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  1. As I understand it, The FedEx Cup points were introduced to address shortcomings in the money list as far as determining who the "best players" were for the year. They didn't (or maybe couldn't) want to dictate how prize money was distributed to the players. So they developed the points system to award points to players in a way they thought best represented how they played. They way I see it, the money is designed to reward the players, the points are designed to reflect their abilities. Those are different goals. So, completely hypothetically, for some tournament 1st and 2nd place may have a huge difference in cash earned (because only the winner gets the huge reward) but get a much closer number of points (because finishing a stroke or two better than someone else over 4 rounds doesn't mean you actually played that much better than them). Given that the two systems have different goals, I don't see a point in trying to keep them in sync. It's fine if quirks allow you to be high on one list and lower on the other. If they were supposed to match up perfectly, they wouldn't have two different systems. It makes sense that they would be similar a lot of the time, but compounding the results over many tournaments for a year shouldn't necessarily always produce the same outcome on both lists.
  2. Background The Golfing Machine defines four power accumulators and their corresponding pressure points. These "Power Accumulators" are part of something called the "Power Package" and are numbered from 1 to 4. In order, they are the bent right arm (right arm folding and straightening), the cocked left wrist (cocking and uncocking), the angle between the clubshaft and left forearm (turning and rolling of the left wrist/forearm), and the angle formed by the left arm and the left shoulder (angle changing from acute to "less acute"). These Power Accumulators are out-of-line conditions of the Power Package (* see definition at bottom of post) Components. Out-of-line simply means "not in a straight line from end to end." Releasing them to seek their in-line condition releases their stored potential. So... What's the point of all this? … We've now believe there is a "5th" Power Accumulator... After ongoing discussion, research, and classification we (the Golf Evolution team) believe that there is a fifth power accumulator: the bending (to the individual's "maximum") and releasing of the right wrist (bending in this case defined as knuckles towards top of forearm). FIRST...let me state, right here and now, that we are IN NO WAY meaning to say that we believe the right forearm flying wedge (as shown in yellow on the photo of Vijay Singh below) should no longer be intact at impact... we ABSOLUTELY believe it should be and it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. What we have found is that the right wrist goes from a "maximum" bend to less than "maximum" bend by impact. It DOES NOT simply maintain its condition. It is this fact and the resultant power delivered by this motion that makes it a Power Accumulator in our minds. This post is just some of the detail and illustration we have at this time. We will be compiling further "layers" to add detail as we go. The Case for the "5th" Power Accumulator The illustrations provided here and, ongoing, in this thread will show (and prove) that there is a bending (loading) throughout the backstroke and in some cases during the downstroke. This bending reaches a "maximum" point in each stroke and is then less than the maximum at impact. It is through the loading, storage, delivery, and "release" that power is generated. Note the photos here: (Click the photos to see them in a larger window.) Note: Flying wedge intact as shown in yellow in photo of Vijay Singh below: Is this "power accumulator" seen in other sports or activities? Yes, but honestly I'm not always one to like examples in other sports/activities. These next couple photos, do however, clearly illustrate the bending and releasing at the back of the right wrist to create power. I have chosen a submarine style pitcher and the swinging of a hammer to drive in a nail (note how much the right forearm stays on its plane in the images with the hammer) I realize that that it is very difficult to be exact with many of the measurements within the illustrations above. I do believe, however, that they are certainly close enough to make the point and demonstrate that the right wrist is bending and in the process of decreasing that bend. To further demonstrate how PA "5" works here is an exercise to try: Next time you are out hitting balls (you will even get the point if you do this in a practice swing at home) attempt hitting shots "without" using PA "5" - to do this make a backswing and downswing through to finish making a CONSCIOUS effort to NEVER change the bend at the back of the right wrist. I think you will find it feels much "weaker' than you normal stroke. You will really need to make an effort to do this as it will be instinctual to increase the bend in the right wrist (to load and store power while getting ready to "release" it). *** PLEASE, PLEASE, AGAIN... do not read this thread and believe that we are saying that the handle should not be forward and the right wrist should not be bent at impact. We were honestly quite surprised to see the measurements continue to result in the same finding...that the right wrist is going from a loaded to "released" (less than maximized bend) position during the impact interval. Finally... this guy surely knew something and I just LOVE this example of PA "5" fully loaded: If you made it this far...thanks for taking the time! Dave (with plenty of input from Erik and James) P.S. We realize we are not the first or only ones to state that a bend at the right wrist is a component in the golf swing. The difference here is that we are classifying it as a power accumulator. We are saying that it reaches a maximum bend (loads) and that bend is reduced during the impact interval to generate power. This is posted on a forum for a reason...break this thought process if you can. That's what it is all about! We're putting this out there to be discussed and debated. * P.P.S. Power Package definition: The Power Package concept isolates and defines the functions of the Hands and Arms in propelling the Clubhead into Impact. The Power Package consists of the Arms and the Club (basically a triangle with the sides being the STRAIGHT LEFT ARM, THE SHOULDERS and A LINE FROM THE RIGHT SHOULDER TO THE HANDS). There is no Stroke that does not include a Power Package Assembly and the five-step sequence of operation - Accumulation, Load, Storage, Delivery, and Release.
  3. No wonder he couldn't hit a decent shot, there's a 6 foot long prick attached to the grip. Must be hard to golf like that. Come to think of it, I think I've seen it on other clubs of his, too.
  4. I do this every Saturday like clockwork. Of course, it's on the putting green, but that is just a minor detail. I played golf with a buddy of mine back in the late 90s between his stint on the Canadian and PGA Tours. We played a half dozen times before the season started and it was just amazing. Having seen him and also playing with many a scratch I can safely say that a 10 cap is closer to scratch than a scratch is to Tour Quality. Sure the difference statistically seems small, but it is miles away.
  5. Congrats Luuuuuuuuuke! Quote: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/doug-ferguson/donald-named-pga-tour-player-of-the-year/?hj=xfs JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Already No. 1 in the world, Luke Donald now is No. 1 in the eyes of PGA Tour players. Donald capped off a sensational season Tuesday by winning PGA Tour Player of the Year, the most significant of the postseason awards because it’s a vote of the players. He became the first British player to win the award since it began in 1990. “It’s a great honor to cap off what has been an amazing year for me,” Donald said from the Australian Masters in Melbourne. “Thank you to all the players for their votes. There (were) obviously some other worthy people to vote for, and I guess my overall consistency and having to go to Disney and win, and win the money list like I did, was a deciding factor. “I feel very honored at the moment.” Donald won the award over Keegan Bradley , Bill Haas , Webb Simpson and Nick Watney . An official familiar with the results described it as a landslide. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the Tour does not release the votes or the order in which the players finished. Bradley, whose two wins included the PGA Championship , was voted Rookie of the Year. It was only the fifth time in the last two decades that the PGA Tour Player of the Year did not win a major. Even so, Donald made a compelling case, especially at the end of the year. He won two tournaments, as much as anyone else this year. He won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average. He had top-10s in 14 of the 19 tournaments he played, a rate of consistency only Tiger Woods has known in this era. But it still came down to the end of the year. Simpson won twice in the last three months of the season, and entered the McGladrey Classic to try to capture the money title. He took over the lead with his runner-up finish, and Donald decided to enter the season finale at Disney. Needing nothing short of a win, the 34-year-old from England turned in one of the best performances of the year. Donald began the back nine of the final round with six straight birdies and closed with a 64 to make up a five-shot deficit and win by two. While only his Tour record counted for this award, Donald last week became the first player to win the money title on the PGA Tour and European Tour in the same season. He won twice in Europe this year, including Europe’s flagship event at Wentworth when he beat Lee Westwood in a playoff to take over as No. 1 in the world. Donald expanded his lead in the world ranking the final seven months of the year. He achieved all this with moderate length off the tee, demonstrating that while power helps, it’s not the only way in golf. “I’ve done a lot of things this year that probably not a lot of people would have given me much chance of doing,” Donald said. “I think in the last 10 or 20 years, the power game has really taken control of golf. But I think I’ve been a little bit of a breath of fresh air knowing that’s not the only way you can be successful. Through a good short game, good putting, managing your game, you can be successful in other ways. “I think I’ve proven that quite considerably this year.” Still left to prove is winning a major. Woods in 2009 and 2003, Greg Norman in 1995 and Nick Price in 1993 were the only players in the last 20 years to have won PGA Tour Player of the Year without capturing a major that season. Donald tied for fourth in the Masters for his best finish in a major. “I suppose there’s a little bit more pressure, a little bit more expectation, in majors and I need to learn to better handle that,” Donald said. “Obviously, this year has been a breakout year for me in terms of my confidence levels, and hopefully those confidence levels will be carried over to next year and will serve me well in the majors.”
  6. Some Further Study... Since putting this study out there, several others have spoken about it, directly or indirectly. There's been talk about how maintaining the right forearm flying wedge to P8 is not optimal (duh), nor is having too much shaft lean at impact (duh). There's also been talk that we're just being silly, and that the loss of the right wrist bend is a result of other things going in with the way the left forearm rolls, and that throwing the right wrist can't possibly add any speed. Either way, since posting this topic, it's been debated in varying forms across the Internet, again both directly and indirectly. Before I go on, and to be clear, we're using the term "power accumulator 5" in a way that's not entirely serious. The right wrist folding back may or may not be part of the "power package" depending on how you define it. That's immaterial to us - we're not that serious about it. We're using the term "PA5" in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek fashion, though obviously one grounded in some TGM reality. All that said, we recently determined that one way to possibly demonstrate the additional "power" (clubhead speed) provided by "PA5" would be to remove as many other power accumulators as possible. By removing the left arm, for example, we remove Power Accumulators #2, #3, and #4 (as TGM literalists see them), leaving only #1 (right arm thrust) as well as what we're calling #5. The results are telling, and here they are as a series of three images which show the "throwing" of PA5: Clubhead speed on the left: 60.2 MPH. Clubhead speed on the right: 68.5 MPH. That's an 8.3 MPH increase , or an increase of 13.8% . Dave made no efforts to change his swing. In fact, in the video, the frames line up perfectly in sequence with each other. From P7 to the last image, both videos are twelve frames apart. Yet the clubhead has moved an extra foot or so on the right because, at impact, it was moving faster. Now, Dave still lost some PA5 in the left images. It's virtually impossible not to and still generate a swing speed north of 20 MPH or so. Then, and I may have shared this graph before, but here you go: trail wrist angles of Anthony Kim and Steve Elkington. Pay particular attention to the green line. Before, during, and after impact the right wrist is going from flexion into a little bit of extension very very quickly . One of the keys (ahem) to playing good golf is a flat left wrist , but the left wrist only needs to be flat at impact (and in some rare cases, like Lee Westwood, not even then). What it does after impact - some combination of rolling and dorsiflexing - is somewhat immaterial. Now again, 95-99% of golfers need more shaft lean. 95-99% of golfers lose a flat left wrist too soon . This advice isn't necessarily for them (and note that if you're on a golf forum, you're likely already better than 50% of people, so this topic will pertain to you more than the general golf population). The point remains, though: the right wrist being "thrown" does seem to add power (clubhead speed) to the golf swing. In the hands of a skilled player, its application is warranted. For example, you might be surprised to see PA5 showing up in this particular video, but there it is: And what about Nick Clearwater's video showing the same drill (to an even larger extreme): Again, some of this right wrist angle occurs naturally. The clubhead weighs a lot, and it's pulled in a straight line (clubhead droop is another example of this). But we believe and now have some more proof that adding to that "straightening" force by actively "throwing" the right wrist flexion can lead to increased clubhead speed.
  7. Just 5 strokes ahead of Daly, that's not a good sign (usually )
  8. Yeah, well done that man! What a great year. I really like Luke. He's a classy player and a classy guy. Intelligent, friendly, well grounded, dresses sharp, bags nice clubs. (This is starting to sound like a total man crush, isn't it?) Also appreciate that he plays "real world" golf. Doesn't have freakish length to call on, so it's all about superior course management and that wicked short game.
  9. You're forgetting though, he's talking about Mizunos, they're Grain-Flow forged, for maximum forgification.
  10. +4 for 9 holes today. Chipped in on the 9th for my first eagle.
  11. She may have a better record than Tiger, but it'll be against other women. It's hard to believe that, person vs person, she'll be the best player. If Tiger, Phil, or any other big name male played the women's tournaments, they would probably be racking up wins like crazy, even from a young age.
  12. I personally am not big on books that focus on mechanics. My favorite two books on golf are "Zen Golf" by Joseph Parent and "The Inter Game of Golf" by Timothy Gallwey. This latter book has a description of what actions have to occur in the hitting area and how fast they have to occur. The beginning of the book contends that you can't really consciously control these actions because of the speed at which they occur. The book rather focuses on giving the mind something useful to do to assist, but not control, your body swing the club. I do also think that set up, grip and things you do and control before you swing are necessary to a "good swing" but once the swing begins your mind should not be thinking mechanics. I also don't think there is one correct way to swing the club but more like the "Legend of Bagger Vance" I believe we all have a swing that is correct for us. One of the most potent comment in golf I have ever read (usually attributed to Bobby Jones) goes something like "golf is a game played it the 5 inches between your ears". For the record I don't ignore the mechanics and have read several books that focus on these. I probably liked "The Plane Truth" by Jim Hardy & John Andrisani best because it acknowledges that there are different strokes for different folks. Finally, the most important thing to remember about golf is to have fun unless you do it for a living. Then it is about making money. I'm former case.
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