The Barclays: Fun Facts and Trivia

Posted by Patrick Hester

Aug 22, 2014 4:49:54 PM

It’s been a year since the 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott finished early on Sunday night with a bogey-free round of 66 to win The Barclays. Scott moved to a career-best number 2 in the world that day (at that time in his career), finishing at 11-under 273, beating out Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose in a heated race.

This month, The Barclays comes to the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ, one of the oldest country clubs in America. The 27-hole golf course, designed by A. W. Tillinghast in 1929, has been restored and improved in recent years.  The $8 million dollar project saw the construction of 26 new tees, an expansion of the pond on hole #1 on the Center nine, a new irrigation system, and the restoration of the bunkers all back to their original A. W. Tillinghast design.  The Championship Course was developed for The Barclays tournaments and is a composite of the more difficult holes from the three original nine hole courses of the club known as: East, Center and West.  
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Golf Flexibility Drills - Part 1

Posted by Nick Miller

Aug 20, 2014 5:05:32 PM

Drills for Proper Golf Warm-Up & Cool-Down

Despite the stereotype that golf doesn't require athleticism, it is a strenuous game that requires the use of A LOT of different muscles. All of the different muscles used help generate power and control in the golf swing, so maintaining flexibility is extremely important for your game. Everybody has been told at some point that in order to be flexible you need to stretch more. Fortunately or unfortunately, all of these people are right – you need to stretch. 

Most PGA Tour players have set stretching routines before they play golf. Miguel Angel Jimenez specifically is known for his unique driving range stretching and warm up routine. So why do doctors, personal trainers, and golf instructors alike advocate a diligent stretching routine both before and after physical activity? Quite a few reasons actually.  Stretching:
  1. Warms your muscles up by increasing circulation
  2. Increases flexibility and the range of motion in joints
  3. Reduces muscle tension
  4. Helps alleviate soreness and pain
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A New Driver & You Won't Believe The Results

Posted by Justin Kruger

Aug 18, 2014 5:04:58 PM

Today I had the pleasure of working with one of my coworkers, Nick, on getting a new driver. To say he was overdue may be an understatement. His current driver is a Titleist 905T which launched in spring of 2006. In all fairness, Nick hit that driver well for a long time and still hits it very well. But when there are yards to be gained, it doesn’t matter how far you hit it currently, it only matters that you could hit it further. I think we can all agree on that.

I would like to preface the following results with a few statements. The results of this fitting are neither typical nor fair. Trust me, you will understand when you see the number. 

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Mizuno Does It Again

Posted by Justin Kruger

Aug 15, 2014 1:38:32 PM

2015 Product Line Sure To Impress

It would appear Mizuno has outdone themselves yet again. They have a new product line set to launch late this summer and by all indications, it is an improvement on already great products. There will be several new additions that will appeal to all skill levels and tastes. Among the new toys will be a new MP-15, MP-H5, JPX 850 Forged, JPX 850 and a beautiful new line-up of wedges.  

For those of you looking for that balance of forgiveness and beauty, the MP-15 will be the one to get in line for. Like its predecessors, the MP-15 boasts a 3D Titanium insert to displace 38 grams of stainless steel. This frees up discretionary weight to improve Moment Of Inertia. As is traditional with Mizuno, the forging is second-to-none with Grain Flow Forged 1025E carbon steel. This results in a soft, consistent feel. The MP-15 is the best of both worlds, amazing feel and outstanding forgiveness.
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Ryder Cup Standings After The Final Major

Posted by Nick Miller

Aug 11, 2014 12:31:00 PM

What an outstanding weekend at the PGA Championship. Many of the best players in the world were battling until dark on Sunday when Rory McIlroy captured his second consecutive major. A solo second finish for Phil Mickelson helped him lock up a spot on the Ryder Cup team. But not everyone who needed a strong performance in the PGA Championship did so, namely Tiger Woods. A week after withdrawing from the Bridgestone Invitational, Woods missed the cut after consecutive rounds of 3-over 74.

When asked about Tiger Woods immediately following the PGA Championship, Tom Watson said that if Woods is healthy in three weeks and is playing better golf, he would pick him using a captain's pick. He also said that right now the biggest concern with Woods is his health and that he'll have frequent communication over the next few weeks with Woods and many other players trying to make the team. 
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I Went From a 25 to 12.7 Handicap With GolfTEC!

Posted by Nick Miller

Aug 6, 2014 7:00:25 PM

Greg Sandler started playing golf three and a half years ago and was a 38 handicap. Like many golfers he wanted to hit the ball more consistently, make better contact, and shoot lower scores on a regular basis. While visiting Golfsmith, Greg decided to check out the GolfTEC Improvement Center in the store before purchasing a new driver. That was the beginning of continued golf improvement and enjoyment for Greg - here's what he had to say:

"I struggled with the game and was beyond frustrated listening to every golf course "expert" I played with. I managed to get my game down to a mid-20's handicap but plateaued and continued to struggle a great deal. Last year I went into the Golfsmith in Naples, Florida to purchase a new driver. The TaylorMade rep Peter suggested that before I spend the money buying a new driver, I go see Nic and Ryan at the GolfTEC located in the store for some work on my game. He thought this was a better direction for my game at the time. 
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Did You Know? 2014 PGA Championship

Posted by Nick Miller

Aug 6, 2014 11:29:27 AM

The last Major Championship of the season gets underway this week at Valhalla Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1986. Along with the exciting competition and golf that takes place throughout the week, there is a significant economic impact when a golf tournament of this caliber makes its way to town. Here are a few random facts about the upcoming PGA Championship:

Economic / Charitable Impact
  1. This year's PGA Championship has created more than 1,000 part-time jobs in Louisville, with some extending up to 8 weeks.
  2. Last year's PGA Championship had a $102 million economic impact in Rochester. Louisville, KY is expecting a similar outcome this year.
      • About $2.5 million in tax revenue will be generated for the Louisville region.
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2014 PGA Championship Odds. Pick Your Winner!

Posted by Nick Miller

Aug 4, 2014 11:58:54 AM

It's that time of year again. The last major championship of the PGA Tour season begins on August 7th at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. The last time the PGA Championship was held here in 2000, Tiger Woods beat Bob May in a playoff to win his second straight PGA Championship. But the times have changed. Tiger Woods is still looking for his first major championship win since the 2008 U.S. Open and a young Rory McIlroy is dominating the game after back-to-back victories and reclaiming the top spot in the official world golf rankings.

In the most updated odds to win, there is little surprise that McIlroy is the favorite following his dominant performance at the 2014 Open Championship. With Tiger Woods coming off of his worst 72-hole score at a major and withdrawing in the final round at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational due to re-injuring his lower back, he is quickly dropping off in the odds (and it's questionable if he will even play). See the list of the 2014 PGA Championship odds below, courtesy of Golfodds.com. Do you think McIlroy will win two majors in a row and capture his second PGA Championship?
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Everything You Need To Know About The FedExCup Playoffs

Posted by Nick Miller

Aug 1, 2014 10:30:00 AM

There has been a lot of discussion lately about Tiger Woods possibly missing the FedExCup Playoffs (FEC) for the third time since it started in 2007. Just recently it was announced that he wouldn't receive a medical exemption to play and therefore must win at least one of the two remaining tournaments to qualify for the "postseason." So the two-time FEC Champion may not even be playing in the playoffs this year. But what exactly is the FedExCup, how do players qualify, and how do they earn points from week to week?

Quite simply, the FEC Playoffs determine the season-long champion on the PGA Tour. There is also a little bit of money on the line for these players, specifically $67 million over the final four weeks of FEC Playoff competition ($32 million in prize money and $35 million in bonus money).

Over the course of the 39-weekPGA Tour Season, players earn points based on their weekly finish, with emphasis placed on winning and high tournament finishes. At the end of week 39, the top 125 players advance to a 4-week playoff series that features a progressive cut. The four playoff events are listed below with the respective number of players that advance to each:
  • The Barclays (The Ridgewood Country Club; Paramus, NJ) - 125 players
  • Deutsche Bank Championship (TPC Boston; Norton, MA) - 100 players
  • BMW Championship (Cherry Hills Country Club; Denver, CO) - 70 players
  • Tour Championship by Coca-Cola (East Lake Golf Club; Atlanta, GA) - 30 players 

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Long Arms Drill for Improved Distance & Better Ball Striking

Posted by Nick Miller

Jul 31, 2014 5:04:00 PM

The follow-through of the golf swing is much like its report card. If you have a quality follow-through with your arms straight, body turning, tilting, and extending you most likely have a quality impact position. As we discussed in our Credit Card Drill, having the proper impact position allows you to achieve more solid contact and greater distance. However, if your follow-through has poor body positions and your bent elbow has too often been described as a "chicken wing," then very likely you are a golfer frustrated by inconsistencies in ball contact, a slicing ball flight, and not hitting it as far as you feel you should. 

What is really involved in achieving a quality follow through? It's a combination of good arm and wrist motions as well as a body that is doing its part. Keeping the arc of your follow-through as wide as possible through arms that you never allow to bend at the elbow affords you more distance and will contribute to controlling your low point for good contact and your club face for ball control. As for the body–the primary power source for the golf swing–it is turning, staying tilted, and extending up and toward the target to help increase distance. 
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