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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: 

Who are the Highest Paid Golfers in the Game? Some might surprise you!

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

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9.) ADAM SCOTT

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8.) JASON DAY

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7.) DUSTIN JOHNSON

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6.) JACK NICKLAUS

Source: Golf Digest
Pictures: Golf Digest

Who has the Best Golf Swing on Tour? Here are the Top 10!

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.
To see the rest of the Top 10 Best Golf Swings on Tour, go here! Source: Swing by Swing

The 10 Toughest Holes played on the PGA Tour!

When Swing by Swing put out this list of the Top 10 Toughest Holes played on the PGA Tour, I immediately went through them to see how many I had played and how I did when I played them. I have played half of these 10 and the scariest for me was the  8th at Pebble Beach.  My drive landed about 3 feet short of the cliff, (see pictures below) and standing over that shot was one of the only shots I hit that day where I did not let my weight move forward onto my front foot.  I hit that sucker off my back foot and pulled it slightly left of the green.  I did manage to get it up and down from there to save par!  I am planning to revisit that hole in February 2017!  Thanks to Swing by Swing for this fun article! 8-part-28-part-3
                        At some point or another, we’ve all been standing on some tee, peering out at the green, and thinking to ourselves “I have no chance.” There’s also a strong possibility you’re not a professional golfer. PGA Tour players have a knack blocking out the trouble on any given hole, but there are a few holes out there that make even the best in the world cringe with fear. Here is our list of the top 10 most terrifying holes on the PGA Tour. #10 – 17th at TPC Sawgrass
 
This 137-yard par-3 tee shot is one of the most visually daunting shots on Tour today. It gets it’s fame from The Players Championship. The green on this par-3 is completely surrounded by water and suspended by railroad ties. A lone pot-bunker protects the surface of the front of the green, but wind and shot trajectory are what you really need to worry about. A high shot is preferred so it doesn’t bounce and roll off when it lands, but higher winds can push you completely off target as well.  
#9 – 18th at Trump National Doral
This hole is as beautiful as it is scary. Water lines the entire left side of the hole and comes to a crescent moon shape in two places. This 473 yard par-4 has been giving pros trouble since it’s inception. You need to keep your tee shot to the right of the fairway to avoid the water, then also keep your approach to the right to avoid rolling off into the drink. “It’s an impossible hole,” said Bubba Watson when he played there in 2012. The 18th is pictured above with the five palm trees jutting out and the four bunkers leading up the right side of the hole to the green and gallery.  
#8 – 12 at Augusta National
They call this hole the “Golden Bell” and it is the meat of Amen Corner. Rae’s Creek guards the green as the bank slopes steeply downward, carrying short shots to a watery demise. The small green leaves no room for error when aiming for the pin. While the azaleas to the back of the green may look stunning, hitting long into those will cause equally enough trouble as you have to hit back towards the creek with no barrier in between.  
#7 – 18th at Quail Hollow
 
This whole, aptly nicknamed, “The Green Mile,” ranked as the fifth hardest hole on Tour back during the 2013-14 season, with an average score of 4.452. The fairway is shrouded by a long, jagged creek on one side and dense trees on the other. The truly scary shot on this hole is the uphill second shot. Smart players must avoid the water to the left while also taking note of the bunkers to right. This hole always makes the Wells Fargo Championship very interesting on Sundays.   #6 – #4 on the South Course at Torrey Pines
This long, 488-yard par-4 is a staple of the Farmer’s Insurance Open each year. The two-tiered green is perched on the very edge of the course, with cliffs hanging over the back edge. Wind is usually a factor as it gusts in off the open coast, causing the tee shot to be a cause for much anxiety. The views, however, are phenomenal. Not to mention numerous gliders flying by trying to catch a bird’s eye view of the action.
To see the rest of the Top 10 Toughest Holes on the PGA Tour, go here! Source : Swing by Swing Pictures : Getty Images

Top 10 Oldest Winners on the PGA Tour!

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.
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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): • • •

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. • • •

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. • • •

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.   • • •

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.” • • •

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. • • •

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.
To see the rest of the top 10 oldest winners on the PGA Tour, go here! Source : Golfweek Staff Pictures : Flash and Mel

What are the coolest tee markers you have ever seen? These 10 are awesome!

 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)
hersheys-tee-marker-twitter-482x478 9. Tee markers used at the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA Tour) Hyundai Tournament of Champions - Final Round 8. Tee markers used at the 2012 Nature Valley First Tee Open. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA Tour) Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach - Round One
7. Tee markers used at the 2012 Navistar LPGA Classic. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images) lpga-navistar-2012
6. Tee markers used at the 2012 Wyndham Championship. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) wyndhamchamp2012 To see the top 5 best tee markers, go here! Source : Swing by Swing Picures : Getty Images   Stan Badz/PGA Tour  Darren Carroll/Getty Images  Hunter Martin/Getty Images  Chris Condon/PGA Tour

The Lazy Man’s Guide to more Distance and Better Golf!

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In a drive-thru burger world, we’ll concede that there are some people who aren’t interested in spending any real time in the gym but still want to perform their best when they play golf. They want to be able to make a bigger backswing without training their obliques; to be able to hit a green from three-inch rough without strengthening their forearms; and knock it on a par 5 in two without working on those fast-twitch muscles.

Sound good? Then this Fitness Friday is for you. Here are five “cheats” you can do when you play that don’t require one second of gym time. Ideally, you’ll only use them temporarily, and eventually accept that exercise will help you play the game longer, better, and injury free. Until then, here are your shortcuts.


1.) BIGGER BACKSWING To really get wound up without improving core stability or mobility in the mid-back, you can do something at address and something when you swing. So this is two cheats in one. At address, drop your trail foot (right for right-handed players) two inches away from the ball and flare that foot away from the target. Then, when you swing, let your left heel come off the ground and your left knee dive in toward the ball. It’s a move many great golfers have made including Jack Nicklaus and Bubba Watson. Just remember that you have to plant that heel again as you start the downswing. Both are designed to improve mobility in the torso and counter its lack of independent movement from the lower body.

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Bubba Watson tees off on the 15th hole during the final round of the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club on February 21, 2016 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
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2.) HITTING IT FLUSH OUT OF THE ROUGH A green in regulation from tall grass requires some decent hand-and-arm strength, but you can forego hammer curls and extensor exercises if you remember to “pull the chain” like Sergio Garcia. You need to steepen your swing, and also gather enough clubhead speed at impact to rip through the grass without too much loss of momentum. Feel like you’re pulling the butt end of the club directly into the golf ball. Keep that butt end moving down and through the grass and then toward the target as the clubhead eventually catches up and rips the ball out. Instead of generating power with raw strength, you’re using gravity and centrifugal force to do the job.

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Source :     Golf Digest
Pictures : Getty Images  PGA Tour

The King is Dead. Long live the King! The Career stats of Arnold Palmer!

All of us agree that Arnold Palmer had a fantastic career, no doubt about it.  But in a time where wins and money on the PGA mean the measure of a golfer’s greatness, Arnold Palmer had an even more amazing stat.  From 1974 to 2004, a span of 30 years, Arnold did not have a victory but still made more money in endorsements than any other golfer on the planet!  Why? Because everybody loved Arnold Palmer and would buy anything he put his name on.  From car dealerships (I bought my Cadillac from an Arnold Palmer dealership in 1997) to car and tractor oil, golf course design, etc.  Heck, he even had a drink named after him!  I don’t know of any person alive or dead that had the charisma, charm, and aura that Arnold had.  Thank you so much, Brentley Romine of Golfweek for these amazing career stats. Thanks for everything you have done for the game of golf Arnie!  You will be sorely missed.
Arnold Palmer, pictured at the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational
Arnold Palmer, pictured at the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational (Getty Images)
Here is a look at Arnold Palmer’s legendary golf career, by the numbers. • • • Brief look
  • Major championships: 7 (Masters: 1958, ’60, ’62 and ’64; U.S. Open: 1960; British Open: 1961 and ’62)
  • Professional victories: 95
  • PGA Tour victories: 62 (fifth most all-time)
  • Champions Tour victories: 10 (five majors)
  • Ryder Cup appearances: 6 (1961, ’63, ’65, ’67, ’71, ’75; U.S. went 6-0; 22-8-2 career individual record)
  • World Cup appearances: 6 (1960, ’62, ’63, ’64, ’66, ’67; U.S. went 6-0)
  • Amateur victories: 26 (includes 1954 U.S. Amateur)
  • Inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974
To see the rest of these amazing stats of Arnold Palmer’s Career, go here! Source : Brentley Romine   Golfweek Pictures : Getty Images

Who are these guys? They say they played in the Ryder Cup. Really?

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  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)

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2. Boo Weekley (2008)

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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. golfworld-2014-09-gwsl03-shocked-holmes
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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in Captains Picks!

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   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)

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Curtis Strange (1995 Ryder Cup)

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Paul Azinger (2000 Presidents Cup)

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Source :    Golf Digest
Pictures : Golf Digest