Evan Peterson stands all of 5 foot 9, and barely weighs in at 165 pounds, but can he flat out smack it. This redshirt junior at St Mary’s can easily drive a golf ball 300 yards+ off the tee, check out his powerful swing.
Now take a look at Runner up Jason Anthony’s powerful swing on the final hole.
What you’ll notice is both players backswings do not reach parallel very similar to John Rahm, but look at the tremendous power they generate with their lags on the downswing. You do NOT need a super long backswing to generate power.
When I started watching this match on the 10th hole of the second 18 holes of the 36 hole final, Jason was 3 down. What I witnesses from then on was some spectacular golf. On the 10th hole both players missed 15 foot birdies tries to hold the match at 3 down. But that’s when the fireworks started on the 11th hole playing 186 yards and Jason hit a soaring 7 iron to about 12 feet, while Evan hit a poor shot ending up about 80 feet from the pin on the far right fringe of the green while the pin was back left. I gave Evan a 75% chance of 3 putting from that long range distance, and watching his putt race across the green I knew it was going off the green, until it hit the pin dead center and went in for a birdie 2.
Jason then calmly rolled in his 12 foot birdie for a heartbreaking tying 2 on the hole. The 12th hole was again another short game display on Evan’s part by getting a tough bunker shot up and in for a winning birdie while Jason was not able to get his bunker try down in two.
The killer was the 13th hole, just when Jason was going to win the hole 99.95% of the time, as he had an 8 foot birdie attempt, after Evan’s flop to the green raced over the green long leaving him a par chip from 25 feet. As he displayed time and time again Evan calmly chipped it in leaving Jason with a must make putt from 8 feet that didn’t find the bottom, and chance to get the match back to 3 down. 4 down with 5 holes to play is kinda suffocating on the player that is down, while the player enjoying the lead is looking to close things out on the next hole.
The long and tough uphill par 4 14th hole was well played by both players with tying pars to put Jason dormie 4 on the 15th hole. Here again from the left rough Evan hit a spectacular shot to a far left pin from a downhill lie in the rough. Jason last attempt for birdie failed making Evan Peterson the 103rd SF City Champion in grand fashion.
Both players played great golf with Jason hitting 29 out of 33 greens, but it was just Evan’s day. Ironically on day one of match play Evan and Jason exchanged words in the parking lot where Evan mentioned to Jason he felt bad beating his opponent 7&5 while Jason barked back, don’t ever feel bad, just step on em one at a time!! Before the final match Jason reminded Evan that the stepping on em comment was for the others, and not him. Well that didn’t work out so well for our defending champion, but to his credit he won 11 matches in a row, dating back to 2017 as the last time he lost a SF City match, VERY difficult to do, and has not happened many times in the 103 year history of this event.
And yes I do write about my best ball partner with Jason with a lot of love, he is one of the best competitors and most importantly best people I have ever known. I also did enjoyed speaking with the Champion Evan after his wining hole.
Stay tuned for the Women’s SF City Championship article that is next
For those of you bold enough to have taken a position in this stock, I congratulate you! My opinion of this opportunity has not wavered at all while the stock went from basically $10 a share down to almost $6.
Last week during high volume trading days the short interest in HSDT went up by about 300,000 share bringing the total short position over 3,000,000 shares. Personally I believe these short positions have a huge problem, why? because their PoNS device works.
We have heard from independent sources from the company that the first 7 patients in Canada have had better than expected results, that could lead to some media coverage next week. The company also has their quarterly earnings call tomorrow.
If you own HSDT consider buying more at these levels, if you don’t own HSDT yet, I’d buy some ASAP. This will end up helping defray the high cost of the game of golf that we love- DISCLOSURE I personally own over 30,000 shares of HSDT, I am not retained or paid by the company, or anyone to tell you about this opportunity. I believe their PoNS device will help millions of people globally.
HELIUS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES INC
HELIUS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES INC (“HSM-T;HSDT-Q”) – To Release Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results – On March 14, 2019
Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. (“Helius” or the “Company”), a neurotech company focused on neurological wellness, today announced that fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 financial results will be released after the market closes on Thursday, March 14.
Management will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on March 14 to discuss the results of the quarter and the year. Those who would like to participate may dial 866-393-4306 (734-385-2616 for international callers) and provide access code 8929969. A live webcast of the call will also be provided on the Events section of the Company’s investor relations website at -events.
For those unable to participate, a replay of the call will be available for two weeks at 855-859-2056 (404-537-3406 for international callers); access code 8929969. The webcast will be archived on the Events section of the Company’s investor relations website.
About Helius Medical Technologies, Inc.
Helius Medical Technologies is a neurotech company focused on neurological wellness. The Company’s purpose is to develop, license and acquire unique and non-invasive platform technologies that amplify the brain’s ability to heal itself. The Company’s first product in development is the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS). For more information, visit www.heliusmedical.com.
About the PoNS Device and PoNS Treatment
The Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS) is an investigational, non-invasive, medical device in the United States, for which Helius has requested De Novo classification and 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of chronic balance deficit due to mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury when combined with targeted physical therapy. PoNS is a licensed class II medical device in Canada. PoNS is currently not commercially available in the United States or the European Union. Investor Relations Contact: Westwicke Partners on behalf of Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. Mike Piccinino, CFA 443-213-0500 email@example.com
STAY TUNED MORE LATER
The weather over the weekend in the SF City was wild, wet and cold. Take a look at the video of the hail below. Typical SF City weather.
The round of 16 and quarterfinals went ok, but not like how I played on Tuesday (67) and my first match on Wednesday (no bogies and 5 birdies of 13 holes). Things will get VERY tough over the weekend starting with my semi-final match at 8:30 on Saturday morning against the talented and popular Jim Knoll. Jim, despite his age, can still move the ball out a long ways and makes very few mistakes. I will need my absolute A game to beat him.
In the other semi-final match Steve Schroeder (The new GM at Poppy Hills) plays the ever talented Andrew Gabelman from Chicago. Certainly looking like better weather with mild temps and no rain in the forecast. I’ll need to putt better to have a chance in either of these matches.
So what are the key things that I will do with 5 days between matches. Here is a sneak preview. Monday I rested all day until 5pm when I hit the 24 hour fitness in Rheem Valley. I mainly worked the weights and snapped the heavy ropes. Tuesday is another day of rest, with a 3 mile fast walk in the afternoon. Tomorrow Wednesday morning I’ll hit the gym again and do weights for the last time before my match on Saturday (I’m not like Dustin and Brooks that work weights the day of a tournament). I’ll have a money game tomorrow at Olympic to put pressure on my putting. In match play, I do not feel the pressure on my golf shots, but when putting the pressure is cranked up as each putt is to win, tie or to loss the hole. YOU MUST PUTT WELL IN MATCH PLAY. If your opponent sees you missing short putts, it takes pressure off him/her and puts in on you. I WILL BE PUTTING LIKE A WIZARD COME SATURDAY. Some putts I hit with eyes closed, and others with eyes open. I never know which way I am going to go until the putter starts back.
Back to exercise for golf. I cannot stress the importance of gaining club head speed. You must have a goal in mind and work hard to increase your speed to that goal. It will make a huge difference in your game. There is a thing called having many speeds with which to swing a golf club at, and you should practice these various speeds on the range to know what it feels like instead of guessing.
For $15 you can get Jennifers Golf Digest video workout that you can do anywhere. For better golf and more CLUB HEAD SPEED, I highly recommend you invest in this program.
GET THIS WORKOUT AND START DOING SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR SPEED AND FLEXIBILITY
STAY TUNED FOR AN IMPORTANT UPDATE ON HELIUS MEDICAL – LAST CHANCE TO BUY UNDER $7 A SHARE??
This is primarily a golf blog, but many of you have taken my recommendation and have bought shares of Helius Medical symbol HSDT. My average purchase price is roughly $10 a share with the expectation that Helius will one day be at $100+ a share and help thousands of people in the process.
My opinion has not changed, and despite the request by the FDA for additional information from the company, they are not requesting additional trials on the companies Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS) device. The time frame for FDA approval is still on track, and I believe will happen in the coming months.
Yesterday Oppenheimer began coverage on HSDT with an outperform rating an a $10 price target (which I believe is very conservative)
Additionally the first patients are now being treated in Canada
There is currently approximately a 3 million share short position in HSDT, that gives the opportunity potentially an explosive move on the upside when the companies proves that their PoNS device is a game changer.
With the stock currently below $6.50 a share, this is a VERY attractive to either average your share price down, or to establish a position in this exciting company. I estimate the company still has about $20,000,000 on their balance sheet.
My long term price targets for HSDT are as follows-
2019 $6 to $17 2020 $15 to $35 2021 $30 to $60 2022 $50-$120
These could be low estimates as over 2 million Americans alone suffer from chronic symptoms of traumatic brain injury with a primary complication of balance or gait disability. The potential upside of this company is beyond what I’d ever put in writing. Nothing has changed but a drop in the share price due to a perceived delay in FDA approval.
I personally own a large number of shares, and I’m in no way being compensated by writing about HSDT. Golf is an expensive sport, if I can help you offset the high cost of the game we love is the reason behind giving you this important information. If you purchased shares of my two previous recommendations you did extremely well.
I will periodically give you updates on HSDT, but for now I would STRONGLY recommend you either add to your position, or buy an initial position in HSDT as I believe their amazing product will end up helping millions of people that suffer from many Neurological disorders globally.
Let me know if you have any questions
I’ve been a Titleist fan my whole life, and always believed they had the best clubs, balls and equipment for playing your best golf. They have been VERY good to me by providing me with equipment for 25 years and balls for 35 years.
But ten years ago I felt Taylor Made had closed the gap and was making better drivers and medal clubs than Titleist. It was very tough for me to move to Taylor Made that opened their arms to me and allowed me to play their equipment the last 10 years. However I still felt Titleist was making a better ball than Taylor Made, and they agreed to keep supply me balls and gloves as long as I used them in my competitive rounds.
I have faithfully played the Titleist ball until yesterday when I switched to the Taylor Made TP5 (I believe Dustin Johnson just won with it as well). It’s possible that the guys at Titleist won’t like what I am writing here, but I’ve always said that I write about what I think, what I experience and how I can stay true to you for reading what I write.
What I noticed was a much truer ball flight that I could control in the wind, and out of bad lies better than the Titleist ball. When I recently visited the amazing Kingdom facility at Taylor Made, Tom Kroll that runs the Kingdom suggested I try the TP5 and he gave me a dozen. The result is posted here for my first competitive round using this ball, and it was no fluke.
Ok -yes I believe I’m swinging the club well, but the performance of the TP5 was very noticeable to me in many ways. The initial launch of the ball was superior, I could feel my shots better, and quite honestly I like the way the ball rolled on the greens better.
Additionally I believe the Taylor Made 790 irons are the best irons ever made, and I will continue to use them until I find something better which I think will be a challenge. Getting your equipment right is of paramount importance. YOU MUST GET FITTED ON A LAUNH MONITOR to maximize your numbers with the correct shaft and matching head that looks good to your eye. Working with a pro that uses a launch monitor is also of paramount importance. YOU MUST KNOW YOUR NUMBERS and then work to either keep them there or improve them, but why guess when the guys you’re playing against are using these technologies to their advantage.
Full disclosure, yes Taylor Made provides me with equipment (and now hopefully balls) but to be brutally honest I could play any equipment out there, I look for the best equipment that will help me play my best and compete and win at the highest level possible. I believe that Taylor Made has the best equipment on the market, and I laugh when I hear people that spend $5,000 on PXG golf clubs when they ARE NOT superior to Taylor Made. It’s just my opinion.
So in conclusion here is my advice to you for better golf:
I know that must sound like a Martin Hall add for Revolution Golf. I am not knocking what those guys do, he is very knowledgable and passionate about golf and helping others.
Please remember this golf blog is written by an amateur for amateurs that love the game and want to compete at the highest level. So let’s get busy talking about how I plan to get better, and perhaps some of my ideas can help you.
2018 was a year of runner up finishes, British Senior Amateur, Northern California Amateur, Crump Cup, California State Senior Amateur, NCGA Valley Amateur. And a few others. Winning is like the best drug ever that you cannot buy, but only through hard work and behind the scenes dedication to your goal, will you ever achieve true winning.
I’ve known Jeff Wilson for over 30 years now, he is winner!! Jeff has played as an amateur at the highest possible level. He is a humble man of few words. Since turning 55 Jeff has won every single senior amateur event he has entered (low amateur in the USGA Senior Open, USGA Senior AM medalist and champion, California State Senior Amateur Champion) to name a few. And when interviewed all this humble talent says is “I put the time into my game”. How I translate that is this guy worked his ass off to make sure he was unbeatable, and he is. I personally went head to head with Jeff in the California State Senior Amateur at the Preserve in the Carmel hills. Jeff was having a poor front nine in the final round allowing me to gain a three shot advantage until I four putted the eight hole, three putted the 9th hole and then shot 33 on the back nine, only to be passed by Jeff’s 31 on the back nine where he finished with birdies the 15, 17 and 18 hole. This is no accident or lucky thing that happens to winners. Bernhard Langer is another example of a guy that works his ass off to compete at age 61.
Do you want to win? or just become a better golfer?
I do not believe in New Years resolutions so my plan is always to make personal changes in Nov/Dec before the New Year begins. This year it had to be a severe change in diet and exercise. I realized that I was finishing second because I was getting weak (no workouts ) combined with a very poor diet. So I changed both, I’m now on the Keto diet (lots of good fats, low carb, no sugar or gluten, no processed food, and occasionally I cheat by having more than 4 ounces of red wine). I basically stopped going to the gym a few years ago and got fat (218 pounds at 6 feet tall) NOT GOOD!!!
So I found my personal rock bottom and said NO MORE, I’m done with the scones, the red vines at the movies, the pies at Nations, and all the crap they serve at Peet’s Coffee and Starbucks. YOU DO NOT NEED ALL THAT SUGAR, AND EVERYONE IS WALKING AROUND DEHYDRATED. I now drink half my weight in ounces of water (I hope that goes down soon) I am drinking bullet proof coffee in the morning, and having only two meals a day with an 18 hour fasting. OMG the results….they speak for themselves. My first competitive round of golf of the year was yesterday, here are the results.
Ok so I won this qualifier in the pouring rain by 5 shots, what happened today in my first match 6&5 win with zero bogies and 4 birdies. So including my practice round on Monday of 69, I’m -12 for 49 holes at Harding Park in wet and tough conditions. Ok that’s just a few rounds, but the biggest improvement is my mental game. I don’t have all that sugar and crap fogging up my mind. QUITE EATING THE CRAP, AND START DRINKING WATER PEOPLE THE RESULTS WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!!!
It’s pretty simple why in his late 40’s that Phil Mickelson has 125 MPH club head speed, and hits it a mile. HE USES SPEED STICKS TO IMPROVE HIS CLUB HEAD SPEED. You can subscribe to Revolution golf and get their 100’s of tips from all the different pro’s but its a hodge bodge of information about what kind of player? A high handicapper, a low handicapper or for the general public? I am NOT knocking those guys, they are passionate about what they believe in. BUT if you don’t start at the core of the problem which is your BODY, all the other stuff is not going to be very effective.
Do you have goals for your 2019 and your golf accomplishments? Where do you need to improve most. There is NO substitute for confidence, and confidence cannot be fraudulent, your sub-conscious knows when you’ve done the work necessary for the shot you are playing to be a natural motion of your body and not guess work.
I am posting right after this about equipment, and a new ball that may make a huge difference in your game.
First post of 2019 will be about a company that I’ve written positively about and want you all to listen to an interview with their CEO, Phillipe Deschamps.
I am VERY bullish on this companies device that I believe will help millions of people in the future. Not sure it will help with the putting yips, but who knows.
I have taken my longest layoff from golf ever, as I’ve played one round since December 7th, and now will begin to train daily for the start of the upcoming season. My first event will be the SF City Qualifier on March 5th.
I am not a huge believer in New Year resolutions, but more so on assessing the past and making modifications in my daily life. Last year was a tough and emotional year that led to some poor eating habits that I have now broken.
Seeing the flexible 48 year old Phil Mickelson should be an inspiration to anyone trying to play better golf. YES there are way you can hit the ball further, but it will take discipline and an assessment as to what areas of your body need the most attention. You can NEVER go wrong by strengthening your core, and there is new technology that shows better ways to exercise than before.
As I’ve mentioned many times in the past, I am a huge believer in TPI training which is specific to golf and your body. I highly recommend you find the best local TPI certified instructor and get a session to start your new year off.
I’ll have more later on the new rules, sidesaddle putting and fitness in the coming days and weeks.