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Tony Finau’s short driver backswing – Would he be the longest on tour by a distance if he wanted? 

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the driver distance Tony Finau generates with his short backswing. WRXer ‘TIScape’ posted a photo of Finau on 18 at Riviera at the top of his backswing from Sunday (above) and says:

“It amazes me how far Tony hits driver with his short backswing. This is a still from a video of his drive at 18 on Sunday at Riviera. Captured at the very top of his backswing. It’s almost as if he’s laying up with driver, and he still averages 306 yards! The clubhead speed he generates with that short swing is astonishing.”

Back in July, Finau showcased his fully extended driver swing in a practice round. The result? 206mph ball speed and a ridiculous 383-yard carry.

Check out the video below.

 

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Our members have been discussing both his current driver swing and whether Finau could be comfortably the longest on tour if he wanted.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • chipa: “His swing is fun to watch. One thing I have noticed about a lot of big hitters is the forward hand position like Finau’s and then turning the left hand over immediately during the takeaway. DJ Johnson, John Daly, Mike Austin and quite a few long drivers use(d) this technique. I use it when I’m swinging my best and hope to have it mastered sometime soon. I have tried everything like the one piece takeaway, but I just can’t make it work and feel relaxed too.”
  • bscinstnct: “Man, if Tony could just get a little more confidence on Sunday with his putter. He’d basically be DJ. Just want to see him play his best a few times; he’d really light it up.”
  • mosesgolf: “TF said in an interview that he can easily attain 190plus ball speeds but won’t go there due to consistency and accuracy issues. Plus, it’s an avenue for injury to swing that hard.”
  • cardoustie: “Longest on tour if he wanted to be.”

Entire Thread: “Tony Finau’s short driver back swing – Would he be the longest on tour by a distance if he wanted?”

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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Unruly fan behaviour overshadows Charlie Woods’ pre-qualifier round for Cognizant Classic

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On Thursday, Charlie Woods attempted to pre-qualify for the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches. The round at Lost Lake Golf Club didn’t go so well for Charlie, as he shot a disappointing 86 on the day.

According to The Palm Beach Post, the round quickly became unenjoyable for the 15-year-old. A group of nearly 50 fans followed Woods close to the fairway and ignored pleas from the tournament staff for them to “stay on the cart path”.

“Who are you? The fire marshal?” one fan reportedly said.

The Palm Beach Post also shared that one grandmother pulled her granddaughter out of school in hopes of Woods noticing her. Another fan became disgruntled when Charlie wouldn’t sign a copy of her book, “How I Play Golf,” by Tiger Woods, saying “I live here” when told that Charlie wasn’t allowed to sign mid-round.

Woods was derailed by scoring a 12 on the 7th hole, as well as plenty of other mishaps throughout the round. Unlike most 15-year-old kids, Charlie doesn’t have the luxury of being able to grind through the adversity outside of the public eye.

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We asked Rory McIlroy what his dream all-time version of ‘The Match’ would be…Here’s what he had to say

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In the lead up to TNT Sports’ ninth edition of “Capital One’s The Match,” Rory McIlroy, Max Homa, Rose Zhang and Lexi Thompson held a press conference.

While answering a question from GolfWRX, Rory McIlroy did his best to reveal what four players in the history of golf he’d hypothetically like to see play in “The Match”.

Vincenzi: “If you could create a match in this format between any players in any era, what match would you create and why?”

McIlroy:

“I think one of the cool things about golf is being able to or at least trying to compare generations. So, I was always a big fan of Shell’s wonderful world of golf growing up. And obviously you had a lot of the greatest players ever to play those matches.

I mean, it’s hard. I think there’s too many great players in the history of the game to try to, to just put up a foursome together because, you know, off the top of my head, I’m like, ok, Sam Snead and Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Seve. I mean, you can go on and on down the list and I’m a pretty big historian of the game and I, I really appreciate where the game has come from and what it’s evolved into and how that has benefited me and all of my peers up until this point. So, I think it’s hard to create a foursome and a format that would really do the history of golf justice.

But take your pick, there’s so many different ones that you could do. But I think trying to compare generations, being able to compare Hogan to Tiger, for example, in both of their primes would be something that would be really cool to watch.

There you have it. If the next version of “The Match” was Ben Hogan vs. Tiger Woods, who would you pick?

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‘Yuck’ – Cringe driving range mansplaining incident towards PGA pro goes viral

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While a female golf professional and coach was on the range, she received some unprovoked swing tips from an amateur onlooker.

“What you’re doing there is you’re coming back too slow,” the random man said to Georgia Ball, who has almost 200,000 Instagram followers based on her excellent golf tips she puts out on social media.

“I’m going through a swing change at the minute, so…,” Ball responds.

The man continues to try and “help” and says he’s been playing the game “for 20 years”.

You can see the full video on Ball’s Instagram page (@georgiagolfcoach) here:

 

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The most infuriating part of the video is certainly after she makes a great swing, the man tries taking credit as if his advice is what produced the result.

The man takes a beating in the comment section so make sure to check out the post, with even Hollywood actor Don Cheadle calling the incident “yuck”.

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