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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Ball Position Drills (Video)

If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know I think ball position is possibly the most important aspect of your golf swing. No matter how good your swing is, if you have your ball in the wrong position for that swing then you won't hit the ball very well.

In this short video Russell Heritage shows you how to practice your ball position. (Yes, you read that right -- practice your ball position.) By practicing hitting the ball from various positions you can find the one which works best for you, as well as maybe finding a position that allows you to pull off some shots you didn't think were possible.


Saturday, August 6, 2022

16 Fairway Wood Tests (Video)

Yesterday shoes, today fairway woods. Matthew Moore at Golf Monthly tested 16 new fairway woods and ranked the best in different categories. This video is from late June so it's pretty up-to-date.

Added bonus: Around the 4:05 mark there's an onscreen chart with the major measurements for all 16 clubs. Just 'blow it up' fullscreen and you can get the stats on each club.


Friday, August 5, 2022

Ten Golf Shoes Reviews (Video)

Dan Parker from Golf Monthly has put together reviews of ten different golf shoes -- five spiked styles and five spikeless styles. They cover a wide variety of materials and technologies, so if you're looking for new golf shoes it's possible you might find something you'll want to try out.


Thursday, August 4, 2022

The Champions Head North

The Champions are back from Scotland and headed for Canada and the Shaw Charity Classic.

Defending champion Doug Barron

Calgary hosts this week's event at the Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club. The most interesting thing about this course is its elevation -- it's 4000 feet above sea level. That means the ball is gonna travel, folks. And since the course is only 7086 yards and par-70, and the event is only 54 holes, that means scores will probably be low.

At least as long as the guys can allow for the altitude. Doug Barron won at -18 last year.

Jerry Kelly is arguably the hottest player in the field, with two wins in his last 5 starts, but a lot of the other players are in pretty good form right now and, after a week's rest from the Senior OPEN, they should all be ready to go.

GC's coverage starts Friday at 9:30pm ET. (Yes, it looks like we're getting taped coverage this week.) But at least that means it won't be a choice between the Champions and the Ladies, as the AIG Women's Open is on USA.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The Final Major of 2022 Is Here!

And the AIG Women's Open is truly going to be a major one, as the women make their first-ever appearance at Muirfield.

Defending champion Anna Nordqvist

It wasn't all that long ago when women were effectively banned from the legendary links of Muirfield. But thanks to the R&A, that's all ancient history and the ladies get to tee it up at one of the grandest venues in Open golf.

Last year at Carnoustie, Anna Nordqvist beat Georgia Hall, Lizette Salas and Madelene Sagstrom in a playoff to claim her third major and her first AIG Women's Open. It'll be interesting to see who can rise to the challenge of this legendary course.

The big thing to remember this week is that the USA Network is the 'major' broadcaster of this event. USA's coverage begins early Thursday morning at 6am ET and continues until 1pm ET. Seven full hours of airtime! The women -- and Muirfield -- will definitely get the coverage they deserve this week.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Wyndham Championship

Twofer Tuesday makes a trip home to NC, where the Wyndham Championship is only about a half-hour away.

Defending champion Kevin Kisner

Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro NC really is only a half-hour or so from my home. and I always look forward to this longstanding event which, back in the day, used to be known as the GGO (Greater Greensboro Open). Sam Snead won here 8 times in his career, the last just short of his 53rd birthday. It's a Donald Ross course -- par 70, 7131 yards -- with a lot of history.

Detroit Country Club last week is also a Donald Ross design, so players like one of last week's runner-ups, Taylor Pendrith, might do well here. Kevin Kisner is the defending champion.

This is the last week of the regular PGA Tour season. Next week the Playoffs start, so this is the last chance for players to play their way into them. So we should see some serious scrambling come Sunday afternoon.

My two picks are players with good records at this course. They may not do well this week -- that seems to be par for the course lately, especially with these old-style courses -- but let's give it a try anyway.

  • Webb Simpson: His last five appearances in Greensboro are 3rd-T2-2nd-T3-T7. Not playing so well this year but if he's going to get back in form, this seems a good place to start.
  • Kevin Kisner: The defending champ has four Top10s in seven appearances, and his scoring average in his last eight rounds in Greensboro is 65.88. He's been hit-and-miss this season but we'll see if good memories are what he needs.

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 2pm ET. PGA TOUR LIVE's streams start at 6:45am ET (link to schedule here). I'm excited for this week. Let's go!

Monday, August 1, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic

Winner: Tony Finau

Around the wider world of golf: Ayaka Furue became the first Japanese player to win the Trust Golf Women's Scottish Open on the LPGA/LET; Sean Crocker got his first DP World Tour win at the Hero Open; Noah Goodwin won the Sothebys International Realty Canada Ontario Open on the Mackenzie Tour; Xiaowen Yin won the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship on the Epson Tour; Jaco Prinsloo won the FNB Eswatini Nkonyeni Challenge on the Sunshine Tour; Wenyi Ding won the U.S. Junior Amateur; and Minami Katsu won the JLPGA's Rakuten Super Ladies. [Thanks, IC!]

Tony Finau with Rocket trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks did pretty well this week. I had Will Zalatoris (T20) and Patrick Cantlay (T2). Almost a winner and both inside the Top20. I'll take it!

  • Top10s: 23 for 82 (15 Top5, 8 Top10)
  • Winners: 3 for 40
  • Top20s: 36 for 82

Could he go back-to-back? After winning the 3M Open last week, Tony Finau was the favorite to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week. But last week his win wasn't a runaway, and for some reason only runaways are accepted as "definitive" wins these days.

Cam Young was expected to challenge for his first win this week, but the player grabbing the most attention was Taylor Pendrith, tied with Tony entering the final round. It would be a battle between those two... or would it?

In the end, Tony ran away to a 5-shot win while Young, Pendrith and Cantlay tied for runner-up.

Whatever has happened to Tony Finau over the last couple of weeks makes him a serious contender to win the FedExCup when the Playoffs start one week from now. But if you want to know what has changed in Tony's game, it seems pretty clear to me...

He picked off two Limerick Summaries in consecutive weeks. That'll improve your rank every time!

Though Tony’s not one to talk smack
And always appears so laid-back,
His clubs aren’t as quiet.
They simply ran riot
On those who thought Tony might crack.

The photo comes from this page at pgatour.com.