GolfWRX is proud to co-sponsor the virtual expo “Distance: The Science Behind the Golf Swing” Monday, May 17, from 6:30-9:00 PM, which includes Sir Nick Faldo and Jim McLean, among a panel of other distinguished speakers.
You can check out the agenda are below and get your ticket here.
6:30-7:00: Sir Nick Faldo
Spend some time with golf legend Sir Nick Faldo and get some behind-the-scenes perspective on getting the most out of your golf game.
7-7:15: Terry Hashimoto
Ground force and the golf swing
As the co-founder of BodiTrak a portable pressure mapping system built right here in North America, my job is to identify Center of Pressure Mapping Traces generated during a golfers swing, how they impact performance and how to optimize foot movement patterns for maximum distance and accuracy
I’ve spent a decade collecting COP Traces from PGA Tour Players and Top Players worldwide and certainly, there are key pressure positions that all top players achieve during their swing that affect ROM in knees, hips, and shoulders as validated by 3D and launch in addition to BodiTrak and that is what we are here to discuss and share together.
7:15-7:30: Phil Stotter, CEP
The key to swing velocity, clubhead speed, and distance is biomechanical reaction through postural control
For maximum power creation in the golf swing, with minimal negative stress on the body, the ground must be the first link in the kinetic chain of energy transfer. Newton’s third law of motion tells us that using our feet and legs to drive forcefully into the ground results in the ground pushing back up into the golfer’s body with an equal magnitude of force. The force the ground transfers into the golfer is known as the ground reaction force (GRF). GRF is then transferred up the kinetic chain, first through the feet then the legs and into the pelvis, then up into the golfer’s core, shoulder complex, arms, and, finally, the golf club and ball. Controlling the transfer of this energy up the kinetic chain from the ground to the ball with the most efficiency is what allows the golfer to create the most force your body will allow, which leads to the greatest distance the ball will travel. A golfer’s body depends on three systems to control this neurological, sensory, and musculoskeletal.
7:30-7:45: Robert Scales, PhD
More years to play golf and more years to play golf well: A health perspective
Whether you are an athlete looking for more explosive power or a senior who is concerned about maintaining lifestyle independence, optimizing the way our body moves has important implications for both health and sports performance, including golf. Many patients in our cardiology practice love to play golf or want to start playing again after an absence. So we conduct a physical performance screening to customize exercise therapy recommendations to focus on golf fitness in addition to overall health. While heart health can be a motivator, for many, the promise to hit a little white ball further may be the reason they stick with their prescribed home exercise plan.
7:45-8: Jim McLean
Get the most out of your golf game
8:00-8:15: Bob Winskowicz
A well-designed golf shoe can help you play better golf
Balance, stability, accuracy, hip rotation, weight transfer, and swing speed are all influenced by the feet and your connection to the ground. There are two connections in golf; your hands to the club and your feet to the ground. Distance is a result of swing speed. A golfer creates swing speed through a series of forces and pressure exchanged with the ground. The golf shoe should provide structure and an optimum connection to the ground for facilitating this energy exchange. Many of today’s sneaker-like designs lack structure and cannot effectively harness and direct the energy up through the kinetic chain. Over the past four decades, there have been only a handful of golf equipment manufacturers who have broken the mold and dared to buy into the concept of “traditional looks are secondary to performance.” Recent advancements in swing and pressure mapping software have facilitated the unique design of SQAIRZ.
8:15-9: Expert roundtable discussing where distance comes from
Phil Stotter, CEP, Terry Hashimoto, Robert Scales, PhD, Bob Winskowicz, Jim McLean
You are going to learn where distance comes from including dynamic balance, stability, pressure, and impact. Symmetry, biomechanics, and gait will be addressed as well as ground force and distance. This will all be followed by a Q&A.
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Interesting photos from the 2021 CJ Cup (plus links to all WITB galleries)
GolfWRX has an assortment of photos from the 2021 CJ Cup at the Summit Club, including in-hand photos of equipment, shots from the range, exclusive looks at new shafts, 19 WITBs, and more.
With the 2022 season on the horizon, players are happy to experiment — and equipment reps are happy to assist. Perhaps, most notably, we spotted Justin Thomas with prototype 621.JT and Adam Scott with proto 681.AS irons in the bag.
You can check out links to the galleries, below, before with dig into a curation of some of the most interesting shots from Summit.
- Adam Scott – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Justin Rose – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Collin Morikawa – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Jason Day – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Justin Thomas – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Erik Van Rooyen – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Matt Jones – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Cam Davis – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Cam Smith – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Byeong Hun An – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Min Kyu – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
- Joohyung Kim – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Tommy Fleetwood – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Jordan Spieth – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Lucas Glover – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Keegan Bradley – WITB – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Gary Woodland’s new Cameron putter – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Kevin Na’s new Odyssey/Toulon putter – 2021 CJ Cup @ The Summit Club
- Jucie wedges & Proto irons – 2021 CJ Cup at The Summit Club
Tommy Fleetwood – WITB (more photos here)
Jucie Wedges & Irons (more photos here)
Cam Smith – WITB (more photos here)
Matt Jones – WITB (more photos here)
Gary Woodland — new putter (more photos here)
CJ Cup at Summit DraftKings Picks
The PGA Tour stays in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week for the CJ Cup. This tournament was played for the first time in October 2017 at the Nine Bridges Golf Club in Jeju Island, South Korea. In 2020, the event was moved to Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.
This year, the CJ Cup will remain in Las Vegas, albeit at a different venue, the Summit Club. The CJ Cup only features a field of 78 players, but what the event lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality, as 23 of the world’s top 30 players will be in attendance this week.
Sitting in the Summerlin suburb of Las Vegas, the Summit Club is a beautiful and lush parkland layout masquerading as a desert course. The club was designed in 2017 by Tom Fazio and commissioned by the Discovery Land Company. The Summit Club plays as a stock par 72, measuring 7,459 yards on the scorecard. It draws an obvious comparison to last year’s venue, Shadow Creek. A few weeks ago at the BMW Championship, we were in a similar position. Both Caves Valley and the Summit Club are Tom Fazio courses that had previously never seen PGA Tour competition.
With that being said, we can still develop an understanding of this course based on some images and what we already know about Tom Fazio as a designer. Fazio’s PGA Tour body of work also includes Congaree, Quail Hollow (re-design), Kasumigaseki, Conway Farms, and Shadow Creek. Fazio is known for intricate bunkering and large elevated greens.
His courses tend to favor long and accurate drivers of the ball, and it is no coincidence that players such as Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, and Jason Day have experienced success on his layouts. For this reason, I will be homing in on dominant off-the-tee players and those who are comfortable in easy scoring conditions.
Let’s dig into my DraftKings picks.
Dustin Johnson, $11,300 (16.32%)
I was hoping to bet Dustin Johnson outright, but 12/1 is far too hefty of a price to pay, even for the 24-time PGA Tour winner. I’ll gladly settle for exposure to him in DraftKings. At $11,300, Johnson is the most expensive golfer on the DraftKings slate as well, but this is clearly reflected in his ownership. I have no problem paying up for Johnson as a clear pivot from Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas, who are all garnering more ownership. Lastly, I find the $6K range to be abnormally strong this week, giving us some more wiggle room at the top.
Brooks Koepka, $9,700 (7.36%)
I understand that Brooks Koepka is a risky play given that he has a tendency to mentally eject from tournaments if he is not in contention, but I am expecting a massive week from the four-time major champion. For cash games, I have no problem pivoting to Louis Oosthuizen, who provides a far more reliable floor, but I will gladly take my chances on a sub-eight percent Brooks Koepka in large-scale GPP contests.
Adam Scott, $8,100 (5.63%)
Adam Scott and Paul Casey sit right next to each other on the DraftKings slate, yet Casey is garnering over three times the ownership of Scott. I have no issue with Paul Casey this week, in fact, I think he is a suitable play in cash games, but is he three times more likely to outscore Adam Scott this week? That’s where I have to draw the line. While the Australian has certainly experienced his fair share of ups and downs last season, it finally feels like his game is rounding into form. The 14-time PGA Tour winner has gained over 4.5 strokes on approach in two of his last three starts. The Summit Club is also extremely forgiving off the tee, which should mask some of his recent struggles with the driver.
Sergio Garcia, $7,500 (9.11%)
There are loads of excellent pivots in the $7,000 range. I could have easily written up a 4% Justin Rose, but let’s roll with Sergio Garcia this week. The Spaniard boasts an impressive resume on Fazio designs, with a fourth and a 16th at Quail Hollow, a sixth at Caves Valley, and a 21st at Shadow Creek. As one of the best drivers of the ball in the world who also pounds greens in regulation, Garcia possesses the prototypical Fazio skill-set.
Hudson Swafford, $6,000 (1.22%)
Hudson Swafford is one of the most appealing minimum-priced players in recent memory. Over his last 36 rounds, the two-time PGA Tour winner ranks above average in opportunities gained, greens in regulation gained, driving distance, birdies or better gained, strokes gained off the tee, and sand saves. While the University of Georgia product is most certainly a poor-man’s version of some of the players I have mentioned above (Johnson, Koepka, Garcia), he does the exact same things well. It does not come as a surprise that his last two Fazio appearances have resulted in a runner-up and 17th-place finish. Swafford is an excellent salary filler that will allow fantasy managers to splurge on elite talent at the top.
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