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John Daly says this is the modern-day piece of golf equipment that changed everything



In an appearance on the podcast, “Uncut With Jay Cutler”, PGA Tour legend John Daly discussed the advancement in technology in golf.

Daly was famous for his mighty swing, but he believes the golf ball makes the biggest impact on the game.

Jay Cutler asked Daly, “Do you think the equipment’s changed a lot? Is that you think helping these guys? “

Daly responded by saying, “It’s the ball. It’s just like, you know, when I won the British in 95, I had an ultra competition ball. I think it was the first three pieces ball that ever did anything. And it was hard back then. Now you put an ultra-competition ball up against the balls now softer than those balls. Really four pieces, five piece. They just go straight. They go far. It’s all on the golf ball now.”

In a past appearance on the “Full Send Podcast”, Daly said he would be the longest driver on Tour today if he had the benefit of using current technology.

When asked if he could outdrive Bryson or any other long hitter today at his best, Daly was in no doubt, saying: “Oh! by far, I would”, before calling himself the “straightest long hitter that ever lived.”

“I looked at the monitor at the Masters last year, and he was at 200/205mph ball speed or something, and I remember Nick Faldo was watching him, and I was like ‘Nick, I was at 220mph, man’ and that’s with the balata ball. I was carrying the ball 330/340mph with the balata ball.”

Daly attributes his power to his long backswing and has offered advice for amateur golfers.

“The problem with amateur golf is that they never finish their backswing. They never get a full turn. You should be able to try and turn the club in your hips as far as you can turn them to get power, especially as the golf ball is so easy now it goes straight.”

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  3. Chuck

    Jun 17, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    So it’s not “player fitness.” Or “athleticism.”
    It’s not agronomy, or fast fairways.
    It’s not training or technique improvements.

    It’s the modern multilayered urethane ball.

    Like we have been saying for twenty years.

  4. Larry

    Jun 4, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    It is amazing how we hear how far Bryson hits his drives….but there are other guys that are within 10 15 yards of him almost every drive…Having followed Daly Back in the 90’s I guarantee you Daly was 20 to 40 yards past everyone with Norman coming close until Woods second year out there….Woods can be praised for bringing the athletic full swing to golf, young people today are using that whole body swing and so many are over 300 yards even in High School.

  5. geohogan

    Jun 4, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    John Daly, like Jamie Sadlowski, maximize the “exchange of arcs”
    Yes it takes more time, more turn in order to make the full exchange of arcs as they do; so some mistakenly attribute clubhead speed to the turn. It is the full, exchange of arcs that creates clubhead speed…
    Gerry Hogan, The Hogan Manual of Human Performance: GOLF, 1991

  6. fobber

    Jun 4, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    I thought the answer was going to be “taking a cart”.

  7. Brandon

    Jun 3, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    I would snap in half if I tried to make a backswing like Daly.

  8. Imafitter

    Jun 3, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Followed JD in ’92 at the PGA at Bellerive, the year after he won with Squeaky on the bag at Crooked Stick, as Nick Price pulled out due to the birth of his child. Then Nick won with Squeaky the next year at Bellerive! Watching JD with his unreal back swing, out of sight drives, was amazing. He was having fun, as were those following him. Always a JD and Nick Price fan! As I was leaving on Wed with my son who was 9, Nick Price was teeing off during practice. I told my son he could very well win, so he ran over and got his autograph. Pretty neat!

  9. Robert Welsh

    Jun 3, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    No question, the ball is why they hot it so far. Look at the PGA stats on long drive leaders for as far back as they have them, and compare the distances to when the ProV1 was introduced. Apart from Big John they were hitting around 275-280. Once the ProV1 came out, it was 300+ for good.

  10. Andrew J

    Jun 3, 2022 at 8:30 am

    John Daly’s long driving came from super muscles he developed as a very young kid using his Dad’s clubs which were too heavy for him to keep parallel on the backswing. Also, John was a great putter, but if could have eliminated misreads with a P&SI-EGOS, John wins every Major. It’s on ebay.

  11. Shallowface

    Jun 3, 2022 at 8:17 am

    The “ultra competition” referred to in the article is a Wilson Golf Ball from the 90s.

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Why Nelly Korda thinks that PGA Tour pros ‘should watch more women’s golf’



Nelly Korda is a superstar in women’s golf, and has received praise from some of the most prominent figure in the men’s game.

Korda competed in December’s QBE and PNC Championship, which was a PGA/LPGA mixed event. Among those who were impressed with her game was world number 16, Max Homa.

“We talked about it all day,” Homa said. “It was a little bit outrageous. She drove it down the middle on every hole, she almost hit the pin three times, hit it to like two inches on one par 4, then from way too far that next one, she almost hit the pin. And chipped it great, so I don’t know how she does not win every week. It’s a testament to these other ladies that anyone can even sniff beating her because that was wildly impressive.”

Four-time PGA Tour winner Kevin Kisner agreed and sang Korda’s praise.

“I think I called her the Tiger Woods of the LPGA Tour at one point,” he said. “And then through about seven or eight holes I said she’s hit every shot just like she wants to for eight holes. Like does she hit a bad shot? I have no idea, I’ve never seen her hit a bad shot. We were laughing all day.”

In response to all of the praise she’s received, Korda this week suggested that the men should watch more women’s golf.

“They should watch more women’s golf. I think if they watched a lot of players out here, they would come away equally impressed.”

Korda, who is the number 2 ranked player in the world, will be kicking off her season this week in hopes of claiming the number one spot.

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Study shows how using a push cart or electric trolly can help lower scores



Golfers love a stat.

Apart from keeping score, there are more than a handful of devices available to measure ball speed, plane, stance, putting stroke and on and on.

Even non-players are involved in numbers, with golf bettors using the likes of and datagolf to crunch the figures and sort out which player’s best attribute suits that week’s course.

So, even though it may seem fairly obvious that walking and pushing a golf cart is more beneficial to your health than riding a cart, the latest study by the Colorado Center for Health and Sports Science adds the oft-sought science to the belief.

The study was carried out by lead researcher Neil Wolkodoff, PhD and backed by Europe’s number 1 golf bag and push cart brand BIG MAX. It also set out to find out how energy expenditure varies in golf based on the mode of transport, as well as recording data on participants’ reported mental focus and their scores across a round of nine holes.

Researches used a VO2 Master metabolic analyzer and a standard Hans-Rudolph mask to test energy expenditure on the course, finding that golfers burned most Kcal per hour using a pushcart, a significant 36% increase on motorized cart use.

Both using a push cart and electric trolley reached the threshold for being recognized as moderate intensity exercise and would have a positive impact on the health of users, while golf using a motorized cart constitutes a health improvement activity.

Wolkodoff commented, “It is clear that if you walk the course, you will experience the same health benefits as other moderate exercises, possibly better. Particularly noting that improvement when using a pushcart, and certainly more than when taking part in recreational or leisure walking.”

“Previous studies I’ve worked on demonstrated that using a pushcart had performance benefits over other types of course transport. The walking modes in this study had a clear improvement in reported mental focus of participants when walking compared to a motor cart.”

The health benefits were pretty much a given, but how does this affect your actual performance? Will walking gain you that vital shot for your weekend $50 scramble?

In reporting mental focus and overall score to par, the studies concluded that pushcart and electric trolley usage came out with very similar results.

For reported mental focus, manual cart use averaged a score of 5.67 while the electric versions scored 6.63, both outscoring an average of 5.01 for the motorised aid. Scores to par fared similarly, with the two manual carts scoring 10.4 and 10.2 above par respectively with the motor over a shot behind over 9 holes at 11.5.

Rick Oldach, CEO of Big Max USA, the company that supplied all the carts and bags for the experiment, was pleased with the end results.

“Neil and the team have done a fantastic job,” he said enthusiastically. “The methodology for testing energy expenditure delivers undisputed evidence for the health benefits of walking the course. The results that particularly please me though are around mental focus and scores. I’ve long suspected that having time to think between shots, to decompress after each shot and to have time to prepare for the next shot is of real benefit, and this study proves that walking improves performance.”

So, not only for your health, but to also beat your buddies for that free round of beers, go manual!


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‘Grip it and trim it, baby!’ – John Daly and his son feature in hilarious new Manscaped commercial



Even at 56 years old, former PGA Tour superstar John Daly continues to move the needle in the sport.

We’ve most recently seen Daly playing in the PNC Championship with his son, John Daly II (Little John), going head-to-head with Tiger Woods and his son, Charlie. The Daly duo won the event in 2021, which put the golf world on notice to the talent of “Little John”, who is currently a Sophomore at Arkansas University where his old man played college golf.

The Daly’s are once again in the spotlight, as a commercial from “manscaped” has recently aired.

Thanks to the NCAA changing its NIL rules, college athletes can now be paid for their image and likeness. That has resulted in Daly II being able to follow in his father’s footsteps to sign an endorsement deal with Hooters. Daly II has taken further advantage of the new rules by being in the commercial with his dad.

The commercial is hilarious and starts with the elder Daly looking to use his beard trimmer for some grooming below the belt.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! It’s not for down there.” says Little John.

Daly then responds by slightly modifying his catch phrase, “grip it and rip it”.

“Grip it and trim it, baby!” Daly says right before unleashing a big swing with his driver.

The commercial will be aired during the broadcast of the Farmers Insurance Open Jan. 25-28.

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