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Sergio Garcia exposes a flaw in the FedEx Cup Playoffs!

Sergio Garcia exposes a flaw in the FedEx Cup Playoffs!

Sergio Garcia exposes a flaw in the FedEx Cup Playoffs!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Sergio Garcia is well-rested and ready to play!  

But we are already two weeks into the FedEx Cup playoffs, and Sergio has not played any golf.  And yet, as strange as it may seem, he can still (if he plays really well) win it all by finishing in the top 3 in the BMW Championship and winning the Tour Championship. And considering that he has just had two weeks vacation in Spain and Switzerland, he is well-rested and ready to play!  Does this seem fair?  Or has he very smartly taken advantage of a point system that is showing some flaws?  Thanks to Jason Sobel, Senior Golf Writer with ESPN, for sharing this story!

Sergio Garcia exposes a flaw in the FedEx Cup Playoffs!

Sergio Garcia left, will need a finish of no worse than third this week at the BMW Championship while Jason Day, right, already had secured his spot at East Lake after his victory at the Barclays last month. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Sergio Garcia is strutting around Conway Farms Golf Club this week sporting a late-summer tan. He appears rested, relaxed, refreshed — all of which he confirms with a casual smile. His newly grown beard, more than just a little stubble, has grey flecks in it.

It is not, he assures with a laugh, his version of a playoff beard.

Garcia is here at the BMW Championship, the third event in this year’s FedEx Cup playoff series, fresh off a summer vacation. He spent time in Spain and Switzerland, worked on his game and enjoyed plenty of downtime.

None of that would be newsworthy, if not for the fact that his vacation happened to overlap the first two playoff events, each of which he decided to skip after earning enough regular-season points that he was guaranteed to qualify for the third one.

“I was a little tired,” he explained Wednesday, echoing a sentiment of many peers. “It’s a long season, and I had the possibility of doing it because I was in a good situation, so it was nice to be able to do it.”

This wasn’t Garcia trying to send a message to the PGA Tour about a potentially flawed system. It wasn’t an attempt to prove anything about the playoffs.

And yet, with his two-week absence, Garcia has a chance to change the game.

That’s because, at 54th in the points standings entering this week, he can still win the $10 million first-place bonus at the end of next week’s season finale.

Let that one digest: A player who eschewed the first two playoff events can win the entire playoffs.

To see the rest of how Sergio Garcia has exposed a flaw in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, go here!

Source:  ESPN    Jason Sobel, Senior Golf Writer

Pictures: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

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The top 5 PGA Tour golfers with the shortest tempers!

The top 5 PGA Tour golfers with the shortest tempers!

The top 5 PGA Tour golfers with the shortest tempers!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Losing your temper on the golf course is never pretty, and it never accomplishes a thing!  

But I have seen my fair share of club throwers and club breakers, and on almost every occasion, the player feels slightly embarrassed after the deed, even if he/she doesn’t act that way!  Here is a slideshow of PGA Tour golfers who fit this category.  Henrik Stenson was the one who really surprised me.  He always seems so cool, calm, and collected.  I liked his toss, though.  

 of bleacherreport.com compiled these videos for your enjoyment!

If you play golf, you’ve almost certainly teed it up with one guy or gal who frequently becomes unglued. And here’s the thing: Your games of golf don’t matter.

Imagine if that person was, say, missing out on a few hundred grand thanks to a missed putt or losing out on the prospect of collecting a paycheck for the week entirely.

Such is the situation for the PGA Tour’s best. Thus, in a high-stakes, high-tension environment, sometimes these guys needs to let off a little steam in the form or, say, a torrent of expletives or a club tossed with abandon.

Here are five of the PGA Tour’s finest who need to spend some time in timeout.

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Source : ,   bleacherreport.com

Picture: Greg Robleto

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Sergio Garcia's Top 4 ball-striking tips - #4 is a must!

Sergio Garcia’s Top 4 ball-striking tips – #4 is a must!

Sergio Garcia’s Top 4 ball-striking tips – #4 is a must!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Sergio Garcia is one of, if not THE best ball-striker on both the PGA and European Tours.

His petulance has cost him some negative feedback in the press, but he says he is trying to change.  I think his new girlfriend has helped him to a better place in his life, and maybe, just maybe, he will live up to the potential we all saw in the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club.

Here Sergio gives us his 4 top ball-striking tips.  I think they can help you!

In 2012 I won on the PGA Tour for the first time in more than four years, contributed two points to the winning European side in the Ryder Cup and, to be honest, felt like I enjoyed the game more than I have in quite a while. I chalk up the success to a commitment I made early in the year to control my emotions a bit better and adopt a more competitive attitude. I’d be lying if I said it was the result of a breakthrough swing discovery or a new magic move.

Nope, my technique is the same as it’s always been, and the foundation of that technique is built on four key moves that have been part of my motion since day one. These are simple swing thoughts that allow me to position the bottom of my swing in the right spot so I can catch the ball crisply and in the center of the sweet spot with every iron in the bag. If you’re struggling with contact and missing more than your fair share of greens, give my moves a try and see if they don’t help you realize the success you deserve, just as they have for me.

YOUR SERGIO TRANSLATOR.

According to Top 100 Teacher Brian Manzella, Sergio’s swing is “in the Top 10 — maybe Top 5 — of all time.”

That good? “Let’s put it this way,” Manzella says, “Sergio’s is the best ‘lower-back-plane’ swing of the past 40 years, or, said another way, the best one where the shaft bisects the lower back once it settles on the downswing.”

While many point to Sergio’s tremendous clubhead lag as his key swing trait, Manzella says that folks are missing the point. “Any good golfer can create lag, but nobody — nobody — knows how to release it like Garcia. Most lag guys drag the handle through impact. Sergio lets it all go. The man doesn’t get enough credit for how dynamic — or good — his swing really is.”

High praise from a teacher who knows what he’s talking about, which is why we asked Manzella to provide additional insight into El Niño’s key moves so that you can more easily add them to your own motion.

EASY IRON MOVE 1: STAND TALLER AT ADDRESS.

Your address position doesn’t feature any moving parts, so there’s no reason you can’t make it as good as a Tour pro’s. First thing: Bend forward and stand at a distance from the ball that allows your upper arms to hang straight down from your shoulder sockets (below left). You can check this by simply removing your hands from the grip and seeing how your arms naturally hang when you’re in your setup. Not only does this create less tension at address, it gives your arms freedom to swing back and through at maximum speed.

Sergio Garcia's Top 4 ball-striking tips - #4 is a must!

Sergio Garcia’s Top 4 ball-striking tips – #4 is a must!

MY CHECKPOINT.

I tend to swing poorly when I bend forward too much at address and get my head and shoulders too far down. Notice how much more cramped I am in the right photo above than I am in the one in the center, and how much flatter my posture is. This is just enough of an error to rob me of the athleticism I need to swing at my best. While it’s a good idea to get your arms hanging straight down, try to do it with a more erect posture, even with a short iron in your hands. As I say to myself when I practice, “Keep your height.”

TRANSLATION: A TALLER POSTURE MAKES IT EASIER TO TURN.

Garcia’s a pretty normal-size guy, but he can hit his 4-iron farther than most amateurs can hit their driver. He gets his power by combining his famous arm swing with the powerful rotation he creates, in part, by turning his torso all the way to the right during his backswing. His turn is a big part of his engine, and most of us can turn better from a taller posture than from one that’s more bent. Plus, a taller posture naturally supports a flatter downswing plane, which as you’ll see on the next page, is Garcia’s telltale swing trait.

EASY IRON MOVE 2: PULL DOWN FROM THE TOP.

In my opinion, the two worst things you can do for your swing are (1) spin your shoulders too early from the top of your backswing (photo, below), and (2) lose the angle between your left forearm and the clubshaft before you come into the ball. The first error will lead to nothing but a heavy dose of slices and pulls. Losing your lag — the second error — will quickly make you the shortest hitter in your foursome. Once I’m at the top, I think about keeping my right shoulder behind me until I’m done transitioning from from my backswing to my downswing. When I’m swinging at my best, my shoulders are the last thing to move as I make my way back down toward the ball.

MY CHECKPOINT.

Here’s a swing thought my father gave me years ago to help me stay back and stop swinging across the ball or getting the club too far out in front. (I know I need it when my draws start turning into hooks.) Once you’re at the top, feel as though you’re holding the end of a long chain. As you start your downswing, try to pull the chain straight down. It’s a heavy chain, so give it a good tug. This should help you keep your shoulders back and retain some lag (the angle between your left arm and clubshaft) deeper into your downswing.

TRANSLATION: DROP IN THREE DIRECTIONS.

Sergio Garcia’s Top 4 ball-striking tips – #4 is a must!

I’ve looked at Garcia’s swing from every angle and at every speed, and while he’s definitely one of the best at using a pulling motion from the top to create lag, he never really pulls the chain straight toward the ground. Sergio’s hands go down, but they also go out toward the target line. More importantly, they also move to his right (away from the target). In fact, nobody’s hands move away from the target from the top as much as Sergio’s. If he really was pulling a chain, it would be on more of a 45-degree angle after he yanked it than what he’s depicting at left.

My advice: Drop your hands and keep your shoulders back as Sergio advises, but experiment with moving your hands to the right (away from your right ear) and out toward the target line a bit. The “away” move will definitely help you keep your back pointed at the target longer, which is always a benefit.

To read the rest of Sergio Garcia’s 4 Keys to Striking it Solid, check them out here.

Source: GOLF.com  Sergio Garcia

Picture: Peder Hanson  GOLF.com

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Sergio Still a Crybaby and Mickelson Still Not a Crybaby!

Sergio Still a Crybaby and Mickelson Still Not a Crybaby!

Sergio Still a Crybaby, and Mickelson Still Not a Crybaby!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

On the 10th hole at Chambers Bay in the opening round of the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson faced a 35-foot birdie putt.

He sent his putt up the hill but got the pace wrong and ended up 3-putting for bogey. Mickelson’s reaction? “That was a pin that I had not spent time on, and I didn’t know how high up the ridge I needed to go… that’s my own fault for having not known that and practiced that putt to that pin.”

Sergio Still a Crybaby and Mickelson Still Not a Crybaby!

Phil Mickelson is always the gentleman. T! akes the high road and never complains.

Sergio Garcia took to Twitter 3 times to complain about the greens. “… These greens are as bad as they look on TV.” “I think a championship of the caliber of US Open golf deserves better quality green surfaces than we have this week, but maybe I’m wrong.” And a third tweet features Garcia indicating that everyone thinks similarly, but he’s the only one with the guts to say it.

Sergio Still a Crybaby and Mickelson Still Not a Crybaby!

Sergio Garcia, on the other hand, is always complaining about something. His nickname “Crybaby” is well suited.

Sergio never gets the big picture. All players face the same conditions, and the U.S. Open would always present challenging tasks for the world’s highest level players.

Get Over yourself, Sergio!

Source: Mel Sole

Pictures: Phil    Ed Balaun (supergolfdude)   Corn Farmer

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How to play a totally submerged ball – don’t try this at home!

How to play a totally submerged ball – don’t try this at home!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Sergio Garcia did not want to drop another shot on Thursday at the Honda Classic after being 4 over through 8 holes. 

After hitting his drive on hole #18 into the water, he put on his rain gear and played his TOTALLY SUBMERGED ball from the drink!

How to play a totally submerged ball - don't try this at home!

Sergio spends most of his time on the European Tour, but it is nice to see him playing on the PGA Tour.

Sergio Garcia did not want to drop another shot on Thursday at the Honda Classic after being 4 over through 8 holes.  After hitting his drive on hole #18 into the water, he put on his rain gear and played his TOTALLY SUBMERGED ball from the drink!

Golfers at home can learn from watching this video to see what happened…..

Source: PGATour.com

Pictures: Omar Rawlings  Corn Farmer

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