Class Continues Aug 23, 2011

By Martin HallAugust 24, 2011, 12:37 pm

Q: I am a 20 handicap who has had a couple of recent 9-hole rounds of 37 and then followed up with some 50+ rounds. Is there a book I should be reading on keeping my head in the game, sports psychologists, etc.?

-    Marshall K. (Spencer, MA)

A: There are numerous books on the market and many are good for the 'thinking side' of the game. My three favorites are The 30 Second Swing by TJ Tomasi, The Golfers Mind by Bob Rotella and The 15th Club by Bob Rotella. If you read, study and embrace the contents of the above, you should have a solid mental game; good luck.

Q: Due to many surgeries, my mobility in my shoulders and lower back prohibit me from turning my body the proper way to get the maximum out of my swing.  What can I do to help get the maximum out of my swing without having to go to a chiropractor after each round?

-    Joe M. (Lake Tahoe, CA)

A: Without the help of a turn to produce speed, you have to add it somewhere else. I am going to suggest that you let your left arm bend at the elbow as you finish your backswing and straighten it on the downswing. This adds another lever to the swing and should somewhat replace the power lost by not being able to turn. The downside of this move is it may create some inconsistency with your contact and directional control but your back and hips will not hurt so much when you finish your round, and that's a good thing!

Q: I recently installed three golf cups in my bedroom to help with my putting woes. I'm a huge fan of Dave Stockton's putting method. Is there a surefire way to tell if I have too much forward press at impact?

-    Paul F. (Marietta, GA)

A: My suggestion to see if you have too much forward press or shaft lean at impact is to use one of the laser-aiming devices. That, in addition to aim, will give you some feedback of the effective loft of your putter at impact. Most tour pros hit the ball with 2-4 degrees of effective loft at impact which would have the laser beam on a backboard behind the hole at the moment of impact. If the laser beam is between you and the hole at impact, you have probably de-lofted the putter too much. Try a web search for 'golf training aids putting laser aim device'. This should help.

Q: Love the show! Lately, I've been struggling with fat shots, especially late in my rounds when my legs are a little fatigued. Is this the reason my club head is catching the ground before the ball?

-    George S. (Fort Lee, NJ)

A: Tired legs, which usually mean sluggish hips, can certainly be responsible for fat shots. I recommend that you check your balance at setup first - - 50-50 left-right - - then make sure on your downswing that you shift your weight and un-turn your hips coming into the ball, hips before the hands. I like to see the hips at least 30-degrees open to the target line at impact; more if you can. This usually avoids any chance of a fat shot.  Hope this helps.

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.