Jordan Spieth’s Chancing of Winning the 2017 Masters

 

In the recent months, Jordan Spieth has not been a forgotten man, but with him being a young winner the question that always pops up is what has he done lately? Jordan has shown his slide in the World Ranking from Number one to number six was an inaccurate indicator of his standing in the game’s hierarchy.

Spieth demonstrated this by finishing first in the Australian open and winning with a  four-stroke victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. In his last five international starts, he finished first, third, third, ninth and first.
At the age of 23 years and six months, Jordan Spieth has nine PGA victories, two of them being major. When Tiger Woods was 23 years and five months he had won nine wins, two of them being major. It is clear that Jordan Spieth’s career won’t be parallel to that of Tiger Wood’s but it is a heady company to keep, no matter how long it lasts.

The odds are that Jordan’s career will last longer. In the masters Jordan spieth is currently a 6-to-1 favorite, this is according to Jeff Sherman of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

Jordan Spieth made a six-stroke lead on Sunday, he was also able to bird the second and the 17th holes and surrounded them with 16 pars, in addition, he shot two-under 70 which saw him win without a strain. According to Jordan that was a boring game and he hates playing a boring game but that what was needed on that day.
In 2016 Jordan Spieth got a win and has had two runner-ups in the three career appearances at August national, however, he was unable to finish off a second consecutive master win. For the seven of the last eight rounds, Jordan Spieth held the lead. Jordan also shares the tournament’s 72-hole scoring record with Tiger Woods.
Surprisingly, Jordan Spieth is not the favorite player expected to win the four major championships in 2017. Jason Day who is world No. 1 and Rory McIlroy a four-time major champ with 8/5 odds, are the favorite. Johnson Dustin comes second with 7/4 odds and he is followed by Jordan Spieth at 2/1.
In this season Justin Thomas and the red-hot Hideki Matsuyama combined to win five PGA Tour titles and their odds are 6/1 and5/2 respectively.
Despite his plummeting Master odds, Tiger Woods is still 10/1 to win a major this year. At the beginning of 2017 Tiger Woods was at 20/1 to win a fifth green jacket, however, his odds changed to 50/1 after his WD in Dubai. As a result of him announcing that he had pulled out from next week’s Honda classics and this week Genesis open, Tiger Woods is now at 100-to-1 which is a long shot.Following Jordan Spieth four-shot victory at the AT&T he was able to maintain his Official World Golf Ranking, however, the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook slashed his odds of him winning the 2017’s first major from 8/1 to 6/1. The other four players maintained their odds with Jason Day at 10/1, Dustin Johnson at 12/1, Hideki Matsuyama at 12/1 and Rory McIlroy at 10/1.
Note, Jordan Spieth is the seventh straight player who has managed to win a PGA Tour in his 20s.

 

What Are Proper Rules & Etiquette for Putting

I knew that umpires and referees of various sports ensure that players follow proper rules and etiquette. However, I was not aware that following proper rules and etiquette depends on the integrity of the golfer. Many new golfers do not know the guidelines of United States Golf Associations which is the major regulatory body. As a result, they unintentionally break the rules of etiquette and proper rules. While putting the surface, a player has to consider other players in the group. I must tell you that it is a courtesy that is called etiquette. Every player is bound to treat other golfers with respect.

Another etiquette I want you to know is that a golfer must not walk or stand on the putting line of another player. He should also not allow his shadow to be on the putting line of another player, and he should also not sit his golf bag on putting green. This care is highly important when another player is trying to putt the ball or trying to read the green. The farthest player putts first, but he also can putt out if he wants to. All players must help each other if one of them is not able to see the hole’s location. Another player must tend the pin for him. The player tending the pin must stand to either side of the pin in such a way that his shadow does not cross other player’s putting line. He should immediately remove the pin when the motion of the ball starts. The player should be careful while removing the pin and ensure that hole’s diameter does not get damaged. The flagstick must be pulled straight in such a way that it does not damage the hole. The flagstick should be placed on the side of the green in such a way that it does not interfere with the putting line of another player.

For speeding up the game, I want you to know that a player must wait until next hole is started to write down his score on the previous one. A player must not stand on the green and count the number of holes he finished. A player is supposed to wait until every player has holed out before he leaves the green. When a player reaches the next hole, he can write down his score. It must be remembered that rules for the green can cost a player more strokes for a hole. Following some basic rules will avoid penalty strokes and ensure a player enjoys the game.

I want to tell you that to start by properly marking the ball. A player is not supposed to move his ball on the green until he has marked the location with the help of a circular marker. A player can pick up his ball and clean it after he has marked it. If a player draws a line on his ball, he can use it for lining up his putt. However, he has to remove the marker before he goes for putting. If he needs to realign his ball, he has to mark the ball’s position before he touches it.

How Competition Makes You a Better Golfer

*Competition: A part of Life:

Golf is a popular game that does require a degree of skill and concentration. Of course, the more practice a person gets the better he or she will be when playing golf.

Competition is something most people have to deal with especially when it involves sports. Competition can actually help a person to become a better golfer. Competition can improve ones golfing skill due to the fact the person may feel a bit pressured by other players that may be equally as good.

Therefore, the pressure that is felt by a golf competitor may actually help a person improve their golfing techniques and skills even more. When a golfer sees competition on the field it will more than likely prompt the person to practice even more to ward off any impending competition. Practice makes perfect or it certainly helps a great deal.

Even a seasoned golfer can probably always stand some improvement. Therefore, knowing that there are competitors on the golf playing field will prompt even a seasoned player to practice more and possibly learn some new golf positions and swings that will help improve his or her overall playing skill.

It may even help to hire a personal golf trainer to help with motion and improve the range and force of golf swings while on the open field. A personal trainer can help teach the golfer new positioning strategies that will surely help the person gain an advantage over golf competitors.

Back swing and head positions are important especially when competing in a major game or golf tournament. Therefore, brushing up or trying to improve these important golf moves will without a doubt help improve overall golf playing skills.

The key to a decent golf swing is you must have a good take away swing as well as a decent half back position. This should come more natural to a professional or seasoned golf player. Coordination and balance are critical when attempting to improve golf playing skill and technique.

*Always Room For Improvement:

There are ways of helping yourself improve on the playing field without hiring a one on one trainer. There are excellent golf drill videos that can help golfers improve their techniques. Top of back swing Drill #1-2-3 will cover some critical tips and checkpoints for any golfer seeking to improve his or her game.

The golf improvement drills always emphasize the importance of limiting knee as well as leg movements during a golf game. Too much leg and knee movement will only serve to throw the golfer off balance and possibly sabotaging a game.

Positioning the head is also very important when seeking to improve your golf skill and ability. The head must be tilted at a certain angle and the left arm must not be flexed. In addition, you must check the length of your swing at all times. The length of your golf swing must never go beyond 3′ o’clock (golfers are aware of what 3′ o’clock means when referring to a golf swing).

*Competition is Actually Healthy:

In conclusion, competition does serve to help a golfer become better at the game. Competition is healthy because it keeps a player on his or her toes and it will help them to learn new ways to improve the various golf swings and moves. Also, it teaches a player that there are easier ways to achieve the same result when playing the game of golf.

Competition can make a seasoned and talented golfer even better. Competition on the field can give even a seasoned golfer a new outlook on the game of golf. It can help an old pro realize that there is more than one way to reach a positive result when competing on the golf field.

5 Greatest Putters of All-Time

Golf is a funny game. There are golfers that can hit the ball 300 yards plus, and straight as an arrow which is great. There are others who can shape shots, find creative ways to get out of jams and great sand players, and those are also really good skills.

Putting, however, is where the entire game hinges. It doesn’t matter how straight, far or good a golfer is with a wood or iron in hand, if they aren’t skilled with the flat-stick, then none of the other stuff matters. Funny. The following golfers are certainly some of the best ever, and it is because these guys could putt, I mean really putt.

5. George Low Jr. – Okay, so George is the odd man out here, because most golfers that could putt the way he did would have been forever etched in the history of golf greats. Unfortunately George Low Jr. who played from 1930 to 1945 didn’t have a great driver and was middle of the pack with the irons, but his putting skills were ridiculous. How good? Names like Byron Nelson, Arnie and the Golden Bear were all students of his. He is accredited by most as the guy who realized the inside-out putter swing.

4. Bobby Jones – The legend of Bobby Jones would probably be even greater had it not been for him hanging up his clubs at the early age of 28. Somewhat of an anomaly, Jones didn’t prescribe to a standard routine or putting style. He was more of what we call a “feel” putter, and adjusted is style and stroke depending on the putt in front of him. This uncommon putter proved his putting ability and uncanny feel by locking up 13 victories in Majors while only playing in 20 Major events! That’s a money putter.

3. Ben Crenshaw – Had it not been for some misfortune in a few Majors, Ben would probably be more recognized for the incredible putter he is and has been throughout his career. If there is any question about just how good of a putter Crenshaw is, the beast call Augusta National (where he won twice) proved him. In 1995, one of his two victories, he tamed that beast by one or two putting all 72 greens. That just doesn’t seem possible.

2. Tiger Woods – The golfer and his name need no introduction, like the guy who is number one on this list. Tiger just didn’t and still doesn’t miss any of the putts he shouldn’t. That alone, supported by golfing statistics, puts him high on the list. Perhaps what makes him one of the greatest ever is he also can putt from Egypt and bury the golf ball when it just shouldn’t happen.

1. Jack Nicklaus – Two things basically make the ‘Golden Bear’ the best ever. The ability to have ice in his veins and drop pressure putts, and victories. On the PGA tour, wins don’t happen if you can’t putt. Aside from his ridiculous number of total victories, he is still the man everyone is chasing (including No. 2) for total Majors won. He did that by putting, and he won those Major events by pressure putting.

Yes, golf is a funny game and putting is a mysterious skill. Is it practice, feel or great form that makes a golfer a great putter? We simply don’t know, and we’ve seen a variety of different approaches and styles find success. Regardless of where you rank these guys personally, one thing is for certain – these guys are good.