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Charles Howell III on why he finds the GolfWRX forums “very beneficial”

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While we’ve seen a few Tour pros in the GolfWRX forums, rumor has persisted for years that Charles Howell III, one of the biggest gearheads in the professional ranks, frequents our fair forums.

Naturally, Johnny Wunder led off his Gear Dive podcast with CH III by asking the golfer if he visits the site.

Here’s what he had to say.

“I first heard about GolfWRX…quite a while ago…I would kind of go on there not only for…looking around, but for research and information.”

“Playing golf on the PGA Tour, we’re fortunate that we have access to a lot of different manufacturers…but if I want to know what’s the best shaft for, let’s say, higher launch and low spin, it’s hard to find an unbiased view…but yet on GolfWRX, you have a lot of users and people that have tested them and done reviews, etc. And I’ve found that very beneficial.”

“We all have the common bond that we love golf, and we just want to play better golf, I just happen to be fortunate enough that this is what I do for a living, so I’m highly motivated to find any edge I can get…through GolfWRX, I was able to read and study a lot [particularly in] the shafts area…I found that very beneficial.”

Asked whether he posts at all, Howell said,

“No. I would end up laying in bed at night either arguing or putting my two cents where they don’t belong…there’s people out there that are a lot smarter on these topics than I am, so I’m better off just trying to learn something.”

How cool is that, GolfWRX members? And the humility! I imagine CH III’s kung-fu is pretty darn good. But yeah, Charles Howell III: he’s just like us (minus the whole being a PGA Tour pro thing).

You’ll want to give Johnny’s full talk with Howell a listen. He candidly discusses the equipment he’s played throughout his year and offers an honest assessment of his career and the move to PXG that you have to hear.

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  1. Bob Parson Jr.

    May 30, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Another “Journey Man” who is a millionaire by being mediocre. He should be kissing Tiger Woods rear end for that.

  2. Max

    May 29, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    This was great! I’ve been picking him all year in DFS and he’s been doing well.

  3. Dirk

    May 29, 2018 at 5:18 am

    Great podcast! Please get better sound quality

  4. Man

    May 29, 2018 at 1:55 am

    If he would stop paying attention to us nitwits on WRX but instead practice and play harder, he might win more.

  5. Pendaftaran Mahasiswa Baru

    May 28, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    do the things that are useful in this life to support success,.

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Ratings flop: Bryson vs Brooks fails to attract interest in least-viewed edition of ‘The Match’

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Despite the public rows and insults, the ‘cartoon’ bravado, Instagram posts and supposed hate, television viewers were simply not interested in tuning in to the recent ‘grudge’ match between Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.

As reported by Bunkered, the 12-hole matchplay that mimicked the 12 rounds of a boxing match, had Phil Mickelson as a star commentator and was plugged to death by TNT, but still less than 635,000 viewers tuned in, a hugely disappointing figure given the previous four episodes of the feature.

The idea became a ‘must’ watch when the inaugural episode featured Tiger Woods and Mickelson in November 2018, whilst each of the following three episodes have also received viewing figures of over 1 million.

At its height, The Match 2 was seen by 5.8million viewers, although that particular game was arranged in May 2020, the height of the COVID pandemic.

Whilst viewers were starved of almost any live sporting action at the time, it remains that a friendly jolly-up between Tiger and Peyton Manning, Phil and Tom Brady still saw nearly 10 times the viewers of a much more hyped game.

The Match 3 (July 2021) had a final figure of around 1.25 million and the recent final round of the CJ Cup, a run-of-the-mill PGA Tour event, also saw a higher Nielsen rating, the figure used to assess television size and composition.

In the end, of course, Koepka won well before the end, winning 4 & 3, and nobody really cared.

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‘Don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this’ – Bryson has Eureka discovery with golf swing

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The evolution of Bryson DeChambeau’s golf swing has been fascinating to watch over the past couple of seasons.

In two years, the 28-year-old has gone from T34 in driving distance to the longest hitter in the game, and while on a recent night range session, he appears to have found a formula to hit it even farther and straighter.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Bryson is hitting balls alongside Long Drive Pro Martin Borgmeier when DeChambeau had a breakthrough that both men agreed was a ‘Eureka’ moment for the Californian.

After piping a drive dead center early in the session, Bryson excitedly exclaimed, “Oh my god, I’ve finally figured something out”, before going into detail, saying:

“So, when I try to apply force internally, it gets the handle there (in front of body, clubface open)…that’s right. But if I can feel like my wrist is behind my elbow as I’m swinging, it keeps the head more ahead of me.

It needs to stop (forearm/wrist) so that the handle can go forward and keep turning through. Whereas, if I keep applying force, it’s going to keep the wrist going that way (central) and keep the face open.”

After figuring out this ‘Eureka’ moment, Bryson then implored amateur golfers to try different things as “if you don’t hit the golf ball good with a thought process in the first two, three shots, it’s not working.”

Going back to his new swing discovery, Bryson says

“What I’ve found was, when this right forearm goes internal, there’s obviously weight and inertia over here (clubface), and when I apply force, that’s going to make the clubface go open. If I’m strong enough, obviously, I’m going to do that (flip forearm/hands), but then the face to path is way closed. 

So I want to feel like I’m stopping and allowing the hands to go through so I can create this in and out path, and it’s helping to initially close the face.”

With Martin Borgmeier, the two agree that the new swing move helps both path and face but were both fascinated to see how it could eventually affect the speed aspect too.

Between each other, the two big-hitters also agreed that speed would slow down until Bryson began timing it correctly but that it could actually end up adding speed. And that’s exactly what happened. 

After hitting several more shots perfectly with a little draw, Bryson noted how “it’s a way to stabilize everything and control the timing of the closure rate”. The next aspect? Adding speed.

After stabilizing his swing with the new discovery, Bryson ramped up the speed while still hammering each shot down the middle.

Within 15 minutes, Bryson was hitting his 8-iron with a slight draw and reached 163mph ball speed. Something he had never achieved before.

The Californian finished up his session saying: 

“Had a Eureka moment. Figured out something in regards to biomechanics and physics of the swing just in regards to this right forearm’s internal rotation, how it applies force to the club, how that translates into the momentum of the clubhead squaring up or not squaring up. Long story short, I got something unique and cool.”

How impressed was Long Drive Pro Borgmeier with not just the discovery but how Bryson used it to gain speed in such a short space of time? Very. He said:

“Doing that in 15 minutes and how he progressed through it, that was very impressive. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this. One of the most impressive things I’ve seen this year.”

Subscribe to Bryson’s YouTube channel here.

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2021 Hero World Challenge: Best Match Bet of the week

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Colleague Matt Vincenzi makes a terrific case for ‘local’ Justin Rose to contend strongly at Albany this week, and with the same thought processes leading the @LostForePod to independently conclude the same on the other side of the pond, there had to be a way to get with the Englishman in the side markets.

In a 20-man field, opportunities were going to be sparse, but Draftkings Sportsbook offer us odds against for Rose to beat Tony Finau in a 72-hole match-bet, and that is worth taking.

Matt points out the tee-to-green game is in great shape, Rose finding around five shots at Sedgefield and Sea Island, figures that sandwich a gain of almost 12 shots at favoured Wentworth.

Top that with a solid enough short game and plus figures for putting in each of his last four starts, and we have a golfer whose total game is in decent nick. Certainly, when adding his impressive course form (three consecutive top-five finishes) and his clear will to do well at his ‘second home’, his chance of contending is clear.

Opponent Finau will have needed to have improved during his two week break given he hasn’t finished higher than 24th in four outings since September, and that was in the 30-man field of the Tour Championship.

A couple of top-50 finishes at the CJ Cup and in Mexico don’t read particularly well and the missed cut in Houston on his last outing came via a combined five-over the two back nines.

Not renown for his putting prowess, the 32-year-old has been leaking shots to the field on the greens, and his game looks in poor shape at present. On a course that rewards a solid all-round game plus the ability to make the most of the birdie opportunities that present themselves on fairly flat greens, the Englishman is much preferred.

As Butch would no doubt say, ‘Attaboy, Rosey’.

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