Monday, July 21, 2014

Canadian Golf Tribute Week - George Knudson

With the Canadian Open this week, I thought I would make a tribute this week to Canadian golf.  Today, we look at George Knudson.













3JACK

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

MOI & Balance Matching Video Series - Part 3

Here's part III of the MOI & Balance matching video series:






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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

MOI & Balance Matching Video Series - Part II

Here's part II, discussing how to fit for MOI matching.








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Monday, June 30, 2014

MOI & Balance Matching Video Series - Part I

Below is a video discussing MOI & Balance Matching. I have received a lot of questions on those concepts recently. This is Part I, going over the basics of what MOI matching is.








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Thursday, June 19, 2014

My Thoughts on the Value of Quality Golf Instruction

Recent studies have shown that the game of golf has lost 5 million golfers in the last decade. If there’s one thing that I feel that golf needs to do, it’s keep the players they have instead of solely hoping to find new players. Don’t worry, golf is not alone. I’ve worked in several industries and notice this happening all of the time. Industries tend to think that the diehard consumers will always be there and they start to focus on acquiring new customers. It’s not entirely a bad idea, but in the end most of them neglect these diehard customers too much and lose them.



Recently, there has been discussions about making the actual golf cup size much larger. I think this will completely fall flat on its face. Before I got into golf I loved playing basketball and following the sport. Nobody I have ever come across has hated basketball because of the 10-foot rims and then started to love the sport because they could lower their home made rim to 8-feet. In fact, the WNBA initially started off with a 9-foot rim and the league was far less popular. As many women’s basketball fans often tell me, they appreciate the woman’s game because it focuses on fundamentals rather than dunking and shooting long shots.

Having a sport that is difficult is NOT a bad thing. It’s a GOOD thing. It appeals to the person’s sense of achievement to do something that is very difficult to do. At best, the entire 15-inch cup thing is a gimmick with no long-standing value.

But, that is where the crux of the situation lies. We need to find a way to get golfers better at doing something very difficult; playing good golf.

It is part of the reason why this blog is very instruction-centric. I believe that the quality of golf instruction will play a large role in the industry for years to come.


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After I gave up the game for about 9 years, I decided to try and find out every piece of information on the game that I could possibly uncover. Before then, I was disillusioned with the game. In particular, golf instruction. There was so much confusion in golf instruction and it had nothing to do with ‘using simple terms.’

In fact, that is all the industry was filled with. Instructors that used very simple terms, were afraid of details and didn’t understand complexities themselves. As one reader put it, it’s a ‘Bagger Vance Style’ of instruction. It became confusing when things didn’t make sense. Instructors telling you things that contradicted themselves. Or them saying ‘all the good players do this’ and to find out that…no, there are plenty of good players that didn’t do that.

So when I got back into the game and started to seek out as much information about the game as I could; I was also playing a lot of golf with high handicap golfers. In fact, I rarely get to play golf with a single digit handicapper.



What’s been interesting between following golf instructors on the Internet and playing most of my golf with high handicappers that do not get lessons is the disconnect between the two groups. And I think the big reason for this is that the golf instructors usually do not get to play much golf and if they do they usually play with low handicap golfers. And if they do play with high handicappers, it is typically with a student of theirs and that student is on their ‘best behavior’ in that round.

Studies conducted by various groups show that only about 10% of the golf population takes lessons. I believe the majority of the reason why is this:

Most golfers are content with just getting the ball airborne. And they THINK that all they have to do to get the ball airborne is to ‘keep their head down’ and ‘keep their eye on the ball.’

In fact, a few years ago I was put together with a 3-some and they started talking about taking lessons and this very same thing came up. The consensus from all 3 golfers was ‘why spend money on taking a lesson when all I have to do is remind myself to keep my head down?’

For those that do not know, the entire keeping your head and your eye on the ball is a great fallacy as:

1. Almost every single time a golfer does ‘keep their head down’ and their ‘eye on the ball’ regardless of the quality of shot.

2. Getting the ball consistently airborne has to do with so many other factors.
It’s really something that instructors, golf magazines, The Golf Channel, the PGA and the USGA should have a full-on blitz attack against. Removing that concept of ‘keep your eye on the ball’ from golfing lexicon and showing that being unable to get the ball airborne has nothing to do with ‘taking your eye off the ball.’


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The main benefit of good instruction for a high handicap golfer is NOT being able to just consistently get the ball airborne. It is being able to hit the ball better than the golfer thought they were capable of doing. And that will translate into lower scores. And I have seen this time and time again from formerly high handicappers that receive quality instruction, not only do they hit the ball better than they imagine they were capable of, but they become readily addicted to the game.

That means more time and money spent on the range. More time and money spent on the course. More time and money spent in the pro shop and more time and money spent in the restaurant. It also means trying to bring in family and friends into the game as well. With quality golf instruction, everybody in the industry benefits.



But, the golf courses need to step up their game as well. They need to seek out and demand quality golf instruction. But, they also need to see the value of quality instruction and what it can bring to their course. And that will mean better compensations and working conditions for the instructors. And it will also mean getting the instructor out there on the course and playing golf to help the members out as well as providing occasional free clinics to get new golfers interested in the game and possibly becoming a member at the course or at least willing to pay green fees to play the course.

And the other benefit of quality instruction is the pace of play will improve. Studies have shown that lower scores will generally improve the pace of play. It’s not that good golfers cannot be slow golfers and poor golfers cannot be quick golfers (in fact, one of my friends rarely breaks 90 and is one of the quickest golfers I have ever seen play the game).

Golf courses should look at the hours of daylight and golf rounds as a supply and demand model. The longer rounds of golf take, that works against the supply of daylight the course has. And from the polls I have conducted, the #1 reason for golfers quitting the game is pace of play. So anything that can quicken the pace of play should be very important to golf courses.

Instead of lowering the bar by creating 15-inch golf cups and allowing technology to override acquired skill and talent, we should look to golf instruction to develop that skill, strike a chord with our sense of achievement and develop relationships between the instructor, the golf course and the golfer. Then the game will have something that other sports simply do not have and that the people want.





3JACK

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

3Jack Golf's PGA Tour Rundown - Week 25

Client Ben Crane wins the FedEx St. Jude Classic:





Here are my picks for the US Open:

Rory McIlroy: 10/1
Adam Scott: 12/1
Phil Mickelson: 14/1
Bubba Watson: 16/1
Justin Rose: 25/1
Dustin Johnson: 28/1
Jim Furyk: 35/1
Webb Simpson: 40/1
Jason Dufner: 40/1

Value Pick: Zach Johnson: 60/1



DRIVING EFFECTIVENESS



1. Bubba Watson
2. Rory McIlroy
3. Kevin Streelman
4. Justin Hicks
5. Martin Kaymer
6. Louis Oosthuizen
7. Ryan Moore
8. Heath Slocum
9. Hunter Mahan
10. Derek Ernst


184. Andrew Loupe
185. Tim Herron
186. Johnson Wagner
187. Chad Collins
188. James Driscoll
189. Aaron Baddeley
190. Tyrone Van Aswegen
191. Alex Aragon
192. Mike Weir
193. Bobby Gates



GREEN ZONE (75-125 YARDS)



1. Ryo Ishikawa
2. Hideki Matsuyama
3. Adam Scott
4. Zach Johnson
5. Brian Stuard
6. Michael Putnam
7. Chesson Hadley
8. Danny Lee
9. Padraig Harrington
10. Jim Furyk


184. Will Wilcox
185. Andres Romero
186. Aaron Baddeley
187. Andrew Loupe
188. Patrick Reed
189. Jamie Lovemark
190. Jhonattan Vegas
191. Derek Ernst
192. Martin Kaymer
193. Henrik Stenson


YELLOW ZONE (125-175 YARDS)



1. Ken Duke
2. K.J. Choi
3. Kevin Na
4. Ryan Moore
5. Lee Williams
6. Hideki Matsuyama
7. John Merrick
8. Marc Leishman
9. Spencer Levin
10. Kevin Chappell


184. Charles Howell III
185. Johnson Wagner
186. Louis Oosthuizen
187. Andres Romero
188. Angel Cabrera
189. Patrick Reed
190. Kevin Tway
191. Troy Matteson
192. Edward Loar
193. Jhonattan Vegas



RED ZONE (175-225 YARDS)



1. Sergio Garcia
2. Graham DeLaet
3. Martin Kaymer
4. Chad Campbell
5. Rory McIlroy
6. Paul Casey
7. Hudson Swafford
8. Brooks Koepka
9. Kyle Stanley
10. Kevin Chappell


184. Brian Gay
185. Chad Collins
186. John Rollins
187. Ben Curtis
188. Richard Lee
189. Tim Wilkinson
190. Greg Chalmers
191. Bobby Gates
192. Justin Leonard
193. Tim Herron


SHORT GAME PLAY

1. Jim Furyk
2. Bud Cauley
3. Lee Westwood
4. John Mallinger
5. Sergio Garcia
6. Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
7. Zach Johnson
8. Ian Poulter
9. John Huh
10. Kevin Na


184. Angel Cabrera
185. David Lingmerth
186. Chad Campbell
187. Scott Gardiner
188. Bobby Gates
189. J.J. Henry
190. Tommy Gainey
191. Will Wilcox
192. John Peterson
193. Hudson Swafford







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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Dr. Rob Neal Interview

Here's an interview with Dr. Rob Neal, founder of Golf BioDynamics, with Devoted Golfer:









3JACK