Friday, 25 October 2013

October Article 2013

In The Bunker With Mick The Grip


A BIRDS EYE VIEW of Velaa Private Island in the Indian Ocean.  The Velaa Golf Academy, in collaboration with Jose Maria Olazabal, is being created in the Maldives, offering comprehensive golf tuition and the last word in luxury. This ‘Vacation of a Lifetime’ has been dreamed up by ‘Troon Golf,’ a Company which provides  “incomparable golf experiences across the globe.” (They created Las Colinas incidentally.)  The Academy is scheduled to open this year, if the island hasn’t sunk beneath the Indian Ocean.

THE ‘EUROPEAN BEST FATHER & SON’ Golf Championship takes place at Valle del Este, Almeria, from 28th October to 3rd November. The 54 hole 2 ball better ball Stableford is competed for by fathers and sons with a maximum handicap of 24.  The defending champions from last year are Graham Ruth (54) and his son James (27) from Devon.  The pair snatched the British Father & Son Scratch Championship in a dramatic sudden death playoff and gained automatic entry to the European Final at the Lumine Golf Resort, Barcelona, where they won both handicap and scratch titles.
There is no age limit, the youngest son last year was aged 10 and the oldest Dad aged 90!  (Not a pair, presumably.)
  WAGGLING IS GOOD !  It’s official.  Apparently standing still over the ball makes you stiffen up and think too much, but the waggling motion with the wrists while keeping the hands steady and moving the clubhead back and forth allows the player to loosen up and develop a rhythm.  Jason Duffner, a noted waggler, learned the technique by watching film footage of Ben Hogan.  In those days players waggled their hickory clubs to try to compensate for the torque (twist) in the shaft. Clubs now have less torque but a waggle gives the player time to settle down.  I’ll give it a go!

THE SEVE TROPHY at St. Nom La Breteche in France saw Great Britain and Ireland defeated 15 – 13 by Continental Europe. There were some mutterings that top British players were conspicuous by their absence, but some would say the Seve trophy is more about testing future Ryder Cup players, building teams and future careers.   Europe's top pros have to be thinking about the final weeks of the Race to Dubai in Turkey, the Middle East and China.  They have become leading competitors and winners on the PGA Tour largely because Seve Ballesteros helped demolish the barriers.  The pros are making the most of his legacy and, just like the great Spaniard, thrilling European fans along the way.  It may be the best way to honour Seve’s memory.
BRITAIN’S DAVID LYNN charged up the leaderboard with a final round 63 to win the Portugal Masters at the Algarve’s Oceanico Victoria Course.   Miguel Angel Jimenez, however, probably had just as big a smile on his face, after winning 100 bottles of wine for sinking an ace on the 168 yd 8th hole with his trusty 7 iron.

TIGER WOODS winning putt in the Presidents Cup sealed the U.S. victory over the Internationals at Muirfield Village.  After the rain-soaked foursomes and singles matches victors and vanquished alike were glad to get off the course and head for the clubhouse; another wet tournament in a soggy season.  At least the Americans are getting to know what British golfers have to put up with. 
WHEN IT’S WET in the USA and Britain where do the world’s top golfers go for an October break?  Bermuda, naturally.  Padraig Harrington, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Jason Dufner teed up last week at the Port Royal Golf Course for 36 holes  and a $1.35 million purse.  Some break, it beats a Kit Kat!
Could I just mention that any loose change dropped into the poppy boxes in the month ahead would be much appreciated and will go, as always, to a very worthy cause.

Until next time, happy golfing.

Contact Mick for all your gripping and repair requirements. 638859475.

1 comment:

Tony Reeves said...

Wow! The Velaa island looks truly spectacular! If I could spend my life shuttling between there and the odd golf course in the Bahamas I think I might feel rather pleased with myself...