Parker McLachin was watching Hideki Matsuyama’s jab, and got down to business.
“One of the things I’ve noticed about Hideki is that he has very low hands,” said MacLachlan.
And when McLachlin sees things, you might want to listen up.
You may have heard the name. He’s had a solid career on the PGA Tour—one win, at the 2008 Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, and a few other top tens—but he’s been Is that true Good in and around the greens. As Golf’s Zephyr Milton kicks off, McLachin is in the top 20 in the ranking of strokes earned: he has put seven times since joining the tour in 2007, and topped the rankings in 2013 and 2017. He’s ranked in the top 20 in SG: Around the Green Three times too. People were noticing.
“Yeah, I mean, it’s hard to beat being a great player on the PGA Tour,” he said this week at the Sony Open. “If you can be a top 50 or 60 player on the PGA Tour, you want to do it. Obviously I haven’t done that in the last 10 or 12 years, so I’ve focused on a few other things and found I’m very good at giving good tipping, and it seems That people spend time with me better around the greens.”
And the short game chef was born. You may have heard that Noun. He has a membership site under the pseudonym now. Professionals believe he whispered a wedge and hit. You may have read last week, during the Tournament of Champions, that Colin Morikawa called on Team McLachlin to help out. Fire up, fans were even calling him Chef this week at Sony, where McLachlin managed to get an entry.
“Yeah, that’s a little funny,” said MacLachlan. “I’ve been stopped more times than I can imagine at airports and things like that. People are, hey, Chef, more than when I’m just playing on tour and saying, ‘Hey, Parker.’ Yeah, I think Short Game Chef’s entire mission statement is to help amateurs get Short Game Update There have been a lot of conflicting opinions, and my goal is to help update and take what players do on the PGA Tour and bring it into the amateur game.
“Because I think for a 20-runner, the closest they can get to being a PGA Tour player is on the inside of 30, 40, 50 yards. They won’t be able to beat it by 350, but I can get them to improve on it. If I can give them the info Right, for me, that’s where I can get them to improve on four or five strokes per round, which is exciting.”
And all of that, and especially the idea of ”modernization,” goes back nicely to Matsuyama and McLachlin.
Remember, Matsuyama keeps his hands low on the bat, and this has led to a discussion about his being squiggly, and thoughts on consistency.
“You see most Tour players raise their hands a little bit and reach for that shaft right in the plane with their forearms,” McLachlin began. “Hideki is one of the few modern players who has his hands low. He can get him to where he can get very hot; he can get very cold and he doesn’t really know why. A shot like that — 15, 18 feet — and it looked like it was off the line from the start.
“Just one of those things that’s hard to pin down, but I like to look at what all players, in general, do with their short games — play and chop and fortify. What do modern players do? Ninety-five percent of modern players get their shaft in line with their forearm at Setting up the situation. This is one of those things where if you’re looking for something weird, you start to wonder, ‘This is why maybe it’s more complicated than the others.'”
We’ll stop here to take a look for yourself.
Well, here is the end.
“Almost if I’m standing behind someone, like they’re using a putter on the belly, the shaft goes up their arm,” said PGA Tour Live analyst Ned Michaels.
“Quite right,” said MacLachlan.
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