The King of Swing

If one ever talks about looping swing, then it is got to be Jim Furyk. It is because he has been consistently putting his golf ball on the toe or on the heel of the club instead of putting it conventionally into the center and then hitting it with his looping shot. But he never got off the high level he plays in most of the time. The fans have named him ‘The Grinder’, ‘The Businessman’ and what not to honor and appreciate that unique style of his. A former officially world number 6, he has been among the top 10 for a stretch of 1999 to 2010.

What would an ordinary 6 ft 2 inches golfer face in his mind when he is putting his hands almost on the thighs for an ‘extra’ close frame to take the shot? Obviously his starting point move can get killed but that is not the case for the 6 ft 2 inches Jim Furyk. Instead of using the classic launch application where the strong and tighter muscles are used like the ones at the back, shoulders and thighs, Jim utilizes the ones in his hands and wrists to take that close-frame shot just like the basketball player who uses his wrist to bounce the ball and get ready for the basket shot.

While taking the shot it looks like that Jim’s right elbow is almost getting detached from his body. Jim Furyk keeps his club shaft vertical while taking his signature shot. And then instead of taking an upswing he takes a downswing to bring his club to the right track of putting and thus creates the loop. Although a controversy-raiser in the beginning, Jim’s loop-swing has become a part of him now.

Winged Foot hosts US Open in 2020

The US Open Championship trophy went to Mamaroneck’s Winged Foot Golf Club in New York, on Monday and more importantly, the tournament will spend a week in the club in 2020.

John Schneider, the Winged Foot president and Greenwich resident, along with Thomas J. O’Toole Jr, the USGA vice president, posed with the US Open trophy after revealing this news – Winged Foot Club will hold the US Open in 2020.

The selection marks the sixth time the West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club will attract the best golfers in the world. It will also be the 12th USGA championship played at Winged Foot, with all but three taking place on the West Course. The 2020 U.S. Open is scheduled to be held June 18-21.

Even though the tournament is years away, the likes of Unibet and other online betting companies will have Rory McIlroy down as the favourite – by then he will be hitting his peak years as a golfer – might be worth an online bet!

Schneider said that Winged Foot is honored to have the USGA select it as the host. The club’s relationship with the USGA goes back to 1929, when Bob Jones defeated Al Espinosa to win the U.S. Open in a playoff. The relationship has been cherished by both ever since. Their 2 Tillinghast courses have always risen to the challenge of identifying the top golfers in the world. Winged Foot anxiously awaits its next group of challengers.

O’Toole said that this is really a great region for them to offer a national championship. Corporate America and the vibrant New York golf rooters are here.

Faith connects Stallings and Simpson

The household normalcy has finally returned for Scott Stallings. Recently it served as a spot for college golfers as Scott Stallings and the US Open 2012 champ Webb Simpson hosted CGF (College Golf Fellowship) retreat in Knoxville.

Stallings told that those days were quite chaotic. Some players slept on his coffee table, kitchen table, bathtubs or in couches. But the days were really great. Everyone spent a great time. That was not all. There was a seventy man dodgeball contest as well as a service project. And the last event, all of them had a great golf session with Scott Stallings at his very own home golf course named Oak Ridge Country Club.

On Tuesday morning, Webb Simpson came with the crew to see them off, but he could not play. Later he went back to his home to spent time with his wife and kid. Twenty seven year old Webb Simpson told that this was his very first retreat. In fact, he was able to see firsthand how much fun it was; getting away and hanging out. He loves to hang out with those guys. He added he just loved their passion for this game.

An ex-N.C. State player Korky Kemp, joined the College Golf Fellowship in the year 2005. He also takes care of events in East Region. He told that gatherings at PGA Tour golfer’ are quite common. He added that they are a minister that comes out of the PGA Tour’s Bible study around thirty years ago.