Episode from the podcastChasing Red Numbers

Our first episode, a little golf instruction talk, and we want to hear from you!

Released Thursday, 27th August 2020
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Our desire is to make Chasing Red Numbers a show that helps people get better at the game of golf and enjoy playing! In this first episode, we introduce our show, and you get to meet our host, Dusty Brian. Dusty shares a little of his personal golf story, and his desire to improve. Dusty wants to share his mistakes and successes so that we can all learn what might work for bringing our handicaps down.
Professional Tour News:
We recap Dustin Johnson's dominant win at the Northern Trust, where he jumped to the top of the FedExCup standings and regained the top spot in the World Golf Rankings. The PGA Tour shifts to Olympia Fields Country Club in suburban Chicago for the BMW Championship, the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs, with a field of the top 70 players in the FedExCup standings.
Sophia Popov provided a wonderful story with her win at the AIG Women's Open this past weekend, finishing with a two shot victory in the major event held at Royal Troon. Previously, Popov had no official status on the LPGA Tour, and was ranked #304 in the world.
Phil Mickelson won in his first PGA Tour Champions event, the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National. Phil eclipsed the field by four shots, finishing at 22 under after the three-day midweek event. It was fun to watch Phil seem to enjoy playing the game once again!
Interesting Bits:
Paul Sullivan wrote an article titled “Remote Controls” for his “Money Game” section in the most recent edition of Golf Magazine (article not posted yet online). This is a very interesting article about the use of “remote learning” or remote golf lessons through the use of video and mobile apps that you would pay for. He mentions Skillest, Swing AI, BOTH of which use video analysis by a teaching professional. Paul also references 18Birdies and Golfboost which both use artificial intelligence to analyze swing video that you would take with your phone or some camera and upload to the app. The idea of these kind of sites and apps is to ultimately lower your handicap. There are also a variety of teachers who have published their own websites and are usually subscription based (George Gankas is an example). Dusty also mentions the Golf Digest Schools site, filled with a variety of lessons for various parts of your game.
What sites or apps have you tried that have either helped you, or that you would stay away from, or what kinds of golf training aids would you like for us to review and test out? Let us know!
We briefly discussed another Golf Magazine article, this one from Andrew Tursky, about a recent Golf Datatech reporting that "golf equipment sales had a record-breaking month in July in the United States, recording the highest sales since the company started tracking data in 1997." This is good news for equipment manufacturers, resellers, and for golf in-general!
How about you? Have your golf-related purchases gone up or down since March, when most of the Coronavirus mandates went into effect?
Into the Future:
In upcoming episodes, I will be evaluating the helpfulness of using a couple of local golf shops and their Trackman hitting bays and Foresight Sports launch monitors. Both of these businesses offer teaching professionals to help interpret the data these monitors are now making accessible to us, the average recreational player. I want to share with you how this technology helped my better understand the trouble-spots in my own swing, and review if this would be money well spent for you.
Let us know if you have tried some of this tech-based instruction and how it helped you.
If you haven't already done so, head to chasingrednumbers.com where you can interact with the show, send us a comment, find our social media links, and subscribe to the show!

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