Class Continues August 30, 2011

By Martin HallAugust 30, 2011, 11:00 pm

Q: I’ve been listening to Jim Hardy about one-plane and two-plane swings. What works for one, doesn't work for the other and vice versa. Are your drills for a two-plane swing? Can you talk about the differences in the two swings -- a Ben Hogan versus a Jack Nicklaus?

-    Mike L.

A: I am great friends with Jim Hardy and think he is a wonderful teacher.  Jim would tell you that the one-plane swing is a move that requires less timing than the two-plane swing, but is physically more demanding.  The preference I have has many parts of Jim’s two-plane swing since we were both influenced so much by John Jacobs, the great British teacher.  I think it is a little easier on the body for recreational golfers but I must say that if you apply what Jim says either model can be excellent.  By the way, I am a certified “Plane Truth” instructor.  If you are relooking for a good two-plane swing to mimic, use Tom Watson.  Best of luck.

Q:  I am a 5 handicap, but after playing golf for 46 years, I am still perplexed as to what is the best left wrist position at the top of the swing: flat, bowed (laying off the club face) or cupped (opening the club face)? I can play all three ways, and have, but I want your take on which is best. Cheers!

-    Jack T. (Miami, FL)

A: The best left wrist position at the top is dependent mainly on your grip type.  If your grip is strong, probably the left wrist should be cupped at the finish of the backswing.  Otherwise, you might hook it.  If your grip is weak, your left wrist should be bowed at the top, otherwise you might slice it.  If your grip is neutral, your left wrist should be flat and in line with your forearm.  Hope this helps.

Q: I’m 71-years-old and have switched to a baseball grip on my driver and am steadily improving.  Should I switch to a baseball grip on all my clubs instead of switching back and forth after driving?  Do you have any pointers for the baseball grip?

-    Chuck H. (Wright City, Missouri)

A: Certainly you should use the same grip for all clubs, other than perhaps the putter.  The grip you refer to as the baseball grip, I prefer to call the two-handed grip.  When thinking baseball, it would be too easy to pick the club up too much in the palms, and also have both thumbs off the grip; no good for golfers.  Whether you overlap, interlock or two-hand the grip, the club must sit somewhat in the palm and somewhat in the fingers of both hands; the left thumb needs to rest on the trailing side of the shaft and the right thumb needs to sit on the front or target side of the shaft.  Hope this helps.

Q: I have a problem with letting the chicken wing maneuver take over in my swing during a round. I feel myself doing it and start to hit my shots thin. Any tips?

-    Brandon H. (Facebook)

A: Golfers often talk about the “Chicken Wing” as if it is some mystery virus that attacked their swing; not so.  It is just a measurement issue.  What causes the left arm to bend is the right hand getting closer to the left shoulder than it was at set up.  When you stand to the ball, if the left arm is straight, then there is a distance from the left shoulder joint to the right hand.  Keep that distance through the swing and it is impossible to “wing” it.  It really helps to think of keeping your left shoulder moving through the hit.  If the shoulder stops, the right hand keeps moving and the arm will bend.  Good luck.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.