In the Market for some new Irons in 2017? Check this out!

Nothing is more exciting for a golfer than to walk to the first tee with a new set of clubs in his/her bag!  It’s like starting all over again – the slate is wiped clean – the old clubs with their bad mojo are a thing of the past!  Hope springs eternal!  Well, here is your chance to get a look at all the new irons in 2017 before you buy, brought to you by PGA.com.  No drooling, please!
The best new irons for the 2017 golf season include new technologies, better materials, and advanced performance to help you feel more confident, dial in your needs, and lower your scores! And to save money, use the equipment Value Guide on PGA.com to get money back for your old irons to help purchase new ones!
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The Best of USA’s Golfing Presidents.

Donald Trump, the 45th President of the USA, has played more golf in his first month in office than any other former President.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  Well, I have always thought that people in positions of power and authority need the stress relieving powers of a game of golf.  But when is a lot too much.  When does the golf get in the way of running the country?  I think in Donald trumps case only time will tell.  I think most Americans don’t care how much golf their President plays as long as he is making the correct decisions for the good of the country!  Thanks to Swing by Swing, here is a list of 10 golfing Presidents of the modern era!
The president of the United States is one of the most stressful jobs in the history of America, so it’s no surprise quite a few Commanders-in-Chief took to the golf course to let off a little steam. In honor of President’s Day, we take a look back on 10 past U.S. presidents that found happiness with a golf club in their hands. Dwight Eisenhower
Famously a member at Augusta National Golf Club where he used to have one of the most notorious trees in golf named after him (which unfortunately fell in 2014 due to a major ice storm), Ike played more than 800 rounds of golf while calling the White House home. Playing often with Arnold Palmer in the years following the conclusion of World War II, Eisenhower and the King brought the game to the masses. According “Ike’s Bluff”, a biography by Evan Thomas, “Ike loosened up in his White House bedroom every morning with an 8-iron, hit balls on the White House lawn every day at 5 p.m…the man was serious about his golf.” George W. Bush
Bush 43 is a certified golf junkie. While not only a decent player in his own right, Bush enjoys watching the pros on television and is a frequent guest at the biennial Presidents Cup matches. Most famously, Bush is a quick player with rounds that surpass three hours being considered slow. Richard Nixon
Nixon took up golf while serving as Vice President of the United States under Dwight Eisenhower. However, his plan to spend more time with his boss turned into a full-blown addiction, eventually leading friends to build a three-hole golf course at his home in California as a respite from the likes of Watergate and Vietnam. Ronald Reagan
Reagan had been a golfer long before he entered the Presidency. As an actor and executive, he played the game often, and his natural athletic ability led him to be a pretty good player. Once in office, however, Reagan’s rounds were limited dramatically, save for his annual New Year’s Eve outings on a private California course. Famously, Reagan was playing a round at Augusta National when a gunman took two hostages in the club’s pro shop and demanded to talk to the Commander in Chief. George H.W. Bush
Bush 41 was a golfer by blood, and that line ran throughout his family. In fact, his grandfather, George Herbert Walker, was a former President of the USGA and the founder of the Walker Cup. Bush was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011 and can be seen at multiple PGA Tour events each year.
To see the rest of the USA’s Golfing Presidents, go here! Source: Swing by Swing Pictures: Getty Images

Golf Bloopers to make you feel normal!

 So many times we feel embarrassed by the shots we hit or the way we played that day.  But fear not my friends, there are golfers out there who are much worse than you, I mean, much worse!  Just check unforgettable golf bloopers to make your day!
We’ve all seen golf bloopers posted on the internet, but rarely do we find a bunch of them conveniently edited into a five-plus minute video posted on social media. Thankfully, the folks at Golf Is Life was looking out for us. They combined some of the most epic falls, spills, and club throws for our viewing pleasure.
Source: Dan Bier    Swing by Swing Picture: Michael Cheng

A different way to chip! This might be the answer you have been looking for!

I have taught this method over the years to students who struggle with the conventional method.  Listen up as A.J. Avoli, one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers explains a different way to chip with this innovative method.  He is director of instruction at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.
Over time, a simple method for getting the ball from off the green to the flagstick fell out of favor. I rarely see anyone chip like the late Hall of Fame golfer Paul Runyan. That’s a shame because this technique will make you more accurate around the greens with a lot less practice. Once you master the setup and learn to make a rhythmic stroke—like putting—you’ll start getting up and down more often. Let me show you how to chip old school.
To see the rest of this informative article, go here! Source: Golf Digest  Ron Kasprisky  A.J. Avoli Picture: Beth Rankin

Understanding the Hip “Slide” on the backswing!

I have many students who allow their weight to move over to the outside of the trail foot by allowing a hip “slide”.  This now affects the way they start the downswing.  They have nothing to push off with.  Here, Josh Zander explains with the help of a teaching aid, how to keep this from happening in your swing! How the proper hip turn helps generate power and proper impact in the golf swing. Source: Josh Zander

The swing of one of the hottest players on Tour right now!

John Rahm or “Rahmbo” as he is affectionally known, has all the tools that it takes to be a premier player on the PGA Tour.  He is one of the hottest players on Tour right now, his swing is powerful and his short game is brilliant.  So far, I have not seen any weakness in his game.  You too can learn from John’s swing.  I particularly like the 5th frame from behind, in the photos below.  Great hip rotation, good weight shift, but the thing I like the most is the forearms match at impact.  All the great drivers of the ball have this trait.  Looking forward to watching him at Augusta soon!  Thanks so much to  of Golf Digest  for this great article!
Rahm does a lot of his damage with his longest club. “Driving is the best part of my game now,” he says, and his long-ball statistics back it up.
jon-rahm-downline-01               Great set-up with the arms completely relaxed. jon-rahm-downline-02               No manipulation of the clubface ging back jon-rahm-downline-03               Nicely on plane. jon-rahm-downline-04               Ready to attack! jon-rahm-downline-06               Great impact position. jon-rahm-downline-07               Staying steady through impact. jon-rahm-downline-08               A Full Follow-through! To see the rest of this amazing sequence – go here! Source:    Golf Digest  Pictures: 

Are golfers finally improving and if so, why?

Back in the mid 90’s, I read an article that said golfers were not getting better despite the advances in equipment design, instruction and course condition.  Well, that data has either been wrong all along or has changed dramatically over the last 25 years.  Recent studies answer the age old questions “Are golfers finally improving?” Thanks to  of Golf Digest for providing this significant insight!
Golfers are better than they were 25 years ago. It’s not just theory, it’s fact. Forgetting for a moment who among you is sandbagging and who’s toting around a vanity handicap, the data on handicaps from the U.S. Golf Association makes one thing clear: Golfers not only are getting better, they may be getting better at their sport than any other group of athletes are getting at theirs. This bold statement isn’t originally mine. I was having an email exchange with former USGA Senior Technical Director Dick Rugge, when listening to the recent Hot List podcast. When there was a suggestion that golfers really haven’t improved despite all the advances in technology, Rugge, who often talked about the subject of handicap trends during his tenure at the USGA, told me about some handicap data that suggested just the opposite. A quick call to the USGA confirmed that very fact. In the last 25 years, the average USGA handicap for a man has improved nearly two full strokes, from 16.3 to 14.4. For women, the improvement is no less impressive, dropping from 29.7 in 1991 to 26.1 in 2016.
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Pictures: Golf Digest   Chun Xia

Golf and Music have always gone together!

With the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am currently in full swing and all the celebrities out in full force, it is interesting to see how many musicians are playing.  Proving that golf and music have always gone together!.  Swing by Swing has put an interesting list together.  Check it out!
Golf and music have always had a unique relationship. Both are forms of art and both, if done right, can be beautiful. However, golf is an escape for those who don’t play it professionally, and some musicians take full advantage, especially when they’re out on tour. For them, it’s a reprieve from the grind. As multiple Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and actor Justin Timberlake stated, “you have a lot of time on these tours. As Alice Cooper said, you can either drink all day or golf.” In honor of the Grammy Awards, we take a look at 10 of the finest musician golfers. Snoop Dogg
 
Handicap: 18
Snoop Dogg may not be the best golfer in the world, but there’s no doubt he enjoys the game. The 15-time Grammy nominee rapper and actor says he shoots “about 90,” which by all standards, isn’t that bad. Also, he’s a big fan of Tiger Woods. In fact, he went on record saying that golf is “garbage” without the 14-time major winner playing. Willie Nelson
Handicap: 16

The ageless Willie Nelson loves to get out to the course whenever he’s got free time. In fact, he’s been on record saying “All I do is play music and golf.” The 14-time Grammy winner owns a course in Texas. “Par is whatever Willie shoots,” says the pro.

Bob Seger
Handicap: 16
Grammy winner and Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Famer Bob Seger enjoys his time on the course whenever he’s not performing. Back in 2009, he played the Buick Open pro-am with Tiger Woods which made for a great show.   Adam Levine
Handicap: 15
The lead singer of the 3-time Grammy-winning band Maroon 5 plays to a modest 15 handicap but is always looking to improve his game. Back in 2012, he was celebrity student on Golf Channel’s The Haney Project and came out a better golfer. He’s been known to play a pro-am or two as well. Roger Waters
Handicap: 12
73-year-old Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy winner Roger Waters of the legendary band Pink Floyd loves to golf his ball when he’s not playing music. He belongs to the exclusive  National Golf Links of America located out on Long Island, New York.
To see the rest of this Top 10 group, go here! Source: Swing by Swing Pictures: Getty Images  Jeff Kravitz    Stephen Rose   Paul Warner   Michael Buckner   C Flanigan    Steve Jurvetson  

Do you rotate your body enough through impact in the golf swing?

Sean Webb of Athletic Motion Golf  highlights with this awesome GEARS 3D Motion Capture how much difference there is between the amateur golfer (even a good one) and a PGA Tour player.  It is very clear here that if you want to hit the ball further you must learn to turn the ribcage (torso) and the hips very fast through impact in the golf swing! In this first video in the series, we look at the differences in body rotation between an amateur golfer who we captured in our studio and a PGA tour professional. Source: Athletic Motion Golf