About Jaacob and His History

Personal Information

Full Name
: Robert Jaacob Bowden
Height: 6'2" (1.88m)
Weight: 215 lbs (97.5kg or 15.3 stone)
Birthdate: January 4th, 1976
Birthplace: Festus, MO, USA
Residence: Washington, D.C.
Family: Wife, Jennifer (m. 2006 in Maui, Hawaii)
Education: St. Louis College of Pharmacy 1993-1998
Special Interests: Travel, Outdoors, Sports/Games, Movies, Dining, Animals, Technology, Self-Help and Spirituality


Jaacob Bowden has always had a love of sports and fitness. As a child Jaacob played competitive soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, track and field, tennis, golf…and dreamt about playing in the NBA or MLB. Although he played NAIA Division II basketball and was invited to a tryout at the Metrodome for the Minnesota Twins, after pharmacy college Jaacob thought any aspirations to become a Professional Athlete were gone and thus he began working as a computer engineer in St. Louis and then Kansas City.

Jaacob Playing Tennis Jaacob Playing Baseball Jaacob Finishing Off a Dunk

Jaacob Demonstrating an Exercise in a Fitness Magazine Jaacob doing a Fitness Shoot Jaacob doing another Fitness Shoot

In 2003, uninspired in his daily work and realizing that playing golf gave him tremendous satisfaction, Jaacob traded in his corporate career to pursue the dream of becoming a Professional Golfer. This was despite then being a 27 year old average golfer who typically drove the ball 220-275 yards/drive.

After moving from the Midwest to California, Jaacob was taken under the wing of Dan Shauger who introduced Jaacob to Guinness World Record Long Driver Mike Austin. Jaacob progressed quickly and in July of 2003 won the Pinnacle Distance Challenge using the Mike Austin swing with a televised drive of 381 yards.

Jaacob Bowden Winning the Pinnacle Distance Challenge with a 381-yard Drive

Over the next few years, he continued to compete in long drive in 2006 and 2007, winning multiple qualifiers for the World Long Drive Championships, including a grid-record 421-yard blast at a World Local Qualifier in Temecula, California.

In 2007, Jaacob shot his first tournament round in the 60s as a professional at the Long Beach Open, using single length irons.

Between 2005 and 2012, Jaacob competed in approximately 30 weeklong tour events around the world in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa, making multiple cuts and shooting many rounds in the 60s and 70s.

Jaacob at a British Open Qualifier in England

In 2012, Jaacob took 5th place at the CBS-televised Speed Golf World Championships at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

In 2013, he shot the World Championship record for low golf round with a 72 in 55 minutes and 42 seconds using only 6 clubs.

Jaacob Bowden plays a bunker shot during the 2013 Speedgolf World Championships Jaacob Bowden runs towards the hole on the Bandon Dunes course during the 2012 Speed Golf World Championships

But not only is Jaacob a great player, he has ventured in to other areas of the game as well.

He comes from a family of teachers and has been blessed with the gift of being able to help others with their golf games as well. His background in physics, calculus, anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Doctorate program has ended up serving him well as an athlete and a teacher…and has helped him lead an injury-free golf career.

Jaacob Bowden giving a bunker lesson to a group of students during a golf holiday in Morocco.

Jaacob is a Class A member of the PGA of America and became a Top 100 Most Popular Instructor.

Jaacob Bowden PGA of America member

Jaacob co-founded and contributes regularly to Swing Man Golf, and instructional website with thousands of members and millions of video views on it's YouTube Channel.

A screenshot from the SwingManGolf website

Jaacob is also considered to be the world's leading expert when it comes to swing speed training, working with both amateur, professional golf, and long drive clients who routinely pick up 12-16 mph (30-40 yards) of additional driver swing speed in their first 30 days of training.

Jaacob Bowden works with a Swiss PGA Pro on his swing speed

From 2013-2015, Jaacob was the Official Swing Speed Trainer for the Swing Thought TOUR and in 2015-2016 he was the Official Swing Speed Trainer for the Michael Breed Golf Academy in New York.

He has taught on the subject of swing speed training for the Swiss PGA and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology…and he created a Swing Speed Training certification program for PGA Professionals, coaches, and trainers, which is available at Swing Man Golf.

Jaacob Bowden shares a laugh during a course he taught on Swing Speed Training to the Swiss PGA

Additionally, Jaacob is a Senior Writer at GolfWRX (over 1 million views) and his golf tips e-book has reached #1 on Amazon.com's Bestsellers in Golf.

Jaacob writes for GolfWRX

He has caddied on the PGA TOUR as well as the PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS.

Jaacob Bowden walks with John Daly while caddying for Andre Bossert at the Senior PGA Championship

And he is the co-creator with golf equipment design icon Tom Wishon of Sterling Irons® single length irons.

Sterling IronsĀ® single length irons by Jaacob Bowden and Tom Wishon

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