Last week during the WM Phoenix Open I wrote about the golf swing of Matthew Wolff. The “Keyboard Warriors” took to social media to denounce the 19 year old’s swing. Just a quick question… what PGA Tour event were you playing in at the tender age of 19? Personally speaking, golf wasn’t even on my radar yet.

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One day… before I die. (Photo Credit: PebbleBeach.com)

This week the stop is in the ever-so beautiful Monterrey Peninsula at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Ah yes… Pebble Beach where Bing Crosby himself hosted his Clambake. The tournament is special because you have celebrities (some of which are hardly celebrities Fortune 500 CEO’s etc) playing with the pro’s. Some of the legit celebrities include Aaron Rodgers, Bill Murray, Huey Lewis, and Wayne Gretzky to name a few. But the PGA Tour also welcomed a newcomer to the event. On a sponsor’s exemption from South Korea is Ho-sung Choi.

Choi as you may know is the owner of what some call the craziest golf swing in golf. As “crazy” as his golf swing might be it’s a swing that has won professional golf events. Most recently as 2018 on the Japan Golf Tour at the Casio World Open. But is it really that crazy? Are there others that know much more than me about the golf swing? Yes. But having taught golf I know a thing or two about the swing as well and know what to look for. So, please allow me to entertain you as I break this down this “Gyrating Wonder”.

 

  1. On the takeaway Choi takes the club back a little to the outside much like guys that I touched on last week. (Wolff, Moore and Furyk)
  2. Choi releases his left heel (lead heel). Great for turn, tempo, transition and saving his lower back.
  3. He’s relatively steep about halfway back but he starts to flatten everything out as he approaches the top.
  4. At the top, note how the back of his top hand matches the clubface.
  5. Choi stops just short of parallel before starting his transition.
  6. To kickstart the down swing his lead heel plants and he has definitely started his downswing from the ground up. You can see “the squat” as well (How much do you wanna bet he wasn’t a bad Little League baseball player? If he played)
  7. He has created pretty good lag prior to impact.
  8. At impact he’s clearly “down and through” the shot and fully extends down his line.
  9. The ball is traveling down the fairway… he then “walks through” the shot in a way that Gary Player did and does.

It’s after this where thing’s get a little crazy I suppose. I feel that the rest of it is theatrics and just a little bit extra. Which is fine. If everyone was the same than life would be boring right? Golf Oatmeal Sucks! You know that he’s been doing it a long time and that’s his niche. It’s how he identifies with fans and how he markets himself (Note the bag logo).

In conclusion, there’s nothing crazy about this golf swing. It’s fundamentally and mechanically sound. Is there a bit that’s “extra”? In my opinion.. yes! But it’s who he is and real golf fans will accept it. Bear in mind that there’s a difference between accept and watch. What he does well after the ball is gone is much more extra than Mr. Palmer’s “Helicopter Finish” or Jim Thorpe’s for that matter.  I’ll admit though… it got old on me in a hurry and I couldn’t watch him for 18 holes. At the time of writing Choi was at  -1 (T-88).

Until The Next Tee!!

#SeeUOnTheNextTee #FightAndGrind

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I had the pleasure of reviewing both the Srixon Golf Z-Star XV golf ball and the Cleveland Golf RTX-3 wedges last year. Congratulations to Ted Potter Jr on clinching his victory at the AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The victory was well-deserved.

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Thanks to Srixon and Cleveland Golf Marketing and Communications Specialist Noelle Zavaleta for sharing the press release.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – February 11, 2018 – Trusting the tour-validated performance of his Srixon and Cleveland Golf equipment, Ted Potter, Jr. stared down the world’s best on his way to a three-shot victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, CA. He followed Saturday’s brilliant 62 with a near-flawless final round to capture his second career PGA Tour victory.

Entering the final-round tied for the lead, Potter bogeyed the opening hole to drop one behind the lead.  That would prove to be the only blemish on the card for Potter on Sunday, as he reclaimed the lead by the fifth hole, and never relinquished it.  Potter knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity. After his first PGA Tour victory in 2012, he would suffer a devastating ankle injury that took years to recover from.  This win is a true testament to Ted and his fight back to the top.

“It’s definitely pleasing, it was a struggle there, when you break your ankle and you don’t know what’s going to happen with your golf swing,” Potter said. “To come back from that, I mean, it’s just unbelievable right now.”

Potter’s Z-STAR XV golf ball and Cleveland RTX-3 wedges helped him to a flawless short-game performance all week which also earned him the number one spot for most birdies in the field (24) and jumped up 102 spots in the FedEx Cup Rankings. On the day, Potter was perfect around the greens, converting every up and down opportunity he faced.

In Ted Potter’s Bag:

  • Srixon Z-STAR XV golf ball

  • Cleveland RTX-3 wedges (54°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Golf Tour Issue S400 shafts

 

  • Srixon Staff bag, hat, and glove

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Until The Next Tee!!