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Saturday, December 31, 2022

Tying Together Some of This Week's Posts (Video)

This video from Chris Ryan actually ties together a number of the things I've posted in videos over the last week. Perhaps this will help you make some connections about how the sequence of the full swing is created by a number of basics.


Friday, December 30, 2022

A Drill to Help You Draw Your Driver (Video)

While the idea of a perfect swing for everyone is nice, the fact is that different players are going to have different swings. Players have different builds, different amounts of flexibility, and different tendencies in their swings... and they have to learn how to balance all those things. Alistair Davies has an interesting 'cut-off' drill here that can help you stop lunging toward the ball with your upper body. It's not for everybody but, if you keep coming over the top, you might find this drill helps you create the proper feel for a repeatable draw.


Thursday, December 29, 2022

How Walter Hagen Avoided Back Problems (Video)

It's from an older golf.com article, which you can also see at this link, but here Brian Manzella shows three things Walter Hagen did during his swing to help prevent back problems. Might be worth a look if you're struggling with pain during your finish.


Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Open Lead Foot = More Ball Speed? (Video)

This video discusses something many of us take for granted. We're often told we need to angle our lead foot toward the target to get a good hip turn. In this video Ali Taylor not only tells you why this move can create more ball speed — and consequently more carry — but reasons why you might not want to set up this way. Whether it changes your address position or not, it will definitely give you a better understanding of the mechanics of solid impact.


Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Get Your Hands Up (Video)

A proper turn away from the ball, as Jack Nicklaus always said, keeps your head position steady and keeps your hands pretty high at the top of your backswing. Russell has a couple of drills here that will teach you to get your hands up, your shoulders turned and still keep your head steady during your swing, which is important if you want to have consistent impact. Note that one of the drills doesn't even require a club, so you can do it inside where it's warm. That's a great drill for improving during the winter.


Monday, December 26, 2022

A Tom Watson Grip Tip (Video)

Alex Elliott has been experimenting with one of Tom Watson's anti-slice grips and found it to be very useful. This is a very simple explanation of what it is and how to do it. Have fun playing around with it!


Sunday, December 25, 2022

Saturday, December 24, 2022

A Really Simple Strategy Thought (Video)

It's Christmas Eve and I know most of you don't have time for anything complicated, so here's a super short tip from Mike Malaska that may help you play better with whatever swing you have today. It's an easy tip to remember!


Friday, December 23, 2022

Jonathan Kim-Moss on Releasing the Clubhead (Video)

It's been a while since I posted one of Jonathan's videos so this is a good one to bring him back into the conversation. I do think Jonathan rotates his forearms a bit much but that comes from him keeping his lead arm straight as he moves into the followthrough. I don't have a problem with it if you're duplicating his position — both arms straight — as he enters the followthrough. (You get roughly the same wrist position without as much forearm rotation if your lead elbow bends just a bit as your trail arm straightens, a mirror of your backswing that I favor). But he's still using the L-to-L drill I often recommend so I'm good with what he's teaching here; his version of the drill just uses that straight arm position as opposed to the slightly bent elbow used in the traditional version.


Thursday, December 22, 2022

Some of the Best Launch Monitors Under $600 (Video)

The title pretty much says it all, doesn't it? If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive launch monitor, this video is a decent place to start.


Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Another Method for Dialing In Those Pitch Shots (Video)

I'm always looking for new approaches to playing certain shots, and pitch shots are no different. Learning to pitch to certain distances isn't all that hard yet most of us struggle to do it consistently. You just need a repeatable method... and the simpler, the better. Alex has a pretty simple one here. If you're having trouble with this part of your game, this might be the answer you're looking for.


Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Understanding How Overdoing One Move Can Mess Up the Others (Video)

While Russell says he's talking about the wrists, that's just the start of his explanation. He's explaining how, when you try to overdo one part of your swing (as in cocking the wrists too much), you automatically mess up the sequencing of the rest of the swing and introduce other problems. Fixing the first problem in the chain might automatically fix all the following errors! Always find the first problem in the sequence and fix it before moving on to the later problems.


Monday, December 19, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 PNC Championship

Winner: Qass & Vijay Singh

Around the wider world of golf: Antoine Rozner won the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on the DP World Tour; and Matt Ryan won the Scotia Wealth Management Chile Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Qass and Vijay with the Willie Park Trophy belts

I guess I padded my Twofer Tuesday picks pretty well this week. I had Team Daly (T2) and Team Woods (T8). Wasn't expecting Charlie to have ankle problems. Still couldn't use the odds to pick another winner but nevertheless, my 2022 record looks pretty good overall.

  • Top10s: 40 for 118 (24 Top5, 16 Top10)
  • Winners: 5 for 60
  • Top20s: 56 for 118

This is my last Limerick Summary of 2022 but it turns out to be a pretty good one. Qazz and Vijay Singh have played 16 of these PNC events and have picked up (I think) three seconds and three thirds. They finally picked up the win.

In a lot of ways I don't think this should have been any surprise. Not just because of their past record in this event but because Vijay has always been a bulldog-type player who refused to accept the odds against him. Let's not forget that he's the winningest player on the PGA Tour beyond the age of 40, beating out even the great Sam Snead. He does the unexpected all the time.

So it shouldn't be any surprise that he and Qass won by becoming the first team to post two sub-60 rounds back-to-back. Or that Vijay is 59 at the time they did it.

Given how wild this year in golf has been, it's fitting that Vijay and Qass pick up the last Limerick Summary of 2022. It's long overdue. Congratulations, guys... and Merry Christmas!

Team Singh’s sixteenth try got it done—
This time, they were second to none.
Back-to-back 59s
Brought to mind all the times
Vijay’s wins left the golfing world stunned.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Setting Up to Hit a Draw (Video)

I don't know that all of you will feel comfrtable with this, but it just might help some of you who are struggling to hit a draw off the tee. I do want to point out that you don't want a lot of forearm rotation, which Russell seems to be talking about here... but you need to recognize that, if you've been leaving the clubface open at impact, getting the clubface more square will FEEL like you're rotating your forearms a lot. This is more of a classic swing approach — you're trying to swing your arms past your body. If you're swinging up at the ball on the tee, that will help you stop leaving the clubface open. And remember: If you're playing the ball high on a tee, you need to move the ball position slightly forward in your stance.


Saturday, December 17, 2022

The Square Clubface Drill (Video)

If you have problems with over-rotating your forearms or cocking your wrists improperly during your backswing or just bending your wrists incorrectly at the top of your backswing, Alex's little takeaway drill may be just what you're looking for. It's a very simple way to see how your hands and wrists are moving all the way from address to the top of your backswing.


Friday, December 16, 2022

How to Stay Centered During Your Backswing (Video)

Chris Ryan has a great image to help you keep yourself centered over the ball with your irons. The key is his "shoulder to the wall" image for your backswing. I love simple tips like this!


Thursday, December 15, 2022

Playing Downhill Lies (video)

While there's quite a bit of useful information in this video about setting up for different types of lies, Mike's suggestion for playing downhill lies is of specific value here. Simply put, he wants you to make sure your shoulders are level to the ground — which means they're tilted slightly downhill — and then you pull your trail foot back a little (that is, close your stance a bit) to get your trail knee out of your way so you can swing the club into the ball properly and not hit the ground too early. A very useful tip for downhill lies!


Wednesday, December 14, 2022

NOT Twofer Tuesday: PNC Championship

Twofer Tuesday slacked off a bit this week because of the Champions Tour Q-School news. (Yay, Tim O'Neal!!!) But here's a quick look at the PNC Championship.

Defending champs 1 & 2 John Daly

Admit it. This is probably your favorite end of season golf event. When else will you see Justin Thomas play with his dad (as will his buddy Jordan Spieth), Annika Sorenstam with her son Will McGee, and Nelly Korda with her tennis champ dad?

And of course we'll see some of the older legends — this is a Champions Tour event, after all — like the Faldos and the Trevinos, among others.

And did I remember to mention that Woods guy and his son Charlie?

They've all gathered together to chase down the defending champions, the Dalys — both Big and Little John. (Or, if this is a battle of Biblical proportions around your house, let's call them First and Second John.)

It's big enough for NBC to get in on the act this week and not leave all the coverage to GC. This page will give you all the times and places to catch the coverage (yeah, now we have to contend with Peacock as well), but the short answer for those depending on regular cable is this:

  • Saturday: NBC 2-6pm
  • Sunday: GC 12:30pm-1:30pm, NBC 1:30pm-4:30pm

Since I'm just padding my picks this week — let's face it, the odds of getting two Top20s is pretty good in a field of 20 teams — I'm taking Team Woods and Team Daly. But it's not so much about how Tiger and Big John are playing. According to what I've heard, their two boys are tearing it up in their own events!

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

I Gotta Give a Shoutout (Video)

Yeah, I'll talk about the PNC Championship later this week. Today I want to pay some respect to another Champions Tour event -- the 5 guys who made it through what used to be called Q-School.

The 5 Champions Tour Q-Schoold grads

First, let me just give you their names:

  • Richard Green
  • David McKenzie
  • Tim O'Neal
  • Wes Short Jr
  • Brian Cooper

You can read PGATOUR.com's write-up about them here, and I congratulate them all. But I want to single out one guy in particular.

I've been pulling for Tim O'Neal ever since that final day of the PGA Tour's Q-School back in 2000 when he reached the final hole (the 108th) needing only a bogey to get his card and ended up with a triple. He's been on most of the tours that I guess you'd say are 'under' the PGA Tour but always coming up short in his efforts to make it to the big show.

Now he's 50 years old and there were only five spots available for the Champions Tour. He snagged a T3 finish. My man finally made it!!!


So congrats to all of the players who made it. I know this is a dream many have been after for a long while. But I don't know if anybody has worked any harder for it than Tim O'Neal... and I am so happy for him.

Monday, December 12, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 QBE Shootout

Winner: Tom Hoge & Sahith Theegala

Around the wider world of golf: Ockie Strydom won the Alfred Dunhill Championship on the DP World Tour; Cristóbal Del Solar won the Neuquén Argentina Classic on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; and Justin Thomas & Jordan Spieth beat Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy in The Match.

Hoge and Theegala with QBE trophy

My plan to pad my Twofer Tuesday picks this week worked well. I had Harris English & Matt Kuchar (3) and Steve Stricker & Cameron Young (7). Still couldn't pick a winner, even with such a limited field, but it still makes my 2022 record look better.

  • Top10s: 38 for 117 (23 Top5, 15Top10)
  • Winners: 5 for 59
  • Top20s: 54 for 117

It was probably the biggest surprise of the week, that the oldest team with the worst Power Ranking this week (Charley Hoffman & Ryan Palmer) faced off against a rookie team (Sahith Theegala & Tom Hoge) for the QBE Shootout title. Meanwhile, the odds-on favorite team (Matt Kuchar & Harris English) struggled to try and keep up.

But such is the world of golf, isn't it? The weather was nearly perfect all three days and it seemed everybody was playing well. The old guys seemed to be particularly miffed at the perceived lack of respect in their ranking and they led from the first round.

However, the rookies hit their stride on Sunday. While they didn't shoot their lowest round of the week, they tied the lowest... and it was enough to squeak by the old guys and win by a stroke.

Hoge may have only one win on Tour and Theegala still waiting, but things look bright for them in 2023. And Sahith even gets his first Limerick Summary. If that's not a breakthrough, I don't know what is!

Theegala and Hoge were clutch;
Their skill down the stretch was too much.
Some managed to catch them;
For moments, to match them—
At the end, though, they couldn’t be touched.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Why You Can't Hit Long Irons Well Most of the Time (Video)

Again, this is probably basic knowledge for some of you experienced golfers... but not so much for you newbies. Chris shows you the most common reason for problems hitting a proper long iron and explains why it happens. It's not the only reason this can happen, of course, but it's probably the most common.


Saturday, December 10, 2022

Drills to Fix Your Driver Woes (Video)

Alex has three drills to fix what he calls 'death moves' with your driver. These are all good drills... but I will point out one caution about the second one (the grip drill). If you primarily control your swing with your lead hand, you'll find this drill very useful. But if you're like me -- I have a more classic swing and control the club with my trail hand -- you'll find the grip drills may not be quite as effective for you.


Friday, December 9, 2022

The Driver From Your Knees Drill (Video)

Another easy drill that you've likely seen before... but maybe you've never tried it. Like Mike Malaska says, you can do this drill in your backyard if you substitute plastic golf balls for the real ones. But you don't have to actually hit balls to benefit from this drill. It's a good way to learn proper use of your upper body during your swing.


Thursday, December 8, 2022

An Accuracy Drill... With a Tennis Ball? (Video)

Alex has a cool drill here that uses a tennis ball to tell you during your backswing whether you've got your clubface open, closed or square. And once you can associate your hand and forearm positions with the clubface position, your accuracy is going to improve dramatically.


Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Just a Quick Reminder About the Alfred Dunhill

There are a couple of DP World Tour events with Alfred Dunhill in the title. But this one wasn't played last year so I want to remind you about it.

Defending 2020 chapion Christiaan Bezuidenhout

The Alfred Dunhill Championship is played at the Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa — you might remember it mainly because you get to see all the gorgeous footage of the wild animals down there. Last year it wasn't played, due to the pandemic.

In 2020 there were actually two versions of the event played, with Pablo Larrazábal winning the first and Christiaan Bezuidenhout the second, making Bezuidenhout the defending champion. Crazy I know, but that's the way it worked out.

And this year it's back, with Ernie Els in the field with all the youngsters.

GC's live coverage begins Thursday morning at 5am ET. GC's website also has a page with links for the streaming broadcasts for both the Alfred Dunhill and the QBE Shootout; you can find that here. It's nice to have this event back on the schedule.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: QBE Shootout

Twofer Tuesday continues to hit the Resort Circuit and pad its stats at the QBE Shootout.

Defending champs Jason Kokrak and Kevin Na

Last week the Bahamas, this week Florida and another limited field — this time it's 12 teams. But it's the last time we'll be seeing that — in case you missed it, next year the QBE will become a mixed field event like the old JC Penney Classic. That's one man/one woman teams competing in the different formats each round. That's worth looking forward to!

But this year it's an excellent chance for me to pad my stats — with only 12 teams, the odds of my getting two Top10 picks is pretty good.

I should note that last year's winning team of Jason Kokrak and Kevin Na won't be defending because they're both LIV golfers now. That means we're gonna have a new pair of champions this year... and if it's one of the mixed teams in this year's event, I suspect we'll see them defending next year.

The fact is, I think any team has a good chance of taking home the trophy. Team events like this are less about form and more about attitude and cooperation. But surely some teams have an advantage... and I'm guessing at who they are.

  • Harris English & Matt Kuchar
  • Steve Stricker & Cameron Young

GC and Peacock will have live opening round coverage at 1pm ET on Friday. Like most December golf events, this is more about "feel good and have fun" than anything else because there are no world ranking points or anything else but pride on the line. But you NEVER want to underestimate the power of pride in the game of golf!

Monday, December 5, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Hero World Challenge

Winner: Viktor Hovland

Around the wider world of golf: Adrian Meronk won the men's division, Ashleigh Buhai won the women's division and Kipp Popert won the all abilities division at the ISPS Handa Australian Open on the DP World Tour/Australasian Tour; Thriston Lawrence won the Investec South African Open Championship, also on the DP World Tour; Sarit Suwannarut won the Indonesian Masters on the Asian Tour; and Zack Fischer won the 116 VISA Argentina Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Viktor Hovland with Hero Tiger trophy

I said I was going to pad my Twofer Tuesday picks this week... and I did! I had Justin Thomas (5) and Jon Rahm (T8). Makes my 2022 record look a bit better, anyway.

  • Top10s: 36 for 115 (22 Top5, 14Top10)
  • Winners: 5 for 58
  • Top20s: 52 for 115

There's only 20 players in the field, but 15 of them were in the OWGR's Top20 so you hardly call it a 'weak field'. And the weather played havoc with the course, hitting the field with as much as 35mph winds and lots of mud balls.

And somehow, in the midst of all that, Viktor Hovland managed to become only the second player — after Tiger himself — to win the Hero World Challenge in back-to-back years.

To do it, he ended up making an unbelievable 20-foot bogey putt on the 18th to get up and down from the water and put an end to Scottie Scheffler's dreams of regaining the World #1 position. (For this week, anyway.)

Maybe it's not official money. Maybe it's not an official win. But it's an official move up the ranks to OWGR #9 for Viktor, who seems to just get better and better with each passing year. Next stop: Majorville!

And now he's picked up another Limerick Summary. What a way to spice up your Christmas season! Congratulations and Merry Christmas, Viktor!

Like Tiger, Vik’s gone back-to-back
And it looks like his game’s back on track.
Maybe next year we’ll see
Hero win number three
And he’ll give winning majors a crack.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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!