Friday, September 14, 2012
Yoga classes are back for Irish golfers this autumn in Cork, Rathfarnham, The Spawell Driving Range and The GUI National Academy, Maynooth. New courses start next week so book now to secure your place.
Anne Marie demonstrates The Dustin Johnson Coin Pick Up Pose.
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This is one that will have the marketing geniuses shaking their heads. While they are busy trying to tell us that brand spanking new clubs have lower and deeper CG’s, thinner faces and higher COR’s, here’s Phil Mickelson ambling out to his garage, finding a nine year old club, putting it back in his bag and nailing it.
Mickelson tied for second using a 2003 issue Titleist 980F 5-Wood (17°) with a Graphite Design PM 902 shaft. His Callaway paymasters (who he switched to from Titleist in 2004) wont be too happy that he ditched his Callaway RAZR Fit 5-wood (18°) with the Titleist.
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Here’s Rory’s interview on the Jimmy Fallon Show.
Monty, who really really wants to be Ryder Cup Captain again, and to bypass lads like Bjorn, Clarke and McGinley in the queue showed he’s not 100% concentrated self absorbed by wanting to keep himself out of the players and officials way at this year’s Ryder Cup.
So how is he keeping out of the limelight? By doing up his garden during the matches? By spending time with the wife and kids? Not at all. By commentating for Sky of course! And throwing the odd kidney punch at Ollie over the televisual waves.
“I’ve been invited to all three events but then I am commentating for Sky on the Opening Ceremony, so I can’t be in two places at one time. I’m afraid I will leave the Gala Dinner to the teams as I don’t want to be part of that. Again, the Closing Ceremony I will be commentating, so I have politely declined all three. That’s not my role and I don’t want to get in the way of Ollie as it’s his week, as it is for Davis, so it’s not a week for former captains.”
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The rumour mill is spinning lately about Rory McIlroy making a switch to the swoosh, and with Bloomberg reporting their shares up 3.4% this year, all looks rosy with Nike.
Nike’s golf business received another boost yesterday with the announcement of the granting of a patent to put data-collecting sensors on golf clubs to improve the fitting process. It’s trackman like technology embedded on the back of Nike club’s head which provides data immediately on a screen during a club fitting session.
The patent deals with sensor technology at 100 points across the head of the club that uses accelerometers and gyroscopes (similar to those in an iphone) to record clubhead head, club face angle at impact, hitting pattern on the face etc.
The result would be a club-fit better and more precisely than ever before. The major advantage this technology would give is to allow fitting on the golf course proper under playing conditions as opposed to the current trial and error system indoors or in a fitting centre at the range.
With annual turnover in the billions globally, their golf business ever growing and their star player Tiger in his mid thirties and injured, it all points to Nike making Rory McIlroy an offer he simply cannot refuse to become the new face of Nike Golf. Sooner rather than later. You can bet your gyroscope on it.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Hunter Mahan told US golf journo’s yesterday he might not be watching The Ryder Cup.
"I don't think so," Mahan said when asked if he would watch the matches on television.
Surely that means Davis Love’s son’s decision not to pick him for the US Team is wholly justified. I mean who would want a player on his team who doesn’t even have enough interest in the damn ‘exhibition’ to watch it on television? Who wouldn’t want to watch his best friends in the whole world out there battling for their country against the oppressive old foe that stole some of their top companies for tax purposes, Europe? Come on Hunter.
Oh but hang on, that’s not it. The Hunter says he wont be watching the Ryder Cup because it’s hard to deal with. "It's hard to watch something like that when you've been through it a few times, you know how much fun it is and you want to be there. Once you go to one, you don't want to miss it because you know how much fun they are."
Oh so that’s it. Hunter and all the other kids had big ice-cream cones, and were all happy. Then Hunter’s ice cream slips and falls to the ground and gets covered in stones. Suddenly the fun is over, poor Hunter is crying and for some reason isn’t too keen on watching the other kids eat their ice-creams.
Watch the damn Ryder Cup Hunter. Become a fan again. Enjoy it for what it is. Cheer on your friends. Be inspired by it to get back there. Don’t turn your back on it because your ice-cream is on the ground.
If you’re a player who dreads your long iron shots, you have probably found a friend called Adams over the years. They have been the leader in game improvement hybrid irons from the get go. Their new Idea Tech V4 Hybrid Irons, are yet another step forward. The Idea Tech V4 Hybrid Irons come with three hybrids (3-5) with 8620 carbon steel forged cavity back irons (6-PW). There’s also an all hybrid set that might suit some.
The hybrids on this set look to have borrowed the same technology as Nike use in the sole of their woods, the Compression Channel. Adams call them “velocity slots” and have them running from the crown to sole of the hybrids to give that extra bit of what I call “squeeze ‘n spring” off the face at impact.
Adams have also claimed to have engineered an even thinner clubface on these clubs and are quick to fire up slides showing 13 yards more carry than their Idea Tech V3 Hybrid. That’s a bit like giving a kick in the arse to their own loyal customers who bought the previous model, but there you go. “Shame on you for buying the Tech V3 Hybrid, now get out and buy the Tech V4 Hyrbid!”
There’s no arguing with the data though. These Adams Hybrids produce the CT numbers of a driver. CT is a white-coat and clipboard term for bounciness off the clubface.
The smoked finish is also classy. Expect to see the Adams Tech V4 Hybrid Irons in the shops in late September.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Rory McIlroy threw the deck of cards that is this week’s biggest non story up in the air again today by now stating he may play for the tiny Pacific territory of Guam in the 2016 Olympic Games.
A second Open Letter has been
ghost written by a cleverdick solicitor employed by Horizon issued by McIlroy today via his Bebo page that has only 6 followers hinting that he will turn his back on both Ireland and Team GB, in favour of wearing the traditional sky blue mankini of Guam at Rio.
McIlroy said “I have always had a fondness for Guam. Guam has really helped me throughout my career. I can see myself in Rio in 2016 with Guam. Guam has been very good to me. As long as you don’t swallow it, it sticks to your guts you know.”
While McIlroy’s last comment has baffled reporters, there seems to be enough in there to make it official.
The 23 year old World Number 1 has already been installed as hot favourite for Guam’s Got Talent and bookies have suspended betting on McIlroy having the No. 1 chart single in Guam this Christmas.
The president of Guam was unavailable for comment this afternoon as he was attending a public stoning. More as it emerges.
Francesco Molinari 12/1
The home favourite this week is sure to be Francesco Molinari who returns after a couple of weeks off to build up for the Ryder Cup. He will be hoping his form in the USA is better than that shown on his trips to the US PGA and WGC Bridgestone which were poor by his standards. However back in Europe the Italian has been superb with a good showing in Ireland followed by two runner-ups in Paris and Castle Stuart and then a sixth at Gleneagles last time out. Tied for eighth last year ranking 39th in putts per round. Hopefuly Mama’s dolmio will do the trick this year!
Nicolas Colsaerts 15/1
Another good performance at the KLM Open for Nico makes it two top 10’s in his last three starts. Really impressed with four rounds in the 60’s at the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour before jetting back for a decent finish at Gleneagles. Last week’s tied eighth included a super second round of 65. Nico played well at this venue in 2010 (when it was staged in May) finishing in a tie for third.
Pic: Coulthard. Dont be confused.
Thorbjorn Olesen 24/1
Thorbjorn took a week off after missing his first cut in six events in Switzerland and hopefully he will be back to his best this week. The Royal Park 1 Roveri course should suit the Dane, cumulatively he had the best stats of the field in 2011 when he tied second behind Robert Rock. It’s just his 57th Tour start this week and he has already notched up 11 top-10 finishes including a win at the Sicilian Open in April.
Scott Jamieson 65/1
Bang in form heading to Italy is Scott Jamieson who bounced back from a missed cut in Switzerland to tie for fourth at the KLM Open. That’s the Scot’s third top 10 of the season. Jamieson opened with a seven under 65 in the last staging so knows how to go low at the venue. Excellent value at 65/1.
Gregory Bourdy 55/1
The Frenchman has had a really solid Summer and finally scored his first top 10 of the season last week in Holland. His last win came in at the UBS Hong Kong Open in 2009 and signs are good that another may not be far off. Bourdy tied for 11th last year six shots off the pace. Worth an each way look.
Whether you were Born This Way or took up the game recently you’ll be interested to hear that Lady GaGa’s concert promotion team have contacted the Carr Golf Centre at the Spawell in Dublin regarding the superstar dropping in to hit a few drives on Saturday morning before her gig at the Aviva Stadium. The Paparazzi are already camped outside.
Apparently GaGa is a massive golf fan after being inspired to take up the game by lookalike Charley Hoffman. The Hoff told her she could let down her hair at the refurbished 48 bay covered Driving Range, clip away the brand new TaylorMade range balls and hang out with the friendly new management at the Carr Golf Centre.
It’s thought Leonard Cohen might pop in too and staff are busy loobing up a senior flex shaft for him. The coffin dodging 104 year old, is back in town again (wasn’t he here about two weeks ago) gathering up cash from his legion of hypnotized fans who seemingly never tire of his lyrics. Cohen lost everything after a Bad Romance.
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Here’s Irish rugby legend Peter Stringer as you have never seen him before, using his head as a tee box while Mick O’Driscoll and Eoin Cadogan prepare to swing.
The pair took turns takings divots out of the scrum half’s dome to launch the Lee Valley Golf Classic in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research, who fundraise for research projects taking place at Cork Cancer Research Centre.
The event will take place this Thursday, September 13th at Lee Valley and there are limited tee times still available at €300 for a team of three, including green fees, a meal and a goodie bag. For information on how to book a tee time or sponsor a tee box, contact Dermot Walsh on 021 4870902 or 087 7757632. For further information on Breakthrough Cancer Research, see www.breakthroughcancerresearch.ie or their Facebook page.
Stringer who lost an ear, his nose and obliterated a cheekbone for the photo shoot is expected to miss most of the season. But sure he’s not on the team anymore anyway so it’s alright. Only jokin Strings!
Rory putting the Daily Mail in its place. Click to view an enlarged version on Geoff Shaks platform.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Rory McIlroy has given the strongest indication yet that he will choose to play for Great Britain over Ireland at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
"What makes it such an awful position to be in is I have grown up my whole life playing for Ireland under the Golfing Union of Ireland umbrella. But the fact is, I've always felt more British than Irish. Maybe it was the way I was brought up, I don't know, but I have always felt more of a connection with the UK than with Ireland.
"And so I have to weigh that up against the fact that I've always played for Ireland and so it is tough. Whatever I do, I know my decision is going to upset some people but I just hope the vast majority will understand."
Peter Hanson may have won the KLM Open with an outrageous eagle on the last hole but his thoughts were thousands of miles away with his baby son in hospital.
Hanson had almost pulled out of the event after the second round after hearing that young son, Tim, had been admitted to hospital in Orlando with a serious respiratory virus. However, doctors at the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital along with the Swede’s wife, Sanna, felt Hanson would be better staying in Holland fearing he could contract the virus and put and second Ryder Cup appearance in doubt.
Baby Tim turns two years old on November 17 and dad Peter always used a number 17 on his ball and his golf bag as a reminder.
The RS virus is a respiratory condition and is very common in young children. Hanson was given special permission to remain in contact on the phone during the final round.
"My older daughter, Stella who is five-and-a-half has just started school and she brought it back home so Tim has contracted it from her," said Hanson. "I spoke to the doctor and he said with the Ryder Cup coming up it might be possible I could also pick up the virus. So that's why we have Tim isolated in the Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital because my wife is now ill and so too is our nanny. The doctors said that when they cough it could be just so easy for me to pick up the virus and that's the last thing I need going to Medinah. I've been so worried about Tim I only got about 30 minutes sleep last night."
All are expected make a full recovery.
1. Rory McIlroyFedEx Cup ranking entering playoffs: 3
Playoffs movement: +2
Playoffs finishes: T-24, The Barclays; Won, Deutsche Bank Championship; Won, BMW Championship.
Tour Championship appearances (since FedEx Cup’s creation): 1st
2. Tiger WoodsFedEx Cup ranking entering playoffs: 1
Playoffs movement: -1
Playoffs finishes: T-38, The Barclays; 3rd, Deutsche Bank Championship; T-4, BMW Championship.
Tour Championship appearances: 3rd
3. Nick WatneyFedEx Cup ranking entering playoffs: 49
Playoffs movement: +46
Playoffs finishes: Won, The Barclays; T-20, Deutsche Bank Championship; T-45, BMW Championship.
Tour Championship appearances: 4th
4. Phil MickelsonFedEx Cup ranking entering playoffs: 14
Playoffs movement: +10
Playoffs finishes: T-38, The Barclays; T-4, Deutsche Bank Championship; T-2, BMW Championship.
Tour Championship appearances: 6th
5. Brandt SnedekerFedEx Cup ranking entering playoffs: 19
Playoffs movement: +14
Playoffs finishes: 2nd, The Barclays; 6th, Deutsche Bank Championship; T-37, BMW Championship.
Tour Championship appearances: 3rd