Should residency requirements play a role in the Ryder Cup?
Another Ryder Cup loss has most of American golf shaking their heads and asking a collective “why?” There is a tendency to overlook the bigger picture here, but the bottom line is...
In club fitting, three swings is all it takes
I had a recent experience that reminded me of some lessons I...
Mr. Consistency: A video analysis of Jim Furyk’s swing
The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles will be Jim Furyk’s ninth Ryder...
Statistically-based pairings for the U.S. Ryder Cup team
The U.S. Ryder Cup team appears to be — based on popular...
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Review: Adams Pro Hybrid
Pros: A scorching hot face for boring, penetrating shots off the tee. They’re very workable, and have a sole shape that glides through rough nicely. Cons: Hoisting a high, soft shot can be a challenge. Also, the...
- Posted 180 days ago
Robots to take over top golf academies?
There’s one goal for anyone hoping to be a top-tier golfer: develop a repeatable swing. It’s not easy and teaching professionals have tried just about everything to help their students. If you’ve ever taken golf lessons, you’ve...
- Posted 182 days ago
12 Things You Don’t Know About The Mini Tours
Many people think playing professional golf at any level is glamorous, but I can tell you after more than four years of professional golf that’s often not the case. Don’t get me wrong. I had a lot...
- Posted 183 days ago
Tiger Woods’ back isn’t the problem
I started to write: If you think Tiger Woods is through, you’re a doofus. In retrospect, that seemed a bit harsh. What I really meant to say was, if you think Tiger’s bad back spells the end of...
- Posted 184 days ago
Black Diamond Ranch: One of Florida’s hidden gems lies at the Quarry
If there’s one thing that the Sunshine State has in no short supply it’s exceptional destinations for golf. From the Panhandle to Jacksonville, down to Naples and Miami, with Orlando and Tampa in between, one could spend...
- Posted 195 days ago
Using statistics and launch monitor data to shoot lower scores
As a statistician who works with PGA Tour players, I’m frequently asked by aspiring Tour players and their coaches what statistics they can use to measure themselves against Tour players. The mistake with this question is that...
- Posted 202 days ago
New Blue Monster lives up to the name
I recently watched the “Seinfeld” episode “The Beard” where George, who happens to be wearing a hairpiece, is set up on a blind date by Kramer with a bald woman. While the whole point of this exchange...
- Posted 204 days ago
Match play can work for the Tour with a little tinkering
As golf fans, we are seldom exposed to the extremely electrifying format of match play golf. When such weeks arise on what has recently become a very full calendar of golf, it definitely sparks some more attention...
- Posted 209 days ago
Overrated? That’s not what the stats say about Rickie Fowler
One of the most publicized swing changes this season has been Rickie Fowler’s decision to alter some of his swing mechanics with instructor Butch Harmon. Fowler had his first career victory in 2012 and finished 40th on...
- Posted 217 days ago
Statistics that make a great Ryder Cup player and the 2014 U.S. Team standings
With the Ryder Cup upon us this year, I want to look at the status of the U.S. team from a statistical perspective throughout the season leading up to the event. The U.S. team will have Tom...
- Posted 232 days ago
Is video passé in golf instruction?
Golf instruction has seen a swell of technological advances such as ball-flight measuring devices, 3-D systems and other high-tech training aids that have given us the much-needed boost in our ever-growing body of knowledge of how best...
- Posted 232 days ago
Points’ DQ rekindles debate about severity of the rules of golf
In what seems to be an accelerating rash of notable player dismissals from PGA Tour events, D.A. Points was disqualified from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for practicing with a training aid during the course of...
- Posted 234 days ago
Everyone’s asking: What’s wrong with Tiger?
As he’s just pocketed a seven-figure sum for an exhibition in Delhi, India (where he reportedly played very well), and in the midst the worst start in his near-20 year professional golf career, it seems fitting to...
- Posted 237 days ago
Football is over, so bring on the Masters!
Super Bowl Sunday came and went with a lackluster performance by the league’s top offense and a textbook result for the best defense. At least a good halftime show highlighted the night where the game play and...
- Posted 237 days ago
2014 PGA Merchandise Show: Manufacturer Personality Comparisons
For any golf nut, taking to the floor of the Orange County Convention Center for the annual PGA Merchandise Show is like entering Willy Wonka’s factory. It is wonderfully overwhelming. If you love golf, then your aching...
- Posted 239 days ago
Shattered dreams on the Island Green
This could be it. The round of my life. We’ve all been there. At some point in the round, having strung together a run of solid holes, we start to have visions of the glory that lay...
- Posted 242 days ago
Wishon: 7 club fitting keys to improve shot consistency
One of the simplest ways golfers can improve their games is through proper club fitting, which is often overlooked because of the emphasis golf equipment companies place on trying to help golfers hit the ball farther. Adding...
- Posted 265 days ago
10 PGA Tour players who will rise (or fall) in 2014
With the 2014 PGA Tour season starting, I wanted to give the readers a look at a few players on Tour that I feel will be on the rise and falling for the season. The data below...
- Posted 267 days ago
Forget pace of play: “Tee it Forward” for fun
It seems that courses are continuing to get longer, handicaps have not gone down and still many players have ignored the “Tee it Forward” program espoused by the USGA and PGA of America. Sadly, the disregard for...
- Posted 267 days ago
Seven Ways to Make Golf Better in 2014
Once in a while, when I write about “growing the game,” someone responds: “Really, what difference does it make?” Or, as an editor said: “Our job is to provide access so people who want to play can...
- Posted 270 days ago
The data behind Keegan Bradley’s coaching change
Keegan Bradley has reportedly left long-time swing coach Jim McLean for Chuck Cook, who teaches Bradley’s good friend Jason Dufner and Luke Donald. That gives Cook one of the most formidable list of clients in the golf...
- Posted 276 days ago
An open letter to Santa from golf fans
Dear Santa, We hope you’ve had a restful first 11-plus months of the year. Now that you’re making preparations for The Big Night, we would like to gently remind you not to overlook the following Christmas wish...
- Posted 279 days ago
Are shorter golfers better putters?
It is generally accepted that taller golfers have an advantage when it comes to driving distance on the PGA Tour. All else being equal, the thought is that taller golfers will have the edge in comparison to...
- Posted 286 days ago
5 golf fashion trends that hopefully get left behind in 2014
It’s safe to say that the current PGA Tour also moonlights as a grass runway for designers and their sponsored golfers to broadcast a wide array of fashion styles. Gone are the days where fellas nonchalantly donned...
- Posted 291 days ago
Bifurcation: Fixing golf’s indigestion
Of the issues that dominated golf’s conversation in 2013—Tiger’s drops, Brandel’s report card’s, Keegan’s belly putter, Sergio’s jokes, and oh, sure, slow play—let me suggest another that will resonate far beyond this season. It speaks directly to...
- Posted 293 days ago
Hit driver, not 3 wood for better scoring on tight holes
The following column is an excerpt from my recently published annual e-book, 2013 Pro Golf Synopsis. There is a link below in my profile data for those whom would like to purchase the book for only $10....
- Posted 294 days ago
Preview: “The Short Game” Netflix Documentary
I’ve worked in the film business for some time now I have access to an abundant amount of great stories. Rarely does something come along that unexpectedly smashes me over the head and leaves me with a...
- Posted 297 days ago
Rory McIlroy pals around with another sports superstar in a Nike…soccer ad?
Don’t worry; your browser has not mysteriously sent you to SoccerWRX.com. That video you see below is indicative of the state of golf at the end of 2013, even if it, strangely, is not a golf ad....
- Posted 298 days ago
See JFK’s golf swing
As you may know, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. America commemorated and honored his life with television shows, stories and ceremonies. In appreciation of...
- Posted 302 days ago
3 Things from the 2013 PGA Tour season I’m thankful for
As Americans settle around their dinner tables for Thanksgiving feasts, and golf fans start to take a look back at the year that was, it seems fitting to blend a countrywide tradition and a common impulse among...
- Posted 306 days ago
A Closer Look At Decision 18/4
The United States Golf Association and R&A Rules Ltd.– the rule-making bodies of the PGA Tour — announced on Tuesday that players would no longer be penalized when a ball’s movement could only be detected through the...
- Posted 313 days ago
A golfer’s dazzling Cape: Golf along Cape Cod
When a sandy strand extends out into the ocean, it doesn’t take long for golf to establish itself as a primer recreational and fiscal entity. Cape Cod’s proximity to the Atlantic ocean extends its golfing season on...
- Posted 316 days ago
Adam Scott: Twice a Master in 2013
Adam Scott has won his second Masters of 2013. The golfer defended his Australian Masters title Sunday at Royal Melbourne, besting a charging-then-faltering Matt Kuchar by two strokes. Scott’s even-par 71 secured his second victory in as...
- Posted 317 days ago
PGA Tour strengthening Web.com Tour ties everywhere… except the U.S.?
Give credit where credit is due: the PGA Tour is to be commended for recent measures that have helped expand its reach across the globe. It has brought the Canadian Tour into the fold in the form...
- Posted 319 days ago
Tweets of the week: cocktails, Movember and bad grammar, too
The Silly Season is in full swing. Quality golf is being played, yes, but do golf fans really still have an appetite for it, as they hunger more for football than fairways? Tiger Woods made a strong...
- Posted 322 days ago
A pair of Japanese stars emerge on the PGA Tour: Which one will shine brighter?
The number of Asian golfers who have played on PGA Tour are few. Of those, the ones who have achieved significant fame are even fewer. With Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikawa playing concurrent schedules in the U.S.,...
- Posted 326 days ago
Big purses, big doings: PGA of America and PGA Tour announce joint initiatives
On Wednesday, while the PGA Tour geared up for the first round of the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course on St. Simon’s Island, Ga., the Tour and the PGA of America made a...
- Posted 326 days ago
Improve your game at your cubicle
Are you wasting valuable time at work, daydreaming about golf when you could actually be using this time to lower your scores? If you’re like me you probably catch yourself staring at a golf calendar in your...
- Posted 327 days ago
Carry on: Tour caddies make the right move in organizing APTC
So this is what happens when they cancel the caddie races. Many of the most high-profile caddies in professional golf, as well as members of the rank and file, have banded together to form the Association of...
- Posted 327 days ago