In the St. Louis & Indianapolis Areas

In the St. Louis, Missouri and Indianapolis, Indiana areas from October 27th to November 1st.

New Partner + ANCORE Coupon Code

Last year I spent quite a bit of time at Belle Isle Golf Center, providing both consulting and volunteering services to the new operating group.

This included things like:

  • Providing personalized golf instruction
  • Pruning trees/bushes for beautification, enhancing golfer experience, providing natural advertising, ease and practicality of grounds maintenance
  • Making recommendations for signage, golfer education, instructional and fitness programming, course design, merchandising, landscaping, volunteer programming, range design, parking lot fixes, location of resources, etc

I also got their local golf fitness professional, Mike Snyder, certified in Swing Man Golf's swing speed training program.

Since last year, Mike and I have stayed in touch.

A few weeks ago, my wife Jen and I went over to visit Belle Isle and also play their 6-hole short course. While we were there, Mike told me he had to show me this new piece of fitness equipment. I said sure…and we went in to his private studio gym. However, at first glance, nothing in particular was standing out that I hadn't already seen. He then pointed out a small device attached to his power rack and he told me it was a portable cable machine called ANCORE (pronounced like boat anchor).

ANCORE Cable Trainer

For those of you that are familiar with Swing Man Golf's swing speed training programs, you'll know that band and cable training are a common piece of the training, in part because the bands and cables allow you to move through so many different planes and to really mimic your golf swing. I'd use bands with people for basic training at home…and add in cables for more advanced training if a person had access to a gym.

When Swing Man Golf was launched in 2007, when someone asked for a band recommendation, I would usually point them to anything that was compact, light weight, didn't take up much space, and was color coded or labeled in some way such that you could stack or combine the bands to increase strength over time.

At some point, I met Blake Kassel of Bodylastics resistance bands. Blake was really nice to me and I also thought he made a great product. So, for a long time I recommended his bands to people I trained, both amateurs and pros. I still actually have and use these bands when I train…and they are the ones that you see in the below video that I made in 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic.


Anyway, Mike showed me his ANCORE…and once I tried it, I was immediately hooked for several reasons.

Small Size

First of all, was its size. As I said, when I first walked in to the room, I didn't even see it. A fully loaded ANCORE is only about a foot long. That makes it a great option to have in an at-home fitness setup when space is a concern.

Lightweight

Second, is its weight. An ANCORE is about 9 pounds, which doesn't make it as lightweight as the Bodylastics resistance bands. However, that's still light enough to make it easily portable for whatever reason you need it to be portable…and, of course, 9 pounds is significantly lighter than having a full cable machine rack like you'd typically see in a gym.

Maneuverability

Third, is the ease of maneuverability. Although they do have fixed wall mounts and a sliding track mount, I particularly like when there is even more flexibility built in to a device to really personalize the position, which you get with the rack or strap mounts.

High Quality

Fourth, is the quality. That's pretty self explanatory, but for me if I'm going to buy any product, quality is something I really appreciate. I'm pretty simple as far as my needs go and I don't carry around too much extra weight in my life, so to speak. However, for the things I do choose to keep around, I want those things to be nice…and I'm willing to pay more if necessary to have a solid product.

Interchangeable Resistance

Fifth, is the option to easily change the resistance to different levels. Going up in strength and resistance over time without losing speed is a key component to increasing power. Each ANCORE model can easily be adjusted from 5 pounds to 55 pounds (or 65 pounds if you get the Plus option).

I'm in the minority of strength. So, personally I was a little concerned that I would max out the resistance too quickly in training. However, if you have a Dual ANCORE Pro, you can just put each one right next to one another and work with two ANCORE's at the same time.

Optional Speed Work

Lastly, is the ability to work at speed. To increase power, you either need to add strength without losing too much speed, increase speed without much loss in strength, or ideally increase both strength and speed. The ANCORE's allow you to add resistance, as mentioned, but also to go fast, if desired. Sometimes it's not easy to do this with a normal cable machine. The weight plates end up crashing around and making a bunch of noise. An ANCORE is designed to stop moving forward when you do.

All that being said, I ended up getting in touch with the company because I wanted to recommend their products to my own audience.

In full transparency, I will make a commission off your purchase and you should therefore take my recommendation with a grain of salt. But if you'd like to give them a try, enter in coupon code JAACOBBOWDEN in their shopping cart to get 50 bucks off.

That's a win for all. They'll make a sale, I'll get a kickback, and you'll save $50 on all ANCORE models while achieving more speed and distance…which, of course, lowers your handicap and scoring potential.

ANCORE Coupon Code:

JAACOBBOWDEN

$50 off!!!

In Rome, Sicily, & Zurich, Switzerland

In Rome, Vatican City, Sicily, and Zurich, Switzerland from September 6th to 16th.

Vatican City is my 31st country visited!

View of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
A view of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

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A portion of the view of the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City

The view of Zurich, Switzerland from Uetliberg
A view of Zurich, Switzerland (where we lived from 2007-2014) from Uetliberg

T-76th at Michigan PGA Professional Championship

Finished T-76th at the Michigan PGA Professional Championship from August 15-17th, 2022 at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland, Michigan.

Jaacob Bowden stands on the 1st tee at the 2022 Michigan PGA Professional Championship at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland, Michigan

This event was also a qualifier for the 2023 PGA Championship and 2023 Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Many thanks to the sponsors and supporters of the event including Club Car, ROLEX, Cadillac, Titleist and Footjoy, Nike, TaylorMade, Callaway, Golf Channel, and the PGA TOUR!

T-59th at PGA TOUR's Rocket Mortgage Classic Pre-Qualifier

Finished T-59th at the PGA TOUR's Rocket Mortgage Classic Pre-Qualifier on July 21st, 2022 at Lyon Oaks Golf Course in Wixom, Michigan.

Many thanks to the sponsors of the event Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel and Grand Traverse Resort & Spa!

T-43rd at Midwest Golf & Turf Pro-Am

Finished T-43th with my team in the Michigan PGA's Midwest Golf & Turf Pro-Am at The Fortress Golf Club on July 18th in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Many thanks to the sponsors of the event Midwest Golf and Turf and Caesar's Sportsbook & Casino!

Jaacob Bowden, PGA is sponsored by JTA Realtors, Swing Man Golf, and Sterling Irons single length irons

T-11th at Forest Lake Pro-Am

Finished T-13th with our team and T-11th amongst the Pros in the Michigan PGA Eastern Chapter's Forest Lake Pro-Am at Forest Lake Country Club on June 28th in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Many thanks to the sponsors of the event, including Trion Solutions, Midwest Golf and Turf, EZ Got, Intelligent Office, Money Pickle, Motor City Casino, Cushman, Help Financial, and PXG Detroit!

Michigan PGA Eastern Chapter Forest Lake Country Club Pro Am

T-106th at Adidas State Pro-Am

Finished T-106th with our team in the Michigan PGA's Adidas State Pro-Am at the Boyne Highlands Hills and Heather Courses on June 6th and 7th in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Jaacob Bowden Putts For Birdie During the Adidas State Pro-Am at Boyne Highlands Hills Golf Course
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25th at Michigan PGA - Eastern Chapter - The Orchards Golf Club Pro-Am

Finished 25th with our team in the Michigan PGA's Eastern Chapter Pro-Am at The Orchards Golf Club in Washington, Michigan.

66th at US Open - Local Qualifier - The Orchards Golf Club

Finished T-66th in the cold and rainy US Open - Local Qualifier held at The Orchards Golf Club in Washington, Michigan.

2022 US Open Local Qualifer The Orchards

2022 US Open Local Qualifer The Orchards Weather Forecast\

2022 US Open Local Qualifer The Orchards - Host Course

2022 US Open Local Qualifer The Orchards - Tee Sheet

2022 US Open Local Qualifer The Orchards - First Tee