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Akshay Bhatia Golf Swing Squat for Power

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:

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Viktor Hovland vs Matthew Wolff vs Collin Morikawa

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.

Link to PDF of Official World Golf Rankings History.

I analysis all three of their golf swings here:

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.

Stats so far

Hovland:

  • 54 professional tournaments
  • 9 missed cuts
  • 24 consecutive cuts made (most)
  • 2 wins
  • 12th – highest OWGR

Wolff

  • 41 professional tournaments
  • 7 missed cuts
  • 1 DQ
  • 1 WD
  • 11 consecutive cuts made (most)
  • 1 win
  • 12th – highest OWGR

Morikawa

  • 49 professional tournaments
  • 5 missed cuts
  • 23 consecutive cuts made (most)
  • 4 wins (1 major)
  • 4th – highest OWGR

Xander Schauffele Three Line/Bar Adidas Callaway Hat

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?

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What Green Callaway Driver is Jon Rahm Using in 2021?

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.

Collin Morikawa’s Right Leg on the Golf Swing

Collin Morikawa has already won a major championship by the age of 23. Many would argue he would never have won that PGA Championship had there been fans, but that is a discussion for another time. I will make a bold prediction and say that Viktor Hovland will win more majors than Collin Morikawa.  Let’s look at Collin’s swing to explain why I think Viktor will be better.

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Why Are College and MLB Baseball Players Good at Golf?

If you are like me and often tee it up without a foursome you may have bumped into former college baseball players or even former Major League Baseball (MLB) players that can absolutely stripe it down the middle in golf. Why is it the case that baseball players, especially pitchers, can hit the ball a mile and are generally good at golf? Here’s why:

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Viktor Hovland Golf Swing Pump Drill

Mark it down, Viktor Hovland is going to be a star on the PGA Tour. I think he could win as many golf tournaments over his career as Dustin Johnson or Justin Thomas. He will forever be linked to Matthew Wolff (his Oklahoma State teammate) and Collin Morikawa because they entered the PGA Tour in the same year (2019). I think he will have a better career than those two because of that shoulder turn. He does a pump drill that can only be done with a huge shoulder turn. Here is how it works:

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Why Do John Rahm, Justin Thomas and Webb Simpson Hit Shanks?

Every amateur in America that plays golf on a consistent basis has a huge smile on their face when they see a PGA Tour pro shank an iron shot. There are very few amateurs that haven’t come down with a case of the shanks so it is nice to see that even the best in the world can be bitten by the shank bug. The three PGA Tour Pros that are most likely to hit shanks today are Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and Webb Simpson. So, why is this the case?

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PGA Tour Pros That Tested Positive for COVID19

Since it is inevitable, I am going to document the PGA Tour Pros that test positive for COVID19, the date they tested positive and the tournament(s) they will have to sit out. The first tournament after the shelter in place was the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Dallas, Texas on June 11th-14th, 2020. The PGA Tour plans to use 1 million COVID19 test kits to finish the season. In April 2020, Commissioner of the PGA Tour, Jay Monahan said:

We need to have widespread, large-scale testing across our country. We’re going to need to be able to test players, caddies and other constituents before we return, but we need to do so in a way that’s not going to take away from the critical need that we’re currently facing, and we feel confident, based on the advice that we’re getting from medical experts, that we’ll be in that position.”

Back to golf.

Beginning at the Traveler’s Championship, PGA Tour Pros will wear WHOOP bands to detect Coronavirus.

Charles Schwab Challenge – June 11th-14th, 2020 

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

RBC Heritage – June 18th-21st, 2020 

  • Nick Watney (1) – Tested positive on Friday, June 19th, 2020

Travelers Championship – June 25th-28th, 2020

  • Cameron Champ (2) – Tested positive on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
  • Ken Comboy, Graeme McDowell’s caddie, Tested positive on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2020 = McDowell WD
  • Ricky Elliott, Brooks Keopka’s caddie, Tested positive on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2020 – Keopka WD
  • Denny McCarthy (3) – Tested positive on Friday, June 26th, 2020

Rocket Mortgage Classic – July 2nd-5th, 2020

  • Dylan Fritelli (4) – Tested positive on Sunday, June 28th, 2020
  • Harris English (5) – Tested positive on Monday, June 29th, 2020
  • Chad Campbell (6) – Tested positive on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Workday Charity Open – July 9th-12th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

the Memorial Tournament – July 16th-19th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

3M Open – July 23rd-26th, 2020

  • Grayson Murray (7) – Tested positive on Monday, July 20th, 2020

Barracuda Championship – July 30th – August 2nd, 2020

  • Brendon Grace (8) – Tested positive on Saturday, August 1st, 2020

WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational – July 30th – August 2nd, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

PGA Championship – August 6th-9th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

Wyndham Championship – August 13th-16th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

The Northern Trust – August 20th-23rd, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

BMW Championship – August 27th-30th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

TOUR Championship – September 4th-7th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

Safeway Open – September 10th-13th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

U.S. Open – September 17th-20th, 2020

  • Scottie Scheffler (9) – Tested positive on Sunday, September 13th, 2020
  • Sam Horsfield (10) – Tested positive on Monday, September 14th, 2020

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship – September 24th-27th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

Sanderson Farms Championship – October 1st-4th, 2020

  • Zero (0) Covid-19 positive cases

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – October 8th-11th, 2020

  • Tony Finau (11) – Tested positive on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek – October 15th-18th, 2020

  • Dustin Johnson (12) – Tested positive on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020

Zozo Championship – October 22nd-25th, 2020

  • Adam Scott (13) – Tested positive on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

Vivint Houston Open – November 5th-8th, 2020

  • Harry Higgs (14) – Tested positive on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

Masters – November 12th-15th, 2020

  • Joaquin Neimann (15) – Tested positive on Friday, November 6th, 2020
  • Sergio Garcia (16) – Tested positive on Monday, November 9th, 2020
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