U.S. Open Qualifying And Learning From A "Bad" Round

Be sure to check out my latest article for GolfWRX titled "U.S. Open qualifying and learning from a "bad" round".

Jaacob-Bowden-Bunker-Shot

2021 US Open - Local Qualifier

2021 US Open - Local Qualifying - Practice Round - Bunker Hole-Out

Chasing the Dream - Teaser & Promo Footage

Recently, I've been going through a lot of my old laptop and backup files and reorganizing things. In doing so, I came across some old footage from 2003-2006 that I thought would be fun to share.

My college friend Jasper Jan and I had been documenting a lot of my journey in going from average length hitting 14-handicap golfer to professional golfer and long drive champion ever since I started that golf journey at age 27 in 2003.

Back then, we had tentatively called the film "Chasing the Dream".

Here is a teaser that Jasper had cut. The timestamp on the video file said March 22, 2006, although it may have been created earlier.


The sunset shot was recorded in 2003 when I first started. I believe it was on the driving range at Tierra Rejada Golf Club or another similar club nearby.

The voices you hear are Jasper interviewing the late Dan Shauger (died 2014), who was helping me with my game and who had introduced me to the late Mike Austin (died 2005).

Unfortunately, somehow nearly all of our old film footage got lost or misplaced and we subsequently couldn't finish the project.

In going through my files, I also found some old promotional footage that Jasper had put together. Of course, Chasing the Dream was supposed to be about me…but it was also supposed to be about baseball player RA Dickey too. Keep in mind that when we were filming this, RA had not yet made it back to the majors and little did we know that he would later go on to become a Cy Young Award winner.

The film concept was pretty cool. Obviously, it was about chasing dreams…not only for myself and RA, but Jasper too, as he was fairly new to the film industry and had the dream of being a Hollywood producer. However, Jasper also wanted to contrast the journey of an individual golfer dealing with poor circumstances, being broke and in debt, sleeping in cars and tents, practicing for hours rain or shine, etc…to a team sport like baseball where a lot of money was behind the team and it's players.

The promotional footage was intended for private promotional viewing purposes only. It was originally cut with "Foo Fighter - Best of You". However, in order to post it publicly on YouTube, I had to cut out the audio.

Here's the footage.

The Hay - Pebble Beach's Renovated Par 3 Course

There's a lot about Golf Digest that I'm not a fan of - click bait, non-golf related content, exaggerated word choice, ads framed as articles and the related lack of transparency to readers/viewers about advertiser relationships, etc. These are the types of things we need to evolve past as a society and they are in part why I don't subscribe to the magazine anymore nor click on certain types of content.

However, I did really enjoy this video from today that showcases Pebble Beach's recently renovated par-3 Peter Hay Course, now called The Hay.


First of all, I really love well thought out meaningful creations, I very much enjoy quality work/products (I'd rather have 1 awesome thing rather than 10 crappy things), and as someone who is excellent with efficiency, spatial arrangement, intuitive design, and improving things, in the video I really appreciate:

  • The apparent smart flow of traffic from the new range area, through the short course, down to Pebble Beach's clubhouse
  • The arrangement of holes to maximize the view of the bay (this wasn't done in the original design)
  • The fun variety of shot options (ex. being able to putt from the tee box on 8 of the 9 holes, incorporating different hole directions, etc)
  • Mimicking the famous 7th hole from the main Pebble Beach Golf Links courses
  • The selection of yardages to tell a story about Pebble Beach's history

This new renovation looks spectacular and I'm very excited to play it one day.

The video further tugged at my heart strings for two very important personal reasons.

I first moved to Carmel-by-the-Sea in early 2004 towards the start of my golf career. At the time, there was this deal where you could hit unlimited range balls and play Peter Hay as many times as you want for around $400/year.



It was a fantastic deal for locals…and particularly for a guy like me who was dealing with circumstances of student loan debt, credit card debt from having switched to my golf career, and an income near the poverty line.

I don't want to come across as name dropping or putting people on pedestals, but because it was Pebble Beach, there would always be well-known people playing there. I remember seeing Kenny G and Clint Eastwood. I walked 18 holes chatting with Charles Howell III at Del Monte. Nick Watney was kind enough to give me golf advice about going from the then Nationwide Tour to the PGA TOUR. I hit balls and chipped with Rocco Mediate, who I found to be so lovely, friendly, and engaging.

I'd hit tons of balls and play Peter Hay over and over. I shot the unofficial course record of -6 for 9 holes and it's where I've had my 3 hole-in-ones.

  • 1st Hole-In-One - November 6th, 2004 - 9th Hole - 9-Iron from 74 yards
  • 2nd Hole-In-One - October 9th, 2005 - 8th Hole
  • 3rd Hole-In-One - October 10th, 2006 - 3rd Hole

Off and on from 2004 to 2006, I lived all around the peninsula in a number of places that included:

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea (rented a bedroom in a cottage for $200/month)
  • Seaside (rented half of an old construction trailer in a back yard)
  • Carmel (rented a basement studio for $500/month)

I played Bayonet, which hosts PGA TOUR Q-School and US Open qualifiers. I played Poppy Hills Golf Course (formerly hosted a PGA TOUR event) and the Preserve Golf Club. I drove past Cypress Point Club often. I passed my PAT (Playing Ability Test) for the PGA of America at Laguna Seca with a 78-72.

At one point, I also worked for the Pebble Beach Company at Spanish Bay and was fortunate to play the company's four courses (Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Del Monty Golf Course) many times for free as an employee.

But aside from all the amazing golf experiences, the peninsula is also where I met my wife Jennifer, who was attending graduate school at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

We had many wonderful adventures that included:

  • Walking on Carmel Beach
  • Having brunch at Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch
  • Going to the night baths at the Esalen Institute
  • Dining at Nepenthe in Big Sur
  • Hiking in and around Big Sur
  • Checking out the shops in Carmel-by-the-Sea

If you haven't ever made a trip out to this part of the country, I'd highly recommend it. You can fly in direct to the small Monterey airport. However, San Jose is only about an hour drive towards the north…and San Francisco and Oakland (and Napa Valley for wine drinkers) are similarly close within about two hours.

How To Add Muscle And More Distance Than Bryson

Bryson DeChambeau has made news lately with his recent muscle and distance gains.

GolfWRX.com asked me to write a perspective piece about it.

Here it is!

Golf Workouts At Home - Part 4/5



Read the associated article from GolfWRX here.

Golf Workouts At Home - Part 3/5

By this point, you might be a little sore, particularly if you are not used to this type of training. Although we’ll be taking tomorrow off to rest and recover, generally speaking, take rest and recovery time at any point you need it. It’s an important part of training. If you are feeling tired and fatigued, your performance is dragging, you are agitated or moody, etc…take a day or more off to come back fresh.

We want to keep you healthy and this training to be fun!

That being said, if you’re ready for Day 3 of our week-long golf fitness training program, we’re going to do two things we’ve already done from yesterday’s workout. But this time, we’ll add in a new block of training, the Dynamic Downswing Overspeed exercises using our resistance bands.

Read the full article at GolfWRX here.

Watch the associated video below.

Golf Workouts At Home - Part 2/5

Via GolfWRX.com

We’re back for workout two of our weeklong at-home golf workout program.

For our first workout, we did a few basic exercises to break you in, mostly targeting the downswing.

In case you missed it, here again is that video.


And if you’ve followed GolfWRX for the last few years, I’ve actually previously talked about these Day 1 starter exercises in this article:

6 exercises using resistance bands for more distance

For our second workout, we’re going to add in two more blocks of training, along with a variation of our first workout.

• Day 1 – Dynamic Swing Strength
• Day 2 – Isometric Downswing Strength, Dynamic Swing Speed, Full Swing Repetitions
• Day 3 – Isometric Downswing Strength, Dynamic Downswing Overspeed, Full Swing Repetitions
• Day 4 – Rest & Recover
• Day 5 – Isometric Downswing Strength, Dynamic Swing Strength, Dynamic Swing Speed, Full Swing Repetitions
• Day 6 – Dynamic Downswing Overspeed, Full Swing Repetitions
• Day 7 – Rest & Recover

First, we’ll do some isometric training exercises to target your downswing.

I first learned about isometric training in the mid-2000s when I was competing in long drive and was researching other sports and athletes. Back then, there was no YouTube and there was almost no info on golf fitness training online. So, I had to look outside the golf industry to figure out ways in which I could increase my strength and clubhead speed.

When I was a kid, my brother Aaron and I watched a lot of Bruce Lee movies. I remembered how fast and powerful he was despite not being very big. After reading some books about Bruce’s training, I learned more about isometrics…and then simply applied those principles to the golf swing, particularly the downswing.

Second, we’ll do the same exercises as our first workout. However, this time, we’ll drop the resistance roughly in half and up the reps. Originally, I went to college to be a pharmacist, and I remembered from Physics class that Power = Force * Distance / Time. When I was training to win the 2003 Pinnacle Distance Challenge with a 381-yard televised drive, I was spending time experimenting around in the weight room to get more golf swing power. Based on the power equation, I thought I should train to not only increase my strength, but also to safely train with the weights at speed.

I remember that at some point, the weights got to be too heavy and with the loss in speed I was also losing overall power. So, sometimes for variety, I would drop the weight down enough so that I could go faster. I had also learned about various power principles from reading some of Fred “Dr. Squat” Hatfield’s thoughts on powerlifting, and as I studied, learned, and experimented for application to golf, I was further influenced by Louis Simmons and Westside Barbell, a famous powerlifting gym in Ohio. Westside’s athletes have tons of powerlifting and strength records and I recall some of their training routines could involve a couple of strength days per week combined with a couple of speed days.

Integrating these type of things among many other training concepts from other sports (Example: professional basketball dunkers, explosive track and field disciplines, etc) really lead to amazing results that hadn’t yet existed in golf, not only for myself but also for other golfers who I was training.

Lastly, we’ll get in some reps, specifically working on increasing the useable controlled speed of our full swing, ideally using a radar device like the Sports Sensors Swing Speed Radar.

Have more of a look below in Video 2 of our 5-part video series on golf workouts that you can do at home.


To read this article on GolfWRX.com, click here.

Golf Workouts At Home - Part 1/5

Looking for a golf workout that you can do at home?

Look no further than in my latest for GolfWRX that they called "Golf workouts at home for more clubhead speed with PGA Pro Jaacob Bowden: Part 1"!

Here's the video from the article.


Special thanks to Jennifer Giroux and our cats Moses and Simone!

What Would the Same Swing Look Like at Different Swing Speeds?

What would the same swing look and sound like a different speeds?

Have a look and find out!

Millions of Views

It was brought to my attention the other day that I authored the top two most viewed articles ever at GolfWRX.com…collectively generating millions of views.

#1 - How Far Should You Hit Your Golf Clubs
#2 - Carry Distance Vs Swing Speed Chart

It got me wondering what else I might have authored or created that's had over a million views. This video is close….today sitting around 917,000 views.

Let's get it over 1,000,000!

Review of Sterling Irons® Single Length Irons by TXG

TXG Tour Experience Golf just reviewed the Sterling Irons® single length irons.

Check out the video along with some great quotes pulled out that are listed below the video.

Get your own set of Sterling Irons® here.



4:26 – “I think that flew the exact same yardage. No, we did not press replay!”

7:24 - “Feeling good so far. Sound good. They really sound nice. Yeah, it’s not like you’re going to pick these up and they feel different than what you’d be expecting from a Titleist or something like that. They feel quite nice.”

8:14 – “It’s gotta be a massive value to literally anyone.”

12:35 – “You know one thing I’m definitely aware of here is these irons are not short. In terms of how far they go, they are quick.”

18:39 – “I really hate to admit it, I’m hitting these 1000 times better than my own irons.”

18:48 – “That’s flowing right on the number, 198 on the fly.”

18:58 –

“I wasn’t really expecting to hit really good shots, if I’m honest. I was a little worried about this test.”

“Is that right?”

“I kinda thought I would get to 7 and 6-iron and just be hitting like crap.”

“Well, the opposite has happened. You’re flushing these. You’re hitting them really really nice.”

19:46 – “I don’t see anyone that shouldn’t try them.”

20:29 – “Performance speaks for itself. If it works, then it’s worth a shot.”

20:40 – “If your ball striking is a weakness and striking and being inconsistent is the reason for that, this really is one solution you could look at.”

20:51 – “I think I’m making better contact for sure.”

20:52 – “I would 100% say that this is the cleanest full set test we’ve done.”

20:41 – “That’s as good as I can hit it.”

23:00 – “I think mission accomplished.”

23:11 – “Really good yardage gaps.”

23:44 – “I think it helped me be more consistent.”

23:50 - “That is about as consistent as I’ve gone through in a set of irons.”

24:04 – “I think there’s so much good engineering that went in to the head with what each club is engineered to do .”

25:28 – “I’m pleasantly surprised.”

25:46 - “It’s a true validation for the technology.”

26:24 - “I could tell you my own irons aren’t gapped that well.”

26:39 – “I think this was done properly.”

26:59 - “They are very competitive on price, obviously made of good materials, and clearly can be fit properly.”

Get your own set of Sterling Irons® here.

Single Length Vs Variable Length Club Test With GCQuad for GolfWRX.com

Hitting Chip Shots Fat

Golf Pitching Accuracy

Golf Ball Position With Irons: Single Length Irons

Open Mic Night With Bobby Lopez and Darren DeMaille

Thanks to Bobby Lopez and Darren DeMaille for having me on their Open Mic Night to talk swing speed training, single length irons, and much more! Have a listen below!

How to Play Short Bunker Shots Vs Long Bunker Shots

Topping the Golf Ball in Chipping

Fixing the Pitching Shanks

Are Your Golf Irons Coming Up Short?

Bunker Shot Ball Above Your Feet

How to Hit a Flop Shot in Golf

Distance Control for Pitching

Struggling With Fairway Iron Shots

Uphill Bunker Shots

Chipping From Tight Lies

Fat Pitch Shots

Hitting Long Irons Too Low

How to Play a Plugged Lie in the Bunker

Chipping From Rough Around The Green

Pitching With More Backspin

Hitting Irons Accurately

Hardpan Bunker Shots

Chipping Distance Control

Consistent Pitching in Golf

Hitting Irons Left of Target

Wisdom in Golf's Shawn Clement's Review of Sterling Irons®

Wisdom in Golf's Shawn Clement has posted a review of my Sterling Irons® single length irons.

Have a look!

Trackman Master Alistair Davies Sterling Irons® Review

Trackman Master Alistair Davies has just posted his review of my Sterling Irons® single length irons.

Watch it below.

Rick Shiels & Peter Finch Vs Seb on Golf & James Pickard Using Single Length Irons

Rick Shiels & Peter Finch (Team North) take on Seb on Golf & James Pickard (Team South) around The Shire London in four mini matches featuring single length irons (including Sterling Irons®).

Watch three of them below.

March 13, 2017


March 14, 2017


March 15, 2017

Distance Gapping & Trajectories With Sterling Irons® Single Length Irons

Distance gapping and trajectories have historically been a common problem and concern with single length irons. In this video, Tom Wishon and I discuss how we fixed those things in our Sterling Irons® single length irons design.

Sterling Irons® - Process of Going From Concept to Creation

Tom Wishon and I chat about the process of how we took Sterling Irons® single length irons from concept to creation.

Rick Shiels' Sterling Irons® Review

Want to see Rick Shiels' review of Sterling Irons® single length irons?

Watch the video below.

Cobra One Length or Sterling Irons® One Length - Mark Crossfield - Part 2

Continuing on from yesterday, Mark Crossfield has published Part 2 of “Cobra One Length or Sterling Irons® One Length”. See what Mark and Coach Lockey think about single length irons on the course and during their match.

Watch below!

Cobra One Length or Sterling Irons® One Length - Mark Crossfield - Part 1

#1 Most Popular Golf Instructor Mark Crossfield has just published “Cobra One Length or Sterling Irons® One Length” - Part 1.

Video notes: Mark Crossfield and Coach Lockey take on the single length iron challenge with the Cobra One Length irons and the Sterling Irons® single length irons. See what their on-course in-match ideas are of the single length push in the golf industry.

Watch it!

Buzza Golf Sterling Irons® Review

Steve Buzza of Buzza Golf and James Pickard give their opinions on single length irons with James giving his review of my Sterling Irons®.

Take a look.

Paul Wilson's Sterling Irons® Review

Paul Wilson has published his review of my Sterling Irons® single length irons.

Watch the review below.

Today's Golfer - Does Size Matter? Sterling Irons® tested

Today's Golfer tested Sterling IronsĀ® single length irons


Does length matter?

See what Today’s Golfer has to say about Sterling Irons® single length irons in their test.

Here's the link to the article.

Also included in the article is the video below.

My Swing Evolution's Christo Garcia - Sterling Irons® Review

Today, Christo Garcia posted his video review of my Sterling Irons® single length irons.

Be sure to have a look below!

Mark Crossfield's Sterling Irons® Review at GolfWRX

Be sure to check out Mark Crossfield’s review of Tom Wishon’s and my Sterling Irons® single length irons at GolfWRX here.

The video description, as per Mark:

"Single Length Irons Like Bryson Dechambeau. Mark Crossfield tests the Sterling Irons® from Jaacob Bowden and Tom Wishon to show you what Bryson's idea with iron lengths could do for your golf game. This is a review of these golf clubs as well as a test of the idea of single length golf clubs."

Or just watch Mark's full video review below.

Breaking Par With Bernard Sheridan

Thanks to Bernard Sheridan for interviewing me for Episode 99 Breaking Par. One thing we talked about was how to build swing speed in your golf swing.

Show Notes:

"Jaacob Bowden of Swing Man Golf is known world wide for helping players of all handicap levels get more distance. He has written several articles for many popular publications. Appeared on many TV, radio shows and podcasts. He is here to share his insight this week on episode 99 of Breaking Par with Bernard Sheridan. I know this will be an episode that goes down as one of the fan favorites."

Watch the video version of the interview below.

18 Strong - Episode 49

Thanks to host Jeff Pelizzaro for having me on his 18 Strong podcast.

Show Notes:

• Jaacob shares his story from growing up in St. Louis, MO to becoming one of the world’s leading experts in gaining swing speed.
• He didn’t start his journey to be a professional until after college and working several years in the corporate world.
• He went from a 14 handicap to a professional golfer in a ridiculous amount of time
• Jaacob talks about his mentors Dan Shauger and Mike Austin and how they changed his golf swing and ultimately his career path
• Jaacob tells us about his long drive competitions and what his training consisted of during that time
• He gives us his 2 biggest keys to gaining speed in your swing
• Jaacob explains how his system at SwingManGolf.com has helped thousands get more clubhead speed in short period and how you can take advantage of it, too

Listen on YouTube below.

Krank Golf in Phoenix, Arizona

In Phoenix, Arizona from March 23rd to March 27th.

During the trip, I visited Krank Golf to get fitted for a couple drivers.

Have a look at clips from the trip below:

Dusting Off My Mike Austin Swing

It felt a bit slow, rigid, and awkward because I hadn't done it for a while, but for this video I decided to try to see if I could make the original Austin swing I had previously made years prior.

World Championship Record Score at Speedgolf World Championship

Tied the championship record for golf score shooting a 72 in 55 minutes 42 seconds using only 6 clubs at the Speedgolf World Championships at Bandon Dunes.

Here’s a little clip of me playing my approach shot in to the 9th hole during the 2nd round.


Click here for some other photos from the event.

Jaacob Bowden Golf Swing Montage

Here are a few clips of me using demonstrating the Mike Austin swing over the years.

Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open

Drove over to bad Ragaz, Switzerland to watch part of the Bad Ragas PGA Seniors Open.

Here are a couple swing clips of Bob Charles and Gary Player that I took while at the event:




Learn the Mike Austin Swing - Video Launch

NOTE: This post was edited on May 4th, 2021 to include the full video, which is now posted for free on YouTube.
Learn the Mike Austin Swing with Jaacob Bowden

Launched my new Mike Austin instructional video.

Be sure to check it out below:

Me Using the Mike Austin Golf Swing

Pause N Throw Training Aid Review

Mike Austin Golf Swing Montage - Golf's 515-Yard Man

VLOG: Amelkis Classic - Practice Round

Raphael Jaquelin - Samanah Classic Golf Swing Highlights

VLOG: Playing Partners' Nice Swings

VLOG: The Medina in Marrakech

VLOG: A Look Around Hotel Atlas Asni & Al Maaden Golf Club - Part 2 of 2

VLOG: A Look Around Hotel Atlas Asni & Al Maaden Golf Club - Part 1 of 2

VLOG: A Few Interesting Tour Stories

VLOG: Moroccan Dirhams & Outlets

VLOG: Traveling for World Wide Golf

In Belek, Turkey

In Belek, Turkey from January 16th to February 13th.

VLOG: Heading to Marrakech, Morocco

Lykia LInks: Final Round Footage - Part 2 of 2

Lykia Links: Final Round Footage - Part 1 of 2

VLOG: Continuing Tour of Lykia World Links

VLOG: Heading to Lykia World Links

VLOG: Heading to Papillon Ayscha for Montgomerie Classic

VLOG: Sueno Nights

VLOG: Sueno Dunes Classic - Practice Round

Tour Yardage Books

VLOG: Turkey Practice Week - Part 2 of 2

VLOG: Turkey Practice Week Update - Part 1 of 2

VLOG: Practice Round Buddies

VLOG: A Look Around Sueno Golf Resort

VLOG: Heading to Turkey - Part 2 of 2

VLOG: Heading to Turkey - Part 1 of 2

VLOG: Focus of Last 6 Weeks of Practice - Part 2 of 2

VLOG: Focus of Last 6 Weeks of Practice - Part 1 of 2

VLOG: December Updates

VLOG: Schedule Update

Lie Angles - Part 2 of 2

Lie Angles - Part 1 of 2

Golfpark Otelfingen Tour - My Home Course - Part 2

Golfpark Otelfingen Tour - My Home Course - Part 1

VLOG: Upcoming Tournament Schedule

How Professional Golf is Structured

Tiger Woods Swing Analysis

Golf Bunker Sand Shots

Dan Shauger's Spin the Meatball Concept

Proper Golf Grip

Backswing Rear Leg Position in Golf

How to Cure Hitting Fat & Thin Shots

Curing the Golf Shanks

Releasing the Clubhead

Hitting 3-5 Irons Too Low

Length of Backswing

Reducing Tension

Gauging Distance on Pitching, Chipping, Putting

Getting Fit For Distance: Part 2 - Driver Length

Drive it Further: Part 1 - Driver Loft

Improving Ball Striking

Putting Speed

My Full Swing

My Full Swing at Pebble Beach Driving Range

Here are a couple of my full golf swings filmed at Pebble Beach's driving range at age 29.




My Full Swing - Back View