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One of the greatest success stories in recent years on the PGA Tour has been the resurgence of Pat Perez… you know, the guy who once tomahawked his 3 wood down the fairway on 18 at Pebble Beach. Personally, I love that kind of fire and emotion in a player (within reason), because it shows he truly cares. And let’s be honest, Perez is a fan favorite, a draw, and he’s great for the game whether you like him or not. I think he’s great.

One thing about Perez is that he dances to the beat of his own drummer, just like Grayson Murray and many others who have found success in professional golf. But that does not mean he is aloof or rude, as some may think, it just means he does his own thing when the majority goes another direction. I encourage golfers, or just people in general, to have a little more of this individuality. It’s easy to follow the masses, but that doesn’t always lead to success or happiness.

I like the fact that after his victory at the CIMB Classic he said that he won’t change a thing; he won’t work out, he’ll continue to have a crappy diet, and he’s unapologetic about either. And why change? He stuck to his guns and it’s worked for him.

This leads me back to the golfer of today. All too often we change to the popular club just because everyone else is using it, or get the hottest new set of irons because we see others having success with them. It’s important, however, not to follow a trend, but to assess YOUR game and decide what’s best for you. If you need to play irons with a little more forgiveness, but purchase a “players iron” because your buddy has them, this will only hinder your improvement. Also, don’t feel pressure to change out your 10-year-old driver if the new equipment doesn’t help much; at the end of the day, who cares how many sky marks are on your driver if it helps you find fairways! The scorecard doesn’t care how new your clubs are, that’s for sure.

The same goes for instruction, or your mental game. If you’ve found something that works for you, don’t look to the masses for conviction that it’s best for you. Often times, teachers or coaches want to fit you into a swing mold, or a mental state, in order to fit in with the masses. Imagine if a swing coach told Furyk to change his move, or told Pat Perez to become less passionate and eat better; maybe those players would not have found the success they have.

Remember to chase YOUR dreams in the way that suits you best. Combine this with hard work, and you’ll be the one laughing in the end.

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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction at Combine Performance in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and has been honored as a Golf Digest Best Teacher and a Golf Tips Top-25 Instructor. Tom is also a Trackman University Master/Partner, a distinction held by less than 60 people in the world.

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  1. UYNWARH

    Oct 30, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Salty salty. Everyone so salty. Haters be haters. Keep swinging Mr. Perez!

  2. Dave Doesitall

    Oct 29, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I think it’s great the way Double P carries himself.. I’m pretty sure he could care less what anybody thinks. The great thing about him and this article is the fact your can carry yourself anyway you want in the good old USA… Sure their are consequences, but if you don’t care about them then whop de frickin do…If people want to emulate him that’s their choice. If people want to ridicule him, then that’s their choice. If people want to raise their kids like him, then that’s their choice. It’s time for everyone to wake up and accept all sorts of people and their personalities.

    • C.B.

      Oct 30, 2017 at 2:27 am

      You would know, you terrorize everybody here every day with your incessant nonsense with so many pseudonyms

  3. Jose Pinatas

    Oct 29, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Amen bro… The conformists are dead!!! March to your own beat.. Double P is flame….. So many people agitated by people wanting do do there own thing these days… Man if you as a person is happy, then who cares about what others think… American way brah!!!

    • C.B.

      Oct 30, 2017 at 2:29 am

      Don’t you know it’s you? with your …… you just can’t stop using these …… dots……. huh? Just go away man or go see a psychiatrist in Hollywood, may be they can use your multiple characters in some Hannibal Lecktor movie

      • Dave Doesitall

        Oct 30, 2017 at 4:46 am

        Peace not war brah……………..

  4. Mr.X

    Oct 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Pat “3-wood” Perez > Tiger “DUI” Wood

  5. TexasSnowman

    Oct 29, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I think PP is a spoiled jerk. Winning a few/many tour event does not make one a role model to be emulated.

  6. Tommy

    Oct 28, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I forgot to mention the de rigueur Harley. You can’t truly be a tool like Perez without one of those. What a surprise. A custom Harley-Davidson, imagine that….so original. He tries pretty hard for someone who “doesn’t care what anyone thinks”. All I see is someone trying really hard to draw attention to himself, marching to the beat of every other tool in town. Not original Tom. I guess that explains why all the dentists, accountants, and realtors can’t wait to buy their “original” lifestyle, just like Pat does.

  7. Vancouver Mellencamp

    Oct 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Lol at Pat Perez being a draw.

  8. Tommy

    Oct 28, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Where have you been TS? ”Do it your way” “march to your own beat”, “don’t care what anybody else thinks”. That’s original? It’s so normal now that it’s boring. There are so many idiots like him around that the “conformist” is the original these days. Pat Perez is a rich, spoiled baby and you think he’s cool…good for you. I can send you to plenty of places where EVERYONE is like him; rude, boorish, profane, and not original…at all, especially trying as hard as he does to appear that way. Have you never been to Las Vegas? He’s like a cookie-cutter Las Vegas douche. You can go there and find thousands of PP’s there on any weekend. Wow, a 2000 hp GT-R. So cool, if you’re fifteen. Throw clubs if you care. Only on WRX..

  9. BIG STU

    Oct 28, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    One of the best written articles I have seen on here in a while. Right or wrong I have always marched to the beat of my own drummer in golf as well as life. I do things my way period right or wrong! That goes for my equipment too. Any one who knows me on WRX or in real life will tell you that. Some folks must have a boring life following the mainstream around.

  10. maxdist

    Oct 28, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    “One of the greatest success stories in recent years on the PGA Tour has been the resurgence of Pat Perez… you know, the guy who once tomahawked his 3 wood down the fairway on 18 at Pebble Beach. Personally, I love that kind of fire and emotion in a player (within reason), because it shows he truly cares. And let’s be honest, Perez is a fan favorite, a draw, and he’s great for the game whether you like him or not. I think he’s great.”
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    Tiger!! Where are you Tiger??!!!

  11. Isac

    Oct 28, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Video of pat Perez tomahawking his three Wood?
    ?

  12. jerseychris

    Oct 28, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Right. Is Pat Perez using any 10 year old clubs? This sight becomes more and more useless.

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Welcome to Episode 2 of Trackman Tuesday. In this weekly series, I will be using Trackman data to help you understand the game of golf in a little more detail and help you hit better shots and play better golf.

In this week’s episode, I look at driver loft. What effect does driver loft have on your shots and how important is it, really?

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How far away from the ball should you be at address? This video is in response to a question from Tom McCord on Facebook.

In this video, I look at the setup position. I offer a simple way to check your distance from the ball at address with your driver, irons and wedges.

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Tour Pros Revealed: 3 Tests to See How You Stack Up

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You want to be better at golf, more consistent and longer off the tee. I am sure a lot of you would love to stop hurting. You would like these things with minimal work, if possible. You also want them yesterday. That about sum it up?

In the next 5 minutes, you’ll learn about the one thing that solves these problems for good. Before we dive in, though, I want to tee up three stats for you from my research.

  1. PGA Tour players can jump between 18-22 inches off the ground while LPGA Tour players can jump between 16-20 inches off the ground. Long drive competitors can often leap 30+ inches off the ground!
  2. Elite-level golfers who drive the ball 300+ yards can shot put a 6-pound ball more than 30 feet with less than a 5-percent difference in right-handed to left-handed throws.
  3. Elite golfers in the world can hurl a medicine ball with a seated chest pass just as far in feet as they can jump in inches (ie. a 20-inch vertical leap and a 20-foot seated chest pass).

What do these numbers have to do with you and your game? More importantly, what do these stats have to do with solving your problems? Let’s start by telling you what the solution is.   

Objective Assessment and Intelligent Exercise Prescription

Say that three times fast. It’s a mouth full… But seriously, read it two more times and think about what that means.

It means that before you act on anything to improve your health or your game, you need to objectively assess what the problem is and get to the root cause. You should use quality objective data to arrive at intelligent health and golf improvement decisions based on the long-term likelihood that they will be successful. We can’t just select exercises, swing changes or training aids based on what is hot in the market today or what the latest celebrity was paid big bucks to sell to us.

There is a reason why the infomercials you see today on Golf Channel will be different in 2 months. The same gimmicks run out of steam when enough people realize that is what they are… gimmicks. When looking to achieve your goals of playing better golf and/or having less pain, don’t just grab for the quick fix as so many golfers today do. 

We are in the information age. Information from quality data is power. Using this data intelligently, you can fix problems in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. Hopefully, I am giving you the power to make a meaningful and lasting change in your game. I’m sorry to say that most amateurs will not be hitting 300+ yard drives despite what the latest marketing ploy will have you believe. But, if you know what tests you can do to measure the areas that affect your distance off the tee, you can at least gain insight into where your biggest return on your time investment will be. 

This is where working with a golf fitness expert can be so valuable to you. Not only can they help you interpret your results from the tests, but they will also be able to prescribe you the most effective means to move closer to 300 yards from where you are right now.  

If you have a problem with your car not accelerating as fast as you would like or not being able to reach top end speed on the highway, I hope you take it to the mechanic and don’t just look up quick fixes on YouTube to see what you can do on your own. The reason you pay the mechanic to fix your car is because that is what they do all day. They will get it done as quickly as possible. More importantly, they’ll get correctly so that the problem doesn’t pop up again in 2 weeks.

A golf fitness expert is no different. Use them for their expertise and knowledge. Once you have a diagnosis of what is holding you back and a plan to correct it, you are on your way and won’t have to waste any more time or money trying silly quick fixes that never stick.

The three statistics mentioned earlier represent numbers measured across the globe by industry leaders and at our facility 3-4 times per year on hundreds of golfers each time. Our facility has thousands of data points. With this much data comes the ability to draw conclusions from objective assessments. These conclusions drive the intelligent implementation of successful solutions directed at the root causes of problems for thousands of golfers around the globe.

The first three statistics have an R-value of over 0.85 in correlation to clubhead speed. Translation: if you perform well in the first three tests with high numbers, you are very likely to have a high club speed. Further, if you improve in any of those three tests relative to where you started, you are almost assured to have a higher club speed than when you began (assuming swing technique and equipment is relatively unchanged).  

Keep in mind that in statistics, correlation is not the same as cause and effect. But when the R-value is that close to 1 and anecdotally you have seen the results and changes we have, you put some weight behind these three tests. So:

  • See how high you can jump
  • See how far you can shot put a 6-pound medicine ball
  • See how far you can chest pass a 6-pound medicine ball from a seated position

Doing so will give you an idea of how much power you have in your lower body, total rotary system and upper body respectively. Train whichever one is the worst, or train them all if you want. Rest assured that if you improve one of them, you will more than likely increase your swing speed.  

By doing these assessments and addressing the one or two weak areas, you will improve with the least work possible. Sounds about what you were looking for, right? If you are able to identify where you need to improve BEFORE you buy whatever is claiming to fix your problems, you will save lots of money and time. You will actually start to improve with the least amount of work possible and in the least amount of time possible.  

What’s next? After completing the assessment tests, start working to improve them.

  • Coming Soon: Lower Body Power for Golf
  • Coming Soon: Upper Body Power for Golf
  • Coming Soon: Rotary Power for Golf
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