3 Keys That Took Me From A 14-Handicap To A Pro

February 26, 2013

By Swing Man Golf Staff “3 Keys That Took Me From A 14-Handicap to a Pro” is Jaacob Bowden’s latest article at GolfWRX.com. Have a look here. If you liked the article about Jaacob Bowden turned from a 14-handicap into a pro and you think it would help another golfer, please  

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February 15, 2013

By Swing Man Golf Staff Swing Man Golf is happy to announce that if you use Gift Certificate code bowden, you’ll get 5% off ANYTHING you order through ValueGolf.com. Click here to visit Value Golf. If you liked the article about the 5% discount on products at ValueGolf.com and you think it wou

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Jaacob Bowden’s Updated Personal Website

February 14, 2013

By Swing Man Golf Staff There’s still a few content updates to be done but Jaacob Bowden has recently revamped his personal website…mostly to make it more phone friendly. The banner picture actually isn’t some random photo. It’s one that Jaacob took from the par-3 205-yard 11

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Carry Distance vs Swing Speed Chart

January 19, 2013

By Swing Man Golf Staff “Carry Distance vs Swing Speed Chart” is Jaacob Bowden’s latest post that was published over at GolfWRX. Have a look here.  If you liked the article about the swing speed chart and the carry distance and you think it would help another golfer, please  

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How Far Should You Hit Your Golf Clubs?

January 15, 2013

By Swing Man Golf Staff Jaacob Bowden’s new GolfWRX article called “How Far Should You Hit Your Golf Clubs?” just came out. Read it here.  If you liked the article “How for you should hit your golf clubs?” and you think it would help another golfer, please   To le

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2012 Speed Golf World Championships – Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

October 18, 2012

By Swing Man Golf Staff If you’ve never had a chance to visit and play Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, add it to your list because it’s one of Jaacob Bowden’s favorite golf destinations. Here’s a picture of Jaacob on the Bandon Dunes course during a practice round for the 2012 Spee

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Swing Speed Training Clinic – Bad Alvaneu Golf

September 16, 2012

By Swing Man Golf Staff Today Jaacob Bowden put on a “swing speed training” clinic using Sports Sensors Swing Speed Radars at Golf Club Bad Alvaneu in Switzerland with local Swiss and German PGA Pro Edwin van Westing. Here’s a photo of a few of the students from one of the sessions

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2012 Omega European Masters

August 29, 2012

By Swing Man Golf Staff The Omega European Masters is being held this week at Golf Club Cran-sur-Sierre in Switzerland. Here’s a photo Jaacob Bowden took while he was on the putting green chatting with a few of his Pro buddies. If you liked the article about the 2012 Omega European Masters and

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Bad Ragaz Senior PGA Championship

July 11, 2012

By Swing Man Golf Staff The European Senior Tour is in town at the Bad Ragaz Senior PGA Championship. Jaacob Bowden spent the day on the range around the players, followed several of them on the course, and spoke with Gary Player for a couple minutes. Below is some video of Gary hitting a draw [&hel

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Swing Speed Radars

July 7, 2012

By Jaacob Bowden Trackman radars are used on the PGA Tour and RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships to measure the swing speeds of their competitors. Unfortunately, personally owning a Trackman is beyond most people’s budget at $15,000-$25,000 a pop. But when it comes to swing speed training,

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Golf Smarter Podcasts – Swing Speed Training

By Jaacob Bowden If you haven’t listened already, be sure to visit  Golf Smarter Podcasts. Fred invited me back to be on the show again and this time we talked about swing speed training and the Mike Austin swing. If you liked the article about swing speed training and you think it would help

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Golf & Country Magazine – Lang, Länger – Jaacob!

July 2, 2012

By Swing Man Golf Staff This month Jaacob Bowden has a featured article written about him in Golf & Country Magazine. You can read the article online here. If you liked the article about the featured article wiritten in the Golf & Country Magazine and you think it would help another golfer,

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Crans Montana, Switzerland

June 24, 2012

By Swing Man Golf Staff One of Jaacob Bowden’s favorite places to go play golf is Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre in Crans Montana, Switzerland. In fact, each year the European Tour’s Omega European Masters is held on the course. On his way to play in a Pro-Am (in which his team finished 2nd)

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X-BIONIC Products

June 7, 2012

By Jaacob Bowden Towards the end of April I tested out some golf products and did some filming with a Swiss apparel company named X-BIONIC. I got some behind the scenes access in their R&D department and they’ve got some really interesting things in the works. My friend “The Man in t

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Swing Speed Training Clinic – GolfPark Thalwil

May 15, 2012

By Swing Man Golf Staff Today Jaacob Bowden was over at GolfPark Thalwil in Switzerland where he was putting on a shot demonstration and swing speed training for a couple of groups totally around 50-60 people. He hit drives at a variety of speeds ranging from around 60 mph to almost 130 mph, hit a [

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Amazon.com #1 Best Seller in Golf

October 16, 2011

By Swing Man Golf Staff Jaacob Bowden’s e-book “100 Golf Lessons That I Learned in My Journey From 14-Handicapper to Professional Golfer” has just hit #1 on Amazon.com’s Best Seller in Golf list. Click here to check it out here. If you liked the article about the e-Book, whic

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Golf Holiday Marocco

March 19, 2011

By Swing Man Golf Staff Jaacob Bowden just got back from a 16-day golf teaching trip for a couple groups in Marrakech, Morocco. You might be surprised to find out that the golf is actually very good there! Here’s a few photos from the trip. If you liked the article about the golf holiday maroc

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Golf at St. Andrews

October 15, 2010

By Swing Man Golf Staff Several days ago Jaacob Bowden’s Dad made his first trip outside of North America…and what better place to meet than in Scotland where they got a chance to play the Old Course in St. Andrews and numerous other courses. It was a true pleasure to play true links gol

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Swing Speed of European PGA Tour and PGA Tour Driving and Iron Stats

March 20, 2010

By Jaacob Bowden Have you ever been curious to know how fast your favorite Tour player’s swing speed is? It’s not listed which tournament the stats came from, but it is believed these Flightscope stats came from an European Tour event in 2008. Stats included are last name, first name, cl

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Jamie Sadlowski Swing Analysis

March 14, 2010

By Swing Man Golf Staff In this video, Art Sellinger and Motion Golf analyze the Jamie Sadlowski swing, the RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion of 2008-2009. If you liked the article about the Jamie Sadlowski swing and you think it would help another golfer, please   To learn more about Swing Man

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Universal Golf Magazine: Interview with Christoph Gunther

November 25, 2009

By Jaacob Bowden Be sure to check out the Swing Man Golf video on “Gauging Distance on Short Game” on page 3 and my interview with  Christoph Gunther on page 25-26 in the current issue of Universal Golf Magazine. Click here to read it. If you liked the article about the interview with C

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Who had the Fastest Swing Speed in 2009?

November 21, 2009

By Jaacob Bowden According to Dave Lancer, the Director of Information for the PGA Tour, Bubba Watson had this year’s fastest swing speed average according to Trackman with a speed of 123.24 mph (311.4 yards per measured drive).  This is 0.01 faster than last year’s highest average from

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Jamie Sadlowski Repeats and Bobby Wilson Goes for Two

October 30, 2009

MESQUITE, NEV. –- With a towering blast of 384 yards into the cool desert air, Canadian sensation Jamie Sadlowski won the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship for the second consecutive year at Mesquite Sports and Event Complex on Friday night. Sadlowski, a 21-year-old resident of St. Paul, Albert

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Inside the Cobra Golf Tour Van

October 25, 2009

By Swing Man Golf Staff If you liked the video about the cobra golf tour van and you think it would help another golfer, please   To learn more about Swing Man Golf products, click here.

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Golfpark Otelfingen Tour – My Home Course – Part I and II

August 28, 2009

By Jaacob Bowden Here is a quick little tour of  Golfpark Otelfingen …my current home course. If you liked the article about the Golfpark Otelfingen Tour and you think it would help another golfer, please   To learn more about Swing Man Golf products, click here.

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Inside the Nike Golf Tour Van

August 24, 2009

By Swing Man Golf Staff Ever wondered what it’s like in one of the PGA Tour club vans?Check out this video to take a look inside the Nike Golf Van. If you liked the article about the nike golf tour van and you think it would help another golfer, please   To learn more about […]

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Tiger Woods Needs to Clean Up His Act

July 22, 2009

by Rick Reilly Tiger Woods has outgrown those Urkel glasses he had as a kid. Outgrown the crazy hair. Outgrown a body that was mostly neck. When will he outgrow his temper? The man is 33 years old, married, the father of two. He is paid nearly $100 million a year to be the representative […]

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Getting to Tweak my Golf Equipment

May 29, 2009

by Jaacob Bowden I don’t know how many times I’ve been in a custom club fitters shop and watched him customize and fit clubs, but I’ve never actually got to do any of it myself until last week. I have a set of 1irons that I’ve really enjoyed, but I shelfed them in January sin

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My Favorite Golf Driver

May 15, 2009

by Jaacob Bowden A lot of people ask me what’s my favorite golf driver…and although I really like the Wishon 919 THI for it’s high COR on off-center hits and it’s very minimal roll (the vertical curvature on the face of the driver) which makes for a very consistent launch ang

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Vijay Singh Hole in One Skipping Over Water

April 23, 2009

By Swing Man Golf Staff If you didn’t see Vijay Singh’s Hole in One at the Masters you need to check it out! If you liked the article about Vijay Singh’s Hole in One and you think it would help another golfer, please   To learn more about Swing Man Golf products, click here.

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Golf Clubs Urged to Relax On Golf Dress Codes

April 21, 2009

By Mike Aitken and Craig Brown Once considered taboo in golfing circles, jeans are winning acceptance as the recession hits membership levels and forces clubs to rethink their rules…read more here   If you liked the article about golf dress codes and you think it would help another golfer

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Highest Paid Golf Caddies

March 24, 2009

by Swing Man Golf Staff Forbes Magazine has released a listing of the Top 10 highest paid caddies in golf.  Here they are: $1,270,000, Steve Williams (Tiger Woods) $510,236, Chad Reynolds (Vijay Singh) $445,821, Jim McKay (Phil Mickelson) $446,548, Tony Navarro (Adam Scott) $370,716, Damon Green (Z

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Swing Man Golf Newsletter – March 2009

March 14, 2009

By Swing Man Golf Staff The Swing Man Golf Newsletter is out for March. Check it out here If you liked the article about the Sing Man Golf Newsletter and you think it would help another golfer, please   To learn more about Swing Man Golf products, click here.

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Phil Naylor – Long Drive

March 13, 2009

by Jaacob Bowden Today I was taking a break from email and entertaining myself by going through my “Favorite” videos on YouTube – and I came across a video that Joel put together last Fall. For those that don’t know, Joel is my wife’s brother. He came over to Switzerlan

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Choosing a Golf Instructor

February 15, 2009

by Jaacob Bowden One day I was at a golf course driving range in California and there was a “certified” golf instructor giving power tips…to a student who could out-drive the instructor.  What a great irony!  Now, that’s not to say that the golf instructor did not have anyt

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Hitting to Different Targets

February 10, 2009

by Jaacob Bowden If you are out hitting balls at the driving range, one thing you can do to help you prepare for links courses or for hitting trouble shots is to hit various clubs in your bag to the different flags (or targets) around your range. For example, at my driving range, there are […

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Adjusting Your Lie Angles

February 6, 2009

by Jaacob Bowden Just because you’ve been custom fit for clubs, you may not be entirely done with the fitting process. For example, one time I went to get fitted for a new set of irons.  The fitter had me hit a few balls using a  6-iron with a piece of tape attached to the […]

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How to Score Low

January 27, 2009

by Jaacob Bowden I talk a lot about distance because that’s certainly what interests a lot of people.  But in this blog, I’d like to go over what it takes to score low. After compiling some key stats from over 30 PGA Tour winners, hitting the ball far or even that accurate is NOT a [&he

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Hitting a Bunker Shot

November 25, 2008

By Swing Man Golf Staff Hitting a bunker shot is one of the easiest shots to make in golf. You have a big margin of error when in a bunker. But for some reason a bunker shot is one of the most feared shots in golf. In this video, Golf Instructor Jaacob Bowden will give […]

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Golf Backswing Rear Leg Position

November 21, 2008

By Swing Man Golf Staff Some people bend their rear leg in the backswing and some keep it straight. This video will show you which one you might use based on your flexibility. Check out our Swing Man Golf YouTube Channel. You can subscribe for FREE to our channel here!!! If you liked the article [&h

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Getting Fit for Golf Distance – Part 2

September 30, 2008

By Swing Man Golf Staff Here is the second video of the series “Getting Fit for Distance”. Jaacob Bowden talks more about finding a good driver length for you. Most driver lengths sold at golf stores are 45″ to 46″ inches but that is not always the most appropriate length for

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Have you Heard of the New Grooves Golf Rule?

September 29, 2008

By Swing Man Golf Staff Why grooves, and why now?The revisions, which involve the cross sectional area of grooves on all clubs, with the exception of drivers and putters, and limit groove edge sharpness on clubs with lofts equal to or greater than 25 degrees (generally a standard 5-iron and above),

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Getting Fit for Golf Distance – Part 1

September 28, 2008

By Swing Man Golf Staff A lot of you want to hit the golf ball further.  It has become one of the most talked about subjects in golf of late and will continue to be in conversation with courses becoming increasingly longer.  But a lot of you don’t have the right equipment to maximize or [&he

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Choosing the RIGHT Golf Ball

August 29, 2008

By Joel CoePicking the right golf ball is very important to how your shots will translate on the course.  A lot of people think that picking the most expensive clubs and most expensive balls will help there game out.  But in reality, everyone’s swing and game is different from the next perso

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Pushing/Fading the Golf Ball

August 28, 2008

Q&A with Jaacob Bowden Question: Besides not having very good swing speed, I also push and fade the ball.  My problem isn’t just swing speed, it’s squaring and releasing the clubface.  Are there any items that would help that come with your program? Jaacob’s Answer: The Swing

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What Kind of Driver Loft Do I Need?

June 30, 2008

Q&A with Jaacob Bowden Question:How do I find out what degree I need on a driver ( I hit the ball high)?Jaacob’s Answer:I would recommend visiting a club fitter that is PCS (Professional Clubmakers Society) certified.  They’re fitting skills are proven and tested.  They will like

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Recommendations for a swing speed radar?

June 26, 2008

Q&A with Jaacob Bowden Question:What do you recommend for a swing speed radar?Jaacob’s Answer:The one that I’m currently using is Sports Sensors Swing Speed Radar.  They make  blue one that only measures swing speed (baseball and golf) and they also make a red one that measures tem

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When you start training to increase your swing speed…

June 23, 2008

by Jaacob Bowden Today I started up my swing speed training for the 2008 long drive season. Even though I haven’t trained since the season ended last October and I also lost about 10 lbs from being sick in March, my speeds are actually pretty similar to the starting point from last season. Her

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The first time I shot par

April 30, 2008

by Jaacob Bowden Recently, someone asked me about the first time I shot par.  What were my thoughts?  Keep the ball in play?  Putt well?  Relax? I don’t recall that first “par” round, however, I do remember my first tournament round in the 60s.  It was actually one of the R

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Average PGA Tour driving distances by tournament

April 28, 2008

by Jaacob Bowden When it comes to hitting the ball off the tee, remember to take driving distances with a grain of salt.  You might be only averaging 210 yards (190 m) per drive at one course…and you hear of a friend that tells you he’s averaging 250 yards (227 m) per drive at his [&hel

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