Class Continues June 7, 2011

By Martin HallJune 7, 2011, 11:00 pm

Q: I'm 16 and recently broke my arm skiing, just as I really started getting into golf. I have lost so much muscle in my arm, and I was just wondering if there were any golf-specific exercises that would help me regain my strength so that I can get back out on the course? Thanks!

-    Nathan R.
A: The muscles in your upper arms that have the most significant influence on your club are the triceps.  These are the ones to be strengthened and as simple a way as any is just to do push-ups.  My understanding is that three sets in groups of 10-15 reps would be great to start and progressively try to do more with time as you get stronger.  Also, anything you can do to strengthen the forearms will be very beneficial to your golf.  Get fit and good luck.

Q: Hi, I’m 14-years old and I want to know how does follow-through affect your shot?

-    Roman
A: A scientist will tell you once you have hit the ball nothing you do will influence what the ball does.  A teaching pro with 30 years in the trenches will tell you that what I see after impact and the intent to do something at the finish of the swing will almost always improve a golfer’s game.  I would suggest that you watch the world’s best players, watch how they finish and try to emulate.  It is much easier to do something at the finish of the swing than to try and control impact.  A good balanced, stylish finish puts the odds in your favor of getting the result you want.  Good luck.

Q: I am desperately trying to improve my golf game and I watch this show religiously then head to the range to use the ideas! Golf is now a passion and I am trying to get all of my friends excited about the game. Do you have any tips specific for ladies?

-    Debbie W.
A: For the most part, ladies are not usually as physically strong as men and this influences their ability to get the ball in the air.  Too many women use a driver and fairway woods with insufficient loft and in fact, many ladies would hit the ball further by using a 3-wood to drive; same thing in the fairway with using a 7-wood or some hybrids to hit their fairway shots.  Very few will have the speed to get the 3-wood off the fairway and up in the air with some carry.  I recommend not even trying that one.  Also, for most ladies the lighter the clubs you can find, the better you will play.  Good luck.

Q: I have a fairly straight drive but what can I do to get more power out of my swing?

-    Jason G. (Facebook)
A: On the assumption that you hit the ball on or near the middle of the club face then the only way to get more distance is to increase your club head speed.  This should not be done with just a wild lash from your hands and arms.  The correct downswing sequence for power is hips, shoulders, arms, hands and club in that order.  Swinging weighted clubs might be good for flexibility but doesn’t seem to do much for increasing club head speed.  Actually, it would be better to swing something lighter rather than heavier.  Also, strength and flexibility have a lot to do with how far you hit the ball.  Strong glutes, strong abs and flexible hips are key to being able to make the club go faster.  Good luck.

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Casey: RC teams planning Lyle, Celia tributes

By Rex HoggardSeptember 22, 2018, 3:58 pm

ATLANTA – Throughout this season Paul Casey has been in regular contact with European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, with most communication being via text messages that the Englishman said always included an eclectic range of emojis.

But when the Dane decided to make Casey one of his four captain’s picks, it had to be a phone call.

“He called on Monday (Sept. 3). I was in the parking garage at the Philadelphia Marriott,” Casey said this week at the Tour Championship. “It was rewarding, emotional, so many things.”

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Since being named to the team, Casey said his communication with Bjorn and the other members of the European team has been via WhatsApp, which allows the team to share ideas and finalize plans for next week’s matches. Casey said the exchanges have mainly featured good-natured teasing and a some silly pictures, with a few serious moments.

The European team, in coordination with the U.S. team, is planning to honor Jarrod Lyle, a former PGA Tour player who died last month following his third bout with leukemia, next Thursday in France. There is a public memorial service planned for Lyle on Thursday in Australia.

Casey also said the team is coordinating a plan to also honor Celia Barquín Arozamena, a top college player from Spain who was murdered this week in Iowa.

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Another 59: Nesbitt makes PGA Tour Latinoamerica history

By Nick MentaSeptember 22, 2018, 3:17 pm

For the second time in as many days, the golf world witnessed a professional sub-60.

Drew Nesbitt fired a 12-under 59 on Saturday in the second round of PGA Tour Latinoamerica's Brazil Open.

Nesbitt's round included a bogey, eight pars, five birdies, and four eagles - three of which came on one nine and one of which was an ace at the par-3 second, his 11th hole of the day.

The Canadian closed with three straight birdies, including this one at the ninth, to record the first 59 in the tour's history.

Perhaps more impressive than breaking 60 was that Nesbitt found a way overnight to shave 20 strokes off his first-round 79.

"I knew I had to shoot a low round if I was going to make the cut," he said. "The first hole of the day, I happened to knock it in from 100 yards and get my day started pretty quickly. ...

"My goal, obviously, was just to make the cut. To do it shooting 59 was absolutely incredible. You can't really ask for anything more than that."

With rounds of 79-59 for a 4-under-138 total, Nesbitt sits in a tie for 32nd through two rounds, 10 off the lead held by 2015 champ Alexandre Rocha.

"This is a golfer's dream, to shoot a sub-60 round and to do it in a tourmament and to do on this tour especially makes it that much more special," he said.

On Friday, Oliver Fisher became the first player in history to break 60 on the European Tour with a 12-under 59 at the Portugal Masters.

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Stricker shares first-round lead in South Dakota

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 12:48 am

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Steve Stricker shot a 7-under 63 on Friday to share the first-round lead at the Sanford International.

The 51-year-old Stricker was 8 under through 17 holes at chilly, rain-softened Minnehaha Country Club but closed with a bogey to fall into a tie with Jerry Smith, Brandt Jobe and David McKenzie.

Stricker only got to play seven holes in the pro-am because of rain that prevented the field from getting in much practice.

''You've just kind of got to trust your yardage book and hit to the spots and then try to make a good game plan on the way into the green, too, not really knowing where to hit it or where to miss it up there on the green. Sometimes it's good, too,'' Stricker said. ''You go around and you're focused a lot more on hitting it to a specific spot and not knowing what lies ahead in the course. So I guess today was the ultimate 'Take one hole at a time' because we didn't really know anything else, what was coming.''

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Stricker has two wins and has not finished worse than fifth in six starts this season on the over-50 tour as he continues to play a part-time schedule on the PGA Tour. Next week, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants at the matches outside Paris.

McKenzie, a 51-year-old Australian, had two eagles on the back nine, holing a wedge from 116 yards on the par-5 16th.

''We got told ... to play faster on No. 16, and so my caddie just said, 'Hit it in the hole so you don't have to putt it,' so I just did what he told me,'' McKenzie said.

Smith had eagles on Nos. 4 and 12.

''Honestly, I was just trying to hit some good shots and I really wasn't with the irons,'' Smith said. ''I just really didn't like the way I hit them today. You know, just the putter was the big difference for me. I just felt good with it all day, especially say outside of 10, 15 feet, where I felt like I was a lot.''

Scott McCarron, Lee Janzen and Paul Goydos were one shot back. McCarron came in second in the Charles Schwab Cup money standings behind Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is not playing this week.