Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jon Rahm's Body-Swing Connection with MyTPI

Here's an interesting analysis of Jon Rahm's swing using 3D motion capture from the Titleist Performance Institute:


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What to Look For: RSM Classic

The Tour returns to Sea Island for the 7th annual RSM Classic.

This is a lower purse size event that generates a decent field because it's the last event of the year before the Tour goes on a break and returns to action in Hawaii.  Many golfers don't care for the travel to Hawaii and then end up waiting until the Tour returns to Palm Springs for the CareerBuilder Challenge.

The event started in 2010 by resident pros Davis Love III and Zach Johnson.  Sea Island is one of the popular residences for PGA Tour players these days along with Jupiter, FL, Orlando, Dallas and Scottsdale.

The course is pretty well received.  For the past 2 events they have used both the Seaside and Plantation course in rounds 1 and 2.  I have not heard any feedback on the Plantation course, but the reviews have been positive for the Seaside course.

Generally, this is a course that is very much about iron play and accurate driving.  However, with the windy conditions that may mean that Short Game performance could be more vital because the GIR % will go down.

Also, don't be surprised to see a super low score out there as that has generally been going on every year like Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey's final round of 60 to win the 2012 event.

Projected Winning Score: -16


Kevin Kisner +1,600
Webb Simpson +2,000
Matt Kuchar +2,000
Bill Haas +2,500
Zach Johnson +3,300


Bud Cauley +5000
Hudson Swafford +6,600
Bubba Watson +6,600
Robert Garrigus +12,500
Jim Herman +20,000


Monday, November 13, 2017

Swing Journal 11.13.17

Here's a video of my latest swing.

I haven't posted in a while.  First, I was planning on getting a lesson from Denny Lucas & Jeff Haas about once every 6 weeks.  I was planning to get another lesson after a week long vacation I took in the middle of July.  However, I caught pertussis and after I came back from the vacation, I took 4 weeks off.

Then I wanted to get my swing back and that took a few weeks, only for Hurricane Irma to come along. 

That shut down golf for another week and when I tried to get back into the swing of things...more rain would shut down the driving ranges and golf courses.

I think there are some improvements at impact (first photo is from October, second photo is from May)

The 'after' photo shows less secondary tilt and the hands are more 'forward'/towards the target than in the 'before' photo.

In the release, I'm now more of a rolling release instead of the flip-roll release. The goal is to get rid of the roll release as well.  But in the end, this has resulted in better launch angles and hitting the irons about 5-10 yards further.

This is all set up by a better move in transition that allows me to not tilt the upper body too much in the downswing.

The differences are slight, but in the first pic the pelvis is in left pelvic tilt.  The second pic the hips are more level.  So in the second pic, the pelvis pushes forward laterally instead of rotating.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

3Jack's WITB: 11/9/17

Here's my latest What's In The Bag.

I will be giving updates on my golf swing progress, soon.

DRIVERS: Callaway Epic 9.0* loft, 45-3/8" Fujikura Atmos Blue Tour Spec 7x shaft, TaylorMade M1 9.5* loft, 45-3/8" Fujikura VC6.1 shaft (X-Stiff)

3-WOOD: Cobra King F6+ 13* loft, 43" Fujikura Atmos Blue Tour Spec 7x shaft

2-HYBRID: Titleist 816H1, 17* loft, 41" Fujikura Motore HB8.8 Tour Spec shaft (stiff)

3-HYBRID: Titleist 816H2, 19* loft, 40-3/4" Fujikura Motore HB8.8 Tour Spec shaft (stiff)

4-IRON thru P-WEDGE: Srixon Z945, standard loft and lie, variable incremental lengths, True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 Shafts

S-WEDGE: Titleist Vokey SM6 F-Grind, 52* loft, 12* bounce, 36-1/4" Nippon Modus 125 Wedge Shaft

L-WEDGE: Edel Golf Digger Grind, 60* loft, 22* bounce, 35-5/8" Nippon Modus 125 Wedge Shaft

PUTTER: Toulon Design Long Island, 3* loft, 70* lie angle, 35" long.

RANGEFINDER: Bushnell Pro X2

I plan on doing a pretty major overhaul of my equipment in the Spring of 2018.  I will look to get fitted and see what driver, 3-wood, irons, S-Wedge and putter work best for me. 

I had to take some time off from working on my swing for various reasons (I will get to when I post my next swing journal).  However, I have been able to get back to working on my swing and the progress has been good that I feel that if I can continue to work on my swing without being impeded, I can get it pretty close to where I want it by Spring 2018 and then get better fitted for clubs.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

What To Look For: Shriners Childrens Hospital Open

The Tour returns to Las Vegas for the 34th Shriners Childrens Hospital Open.

This is one of the more popular venues on Tour as the course, location and cause for the Shriners Children Hospital are all well respected. It has led to great moments like these

TPC Summerlin was designed by Bobby Weed back in 1991. I think Weed is a very underrated designer of golf courses. I really like another Weed design in TPC Tampa Bay. TPC Tampa Bay gets knocked a lot on the internet, but that’s due to the steep pricing. But, by itself it’s a very good design. The same with TPC River Highlands. I also like the renovations he did to the old Donald Ross design in Tampa, Palma Ceia as well as Jacaranda in Plantation, FL and Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach.

Summerlin is a low scoring course that’s about hitting approach shots close more than anything. The greens have fairly highly make percentages, but the course is one of the toughest on Tour when it comes to short game shots around the green.

It’s also very critical to hit the driver well on the par-5’s here because it can be the difference between eagle/birdie and making bogey. I think there are enough nuances and ‘form follows function’ by Weed that make this another solid design project of his.

The last critical hole on the course is the par-5 16th.

Lastly, UNLV alum Charley Hoffman will be donating 100% of his earnings to the families of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

Projected Winning Score: -21


Tony Finau +1,600
Charley Hoffman +2,500
Chesson Hadley +2,500
Shane Lowry +2,800
Gary Woodland +2,800
Ryan Moore +2,800


Bryson DeChambeau +6,600
Ryan Armour +6,600
Ben Martin +8,000
Richy Werenski +12,500


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Video Review: Concepts On Transition and Impact with Joe Mayo and Grant Waite

Recently, I watched the latest of a series of videos from golf instructor Joe Mayo Concepts on Transition and Impact with Grant Waite. You can purchase the video at:
Concepts On Transition and Impact with Grant Waite from Joseph Mayo on Vimeo.

A while back I did a review of Mayo's other video Understanding Torques and Forces in the Golf Swing with Dr. Sasho MacKenzie.

The Concepts on Transition and Impact expands upon Understanding Torques and Forces Forces.  Whereas Torques and Forces goes over the basics in the principles researched by Dr. Sasho MacKenzie of Net Force and Center of Mass and why the players on Tour tend to flatten their shaft instead of steepening the shaft; Concepts on Transition gives the viewer a better idea on how to execute it as well as troubleshooting issues.

Concepts on Transition and Impact gives the viewer a great look at how different Tour players are able to shallow their transition using different methods.  And then the video goes into some simple concepts on how Mayo and Waite generally advise golfers to get out of being 'too steep.'  But, it also applies to better golfers who are able to come more from the inside, but are actually 'too steep' and struggle with their driver as a result.

I have felt for a long time that Charles Howell III older swing was a good example of a player that comes from the inside, but is still too steep in transition:

The video also explains in detail how golfers like Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are able to rotate the pelvis and torso so much in the downswing and still hit draws.  And it discusses in detail what 'getting stuck' is and why players like Dustin Johnson do not 'get stuck.'

The only negatives about the video is that they used some white tape to represent where the Center of Mass of the club is using a black graphite shafted driver and it was difficult to see that illustrated given the lighting. 

And if you wanted a better look at the subject matter it would have helped to have video of players illustrating their examples.  However, there may have been some copyright issues with trying to do that.

In all, I would still recommend getting both videos. But, in particular, it's advisable to get Understanding Torques and Forces in the Golf Swing, first.  That explains the basic principles in physics from Dr. Sasho MacKenzie.  Concepts in Transition and Impact is a little more theoretical, based on those principles from MacKenzie.  Both videos will be a tremendous help to teachers and golfers.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What To Look For: 2017 Sanderson Farms Championship

As the Tour plays the WGC – HSBC Championship in Sheshan, the US gets back into the swing of things with the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi being played at the Country Club of Jackson.

The Sanderson Farms Championship has been a part of the PGA Tour schedule, under one name or another, since 1968.  In 2014 they moved the event to the CC of Jackson. 

I haven’t heard a lot about CC of Jackson from the pros likely due to it being basically an alternate field event so many of the pros do not get to play there every year.  The successful Tour players won’t play there because they are either playing the HSBC or they are taking time off as it’s a small purse event.  And the players that do play here are usually struggling to keep their card and may not be exempt to play here each year.

This means that there will be big-time amateurs that just turned pro in the event like Derek Bard (New Hartford, NY boy..from my neck of the woods), Ross Bell and Sam Burns.  It’s also the event that the winner of the Club Pro Championship (Omar Uresti) is exempt in. 

Uresti received a lot of criticism for being allowed to play in the Club Pro Championship since he is just removed from the Tour while many of the other participants are working 40-80 hour weeks either on the driving range or in the shop (or both).  While I see the point, the bigger issue in this is that the status of golfer’s has been a faulty process with glaring holes in the status in all of golf.

I’ve played amateur events with fellow amateurs who actually teach golf on a full time basis.  And any big-time Mid-Amateur event will likely consist of former Tour or Mini-Tour players that decided to get their amateur status back and work jobs where they basically play golf for a living.  Then there’s David Eger who couldn’t compete on Tour anymore and got his amateur status back so he could compete on the amateur level and then eventually got his pro status back so he could play on the Champions Tour.  If Uresti is legitimately working full-time at a club then his situation is far less egregious than others golfers gaming the system.

Anyway, CC of Jackson may have a weaker field, but it’s a big boy course where ballstriking from long distance plays a big role.  The final ‘critical hole’ of the event will be the drivable par-4, 15th hole which plays 330 yards long. 



Chesson Hadley +1,400
Jason Kokrak +2,200
William McGirt +2,500
Kevin Streelman +2,800
Andrew Landry +3,300
Ben Martin +3,300


Robert Garrigus +4,000
Brandon Hagy +4,500
Jonathan Randolph +10,000
Rick Lamb +12,500