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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?

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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.



Jordan Spieth & Justin Thomas

Adam Scott & Cam Davis

11:35 a.m.


Scottie Scheffler & Sam Burns

Sungjae Im & Sebastian Munoz

11:50 a.m.


Cameron Young & Kevin Kisner

Mito Pereira & Christiaan Bezuidenhout

12:05 p.m.


Patrick Cantlay & Xander Schauffele

Hideki Matsuyama & Tom Kim

12:20 p.m.


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!

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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.

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

The Slap Shot Drill (Video)

This is an interesting drill to help you get better at rotating and staying down during your shot. Milo Lines built this drill from a hockey slap shot, and it looks like it would definitely help you learn to stay down. It may look crazy but hockey players tend to be pretty good golfers, so why not give it a try?

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Legal and Illegal Tech Use on the Course (Video)

Some of the Rules of Golf are complicated, especially when it comes to technology and equipment. It's not just about what you can use, it's when you can use it and how you can use it. In this video Neil Tappin and Jezz Ellwood give you the 411 on the trickiest aspects of the rules regulating what's legal and what's not when you're on the course so you don't rack up penalty strokes.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Russell Heritage on the Pete Cowen Move (Video)

I've run a number of posts that talk about this move. Russell calls it the Pete Cowen Move, and the fact is that many of you may recognize this as the same motion you use to throw a Frisbee. There are two ways you can build a swing -- either the lead hand or the trail hand can pace the swing, and in this move it's the lead hand. It's often overlooked but this is the way Ben Hogan approached the swing. If you don't believe me, just look at the drawings on pages 94 and 95 of Five Lessons -- you'll see that the rope connected to his trail hip is connected to his lead wrist. For those of you building your swing on the Hogan model, you need to be aware of this or you'll either hang back or get stuck in your downswing. Russell's (and Pete Cowen's) drill is a good way to practice this move.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Maybe You Should Kill That Baby Bird (Video)

This is just a cool video and it may help you better control the club. Paul Wilson tells why the advice to "hold the club like you're holding a baby bird" is only partially correct... and why learning when to kill that bird might be a missing fundamental in your swing. He also gives you a drill to help you learn the correct grip pressure. It's definitely something you should think about.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Using a Baseball Swing to Hit the Ball (Video)

I found this 4-year-old Mike Malaska video by accident and was fascinated. If you watch the first 1:10 you'll see Mike using a baseball swing -- one that goes just above waist high -- as an example of how to get the club into position to hit the ball solidly. Now if you go back to the weekend on this blog, you'll find a couple of blog posts featuring Paul Wilson (this one on Saturday and this one on Sunday) about how to increase your clubhead speed by reducing tension.

Here's what fascinates me. I'm curious as to how much clubhead speed you can create using Paul Wilson's drill with Mike Malaska's baseball backswing. And it seems that it would be pretty easy (with a little practice) to stretch this swing up to shoulder height. At the very least this seems like a useful swing when you need a fairway finder! I'm curious to hear your results if any of you try practicing this for a few weeks. (That's Paul's suggestion for his drill so you get the hang of it.) Just leave me a comment on this post.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: Kroger Queen City Championship

Twofer Tuesday takes the three-hour bus trip from Toledo to Cincinnati for another LPGA event, this time the Kroger Queen City Championship.

Kendale Course at the Kenwood Country Club, Cincinnati OH

The Kroger is a brand new event on the LPGA schedule, but the course is a longtime friend. The Kendale Course at the Kenwood Country Club in Cincinnati OH hosted LPGA events from 1963-1989. It got a restoration during the Pandemic (as did many other classic courses) and should give the ladies a decent test -- a par-72 track measuring a bit over 6500 yards.

Of course, being an inaugural event, there is no defending champion.

Last week's Twofer Tuesday picks gave me two Top20s but I was expecting more from them. Let's see if I can do better this week.

  • Lucy Li
  • Sei Young Kim

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 4pm ET. The girls will have a bit more time to rest this week because the travel time was so short, and I'll be interested to see if Lucy Li can put up another Top10... or better. 

Monday, September 5, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Dana Open

Winner: Gaby Lopez

Around the wider world of golf: Justin Suh won the Korn Ferry Tour Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour; Oliver Wilson won the Made in HimmerLand on the DP World Tour; Daniela Iacobelli won the Wildhorse Ladies Classic on the Epson Tour; Noah Goodwin won the GolfBC Championship on the Mackenzie Tour; and Kaito Onishi won the Fujisankei Classic on the Japan Golf Tour.

Gaby Lopez with Dana Open trophy

My first week making LPGA Twofer Tuesday picks went okay, I guess. I had Lydia Ko (T16) and Brooke Henderson (T13). Two Top20s but I expected better.

  • Top10s: 25 for 92 (16 Top5, 9 Top10)
  • Winners: 3 for 45
  • Top20s: 40 for 92

My proven players, Ko and Henderson, had some good days and some bad days last week. Unfortunately for them, there were too many players having good days pretty much every day! I expected Lucy Li to have a good week but not as good as she had. Megan Kang seemed to come out of nowhere on Sunday. Caroline Masson just plodded along all week, posting good scores every round.

In the end it was Gaby Lopez putting in a sprint to end the (event formerly known as the) Marathon who locked down the win. It had been over two years since her last win, and she says she's been working on not being so hard on herself and on trying to find a way to "stay on the couch" -- that is, stay in the moment and let the game come to her.

Well, boy did it come on Sunday! Eight birdies, no bogeys and three birdies to finish the round and snatch all hope from her pursuers. And since I don't normally do Limerick Summaries for the LPGA, it seems only appropriate that such a performance would get one of my rare LPGA awards. Congratulations, Gaby!

Her Marathon ended a drought
That lasted two years thereabout.
When Gaby was done,
Her third tournament won
Gave her confidence, that’s not in doubt.

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

The Hit Your Ear Drill (Video)

Yesterday I had a video from Paul Wilson on how to get more distance by lessening the tension in your hands and wrists. Today I have a cool drill from him on how to focus specifically on 'unlocking your wrists'. It's so unusual that I love it! And an added advantage is that you can practice it at home.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Less Tension = 100+ MPH (Video)

Paul Wilson is talking about one of my favorite topics, muscle tension. He shows you on Trackman how much clubhead speed you lose when you tense up. And then he explains how to get rid of the excess tension that's keeping you from swinging your driver 100mph or faster. Watch and learn!

BTW he mentions that a good drill for this is my old favorite, the L-to-L drill. It always comes back to basics, folks. Don't overlook the simple things in your pursuit of better golf!

Friday, September 2, 2022

Yet Another Look at Wedge Play from 100 Yards In (Video)

I like showing lots of different approaches to wedge play because... well, one may work better for you than another. Alex Elliott's approach appeals to me because (1) his setup position is easily duplicated time after time and (2) his version of the "clock" approach to controlling distance is also a slightly different feel that may prove more consistent for you. Give this a try and see what you think.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Relaxed Speed (Video)

I have talked about this concept frequently in this blog but it bears repeating often, simply because it gets nowhere near the attention it should. If you want to create speed, you need to keep your muscles as relaxed as you can. Otherwise the tension will cause you to lose speed. In this short video Mike Malaska tells you how to practice this. Trust me, it's worth practicing!