Friday, May 29, 2015

Golf Instruction: This May Be Holding You Back.

Bomb & Gouge

Why you're not a tour player

Tour pros at impact (black) vs. average players (blue).
Jason Lee

Q. Tour pros use irons with more loft and less springy faces than my irons. Why do they hit their 6–irons 190 yards, and I hit mine only 155?

BOMB Try hitting the ball on the center of the clubface a few times and maybe you'll close the gap a little. Actually, though some players get that kind of distance out of their 6–irons, most tour pros don't. David Toms, for example, says his 6–iron goes 180. So does Jim Furyk. Both have won major championships. But I get your point. Tiger once hit a 6–iron 218 yards from a bunker over water to win the Canadian Open.

GOUGE Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada showed us during our recent visit that elite golfers' muscles fire in a precise sequence that maximizes speed at the bottom of the swing. (Players don't really know they do that, and they don't really know how they do it, either.) Hackers' muscles fire out of sequence and often too early, requiring all sorts of adjustments that slow clubhead speed.

BOMB Say what you really mean: Most choppers move into the ball with so many parts shifting that they look like the largemouth bass my 10–year–old reeled out of the water last week. But when you look at tour stats, the 6–iron distances aren't entirely overwhelming. Our friends at the U.S. Golf Association recently showed us data from the PGA Tour's ShotLink system that had the average 6–iron distance of a tour player at 175 yards for a shot from the fairway on a par 4 and 186 yards for a shot off the tee.

GOUGE That's still farther than any normal human. Why? Two other reasons: First, elite golfers deloft their irons (a 6–iron becomes a 5–iron at impact). I've seen data from a TrackMan launch monitor that shows an elite player launching the 6–iron at a 14– or 15–degree angle with 90–plus miles per hour clubhead speed. Even a competent average player might swing his 6–iron at only 80 miles per hour and launch it a degree or two higher. That's 20 yards right there—minimum. A real chop, meanwhile, is turning that 6–iron into a 7–iron loft at impact—a slow 7–iron, at that.

Q. Pros play steel shafts in their irons much more than graphite. Why? Do they get better feel or control?
 
BOMB Feel and control are factors. It can be more difficult to produce consistency in graphite shafts as opposed to steel, albeit the difference is minimal. Scott Verplank, who had not used steel in his irons in 15 years, changed at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and won the event. "They're just more consistent," he said. "I've noticed it with the flight of the ball and the way it hits."

GOUGE In professional golf, perception is nine–tenths of the law, regardless of its basis in reality. Technologically, graphite's primary benefit is its lighter weight. It can help you increase clubhead speed, and it can dampen vibration. However, for graphite to have the consistency of steel, generally speaking, you will have to pay more than $30 a shaft, plus installation.

Golf Quotes For The Week In Pictures

This week's golf quotes!  I hope you enjoy.

This one is for all the golfers out there!


This is for all the golfers out there considering lessons!


Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Floating Green for Settling Your Bets.

Just came across this one.!

Westchester golf course adds really cool floating 19th hole "to settle your bets"

By Alex Myers

Colin Montgomery Thanks The Golf Channel!

Colin Montgomery takes the opportunity to thank the Golf Channel for the coverage he got that he got for his recent victory which was his Third Major on the Champion's Tour.

  Associated Press noted and Golf Channel hammered home, the winner of three of his last six starts (and 10 overall) in senior major events, will always be 0-for-71 in grand slam events primarily for the 50-and-under crowd.
When the Golf Channel was contacted about this they had this to say, "We were planning on better coverage, but something came up about Tiger".

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Irish Open: Who The Hell Thought This Was a Good Idea ?


I have one question about the Irish Open pairings.

Who in the hell thought it was a good idea to pair Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia together for the first two rounds???????????

First off it is Padriag's Home Open and means a great deal to him.  Garcia is only playing because Rory invited him.

Secondly, and more important, there is no love lost there.  When the flap over Tiger and Sergio broke out at the 2013 Players Championship Padriag supported Tiger.  He also took tremendous pleasure in beating Sergio in a play-off for The Open in 2007.

After a practice round for The Open at Muirfield a fan handed him a program from 2007 with a picture of him shaking hands with Sergio after beating him in the play-off and asked for an autograph.  Harrington obliged and then held on to the program for quit a while staring at the photo with a smile of satisfaction on his face.

"You like that picture?" the man said.

"More than you know," the Irishman replied.

 I can understand it at the US Open but in a tournament where pairings are engineered to suit the event it baffles me.

I really like Padriag Harrington and I hope that  Mikko Ilonen, the third player, doesn't have to act as referee.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

You Can't Start Them Too Young! Cute Videos!






Walker Matthew Hilton, it appears, was literally born to be a golfer. At 3 months old and proudly sporting his Pinehurst onesie, Walker got a quick golf lesson recently from his grandfather, Jeff Tipton. Knowing that a good grip is the foundation to every good golf swing, Jeff tried demonstrating for his grandson the proper form - and it was a moment captured beautifully on video.

"Baby James" Grimes is already playing in child tournaments and has PGA Tour dreams.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Good Short Article On How To Practice.




Broken practice is similar to block practice in that you are hitting the same club to the same target with the same shot type. However, it is different in that you are stepping out of the hitting area after each shot.

For example; 
  • You hit a 7 iron towards your target 
  • Then you walk out of the hitting bay
  • Do a full routine (practice swing/re-grip/lining up etc) before going back in an hitting another shot.

This small act of breaking up the rhythm of block practice acts to improve our ability to access learned motor skills.


Performance is typically lower than during block practice, due to the more difficult nature of having to re-start and re-access the movement. However, due to the higher contextual nature of the practice (it is more similar to real golf due to the addition of the routine) retention of learning is higher on the golf course.

Also, due to the fact the routine is being practiced, the brain is making a link between routine and motor pattern, so it is more likely to improve retention on the course.

This type of practice can make a good intermediary step between block practice and more random versions.

I discuss different modes of practice as well as their practical applications in "The Practice Manual - The Ultimate Guide for Golfers". The book also takes some more complex motor learning theories and makes them easy to understand. CLICK HERE to learn more

Friday, May 22, 2015

Golf Quotes For The Week!

Golf Quotes For The Week!
 Enjoy and take to heart.



Things to Talk to Your Buddies About This Weekend

5 things to talk about on the course: David Letterman, Riley Curry, and the Spin Doctors

By Alex Myers
From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:
  1. David Letterman: Nearly 14 million viewers watched Dave's final time hosting "The Late Show," giving the program it's biggest TV audience since February 28, 1994. And I actually remember that show -- which will finish as Letterman's most-watched ever -- very well. Why? Because I was in sixth grade and I was allowed to stay up late to watch my favorite band, the Spin Doctors, perform.

Spin Doctors! 1990s rock! Woo! Sorry, I got a little carried away there. What were we talking about? Oh, right, David Letterman. Yeah, he's pretty good, too.


Ranking: The 17 best musical acts to perform at "Tiger Jam"
 
2. NBA conference finals: Everyone has penciled Golden State and Cleveland into the Finals, but not so fast. Judging by the first few games, those teams have their hands full with the Rockets and Hawks, respectively. In fact, the Warriors squeaked out home wins the first two games after winning all four regular-season contests between the two squads by an average of 15 points. Hmm. Maybe those critics who say the NBA regular season is too long and kind of pointless have a point. . .

3. NBA Draft Lottery: Well, it's official. The Knicks suck at sucking. After purposely tanking for the entire season, they decided to win three of their last six games (they finished 17-65 overall) to end up with just the second-worst record in the league. Then, the lottery balls screwed them and the team fell to the fourth pick in the draft. Congrats to the three teams that will be picking ahead of Phil Jackson now. You're pretty much guaranteed selecting a future Hall-of-Famer now.

4. Potential historic baseball seasons: I've been out of the loop more than ever with baseball this year and when I finally checked the stats I saw a couple crazy things. Dee Gordon is batting around .400? I didn't even know that and the guy is on my fantasy baseball team! And as of Thursday, Nelson Cruz was in line to pull off the rare Triple Crown in the American League. Guess the Mets signing Michael Cuddyer instead of him in the off-season wasn't a great move.

Related: NBA stars who love playing golf

5. Riley Curry: The appearance of Stephen Curry's adorable daughter at a post-game press conference sparked a heated debate about whether athletes should bring their kids to work. Really, people? A.) It's cute and B.) If anything, it puts the athlete more at ease and willing to give insightful answers to questions. Plus, you get moments like when Chris Paul's son imitated Blake Griffin with Blake Griffin sitting right there:


Paul and Curry are already in State Farm commercials together, but when are Lil Chris and Riley going to team up? It's too bad they didn't appear on Letterman together. Throw in the Spin Doctors and that show could have really gotten some good ratings.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Way You Walk Into a Shot Matters

What The Pros Know | Play Your Best

Take the Right Steps

Make a beeline for the ball

This might not seem like a big deal, but it is. The way you walk into a shot matters because it affects your accuracy. A lot of amateurs mistakenly approach the ball from the side, or they start from behind it but then go wide and come in from the side anyway. The more you walk in on an angle, the greater your chances for misalignment. For right-handed golfers, the target will appear to the right of where it actually is. Compounding this problem, many average golfers settle into their address position with their bodies before they aim the clubface. That can really throw off your alignment.
Sean Foley
If you want to improve your accuracy, walk into a shot the way most pros do. They come in from behind the ball, on a straight line to the target. Then when they reach it, they get into their stance only after they've set the clubhead behind the ball, with the face looking at the target. Remember, it's clubface first, then body. Get into this pre-shot habit, and you'll hit your targets more often. 

Sean Foley teaches at Orange County National near Orlando.




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What Would You Like Fix In Tour Golf Game?

If you could rub the magic lantern and get one wish about your golf game/swing, what one thing would you like to fix or do better?

We all would like to be able to something better than we do it now.  For you what would it be?  Leave comments.

Golf Balls: One Day Special on New and Like New Golf Balls


This just looked like a good chance to stock up - especially with Fathers Day coming up in a month.  Just click on the picture.  One day special only.



Friday, May 15, 2015

Fundamental Beliefs About the Golf Swing.

Thought I would post this as food for thought over the weekend.



Quit thinking so much and just do it!

Kevin Kisner Said He Drank After His Two Recent Playoff Losses

Kevin Kisner said he drank after his two recent playoff losses and other things you should know about this rising star

By Alex Myers

Golf fans didn't know too much about Kevin Kisner a month ago, but they probably should start learning. The University of Georgia product has lost in a playoff in two of his last three PGA Tour starts, including at the Players. 
  Related: Behind the scenes at the Players
 
Kisner, aka "the Kiz," also happens to be a straight-shooter off the course. He handled both heartbreaking defeats (his winning opponents birdies four out of six extra holes against him) well in interviews and now we know how he coped with the tough losses . He drank.

Kisner appeared in a PGA Tour video with Amanda Balionis called "Buy a mulligan." The premise is Balionis asks a golfer five questions and he can take a mulligan on any and not answer. But the Kiz didn't even think about taking a mulligan. Here's the video:


The one-word "Drank" answer was the highlight, but he had some other good moments, including when he talked about trading places with Tiger Woods for a day. "Because I'd spend all his money," Kisner said when asked why. "[I could] buy anything with his silly money."

Related: What famous pros did with their first tournament checks
 
At the end of the segment, Kisner told Balionis, "You've got to come up with better questions. You need to get harder. Way harder." Sounds good to us.

VIDEO: Miguel Angel Jimenez Makes Spanish Open Ace, Wins 288 Beers

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Miguel Angel Jimenez made his second hole-in-one of the year on the European Tour on Friday in the second round of the Open de Espana.


Playing the par-3 eighth hole at Real Club de Golf El Prat, Jimenez holed out on the 160-yard hole with a 6-iron. The Mechanic went into a delightful celebratory dance, mixing in some Chi-Chi Rodriguez with what appears to be a moonwalk.

On top of the 1 on the scorecard, Jimenez won 288 bottles of beer. We’re not sure why that number, but sounds great, even if Jimenez is more of a vino guy.

Jimenez, the defending champion this week, also made an ace in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January. With this ace, he now ties Colin Montgomerie’s European Tour hole-in-one record with nine in his career.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Why Pro Athletes Struggle With Golf!

I found this to be true. Hockey players got it the quickest. Why Pro Athletes Struggle at Golf by #DavidLeadbetter
Posted by Essentially Golf on Thursday, May 14, 2015

This Looked Like A Good Deal on Golf Bags & Cobra Driver


Friday, May 8, 2015

Here is a Great Instruction Tip From Michelle Wie On Driving


Just ran across this and thought I would share it with everybody for the weekend.  Good information and easy on the eye!

 

Michelle Wie: My 4 Driving Secrets to Find Every Fairway


Michelle Wie: 3 Swing Thoughts for Better Drives
2014 U.S. Women's Open champ Michelle Wie shares three things she focuses on to improve her drives. 
 
Golf is a lot more fun when you're splitting fairways. These four driving secrets helped me win last year's U.S. Women's Open. Use my moves to blast it farther and straighter than ever.
 
I’ve been driving it past most of the girls I've played against (and some of the boys) since I was 13. I'm 25 now, and my tee game has gotten better as I've grown older. I'm lucky. I'm six feet tall with long arms and legs—my body was built to create swing speed. But you have to be long and straight to make it as a pro.
I've worked hard on improving my accuracy without sacrificing much distance. A 26 percent increase in fairways hit since 2012—and a U.S. Women's Open trophy—prove that I'm where I need to be.

My big secret to straight drives that soar over 250 yards on average? Leg power. I'm in the gym six days a week doing lower-body exercises. Strong legs help me minimize my hip turn in my backswing, creating more coil at the top. That coil is key. Hitting solid, accurate drives is like shooting an arrow: Pull the bowstring back taut and let 'er rip. It's as simple as that—and easier than you think.

You don't need a lean, lanky frame to be a good driver. You just need to achieve four fundamental swing positions that, with a little practice, automatically increase your speed and improve your accuracy. So follow my step-by-step checklist and you'll see that when you're driving it far and straight, golf isn't just more fun—it's downright Wiesy.

1. Address: Don't just set up to the ball – build a "power plant"

When weekend players stand at address, they usually think about the target, or more likely, the pond lurking on the right. Me? I think about my legs. I want them as sturdy and steady as possible, from my glutes to my calves. This lets me limit my hip turn when I start rotating my shoulders, maxing out my coil.

To start, do what I do: Take an extra-wide stance and plant each foot well outside your shoulders (photo, above). This broader base further restricts your hip turn. Then push out your knees so you look a bit bowlegged, like I do, and squat down a bit, pressing your spikes into the ground. Your legs are now engaged—the tightness signals that you're ready to start your backswing.

"Activating" your legs this way helps you swing like an athlete. If your legs are as limp as noodles, they'll collapse under the force of your motion. Even for non-power hitters, loose legs sink swings!

2. Backswing: Move everything except your lower body for a power-packed turn

Last season I hit nearly 67 percent of my fairways. That's huge for me. And I found the short grass 70 percent of the time on my way to winning the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst last June. The big difference has been simplifying my backswing. I used to try to turn everything going back. Take my advice: Simply turn your upper body and let your arms and hands come along for the ride. This makes it almost impossible to get off plane. That's why activating your legs at address is so important; without a solid base, your lower body turns in sync with your upper, no matter how hard you try to stop it.
 
In my backswing, notice how my lower body (above) looks compared with its position at address (in Tip 1.). It's a carbon copy! The Nike logo on my left quad hasn't moved. And look at the coil (the difference in hip turn and shoulder turn) I've built up just halfway into my backswing. That's power I'll put to good use at impact.

3. Transition: As you start your downswing, do less – not more – to keep the club on plane and conserve energy for impact

Watching golf on TV, it's hard to tell when a player's backswing ends and the downswing begins. But in your swing, the transition is obvious. Like most weekend players, your first move from the top is probably to spin your hips wide open. I get it—a lot of instruction advises you to "clear your hips." Here's the truth, though: This clearing should happen closer to impact than to the start of your downswing.

It's called a "transition" for a reason—you're prepping your body to exert power, but not (yet) exerting that power. The sturdy lower body you establish at address and maintain during your backswing? Hold it—and your upper body—rock-steady here, too. Simply shift your weight to your left foot without turning your hips or shoulders. There's no difference between my end-of-transition and top positions (above) other than the fact that my left hip is closer to the ball because I've shifted toward the target. (My hands and arms drop in response to this move.) From this spot, I can crank up the speed without fearing a hook or a slice.

4. Downswing. Now the fun part. Simply uncoil–and pour on the power!

Once I finish shifting my hips toward the target during my transition, I immediately turn, first with my hips and then with my upper body, creating a whiplike "snap" through the ball. It's that simple—just unwind, releasing the coil you built up in your backswing.
When I'm driving it my best, I unwind without changing my posture. In other words, my head is the same distance from the ball at impact as it was at address. The same goes for my hands—I look for a near match between address and impact here, too. Most golfers, me included, tend to hit the ball with "high hands," meaning that the shaft is raised a little. This can leave the face open at impact. My coach, David Leadbetter, has been hammering this home: "Stay down and turn through."

Here's my tip: Focus on the ball—and I mean really focus. At address, pick out a single dimple and don't lose sight of it until your ball leaves the face. Eyeballing a dimple steadies your body, keeping you lower to the ball and preventing you from lifting your torso through the hitting zone. It sounds like a small thing, but little things can make a big difference. So take it from me—keep your eye on the ball.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Helping a Friend



I would like to help a buddy of mine get some Facebook likes for his new Bar-B-Que Restaurant.  If you have a moment to follow the link and like it I would appreciate it.  He doesn’t know I’m doing this.


I met him several years ago when I was looking for an auto mechanic.  E was highly recommended and did great work and we got to know each other.  I found out that his real passion was cooking Bar-B-Que.  He spent all his spare time working at it and getting better and better just because he loved it.

To make a long story short, he started to develop a reputation and started a small catering business.  This gave him enough money to upgrade his equipment and travel the south competing.   He finally started to win some awards, which is no small feat for the new guy on the block trying to break into Bar-B-Que competitions in the south.

Around this time he told me his real dream was to own his own Bar-B-Que Restaurant.  That has finally come to pass and we have “HAWG WASH BBQ JOINT”  opening today.

It’s one of those wonderful stories about following your passion and sticking with it through some hard times.

The Facebook likes would be good for his business and if you get down to 413 Elm St, Welaka, Florida stop in and get some BBQ that is so good you will be happy you did.

Thanks everyone.
Sam

https://www.facebook.com/BKBBQ/info?tab=overview

Golf and the "Dad Bod".

Apparently the Dad Bod is a thing, which is great news for golfers

By Sam Weinman

Let's face it, when it comes to real golfer physiques, there are a lot more Phil Mickelsons out there than there are Rory McIlroys. Even with most of us devoting more attention to fitness and nutrition than ever before, golfers as a group have yet to fully absolve themselves of beer, hot dogs and handfuls of pretzels as 19th-hole fare. 

Fortunately we're learning that might not be such a bad thing. Perhaps you're aware of the growing phenomenon known as the "dad bod." It's been around for a while -- technically it's been around as long as there have been dads -- but it really took hold with an article published earlier this spring by a Clemson sophomore named Mackenzie Pearson on the website theodysseyonline.com. In it, Pearson expounds on the merits of the dad bod over the six-pack flaunting, gym-sculpted body we see on the cover of many men's magazines.

The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, "I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time." It's not an overweight guy, but it isn't one with washboard abs, either.

Pearson elaborated on the definition in an interview with Slate.com. 

A dad bod is a guy who is not incredibly chiseled, but at the same time, is not unhealthy. He’s not overweight. He’s probably that guy who played football in high school and came to college and didn’t play football.

In other words, it's a lot of the guys you play golf with, and possibly you, too. And for that matter, it's that faction of players on the PGA Tour who hit the gym but don't look like they live there. 

Like we said, there's Phil.
 
And Graeme McDowell.
 
 

Jason Dufner at one point may have been too big to have a dad bod.

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But now he may be too small. He's since lost a ton of weight -- and his wife, sadly -- so we now need a ruling from the Official Dad Bod Committee.



 
It's really too close to call. We'll have to get back to you.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Great Golf Quote by Ken Venturi

If you have been playing for any length of time I think we all can relate to this one.  Great quote by Ken Venturi. 


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Jack Nicklaus Comments on Being a Champion

Jack Nicklaus comments on being a champion during an interview Q&A with Jim Nantz at a charity function for MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

This is definitely worth a few minutes to watch.  I absolutely love his comment on players having an entourage.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Lots To Talk About On The Golf Course This Weekend.

5 things to talk about on the course: The big fight, the big race and a big Game 7

By Alex Myers
From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:
 
1. Mayweather/Pacquiao: Five years ago, even I -- a non-boxing fan -- would have been super into this fight. But now? I'm glad they're finally both fighting, but wouldn't pay the $99 to see it even if I was splitting it with four buddies. Mayweather is heavily favored to win, but a tough-to-take combo of Justin Bieber and Stephen A. Smith are his biggest fans. That tells you all you need to know about who you should root for.
                    

2. Clippers-Spurs: OK, here's the heavyweight fight on Saturday night that I'm really pumped about. As soon as the playoff matchups came out, everyone figured this would be a classic battle, but it has even surpassed expectations. Game 7 will be in L.A. and you can bet on seeing more crazy reactions like this from Clippers owner Steve Ballmer:
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After the Clippers' dramatic Game 6 win in San Antonio, Charles Barkley remarked: "Why is he crying? Doesn't he know he has $20 billion?" Great point, but it seems like the former CEO of Microsoft would trade half of his fortune for an NBA title. Sadly, only one of these two great teams will even advance to the second round. Now that's a crying shame.

Related: NBA stars who love to play golf 

3. Kentucky Derby: Saturday really has the potential to be an all-time sports day with the start of horseracing's Triple Crown being relegated to an undercard for the two events mentioned above. I haven't heard much about the race or any of the horses, but that doesn't mean I won't place a wager. Let's see (*scans names of the horses). . . hmm. . . Far Right? Sounds like my miss off the tee. I like it. 30-to-1 odds? Even better. Book it!

4. NFL Draft: Only the NFL could spread such a boring event out over three days and still have people tune in and watch like it's the Super Bowl. That said, it's always fun to talk about Jameis Winston and to discuss who your favorite team drafted -- well, unless you're a Giants fan like me and your team picked an offensive lineman in the first round. Yawn. No, I'm happy with the boring-but-disciplined decision to fill a need. You can't draft an Odell Beckham every year!

Photos: Meet the WAGs of the PGA Tour
 
5. "Game of Thrones": For four-plus years, I resisted watching this HBO fantasy/drama, but less than two weeks after starting it, I'm nearly caught up to the current fifth season. Yes, I have a problem, and it's obviously extremely entertaining and very good, but I'm not putting it on the Mount Rushmore of TV dramas ("The Wire," "Breaking Bad," "The West Wing," and "The Sopranos") just yet. Sorry, it's just not in that class. But I'm pretty sure "The Mountain" could take Mayweather and Pac-Man in a fight.