Class Continues Oct 18, 2011

By Martin HallOctober 18, 2011, 11:00 pm

Q: Love the show! You have shown us how different the setup position is from the impact position.  So why is it a cardinal sin to adjust our setup position closer to the impact position, like preloading the hips to the left, open shoulders, forward wrist press, etc.?

A: A very understandable question, but there is one main reason I like players to set up 'neutral' then get to that dynamic impact. When I see players set up with their hands ahead of the ball it almost always leads to an overly flat, inside takeaway, usually followed by an over-the-top, out-to-in downswing. I prefer an upward extension of the club to point at the belt buckle at address and then on the downswing as the weight shifts and the body unwinds the club should point at about the left hip at impact. I also think having the hips and shoulders open at address would play havoc with your alignment, don't do that!!!

Q: I live in Ohio where the weather is not conducive for year-round golf.  What do you suggest I do during the cold winter months so when spring hits, I'm not rusty?  Do you have any drills that could be done inside to keep my game fresh?

Melissa George (New Knoxville, Ohio)

A: Obviously one thing you must do in the winter to keep improving your game is watch 'School of Golf'. Seriously though, spend some time working on your grip, setup and posture using a mirror. Get a really good instructional book, study the chapter on grip and get it right before the spring. My suggestion would be Nick Faldo’s 'A Swing for Life'. Do some drills on just body pivot, no club, perhaps checking your swing plane in a mirror. And most definitely do some stretching exercises, it will help your game. Good luck.

Q: I fought a big slice for a long time and finally worked it out by learning to swing in-to-out and then developed a slight draw but not consistent. Now many shots end up 10-30 yards left of target after starting out straight or slightly right. Any suggestions how to straighten it out?


A: Yes, that can be straightened out, try putting your hands a little further ahead at address, put the ball back in your stance slightly and get more weight to your front foot at impact. Each of these thoughts should help you swing in-to-out, hit slightly on the inside of the ball and start the ball to the right then have it draw onto target. Hope it helps you.

Q: I have a really good swing and my natural shot is a fade but I want to be able to control a draw shot off the tee. Any drills for this?

Caleb (Jacksonville, FL)

A: If you have a natural fade that is predictable and repetitive I would not mess with it too much. On the occasion that you need to hit a draw, aim to the right, swing to where you have aimed and turn your right palm to the ground either at or just after impact. It's not so far off the feel of a top spin tennis forehand shot. On the range as a drill, try pulling your right foot back so your stance becomes closed, this encourages a draw shot. Good luck, but don't lose that fade.

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

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:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

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.