Tuesday, 30 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 31.

Playing against Gary (Player) you begin hoping he'll be on grass rather than in sand.  From grass you expect him to pitch the ball close, but from a bunker you're afraid he'll hole it out!              Jack Nicklaus.

Monday, 29 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 30.

He hits in in the woods so often he should get an orange hunting jacket.     Ton Weiskopf on Ben Crenshaw.

  

Saturday, 27 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP, No. 29.

Nobody ever swung the golf club too slowly.       Bobby Jones.

THE APRIL ARTICLE FROM MICK THE GRIP



IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP 
AT THE LAUNCH of his prototype hovercraft golf buggy BW1. Bubba commented: “Golf carts have been the same for years. This baby goes in and outta the woods, and my ball likes to go into the woods so it’s ideal for me.  It can float over the water hazard and come up right by the green, and it cruises 9” above the grass so it leaves no marks.  Golf should be fun, I got started driving a golf cart for fun, then golf kinda got in the way.” That’s one way of describing teaching himself to play and winning the 2012 Masters.   Watson/Oakley have 160 Bubba Hovers currently in production, and if you would like one they retail at around 40,000 dollars.
THE “WIZARD OF OZ” Adam Scott,  won the Masters with Titleist gear, a fact that Rory McIlroy will probably have noticed.  Purists who comment on that putter should ask themselves if anchored putters give Scott, Els & Co. such huge advantages, why don’t other Tour players use them?  They don’t give a huge advantage.  Putting requires untold hours of practice plus a great deal of inborn talent, which can desert players at any time, as Justin Rose will testify.
Adam, on why he asked caddie Steve Williams to read his last putt on the 18th: "It was really dark. He's seen a lot of putts here. He made an unbelievable read."  Tiger Wood’s mood won’t have been improved if he was watching.   Steve Williams helped him to win 13 majors including three Masters before Tiger fired him. 

At the retiring champion dinner the week before the Masters the defending champion gets to choose the menu.  Tiger Woods had cheeseburgers, Vijay Singh chose curry.  Next year it has to be prawns on a barbie.
FOLLOWING THE LAUNCH of their X Hot and X Hot Pro irons, Callaway have unveiled their X Hot driver featuring the new Speed Frame Face technology.   Callaway engineers designed the club utilising the brand’s thinnest casting technology in history, which helps players with average swing speeds to generate more clubhead speed for greater distance.
Adjustability has also been factored in to the new X Hot driver, with golfers given the opportunity to alter the face angle to an open, closed or neutral setting.

GOLF CLUB RENTAL companies are reporting a major boost as bookings by British and Irish golfers have risen considerably this year.  As U.K. temperatures plunged as low as minus 15C in February and average sunshine was nearly 20% down, last minute bookings to Spain increased significantly, and golfers obviously preferred to hire rather than pay the inflated charges of the no frills airlines.  Add the fact that they could find themselves playing with a nearly new set of Titleist or Taylor Made clubs for very competitive prices and it is, as they say, a no brainer.


The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, from May 21st to the 26th, promises a “superb week of fun, celebrity spotting and world class golf,” and should see Europe’s Ryder Cup team reassemble competitively for the first time on British soil since the Ryder Cup.  For the first time the official practice day on the Tuesday will be open to the public. The Celebrity Pro Am follows on the Wednesday, with the Championship commencing on the Thursday.  Luke Donald is seeking to defend the title he won a year ago.  A record prize fund of €4.75million will be at stake in the European Tour’s flagship event, and the 2013 champion will receive €791,660, which is over €40,000 more than Luke Donald collected.
THE FAMOUS  (or infamous if you are from the U.S.) cop car in which Rory McIlroy was rushed to the course at the Ryder Cup with only minutes to spare is for sale on ebay in America for $3,250.  Bubba Watson or Jason Dufner will probably buy it and run it over a cliff.
Contact Mick for all your regripping and repair requirements. 638 859 475.

Until next time Happy Golfing. 

Friday, 26 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 28.

A golf game doesn't end until the last putt drops.                        Cary Middlecoff.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

FOOTNOTE TO THE MASTERS


Jack Nicklaus, interviewed about the Tiger Woods controversy, said "You've got all the best rules heads together and they decide there was no intent to  do anything (improper) and that a two stroke penalty was strong enough.  And you move on."  He didn't think Tiger Woods should have disqualified himself.   "If Tiger did that, he'd be putting himself in a position of saying, 'I'm above the rules.' You accept the ruling, whether it's good or bad for you."

Nicklaus wasn't so certain about the one-stroke penalty given to Tianlang for slow play."He's 14 years old and he's playing in the Masters.  And he gets a penalty?  Can you imagine giving a 14-year-old kid a penalty for slow play?" He added, "There's hundreds of guys who are much slower probably, and they figure out a way to get away with it."

 

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 27.

"The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing."         Phyllis Diller.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

The round's on Graeme.


Graeme McDowell rang the restaurant he half-owns to set up a round for those watching him beat Webb Simpson in a one-hole, sudden sudden death playoff at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town on Sunday.  Afterwards  he set off on the 300-mile trek south to Orlando and rolled into 'Nona Blue' around midnight to celebrate the victory.  His partner in the restaurant told listeners on the local radio show:  "It was pretty subdued and relaxed just because Graeme was so exhausted, there weren't too many people still here when he showed up with his caddie and some friends."  His parents missed the celebration, they had gone back to Ireland that morning.  

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 26.

The trouble with golf is that they say the good breaks and the bad breaks even up.  What they don't tell you is that they don't even up right away.  You might go two or three years with bad-break bad- break bad-break.  That gets annoying in a hurry.     Johnny Miller.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 25.

A Scotsman is the only golfer not trying to hit the ball out of sight.  (Anon.)

Monday, 22 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 24.

Golf is not like tennis, or basketball. or football, where you can control your opponent.  With golf you cannot control your opponent.       Tom Kite.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 23.

I don't like doctors.  They are like golfers. Every one has a different answer to your problem.      Severiano Ballesteros.

Friday, 19 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 22.

At my first Masters, I got the feeling that if I didn't play well, I wouldn't go to Heaven.       Dave Marr.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 21.

I have found in my own matches, that if you just keep throwing consistent, unvarying bogeys and double bogeys at your opponents, they will crack up sooner or later from the pressure.

Rex Lardner.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 20.

The amateur who picks up his newspaper and remarks that he could play better than some of those guys on tour should pause and consider,.... it is not just a different game.  It is not a game at all.         Peter Dobereiner.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Great Masters, good result.

The atmosphere at Augusta did seem a little dampened for a while on Sunday, as the spectators were more interested in keeping dry than anything else.  From my comfortable chair in Katie Reillys bar, where the atmosphere was anything but damp, it was an enthralling Masters.

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 19.

Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five." John Updike.

 

Monday, 15 April 2013

THE WIZARD OF OZ!

Well done to Adam Scott, taking the Green jacket down under for the first time.  

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP No. 18.

After hearing how Condoleeza Rice clouted a spectator with her ball at the AT&T at Pebble Beach, her illustrious fellow members  at Augusta have bought themselves hard  hats.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

MASTERS TRIVIA No. 4.

Th 11th, 12th and 13th holes at Augusta were christened "Amen Corner"by golf writer Herbert Warren Wind in an article in the Sports Illustrated which came out during the 1958 Masters.  He called them that because of the incredible way Arnold Palmer played them, escaping from seemingly impossible difficulties on each.

August National golf course closes from June to October each year.  The last day before closing is called "Caddie Day."  Caddies are free to play as many rounds as they like for the one day.

The Champions dinner is held on the Thursday evening before the tournament.  The defending champion is the guest of honour and gets to choose the menu.  Sandy Lyle chose Musselburgh Pie and Haggis and Neaps.  (Anyone know what Musselburgh Pie consists of?)  Tiger Woods had Cheeseburger and Chicken and chips.  Vijay Singh had curry.

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 17.

Golf is deceptively simple, endlessly complicated.  A child can play it well and a grown man never master it.  It is almost a science, yet a puzzle with no answer.     Arnold Palmer.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

MASTERS TRIVIA. No. 3


David Lynn, who briefly held the lead during an opening-round 68: “I was on the ninth, and my caddie said, ‘You’re leading The Masters.  I said, ‘I’d rather be leading it Sunday afternoon.’"

Tiger Woods, RoryMcIlroy, Nick Watney and others from the Nike stable are wearing items from the Nike Spring 2013 Collection.  Apparently their new line in golf apparel is made with the most advanced technology, such as "laser perforations, no-sew bonding" and ultra-lightweight materials which give maximum ventilation.  The list price of Tiger's polo shirts ranges from eighty to ninety five dollars


Welshman Jamie Donaldson made a memorable start to his first Masters with a sensational hole -in -one on the 180-yard, par-three sixth at Augusta.  He became the fifth golfer to record an ace on the sixth hole, known as Juniper, and the first since Chris DiMarco in 2004.   Donaldson’s shot was the 24th hole-in-one in Masters history. 

 2012 was the year of the hole-in-one at Augusta.  Amazingly, Bo Van Pelt and Adam Scott both holed aces on No. 16, and Martin Kaymer skimmed a ball across the lake to hit an astonishing hole-in-one on the 16th during a practise round.  Not only that, but Mark Wilson, Craig Stadler and Thomas Bjorn all made aces during the rain-swept par three contest, on the 4th, 1st and 9th holes. 

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP No. 16.

Golf is such an exasperating game.  We find ourselves struggling year after year with faults we had discovered and corrected time and time again.      Robert 'Bobby' Jones.

Friday, 12 April 2013

MASTERS TRIVIA, No. 2



In 1996 "The Shark" lost his nerve and his six-stroke lead en route to a soul-crushing 78, while playing partner Nick Faldo shot a final-round 67 to win the green jacket.  Greg Norman's collapse reminded the world  how much mental strength is required to win a major.

It didn't seem possible the following year that a 21 year old could withstand the mental challenge, but in 1997  Tiger Woods rewrote history. In his final round on the Sunday, despite two bogeys which officially ended his streak of 38 consecutive bogey - free holes, Tiger holed birdies at 11, 13, and 14 to reach 18 under for the championship.   He shot 22 under in his final 63 holes, and didn't have a single three putt all week. 

 He simply blew the rest of the field away.  His average drive was 23 yds longer than anyone else in the field, and he averaged 323.1 yds per drive throughout the tournament. Hi skill was undeniable, but it was his  mental strength that clinched Tiger his first Masters.   "I told him: I promise you one thing, you'll never meet another person as tough as you.  He hasn't, and he won't."  Earl Woods.

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP No. 15.

It's funny, but the more I practice, the luckier I become.    Gary Player



Thursday, 11 April 2013

FABULOUS BARGAINS AT THE ROCAJUNA BAR THIS COMING SUNDAY


Hi All,I would like to let you know that Terry and Denis are selling off all their golf stock at The Rocajuna on Sunday 14th.April, 2013.This is being run in conjunction with the final round of The Masters where drink and free nibbles may be consumed.Golf shoes from as little as €20. Ashworth, Ping, Slazenger, Dunlop tops, shorts, cut offs for ladies - some for as little as €10.New and second hand clubs - come and have a look.


MASTERS TRIVIA No. 1. Jack Nicklaus

Masters co-founder Bobby Jones, whose record of 13 majors Nicklaus eclipsed, took an interest in the young Golden Bear and invited him and his father to his cabin for long discussions on subjects ranging from golf to philosophy. A reporter asked him this week: "Did you say anything, or were you listening?""It's one of the few times," Nicklaus  recalled, "When I probably didn't say too much."

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 14.

When Nicklaus plays well he wins, when he plays badly he comes second.  When he's playing terribly, he's third.     Johnny Miller.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP NO. 13.

My game is so bad I gotta hire three caddies - one to walk the left rough, one for the right rough, and one down the middle.  And the one in the middle doesn't have much to do.     Dave Hill.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

LOOK AT THESE PRICES TO WATCH THE MASTERS AT AUGUSTA!

Just as a matter of interest the cost of a visit to Augusta this year:

Even The Masters practice rounds outpace other majors in terms of admission price.  The average ticket to Monday's practice round is the least expensive, at $403. On Tuesday, that entrance price figure grows to $529.
On Wednesday, which involves a Par-3 competition, the average price for a practice round pass skyrockets all the way to $1,118 — a few hundred dollars more than a complete four day pass to the PGA Championship.
And, if your pockets are really deep, you might as well just go all in and get the big one:
For the tournament itself, a four-day badge will run a whopping $4,486 dollars. (But you get sweet looking badge)

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 12.

A golf course is the epitome of all that is transitory in the universe, a space not to dwell in, but to get over as quickly as possible.  

Jean  Giraudoux.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Sunday, 7 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. NO. 10.

There is one essential only in the golf swing, the ball must be hit.       

Sir Walter Simpson.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 9.

I never pray on the golf course.  Actually, the Lord answers my prayers everywhere except on the course.   Billy Graham.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP NO. 7.

You hit the ball and if it doesn't go far enough you just hit it again, and if that doesn't work you hit it again, and so on.   

Robert Robinson.

Monday, 1 April 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 6.

Only religious ceremonies proceed with more respect than the major golf tournaments in America.      Jimmy Cannon.