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With top Irish PGA pro John Kelly of St. Margarets and Harrington Golf. To book a session call John on 086-8155248.
When most golfers practice, they focus on hitting shots. But putting accounts for so many shots during a round, it should not be overlooked. Here’s a great lag putting drill to do on the practice putting green. Before you start mark a three feet circle around the hole with tees or coins. Come back about 30 feet from the hole and with five balls, practice putting to within the three foot circle.
From 30 feet away we don’t expect to hole the putt but what we really want is to eliminate the possibility of three putting. Generally speaking it’s the pace of the putt that causes the three putt. With your first ball learn the line, get the feel, use your eyes. When you have hit all five balls, count how many are within the circle. Then do the same drill from the opposite side of the hole.
Practicing this drill regularly will greatly improve your lag putting.
He’s back fully fit and playing but the endorsement contracts just keep slipping away from Tiger Woods. The latest to call time on a Woods contract is Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer who ended their 10 relationship last week. Chief executive Jean-Christophe Babin said in a statement the company is "confident that Tiger will eventually regain full trust with the public" and that Woods has "huge talent and mental strength (which) will help him overcome his difficulties." Tag Heuer had actually stopped using Woods in December 2009, just weeks after revelations about his marital problems began to emerge.
Poor old Tim Clark hasn’t been able to play hardly at all this year due to an injury to his left elbow, but he will be going to the President’s Cup. Not as a player, but as a vice captain. Cup Captain Greg Norman invited Tim to assist him at the event which starts on November 17th in Royal Melbourne Australia. Ironically Clark, ninth in the standings, still holds an automatic qualification position!
Fair play to golf writer Ryan Ballangee who spent all night on his calculator figuring out who would have won if all four majors were combined this year. It’s South African Charl Schwartzel who was one of only 11 players to play all four rounds in every major. He finished with a total of 14 under par. Check out the top five:
It has been a whirlwind ride for the newest Major Champion Keegan Bradley since his PGA win. Several offers have come flooding in including:
One rumour that Bradley’s management company will quickly have to quell is that of his parentage, which is incredibly disturbing. It is thought Kevin Keegan and Michael Bradley may have fostered the lovechild following a chance meeting in an upmarket London beauty, where Keegan was receiving a hair perm and Bradley was having an all over tan applied.
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What is a golf stinger injury?
A golf stinger is basically a nerve injury. It can be extremely painful. The nerves in the arms and hands and fingers originate in the spinal cord. Travelling under the collar bone and into the shoulder these nerves form a complicated weave or mesh.
What happened Rory McIlory was that during the shot, the direct blow to the wrist and forearm (for a split second) severely compressed these nerves underneath and triggered an intense discharge of electricity. For Rory, it felt like an instantaneous bolt of electricity shooting down through nerves from his fingers, through his forearm and up to his shoulder. He may also have damaged a tendon during the impact, another common injury that accompanies the stinger.
After the first electrical jolt, the body kicks in to restrict the function in the arms. Rory will have felt a weakness in the muscles, the tendons in the wrist and a tingling in his arm. Hence the name “stinger”. Usually the pain goes away quickly but the muscles remain weak for some time.
In Rory’s case the actual stinger injury would be considered relatively minor. The worst stinger injuries happen in contact sports like rugby, where a player takes a massive impact to the shoulder and seriously damages the nerves and muscles. The real worry might be damage to the tendons in the wrist, not the stinger. Only an MRI scan will detect the extent of this.
Depending on how he himself feels, Rory should be able to tee it up today. The Tour physios will assess his sense of feeling, strength, motion and reflexes. If they have returned to normal or near normal, he should be good to go. Strapping may be also be used as a precaution to protect the muscles and tendons.
What cant be strapped is the players “commitment to the shot” when injured. The brain sends a message to the body a millisecond before impact saying “this is going to hurt. Let go!”. It’s basically the body protecting itself. Rory’s ability to play through his body’s cautioning will be critical as the week progresses.
USPGA officials are meeting in crisis session in a bid to stave off the growing threat of “swampass” which could overshadow the 2011 PGA Championship. In steaming temperatures of 100 degrees in the Georgia region, up to 97% of all local men suffer from the condition. Swampass is defined in the urban dictionary as “the nasty feeling when your butt crack is sweaty, causing your underwear and pants to stick, or an occasional itching feeling. Usually caused by elevated temperatures or humidity while working or excessive walking.”
A senior USPGA official said earlier “We are doing everything we can to plug this situation. An articulated lorry load of talcum powder is on its way from the Johnson & Johnson factory. Each player before going onto the course will be required to drop his pants to be powdered up. It’s very similar to the delousing process that takes place in prisons. We are also banning any white or beige trousers today as a precaution.”
Known in Europe as “crotch rot”, regular PGA Tour sufferer Robert Garrigus has been working as a consultant to tournament organizers. Garrigus was the first player to highlight the dangers of swampass at the 2010 St Jude Classic, when the foul sight of his soiled trousers sent male and female golf fans throughout the world scurrying for cover. Garrigus now helps swampass sufferers all over the world through his website schwettycrack.com.
One of the favourites for the event, Lee Westwood, has also had his plans for the tournament disrupted by the threat. “I was planning to wear my transparent white trousers this week. They have been very lucky for me in the past. The pockets normally do a great job of covering the nasty stuff, but now they are banned. I can understand the precautions though. There’s no amount of Persil Non-Bio to shift that level staining. I normally wear, then bin immediately.”
Surely this swampass story is set to run and run.
The Final Major
Yep, but God only knows why. The US PGA has little going for it except for the huge Wannabie or Wannamaker or whatever it’s called trophy. Past champions include Shaun Micheel, Rich Beem and Mark Brooks. They call it “Glory’s Last Shot”, “Shot” being the operative word.
Long. Very long. Awful long. Darren Clarke spoke yesterday to Brian Keogh about the 15th. It’s 265 yards from the back to a green surrounded by water. Big D says he will need a three wood to play it. Bring back the postage stamp, 120 odd yards, yet much more dramatic. Atlanta Athletic Club, bah, you’ll need to some athlete to even walk to that green not alone hit a ball onto it.
Martin Kaymer defends- yawn
Small breakaway Russian republic at war with Motherland, I mean Stevie at war with Tiger
Tiger’s chin minge and webbed footwear
Adam Scott would make a great ventriloquist wouldn’t he?
Rory looking for a pad in the States, preferably with a tennis court
Think Monty in a steam room on a treadmill. Think Good Morning Vietnam, little monks just bursting into flames. There you have it. The first item every player packs in his bag for the PGA every year is the roll on deodorant, marked “A” with a sharpie, for “Ass” not armpit. This tournament is crotch rot central every year!
City officials in Woodward say they're "offended" that a woman stripped naked during a charity golf event at a city-owned golf course.
The local Elks Lodge hosted the event in July at Boiling Springs Golf Course as part of its annual rodeo. Event Chairman Neal Day told The Oklahoman the woman stripped naked as part of a challenge on a putting green.
Day says the woman was not asked to strip. He said she was a last minute recruit when another volunteer couldn't attend.
City Manager Alan Riffel says he and other city leaders are "offended" and that their anger has been relayed to the Elks and the golf course operator.
Day said the woman will not be asked again to volunteer for Elks events.
Full name Richard George Green
Born 19 February 1971, Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Residence Williamstown, Australia; Bagshot, Surrey, England
Turned professional 1992 (plus 2)
European Tour Wins 3
Richard may seen quiet and unassuming on the golf course but off it he is a fanatical motor racing fan who loves to race Porsches. He even competed in the 2009 and 2010 Australian Grand Prix GT Category. Last season he drove a white Porsche 996GT3 Cup Car. The car is No. 63 and has the same sponsors as his golf game – Valvoline, Toll and Orix Australia. Asked why it is No. 63 Green says “Well, I wanted 62 because that’s my lowest score in golf (BMW Open, Germany), but some other clown out here has 62, so I have to put up with 63!”
Greeny as he known to his friends cites Ayrton Senna and Jason Richards as his favourite drivers. “His (Richards) dedication and obsession with racing and working hard is something I look up to and have tried to convert into my golf game and any things I do basically” says Green.
This autumn sees the release of the R11 irons. Without the gimmick of having a white head, the question is can these R11 irons become a worldwide sensation like the big stick.
A glance at the testing stats shows the new R11 irons have many of the same capabilities as the TaylorMade Burner 2.0 irons. Like the 2.0’s the R11 are designed to have 15 yards difference in every club, they have the same launch and ball flight results on the trackman and both irons carry almost identical distances in testing.
The R11 irons have a cast stainless steel head and an undercut channel which gets progressively bigger in the long irons for more forgiveness. Each irons has a a precision weight port at the back to optimize launch angle and induce faster ball speed, all leading to increased distance and more forgiveness.
The weight s are set to to ensure each club’s center of gravity is in line with the sweet spot. Weighing from 2.5 to 17 grams the weights are made of aluminium, steel and tungsten and are fully adjustable.
Add to that add the “inverted cone technology” you have all TaylorMade’s more recent irons to deliver forgiveness on off centre hits and end up with the R11 irons.
Will they be as ground breaking as the R11 driver? No, but they are yet another quality alternative to add to TaylorMade’s ever growing number of models.
With top Irish amateur and TPI certified fitness instructor Robbie Cannon of Harrington Golf. To book a session call Robbie on 086-6002432.
One of key differences between amateurs and professionals is that pro’s make a much bigger backswing. One of the key factors that limits the range of the backswing is having really lat muscles in the shoulders. Here’s a really great exercise to improve the range of motion in the lat muscle.
Firstly kneel down in the prayer position. With the knees pointing forward, reach out your left hand as far over to the right side as possible. You will really feel a stretch in your let muscles. Hold the stretch for 25-30 seconds or as long as is comfortable. Repeat on the other side. Do this exercise every day and you will notice a huge improvement in your backswing turn.
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2011 US PGA Championship Betting Preview and Tips
Odds from Stan James
Zach Johnson specializes in going under radars. My intelligence sources however say he has to have a great chance at Atlanta Athletic Club to add to his 2007 Masters green jacket. According to shotlink stats last week Zach’s final round driving accuracy of 78.57% was over 20% better than the rest of the field average. His tied sixth at the WGC tallies with his tied third at the John Deere and shows he’s bang in form. Zach has been in the top 10 in the last two PGA Championships, finishing tied third alongside Rory McIlroy last year, just one shot behind Kaymer and Watson. Hasn’t won since last May at the Crowne Plaza but I bet he still remembers how.bet now
There something about Jason Day, something gritty, something determined. For a guy to hit 42% of the fairways last week at the WGC and still tie fourth is pretty darn impressive. Add to that he has come tied second at The Masters and then second outright at the US Open (where there are no fairways!) and you have a relatively experienced 23 year old who doesn’t seem to be fazed by being at the top of the leaderboard. Has to have learned a lot also from the final round last year when his 74 dropped him from a chance to win into a tie for 10th. Surely an each way punt here is prudent betting.bet now
You just never know with Lee Westwood. His final round of 65 shows he’s simmering nicely but you also get the feeling that this “best player never to win a major” collar is starting to cut into his neck. If Westwood is to win this week, he needs to hit the Athletic Club running. Final round charges like last weekend, or at Congressional where he surged to tie third will not suffice. Has the final piece of the Chubby slam been prophesied? Stan thinks so at 12/1 and so do I!bet now
Rory McIlroy is the bookies favourite this week and it’s easy to see why. The way the PGA set up the courses seems to suit Rors. He tied third at Hazeltine in 2009 when Yang won and had the same finish last year at Whistling Straits when Kaymer took the spoils. Cruised into a tie for sixth last week without really trying. His greens in regulation stats are other worldly but it is Rory’s putting that will determine success or otherwise this week. At the US Open he putted brilliantly, but he hasn’t reproduced that since. Last week at the WGC he needed 1.8 putts per green as opposed to the whole field’s average of 1.77. So in a nutshell, if he putts he wins! bet now
I’m going to disregard Dustin Johnson’s 48th or whatever it was last week and say I think he’s a good each way shout this week. Not because he was (arguably) robbed of a place in the playoff last year but because he is rapidly proving he has a Major championship game. Okay so he imploded when GMac won the US Open last year but he was, again, in contention. And how admirably did he stick to his task at St. Georges in tying second. If a US player is to win, no one is more deserving than DJ. The man hits the ball a country mile!bet now
2011 Irish Open Champion Simon Dyson flew out to the USA last week after only four hours sleep. His whirlwind journey took its toll with a first round 77 but he got back into the groove thereafter with three rounds in the 60’s. With better preparation and greens that will suit him this week, I think an each way punt from 100/1 is in order. He tied 12th last year and has a career best tied sixth in 2007. Another man who caught my eye last Sunday was Aaron Baddeley 66/1, who certainly has the putting game for this course. The only problem for the Northern Trust champ is that he has never finished in the top 10 in a Major. And finally a couple of caddies have told me that Francesco Molinari is starting to find a bit of form again after a very lean spell. You can get him at 80/1. bet now
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