GolfWRX The 19th Hole: Long Drive Champion Jaacob Bowden On His Swing Philosophies

Want to hear a little bit about my golf swing philosophies?

Be sure to listen below to my return guest interview on Episode 34 of GolfWRX's 19th Hole Podcast with host Michael Williams.

Show Notes:

"Master Instructor and Long Drive Champion Jaacob Bowden shares his insights on the golf swing with Michael Williams on this week’s edition of The 19th Hole. Also featured is Craig Ramsbottom, President of Dynamic Brands, the company that owns BagBoy, Burton, Riksha, Devant and a host of other top brands in golf accessories."



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Month Long Golf Trip

Beginning a month-long long distance contest road trip to Phoenix, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, and Houston.

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Advanced Through World Long Drive Championship Local Qualifier

Advanced through local qualifying to the district finals for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships. If I get through districts, I'll be going to the world championships on ESPN!

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370 Yards at World Long Drive Championship District Finals

Finished 40th (370 yards) out of 58 at the district finals. The top 4 went to worlds. Get another shot in 2.5 weeks.

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Record 144 MPH On My Swing Speed Radar

Swung 144mph tying my fastest recorded driver swing speed ever.

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Long Drivers of America Q-School

In Dallas, Texas from March 31st to April 2nd for the Long Drivers of America Q-School.

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Meeting Up With Dan Boever in Fresno, California

In Fresno, California from April 16th to 17th to meet up with long driver and golf entertainer Dan Boever.

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1st Long Drive Competition - 342 Yards

Finished 8th (342 yards in the grid - winner at 367 yards) out of over 100 competitors in my first long drive contest in Phoenix, Arizona!!!

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Turning Pro - Finished 2nd ALDA

After 6 months of hard work, I've decided to turn pro for long drive!!!

Finished 2nd (655 yards - best 2 drives in grid - 6 balls) in an ALDA sponsored long drive contest at Lone Tree Golf Club in Chandler, AZ!

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330 Yards - 4th Out of 40 Competitors

Finished 4th (331 yards in grid - 6 balls) out of ~40 competitors in a Goodyear, AZ long driving contest.

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Won Pinnacle Distance Challenge 381 Yards

Finished 1st (381 yards in grid - 3 balls) out of 124 competitors in the Pinnacle Distance Challenge in St. Louis, MO!

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395 Yards in Oklahoma Long Drive Competition

Set a new personal and competitive record for longest drive in a grid or fairway by blasting a ball 395 yards in an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma long driving contest!!

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Long Drivers of America Tour Event

In Sacramento, California. Got the flu and missed qualifying for the Long Drivers of America Tour event by 1 spot. :-(

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331 Yards to Advance in World Long Drive Championship Qualifying

Decided to give the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships a go again. Advanced through local qualifying in Pleasanton, CA with a 331-yard drive!

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370 Yards in World Long Drive Championships Local Qualifying

Hit a 370-yard drive in Pleasanton, CA trying to win a Local Qualifier for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships.

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350 Yards in World Long Drive Championship Local Qualifying

Hit a 350-yard drive in Pleasanton, CA trying to win a Local Qualifier for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships.

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374 Yards in World Long Drive Championship Local Qualifying

Hit a 374-yard drive in Alviso, CA trying to win a Local Qualifier for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships.

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361 Yards in World Long Drive District Qualifier

In Mesquite, Nevada from September 13th to 17th.

Finished T18th (best drive 361 yards) out of 74 competitors in Mesquite, NV at the Districts for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships. The Top-7 advanced to the World Championships.

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350 Yards in World Long Drive Championship Local Qualifier

In Phoenix and Sedona, Arizona from June 1st to 3rd…advanced through local qualifying for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships with a 350-yard drive at Lone Tree Golf Club in Chandler, AZ.

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421-Yard Win in World Long Drive Championship Qualifier

Won a Local Qualifier for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships in Warner Springs, CA with a grid-record and personal competitive best drive of 421 yards.

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355 Yards in World Long Drive Championships District Qualifying

In Phoenix, Arizona from September 5th to 9th…advanced to 4th round of Districts (D3) at the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships- best drive was 355 yards.

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378 Yards in World Long Drive Championship District Qualifying

In Mesquite, Nevada from September 10th to 16th…advanced to 4th round of Districts (D2) at the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships - best drive was 378 yards.

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Learn the Mike Austin Swing - Video Launch

Learn the Mike Austin Swing with Jaacob Bowden

Launched my new Mike Austin instructional video.

Be sure to check it out here.

A 6-minute preview is below:


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Golf & Country Magazine

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Be sure to check out the 3-page article about me in this month’s Golf & Country Magazine!

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Return Guest on ESPN Golf Talk Radio

Jaacob Bowden returns as a guest on ESPN Golf Talk Radio to discuss how to increase swing speed & the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships

Was a return guest on ESPN Golf Talk Radio.

Show Notes:

"CJ Silas joins Mike & Billy in studio from The CJ Silas Show for a 2012 reveiw and the announcement of her move to Wednesdays on ESPN 1280.  Jaacob Bowden from Swing Man Golf calls into the show to discuss how to increase your swing speed and the RE/MAX Long Drive Finals airing on ESPN Sunday, December 30th, 2012."

You can listen to the show below.


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Hitting Drives To Raise Money For St. Pius X High School

Hitting drives at Union Hills Golf Course to raise money for St. Pius X High School

Hitting drives as the Pro on #11 at Union Hills Golf Course to benefit my alma mater, St. Pius X High School in Festus, MO.

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Hit it Longer - Swing Speed Training for Longer Drives

Check out Jaacob Bowden's Hit It Longer - Swing Speed Training for Longer Drives Video at Swing Man Golf

Want to hit it longer?

Head over to Swing Man Golf to see my new video called “Hit it Longer - Swing Speed Training for Longer Drives”.

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Broke the 600 lb Barrier

Jaacob Bowden performs a half squat for 1 rep with 605 pounds on the bar

Broke the 600 pound barrier on my half squats. 605x1!

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375 Yards in World Long Drive District Qualifying

Was eliminated after hitting 375 yards (needed 380 to advance) at the last stage of qualifying for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships.

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More Distance for Golf - Part 1 - Long Drive Techniques

Distance is an extremely important aspect of becoming a better golfer. Perhaps you’ve seen this graphic put out by the folks at Trackman.

Handicap Vs Average Driver Club Speed per Trackman

Notice that as golf handicaps go up, the average driver club head speed (and thus distance) goes down. Thus, one can deduce that more distance is a must in order to become a better player.

On the PGA Tour, players that keep their cards generally run in the +4 to +6 handicap range. The PGA Tour average club head speed is about 113 mph with the low man usually being around 105 mph.

So, if you were to extend the graphic from above out a little further, this fits right in with the PGA Tour, too. Further, I looked at the scoring averages of the top-20 players and the bottom-20 players on the PGA Tour. And if you compile the low rounds of the day shot during each tournament round, that averages out to be approximately a 63.3 scoring average with a 302.8 yards/drive driving distance.

As you can see, even within the confines of PGA Tour-level golf, distance matters to scoring.

Read more at GolfWRX...

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More Distance for Golf - Part 2 - Long Drive Equipment

Flightscope Optimzer can help you dial in your driver launch conditions to maximize distance
In Part 1, I wrote about some of the technical aspects of the swing you can employ for more distance in your golf game from a professional long driver point of view. In Part 2, I get in to the equipment aspect.

As a visitor of GolfWRX, you probably have an interest in golf equipment… and I assume you are also likely aware of the importance of club fitting. To hit the longest drives possible, club fitting is an absolute must. No top long driver skips this component of distance, because advancing or not advancing can come down to only a yard or two.

Equipment optimization can be the thing that makes the difference.

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More Distance for Golf - Part 3 - Long Drive Fitness

Golf fitness expert Jaacob Bowden recommends heavy squats to help build club head speed and hit for more power

In Part 3, the final part of my “More Distance for Golf” series, we’re going to talk about what you can do to get longer from a golf fitness standpoint.

Long Drive Golf Fitness

In all of the interviews I’ve done with my professional long drive colleagues and friends via Swing Man Golf, just one of them said they swing as fast as they do naturally. The lone exception, who said his distance was natural, told me in the interview that he’s in the gym 5-6 days/week. So whether they realize it or not, every single long-drive guy is doing or has done something from a golf fitness standpoint to be able to swing faster to generate more ball speed.

So what are some things they do… and that you can do?

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