Former 2-time Remax Long Drive Champion Jamie Sadlowski has some game, it seems!
Transitioning from his long drive career to tournament golf the 27 year old Sadlowski won his local U.S. Open Qualifier with a score of 65 at the Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ.
From Dave Shedoski at GolfDigest online:
Accepting a challenge from his agent and employing longtime CBS golf announcer Gary McCord as his caddie, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski proved Monday that there is more to his golf game than stupid amounts of power.
On the strength of seven birdies, Sadlowski shot a five-under 65 and won the U.S. Open local qualifier at The Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale.
The native of Alberta, Canada, a two-time winner of the Re/Max Long Drive Championship, is making his first attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open, which this year is being held at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.
If you’ve ever watched Sadlowski, you’ll know why this is impressive – he is a small guy for long drive (180cm or 5’10” and 170 lbs or 77kg), but he uses the Classic Golf Swing model, which of course is what you want for natural speed and power.
Jamie Sadlowski’s Classic Golf Swing Action
I would love for Sadlowski to make a splash playing professional tournament golf, because it would then be interesting to hear how the Modern Golf Swing guys swing with planted heels and twisting torsos “to generate power.”
Sadlowski, by the way, would likely out-drive Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy by about 50 yards given neutral conditions.
And only Bubba in this group swings with a natural floating-heel classic style, so Bubba will be around (like John Daly) when the other guys mentioned above have been put to pasture with various back and knee ailments.
I personally think Jamie Sadlowski, with his size and stature, is the greatest long driver ever. The only guys you’ll hear mentioned in the same breath as Jamie (Jason Zuback, Tim Burke or Sean “Beast” Fister or Ryan Winther) tower over him and out-mass him by nearly 100 lbs (45 kgs).
Now, there is a big difference between winning a U.S. Open qualifier and playing Tour golf – but 65 on a USGA course setup is still 65, and that is pretty damned good, if you’ll pardon my language.
And of course I’m a fan of his swing – he kind of looks familiar in that top position:
And if you wonder at how similar both our top positions are, remember that I have spent 11 years researching how to swing with mechanical-correctness and in an athletically optimal manner – if I am not wrong, then why wouldn’t my preferred swing action resemble that of the greatest long driver, pound of pound, ever?
It’s not rocket science, friends – it’s simply that if you wish to swing a golf club the way a baseball pitcher pitches, the way a high jumper jumps, the way an Olympic sprinter runs – and that way is with athletically-optimal and mechanically-correct – you will likely end up looking something like what you see above.
Best of luck to classic swinger Jamie Sadlowski, go show’em how to swing that stick JS!