Category Archives: Tips & Fixes


Hi My name is john rowley and I am doing a dissertation about golf. What I have to do is find research that has all ready been done on my subject and come up with a good research paper which I can go along with what I have found but find a different way to prove it or disprove it. So my research is going to be about balance in the drive off the tee. What I want to know is it possible for some one with bad balance to have a good driving shot? Not just once though I want to see if they can average as good as those with good balance or even better? Please let me know what you think and feel free to let me know what kind of tests you would do for this. I have some I think will work but it is always good to get a second opinion. Thank you very much

Race to Dubai in Danger of Fizzling Out

money is a touchy subject at present particularly for those running the european tour. With the race to dubai entering the final stretch players are looking towards the mega-bucks on offer at the dubai world championship in November and wondering if the amount they had been promised at the start of the year is going to be there after all. the deal – originally with leisurecorp but now with nakheel its parent company – was to provide a stash of $20 million in each of the next five years. Half of it would make up the prize fund for the season-ending tournament open to the leading 60 players in what was once known as the order of merit with the other $10 million being shared out as bonuses between the top 15 players in the overall standings. the figures are eye-watering. But with the property crash in dubai nakheel a government-owned development company is suddenly strapped for cash. There has been speculation that the amount on offer this year is to be reduced by anything up to 25 per cent something that george ogrady the tours chief executive does not deny. More important though will be keeping the show on the road even if prize funds have to be reduced. the tour has massively rebranded itself this year and will be working hard to keep hold of its partners in dubai. In jest people within the game are asking if there will even be a race to dubai after this year? It would seem that urgent meetings are being held between the tour and nakheel right now suggesting that things are afoot. Expect an announcement some time soon.

Tiger vs Stricker for Player of the Year

Strickers win today gave him three for the year. If he wins the bmw and the tour championship would he be player of the year? Let me rephrase that. He *would* win poy because voters whether for poy or oscars or president seem to have trouble remembering anything over a month or two ago and many are tired of tiger winning it almost every year. Rosaforte on tgc just said it would be a no-brainer. But would he deserve it?

Does the Golf Channel Have Any Editors

Am I the only person that notices the daily stat errors that are reported on the golf channel? Ive seen real-time reporting errors almost every week even just after something has occurred right on their own channel! The latest of this consistent incompentence was on tonights golf central. Did you know that the us women won 8 of the solheim singles matches europe won 4 and none of the matches were halved? It must be true because I saw it on the golf channel. The only problem here is that 4 of the singles matches were halved. 4! Not none. Who is in charge?

Sean Ohair Not Nice?

Turns out my golf teacher is the current minnesota poy. As such he earned the right to play at hazeltine if the last player in the field was by himself (ie an odd headcount). Well thats what happened and my guy showed up was warming up on the practice tee and ohair sends his caddie over to tell him that hes not wanted. Pretty small behaviour on ohairs part imho. I dont think ill be rooting for this guy much in the future. Too harsh?

Carolyn Bivens Wont Survice This

Thats wont survive this forgive me pls… When you have lorena ochoa paula creamer cristie kerr julie inkster morgan pressel and 10 other top tiered players calling for you resignation in writing formal letter to the lpga tours board of directors telling them they want you out you are burnt toast with steam rising up from it. The commissioner in golf works for the players and when 15 of your top players call for you to be replaced you are gone. The lpga has lost 7 tournaments since 2007 without replacement sponsors… One of their major championships the mcdonalds lpga championship no longer has the mcdonalds part in front of it with no sponsor less than a year away from that major championship… There are 7 players on the 15 member board of directors and according to golfworlds ron sirak those players would vote 5-2 to kick carolyn bivens to the curb which means that all then would need to fire bivens is to peel off 2 of the remaining 8 board members who are not players… Carolyn bivens is toast as commissioner of the lpga and I dont think she can survive a call for her resignation from these type of players…

No Hd for the British Open

Dont blame abc…. For a student of history the united kingdom is wonderful place to visit. You can learn about the illustrious kings and queens of the past the poets and playwrights who created the worlds richest body of literature and the origin of epochal movements like the industrial revolution. You can also see what television looked like 20 years ago. Thanks to the backwards bbc you wont be able to watch the british open in hdtv this week. Not even on american broadcast partners tnt and abc. The reason is that tnt and abc have to use the international feed provided by the bbc and that feed will be in standard definition the 2009 equivalent of a black-and-white broadcast. (tnt and abc will up convert the standard definition feed for hd broadcast but that will just allow people to see the broadcast in full-screen format ̵; in other words no black bars.) in case you think were being too hard on the bbc heres a list of events broadcast in hd: the tour de france wimbledon the masters the u.s. Open the pga championship the pga tour the game show jeopardy! etc. Abc and tnt dont sound too happy about it either. the american broadcaster is required to take the world feed says mark mandel an abc/espn spokesman. as much as possible we want all our events to be in hd. Its great for the sports fans and its great for the event. Hdtv is an especially good fit for the british open because the tv-friendly tournament is invariably played at a dramatic photogenic course (except when its at carnousite) and the early morning start on the east coast ̵; and witching-hour start in the west ̵; means you can watch all the golf you want and still have the rest of your Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Also of all the majors the british open is the one american fans are least likely to get to see in person so the high-definition feed is as close as most of us will ever get to those magical open rota courses. The bbcs deal with the royal & ancient doesnt expire until 2011 and the bbc has a long history with the event. Still r&a boss peter dawson has to be frustrated with the bbcs inability to present the games oldest and arguably most important tournament in a state-of-the-art format. Next contract the r&a needs to make sure it gets the best broadcast possible which means dropping the bbc.