Web Street Golf Daily Pulse
VOLUME 3, NUMBER 126
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “You know, the older you get, the less you practice, because most of us are not in any kind of shape to stand there and hit a lot of balls. Actually, really loved practicing when I was young. Worked with Butch Harmon for quite a while; Peter Kostis for quite a while. Now I just kind of wing it and kind of go with what I've got and what I've learned and hope I can figure it out myself.”
BRAIN TEASER: Tim Clark recorded his first top 10 of the season at the Travelers (T4). Do you know when his last top 10 finished occurred?
RUMOR HAS IT: According to Tour sources, an announcement is expected shortly that the Nationwide Tour has secured a new title sponsor for the next ten years. The identity of the sponsor isn’t yet known to succeed the insurance company, which is ending its ten-year run. Once the announcement is made it will allow the Tour to move forward with its plan to make the Nationwide Tour, as it is known now, the sole avenue to the PGA Tour.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE? Whether you can swing like a Tour pro or not, there are ways to improve. According to a recent study by Medicus Golf, there are five basic elements that every golfer must have in common. These traits are explained and demonstrated in a new five-disk DVD collection called “Pure Strike: 5 Simple Keys to Consistency,” developed and produced by Medicus Golf.
The DVD is now available for $99 and features Medicus Founder and President Bob Koch, and fellow Medicus Master Instructors Chuck Evans and Dave Wedzik, who together provide an in-depth look at each of the Five Simple Keys. The Pure Strike DVD collection may be purchased on the recently developed website—www.purestrike.com.
“One reason teaching is so complicated is that a student can’t focus on 10 different parts of the swing at once,” said Koch. A former PGA Tour professional who often talks about his struggles with the game, Koch founded Medicus Golf in 1986, after inventing the now widely-used hinged club that helps golfers address swing flaws. Medicus has since become a golf training company offering a variety of training devices and accessories, videos on the short game and swing, and instruction both online and through its schools in Gold Canyon, Arizona, Erie, Pennsylvania and Destin, Florida.
The DVDs focus on the five basic principles to help players improve their swing. A steady head, weight forward, a flat left wrist, swing path and clubface control are the areas explored in the Pure Strike DVD series.
Data shows that the average PGA Tour player moves his head only one inch during the swing and 80 percent of a right-handed golfer’s weight should be on the left foot at impact. “One hundred percent of the best ball strikers have their weight forward at impact, while 100 percent of the worst have the weight on their back foot,” said Evans. “There is a direct correlation between forward weight and handicap.” Its believed the average amateur only gets 55 percent of their weight forward at impact. To learn more visit www.purestrike.com.
EAST AND WEST HOPE TO HELP EACH OTHER GO NORTH: The request from the U.S. Department of Commerce about six months ago to provide promotional material for a trade show in Asia was a bit of a surprise for Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. Officials from the marketing cooperative were skeptical of the response they’d receive since they wouldn’t be there in person, but nonetheless sent along golf planner magazines, DVDs and other information. Little did they know it would result in an opportunity to gain a foothold in a country with the world’s largest population – perhaps the one country where the game is truly growing. READ MORE>>>
SORTING OUT THE PEAKS AND VALLEYS: “Before it was all very easy, a bit like Rory [McIlroy] up until this point,” he added. “When everyone’s telling you you’re amazing and you’re playing great golf, it just snowballs. But, when you hit a wall like this one and it’s taken away, the world’s not quite as friendly a place. People aren’t queuing up to have a piece of you anymore and that I think is when you have to show your mettle.” READ MORE>>>
STAR POWER: Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler plan to return to central New York for the Notah Begay Challenge in late August in a best-ball format with U.S. and Asian men and women players. READ MORE>>>
WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT: The Open Championship faces the prospect of being without two of golf’s most enduring personalities as well as the young man who lit up last year’s first round. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: Mark Calcavecchia said, “You know, the older you get, the less you practice, because most of us are not in any kind of shape to stand there and hit a lot of balls. Actually, really loved practicing when I was young. Worked with Butch Harmon for quite a while; Peter Kostis for quite a while. Now I just kind of wing it and kind of go with what I've got and what I've learned and hope I can figure it out myself.”
Tim Clark (T4) recorded his first top 10 of the season and first overall since the 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii (T2). Injuries have plagued him since that time. He had seven top-10 finishes in 2010.
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