Professional Golfer | Top 100 Most Popular Golf Instructor | Swing Speed Trainer | GolfWRX Senior Writer | Original Founder Swing Man Golf | Co-Creator Sterling Irons Single Length Irons

About Jaacob


Full Name: Robert Jaacob Bowden
Height: 6'2" (1.88m)
Weight: 215 lbs (97.5kg or 15.3 stone)
Birthdate: January 4th, 1976
Birthplace: Festus, MO, USA
Residence: Washington, D.C.
Family: Wife, Jennifer
Education: St. Louis College of Pharmacy 1993-1998
Special Interests: Sports, Movies, Traveling, Technology, Self-Help

Jaacob Bowden has always had a love of sports and fitness. As a child Jaacob dreamt about playing in the NBA or MLB. Although he played NAIA Division II basketball and was invited to a tryout at the Metrodome for the Minnesota Twins, after college Jaacob thought any aspirations to become a Professional Athlete were gone and thus he began working as a computer engineer in St. Louis and then Kansas City.

In 2003, uninspired in his daily work and realizing that playing golf gave him tremendous satisfaction, Jaacob traded in his corporate career to pursue the dream of becoming a Professional Golfer. This journey has since taken Jaacob from being an average golfer who typically drove the ball 220-275 yards/drive to scratch golfer and long-drive champion.

While Jaacob continues to grow and improve as a player, he has made unbelievable strides in a relatively short amount of time. Using the Mike Austin swing he won the Pinnacle Distance Challenge with a televised drive of 381 yards…and he hit a grid-record 421-yard blast at a World Long Drive Championship Local Qualifier in Temecula, California.
Jaacob Bowden Winning the Pinnacle Distance Challenge with a 381-yard Drive


Jaacob has also played in and made cuts in numerous professional tournaments in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa with rounds in the 60s and 70s.

Jaacob at a British Open Qualifier in England

In 2012, Jaacob took 5th place at the CBS-televised Speed Golf World Championships at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. In 2013, he shot the World Championship record for low golf round with a 72 in 55 minutes and 42 seconds using only 6 clubs.

Jaacob Bowden plays a bunker shot during the 2013 Speedgolf World Championships Jaacob Bowden runs towards the hole on the Bandon Dunes course during the 2012 Speed Golf World Championships

But not only is Jaacob a great player, he also comes from a family of teachers and has been blessed with the gift of being able to help others with their golf games as well…both in person and online. His background in physics, calculus, anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Doctorate program has ended up serving him well as an athlete and a teacher…and has helped him lead an injury-free golf career.

Jaacob Bowden giving a bunker lesson to a group of students during a golf holiday in Morocco.


Jaacob is a Class A member of the PGA of America.

Jaacob Bowden PGA of America member

Jaacob contributes regularly to Swing Man Golf, and instructional website that has over 6,500 members and nearly 3 million video views on it's YouTube Channel.

A screenshot from the SwingManGolf website

Jaacob has also become the world's leading expert when it comes to swing speed training. Jaacob is currently the Official Swing Speed Trainer for the Swing Thought TOUR and he has taught on the subject of swing speed training for the Swiss PGA and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Typically, both his amateur and Tour player clients (Pablo Martin, Martin Rominger, Grant Jackson, and many others) pick up 12-16 mph (30-40 yards) of additional driver swing speed in the first 30 days of training.

Jaacob Bowden works with a Swiss PGA Pro on his swing speed

Additionally, Jaacob is a Senior Writer at GolfWRX (over 1 million views) and his golf tips e-book has reached #1 on Amazon.com's Bestsellers in Golf.

Jaacob writes for GolfWRX


And he is the co-creator with golf equipment design icon Tom Wishon of Sterling Irons® single length irons.

Sterling Irons® single length irons by Jaacob Bowden and Tom Wishon


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