Archive for December, 2011

Happy New Year

Dec 31st

Golf Funny Commercial #64

Dec 31st

The Directors Cut of commercial, “Genie”. Starring professional women’s golf star Anna Rawson. The long internet only version. Director Art Haynie.

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Golf Cartoon #51

Dec 30th

Golf Books #55 (Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf)

Dec 29th

Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf

Before titanium drivers, before oversized heads and bubble shafts, before electronic systems to tell you how far you are from the pin, golf was much the same game it is today. The lessons Harvey Penick taught in the pre-gadget days still stand. The golf swing is basically the same, and Penick could teach it better than anybody. For most of his life, he never intended to publish his Little Red Book, a notebook of golf wisdom and anecdotes that he compiled with the idea that he’d pass it on to his son. But, for the sake of history, it’s a good thing that he changed his mind. Contained in its 175 pages is just about all you need to know about golf from a technical standpoint, along with Penick’s priceless memories of working with famous pros, teaching absolute nobodies to get the ball in the air, and finding a horde of bat guano and hauling it across town in a pickup truck to fertilize his golf course.

This book makes you feel good about playing golf, that you’re part of something steeped in ritual and mystery and tradition, and that the game was played perfectly well before perimeter-weighted, graphite-shafted irons came along.

Penick, a golf instructor who has been credited with improving the scores of several professionals on the mens and ladies’ tours (including Tom Kite and Sandra Palmer) here provides both physical and psychological tips for golfers. He also instructs on the preparation required before approaching the first tee. Though the value of this book is its information, libraries owning previous works on the mental aspects of golf (e.g., Peter Cranford’s The Winning Touch in Golf: A Psychological Approach , 1961. o.p.) can pass. (source)

Thou shall not lose trust in your golf swing #30

Dec 28th

Palmer aces No. 7 in Round 4 of CIMB. In the final round of the 2011 CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia, Ryan Palmer cards a one on the 210 yard par-3 7th hole.

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First Look: Oakley Cipher Shoe

Dec 27th

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

This is the time of year Chapeau Noir receives a myriad of glorious event invites from golf companies far and wide / large and small, most of which revolve around the year’s biggest golf shmoozefest, January’s PGA Merchandising Show in Orlando.

Unfortunately (because CNG isn’t a full time money making venture) Chapeau Noir must, with deep regret, turn down tantalizing invites such as the one that arrived this week from Oakley, touting the 2012 release of the Oakley Cipher golf shoe.

With the Cipher, Oakley is throwing it’s announcing it’s presence in the alt-golf shoe game, as this ultra-lightweight beauty features ‘nanospike’ technology to replace traditional spikes while offering superior traction.

With more and more of the industry’s established market leaders entering the hybrid golf shoe game on the heels of early to market trend setters like ECCO, TRUE Linkswear, Kikkor, it is innovation — and ultimately the consumer — who will benefit from a wider choice of styles, fit, and niche.

Golf Architects/Designers:Michel Gayon

Dec 26th

Michel Gayon, born in 1958 is a former member of the French Golf Team (1975-1985), he became a golf architect in the early years “80” at the expense of his sporting career. He could have become pro however he chose a different path and he does not regret it. Michel Gayon creates courses that all golfers want to play and will enjoy, while challenging the best players in the game. In 1983 he founded the Michel Gayon Golf Design which has quickly become one of France’s leading golf course architectural firms.

On his portfolio he has more than 50 golf courses noticed by their harmony and their technical aspects, accessible to players of all levels and tailored to both practice of the competition and relaxation. Some dream courses designed by Michel Gayon are Gloria New Course in Antalya (Turkey) Bourbon Reunion, Saint Endreol Golf Resort, Golf Club Dakar, Sable-Solesmes Golf Club, Golf Club Esery. This courses have also shown the versatility to hold top professional tournaments, like the Challenge Tour ( Sablé-Solesmes ) or French Pro Championship ( La Domangere ), while still delighting the average everyday player. But wait, there’s more

Platja de Pals GC, Spain

Dec 25th

Platja de Plas golf course is situated in the heart of the Costa Brava and is the oldest golf courses on the Costa Brava, surrounded by hundreds of pine trees it runs parallel with the beautiful white sands of Pals beach. Designed by the English architect Mr. Fred Hawtree the first holes on the first Costa Brava golf course were inaugurated in the summer of 1966, and soon after, in 1968 the extension of the course was undertaken with nine holes more until the 18 regulation holes stipulation was fulfilled.

The new regulation course was inaugurated in 1970 with the celebration of the “Spanish International Amateur Championship”. Two years later, the Golf Platja de Pals, held the “1972 Spanish Open”. Narrow tree-lined farways and doglegs are the features of this superb and testing course. Pals is one of the few courses in Spain with a par 73, due to the fact that it has 3 par 5’s on the back nine.

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Santa might be late!

Dec 24th

Kids we might be a little late tonight, you now how these shotgun tournaments are!!!

Golf Cartoon #50

Dec 23rd