Selasa, 31 Juli 2012

Getting a Firm Grip

I haven't put up anything about grips in a while, and I found this clip that I liked. It's basically an ad for Swing Man Golf, but it has a couple of useful bits of info that I thought you'd all find useful:

First, that little trick about wedging the club under the heel of your lead hand? That's pure Hogan. If you want to pattern your swing after Hogan in any way, shape, or form, you should pay close attention to that part of the video. And even if you aren't a Hogan disciple, it can help you reduce the amount of pressure you need to keep a firm grip on the club.

Bear in mind that it's very important to have the correct size grips on your club in order to hold the club this way. If the grip is too large or too small, you'll have trouble getting a firm hold. If you have trouble, ask your local pro to check your grips.

And on the second point, you need to understand that a neutral grip does NOT mean that your thumbs are centered on top of the grip. The Vs between your thumb and forefinger -- on both hands -- will be centered on top. That means that your thumbs actually rest on the opposite side of the grip from your palms!

Many of you who are having problems with slices will find this small adjustment will straighten you out or at least reduce your slice to a very playable fade.

These are small things, but they can make a huge difference in your swing. Best of all, you can practice them right in your living room while watching TV because you don't have to swing a club to practice your grip and address position.

Senin, 30 Juli 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 RBC Canadian Open

Winner: Scott Piercy

Around the wider world of golf: Inbee Park won the LPGA/LET Evian Masters with a lights-out putting exhibition; Fred Couples won the Senior Open Championship on the Champions Tour; Bernd Wiesberger won the Lyoness Open on the ET; and Ben Kohles won his very first tournament as a pro at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational on the Tour.

Piercy holds his prize

Scott Piercy has been so close lately. After missing cuts at the U.S. Open and the AT&T National, Piercy scored a T12 at the Greenbrier and a 3rd at the Steve Stricker Clas--, er, the John Deere Classic. He just couldn't seem to get over the hump.

Fortunately for him, some of his friends on the Tour gave him a little push. They didn't mean to, of course... but the result was the same.

Robert Garrigus and Will McGirt were both in full pursuit Sunday afternoon. But Piercy's decision to play a strategic game at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club, rather than his normal power game, left him in a very solid position -- sitting in the clubhouse with a -3 for the final round and -17 for the week. Under the pressure, McGirt bogeyed the final hole to fall out of a tie and Garrigus left his birdie putt just inches short. (Don't cry too hard for them -- McGirt still locked up his card and Garrigus is now just outside the Top 30 in the FedExCup. Not too shabby for either of them.)

Piercy seemed to struggle just getting his mind around his win. His only other win was last year's Reno-Tahoe Open, where he had planned to defend his title next week. Unfortunately, he is no longer able to do so -- unfortunate for the tournament, that is.

Fortunately for him, that's because he'll be heading for his first WGC event, at Bridgestone.

So this week, the Limerick Summary salutes the power hitter who played the strategic game he doesn't really care for -- and reaped the benefits. Apparently "But it's good for you!" is a good reason to do something after all:
Though he'd already locked up his card,
Scott's route to a win had been barred.
But he reined in his power
To be man of the hour;
Now at Bridgestone, again he'll drive hard.
The photo came from the front page at

Minggu, 29 Juli 2012

So Many Storylines...

As if the Olympics weren't enough, this week's golf tournaments have left us with an amazing number of storylines.

The ET's tournament, the Lyoness Open, ended Saturday (I had forgotten about that) so players have time to get to the WGC-Bridgestone this week. Bernd Wiesberger got his second win of the season -- and I admit I expected Thorbjorn Olesen to grab his second win of the season instead.

Over on the Champions Tour, Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer are the final group at the Senior Open Championship. That should certainly be interesting.

The Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational on the Tour is in the sights of Ben Kohles, who turned pro this very week when he got a sponsor's invite. That's a nice way to make your pro debut!

Robert Garrigus has managed to take the lead at the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour. That finishes up later today.

And the ladies over in the Evian Masters are playing live in the early hours on GC, starting at 6am ET. If I had to pick a storyline here, it would be that Natalie Gulbis is just one stroke off the lead. After all her injuries and such, a win for her would be a big deal... especially since her only other win is at the 2007 Evian Masters.

So settle in for a busy day of golf and Olympics... and channel surfing.