27 June 2011
Fredrik Jacobsen: There is a reason why this week at the Travelers was Fredrik Jacobsen’s first win on the PGA Tour. He has a golf swing that requires precision timing that is “on” only when he stays in perfect rhythm. Timing swings are swings that disconnect during the backswing and attempt to reconnect somewhere prior to impact in an effort to deliver the (4) determinants of ball flight [path, face, speed and angle of attack] in the desired combination.
This week his excellent putting kept him relaxed enough to stay in rhythm, so his timing was on. As a result he played far more good shots than bad ones. A BIG Congrats to Jacobsen on his breakthrough victory. Now that he knows he can compete and win at this level, I believe he should make the swing refinement that has kept him out of the winners circle for so long. He needs to keep his “left neck” against the back of the ball throughout his swing and while doing so, learn the feel of proper weight transfer so that he can keep his center of gravity in place throughout the coil/transfer/delivery motion of his golf swing. When he puts that swing together with his excellent putting, I believe we will see more of this talented player in the winners circle.
John Rollins: John is getting ever closer to finding his way into the winners circle. He is playing more relaxed and with a great level of confidence. John has a good swing motion based on sound fundamentals, but it still gets a little “loose” at times. I also thinks John needs to invest more time putting more shots in his bag – particularly from tough lies around the greens. Becoming a confident putter from inside 10 feet would also do wonders for his game.
Ryan Moore: Our Close But No Cigar Award this week goes to Ryan Moore. Ryan was one of my picks to play well in the US Open. He did and he played well again this week at the Travelers. I am impressed with Ryan’s game. He does a lot of things very well and seems to handle pressure well by staying in his routines. Like Rollins, more time smartly invested around and on the greens might just be his ticket to the winners circle.
Morgan Hoffmann: In his debut as a professional Morgan played almost well enough to finish in the top ten. Actually, as his former high school golf coach, I predict a lot of top tens for Morgan during his PGA career – provided he doesn’t get waylayed by back trouble. With just a little improvement in his wedge game I think Morgan has the touch and talent to knock down several pins per round. Those kick-in birdies are a beautiful thing. When he gets his speed putting down, look out! We could see Morgan in the winners circle before year-end! Why? Primarily because he believes he belongs out there.
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