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 weightshift, 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 Matthew Rudy 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.
This list put together by Golf Digest, shows just how uneven the playing field is for men and women golfers! When a golfer like Jason Dufner (who is no slouch on the golf course) is ahead of World #1 Lydia Ko in earnings, that is just wrong! Folks, start watching the LPGA Tour on TV and you will find these women can really play! Just as exciting and competitive as the men.
For the first 12 years of the Golf Digest 50 all-encompassing money list, Tiger Woods was No. 1, usually by a wide margin. But reduced play because of injuries and the loss of more than half a dozen A-list endorsement partners after the 2009 scandal caught up to him in 2016, when he fell to No. 3 behind Jordan Spieth and Mickelson. This year, Woods is No. 4 behind Rory McIlroy, Arnold Palmer and Mickelson.
10.) GARY PLAYER
PREVIOUS RANK: 10
ON COURSE: —
OFF COURSE: $15,000,000
9.) ADAM SCOTT
PREVIOUS RANK: 18
ON COURSE: $8,160,920
OFF COURSE: $6,900,000
8.) JASON DAY
PREVIOUS RANK: 7
ON COURSE: $8,845,112
OFF COURSE: $10,750,000
7.) DUSTIN JOHNSON
PREVIOUS RANK: 13
ON COURSE: $12,664,185
OFF COURSE: $7,100,000
6.) JACK NICKLAUS
PREVIOUS RANK: 6
ON COURSE: $42,000
OFF COURSE: $20,000,000
Who do you think has the best golf swing on Tour? I would be interested in your comments below. Here are the Top 10 as chosen by Swing by Swing.
A smooth, consistent, and powerful golf swing is poetry in motion. While most pros are world-class athletes born with near flawless swings, the majority have spent years grinding to make them as perfect as possible. Here are 10 of the prettiest swings currently on tour.
10. Louis Oosthuizen
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, has honed his swing to near perfect. With flawless tempo and effortless power, his swing is one of the nicest in the game today. On plane and smooth as silk – good luck trying to copy this one!
9. Tiger Woods (2016)
Tiger’s been through it all with his golf swing, but nothing will top his form in 2000. Unfortunately, father time hasn’t been too kind and plagued the 14-time major winner with well-documented injuries over the last decade. Obviously, another overhaul was necessary. Still, in our humble opinion, it’s one of the prettiest out there. (We’ll blame the club drop on rust.)
8. Sergio Garcia
The current number 13 ranked golfer in the world has exceptional posture at address. His takeaway is smooth and he really fires his hips through the ball at impact. Check out that angle of attack! Hopefully, El Niño can put it all together to bring home a major championship before his career comes to a close.
7. Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth employs a rather compact, simple swing that has allowed him continued success off the tee and finding the greens. What we’d like to focus on are the shoulders and hips which are in perfect synchronization for the entire swing. Add in the slightly bent left arm and hopefully, we’ll be watching this beauty for the next 20-30 years.
6. Jason Day
The current world number one spot belongs to Australian Jason Day, and this swing probably has something to do with that. Day had a decent 2016 campaign rattling off three wins including the Players Championship but had to fight through some injuries towards the end. If he can stay healthy, you can bet he’ll be right there in 2017.
When an older golfer like Rod Pampling, wins a PGA Tour event at age of 47, it immediately gives hope to all the 40 somethings who have been thinking retirement. (at least until the age of 50) It’s the old story “If he can do it, I can too!” In today’s highly competitive field, would Sam Snead be capable of winning at the age of almost 53 years? Certainly, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Bernard Langer are two prospects who come to mind. Who do you think is currently capable? Comments below, please.
Rod Pampling tees off!
Rod Pampling won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Sunday at age 47 years, 1 month and 14 days. He became the oldest player to win the annual PGA Tour event in Las Vegas, snapping a streak of five straight years in which the Shriners champion was in his 20s.
So that got us thinking: What are the best PGA Tour victories by a golfer age 45 or older?
Here is our list of 10 favorites (well, No. 10 was a tie, so 11):
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10a. John Barnum, 1962 Cajun Classic
Age: 51 years, 1 month, 5 days
Barnum is still the PGA Tour record holder for oldest first-time winner. The six-shot victory at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La., was Barnum’s only Tour triumph. He died 1996 at the age of 85.
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10b. Art Wall Jr., 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open
Age: 51 years, 7 months, 10 days
Wall edged Gary McCord by a shot at Tuckaway Country Club for his 14th and final PGA Tour title – and first since winning the 1966 Insurance City Open.
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9. Davis Love III, 2015 Wyndham Championship
Age: 51 years, 4 months, 10 days
Before Love beat Jason Gore by a shot at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., for his 21st PGA Tour win, he hadn’t won since the 2008 Children’s Miracle Network Classic. Love is still enjoying his two-year exemption he received for that victory, too.
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8. Johnny Miller, 1994 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Age: 46 years, 9 months, 8 days
Seven years after he won the 1987 title at Pebble Beach, Miller won by a shot over four players, including Tom Watson. After his win, Miller delivered this gem of a quote: “That didn’t really happen. It was a mirage. It was weird, like the whole thing wasn’t happening. I had this strange sense of calm.”
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7. Fred Funk, 2005 Players Championship
Age: 48 years, 9 months, 14 days
Funk won the 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic at age 50 for his eighth Tour win, but his victory at TPC Sawgrass in 2005 is much more memorable. Funk opened with a 65 that year and eventually won by a shot over Luke Donald, Tom Lehman and Scott Verplank.
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6. Sam Snead, 1965 Greater Greensboro Open
Age: 52 years, 10 months, 8 days
To this day, Snead is still the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event. He won at Sedgefield Country Club in 1965 for his 82nd Tour title, which is also a Tour record.
The coolest tee markers I have ever see were at The Royal Swazi Spa and Resort in South Africa. They were small African huts with a thatch roof and a little wooden doorway. Some corporations have taken it to the next level with their renditions of tee markers at tournaments sponsored by them. Thanks to Swing by Swing for such an interesting article!
10. Tee markers used at the 2013 Albertsons Boise Open. (Photo by Getty Images)
We are all looking forward to the Ryder Cup next week and as I’m writing this, I have not heard who Davis Love III has chosen for his final Captains Pick. I hope it is Ryan Moore after watching his courageous performance in the Tour Championship. I think he will be a huge asset to the team and will have a steadying and calming influence on whoever he is paired with.But some Captain’s picks have been a little questionable, and we even had a player who was 68th in the world rankings was selected. Go figure! Here is a list of strange captains picks through the years by Alex Myers of Golf Digest. Thanks for sharing!
You probably don’t remember these guys playing for Team USA at the Ryder Cup.
1. Jeff Overton (2010)
The only U.S. team member of the modern era without a PGA Tour win, Overton did have four runner-up finishes when he qualified for the 2010 squad. He left his mark on the event with his fiery “Boom, Baby!” reaction after holing a shot on the eighth hole at Celtic Manor in a Friday four-ball. Overton played fairly well, going 2-2 in his matches, but the U.S. fell to Europe by a point.
2. Boo Weekley (2008)
OK, so you might remember him doing the “Happy Gilmour” bull ride dance down the fairway” during the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla. Weekley qualified for the team only because of Tiger Woods being injured, but he went 2-0-1 in helping the U.S. score an unlikely win.
3. J.B. Holmes (2008)
If Weekley only made the 2008 squad because of an injury, Holmes, 18th in the Ryder Cup standings at the time, was only at Valhalla because Paul Azinger let the players make three of the captain’s picks. In what Azinger dubbed the “redneck” pod, Kenny Perry, Jim Furyk and Weekley chose Holmes. Due to his Kentucky ties, Holmes seemed like a good fit and he was, matching Weekley with a 2-0-1 record during the Americans’ resounding victory. Davis Love was hoping for a similar outcome when he made Holmes a pick on this year’s squad. Holmes is certainly not obscure anymore, but he’s probably still the most surprising two-time Team USA member.
For a Team Captain, picking players who have not made the team on merit is a daunting task. It’s one of those situations where if the pick plays well you look like a genius and if they don’t you look like an idiot! There have been some picks just like that throughout the years of team play. People tend to frown on choices where the player is a good friend of the captain, but when Tom Watson picked friend Raymond Floyd, Ray played great and made Tom look good. Poor Lanny Watkins got all sorts of criticism when Curtis Strange lost all his matches after Lanny picked his buddy in 1995! Thanks to Alex Myers of Golf Digest for putting this interesting list together. We all love the Ryder, Presidents, and Solheim Cup matches, and some of these pictures brought back great memories, even in the years the USA lost!
Davis Love III’s selections (so far) have been pretty conventional, but that hasn’t always been the case with captain’s picks through the years.
Raymond Floyd (1993 Ryder Cup)
Tom Watson tabbed Floyd, 51, as the oldest captain’s pick in Ryder Cup history. The wily vet justified the selection by going 3-1 and helping lead the U.S. to a one-point win at The Belfry.
Curtis Strange (1995 Ryder Cup)
Fellow former Wake Forest golfer Lanny Wadkins picked Strange for the team despite Strange not having won a PGA Tour event in more than six years. The move backfired as Strange went 0-3 at Oak Hill and the U.S. lost by a point, which better explains his pose in this photo.
Paul Azinger (2000 Presidents Cup)
Despite being 24th in the Presidents Cup standings, Azinger was picked by Ken Venturi. “He’s a leader, he’s a team man, he’s a wonderful match player,” Venturi said. “I feel this could be his swan song, and I’ll get more than 100 percent from him.” Azinger went 1-2, but the U.S. won easily. Of course, he proved that leadership at the 2008 Ryder Cup as the U.S. captain.
I have always been of the mindset that if you practice hard you can become a good putter, but great putters are born. I personally don’t think the equipment they use would make them any better or any worse on a day to day basis. You just have to see how many times these great putters change their equipment to see it is more a feel and visual thing. On any given day a putter can look and feel great and the next day feels like a lead pipe in your hands. I had the good fortune to play a lot of golf with the late great Bobby Locke, who, to this day is still regarded as one of the best putters ever. He used a hickory shaft blade putter most of his career and never changed. The same can be said for fellow countryman Gary Player. He still uses the putter that won him all his majors! So what can you learn from this article? Find a putter that you really like, stick with it, and practice your putting stroke diligently to become a good putter!David Dusek of Golfweek presents the top putters on the PGA Tour and their strokes gained stats that allow us to see just how good these players really are with the flat stick in their hands.
During a chat with Harry Potter, Mr. Ollivander, the owner of a magic wand shop, said, “The wand chooses the wizard, it’s not always clear why.”
The same holds true of putters. There are several guidelines that can help players find a putter that suits their stroke, but there is a healthy amount of art blended with the science. Face-balanced putters tend to benefit golfers who have a straight putting stroke; players who have an arched putting stroke tend to favor toe-down putters. The ideal length and lie angle should position the hands directly beneath the shoulders.
The best putters on the PGA Tour use a wide variety of blades and mallets. Some feature a classic look, others are colorful space-age designs. The one thing they have in common: They all have been custom-fit to match the player’s stroke.
Below is a list of the golfers who are currently in the top 10 in strokes gained: putting on the PGA Tour, along with their putter.
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1. Jason Day
Strokes gained: +1.106
His putter: TaylorMade Spider Limited Red
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2. Steve Stricker
Strokes gained: +.930
His putter: Odyssey White Hot #2
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3. Jamie Donaldson
Strokes gained: +.887
His putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth
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4. Phil Mickelson
Strokes gained: +.821
His putter: Odyssey Versa White Hot #9
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5. Jordan Spieth
Strokes gained: +.875
His putter: Scotty Cameron for Titleist 009 prototype
The key shot to Billy Hurley III’s win at the Quicken Loans National was a 35-yard hole-out on the 15th hole that provided some breathing room. Impressive as the shot was, however, there have been 152 hole-outs on tour this season that have been longer. Here’s a look at the top five—all being jarred from more than 200 yards—and the clubs used to produce them.
1. Jason Gore. 250 yards, Callaway Big Bertha 3+, 3-wood
Gore’s double eagle on the par-5 18th hole during the third round of the Farmer’s Insurance Open was worth a few dollars to the veteran pro, but the club he used to hit the shot was of little value seeing that it dates back to 2004. The club Gore used was his trusty Callaway Big Bertha 3+ with a Fujikura Pro 95 shaft. Of course, had Gore not listened to his caddy he likely would not have recorded the first double eagle of his life. “I had 2-iron and Scotty [caddie Scott Gardiner] talked me into hitting 3-wood,” said Gore. “He said, ‘Just hit a nice, big cut 3-wood.’ And he was right.”
2. Tony Finau. 236 yards, Callaway MB1, 5-iron
It’s routine to see birdies and eagles on par 5s on the PGA Tour, but like Gore, Finau scored the rare albatross on the 13th hole at TPC Summerlin during the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Finau holed his second shot from the rough from 236 yards using a Callaway MB1 5-iron, a muscle-back blade style iron. “I didn’t have a great lie in the rough, so I couldn’t really dictate how it was going to come out,” Finau said. “I caught a little bit of a flyer and knew it was going to be a little long, if anything, but the hole got in the way. It took one hop and disappeared, from what I heard. It was pretty cool.”