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Send in a video of your golf swing for a completely free lesson from V1 Sports

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Here at GolfWRX, we want to help our readers improve at golf, the sport we all love. That means helping you make better buying decisions when it comes to equipment, arming you with knowledge about the swing, teaching you about the mental game, helping you develop fitness regimens, or any of the other many facets necessary to improve.

But we wanted to dive deeper, and give every reader the chance to get customized swing analysis and drills from some of the world’s best instructors.

That’s why we’re so excited to announce our partnership with V1 Sports in our new Lesson of the Day series. As part of this new endeavor, you will not only get a lesson from one of golf’s best instructors through the V1 Sports Platform, but the process is incredibly simple… and it’s FREE. This costs you absolutely nothing.

Recently, our Editor-in-Chief, and newly-left-handed golfer Andrew Tursky went through the process to get his swing analyzed by Matt Trimble, who’s credentials are below:

  • A PGA Member A-6 Teaching professional,
  • Arizona State University Karsten Golf Course (26 years) Golf Digest “Best in State Teachers” Arizona
  • Volunteer Coach Arizona State Women’s Golf (2017 NCAA National Champions)

Here’s the video lesson Trimble sent back to Tursky:

To get your chance at a free lesson, just like the one above, here’s how it works:

For iOS

Step 1)

Open or download the V1 Golf App on iTunes, which is free.

Step 2)

Login: If you already have a V1 Golf Account, log in. If not, select Sign Up on the login screen to create a new account. Once your account has been created, log in with your new credentials.

Step 3)

Connect to the GolfWRX Academy: Select Instructors on the bottom main menu. Then search for and select GolfWRX, then select Lesson of the Day.

Step 4)

Capturing or Importing a Swing Video – Select the Camera icon on the bottom menu. To start the recording, tap the red icon at the bottom center of the screen. Press the red icon again to end capture. To import video from your Photos, tap Import in the lower left corner of the video capture screen. This will open the Photos app and allow you to select a video to import.

Pro Tips:

  • The stopwatch in the top right corner can be used to delay the start of capture if you are alone.
  • Swipe left or right on the screen to activate the guide marker. The current mode is shown above the record button. This will add an alignment overlay to the viewfinder to help you determine the proper distance between subject and camera. Move closer or further away, until the subject fits approximately inside of the overlay area. This tool is only intended for camera alignment and will not appear in your recorded videos.  
  • Swing videos should be taken at waist level either face-on (directly in front of the golfer) or down-the-line (facing the target with the golfer directly in-between).

Step 5)

Submit a swing: Select Videos on the bottom main menu. Then select the three dot menu to the right of the video that you’d like to submit. Then select Send Video to my pro. Select Send Video to my Pro again on the confirmation page

That’s it! If your video gets selected, one of V1 Golf’s top instructors will analyze your swing, and your lesson video will be published on GolfWRX as a “Lesson of the Day.”

For Android

Step 1)

Open the V1 Golf App: If you haven’t already, download the free V1 Golf app from the Google Play store.

Step 2)

Login: If you already have a V1 Golf Account, log in. If not, select Create an Account on the login screen to create a new account. Once your account has been created, login with your new credentials.

Step 3)

Capturing or Importing a Swing Video – Press Camera icon on the app home page to activate the camera. When the camera starts, you will find all recording functions along the bottom of the display. To record a new video, press the large red record icon at the bottom center of the screen to start the capture process, then press the red button a second time to end capture.  

To import an existing video from your Android Gallery, tap Import in the lower left corner instead of pressing record. This will open the Gallery feature and allow you to select which video to use.

To exit capture mode, press the Back button on your device.

Pro Tip: Swing videos should be taken at waist level either face-on (directly in front of the golfer) or down-the-line (facing the target with the golfer directly in-between).

Step 4)

Open video to be submitted, then tap V1/Menu > Send to start the upload process. Click Change Academy to bring up the academy selection tool. Use the (Add a new Academy) option to search for GolfWRX, then select Lesson of the Day as the instructor.

Step 4)

The video will automatically start uploading and be submitted to the Lesson of the Day campaign.

That’s it! If your video gets selected, one of V1 Sports’ top instructors will analyze your swing, and your lesson video will be published on GolfWRX as a “Lesson of the Day.”

If you have any issues at all when uploading your swing video, head over to V1 Sports support chat in the V1 Golf app. By entering your video into this system, you agree to have your video be used in a GolfWRX Front Page story. Thanks for participating! 

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  1. Ab

    Sep 11, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    What a stupid exercise in futility! Nothing can come of it other than confirming your incompetence.

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The Wedge Guy: Is your driver the first “scoring club”?

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I was traveling Sunday and didn’t get to watch the end of the PGA Championship, so imagine my shock Monday morning when I read what had happened on that back nine. Like most everyone, I figured Brooks Koepka had his game and his emotions completely under control and Sunday’s finish would be pretty boring and anti-climactic. Man, were we wrong!!?

As I read the shot-by-shot, disaster-by-disaster account of what happened on those few holes, I have to admit my somewhat cynical self became engaged. I realize the conditions were tough, but it still boils down to the fact that Koepka nearly lost this PGA Championship because he couldn’t execute what I call “basic golf” – hitting fairways and greens – when it counted. And Dustin Johnson lost his ability to do the same just as he got within striking distance.

I’ve long been a critic of the way the game has come to be played at the highest levels; what we used to call “bomb and gouge” has become the norm at the professional tour level. These guys are big strong athletes, and they go at it harder than anyone ever did in “the old days”. Watch closely and you’ll see so many of them are on their toes or even off the ground at impact, especially with the driver. Call me old-fashioned, but I just don’t see how that can be the path to consistent shotmaking.

So, my curiosity then drove me to the year-to-date statistics on the PGA Tour website to dive into this a bit deeper. What I found was quite interesting, and I believe can be helpful to all of you readers as you think about how to lower your handicap this season. Follow me here, as I think there are some very helpful numbers from the PGA Tour.
I’ve long contended that golf is a game of ball control . . . let’s call it shotmaking. Your personal strength profile will determine whether you are a long hitter or not, and there’s probably not a lot you can do (or will do) to change that dramatically. But PGA Tour statistics indicate that accuracy, not distance, is the key to better scoring.

The Tour leader in driving accuracy is Jim Furyk, the only guy who is hitting more than 75% of the fairways. The Tour average is under 62%, or not even 2 out of 3. That means the typical round has the tour professional playing at least 4-5 approach shots from the rough. I’m going to come back to that in just a moment and explore the “cost” of those missed fairways.

The Tour leader in greens-in-regulation is Tiger Woods at 74%, almost 3-out-of-4 . . . but the Tour average is less than 66%, or just under 2-out-of-3. I believe enlightenment comes by breaking that GIR statistic down even further.
From the fairway, the Tour leader in GIR is Justin Thomas at 85% and the worst guy at 65%, three points better than the tour average for GIR overall. Hmmmmm. From the rough, however, the best guy on Tour is Taylor Gooch at 63.4%, which is not as good as the very last guy from the fairway.

But let’s dive even a bit deeper to better understand the importance of driving accuracy. Is it true these guys are so good from the rough that hitting fairways doesn’t matter? Not according to the numbers.

From the rough in the range of 125-150 yards – a wedge for most of these guys – the tour’s best hit it 25-27 feet from the hole and only 30 tour pros are averaging inside 30 feet from that distance. But from the fairway, 25 yards further back – 150-175 yards – the tour’s best hit it inside 21-23 feet, and 160 guys are getting closer than 30 feet on average. Even from 175-200 in the fairway, the best on tour hit it closer than the best on tour from the rough 50 yards closer.

So, what do you do with this information? I encourage any serious golfer to really analyze your own rounds to see the difference in your scoring on holes where you find the fairway versus those where you don’t. I feel certain you’ll find throttling back a bit with your driver and focusing more on finding the fairway, rather than trying to squeeze a few more yards of the tee will help you shoot lower scores.

If you have the inclination to see what more fairways can do to your own scores, here’s a little experiment for you. Get a buddy or two for a “research round” and play this game: When you miss a fairway, walk the ball straight over to the fairway, and then 15 yards back. So, you’ll hit every approach from the fairway, albeit somewhat further back – see what you shoot.

Next week I’m going to follow up this “enlightenment” with some tips and techniques that I feel certain will help you hit more fairways so you can take this to the bank this season.

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Hot & Cold: Where strokes were won and lost at the PGA Championship

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In “Hot & Cold,” we’ll be focusing each week on what specific areas of the game players excelled and disappointed in throughout the previous tournament. On Sunday, Brooks Koepka made it four wins from his last eight appearances at major championships, and here’s a look at where some of the most notable players gained and lost strokes over the four days of action at Bethpage Black.

Hot

While Brooks Koepka’s play off the tee was excellent at last week’s PGA Championship, the American utterly dominated the field with his deadly approach play. The 29-year-old led the field in New York for his approach play gaining 9.5 strokes over his competitors. In case you were wondering, this represents Koepka’s career-best performance with his irons. Check out the clubs Koepka did the damage with at Bethpage Black in our WITB piece here.

Jordan Spieth finished T3 at last week’s event, and the Texan was streets ahead of anyone for the four days with the flat-stick in hand. Spieth gained a mammoth 10.6 strokes over the field on the greens of Bethpage Black, which is over three strokes more than anyone else achieved. It was the best-putting display of the 25-year-old’s career thus far, and Spieth now heads to Colonial CC ranked first in this week’s field for strokes gained: putting over his last 12 rounds.

Dustin Johnson came agonizingly close to capturing his second major title last week, and encouragingly for DJ is that he gained strokes in all of the significant strokes gained categories. Johnson also led the field for strokes gained: off the tee, gaining 7.2 strokes over the field – his best performance in this area this year.

Cold

Bubba Watson endured a wretched two days on the greens at Bethpage Black. In just 36 holes, Watson lost 6.8 strokes to the field with the flat-stick. Even more frustrating for Watson is that he gained 6.5 strokes for the two day’s tee to green. A tale of what could have been for the two-time Masters champion.

Phil Mickelson faded badly at last week’s championship, and it was a poor display with his irons that did the damage. Lefty lost 6.3 strokes to the field for his approach play in New York, which is his worst display in this area for 2019.

It was a quick exit for Tiger Woods at Bethpage Black, and though the 15-time major champion was far from his best off the tee (losing half a stroke), it was Woods’ putting that was his undoing. Woods lost almost a stroke and a half on the greens at Bethpage – his worst display with the putter since last August.

 

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Brough Creek National: The backyard course you wish you’d built

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted a golf course in your backyard.

Of course you have.

Now leave your hand raised if you actually rolled up your sleeves and made it happen.

Among the very few people left with their hands in the air are Ben Hotaling, Zach Brough, Evan Bissell, and Mark Robinson, the driving force behind Brough Creek National. That’s right. These guys are building a golf course in their backyard. From scratch.

The true beginnings of golf aren’t well-documented, but one thing’s for sure: people were playing golf at least 400 years before the first working internal combustion engine. Long before golf course architecture was a multi-million dollar investment before the first dime of revenue trickled in, courses were laid down largely by hand using the natural movement of the land. In that same spirit, Ben happened to notice that there was one particular shot in their backyard that reminded him of the Road Hole at St. Andrews, as it plays over their barn and to a green situated right in front of the road to the property.

Ben ultimately convinced his roommate Zach, whose family has owned the land for some time, that they should clear some trees and put in a makeshift green for their Road Hole. That was in 2015 and, while that’s technically the genesis of Brough Creek National, it was in 2018 when they started sharing their ideas in No Laying Up’s online forum section that things escalated rather quickly. Bouncing ideas off their fellow compatriots revealed great natural setups for a Biarritz/punch bowl combination, a Redan, and more. Before they knew it, they had a 630-yard, 7-hole golf course criss-crossing through the three-acre property in Kansas City, KS.

Road Hole green at Brough Creek National

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Brough Creek National is that it has operated solely off of donations, which started with a weed eater here and a can of herbicide there and has since grown to a recent GoFundMe campaign of $15,000. These donations have allowed them to purchase grass seed and other vital equipment to see the project through. The community aspect of Brough Creek National is so important to what they’re trying to achieve that anyone who provides their name and address on the website is sent a free new membership packet (I happen to be member #209). Included are some stickers, a ballmark, and a welcome letter that states (among other things),

“We are proud to have you as a lifetime national member at our exclusive, member-owned (and maintained) club…The vision of Brough Creek National is to have a place for community golf modeled around fun for members and guests from all golfing backgrounds…Your dues will be assessed at the rate of $0.00 annually.”

Ben further emphasizes the importance of the community aspect by saying:

“I think Brough Creek stands for community. It’s like-minded individuals coming together and supporting something they’re proud of. It’s a smart, intriguing golf course, but it’s ultimately about making friends and that’s what matters. The quality of the golf course is almost inconsequential because the real purpose is to assemble this brotherhood of people who are passionate about the game of golf. We think it’s done in a way that sheds the elitist stigma that golf has often struggled with and we’re almost mocking that in a playful way.”

“I’m not going to tell anyone they have to experience the game a certain way, but we try to go above and beyond to be approachable and welcoming because we think that’s more important than status. Golf’s not a money-making business. It’s just not. So, why don’t we just take that out of it, come together as a community, and create something we can all be proud of?”

If we’re all having an honest moment, not even Ben and Zach know exactly how this project is going to evolve, but one thing’s for sure: an emphasis on maximizing fun for the highest number of the golfing community is never a bad place to start. Those who believe par and total yardage are irrelevant in determining the amount of fun available to them should be in for a treat. To watch the project unfold, check out www.someguysbackyard.com and follow @someguysbackyrd on Twitter and @someguysbackyard on Instagram.

Below is an overview of the course, narrated by Ben Hotaling

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