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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Twofer Tuesday: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Twofer Tuesday hops over to the Monterey coast for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Defending champion Tom Hoge

The last of this year's multiple-venue events is back. Perhaps the most beautiful scenery on the PGA Tour schedule is primed and ready for TV.  And somewhere in the midst of it all, we'll be watching a professional golf tournament.

Three courses, the cut on the third day, and all the madness that the amateurs bring. (It's time for that Cinderella story again, folks.) We won't really know how the pros stand until the end of play on Saturday since we have to wait until all the players have played all 3 courses.

I know it sounds like I'm belaboring that point but it's a big part of this tournament. We really don't know who's leading until after 3 rounds. And that means you get to stress out big time as you watch you favorite players post scores that look okay but may in reality be horrible.

Still, given how my picks have done so far this year, can't say that I'm gonna stress that much at all.

  • Jordan Spieth
  • Seamus Power

GC's live coverage starts Thursday at 3pm ET. And PGA TOUR LIVE starts streaming at 11:30am ET (check the times here). If there's a tournament that I expect my picks to do badly, it's this one — simply because there's no guarantee everybody gets the same weather on the same course since they don't all play the same course on the same day. But maybe that random aspect will actually help me this week. I guess we'll see. Hope you fantasy golf players have better luck than I've had!

Monday, January 30, 2023

The Limerick Summary: 2023 Farmers Insurance Open

Winner: Max Homa

Around the wider world of golf: Rory McIlroy won the Hero Dubai Desert Classic on the DP World Tour; Min A Yoon won the TPS Victoria Hosted by Geoff Ogilvy on the Australasian Tour; and Roberto Nieves won the NCAA Southwestern Invitational–Men's Individual.

Max Homa with Farmers Insurance trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks continue to be a case of feast or famine. I had Jon Rahm (T7) and Tom Kim (DNP). I thought I had seen Tom's name on a field list but apparently I was mistaken, and Rahm stumbled Sunday with a 74.

  • Top10s: 2 for 8 (1Top5, 1 Top10)
  • Winners: 1 for 4 events
  • Top20s: 2 for 8

But while my picks may be feast or famine, Max Homa continues to feast. Five shots out of the lead entering the final round, the three leaders — Jon Rahm, Sam Ryder and Tony Finau — all struggled and fell back while Max surged to the front with a 66, beating Keegan Bradley (also playing better over the last season or so) by 2.

This is Max's sixth PGA Tour win, and it's easy to forget that most of his wins usually boast pretty strong fields. While he has two Fortinet Championships (which were Fall Series events), he also has two Wells Fargo Championships and a Genesis Invitational. Add in this win at Torrey Pines and he's building a formidable resumé!

Many analysts expect Max to add a major to his growing list of wins in 2023. Maybe he will. But he's already got a pretty formidable list of Limerick Summaries!

Another one won from behind.
Max Homa came ready to grind
On Sunday and came
From five shots back to claim
His sixth win. It’s a big hill he’s climbed!

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Sunday, January 29, 2023

TaylorMade Stealth 2 VS Ping G430 MAX (Video)

Now that the PGA Show is done, I thought over the next week or so I'd post a video or two on new equipment. Today it's a Golf Monthly video comparing the TaylorMade Stealth 2 against the Ping G430 MAX. If you're considering one of these as a new purchase, perhaps this comparison will help you sort them out.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Ben Hogan on Tempo (Video)

Simple concept: Gradually speed up your swing instead of casting from the top... but it's easier said than done. Alex Elliott has a simple drill that might help you get a better feel for the tempo of your swing

Friday, January 27, 2023

Don't Sweep Your 3-Wood Off the Deck (Video)

Ali Taylor says that — no matter what you've been told — you should NEVER, under any circumstances, try to sweep your 3-wood off the deck. Makes sense to me! Here's a quick lesson on how to get your best shots with a 3-wood off the ground.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

A 90° Clubface Means Your Forearms Are Quiet (Video)

This is a super-short video that explains why your forearms shouldn't rotate a lot during your swing. I think it's safe to say that Malaska emphasizes this during the waist-to-waist segment of your swing, simply because once your elbows start to bend, it's hard to visualize the face position he's talking about. But if you swing the club through the lower half of your swing the way he's demonstrating, you'll feel where the clubface points all the way through.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

The Hero Dubai Desert Classic

Hero is now the lead sponsor for the Dubai Desert Classic, and it looks like they'll get off to a bang with a really strong field.

Defending champion Viktor Hovland

This is the second Rolex Series event of the year and it's still being held at the Emirates Golf Club. Defending champion Viktor Hovland won't be teeing up although I haven't seen any reason given for his absence.

The field may not be quite as strong as usual this year but it still looks pretty good, with Rory McIlroy headlining the field. Last week's winner Victor Perez joins a number of Ryder Cup players and even a handful of LIV golfers (Westwood, Stenson and Reed) in the desert.

GC's live coverage begins tonight at 2:30am ET (today's Wednesday but that 's actually very early Thursday morning here in the States). This event is usually pretty exciting and I don't see any reason that should change this time around.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Twofer Tuesday: Farmers Insurance Open

Twofer Tuesday moves on to the famous Torrey Pines courses and the Farmers Insurance Open.

Defending champion Luke List

The Farmers Insurance Open isn't a pro-am like last week, but it is played on multiple courses — in this case, the Torrey Pines North and South courses. Perhaps most famous for Tiger's 2008 US Open win on a 'broken' leg, defending champion Luke List hopes to become famous there as well by becoming the first back-to-back winner of this event since Tiger won four straight in 2005-2008.

There are plenty of storylines this week but I suppose Jon Rahm's current run of play (four wins in six worldwide starts) will be the most watched. I know it will be for me, simply because Jon is one of my picks this week. He's the only player to break my bad run of picks this year, so why wouldn't I pick him again?

  • Jon Rahm
  • Tom Kim

GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 3pm ET, and PGA TOUR LIVE will start streaming at noon ET. (You can find the schedule for all the individual streams at this link.) Torrey Pines always gives us a lot of drama and a few surprises along the way. I expect this week to be no different.

Monday, January 23, 2023

The Limerick Summary: 2023 The American Express

Winner: Jon Rahm

Around the wider world of golf: Brooke Henderson won the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions on the LPGA (Mardy Fish won the celebrity division); Victor Perez won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the DP World Tour; Steve Stricker won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship on the Champions Tour; and Cristobal Del Solar won the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Jon Rahm with AmEx trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks are turning out to be a case of feast or famine. I had Jon Rahm (1) and Will Zalatoris (T36). Out of six picks so far in 2023, five haven't even made the Top20... and the other one won! Golf is a strange game...

  • Top10s: 1 for 6 (1Top5, 0 Top10)
  • Winners: 1 for 3 events
  • Top20s: 1 for 6

I suppose we all expected a blowout during Sunday's round... but it ended up simply being a struggle to hold on. Jon Rahm and rookie Davis Thompson began the day tied but it was Rahm's experience that allowed him to hang on and eke out a one-shot victory.

This was Jon's second PGA TOUR win in his second start of the year, and he has now won four of this last six worldwide starts. (However, in my site's RGWR, he's got five wins over the last 12 months.) He's expected to move up to #3 in the OWGR this week, but at this rate it won't be long before he's in the top spot.

So Jon Rahm begins the new 2023 Limerick Summary race with two of his own. Will anyone be able to match him? How many will he win this year? I don't know, but he's teeing it up at Torrey Pines next week...

Since Jon Rahm’s second win of the year
Tied his score from the first, it seems clear
If his game stays this good,
In a few weeks he should
Become World Number One. He’s that near.

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Sunday, January 22, 2023

How to Keep Your Drive in the Fairway (Video)

No tricks here, just a simple three-step plan to get your drive in the toughest fairway every time. Some simple setup information and a drill to teach you the proper tempo for a fairway finder drive. A nice little trick to have in your back pocket!

Saturday, January 21, 2023

A Complete Pitching Course in Just 10 Minutes (Video)

There's nothing new in this video that you haven't seen on this blog before. However, what Chris Ryan has done is put it all together in one short video. There are two drills, setup tips, guidance on when to take a divot or change the trajectory of your shot — in short, pretty much everything you need to know to hit good pitch shots anywhere from 40 to 110 yards. Need to brush up on your pitching game? This is the video for you!

Friday, January 20, 2023

From Slice to Hook to Slice... (Video)

I don't know how many of you this will find this helpful, but I suspect many of you need at least a bit of the info in this video. What Mike Malaska is doing here is explaining how people struggling with a slice try to 'correct' their swing and end up with a hook, then they try to 'correct' that hook and end up with another slice BUT they're doing that slice differently than before. There's a good chance that, regardless of which you're struggling with, he explains why you have the problem and how to start to really fix it. Watch the video — it's short — and see if it helps you.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Hitting Up and Drawing the Driver (Video)

Okay, here's yet another drill to help you create a better driver swing. This drill uses 8 golf balls in addition to the one you hit. The extra 8 help you learn a good swing path as well as how to address the ball to get the right trajectory. Very simple, very visual. Try it if you still have trouble getting a proper launch with your driver.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

And the LPGA Gets Going for 2023

Welcome back, LPGA! And welcome back, Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions.

Defending champion Danielle Kang

Like the Sentry Tournament of Champions, this is a limited field. Only 30 ladies will tee it up, but they've all won events in the last two seasons. Defending champion Danielle Kang is hoping to make it two in a row this week. There are ten first-timers in the event. Even Annika is going to be there again in the celebrity division.

It's gonna be a badass event, folks. Seriously.

GC's coverage starts Thursday at noon ET. Sunday's finale will be on NBC. The LPGA is back, baby!

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Twofer Tuesday: The American Express

Twofer Tuesday wings its way back to the mainland, to California and The American Express.

Defending champion Hudson Swafford

The American Express is one of the PGA Tour's pro-am events (the AT&T Pebble Beach is the other) played on three different courses. That makes it a bit tricky to figure out who's ahead since you can't really tell until all the pros play all three courses. There's a 54-hole cut here.

This is another event without its defending champion as Hudson Swafford is another 'defector' to LIV Golf. That just leaves the podium free for a new winner!

Let's see if I can break my losing streak this week with some better picks. I've got to get one right at some point!

  • Jon Rahm
  • Will Zalatoris

With the West Coast tournaments we're still getting primetime golf so GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 3pm ET. And we'll finally see PGA TOUR LIVE resume their multiple daily streams on Thursday; you can get all that information at the bottom of this page. This is one of the oldest events on Tour; this is the 64th playing. Should be fun!

Monday, January 16, 2023

The Limerick Summary: 2023 Sony Open

Winner: Si Woo Kim

Around the wider world of golf: Jeremy Paul won the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay on the Korn Ferry Tour; the Continental Europe team won the inaugural Hero Cup on the DP World Tour; and Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira won the Latin America Amateur Championship.

Si Woo Kim with Sony trophy

When I made my Twofer Tuesday picks I had the right idea by picking Korean players. Problem was, I picked the wrong Koreans! I had Tom Kim (MC) and Sungjae Im (MC). As with last week, I have continued my excellent 2023 start!

  • Top10s: 0 for 4 (0 Top5, 0 Top10)
  • Winners: 0 for 2 events
  • Top20s: 0 for 4

The newlywed may not have as many wins as his new bride Ji Hyun Oh, who has seven wins on the KLPGA, but I bet Si Woo's checking account gets some serious respect from her.

And I suspect the way he won also pleased his new wife. Not only did he post two 64s over the weekend, he finished his round Sunday with birdies on 17 and 18 to squeeze past Hayden Buckley (who posted 64s on Friday and Saturday).

This was Si Woo's fourth PGA Tour win, and let's not forget that he won the 2017 THE PLAYERS. He's building a nice little collection of wins, as well as a nice little collection of Limerick Summaries. Way to go, Si Woo... and congrats on the marriage!

You finish with two 64s,
Your play opens plenty of doors!
Si Woo birdied in,
Showed us all how to win—
You just keep on posting low scores!

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Sunday, January 15, 2023

The Hero Cup

I did want to take a post to mention the Hero Cup.

The Hero Cup teams

I'm sure you all know that the Hero Cup is Ryder Cup Captain Luke Donald's idea to help find the new young bulls for Europe's Ryder Cup team. And I think it's a brilliant idea. Both sides of the Ryder Cup have spent too much time hoping their best players historically will continue to play well — even when history proves that ain't necessarily so. As a result, the up-and-coming young players don't even get a chance to prove themselves.

It's time that changed, and now it will.

The teams are Great Britain & Ireland VS Continental Europe. They play for three days — 5 fourball matches, then two sessions of best ball, and finally 12 singles matches. The first team to 13 points is the winner.

As of this post, after two days of play, Continental Europe leads 8.5 - 6.5 with the singles matches yet to be played.

The final round of the Hero Cup airs live on GC starting at 1:30am ET on Sunday morning. It will be re-aired later in the day, of course, so everyone has a chance to see it. But I hope this becomes an annual event on the DP World Tour. It's way overdue.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Swinging In to Out (Video)

This video actually goes along with several of the last videos I've posted. Alex is giving you yet another way to visualize the change of direction in your swing so you don't always come over-the-top on the way down. Also note that, unlike some of the other videos, Alex doesn't have his stance closed. If you understand how you should move on the way down, you can do it from virtually any stance. 

Friday, January 13, 2023

How Dropping Your Trail Foot Back Helps You Clear Your Hips (Video)

Many of you may wonder how you're supposed to clear your hips on your followthrough if you've closed your stance on your backswing. This is the best explanation I've found of why dropping your trail foot back can help you clear your hips better. Pardon the pun, but it can really 'clear' away some confusion.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Maybe It's Not Age That's Costing You Distance (Video)

Okay, Ali says this video isn't just for senior golfers, it's for anyone struggling to get distance. But what I like about this video is that he spends most of the time swinging at less than 100mph to show how much distance you can get if you just know what you're doing. This is an eye-opening video!

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Learning to Keep a Steady Head (Video)

Here's a drill to teach you how to keep your head steady and maintain your posture as you turn through the shot. What's fascinating about this drill is how little leg and hip action you actually need to do this drill while still creating a fairly full turn. It's something you can do inside the house this winter in front of the TV. What more could you ask?

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Twofer Tuesday: Sony Open

Twofer Tuesday makes the short hop from Hawaii to Oahu for the Sony Open.

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama

The Waialae Country Club, a par-70 track measuring 7044 yards, is once again the venue for this long-running event. (To be specific, for the 58th time.) Its main defense is the wind but it doesn't look to be that much of a problem this week, so we should be looking at a shootout.

Because this is such a familiar venue and because 19 of last week's players are in this week's field, I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about this one. I'll just mention that Jordan Spieth is back for the first time since 2019.

As for me, I'm going for the all-Korea sweep this week:

  • Sungjae Im
  • Tom Kim

Of course this is another week of prime time golf. GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 7pm ET. PGA TOUR LIVE starts streaming at noon ET. But the Hawaiian Swing continues regardless!

Monday, January 9, 2023

The Limerick Summary: 2023 Sentry Tournament of Champions

Winner: Jon Rahm

Around the wider world of golf: This was the only event on the tours this week.

Jon Rahm with SToC trophy

My first Twofer Tuesday picks of 2023 were largely a bust. I had Justin Thomas (T25) and Xander Schauffele (WD). The irony here is that I was having trouble choosing between JT, Xander and Jon Rahm so I took the two previous winners. But I didn't know about Xander's back problems; if I had, I would have picked Rahm. Then Xander withdrew on Friday and JT forgot how to play. I hope this isn't an omen about my 2023 picks going forward!

  • Top10s: 0 for 2 (0 Top5, 0 Top10)
  • Winners: 0 for 1 event
  • Top20s: 0 for 2

My bad luck aside, it's really no surprise that Jon won this event. Last year he shot an inhumanly low score of 259 (-33 and he still lost by 1) and finished 2022 with 2 wins in his last four events. Shooting 265 (-27) this year — and a 10-under round on Sunday — was almost a walk in the park for him.

Granted, it looked like Collin Morikawa was going to walk off with this one. Jon was 7 strokes back to start the final round and was 9 back early in the round. But Collin's game deserted him at crucial moments while Jon just went from strength to strength.

As I said, this win really isn't a surprise. But it should serve as a warning to fields going forward, because it's clear Jon Rahm has come to play in 2023. And he's got the first Limerick Summary of 2023 to prove it.

For Collin, I’m sure the loss smarted;
Jon was seven behind when they started!
But that’s just how it goes
If you think you can close
Once Jon Rahm gets his season restarted!

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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Staying Steady Over the Ball (video)

Jonathan Kim-Moss is back to teach you how to stay stable over the ball during your swing and thus improve your consistency hitting the ball. Just wait till you see the crazy drill he's got to help you learn the feel of staying steady. It's wild!

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Learning to Feel Solid Contact with Your Irons (Video)

This probably isn't for everybody but Alex Elliott has an interesting drill for teaching you the feel of a center hit on your irons. Very simple in concept but looks to be pretty hard to replicate. I guess that's what would make it effective.

Friday, January 6, 2023

The Real Difference Between Driver and Iron Swings (Video)

Take some time with this video, folks. Ali Taylor gives a very thorough explanation of the difference between a driver swing and an iron swing, and how you can get both under control with minor setup changes. It's all about understanding how swing path can change although you haven't really changed your swing. Follow along and become enlightened!

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Getting to Your Lead Side in Time to Swing (Video)

Mike Malaska has a good drill to help you feel a correct weight shift during your downswing. It teaches you the rhythm of the shift during your swing. A good drill to try if you keep getting stuck on your trail foot and hitting the ball fat.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Toeing the Driver on Purpose??? (Video)

This is a fascinating concept to me, simply because I can see where Alex is using mind games instead of technique changes to improve his swing plane and impact position. It's a way of changing what you see in order to change what you do, which I think is brilliant. I don't know if it will work for everyone, but I think it's worth a try... and it just may help you chronic slicers out there to hit a soft draw.

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Twofer Tuesday: Sentry Tournament of Champions

Twofer Tuesday leaves its relaxing holiday easy chair for the annual trip to Kapalua and the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Defending champion Cameron Smith

Okay, first let's let the elephant out of the room — defending champion Cam Smith won't be defending his 2022 title. We gotten used to this kind of thing, haven't we? Doesn't make it any easier to deal with though.

On a brighter note, however, the 39-man field will include many from the Top30 from last season's final FedExCup points list (sans Rory McIlroy who rarely comes to Kapalua)... and one of those players will be Will Zalatoris, making his first appearance since withdrawing from the BMW Championship with back problems.

For my first picks of 2023 it's hard not to go chalk since most of these guys won at some time last year! But I'm taking two guys with winning records here, just to try and get off to a good start. Bear in mind that Kapalua has a way of giving us surprise winners though.

  • Justin Thomas
  • Xander Schauffele

Remember that golf from Hawaii gives us prime time golf here on the mainland. GC's live prime time coverage begins at 6pm ET on Thursday. PGA TOUR LIVE's streaming starts at 2:15pm the same day. (Weird time there, don't you think?) But best of all, the PGA Tour gets back underway for 2023!

Monday, January 2, 2023

Let's Start the Year with a Tee Test (Video)

There's no Limerick Summary this week so let's have a little fun. MrShortGame's tee testing may not seem very serious -- you'll get to see a lot of the useless tees that are available from Amazon -- but he does test some of the more popular tees that claim to give you more distance. A less than scientific test, I admit, but still...

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Happy New Year!

Here's wishing all of you a happy 2023. May it be a prosperous and happy year for you all!

Happy New Year 2023