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What do Scottie Scheffler and Bowling have in common? And an Upstate NY Resort Casino that makes for the perfect buddy trip

Plus, a Wet vs. Dry Ball Performance Breakdown

Happy Tuesday all- if you missed it, Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry pulled off a great come-from-behind victory at the Zurich Classic on Sunday in a playoff. McIlroy was the key contributor for the week, as Lowry’s putter just couldn’t get it done. We’d love to see Rory’s great play continue into the majors, and as for Shane, well, let’s just say it’s good to see him back in the winner’s circle.

In today’s newsletter…

✅ TIPS & DRILLS: What do Scottie Scheffler and Bowling have in common? Theory 8 Golf’s BJ Szafran let’s us in on the secret.

✅ COURSES: PGA-Tour level golf and gambling? This Upstate NY resort has an experience you won’t forget, rain or shine.

✅ STATISTICS: How much does a wet ball affect your performance? Hint- quite a bit actually. Check it out below.

✅ TRIVIA: Where is the rainiest course in the world located? Any guesses? Answer for your LAST chance to win a Kraken Limited Edition Masters Jacket x Tommy Fleetwood Ball Marker (1 of 89 ever made)!

On to it!

The Scottie Schuffler-inspired “Bowler’s Finish” Drill
And yes, we know we misspelled his name
To Recap…

We’ve all seen the Scottie Scheffler “Shuffle.” The world #1 is perhaps most known for his wild footwork, which we certainly don’t recommend copying. But there’s actually a nice drill you can take away from watching him dance all over the teebox.

If you find yourself getting stuck on your back foot (resulting in weak fades off the tee or worse, scooping the ball and hitting it fat), Theory 8 Golf instructor BJ Szafran offers this drill:

-STEP 1: Set up to the ball and take a few practice swings, keying in on where your weight is focused as you swing through the impact zone.
-STEP 2: As you swing through, shift your weight to your front side and sweep your trail leg behind you. Szafran calls it “banking” and likens this move to a bowler’s finish.
-STEP 3: Practice this a few more times, really trying to maintain balance. You should be able to land on your front foot and hold that position for a second or two.

This drill is less about the leg sweep motion and more about the feeling of shifting your weight to the front side. This will help ensure your clubface isn’t wide open at impact and “covers” the ball, as Szafran mentions.

Turning Stone Will Entertain You, Rain or Shine
A Spectacular Upstate New York Golf Resort

Turning Stone Resort Casino
Verona, NY

The Syracuse, NY area might be known for snow, but fun fact- it’s also the rainiest place in the US. Even still, the area offers one of the best weekend resort trips you can find. Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona boasts 3 unique 18-hole tracks as well as a standalone 9-hole and an executive par-3 course. It also has a Las Vegas style casino, a massive 17,000 indoor practice facility (you know, for when it rains), and more than a few award-winning dining experiences on site.

The resort’s Atunyote course is a Tom Fazio design and hosted a Fall PGA Tour event from 2006-2010 (winners include Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson). If you find yourself looking for a new group trip and haven’t looked into Turning Stone, it’s worth your while.

Rates: Wide range of rates dependent upon the courses you play, but the best bang for your buck is to book a Champions stay & play package (very reasonable).

Check out this review from @bucketlistgolftrips

Stat of the Day: Wet vs. Dry Ball Performance
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The Stat: When comparing wet vs. dry ball performance, the most noticeable differences were centered around backspin and its effect on carry. For example, Driver backspin decreased by 6.3%, which resulted in 2.6% more carry (or 7 yards). The result was even more dramatic with a Pitching Wedge - backspin decreased by 88%, which resulted in 7.8% more carry (or 10 yards).

The Takeaway: Playing in the rain isn’t optimal, but sometimes there’s no way around it. You just need to be aware of just how much spin and distance are affected, especially when making your club choice on approach shots.

It’s really easy to air mail the green if you’re not factoring in the loss in spin and increase in distance!

Answer to Win a Kraken Limited Edition Masters Jacket x Tommy Fleetwood Ball Marker (1 of 89 ever made)
(1 winner chosen on 4/30/24 across all April trivia entries, 1,000 respondents minimum)

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