Swing Man Golf: More Speed, More Distance

New Rules For The Green for 2019

February 27, 2019

By Geoff Mangum The R&A and the USGA — apparently acting in panic mode as the game of golf continues to shrivel from its “golden age” in the 1970s and 1980s — have acted to simplify the Rules of Golf to shed some of the more ridiculous, picky technicalities that have accrued over the de

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Bryan Kelly Long Drive Q&A

January 29, 2019

Age:                       33 Height:                 6’3” Weight:               275 Driver Specs: Callaway XR16 4* Sponsors: Callaway Special Accomplishments: My Top 16 finish at the 2018 World Long Drive Championships What is your longest dri

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Do It Wrong To Get It Right

January 19, 2019

By Adam Young I was playing around on my guitar the other night, learning a new riff. I knew the notes I had to hit and was simply practicing hitting them the best I could. I was practicing for perfection. Sure, I was getting better through the practice, but there was one transition that was [&helli

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2018 PGA TOUR Club Head Speed Rankings

December 31, 2018

2018 PGA TOUR Club Head Speed Rankings Are you curious what the club head speed rankings are on the PGA TOUR for 2018? Who posts the fastest swing speeds? Who has the slowest swing on PGA TOUR? Click HERE to Learn How to Increase YOUR Average Golf Swing Speed Take a look at the rankings […]

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Greg Norman talks about Single Length Clubs

December 12, 2018

By Swing Man Golf Staff Greg Norman is hosting the 30th annual QBE Shootout in Naples, Fla. this week and recently talked about to Golfweek about Single  Length Irons. “Believe it or not, if I had to do it all over again as a 13 or 14-year-old, I would go to one-length clubs,” Norman said. [&he

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The Putting Routine

December 10, 2018

By Geoff Mangum The “routine” for putting is the use of your perceptual processes in a staging of accurate, pertinent, and useful perceptions of what matters for the reading and aiming of the putter, followed by the staging of your movement skills for setup and stroke for line control and tempo-

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How To Map Greens For Better Putting

November 10, 2018

By Geoff Mangum Mapping greens is fairly simple. Just sketch the outline shape of the green, rough in the outlines of the 2-4 “flat areas”, then mark the direction of tilt of each flat area (fall line) plus the steepness of tilt (slope percentage) — an arrow for fall line and a number for slop

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Process for Improving

October 21, 2018

By Adam Young Below is a process I try to ingrain in my players. We work on the skills needed to improve their process. This process is: Identification of fault(s) There are lots of faults in golf, but a lot less than you would think. To me, coming ‘over the top’ (for example) is not […]

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Your Questions Answered

October 11, 2018

By David MacKenzie MHI Golfer Question: I often find myself trying to fix my swing after hitting a few bad shots during my warm-up. Panic sets in and I quickly start to fear a bad round. By the time I’m on the first tee I’m very anxious and feel like the ball could do anywhere. […]

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Wes Patterson Long Drive Q&A

October 3, 2018

Age:                28 Height:           6’1” Weight:          200 lbs Driver Specs: 3 degree 3x tipped 1 inch Sponsors: ESP insurance Travis Mathew Crowe Socks Special Accomplishments: Top 8 at 2017 Worlds Team USA LD -423 What is your longest drive in competit

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Why You Can’t Improve Your Golf Swing

September 21, 2018

By Adam Young Most people ruin their practice session the moment they hit their first ball. Avoid everyone else’s mistake by reading this, and understand how you can make your practice count. When you go to the driving range to practice, what is your goal? If you are like most people, you will fal

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Mitch Grassing Long Drive Q&A

September 11, 2018

Age:                22 Height:           6’3″ Weight:          265 Driver Specs: 3* Callaway with 4x Paderson shaft Sponsors: Callaway, Tornado Tee, Paderson Shafts, One Stop Power Shop Special Accomplishments: 2017 – Three 2nd place finishes on th

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Math For Reading Putts Over Multiple Slopes

September 3, 2018

By Geoff Mangum Generally, the “rule of thumb” math that Break (“) = Distance (‘) * Slope% / 2 (“/%-‘) can be used ONLY when the green surface is only one slope from ball to hole, not several — so the slope is FLAT (although slanted or tilted in gravity out of level) and not […]

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Learn Golf 129% Faster

August 21, 2018

By Adam Young In 1994, Hall, Domingues and Cavazos conducted a study with baseball players testing the effects of either BLOCK or RANDOM practice schedules on subsequent LEARNING. Thirty players were tested for skill levels, and then were randomly assigned to one of three groups: Block Practice Rand

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Your Questions Answered

August 11, 2018

By Tom Wishon MHI Golfer Question: Is it alright to clean my irons with a brush? I purchased one of those cleaning brushes (haven’t used it yet) that has 2 sides. One side is a nylon type brush, soft and the other head is like a wire brush. It also has a sharp pick on […]

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Grip Pressure

August 3, 2018

By Geoff Mangum Holding your putter as lightly as possible is stupid advice. The general idea seems to be that “exquisite touch” comes from sensitivity in the fingers, but this is anatomically ignorant of both “touch” and the contribution of sensitive fingers to “touch.” That’s par for

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Jaacob Bowden talks swing philosophies on GolfWRX

July 26, 2018

By Swing Man Golf Staff Did you hear Jaacob Bowden this week on the The 19th Hole on GolfWRX? Our very own Master Instructor and Long Drive Champion Jacob Bowden shares his insights on the golf swing with Michael Williams on this week’s edition of The 19th Hole. You can check it out here!

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The Goal of Golf

July 21, 2018

By Adam Young In our quest for the “perfect swing” (if it even exists), we often lose sight of the goal of the game. This article will be incredibly simple, yet, at the same time, make you say “huh, I never thought of it like that”. The Game Our aim in this game is simple […]

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More Confident on Short Putts

July 11, 2018

By David MacKenzie MHI Golfer Question: I am not very confident from 6 feet and in because I feel I have to make them which makes it easy to miss them. How do I become more confident on short putts? David’s Answer: Short putts are probably the shots that players feel the most pressure over. [&hell

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How to Think About Putting

July 3, 2018

By Geoff Mangum Here are six main ideas about putting. 1. First, “skill” requires knowledge of cause and effect.Ben Hogan was right: golf consists of two different games — one in the air and the other along the surface of the green. And typically, putting amounts to 40-45% of the strokes in ev

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Four Keys to Effective Practice

June 21, 2018

By Adam Young If you are reading this, you probably spend at least some of your precious time working on your game to get better. This article will help you identify 4 ways to improve the effectiveness of that practice. By adding these methods to your practice regimens, you will be able to retain yo

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Jaacob Bowden on Danielle Tucker’s Golf Club Radio Show

June 16, 2018

By Swing Man Golf Staff Jaacob Bowden was a returning guest for the 4th time on Danielle Tucker’s Golf Club Radio Show last Saturday on June 9th. They talked about Sterling Iron single length irons, Swing Man Golf swing speed training, and more. Listen here!

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Mentally Better Swing Tempo

June 11, 2018

By David MacKenzie MHI Golfer Question: I am struggling to maintain a rhythmic good tempo swing because my reducing flexibility in my back is restricting my swing.  I am 73 and play to 9 (occasionally).  Can you help me mentally to have better tempo? David’s Answer: Tempo is such an important pa

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Grain on the Brain

June 3, 2018

By Geoff Mangum Golfers are always asking me about “grain” and how it affects putting speed and line complicating the reading of the putt. Well, guys and gals, there hasn’t been enough grain on greens to bother with since the 1980s. This is a testament to the lethargy and basic ignorance that

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Lessons from a 25-Year Career In Golf: My 4 Best Golf Tips

May 22, 2018

By Jordan Fuller 2018 marked my 25th year of my golf career. I was lucky enough to start playing the game when I was 15 (double lucky, since I also met my wife that same year). I decided to join a golf club in Omaha, Nebraska in my 20s, and that is where I learned […]

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The Core Putt

May 18, 2018

By Geoff Mangum Here’s a tip that helps you tune your touch in to the green speed. I call it the “core” putt because it comes from the center of your manner of relating to the world, and that’s what you need to get in touch with to activate your touch on the green. The [&hell

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External Distractions

May 15, 2018

With David MacKenzie MHI Golfer Question: I lose focus and get distracted from things like high handicappers looking for lost balls, falling behind time-wise, and generally trying to stay in my game mentally. Can you help me with the mental side of the game? David’s Answer: Every round of golf is

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What Guarantees a Good Shot Outcome?

May 5, 2018

By Adam Young Whenever I ask amateur golfers the above, even if they have spent thousands on lessons before, they look perplexed. Many will respond with answers such as: • Keeping eye on the ball • Following through • Line up well • Turning shoulders • Getting into a good backswing positio

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Long Drive Q&A With Tommy Hug

April 28, 2018

Age: 26 Height: 6’3 Weight: 210 Driver Specs: Krank Formula 6 6-degree loft with House of Forged Shaft Sponsors: • No Bogeys Golf Shop • Krank Golf • House of Forged Special Accomplishments: Qualified for 5 World Long Drive Championships What is your longest drive in competition? 459 yards W

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Groove Sharpening Tools, Paint Chips, and Paint Fill

April 25, 2018

With Tom Wishon MHI Golfer Question: What’s your opinion of groove sharpening tools? I’ve had my Sterling Irons since the fall of 2016; while still okay, I know the day is coming when they won’t be as sharp as I’d like. Paired with my Sterling Irons, is a Wishon Golf 929HS 1

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Why Differential Practice Works

April 24, 2018

By Adam Young Some of you may know that I popularized (for golf) the idea of differential practice. For those of you who don’t know, here is a brief description of the term. “Differential practice is where we attempt to explore variability befog what we would normally experience during the norma

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Relaxing & Pitching With Confidence

April 18, 2018

With David MacKenzie MHI Golfer Question: I struggle most when I am pitching for a shot within 20 yards of the green. I’m short or long depending the day. I tense up and I know that is a contributing factor. How can I relax and swing with confidence on pitches? David’s Answer: Having a quiet

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Average Golf Swing Speed Chart

April 11, 2018

By Jaacob Bowden, PGA When it comes to hitting the ball farther, a lot of golfers realize that technique is important. In recent years, people are also beginning to recognize the importance of getting custom fit for your equipment in order to maximize driving distance and their overall average golf

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Maximizing Distance

March 28, 2018

By Adam Young I remember being a short hitter as an amateur golfer. It was so frustrating seeing the other guys drive it 50 yards past me. In fact, my dreams of pro golf were pretty much shattered when I competed against a guy who hit the ball a full 100 yards past me during […]

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Long Drive Q&A With Scott Beaven

March 23, 2018

By Swing Man Golf Staff Long Drive Q&A With Scott Beaven Age: 30 Height: 5’9″ Weight: 120 kilos Driver Specs: Geek Golf DCT 3.5*, Pat Dempsey LD4 XXX shaft Sponsors: Under Armour, Embria and Geek Golf Special Accomplishments: • 2016 European Champion • 2014 Scandinavian Champion

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Get Referral Benefits at Club Champion Golf

March 16, 2018

By Swing Man Golf Staff The Numbers Don’t Lie IMPROVE THESE NUMBERS, IMPROVE YOUR SCORES

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Staying Focused For All 18 Holes

March 10, 2018

With David MacKenzie Swing Man Golf Monthly Handicap Improver Golfer Question: How do I stay focused for 18 holes? It is not always the same holes, but when I lose focus it seems to take me a hole or two to get back into the game. There are too many distracting thoughts in my brain […]

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Technique Changes

February 27, 2018

By Adam Young A recently posed a question on Twitter which led to some interesting insights. I stated that, as a golfer, if I went for a lesson and a pro asked me to “do X”, I would be able to “do X” to a pretty reasonable degree instantly – even with a ball there. […]

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Increased Consistency & Confidence

February 23, 2018

By Swing Man Golf Staff Increased Consistency & Confidence Jaacob Bowden’s partner in Sterling Irons® single length irons, Tom Wishon, got invited back on Golf Smarter Podcasts as a 12-time guest of host Fred Greene for Episode #624. Tom, of course, is a legend in the world of club desig

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How to Read Greens Better

February 18, 2018

By Geoff Mangum To read greens better, we’ll start with an approximate understanding of how green speed, slope, and distance make break…followed by a direct engagement with the green surface and distance with the instincts for a more accurate adjustment of the starting read. Math Approximate Rea

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What’s the Deal With Single Length Irons? Increased Consistency!

February 9, 2018

By Swing Man Golf Staff What’s the Deal With Single Length Irons? Increased Consistency! Listen to Jaacob Bowden on the Golf Smarter Podcasts as a guest of host Fred Greene for Episode #623.  Listen here! Show notes: “Consider yourself using the same posture, and the same swing every

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Keeping Your Swing Warm in Winter

February 7, 2018

By Swing Man Golf Staff Want to keep your swing warm in the winter or even increase your speed so you come out of the gates more powerful than ever in spring? Be sure to listen below to Jaacob Bowden’s guest interview on Episode 16 of GolfWRX’s 19th Hole Podcast with host Michael William

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Long Drive Q&A With Jason Eslinger Professional Long Driver

February 2, 2018

Age: 31 Height: 6’2 Weight: 245 Driver Specs: 5* Krank F7 48” XX shaft Sponsors: • Krank Golf • Kicker Audio Special Accomplishments: • 3 LDA Tour Wins • Top 8 Finish at the 2015 World Long Drive Championship • Top 16 Finish at the 2016 WLDC What is your longest drive in competitio

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12-Week Swing Speed Challenge

January 3, 2018

By Jaacob Bowden As part of the new year, I was looking to get some of my old swing speed back up. My max in 2015 was 133 mph and I registered a 200-mph ball speed. On the course, my playing swing was in the low 120s, which is high by tour standards, in the […]

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2017 PGA TOUR Club Head Speed Rankings

December 31, 2017

2017 PGA TOUR Club Head Speed Rankings Are you curious what the club head speed rankings are on the PGA TOUR for 2017? Who posts the fastest swing speeds? Who has the slowest swing on PGA TOUR? Click HERE to Learn How to Increase YOUR Average Golf Swing Speed Take a look at the rankings […]

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Your Questions Answered

December 25, 2017

By Jaacob Bowden Member Question: Hi Jaacob, How do you mesh the Basic Routine with the Weight Training routines you outlined: “Day 1, Upper, Day 2, Lower, Day 3 Off”….”Day 1 Chest, Day 2 Back, Day 3 Legs 1, Day 4 Shoulders, Day 5, Triceps/Biceps, Day 6 Legs 2”? So on M

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Peaking for Events

December 15, 2017

By Adam Young Ever hear of a tour player talking about peaking for an event? What does that mean exactly? We have all made changes to our games before. Perhaps we have had a lesson and implemented something new, or perhaps you just experimented with some equipment, strategy, or mentality. Change is

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Jumping for Distance (Part 2): The One-Foot Jump

December 14, 2017

By Swing Man Golf Staff Did you see Jaacob Bowden’s guest post on Golfwrx about Jumping for Distance? In Part 1, He goes over how he think’s this two-foot jump concept came about and why he doesn’t think it’s necessarily a good idea to implement in your swing. In Part 2, he look

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Jumping for Distance (Part 1): The Two-Foot Jump

December 7, 2017

By Swing Man Golf Staff Did you see Jaacob Bowden’s guest post on Golfwrx the other day about Jumping for Distance? In Part 1, He goes over how he think’s this two-foot jump concept came about and why he doesn’t think it’s necessarily a good idea to implement in your swing. Read

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Phillis Meti Long Drive Q&A

December 5, 2017

Age:                        29 Height:                 182 cm, 5’11” Driver Specs: Tour Edge XJ1 and Ex10 drivers with Reve Shafts at 47” Sponsors: Volvik USA Reve Shafts Tour Edge Special Accomplishments: 2017 World Long Drive Championship – Semi Final

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