Monday, 17 June 2013

US Open.


Many congratulations to Justin Rose the first Englishman to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.   Looking every inch a winner, his skill and ball control yesterday, especially  on the 17th and 18th, was stunning.   Thanks Justin, for a great weekend of golf watching. 



MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 60.

The right way to play golf is to go up and hit the bloody thing.  George Duncan.

Friday, 14 June 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 59.

The ball will always travel farthest when hit in the wrong direction.    Anon.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 58.

I've got a hen back home that can lay an egg further than that!

Clayton Heafner -  missing s three inch putt to lose the Oakland Open by one shot.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Rule 14-1b - Anchoring.


The USGA and The R&A have prepared a detailed report to explain the reasons for the decision to adopt Rule 14-1b. It explains why freely swinging the entire club is the essence of the traditional method of stroke, and why anchoring is a substantially different form of stroke that may alter and diminish the fundamental challenges of the game. 


It points out that the Rule 14-1b still allows for the continued use of all conforming golf clubs, including belly-length and long putters, provided such clubs are not anchored during a stroke. 
The report concludes that the new Rule should not adversely affect participation in the game,  and that it will remove concerns about any potential advantage that anchoring provides. 

New rule:


In making a stroke, the player must not anchor the club, either “directly” or by use of an “anchor point.”
Note 1: The club is anchored “directly” when the player intentionally holds the club or a gripping hand in contact with any part of his body, except that the player may hold the club or a gripping hand against a hand or forearm.
Note 2: An “anchor point” exists when the player intentionally holds a forearm in contact with any part of his body to establish a gripping hand as a stable point around which the other hand may swing the club.




MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 57.

The only time you can put a ball exactly where you want it is when you stick it in the ballwasher.

Friday, 7 June 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 56.

I'd like to see the fairways more narrow.  Then everybody would have to play from the rough, not just me.    Severiano Ballesteros.



Thursday, 6 June 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 55

Ah well, if we hit it perfect every day, everybody else would quit.  Lee Trevino to Tom Watson.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 54.

Pressure is going out there on the golf course and thinking: "If I don't do well here I'll have to rob another bank."

Rick Meissner  (Former touring pro and convicted bank robber)

Monday, 3 June 2013

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Off The Peg Versus Custom Fit


If you’re a golfer you will have heard it before:  Don’t buy your clubs off the rack. Have them custom fitted.  But when K.J. Choi needed a new set of irons at the MemoriaL Tournament in Dublin, Ohio this week and with no tour equipment truck allowed on site he had to go shopping.
 He started picking through iron sets at a branch of the Ohio Golf Galaxy Stores while the staff did a double take.    He tested four different sets, three Mizuno and one Titleist,  and found the swing weights to be off on all except one: the Mizuno  MP-64 irons, which  kept a D2 swing weight through the set.
That’s the set Choi is playing with this weekend.  He shot even-par 72 in round 1. and 74 in round 2 and is currently one over on a course that is testing to say the least.



Zone Golf's World Launch last weekend saw Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley secure the title  with celebrity partner Jamie Redknapp at Dukes Meadows, Surrey.  They beat Ian Poulter and Sir Steve Redgrave in the final.  Nearly 2000 fans descended on Chiswick to enjoy the day.
McGinley collected £100,000 for his nominated charity, the Tour Players Foundation.  He said: “It’s been a wonderful day, we couldn’t have asked for more. The crowds have come out, the sun has been shining and I’ve won a lot of money for the Tour Players Foundation.  All the guys who have taken part have been wonderful and I can’t wait to come back and defend my title with Jamie next year!”

Team-mates Tim Henman and Justin Rose finished in third place, while Paul Lawrie and Andrew Strauss took fourth spot. Poulter, Rose and Lawrie still walked away triumphant as they secured £50,000 for each of their chosen charities.  The event is scheduled to be shown on Sky Sports 2 on June 4 at 8pm.

MICK THE GRIP'S DAILY QUIP. No. 52.

There are now more golf clubs in the world than Gideon bibles, more golf balls than missionaries, and if every golfer in the world were laid end to end I for one would leave them there.  

  Michael Parkinson.     (Good job we're not all alike)