With 5 holes to play Titleist staffer Jordan Speith and Matt Kuchar were fighting it out for The Open, but there was going to be only one winner. Speith seems to have that Tiger-esque finishing ability when he’s in contention, with 9 out of 10 wins coming when he’s been leading going into the last day.
For those that watched will have witnessed hole 13 that took the 23 year old 27 minutes to find his ball, take a drop and play his approach that in the end cost a bogey 5 and gave viewers hope of a more competitive finish.
“I Took my time to figure out where the best location was when I very easily could have just gone back and re-teed,” Spieth told Golf Channel. I felt really bad about the amount of time that took. I went up and apologised … That five was massive. I would have been staring six or seven in the throat and out of the tournament.”
Then the final 5 holes happened, starting with a near hole in one on the par 3 14th spurred on a Birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie, par. -12 total and 3 clear of Kuch, leaving some saying its the finest 5 holes of a final round in a major, and Butch Harmon calling the Texan ‘Superhuman’.
When watching its easy to forget that Speith is only 23 and whilst most his age are fighting to keep playing privileges on tour he is already on the surge to the grand slam, even Tiger didn’t have 3 majors to his name at this stage in his career.
Heres some interesting stats and analysis of what made Spieth exceptional this week..
52nd place for driving distance – average of 313 yards.
100th place for fairways hit with 50% success. (So driver is not a great strength).
3rd place for greens in regulation or better with 70% hit. (roughly 13/18 greens in regulation)
Short game is the area where Spieth excels. He was tied 30th for scrambling.
People talk about Spieth as the best putter in the world but he was by no means the best putter this week.
He averaged 28 putts which put him in a tie for 16th.
He three-putted three times this week.
So although he does not appear to be the best in one area and by a long way with his tee shots, what he does do is take the chances when presented to him, 70% of greens hit (with half of those coming from misplaced drives) and 28 putts is exceptional.
It was a fine week for Titleist and their advertising with the most balls (66%), irons (23%), hybrids (32%), wedges (42%) and putters (35%) in play at Royal Birkdale.
Jordan Spieth WITB
Putter: Scotty Cameron SC-009 prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Shoes: Under Armour Spieth One
Reverse C is something that can effect all levels of golfer but this is one that is probably seen more so in lower handicapped golfers.
We were out on the range with Jasmine Campbell, Ladies Norfolk County golfer and playing handicap of 4.
Her major fault comes from the thought where she should drive her legs for power.
Yes this is correct but their role in this power source is far more subtle than throwing them at the ball.
Legs need to provide the essential torque needed in swing that allows the torso to wind and unwind and this is where true power is delivered from, a strong core. Used correctly, your legs facilitate the powerful rotation of the torso, which then allows a free smooth release of the arms accelerating though impact generating terrific clubhead speed.
Problems happen when you drive your legs too hard towards the target on your downswing, this can leave the upper body behind the ball, putting a lot of strain into the lower back. Leaving the upper body behind causes the hands and arms to then try and play catch up, sometimes they make it, sometimes they don’t and in severe cases such at Jasmines they go to far and allow her to flip her hands hitting a hook.
So that she can hit it more consistently its now the case of helping her educate the feeling of a firm left hand side at impact.
This drill will feel restricted at first but by turning the left foot inwards to 1 o’clock will give the feel that the hips wont want to slide forward and provide more resistance. This should encourage much better rotation of the body against the braced left leg through the hitting area.
This’ll allow a far more efficient release of the torque that’s been created in the backswing, which would surly be felt through the improved quality of her ball striking. She should now try and notice how much straighter her finish is and how flat the left foot will now be on the ground.
A check up drill what’s good if you can get out hitting balls on the grass is to stick an alignment stick in to the ground on the outside of the left foot at address and try not to bump into it on the way down through Impact, neutralizing any slide action.
The first thing to do if you find yourself in troublesome rough is to stay calm. The second is to decide the best possible way of getting out of said trouble, with, what is definite, what is probable and what is impossible. If impossible, then just take a penalty drop. If its probable, then this relies on the current state of the game or match you’re playing in. But most of the time stick to the definitely, even if it means taking your medicine and coming out the shortest route to the fairway. Power is the key here, you’ll need plenty of speed to be able to cut through the thick grass that will try and slow down your club and make it twist. If you lack power then always play the safest option.
Loft is also advisable such as a Specialist wedge as will help to lift the ball out of the grass, and with a more loft the surface are is less likely to snag but to cut through.
Weight needs to favor the lead foot helping to create a steeper angle of attack, which should allow you to hit down into the grass minimizing friction. The more rubbish you connect with before the ball the less effective the shot, so the worse the lie the steep the swing needs to be. Allow the club to sit a little open. Swing the club up with an early wrist hinge, creating a steeper arc. On the downswing let your hands lead the club head, and your grip stays unusually firm. The feeling is that the ball is being punched out of the grass.Use the core to turn the body not just the arms, as this is a larger muscle set.
Take a look at the video Alex and Lewis did to give a visual of how its done.
You would have forgiven Alex Noren if he were to say he didn’t have too much to play for on Sunday at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, certainly as he was seven shots back at the start of the day.
“I had not thought of trying to win this morning,” said Noren and you would have thought he was crazy if he said anything other. Who would have imagined 6 hours, 8 birdies, eagle on the 18th and a Course record 62 (-10) later the Swede would be the new Champion golfer at Wentworth, standing on the bridge alongside a rather large image of his own face spraying a baying crowd in Moet.
If anyone had hope at the start of the day they could overturn the deficit it would be the 34 year old, after all he did come back from 6 shots behind to win the Nedbank in Sun City with a stunning 63.
“That was the best round I’ve ever played – probably,” he said, after picking up a cheque for almost £900,000. “But this was definitely my best putting round. I really did not go out thinking of the number of shots I had to make up. It was a perfect start to Noren’s Sunday with 3 birdies in the first 4 holes, which was matched by non of the top 6 at the start of the day. “My putting was probably the best it’s ever been and I thought after the birdie on 12: ‘It’s going very well.’ For me it was four days of almost perfect weather and it helped me today.”
With Regards to the stunning 18th Hole he commented “I knew I had a shot at the 62 but it’s not the easiest eagle hole,” “It was probably one of the best shots I’ve ever hit.” The shot Noren is describing is a 5 iron, 205 yards out over water to a Pin position that is tight left. The Swede hit it to 3 feet an tapped in the putt to win by 2.
Noren jumps to a career-high of eighth in the world and Henrik Stenson believes his countryman must be up in the favourites for the US Open at Erin Hills in two weeks time.
“If he keeps playing like that, it’s hard to look at Alex and not see him winning a major in the very near future,” the Open champion said.
This is whats in Alex Noren’s Bag.
Driver: Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero 440 (9 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 53K X-Flex
Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ 90HY X-Flex
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 2016 (4-9 iron)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (47-11S),
Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Tour Grind (52-10T, 56-11T),
Callaway Mack Daddy Forged (60-08)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400
Putter: Odyssey PT Prototype #1
Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
This time last year Chris Wood was prepping for the European Tour’s flagship event The BMW PGA Championship, one of Britain’s biggest golfing events, probably only 2nd to The Open.
A year on and Wood has been assessing the changes that have been made to Wentworth’s West Course.
‘You step on to the first green and your first thought is to wonder if you’re on the same golf course. Good putters didn’t like it before because the greens turned putting into a lottery. Now they’re really going to fancy their chances.’
In 2014 Rory won this event, returned in 2015 then skipped it last year with suggestions his absence was due to poor green condition, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose were two other large names that will be back along with Ian Poulter who has received an invite after his superb 2nd place finish at The Players.
Wood is confident enough to make a big prediction. ‘After they’ve played the course and marveled at the greens, you’re going to see a real outpouring of love,’ he said.
Although big changes have been made to the course I have had a look into what is in the bag for Wood this week and how he has it fitted.
It looks like the bag has had just as much of a revamp, with the only club staying the same is the putter, an Odyssey work 7. Chris has dropped a 5 wood in favour of a 1 iron, and updated irons and wedges to the newer Mizuno MP-5 and T7 respectively.
Surprisingly going against what most people would think, Wood has his irons extended by only ¾” and Lie angle bent to 3 degrees upright, being 6ft 6’ most would expect 1” longer if not more. It is not just down to how tall you are, but what will help you consistently strike the ball centrally. Another interesting point is that wood plays stiffer shafts in his irons and preferring a softer version in his wedges.
If you would like to be custom fit or try any of the clubs Chris wood chooses to play, we have all of the below in store @Peter Field Golf Shop.
Driver: Callaway XR 16, 8.5 degrees,
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Blue 70TX
3 Wood: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816 (14 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Black Limited Edition 70TX
Irons: Mizuno MP-H5 (1 & 2 iron), MP-5 (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Project X Flighted 7.0,
Wedges: Mizuno T7 (52-08, 56-10, 60-06)
Shafts: True Temper Project X Flighted 6.5
Putter: Odyssey Versa No. 7 (WBW)
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
The Players champion of 2017 is Si Woo Kim. The youngest Players champion in history.
The win was Kim’s second on the PGA Tour and earned him a five-year exemption on the Tour. Although this is a massive win considered the 5th major of the year it isn’t enough to stop Woo Kim having to take a 2 year break from the game to complete military service in his home country South Korea.
“However, regardless of me winning this tournament I really have to go to the military service, and I’ve already decided I’m going to go so I’m ready for that.”
The 21 year old who earned his tour card at 17 but wasn’t allowed to play until his 18th birthday due to PGA rules looked like he was playing a different game to the rest of the field. Finishing on -10, 3 shots clear of Louis Oosthuizen and England’s Ian Poulter. 17 shots clear of Jason Day and 18 from Justin Rose shows how hard this course was playing.
Guess what he played too… Taylormade.
It seems this is becoming a bit of a trend. Here’s what is in the bag…
Driver: TaylorMade ’17 M1 460, 8.5 degrees (Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue 70TX shaft)
3-wood: TaylorMade ’17 M1, 15 degrees (Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage Dual TiNi 80TX shaft)
5-wood: TaylorMade ’17 M1, 19 degrees (Matrix Speed Rulz Type-C 80TX shaft)
TaylorMade P770 (3-4; KBS Tour-V 125 shafts),
TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto (5-9; KBS Tour-V 125 shafts)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (48-08 F-Grind, 54-08 M-Grind and 60-08 J-Grind degrees; KBS Tour-V 120 shafts)
Putter: Scotty Cameron, Newport 2
Grip: SuperStroke Mid Slim 2.0
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
Click on the links above to see what we have in store that you can try.
We use Trackman 4 just like See Woo Kim to determine what is the best set up for your golf clubs and bag here at Peter Field Golf Shop.
Rory McIlroy’s Taylormade Bag – 222
This week McIlroy announced a big change with his golf. The world number 2 was ringing wholesale changes to his golf bag changing everything, even golf ball. Going from a mix of Callaway and Titleist he has gone all out Taylormade joining Dustin Johnson and Jason Day in the Taylormade FaM1ly..which is also the worlds best 3 golfers. Now surely this can’t just be coincidence?!
Ahead of the Players Championship starting this week at TPC Sawgrass – Rory held a press conference where he was quizzed on the changes to his equipment and had a few interesting statements to make.
“I’ve been around the game long enough and have tested most clubs on the market, but I have never been as excited about equipment as I am right now. I consistently hit it better (the M2 Driver) M2 is the best performing driver for me and I am excited to have it in the bag”.
With regards to the golf ball Rory has openly stated in the past that he liked the Titleist Pro V1X, from when he used it as an amateur and returned to it after Nike finished in August but now it seems the Taylormade TP5x is something special..
“We got on the TrackMan and I started hitting this TP5x golf ball and oh my goodness, this is so much better! This is what I’ve been missing. At that point I sort of felt like I probably should have given that ball more thought when I started testing new stuff at the beginning of the year”
Below are the exact clubs Rory McIlroy has put in his all new Taylormade bag.
New Rory McIlroy Driver:
2017 TaylorMade M2 Driver, 9.5°, MCG Kuro Kage Silver 70 XTS shaft.
You can view the Rory McIlroy Taylormade driver.
New Rory McIlroy Fairway Woods:
2017 TaylorMade M2 Tour, 13.5° with a MCG Tensei CK Blue 90TX shaft;
2017 TaylorMade M2 Tour Fairway, 19°, Fujikura Composites Pro P95X shaft.
You can view the Rory McIlroy Taylormade woods.
New Rory McIlroy Irons:
TaylorMade P750 Tour Proto Irons (3-4-iron), True Temper Project X 7.0 shafts. P700 “Rors Proto”
Irons (5-9-iron), True Temper Project X 7.0 shafts.
You can view the Rory McIlroy Taylormade clubs in our shop.
New Rory McIlroy Wedges:
TaylorMade Milled Grind Wedges, 48°, 54° and 60°, True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts.
You can view the new Rory McIlroy Taylormade wedges in our shop.
New Rory McIlroy Ball:
You can view the new Rory McIlroy Taylormade TP5x ball.
Each of the players are assigned a number relating to the clubs they choose to play, Rory Mcilroy is now 222. Meaning he will be playing M2 Driver, M2 3wood, M2 5 wood.
Dustin Johnson is 112 (M1 Driver, M1 3 Wood, M2 Rescue)
Jason Day is 111 (M1 Driver, M1 3 Wood, M1 5 Wood)
Sergio Garcia is 211 (M2 Driver, M1 3 Wood, M1 5 Wood)
If you would also like to see what number you are, try all this equipment on Trackman and see how it compares to your own – we hold all of the above clubs and ball in stock here at Peter Field Golf Shop, come and visit us or call the shop on 01603 740979.