In true Paul Azinger fashion, he is offering golf swing tips during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He mentioned that Jordan Spieth is teeing his driver lower and it is helping him. So, will this help the common amateur? Will teeing your driver lower make you hit it further and/or straighter? Absolutely not.
If there is one thing Paul Azinger loves to do it is to give terrible advice to the amateur golfer. He once claimed that PGA Tour pros could spin their wedges so well solely because of the ball. Yeah, the spin and check has absolutely nothing to do with contact or swing path, it is just the ball. The latest bit of advice he has given (during the Friday round of the WGC Workday Championship) is that amateurs would be better off to have their weight on their heels rather than their toes in the golf swing. Oh boy.
There was a time when it was unacceptable to have a shirt untucked on a golf course. In fact, most private country clubs and golf clubs throughout the United States require all members to have their shirts tucked in while on the golf course. There has been a recent trend on the PGA Tour of tour pros and players wearing their shirt untucked. The latest is Bubba Watson at the WGC Workday Championship. Here are a few of the PGA Tour Pros that have worn a shirt untucked lately:
If you live in the southeast you have had to endure one of the wettest winters in recent history in 2020 and 2021. This is two winters in a row in which golf courses and country clubs have had to deal with an abnormal amount of rain. It seems any time the sun is out for a day or two, it is followed by a weekend of rain. Even on beautiful 70 degree days, the fairways are completely drenched or at least soggy. Amateurs all over North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida and Georgia are trying to figure out why the top it when the conditions are wet.
Time and again we hear Nick Faldo saying the body is moving faster than the arms when PGA Tour pros get under pressure. Late in the day on Sunday Faldo often talks about the swing sequence being out of rhythm. Unfortunately, this is giving amateurs the wrong idea. There is no an amateur in the United States that has the problem of their body moving faster than their arms. This is why.
SQAIRZ Golf Shoes are known as the “distance golf shoes”. Let me repeat that. SQAIRZ Golf Shoes are known as the “distance golf shoes”. Shoes are now giving amateur golfers distance. Hold on while I stop rolling my eyes. If you have watched the Golf Channel during PGA Tour events in 2020 and 2021 you have likely seen Nick Faldo endorsing these distance golf shoes. So, can a pair of golf shoes actually give amateurs distance?
Anyone that follows golf social media accounts knows that Akshay Bhatia is addicted to distance. So much so that has gone to both George Gankas and the Dustin Johnson Golf School in Myrtle Beach, SC. If you understand what Gankas teaches, you will know what Bhatia squats in an attempt to gain more power. So, here is his swing:
I have made it known that I think Viktor Hovland will have the best professional career of the three golfers that came on tour in 2019. On this page I will keep a document of the history of the Official World Golf Rankings and professional wins for each golfer. You can decide who is having the better golf career.
Many could argue that Viktor Hovland had the chance to get his career started before both Wolff and Morikawa as he played early in the 2019 season at the Farmers Insurance Open and the Masters. Wolff made his debut at the Waste Management Open with George Gankas on the bag but didn’t play again until the 25th tournament of the season (The Travelers). He got a win in his 4th start on tour with a bomb eagle putt on the 18th hole at the 3M Open. In that same 3M Open fellow rookie Collin Morikawa placed 2nd in his 4th career professional start. Morikawa went on to win three weeks later at the Barracuda Championship. Morikawa got a win in his 6th start on tour.
Hovland didn’t get a win until his 22nd tour start and at a limited field event at the Puerto Open. Morikawa’s strong performance just prior to Covid-19 and his sensational play just out of Covid-19 rocketed him into the top 10 in the world. Morikawa is the only one of the three players to have a major championship with the 2020 PGA Championship. All have performed very well in majors.
If you have been watching the PGA Tour in early 2021 you will notice that many pros have different clothing, hats and clubs. Jon Rahm is now with Callaway, Matthew Wolff is sporting the new SIM2 Hawaiian looking hat and Xander Schauffele is wearing a three line or three bar hat with Callaway on the side. Is this a Callaway hat and what to the three lines or bars mean?
Jon Rahm made his PGA Tour debut as a Callaway “ambassador” at the the Tournament of Champions in January 2021. In late January Rahm headed back to Torrey Pines and the Farmers Insurance Open. As a former champion, many eyes were on him and noticed he was decked out in Callaway from head to toe and in the bag. So, what is in the bag (WITB)? What green Callaway driver is Jon Rahm using in 2021?
Driver: Callaway Proto Triple Diamond (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX
4-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (16.5)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green 75 TX
5-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (18 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI (Black) 8 X
Irons: Callaway UT Proto (3), Callaway Apex Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5
TBD on UT or 5 Wood
Wedges: Callaway Jaws Forged JPN (52-10, 56-12, 60-10)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
If you are looking to buy Jon Rahm’s Callaway driver in January or February 2021, it is not exactly “available” to the public. It will be interesting to see if this green Callaway driver is available when the amateur golf season really kicks off in the spring of 2021.