Martin Vousden on Ernie.

Mar 27 2012

Thought for the Day:
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something

Els bells
In all the excitement of Luke Donald’s playoff win in the Transitions Championship, and in the process going back to world number one, there was nevertheless a sad aspect to it all and that was the sight of Ernie Els. He is, without question, the greatest golfer called Ernie to have ever played the game but like so many before him, and a few of his contemporaries, he has discovered that age for a Tour pro does not bring wisdom but an unreliable putting stroke. The swing is still that beautifully fluid concoction reminiscent of pouring syrup over ice cream, and it still propels the ball a considerable distance, usually in the right direction. As a result, on the 16th hole he was leading the tournament at 14-under par but missed a four-foot birdie putt. He then bogied the 17th and on the last missed another four-footer – this one badly pulled.

Ernie needed the win to get into the world’s top-50 and with it gain automatic exemption for the Masters, and his chances to make the field at Augusta National are fast diminishing. During a brief post-round interview he looked as if he’d just been mugged at gunpoint and was barely able to answer the two (rather asinine) questions he was asked, but at least the interviewer had the sense to recognise that Ernie’s brain (more…)

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New season practice – Get a Grip!

Mar 27 2012

Through the winter some of us have been test pilots for a new practice system – GRiP (game results in practice). And we have to confess we’re rather impressed. It’s an easy way to identify exactly the parts of your game that need the most TLC. So rather than mindlessly bashing balls you get results that are measurable and even fun…kind of fits into our ‘All Play No Work’ mentality rather nicely.

GRiP has been developed by Fergus Wallace, with a team of sports performance specialists and psychologists (including current fave golf guru Karl Morris) and has been trialled by an army of amateur and pro golfers in 21 countries throughout the world. Based on the principal of deliberate practice, if you work on your golf the GRiP way you’ll replicate the experiences you’ll have on the course, where each shot counts. Compare this to how most golfers act (mindlessly) at the range…we’ve all done it!…you can see how a specific framework of practice can soon reap results.

GRiP is now live and raring to go.  You can sign up for a month’s trial at no cost to see how you get on.  We predict some tumbling handicaps.  Go on, get a GRiP.

Here’s some more info from Fergus and the GRiP team, with links direct to the site so that you can take a look for yourself;

GRiP – a game of practice

All About GRiP

 

 

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Tiger shows his teeth, but not in the smiley sort of way. Martin Vousden on the Honda.

Mar 08 2012

Thought for the Day:
If you lend someone £20 and never see them again, it was probably a wise investment

Something stirs
Whenever we look forward to a dramatic season in which the world’s best will slug it out against each other, particularly in the majors, we are invariably left disappointed. So it is with a certain sense of resigned fatalism that I nevertheless wonder if 2012 could be one of those rare, stellar years that will not only bring excitement and drama for the moment, but establish the template for several years to come.

Rory McIlroy has just won the Honda Classic and in the process become the world ranked number one player – and it wasn’t unexpected. So far in Europe he has played six events, only once finished outside the top-10 (and that was 11th), won once and been runner-up twice. Right now his average game will see him in contention and if he plays to his potential, he wins. He currently heads the European Tour’s Race to Dubai and is fourth in the US Tour’s FedEx Cup rankings, after only two events in America.

But to add a little more spice to that already sumptuous menu, in that Honda Classic he was chased hard by joint runner-up Tiger Woods, who fired a best-of-the week 62 on the last day, his lowest round for three years and one which lifted him from 17th place overnight. Almost as impressive was the 63 from Lee Westwood, that vaulted him into fourth. And sitting at home, no doubt watching with interest, was Phil Mickelson, whose last two events have produced a win and a second place. Rarely have we seen so many of the world’s best golfers playing to such an exalted level at the same time. All we need to put the final garnish on top is for Luke Donald to wake from his (more…)

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