7 Trouble Shots You Need to Know

November 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Edited by Matthew Rudy Phil Mickelson: Uneven Fairway Bunker Lie The key to any shot from a tough lie is to make it as normal as possible. In this case, you’ll notice I’ve twisted my feet well into the sand, which stabilizes my stance and brings me down closer to ball level. I also flexed my knees at address and maintained that flex throughout the swing, so I wouldn’t need to pitch my upper body forward to reach the ball. The biggest challenge on shots like this is making precise contact. As you can see, I’ve kept my head still, my eyes riveted — that’s a great contact key. Getty Image Hank Haney: Buried Bunker Lie Set up with the ball in the middle of your stance and square the clubface to the target. Going back, hinge your wrists more abruptly, and then come down on a steep angle. This will help you get the leading edge under the ball as you blast out a big chunk of sand — and the ball with it. The sand will provide a lot of [...]

Bryan Bros became golf’s greatest trick shot team

November 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

  How the Bryan Bros became golf’s greatest trick shot team By Alex Myers As a steady stream of golf trick shot videos began going viral early in 2014, Wesley Bryan began having thoughts of making his own. After seeing one particular video blow up on YouTube in which two guys teamed up at a range, Bryan had seen enough.”That’s a joke, George,” he said to his older brother. “Let’s just try it.”After making a video and posting it on Instagram and Facebook, the two brothers launched a YouTube channel on March 15. Just a few months later, the Bryan Bros have become a big deal in the world of golf trick shots thanks in large part to this video they made with a GoPro. Here’s a recent video they made for in which they pull off their shots while wearing glow-in-the-dark suits: what makes the Bryan Bros stand [...]

Players want Fred Couples to be the next Ryder Cup captain. How about the PGA of America

November 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Players want Fred Couples to be the next Ryder Cup captain. How about the PGA of America By Tim Rosaforte This article first appeared in the Nov. 3 edition of Golf World. From Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on down, the players’ choice to be the next U.S. Ryder Cup captain is Fred Couples. Asked how many of the guys reached out to him via text or phone calls after the blowout loss at Gleneagles, Couples suggested it was the whole team: “When they all got home, they said, ‘We need you to do this.’ “The question is whether the PGA of America wants Couples to do this as much as the players. Asked before the opening round of last week’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship if he had been approached to be a member of the Ryder Cup Task Force, Couples shrugged and said, “You know, I’m not a PGA of America guy.” Couples, 55, isn’t a “task force” guy, either, to the point that he puts air quotes around the term for the [...]

World’s Spookiest Golf Courses Part 1

November 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Liz Bergren Sleepy Hollow Country Club Scarborough, New York The Hudson River Valley is home to the headless Horseman of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” fame… so beware! And remember to keep your head down while putting. Bloody Point Golf Course     Murder Rock Golf Club Hollister, Missouri More info on this course The Witch Golf Links Conway, South Carolina Video: Course tour with secluded woods, owls and crocodiles.More info on this course The Nightmare Golf Course West Branch, Michigan More info on this course Raven Golf Club Phoenix, Arizona More info on this course Devil’s Thumb Golf Club Delta, Colorado More info on this course Devil’s Knob Golf Course Nellysford, Virginia More info on this course Devil’s Ridge Golf Club Oxford, Michigan More info on this course Ghost Creek at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club North Plains, Oregon More info on this course Hell’s Point Golf Club Virginia Beach, Virginia More info on this course The [...]

How To Roll Every Putt On Line

October 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Mike Shannon With Peter Morrice Photos by J.D. Cuban The way we’ve all been taught to play breaking putts will never work for most of us. Find the high point of the break, and then picture a straight putt to that spot. That advice, according to my testing of 700 pros and amateurs, works for only 35 percent of golfers. The other 65 percent don’t see in straight lines — they literally can’t — so using a straight-line system only creates conflict in their minds. Players who make up that 65 percent see in curved lines. When they’re asked to aim at a spot that correlates to the amount of break they read, they usually aim twice as far off the hole than they intended. The reason is, curved-line putters picture the hole, and not a spot along the line, as their target. So when you have them aim at a spot — say, a foot outside the hole — they see that spot as their ultimate target, not as their starting line. Unless they make compensations, [...]

Keys To Solid Iron Strikes

September 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Photos By J.D. Cuban January 2013 On iron shots, hit the ball with the back of your left hand facing the target. Your hands will lead the clubhead, so the shaft is angled slightly toward the target at impact (above, left). This allows you to drive the club down and through the shot and take a divot after the ball. It also ensures that you hit from the inside for power and produce a penetrating flight. Don’t try to roll your hands over at impact (above, right). With the club going 90 miles an hour, your brain doesn’t have time to tell your hands to do that with any accuracy. You can see here my hands have rolled too much, causing the clubface to shut and the shaft to tilt away from the target, which makes it hard to hit the ball solid. I’ll bet this one went low and left.   BUTCH’S BASICS Most shanks come from too much right hand and arm on the downswing. The result is an out-to-in swing path and a clubface so closed at impact that the hosel has moved out [...]

Winner’s Bag: What Billy Horschel used to win the BMW Championship

September 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

By E. Michael Johnson Billy Horschel hits greens — lots of them. Coming into the BMW Championship the former Florida Gator ranked fourth on tour in GIR. Of course, that tee-to-green advantage has been mostly offset by what can only be described as mediocre-at-best putting, his rank of 100th in strokes gained/putting serving as evidence. At Cherry Hills, however, Horschel continued to hit greens, ranking among the best in greens in regulation for the week with an odd iron configuration consisting of a Ping S55 3-iron, no 4-iron, then picking up the rest of the iron set 5-iron through pitching wedge. The difference maker, however, was his putter — a Ping Karsten TR B60 model that Horschel switched to earlier this year at the RBC Heritage Classic. Horschel used the putter — which features grooves milled directly into the face as well as a SuperStroke Flatso Ultra oversize grip — to rank first in strokes gained, picking up an average of 2.975 strokes on the field [...]

Horschel (63) leads BMW Championship by 3

September 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Associated Press September 6, 2014, 6:28 pm CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Billy Horschel needed less than a week to give himself a second chance. If he keeps playing this well, his next shot at closing out a tournament won’t be nearly as stressful as the last one. Horschel made a 32-foot birdie putt Saturday to close out the third round with a bogey-free, 7-under 63 and take a three-shot lead over Ryan Palmer heading into the final 18 holes of the BMW Championship. On Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Horschel had a 6-iron in hand on the 18th fairway and a chance to win or force a playoff, but he chunked the shot, made bogey and settled for a disappointing second-place tie. ”It happened,” said Horschel, who stands at 13-under 197. ”It’s not a big deal. Just a bad swing at the wrong time. You can’t dwell on things like that.” Five days later, he gave himself a cushion, rolling in a 22 footer for birdie on 14, then an 8-foot birdie [...]

20 Facts You Didn’t Know About Golf

September 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

20 facts you didn’t know about golf – Golf Trivia & Interesting Facts   Swat up on your golfing knowledge with these facts and trivia about the great game. 125,000 golf balls a year are hit into the water at the famous 17th hole of the Stadium Course at Sawgrass (pictured). The longest drive ever is 515 yards. The longest putt ever is a monstrous 375 feet Phil Mickelson, who plays left-handed, is actually right handed. He learned to play golf by mirroring his father’s golf swing, and he has used left handed golf clubs ever since. The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million. Tiger Woods snagged his first ace at the tender age of eight years old. Balls travel significantly further on hot days. A golfer swinging a club at around 100 mph will carry the driver up to eight yards longer for each increase in air temperature of 25°F. The longest golf course in the world is the par 77 International Golf Club in Massachusetts which [...]

Rory McIlroy misses out on early BMW Championship lead

September 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

5 September 2014 Last updated at 05:38 GMT BMW Championship, first round (US unless stated)  Rory McIlroy shares a three-way lead in the opening round of the BMW Championship in Denver. Bogeys on the Northern Irishman’s 15th and 16th holes saw him surrender a two-shot advantage to stay at three under par with US Ryder Cup player Jordan Spieth and compatriot Gary Woodland. But poor weather saw play suspended with nine players still to finish. McIlroy, 25, is bidding to reclaim the lead in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup ahead of next week’s finale. The leaders are in front of eight players on two under par, including European Ryder Cup team member Martin Kaymer. Sweden’s Henrik Stenson is also on two under but is among those still to complete his first round. FedEx Cup top five after two of four play-off events 1. Chris Kirk (US) 4,154 points 2. Rory McIlroy (NI) 3,335 3. Hunter Mahan (US) 3,311 4. Jimmy Walker (US) 2,823 5. Matt Kuchar (US) 2,618 England’s [...]