Golf News – February 10, 2014
A Lesson Learned: Good golf in bad weather
You can’t write anything about this week’s golf at Pebble Beach, even a golf instruction article, without acknowledging Jimmy Walker and the amazing run he is on right now. Three wins on the season, three wins in only eight starts. The first three wins on the PGA Tour of his career. That’s just mind-boggling. So congratulations to him.
His success this week is even more impressive when you consider that the conditions on the Monterey Peninsula all week were less than ideal. There were strong winds and heavy rains throughout the week, cool temperatures and the ever-present “marine layer” (we call that fog here in Kansas).
So this week’s “A Lesson Learned” is about how every golfer can perform better when playing in adverse weather.
There are three main items I keep in mind when I’m getting ready to play in tough weather conditions – or even more, when I talk to a student who is getting ready to play.
1.) Be prepared: Your number one goal when there is rain – is to keep your hands and grips as dry as possible. Your comfort is, of course, important, but you have virtually no chance of a good swing when you can’t control the club. I make sure to have a rain jacket, rain gloves, an umbrella, etc. But I am extra attentive to having a dry towel in my bag or in the cart to keep my hold of the club as firm as possible.
2.) Adjust my game and expectations: The ball is not going to fly as far in bad weather. There are several reasons for this but the most obvious (and important) is that I’m not going to swing as hard. More than anything else, I want to keep my balance and make solid contact on every shot. It may mean taking one (or two) more clubs than what I’d do under calm, sunny skies. That’s okay. I’ll make the adjustments and make a smooth swing.
3.) Less spin is better: When playing in wind, you do not want to overswing for reasons stated above. But also, the one thing you don’t want when it’s windy is more spin on your ball. An easier, smoother swing will acheive that as well.
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What’s in the winners’ bags for the week of February 9, 2014
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Driver: Titleist 913D2 (9.5 degrees, Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Plus Blue 72 X shaft)
3-Wood: Titleist 913F.d Low Spin (15 degrees, Fujikura Motore VC 8.1 X Tour Spec shaft)
5-Wood: Titleist 913F.d Low Spin (18 degrees, Aldila Tour Blue 85 X shaft)
3-9 Irons: MB 714 (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts)
48-Degree Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)
54-Degree Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)
60-Degree Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron R&D Prototype 2 “Tour Rat”
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Joburg Open, European Tour
Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Fairway Wood: Titleist 913F (13.5 degrees)
4-7 Irons: Titleist
8-9 Irons: Titleist MB Forged
48-Degree Wedge: Titleist MB Forged
52-Degree Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design SM4
56-Degree Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design SM4
60-Degree Wedge: Titleist Vokey Design SM4
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro V-Line
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Footwear: footJoy DryJoys Casual
Australian Ladies Masters, Ladies European Tour
Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 (10.5 degrees)
3-Wood: Nike VRS Covert Tour (15 degrees)
21-Degree Hybrid: Nike VRS
24-Degree Hybrid: Nike VRS Covert
5-9 Irons: Nike VR Pro Combo
48-Degree Wedge: Nike VR Pro Combo
52-Degree Wedge: Nike VR Pro
56-Degree Wedge: Nike VR Pro
60-Degree Wedge: Nike VR Pro
Putter: Nike Method Midnight 008
Ball: Nike RZN Black
Footwear: Nike Lunar Embellish
Allianz Championship, Champions Tour
Driver: Adams Speedline S (10.5 degrees, Fujikura Motore shaft)
3-Wood: Adams Super LS (15 degrees, Matrix Ozik shaft)
20-Degree Hybrid: Adams a12 (Graphite Design Tour AD shaft)
4-9 Irons: Ping S56
48-Degree Wedge: Ping S56
50-Degree Wedge: Ping Tour S
54-Degree Wedge: Ping Tour S
60-Degree Wedge: Ping Tour S thin sole
Putter: TaylorMade Ghost Spider (long)
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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