May 2012

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Golf Benefit: This pose elongates the spine which prevents rounding of the back and all the swing flaws associated with it. It increases distance through all golf shots by increasing hip mobility.

Instruction: Begin on hands and knees, slide the right knee up to the inside of the right wrist. Using the left hand for assistance bring the right shin and ankle out to the left working to bring it parallel with the top of the mat. Be mindful of the knee joint, if you experience any pain or discomfort keep the shin tucked underneath the body. Extend the left leg back feeling a good stretch coming in to the left hip flexor and keep the foot and shin touching the floor. If you find the left hip lifting keep shifting the weight of the body down to the left to keep both clip_image004hips square with the mat. Bring the forearms down on to the mat and hold for 30 seconds to 3 minutes. To take the pose deeper you can extend the arms straight out in front and rest the head on the floor and hold accordingly.


energizer bunny drummingThe Energizer Bunny was quick to come out in defence of Jim Furyk in the wake of his US Open collapse.  Furyk powered only on a 5-hour energy syrup containing caffeine, taurine and extracts of bat came to a sudden halt on the 16th hole at Olympic Club as his round ticked past the potion’s cut off of five hours for supporting human life forms.

jim five energy_thumb[1] The Energizer Bunny told reporters “I’ve been in touch with Jim to offer my sympathies. I’ve been in his situation many times myself.  I remember one time in particular, when I was involved in a mass bunny drumming marathon.  I was powered with ordinary zinc carbon batteries at the time and just suddenly ran out of puff. I remember it so clearly. It was heartbreaking.”

 bunny climbingThe bunny went on to say “Jim asked me about the time I was climbing the rockface.  Everybody remembers that.  I had gotten over the second ledge and was making a push for the summit when those cursed zinc carbon barrels of crap they had shoved up my ass failed again.  I broke my pelvis in the fall.  It could have been worse, my landing was cushioned by several other bunnies.

These days I’m like a new bunny. I’m powered by Energizer and just keep going on and on. I’ve recommended them to Jim but I’m not so sure he’s keen on the idea of where they need to be inserted.”


2012 Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut
Purse: $6,000,000  

Padraig Harrington 30/1

if padraig was shrek[9] Two weeks out from the Irish Open and it’s great to see a return to form Padraig Harrington with a tied fourth at the US Open. He’s heading to River Highlands to compete this week before jetting home to Portrush. Tied for fifth two years ago when he opened and closed with rounds of 64. If he can continue to drive it straight and convert those chances he’s creating, Podge will have a live chance this week.

Ryan Moore 32/1

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Very consistent this year with three top 10’s from his last seven and no missed cuts. Moore finished one back here last year in a tie for second with John Rollins, one shot behind Fredrik Jacobson. He also had a top 15 in 2010, tied for fourth in 2009 and tied second back in 2006. A horse for the course who had a week off to prepare last week.

Michael Thompson 50/1

What an unbelievable US Open Michael Thompson had. To be first round leader and all the pressure it entails and then to come on strong again with a 67 on a major Sunday and tie for second is the stuff of dreams. Thompson has a love for this weeks venue too; he finished with a 62 here last year to come fourth. This week will be his 48th Tour start and he already has a second and third. What odds a win this week?

Hunter Mahan 15/1

hunter mahan_thumb[3][4] The winner back in 2007 also finished tied second either side of it in 2008 and in 2006. His best since is a tie for fourth when Kenny Perry won in 2009. Mahan’s driving game is well suited to the par-70 TPC River Highlands course where at 6850 yards, bombing is not a requisite and with slower than average greens, aggressive putting is rewarded. Right up his street.

Andres Romero 60/1

romero_thumb[1] Now 31, the Argentine hasn’t quite lived to the promise he showed in nearly winning the 2007 Open, though he has bagged a win on the PGA and European Tours. However he has found form again recently in sectional qualifying for this years Open and followed it up with a second place at Memorial. Romero played well here last year too, shooting rounds of 64 and three consistent 67’s to tie for sixth.


Best Of The Rest

The Englishman Brian Davis 80/1 is on a cut streak of nine straight since the Transitions if you allow for his withdrawal at the Crowne Plaza. Davis has been busy raking in the dollars with just one finish outside the top 50 and three top 10’s in that period. Top 10’d here last year, six shots behind Jacobson. Long odds glory hunters might like a look at Nick O’Hern at 120/1 this week. He finished third at the Fed Ex St Jude Classic recently and has played well at TPC Southwind in the past (third in 2007).


Here’s what’s in the bag of the 2012 US Open Champion Webb Simpson.

What’s In Webb Simpson’s Bag

WebbSimpsonBagDRIVER: Titleist 909D3 (10.5°) with a UST Mamiya AxivCore Tour Black 69X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 910F (13.5°, 17°) with UST Mamiya VTS 8X shafts
HYBRID: Titleist 910H (21°) with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105X shaft
IRONS: Titleist 680MB (4-P) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design TVD (54°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Ping Craz-E (long)
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

Here’s what happened when a yelping heckler in a Union Jack hat tried to interrupt the US Open prizegiving ceremony with Webb Simpson.

Well done to Webb Simpson who laughed it off saying something to the effect of “welcome to jail pal” as security hauled down the heckler.  Congrats to GMac who tied for second and Padraig Harrington who finished in a tie for fourth.

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Formulators of the 5-hour energy drink Jim Furyk is fuelled on have pleaded with the USGA to ensure the final round of todays US Open is completed in under 5 hours.

jim five energyThe secret mission of Tibetan Monks behind the caffeine packed gloop said in a statement “We can keep Jim jam packed with enough caffeine, taurine and other crazy shit to have his pupils fully dilated and his heart jumping out of his body for exactly 5 hours.  That’s why we call it 5-hour energy.”

Head monk of the corporation the Dalai Guarana added,

“If the final round takes longer than 5 hours, it’s highly probable that Jim will come to a complete standstill, before falling to the ground, curling into a ball and yelling ‘I’m never drinking again’.  We’ve tried it on a few monks at the abbey and let’s just say, it wasn’t pretty.”


Sergio does a Derek Chizora impression on a tee box microphone at the US Open, making mince meat of it.

Veteran TV sound producer Marty Bunkum sitting in a trailer two miles away with a pair of headphones on and just two weeks short of retirement, didn’t fare so well.

The impact of Sergio’s iron on the microphone caused a sharp sound wave measuring 225 decibels; instantly deafening Bunkum.  There is a silver lining however; Sergio made a bogey and it looks like Marty Bunkum will have a quiet retirement. Very quiet!


Ashley Mayo of Golf Digest was in the stands at Olympic Club and overheard a number of spectator exchanges.  Here are the funniest. 

fans--Man standing behind the eighth green: "Wooowww, look at all these people! What's going on here?!" His buddy: "We're at the U.S. Open, dude."

--Man, talking to Tommy Biershenk after his ball settled on a slope on the eighth green: "Mark that sh-t before it moves, Tommy. Mark. That. Sh-t."

--Spectator sitting on the mound to the right of the eighth green: "This hole shreds golfers to pieces and pulverizes them into a pulpy juice."

--Spectator, watching Sergio walk down the first fairway: "He looks like a canary. Like a thin, Spanish canary."

--Guy: "Do you think Tiger is a beer man or a wine man?" His buddy: "Sh-t, that dude probably drinks firewater, straight up."

--Man, noting Graeme McDowell's pink pants as McDowell walked to the third tee: "Those pants burned my retina."
Here’s the link to the full set of quotes


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It’s not often I have a rant so I’ll make this short.  It’s addressed to all Rory McIlroy knockers one of whom accused me already of being a sycophant on facebook. (I’m assuming that’s a bad word!)

rory-mcilroy-caroline-wozniackiIt’s important to remember that Rory McIlroy doesn't exist solely for our viewing pleasure. The man is young and in love and more than entitled to have a life outside the ropes after  years of hard graft as a youth inside them.

Life and relationships are more important to Rory just now than playing golf, so please Rors knockers give him a break.

He will be back when he's good and ready. I guarantee that.

End of rant.

Dont know if you heard this one but Sandy Lyle told it during his speech at the World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The background to the story has Seve and Tony Johnstone paired together in a European Tour event.  Seve had gotten a number of rulings from the referee that day and Tony was a bit annoyed. As Lyle tells the story:
seve storyBoth men had driven their balls over a hill, and Johnstone calls Seve over.
“The ball is only a couple of inches from this sprinkler head. Can I get a drop?”
Seve folds his arms and grimaces “No”
Johnstone like a Jack Russell tries again and stretches out his foot in a clearly manufactured way.  “If I move my stance a little like this, can I get a drop from the sprinkler now?”
Seve again says “No Tony.”
“Okay” says Johnstone walking away. “By the way, that’s YOUR ball Seve!”

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There once was a time when Ian Poulter had a monopoly on looking the bomb at the Majors.  Nowadays he’s merely an also ran.  Here’s some of the neater threads on the catwalk at the 2012 US Open.

Ryo Ishikawa-Yonex

Coolness Factor 90%

Ryo is contracted head to toe with Yonex.  They dont just make badminton rackets you know!  With the exception of the hideous belt, Ryo’s clobber takes the biscuit.  And check out those tartans; they’re the same as those he wore at The Masters but hey, he’s a man, and men are allowed to wear the same clothes twice.

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Rickie Fowler-Puma

gmac kartelbd fowler Coolness Factor 83%.  All Puma gear. Loses marks for having the worst moustache in living memory.  That wispy lip duster is scaring my kids.


Graeme McDowell- GMac for Kartel

Coolness Factor- 80%. Could do with being a little bit braver on the colours but  it’s not so much about that with GMac, it’s all about the cut.  Graeme has been involved in the creation of all his Tour apparel with Irish company Kartel.  He’s the Tour’s oracle in everything from fabrics to the millimetres that slit at the bottom of the trousers should be!

Accessorize Like Cejka

bd cejkaIt’s amazing what a woolly hat and a blue glove can do for an outfit.  That’s ultra smart German Alex Cejka!


The Big Fashion Losers

Rory McIlroy- Oakley

bd rorsWhen Rory McIlroy won the US Open, Oakley renegotiated their clothing with Rory’s people, and having spoken to Al Jance from Oakley at the Fall 2012 photoshoot in Ballyliffin Ireland, I can tell you they paid a multiple of the previous contract to keep their man.  Why then would they send Rory out for round one dressed as boring as Gary Player, all in black.  It beats the hell out of me, but someone in the marketing department needs a kick in the ass!

Michael Allen

One question.  Why does every man over 50 have to wear a jumper five sizes to big for him?





You wont believe me (and I don’t blame you) but there is one player in the US Open field that has played the course over 2,000 times.  He is 52 year old michael_allenqualifier Michael Allen.  Now on the Champions Tour Allen is a member at the Lake Course and used that local knowledge to put together a none too shabby one over round of 71.

He told reporters “It's the only round I've really played in competition out here. So for me it is my best round so far,” Allen said. “You go out with your buddies and play and shoot 66 or 67 and, yeah you played better, but it has never been a U.S. Open or a U.S. Amateur or anything like that. So this is great to play well in these conditions.  And this is a completely different golf course than I played as a member.”


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Some of the biggest names in world golf are waking up today with sore backsides after having their asses well and truly spanked by Mike Davis and his Olympic Club set up. A suitably large dollop of Sudocrem has been sent for!

sudocremesudocreme bottleMild Chafing- Padraig Harrington +4

Swollen Cheeks- Dustin Johnson +5

That’s some serious Nappy Rash- Phil and Ernie +6

Ring Of Fire- Rors +7 and Bubba +8

May never sit down again- Luke Donald +9

folkeCall it luck, call it skill, call it what you will.  Its about being in the right place at the right time.
When Folke Nyberg was director of golf at Kungsangan Golf Club in Sweden in 2002 he was given one wild card pick by the European Tour  for the Scandinavian Masters which was to be held at at the venue.
After receiving some advice from industry people, Folke chose  to give his wildcard to a  young player going to college in Alabama by the name of Graeme McDowell. This kid could play; he had a better collegiate record than Tiger, but nobody knew him.
GMac arrived at the event and without a practice round  or pro am blitzed his way to his first Tour win!  And such is the man he became, when Gmac won the  US Open Chamionship in 2010, he  sent Folke a message saying “thanks for helping me out at the start!”  Class!
Folke now works as Director of Golf in the V Club, Vilnius, lithuania

bubba watson funny picQuotes gathered from pressers

Tiger Woods:- "You have to curve it more off the tees here than any other golf course that we play."

Bubba Watson:-There's holes where you can shape it.  There's holes where I'm going to hit a driver and blast it out of the rough, and have a shorter iron out of the rough. The fairways are so narrow that it's going to be hard to shape a ball in the fairway.  If they get hard it's going to roll out of the fairway.  It's going to be very difficult.

Phil Mickelson:- “With the tee back (on the 16th), it eliminates any options.  I would never say it's an unfair hole. I just don't think it's a good hole.”

Here’s the latest from my contact in the media centre and the weather forecasters hut at Olympic Club.

The Course

The “unfair” green on 18 was redone after the 1998 US Open and the players this week have all reported it to be fair.  Punishing if you are in the wrong position, but fair.
69017742 Lots of the European contingent had expected tree lined fairways only to be a bit disappointed by the sparse look in places.  Hundreds of giant Pines have been removed; they were either diseased or unstable.
What this has done is to allow the wind from the sea to whistle across the course.
The greens are a hybrid bentgrass, they used used to poa annua.  Stimpmeter readings from the greenkeeping staff (unofficially) are said to be between 11 and 13 metres and maybe even a little faster, depending on the wind drying the course on the weekend.
The greens are tiny but the rough is not even close to being as punishing as expected.  Sure. there will be bad lies but in places it is very patchy.
The course is set up to mostly favour a player comfortable with a left to right shot.  Eight holes have been redesigned to require a new shape with the drive.
US Open trophy The hardest part of the course according to those in practice is the run off areas around the greens.  These are cut shorter than average greens and gathering any errant balls.  Expect lots of precise clean contact chipping for anyone expecting to get up and down. 
The front nine is playing harder than the back nine.  The first six holes in particular are brutal. The longest hole is the 670-yard par five 16th.

The Weather

The official weather man for the USGA has posted charts for the week indicating mild weather, approx 20 degree Celcius with no rain.  A Westerly sea breeze at 15 mph is expected to prevail for the duration of the event.
and finally the consensus among the players and caddies is that 10 under could win!

Tee Times

Click read more below for full list of tee times

Update: Brandt Snedeker was withdrawn from the event with a rib injury.  Original article here: 2012 US Open Free Golf Betting Preview and Tips

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San Francisco, California
June 11-17, 2012 

Dustin Johnson 30/1

dustin johnson_dunk Back with a bang last week after a long spell out injured.  Johnson blew up spectacularly against GMac at the US Open in 2010, mistakenly grounded his club in a “bunker” at that years PGA, and hit a ball out of bounds when reeling in Darren Clarke at last year’s Open.  It doesn’t sound the best, but the real point is that Dustin Johnson has gotten himself into position regularly in Majors. He’s great in the wind and has the power on tap when needed. No player has won the previous week and went on to win the US Open, but I will be willing bet against that.  Johnson is due his Major.


Luke Donald 13/1

donald simpson banter[8]If Luke Donald is to win a Major, this has to be the perfect location in which to do it.   Donald lies eighth in driving accuracy, leads the Tour in scrambling and ranks highly in pretty much everything else. Except driving distance.  Just as well so that this will be the shortest US Open track in a long while with the emphasis on a whole different skillset to the norm.

Jason Dufner 30/1

Eor-Dunkee-psd32636You just wonder was Jason Dufner wise to rest off tournament golf since the Colonial a few weeks back.  Dufner was on a roll of two wins at the Zurich Classic and Byron Nelson and was just overtaken by Zach Johnson at Colonial.  However if he can hit the ground running at the Olympic Club with the same temperament and regulation golf that we saw last month, he has to have a great chance.  Performed well at last seasons USPGA in coming second to Keegan Bradley and is the form dog coming into the week.

Matt Kuchar 28/1

kucharMatt Kuchar has a simple repeating swing and the patient demeanour to win what promises to be an ultra tough US Open.  Kuchar had a shot at winning the Masters this year tying third in the end, then showed he has the guts to win in exalted company at Sawgrass.  Kuch turned 20 on final round Sunday when the US Open was last held at the Olympic Club in 1998.  He competed as an amateur and tied for 14th. "I can remember walking off the course at Olympic Club and just being dead tired after my rounds at the U.S. Open," he said of the occasion. Top 15 in the last two stagings.

Louis Oosthuizen 55/1

72653950WL013_Open_de_FrancLouis Oosthuizen is one of my favourite players so I need a bit of leeway on this one.  Oosthuizen has won a Major already and did so with all the class and poise of a man who has plenty more in the locker.  Stood tall in the face defeat at Augusta and even won the following week in Malaysia.
Though he has been quiet since, and missed the cut badly at Jack's place is one for the biggest of occasions. Tied for ninth last year at Congressional.

Best Of The Rest

Peter Hanson played well last week in Sweden and has proven over the last few years he has the game to contend at a US Open.  The Swede has top-20 in the last three stagings with a best of tied 7th last year.  Also paid out big time at the Masters tying third.  The question is whether or not Hanson can adapt from the comparably slow greens in Bro Hof Slot to this weeks test.

Colt Knost Long odds glory hunters might take a look at qualifier Mikko Ilonen at 500/1.  Mikko contended last week on the European Tour and is great odds in a number of the betting subcategories. A top 10 is not beyond him.

American Colt Knost is also to be had at 300/1, probably because he has missed the cut in his last five events.  Knost however also has two third place finishes, one of which at the RBC Heritage should have been better were it not for a final round 74. And one other thing the bookies might have missed- He won the 2007 US Amateur champion, at Olympic Club!



Past Top 10's

1    -       Rory McIlroy      -16    F    -2    65    66    68    69    268
2    1       Jason Day    -8    F    -3    71    72    65    68    276
T3    12       Kevin Chappell    -6    F    -5    76    67    69    66    278
T3    -       Robert Garrigus      -6    F    -1    70    70    68    70    278
T3    -       Lee Westwood      -6    F    -1    75    68    65    70    278
T3    1       Y.E. Yang    -6    F    E    68    69    70    71    278
T7    8       Peter Hanson    -5    F    -4    72    71    69    67    279
T7    1       Sergio Garcia    -5    F    -1    69    71    69    70    279
T9    18       Charl Schwartzel    -4    F    -5    68    74    72    66    280
T9    12       Louis Oosthuizen      -4    F    -4    69    73    71    67    280
1    1       Graeme McDowell    E    F    +3    71    68    71    74    284
2    2       Gregory Havret      +1    F    +1    73    71    69    72    285
3    1       Ernie Els    +2    F    +2    73    68    72    73    286
T4    2       Phil Mickelson    +3    F    +2    75    66    73    73    287
T4    1       Tiger Woods    +3    F    +4    74    72    66    75    287
T6    17       Matt Kuchar    +4    F    -3    74    72    74    68    288
T6    4       Davis Love III      +4    F    E    75    74    68    71    288
T8    5       Brandt Snedeker    +5    F    E    75    74    69    71    289
T8    2       Martin Kaymer    +5    F    +1    74    71    72    72    289
T8    1       Alex Cejka    +5    F    +2    70    72    74    73    289
T8    7       Dustin Johnson    +5    F    +11    71    70    66    82    289
1    1       Lucas Glover    -4    F    +3    69    64    70    73    276
T2    3       Phil Mickelson    -2    F    E    69    70    69    70    278
T2    1       David Duval    -2    F    +1    67    70    70    71    278
T2    1       Ricky Barnes    -2    F    +6    67    65    70    76    278
5    2       Ross Fisher      -1    F    +2    70    68    69    72    279
T6    9       Tiger Woods    E    F    -1    74    69    68    69    280
T6    9       Soren Hansen      E    F    -1    70    71    70    69    280
T6    1       Hunter Mahan      E    F    +2    72    68    68    72    280
9    16       Henrik Stenson    +1    F    -2    73    70    70    68    281
T10    22       Rory McIlroy      +2    F    -2    72    70    72    68    282
T10    15       Matt Bettencourt    +2    F    -1    75    67    71    69    282
T10    10       Sergio Garcia    +2    F    E    70    70    72    70    282
T10    5       Ryan Moore    +2    F    +1    70    69    72    71    282
T10    2       Stephen Ames    +2    F    +2    74    66    70    72    282
T10    5       Mike Weir      +2    F    +4    64    70    74    74    282

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The rough the players will face at Olympic Club this week is reported as patchy but it’s generally as punishing as it gets for Tour players. Being able to play quality shots from the rough will be vital. Here are a few points regarding playing from the rough that will help you make a good strike from the lettuce.


The first key to hitting from the rough is to assess how deep or buried is your ball? The club you hit and what type of shot you play are dictated by this because the rough creates resistance as the club enters the grass, causing the club to slow down or decelerate before impact. The heavier the rough, the more rapidly the club slows down. Obviously, the club head slowing down results in a loss of distance. So, judging how much grass is going to interfere with the club head before impact is critical.

When your ball is sitting down in the rough, it’s a good rule of thumb to take an extra club than you normally would for the given distance, but now you also need to alter your technique slightly. In this situation you want to make your swing plane steeper or more upright so you approach the ball with a more vertical angle. This technique minimizes the amount of resistance from the rough.

At address open both your stance and the club face slightly and play the ball in the middle of your stance. Also increase the grip pressure in both hands. This will help keep the club face from closing rapidly as the club enters the grass.

Thanks to everyone who entered for the Docs Day out on July 13th in Mount Juliet.  I had over 500 entires so we will definitely do another soon. mt juliet and aimpoint

The six winners of Doc’s Aimpoint Day out in Mount Juliet are

Brendon Synnott, Dan Walsh, Mary Dowling, Neil Morris, David Lally and David Hoey. I will be in touch by email with details and look forward to meeting you for a great day out!

TaylorMade have quite the knack at grabbing attention with innovative headwear.  First it was the mysterious “17” hats that turned out to be a marketing gimmick for the RBZ fairway wood and now it’s the “Stars and Stripes”.

70142108 The limited edition “Stars and Stripes” Driver Love headwear was introduced by TaylorMade at the Memorial Tournament. The campaign is a charitable effort to support the Salute Military Golf Association and Operation Game On – 50% of every $10  headcover sold is being contributed to the organizations dedicated to rehabilitating combat-wounded veterans through golf.


lee ping nome 2The man everyone forgot to remember before next weeks US Open, that’s Lee Westwood,  sounded a “shot across the bowels” of the opposition (as my old Grandad used to say!) by beating the tar out of them at the Nordea Masters in Sweden.

Westwood followed in the footsteps of Hunter Mahan by switching to the Ping Nome putter and winning with it in its first week.  We previewed the Nome with one of the designers Marty Jertson of Ping back in January at the PGA show.  Here’s Marty chatting about the technology within.


Is the Ping Nome that little bit too heavy to win on the ultra slick greens at Olympic Club? We’ll know next Sunday with both Lee and Hunter brandishing the branding iron!

For Europeans and especially those of us under 40, Butch Harmon is the guy from Sky Sports who sits in the studio and acts as the enthusiastic antidote to the  likes Monty or Peter Oosterhuis. We don’t immediately associate him with coming from a family with one of the richest heritages in both playing and teaching golf; we gloss over the fact that Butch and his three brothers Dick (RIP), Craig and Bill have been honoured amongst the world’s best teachers; we forget that his Dad Claude was a golfing prodigy in his day and the proud winner of a Masters Green Jacket in 1948.

Before watching the new Butch Harmon About Golf DVD, I must admit I had never seen Butch in anything other than a suit before. I knew he had the ears of some of the world’s best pros, I knew he coached Tiger back in the day, but I had never actually seen him giving a lesson.

What I watched in the Butch Harmon DVD was mesmerizing, there was realization a few minutes in that hit me kind of like “I knew he was good, but I never figured he was THAT good.” The words, the demonstration, the subtle tips flow from Butch effortlessly, all delivered in lay mans language; the product of having had a lifetime to rehearse with some of the greats.

This Butch Harmon About Golf DVD is to golf instruction what a Bruce Spingsteeen concert is to Rock and Roll, four hours of pure gold. Every aspect of the game is covered in distinct and logical sections over two DVDs. I imagine Butch teaches professionals and absolute beginners the exact same way and that ease of understanding permeates through the lessons, making it suitable for golfers of all standards.

BUTCH HARMON FUNNY PIC[6]There's also nice touches and references to some of the players Butch has worked with over the years including Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney and Phil Mickelson. My favourite part is Butch actually recounting a chipping tip given to him by El Pato Angel Cabrera. I’ve used it since and it sorted me out!

So next time you’re watching Sky Sports and getting a hit a bit hot under the collar at all the analysis, remember that Butch has well and truly earned his place to sit there. The others? Well….the jury is still out on those!!! I vote Butch Harmon About Golf onto my beside locker alongside Hogan’s Five Lessons.

The "Butch Harmon About Golf presented by Titleist" DVD set is available at


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