Ask, and ye shall receive.
In this space last week, I sought input from Northern New York golfers and golf fans about information and ideas for our weekly golf page that runs each Friday.
Voila! John Diaz from Brantingham, who plays out of Turin Highlands, called with several great suggestions. One of which I will share with you this week.
Diaz informed me about a great website that he logs onto frequently for instruction. Golfers everywhere are looking for help and advice on their game, everything from grips and set-up to the follow through and balance.
The best part about this website is that the daily video tips from some of the world’s top instructors are free.
It’s called Revolution Golf, and the website is www.revolutiongolf.com. The main instructor is Jim McLean, considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the golf swing and his work on The X-Factor, which describes in detail body motions, body angles and body positions to help forge a more consistent swing.
I logged onto the site a couple of times this week to see what was there. And John was right. It is loaded with teaching tools to help improve anybody’s game.
On Monday, the daily video tip was about managing your hand path on chip and pitch shots.
Tuesday’s tip was how to load up on the backswing with a better body turn.
Last week, Dr. Rob Grayson demonstrated how to fix the club face with a building block approach. Grayson demonstrates a great half-swing drill to help resolve your club face issues if you consistently slice the ball.
On the site is also a simple system designed by McLean that predicts golfers can be playing their best golf in four weeks or less. It’s called the Top 21 Death Moves that most amateurs make in their golf swing and what this is doing to their scores.
A few moves described are: freezing over the ball; the reverse pivot; hooding or closing the golf club; getting your body over the golf ball; right (back) foot spinning out; too much inside out swing.
U.S. Open Week Upon Us
With the new wrap-around PGA Tour schedule, it seems like forever since the tour kicked off with Jimmy Walker winning the first of his three events at the Frys.com Open in mid-October.
The U.S. Open is often considered the halfway part of the schedule. This season, 28 events will have been contested after this weekend’s St. Jude Classic in Memphis. There will be 45 events total with the conclusion of the FedEx Cup Playoffs in early September.
In case you didn’t hear, this year’s U.S. Men’s Open and U.S. Women’s Open will be played at the same site, on the same course on consecutive weekends. Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina will be hosting the best male players in the world beginning next week, and the world’s top female players will on the course after the men conclude play next Sunday.
The original Donald Ross design, which features crowned, undulating greens and plenty of sandy waste area, has hosted the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens for men. Like most U.S. Opens, this layout demands accuracy off the tee and a solid short game.
So who do I like? I think it’s time Matt Kuchar breaks through and wins a major. He’s been the most consistent player in the world over the past five years and is solid in every facet of the game. That is essential on open layouts because even tiny mistakes can cost you big.