Wednesday, 21 August 2013

August's Leader Article


IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP.


COLORADO 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.
"I said 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 boy, 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 up.

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.
Contact Mick for all your regripping and repair requirements. 638 859 475.

1 comment:

Tony Reeves said...

What a thoroughly interesting article, and a fantastic picture! I can't believe Gary Player does 1000 sit-ups a day, if I tried that it would take me all day!!