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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!

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Pete Cowen's Bunker Drill (Video)

Chris Ryan says he learned this bunker drill from the great Pete Cowen. Do you really need another reason to watch this video?


Saturday, November 26, 2022

Synchronizing Your Upper and Lower Body (Video)

I understand that, for a lot of you, this video will contradict much of what you've been trying to do. But this is more of a traditional approach to the golf swing and it worked for Jack Nicklaus, so why not at least try it? Too many players try to spin their hips too fast in hopes of getting more distance, but that's also a good way to hurt your back. Mike Malaska demonstrates the basics of what Jack did... and he wasn't short off the tee by anybody's measurement.


Friday, November 25, 2022

Solid Contact When Your Attack Angle Changes (Video)

While Alex says this drill helps you square the clubface — and I can see how it could do that — what this drill actually does is teach you to adjust how steeply you attack the ball with various irons. Short irons need a steeper angle of attack than medium or long irons, and this drill gives you a visual of how steep each should be. I like it when a teacher makes it easier to visualize what you want, and this drill certainly does that.


Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here in America it's Thanksgiving, a national holiday. But those of you in the rest of the world are welcome to enjoy our holiday as well. 

Thanksgiving greeting

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Backloader Drill (Video)

If you're having trouble getting a good feel to your backswing, this is a great drill to help you create a good backswing position by creating motion with your followthrough. If you've never tried it, it can give you a whole new perspective on how good a backswing can feel.


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

4 Simple Strategy Tips to Cut Strokes (Video)

Alex Elliott has been using these four tips during competitive rounds to cut several strokes off his score. They're not hard and you can put them into use immediately. Can you afford to ignore his advice and not try them?


Monday, November 21, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 RSM Classic

Winner: Adam Svensson

Around the wider world of golf: Lydia Ko won the Rolex POY, the Vare Trophy and the CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA all in one fell swoop; Jon Rahm won the DP World Tour Championship but Rory McIlroy won the Race to Dubai; and Aaron Wilkin won the QLD PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour.

Did I even have a Twofer Tuesday pick this week? I had Tony Finau (DNP) and Mackenzie Hughes (MC). I thought Tony was scheduled to play and Mackenzie struggled. I suppose this is an appropriate finish to the official events for me. Still, with five winners, not a bad season.

  • Top10s: 34 for 113 (21 Top5, 13Top10)
  • Winners: 5 for 57
  • Top20s: 51 for 113

One quote from Adam Svensson really stood out to me:

"To be honest, it's not even real right now," Svensson said when he finished. "I'm so happy. I put so much work in. To win on the PGA TOUR means everything to be me. ... I just kept believing in myself, and here I am."
The win means everything. It's definitely a career changer. Svensson was in his third season... and this win guarantees him two more, plus all the money and perks that go with a win.

I don't care what anybody says. The bling matters.

So I'll add my little Limerick Summary to the Canadian's substantial pile of bling from St. Simons Island. It'll be a nice holiday season at the Svensson household.

The cold must have been a good thing
For Canada’s new golfing king.
Cold? Svensson was not—
For three days, he was hot!
And his first Tour win means everything.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

How 3-Wood Loft Works (Video)

I'm impressed with this video. This is the first easy-to-understand explanation I've seen of how you alter the attack angle of a 3-wood to produce the most effective flight for the shot you want to play. Plus it's got drills to help you practice! A great video for helping you master this club.


Saturday, November 19, 2022

The Foot Back Drill (Video)

I may have posted something like this a month or so ago, I can't remember. But it's such a useful drill that I'm posting this new super-short video as well. At the very least, it's a good way to track down path problems with your swing.


Friday, November 18, 2022

Why Your Driver Strike Pattern Matters (Video)

Ali Taylor says you'll get more consistent performance from your driver if you understand your impact pattern. And if you don't understand it, you could get a custom fitted driver that doesn't perform the same way on the course that it did at the fitting. Useful knowledge for understanding your game!


Thursday, November 17, 2022

The DP World Tour Championship

The DP World Tour plays its finale this week... and there will be a new champion this time around.

Defending champion Collin Morikawa

Defending champion Collin Morikawa withdrew from the event on Monday because of unspecified "upcoming personal commitments." Doesn't sound like injury, but it shouldn't affect the outcome since he's not really in position to win again this year.

Another notable player who won't be playing – although it isn't a surprise – is Will Zalatoris, who is #6 in the rankings but is still out with back problems.

That leaves the field pretty wide open, although Rory McIlroy and Ryan Fox are the favorites. If either wins, they take it all.

GC's live coverage starts TODAY at 6am ET. This should be a tightly contested event because so many of the players seem to be in top form coming in.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Injuries Are a Storyline at the CME Group Tour Championship

The LPGA's last event of 2022 is a big finale... but some of the top players are fighting injury in their attempts to win the LPGA's top non-major prize.

Defending champion Jin Young Ko

The CME Group Tour Championship is where a lot of prestige awards get settled, but some are already decided, Minjee Lee has the ANNIKA Major Award and the Aon Risk Reward Challenge, and Atthaya Thitikul won the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year. But the Money Title, Rolex LPGA Player of the Year and Vare (scoring) Trophy will have to wait until Sunday before we know who gets those.

And like I said, some of the top players are playing hurt. Jin Young Ko is playing with a wrist injury and Brooke Henderson with a back injury. Both players are taking it easy in the lead up to Thursday, hoping to nurse their injuries through the final event without causing further damage. After all, there's two months without an event before the 2023 season begins — time that can be used for therapy.

Perhaps the most confusing thing — or least confusing, depending on your point of view — is that the season-long race for points only determined who qualified for this event. The points are now wiped out and the winner of the event takes it all. Which means Pornanong Phatlum, the last player to make the field, can win it all with a good showing this week.

So who feels the most pressure this week? It's a good question! But now you know why the hurt players are teeing it up.

GC's live coverage of the event starts Thursday at 3pm ET. (If you can get it, there's an extra hour streaming at 2pm ET.) With so many storylines at play, we should get a great finale to the season!

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: RSM Classic

Twofer Tuesday leaves Houston TX for the Sea Island Resort in St. Simons Island GA to catch the last official PGA Tour event of 2022, the RSM Classic.

Defending champion Talor Gooch

Another defending champion won't defend this week as Talor Gooch was one of those players who headed to LIV Golf. But that just leaves the last official title of the year up for grabs.

And I do mean up for grabs. ALL of the Korn Ferry Tour grads committed to the event and will get one last chance at a title before 2023. They will, of course, have to deal with Tony Finau -- who, as we sometimes say here in the Southeastern US, laid a hurtin' on the field in Houston. And there are other previous winners of this event in the field as well. Don't forget that a number of Tour players live on St. Simons Island and just might have a little advantage.

So I'm going for some proven winners this week. Will it work out for me? Got no idea. But let's give it a try, shall we?

  • Tony Finau
  • Mackenzie Hughes

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at noon ET, and PGA TOUR LIVE will start streaming at 9:30pm ET on ESPN+. I can't even pretend that this is the biggest event of the week -- both the LPGA and the DP World Tour are playing their Tour Championships. But this event frequently results in a playoff, which tells you the guys are competing really hard, so it's worth tuning in for a look.

Monday, November 14, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open

Winner: Tony Finau

Around the wider world of golf: Nelly Korda successfully defended her title at the Pelican Women's Championship on the LPGA; Padraig Harrington blitzed the field to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship but Steven Alker won the yearlong Cup race; Tommy Fleetwood won the Nedbank Golf Challenge on the DP World Tour; Andrew Martin won the Victorian PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour; Chiara Noja won the Aramco Team Series Jeddah on the LET; and Andy Ogletree won the International Series Egypt on the Asian Tour.

Tony Finau with Houston Open trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks struggled in the wind and cold. I had Scottie Scheffler (T9) and Sam Burns (WD). Well, at least I got 1 Top10.

  • Top10s: 34 for 111 (21 Top5, 13Top10)
  • Winners: 5 for 56
  • Top20s: 51 for 111

The tale of the tape, as they say, is simple: Tony Finau led or co-led every round at the Houston Open this past week, despite all kinds of weather changes like cold and wind and potential threats from Hurricane Nicole. Then he outlasted the entire field coming down the stretch. At one point he was eight strokes ahead.

Ultimately he won by four. Still pretty dominant, don't you think?

This was his fifth PGA Tour victory and his third victory in just seven starts. which means he's had three Limerick Summaries in his last seven starts. I'm pretty sure that's the kind of winning pace that ultimately sends guys to the top of the OWGR.

Okay, he's not there yet. But that doesn't mean he won't make it soon... !

Through the week he got farther ahead
And he left the whole field filled with dread
‘Cause his game was so bold.
Through the wind and the cold
Tony played like a real thoroughbred.

The photo came from this page at golfweek.usatoday.com.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Getting a Higher Driver Launch (Video)

Here's a trick to help you launch your tee shots higher, getting more carry and more overall distance. It's simple and doesn't require complicated technique changes, so you might want to give it a try and see if it helps.


Saturday, November 12, 2022

Another Split Hand Grip Drill (Video)

A few weeks ago I posted a split hand grip drill that Rory uses but that video link is no longer good. So here's a new one that Mike Malaska posted to help you learn the same move.


Friday, November 11, 2022

You Need More Time to Create Clubhead Speed (Video)

There is plenty of evidence to show that you can create more clubhead speed with a slower overall swing. But the cool thing about this video is that Ali Taylor shows you two swings side-by-side so you can see why this seeming contradiction is true. This video just might change your approach to your swing!


Thursday, November 10, 2022

The Final Champions Tour Event of 2022

It's time. The Champions will determine the season-long winner of the Charles Schwab Cup as well as the winner of the final event of 2022, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Defending event champion Phil Mickelson and defending Cup champion Bernhard Langer

Just as it used to be on the PGA Tour, there are often two winners at the Champions' Tour Championship. There's a winner of the event (which—no surprise—will not be defended by last year's winner Phil Mickelson). And then there's the winner of the Charles Schwab Cup itself (their equivalent of the FedExCup) which—again, no surprise—was won last year by Bernhard Langer for his 6th time.

It's a very different picture this year.

There are only two players with a realistic chance to win the Cup, Steven Alker and Padraig Harrington. And to be honest, even if Padraig wins the event, it's still very likely that Alker will win the Cup. (Yes, he's been that good this season.) But Padraig HAS to win just to have a chance at the Cup, so we should see some serious competition.

GC's live coverage starts TODAY (Thursday) at 4pm ET. since the event is played in Phoenix this may be fairly early in the round.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

The Penultimate LPGA Event of 2022

The CME Tour Group Championship is next week... but the girls have one last chance to jockey for position at the Pelican Women's Championship.

Defending champion Nelly Korda

Next year it'll be known as "The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican" but this year it's still just the Pelican Women's Championship. It's only the third playing of this event, thus far won by Sei Young Kim and Nelly Korda.

I mention jockeying for position simply because there are so many things still up for grabs at the Pelican this week — last chance to make the Top60 for next week's Tour Championship, get a shot at the Rolex Player of the Year, or maybe win the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year. It's all pretty tight right now.

Brittany Lincicome comes back from maternity leave this week, Jin Young Ko makes her return to an American venue after the wrist problems, and Hye-Jin Choi has to win or Atthaya Thitikul locks up the Rookie of the Year Award.

GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 10am ET. With so many tours rounding out their seasons this month, this is shaping up to be one of the more interesting.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Cadence Bank Houston Open

Twofer Tuesday makes the short trip north of the border from Mexico to Texas for the Cadence Bank Houston Open.

Defending champion Jason Kokrak

While a lot of players will be headed down Texas way this week, defending champion Jason Kokrak isn't one of them. Jason opted for LIV Golf so we'll be getting a new champion this week.

But Memorial Park Golf Course will be a familiar track for most of the field, this being its third year hosting the event since returning as the long-running tournament's host. A par 70 course measuring 7412 yards, it has five par3s and three par5s. To be blunt, it's a challenging track.

My picks should play well this week, I keep telling myself that, anyway...

  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Sam Burns

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 1pm ET, and PGA TOUR LIVE starts at 7:30am ET exclusively on ESPN+. There's only one more full field event this season after Houston so we should see some serious play this week. FedExCup points are still on everyone's mind!

Monday, November 7, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 World Wide Technology Championship

Winner: Russell Henley

Around the wider world of golf: Gemma Dryburgh got her first LPGA win at the TOTO Japan Classic; Bernhard Langer got his 44th Champions Tour win at the TimberTech Championship; George Coetzee won the PGA Championship on the Sunshine Tour; Jazz Janewattananond won the International Series Morocco on the Asian tour; and Ting-Hsuan Huang won the Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship.

Russell Henley with WWT trophy

Given how unpredictable this event can be, my Twofer Tuesday picks didn't do too bad. I had Viktor Hovland (T10) and Aaron Wise (T15). I'll take it!

  • Top10s: 33 for 109 (21 Top5, 12Top10)
  • Winners: 5 for 55
  • Top20s: 50 for 109

Russell Henley had developed a reputation for not finishing tournaments. The last five times he had at least part of the 54-hole lead, he couldn't get it done.

This time he did. He started with a six-shot lead and he finished ahead by four. He tied the tournament record with the win. That's good playing in anybody's book! And he credited the win to what he learned in all those losses. That's perspective!

It's Russell's fourth PGA Tour win and his first since 2017... which I guess gives him similar numbers on his Limerick Summary count. Not bad, Russ, not bad!

Russell led on the last day by six;
In the past, leads and wins had not mixed.
But this time, Russell knew
He could see the thing through
‘Cause the past losses taught him some tricks.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Shallowing the Club (Video)

In case you have trouble with tipping the clubhead forward on your downswing, Russell has a simple explanation of why you do it and a drill to help you stop. Just be clear about one thing: This is NOT the same thing as Jack Nicklaus's flying elbow. Just so you know...


Saturday, November 5, 2022

Just Like Throwing a Ball...? (Video)

I think this video might challenge your ideas about how your wrists cock during your swing, But if you can understand how Mike Malaska is comparing a golf swing to how you throw a ball, this could make a huge difference in how easy you find it to square the clubface. Watch this short video as many times as necessary to understand it, because it's all about how you feel your golf swing!


Friday, November 4, 2022

Changing Shot Shape with Ball Position (Video)

There's more than one way to shape your golf shots, and Ali Taylor describes one way to do it -- by changing ball position. Note that he says you first have to learn to square the clubface -- which is something you have to learn no matter what method of shot shaping you use, and something I talk about a lot on this blog -- and then you can change your shot shape by moving the ball in your stance. Again, it's not the only way to do it but this is a good explanation of how the process works.


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Just One More Event Before the Charles Schwab Cup

Just a reminder that the Charles Schwab Cup is almost decided.

Defending champion Steven Alker

If Steven Alker manages to defend this week at the TimberTech Championship, he wins the Charles Schwab Cup. All he's got to do is beat 49 other guys. Piece of cake, right?

Obviously that's not a given. We're down to the top players on the Champions Tour and players like Padraig Harrington, Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly will want to say something about that. Still, Alker's got a huge lead in the Cup and I think he's got it if he just plays decent the next two weeks.

GC's coverage starts Friday night at 6:30pm ET. This is one of three tours to finish their seasons this month, so it's going to be a very interesting November!

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

It's Baaaaak!

It's been three years since the TOTO Japan Classic was played as an LPGA event. That changes this week!

2019 Defending champion Ai Suzuki

Perhaps no LPGA tournament was more affected by the pandemic than the TOTO Japan Classic. While the event was played in 2020 and 2021, neither was LPGA sanctioned, only JLPGA. So we have two defending champions in the field. While Ai Suzuki is the defending LPGA champ (2019), Ayaka Furue is the defending JLPGA champion (2021).

And while Jiyai Shin isn't a defending champion, she is the 2020 JLPGA champion. All three are in the field.

LPGA.com put the basics of this event in perspective:

The 72-hole event boasts a $2 million purse with no cut contested by a field of 42 of LPGA’s best and 36 JLPGA players.

Atthaya Thitikul is making her first appearance anywhere as the Rolex #1, and there are still seven players with a chance to win the Rolex Player of the Year Award. There's a lot at stake this week!

Because this event is in Japan, GC's live coverage begins Wednesday (TONIGHT!) at 11pm ET. It's gonna be nice to see this event back on the LPGA schedule.

And remember: After this event, there are only TWO left on the 2022 LPGA schedule.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: World Wide Technology Championship

Twofer Tuesday hops from Bermuda to Mayakoba (that's in Mexico) for the World Wide Technology Championship.

Back-to-back defending champion Viktor Hovland

He's baaaaack! Viktor Hovland is looking to threepeat this year at Mayakoba, something that hasn't happened anywhere since Steve Stricker's threepeat at the John Deere Classic (2009-2011). But Hovland continues to play well and he absolutely loves Mayakoba. He's definitely one to watch.

The El Camaleón course is... well, I'm just going to let PGATOUR.com explain it:

El Camaleón Golf Course at Mayakoba, par 71, 7,034 yards. There are three separate Mayan Rivera landscapes golfers traverse at Mayakoba: stretches on the oceanfront, tropical jungle, and mangroves. Birdies come in bunches at Mayakoba, with the winning score averaging at 20 under since 2013.

This course is very different from what the guys face most weeks. Different landscapes, different grass (Paspalum), and reasonably short — par-71, 7034 yards. Big greens, primary rough just over 2" and lots of penalty areas if you miss the fairways.

My picks are pretty simple:

  • Viktor Hovland
  • Aaron Wise

GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 3pm ET. One more thing: Scottie Scheffler is in the field and, with a win, he's got a chance to regain the #1 spot in the OWGR from Rory McIlroy. It's worth keeping an eye on.

Monday, October 31, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Butterfield Bermuda Championship

Winner: Seamus Power

Around the wider world of golf: Jordan Smith won the Portugal Masters on the DP World Tour; Combrinck Smit won the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final on the Sunshine Tour; Vanderbilt and Auburn won the East Lake Cup Men's and Women's Team titles, respectively; and Harrison Crowe won the Asia-Pacific Amateur.

Seamus Power with Butterfield Bermuda trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks didn't do so well but I'm okay with that. I had Ryan Armour (MC) and Aaron Rai (T54). Given the unpredictability of this event, what with the shorter track, wild weather swings and lack of big names, I didn't really expect much.

  • Top10s: 32 for 107 (21 Top5, 11Top10)
  • Winners: 5 for 54
  • Top20s: 48 for 107

Another unpredictable event in Bermuda. After a day or two of calm weather, the wind and rain came up and players struggled. On Sunday it seemed it would come down to one-time winner Seamus Power and rookie Ben Griffin, tied to start the day.

But then the pressure hit them and both struggled down the stretch. Griffin suffered the most, going +6 in five holes. Thomas Detry and Patrick Rodgers put up good runs but it was a little too late... although Detry certainly made 'em look when he posted just one off the lead.

In the end Power's -1 round was enough to hold on and get the win. It's his second PGA Tour win and, not surprisingly, his second Limerick Summary. I guess good things come in pairs. Congrats, Seamus!

He struggled to finish the round
But Seamus, he never got down.
One shot under par
Was his worst score by far
For the week, but he still got the crown.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Rory's Driver Move (Video)

I include this video so you can see what Rory does. I will simply warn you: Rory lives in a gym. If you go at this too hard, you can hurt yourself. You've been warned!


Saturday, October 29, 2022

Relax Your Wrists Before Your Round (Video)

It's simple but it's sooo cool. Mike Malaska shows you a slick little drill to get your wrists ready for your round... and impress your friends.


Friday, October 28, 2022

Using the Rope Drill to Improve Your Driving (Video)

The Rope Drill is so simple that it's often taken for granted. But Russell does a really good job of explaining how to use it to get the results you need to improve your driving. In my opinion, an extremely useful video.


Thursday, October 27, 2022

Sand VS Clubface (Video)

A super simple concept that you need to have clear in your head. When playing from the bunker, the ball goes where the sand goes, not where the face is pointed; the face angle determines how deep the clubhead digs into the sand. Get this straight in your mind and your sand play will improve immediately!


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The 2022 DP World Tour's Season Is in the Final Stretch

The Portugal Masters is the 41st of 43 events on the DP World Tour this year. This is the last event that counts toward the DP World Tour Rankings... and the last week to guarantee a Tour card for next season.

Defending champion Thomas Pieters

While the FedExCup has three events in its playoff series, the DP World Tour Rankings have only two — the Nedbank Golf Challenge (a 64-player field) and the DP World Tour Championship (a 50-player field). So the Portugal Masters is the make-or-break event for a lot of players, and most of them will be in the field this week.

The Portugal Masters has been held at the Dom Pedro Victoria Course (designed by Arnold Palmer) every year since its first back in 2007. It's a par-71 track measuring 7191 yards and the event has a prestigious list of winners, to which Thomas Pieters added his name last year.

GC will have live coverage starting Thursday morning at 8am ET. Time is passing quickly for 2022 and this is when the final scramble starts... and you don't want to miss any of it!

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Butterfield Bermuda Championship

Twofer Tuesday heads for the beaches of Bermuda and the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.

Defending champin Lucas Herbert

Port Royal GC in Southampton, Bermuda is a bear at times. While it's a par-71 of only 6828 yards, the winds and hills make it a challenging venue. But it's the kind of place that doesn't favor the big hitters.

Lucas Herbert won here last year but he's not in the field this time around.

Let's face it. This event isn't loaded with big name players. I don't know if this is the reason, but this event has the lowest purse in the remaining four events. That makes it a good chance for a winless player to break through, like Herbert did last year.

As far as I can tell, there are no 'chalk' picks this week. (Although you could do worse than pick 2019 winner Brian Gay, who is in the field.) But I like my picks.

  • Ryan Armour
  • Aaron Rai

GC's coverage begins Thursday at 1:30pm ET. What can I say? It's a chance to watch guys playing golf along an ocean beach at a time when the weather on the mainland is getting colder. Why wouldn't you want to watch?

Monday, October 24, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 CJ CUP

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Around the wider world of golf: Lydia Ko won the BMW Ladies Championship on the LPGA; Yannik Paul won the Mallorca Golf Open on the DP World Tour; Steven Alker won the Dominion Energy Charity Classic on the Champions Tour; Deyen Lawson won the Nexus Advisernet WA Open on the Australasian Tour; Dylan Naidoo won the SunBet Challenge on the Sunshine Tour; and Olivia Cowan won the Hero Women’s Indian Open on the LET.

Rory McIlroy with CJ CUP trophy

My fortunes have turned, at least this week! For my Twofer Tuesday picks I had Rory McIlroy (1) and Jon Rahm (T4). I finally got another winner plus another Top5. Cool!

  • Top10s: 32 for 105 (21 Top5, 11Top10)
  • Winners: 5 for 53
  • Top20s: 48 for 105

He stumbled a bit at the end but Rory played so well in the middle of the final round that he built the necessary cushion to grab his 23rd PGA Tour win.

Rory also successfully defended his 2021 CJ CUP win, albeit on a different course.

And then he grabbed the #1 spot on the OWGR to top it all off.

I don't have any more words to describe what Rory's done over the last ten months. He's got three wins plus the FedExCup. And that's not counting the close calls he's had.

But I do have words to say congrats on another win and another Limerick Summary. You're really racking those babies up, Rors!

He’s back on the top of the heap!
Is the Number 1 Rory’s to keep
While youngsters take aim
At the McIlroy claim
As the best? The climb up’s pretty steep!

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

A Drill for Relaxing Tension (Video)

A simple shoulder-to-shoulder drill for reducing tension before you swing.


Saturday, October 22, 2022

Improving Your Scores With Ball Position (Video)

While most teachers would say there's a 'best' ball position for optimal results, the simple fact is that most of us don't have optimal swings... and it takes a while to develop one. In this video Russell Heritage explains (1) how to change your ball position so you get better results with your existing swing and (2) how to use ball position to create drills that teach you that optimal position. There are good reasons to do both, and this video will help you do the right thing for the right reason.


Friday, October 21, 2022

Aim Your Clubface First! (Video)

You've heard this before but Ali Taylor gives you a simple procedure for aiming the ball properly time after time... so here it is. What else do I need to say?


Thursday, October 20, 2022

The Champions Tour Playoffs Begin

The Champions Tour begins its three event Playoff series this week at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer

So the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs kick off in Virginia with a 72-player limited field event, although only 68 are entered. One of those watching this week will be Fred Couples, who shot that amazing 60 last Sunday to blitz the field at the SAS Championship. He qualified; he just decided to take the rest of the season off.

Not taking the season off is Bernhard Langer, the defending champion and only two-time winner of this event. He's only two wins from tying Hale Irwin's record win total of 45, a mark previously thought unreachable. But he's not only the Tour's oldest winner, he's also PGATOUR.COM's top pick in the Power Rankings for this event.

GC's tape-delayed coverage begins Friday at 7pm ET. Let's face it, the big story this week is whether Bernhard Langer can defend his title and move within one win of Irwin's record. With the strong competition on the Champions Tour this year, it should be quite a show!

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

The Defending Champion Returns to Defend

Jin Young Ko returns after several weeks of rehab to defend her title at the BMW Ladies Championship on the LPGA in Korea.

Defending champion Jin Young Ko

She says it's not quite back to full strength but Jin Young told reporters it wasn't bad enough that she could blame poor play on it. We know from the past that she plays well after extended time off, but we also know that 2022 hasn't seen the game we've come to expect from her. It'll be interesting to see how her wrist holds up.

In fact, 6 of the Top10 in the Rolex Rankings will tee it up in this invitational event. No less than 18 players have a mathematical chance of winning Rolex LPGA Player of the Year so expect to see some serious competition!

On a sadder note, Na Yeon Choi is calling it quits this week as she tees it up for the last time. She hasn't won since 2015 and has been a bit off her game this year. The player who has always tried to keep her life balanced and interesting has apparently decided to try something new, and I for one wish her luck. I hope she has a great tournament this week.

GC's live coverage from Korea begins Wednesday night (TONIGHT!) at 11pm ET. Will Jin Young Ko be able to shock us all again with a win after a layoff? Will one of the other players take a big step toward the 2022 POY? Tonight's the beginning of the final run at the title!

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: CJ CUP

Twofer Tuesday takes the red-eye from Japan to South Carolina for this year's CJ Cup at Congaree.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy

The pandemic has played havoc with the CJ CUP. This event has moved from South Korea (3 times) before the bug to Las Vegas (2 times) and now to South Carolina at the Congaree Golf Club. Congaree has hosted only one other PGA TOUR event, that other being the 2021 Palmetto Championship. That event was won by Garrick Higgo (who didn't qualify for this year's field).

Congaree has the look of a links course, almost like an Australian sand belt course or Pinehurst No. 2, dominated by vast firm stretches of sand. The ball should bounce and roll a lot. And it should coax some great golf out of the field.

The course is a par-71 measuring 7655 yards with three par-5s, and it's hosting a field of only 78. Needless to say, the field is pretty strong. And because of that, I'm going chalk again this week.

  • Rory McIlroy
  • Jon Rahm

Rory has a chance to reach #1 in the world with a win this week. And Rahmbo is finally back on form.

GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 3pm ET. I am so looking forward to this event. Congaree was an awesome venue the first time around; I expect no less this time.

Monday, October 17, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 ZOZO Championship

Winner: Keegan Bradley

Around the wider world of golf: Adrian Otaegui won the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters on the DP World Tour; Fred Couples won the SAS Championship on the Champions Tour; Lexi Thompson won the Aramco Team Series New York on the LET; Matias Sanchez won the CKB WA PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour; Stephen Ferreira won the Blue Label Challenge on the Sunshine Tour; and in the NCAA's Jackson T. Stephens Cup, the North Carolina Men's Team and the Stanford Women's Team won the team competitions, and David Ford and Rachel Kuehn won the men's and women's individual titles, respectively.

Keegan Bradley with ZOZO trophy

For my Twofer Tuesday picks I had Tom Kim (T25) and Xander Schauffele (T9). Both men had a strong start but neither could keep the pressure on over the weekend.

  • Top10s: 30 for 103 (19 Top5, 101Top10)
  • Winners: 4 for 52
  • Top20s: 46 for 103

Three men who hadn't won in around four years — Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler and Andrew Putnam — found themselves in a battle with each other to break their individual win droughts.

It's probably no surprise that the winner was actually determined by the front nine. All three men shot even par down the stretch.

It was close though. Keegan won by a single stroke, Rickie and Andrew tied for second.

Personally I think it was a great showing by all three. It's hard when you haven't won in years. But Keegan had probably had the worst time since his career had been disrupted by the anchored putting ban.

It was such an emotional win for Keegan that all I can say is congratulations... and welcome back to the Limerick Summary club!

Poor Keegan! He bided his time,
His putting stroke ruled as a crime;
He had to regroup.
But folks, here’s the scoop:
He’s putting like back in his prime.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Bye Bye, Hosel Rocket! (Video)

If you're shanking the ball enough to affect your game, watch this video from Mike Malaska. Stopping this shot is easy once you understand why you hit them. Just remember: Everybody hits a hosel rocket once in a while. It's nothing to worry about unless it becomes a habit.


Saturday, October 15, 2022

Rory's Split Hand Grip Drill (Video)

If Rory likes it, it must be good! Pay close attention to how Russell shows you to grip the club. While he says he believes your lead hand squares the clubface, that's not true for a lot of you. So make sure you grip properly with BOTH hands, and check Thursday's post to make sure you're squaring the clubface on the way down. This drill is about solid contact and accuracy, so don't cheat on this drill. You'll only be cheating yourself of all the benefits it can give you.


Friday, October 14, 2022

How Long Should Your Backswing Be? (Video)

Ali Taylor has a drill to help you find the perfect length for your backswing. Some players are more flexible than others; a shorter swing may actually give you more distance because you'll hit the ball better and more consistently. It's worth experimenting to find the swing length at which you get the most consistent and longest shots. Hopefully this drill will help you find that sweet spot.


Thursday, October 13, 2022

Squaring the Clubface for Distance (Video)

I'm posting this as a sequel to yesterday's post. While Ali Taylor's video can help you get more distance from less speed, I'm focused on the second half of the video, starting around the 5:00 mark, about squaring the clubface. The very clear explanation of how an open clubface looks during the downswing and what you want at that point, combined with a half-swing drill to help you prevent it and the balance drill from yesterday, could really help you get control of your swing and dramatically improve your scores.


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

A Difficult Driver Balance Drill (Video)

Yes, if you've ever tried this drill, you know it's HARD. But that's what makes it such a good drill for improving balance when swinging your driver. Keeping your balance is key to creating good impact, which in turn increases your accuracy and distance. A TIP: Put a bit more weight on your lead foot at the start of the drill and try to keep it there. It'll help you minimize upper body movement and make it easier to keep your balance.


Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: ZOZO Championship

Twofer Tuesday leaps the Pacific Ocean for a week in Japan at the ZOZO Championship.

Defending championship Hideki Matsuyama

The Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan is one of those unusual venues. This par-70 layout has five par-3s and three par-5s, tipping out at 7079 yards. It's a parkland-style layout, and each hole has two greens. The course has proven to be both beautiful and challenging, with a premium on both course management and putting.

Hideki Matsuyama did both last year, winning the event by five after barely missing out on a medal at the Japan Olympics.

I'm not sure who to pick this week as, like last week, I have more than two favorites. So this is a fairly random pair because I'm not sure it's possible for any of my faves to be a bad pick. I'm just wondering if I'll miss the winner again this week.

  • Tom Kim
  • Xander Schauffele

I really hate not picking Hideki this week but Tom could be on a Scottie Scheffler-type run and I'm curious to see if he can pull it off. I'm basing my picks mainly on how players have done in the overseas events this year.

GC's live coverage starts Wednesday night at 11pm ET. It'll be fun to see Japanese golf again. We so rarely get to see it live here in the US!

Monday, October 10, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Shriners Children’s Open

Winner: Tom Kim

Around the wider world of golf: Jodie Ewart Shadoff won the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship; Steve Stricker won the Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS on the Champions Tour; Jon Rahm won the acciona Open de España on the DP World Tour; amateur Jaravee Boonchant won the Epson Tour Championship; Pieter Moolman won the Fortress Invitational on the Sunshine Tour; and Kajal Mistry and Luke Clanton won the women's and men's divisions (respectively) of the NCAA's Jackson T. Stephens Cup.

Tom Kim with Shriners trophy

For my Twofer Tuesday picks I had Sungjae Im (7) and Patrick Cantlay (T2). I'll definitely take that. I also mentioned that I wished I could add Max Homa (T20) and Tom Kim (1) to the picks as well. I really wish that now!

  • Top10s: 29 for 101 (19 Top5, 10 Top10)
  • Winners: 4 for 51
  • Top20s: 45 for 101

Wow, what a shocker of an ending at the Shriners! Patrick Cantlay and Tom Kim had separated themselves from the rest of the pack and headed to the 18th tied for the lead, three shots clear.

And then Cantlay unexpectedly hit a wild hook, made two bad decisions and finished with a triple bogey. He all but handed the win to Tom.

But then again, it wasn't as if Tom didn't do what needed to be done. Have you realized what he's done in less than two months? This week, a full 72 holes without a single bogey? The first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to win twice on the PGA TOUR before turning 21? Picking up those two wins in just four starts? And let's not forget that he wasn't even a Tour member on August 1!!! 

The Presidents Cup star is certainly on the rise. He picks up his second Limerick Summary in just four starts as well. Way to go, Tom!

Cantlay wanted to win more this year
So he said, “Guess I’ll get started here!”
But then Tom Kim hung ‘round
Till the last putt went down
For his second big win of the year.

The photo came from this page at golfweek.usatoday.com.

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Talking About 7-Woods (Video)

I'm not going to be coy about this; I'm telling you upfront this video is about 7-woods. I will simply say this: When I got my first full set of clubs 40 years ago, it had a 7-wood in it. (Back then, a 20° fairway wood was called a 5-wood.) And I can truthfully say that it's always been the best club longer than a short iron in my bag. On days when no other club worked for me, my trusty 7-wood gave me usable shots. (There were days I even chipped with it.) So I echo Ali's advice — consider testing one out if you don't already have one.


Saturday, October 8, 2022

Understanding Why Shot Shapes Matter (Video)

Russell Heritage doesn't believe you have to follow Hogan's approach to addressing the ball, but he thinks you can learn a lot if you understand why he was sold on his approach. If you pay attention, you may learn how shot shapes can do more than just curve the ball.


Friday, October 7, 2022

Wrist Hinge or No Wrist Hinge? (Video)

I know a number of you think Matt at the MrShortGame channel is a nut, and this video will set some of you off. But there are a lot of ways to FEEL the correct hinging motion in your wrists and Matt is using the feel of extension in your arms to create the proper hinging action. For some of you this simply won't work -- not because it's wrong but because it just doesn't feel right to your body. But if you're struggling to correctly hinge your wrists, Matt's method is worth trying. It will eliminate that cupped wrist that causes problems.

As for slowing down your hip turn in your downswing... I happen to believe in this move. Unless you have an incredibly fast swing, spinning out on the way down will hurt your accuracy without giving you any extra distance. Again, it will work for some of you and not for others, but it's worth trying to find out which group you belong in.


Thursday, October 6, 2022

What Is Counterweighting? (Video)

I'm posting this because I'm sure many of you have never heard of counterweighting. I only knew about it because I once heard Jack Nicklaus talk about doing it with some of his clubs. Mike Malaska did this short video to explain it (yes, he heard Nicklaus say it too) in case you want to give it a try. It's an incredibly simple concept but it might make a huge difference in how your clubs feel.


Wednesday, October 5, 2022

The LPGA Makes It Four in California

The LPGA is back in California for the fourth time this season, this time at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship... but this time there's a change.

Defending champion Matilda Castren

This is also the fourth playing of the MEDIHEAL, but this time it's moving from the Bay Area and the familiar Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City. This time they'll be playing at The Saticoy Club, which is in the hills of Somis CA on the Ventura County coast. This will be the first pro tournament held at this course and the first tournament held in Ventura County in over 20 years!

Last year's winner Matilda Castren was the first Finnish player to win on the LPGA Tour and she did it with a tournament record -14. But we could see another first-time winner since it appears that most of the top players in the CME points list are taking the week off, presumably to get some rest before hitting the season's final stretch.

However, there are a few players of interest in the field. Danielle Kang lives only 20 minutes from the course so this is sort of a home game for her, and she's been playing well since returning from that back tumor that sidelined her earlier this season. Atthaya Thitikul is the highest-ranked player in the field, looking for her third win of the season. And Lucy Li qualified for this event on Monday, so this is another chance for her to gain some LPGA experience. (And she's played pretty well so far in the events she's been in this year.)

GC's coverage is tape-delayed this week, so Thursday's broadcast doesn't start until 9pm ET. Still, counting this week, there are only four events left before the Tour Championship in November. And the POY race is pretty tight. This could be a big week for Thitikul.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Shriners Children's Open

Twofer Tuesday rolls into Las Vegas for the Shriners Children's Open... and hopes the roll of the dice is a bit friendlier to his picks this week.

Defending champion Sungjae Im

Once again TPC Summerlin hosts this event, a par-71 measuring just over 7250 yards. If you're good on this course, you're really good. Scores are typically around 20-under. Defending champion Sungjae Im was 24-under.

Well, since we're in Vegas this week, forget subtlety. I'm going chalk, baby!

  • Sungjae Im
  • Patrick Cantlay

I wish I could take four picks this week. I'd add Max Homa and Tom Kim to my list. But two picks, them's the rules.

GC's live prime time coverage begins at 5pm ET on Thursday. PGA TOUR LIVE starts streaming at 9:30am ET. And don't listen when they say 'What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas' — I know everybody will know if I made bad picks.

Monday, October 3, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Sanderson Farms

Winner: Mackenzie Hughes

Around the wider world of golf: Charley Hull won the Ascendant LPGA; Ryan Foxx won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the DP World Tour; Celine Borge won the Tuscaloosa Toyota Classic on the Epson Tour; Chan Shih-chang won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters on the Asian Tour; Ruan Korb won the Vodacom Origins of Golf on the Sunshine Tour; and Bryson DeChambeau nearly pulled off an upset when he came in runner-up at the PLDA World Championships on the Professional Long Drivers Association Tour.

Mackenzie Hughes with Sanderson Farms trophy

For my Twofer Tuesday picks I had Sam Burns (T30) and Sahith Theegala (MC). Not so good, guys. Perhaps you should have taken another week off...? Still, I realize that having 4 winners in 50 tries is 8%... and that would be an amazing number if I was actually winning that many events, so I'll try not to gripe too much.

  • Top10s: 27 for100 (18 Top5, 9 Top10)
  • Winners: 4 for 50
  • Top20s: 43 for 100

The final round at the Sanderson Farms Championship was probably a lot closer than anyone expected. Only Scott Stallings had an unexpectedly bad round; almost everyone else in contention moved up the leaderboard on Sunday.

Ultimately though, the battle came down to three men — Mackenzie Hughes, Sepp Straka and Garrick Higgo. And each man was looking to double his wins on Tour.

That's right, each had a single PGA Tour win.

The big talk going into the week had been about Hughes's work over the past year or so to increase his strength and clubhead speed, and to add a dependable fade to his game. But perhaps ironically, it was his short game — and particularly his proven putting touch — that finally won it for him.

He scrambled his way in when he began to miss fairways, finishing #1 in those stats at 91.67% for the week and 88.89% for Sunday's round. (I believe the actual number was 22 for 25. Amazing.) And after hitting a 105-yard putt from the fairway inside 4 feet to make a playoff, he canned two putts — a par from 5 feet and a birdie from 7 — to seal the win.

Mackenzie Hughes waited nearly six years to pick up his second PGA Tour win and just as long for his second Limerick Summary. It may have taken him a long time to get that monkey off his back, but I'm sure the floodgates for more Limerick Summaries is open now. Congrats, Mac!

All week, people talked about Hughes—
How he’d spent the year paying his dues
Building swing speed and muscle.
Now, ripe for a tussle,
His scrambling was what made the news.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

More Distance with Less Flexibility (Video)

As Ali Taylor says, you don't have to be old to lack flexibility. Maybe you have arthritis, maybe some joint pain that reduces your ability to turn, maybe your muscles are just tight. There are ways to make up for some of that inability to turn. Take a good look at his video here and you might find something that will help you pick up a few mph with your swing, maybe even become a little more accurate.


Saturday, October 1, 2022

Short Game Weight Shift Drill, Take Two (Video)

Mike Malaska did another short video about the same problem as yesterday's post, but with a different drill. You've probably seen this drill before -- you drop your trail foot back so it's on its toe, to force your weight onto your lead foot. But it got me thinking... suppose you used both drills at the same time? Would it really ingrain that feeling of moving your weight to your front foot? In either case, now you've got two drills to help you get your weight forward during short game shots.


Friday, September 30, 2022

A Drill for Proper Weight Shift in Your Short Game (Video)

You've been told you need to get more of your weight on your lead foot for short game shots. Here's a simple drill to help you ingrain that feel... by pushing your lead heel into the ground as you strike the ball. Simple but effective, it can help you make that setup position second nature. One less thing to think about when you're trying to chip it close.


Thursday, September 29, 2022

An Interesting Step Drill (Video)

Many of you will find things that help you in this video, but I'm posting it for one specific drill you'll find around the 3:20 mark. Russell has a very interesting step drill that I don't believe I've ever seen before. What it does is teach you to make your backswing without swaying backward and moving off the ball. It's something you might want to try if you want to learn a more positive move into the downswing.


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Defending Champ Is Unavailable

Jin Young Ko is still out, nursing her injured wrist. But that doesn't mean there's not a stacked field at the Ascendant LPGA Benefiting Volunteers of America.

Defending champion Jin Young Ko

Yes, last year this was the Volunteers of America Classic. But it has picked up a new sponsor, Ascendant National Title, a Cypress Ascendant Company, who is partnering with the Volunteers of America. The result is — among other things — a $200,000 increase in the purse.

Despite Ko's absence, six of the Rolex Top10 are in the field:

  • Nelly Korda
  • Atthaya Thitikul
  • Lydia Ko
  • Brooke Henderson
  • Lexi Thompson
  • Nasa Hataoka

Add in past winners and such, and you've got a pretty strong field.

GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 12:30pm ET. While the sponsor is new, the track is not — Old American Golf Club, located at The Colony TX, is celebrating its fifth anniversary as the host site. Golf Magazine named it the #5 ’Best Public Golf Course’ in Texas, so we should see some good golf out of the gals.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Sanderson Farms Championship

Twofer Tuesday heads southwest from the madness of the Presidents Cup for the quieter environs of Jackson MS and the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Defending champion Sam Burns

Jackson, Mississippi is about three hours north of New Orleans and the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The weather is supposed to be in the 60s F with roughly 12mph winds and maybe 20% chance of rain each day. It should be good weather for defending champion Sam Burns, who is likely worn out after going 0-3-2 at the Presidents Cup and all night with Kevin Kisner's victory party.

The Country Club of Jackson is a par-72 measuring 7461 yards and, with only 2.5 inches of rough, birdies come pretty fast and thick. It's likely we'll see 20-under or better as the winning score, as that's been the case over the last five years.

So I'm back to picking the PGA Tour this week, and I'm going simple.

  • Sam Burns
  • Sahith Theegala

GC's coverage begins Thursday at 3:30pm ET. PGA TOUR LIVE's streaming coverage begins at 8am ET. And the Tour resumes its normal schedule until mid-November.

Monday, September 26, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Presidents Cup

Winner: USA, 17.5-12.5

Around the wider world of golf: Atthaya Thitikul won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on the LPGA; Guido Migliozzi won the Cazoo Open de France on the DP World Tour; Steve Flesch won the PURE Insurance Championship on the Champions Tour; Britney Yada won the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout on the Epson Tour; Klara Spilkova won the KPMG Women’s Irish Open on the LET; Travis Smyth won the Yeangder TPC on the Asian Tour; and Mj Viljoen won the SunBet Challenge on the Sunshine Tour.

The victorious US Team

This week I did my Twofer Tuesday picks for both the LPGA and the PGA Tour, simply because picking the Presidents Cup was only a two-horse race. On the LPGA I had Lilia Vu (T16) and Megan Khang (T5), and I had the US Team to win the Presidents Cup. Not bad this week!

  • Top10s: 27 for 99 (18 Top5, 9 Top10)
  • Winners: 4 for 49
  • Top20s: 43 for 99

The US Team's win over the International Team at the Presidents Cup surprised no one. After all, the Internationals were a huge underdog coming in, after Greg Norman and LIV plundered their team and had the nerve to send a totally insincere 'wish you well' to them as the week began.

The US pros did what we expected. Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Max Homa were the big point getters, with Spieth winning his first ever singles match (and posting the only 5-0-0 record) and Homa being only the fourth rookie to go 4-0-0 all-time. Xander Schauffele posted the winning point for the US. Every player got at least a half point.

But I feel that I need to spend some time on the Internationals in this post, simply because what the Internationals did was astounding.

We saw some players step up and possibly, like Scottie Scheffler at last year's Ryder Cup, change the trajectory of their careers. Sungjae Im, Si Woo Kim and Sebastian Muñoz fall into this category, with Kim and Muñoz taking down top US players JT and Scheffler, respectively, in the singles. Tom Kim is probably the breakout star of the event, especially coming on the heels of his victory at the Wyndham. All four Korean players posted at least 2 points each for the week, another first. And let's not forget that, after that horrible start in the first two days, the International Team actually outscored the US Team on the weekend (10.5 vs 9.5).

Their performance definitely bodes well for them going forward, and Captain Trevor Immelman can certainly feel good about the building he did on top of Ernie Els's efforts in the last Cup. With the experience all their rookies got this time, they definitely should be excited about what's coming down the road for them!

But to the winners go the spoils and that means a nice shiny Limerick Summary for the US Team. Thanks for adding to my winner total this week, guys!

That young International team
Hung tough in pursuit of their dream.
But the US hung tougher
With no plans to suffer
A loss. Are you sensing a theme?

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Potential for History

Alright, making up four points in singles is no simple task. But then again, we've seen it done more than once. Who's to say the International team can't do it too?

Si Woo Kim and Tom Kim celebrate victory

Here are the pairings for the 12 singles matches today:

  1. 12:02 p.m.: Justin Thomas (U.S.) vs. Si Woo Kim (INT)
  2. 12:14 p.m.: Jordan Spieth (U.S.) vs. Cam Davis (INT)
  3. 12:26 p.m.: Sam Burns (U.S.) vs. Hideki Matsuyama (INT)
  4. 12:38 p.m.: Patrick Cantlay (U.S.) vs. Adam Scott (INT)
  5. 12:50 p.m.: Scottie Scheffler (U.S.) vs. Sebastian Munoz (INT)
  6. 1:02 p.m.: Tony Finau (U.S.) vs. Taylor Pendrith (INT)
  7. 1:14 p.m.: Xander Schauffele (U.S.) vs. Corey Conners (INT)
  8. 1:26 p.m.: Cameron Young (U.S.) vs. Sungjae Im (INT)
  9. 1:38 p.m.: Billy Horschel (U.S.) vs. K.H. Lee (INT)
  10. 1:50 p.m.: Max Homa (U.S.) vs. Tom Kim (INT)
  11. 2:02 p.m.: Collin Morikawa (U.S.) vs. Mito Pereira (INT)
  12. 2:14 p.m.: Kevin Kisner (U.S.) vs. Christiaan Bezuidenhout (INT)

NBC's live coverage of the singles begins at noon ET. Can the Internationals pull off the upset? I'm not ready to bet against them.

There's an old saying: The door of history swings on small hinges. Let's see which way it swings today!

Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Speed Grip (Video)

Many years ago I posted a video from Martin Hall on how your wrists work in your swing. (Or maybe I should say, how they should work.) Golf Channel has since taken the videos down so I can't link to them anymore... but Mike Malaska recently posted this short video that gives you the basics of how your wrists work, why the grip should be in your fingers rather than your palms and -- BONUS! -- a tip on how to automatically get a 'speed grip' by gripping with the shaft by holding it vertical. It's a great investment in your game for a mere six minutes of your time.


Friday, September 23, 2022

Presidents Cup, Day 2 Fourball Pairings

The International team struggled on Thursday, as was expected in foursomes play (those have historically been their weakest sessions) and are now behind 4-1. But they have a really good record in fourballs and have won those sessions several times, so this could be their opportunity to make this thing close again.

International team captin Trevor Immelman

Here are the pairings and times for Friday's matches.

#UNITED STATESINTERNATIONALTIME

1

Jordan Spieth & Justin Thomas

Adam Scott & Cam Davis

11:35 a.m.

2

Scottie Scheffler & Sam Burns

Sungjae Im & Sebastian Munoz

11:50 a.m.

3

Cameron Young & Kevin Kisner

Mito Pereira & Christiaan Bezuidenhout

12:05 p.m.

4

Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele

Hideki Matsuyama & Tom Kim

12:20 p.m.

5

Billy Horschel & Max Homa

Corey Conners & Taylor Pendrith

12:35 p.m.

GC's coverage begins today at 11:30am ET. Let's see if the Internationals can pull it together and make the US team a bit nervous!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

In Case You Missed the Pairings...

There are five foursome (alternate shot) matches today at the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow GC in Charlotte NC.

Captains Davis Love and Trevor Immelman

In case you missed the announcement of the pairings, here they are. All times are ET.

  • 1:05pm: Patrick Cantlay/Xander Schauffele (USA) vs.
    Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama (INT)
  • 1:17pm: Jordan Spieth/Justin Thomas (USA) vs.
    Sungjae Im/Corey Conners (INT)
  • 1:29pm: Cameron Young/Collin Morikawa (USA) vs.
    Tom Kim/K.H. Lee (INT)
  • 1:41pm: Scottie Scheffler/Sam Burns (USA) vs.
    Si Woo Kim/Cam Davis (INT)
  • 1:53pm: Tony Finau/Max Homa (USA) vs.
    Taylor Pendrith/Mito Pereira (INT)

GC's live coverage begins today (Thursday) at 1pm ET. The PreGame Show starts a half-hour earlier at 12:30pm ET.

Foursomes are supposed to be the big weakness for the International team. I'll be interested to see if that turns out to be true today because I'm guessing this will be closer than most fans expect.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Another Clubface Squaring Drill (Video)

Yes, I'm still trying to help you find a way to square your clubface more consistently! Peter Finch has a half-swing drill to help you keep that clubface square to your target longer, even as you turn into your followthrough. Different players respond to different drills, so here's yet another one for you to test.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Twofer Tuesday splits its personality this week in order to divide its time between the LPGA and PGA Tours, trying to be at both the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and the Presidents Cup.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship defending champion Nasa Hataoka

While the Presidents Cup is arguably the biggest event going on this week, making a Twofer Tuesday pick there isn't really all that exciting, is it? While I'll pick the US team -- in no small part because I live in the USA -- the fact remains that they're an overwhelming favorite and making just one pick just isn't that exciting. After all, there are only two possible picks to choose from.

Just for the record, I'm not so sure that the US team has this in the bag. Team events tend to bring us new stars and, with the International team having so many rookies this time, I suspect their rookies will step up to prove that going with 'experience' isn't necessarily the path to victory in team events anymore. The LIV money grab is just clearing the decks for more rookies to get a chance.

As a result, I've decided to also make Twofer Tuesday picks from the LPGA event this week. We're coming to the final stretch on that tour and there's a lot to be excited about, so why not do double duty this week?

You already know that my Twofer Tuesday pick for the Presidents Cup is Team USA. So let's get to my Twofer Tuesday picks at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. We've got NINE first-time winners on the LPGA leading into this week. And I'm inclined to look for another first-timer at this event. So here are my picks:

  • Lilia Vu
  • Megan Kang

The LPGA event is a 54-hole event, with GC's Friday coverage being tape-delayed until 8pm ET. That will change on Saturday as NBC picks up the main coverage, meaning the LPGA will get live coverage starting at noon.

GC's live Presidents Cup coverage starts Thursday at 1pm ET. GC also has Friday coverage but on Saturday the bulk of the coverage moves to NBC

The big question is... Will the Presidents Cup automatically get the Limerick Summary next week? To be honest, I'm not sure. That, at least, may make this week more interesting for you readers out there.

Monday, September 19, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Fortinet Championship

Winner: Max Homa

Around the wider world of golf: Robert MacIntyre won the DS Automobiles Italian Open on the DP World Tour; Andrea Lee won the AmazingCre Portland Classic on the LPGA; Ines Laklalech made history by becoming the first Moroccan, first Arab and first North African woman to win an LET title at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France; Steve Stricker won the Sanford International on the Champions Tour; Maria Torres won the Guardian Championship on the Epson Tour; Wil Bateman won the Fortinet Cup Championship on the Mackenzie Tour; and Wynand Dingle won the Vodacom Origins of Golf on the Sunshine Tour.

Max Homa with Fortinet trophy

Going back to the PGA for my Twofer Tuesday picks didn't help me any. I had Justin Suh (MC) and Taylor Pendrith (T67). Sigh...

  • Top10s: 25 for 96 (16 Top5, 9 Top10)
  • Winners: 3 for 47
  • Top20s: 40 for 96

Look, you guys may wonder about my Limerick Summary today but you have to understand that when I hear the word Napa I don't think about wine.

I think about cabbage.

Granted, Napa cabbage is a type of Chinese cabbage and has no relationship to the Napa Valley region of California. But given the conditions during Sunday's final round at the Fortinet, I think cabbage is the perfect word. In fact, the TripSavvy golf slang website defines cabbage as "The rough, especially thick, deep rough."

Yes, while Danny Willett had an unexpected hiccup on the smooth grass of the 18th green (bad weather can do all kinds of stuff to your concentration), Max Homa was chipping the ball out of the wet cabbage and in for a birdie to successfully defend his 2021 Fortinet title.

I guess you could call this a good way to prepare for the Presidents Cup next week. It's amazing how much confidence another Limerick Summary can give you!

Next week he’ll join Rory in Roma,
But this week he sure felt at Homa!
Two wins at this venue;
I guess it works when you
Find cabbage a pleasant aroma!

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

A New Way to Use Your Putter Line (Video)

This is my weekend for oddball tips. In this video Russell Heritage suggests a new way of learning how to aim your clubface in order to hit draws and fades. As crazy as it sounds, I think his idea of 'suggesting' the position of your clubface at impact has a certain logic to it. We do, after all, learn to do many things merely by helping our brain better visualize what we want to do. I think the drill's worth a try.


Saturday, September 17, 2022

Can NOT Aiming on the Range Actually Help You? (Video)

This is a radical idea... and yet I can see some logic to it. Mike Malaska suggests that, by taking a few shots on the range with your driver before you start your round BUT NOT AIMING THOSE SHOTS, you can find out where most of your shots are likely to go that day and then you can aim to take advantage of that knowledge during your round. It sounds like something you could test on the range before you take it out on the course. If you're struggling to keep your drives in play, why not give it a try and see if it helps? 


Friday, September 16, 2022

Learning Where to Miss (Video)

Let's not mince words, this video is in many ways an ad for Shot Scope. But I'm posting it because Paige does a good job of explaining why you need to learn where to miss your shots -- because you won't hit them all (or even most of them) perfect -- and also how. For example, she actually shows you what a flier lie in the rough looks like and tells you which club she's using as well as how much she's allowing for the flier. That's good info that you can learn from, regardless of whether you use Shot Scope or not. This video can help you reduce your scores.


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Prep for the Ryder Cup

I wanted to make a quick mention of the DS Automobiles Italian Open on the DP World Tour this week.

Defending champion Nicolai Hojgaard

Defending champion Nicolai Hojgaard will tee it up at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club this week, as will Rory McIlroy... and Rory has stated that, while he's there to win the event, he's also getting a look at the next Ryder Cup venue. (And let's face it, given his play there Hojgaard looks like a great pick for Captain Luke Donald as well, don't you think?)

While this is an important event on the DP World Tour -- I don't want to minimize that -- for many (if not most) of us, it's the fact that the course will host the next Ryder Cup that has most everybody's attention this week. And I don't think that's a bad thing because it will draw more attention to another national open on the DPWT's schedule.

Not enough to make information about the event easily available here in the States, however. That's why I haven't done a review of the event.

But I do want to mention that GC's live coverage starts Thursday morning at 7:30am ET (that's today) and runs for five hours. It's a good chance for us fans here in the US to get a preview of the venue as well as the players.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The LPGA North American Swing Continues

The LPGA continues their NA swing at the AmazingCre Portland Classic, the Tour’s longest-running non-major competition.

Defending champion Jin Young Ko

The Portland Classic was first played way back in 1972, and it has a long and legendary roster of winners. The defending champion, Jin Young Ko, has to skip her defense because of a wrist injury that's expected to sideline her until October 20. But a number of other winners are there, including 2020 winner Georgia Hall, the last woman to win at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club where the event will be played this year.

I should note that the Columbia Edgewater Country Club is the primary venue for this event, having hosted it over 30 times. The ladies will feel very comfortable there.

GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 3pm ET. Because Portland is on the West Coast, this will be early round coverage, before the PGA Tour's Fortinet Championship coverage. It's a good chance for many of you who normally have to work during weekday golf to get a full schedule in before the weekend!

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Fortinet Championship

After two weeks with the LPGA, Twofer Tuesday heads out to California and the PGA Tour's new season at the Fortinet Championship.

Defending champion Max Homa

It's back to Napa CA for the beginning of the new season -- the last time we'll be having a wraparound season for the foreseeable future. Next year we'll have an actual break, lasting from August 2023-January 2024.

This year we're still playing, but we won't be seeing the big boys this week. They're getting ready for the Presidents Cup next week! (Although defending champion Max Homa and Taylor Pendrith are in the field.) So the possibilities are pretty wide open this week in Napa, especially with so many noobs from the Korn Ferry Tour teeing it up.

So I'm splitting my picks this week -- one from the KFT and one from the PGA Tour.

  • Justin Suh
  • Taylor Pendrith

Because California golf is prime time golf, GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 6pm ET. There will be some live streams on PGA TOUR LIVE but the listing is pretty short this time around. But I suppose the coverage will pick up some for the Presidents Cup next week.

Monday, September 12, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Kroger Queen City Championship

Winner: Ally Ewing

Around the wider world of golf: Shane Lowry won the BMW PGA Championship on the DP World Tour; Padraig Harrington won the Ascension Charity Classic on the Champions Tour; Jaco van Zyl won the Gary & Vivienne Player Challenge on the Sunshine Tour; and Kazuki Higa won the Shinhan Donghae Open on the Asian Tour.

Ally Ewing with Kroger trophy

My second week making LPGA Twofer Tuesday picks shows I'm much better at picking the PGA Tour. I had Lucy Li (MC) and Sei Young Kim (T33). Oh well...

  • Top10s: 25 for 94 (16 Top5, 9 Top10)
  • Winners: 3 for 46
  • Top20s: 40 for 94

When the day started Ally Ewing had the lead, with Xiyu Lin and Maria Fassi right behind her. But the day didn't play out the way anybody expected.

Maria stumbled out of the gate, going +2 in seven holes. She did post three straight birdies to start the back nine but was never really a factor.

Xiyu hit the ground running, going -3 in that same seven holes. She never stumbled and ended up posting a bogey-free -7 for the day.

And then there was Ally, even par through that first seven holes. She didn't make her first birdie until the 9th. But then she went nuts down the stretch, posting five straight birdies for a bogey-free -6 day.

It was good enough to pip Xiyu by one at the end.

This is Ally's third win in three seasons, and I believe it's her first Limerick Summary because I'm usually covering the guys. But I hope she celebrates this as much as the win, since she's now a member of an exclusive club -- women with a Limerick Summary. Congrats, Ally!

At the start Ally found herself passed
‘Cause Xiyu got her game in gear fast.
Ally then came on late,
Posting five birdies straight
To be first overall at the last.

The photo came from this page at lpga.com.