Archive for November, 2011

Thou shall not lose trust in your golf swing #26

Nov 30th

In the third round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Aaron Baddeley holes a 131-yard eagle approach shot on the par-4 4th hole.

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PGA Tour – “Outside the Ropes” with Anthony Kim

Nov 29th

Learn about Anthony Kim’s favorite TV shows, most embarrassing moment, and who his favorite player on TOUR is. For more, visit PGATOUR.COM.

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Golf Architects/Designers: Archie Simpson

Nov 28th

Born at Earlsferry, Scotland in 1866, Archie Simpson was the son of a linen weaver. There were six Simpson brothers who played the game well, three of which were well known in golfing circles. Jack Simpson won the Open championship in 1884, and became the pro/greenkeeper at Elie. Robert Simpson was in charge of Carnoustie and a respected club-maker. Robert was also involved in golf architecture, including the redesign of Carnoustie and the design of Panmure, both assisted by Old Tom Morris. But of all the brothers Archie was the most famous and the most gifted. He was twice runner-up in the Open; won the first golf tournament at Sandwich (defeating Douglas Rolland in extra holes); and won numerous money matches, including a thrashing of Willie Park-Jr over Musselburgh and Carnoustie.

Simpson began playing the game at an early age on the links of Elie – winning prizes in local competitions when little beyond school age. At age fifteen he had the remarkable accomplishment of coming in with the lowest score of the day in a club match at St. Andrews. Even at this early age he displayed the power and long driving that became his hallmark. Archie was just eighteen years of age when he became a professional, joining his brother Robert at Carnoustie. In March 1891 he went south, taking the head job at Bembridge, Royal Isle of Wight, but by the end of the summer he was back in Scotland working with Charlie Hunter at Prestwick. His stay at Prestwick was short lived as well. He returned to Carnoustie in late 1892, setting up the company Robert and Archie Simpson Clubmakers. But wait, there´s more

Club de Golf Costa Brava, Spain

Nov 27th

Around 4 kilometers from the Costa Brava’s famous beaches of St. Feliu de Guixols and Platja d’Aro lies the Costa Brava Golf Course, designed by Hamilton Stutt and Co. this 5,636 meters (Par 70) golf course opened for play in 1968. It is a beautiful location right in the heart of abundant and diverse vegetation of the Mediterranean.

Studded with cork oaks, olives, and pines, the main challenge on the first 9 holes involves dodging several trees, before chipping onto the greens. The second nine are flat and wide, with two, large, artificial lakes that end in a bay by the sea.

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Golf Funny Commercial #59

Nov 26th

Calling in sick for work…Yeah right! This poor dude tries to outsmart his boss but loses!

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Golf Cartoon #46

Nov 25th

Golf Books #51 (Homer Kelley’s Golfing Machine: The Curious Quest That Solved Golf)

Nov 24th

Few golf fans know the name Homer Kelley, writes Gummer, an acclaimed golf writer himself who admits even he didn’t know Kelley’s story until relatively recently. But Gummer aims to bring awareness to a man and the book he wrote that revolutionized the game of golf. Never a golfer himself, Kelley devoted his life to finding what made the perfect golf swing. Spending 30 years of his life in writing The Golfing Machine, Kelley analyzed the different components to a swing via geometry and physics, and insisted that there was no perfect solution—it was a system, not a method, and it was up to the golfer to find the proper components geared toward his own game. Even after his first book was finally published in 1969, Kelley continued to fine-tune his work, publishing several updated editions.

And perhaps fittingly, he died while giving a seminar on the book. Alas, The Golfing Machine itself might have appealed to only the most physics-minded players: as one critic of Kelley’s lamented, it all seems convoluted. Yet when one reads over the laundry list of professional golfers who benefited from Kelley’s ideas, one wonders why Kelley’s legacy lived in anonymity for so long. Gummer takes complicated ideas from Kelley’s book and makes them easy to follow, and while the subject matter isn’t universally fascinating, golf fans will find it to be a quick, enjoyable read.


New York Times – “It is most worthy as an engaging and warm story of a simple but complex man obsessed with the simplicities and complexities of golf…Read the book and see for yourself. It is a tale that adds a charming piece to the puzzle.”  But wait, there’s more

Thou shall not lose trust in your golf swing #27

Nov 23rd

Fred Couples wins the 1994 Presidents Cup for the United States. On the final day of matches, Fred Couples closes out the International team with a clutch approach on the 18th hole to inches. The event was played at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Virginia. The United States won the event 20-12.

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Adidas Golf Introduces SAMBA GOLF Footwear

Nov 22nd

Shared from – Chapeau Noir Blog – Trends in Golf Apparel.

A global icon transitions to the golf course

CARLSBAD, CALIF. (November 17, 2011) – adidas’ iconic SAMBA is one of the most popular and recognizable shoes on the planet, with more than 35 million pairs sold worldwide. Now, for the first time, golfers can showcase the legendary footwear on the golf course with the introduction of the SAMBA GOLF shoe.

Introduced in 1950, the original SAMBA was created to enable soccer players to train on hard, icy ground and quickly evolved to become a dominant indoor soccer shoe. Over time, SAMBA’s combination of classic styling and comfortable fit fueled its transcendence into a modern-day essential worn everywhere from athletic fields to the mall and from city streets to the suburbs, and by virtually everyone regardless of age and gender. Athletes, celebrities, students, parents and grandparents have made SAMBA a ubiquitous part of global culture. But wait, there’s more

Golf Architects/Designers: Declan Branigan Design

Nov 21st

Declan Branigan holds an Honours Degree in General Agriculture, qualifying from University College Dublin in 1974 and also holds a M.Agr.Sc. in Soil Science, publishing his thesis in 1977. He has 30 years professional experience as an agriculturist and soil scientist.

An international amateur golfer, he has represented Ireland at home and abroad on 56 occasions, both in the Home Internationals and European Championships. During his golfing career, he has twice been Irish Champion, twice East of Ireland Champion and twice West of Ireland Champion. In addition to these achievements, he holds the distinction of having won the Willie Gill Memorial Trophy, awarded to Ireland’s most consistent amateur golfer, on three separate occasions – a feat yet unequalled. During his golfing career he has played competitively on Europe’s finest golf courses.

Given the unique combination of his academic and sporting talents, it was a foregone conclusion that Declan Branigan would eventually face the challenge of creating quality golf facilities. To this end he formed a company with his friend Des Smyth in 1988 and assumed full responsibility for design specification and maintenance programs. During a five year period the Company successfully concluded 14 major projects in Ireland.

In 1994, Declan formed his own company (Declan Branigan Design) which deals with all aspects of design, construction and maintenance of golf courses. To date the company has completed numerous projects and is retained by many of Ireland’s finest courses on a consultancy basis. The company is also responsible for all maintenance at Ashbourne and Seapoint Golf Clubs. But wait, there’s more