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By Paul Myers

Phil Mickelson is one of the most accomplished golfers of all-time, and yet again is an important member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team for the 2014 edition. Lefty has long been a fan favorite in part because of his quick smile, but also because of his exciting and sometimes reckless style of play. Mickelson is usually not shy to take on an aggressive shot, which has led to some incredible results as well as some memorable disasters. One thing that sets Mickelson apart from the rest is both his raw talent and the nerve to go for his shots no matter what the stakes may be.

Lefty Power

Over the years, Mickelson has often been among the longest hitters on Tour. He uses a longer swing than most other professional golfers, but he also possesses the required hand-eye coordination to make it work more often than not. Most golf fans would agree that Mickelson is among the most naturally talented golfers in the world, which is another aspect that makes him so much fun to watch. Whereas some pro golfers come across like robots as they move around the course, Phil plays the game with a style that many consider entertaining.

Slightly Decreased Swing Speed

For the 2014 PGA Tour season, Mickelson has posted an average swing speed of 115.62 – placing him 56th on the list. While his name was regularly found in the top ten earlier in his career, Phil still has plenty of power to take on the biggest courses on the Tour. Five years ago his swing speed average topped 120 MPH, but time can take a few miles per hour away from even the most powerful golfer (which could actually be reversed or mitigated with swing speed training like at Swing Man Golf). Despite perhaps losing a little bit of his firepower in recent years, Mickelson remains near the top of the golf world and is always a threat in any tournament that he enters.

Mixed Bag at Ryder Cup

In terms of the Ryder Cup, it has been something of a mixed bag for Mickelson. While he has enjoyed success recently thanks to a pairing with Keegan Bradley, Phil’s mark as a Ryder Cup player isn’t quite as sparkling as you might expect for a player of his pedigree. Despite that, there is no doubt that any European players who see Mickelson lined up against them in Scotland for the 2014 Ryder Cup will know that they are surely in for a challenge. Any player with the experience and talent of Mickelson is a threat to win a match, regardless of past record.

As Phil moves forward into what may be the last few seasons of his PGA Tour career, it is possible that the swing speed number will continue to creep down a little bit at a time, especially if he doesn’t seek help about it from someone like Jaacob Bowden. However, thanks to an amazing short game and a natural feel for the golf course, it is to be expected that he may continue to contend for the biggest titles in golf even with a few fewer yards off the tee. As far as the Ryder Cup goes, very little is surprising when it comes to Mickelson, and that certainly applies in this case. Despite a spotty record in this event, no one would be surprised if he came through big when the U.S. team needs him most.

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By Paul Myers

Hunter Mahan is a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team that might fly a little bit under the radar. While he is highly accomplished in the world of professional golf, and extremely talented, he is yet to take home a major championship trophy which could quickly increase his notoriety on a world stage. Unfortunately for Mahan, one of his biggest moments in golf to this point was not a positive one – he lost a match to Graeme McDowell on the 17th hole at Celtic Manor in 2010 which sealed the cup for the European side. Mahan has done plenty of positive things in his pro career, but that one moment is remembered by many golf fans on both sides of the Atlantic.

Takes Advantage of Swing Speed

Considering the fact that he is one of the top American players, Mahan lands surprising low on the list of swing speeds for the 2014 PGA Tour season. With a swing speed of 112.22 MPH, Mahan is ranked 103rd on the Tour for the year. However, he does a great job of maximizing the distance that he gets out of that speed, as he ranks T45 on the Tour in driving distance with a 295.8 average.

Impressive Swing Mechanics

This could be interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it shows the quality of the impact position that Mahan is reaching swing after swing. If he weren’t in a decent impact position, and wasn’t hitting the ball on the center of the clubface more often than not, he wouldn’t be able to get as much power out of his drives as he does. Also, it demonstrates the importance that having the right equipment can have when translating swing speed to yards off the tee. Mahan passes more than 50 spots on the rankings between his swing speed and his driving distance, suggesting that he perhaps has done a better job of optimizing his equipment and launch conditions to get the most from his swing.

Interesting Ryder Cup Future

Whatever the case, Mahan has a golf swing that many consider to be picture perfect and has allowed him to win on Tour and remain consistently one of the top American players. How that translates to the 2014 Ryder Cup will be interesting to watch, considering his aforementioned experience with the event. One lost match in a big spot doesn’t mean that Mahan will never come through for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup, but that experience may still be on his mind as he returns to Europe for another try. It would seem likely that some success early in the week would be very helpful in putting to bed those old memories and making room for new ones.

Hunter Mahan may be exactly the kind of player that the U.S. will need to perform well in order to take back the Ryder Cup from Europe. The team has experience in players like Mickelson and Furyk, but it will require a group golf effort to defeat a deep and talented European side. With a solid effort from Mahan, along with good performances from even younger players like Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, the U.S. could have a chance to pull off the upset and take back the trophy.

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By Paul Myers

Henrik Stenson is one of the most-interesting players in golf as he has gone through plenty of ups and downs in his golf career. At one point Stenson seemed poised to become one of the best players in the world on a consistent basis, only to lose his form and fall well down in the world golf rankings. However, Stenson has since regained his form and is now unquestionably one of the very few best golfers in the world.

Elite Swing Speed

Despite being in his late 30’s at this point in his career, Stenson is still a very powerful player. As evidence of that, his swing speed currently ranks tenth in the 2014 PGA Tour season statistics, with an impressive 120.36 MPH. Ball striking is one of the clear strengths of Stenson’s game, and it allows him to consistently play well on the biggest stages in golf. A past winner of the FedEx Cup, it is clear that Stenson is comfortable with being on a high level golf stage.

Great Technical Swing

Unlike someone such as Fred Couples or Ernie Els, Stenson doesn’t use a golf swing that most people would consider ‘flowing’ or ‘smooth’. His swing is more mechanical and technical in nature, but it sure is highly effective. He seems to be able to deliver the club directly to the back of the ball time after time, which provides him with impressive consistency and the ability to hit quality shots on the most difficult golf courses – even under pressure. That ability is something that is sure to serve him well in the always intense Ryder Cup matches.

Experienced at the Top

The 2014 Ryder Cup will be the third for Stenson, and the European team is certainly glad to have him considering his recent form. In the past two seasons along, Stenson has managed to post four top-5 finishes in majors, including a second place finish at the 2013 Open Championship. Because of the Ryder Cup format, Stenson could seem to be a desirable partner for any other European player because of his quality ball striking and experience on the big stage. No matter who the United States team decides to put up against Stenson throughout the weekend, those players will be in for a serious challenge if they are going to wrestle away even a half point from this accomplished player.

While Stenson is 38 years old, his stay at the top of the game of golf seems to just be getting started. Players are staying longer on Tour than ever before thanks in part to improved fitness routines and perhaps financial motivation, and also to improved equipment which allows players to retain most of their distance later into their 40’s. For a golfer like Stenson with such a high-quality golf swing and solid mechanics, he looks to continue to post high finishes in big events for many years to come. Likewise, it stands to reason that he could become one of the experienced leaders that Europe’s Ryder Cup team leans on for at least the next two or three competitions.

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By Paul Myers

By almost any measure, Justin Rose is one of the very best golfers in the world. With a major championship title under his belt at the 2013, Rose has been a fixture on the world golf scene for many years and it seems like it will stay that way for many years to come. With a beautiful golf swing and solid short game, Rose is a player that has become one of the main pieces of the European Ryder Cup team which has had so much success.

Average Swing Speed

Finding Rose’s name on the list of swing speeds on the PGA Tour for 2014 requires scrolling down the page a bit. He comes in with an average of 114.74, which is nothing to be ashamed of in the least, but is lower than many of the other top players. In fact, Rose ranks T69 with that average, putting him slightly above the middle of the pack on Tour. He certainly possesses enough club head speed to handle big golf courses, but power isn’t the main piece of the puzzle for Rose.

Elite All-Around Game

To anyone who has watched Justin Rose play the game, that news won’t be particularly surprising. What it is that makes Rose so good is his balanced all-around game that features impressive accuracy and a quality short game. He isn’t someone who will blast the ball off the tee and overwhelm a course with power, but rather will try to take the course apart one piece at a time with things like smart decisions and good execution. What Rose might give up in terms of not being tops in swing speed, he more than makes up for with the world-class quality of his ball striking.

Ryder Cup Key for Europe

For the 2014 Ryder Cup, Justin Rose is likely to be one of the main pieces of the puzzle as Europe tries to retain the cup. Rose has plenty of experience in this pressure-packed event, along with the game to keep up with absolutely anybody. Thanks to the consistency of his ball striking and the sheer number of times Rose has been in pressure situations on a golf course, he will probably be a tough challenge for any U.S. team member who goes against him. In addition to what he brings to the European team on the course, Rose could surely be a leader in the locker room as well thanks to his experience and familiarity with the situation.

Justin Rose is an example of how raw power can be an overrated element in the game of golf. Certainly Rose has plenty of power to keep up with the best players in the world – after all, a swing speed average over 114 MPH is far from low – but he doesn’t need top-ten driving distance to be a world class player. With skills that translate all over the course and the ability to perform under pressure, Justin Rose is a name that many golf fans all over the world are used to seeing. It seems like Rose has been a presence in golf for a long time thanks to his emergence at the 1998 Open Championship, but he is still just 34 years old and should have many years of top quality play left ahead of him.

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By Paul Myers

The runaway winner of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, Martin Kaymer is now a two-time major champion and among the best players in the world. The German has what many would consider to be an incredible golf swing to go along with a consistent short game and wonderful putting stroke. The performance he displayed at Pinehurst in winning the U.S. Open was one for the record books, and the European team will be hoping he can find something close to that form when he tees it up in the Ryder Cup.

A Renewed Game

Kaymer’s career has been similar in some ways to one of his Ryder Cup teammates, Henrik Stenson. Kaymer showed the ability to be one of the best players in the world, in fact reaching world #1, but then underwent some swing changes and lost his form for a period of time. However, once he was able to make the swing changes comfortable and repeatable, the results have been amazing. In addition to the U.S. Open title, he also took home the Players Championship, another of the biggest events in the world.

Plenty of Power

Kaymer does just about everything well on the golf course, and power is among the strengths that he has. With an average swing speed of 117.05, he ranks just inside the top 40 on the PGA Tour for the 2014 season. An incredible thing about Kaymer’s swing could be just how much power he generates from a seemingly simple and repeatable swing. He doesn’t go ‘outside himself’ and lose balance to create power – he is able to create the speed simply through the excellent technique that he uses and the quality of his impact position. Also, Kaymer’s body is sufficiently conditioned for speed which no doubt can help him to produce power through the ball.

Pressure-Packed Ryder Cup Experience

One of the biggest assets that Kaymer will bring to the 2014 Ryder Cup team for Europe is his winning experience. Being a two-time major champion goes a long way toward helping someone handle their nerves on the course, but he also has a huge moment in the Ryder Cup as well. It was Kaymer that officially completed the Europeans incredible comeback in the 2012 Ryder Cup when he sunk a putt on the final hole to defeat Steve Stricker of the United States and start the party for Europe. Having the experience of making such a high-pressure putt in the Ryder Cup will certainly steady his nerves as he tries to help Europe bring home the trophy once more.

At only age 29, golf fans across the world might get used to seeing Martin Kaymer at or near the top of the leaderboard in the majors and other top events. For the European Ryder Cup team, Kaymer figures to be a central figure for perhaps the next four or five events, if not many more. With a quality golf swing and internal psychology that seems immune to pressure, and the rest of the game to go with it, it is hard to imagine Kaymer doing anything on the course but adding to his already impressive resume.

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By Paul Myers

One of the most well-liked golfers on the professional tours, Graeme McDowell has put together an impressive resume that has been highlighted thus far by the 2010 U.S. Open title at Pebble Beach. McDowell is accomplished on both sides of the pond, and has been a big part of past Ryder Cups as well – especially in 2010. Even though McDowell has stood out at the international golf level for many years, he is still just 35 and could be a presence for many years ahead.

Not a Power Player

Unlike many of the top golfers in the world today, McDowell doesn’t do it with power at all. In fact, he ranks very near the lower end of the PGA Tour in terms of swing speed average at just 109.77. In a day and age in golf when most players are trying to squeeze every extra yard out of their swing that is possible, McDowell goes a different direction and seems to be satisfied with the modest Tour level power that he has available.

Plenty of Other Skills

Of course, to be as successful as he’s been, he has to excel in other areas of the game. One of those areas is driving accuracy. McDowell hits almost 70% of the fairways he aims at, which places him right among the very best on the Tour. Although he might be a few yards behind many of his playing competitors, he also is hitting in from the short grass instead of the rough more than most players. Building his game on control rather than power can certainly said to have worked beautifully to this point.

Another thing that allows McDowell to excel in the absence of big power is his incredible putting performance. McDowell is commonly thought of by some as one of the best putters in the world, and his ability to hole putts seems to only improve when the pressure is on. Putting is a skill that will never go out of style, and even the longest of hitters may have trouble keeping up with McDowell if they can’t perform on the putting green as well as they do off the tee.

A Perfect Ryder Cup Player

As anyone who has watched match play golf will know, a great putter can be a big asset in a match play situation. That is another thing that makes McDowell such a great player for the European side when the Ryder Cup rolls around every two years. The European captain can place McDowell into the lineup knowing that he is likely to make plenty of putts and keep the pressure on the opposition. If the project was to build a player that would be perfect in the Ryder Cup situation, McDowell’s combination of driving accuracy and putting prowess would be very desirable attributes.

Thanks to an incredibly consistent golf swing and an enviable putting stroke, Graeme McDowell is definitely a player to watch in any event. Given his outgoing and friendly personality as well, he has more than his share of fans and will likely be one of the most-popular members of the European team at the 2014 Ryder Cup.

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By Paul Myers

Perhaps no other modern player embodies everything that the Ryder Cup is about than Ian Poulter – although a similar thing could be said about Sergio Garcia. Thanks to his incredibly clutch play and fiery attitude on the course, Poulter has divided the fans on both sides of the event more than any other – to American fans, he is an annoyance, and to European fans he is a hero. Where some players shrink away from the spotlight and see their performance drop at the Ryder Cup, Poulter has proven time and again to be able to step up to the occasion and come through at the most important moments.

No Major Titles Just Yet

In comparison to some of his other Ryder Cup teammates and opponents, Poulter has yet to grab a signature win in terms of a major championship. He does have two World Golf Championships to his credit, but those events don’t have quite the same recognition among fans as do the majors. However, Poulter has amassed a total of 16 professional wins and has done plenty to keep himself among the best in the world on a consistent basis. No one in golf will be surprised if at some point Poulter breaks through and get a major title of his own.

Not a Power Player

When taking a quick look at the swing speed statistics from the PGA Tour in 2014, it is easy to see that power is not the main strength of Poulter’s game. While he can move it out there plenty far enough to keep up with the rest of the Tour, his average speed of 111.95 leaves him below average. What he lacks in power, however, is made up for with impressive ball striking consistency and an amazing short game. While that short game seems to show up even better when the Ryder Cup rolls around, it is solid seemingly every week on Tour and has propelled some of Poulter’s career to where it is today.

Unquestioned Leader

It is no secret that Poulter will be one of the leaders of the European team when the 2014 Ryder Cup gets going. The Europe team will not only be looking for Poulter to record some points on the course against the U.S. team, but it will also look to him off the course and in the locker room for support and motivation. It only takes watching a couple holes of Ian Poulter playing in the Ryder cup to see just how important those several days every two years are in his career.

It will be interesting to see over the next few years if Poulter is able to get a major championship title to go along with his impressive Ryder Cup performances and other pro titles. Either way, he will probably continue to be an important part of the European Ryder Cup team and will likely continue to be loved by the European fans and loathed by those in the U.S. The Ryder Cup has risen to become one of the most recognized and loved events in all of sports, and players like Ian Poulter are a big reason why.

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By Paul Myers

Lee Westwood may be the current holder of the undesirable title of ‘Best Player Never to Win a Major’. While that might be true, it really isn’t fair to Westwood who has had an incredible career all around the world. Westwood has been a prominent figure on the world golf scene for a long time, and should still have many good years ahead as he is just 41 years old. Perhaps one day Westwood will manage to take home a major title, but even if that is not to be, he can still be long remembered as one of the finest golfers of his era.

Consistency without a Major Title

As a demonstration of the quality of his game and the ability that he has to compete with the world’s best, Westwood has posted top-5 finishes at each of the four majors at one point during his career. There aren’t very major golfers that can lay claim to that accomplishment, even if Westwood would likely trade all of them for just one title. Of course, when he take a look at his trophy case, it certainly isn’t bare – Westwood has amassed 40 pro titles over his career.

A Strong Ball Striker

Long known by some as one of the best ball strikers in the world, Westwood still has plenty of power left in the tank despite being on the north side of 40. During the 2014 PGA Tour season, Westwood has averaged 115.48 MPH on his driver swings. That ranks 58th on Tour, which is above average by PGA Tour standards. While that doesn’t make him among the ‘bombers’ on Tour, it does provide him with plenty of distance considering the accuracy that he is able to pair it with. This valuable combination of power and clean ball striking is one of the reasons that Westwood has been able to perform so well at the major championships throughout his career.

An Easy Captain’s Pick

A captain’s pick for the 2014 Ryder Cup, there is one obvious thing that Westwood will bring to the European team beyond his golf skills – experience. The 2014 Ryder Cup will be the ninth in his career, so it is safe to say he has “seen it all” – from the Americans comeback at Brookline in ‘99 to the European rally at Medinah in 2012. Some observers would agree that Europe has the talent advantage over the United States anyway, but adding Westwood’s experience and knowledge of this event should only serve to help.

Lee Westwood has plenty of power to hold his own off the tee on the PGA Tour, but power isn’t the only thing that keeps him among the best in the world. His ball striking is incredibly consistent, and his short game is good as well. Westwood certainly doesn’t need to accomplish anything else in golf to have had a wonderful career, but a single major title could surely take him into another level of history. Likely with several more years of good golf expected to be ahead of him, that elusive major title is still out there just waiting for him to grab.

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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 home course.  However, when you play each other on the same course – you hit the same distance.  What gives?  You might think your friend is not telling you the truth about his distances…however, when you take in to consideration the various playing conditions of different courses around the country (and world), you might discover that your friend is actually being completely honest.

Take a look at the average driving distances by tournament his year so far on the PGA TOUR and you’ll see what I mean:

Mercedes-Benz Championship    252 (228 m)
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am    268 (243 m)
PODS Championship    271 (246 m)
Verizon Hertiage    276 (250 m)
Buick Invitational    277 (251 m)
Zurich Classic of New Orleans    279 (253 m)
Honda Classic    281 (255 m)
Arnold Palmer Invitational    282 (256 m)
AT&T Classic    283 (257 m)
The Players Championship    285 (258 m)
EDS Byron Nelson     286 (259 m)
Shell Houston Open    290 (263 m)
Northern Trust Open    291 (264 m)
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic    292 (265 m)
FBR Open    293 (266 m)
Sony Open    295 (267 m)
Mayakoba Golf Classic    297 (269 m)
Wachovia Championship    297 (269 m)

Average = 283 (257 m)

If you play different courses, these differences are also useful to know for your iron play.  Granted that you know how far you hit your clubs, within a few good shots of the first time you play a new course, you should be able to tell for the rest of the round approximately how much to add or subtract for your average shot.  For example, if you regularly play TPC Scottsdale in Arizona and are planning a trip to play Pebble Beach in California, you should expect that your irons will go about 8-9% less at Pebble Beach.

Remember that this doesn’t only apply to courses in different cities.  Even within your local area, different courses play different distances.

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