When putting, listen for the putt to drop. This will help you keep steady and prevent you from looking up too quickly, which often results in a push. Listen for the putt to drop instead of looking for it, and you'll probably hear the sound more frequently!
The AJ Golf series promises to reveal the truth about golf for only $89.95. Does it?
If you watch The Golf Channel for any amount of time, you've seen either the 30-second, 60-second, or 30-minute commercials for AJ Reveals the Truth about Golf. You've no doubt seen Da Bat and wondered just what point it might offer. You've seen AJ's "reduce your handicap by 30% and increase your drives by 30 yards in 90 days" guarantee.
I'm a 6-9 handicapper who has a slightly open stance, a strong grip, and a slight high draw. I average about 275 off the tee when I'm playing well and have a relatively solid short game. I was skeptical that AJ Bonar could do much to help my game.
This is the part of the review in which - if it were an infomercial - I'd say "boy, was I wrong!" Unfortunately, I was not. AJ did very little, if anything, to help my game. This doesn't mean the videos are worthless: just that they didn't help me a whole lot.
Mike Weir leads by one stroke in the Canadian Bell Open.
I was slightly caught off-guard when I just checked the PGA leaderboard. Mike Weir carries a one stroke lead into the weekend at the Bell Canadian Open with World #1 Vijay Singh hot on his tail. It's interesting to look at Weir's results from this year. I hadn't heard his name in quite some time and I quickly see why. After a pretty hot start this year (T5 at the FBR Open, T4 at Pebble Beach, then winning the Nissan Open), he had a string of missed cuts and poor finishes. The only two saving graces since that start was a T4 at the U.S. Open and a T9 at the British Open. Ok, so he turns it on for the majors. Who doesn't? Here's to hoping he can hang on. I'm tired of hearing about Vijay.
Colin Montgomerie is officially divorced.
Larry says it as well as we could, so just go read his story. Colin Montgomerie will be a force to reckon with in the Ryder Cup now, mark my words!
Sam Torrance says that the Europeans have an advantage playing the Ryder Cup abroad.
Sam Torrance, former captain of the European Ryder Cup team, said Wednesday:
There's a little bit less pressure playing away from home than playing at home. In front of your home crowd, everyone's cheering you on and you feel like you have to play well.
A bit of gamesmanship? A bit of truth? Americans play well in the British Open, yet the reverse is not true.
You know the crowd's going to be on the Americans' side. You just have to use it and not let it get you down. When the USA chant starts, just let it annoy you. Let it build you up, let it make you mad and play better golf.
Good advice indeed. The US side, of course, can just as easily use the chant to boost them. But this is why we adore the Ryder Cup so much: because it is a battle. Because the underdog has a real chance every time. Because it shows a man's will - a team's will - more than any other tournament or competition. Raw competitiveness, raw humanity on display. That's the Ryder Cup.
Over the Labor Day weekend, Phil Mickelson signed an endorsement deal with Callaway Golf, dumping Titleist early.
Over the Labor Day weekend, Phil Mickelson, the #4 ranked golfer in the world, signed an endorsement deal with Callaway Golf to use a prototype Callaway HX ball and a prototype model of Callaway's Fusion driver at this week's Canadian Bell Open.
This move comes just a week after prematurely dumping a Titleist contract. Mickelson had been with Titleist the past four years.
Round-up from last week's tour events.
It's finally happened. Tiger Wood's 334-week reign atop the World Rankings is over. Vijay Singh won the Deutsche Bank Championship to claim the top spot, making him only the twelfth golfer in 18 years to hold that position.
The only three European Ryder Cup members to enter the Omega Eurpoena Masters took the top three places (well, Sergio Garcia finished tied third), Luke Donald winning by five from Miguel Angel Jimenez. The only thing more impressive than Donald's final round was Jimenez's curly mullet (aka the Spafro).
Luis Carbonetti from Argentina won the European Senior Masters at the Duke's Course in Woburn, England. In last place, however, was Nigel Mansell, the former Formula 1 and Indy Car world champion, finishing at 28 over. Apparently, despite trying to keep his game on track, his rounds were plagued by bad driving, leaving him well off the pace (ahem…).
David Duval makes a cut - and finishes tied for thirteenth.
Let's not overlook David Duval this week. David not only made the cut - something he's failed to do for 14 months or so - but he finished T13 with a 4-under 67 on the closing day of the Deutsche Bank Championship. This is his best finish since T6 in a 2002 event in Las Vegas.
David will win a tournament in the next two years. That's my prediction and I'm sticking to it.