Monday, 28 July 2014

A little quip from Mick the Grip.

"I've never had a coach in my life.  When I find one who can beat me, then I'll listen."     Lee Trevino.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014



JUSTIN ROSE RAISES the Scottish Open trophy.  (Just before Alex Salmond 
sticks a dirk in him.)

2013 OPEN CHAMPION Phil Mickelson said: "I've loved having the Claret Jug this past year, letting people who really appreciate golf drink from it.  The best was a 1990 bottle of Romanee Conti, which cost about $40,000!” 

IN 1936 A NEW ASSISTANT  Pro called Sam Snead arrived at the Greenbriar G.C. in W. Virginia.  Raised in the backwoods he had taught himself golf using clubs made from tree branches.  Sam nearly lost his Greenbriar job when he struck his tee shot on the 335yd 5th hole, and the ball bounded onto the green striking the rear end of Alva Bradley, one of the directors, who was furious until he learned he had been hit by Sam’s tee shot, not his second.  He promptly made Sam his personal trainer.
 Sam could average 320 yard drives with his hickory club, and was said to have “The Perfect Swing.”  He won 82 PGA Tour championships, and 7 majors.  The “Sam Snead Festival,” a 36 hole pro am, is still held at the Greenbriar annually in honour of “Slammin’ Sam.”

PING INTRODUCED their G30 driver at the Greenbriar Classic for the pros to try out.  Angel Cabrera promptly won with it, averaging 331 yds in the final round.  It makes you appreciate Sam Snead’s shot even more, considering the club he would have used. The G30 features six curved raised lines on the crown called Turbulators, which apparently improve the clubhead aerodynamics. They actually increase drag, but using fluid dynamics (smoke tests) engineers found that they made the air flow closer to the clubhead, reducing the wake produced.  Result: more clubhead speed.
Cabrera’s average distance improved by roughly 6 yards with the G30.  Unfortunately, for those with a normal swing speed the distance gained will be barely a yard.

GRAEME MCDOWELL came from 8 shots behind to retain his French open title, shooting a four under 67 in pouring rain.  He said: “It reminded me of going out in all weathers in my teens.  I’ve been playing a little too much in America, and I’ve got a bit soft, I needed a day like today.”

 SCOTLAND’S BRADLEY NEIL (18) earned his ticket to the next three majors and became the youngest ever to hold the Amateur title with his victory at Royal Portrush.  After Garrick Porteous won the British Amateur and Matthew Fitzpatrick the U.S. Amateur in 2013, British youngsters have now won the Amateur, U.S. Amateur and the Amateur again in succession for the first time since 1912.  Bradley’s home club is  Blairgowrie GC. Perthshire, which has two Championship courses, the 9 hole “Wee Course,” and ‘the most beautiful inland greens in Scotland,’ according to old Tom Morris.

TOM WATSON told reporters at Hoylake that his Ryder Cup team is taking shape.   “The guys currently in the top places in the standings will probably be on the team.  I'm getting to know them all so that I can make informed decisions come September.  To that end I personally invited whoever could make it of our top 20 players to join me at Gleneagles the week before the Open Championship so we could all get a look at the Centenary Course.”  Must have cost him a bit.  Hope they didn’t drink any Romanee Conti!

THE UNKNOWN FEMALE sunbathing au naturelle on her balcony at Las Ramblas last week probably heard the crunch as three buggies shunted into each other when their mesmerized drivers approaching the 11th green caught sight of her.  After untangling themselves they all took at least four putts.

Until next time, Happy Golfing.

Contact Mick for your regripping and repairs: 638 859 475.

Monday, 7 July 2014

A little quip from Mick the grip

Just give me golf clubs,  fresh air and a beautiful partner and you can keep my golf clubs and the fresh air.

Jack Benny.

Thursday, 3 July 2014



THE ROYAL LIVERPOOL GOLF CLUB (Hoylake) was laid out in 1869 on the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club; it was both horse racing venue and golf course for the first few years. Close to the town of Hoylake, hence the name, the links course sits on a peninsula separated  from Liverpool by the Mersey Estuary and from N. Wales by the river Dee.
In 1885 the first Amateur Championship was held at Hoylake, and the Walker Cup began life there in 1921 as an amateur contest between Gt. Britain and Ireland and the USA.  In 1930 the then amateur Bobby Jones won his third Open at Hoylake, the second leg of his grand slam, and returned to New York for a ticker tape parade. 
In the 2006 Open the notorious Hoylake winds were conspicuously absent.  In a week of heatwave weather on a terrifyingly fast course Tiger Woods kept his driver in his bag and navigated his way to a two shot victory with supreme skill.  Will he be back in July?

MATTHEW FITZPATRICK (19) has decided to turn professional.  The first amateur golfer since Bobby Jones in 1930 to simultaneously hold the low amateur honours at both the U.S. Open and Open Championship, and the only amateur to make the cut at Pinehurst, Fitzpatrick finished a one under 69 that left him 11 over for the tournament. Not a bad start to his career.

TO GO ROUND PINEHURST on the final day of the U.S. Open never less than four strokes ahead was a great achievement for Martin Kaymer.
To tie for second place, playing on level terms with the best golfers in the world, was an even greater achievement for Eric Compton.  After two heart transplants most of us would be happy to stagger to the sofa to watch the tournament on the box, let alone play in it.  Eric visits hospitals and encourages the disabled in his spare time, “Never write yourself off,” he advises.   As an example of practising what you preach, it could hardly be bettered.
THE WEEKEND OF 4th JULY sees the return of The Celebrity Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort, South Wales.  Teams of six from England Scotland Ireland and Wales will once again compete for the coveted trophy.   Bradley Walsh is the latest member of the England team, and Brendan O’Carroll of Mrs Brown’s Boys joins The Irish team,  who apparently played hard and partied hard last year.  Comedian Rob Brydon returns to captain Wales, and Gavin Hastings the reigning champions, Scotland.   In 2013  thousands of fans enjoyed a weekend of golf themed entertainment, watched the celebrities in action, and visited the “Interactive Retail Village.” (Shops.)

THE ROYAL AND ANCIENT golf club of St. Andrews, founded 1754, has been a men only club since before Napoleon was born.  That could all change in September when the members are asked to vote on whether to accept the ladies.  R & A chief Peter Dawson is urging them to vote in favour, saying society is changing and golf must keep up.  The indications are that the vote will be carried.  Open Venues Troon and Royal St. Georges still bar women members, will they be the next bastions to fall?
WE’VE HAD SOME pretty windy conditions this year; on the course we’re tempted to hit the ball harder into and across the wind.  The pros always say it’s better to hit it a touch easier, like a second serve, to keep an element of control and not too much spin on the ball.  So don’t forget the old adage: “Swing with ease into the breeze!”
Having tried out several new drivers in and out of the wind I’m convinced the only way to increase my distance is to hit the ball and run backwards.

Until next time, happy golfing.
Contact Mick for your regripping and repairs.TEL: 638 859 475.