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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 decades to more align the Rules with how amateurs actually play the game and to pick up the pace of play. Much more can and should be done to simplify the game’s Rules by eliminating technicalities without undermining the vital role of skill.

Below is a summary of the nine major changes that affect play on the green.

1. Touching green
2. Marking ball
3. Repairing damage
4. Flagstick in the hole
5. Ball moves
6. Ball deflected
7. Pace of play
8. Damaged clubs
9. Caddie alignment
Plus:
10. Missed opportunities — anchoring and caddie books

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Long Drive Q&A With Bryan Kelly
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 drive in competition?

427 yards

What were the conditions of the drive?

Fair weather at the best grid in the world in Mesquite, NV

Long Drive Q&A With Bryan Kelly

What are the fastest swing speeds you’ve recorded on a Swing Speed Radar and/or Trackman?

FlightScope: 147.9 Trackman: 145.5

What lead you to choose your particular equipment specifications?

I switched in the middle of the 2018 season from Krank to Callaway just to try something different. I ended up doing well at Worlds and they offered me a contract. When it comes to shaft selection I don’t really get caught up in specs or brand. If it feels good and the Trackman numbers look good, I go with it. I went with the Fujikura Pro 53k XX tipped an inch all year.

Do you favor a particular shot shape to hit it long?

I’m always looking to hit a draw, but you have to adjust to the conditions. Big high fade if it’s wet like it was this year at Worlds.

Long Drive Q&A With Bryan Kelly

Do you use any training aids to work on your speed and power?

I use a homemade SuperSpeed stick I made out of an old shaft and a 5/8 socket. If you try and make your own, use Gorilla tape. I used duct tape on the first go-around and put a hole in my garage.

Do you do any other types of training to drive it further?

I have a home gym and do a lot of free weight exercises. I mix in golf specific exercises with resistance bands and kettlebells. I usually mix in and try the stuff you see Justin James and Ryan Steenburg doing online. Those guys seem to know what they are doing.

Is there any particular bit of advice you would give the regular amateur for him or her to hit the ball longer?

I know everyone says it but using the ground properly is what it takes. You have to get the lower body…

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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 a real sticking point. While the other parts of the riff were getting better, this note-change just seemed to stay crappy.

Just Experiment

I started to experiment with using different fingers to make the note change – none of which were successful. However, I noticed that when I went back to the original way of playing it, it seemed a touch easier.

This can be true in golf. I have found that, over the years of consciously experimenting with different ways of hitting the ball (many of which are intentionally incorrect), my ability to control the ball and correct mistakes has dramatically improved.

A simple example of this is that by learning to hit the toe and heel of the club at will (I use this during teaching demonstrations to show the effect on the ball flight), I have learned “tools” that allow me to correct unintentional poor strike patterns when they pop up.

Do It Wrong To Get It Right

I even did a study on this with golfers and saw an increase in improvement when they experimented with imperfect practice as opposed to practicing…

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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?

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Take a look at the rankings below!

Rank PGA TOUR Player Average Fastest Swing Slowest Swing
1 Keith Mitchell 124.83 129.08 119.46
2 Peter Uihlein 122.90 128.42 117.19
3 Gry Woodland 122.68 126.50 117.30
4 Brooks Koepka 122.42 126.98 116.64
5 Kevin Tway 122.13 129.02 117.89
6 Jhonattan Vegas 121.87 127.85 117.60
7 Tony Finau 121.57 127.26 118.73
8 Luke List 121.44 126.72 116.18
9 Rory McIlroy 121.42 125.40 118.73
10 Dustin Johnson 121.38 126.61 117.59
T11 Trey Mullinax 121.29 124.23 114.15
T11 Bubba Watson 121.29 125.56 118.02
13 Adam Scott 120.85 124.53 117.06
14 J.B. Holmes 120.83 125.99 117.75
15 Adam Schenk 120.59 123.73 116.98
16 Tom Lovelady 120.53 126.60 116.05
17 Tiger Woods 120.24 129.20 116.25
18 Lanto Griffin 119.40 122.32 115.27
19 Ollie Schniederjans 119.28 124.94 115.43
20 Kevin Chappell 119.25 124.59 116.06
21 Conrad Shindler 119.23 124.46 113.47
22 Charl Schwartzel 118.79 122.29 115.56
23 Patrick Rodgers 118.75 122.07 114.89
24 Seamus Power 118.71 123.52 114.47
25 Grayson Murray 118.59 125.28 114.10
26 Jon Rahm 118.49 123.14 115.38
27 Nick Watney 118.45 121.46 115.03
28 Hudson Swafford 118.29 122.28 113.12
29 Jason Kokrak 118.14 124.44 113.77
30 Matt Jones 118.06 122.61 114.01
31 Charles Howell III 118.01 121.08 114.16
32 Bryson DeChambeau 117.83 123.93 112.41
33 Alex Noren 117.78 122.53 113.17
34 Xander Schauffele 117.61 122.65 113.81
35 Talor Gooch 117.54 123.84 113.68
36 Paul Casey 117.34 122.99 112.01
37 Justin Thomas 117.27 120.20 114.34
T38 Jason Day 117.26 120.64 114.28
T38 Patrick Reed 117.26 120.41 113.40
40 Byeong Hun An 117.20 121.92 113.89
41 Sam Ryder 117.17 120.34 113.55
42 Robert Garrigus 117.13 122.06 112.92
43 Tommy Fleetwood 117.09 120.11 114.68
44 Justin Rose 117.00 122.61 112.31
T45 Ricky Barnes 116.94 121.06 113.64
T45 Hideki Matsuyama 116.94 119.39 113.54
47 Brendan Steele 116.88 121.73 113.69
48 Pat Perez 116.79 120.21 112.85
T49 Harris English 116.77 119.23 112.15
T49 Harold Varner III 116.77 122.68 112.25
51 Brandon Harkins 116.76 121.96 113.00
52 Ryan Palmer 116.66 121.20 112.50
53 Zecheng Dou 116.53 120.44 107.76
54 Phil Mickelson 116.48 121.44 106.59
55 Matt Atkins 116.19 119.38 112.35
56 Jamie Lovemark 116.14 120.96 112.39
57 Ethan Tracy 115.99 121.06 112.35
58 Rickie Fowler 115.89 119.66 112.16
59 Henrik Stenson 115.85 118.51 112.91
60 Charley Hoffman 115.76 119.71 112.27
T61 J.T. Poston 115.72 119.11 112.37
T61 Scott Stallings 115.72 121.23 112.09
63 Tyrrell Hatton 115.69 118.75 113.86
64 Jimmy Walker 115.60 118.26 111.77
65 Patton Kizzire 115.57 119.38 112.12
66 Stewart Cink 115.54 120.35 111.72
67 Bill Haas 115.39 120.63 111.17
68 Marc Leishman 115.34 119.37 111.72
69 Lucas Glover 115.31 118.83 111.53
70 Hunter Mahan 115.27 117.99 111.85
71 Branden Grace 115.23 118.33 111.34
72 Daniel Berger 115.21 120.03 111.57
73 Robert Streb 115.13 118.73 111.73
74 Mackenzie Hughes 115.01 118.62 110.55
75 Emiliano Grillo 115.00 118.48 112.80
76 Shawn Stefani 114.97 121.07 109.90
77 Xinjun Zhang 114.95 119.20 110.20
78 Martin Laird 114.93 118.59 111.67
T79 Dominic Bozzelli 114.91 118.48 111.15
T79 Martin Flores 114.91 119.68 111.16
81 Patrick Cantlay 114.80 118.22 111.99
82 Corey Conners 114.66 117.65 111.36
83 J.J. Spaun 114.58 120.32 110.58
84 Kevin Streelman 114.53 117.66 111.35
85 Shane Lowry 114.49 118.30 110.10
86 Billy Horschel 114.48 119.66 108.82
87 Sean O’Hair 114.47 120.15 110.81
88 Keegan Bradley 114.39 118.53 111.63
89 Aaron Wise 114.38 117.45 111.03
90 Louis Oosthuizen 114.36 118.21 110.48
91 Tyler Duncan 114.30 118.93 109.16
92 James Hahn 114.28 118.54 110.49
93 Chesson Hadley 114.26 118.54 109.79
94 Aaron Baddeley 113.89 118.45 110.22
95 Nate Lashley 113.86 116.30 111.55
96 Kevin Na 113.76 120.73 108.39
97 Nicholas Lindheim 113.56 117.32 109.60
98 Stephan Jaeger 113.54 117.14 108.97
T99 Scott Brown 113.50 117.92 108.64
T99 Ted Potter, Jr. 113.50 116.70 109.95
101 Sam Saunders 113.47 118.35 109.50
102 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 113.46 119.56 110.02
103 Jordan Spieth 113.44 116.33 110.53
104 Cameron Smith 113.37 118.83 109.29
105 Andrew Putnam 113.36 118.91 108.36
106 Bronson Burgoon 113.33 117.32 109.58
107 Denny McCarthy 113.28 117.13 110.27
108 Matt Every 113.06 117.13 109.99
T109 Joel Dahmen 112.78 116.21 109.16
T109 J.J. Henry 112.78 118.51 108.57
111 Francesco Molinari 112.73 116.71 109.74
112 Kyle Stanley 112.65 116.63 109.50
113 Scott Piercy 112.59 116.99 107.14
114 Sung Kang 112.57 117.59 109.12
115 Kevin Kisner 112.50 116.25 107.68
116 Jason Dufner 112.40 117.43 108.51
117 Rod Pampling 112.37 116.81 109.45
118 Cody Gribble 112.31 116.94 108.20
119 Bud Cauley 112.30 114.57 109.83
120 Russell Henley 112.29 116.49 109.21
T121 Brice Garnett 112.20 116.11 108.74
T121 Ben Martin 112.20 118.18 106.11
T123 Rafa Cabrera Bello 112.17 115.08 110.01
T123 Rob Oppenheim 112.17 117.17 108.22
125 Rory Sabbatini 112.09 117.89 107.29
126 Fabián Gómez 112.05 116.37 108.49
127 Troy Merritt 112.04 115.11 109.43
128 Chris Kirk 112.01 117.17 107.49
129 Retief Goosen 111.99 117.08 107.46
130 Chris Stroud 111.96 116.58 106.59
131 Tyrone Van Aswegen 111.94 115.63 107.65
132 Anirban Lahiri 111.86 115.80 108.14
133 Abraham Ancer 111.85 115.87 108.23
134 Tom Hoge 111.82 116.83 107.56
135 Michael Thompson 111.70 115.95 108.25
136 Adam Hadwin 111.69 115.91 108.55
137 Ian Poulter 111.62 114.32 109.82
138 Si Woo Kim 111.53 115.28 108.81
139 Jonathan Byrd 111.51 115.61 107.89
140 Beau Hossler 111.47 114.73 105.80
141 Peter Malnati 111.46 117.19 106.29
142 Jonathan Randolph 111.45 115.51 108.79
143 Graeme McDowell 111.44 116.76 106.97
144 Russell Knox 111.36 113.76 108.24
145 C.T. Pan 111.32 114.63 108.14
146 Cameron Tringale 111.28 117.10 107.26
147 Blayne Barber 111.16 115.14 107.46
148 Brandt Snedeker 111.12 116.29 107.65
149 Cameron Percy 111.11 114.44 107.30
150 Austin Cook 110.96 114.70 107.99
151 Danny Lee 110.92 117.07 106.17
152 Webb Simpson 110.89 115.40 107.03
153 Satoshi Kodaira 110.87 113.37 107.70
154 Andrew Landry 110.86 116.06 107.74
155 Brett Stegmaier 110.85 112.97 107.79
156 Ben Silverman 110.66 115.53 106.93
157 Michael Kim 110.64 114.20 106.78
158 Andrew Yun 110.52 113.50 106.63
159 Jonas Blixt 110.49 116.34 106.77
160 Derek Fathauer 110.46 117.81 102.83
161 William McGirt 110.35 114.75 106.81
162 Zach Johnson 110.00 113.97 107.40
163 Brian Harman 109.93 116.41 107.31
164 Nick Taylor 109.88 114.86 106.70
T165 Whee Kim 109.67 113.54 106.62
T165 Martin Piller 109.67 112.60 106.99
167 Chad Campbell 109.50 114.26 104.77
168 David Lingmerth 109.47 114.63 105.63
169 Ryan Moore 109.43 113.08 104.92
170 Steve Wheatcroft 109.41 112.99 106.04
171 John Huh 109.36 114.62 105.63
172 Billy Hurley III 109.30 115.90 105.21
173 Ryan Armour 109.29 115.34 105.84
174 Daniel Summerhays 109.15 113.06 105.63
175 Richy Werenski 109.14 112.02 105.83
176 Chez Reavie 108.83 114.36 105.10
177 Roberto Díaz 108.82 113.95 103.16
178 Wesley Bryan 108.78 111.48 106.10
179 Johnson Wagner 108.61 112.88 105.55
180 Kelly Kraft 108.58 113.72 105.57
181 Greg Chalmers 108.56 113.43 103.13
182 Ryan Blaum 108.05 111.99 104.96
183 Matt Kuchar 107.97 110.49 105.16
184 D.A. Points 107.93 112.31 103.48
185 Zac Blair 107.90 110.66 104.53
186 Ben Crane 107.78 112.92 103.62
187 David Hearn 107.54 111.31 103.92
188 Alex Cejka 107.28 113.77 104.16
189 Vaughn Taylor 107.04 111.91 104.28
190 Kyle Thompson 106.27 111.01 103.36
191 Brian Stuard 105.86 109.16 102.16
192 Brian Gay 105.76 109.25 102.15
193 Jim Furyk 105.27 109.25 102.44

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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. “I actually had a set made for me when (DeChambeau) first came and joined Cobra Puma and I got it straight off the bat. When you think about it, my 4-iron and my 8-iron are the same length, but my ball flight was so good on all of them because your spine angle stays the same.”

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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-rhythm for ball pace control.

Contrary to conventional golf-speak, the “routine” is not a straight-jacket set of setup-to-stroke steps that must always take 18 seconds or else ….

Executive Summary

The putting routine on the practice green sets the usual tempo and rhythm, appreciates green speed, and gets reacquainted with good strokes.

On the course, after the planned approach shot to optimize the first putt, the golfer steps onto the green and gauges the specific green speed, relaxes into the usual tempo and rhythm, and then begins reading the putt.

The routine for reading the putt:

  1. Notes the length of the putt and complexity of surface contour from ball to hole.
  2. Categorizes the putt as either a makeable putt or a lag putt.
  3. Then the golfer assesses the fall line, flatness, and slope of the flat area at the hole. All putts are viewed in terms of a base line straight from ball to center of hole plus the fall line from the center of the hole straight uphill — forming a “corner” at the hole emphasizing the relevant surface over which a successful putt might travel and rendering the rest of the green irrelevant.
  4. If the same flatness extends from hole to ball, the golfer quickly notes the approximate read from simple math based upon normal assumptions regarding green conditions. This approximate-math read takes the form of a target spot above the center of the hole along the fall line or an angle of putter face aim to the high side of a base line straight to the hole.
  5. Regardless of the availability of math, the golfer always reads the putt instinctively, using one or all of three imaginary predictions of how the ball at “smart” pace curves over the green for distance, green speed, elevation change, and contour. The instinctive reading adjusts any math approximate read in terms of target spot and angle of start line off the base line.

Once the putt’s curve, start line, target spot …

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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 slope percent.

All of this information is permanent, as the basic shape of the green never changes — only green speed changes.

Hence, if you usually play the same course, what are you waiting for?

Map the 18 greens!

You can certainly get a lot fancier about this, but it doesn’t really pay to do that — remember, EXACT numbers are for suckers who don’t understand science and who have no appreciation for the superior accuracy of the instincts (without numbers, just appreciating the relevant factors on an “it is what it is” basis) versus math and formulas (substituting estimated or even measured numbers as symbols instead of exact facts). A green map is just an approximate beginning for the read and is ALWAYS adjusted to a more fine-tuned read by the “factness” of things used by the instincts.

So, PRETENDING that “exact” math is either possible…

Read the rest of what Geoff has to say about How To Map Greens For Better Putting in the November 2018 Monthly Handicap Improver here:
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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 a fault, because you can do that and hit a perfectly good shot.

Whether you do or not is determined by other things such as:

  • Did you hit the middle of the face?
  • Did you hit the ground in the right place?
  • Did you present a clubface angle (open or closed) suitable for getting the ball on your target?

These are the basic faults in golf, as if you get the above correct, the ball will fly towards your intended target at the desired distance, regardless of swing style. We can add strategic faults to the list (taking on improbable shots for your skill level, mis-judging environmental conditions etc.), but we will keep it to the above 3 for simplicity of this piece.

So, ask yourself, what is your ability to identify when…

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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.

How can I avoid this?

David’s Answer:

Great question!

First, a bad warm-up doesn’t mean you are going to play badly. I’ve worked with countless players who have struggled during their warm up and ended up scoring in the mid 60s.

Let’s take a look at the goals for the warm-up.

  1. To warm up your muscles.
  2. To be aware of tempo, tension and balance.
  3. To get your geometry right.

The one thing the range is NOT for before playing is giving yourself a lesson.

One thing that might help you is to limit the balls with to 2 or 3 max with each club. This means that it would …

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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 competition?

423 yards at 2017 World Championships

What were the conditions of the drive?

No Wind, 80 degrees, night time

What are the fastest swing speeds you’ve recorded on a Swing Speed Radar and/or Trackman?

151 mph

What lead you to choose your particular equipment specifications?

I leave all my club work to my Coach/Club Builder Brian Delaney (@delaneybpga). We get the numbers, he goes to work and I trust him! He is unbelievable at his job, one of the best, so whatever he gives me is what we go with!

Do you favor a particular shot shape to hit it long?

I’m a traditional player that has always tried to play a cut. Especially with a long drive, I feel comfortable hitting a cut to fill up the grid!

Do you use any training aids to work on your speed and power?

@superspeedgolf

Do you do any other types of training to drive it further?

Lower body and core exercises

Is there any particular bit of advice you would give the regular amateur for him or her to hit the ball longer?

Balance, balance, balance!! Your body has to be working together to get everything out of it! Balance is the only way your body can work together going at its fastest speed!

Power comes for the ground up! Strong lower half helps with power and balance!

Don’t be scared to swing as hard…

Read the rest of what Wes has to say about the Long Drive in the October 2018 Monthly Handicap Improver here:
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