Tom Kirkendall: Following on the popularity of his strokes gained-putting statistic, the MIT prof is adding more advanced statistics for PGA Tour players. Wayne DeFrancesco: Great stuff. Thanks for posting that. Everyone should read it In fact, I’ll have John post it on the front page. I’ve been telling people this for years. For the poor to average player who wants to get better (which means being able to shoot lower scores on harder golf courses) ball striking is the first priority, and driving is the most difficult task of all. No one on the PGA Tour is a weak ball striker. Almost all of them have excellent short games and are decent putters, and it is the streaky […]
As I write I’m sitting in the car in the parking lot at the Creighton Farms Golf Club just outside of Leesburg, Virginia in the midst of a rain delay at the beginning of the first round of the Senior Professional National Championship. It is 51 degrees and pouring, as it was when we warmed up (?) and teed off on the 10th hole at 8:17. By the time we got to the fairway there was pretty much casual water everywhere, and when we got to the green we were barely able to hit a putt without water interfering with the roll of the ball. The hole plays 410 yards slightly uphill, and it is usually about a drive and […]
I used to play in just about every tournament that was on the schedule for club pros in my section (Middle Atlantic), but now, at 56 and coming off 5 years of mediocre play, I am much more selective and tend to play in the ones that would merit a spot on the resume’ if I should happen to win. The Senior Professional National Championship (formally the Senior CPC before some genius changed the name) is one of those events, as in addition to being the biggest tournament a senior club pro can play in that’s not a Tour event there is the added perk of having the top 35 finishers qualify for the Senior PGA Championship. I have […]
I was going through my older articles and found that I had written a good deal about Tiger before his downfall, then during and just after. I thought it might be interesting for the WDGLC members to read through my thoughts to see in hindsight what I observed, then how my opinions changed after the big accident and following revelations. Tiger most certainly has driven the conversation in golf since he was a kid winning 3 US Amateurs. I held him in the highest possible esteem when he was on top, as he exemplified what I believed was the necessary approach and attitude toward the game that would allow any person to reach their potential. He seemed to have total […]
It is always the players job to organize his thoughts and prepare to use them on the course. A few days before an event I will spend more time on the course hitting shots (especially ones I am weak at) than on the range hitting balls (not that I don’t hit balls on the range, just not as much, and if I have a choice I will practice on the course).
It is with a great deal of satisfaction and relief that I can report that two of my friends and students, Dick Mast and Gary Hallberg, have achieved exempt status on the 2012 Champions Tour by virtue of their fine play at the recently completed Senior Q-School. Hallberg finished tied for 2nd at 16 under par, while Mast finished tied for 11th, finally nailing down the 12th and final conditionally exempt spot in a playoff.
I’ve been teaching golf for 25 years, and trust me when I say that my work is mainly in the “trenches”, that is on the range with players of staggeringly disparate ability levels. You know what I’m talking about: a high level professional followed by the 30 handicapper.
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