Rickie Fowler Is Just 22
By Kickntrue on 7/5/11
A lot of people are jumping off the Rickie Fowler bandwagon. That's a mistake.

Sure- Rickie completely collapsed on Sunday, but stop me when this sounds familiar; a 22 year old heading into the final round of a big tournament is in the lead and playing in the final group, but implodes early and ends up slipping down the leaderboard and out of the top 10. Oh yah, that guy is on top of the world right now.

Sure- this has happened to Rickie before (3 times now) but come-on. Most PGA Tour pros aren't even steady on the Tour by age 22. Rickie's been on Tour now for 2 years and has showed stretches of major promise. He'll be okay. He'll learn to win on Tour- because he has experience to do so. Rickie was a winner at Oklahoma State and he'll be a winner here.

So yah- while all your friends are selling Rickie and is bold outfits, I suggest you BUY BUY BUY (/channeling my inner Jim Cramer)! Go ahead- make a crazy prop bet, take long odds, do whatever- but bet on Rickie, he's going to pay!


photo by Chris Breikss


Here is a video of Rickie's swing broken down. Thanks ToddRobb for the link.



[ comments ]
ToddRobb says:
You've been sold a bill of goods that you should consider returning. Not sure why people were on this guys bandwagon to begin with. He doesn't even fall under "what have you done lately",how about " what have you ever done"??? What makes anybody think that because he's 22 years old that somehow that magically gives him the potential to be as good as______ (fill in the blank)?? He's has a flawed swing that will have to be overhauled in order to win ANY tournaments consistently.

The reason Rory was able to bounce back so fast is because he has a flawless swing that can hold up under pressure, he just needed to get the feeling of how that pressure feels, which he got a major dose of at The Masters. Rickie will be a wannabe until he gets with a "Real" swing guru to overhaul his swing. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to be buying Rickie Fowler right now.
7/5/11
 
Banker85 says:
I dont think rickie could overhaul his swing. It is so homeade it would be a disaster waiting to happen if he was to try and change it.
7/5/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
Rickie Fowler has not completed his second year on Tour yet so he has some time left to develop. There are a number of other players with quirky swings that have been winners on Tour. Fowler has been a winner throughout his golf career and I have to believe he will win on Tour. I don't see him becoming a dominant player but he should be a winner with some regularity.

Then again, I thought Tiger was going to just be a solid player on Tour so my prediction track record is a bit suspect.
7/5/11
 
Scott Shields says:
I don't buy the swing argument ... Jim Furyk anybody.
7/5/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Jim Furyk has a flawless swing with a quirky backswing, there is a world of difference. I guess it was a bad assumption on my part to assume that everyone would know the difference. My bad.
7/5/11
 
ToddRobb says:
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having quirks in a golf swing, Arnie had a flawless swing with a quirky follow through and is one of the best golfers of all time. Rickie has a flaw in his forward swing(downswing), which is where the rubber meets the road. His transition from backswing to downswing is much to violent to control when the pressure on Sunday arrives. It's not a mystery that he has not been able to close the deal yet. He will no doubt be able to compete, and we will be seeing his bright colors for many years to come because of how he looks. If it weren't for his loud outfits and excellent branding, we wouldn't be talking about him right now.
7/5/11
 
Scott Shields says:
I still don't like the swing argument. You don't get to be on the tour (not withstanding an excellent college career) if you have something wrong with a fundemental part of the swing, as you maintain, in fact I think your last comment proves my point. Sure there can be quirks, Jacks flying elbow, Furyk's loop, Daly's backswing, Dustings arched left wrist ... ect. And I would classify Rickie's transistion as a quirk, it may be a quirk that ends up damaging his body, i.e. Tiger's knee, but it is a quirk none the less, not a fundemental swing flaw. I'm sure the vast majority of his problems are between his ears.
7/5/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Okay. Scott you and Kickntrue go ahead and BUY BUY BUY Rickie. I think I will hold out until he decides to really try to get to the next level. Just so you know, Rickie's transition is not a quirk, every "quirk" you named in your post can produce solid contact over and over, a violent transition from the top has to be timed perfectly, hence not working properly when the pressure is on. Can you name one golfer with a violent transition that has won more than one tournament on the tour?

Don't get me wrong, he obviously can play at tour level, but playing at tour level and being in contention EVERY week are worlds apart. (Like Rory will probably be from now on)

Also, I like to check out the game of the people I am having a discussion with on this site, just so I can have an idea of what level you play at, I noticed you have a "private" account, what's up with that?? I didn't even know that was possible, or even the point, but if you don't want to share your scores with the world to each is own :)
7/5/11
 
GolfSmith7 says:
@ToddRobb I just noticed you from NJ, my parents business is right on Frelinghuysen Avenue next to the golf course. I live in Texas now but going to visit my parents in September want to play a round in Weequahic Park Golf Course?
7/5/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@GolfSmith Absolutely! Send me a message when you're coming and I'll make a time. The course is in excellent shape.
7/5/11
 
ToddRobb says:
There are more than quirks wrong with his swing, until he changes it, he will be a highly paid wannabe.
7/5/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Here is a link to his swing being analyzed by Jack and Nick Faldo youtu.be/m7dOThIKPWk
7/5/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Posted the last post before the video was added, thanks Kickntrue.
7/5/11
 
Trip says:
Tiger has a violent transition, and he did pretty well, until his other violent transition.
7/5/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Nah, Tiger had a violent transition onto his left leg, not from the top,, that's not the same thing.
7/5/11
 
Scott Shields says:
I don't think my golf scores are relevant, or germane to this conversation.

As far as Fowler goes, and transition violence aside, I believe he will find success soon, and won't be shocked when it does happen. We might just have to bump this thread in 5 years and see what has happened. ;)
7/5/11
 
jwilder78 says:
Ha, I enjoyed hearing Faldo and Jack trip over each other, eager to critique Fowler's odd swing.
7/6/11
 
ToddRobb says:
5 years?? I sure hope he's more than a marketing machine by then. I just think Rory is the next Phil, great career with several majors. Rickie is the next Sergio, huge potential at a young age that has never been fulfilled. I don't know this Germane fellow you are talking about, I still would love to see your scores :)
7/6/11
 
mjaber says:
I'm not sold on Rickie. I might buy a little, but until I see a couple "W"s, and some noise on Sunday at a couple majors, I'd be a little more conservative.
7/7/11
 
duncansean says:
Rickie is a baller, he can rap, he can sing...haha. He may never be great or a consistent winner, but the PGA needs people like him. The golf God is on leave. Phil is lame. The loud young talent keeps it interesting.
7/9/11
 
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