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AT&T National Winner – Tiger Woods!

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Last year, Anthony Kim showed on exceptional performance at the AT&T National, winning with ease.

This year, Anthony Kim comes really close, playing with Tiger Woods in the final group of the final round.

Notables include Hunter Mahan, who shot an incredible 62 today to finish before the final groups at 12 under.

As I did predicted during the 3rd round of the AT&T National, this tournament really came down to Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim.  And I did say Tiger probably will have an edge over the last finishing holes, where he did make birdies to gain lead in the tournament.

My prediction for AT&T National earlier today also became true, as Tiger had an edge over the last couple holes of “pressure” golf.  I think Anthony Kim has come a long ways, especially during the 9-month period that Tiger was going through his knee surgery but I think he still has a long ways to go before beating Tiger head-to-head.

Of course, don’t forget Hunter Mahan, he’s been shooting awfully low scores at many tournaments.  I think every time I turn on my TV, Hunter Mahan is shooting a 62 or 63.  I am sure he will win many tournaments.

One thing is for sure, Tiger Woods is certainly back after winning 3 tournaments already this year.  It will be harder to beat him as Tiger plays more tournaments and I think he’s still not 100%, something seriously to worry about for other PGA Tour players.

I am sure Anthony Kim will beat Tiger Woods in stroke play one day though.  When that day comes, Tiger will have a good challenger to compete with.

Overall, I think everyone did a great job here, there’s a lot of veterans who are at the AT&T National this week, something I haven’t seen before.  Interesting to note that people were applauding for a war hero who was on his wheelchair as the final group walked up the 18th hole.

Congrats to Tiger Woods on his comeback 2009 and winning the 2009 AT&T National!

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Shortgame DIY – How to Hit the 3 Wood Chip Shot!

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Well, one of the most useful shortgame shot is the 3 wood chip shot.  But first, you need to know when and where you hit the 3 wood chip shot.

I found it helpful on the following occasions to hit the 3 wood chip shot:

  • Your ball is laying in-between the green and the fringe, sorta half-way and cannot get the putter fully on the ball.
  • Your ball is in the fringe but the green is super-fast or downhill, you don’t want to chip.  The 3-wood can do a great job here since you will be guaranteed that the ball rolls, to avoid flubbing.
  • Your ball is in the fairway but you are playing a links-style course, the 3-wood chip can come in handy and let you roll the golf ball all the way home

Now, those aren’t situations you come to often but 3-wood can make you score better, especially if you are playing for money or a tournament is at stake.

To play the 3-wood chip, simply grip down on the 3-wood near the metal or graphite.  Then simply chip it like your chipping shot or you can even experiment with a putting grip and putting swing.

You will notice that the golf ball comes off the 3-wood very hot with a small jump at the start.  Don’t worry too much about how much the ball jumps, the main thing you need to practice is to control the speed with the 3-wood.

Every once in awhile, you will use the 3-wood and start getting better and better with it.

Of course, don’t be too disappointed if you hit the ball too far or short, you need to practice this shot to get the “feel” for it.

Once you have the “feel” for it though, you are on your way to adding another great shortgame technique.  And you can tell your friends you learned it online for free at ProGolferDigest.com.

Enjoy~

Camilo Villegas Iron Swing Analysis!

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Camil Villegas has one of the simplest swings as he never swings beyond 3/4 point and accelerates nicely through the ball while keeping his rhythm super-smooth.

Today we will analyze Camilo’s iron swing and just see how he is able to come up with wins such as the BMW Championships where he beat the top players of the world including Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Anthony Kim, and others.

At takeaway, you can clearly tell that Camil’s clubface is shut (or closed).  But this isn’t too big a problem as long as he gets it open at the top of his swing.

At half-way, you can tell that Camilo has nicely rotated his forearms so the clubface is square in relation to his swing plane.  He’s slightly inside the plane but that’s not a big deal here.

At the top of his swing, Camilo looks very poised and everything stretched out nicely.  Note that his hands and club are not actually back on-plane, a perfect backswing.

At impact, Camilo dips his head down a little (which most players do) but his impact is perfect.

After impact, Camilo looks pretty good.

At finish, Camilo does a great job of standing up straight.

Overall, I am impressed with this young Camilo’s swing as he never over-swings yet his retains his smooth rhythm.

What’s impressive is that this young man is capable of hitting every shot in the bag although he has a tendency to miss his drives to the right.  (probably due to his short backswing when he’s tempo gets too quick)  But with a swing like this, Camilo will never miss left, mostly to the right.

Most players who have short backswing tend to have a quick tempo but Camilo actually has a nice tempo.  (For comparison, check out Tommy Armour III’s swing analysis)

Here’s Camil Villegas’ swing in action:

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LPGA Tells Players they must speak English!

Friday, August 29th, 2008

LPGA has just announced a new rule that requires all LPGA members(players) to speak English.  Players who cannot communicate in English will be suspended.

Here’s a funny quote:

“Being a US-based tour, and with the majority of our fan base, pro-am contestants, sponsors and participants being English speaking, we think it is important for our players to effectively communicate in English,” Galloway said.

Now, I must disagree with this US-based fans.  LPGA is not simply for Americans it’s really for the world to see.

If LPGA “thinks” its viewers mainly consist of English speaking people, think again please as a big portion of LPGA viewers also come from Korea, Sweden, and other home countries of LPGA players.

I personally know about a thousand people who watch the LPGA in Korea around 3am simply because of the time difference.

What LPGA really need to do is fire the person who made this stupid rule that is simply prejudice from my standpoint and my upbringing in the United Stated after having moved here at age of nine.

To whoever decided to make this stupid rule that is obviously prejudice against players from non-English speaking countries:

If you simply cannot stand all the Swedes and Korean stars that are taking over the LPGA, quit your job and do something else but don’t tell me you are going to stump on some of the best international LPGA players’ faces by telling them you can’t play if you can’t speak English.  Don’t waste my fuckin’ time with you bullshit rules, this isn’t golf this is prejudice bitches.  Sorry to be brutally honest but you were being brutally prejudice.

I can tell you that I know this hurts international players more than anything else as English wasn’t my first language either.

Anytime you want to single out a group of race or people, think about this first, “What if I was one of them, would I want to be treated like this?”

It’s a perfectly clear prejudice of another person simply based on where he/she is from, not who he/she is.

This form of prejudice must be stopped in any professional golf or sporting event.

My great peaceful life was going great until this morning I heard this, and I have to say this unjust rule must be gone very quickly.  Stupid LPGA officials, that’s what I say.

For now, we will have to wait and see what Florida laws say about discrimination based on someone’s LANGUAGE for god sakes:

But if Korea’s most famous female player was broadly supportive, some civil liberties activists in the US claimed a language requirement could violate state law. “Florida law prohibits discrimination in public accommodations,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Florida. “They may well violate Florida discrimination laws because language is a key element of person’s national origin. People should be judged on their ability to perform a job. English fluency has no more to do with the ability to play 18 holes of golf than whether you walk 18 holes or ride 18 holes.”

via guardian

Urban Golf – Make your Streets a Golf Course!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Here’s a funny site that explains the definitions and how to play “urban golf”.

It sounds like a lot of fun, maybe it will pick up some speed among the urbanists.

Remember, if you have a job that allows you to sit around a lot and you have plenty of space, I recommend you do it and hit that ball really far.

SensoGlove Monitors your grip pressure and may help you become a better golfer!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

SensoGlove Monitors your grip pressure and may help you become a better golfer!

One of the biggest challeges in golf is that you need to keep your grip pressure at about the same level during the course of your whole swing.  Now, I can do that simply through training and light hands but if you need more help, the SensoGlove might do a perfect job of it.  This SensoGlove will alert you for how stable your grip pressure is throughout your swing.

It looks like your standard white leather golf glove until you notice the small computer with the LCD display on the back. This computer uses various sensors that are strategically placed throughout the glove to measure your grip on the club while you swing. Audio feedback lets you know when your grip has become too tight, while I assume the club flying out of your hand lets you know when your grip is not tight enough. The LCD also provides a visual indication of which fingers are gripping the club too tightly, and you can even adjust the sensitivity depending on what level of grip is right for you.

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Swing Analysis of John Daly!

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

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(Driver)

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(Iron Shots)

John Daly has been one of my favorite golfers of all time. Although he may do outrageous things like getting too drunk, that’s not my concern and his still my hero for being one of the most unique golfers in history.

What most people to realize is that John Daly does not “Grip and Rip”, he actually has one of the best rhythms out of all the pro golfers. The “Grip and Rip” really refers to really going up to the ball and emptying his mind.

Even if you look at his driver swings carefully, you will realize how great his overall swing rhythm is. It’s probably as almost as good as Freddy Couples, but it’s hard to see due to his long backswing.

I even read John’s Grip and Rip It, it’s a great book in which he discusses the details of how he plays golf.

What to learn from John Daly?

Well, he does use a “trigger” type grip in which his right index finger is gripping the club like holding a gun trigger. Btw, . Greg Norman use to touch his index finger with his thumb. (I think he still does…)

Both these methods are trivial to the onlooker but they do great job of keeping your right hand out of your swing. You can experiment and see if it works for you as I have used it before with good success as I tend to use my right hand too much too.