Golf Buzz

February 1, 2017 - 5:46pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Matt Ryan, Tom Brady
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PGA Professional takes a look at the golf swings of Super Bowl 51 quarterbacks Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will square off against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 on Sunday night.

You may not have known this, but both quarterbacks are pretty darned good at golf too.

We tracked down our resident expert, PGA Professional Rob Labritz, to break down the golf swings of each of the NFL's best gunslingers.

For his part, Brady -- a four-time Super Bowl champion -- carries an 8 handicap. That's solid.

His counterpart Ryan, however, is an exceptional golfer with an enviable handicap of +1.2.

Here's a look at Brady's swing:

 

 

Labritz's analysis: "Tom's driver swing... It looks to me like he doesn't make a full move with his body all the way through the ball. It's almost a 3/4 move through the ball with his body. His body is secondary in the golf swing. He uses his hands and arms a lot, which is probably natural for a guy who plays his position. You're at the mercy of the clubface when you do that. If you're too quick, you're going to pull it. Not quick enough? You're leaving it out to the right. You're depending too much on timing. I'd like to see a fuller move to the ball and a full finish for Brady to get to scratch. His arms and hands do most of the driving. As a QB he might be sore sometimes and that could inhibit range of motion in the golf swing."

Here's a look at Ryan's golf swing:

 

 

Labritz's analysis: "Matt Ryan's got a pretty good move. He's a little handsy at the ball and creates a lot of speed there. That's probably where he gets his power. If his timing is off, he might hit it a little awry. I'd like to see him use his hands a little less. He creates a lot of speed there. The body looks great, but less hand action would serve him well because that closes the clubface down. Like Brady, that probably feels natural to Ryan being a quarterback. Overall though, he's got a nice, athletic swing. Have him call me for anything he needs!"

The verdict: "Ryan definitely has a better move through the ball and that's likely why he's a better player."

 

 

February 1, 2017 - 2:35pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Jon Rahm
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Jon Rahm looks to be a rising star on the PGA Tour. And, it appears, he already has a massive fan in one toddler.

Jon Rahm, 22, won for the first time in his career on the PGA Tour over the weekend at Torrey Pines.

At the final hole -- a par 5 -- Rahm was just off the back of the green in two shots. From there, he holed an improbable 60-footer for eagle and a three-shot victory.

 

 

Rahm's play provided a look into what people have been speculating for some time -- he could very well be the next great player from Spain.

As it turns out, Rahm already has a massive fan in a toddler.

Check out this little guy's reaction to Rahm's victory:

 

 

The video got Rahm's attention:

 

 

If that wasn't enough, Rahm is now running a giveaway to Twitter follows for best recreation of the toddler's video: