Archive for March, 2011

The Most Amazing Golfer the World has Never Seen

Mar 31st
2011

In 1950’s Canada an autistic teenage boy invented his own ugly golf-swing that meant he could hit a ball exactly where he wanted, to the inch. Every time. Moe Norman.

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Thou shall not lose trust in your golf swing #9

Mar 30th
2011

4th July 2009 – Augusta National Golf Course during Masters practice round on hole 16. A different viewpoint, shot from behind 16th tee. Vijay skips ball across water. Watch crowd stand up when it appears the skip balls going in. Golfer Ken Duke was lined up to skip the ball after Vijay, but had a great reaction to the Ace. Then he walked off without hitting a skip ball himself, refusing to follow that show! Camera gets jostled when crowd starts cheering. Vijay gets high-five from caddy. Crowd went wild.

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Golf Architects/Designers: Alice Dye

Mar 29th
2011

Alice Dye was born in Indianapolis, USA, in 1927; she is an American golf champion and golf course designer. Known as the “First Lady” of golf architecture in the United States, she began to play golf at a young age, winning eleven Indianapolis Women’s City titles. In 1946 she won the first of her nine Indiana Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championships. While a student at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, she was captain of the golf team. During this period she met Paul “Pete” Dye who later became a legendary name in the field of golf course design and construction and that is considered in many circles to be one of the most influential golf course architects of the last five decades.

Involved in the game of golf most of her life, Alice Dye is best known as a leader, a champion and a golf architect.  As a golf player she has won 50 Amateur Championships, including nine State Championships in Indiana, three State Championships in Florida, the Women’s North and South, the Eastern, and was a member of the 1970 Curtis Cup Team.  As a senior, Alice won two USGA Senior and two Canadian Senior tournaments, as well as five Women’s Western Senior tournaments.  She also won a gold medal in golf at the Senior Olympics.

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Valderrama Golf Club, Spain

Mar 28th
2011

The Valderrama Golf Club, or Club de Golf Valderrama, is one of the best known golf clubs in Europe. It is located in the resort of Sotogrande, San Roque in the Andalusia region of Southern Spain, a few miles from Gibraltar. Constructed in 1974 according to the project of the legendary American golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. Before switching to its present name, it was known as “Sotogrande New” and “Las Aves”. In 1984 it was acquired by a new owner and expanded by the original architect. Ranked at the very top of Golf World Magazine’s Top 100 Courses of Continental Europe for the past 15 consecutive years, Valderrama happens to be the most exclusive private golf club in all of Europe.

Valderrama is a 6356 metres par 71 golf course with no hole of less than championship quality but it can be fully enjoyed by players of all handicaps, thanks to the genius of Robert Trent Jones Sr., whom many consider the leading golf architect of his day. The amenability of the golf course to the handicap golfer and its deliberate severity to the championship player owe much to the extensive range of tees. Each hole has a Professional tee (6356 metres), a Club Championship tee (5994), an Executive tee (5498) and a Seniors’ tee (5053), as well as a ladies Professional tee (5294) and a ladies Club tee (4873). The tees are differentiated not just by distance but by careful siting.

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Tiger Woods: "My Swing" App

Mar 27th
2011

Tiger Woods has unveiled his latest venture, an iPhone, iPod and iPad2 application called ‘Tiger Woods: My Swing’. A joint venture of the Tiger Woods Foundation and Shotzoom, this application allows for side-by-side comparison of Tiger’s swing with your own. As Tiger Woods is the middle of working on another swing change, the third of his career, it’s not 100% clear which swing is being used in the app. Woods says it is based on his current swing, but that seems a bit odd considering it is still very much a work in progress.

As he stated on his Tiger Woods Foundation website: “Everything about this app is based on how I practice” Woods, said “I’ve rebuilt my swing a number of times over the years and use this technology to gauge my development and help with my swing transitions. I’m excited that through this app I can take this technology on the road with me and that golfers around the world can now do the same to improve their game.”

The Tiger Woods: My Swing technology allows golfers to capture video of their swing so they can analyze it; compare it with Woods and their friends; and see their swing improve over time. Woods serves as a virtual coach, teaching golfers how to use swing-line analysis and providing tips on specific areas of improvement. The content-rich app also includes exclusive personalized videos shot by Woods which address fan questions.

Tiger Woods: My Swing is available for $9.99 at the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch. The app is available in the following 12 languages: English, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

Golf Funny Commercial #30

Mar 26th
2011

There are no limits to the imagination on the world of advertising. A fan of the video game Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 08 discover a “glitch” on the game that later became known as the “Jesus Shot”.

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Now just check the awsome response that Ea Sports gave to the fan, upon the launching of the 2009 game, demonstrating that the “glitch” thought he found in the game, is not a glitch at all. Amazing marketing or how to turn something negative into a positive and profitable commercial!

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Golf Cartoon #14

Mar 25th
2011

Ribagolfe Club, Portugal

Mar 24th
2011

Opened in the summer of 2004 The Ribagolfe Club (30 minutes drive east of Lisbon, Portugal) has of two courses,  Ribagolfe I and Ribagolfe II, each an 18-hole par 72. Because of the nature of its terrain, environmental characteristics and specific layout, this golfing complex rivals the best courses that Europe has to offer and occupies a third of the area of the Vargem Fresca Estate. Considered to be a “sensational course”, Ribagolfe already has its name included on the list of applicants to host events in national and European golf tournaments. The club has a vast practice course, which, besides a driving range, includes two pitching and chipping areas, practice bunkers and putting greens.

The two courses of Ribagolf Club, designed by Peter Townsend & Michael King (European Golf Design), are set within a forest of cork oak trees and the design makes full use of the sweeping undulations of the site, providing many spectacular golf holes across valleys and lakes; both have a distinct Valderrama feel and take full advantage of the gently undulating landscape and lovely natural surroundings. The courses stimulate all five senses, where the natural elements, as part of the game, provide new challenges for the more discerning golfer.

Ribagolfe I (alias Blue Course) – has been created as a potential tournament venue. The fairly narrow fairway corridors through the cork oaks place the emphasis on accurate shot-making rather than length while large bunkers increase the challenge, particularly around the greens. The Blue Course is considered to be a sensational layout, in which the natural element becomes an important part of the game and provides fresh challenges for even the most demanding of golfers.

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Golf Books #23 (The Anatomy of a Golf Course: The Art of Golf Architecture)

Mar 23rd
2011
“It is up to the golf architect,” writes Ben Crenshaw in his foreword to Tom Doak’s fascinating discussion of course design, “to present us with a thinking contest as well as a physical one.” Like a puppeteer willing to raise the curtain on the strings he pulls, Doak reveals reveals the secrets of how. The how, as it turns out, is the easy part. It’s the demonic thinking behind the whys that makes this so engaging–and useful. Doak’s explanation of the ways a good designer has to muck with golfers’ minds is truly absorbing, and is the kind of information that better players can embrace and make work for them. (source)

“Tom Doak is a brilliant and innovative course architect who has created courses which excite the imagination and reveal his mastery of the art. Every golfer, from scratch to 36, will benefit from reading this book.” – Joseph S.F. Murdoch, President, Golf Collector’s Society.

Thou shall not lose trust in your golf swing #8

Mar 22nd
2011

Darren Clarke has the luck of the Irish on the 18th hole of the Smurfit European Open, 2005.

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