Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Pic: Notably Gay, Disappointed
According to event organizer Stands With A Fist the charity event was set to go ahead on the 5th July and feature Tiger Woods. Due to Woods injury and possible absence it was feared nobody would show up. And they were probably right. Notably Gay’s brother Kicking Bird said the event would be rescheduled once Woods has recovered.
Woods and Notably Gay were roommates at college.
Click here to view second round highlights from the 2011 BMW International Open on the European Tour site.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
After a 560Km round trip to see 2011 US Open Champion Rory McIlroy visit Ballyliffin Golf Club for an Oakley photo shoot, I came away without the "60 second challenge" vid I was after, but did manage a nice what’s in the bag piece and scored myself a nice bit of US Open silverware. USGA note: It’s safe in my boot with the golf clubs. I will leave it back in time for the 2012 US Open!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The “core” has been the biggest buzz word in the world of golf fitness. Having a strong core provided Rory McIlroy with a solid fulcrum that allowed him produce a strong repeatable golf swing in the pressure cooker environment of the US Open. However even finding your core, let alone toning it has been a challenge in itself for many. Here’s a great exercise to help you both discover and strengthen your core.
The exercise is called the plank. Facing down on a mat, raise your body with your forearms and toes so that your back is as straight as possible. In this position “switch on” or tighten up the muscles of your backside and your belly and keep them engaged for 30 seconds. You will find it tough at first but do it daily and over time you should aim to increase this “switched on” to time to one minute. Doing this exercise regularly will make your core the envy of everyone in your club!
Karl Morris is one of the finest thinkers in the game of golf. He is only living Jedi Knight and has worked extensively with Yoda on his mental approach to light sabre battles. Be sure toCheck out Karl’s website www.golf-brain.com
MENTALITY (state of mind, frame of mind, attitude, approach, way of thinking, outlook, mindset); Do you HAVE IT?
For the last 12 months I have been involved in what turned out to be an extraordinary project. I was contacted by a man called Joe Sillett who had become a real life example of how this downturn has affected all of us. Having a business once valued in the millions, to then find that he was made redundant as the recession really bit hard.
It was refreshing to meet someone who was so up front about what had happened. He didn’t pretend, he didn’t blame, he was honest enough to admit WHY his business had struggled. He did though have an idea! The phone conversation went something like this: ‘Do you think that people would be INTERESTED in a book with some of sports all time great players EXPLAINING how they made it, how they overcame difficulties, how they set their mind to succeed?’ ‘Would you be able to provide an analysis of how EVERYONE can benefit from what the true greats did to become winners?’ ‘Does the Pope pray?’
But I was SCEPTICAL.
What if the book was full of nearly made it’s rather than TRUE greats?
Then he showed me the list of people who had agreed to be involved. When two of our finest golfers ever Lee Westwood and Laura Davies headed the list I was completely sold. Little did I know that what these two greats revealed in their interviews would give priceless tools for ANY golfer to be able to improve their own game of golf.
Laura Davies talked about how she worked out that when she plays badly her eyes tend to dart all over the place as she is addressing the ball and her mind is ‘too busy’. Full of negative thoughts about ‘what if’. To combat that she worked out such a simple but effective tool of disciplining herself to focus on the back of the ball as opposed to letting her eyes dart around. This I have found to be a major problem when golfers are nervous. Eyes that are busy produce minds that are busy. Do you do that? Had you even considered it might be a factor? What Laura is doing is quietening her mind by having the INTENTION to focus on the back of the ball. Of all the things she COULD be focused on she has the discipline to put her mind in a place that helps rather than hinders her game.
Lee Westwood when asked about his most destructive emotion said “It’s not so much an emotion, but one of the most destructive things is to get ahead of yourself. I did that on the final hole at Turnbery. The ‘secret’ is to stay in the present and focus on what is in front of you”
Nothing new in that, yet one of golf’s greatest players saying ‘the secret’ is to focus on what is in front of you!
Not many people reading this will have lost an Open championship with this mind game error but we have all fallen victim to getting in front of ourselves on the golf course. Be that to break a hundred for the first time or win a club medal it doesn’t matter what the situation is. We feel pressure when we go into the future and imagine WHAT will happen. The skill of being in the here and now is one of the most valuable skills that you can EVER develop. If Lee Westwood says it is ‘the secret’ then I think that it would be worth ALL of us working towards improving this most important mental skill. Focusing exclusively on the task at hand without allowing yourself to drift into a possible future actually allows you to become the best golfer that YOU can be.
Check out Karl’s website www.golf-brain.com
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
|Doc in his "kitchen"|
We have also received this exclusive photo which appears to back up the claims.
In a statement released this morning from the gable of his house, Dr. Hughes said “Yes, I can confirm that this is me, but there was no drink involved whatsoever, and this picture was taken right here in the kitchen of my house. I admit things like the potted plant, collection boxes, a club lotto poster, KP peanuts and the dim lighting makes it look like a pub, but trust me it’s my kitchen. I’m into that sort of thing.”
More as it emerges.
Known at the border as “Dog” because he styles himself on TV’s bounty hunting Duane “Dog” Chapman, Gonzales became extremely proficient at the game of golf through years of pelting pinnacles at nasty low down gringos from the back of 1980 Toyota Landcruiser.
Gonzales US Open participation brought mixed emotions from work colleagues. Chief border police officer Julio Cesar Chavez said “We were delighted to see Andres on dee TV, but dee cree-mee-nals went loco at dee border”. Gonzales was today back at his post, in sweltering heat, drinking tequila, taking bribes and fighting cree-mee-nals.
You may have heard about Phil Mickleson, Bubba Watson and Davis Love going to visit the President of the United States on the eve of last week’s US Open. Well, the trio presented Mr. Obama with some golfing gifts.
Incoming Ryder Cup captain Davis Love gave Barack a customized Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter and an invite to the Europe/USA clash in Medinah next year. Phil Mickelson presented the President Obama, who is also a “leftie”with three Callaway X Forged wedges and a 9.5° Callaway Diablo Octane driver. The wedges (a 56°, 60° and 64°) was crafted by Roger Cleveland himself and embossed with PREZ "44" on the back. Speaking about the wedges Roger Cleveland said, "I weighted them so they wouldn't go any further left!" Bubba Watson’s gift was a replica of his own driver, a Ping G15 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft.
A white house spokesman said after “The President is now fully stocked sportswise. He owns two drivers, wedges, a putter and a hurley”. Good man Enda!
Monday, June 20, 2011
2011 BMW International Open Betting Preview and Tips, Golfclub München Eichenried
Early odds on Betfair
Francesco Molinari 25/1
Missed the cut last week at Congressional but could that be a blessing in disguise this week? This Eichenreid layout may well suit Molinari’s short but accurate driving and iron game. Got his first top 10 in Italy two weeks back, his best result since the WGC Cadillac and he will be looking to build on that this week. The USGA did him no favours with the all Italy draw at the US Open.
Anders Hansen 44/1
Anders has finished in the top 20 in his last four events including two second places at the Open de Espana and last time out in Wales. The in form Dane has close in the past here in Germany. After tying fourth in 2007 he lost out in a playoff to home favourite Martin Kaymer in 2008. Great chance of a fourth Tour win.
Henrik Stenson 44/1
Okay I’ve had my fun slagging Henrik but if he can drive anywhere like he did last week at Congressional he is sure to be in shake up come Sunday. It’s easy to highlight his inadequacies but an in form Stenson is a six time proven winner on the European Tour and claimed the 2009 Players at Sawgrass. Bound to be buoyed by his Congressional form and don’t forget he won here in Germany in 2006. Picked up an injury in the final round last week, let’s hope it’s not serious.
Pablo Larrazabal 70/1
Pablo wears his heart on his sleeve and can be his own worst enemy at times but he’s still a serious golfer. Larrazabal had this event in the bag last year before messing up the final three holes to fall into a tie for third. Showing good recent form too, after finishing fourth at Celtic Manor and 11th in Italy last time out.
Niclas Fasth 160/1
Sky Sports Radar describing Fasth’s professionalism says “Niclas eats lettuce and drinks water”. The 2007 winner here has really put his game through the ringer in the last few years but we began to see signs of an improvement last time out in Italy where he tied sixth. You can bet your bottom dollar that nobody will be better prepared this week.
Its Blades Of Glory meets The Golf Boys, in the latest instalment of “separated at birth”.
Check out Brian Keogh’s brilliant website www.irishgolfdesk.ie for everything about Irish golf. Here’s a link Brian’s report on Rory McIlroy’s win from Congressional.
The 22-year old Holywood idol brushed aside all doubts about his ability to close when fired a two under 69 to decimate the field with an amazing 16 under par total and smash the US Open scoring record of 272 held by the likes of Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
Here’s what’s in the bag of Rory McIlroy, the 2011 US Open Champion.
Lets just break it down. Rory McIlory is a Major Champion. I’m not a journo but:
- youngest winner in 88 years (taking into account 88 years ago they were not that great)
- finished at a record 16 under (that’s just criminal)
- beat the living lard out of Tiger Woods old records
- Won by 8 from Jason Day
- Big hug for Dad Gerry on Fathers Day
And for all you Americans out there, this is the 63 mile route your US Open Trophy will be taking across the tiny but huge in character island of Ireland!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Bohner was rock solid throughout, helping Obama, useless at golf, to win the cash. “We played for 13 trillion dollars” Obama said after the round. “I checked out Bohner’s shaft and it inspired me. It’s just so long, straight and firm” the Commander in hankerChief added.
There had been rumours that Speaker of the House Bohner had gone a bit soft on Obama, but after rubbing some cream on his head, Bohner really came to life in the sweltering conditions.
Rors is set to land his first major after another imperious performance in round three of the US Open. This is the fourth straight Major he has lead but this time, there can be no catching his eight shot 54-hole lead, the second largest in 111 years. McIlroy leads by eight shots from YE Yang and by nine from Westwood, Day and Garrigus. This is a script written in Holywood and Rory just has one scene to shoot.