GOLF CLUB, USA, where the European ladies will be hoping to retain the Solheim Cup this weekend.By the time you read this it will be death
or glory. It is now GLORY.
I WAS GOING to show the picture of 77
year old Gary Player in the altogether which recently graced the front page of
the ESPN fitness magazine, but I thought you might be having your
breakfasts.Even so, he can still
do 1000 situps a day, lift weights and then enjoy a round of golf so who am I
to knock him.
TOM WATSON took time off from the British Open to
visit Gleneagles, site of the 2014 Ryder Cup.He laughingly recounted his efforts at espionage.
to the staff:'You wouldn't mind
getting me the pins for the Johnnie Walker Championship (An annual European Tour
tournament) for the last five years, would you? They said, 'Yes, we would mind, so you're not getting them!’”
ACCORDING TO THE Daily Mail and the
Daily Telegraph, The PGA Tour is in preliminary discussions to take over the
European Tour due to the latter's financial struggles.Tim Finchem and Keith Waters of the
European Tour denied an impending PGA Tour takeover.(They would, wouldn’t they.)Last year five European Tour events were cancelled and
Waters was expressing concern over lower ranked players earning their tour
cards for 2013.We will doubtless
hear more on the subject.
JUST WHEN we thought
drivers couldn’t get any more adjustable, along comes the Taylor Made SLDR, (Slider) which
features an adjustable, sliding weight system which launches the ball higher and
longer.The key to the leap in
distance is a lower and more forward centre of gravity, which they say promotes
lower spin and faster ball speed.Using TaylorMade’s movable weight technology, SLDR features a blue,
20-gram weight that slides on a 21 point track located on the front of the
sole.This shifts the clubhead’s
CG horizontally towards either the heel, to promote a draw, or the toe, to promote
a fade, promoting a shot dispersion range of up to 30 yards. In addition, the Loft Sleeve Technology
allows easy adjustment of the loft, with 12 positions of loft change.
JUSTIN ROSE, the first Englishman to win a major in 17
years and the first to win the U.S. Open in 43 years has gone from 25th
place to 1st in the Race to Dubai rankings.The 32 year old was last year’s
runner up at Jumeirah and set a new Earth Course record of 62.Justin learned the game with his
father at his home course, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire. “I had a good grounding in golf
etiquette there, and all the do’s and don’ts,” he remembers, “the secretary
used to give me a rollicking for having my hat on in the club house, stuff like
that,.”Quite right too, Standards
A GOOD PRACTICE
DRILL Graeme McDowell uses in sand is to draw a square around the ball about
four inches wide. The object is to remove the sand from that box and splash it
on the green.
The key to
controlling the distance the ball goes is to control the amount of sand you
take, this drill does that perfectly.It also helps to contact the sand in the same place, and is easy to set
BRANDT SNEDEKER won the Canadian Open last
month after Hunter Mahan, who was leading by two strokes, left to be with his
wife as she gave birth to a daughter, Zoe Olivia, in a Texas hospital.Snedeker, who won by three strokes,
said:"Baby Zoe will be
getting a nice gift from me, if not for her I probably wouldn’t have won.”Maybe it’s different if you’re a millionaire like Mahan, but
my wife assures me that if I had been a professional winning a Championship and
had left it in order to get in her way in the labour ward she would have
chucked a bedpan at me.
Until next time: Happy Golfing.
for all your regripping and repair requirements. 638 859 475.
FEW GOLFING HOTELS are as rich in
history as Greywalls, an elegant Edwardian country house situated on the edge
of Muirfield’s links, overlooking the 9th and 18th greens and the Firth of
Forth.It was frequented by King
Edward VII, and Open champions such as Watson, Palmer and Nicklaus have traditionally
stayed there. Designed in 1901 by
Sir Edwin Lutyens as a “dignified holiday home,” Greywalls became a hotel in
1948, and is a treasure trove of memorabilia.Pictures and signatures of golfing greats adorn the walls of
the little bar where many an Open Champion’s celebration toast has been made.The Open contenders and their entourage
tend to rent houses in the area now, so the new Open champion, whoever he turns
out to be, will probably not be raising the claret jug at Greywalls this
weekend, but he could pop in for a wee dram.
FIFTY YEARS AGO Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Che Guevara staged a publicity stunt
game of golf that allegedly poked fun at U.S. president Dwight Eisenhower, who
two years earlier had declined meeting the new Cuban leader.Castro, who was known to be a
notoriously bad loser, lost the match.Shortly afterwards he ordered all the golf courses on Cuba to be closed
down, calling the game elitist. Now several
luxury golf resorts are being planned, with the aim of bringing much needed revenue
to the cash strapped island. It
could also be because Castro’s son Antonio is a pretty fair golfer, and won the
Montecristo Cup held there in April.
THE BRITISH Open Champion
of 1931, Tommy Armour “The Silver Scot” was born in Edinburgh in 1894.He lost his sight to a mustard gas explosion in WW1, and
had a metal plate inserted in his head.During his convalescence, he regained the sight of his right eye, and
was able once more to play his beloved golf.Emigrating to the United States, he became a professional
golfer in 1924, and might havebeen
known as one of the greatest ever golfers had the yips not affected him in the
prime of his career;he is in fact
credited with creating the term “Yips”at the 1927 Shawnee Open, in which he carded a 23
on the par-five 17th hole, a dubious single-hole achievement that has never
been beaten.He still managed to
win the U.S. Open in 1927 and the PGA Championship in 1930.
Armour would become one of the leading instructors of his generation
once his competition days were over.In
his spare time he was a master bridge player, and classical violinist (not bad
with one eye!)His grandson, Tommy Armour III,is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour. Grandad would have been proud.
CALLAWAY has unveiled its new FT Optiforce
driver, with two clubhead variations. The driver offers loft and lie
adjustability (a first from Callaway.) The OptiFit hoselallows players to adjust the driver’s loft 1 degree down or
1 or 2 degrees up. The loft setting helps golfers adjust their launch angle and
amount of backspin, while the lie setting, with neutral or draw, will help
golfers adjust side angle and sidespin. Combined with the differences in the 440cc and 460cc heads, golfers of
all abilities can use the simple adjustability solution to find their optimal launch conditions
and ball flight.
Callaway claim the Ft Optiforce is the
fastest and most aerodynamically efficient driver they have produced.It has been measured with 23 percent
less drag than a conventionally shaped driver.
DONALD TRUMP, commenting on the Industrial Wind Farm the Scottish
Government is proposing to construct 1.1/2 miles offshore from his Golf Resort
near Aberdeen: “Each turbine will
be 65 metres high and because it’s a test site they will be different colours. It will look like a junkyard.Alex Salmond says wind farms encourage
tourism, which shows the level of insanity we’re dealing with here. I will sue him to hell and back if
necessary.”And they were
such good pals.
time: Happy Golfing.
Contact Mick for all your regripping and
repair requirements. 638 859 475.