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Nelly Korda reveals her main swing thought and why she plays an ‘amateur’ driver

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Nelly Korda has had an incredibly successful 2021, winning her maiden major and then backing that up by taking Gold at the Olympics in Tokyo this summer.

Earlier this year, the 23-year-old switched to Titleist’s game improvement TSi1 driver. This week on the FAIRGAME podcast with Adam Scott, Korda revealed how a first-ever visit to the Titleist Performance Institute to get properly fitted was behind the switch.

“I actually went to TPI for the first time in my entire life this year. End of January. And I was using the old Epic driver, like a five-year-old driver, I couldn’t get fit for a driver at all. 

Then I went to TPI, and they fit me into their driver, which by the way, is an amateur driver (laughing). And they were like ‘This is the first time a pro has ever won with this driver'”

In addition to the club fitting, Korda added that a major key behind her success with the TSi1 driver is the aesthetics of the club: “I really like the look of it (TSi1 driver). I need to like the look of my clubs; if I don’t, then I can’t hit them.”

The Gold Medalist has one of the best looking swings in the sport, and stressed the importance of tempo while sharing her primary swing thought:

“My main thought in my swing, because it gets really long, is shoulder to chin. Once my shoulder hits my chin, then I start my downswing.”

The World Number One also made a surprising admission on the show, telling Scott how much she hates to hit the range. 

“I hate spending time on the range. I absolutely can’t stand it. I can spend maybe 45 minutes to an hour, but recently in the past year and a half, I’ve definitely been spending more time on my swing, especially recently.”

To listen to the interview in full, click here.

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  3. CrashTestDummy

    Oct 23, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    I don’t really consider that there are really any “amateur” clubs. Just some clubs are more forgiving that others. A lot of pros have used the more forgiving clubs generally for higher handicaps, but definitely not the norm. However, the one thing that is guaranteed to be different with the clubs the pros use compared to the retail version of the club is the shaft. The pros are using only premium shafts. The retail stock shafts are generally made for slow swinging amateurs that are high torque noodles.

  4. Paulo

    Oct 22, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    I also play an amateur driver. What are the chances ?

    • geohogan

      Oct 22, 2021 at 1:21 pm

      Ben Hogan wore holes in the shoulder of his golf shirts, whiskers rubbing against his chin.
      Not saying will happen for Nelly, LOL
      but it shows Nelly must elevate her left shoulder for her BS. Its the only way a golfer can rub chin against shoulder in BS.

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MLB All-Star sued for $64k by North Carolina Country Club

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Booking tee-times has often been a contentious issue even for the most private of clubs, but San Diego Padres star, Will Myers, has found his frustrations leading to the courts.

According to a recent report by The Charlotte Observer, Myers and his wife, Margaret, joined Carmel Country Club in ‘lockdown’ year 2020 after issues with his previous club, problems that included availability of tee-times due to high demand.

Per the report, after paying 20 percent of his $80,000 initiation fee, the remainder was to be paid annually over a period of four years. However, with golf experiencing a boom during the year of the pandemic, tee times were again hard to obtain and in December 2020, the Myers’ resigned and cancelled their membership.

In response to his resignation, Carmel then charged the couple for the remainder of the fee – $64,000 – and set a date of December 2020 for the amount due. They then took to the courts in March 2021 to find the couple countersuing three months later, stating they had suffered |knowing misinterpretations and commissions.”

Court filings state that the MLB star “found it almost impossible to find a tee-time and frequently could not even use the driving range.”

Carmel denied all accusations and would go on to say that the COVID-19 pandemic “immediately and overwhelmingly altered the lifestyles and available leisure activities for all members of the club.”

The trial is set for February 2022.

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The Match V: Brooks vs Bryson – Full Viewer’s Guide

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Those with long memories might recall the halcyon days of television’s Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, a series of two or three-player stroke-play ‘match’ events that showed many of the top golfers of the day in light-hearted but competitive action over 18 holes.

Players such as Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam were some of the miked-up stars that thrilled the crowd and viewers with their comments throughout the hour or so of recorded coverage.

Not in their wildest dreams could they envisage that 27 years later, we would get to a point where two golfers meet in what has become a huge grudge match, with both Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka ramping up the hate over the past few months and even further over the past couple of days.

Cartoon hate or real? Either way, this made-for-TV match has the golfing public eagerly awaiting the best of-12 hole bout and here is the outline of how, when and what this is all about.

Take a look at the figures and hop over to Matt Vincenzi’s article on all the betting odds available and his final verdict.

  • TV: TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN.
  • When: Friday November 26th 4pm E.T 1pm P.T
  • Where: Wynn Golf Club, Las Vegas
  • Commentators: Phil Mickelson and Charles Barkley
  • Play-by-play: Brian Anderson
  • On-course: Amanda Balionis
  • Format: 12-hole Matchplay
  • Bonus (charity holes): 3-6-7-9-11

And as they want to play it like a boxing match, let’s have a ‘Tale Of The Tape’:

                                      Bryson vs Brooks

 

Is it all nonsense? is it all genuine? Is it all for PIP (Player Impact Programme) income?

Who knows. Whatever, it’s going to be the best ‘The Match’ yet.

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The Match V: Brooks vs Bryson – Top prop bets and who we’re picking to win

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“The Match V”: Brooks Koepka vs Bryson DeChambeau is all set to take place at Wynn Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 26th at 4:00 PM ET.

For those who want to make the event a bit more interesting, there are plenty of betting options in the prop market for the Brooks Bryson showdown.

Odds via betonline.ag

  • Bryson is a slight favorite to win the Match at 4/5.
  • A hole-in-one by either player pays 50/1.
  • Bryson is the obvious favorite for the longest drive however, Brooks is getting nearly 4/1 on this prop.
  • A blowout match decided by hole 9 or earlier pays 11/2.
Winner of The Match V
American Odds
Fractional Odds
Bryson DeChambeau
-125
4/5
Brooks Koepka
+105
21/20
Both Drives to Find Green on 12?
No
-2500
1/25
Yes
+900
9/1
DeChambeau Drive to Find Green on 12?
No
-240
5/12
Yes
+200
2/1
Koepka Drive to Find Green on 12?
No
-300
1/3
Yes
+250
5/2
Closest to Pin on Par-3 11th Hole?
Bryson DeChambeau
-110
10/11
Brooks Koepka
-110
10/11
Either Player to Hit a Hole-in-One?
Yes
+5000
50/1
First to Break Par on a Hole?
Tie
+130
13/10
Bryson DeChambeau
+190
19/10
Brooks Koepka
+210
21/10
Leader After 1st Hole?
Tie
-130
10/13
Brooks Koepka
+270
27/10
Bryson DeChambeau
+270
27/10
Leader Thru Six Holes?
Bryson DeChambeau
+160
8/5
Tie
+175
7/4
Brooks Koepka
+195
39/20
Longest Drive?
Bryson DeChambeau
-500
1/5
Brooks Koepka
+395
79/20
Match Settled By Play-off?
No
-300
1/3
Yes
+250
5/2
Total Holes Conceded
Under 2½ Holes
-180
5/9
Over 2½ Holes
+160
8/5
When will The Match be decided?
After a Play-off
+250
5/2
Hole 12
+300
3/1
Hole 11
+325
13/4
Hole 10
+400
4/1
Hole 9 or Earlier
+550
11/2

The Match V: Best Bets

Winner of The Match V: Bryson DeChambeau -125

For these types of events, I typically tend to side with the underdog due to the variance that can occur in a single match. With the match being only 12 holes, the outcome becomes even more unpredictable. However, there are a few reasons why I still believe that the value lies with DeChambeau at a slight -125 favorite.

For starters, DeChambeau has experience in this type of event. Aaron Rodgers and Bryson appeared in the match last year and defeated Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson quite convincingly. After a slow start, Bryson really appeared to gradually settle in as the match went along and should have a better idea of what to expect this time around.

Additionally, DeChambeau is just playing much better golf than Koepka recently. In their past 24 rounds, DeChambeau ranks 9th on Tour for Strokes Gained: Total whereas Koepka ranks 121st of 150 qualified golfers. Brooks is also coming off of back to back missed cuts at Mayakoba and The Houston Open.

While it is entirely possible that Koepka’s killer instinct kick in as he attempts to take down DeChambeau (who I genuinely believe he truly dislikes), I am siding with the guy who is simply a better golfer right now as a slight favorite.

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