I’ll be writing an occasional article for Golfwrx. An excerpt of the most recent one is below and links to the full article are included too. DeFrancesco: My beef with Brandel, and why I criticize TV announcers After reading through the GolfWRX forum thread “Brandel Chamblee Says Some Idiotic Things” (http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/815743-brandel-chamblee-says-idiotic-things-ongoing-thread/ ) and seeing my name come up multiple times I thought I might take a moment to explain why I take the time to challenge Chamblee in video commentary available on my website. It is important to note that, at least in my mind, I did not pick this fight; rather, Chamblee instigated it when he singled out “modern instruction” (the “cookie-cutter, scientific approach to teaching”) as a “cancer” […]
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 […]
Have you ever wondered why Tiger Woods is better than Phil Mickelson? I can sum it up in two words: better mechanics. Phil is a great player who plays far beyond what his swing should produce. To put it simply, Phil has poor mechanics. Without going into detail for this piece let’s just say that Phil’s swing puts so much pressure on his hands to time the release that it only works sometimes. And while that is a truism for every player Phil is on the side of “hey, that guy shouldn’t be that good”. And. if you look at his swing, the question arises “how does he hit it so good” when most people are asking “how does he […]
Ok. Just watching the PGA. Furyk just left his putt on 15 6 feet short. Dufner hits the 3 wood off the fringe to a foot and a half. Furyk for the par. It would seem like he has to make it, although history tells us anything is possible. Furyk is the ultimate grinder. Nails it. What a good putt. Still has a chance. Dufner from 2 feet. Right in the middle. Great stuff. Now Stenson for birdie. Leaves it short. Three back with the two tough finishing holes left. Has to do something heroic. The shot Dufner hit on 15 was stellar. He has it under control. Blixt hammers one in on 16 to get to 8 under. […]
Well, when your game goes and you’re out on a brutally difficult course it goes without saying that you are going to have to grind with all you have in order not to shoot a ridiculously high score. That was the case today on the Crosswater course, all 7550 yards of it, in the chill and rain and with no roll in the fairways. Man, what a test. I think back on my win here and marvel at what I accomplished, because this is one great test of golf. The massive difference in what was happening in 2001 as opposed to today was never more apparent than on our last hole of the day, the 18th. In 2001 I hit […]
I got a bit lucky today that at least 2 (and almost 4) of my tee shots didn’t go out of bounds left, and with a decent short game and putting round I managed to shoot 1 over 72. After the round I went right over to the range and filmed a couple of driver swings just to see what I already knew I would see. I guess the point here is that even though you know what you want to do and try like crazy to do it you may not be physically able to. And where do you go after that? Well, you can modify your technique, you can modify your body (unless you’re an old warrior […]
Playing golf is a pain (literally) in the ass. Every time I enter myself into another event (they are all major at this point) I inevitably start wondering why the hell I keep putting myself through this. This week I’m out at the CPC in Oregon where I won in 2001 and am trying to put together a game that won’t post embarrassing scores. I have continued to struggle with my pivot as my back just won’t really loosen up anymore and the attempt to lower as I get to the top of the swing would require far more practice time than I can give it, both in terms of time availability as well as the detrimental effects it has […]
The PGA of America decided to change the name of our national championship to the PGA PNC (PGA Professional National Championship), but when I won the thing it was called the CPC (Club Professional Championship). I don’t know about you, but I think that CPC is much more memorable than PGA PNC, so I’m going to keep calling it that. Anyway, we play again this year at the Crosswater Club in Bend, Oregon, which happens to be where I won, so there will be some great memories as I make my way around the course again. I have not played nearly as well over the last 4 years as I did for a nice long stretch before that (1994-2008), […]
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