Improve your feel and control speed like Snedeker

By Tyrus YorkJuly 29, 2013, 4:00 pm

Brandt Snedeker returned to winning form on Sunday by capturing his second PGA Tour victory of the season at the RBC Canadian Open.

As a player who should be used as the model for pace of play on the PGA Tour, Snedeker wastes no time playing each shot, almost to the point where it seems fast or rushed.

This is even more evident on the greens. His short, fast putting stroke has yielded excellent results throughout his career.

Those results continued in his three-shot victory Sunday.

What impresses me the most about Snedeker is his speed control on the greens.

Any great player or teacher can tell you that good putting starts with your ability to control speed. Unfortunately, many players struggle with their speed control on the greens.

Here are a couple tips to help you get control of the pace of your putts:

• Control your rhythm. There are many different styles of putting on the PGA Tour, but one thing they mostly have in common is good rhythm. Rhythm in a putting stroke can be defined as equal pace and distance from the backswing to the finish, much like a pendulum. Tempo, which is the speed of your rhythm, can vary. Snedeker uses a faster tempo than most players on Tour, but his putting stroke is equal lengths on both sides and the pace remains constant from start to finish. To improve your rhythm, use a metronome set to anywhere between 70 and 80 beats per minute and simply match your putting stroke to the beat.

• Use the same type of ball. There are many different types of golf balls on the market. Some are designed to increase distance, which tend to have a firm feel, while others are softer for enhanced feel around the greens. Controlling speed in putting is all about feel. If you're like most golfers, you're going to use any ball you can get your hands on, and for economical reasons I understand this. But for creating a consistent feel on and around the greens, using golf balls that are similar in feel will help you develop more feel when you putt.

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Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 6:00 am

Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.

He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.

Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).

Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.

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That was his only dropped shot of the day.

The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.

Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.

That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.

Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.

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'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 5:11 am

Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.

“Go in,” he immediately said.

“Please go in,” he added.

Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.

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Watch: Dufner makes six (!) fist pumps after birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 4:53 am

Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.

But not on Friday at the CJ Cup!

Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.

That was Dufner’s third birdie on the back nine, which offset a triple bogey at the par-3 seventh, en route to an even-par 72. Good times.

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Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 2:35 am

Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.

And then he aced the par-3 seventh.

Casey's tee shot from 176 tracked straight towards the hole and rolled in near the final revolution. That got him to 2 under par for the tournament. He was five off the lead, held by Chez Reavie, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes to give back those two strokes.

Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!