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By Paul Myers

On the Tour, tracking rounds in the 60’s is one of the statistical measures of how well a player is doing throughout the season. So far in 2015, Robert Streb leads the Tour with 23 total rounds in the 60’s in just 9 events. Obviously, that is great golf. However, that statistic doesn’t apply that well to the average player. For most golfers, their percentage of rounds in the 60’s is stuck at 0% – and it might stay that way forever. Nonetheless, the idea behind this stat is still something we can use to track our own games.

What are You Shooting For?

Think about what you consider a good day on the golf course. Does that mean breaking 90? 80? 100? Whatever it is, use that number as your own personal measuring stick. Then, as the rounds add up, calculate how frequently you are able to shoot a score that is lower than your benchmark. Tracking this stat can serve as motivation to try and bring your best stuff to the course each round, and also to try and improve your consistency.

Every golfer would love to be more consistent, as it means less frustrating days on the course where your score balloons way beyond your average. The tips below are meant to help you develop your consistency on the course or to track your percentage of rounds below a certain milestone:

  • Pick the safe option. In golf, the conservative play is almost always going to be the better option. Sure, you can try to carry that water hazard and get all the way to the green, but you can also lay-up and hit a good wedge in close to the hole. If you would
  • like to shoot more rounds below your target score, you will pick the safe play more often than not.
  • Get on a practice schedule. Unless you are a professional golfer, you probably have plenty of other real-life responsibilities beyond practicing your game. However, you can still get onto a practice routine to make sure your swing stays sharp and your game doesn’t get too rusty. Try to get the driving range on a periodic basis – once a week, for example – and do your best to not go too long between rounds.
  • Putting, putting, putting. A good putter rarely goes into a slump. While your swing might come and go from time to time, making yourself a good putter is a skill that will rarely let your down. If you want to become a more reliable and consistent performer on the golf course, look no further than improving your stroke with the flat stick.

Golf is known as one of the most difficult games in the world for a reason. Playing well for just one round is hard enough – playing well on a regular basis is a serious challenge. However, with the right kind of practice and smart decision making during your rounds, you can start to shoot scores below your target number so frequently that you might need to pick a new goal.




By Paul Myers

Any golfer would agree that winning one of the four majors remains the main goal that each every professional is striving for. However, when it comes to the biggest financial prize of all within the game of golf, there is no competition for the FedEx Cup. The winner of the year-end FedEx Cup takes home a prize that is unprecedented in golf, and rarely matched in any other sports – $10 Million. To secure such a prize is to win more money at one time that most people will be fortunate enough to see in their entire lives.

For Billy Horschel, the dream of winning a major championship is yet to be realized – but he does own the 2014 FedEx Cup crown and the impressive paycheck that goes with it. Going into the FedEx Cup Playoffs in 2014, Horschel had just one win to his name during his pro career, yet he went on to win two events in back to back weeks and take home the crown. Despite having just one top-five finish in a major during his career to this point, the University of Florida grad was able to rise to the occasion and grab the richest prize in golf.

An Early Start on the Big Stage

For a long period of time, Billy Horschel was well-known in golf circles for one reason – the incredible round of 60 that he shot in the 2006 U.S. Amateur tournament. While he wouldn’t go on to win the event, that single round helped him make a name for himself across golf. Of course, that wasn’t entirely fair to just view him in terms of one round, as he built an impressive career at the University of Florida. He was consistently one of the best college players in the country at Florida, and it is no big surprise to see that he has risen to such heights in the pro game as well.

A Ping Man

Take one look at Billy Horschel during a PGA Tour event and you will have no trouble identifying which equipment company he is affiliated with. Horschel plays Ping equipment throughout the bag, from his driver all the way down to his wedges. One of the interesting things about his set is that he frequently plays without a four iron – opting to use that club spot for an extra wedge instead. This is becoming more and more popular among Tour players, and amateurs as well. The thinking goes like this – how many times during the average round will you face a shot that calls for a four iron and can’t be handled by a three or a five? Most shots fall somewhere between clubs anyway, so hitting the five a little harder or the three a little softer isn’t that big of a challenge for a player of Horschel’s caliber. In your own game, you might want to experiment with exluding one of your long irons in favor of an extra wedge. You just might find that you don’t really need that additional long iron much after all.

He Packs a Punch

Horschel is not the biggest guy you will see on the PGA Tour on a weekly basis. He isn’t small – he’s six feet tall, and in good physical condition to be sure. However, compared to some of the taller players, he is rather average in terms of size. That doesn’t stop him from creating impressive club head speed, though. So far in the 2015 season, Billy Horschel’s swing speed comes in at an average of 112.25 MPH. This speed has generated an average driving distance of 294.2, good for a rank of 67th on Tour currently. So while he isn’t the biggest hitter on the Tour, he has more than enough power to deal with some of the many long golf courses that are played on a week after week.

How does he generate that speed? With a swing that looks just about as technically perfect as a golf swing gets. Many players on the Tour have something in their swing that looks a little ‘homemade’ or unique to them. That really isn’t the case with Horschel. A golf teacher would have a hard time picking apart too much about what he does in the golf swing, because it is just technically beautiful to watch. The swing looks simple, compact, efficient, and powerful, all at the same time. Any golfer would do well to watch the motion that Billy Horschel makes in his golf swing and work on copying it to the best of their ability.

Not a Bad Employer, Either

Working as a caddie on the PGA Tour has its perks, especially when your player wins the FedEx Cup and the $10 Million prize that goes with it. Horschel rewarded his caddy in kind for the help he provided on the way to the title by sending $1 Million his way after the win. There aren’t any kind of specific records for caddy payments, but this has to be one of the largest paydays for a caddie in golf history. In just a short time on Tour, Billy Horschel has come to be one of the more popular players, and it is actions like this that only go to further his good reputation.

Billy Horschel made about as much noise as you can make in golf in 2014 without actuallywinning a major. However, with the game he possesses and the incredibly solid golf swing that he has honed over the years, it won’t be any surprise at all to see him threaten the winner’s circle in the biggest events of 2015 and beyond.




By Paul Myers

Given the talent that is obvious when you watch Graham DeLaet play golf, you might think that he would have burst onto the PGA Tour scene a little bit earlier in his career. After all, he was a standout performer at Boise State University in his college days, and it wouldn’t have been a surprise to see him make a quick move up onto the Tour. That isn’t the way it played out, but nonetheless, DeLaet is now taking his place among the best in the game.

One of the first things you will notice when you see DeLaet play on Tour is simply what an impressive athlete he is. Despite standing less than six feet tall, he is in impressive physical condition and it is no surprise that he can work the club through impact with such power and speed. He is exactly the picture of what the modern Tour player has come to be – strong, fit, and athletic. Where most golfers used to be a little bit overweight or out of shape once upon a time, those days are behind us. Golf has gotten more and more competitive, and fitness has simply become a required part of the equation at the highest level.

Graham DeLaet set back by injuries

A big part of the reason that DeLaet has arrived on the scene a little bit later than his talent might have indicated is that he has been set back by injuries along the way. He turned pro in 2007 and made it onto the PGA Tour for the first time in 2010. However, the 2011 season was lost to injury and he spend much of the next couple years regaining his form. It didn’t take long, though, before he was back on his game and he was even selected for the 2013 Presidents Cup team as a demonstration of his standout ability.

In the Bag

On Tour, DeLaet is a Titleist player, with Titleist clubs all the way through the bag, with the exception of an Odyssey putter. He uses a combination iron set, with cavity back long irons and muscle back mid and short irons. This is a popular strategy for many players, whether they are professionals or amateurs. If you are a golfer with moderate to advanced skill, you might want to look into this option as a way of improving the performance of your iron game. The cavity back long irons offer more forgiveness than do the blades, while using blades in your short irons provides more distance control and feedback on your shots. It is very much the ‘best of both worlds’ when you employ this strategy.

Putting that Physique to Good Use

The muscular frame that is so obvious as DeLaet works his way around the golf course is translating into some rather impressive power numbers – especially for a player who stands less than six feet tall. Graham DeLaet’s swing speed so far on Tour in 2015 is a whopping 117.68 MPH, which ranks him within the top 30 on the Tour. That club head speed is translating nicely into total driving distance as well, where he ranks 17th at more than 302 yards per drive.

Before you think that he is just reaching back and swinging as hard as he can, however, it is important to note the accuracy that comes along with that power. DeLaet’s drives are finding the fairway more than 63% of the time, helping him to rank 5th in total driving at this time. There is certainly more to success on the PGA Tour than just great driving, but that is a nice way to start.

Even if it might have taken a bit longer for DeLaet to make his mark on the Tour than some would have expected, the future looks bright for the 33 year old. His first ever major championship with the Open Championship in 2013, so he has plenty of experience still to gain and would figure to only get better and better as the tournaments go by. Those who enjoy watching powerful players with impressive golf swings go about their business will want to keep an eye on Graham DeLaet in the years to come.




Q&A with Jaacob Bowden

Comment:  

I bought a weight iron at Wal-Mart and ended up pulling a muscle in my rib cage area so I stop using it.

Jaacob’s Reply:

Yes, that’s the danger of weighted clubs – injury.  Personally, I think they are fine for warming up, but for speed training I have mixed feelings.  

If you do any kind of extensive slow swing training with them, you might be building strength in your swing…but it could be slow-twitch strength.  If you are going to use them for increasing your swing speed, swing them fast and make sure you are warmed up thoroughly to avoid getting hurt.

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