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2022 AT&T Byron Nelson: Best prop bets

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With Corey Conners missing out on a top-20 by one shot after a final hole bogey and Justin Harding taking three steps forward before two back, last weekend’s props could, and should, have shown far more than just the top-40 for Ryan Armour.

Still, it keeps the wheels turning and whilst we are going to leave the brand new Soudal Open alone, we go again this week at the well-established Byron Nelson, a week that should see winning scores far lower than seen at TPC Potomac.

As always, this column ignores the outright market, and these are the best bets on a week before a big one.

Top-10 and Top-20 finishes

Will Zalatoris +250 +115 (FanDuel)

Sam Burns +250 +120 (DraftKings)

Adam Hadwin +600 + 320 (FanDuel)

At this event last year, Scottie Scheffler went off at around 22/1 and had still to win an event.

Over the next 25 outings, he won four events, including The Masters, and is now the undisputed world number one, and of the current crop of young, talented maidens, Will Zalatoris is surely the one most likely to do a ‘Scottie’ after just a couple of seasons at the top level.

There are no secrets about his play – he is long off the tee, supremely accurate with his irons and makes plenty of birdies. The only thing holding him back is the flat stick, but there have been signs of improvement on the greens over the last three events.

Numbers-wise for the season, Will is 11th off-the-tee, second in approaches and also in tee-to-green, 11th in greens-in-regulation and 28th in birdies.

He hasn’t missed the cut in all seven of the regular rules events, just failed to make the semi-finals of the Match Play, and added a sixth-placed finish at The Masters to go along with another three Major top-10s.

Here, at Craig Ranch, he finished 17th last year on his debut, ranking third for tee-to-green off an event-leading +9.5 for his approaches. Of course, in typical Willy Z fashion, ranking 70th for putting affected his final position, but anything resembling a field-average display on the greens will see him land this wager with ease.

DraftKings see his chance as a negative number, which isn’t wrong in this field, so get all over the price on FanDuel.

Sam Burns is another 25-year-old ready to take on the world and, like Willy Z, won on the KFT. The ultimate difference between them being Burns’ three victories at PGA Tour level, all with scores of at least 17-under.

Again, seasonal figures are impressive to look at – 11th in approach play leads to a ranking of 18th for tee-to-green; 10th in greens-in-regulation, and 34th in putting – figures that find it hard to spot a weakness in this all-round player.

Burns repeats form at tracks he does well at. Back-to-back winner at the Valspar, he also a win and third at the Sanderson Farms, so his runner-up here last season makes him look a very obvious play.

For correlation in tracks, look to his third place at Riviera, the Genesis form appearing in three of last year’s top-six, including winner K.H Lee, whilst 2019 winner Sung Kang can also boast a tied-second around there.

Long off the tee, the slight waywardness shouldn’t matter around Craig Ranch. Burns is top-20 for scoring in each of the disciplines (par-3, four and five) and has the aforementioned course form with a runner-up last season, a tournament at which he ranked top-10 for all disciplines except putting (45th). Any slight improvement will see land this bet with ease.

34-year-old Adam Hadwin has appeared in this column previously as a prop bet and landed the money with ease at both the Valspar and Texas Open.

Going back 10 years, the in-form Canadian had his best finish of his debut year around here when finishing 3rd at the Web.com Tour Championship and whilst the course might play somewhat longer, he’ll come here confident of building on a good 2022.

In nine regular events, Hadwin has three top 10s, one top-20 and three top-30 finishes with figures that impress for consistency.

His ranking of 15th for strokes-gained approach and 28th for tee-to-green show the quality of his recent ball-striking (only once outside the top-20 in approach in six starts), whilst 11th for par-5 scoring and 19th in strokes-gained-total mean he should find this place a breeze.

Twice in the top-3 at the low-scoring Career Builder, he has a 6th at Riviera and 4th at the Rocket Mortgage Classic as further pointers to his chance.

Another former winner of the Valspar, Hadwin, crept inside the world’s top-100 to cement his place at Southern Hills next week and can celebrate in style.

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Ampcaddy golf speaker V3 Pro review

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Music on the golf course is becoming more and more common, especially with bluetooth speakers designed for the purpose. Ampcaddy has been around for a few years and is famous for its adjustable clamp that mounts easily to the roof support on a golf cart. That clamp can also be used to attach the V3 Pro to just about any pole that you have at home, at the beach, or on the golf course. The clamp also lets you attach the speaker to aluminum or plastic securely, something the magnet options in this space don’t allow. The Ampcaddy V3 Pro clamp and arm are adjustable, so you can direct the sound in any direction that you desire. I like to keep my music focused more on the cart and aim the speaker at myself so I minimize the distraction on the green or tee box.

The sound quality of the Ampcaddy Golf Speaker V3 Pro is very good. There looks to be a small subwoofer on the back for great bass and the small front speaker does a good job with any genre of music. I am no audiophile, but my course playlist of everything from country, to hip hop, to rock sounded clear and full. The volume control could be a little more sensitive as I found that increasing or decreasing the volume could change the decibel level more than I wanted.

Sometimes, early in the morning, I felt the music was either a little too loud for my playing partners or a little too soft for me to hear comfortably. The battery life is listed as 20 hours, and while I didn’t go that far, it worked fine for two 18 holes rounds. The Ampcaddy Golf Speaker V3 Pro is wireless, using a Bluetooth connection from your phone, but also has a Micro SD slot and an Aux port for connecting if Bluetooth isn’t available. Ampcaddy lists the Golf Speaker V3 Pro as IPX7 water resistant for rain or splashing, so you should have no issues if you get caught in a downpour away from the clubhouse.


Overall, the Ampcaddy Golf Speaker V3 Pro seems to be a well built speaker with a ton of flexibility for mounting it on the golf course. With good sound and long battery life, the Golf Speaker V3 Pro can add some further enjoyment while on the golf course.

Take a listen to the Club Junkie Podcast for even more on the Ampcaddy Golf Speaker V3 Pro.

 

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Golf’s Perfect Imperfections: How to use your backyard haven to train your golf game

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This will help improve your skills — without upsetting your better half.

 

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Review of the new Fujikura Ventus TR Red and Black shafts!

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Fujikura’s Ventus shafts have been one of the hottest shaft lineups in years. You can see them all over the professional tours and in tons of amatuer bags every weekend. The new line of TR models does not replace the original Ventus Red, Blue, and Black as those are still available and won’t be leaving anytime soon. These new TR models are meant to be an addition to the line and filling a few gaps that players have asked for.

The Ventus Red was a shaft that I played in drivers and fairway woods over the years and I really loved it. I hit a pretty low, flat ball so the added launch of the Ventus Red was needed and it offered accuracy that I hadn’t been able to find in many higher launching shafts. The new TR Red takes a lot of that DNA and turns it up a notch. TR Red has a smooth, yet little more stout feel through the swing. It takes just a little more effort to load it and the kick at impact is great, just maybe not as aggressive as the Ventus Red is. The TR Red launch is a little bit lower and overall apex seems to be just a bit flatter as well. For players with more aggressive tempos the TR Red might offer a tad less draw compared to its sibling. I took the TR Red out in my Stealth+ head to a course I had played frequently and never had yardages into holes that I had that day. On at least 3-4 holes I told my playing partner that I had never been that close. The TR Red is currently in the bag!

TR Black looks amazing with the Spread Tow fabric showing in the sunlight. When you set the club down and waggle it, like all of us do with a new stick, there is almost no waggle to the shaft! The Ventus TR Black is very stout, noticeably more stout than the original Ventus Black. As stiff as the shaft is, Fujikura has built in a ton of smoothness to it. It takes a lot of power to load so be ready to try the softer flex or lighter weight. The launch is very low, one of the lowest I have hit, and the ballflight very flat. I could see that the TR Black launched significantly lower than TR Red when hitting it in the same head on the course. TR Black is hard to turn over and players who fear the draw should like the stout feel as you bring the shaft to impact. For my 105 mph club head speed I think stepping down to the 6-S would give me more playable results compared to the extra stiff.

Overall the new TR Red and TR Black are great shafts that Fujikura has engineered. Even if you are currently playing a Ventus, I think it is worth your while to check out the new shafts and see how they compare to your gamer. For more on each shaft check out my Club Junkie podcast.

 

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