Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Golf gossip




The reason Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson compete in early season tournaments such as the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic has very little to do with a desire to expand their competitive horizons and a whole lot to do with hard cash.
Winner’s receive about $500,000 and a trophy.  It’s hardly likely Woods and Mickelson would travel half way across the world for that when tournaments like the Humana Challenge, right on their doorstep in California, offer a first place prize of over $1 million.   European Tour events however,  are allowed to offer appearance fees, and top players can easily command seven figures just to show up.  Phil Mickelson was reportedly paid $2 million to appear at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship where he finished in a tie for second place with Rory McIlroy.
However, even in their private planes travelling vast distances every month can have it's downside,  and the condition of the courses can be questionable.   Mickelson injured his back attempting to hit his ball out of rough that was so dense it had more than a few players concerned for their health.  Sergio Garcia also suffered a shoulder injury in the first round.  It is questionable whether Mickelson will be able to defend his title at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, and he may be hoping that his Middle East appearance fee doesn’t end up costing more than it was worth.

Good viewing this weekend



Neither Tiger nor Phil Mickelson were at their best at Torrey Pines.  Better luck this week.  Woods is off to the Middle East to play in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, and Mickelson will defend his title at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  Both should be worth a look, not to mention Superbowl weekend.   Better get the beers in!



Tuesday, 21 January 2014

A little quip from Mick the Grip

Fairway:  A narrow strip of mown grass that separates two groups of golfers looking for lost balls.

Henry Beard.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

A little quip from Mick the Grip

No man has mastered golf until he realises that his good shots are accidents and his bad shots are good exercise.

Eugene Black.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

A little quip from Mick the Grip

"When the balls start hitting you back, it's time to quit!"

Henry Ransome when his ball rebounded off a cliff, hitting him in the stomach.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

A little Quip from Mick the Grip


A good player who is a great putter is a match for any golfer.  A great hitter who cannot putt is a match for no-one. 

 Ben Sayers.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

A little quip from Mick the Grip.

"I've noticed some of them are off balance when they swing. They're top - heavy.  They've got too much hair."

Ben Hogan on golfers today (1970)


Monday, 6 January 2014

MY REVIEW OF 2013 WHAT A GREAT GOLFING YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MAY


IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP.

Picture courtesy of goviva.com
THE 113th U.S. OPEN commences on June 13th on the East Course at the Merion Golf Club, Pennsylvania.   It will be the fifth U.S. Open played on the course.   Lee Trevino won the title there in 1971.   Australian David Graham won in 1981 hitting every fairway and green.  Being an old course, the East is quite short at 6,996 yds and par 70.  Keeping the ball on the fairway and hitting a high percentage of the small greens will decide the winner at Merion, where the rough is like a jungle.
The Merion Golf Club dates from 1896, and is one of the shrines of American golf.  The floorboards of the venerable clubhouse creak underfoot.  Designed by Scottish immigrant Hugh Wilson in 1910, the East course has many features derived from famous British courses.  Fourteen year old Bobby Jones played here in 1916.  Strict rules apply; no electronic devices, no rangefinders, no mobile phones.  This is actually welcomed by the members, who can tell the office: “I’m going to Merion, you won’t be able to reach me.”  It could be the most peaceful U.S. Open for a long time.  Unless Garcia is paired with Woods. In that case, if you believe the press, it will be Gunfight at the East Course Corrall.

AFTER THE BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 23rd, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Paul Lawrie and Paul McGinley will head for Chiswick to take part in a revolutionary new golf game.
Zone Golf is a team game played over nine par 3 holes.  Each green has three coloured “zones” with a hole and flag in each zone:  green ( easy) amber (medium) and  red (hard.)  Each team must nominate a zone, successful shots to that zone earn three, six or nine points, with additional points available for making par, birdie or hole in one.
 Over three thousand fans are expected at Dukes Meadows for the Bank Holiday event, which it is hoped will prove as popular as 20/20 cricket.   Sir Steve Redgrave, Jamie Redknapp and Tim Henman will join the Pro Am line up.  Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie will be hoping to raise money for their pet Foundations.  Let’s hope the sun shines for them.

ADAM SCOTT,  who can now wear his Masters green jacket and Australian Masters gold jacket alternately, plans a celebratory joyride along Australia’s M1 Pacific Highway when he returns home.  As a spokesman for Mercedes, he won’t need to use Sheila’s Wheels for his clubs and surfboard.   The only downside will be the 68mph speed limit.   Contrary to his playboy image, 32 year old Scott has put his past winnings to good use.  The Adam Scott Foundation provides academic scholarships for Australia's underprivileged youth, and funds a specialized complex in Brisbane for disabled youngsters who require 24-hour care.    
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ODYSSEY’S LATEST TANK Putter is designed to help those golfers looking for additional weight and stability.  Featuring carefully weighted components with a calculated balance point for a higher MOI, it increases the putter’s resistance to rotation.  Additional weight promotes a pendulum stroke that keeps the wrists from breaking down, providing consistent control. An Odyssey spokesman  said:  “We wanted to enhance the stability of the putter by increasing the moment of inertia of the entire club.  The Tank achieves most of the benefits of anchoring without actually touching the body.”
HAVING BEEN officially cleared by the PGA Tour of using a banned substance Vijay Singh has issued a lawsuit charging it with violating it’s duty of care and good faith in failing to administer it’s own anti doping programme.   His lawyer states: “As a direct result of the PGA Tour’s actions Singh has been exposed to public humiliation and ridicule; shamed, scorned and emotionally distraught.”  (Breaks out an onion.)

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Saturday, 4 January 2014

MY REVIEW OF 2013. WHAT A GREAT GOLFING YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! APRIL


IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP
Photo Courtesy of Business Week.Com
Bubba Watson’s new golf buggy.
AT THE LAUNCH of his prototype 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.

Friday, 3 January 2014

CUSTOMERS' GOLF EQUIPMENT FOR SALE

Happy New Year to you all. Detailed below are some golf articles that customers have for sale with contact details included. Any prices are guidelines only so please negotiate directly. Hopefully this blog will enable some of you to find bargains to start off the new year. Many of the items will be useful for spare sets or spare individual clubs.

To make arragements to view this set please contact Terry Sharley direct on terry.sharley@tesco.net or telephone him on 610398815

The Jack Nicklaus Compri set for ladies is available in a unique configuration of 3/3/3 (three woods, three hybrids and three irons).  Each club in the set has higher than normal lofts, making it easier for the lady to get her shots airborne especially for those just entering golf or those in the mid to high handicap range. For example, in the three woods, the set consists of a driver with a 15 degree loft; a three wood with 19 degrees and a five wood with 24 degrees.

The Hybrids consist of a 6 at 28 degrees; 7 at 34 degrees and an 8 at 40 degrees. Irons are a 9 at 46 degrees; pitching wedge at 50 degrees and the sand wedge at 54 degrees. Made only for right hand players, all clubs use graphite ultra light flex shafts.

Compri features a titanium offset driver at 15 degrees which not only helps get the ball airborne, but helps generate distance and accuracy through the flexible ultra light shafts. The fairway woods are all oversized with generous offset with high lofts that place the point of impact under the center of the ball for quick high ball launch from any lie.

The mid-irons have a wider sole that features a lower center of gravity for optimum launch angle and precise control. The shafts are ultra-light with a low kick-point that increases swing speed.

Originally purchased for £399.99 these clubs are less than two years old and are offered for only €175 ono.
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Alan Harkness Entre Naranjos Vistabella 
638233006-965080105

Set of 10 Callaway X14 Steel Irons Including Gap wedge and Ping My Day putter €75-€100
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Kelvin Howard Quesada 617990484

Set Ram woods with Nicklaus micro thin face irons, chipper,putter and bag.  €50





Set Dunlop woods,irons,putter and bag €50


Set of  3-Sw Seve Blades With Travel Bag €40 inc 1,3,5 woods




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Mike Smith Villamartin 966774624-634043711

Ping G2 R Flex Driver 13.5 Loft. Ping TFC Shaft €49-€50

Ping G5 R Flex Driver 10.5 Loft. Aldila NV65 Shaft €60-€70

Ping Rapture V2 R Flex Driver 10.5 Loft.
Ping TFC D50 Shaft €110-€120

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Nigel Bailey La Marina 634197754





Talisman Electric Trolley with charger and battery €75

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Gordon Mcadden Los Balcones 675173749


Taylor Made Burner Rescue  €40-€50
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John Harvey Quesada 686814642

Set 4-Pw Cleveland Hi-Bore reg graphite plus Two Hybrids

€499 new Sensible offers please.
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Thursday, 2 January 2014

A little quip from Mick the Grip

Golf acts as a corrective against sinful pride.  I attribute the insane arrogance of the Roman Emperors almost entirely to the fact that, never having played golf, they never knew that strange, chastening humility which is engendered by a topped chip shot.

P.G. Wodehouse.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

THIS WILL GRIP YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


A little quip from Mick the Grip

What the nineteenth hole proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt is that the Scots invented the game solely in order to sell their national beverage in large quantities.

Milton Gross.