's Rick's review.


Thursday, June 9, 2022

Welcome to the Jerry Kelly Show!

Last week Jerry Kelly won the Principal Charity Classic. This week he's defending at the American Family Insurance Championship -- where BTW he was runner-up in 2018 and winner in 2019 as well. (The event wasn't played in 2020.)

Who do you think is the favorite to win this week? 

Defending champion Jerry Kelly

The University Ridge GC in Madison WI (Kelly and Stricker's home state) is a par-72 measuring close to 7100 yards long. There are five par-5s and five par-3s... and the players tend to eat this place up.

An interesting stat: The 54-hole leader hasn't won the last five times here. And the winner has won by one shot or in a playoff in the last four times. That means EXCITING FINISHES LIKELY!

GC's coverage starts Friday at 6:30pm ET. Who will win this time, I wonder...

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Sort of a Break for the LPGA

Oh, don't get me wrong. They're playing this week and the next -- ShopRite LPGA Classic and the Meijer LPGA Classic, respectively. But it's a lull between majors -- the US Women's Open last week (won by Minjee Lee) and the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at the end of the month (defending champion Nelly Korda).

This week, however, belongs to Celine Boutier, the defending champion at the ShopRite.

Defending champion Celine Boutier

Last year this event became Celine's second LPGA win and she definitely earned it, beating Jin Young Ko, Inbee Park (Rolex #2 and 3 at the time) and Brooke Henderson down the stretch. And she'll have her hands full trying to defend this year, what with 4 of the Top8 in the Rolex Rankings and several major winners in the field as well.

Of particular interest this week is Karrie Webb's return to the LPGA for one of her occasional appearances. It's just one more storyline to add to an already interesting event.

GC's coverage of the event starts Friday at noon ET. There's also a bit of history going on here as well, because CBS will cover the final round live on network TV. So just because it's not a major this week doesn't mean the LPGA is sleeping on its laurels. Should be fun!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: RBC Canadian Open

This week Twofer Tuesday heads north of the border for some authentic poutine, eh, and the RBC Canadian Open.

2019 defending champion Rory McIlroy

The pandemic has played havoc with many events, but not many have suffered as much as the RBC Canadian Open. This event has been cancelled twice, in 2020 and 2021, so 2019 champion Rory McIlroy is the event's de facto defending champion. But at least he's a good one, having won this event by a dominating SEVEN strokes. He'll be defending at a different course but it's hard to believe he won't have a lot of good feelings as he returns to defend his title.

The St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto, Ontario is a par-70 meauring just over 7000 yards. That may not sound impressive but St. George's has hosted the Canadian Open five times, most recently in 2010, and the CP Women's Canadian Open five times as well. This is a respected course with a lot of contours both on and off the greens, so players will face a lot of challenging shots.

I'm torn about my picks this week because this is a great course for some of the shorter, more accurate drivers but a lot of big hitters are in form. And then there's the knowledge factor, as many of the younger players will never have seen this course before. Do I pick form or a Canadian player who might know this place?

One of both, eh...

  • My hot pick: Sam Burns
  • My Canadian pick: Adam Hadwin

GC's coverage starts Thursday at 3pm ET. And as usual, PGA TOUR LIVE will be streaming; the times are at this link. It'll be good to see some Canadian golf again. This is always a great event that always produces a great champion.

Monday, June 6, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Memorial

Winner: Billy Horschel

Around the wider world of golf: Minjee Lee won the US Women's Open on the LPGA; Kalle Samooja won the Porsche European Open on the DP World Tour; Jerry Kelly won the Principal Charity Classic on the Champions Tour; Davis Thompson won the REX Hospital Open on the Korn Ferry Tour; Rourke van Der Spuy won the SunBet Challenge on the Sunshine Tour; Bio Kim won the SK Telecom Open on the KPGA; Yu Jin Sung won the Lotte Open on the KLPGA; Kazuki Higa won the BMW Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup; and Mone Inami won the Richard Mille Yonex Ladies Golf Tournament on the JLPGA. [Thanks, IC!]

Bily Horschel with Memorial trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks did a little better this week. I had Will Zalatoris (T5) and Matt Fitzpatrick (MC). I'm shocked that Matt missed the cut but at least Will was back on form.

  • Top10s: 17 for 66 (11 Top5, 6 Top10)
  • Winners: 2 for 32
  • Top20s: 28 for 66

They say it's hard to win with a big lead but several players on different tours did it on Sunday. Billy Horschel was one of them.

Was it easy for him? No. He started the day with a 5-shot lead and won by 4. But it's worth pointing out that, while he shot a even par 72, the best round anybody else shot was a 3-under 69... and none of those players were close enough to pose a real threat.

With two big worldwide wins this season, Billy is once again on the move up the OWGR. But does that really compare with the thrill of getting another Limerick Summary? I think not...

A week full of leaders who win—
Who lead from the front, don’t give in
And show us their heart.
Billy Ho did his part
And took the top prize with a grin.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

A Firm Left Side (Video)

This is a super-short video but it explains a common concept that few players really understand -- using the ground by hitting against a firm left side. Mike Malaska's brief explanation can help you eliminate the misunderstandings and learn to use the ground without excessive hip slide.


Saturday, June 4, 2022

7 Putting Grips You Can Try (Video)

Nothing complicated here, just Rick Shiels demonstrating 7 different putter grips -- plus mentioning the possible variations -- and why you might or might not want to use them. If you're unhappy with your current technique and want to try something new, there's enough here to keep you busy for quite a while.


Friday, June 3, 2022

A Quick Mention of the Champions Tour

While the big events this week are the US Women's Open and the Memorial, the Champions aren't taking a nap. They're playing the Principal Charity Classic.

Defending champion Stephen Ames

This three-day event is being played at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines IO (no, Marvel movie fans, not Wakanda -- no Black Panther this week), a par-72 measuring roughly 6850 yards. The defending champion is Stephen Ames and, while this event has a pretty strong field, it serves as something as a reprieve after playing two straight majors.

Steve Stricker is back in the field and so's Steven Alker, definitely the two favorites to win this week. But Wakonda doesn't play as a particularly difficult track so the list of potential winners should be pretty large!

GC's coverage of the event begins today (Friday) at 6pm ET.

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Stop Standing Up (Video)

When you stand up during your downswing, your hips move toward the ball and your shoulders move backward... and you lose your spine angle. Alistair Davies explains why this happens, gives you some drills to fight the problem and some tips on how to take the fix to the course.


Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The US Women's Open Is Finally Here!

And the potential storylines are numerous.

Defending champion Yuka Saso

First of all, there's Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines NC. That's in my home state and not far from Pinehurst. This course has some serious LPGA history, having hosted this event in 1996 (Annika Sorenstam), 2001 (Karrie Webb) and 2007 (Cristie Kerr). In addition, it hosted the 2019 US Senior Women's Open (Helen Alfredsson). This venue finds great champions!

Then there are the player stories:

  • Annika is teeing it up, having won a spot by winning last year's US Senior Women's Open.
  • Nelly Korda is returning after surgery for a blood clot.
  • Michelle Wie West is making this her last LPGA event. (Maybe she'll play an occasional event, I don't know, but nothing regular going forward.)
  • Defending champ Yuka Saso is looking to go back-to-back like Annika and Karrie did.
  • Eun Hee Ji, the 2009 champ, grabbed the last spot in the field with a win at last week's Bank of Hope Match Play for a chance to become the oldest major winner from Korea.

And those are just the stories that come immediately to mind!

The US Women's Open will be carried by the USA Network and NBC. USA's coverage will start Thursday at 3pm ET and run for 5 hours. Saturday and Sunday coverage will start on USA and finish on NBC. We're getting some serious golf coverage for this women's major... and it's about time!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Memorial Tournament

Twofer Tuesday heads to the Land of Heavenly Milkshakes, aka Muirfield Village, for the Memorial Tournament.

Defending champion Patrick Cantlay with host Jack Nicklaus

Jack's Place always gives us a great event (and great milkshakes) in Ohio, and players absolutely love the hospitality as well as the course. Muirfield Village is a par-72 measuring over 7500 yards... and it plays every bit of its length. And it always gives us a great champion.

You may remember that Jon Rahm had a six-shot lead after three rounds last year, only to find out that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had to WD before the final round, leaving Patrick Cantlay to take the title.

I really don't know who to pick this week, as nobody seems to be playing all that consistently. I went from picking a winner two weeks back to having the two best players that week completely miss the cut last week. So here are my best guesses as to who might show up this time.

  • Matt Fitzpatrick has played well here before and he's played well recently. He's a player that I feel is close to getting a PGA Tour win and I think Muirfield Village could be the place.
  • And I'm giving Will Zalatoris yet another chance. He's been playing so well and this venue seems to fit his strengths. It's his putting that's hit or miss; I'm gambling that this week it's a hit.

GC's coverage begins Thursday at 2pm ET and PGA TOUR LIVE's streaming schedule is included on this page. It's definitely possible that Jon Rahm avenges himself against the pandemic this week and wins after all... but I think he's a better choice for the US Open in a couple of weeks.

Monday, May 30, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge

Winner: Sam Burns

Around the wider world of golf: Eun-Hee Ji won the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play; Steven Alker won the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship on the Champions Tour; Victor Perez won the Dutch Open on the DP World Tour; Harry Hall won the NV5 Invitational on the Korn Ferry Tour; José de Jesús Rodríguez won the Jalisco Open GDL on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Gina Kim won the Inova Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship on the Epson Tour; Deon Germishuys won the Sishen Classic on the Sunshine Tour; Yoon Ji Jeong won the KLPGA's E1 Charity Open; Sakura Koiwai won the JLPGA's Resort Trust Ladies; Jihyo Yang won the KPGA's KB Financial Live Championship; and Scott Vincent won the Japan Golf Tour's Mizuno Open. [Thanks, IC!]

Sam Burns with Schwab trophy and plaid jacket

And my Twofer Tuesday picks are back to their old shenanigans. I had Will Zalatoris (MC) and Justin Thomas (MC). There's nothing for me to say except that no one seems to be playing particularly consistent golf lately.

  • Top10s: 16 for 64 (10 Top5, 6 Top10)
  • Winners: 2 for 31
  • Top20s: 27 for 64

Sam Burns and Scottie Scheffler are good friends. Although if Sam keeps shooting scores that are seven strokes lower to beat him on Sundays, I don't know how long the friendship will last.

Burns finished his round nearly two hours before Scheffler. But the winds changed in that two hours and I guess Burns got the better end of things.

I'm not going to make a big deal out of this; we see this kind of thing frequently. After looking to be out of the tournament early on, in the end Sam needed only one playoff hole to take his good friend down. But Sam also got the custom-built Schwab Firebird Trans Am (Schwab gets a kick out of giving a different custom car to the winner each year) and we all know that guys can go to war over a hot car!

But now they're both tied with four Limerick Summaries each. I have no idea how that competition is going to play out!

Sam posted his score early on
And waited. He seemed oh so calm.
Then Scottie said, “Hey!
You won’t beat me today!”
But he found out that Sam was the bomb.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

For All You Chronic Hookers Out There (Video)

Here it is -- Mike Malaska's super-short lesson on how to eliminate a chronic hook. I'm sure you'll need to practice because anything like this changes how your swing feels, but this is a simple way to straighten out a runaway hook shot.


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!


Saturday, May 21, 2022

7 Simple Tips You Probably Forgot (Video)

Neil Tappin and PGA professional Katie Dawkins have compiled a list of seven things that most golfers know but tend to forget out on the course. Consider this an easy-to-watch refresher course that could help you drop some strokes immediately.


Friday, May 20, 2022

How Your Trail Toes Can Help Your Drives (Video)

This tip from Russell Heritage is so simple that I'm amazed I haven't see it before. It's a simple way to improve your driving just by making sure you finish with your trailing toes straight instead of bent. Once you've seen the video I think you'll agree -- this is a very simple way to see if you're moving through your drives properly.


Thursday, May 19, 2022

Where Is Your Trail Forearm at Setup and at Impact? (Video)

This short video from Mike Malaska can help many of you who struggle to create a good spine angle at setup and also square up the clubface at impact. The two aren't necessarily the same... and if you set up for one without considering how it will affect the other, you might be sabotaging yourself before you ever swing. This video teaches some good principles to help you maximize your consistency at both setup and impact.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True... (Video)

Rick Shiels decided to try a new version of a club that didn't work the first time he tested it. Did the new version work? Rick says this video is a warning, just in case you haven't learned not to trust unbelievable claims online.

Or anywhere, for that matter.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: PGA Championship

Twofer Tuesday heads north from Dallas TX to Tulsa OK and Southern Hills Country Club for the PGA Championship.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson

Unless you've been living under a rock without cable, you know that defending champion Phil Mickelson isn't defending his title due to... personal problems. He's only the third player not to defend his PGA win in 75 years -- the first was Ben Hogan in 1949, the other Tiger Woods in 2008.

Ironically, Tiger (who won his last PGA at this very course in 2007) WILL be teeing it up this week after a miraculous comeback from his car accident last year. But this time the course will be a bit different after a redesign by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner a few years back. A par-70 measuring 7556 yards, the rework opened the course up a little so the greens complexes can take center stage.

And of course, being played in May this year means less heat to deal with. Probably.

Last week I gave reasons for making my picks and, despite being good reasons, they weren't good enough for either player to make the cut. So this week I'm just giving you the names.

  • Jordan Spieth
  • Justin Thomas

GC's limited to news coverage this week. ESPN's live coverage begins Thursday at 2pm ET. ESPN and CBS split coverage for the weekend, with ESPN+ adding extra coverage all four days. (You can find those streams at this link.) Jordan Spieth is the big story this week as he tries to complete the Career Grand Slam. Will he get it done this time? We'll find out soon.

Monday, May 16, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 AT&T Byron Nelson

Winner: K.H. Lee

Around the wider world of golf: Minjee Lee won the Cognizant Founders Cup on the LPGA; Steve Stricker won the Regions Tradition, the Champions Tour's first major of 2022; Sam Horsfield won the Soudal Open on the DP World Tour; Anders Albertson won the Visit Knoxville Open on the Korn Ferry Tour; Herman Loubser won the Lombard Insurance Classic on the Sunshine Tour; Min Ji Park won the NH Investments Ladies Championship on the KLPGA; Ayaka Watanabe won the Hoken no Madoguchi Ladies on the JLPGA; Shugo Imahira won the Asia Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup on the Japan Golf Tour; and Hee Min Jang won the Woori Financial Championship on the KPGA. [Thanks, IC!]

K.H. Lee with Byron Nelson trophy

I thought my Twofer Tuesday picks were playing well but I had Will Zalatoris (MC) and Sam Burns (MC). Didn't Will say he'd played this course 'hundreds of times'? I guess everything's bigger in Texas... including misjudgments!

  • Top10s: 15 for 60 (9 Top5, 5 Top10)
  • Winners: 1 for 29
  • Top20s: 26 for 60

K.H. Lee got his first PGA Tour win last year at this very event. The question was, could he keep the trophy for another year? He got off to a great start -- although Sebastián Muñoz stole the show with a 60 on Thursday, Lee was T2 after posting a 64. And on Sunday he posted the third best score of the day with a 63. 

Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama made some serious runs at Lee (67 and 62 respectively) but Lee was just too much for anybody to catch Sunday afternoon. It was enough to secure his second PGA Tour win with a successful defense of his title. That's the kind of performance Tour pros love!

As if that wasn't enough, the win vaulted Lee up the FedExCup standings all the way from 116 to 28. Breaking the Top30 at this point in the season is a big boost on the way to East Lake. It's almost enough to make him forget getting his second Limerick Summary.

But I don't think Lee will. He knows what's important in a career!

It looks like Lee did it again!
Defense of his ’21 win
Makes Lee a two-timer
And FedExCup climber—
Up 88 spots. See him grin?

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Another Chipping Video? (Video)

You know I'm always looking for new presentations of chipping and pitching systems because different players tend to gravitate toward different techniques. This is yet another slightly different approach to the short game. Perhaps this approach will work for you.


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Ten Drills (Video)

PGA pro Ben Emerson put together this video of ten different drills to help you become more consistent in various areas of your game. Of course, that doesn't mean that every drill here will help you; you'll need to decide which ones fit your swing and which ones don't. (For a very simple example, I don't use a line on my ball so the putting drill won't help me.) But there's a good chance you'll find something here that WILL help you and, if you find just one drill that works for you, watching this will have been worth your time.


Friday, May 13, 2022

The First Champions Tour Major is ON!

The PGA Tour/LIV Golf news threw me a day late but I wanted to give a quick shoutout to the Regions Traditions, the first of the five Champions Tour majors.

Defending champion Alex Cejka

Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham AL is the (pardon the pun) traditional venue for the Regions and it usually provides a good challenge to the players -- primarily because the players don't know what to expect. At nearly 7300 yards the course can play relatively easy or deceptively difficult depending on conditions.

Last year Alex Cejka beat Steve Stricker in a playoff (and then took the 2nd major, the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship the following week). This year Stricker seems intent on avenging that loss -- and perhaps the time he lost to that mystery illness that sidelined him for several months -- by posting 7-under to take a two shot lead into today's round.

The second round of the Regions Tradition hits GC this afternoon at 1:30pm ET. It's good to see Stricker return to competitive form so quickly although I'm not so sure the rest of the field shares my excitement. But can he get the job done this week? That remains to be seen.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

A Quick Reminder

Jin Young Ko begins her quest for a three-peat at the Cognizant Founders Cup today (Thursday) at 10:30am ET on GC. This should be fun!

Two-time defending champion Jin Young Ko

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The Tour Draws a Line in the Sand...

...and things are about to get messy.

LIV Golf promo

With the PGA Tour denying player wavers into the first LIV Golf event in June, I think it's pretty clear that this will likely become a legal battle after all.

PGA Tour members are generally considered 'independent contractors.' But to play regular schedules on the Tour, players do have to sign a contract agreeing to follow the Tour's rules... and those rules limit when and where they can play outside the PGA Tour. And the legal issue in question, I think, is a very simple one:

Are independent contractors bound by contracts they sign to get and keep a job?

To me this seems like a no-brainer. The obvious answer is YES, because this is a legal business agreement and I don't see how any court could rule otherwise without completely destroying a basic tenet of business all over the world. It would throw EVERY business into chaos because it would mean, in effect, if you sign a contract and decide you don't want to follow it, then you can break your contract without any repercussions.

No business people in their right minds would allow the people they work with, either employees or contractors, to take the things that give their businesses an advantage over their competitors. That would destroy the competitive advantages that allow businesses to grow and evolve. To make such a ruling would create an unheard-of precedent, inundating the court system with millions of cases representing literally decades of standard business practice. The world economy would collapse.

In addition, the PGA Tour is a 501(c)(6) organization... and if I understand the law, that makes it a non-profit organization. Does the government want to meddle in the affairs of non-profits responsible for thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in charitable donations, again destroying decades of legal precedents? Again, I don't think so..

But will this end up in court? I'm afraid it probably will and, although I hate to say so, I think it will do so simply because Greg Norman -- who has always been one of my favorite golfers -- has apparently had an axe to grind with the PGA Tour since the 1990s over the whole idea of a world tour.

Do I think the courts will rule in his favor? If the rule of law and cool heads prevail, I don't see how it can. This idea that a competing tour has to be given special concessions that other businesses would not dream of asking for is absolutely ridiculous. But this whole thing appears to be less about creating an actual tour with a value of its own and more about egos and politics.

Buckle up, folks. Things are about to take a nasty turn. I just hope it doesn't ruin the improved social reputation that modern golf has spent so much time trying to build, just for the sake of a few people with massive egos and political agendas.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: AT&T Byron Nelson

Twofer Tuesday leaves the chilly and wet Washington DC area for the (hopefully) warmer and drier Dallas area and the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Defending champion K.H. Lee

TPC Craig Ranch is a 7468-yard par-72 that, despite its length, has played notoriously easy for the pros, boasting a scoring average just over 69.5. Seven of the Top15 in the OWGR are in the field this week, probably warming up for the PGA next week.

So who shall I pick from this loaded field?

  • My first pick is Will Zalatoris. He's a local boy who says he's played here 'hundreds of times.' How can I not pick him?
  • My other pick is Sam Burns. No other reason than he seems to have figured some things out this year. I'm going with my gut on this pick.

GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 4pm ET and PGA TOUR LIVE's streaming coverage starts at 7:45am ET. You can find the streaming schedule at this link. Let's see how the young guys handle the legendary Lord Byron's tournament this time around.

Monday, May 9, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Wells Fargo Championship

Winner: Max Homa

Around the wider world of golf: Thorbjørn Olesen went eagle-birdie on the final two holes on both Saturday and Sunday to win the Betfred British Masters on the DB World Tour; Brent Grant won the Simmons Bank Open for the Snedeker Foundation on the Korn Ferry Tour; Ana Peláez won her first LET title at the Comunidad de Madrid Ladies Open on the LET; Steve Flesch won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic on the Champions Tour; Manav Shah won the Quito Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Yubin Jung won the Altron Vusi Ngubeni Tournament on the Sunshine Tour; A Yeon Cho won the Kyochon Honey Ladies Open on the KLPGA; Miyuu Yamashita won the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup on the JLPGA; and Bio Kim won the GS Caltex Maekyung Open on the KPGA. [Thanks, IC!]

Max Homa with the Wells Fargo trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks did a little better this week. I had Brian Harman (T9) and Matt Kuchar (T49). I'm a bit surprised that Kucher didn't do better in the conditions but Harman proved once again he's a mudder. Still no winner though.

  • Top10s: 15 for 58 (9 Top5, 5 Top10)
  • Winners: 1 for 28
  • Top20s: 26 for 58

I don't think anybody expected what we saw this weekend. The top players just couldn't seem to get it together on TPC Potomac's cold rainy track. In the end it came down to two players -- Matt Homa and Keegan Bradley, both players known for good bad weather play -- to fight it out.

And fight they did! Bradley began the day with a two-shot lead. Homa came out firing on the first hole with a birdie, Bradley doubled the second and we saw the first of FIVE two-shot swings in the round.

In the end Homa posted a 2-under 68 and Bradley a 2-over 72, giving Max Homa a two-shot victory and his second win of the season.

While both men leave with some positives -- despite losing, Bradley is finally starting to play well and he posted his best finish in his last seven events -- Max Homa almost certainly will head to the PGA Championship in two weeks with the most confidence.

Of course, picking up another Limerick Summary will do that for you.

Behind at the start of the day,
Max started to make his own way
To the front of the field.
It was like he just willed
Things to fall his way… and they obeyed!

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

The Flamingo Drill (Video)

This drill sounds simple but it is going to challenge most of you! Instructor Jon Decker's Flamingo drill teaches you to get more consistent results from your pitch shots by improving your balance. You're gonna have to work on this one, folks!


Saturday, May 7, 2022

I Forgot All About the LET Event!

I was positive there was a women's event this week but somehow forgot to check the LET schedele. As it is, I'm writing this after the second round of the Comunidad de Madrid Ladies Open.

Second round leader Tiia Koivisto

It also took me a while to find the leaderboard. A total of 64 ladies made the cut in Madrid, led by Finnish player Tiia Koivisto  at -10. The leaderboard as a whole is pretty bunched up, and includes a Spanish amateur -- Cayetana Fernandez -- just a shot off the lead. (If you're interested, I found the leaderboard here.)

Rather than reiterate the second round summary, let me just refer you to the page at ladieseuropeantour.com that summarizes the day's play. I found it interesting that the title of the post is Tiia Koivisto Takes Control in Madrid when the page link is Ana Pelaez Makes Her Move. I'm guessing that Pelaez -- who is in fourth, two strokes back of Koivisto -- had the lead when the post was originally written but Koivisto pulled ahead at the end. It appears that there was a lot of jockeying for position as the round ended.

If you want to see the event -- GC isn't carrying it -- there's a live feed at this link that says it's unavailable in America. Since I didn't find it until the round ended, I didn't get a chance to see if I could access it using my VPN... but you might want to try. If that doesn't work, I'm guessing the GC will show the final two rounds as replays sometime next week.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Hands and Arms VS Body (Video)

Mike Malaska calls this video The Body Follows the Arms but I think that's a bit misleading. The hand action for a swing where the hands swing past the body (more of a classic swing a la Jones) and the hand action for a swing where the body moves past the hands (a modern swing a la Hogan) is essentially the same. What he describes in this video works for both approaches. Drop questions in the comments if Malaska's explanation isn't clear to you.


Thursday, May 5, 2022

More on the L-to-L Drill (Video)

If you've followed me for long you know I'm a fan of the L-to-L drill and have done a number of posts about it. In this super short video Mike Malaska answers a couple of questions people sometimes have about the drill. If you're one of them, it might give you a clearer mental image of what you're trying to do with this drill.


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The Melodic Tournament of the Week

Victory on the Korn Ferry Tour is sweet music for most players (an appropriate metaphor for this event). This week players tune up for the Simmons Bank Open benefitting the Snedeker Foundation.

Host Brandt Snedeker and defending champion Austin Smotherman

The photo shows last year's champion Austin Smotherman. However, he's not defending this week as he is now on the PGA Tour. But this week's winner will be picking up yet another guitar trophy -- yes, it's playable -- although I don't know what kind it will be. Past winners have gotten everything from acoustics to electrics.

The event is being held in College Grove TN, Snedeker's home state. They're playing at The Grove, a Greg Norman design that has hosted the event only one other time (last year) when it was ranked the 9th hardest course on Tour. A par-72, it measures 7368 yards on the scorecard with only two inches of Bermuda rough. We'll see how much of a challenge it gives the pros this year.

It appears that this event won't be getting any TV coverage, which is a shame. You would think Sneds deserves a little attention, at least for the benefit of his charity. But alas, we'll be limited to checking the online scoreboards and (hopefully) getting updates on GC.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Wells Fargo Championship

WHAT? Twofer Tuesday doesn't head for North Carolina! Instead, it heads for Avenel Farm in Maryland and the Wells Fargo Championship.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy

Defending champion Rory McIlroy may have his hands full this year. He hasn't been on his game of late and now, with the Wells Fargo moving to TPC Potomac, he won't have the familiarity of Quail Hollow. It's only a one-year change, as Quail Hollow is hosting the Presidents Cup this year. But Rors probably wishes he was back somewhere he feels at home.

Oh well, ya gets what ya gets, as they say. TPC Potomac has hosted the Quicken Loans National a couple of times recently so perhaps Rory won't feel quite as uncomfortable. And the course maxes out at a mere 7160 yards. Still...

My two picks for this substitute venue are:

  • Bryan Harmon
  • Matt Kuchar

Yeah, probably should go with some of the higher-ranked players but they haven't helped me lately so what the heck?

GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 2pm ET. And you can find the times for PGA TOUR LIVE's streams on this page. We'll see how a move from familiar ground in NC to a course just a few miles north of Washington DC affects the players.

Monday, May 2, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Mexico Open

Winner: Jon Rahm

Around the wider world of golf: Marina Alex won the Palos Verdes Championship on the LPGA; Adri Arnaus won the Catalunya Championship on the DP World Tour; Harrison Endycott won the Huntsville Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour; Steven Alker won the Insperity Invitational on the Champions Tour; Gabriella Then won the Garden City Charity Classic on the Epson Tour; José Toledo won the Diners Club Peru Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; A Lim Kim won the CreaS F&C KLPGA Championship on the KLPGA; Mao Saigo won the Panasonic Open Ladies Golf Tournament on the JLPGA; and Yuki Inamori won The Crowns on the Japan Golf Tour. [Thanks, IC!]

Jon Rahm with the Mexico Open trophy

This is getting old. I had Kevin Na (T42) and Christiaan Bezuidenhout (DNP). It looks like Kevin took himself out by getting in that shouting match with Grayson Murray earlier in the week. Another week of bad picks!

  • Top10s: 14 for 56 (9 Top5, 5 Top10)
  • Winners: 1 for 27
  • Top20s: 25 for 56

He carried the pressure of expectations all week. Jon Rahm was tied for the lead after the first round, led by two after the second and third rounds, and finally won by a shot on Sunday.

Plenty of players made runs at him. Brandon Wu and Tony Finau both finished early and posted scores that were just a shot shy of Jon's winning -17, and Kurt Kitayama in the final group with him also made the runner-up squad.

It was a tough day for Jon. Once again he didn't have his best stuff and had to scramble his way around the course the whole time. I guess you could call it a mini-version of his season so far, as he has struggled to put four solid rounds together since he won the US Open last year. It's not as if he's played badly, but rather that he just hasn't been sharp around the greens.

And as the only player higher than Patrick Reed (#33) in the field, everybody just expected Jon -- the World #2 -- to get it done somewhat easily. But life rarely works out that way, does it?

Jon was met on the 18th by his young son and his wife, now expecting their second child. Referring to an old Spanish saying, Jon said children tend to bring gifts... and the unborn one had given him one Sunday. Let me be the first to add to those gifts with another Limerick Summary, his first of 2022.

His drought since the Open is done
So Jon shared the win with his son
And his wife, who’s soon due
With the Rahm’s number two,
Underneath the bright Mexican sun.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Smoothing Out Your Downswing (Video)

I think this video from Russell Heritage goes hand-in-hand with yesterday's video lesson with Pete Cowen. This video gives a slightly different look at one of the key things Pete was teaching, so this might help you visualize his move more clearly.


Saturday, April 30, 2022

A Lesson with Pete Cowen (Video)

Recently instructor James Robinson went for a lesson with the legendary Pete Cowen... and he recorded it. Do I really need to say more than that? Watch and learn, padawans!


Friday, April 29, 2022

Steve Stricker Returns to Action

Perhaps the biggest news at the Insperity Invitational this week is Steve Stricker's return from a mystery illness that sidelined him for half a year or so.

Defending champion Mike Weir

The Woodlands County Club at The Woodlands TX is a familiar venue for the Champions Tour. After all, it hosted a PGA Tour event from 1985 until 2002 and has hosted this event since 2008. Bernhard Langer has won the Insperity four times total... and three of those were at The Woodlands Country Club. It's safe to say that the Champions Tour players probably know this course as well as they know Augusta National.

Mike Weir is the defending champion. Two of the last four winners have been first-timers on the Champions Tour.

And perhaps this time it will be David Duval, who's making his Champions Tour debut this week.

But Stricker will probably be the headliner this week, simply because so many players and fans were worried about him. Just seeing him walk the course will be front page news at the Insperity... and good news it is..

GC's live coverage starts at noon ET today (Friday). And there are enough human interest stories this week to perhaps overshadow the event itself. But I don't think anyone will mind.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

12 More Yards with Your Irons?!? (Video)

I know you're going to watch this short video and say, "Hey, I know that already!" But this video is different -- and not just because it actually puts a number on the gains it claims you can get.

There are a number of subtle tips in this video you might miss. Things like getting the extra yards without swinging harder... like learning not just how to hit the ball lower so it goes farther, but how to hit the ball higher so it stops quicker... like how you don't need to change the ball position to pull either shot off... and a new look at an old drill. It really can help you improve this part of your game... and maybe give you some extra yards in the process.


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The LPGA Gets the First of Two New Events

This week the LPGA plays the inaugural JTBC Championship at Palos Verdes in California. (The other new event is the Kroger Queen City Championship presented by P&G in Ohio later this year.)

Augusta National Women's Amateur winner Anna Davis

Since this is a new event, I figured I'd include a photo of perhaps the most interesting new player to get an LPGA debut this week. Of course I'm talking about 16-year-old Augusta National Women's Amateur winner Anna Davis, the youngest yet to win that event and who said she never expected to play in an LPGA event so young. But her victory brought her a sponsor's exemption -- the first of many such exemptions she has already received -- and she wasn't about to turn it down!

As for you fashion-forward enthusiasts out there, she said she WILL be wearing a new bucket hat.

Davis is one of the many players who will have some familiarity with the Palos Verdes Golf Club despite it being a new venue on Tour. The club is the site of the annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, which is an invitational tournament for the top NCAA Women's Golf teams that's been running for 25 years. Lorena Ochoa, Natalie Gulbis, Jennifer Rosales, Leona Maguire and Brittany Lang are just some of the champions whose names you probably recognize.

The Top6 in the Race to the CME Globe are also in the field, in addition to World Number One Jin Young Ko and 7 of the 9 event winners this season, so the Palos Verdes Championship shapes up to be pretty strong.

Because we're still in California we're looking at another week of prime time golf. GC's live coverage begins at 6:30pm ET on Thursday. I'm interested to see how Davis does in her first LPGA event and how Ko rebounds after her tough finish last week.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Mexico Open

Twofer Tuesday heads south of the border for Vallarta, Mexico and the Mexico Open at Vidanta.

The Norman Signature Golf Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort

This is a new event... sort of. You see, this isn't the first time that the Mexico Open has been a PGA Tour event; it just hasn't been on the PGA Tour proper. This bit from the event's Power Rankings page should make things a little clearer:

When it was announced in early November that the new PGA TOUR event planned in Mexico would be the Mexico Open at Vidanta, it brought the history of the country’s national championship full circle. The first Mexico Open was contested in 1944 at Club de Golf Chapultepec, which hosted the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship from 2017-2020. The Mexico Open would join the sanctioned ranks of the PGA TOUR as a then-Web.com Tour event from 2008-2012. It then transitioned into an annual stop on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in 2013 and extended through 2021.

This time around it's the Norman Signature Golf Course at the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort serving as the host venue. Interestingly enough, although we're used to seeing Mexican courses with some serious altitude, Vidanta Vallarta is right at sea level. It's a par-71 and it can play up to 7456 yards. The fairways are wide but the greens are surrounded by deep bunkers. And if that wasn't enough, there's a lot of water in play -- for example, there are five par-3s and four of them play over water.

Looks like Greg Norman will continue to give players trouble this week!

I did my research differently after last week's debacle, and only one of my picks is in the Power Rankings for the event. The stats I used this time around are Driving Accuracy, GIR, Scoring Average and -- very important this week -- Sand Save Percentage. We'll see if I have any better luck.

  • My first pick is Kevin Na
  • My other pick is Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

GC's coverage begins Thursday at 3:30pm ET. PGA TOUR LIVE's streams begin at 8:45am ET and you can get all the times for their various streams on this page. Let's see how the pros fare at a sea level Mexican course!

Monday, April 25, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Zurich Classic

Winner: Xander Schauffele/Patrick Cantlay

Around the wider world of golf: A lot of golf this week! Nasa Hataoka ran away with the LPGA's DIO Implant LA Open; Pablo Larrazábal won the DP World Tour's ISPS Handa Championship in Spain; Scott Parel and Mardy Fish won the pro and celebrity titles at the Champions Tour's ClubCorp Classic; Dottie Ardina won the Epson Tour's Copper Rock Championship; Jaime López Rivarola won the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica's JHSF 67th Aberto do Brasil; Jay Mackenzie won the Australasian Tour's 2021 CKB WA PGA Championship; Jaco Ahlers won the Sunshine Tour's Stella Artois Players Championship; Yuto Katsuragawa won the JGTO's ISPS Handa Championship Japan; Sayaka Takahashi won the JLPGA's Fujisankei Ladies Classic; and Hae Ran Ryu won the KLPGA's Nexen Saint Nine Masters. [Thanks, IC!]

Schaffele and Cantlay with Zurick trophy and belts

This is getting old. In two of the last three weeks my Twofer Tuesday picks haven't done as well as someone I said I liked but didn't choose. First Scottie Scheffler won the Masters, then the team of Will Zalatoris and Davis Riley finished T4 this week. I had Scottie Scheffler and Ryan Palmer (T18) and Marc Leishman and Cam Smith (T21). I clearly need to change my method of picking!

  • Top10s: 14 for 54 (9 Top5, 5 Top10)
  • Winners: 1 for 26
  • Top20s: 25 for 54

And somewhere in the midst of it all Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay -- both struggling to close out tournaments lately -- ground the rest of the Zurich Classic field into a very fine powder and cast them into the swirling winds of TPC Louisiana. From their record-setting score of 59 in the best ball round Thursday they showed no mercy as the week ran on, becoming the first wire-to-wire winners of the team event as well.

I don't know if there's a record they didn't break at the Zurich. (Maybe the 36-hole scoring record. I didn't hear what that one was.) But I'm sure everyone else in the field is very clear on their stats!

This win came as no surprise of course. Patrick is the reigning FedExCup champion and Xander the reigning Olympic gold medalist, and both have been playing well despite the aforementioned problems closing tournaments. But to see them dominate the field in this way simply has to be disheartening to everybody else, as they know that these two are only going to gain confidence from this victory...

And perhaps use that confidence to go on a run of wins as the season wears on.

In many ways a single Limerick Summary seems inadequate in a team event when the result is this lopsided. But hey, sharing doesn't seem to be a problem for this team. Perhaps they'll take another trip together to relax and celebrate it as well!

From records set back in Round One
To records that got the job done,
Both Xander and Pat
Seem to think it’s old hat
To crush rivals while just having fun.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Maximizing Distance with Your Driver (Video)

Yesterday I posted Rick's advice on changing your shot shape with an adjustable driver. Today I'm posting another short video from him -- this time giving you a quick lesson in the basics of setting up with the driver to get your maximum distance off the tee. Between the two videos you should have a decent chance of getting the ball in the fairway a good distance from the tee.


Saturday, April 23, 2022

Changing Your Shot Shape with an Adjustable Driver (Video)

In this 42 second video Rick Shiels tells you how to use the settings on your adjustable driver to change your shot shape without changing your swing. Bear in mind that you need an adjustable driver to use most of these hacks.


Let me sum up what the changes do and how he recommends you use them as a 'hack' to change your shot shape.

  • Theoretically the standard setting should allow you to hit a straight shot. If it gives you a shape you like, then you don't need to change it.
  • If you're trying to create more of a draw, you can raise the loft to a higher number (add degrees to the face, such as going from 10° to 12°). This aims the face a bit more to the left (for a righthander) so the ball should curve that way.
  • If you want more of a fade, you can lower the loft to a lower number (subtract degrees from the face, such as going from 10° to 9°). This aims the face a bit more to the right (for a righthander) so the ball should curve that way.
  • In my opinion, here's the main hack. If you struggle with a slice, set the club for a more upright swing. What this does is raise the toe of the club off the ground so the face literally points to the left (for a righthander) and the ball doesn't get the fade sidespin at all.

I suppose that, if you have a real problem with a slice, you could both add loft and set the driver more upright to aim the face (for a righthander) to the left AND add draw sidespin as well.

And remember that even if you don't have an adjustable driver, you can get the effect of a more upright setting with your regular driver by just teeing up the ball a bit farther away from you. Any change that causes the toe to lift off the ground should give you the same result. Just remember that you'll have to practice with the new ball position before you take it onto the course.

Now depending on how much trouble you're having getting the ball into the fairway, it's possible that none of these settings might solve your problem. But if they don't help, your swing is probably far enough out of whack that you need a lesson to straighten things out.

Bear in mind that using these hacks might also cause you to lose a little distance. But if they allow you to get the ball in the fairway, you might drop enough strokes that you don't care! In any case, I think any hack that increases your enjoyment out on the course is a good one, so why not try one?

Friday, April 22, 2022

The Throwing the Clubhead Drill (Video)

You've probably seen this drill before but I like the way Mike Malaska explains it. This drill helps you create the most speed possible with your hands and arms, which then gets multiplied when you make your normal swing. Pay special attention to his emphasis on relaxed muscles when you do this drill. Any athlete can tell you that tight muscles restrict speed!


Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Champions Stake Out New Ground in Texas

Okay, we get a new event for the Champions Tour this week. Welcome to the inaugural ClubCorp Championship.

ClubCorp Classic logo

The first playing of this event takes place at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving TX, a par-71 measuring just over 6700 yards. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this course is that it has five par-3s and four par-4s.

And the most interesting aspect of the event itself is that it boasts a field of 78 pros who will be joined by 50 amateurs and celebrities. This sounds a lot like the LPGA's Tournament of Champions in January, although I don't know how the teams will be set up here.

If you want one player worth keeping an eye on this week, it may be Corey Pavin. Pavin is a member at the club and, while he's not a long hitter by any measure, his ability to work the ball combined with the shorter length of the course could give this 62-year-old a real chance to put on a show.

GC's live coverage begins Friday at noon ET. I think it's always compelling to see how a new event -- especially one with a different format -- will distinguish itself from the other established events the pros commonly play.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

The LPGA Goes to Hollywood

Without Frankie. (Old music joke.) The DIO Implant LA Open is making its fourth appearance beneath the legendary Hollywood sign.


Wilshire Country Club was an important stop early in the PGA Tour's history, hosting the Lost Angeles Open four times before World War 2. Now it's gaining fame for the caliber of its past winners Ariya Jutanugarm, Minjee Lee and defending champion Brooke Henderson.

I suppose the biggest story coming in is Jin Young Ko making her first start since her T53 finish at the Chevron a few weeks back. After some time off and some work on her swing she's coming back to a course where she has good history, having posted three Top5s in her previous appearances.

The field is pretty strong, with 8 of the Top10 in the Race for the CME Globe scheduled to play.

GC's coverage starts Thursday at 6:30pm ET. Yes, the LPGA's in California so we get more prime time golf! What more can you ask for?

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Zurich Classic

Twofer Tuesday does a double take and hopes of picking a winning team at the Zurich Classic.

Defending champions Marc Leishman and Cam Smith

TPC Louisiana plays host to the PGA Tour's only team event, the Zurich Classic. The format proved to be just the thing this event needed to become a popular venue once again, and now the players look forward to this week each year.

The format is simple. Two-man teams play four rounds -- fourball (aka best ball), foursomes (aka alternate shot), fourball and foursomes. In case of a playoff, the first hole is contested as a foursome, the second as a fourball, and so on until a winner is determined.

Which means this week I pick four players who count as only two (teams). That doesn't make the task any easier but what the heck?

  • My first pick is the team of Scottie Scheffler and Ryan Palmer. How can I pick against the hottest player of the moment with a consistently good (for years with various other players) partner? This is kind of a no-brainer.
  • And my other pick is the defending champions, Marc Leishman and Cam Smith. Smith has won this event twice and you know how well he's playing this season. Again, no-brainer pick.

I really like the pairing of Will Zalatoris and Davis Riley as well, but I simply can't make myself choose them over either of the two teams I'm taking.

GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 3:30pm ET and PGA TOUR LIVE starts their streams at 8am ET. (You can find the schedule for their various streams at this link.) This is such a fun event, so different from the rest of the season, that it's not something you want to miss.