Archive for the ‘PGA Tour’ Category

Heath Slocum and Mark Blackburn Using the K-Vest

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The below video show Heath Slocum and his Coach Mark Blackburn one of GASP’s and K-Vest customers using the vest between rounds at the US Open a few weeks ago.

Can Louis Oosthuizen Hang on?

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Will Louis Oosthuizen hang onto his lead going into the last round of the Open Championship or will Paul Casey or other catch him?
Looking at his swing in slow motion I have to say it looks fairly sound and as long as the pressure of the last round does not get to him and he start steadily you have to say he should hang on easily. 
Coached by Pete Cowen, who has helped many a player to success over the years. I like the look of the club at the top of his swing slightly pointing left due a slightly shorter action. It’s hard to see what could go wrong from there.  Another thing that has impressed me with his swing to that he maintains his upper body stability so well.  Even though we should see slight head motion in any good swing Oosthuizen really keeps not only his height well but the upper body hardly moves back at impact.
Casey on the other hand did get out in 5 under yesterday and a repeat performance on the outward 9 holes would certainly increase the pressure on Oosthuizen.

Cristie Kerr No.1 on the LPGA Tour

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Cristie Kerr moved to the top of the LPGA Tour rankings with a demolition of the field at the LPGA Championship by 12 shots. That’s right 12 shots an incredible accomplishment.   Below is Cristie working hard on her game?  There are a couple of interesting movements in her swing with the club getting across the line at the top of the backswing and a limited wrist hinge.  But one thing for sure she was consistent all through the week and a 6 under pay final round was certainly a round she will remember for the rest of her life.

Graham Mcdowell Wins US Open Golf 2010

Monday, June 21st, 2010

So may be the shut club face at the top of Dustin Johnson’s backswing was too unmanageable in the last round at the US Open at Pebble Beach.  Congratulations to Grahame McDowell on his one shot victory.  He managed his round perfectly to make sure he ended the 40 year drought for European Winners of the US Open let’s hope it’s not another 40 years to the next victor.
We take a quick look at Grahame’s swing from down the line showing how he manages to deliver the club perfectly on swing plane in the downswing even though he is slightly out of position at the top of his swing.

Dustin Johnson leading into the final round of US Open

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

I have to admit Dustin Johnson certainly gets results.  It’s interesting in the below analysis of his own swing he mentions nothing about the bowed left wrist and shut face at the top of his backswing as well as the untra late release to compensate for that closed face.  It’s rare that you see any golfer with a right elbow below the left arm in his downswing.  Just goes to show though in his comments how he views a good club shaft plane in the downswing and for that matter the backswing something every golfer should strive for.

Westwood Wins In payoff at the St. Jude Classic

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

An amazing end to the St.Jude Classic this week on the PGA tour, Robert Garrigus only needed a double bogey to win and lipped out for a treble. I must admit he gave a good post interview to David Feherty after the disastrous end to his round. Then the drama continued into the playoff where no one seems to want to win. Finally Lee Westwood went onto win in extra time.

Robert Karlsson, regaining his form at the St. Jude Classic this week though, interestingly his longest holed put was 16 feet in the 72 holes, he must have struck the ball well to get round on -10 to get into a playoff with Lee Westwood.

He has returned to his coach Mark Blackburn from Alabama starting at Dubai this year and it seems to have paid dividends. After a great season in 2008 finishing high up in all 4 majors and topping the European Tour Order of Merit, 2009 however was not the best of years primarily through illness. Mark originally from London has setup a number of Golf Academies in the US and not only coaches Robert Karlsson but Heath Slocum and a number of talented NCAA students.

Let’s take a look at Robert Karlsson’s swing in High speed.

Rory McIlroy storms to victory on the PGA Tour

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

We all know on this side of the pond that Rory McIlroy has class but his finishing round of 62 to win his maiden PGA tour event by 4 shots from Phil Mickelson at the notoriously difficult Quail Hollow Classic has certainly raised a few eyebrows.  With 17 birdies and eagle over the weekend there was no one to touch him.  Rory remarks that he felt in the zone in the last round and long may it continue.

This result has catapulted him up the Sony world rankings to ninth joining Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood in the top ten.

With Tiger Woods missing the cut and Phil Mickelson winning at Augusta and second at Quail Hollow to gap at the top of the world ranking is getting tighter.  Will Tiger recover from his off the course issues.

1.

Woods

11.17 

 

 2.

Mickelson

9.66 

 

 3.

Stricker

7.75 

 

 4.

Westwood

7.44 

 

 5.

Furyk

7.06 

 

 6.

Poulter

6.18 

 

 7.

Els

5.92 

 

 8.

Casey

5.87 

 

 9.

McIlroy

5.53 

 

 10.

Kaymer

5.11

 

Lee Westwood at High Speed

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Lee Westwood playing his left to right shot at high speed a safe shot, but with Lee’s action as good at ball striker as he is, finds it not impossible but more difficult to get it going from right to left. But there is something to be said for knowing where the ball shape is going and there are plenty of great players over the years playing from left to right.

Great effort at the 2010 Masters wish it was a win. Your sponsers UPS and Ping Golf certainly got value for money from you this week.

Houston Open Looking Ahead to The Master 2010

Monday, April 5th, 2010

With Anthony Kim managing to win in a playoff at the Shell Houston Open all eyes turn to the US Masters that start this week. It also sees the return of Tiger Woods who was seen at the course today ahead of the official practise day at Augusta. It will be interesting to see if he will answer any more questions about his alleged extra marital affairs and how he will be able to cope with the extra pressure.
From a golfing stand point it’s great to see him back and also to find out if any of his fellow professionals have been able to bridge the gap especially in the Majors. It’s also good to see the likes of Nike Golf still supporting him he has certainly helped promote their brand over the last decade or so.

Take a look at his swing in in high speed from last year

Houston Open Round 3

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Anthony Kim is sitting in tied first place on the Shell Houston Open even though he has only hit 19 fairways in 3 rounds of golf. Quite amazing that he has not been punished by the wayward tee shots. Just goes to show that he is making plenty of birdies and scrambling well. It will be interesting to see how Augusta is setup next week. In the past it’s been wide open so should suit the like of Anthony Kim where perhaps a more penal rough as we are accustomed to see in the US Open for example would certainly make things more difficult for him.