Martin Vousden on The US Open and Balls

Jun 26 2017

Thought for the Day
Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours a day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein

Six of one…
This year’s US Open has divided opinion like few others before – and this for what is often the most controversial major of the year for a plethora of reasons. It was played over a young course with no major pedigree but the standout fact is that champion Brooks Koepka equaled the lowest winning score to par (set by Rory McIlroy) at minus 16. Never before has anyone other than the champion finished in double digits under par but six others managed it at Erin Hills. And there was also the matter of Justin Thomas equalling the best ever US Open round of 63. And all this on a course of 7,700 yards with diabolically penalising rough.

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If history repeats itself, which it has a tendency to do, the USGA will have a hissy fit of the vapours and next year’s venue, Shinnecock Hills, will be set up in such a way that 10-over par will win. So let us hope that before then the committee responsible for preparing the course stops to consider a few relevant facts. First, the scoring was better than (more…)

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Martin Vousden’s Column

May 30 2017

Thought for the Day
You cannot change what you refuse to confront

New broom sweeps clean
Keith Pelley took over as chief executive of the European Tour almost two years ago and had given the organisation exactly the shake-up it needed. But any successful chief exec, in addition to business acumen and flair, needs a healthy dose of good fortune. The last of these was delivered by Swedish golfer Alex Noren who stormed through the final round of the BMW Championship at Wentworth with a last day 62, a new course record, to win by two strokes. If Keith Pelley sits at his headquarters on Monday with a big smile on his face (and I’m prepared to bet that he will be in his office despite it being a bank holiday), he has earned the right to be just a tad self-congratulatory.

Keith Pelley

He looked at the BMW Championship, which the Tour regards as its flagship event, on a par with the Players Championship at Sawgrass, and wondered why it was not attracting the best players in the world, particularly home-grown stars like Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose. He was told that the Wentworth venue was not up to standard (more…)

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Martin Vousden on New Rules and Tiger’s Back

May 02 2017

Thought for the Day
Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them one day.

Sanity breaks out
It has, admittedly, taken a while but recently there has been clear, incontrovertible evidence that the R&A and USGA have finally started reacting to events at something other than a glacial pace. As the governing bodies for the rules of golf worldwide, they belatedly recognised that the rules were far too cumbersome, nit-picky and incomprehensible. As a consequence they have released a set of proposals, to be introduced in January 2019, which should be welcomed by golfers everywhere.

Not only that, whenever an event at a televised pro tournament causes a bit of a stir, they have started to respond almost immediately (well, within a few weeks or months, which is pretty rapid by their standards) to clarify existing rules or, more pertinently, introduce new interpretations and judgments.

Rules of Golf

The catalyst would appear to be Dustin Johnson’s win at last year’s US Open, when he was belatedly penalised one stroke because his ball moved on the 3rd green – having been told at the time by the walking official that there was no penalty, he was then given the bad news of the retrospective punishment seven holes later, as he was playing the 12th. Consequently, from January 1st this year, (more…)

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Wesley Bryan Might Give Up The Day Job Now…

Apr 17 2017

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Vousden on the Masters

Apr 04 2017

Thought for the Day
Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together

Picking the winner of the Masters is often the most difficult bit of prognostication of the year. Because it’s the season’s first major we have had comparatively little time to size up the runners and riders, and there’s something about driving down Magnolia Lane to that superb clubhouse that turns the legs of otherwise hardened pros to jelly and their bowels to water.

Augusta Clubhouse

Except this year. Dustin Johnson has, for the last nine months, been playing at a level of such sustained excellence that he’s a shoo-in to get his first green jacket. He has always hit the ball further than most of us travel on holiday but he now matches that long game with superb work on and around the greens. In addition he has that slow, easy walk of a cowboy and gives the impression that his pulse never rises above 48 beats per minute. With all that in his favour, how could he possibly not win?

Well… Unfortunately he has history when it comes to (more…)

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2017 Golf Bags in Stock

Mar 13 2017

Prior to getting the posh studio shots made, here are some quick happy snaps to show you our latest golf bag. Please ignore the photos currently shown in the web shop; they show last year’s model. We’re pleased with these; they look really nice. Click here to buy.

2017 GoKart Golf Bag

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