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  1. As a general rule I'd say don't offer advice if you're ginger. My mate kenny does this all the time and I'm surprised no one's drowned him.
  2. Can anyone sum this up for me I fell asleep early on.
  3. This made me laugh from the LOS ANGELES TIMES: 'In a competition with an overwhelming aroma of nationalism, Europe had defeated the big 'ol, rich USA, which is always special for Europe. European sports fans like that a lot. USA fans, with so many more things to choose from and be loyal to, are less invested.' Classic taste of sour grapes there. I'd be interested to hear what these many more things were, that the poor little Europeans can't choose from and be loyal to. I also wonder how much investment they think would have been invested had team USA achived the extra half point?
  4. It's Rotella for you then my firiend. His major focal points are the fear of putting which effect a lot of golfers. His books have definitely helped with my putting, but you have to commit to what he says and be brave.
  5. This issue has been the major revelation in my game this year so far. Up until February I'd always considered my driver to be my favourite and most reliable club. However, I've recently done some club by club stat analysis and it seems that I've been finding the fairways only 60% of the time with my driver and for the remaining 40% (which consitutes 3-6 shots) I've been getting penalised at least a shot per hole sometimes two. So, recently on holes under 420y I've been taking 5 wood off the tee which is far more forgiving and has become my 'go to' club. I'm hitting fairways with 80-90% accuracy meaning that it's costing me just 1-3 shots per round rather than 3-6. I've broken 80 twice in my last four rounds, whereas last year I broke 80 just 4 times all year. So it's making a big difference.
  6. I've had Ping Eye 2's for 8 years (up until last year). They're great clubs from 3 - 9 but I stopped using the sand & pitching wedge ages ago. They're useless in my opinion. The sole is far too big, causes too much bounce, they're not a club for a top quality golfer who needs precision around the green, Mickleson probably already knows this.
  7. That's exactly the personality you need to be the best. He's pure German reliability and I couldn't agree more, he's going to be a big star.
  8. Way too early to start up the Ryder Cup fever but not too early to talk about the course itself. I played it a few weeks back and it goes straight in at No.1 as the best UK course I've played (admittedly not the most extensive list). The back nice especially has some of the most wondefully designed risk and reward holes, which is clearly why it's being billed as the consumate matchplay course. If they use a little imagination with the tee box choices on the par 4's it's going to make for a hell of a spectacle, especially for the fourballs. I've played the Brabazon (Belfry) which (in my opinion) has one if not two of the finest holes in world golf, but the 2010 course has at least 6 that equal if not better them. I can't wait until October 1st.
  9. Class - that'll teach him
  10. The bit that winds me up the most is the belittlement of that great moment with Jacklin & Nicklaus. He reckons (as many do) that Nicklaus should have made him putt it, but for me, what big Jack did was transcend the match they were playing and even the Ryder Cup istelf. No one would have remembered 30 years later whether Jacklin had holed it or not, but every golfer has an opinion on the gimmie. For me that shows a mutual respect between highly competitive sportsmen and a jesture that says 'we're taking the trophy home regardless, so a half is the fair result considering what a great match we've had'. He made the Ryder Cup an even greater event with that jesture and made match play golf an even more attractive format for the ameteur.
  11. I hit a 3 iron over water from 190y into a headwind to 6 foot....... ....and of course i missed the putt
  12. Kenny Perry sure isn't shallow going by that picture - he's got a trophy ex-basket ball player
  13. Rolf Harris

    The Gimmie

    I'm not sure if this has been covered before but here goes anyway. A colleague of mine who plays off 12 has decided that he will not concede a putt unless it's literally hanging over the hole. The result is a fairly painstaking round where every member of the fourball is required to mark their balls and line up >2 foot putts. His rationale is fair enough but my opinion is that he's completely missing the point of matchplay golf between fellow gentlemen. An exert from a recent e-arguement is below for your reference. I'd be very interested to hear your views on the topic. HIM: At the risk of re-opening the whole gimme debate (which is exactly what I am now doing) it really struck me this weekend - where some of the greens were treacherous (by our usual standards) - that a gimme is supposed to be where there is minute-to-zero chance that the other player would miss - hence my yardstick of "if you would be happy to knock that in one handed then its a gimme". Unless being used purely as a gamesmanship tactic, a gimme is not supposed to be a gift to someone who actually still has a bit to do (even if it is probable that he will sink it). The problem is (your problem is) we get used to seeing the pros give gimmes of several feet, but they are pros - amateurs playing on tricky greens with double-figure h'caps can't guarantee sinking a 2 footer across a slope where a miss might take the ball 6 feet past. That's a large part of the skill - and enjoyment - of golf, so play the shot. If we are simply saving time by precluding the need to tap in (literally), no problem - even I give gimmes for that - but for goodness sake, if some skill is still required, get on with the game and finish the hole. ME: You are still completely missing the point of gimmies. It's simply a gentlemanly way of saying to your opponent 'I don't reckon you'll miss that (if you took your time and lined it up as you would a normal putt) but seeing as it's so small and I want to get on with my putt (or the next hole) then I'm going to respect your skills as a golfer and offer an friendly olive branch by giving you that putt in the spirit of the game' You are right there are no guarantees the opponent would get it but I'd rather concede a putt than have an opponent casually feel the need to hole it without lining it up and miss it. That, to me would feel like a hollow win. In the same vein I'd rather concede a put than wait around for him to line it up and then hole it because that to me is just cold hearted, mean pedantic golf that I don't particularly enjoy. Also in the same vein I would expect my opponent to treat me with the same level of respect. It's the spirit of the game that is social competitive golf (not competition medal play) - THIS IS THE POINT THAT YOU ARE REFUSING TO ACCEPT There are of course certain situations when gamesmanship comes into play as previously discussed and also if a 1- 2 footer was to win the hole rather than half or lose it then I'd be less inclined to concede it.I] HIM: I can certainly see the rationale. However, sport is sport and in no other sport I play would it be contemplated that someone would be afforded a result that they had not in fact achieved, as a form of "never mind, have it anyway". As I have said before, I would be ANNOYED if my opponent kept giving me gimmes and preventing me from finishing the hole (literal tap-ins aside). That is all part of the enjoyment, and possibly one of the more satisfying aspects of playing - I don't want an assessment and approval from someone that I am this good or that bad and them deciding what I might or might not achieve: let me achieve it (or not) (and vice versa). It is the indignation and the "well, I never..." of a gimme not being given that so amuses and annoys me. If it's given, great: if it isn't, nothing is being implied or any offence being given. Get on with it. Trying to emulate Jacklin and Nicklaus' example is frankly ridiculous. The gesture was precisely because the consequences of missing were so huge (millions watching, historic event etc) and possibly life-altering - and therefore a very magnanimous gesture indeed and to be commended in that context. When we play, a missed putt hopefully won't have that effect, so if its not given go ahead and putt and suck it up if you miss.
  14. match play is the most enjoyable and exciting way to compete in my opinion. The best thing i've found is that you need to ignore what your opponent is doing and just try to get yourself a par. If you start thinking 'oh i may only need a bogey to win this hole' then you get in the wrong mindset and you end up halving or losing the hole. Go for pars on every hole.
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