Swing More Like Ko – Swing Analysis To Improve Your Game

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Now that the Masters are behind us, and the golf season has “officially” begun, we can get back to what we need to do to really improve our games this year. We are going to try something new this time. Click the link here to download the PDF with Jin Young Ko’s golf swing. We are going to analyze her amazing golf swing using screenshots and hopefully find some good references so we can improve our own games.  Let me know what you think! Let’s tee it up!

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Tiger’s 15th Major – A Masters Win for the Ages (E100)

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There are not many unused superlatives when attempting to describe Tiger Wood’s victory at the Masters this year.  His 15th major, leaving him only three behind Jack Nicklaus. It had been 14 years since his last win at the Masters, and 22 years since his first Masters’ victory. It is tough to use words to describe just how incredible all of that is. But for me, the thing that was the most impressive was seeing Tiger enjoy the victory with his kids. Not much was said about what those kids have been through while Tiger was hurt and healing. It isn’t easy watching your dad suffer in pain, and struggle with their health. As a child, there is little that is so disconcerting as watching your big, powerful dad, be reduced to a shell of their former selves.  To watch Tiger gut it out, then be able to embrace his kids, I mean to be healthy enough to pick them up and embrace them, after watching Tiger fall to his knees in previous tournaments after wrenching his back. How incredible is all of it?
I am happy for golf, no question. Any of us who love golf know this was HUGE for the sport. But make no mistake, I am most pleased for Tiger’s kids, they won big yesterday, and it was a more important win than Tiger’s 5th Green Jacket.
Let’s look at the data that matters, and how Tiger got it done. Let’s tee it up! 
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The 2019 Masters Will Bloom Like A Rose

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It is Masters’ Eve, what a great time of year. Spring is here, golf is back, and the majors are upon us. The Masters is special as a major because it is played at the same storied venue every year. We know the place, we know the holes, we remember shots of our favorite players, we remember the good and the bad of those difficult greens. It is a tournament like no other. 
We get into a bit of history of the Masters, and a quote by Bobby Jones, which is essentially the mission statement for Augusta National. It is fascinating to see how Bobby’s Jones’ dream has been protected.
Finally, trying to figure out who will win the Masters can be a bit tricky. The champion will be required to have great control of their approach shots, must be able to get up and down when they miss a green, they must avoid 3-putts, on the course that has more 3-putts than any other course the tour plays, and the champion must make their 10-footers, whether that be for bogey, par, or birdie. 10 footers are key. We look at the leaders in all these categories to try to determine if there is a clear favorite based on the data.  And there is!  Let’s tee it up.
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Canadian Corey Conners Crowned – Data Monday (E97)

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MASTERS WEEK! Wow! Are you kidding me! What a great weekend of golf. Jin-Young Ko wins the ANA Inspiration for her first major victory, and it propels her to the #1 World Ranking with her second victory of the season. Very cool. We have our first Augusta National Women’s Amateur in one Jennifer Kupcho, with Maria Fassi pushing her the whole time. What a wonderful tradition (I wish it weren’t on the same week as the ANA Inspiration).  And Canadian Corey Conners. Again wow! A Monday qualifier, -6 on the back nine to get the win the Valero Texas Open for his first PGA Tour win, and secures the last open spot at the Masters, what a fantastic thing to see. He birdies the first 4 out of 5 holes, then bogeys the next 4, to make the turn at even, then birdies the next three and 3 of the next 6 for the victory. Unreal. Let’s take a look at the data that got it done for Corey on this Data Monday. Let’s tee it up!
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Augusta National vs. The LPGA

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It is a historic day in golf, with 75 of the world’s top women amateurs starting play at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur in Augusta, GA. The players will play the first 36 holes at Champions Retreat Golf Club on the Island and Bluff nines, which were designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, which is very cool. Then the field will be cut down to the low 30. On Friday, the entire field will play a “practice round” at Augusta National, with the remaining 30 playing the final 18 holes of stroke play on Augusta National on Saturday, to crown the first champion. All very, very, very cool stuff. What doesn’t make sense is why the Augusta National powers that be would schedule this event on the same week as the LPGA’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. Are calendars now allowed at Augusta National? Do they not care about women’s golf and this is just a way to get the monkey off their collective backs and appease some of the outspoken population? It makes no sense. Let’s tee it up.

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Kisner Cruises & McDowell Makes His Move

Kisner Cruises & McDowell Makes His Move

In case you didn’t know… Kevin Kisner is crazy good at match play. After placing 2nd in the Dell Match Play last year, Kisner comes back in this year’s version and wins it all. That makes Kisner 13-1 in the Dell Match Play the last two years! Let’s hope he is on the President’s Cup team, seems like a no brainer.  In the PGA Tour event in Corales Puntacana, Graeme McDowell makes it to the winner’s circle again, in an amazing feel-good story of 2019. Graeme now has qualified for the British Open on his home course, Royal Portrush, the PGA Championship, and a 2-year exemption. That is a big deal. Congratulations are in order for both the champions, let’s take a look at their numbers and compare them to our performance benchmarks. Let’s tee it up!

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