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The TopGolfer Tour has released its schedule for 2012 which includes eight new venues and twelve new events across Ireland.
The amateur series which is now in its third season will incorporate 43 scratch cups running from April to September at established host venues such as Cork GC, Castle GC, Woodenbridge GC, Warrenpoint GC, Dromoland Castle, Concra Wood and Rosslare. 
This season the tour will also visit new venues at Dun Laoghaire GC, Loughrea GC, Mallow GC, Grange GC, Blainroe GC, Naas GC, Killeen GC and the superb Faldo Course at Lough Erne.
The winner of each tour event will receive an invitation to the TopGolfer Tour Championship which, after visits to Carton House in 2010 and Druids Glen in 2011, will this year be hosted by Fota Island Resort in Cork, host to Irish Opens in 2001 and 2002.
Tour Director Dermot Synnott explains “We’re really excited about 2012. We have strengthened the schedule with some superb new venues all of which are perfect for the intense competition of scratch cup golf. Our members, now more than 8,000 players, demand good golf courses in the best of condition. They’re going to enjoy the best of Irish in 2012!”
Synnott and his partner Rob Hill launched the TopGolfer Tour in 2010 to provide golfers who play off 9 or better with a series of competitive events. It was an instant hit attracting over 2,500 competitors in its first season.
2011 saw the introduction of the Kelkin Revive Order of Merit. With points up for grabs at every tour event, it doubled the entries to almost 5,000 competitors in its second season, and concluded with Jim Carvill of Warrenpoint GC taking the Tour Championship crown.
This years’ Order of Merit final will be played over the Ryder Cup Course at The K Club offering members one last chance to qualify for the Tour Championship.
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2012 Northern Trust Open Betting Tips
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Phil Mickelson 10/1

doc and phil mickelson_thumb[2] It’s an all star field this week with the likes of Luke Donald, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia all making their season debut. For me though it’s hard to see past Phil Mickelson again this week after he won for us so convincingly at Pebble. Winner here in 2008 and 2009, driving it like an arrow with a new shaft in his driver and holing everything with that blade, Phil is irresistible. One caveat might be exhaustion, he has been on the go for a month and is knocking on a bit you know!

Aaron Baddeley 30/1

baddeley A five under 67 at Pebble Beach last Sunday for a top five finish is sure to provide a real confidence boost for Badds heading into the defence of his Northern Trust title. Imperious two shot win last year over Vijay Singh. On form Baddeley is a real greens in regulation merchant, ideal for tough layouts. And they don’t get much tougher than this.

Kevin Na 40/1

na This will be the third week in a row we tipped Kevin Na and while he hasn't given us a monetary return, he certainly has given a good run for our money with another tied fifth last week. Na tied for 10th in 2010 and bettered that with a third place finish last year. The par 71 at Riviera is real leveler and the trend is the form players coming in continue here. Let’s hope that works for Na.

KJ Choi 40/1

choi[3] KJ hasn’t the best of form coming into this week with two poor showings on the desert swing of the European Tour. Riviera and KJ however go together like Batman and Robin. The Korean has never missed a cut here and top 10’d in three out of the last four stagings. Maybe better to wait until Friday evening on this one, but KJ is always one to watch here.

Best Of The Rest

ricky barnes lynette[4]Dustin Johnson 25/1, I believe made huge headway, mentally, at Pebble Beach. He’s obviously been struggling since returning from injury but I detected a spark of that old DJ last week. Usually a man that plays well on tough courses, I predict a much improved result this week.
Last but not least is one of my favourite players to watch, Ricky Barnes 80/1. He’s all about confidence and after a good showing last week has the talent to post a top 10 if not better this week.
 

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In a bid to remind people that not just priests can buy their shoes, Danish footwear giant Expens-ecco are said to be planning a radical new TV commercial to emphasize all the fun that can be had whilst wearing their spikeless street shoe.

freddie funny pic[9]For the first time ever the Expens-ecco commercial will not feature Freddie Couples lazing by a railway track, sailing a boat whilst expressing mild enjoyment, or lounging around like an old dog and looking into the distance.

The radical new one minute advert, to be aired this week, features Couples tripping and falling out of a sailing boat, laughing with a woman on a bike before slipping off the pedals and catching his testicles on the crossbar, and entering the Hadron super Collider to be spun violently. All the while wearing his 2012 Expens-ecco spikeless golf shoes.

Since switching to the gripless Expens-ecco (bowling) golf shoe in 2010, Freddie has played one good round at the Masters and been to Germany twice to visit a world expert in back pain to find out what on earth could be causing the chronic back problem which has flared up in the past two years.

“We cannot understand why these spikeless golf shoes are not taking off” said an Expens-ecco spokesman adding “to encourage sales this month we are giving three free visits to the chiropractor with every pair sold.”

He continued, “Whilst Freddie remains vertical he will our only brand ambassador at expens-Ecco.  We cannot think of anyone else we would like to see play golf  whilst balancing in our shoes.”

 

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2012 Avantha Masters Golf Betting Preview and Tips

DLF G&CC, New Delhi, India 16 Feb 2012 - 19 Feb 2012
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Jeev-Milkha-Singh_1[4] Jeev Milkha Singh 25/1

Golf is the fastest growing sport in India and one of its most famous faces is Jeev Milkha Singh. Started well in Dubai last week but struggled thereafter to finish down the field. Jeev battles with a back problem and it was this injury that ended his title challenge here last year. One behind going into the final round, the Indian played through the pain barrier to card a 75 and finish just outside the top 10. Fully fit, he has the course knowledge to place.

David Drysdale 55/1

Solid if unspectacular in Dubai, David Drysdale is just one great putting week away from another big European Tour finish. The DLF should suit the Scot, who’s driving and greens in regulation stats combined were the best in the field last week. His third at the Joburg Open will hopefully stand him in good stead down the stretch this week.

Gregory Havret 25/1

I’m going to stick with Gregory Havret for one more week. Finished 24th in Dubai which wasn’t bad if you take into account he was 10 shots behind winner Rafa Cabrera Bello after the first round! Played well here last year birdying three of the last four holes on Sunday to finish third. Putting will be the key for Havret in India, he top 10’d on the stats last week and if he can do so again will be a threat on this short New Delhi track.

Romain Wattel 36/1

If Havret doesn’t do the business this week then maybe his protégée, 21 year old Romain Wattel will oblige. The two are members of Bussy St Georges Golf Club near Paris. Wattel won as a teenager on the Challenge Tour and though this week will be only his 34th Tour start, he has already clocked up two top 15’s in Abu Dhabi and Dubai last week. High on the putting stats when we plays well, that will be vital this week.

Best Of The Rest

Holland’s Joost Luiten 18/1 didn’t set the world alight in the desert but I think he has the game to feature this week having won in Malaysia in late November on his last trip down to this part of the world. Another player who I think has a fantastic putting game is Rhys Davies 42/1. The Welshman will start from very high odds this week having missed the cut in Dubai. The DLF course is world’s apart from what the played on last week so it will be interesting to see how he fares.
Obviously it’s more difficult to keep tabs on all the Asian Tour players but I will be keeping an eye out for Mardan Mamat 60/1 who won recently in the Philippines. And of course how could we forget our old friend Kiradech Aphibarnrat 60/1 whose sure to give us plenty of smiles.

After trying several putters in recent time, it was the classically styled Odyssey White Hot XG Blade that helped steer Phil Mickelson to victory in the 2012 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The blade comes with an alignment line ground into the metal by the Odyssey tour staff. Phil actually has a whole set of identically shaped blades, but with slightly different face inserts, some hard some soft.  He also has light and dark versions of the putter, the lighter steel colour was used in Pebble Beach.  

 mickelson blade2 On slow greens Phil adds lead weight strips to his putter.  On fast greens like at Pebble Beach and Augusta, he uses the putter without added weights.

Because of the forward press of his hands immediately prior to his stroke, Phil’s blades have between 5 and 6 degrees of loft added to negate the effect of the hands.

 

This story is a follow up to O’Grady Upset That We Don’t Have Crazy Bastard Like Crane In Europe

joel sjolholmAfter a week of boffins working around the clock to produce the European Tour’s alternative to Ben Crane’s hat and goggles, big boss George O’Grady says he’s “not so sure” if the Joel Sjolholm experiment is working.

“Obviously we tried to make Joel look as ridiculous as Ben Crane, what with those trousers belonging to an 8 year old schoolboy and the Watford football socks.  The gangsta hat we stole from a homeless man outside the gate.  Feedback is suggesting however that we need to take it a step further and use a player with a higher profile.  We have asked Miguel Angel Jimenez if he will wear a dress and bonnet from Little House on the Prairie and Lee Westwood is considering playing in a Tinky Winky outfit next week. We remain steadfastly determined to produce a character even more outrageous than those available on the PGA Tour.”

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The only way to really learn, improve and enjoy golf is out on the course, The traditional flat surfaced practice ground is a good starting point to get a grip of the swing or improve the fundamentals, but it doesn't fully prepare the golfer for the 'real life' conditions on the course.
The majority of good golfers have had the advantage of playing since childhood, experiencing multiple rounds, in which they've naturally learnt to deal with the many varied and awkward lies the golf course demands. These golfers have typically played first before concentrating on the technique of the swing. Unfortunately, this natural path to playing good golf is a luxury that those who take up the game in their adult life rarely experience. In fact, current teaching practices mean that adult learners are almost always forced to do the opposite, spending the majority of their time attempting to develop 'the perfect swing' and very little time on the course learning and playing the game.
I don't want to dismiss learning about the swing, but it shouldn't take too long and certainly shouldn't become the sole purpose of tuition. A swing is just a swing and however much time is spent on trying to perfect one, it means nothing if it can't be applied in practice. This is why as a professional, I strongly encourage new golfers out onto the course in the early stages of learning even if their swings are not yet experienced or established. At its most fundamental, playing on the course gives a taste of the real game, the thrill of staring down a fairway to the flag beyond, the heroics of getting a ball out of the Bunker , the subtlety of landing the ball on the green rather than in the rough beyond and the euphoria of hearing the plop of the ball in the hole. - these are all just as much a part of the game as the swing, and quite frankly, is what brings the game to life! So experiencing this early on is likely to feed a golfers enthusiasm to learn and develop and to help them fully grasp the point of the swing they are developing- it's not always to go straight with a 7 iron, but to negotiate dog legs, to miss the rough, to get over the hill or make a birdie!

Of course everybody is different and one mans dream driver may feel like a fishing rod in the hands of another, but this test carried out by rank mark involved 150 golfers together testing the best of 2011 over four days.  The results are ranked according to handicap and pretty much all the clubs are available now on Golfbidder.  You can also get a great deal on your old clubs with Golfbidder and postage is subsidised throughout Europe. Read On for the results…

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Martin Kaymer got his first ever hole in one today after 15 years playing golf, amateur and professional.  Afterwards he revealed that the watch he won as the hole in one prize would be given to his physio Rolf Klöttschen, with whom he had a bet.

The ace came at the 177 yard seventh hole in Dubai. Kaymer played an 8 iron.

Apparently the bet is that Rolf pays him €10  every time he does not get a hole in one in  Dubai.  Irrespective of how strange a physio paying a client is, on the flip side the bet meant if Kaymer got a hole in one, he had to give the physio his prize.  Whatever it is.

Afterward the German revealed it was one of his goals for the year and that his caddie Christian Donald had prophesied it was going to happen. It is unclear whether Rolf paid Christian to tell Martin that.

 

Update after Deutsche Bank Championship Win (4th September 2012).



DRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (8.5°) with a (Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 70X), C•2 SureFit Tour setting
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913FD (13.5°, 18°) with Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shafts
IRONS: Titleist 712MB (3-9) with Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (46°, 54°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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Link to post on Rory's Scotty Cameron Putter Newport GSS Prototype putter


Here’s what’s in the bag of Rory McIlroy at the start of the 2012 season.

Jonathan Brunet from Sunice introduces the 2012 collection of golf apparel including the Gore Tex hurricane range with X-Static technology. 99.9% silver is woven through the liner fabric and being highly conductive, silver reflects body heat back in cold weather to keep you warm and conversely conducts heat away keeping you cool in hot weather. Also introduced is the Tornado with Flex Vent technology.

Padraig Harrington will be gaming a revolutionary new putter grip called the P2 this week on the PGA Tour.  The grip was invented by Irish club pro Enda McLoughlin and found its way onto Harrington’s blade within hours of him setting eyes on it.

The effect of the P2 grip is to alter the angle of the putter head 4 degrees upright making the shaft sit directly below the forearms.  This allows the user to lock the wrists and putt with the putter sitting on its toe a la Steve Stricker’s method.

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Padraig Harrington Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 1lfH0g_sHvjl How does this help you putt better?The positioning of the shaft increases the angle of both wrists and locks them in position throughout the stroke. This prevents any unwanted wrist or hand movements meaning less rotation of the putter face and a square impact with the ball each time. The higher positioning of the wrists also allows the forearms to be aligned in perfect symmetry with the shaft of the putter and putter face.
The unique design of the P2 Grip with its flat sides, fills out the palms of both hands perfectly. This positions the hands squarely on the grip, leading to a square putter face at address and most importantly at impact.

To find out more or to purchase a P2 putter grip visit http://www.p2grips.ie/

Who better to introduce what’s new in the Scotty Cameron putter line for 2012 than Chris McGinley, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Titleist.  Chris shows me the “Select” and “California” series of putters coming out this season.

Scotty Cameron 2012 California Series

 

Scotty Cameron 2012 Select Series 

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European Tour Big Hoss George O’Grady issued a statement yesterday expressing disappointment "on behalf of the European Tour" that crazy bastards like Ben Crane and Bubba Watson are popping up on the PGA rather than the European Tour. "We are obviously disappointed and somewhat confused that clearly mentally unstable players are choosing the US Tour over ours”, O’Grady said. “The craziest bastards always have to be from the USA.  It’s like Roswell. Why does everything always have to happen in America?” he added. “Why couldn’t a alien land in Sweden?  On a thursday, at a Tour event?”

Pic: Former European Tour player Gary Murphy had the Ben Crane look back in 2006.

O’Grady went on to reveal that it was actually the European Tour that pioneered the by now famous Ben Crane look.  “We actually had the helmet and goggles idea five years ago.  We tried it twice on the European Tour with Irish player Gary Murphy. Gary was officially the funniest guy on Tour back then (beat Stephen Dodd after deadlock), but it didn’t work Hermann-Maier out. The first time he tried the helmet in Majorca, Gary’s head swelled in the heat and we had to get a welder to free him.  The second time was in Austria, the police over there are very strict, Gary served his six months with dignity. We never considered for one second that we were mocking legendary skier Hermann Maier’s out of season condition and that it would be an offence in Austria?”  

ron flash Reacting to O’Grady’s comments Gary Murphy, now retired, is rumoured to be considering donning the helmet and goggles one more time for his eagerly anticipated Setanta Ireland Golf interview with Shane Lowry on his new TV show “The Cut Line” to be aired on Saturday nights at 10.00pm.

tiger broom handle putterTiger Woods revealed in press conference at Pebble Beach that he is totally anti long and belly putters used by the likes of Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley. "I believe putting is the art of controlling the body and club and swinging the pendulum motion. I believe that's how the game should be played."

Furthermore Woods confirmed he has been consulting with R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson on the matter and how to word the laws banning anchored putters. "My idea was to have it so that the putter would be equal to or less than the shortest club in your bag," Woods said.

Woods will play with Dallas Cowboys quarterback and plus three player Tony Romo this week and is bidding to win his first full field event in two years.

 

Yesterday, the world finally found out the reason for all those Ben Crane videos, the helmet and the goggles. BC was actually covertly using the videos to communicate with the mothership that had returned to the planet “Cranium” without him after a routine middle of the night visit to Earth. Its thought a colleague failed to conduct the roll call properly as all the other BC’s were getting back on the ship and left Ben (earth name) behind.

This photo shows the moment where BC spots the returning mothership and says a tearful goodbye to his earthling friend Bubba.

Daniel Chopra made two holes in one Pebble Beach in a practice round before the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am yesterday.

Chopra first holed out at the 103 yard par-3 seventh hole with a 50 degree wedge, then repeated the feat on the 176 yard 17th with a 7 iron.

According to statisticians the odds for getting two holes in one in the one round are 67 million to 1.  That’s the same odds as

  • Ireland solving its debt crisis
  • Spencer Levin playing a round without going berserk
  • Stereo’s with a wire instead of an old fashioned real aerial actually tuning in, without you having to stand right beside it.

Now the science bit…..

So what clubs were the dyed (or is he albino it’s been so long white?) Swede using? Chopra holed out with a PING Tour-S Rustique 50-degree wedge and a PING S56 7-iron.

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Thanks Dwayne for sending this in. Amazing Stuff!
As the Battle of Britain began to take hold in 1940, a bomb fell on an outbuilding belonging to Richmond Golf Club in Surrey, England. As a result, the club — rather than halt future rounds of golf — issued an incredible list of temporary golf rules to all members that took into account the potentially life-threatening conditions on the course.
The list read as follows.
(Source: Richmond Golf Club; Image: Policemen inspect a bomb crater at North Shore Golf Course in Blackpool, 1940)
  1. Players are asked to collect Bomb and Shrapnel splinters to save these causing damage to the mowing machines.
  2. In competitions, during gunfire, or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.
  3. The positions of known delayed-action bombs are marked by red flags placed at reasonably, but not guaranteed safe distance therefrom.
  4. Shrapnel/and/or bomb splinters on the Fairways, or in Bunkers within a club’s length of a ball may be moved without penalty, and no penalty shall be incurred if a ball is thereby caused to move accidentally.
  5. A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced, or if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped not nearer the hole without penalty.
  6. A ball lying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole, preserving the line to the hole without penalty.
  7. A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place. Penalty, one stroke.

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Phil Mickelson 22/1

philmickelson_head Fourth week out in a row for Phil Mickelson and signs of an improvement in Phoenix. Finished down in 26th but a final round 73 when trying to mount a charge as only Phil attempts, dropped him down the charts. A three time winner at Pebble and with Tiger in the field, may well be spurred on. Tied ninth last year.

Nick Watney 27/1

Nick-Watney It was a case of back to the practice ground after a terrible weekend at the Farmers two weeks back for Nick. I expect some creases to be ironed out before this Thursday. Watney was well in the hunt last year until a moving day 75 scuppered his chances. Recovered with a 67 at Pebble to tie sixth.

DJ Trahan 60/1

trahan After two dismal weeks missing cuts DJ went 64, 66 at the weekend in Phoenix to finish a very impressive fourth. Big DJ hasn’t won since the Bob Hope in 2008 but seems to have discovered something. Played well here at the weather shortened 2009 staging to tie sixth and as is so often the case with players who find the secret, they bring it to the next event.

Martin Laird 36/1

laird Start number 113 in the big leagues for the Scot. He didn’t fire last week but did enough in finishing runner up in Hawaii and playing solid at PGA West to warrant attention. He would not be a true Scot if he didn’t performs best when by the sea!

Best Of The Rest

copuch1 My long odds shot this week is Chris Couch. The big man is 170/1 and fired a super final round in Phoenix and around the three course format of this event literally can and does contend.   Also don’t discount Kevin Na from 34/1. I normally wouldn’t consider Na for a performance here but of the players last week he will know he could have won were it not a Friday slip up. Na’s playing super golf and there has to be big payday soon.

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Martin Kaymer 11/1

Having considered Rors, Quiros and Kaymer for my short odds tip, this week I'm plumping for the German as the more in-form putter of the three. Worked hard after missing the cut in Abu Dhabi on his season debut to scrape into the top 10 in Qatar. A three time winner in neighbouring Abu Dhabi but never in Dubai though he did come very close in 2008 when Tiger pipped him by one. Hard to imagine a desert swing without at least one cameo from Kaymer.

Peter Hanson 24/1

peter hanson funny[4] Tied second last Sunday in Qatar and hit far too many good putts that burned the edges and yet did not drop. That's three top fours in his last four events for Peter folks and while some pundits may question his ability to be a prolific winner, I think the Swede makes an excellent each way punt. Finished just inside the top 10 last year; a live one for me.

Anders Hansen 36/1

Anders is on a 12 event cut streak but hasn’t really featured since his third place finish at last years US PGA Championship. Top 15 in his last couple of events thanks to being the straightest batter in the field. Also drove it great last year on his way to tying second one behind Quiros and I think the Dane is close to adding to his 2009 Joburg and 2007 PGA wins.

Nicolas Colsaerts 36/1

There's just no way Nico can putt as bad as last week; statistically over five putts per round worse than winner Paul Lawrie in Qatar. Quiros won this last year by reducing the place to a pitch and putt course and I think Nicolas has all the tools to do the same this week. He was the leader in greens in regulation last week, a key stat in this course in Dubai. The Belgian will be working hard on the putting green all week. Top 30 here last season following a missed cut in Qatar; but Nico is in a totally different place this time around.

Gregory Havret 90/1

Call me crazy but I have a strong inclination for Gregory Havret this week. After missing the cut in his first two events of the season Gregory finished 25th in Qatar last Sunday. I'm using the Moneyball theory on this one, anyone who has seen the film will know what I mean. Havret's driving is impeccable (he get’s on base a lot!) , we know that from Pebble in 2010, as is his putting. If he gets his greens in regulation stats up a couple of notches this the Frenchman can contend. Tied for fifth in 2005, a long time ago! Don’t hang me out to dry on this one, it’s more a hunch.

Best of The Rest

Ricardo Gonzalez (75/1) is a real free spirit on the golf course and in the best traditions of Argentinean golf, he just gets on with it. Played well last week and always plays in streaks so it’s Dubai or bust for Ricardo.
I was very impressed with Jean Baptiste Gonnet(60/1) last week when he tied fifth. He tied fourth here last year and is worth an each way squeak from good odds.

Here’s David Feherty trying to talk politics with Tim Tebow.  Watch Tebow’s expression as Feherty mentions “Statler and Waldorf”. The poor lad hasn’t a clue who they even are, he wasn’t even born then.

The lads on Off The Ball would probably kill for a sit down with Tebow, yet Feherty gets one and butchers the opportunity.  Have a look and see what you think.

First to Phoenix where the Golfing Gods did a U turn on Kyle Stanley.

And click below to view 2012 Qatar Masters Final Round Highlights from the European Tour where Paul Lawrie continued his excellent form and put himself in the frame for a second Ryder Cup appearance. (opens in a new window)

There’s a lot more to Tour balls than meets the eye and it’s not just the industry’s big hitters that produce top quality products.  At the 2012 PGA Show in Orlando, Johannes Von Lentzke from German company wowed the crowds and the pundits with their range of Flake Tour Balls and their “online only” retailing concept which sees their products come in at a fraction of competitors prices.

Named after the geometrical attributes of the snowflake, Flake Golf Balls outperformed the established names over several categories in an independent test of 45 balls carried out by German golf magazine GOLFTIME in its November 2011 golf ball test entitled “Ballermann” (45 distance and performance balls tested). .

  currently produce four balls, from the highest specification Pro and Pro Shooter through to the Flake Tour and the Flake Classic which is a more durable performance ball.

Personally I’ve tried the Flake Pro in place of my normal Srixon Z Star over two rounds and I have to say I am a convert!

And lest you doubt the quality without trying, I have it on good authority that Flake Tour balls are produced alongside Nike Tour balls in the same manufacturing facility. Check out the Flake Golf website for yourself on www.flakegolf.com.

imgdebbie does dallas4 American “Dick Mast” stood tall and erect at the top of the European Seniors Tour qualifying yesterday dispelling the myth that over 50’s have trouble getting it up.

Many expected the former 70’s pornstar, most notable for his starring role alongside Bambi Woods in Debbie Does Dallas (1978), to go a little limp after entering the final round with a three shot lead, but fans of “The Mast” need not have worried.  After picking up several strokes on the front holes Dick exploded on the back side to finish a seven shot winner.

“After the first hole I thought ‘am I going to blow this load err.. lead?’ Dick said after, adding “with all the excitement around me I’m really proud I managed to keep everything in until I was well and truly done.”

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by Ron for GolfCentraldaily.com in Qatar

GolfOGrady In the first of a series of new research reports commissioned by the European Tour, boffins have reported the shocking and rather confusing news that all the good lost balls have been taken.  Data collected from several European countries suggest the chances of stumbling across a Pro-V1 in the deep rough or in a lake has decreased by an alarming 83% since 2005. 

According to the damming  report released today by Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady, the only balls left to find “are those of an inferior structure and integrity, aesthetically unappealing and made of mostly of limestone. Like Noodles, Molitors and Lady Pinnacles.”

granny“Shuffling in the rough for good golf balls or holding up the group behind while a guy fishes ten Pro V1’s out of a lake is a dying trade” said O’Grady. “Nobody wants a bloody continent of Molitor playing zombies” he added. “If people don’t experience the orgasmic delight in the chance finding of a gleaming Pro-V1 anymore the brand could soon be forgotten about altogether and we here in the Tour risk losing millions of euros in annual advertising income from Titleist.”  

It had been reported that one Pro V1 was found yesterday in heavy rough in Ballfliffin on the North Coast of Ireland but that soon turned out be a hoax after the find was actually half a ball left sitting up in the rough by a prankster.   

O’Grady conceded that all the good Pro-V1’s have most likely been collected by old ladies playing during the week. “We’ve always wondered why they keep topping balls into the rough, and never seem to be getting any better year after year.  They hit off the first tee and just disappear.  Playing with just two clubs and a ball retriever should have set alarming bells ringing in hindsight. We were heretofore unaware of the blue haired pensioners prowess with a bunker rake in amassing all the lost Pro-V1’s from the course.”

ron flash The report has also unearthed an underground Pro-V1 black market outside Sunday churches believed to be worth in the region of €2 billion annually, a figure exactly matching the combined European wide sales of false teeth, Complan and prunes.

In an effort to reverse this blight, the European Tour has signalled launching the campaign “Golf against Gilfs” in the coming week.

gary murphy Recently retired European Tour pro Gary Murphy is well known inside the ropes for his charm and wit and he could very well turn out to be the next David Feherty of the golf TV world. Starting next Saturday Gary hosts a series of interviews on Setanta Sports Ireland’s new golf show “The Cut Line”.  The first episode of The Cut Line features Padraig Harrington who thinks Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell should line out for Great Britain in the 2016 Olympics.
Here’s the details on Setanta’s website
Golf will make its Olympic debut in 2016 and Padraig Harrington has set his sights on bringing back the gold from Rio de Janeiro, while also suggesting Rory McIlroy should represent Great Britain at the Games.
Harrington's interview is just the first in a new series of hour long interviews on Setanta’s The Cut Line. Future episodes will feature Gary Murphy talking with Shane Lowry, Des Smyth and others.
The Cut Line will premiere on Setanta Ireland on Saturday, February 4 at 10pm.


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