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2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic Betting Preview and Tips, El Camaleon · Riviera Maya, Mexico

Odds on the exchanges

Brian Gay 18/1

gay A good top 10 in Hawaii is the highlight of the season so far for Gay though he did top 20 at Pebble despite a horrid Saturday. This course however is right up Gay’s back alley, with its requirement for precision irons. He won here in 2008 shooting a third round 62 along the way and again contended last year tying fifth when his formline coming in was not as good as his right now.

Johnson Wagner 16/1

wagner The favourite this week and justifiably so. Wagner won here last year with four rounds in the 60’s and beat Spencer Levin in a playoff. This year he already has a win at the Sony Open, a second at the Clinton Humana Challenge and a top 10 in Hawaii. Finished on level par last week at Riviera maintaining a record of having not finished over par for eight straight events.

Briny Baird 48/1

baird The man with the straw hat most famous for hitting a shot from a high rise into a baseball stadium! Okay that may be a bit harsh on Briny who always seems to front up at El Camaleon. He’s been in the top 10 for the last three years tying sixth in 2009, fourth in 2010 and fifth again last year. And he has bettered his score for the past three years. Last week was his first made cut this season so confidence is bound to be sky high! Seriously though, Mayakoba is one for experience and Baird has it in spades around here.

Spencer Levin 15/1

levin This could be the perfect week for Spencer Levin to grab a win. With all the top guys off playing matchplay in the desert it may be a case of “when the cats away the mice will play”. Levin recovered from his Phoenix final round meltdown to record another top 10 the following week at Pebble and though Riviera was spoiled with a Sunday 78, I fancy him for a good showing this week. Lost the playoff here to Johnson Wagner in 2011. Keep calm Spencer!

Jarrod Lyle 22/1

lyle How impressive was Jarrod Lyle last week at Riviera? He finished the week tied for fourth on one of the toughest tracks of the year. The same precision iron play required to hit greens in regulation will be a requirement again this week. Lyle has played in this event three times and never been outside the top nine. T6 in 2009 was followed by a T9 in 2010 and a T5 last year. Big possibilities.


Odds setters staring at several screens in the big bookmaking firms are sweating on their swivel chairs at the prospect of having to pay out massive amounts of dough on a losing Rory McIlroy bet.

monkeyMost big bookmakers including paddypower had odds of 4/1 against Rory McIlroy becoming world number one at any time in 2012.  Now in Arizona at the WGC Accenture Matchplay McIlroy could edge within a Keegan Bradley spit of doing exactly that.

Bearing in mind that the official world golf ranking is based on a complex mathematical equation governed by a roomful of monkeys with some chalk and an egg it seems if world No 1 Luke Donald loses to Ernie Els in the first round or to Jason Dufner/Peter Hanson in the second then McIlroy could assume the No. 1 ranking should he take the title and the monkeys like him. 

It’s thought up to seven people with a tenner on the McIlroy bet stand to each gain 40 quid plus their stake back.


Personally I try to avoid betting on matchplay events as they are so fluid and unpredictable but for those of you who insist here’s who I think can progress in the brackets.

odds on the exchanges

Winner Alright: Last week Phil Mickelson paid out for tied second at 10/1

Hogan Bracket

Bubba Watson 40/1

Bubba-Watson-Tattoo What an incredible group with three of last years semi finalists in the top half of the bracket alone. I think the world matchplay owes Bubba Watson one after last year when Kaymer beat him after a great tussle.  Two down with two to play Watson made a great birdie on 17 to prove he wanted it.  Alas it was Kaymer that prevailed but that experience coupled with his awesome long game –he traded 400 yard drives with JB Holmes in a match last year- make Watson a good man to follow this week.

Jones Bracket

Luke Donald 18/1

luke donald funny pic[9] The World Number One’s crown may be slipping a little but he loves this event and I for one wont be betting against him.  Utterly dominant at Dove Mountain last year destroying all comers along the way.  Donald’s ability to read these greens better than most others gives him a decided advantage in what might be considered a weaker bracket. One problem might be that he doesn’t have much experience of the last few holes; he usually has his opponent beat by then.

Snead Bracket

Nico Colsaerts 95/1

nico col[5] If you’re looking for some long odds glory this week, you could do worse than Nicolas Colsaerts.  The Belgian has the power to reduce this 7,800 yard track to size and he’s also working with putting coach Dave Stockton on the practice green as we speak.  Sometimes a player with a new coach finds something immediately.  Nico would have to beat Lee Westwood and possibly Tiger Woods to progress from the group but thats the beauty of matchplay; you just never know what might happen.

Player Bracket

Jason Day 36/1

day Aussie Jason Day will be quietly happy with the draw even though a possible encounter with McIlroy or Garcia is one the cards if he progresses. Hated narrow Riviera last week and bombed out but down let that distract you. Day, for me, has the character and fighting quality to be a great match player.  This could be his time. 



Bubba Watson was left out in the cold today after NASCAR bosses  sensationally uninvited him from doing a parade lap at the Sprint Cup on March 4th.  Watson was initially lined up to do a special ceremonial lap of  the Phoenix International Speedway in his car “The General Lee” from 80’s TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard."  The official reason given by Nascar was that the confederate flag on the roof of Watson’s car might offend the dead ancestors of some racegoers.

general leeNASCAR spokesman Roger Piston said he had reviewed several of Watson’s  Bubbaclaus videos on youtube along with footage of Watson at last year’s French Open and while he found Watson’s behaviour to be “loud, bullish, ungentlemanly and insensitive; everything that NASCAR racing fans stand for,"  he just couldn’t risk offending  people with the confederate flag on the roof of the car.


London England:
john paramorThe country of England was in a state of euphoria today after FIFA officials officially changed the score of the 1966 World Cup final from 4-2  to 2-1. A decree was issued by world renowned European Tour referee John  Paramor, adopted immediately by FIFA and enshrined into law by parliament hours later.
The original match saw England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra time.  However  a dramatic change of events transpired yesterday to change the course of history by 30 minutes and three goals.
It all started when keen football fan  Alastair Gray, 46, from Staines London, who had Sky plussed a documentary of the '66 final returned home from a night of copious drinking and  watched the event only to notice that West Germanys second goal that forced the match into extra time should never have been allowed.
By skilfully using the ‘X2’ Sky plus and ‘pause’ buttons simultaneously Gray noticed  the German equaliser appeared to strike the hand of 'up for the cross' German defender Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, 73,  before hitting the English net.
Quick thinking Gray immediately emailed the European Tour alerting them of the then AC Milan defenders rules breach. Seconds after, the email reached head referee John Paramor who, having slept on it, ate a big fry up for breakfast, then reviewed the footage, deemed that the viewer was indeed correct.
The European Tour then issued a statement booking the defender and awarding a free out.
Sales of the 15,000 "buy it now" matchworn Geoff Hurst player jerseys are said to have plummeted on eBay.

the split second the ball moved So here’s the story.  Peter Whiteford thinks his ball has moved on the 18th fairway yesterday.  He didn’t see it move and asks the lads around him if they saw anything.  Nobody did.  Plays his shot and thinks nothing more of it.

Meanwhile drunk man in North London comes home from pub and has highlights recorded on Sky plus box.  Sees the incident, rewinds it a few times, determines HIMSELF that Whiteford’s ball has moved and emails a complaint to the European Tour.

Referee John Paramor has his fry up receives the email, looks back at the footage, sees the ball move, even though Whiteford didn’t and promptly disqualifies him.

I’ve stopped the video at the exact moment the ball moved sideways to the right.  Whiteford was looking at the green, the club is hovering. When he looks back down he sees the ball is now aligned more toward the toe of the club.  He doesn’t see the ball move.


The Rule

18-1. By Outside Agency
If a ball at rest is moved by an outside agency, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced.

Note: It is a question of fact whether a ball has been moved by an outside agency. In order to apply this Rule, it must be known or virtually certain that an outside agency has moved the ball. In the absence of such knowledge or certainty, the player must play the ball as it lies or, if the ball is not found, proceed under Rule 27-1.

Rules 2012-2015

Following an exhaustive, four-year review of golf’s 34 playing Rules, nine principal Rules have been amended to improve clarity and ensure penalties are proportionate.  Significant changes include:

•  Ball Moving After Address (Rule 18-2b). A new exception is added which exonerates the player from penalty if their ball moves after it has been addressed when it is known or virtually certain that they did not cause the ball to move. For example, if it is a gust of wind that moves the ball after it has been addressed, there is no penalty and the ball is played from its new position.

Paramor then issues a statement

On the 18th fairway during the third round while playing his approach shot, Peter Whiteford felt that his ball may have moved and for confirmation asked his caddy, a fellow competitor and a TV cameraman, who said they didn’t think it had, and so he continued on to finish the hole and sign his scorecard for 72.

Overnight several viewers contacted the European Tour website saying that Peter Whiteford’s ball had in fact moved on the 18th hole. This was reviewed by the Rules Committee who were able to determine that the ball had in fact moved. Peter Whiteford should have incurred a penalty of one stroke and replaced the ball. As he did not do so, he was disqualified for signing for a score lower than taken for failing to include the penalty he had incurred.

The Rules Committee considered the decision 33-7/4.5 which allows a committee in certain circumstances to modify the disqualification penalty and apply a penalty shot if the player had reasonably known he had incurred a penalty. If Peter Whiteford had contacted a member of the Rules Team before signing his scorecard, the footage would have been reviewed at the time and he would have averted the disqualification penalty.

So what now for the players on Tour

  • Should every player check with TV officials before handing in card?
  • Is the European Tour going to provide a camera for every player and every shot on Tour?
  • Are armchair referees going to be given access to every one of these shots to review?
  • Is there going to be a time restriction on when viewers can ring/email to complain?  Say maybe 2 hours after the pubs close?

The Peter Whiteford Ball Moving Video In Full

John Daly has had to withdraw from the Avantha Masters in India after an altercation with a Himalayan Black Bear left him with torn ligaments in his right arm.  It is believed a fracas broke out between the two, when the bear entered the back garden of Daly’s rented house in New Delhi seeking maize and corn, it’s winter diet.
An Indian policeman said “It is very aggressive and can attack without provocation. It has been observed to kill goats, sheep and the small mules of villagers and herdsmen. The bear was obviously unaware of this when he entered Daly’s compound”.

England (somewhere)—
Cuddly grandad and Sky Sports golf analyst Denis Pugh, 73, is this morning missing feared kidnapped by the BBC.  It is believed Pugh was yesterday lured to a secret location by Cbeebies executives under the guise of auditioning him for the role of Zippy in the all new version of the children’s cult classic show ‘Rainbow’ due out later this year.

pugh kidnapped Quick thinking Pugh managed to snap a picture of his would-be abductors, who were posing as sinister BBC cameraman, and posted it to Twitter seconds before all communication was cut off.  His twin boys Francesco and Eduardo are said to be distraught and being comforted by Mama’s pasta whilst awaiting news. 
Members of Pugh’s local golf club The Wirral have held a candle lit vigil between the jacuzzi and the snooker table, just a bit over from the dancing pole. “The thought of our club without Denis, and members actually having to pay for lessons doesn’t bear thinking about”, the Club Captain said today.
Scotland Yard have drafted in retired former SAS Colonel Bruce Critchley, 106, to head up the case.  Sources say a phone call was received today from the kidnappers outlining their demands.

eddies sheep Irish amateur legend Eddie McCormack lies just one shot off the lead at the Portuguese International Amateur Championship but golf was the furthest thing from his mind after he completed his first round at Montado.

The 49 year old Cavan man who bought a house and farm on the cheap in Galway told reporters “I’d swear I left the gate in the back field open.  And if I did those feckin’ sheep will surely find find their way onto the runway at Galway airport.  They love that, so they do.”

Asked about his round which included seven birdies McCormack continued “Ay sure I’m doin’ me best buh the course out here is yellow.  If I had the tractor I’d give it two blasts of 10.10.20 fertilizer eight weeks apart.  And them greens, all they need is water, they are crustier than a Mother Hubbard’s rasher.”

sheep Later McCormack received good and bad news from home after a neighbour texted to say the back field was shut, all but one of the 1200 sheep were in, and the 50 that were sent to the factory made a tonne of money.  Unfortunately one sheep had made it to the runway and got flattened by a landing Fokker 50 from Dublin.

Next best of the Irish contingent was ‘on the fags, off them again’ Eoin Arthurs  whilst Alan Dunbar struggled in the heat with having too much hair.



tiger driver Just one week after the news that Tiger Woods wants belly and long putters banned, the multiple major champion is now calling for an outright ban on drivers.  Woods is believed to have discussed the wording of a driver ban with the R&A and USGA when they were done considering the legality of belly and broomstick putters.

Woods, who hasn’t hit a straight drive since 2007 said “I’ve never been a fan of drivers. I believe using 3-woods with a shaft length that is no longer than a regulation pick axe handle is how the game should be played. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to that.”

Woods said he has spoken to R&A chief Peter Dawson and suggested it should be mandated that the 3-wood head be no bigger than the body of an eight week old bull frog.

“I think with that we’d be able to get away from any type of people (me) hitting it crooked,” he said. “But that’s still the art of swinging the club at the same time.”

Anthony Kim was quick to come out and back Woods stance.  Speaking through a gimp mask from a California house party at 3am in the morning, an animated Kim said “Gedda fugg awa ya jaggovv or see thiz driver shoooved up yourrrr asssss”.


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In recognition of his "continued ability to blurt out stuff he’s just read in the paper", Lee Trevino has once again swept the board at the annual Gala PGA “Stating The Bleedin’ Obvious  Awards” held at the Kodak Centre in Hollywood California.

The awards are strictly for ex professionals who fit the criteria of “piping up every now and then with a quote, on a slow news day”. 

Members of the academy honoured Trevino with the top award of the night, “The Anything About Tiger Woods Award”, for his latest comment on Mr Woods.  

"I would call a Realtor in Henderson, Nevada, and I'd find out where Butch lived and I'd buy the house next door. I'd go over and ring the doorbell and say, 'Hi, neighbour,' and get back with Butch. That's exactly what I would do."

Trevino held off stiff competition from Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus to scoop the top award which was presented by The Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman, herself a shock winner of the award in 2008 for suggesting that Tiger be “lynched” in a “back alley” somewhere.

 DenisPugh_656521 There was some cause for celebration for the Sky Sports Golf Team at the The Stating The Bleedin’ Obvious Awards when Denis Pugh picked up the “Bleedin’ Obvious Timewasting  Instructional Piece Whilst Totally Avoiding The Question Award” for his demonstration of how to hit a draw and fade in the practice net when asked by David Livingstone what was going wrong with Tiger’s swing at Pebble Beach.

ron flash The celebrations for the Sky Sports team were short lived however when Simon Holmes was beaten for the Best Comedian Award.  The prize again went to Trevino for his follow-up comment on Tiger Woods and Butch Harmon.

"I'm sure there's bad blood there, at least that's what I've heard.  I haven't talked to Butch in years, so I don't know how he feels with Tiger and I don't know if Tiger is too proud to ask for the help and if he asked for help if Butch would give it to him. He's all messed up right now."

The beauty about Twitter is that you have a limited number of characters to make your point.  But belly putting Major Champion Keegan Bradley used a tweet to masterful effect to hit back at Tiger Woods and others calling for a ban on belly putters.

The tweet says This is a photo hanging in Rivera. 40's or early 50's. People having been putting like this for a very long time!

Attached is the picture, which paints a thousand words!

When we think of American golfers and facepaint the first thing that comes to mind is the Solheim Cup with those annoying little American flags on the players cheeks to prove how patriotic they really are.


Now LPGA star Natalie Gulbis, who didnt quite make the 2011 US Solheim Cup team, in an act of pure defiance has decided to a bit of face painting of her own cheeks in the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.  When I say “face painting”, I of course mean posing naked with just some face paint covering her technological zones. That’s what I meant by “cheeks”

Struggling to find out if there’s a Christina Kim one also there somewhere……..

Here’s a link to the sports illustrated full article




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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.
For more information visit: www.topgolfer.ie
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2012 Northern Trust Open Betting Tips
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Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Phil Mickelson at 22/1
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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.

Previous Top 10’s and Course Info

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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Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Phil Mickelson to win the Pebble Beach pro-am at 22/1

also check out my 2012 Northern Trust Open Betting tips here.

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…

Scratch to 1 h’cap

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Second tied: , ,

2 to 9 h’cap

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10 to 17 h’cap


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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/

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