At Pebble Beach, Caddies Are the All-Seeing Eyes

GolfThe invisible Monterey Peninsula is in plain sight, beneath tilting fairways and tiny, sloping greens. Subtle shifts of terrain over time have created nearly imperceptible bumps, hollows and breaks. Eagle-eyed golfers often cannot see them. Even high-definition television cameras cannot read the optical illusions that obscure a slope, pulling a putt right that should go left.

But Robert Lytel can see them. So can Casey Boyns. So can a number of the other experienced locals among the nearly 200 full-time caddies who work year-round at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay and Del Monte. And so, of course, can almost all of the full-time PGA Tour caddies who work once a year at the three courses used for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, being held here this week.

Lytel, who is known as Rocket, is the No. 1-rated caddie at Pebble Beach. His ability to read greens and pull the right club is renowned among professionals and at least one amateur who might be harder to convince than a skeptical member of the tour. Continue reading

One Plane Golf Swing

How many times have you hit a perfect golf shot? The answer to that can vary, from person to person and time to time. But when that perfect shot is played, doesn’t it bring you an awesome feeling! When your club actually “connects” with the ball at impact, there’s nothing quite like it. However, not every shot is the same, especially when you’re just starting to learn how to play golf.

GolfMany a times, you end up shooting wild slices, snap hooks, weak shots, or something else. That can be really frustrating and embarrassing at the same time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can hit a perfect shot every time by learning the principles of one plane golf swing. In order to improve your golf swing, you have to understand the basics of the one plane golf swing. And to do so, let’s go through the following article and clear out the one plane golf swing fundamentals.

One Plane Golf Swing Instructions

Now, before we get into how to do a one plane golf swing, understand what you are expected to do. As the name suggests, one plane golf swing requires you to keep the club face on one plane swing from takeaway to finish. Since this swing has lesser moving parts, you can repeat it consistently. Your rotational energy will increase, as you release the club similar to a professional golfer.
Place the tee into the ground without the ball on it. Before you do so, first choose a target on the range.
Stand in position to do the one plane golf swing by tilting your back slightly forward from the waist. Keep your feet wider than the shoulders.
Come forward with your front foot at least 2 inches to close your stance and then turn it slightly outward. As you can see, your feet are not parallel to one another.
Place your hands under the chin and always distribute the weight on both the feet, evenly. Check the angle of the shaft at this point (on the ground). Continue reading

Damron, Collins share Nationwide lead

Springfield, MO (Sports Network) – Robert Damron and Chad Collins both shot eight-under 64 on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Price Cutter Charity Championship.

Roger Tambellini, the 2005 champion, leads a group of 10 players tied at seven-under 65.

The others are Alex Prugh, Henrik Bjornstad, Brent Delahoussaye, Brendan Steele, Tommy Gainey, Chris Nallen, David Branshaw, Justin Bolli and Derek Lamely.

Eleven players sit another shot further back at 66, and there are 76 golfers overall within five strokes of the co-leaders.

On a course — Highland Springs Country Club — that has produced six straight champions at 21-under par or better, it wasn’t surprising that 117 players in a field of 156 finished the first round in red numbers. Continue reading