So You Want To Play On The Seniors Champion Tour

So You Want To Play On The Seniors Champions Tour

Yea right!  It ain’t so easy to get on the Champions Tour.  You can ask all the guys down in Florida right now playing their guts out for only five, yes that’s 5 spots available for exemption on the Champions tour.

Not to mention the sectional qualifying tournament you would have had to endure and finish at the top of the stack in order to be one of the 85 players in the final tournament of 72 holes to qualify for an exemption on the Champions Tour.

You can see the Champions Tour scoreboard here.

The first group of individuals exempt on the Champions Tour, (meaning they get to play) are the players with the most earnings from the PGA tour.  So if you’re a new comer get to the back of the line and play in the two qualifiers. 

That means that Freddy Couples gets to play no matter how well he is playing if he feels like playing.  You might say he earned it by playing well in his youth and you might be right.  Fact is , that the PGA probably thinks that you the viewer are not to going to tune in on TV if you don’t recognize the names playing.

Oh yea, it costs $2,500 entry fee for the final qualifier plus all your expenses for a chance to be one of the top five.  Not a good bet.  I take my hat off to all the guys that tried though.  Guys like my friend Joe Daley.  Joe didn’t play his best this week but he is a long time veteran of the tour.  Like a journeyman quarterback that’s played for a ton of NFL teams but you cant remember his name.  By the way, Joe won a major just two years ago.  Still he’s back having to qualify.  Now that’s tough!

What’s my opinion.  Well I can make one because I ain’t playing.  I think that more spots available for Monday qualifiers is not only appropriate but would possibly wake up the Champions Tour to new blood.  Why recycle the same players we’ve seen in the past.  Nothing wrong with it but let’s see some new blood.  Some Cinderella stories that might give the local golfers some hope.

“Long time insurance agent beats the pros and wins on the Champions Tour”, etc etc.  Yea!  Get the crowd pulling for the under dog!  Just a thought.

Here’s a video analysis of Frank Esposito’s golf swing.  The winner of the qualifying tournament at 11 under par.



Hit Your Golf Ball Longer Immediately!

Hit Your Golf Ball Longer Immediately!

How many claims have you heard about new golf clubs hitting the ball longer?  Well here’s the facts.  Long and straight don’t go together and here’s why.

Weight, length and dynamic loft have the bulk of influence on how fast you swing the golf club.  The faster the club goes the further the balls goes if your golf club face is square in both cases.

To make the golf club shaft lighter the wall of the shaft has to be thinner which means more flexibility and thus less consistency.  Long hitters don’t mind a heavier shaft because distance is not the issue but rather accuracy.

I put together a driver that is 48 inches long, (the maximum allowed by law) with a light head (188 grams vs. the typical 205 grams) and light shaft of 50 grams and a very light grip of only 11 grams (most grips weigh about 53 grams).  I used a stiff shaft in the original version.

I got fed up with it, (broke it over my knee on the golf course when I bailed a third shot in a row out to the right) and made a new version with the same head, same shaft but this time in regular rather then stiff, and then added the Secret Grip from Boccelli (93 grams).

Now you should say, OK Lopez how about the heavy grip.  Well it made all the difference in my consistency and didn’t seem to hurt the distance.  At least not enough that I actually noticed it.  The heavy grip counter balanced the long length and made the shaft stiffer.  Results, WALLA (as the professor in Back to the Future would say) it works!  It really works!

Below is the silly video we made on the driver and below that is a video explaining what I built.  If you would like one I can get you one fitted to your specs for Christmas for $229.  (Regular price $279)