Class Continues May 17, 2011

By Martin HallMay 17, 2011, 11:00 pm

Q: Hey Martin.  Every day I seem to hit the ball a little bit differently whether it being a cut or a draw. Any tips on how to make it one direction all the time? Thanks. 

-          Kort R. (from Facebook) 

A: I think trying to hit the ball straight all the time is really difficult to do.  So, you just have to choose a bias towards a draw or a fade that’s going to suit you better.  To find out which one will probably work best for you, go to the range and hit a few shots coming well left of your target and see if you can fade it back to your target.  Then hit a few aiming to the right and see if you can draw it.  Usually one will be easier than the other.  Play with the one you find easier to hit, and you will be more consistent.  Good luck. 


Q: I can't hit my 3-wood off the ground more than about 30 or 40 feet into the air. I have moved the ball up toward the left foot and back in my stance, but I still can't get it airborne. I hit my 5 and 7 woods great, but not the 3 wood. Can you help me please? 

-          Jim B. (Canyon Lake, Texas) 

A: It sounds like it might be an equipment issue, since the 5-wood and the 7-wood are fine.  Check the loft of your 3-wood, it might be a 13-degree (or something like that). Check the shaft to make sure it isn’t too heavy; 65 grams or heavier.  Or, the shaft might be too stiff with a high kick point, all things that make getting the ball in the air difficult.  It could also be that you don’t have enough club head speed to launch it into the air.  A visit to a club fitter sounds in order with the request that you need a lofted, light shafted, low kick point 3-wood.  You might be surprised just how much of a difference that will make.  Good luck. 


Q: Martin, why do you think no other golfer has putted the way Jack Nicklaus did, bent over and right arm acting as piston? Also, I have heard him quoted as saying he sometimes rotated the toe around and sometimes lead with the heel, whichever was working best…Could you explain? 

-          Michael B. (from Facebook) 

A: Jack’s right arm-piston-putting action came after a suggestion from Jackie Burke back in the early 1960’s and he used it his whole career.  Guide with the left but hit with the right.  As to whether you should lead with the heel or release the toe, that all depends.  To avoid pushed putts or have the ball hug the ground a bit better on bumpy greens, lead with the toe.  Swing thoughts seem to have a limited shelf life, and when one stops working you need to have another to switch to.  Jack called it having a “Treasure Chest” of ideas to pull from - - we all need that.  So some weeks thinking heel will work, and others, toe.  Good luck. 


Q: I need some help with my irons. Just about every time I hit a big fade and I keep missing the green!

 -          Corey E. (from Facebook) 

A: Sounds like the face is wide open at impact, with the heel leading the toe when you hit the ball.  There is a good chance that you are blocking or chicken-winging your left arm at, and after, impact.  Try letting your left arm fold at the elbow just after impact so the elbow joint points down at the ground and the arm rotates counter clockwise to square up and close through the strike.  Try aiming right and hitting some big hooks on the range.  When it is easy for you by design to hit some large curve balls you should be okay.  Good luck. 

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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.