Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Joey D checks in from the Canadian Open

A rough start to Coach Joey D's week on Tuesday as I spent two hours on the runway in Newark. Inclement weather in the Tri-State area and a bit of foreshadowing regarding what we're in for this week, I'm afraid.

I arrived in Ontario later than expected and it had been raining here, as well. The course was playable, but conditions were changing - as we've seen countless time this season. That aside, the course is in good shape and Glen Abbey is a great track. We're expecting rain tomorrow and my gut feeling is that we lose another day and see a John Deere-like finish here in Ontario, either cut to 54 holes or a 36-hole final day.

It's always an interesting week after a major. Guys are on such a high the week before an event of that nature and quickly come back down to earth a week later. A lot of guys have withdrawn this week, opening the door for alternates to work their way into the field - so while the field might not be as strong, the fan support will definitely be there as this truly is Canada's open.

Our friends north of the border are definitely excited for this week, so hopefully our guys put on a great show for them. Ironically enough, I have a full field this week - Pat Perez, Jason Dufner, Charlie Wi, Jason Gore, Ryuji Imada, Tom Pernice Jr. and my new guy Chez Reavie, the defending champ of the Canadian Open. Chez really has been a great addition to the team. His work ethic is incredible and here's another guy absolutely committed to biomechanics and taking his game to that next level. One by one we're winning over the masses.

Guys are finally getting it, realizing that if you want to compete at this level, you need to get your body right once and for all. Chez knows he's lacking in certain areas and he knows that the only way he'll get more W's is to make a commitment of this magnitude. We're doing a lot of rotational stuff this week.. a lot of swing stuff... range of motion... engaging his core... it's all coming together. We'll go deeper into engaging your core through your swing plane in an upcoming blog. Tune back in.

'Hollywood' Perez is in the field this week, on board at this week's Canadian Open and staying with his long-time bud and Arizona neighbor Brian Savage. Savy spends his summers in his homeland and the former NHLer helped put together "Pat Perez Day" at a local junior golf event earlier this week. Check out the story on Pat's blog when you have the time.

Brian picked Pat up on his tour bus and the two superstars spent a few days with superstar Kid Rock en route to Ontario. This weekend, The Perez Show heads to Toronto so PP can catch up with his bud Pat Burrell as the Rays are in town to take on the Blue Jays, so Coach Joey D will venture out and take in the ball game with the boys this weekend. Look out for some iPhone pics in the coming days.

Charlie Wi is here and is ready to go. Jason Dufner missed the cut last week, but he's back on his game and expects good things this week. I haven't run into Ryuji yet, but should catch up with him later today. He didn't have the best showing at the British, but he made the cut, he's working out some things with his swing and is ready to get back out there.

Also, a hearty congrats to Jason Gore and Tom Pernice Jr. on their finish at the US Bank Championship in Milwaukee. JG reeled in a T7th finish and Tom finsihed T15th. A much-needed shot in the arm for those guys and hopefully they keep the momentum going this weekend. Tune back in later this week for more from Ontario.

Joey D.


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