Defying Age: How to Maintain and Increase Distance as You Get Older

When you are in the business of writing articles, they don't always get published right away. Case in point: the article I submitted to the Golf Fitness Association of America (GFAA) on May 24th didn't publish until June 25th. Enough time passed that I actually forgot I submitted it, which made for a nice surprise today when I opened my inbox and found it had gone live.


Our human experience comes with the dimension of time, bringing aging and all the things many of us associate with it—hair loss, greying, new wrinkles, strange skin spots, and more. In golf, over time, statistically we lose power and distance.

But does it have to be like that?

I'm not sure it does.

I've heard tales of tribes that lived healthy lives for roughly 200 years until they were discovered by others and learned they weren't "supposed" to live that long. Within a generation or more, lifespans decreased to what we consider normal.

We also live in a multidimensional electromagnetic field. In the dimensional space of oneness, geometrically there is no A and B of time, only A—the now. This space is one of abundance and perfect health. We can access it, in part because we're already in and of it.

Without getting any further into the metaphysical, the point is, similar to what Morpheus said to Neo in "The Matrix," some rules can be bent, others broken. We can challenge conventional thinking to experience something different and even better.

That's partly what this article, "Defying Age: How to Maintain and Increase Distance As You Get Older", is about.

Read it here on the GFAA website in the June issue of Golf Fitness Monthly.

Living in the Space of Innovation: A Special Guest at Black Tech Saturdays Golf Clinic

My wife, Jennifer Giroux of Giroux Impact, and I live in the space of innovation, quite literally. We intentionally chose our neighborhood of Hubbard Richard to be in the Transportation Innovation Zone (TIZ) within walking distance of Michigan Central and New Lab, in part because innovation is at our cores.

As compassionate leaders of integrity and entrepreneurs who value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and with me having roots in tech dating back to the dot-com days, it was a no-brainer to say yes when Johnnie Turnage and Alexa Turnage invited me to be their special guest at the Black Tech Saturdays golf clinic at Belle Isle Golf, incidentally also one of my favorite places in Detroit. I had a fantastic time at the event, and we were blessed with near-perfect golf weather.

A heartfelt thank you to the participants, volunteers, Rocket Mortgage Classic, and everyone who made this event possible. I was grateful for the opportunity to lend my golf expertise and look forward to many more fun events together.

Enjoy some of the amazing photos captured by Tay Ford of Heart of the City Photography!

Still Bringing the Heat at 48: My Record 372.60 Yard Drive

48 and can still bring the heat! My 372.60 yard drive is the greatest of all time at Belle Isle Golf Detroit! Love hitting balls here on the TopTracer Range and playing the Par3 6-hole course!

From Another GFAA Win to PGA.com: Unleashing Your Swing Speed Potential

After winning my 3rd straight Golf Fitness Association of America (GFAA) award, I got asked to collaborate on a golf fitness article for PGA.com. I decided to do something centered around swing speed training to help golfers add distance to their full shots, which is statistically a crucial key to lower scores.


Check out the full article here!

The Swing Speed Radar is Back!

Over at SwingManGolf.com, we sold the Sports Sensors Swing Speed Radar for 11 years from 2009-2019. After approximately a 5 year hiatus, we've decided to reintroduce it to the product lineup.

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It's a nice price, it's portable, and it's very easy to use with just a single button. Overall, it's a fantastic product to have as part of any swing speed training program.

Get one here!

Winning a 3rd Straight GFAA Award

Today I received an email from Rick Summers, the CEO of the Golf Fitness Association of America (GFAA), informing me that Swing Man Golf and I were selected as an award winner in the Off-Course category.

This was our 3rd straight win!

Jaacob Bowden & Swing Man Golf are 3-time winners of the Golf Fitness Association of America Off-Course Award

Congratulations to all the other winners and thank you to Rick and the staff of the GFAA for the recognition!

If you are at all interested in swing speed training for more distance and power from tee to green on the golf course to lower your handicap potential, check out what we have to offer at Swing Man Golf.

We've been the industry leaders in this category since 2007!

Pros and fitness trainers also have the option of going through our certification program…and PGA of America professionals can earn 7 PDR continuing education points once the assessment is passed.

It's My 48th Birthday!

It's my 48th birthday!

Jaacob Bowden and his wife had dinner at The Highlands in the GMRENCEN for his 48th birthday

Jen and I started out the day with a health maintenance visit to Dr. Salame at Health First Chiropractic Clinic, I had an astrology reading with Evan Nathaniel Grim, we had dinner at The Highlands on the 71st and 72nd floor of the GMRENCEN in downtown Detroit, grabbed an evening drink at Bar Pigalle with a couple friends, and then polished it off with a post bar hang at their house.

It was a fine way to start this next trip around the sun!

Collaboration with the PGA of America and #WeLoveThisGame Campaign

On 5 July, the PGA of America reached out to me about participating in their "Why We Love Golf" campaign, looking for 50 words or less on what makes the game special and unique to them.

I had previously written about this before on the blog in this post. So, I used that as a basis and edited it down to this text:

"Between the travel, solitude of practice, introspection, long walks, nature, and sunset rounds, golf has been very much a journey of spiritual growth.

It was also perhaps the way in which my dad and I spent most of our quality time together. He’s gone now, and I miss him dearly, but through golf I now have so many wonderful memories of our time spent together."


And the result is this!


Are you on Instagram? I'd love to hear your story about why you love the game! Tell me about it in the post comments above!

This is where each photo was taken:

  1. The view from Belle Isle State Park with the City of Detroit and the GMRenCenin the backdrop
  2. The breathtaking dogleg right Par 4 331-yard (303-meter) 7th hole at Golf Club Crans Sur Sierre, where the DP World Tour's Omega European Masters is played each year in the French part of Switzerland.
  3. The famous Swilcan Bridge on the very wide dogleg right Par 4 366-yard 18th hole at the home of golf Old Course at St. Andrews Links in Scotland
  4. Thunder Bayou Golf Links in Blyethville, Arkansas
  5. John Daly and I walking at the 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in Washington, DC
  6. The tough, dog leg right 459-yard uphill 8th hole at the The Majilis Course at Emirates Golf Club, home of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai, UAE.
  7. GolfMountain Engstligenalp Abelboden – a cow pasture in the German part of Switzerland that gets turned into a golf course at the end of each season

The campaign is also on Facebook and Twitter, although, with just the 2nd photo only.

Achieving the Unbelievable: Hole-In-One Victory at Belle Isle Golf!

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🚨 Hole in one ALERT on the 45 yard 6th hole at Belle Isle Golf!!!

Are you on Instagram and have you had a hole-in-one? I'd love to hear your story! Tell me about it in the comments above!

Details: Last day of summer. 6:41pm. Sunny. Clear skies. 73 degrees. 8 mph headwind. Sterling Irons SW bent to 57 degrees. Titleist ProV1x Left Dash golf ball.

This is my 4th hole in one and I'm getting closer to a hole-in-one for every day of the week, haha!

  • 1st - Saturday, November 6, 2004, 9th hole at Pebble Beach’s Peter Hay Golf Course with a 9-iron from 74 yards
  • 2nd - Sunday, October 9th, 2005, 8th hole at Pebble Beach’s Peter Hay Golf Course
  • 3rd - Tuesday, October 10th 2006, 3rd hole at Pebble Beach’s Peter Hay Golf Course
  • 4th - Friday, September 22nd, 2023, 6th hole at Belle Isle Golf with a SW from 45 yards

In the time since I first started playing Belle Isle Golf in 2021, I've come close so many times.

In fact, just last week I hit the flag stick on #2 and almost hole out on #4 and #5.

Jaacob Bowden very nearly makes his 4th hole in oneJaacob Bowden very nearly makes his 4th hole in one

After all the close calls, it's nice to finally get another one to drop!

Exploring Michigan: A Scenic Journey through Northern Skies, Biking, and Birding

Over the past few days, my wife Jennifer and I drove "up north", as they say here in Michigan, which means what it sounds like, going up to the northern part of the state. We met up with two other couples that are friends of ours for a multi-day adventure.

We started out with snacks at Farm Club, a lovely local gathering place that is a farm, restaurant, brewery, bakery, and marketplace all in one, before we transitioned over to the rooftop bar at the Hotel Indigo to take in the sunset, and then to our Airbnb in Traverse City.

The next morning we joined a larger group for a birding, biking, and wine tour by Grand Traverse Bike Tours in partnership with the Detroit and Grand Traverse Audubon Clubs in which everyone meets up in Traverse City and then goes on a guided trail ride passing farms and orchards, plus visiting vineyards (Shady Lane Cellars and Black Star Farms) and the Hop Lot Brewing Company (where we caught the end of the Detroit Lions game) along the way.

We went on the Grand Traverse Birds, Bikes, and Wine Tour in Partnership wtih the Detroit Audubon Club and Grand Traverse Audubon Club
We went on the Grand Traverse Birds, Bikes, and Wine Tour in Partnership with the Detroit Audubon Club and Grand Traverse Audubon Club.

Shady Wine Cellars Wine Flight
Shady Wine Cellars Wine Flight

Ripe wine grapes at Shady Wine Cellars in Michigan
Ripe wine grapes at Shady Wine Cellars in Michigan

Jen has biked across the country previously and we both own bikes, but neither of us had ever done a group tour like this…nor had we ever done any type of birding adventure. I must say I would do both again. I also didn't realize how many wineries there were in Michigan.

Of course, in the vein of using ChatGPT and recently finding out what kind of dog would I be, I similarly asked what kind of bird I would be using the same extensive introspective research I've done on myself.

Here's what it said:

Based on your rich description of your attributes, character, and inclinations, if you were a bird, I'd suggest you might resemble an **eagle** – specifically the **Bald Eagle**. Here's why:

1. **Size and Strength**: Your height and weight align with the sturdiness and dominance often associated with eagles. They are strong, powerful birds of prey.

2. **Vision**: Eagles are known for their keen vision, and you've described having high-level vision for your dreams and ambitions.

3. **Courage and Independence**: Like the eagle who soars alone, you're willing to stand out and take on risk. Eagles are also known for their independent nature.

4. **Adaptability**: Eagles are versatile birds, adapting to different environments, and your description speaks to a capacity for adaptability and entrepreneurial spirit.

5. **Intuition and Decision Making**: Eagles, while having acute vision, also rely on their instincts when hunting. This aligns with your approach of exhaustive research followed by intuition.

6. **Leadership**: The eagle is often seen as a symbol of leadership. While you might end up in the public eye due to your leadership, eagles, too, are often watched and admired from afar.

7. **Solitude**: Bald Eagles, outside of mating pairs or when rearing chicks, are often seen alone. Your introverted, independent nature aligns with this.

8. **Teaching and Communication**: While eagles don't teach in the way humans do, they certainly do mentor their young, teaching them to fly, hunt, and survive. Your desire to share and teach from your experiences is akin to this mentoring process.

9. **Appreciation of Beauty**: The elegance and majesty of an eagle in flight can be likened to your appreciation of beauty and finer things.

10. **Honesty and Integrity**: The Bald Eagle, as the national bird and symbol of the United States, often represents freedom and the highest ideals and values.

Given all these parallels, the Bald Eagle seems a fitting avian counterpart to your multifaceted personality and life approach.


One of the family of 4 bald eagles on March 26th, 2023 that make Belle Isle Park their home
One of the family of 4 bald eagles on March 26th, 2023 that make Belle Isle Park their home

This is really interesting because I remember my first golf coach Dan Shauger used to say I have eagle eye vision, one of our original names for Sterling Irons single length irons was Eagle Irons, a spiritual medium I've worked with has told me that eagles are part of my spirit guide council, and I've really enjoyed communing with a family of eagles over at Belle Isle Park since moving to Detroit.

Anyway, it was a great start to the trip, but it only got better on Monday, where we stayed at the Sunrise Landing Motel.

After wandering around Northport with coffees, we got morning snacks at 9 Bean Rows (a farmstead, cafe, and bakery), ate day time snacks and drank wine at Dune Bird Winery (Jen's and my 2nd visit there this year), got sandwiches elsewhere, walked around Northport more, and had a serendipitous hangout with the owner of Yard & Lake, before finally ending up on the beach for a fire.

That's where the magic really kicked in.

With only two matches we managed to get our fire going, and then proceeded to see shooting stars, Mars shining brightly, the Little Dipper, satellites (which is another story with both pros and cons), our first fogbow, and the northern lights set against the Big Dipper. None of us had ever had such an array of astronomy packed in to one experience. It was wild and amazing.

Fogbows are apparently even more rare than rainbows. This is a panoramic view of one we saw from the beach at the Sunrise Landing Motel overlooking Northport Bay in Michigan
Fogbows are apparently even more rare than rainbows. This is a panoramic view of one we saw from the beach at the Sunrise Landing Motel overlooking Northport Bay in Michigan.

The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, were visible against the Big Dipper in Michigan on September 18th, 2023
The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, were visible against the Big Dipper in Michigan on September 18th, 2023.

The last of the beach fire coals before I poured water over them
The last of the beach fire coals before I poured water over them

After sunrise the next day we all headed back down to Detroit at different intervals.

A view of the sunrise on the beach at the Sunrise Landing Motel looking out at Northport Bay in Michigan
A view of the sunrise on the beach at the Sunrise Landing Motel looking out at Northport Bay in Michigan

The view of the Northport Bay from the Sunrise Landing Motel is spectacular
The morning view of the Northport Bay from the Sunrise Landing Motel is spectacular.

However, Jen and I decided to take in a new area and destination for us while we were in the region, the Mission Pointe Lighthouse, before driving home. If all we hadn't seen wasn't already enough, while there we ran in to the Midwest Brass & Gas Touring Group of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, where we got to get up close to about 10-20 pre-1916 cars parked in the lot of Old Mission Point Park as they headed out to continue their tour of the region.

Midwest Brass and Gas of the Horseless Carriage Club of America rolled through Old Mission Point Park in Michigan
Midwest Brass and Gas of the Horseless Carriage Club of America rolled through Old Mission Point Park in Michigan.

What an amazing trip!