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Issue 8 April ‘13
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CONTENTS CF Edition - Issue 8 - April 2013
INTERVIEWS The Winners Circle PGA Tour maiden winner Kevin Streelman joins us for a chat John Daly Golfs outspoken son is in our ten minute takeover hot seat Tiger Woods Was the victory of the WGC Cadilac Challenge the catalyst needed to send Tiger back into Major contention
FEATURES Augusta An 18 hole guide to playing the worlds most iconic Golf Course The Swing Dr Introducing our new resident Golfing Guru fixing your bio-mechanical faults Future Stars Rhys Davies pledges his support to The Principality Junior Wales Open
REVIEWS Alfa Romeo 4C Alfa Set to lay the bench mark for desireability Southerndown Rain does not stop play at this fantastic course in South Wales Tried and Tested Cobra, and Titleist send us their latest offerings
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Ten Minute Takeover
INTERVIEW FEATURE INTERVIEW
We spent ten Minutes with Golfs ‘Marmite’ John Daly. Love him or hate him one thing we certainly discovered is that ‘Long John’ certainly is not afraid of speaking his mind and his life literally is an open book. Photo: Getty Images
Q: How old were you when you started playing Golf? JD: About 4 I think Q: How did you first take to the game? Did you have many lessons? JD: No I was pretty much self taught. I used to look at a Jack Nicklaus Cartoon that was in some newspaper and I started to copy it really Q: So now I guess the practice and tuition comes from better sources than a cartoon? JD: Nope. Me and practice does not seem to mix well. The Harder I work the worse I get, Practicing brings out my problems. I suck at it! So I have realised now not to practice and I seem to do ok! Q: It is no secret that you had a serious gambling addiction. You are reported to have gambled away almost $60 million dollars. Firstly is that actually possible and secondly if it is how did you manage that? JD: Well the people that reported that haven’t got a clue. Yeah I probably lost close to it when you account that there were some winnings, which then became losses. Q: So what was your favorite gambling game? JD: I played slots. Lots of slots! Q: Did you ever actually win anything on them then? Yeah I think my biggest win was after our wedding, me and my
wife won $1.8 million on slot machines. Q: But surely when you were getting paid millions of dollars in endorsements, appearance fees and winnings, what was the drive to win a bit more? It must have almost seemed an insignificant amount to win! If you had invested wisely what you earned surely you would have been made for life! JD: Yeah but I’m not doing all that badly now so its not all bad. Like I said there were wins as well as losses. Gambling was a part of my life and a big one at that. Q: Do you now look at your kids and think that I could have left a huge legacy there if I had not lost all that money gambling? JD: No not really as they are certainly taken care of. My family will never have to worry about money and will never go without. I know I have lost a load but I also have made a load and still do. People are very quick to look solely for the bad points and they soon forget the good. I have experienced a great career and won a vast amount of money. Aside from winnings I have done very well with sponsorships and appearances. Its very rare to ever here a reporter lead with something like ‘John you have done so well’ as apposed to John, basically you are a f#’/ing idiot’
Q: You still do well with endorsement deals, even though due to your lifestyle you have lost a fair few along the way. JD: Yeah I seem to lose one then gain two. I think people have started to call me the Nascar Guy now due to the amount of Logos all over me. Sponsors must see something in me to keep it up. Who knows if I was good all the time maybe no one would have cared about me. But I am who I am and that’s just me. I Remember once playing with Tiger and he said to me ‘JD Look at the state of your shirt, on one breast you have a sponsor for a weight loss procedure and on the opposite side of your shirt you are advertising Dunkin Donuts’ That made me laugh! Q: I Know this is a personal question but save the best for the last! Do you feel the PGA See you as an embarrassment to golf or do they love you? As forget the opinion if people like you or hate you its no secret that when you play both live visitors and tv viewing ratings go up! JD: I guess my life is my life. I don’t try to hide anything and I guess some people like the fact that I am a real person with real emotions and I do show them both on the course and off the course. People can learn a lot from me I guess. I have made a few mistakes, well ok a lot of mistakes but that’s just me.
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NEW CAR REVIEW
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Designed to tempt the potential Cayman and Lotus owners of this world, the 4C goes for that classic lightweight and high-power combination. The car uses a 1.75-litre four-cylinder turbo, as found in Alfa’s Quadrifoglio Verde Giulietta. The difference here is that 4C has a promised kerb weight of just 895kg, helped in part by its carbon fibre tub, which should be stiff as anything and lead to the nimble handling you would hope from a two-seater. That carbon fibre tub uses the kind of chassis technology you would find in far more expensive vehicles like the LaFerrari, which has been talk of the Geneva show. In unveiling the 4C, Alfa also promised a special launch edition of the car which will come in either Carrara White or Alfa red. It comes with a carbon fibre body kit, darker alloys and crazy front headlight clusters which look like a set of spider’s eyes.
The launch edition can be pre-ordered now for £51,600. Only 400 will be coming to Europe. Promising 0-60 in just 4.5 seconds and a top speed of more than 155mph, the 4C is going to be quite the little race car. It also incorporates Alfa Romeo’s DNA switch, which lets you adjust things such as traction control and throttle response. That DNA switch has also been given a new special Race mode, which employs even more aggressive handling and computer aids to speed the car up further. The 4C is also going to employ the latest in gearbox technology, with a TCT dual-clutch box that lets you shift gears via paddles on the steering wheel, F1 style. Inside, you get an all digital speedo and instrument cluster, which should add further to the car’s already hi-tech feel. The interior is also dominated with as many pieces of peeled back and exposed carbon fibre as Alfa Romeo can fit.
Alfa Romeo has come good on its promise to deliver a sporty two-seater, rolling out the 4C at the Geneva motorshow.
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Nightmare Start for Rafa after Bag theft on route to tournament Round-the-world journeys to tournaments can be long enough as it is, but Rafa Cabrera-Bello was forced to take an even more circuitous route to the Maybank Malaysian Open after having his bag stolen on his way to the airport. The Spaniard was forced to travel to London, on to Madrid and back to London again before he even boarded the 13-hour flight to Kuala Lumpur, and it was made all the more traumatic by the loss of numerous personal possessions, including his passport. “I was on a train going from my home in Switzerland to the airport and I had my bag stolen, so all my personal stuff – passport, money, credit cards, computer, camera, ipad – was gone,” said Cabrera-Bello. “My biggest concern was my passport. “I was able to fly to London that same morning as I had my Spanish I.D. with me, but in London they advised me to go to Spain as it was Sunday and the Spanish embassy was closed. Even if they issued me a new passport it would not be the new one with the chip, and I need that one, so I had to go to Madrid and managed to get a new one there. “I flew back to London that same evening, stayed the night and flew here on Monday evening, arriving
late on Tuesday. It was a bit of a hassle because it was not just a long flight; it was a whole day of traveling the day before – plus all the nerves of not knowing if I was going to make it. “I’ve lost everything – my photos, music, contact numbers. The back-up from my phone was on the computer. It’s a tough one but I hope it’s the only bad news I have this week.” Make it to Malaysia he did, and despite the nightmare of the previous few days, managed to open with rounds of 72 and 67 for a five under par total.
Royal Visit to Maybank There was a royal presence at the Maybank Malaysian Open when Her Royal Highness Tuanku Hajah Haminah binti Hamidun, Queen of Malaysia not only visited Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club but played in the pre-tournament pro-am. Her Royal Highness partnered 2011 Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel, and afterwards met George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, and Tan Sri Megat, Chairman of Maybank. So Elizabeth, the bar is now set for Wentworth!
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Davies Supports Junior Open European Tour winner Rhys Davies has once again lent his support to the Principality Junior Wales Open as the competition returns to Celtic Manor in 2013, aiming to develop the next generation of golfing talent. Wales’ premier junior golf tournament starts with five regional qualifying events across Wales during the Easter holidays and Davies has urged youngsters to follow in his footsteps by getting an early taste of top competition. Successful qualifiers will reach a grand final in July played over Celtic Manor’s Twenty Ten Course, which provided such a dramatic stage for the 2010 Ryder Cup. Davies watched that Ryder Cup from close quarters as a special assistant to European captain Colin Montgomerie after coming close to earning a spot in the team during a
sensational rookie season, which included a tournament victory at the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco. His form has dipped since but Davies is hoping to play his way back onto the main European Tour this year after losing his full playing card in 2012. “The Principality Junior Wales Open has introduced many young golfers to the big tournament stage,” said Davies, who holds the course record of 62 at Celtic Manor after finishing runner-up in the 2010 Wales Open. “When I was a junior, the buzz of playing in the bigger events and trying to beat your peers had a massive impact on the development of my game. It was great to be involved in this event last year and see the enthusiasm for competing shown by the youngsters. “When you get to play on a course which
Rhys Davies (left) presents the trophy to last year’s Principality Junior Wales Open winner Josh Davies
you’ve seen on television in an event like the Ryder Cup with the world’s top players battling it out, it really inspires you. I think this is a fantastic competition for junior golfers.” The Principality Junior Wales Open tees off at Cardiff ’s Radyr Golf Club on March 27 and another qualifier takes place over Celtic Manor’s Roman Road course the following day. The event then heads north to Royal St David’s, Harlech, on April 4, Builth Wells on April 5 and the final qualifier takes place in the west at Langland Bay on April 8. For an entry fee of £17.50, every competitor gets 18 holes of golf in the regional qualifier, a packed lunch and a goody bag of golfing merchandise from Welsh company Asbri, as well as the chance to bid for top prizes in the grand final.
18 Hole Guide to
AUGUSTA A Comprehensive guide to conquering the Home of The Masters
The Most Iconic Golf Course in the World and beloved home to The Masters, Augusta National, Georgia is regarded as the Mecca for the majority of Golfers throughout the World. Membership is sparse and even if you have an bottomless bucket of cash, this still does not grant you entry to this resort. Members are ‘invited’ to join, and although no official membership figures have ever been published, common belief is the joining fee is around $10,000 and the annual fee is around $2500. Not scandalous due to the fact The Masters tournament keeps this clubs bank balance firmly in the black.
Hole 1 - Tea Olive The bunker on the right of the fairway has been extended over the years and it’s now 320 yards to get over. The big hitters used to fly it for fun and hit a sand wedge in, but now you’re landing on the upslope with little run, because they cut the grass towards the tee. It can be a 6 or 7-iron or perhaps more into the wind.
Hole 2 - Pink Dogwood Another hole where it’s very hard to fly the fairway bunker in the way that players used to. It must be 330 yards out there and most of the time you’re looking at short
of the sand, leaving a 3-wood into the green.
Hole 3 - Flowering Peach For most it’s a 3-iron off the tee leaving a wedge in. If the pin’s back right, you might take a driver down into the swale leaving a chip up the green.
Hole 4 - Flowering Crab Apple Seve used to hit a 5 or 4-iron here, but the hole is longer now and they’re hitting small woods sometimes. It’s a very severe green with a big ridge. It’s hard to stop the ball on the correct tier.
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Hole 5 - Magnolia
Hole 7 - Pampas
It’s been lengthened and there are now two big bunkers on the left. If it’s downwind you’ll see guys hit 3-wood because it does narrow in. You’ll be looking to hit it 280 to 300 yards leaving a 7 or 8-iron.
Always used to be a 2-iron and a sand wedge, now it’s a driver and a 7-iron. The green is designed for a wedge because it’s 12 yards deep on the right and 18 deep in the middle
Hole 6 - Juniper A mid-iron off the tee, it plays eight to 10 yards downhill. Easiest pins are on the left, but they also place two flags in the week on the plateau to the right which is virtually a green within a green.
Hole 8 - Yellow Jasmine Again, it’s now very hard to carry the fairway bunker, so you’re going to need two very good hits to get up there. The second shot is about 20 yards uphill. Front right is a good miss, but left leaves a difficult chip because the slopes are severe on that side.
Hole 9 - Carolina Cherry
Hole 14 - Chinese Fir
A good driving hole, quite tight. How far you get down there will dictate how much the second shot is uphill. There’s a plateau off the tee at around the 300-yard mark where it’s an 8-iron, but a big hitter can get to the bottom of the hill where it’s a wedge.
Got to hit a draw off the tee and then we’re talking an 8-iron or so. You mustn’t be short and it’s 14 yards from the front of the green to the ridge in the middle.
Hole 10 - Camellia You’ve got to sling it off the tee and if you don’t get it going right-to-left enough it can be at least three clubs’ difference. Not sure why, but the fairway on 10 is often wet, so it’s possible to get mud on the ball.
Hole 11 - White Dogwood They’ve added a lot of trees on the right making this a lot tighter and the second shot is about 10 yards downhill which represents about a half a club to a club difference.
Hole 12 - Golden Bell You’re hitting in the region of an 8 or 9-iron and my feeling is to listen to what Jack Nicklaus said: ‘Aim over that front bunker every time for the main reason that if you come up a hair short then you’re in the bunker and not the water.
Hole 13 - Azalea You used to be able to get away with a 3-wood off the tee, but now, more often than not, it’s a driver. You have to play a 10-yard draw at least, but it’s the second that’s tough as the ball is above your feet.
Hole 15 - Firethorn Another hole that has changed a lot over the years. Left side of the fairway will leave you blocked out by the trees and the second is a good 10 yards downhill. It’s a tough green to hit and the righthand bunker is a good miss.
Hole 16 - Redbud It’s two greens within a green. The middle to back right half is a plateau that’s only five yards wide and anything landing on the ridge moves to the left edge.
Hole 17 - Nandina It used to be a lob wedge or sand wedge in here, but now you’re looking at a 7-iron. Quite a severe green especially to the right hand pins.
Hole 18 - Holly Lots of length added again. Bunkers are well in play, although it’s 300 yards to reach them. You’ll see some guys play 3-wood off this tee and then a 5 or 6-iron. So now all you are left to do is somehow manage to gain an invitation to join the worlds most exclusive Golf Club! For the majority of us the above playing guide may help the next game of Tiger Woods on the XBox but for the lucky few we salute you!
The Winners Circle
INTERVIEW FEATURE TOUR VICTORY
Kevin Streelman Kevin Streelman opens his victory account by topping an impressive field at The Tampa Bay Championship presented by Everbank. Photo: Getty Images
Q: Congratulations on your first PGA TOUR win. KEVIN STREELMAN: Yeah, this is a dream come true. I think 153 rd event on the Tour, many, many events before that on the Hooters Tour and Gateway Tour and Dakotas Tour. Always had a dream of getting here. And so to get this is the cumulation of a lot of hard work and a lot of time spent late into the evening and getting up early in the morning, and it’s really a dream come true. Q. At what point did you think this was going to happen? KEVIN STREELMAN: When I made the putt on 17, that freed my mind up a little bit. I knew I needed bogey to win, and I told AJ, my caddie, I should play it differently on 18. He said: ‘Grip that driver down the middle.’ To flush that, knock the wedge on the uphill putt and tap‑in for par, was pretty magical. Q. You didn’t make a bogey over the last 37 holes, and I don’t think you missed a shot from the fair‑ way over the last, probably, seven. How did you do that? KEVIN STREELMAN: That’s a good question. We’ve been working really hard on my swing. Been with my coach now for a year and a half. I played, actually hit it incredibly well last week in Puerto Rico and putted
poorly and missed the cut and came back and worked with him at The Bear’s Club on Saturday. Woke up Sunday and had to go to the emergency room. I was very ill. I don’t know if it was the flu or a 24‑hour bug or if I ate something, but I was out of commission for 24 hours. I was in the ER Sunday, and didn’t really feel good until Thursday. And so I think that probably took a little stress off me as far as having maybe lower expectations. But we kind of had something click between me and AJ of just saying, we are going to align our body where we want the ball to start, make the normal, great movements at that target and then let the wind dictate the ball from there. We were not trying to shape it into winds, with the exception of 13 today. Was pretty much trying to play straight balls in different parts of the wind and picking really good targets and kept it really simple. Q. What kind of effect did it have with Boo posting the number early, like 12 holes to go, did that make it easier or harder? Did it make a difference to you? KEVIN STREELMAN: I didn’t really look. I tried to not look too much today. I kind of noticed out of the corner of my eye, I think on the par 5, 14, they had already posted. I kind of saw it at 8 but I didn’t know if he was done yet.
I just glanced and looked away real quick, because I would just rather focus on my game and not someone else’s. And I did see that he was posted and I knew I was at 9, and I needed to get through‑‑ the big shots are 16 tee, and I just stepped up with a great target and flushed that one, and then knew 17, to keep it left of that pin somehow and just hit an awesome 4‑iron in there and made that putt. Pretty much knew we had it. Q. What was your target on 16? KEVIN STREELMAN: 16, there’s four trees, and I was splitting the second and third one. Just putt it right on‑‑ Q. Closer to the second or the third? KEVIN STREELMAN: Limped into the third one after it ran up. Q. There’s no simple answer, of course, but why do you think it’s taken you 153 starts to get a win? KEVIN STREELMAN: I don’t know. I guess level of comfort, level of confidence, level of saying it’s just kind of time, a level of saying I’ve put in the work. And seeing my buddy, Mike Thompson win, was awesome. See all the Americans doing well, pretty cool. I kept is one shot at a time pretty well today. I think that’s what I can go back on. I was really at peace with whatever the result may be, doesn’t really matter. Had bigger things in mind,
long‑term visions of our career and weren’t going to let one week, great or bad, dictate that. So got long‑term plans and we’re sticking to that process and hopefully these are just going to be the results now. Q. What’s it feel like to get some‑ thing on the resumé, finally ahead of the Kodak Challenge, which was neat, but now you’ve got something better to talk about. KEVIN STREELMAN: People always ask you, have you won yet. And it’s not going to change who I am. It’s just something to put on a resumé. It’s really nothing more than that. But I’m very thankful and it means a lot to me and my team and people that I’ve surrounded myself with. Hopefully we can do it again. This is a lot of fun. Q. You qualified for the Masters a couple years ago but through the FedExCup; wonder if it feels better to do it this way. You might have got some questions back then about getting there that way, just wonder if you can talk about that. KEVIN STREELMAN: Yeah, I wouldn’t say better. Either way, when you get the invite, you get the invite. But everyone knows, when you win a PGA TOUR event, you get to the to go to the Masters. So to do that on my own is very special. To get to Kapalua is pretty special. To do it at Tampa Bay and Innisbrook and such an incredible golf course here is really, really awesome. Q. Speaking of this golf course, in 2008 on the weekend, you had to sign for a number, I won’t mention the number‑‑ you can mention if you want to, but it was a pretty high number. At that time, would you ever have thought that you would be sitting here five years later in this seat doing this?
KEVIN STREELMAN: Yeah, I had kind of forgotten that. I think I had posted 83 or 84 and MDF, got out of town. But this course can do that to you, this course gets gusty and running and it really tests you. Feel like a more mature golfer and a more mature person than I was then, and where I want to be in my life and my faith and was able to just overcome it Q. You looked really focused today. What were the keys to this round, to this win? KEVIN STREELMAN: I had very solid ball‑striking all week. AJ and I kept it very simple. We just were picking targets and picking the right club and just swinging. It was letting go of results. We were meditating on a lot of Scripture together. We were singing together. We were having fun. That’s when I play my best is when I’m just enjoying myself. I said, I’m thankful for the opportunity. If I shoot 80 or 60, it’s going to be fun out there and enjoy it, and this time I was able to finish it off, and sometimes you don’t and sometimes you do. Q. You’re holding a mic now, any chance of singing for us? KEVIN STREELMAN: I do a Bible study, you’re more than welcome to come (laughs). Q. Talk about 13, now that the hole is over and you’ve won, this is going to sound like an awkward question, but what could have gone wrong if you had not pulled it off? KEVIN STREELMAN: I was not really scared of it going right of where it went. Last second, if you bail out and flip it, the wind will take it kind of where Justin’s ball went left and you’d be chipping across the green. One of those shots, keep your body rotating and the club can’t flip in front of you, and it stays on the
target line. If your body stops, you can flip and get into trouble. Q. People talk about a course where you can be aggressive but you pick your spots, would that be an example? KEVIN STREELMAN: Absolutely. I hit two great shots on 1 and then was very fortunate that on 3 the chip hit the pin and dropped and then after that, I didn’t really have great numbers to attack, I just was trying to play smart and I didn’t have great putts that could run in, but I knew that a lot of pars would get me where I needed to be today. I was really patient, and the back nine, I did have a couple opportunities, and I was able to execute. Q. I guess when you were playing the mini‑tours, you also caddied to help yourself get by, can you tell us what that time frame was and where that was and how that all worked? KEVIN STREELMAN: Exactly, I came out to Phoenix my first time‑‑ I graduated in 2001 and I came out to Phoenix in 2002 for the Gateway Tour in the first summer that it was open. I don’t know if I made a cut. Got my butt kicked. Lost all my money. Fell in love with the area, though. I loved Scottsdale from then on. Left town kind of my head down and went back to Chicago and very long story short, was abandoned by another group of sponsors in San Diego a year later. And unfortunately it kept on the guy’s card who lived up in Cota de Caza, gave him a call, said, I don’t know what to do, I have no money. I had just Monday qualified for Pebble the week before and missed at Torrey. Called these guys in Chicago and to this day they have not picked up the phone. I was there, had about $400 to my name, could have
driven back to Chicago and my family or stick it out. They kind of gave me some money to get going back on the Hooters Tour and played all right. And then Courtney and I met, wanted to get back to Scottsdale, caddied at Whisper Rock and scrubbing clubs at Kierland Golf Course on the weekdays, worked from about 6:00 to 1:00 and I would play golf from 2:00 till dark, and on the weekends I would caddie up at Whisper Rock in order to actually make decent money. Then my rookie year, Greg Tryhus called me. I was at Puerto Rico and invited me to join him at Whisper Rock and now going on my fifth year as a member. Won the club championship my rookie year. Went from caddie to club champion at Whisper Rock which is a pretty cool story. Q. On the mini‑tours, was there a win or a stretch? KEVIN STREELMAN: 2007 was my last year on the mini‑tours. I won four times. I one time was leading the gate way and Hooters Tour Monday list and just felt really confident the way I was playing. My course average was close to 66 or 66 and 1/2 that summer so I went to Q‑School sky‑high. I remember going to San Juan Oaks for the first stage and didn’t make many putts the first round, second round; third round, I’m right there. End up birdieing four of my last five holes on the final day to make it on the number. I look back at some of those 12‑, 15‑footers, if one of those lipped out or something, I don’t know what would have happened, because got to second stage and finals and got my TOUR card through Q‑School. But that first stage was pretty testy at the end of the round. Q. How many cars did you have between 2001 and 2008? KEVIN STREELMAN: I burned out three cars. I had two‑‑ I put 250,000 to 400,000 miles. Started with my mom’s Altima, and then my own Altima and then I got a Camry. Q. When did you leave the Camry, after the Whisper Rock membership? KEVIN STREELMAN: My rookie year when I got my TOUR card, I traded it in for a Nissan 350 z which was like my dream car at the time. My wife, my fiancée at the time, now my wife was not very happy with that decision and I learned quickly that I must discuss these financial decisions. (Laughter). Q: Well after this victory Im sure the vehicle can be anything you like. Just don’t forget to run it passed your wife first! It’s been a pleasure to speak to you and congratula‑ tions again on your first PGA Tour Victory and we hope to have you here again in The Winners Circle! KEVIN STREELMAN: Thanks. See you soon!
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We were lucky enough to be granted an audience with Sean. with Tiger following his victory at The WGC Cadilac Q: Last year, you couldn’t finish a final round and Championship. Was this the now you finish off the field; is the tournament that propelled Tiger ‘thats why I work my tail difference purely being healthy on his quest to regain the World or is there something else that’s off and lift all of those Number one spot? in play? Q: You have now won five of TIGER WOODS: No, it’s nice weights’ your last 18 stroke‑play events to be healthy. I was struggling on TOUR, which is a percentage there for a while, and it was nice similar to before your overhaul, how equipped do to recover, and last year I won the very next event at you feel to dominate as you did before the overhaul? Bay Hill. I pushed myself through some interesting TIGER WOODS: Well, I’m just trying to get better. little injuries and knickknack things over the years, It’s very simple. I feel like my game’s becoming more and sometimes it’s been good and sometimes it’s efficient, and it’s more consistent day‑in and day‑out, been bad. and I’m very pleased with the progress I’ve made Last year was a case where it was the right thing to Never Miss another issue! Subscribe for FREE to receive our digital edition at www.clubhousegolfmagazine.com
Rory claims the 2012 USPGA do and it was a smart decision and consequently I was able to play the rest of the year. Q. Sean said at some point that you were going to get to the point where you were not going to think so much about mechanics but you were going to actually play the shot that was required; flight it, shape it, and you wouldn’t think about how to do it, you would just do it. Where are you in that evolution now? Do you feel like this week, obviously you hit a lot of those types of shots with the wind; do you feel like you’re getting to that point with not thinking so much? TIGER WOODS: Certainly, yes, absolutely. But it’s more not playing by position, it’s more by certain feels and what I need to do to create that type of trajectory. That’s a big change, because obviously I was where
I was a few years ago to where I’m at now, it’s a big change. And especially on the fly out there, to make the adjustments that I need to make, where if I don’t quite hit one just right, I know exactly what to go to to fix it, and that’s always the biggest thing is that I didn’t really understand sometimes. But understanding now, certainly helps. Q. You won an astounding number of tournaments, 76 now; you still had your dad waiting in the wings and of course your dad gone and now you have your young kids. Over the years, has the meaning of a win changed for you? TIGER WOODS: They still feel good. (Smiles). It’s different, they are certainly different. When I won tournaments when my dad was sick and obviously when my dad passed and was dead, there was a different type of feeling. And then obviously when I won The Open with Sam there for the first time, that was‑‑ they are different, different ways, I guess. I guess it’s the evolution of life. We have our parents and then next thing you know, we become parents and I think it’s more of the evolutionary process of that and that’s how the wins have evolved. Q. Speaking of evolution, you’re the only guy in the game’s history to have won in bunches with four different swings. How significant and satisfying is that to you, and might that be your grandest achievement? TIGER WOODS: I don’t know, I think that probably the best achievement is winning four in a row. No one’s ever done that, not in this modern configuration. That’s something I’m very proud of. But obviously to be able to have changed my game over the years, what I felt at the time, to try to become better and become more efficient; and to be able to have won throughout those changes, it feels good. Q. It looks to a lot of people like you’re having more fun and you’re in a better mental state than you have been seen in a while; is that true and if so, how so? TIGER WOODS: I’m playing better, so it’s not like I’m going out there and struggling to break 80. So maybe that’s what it is‑‑ well, or I am probably in a better spirit because I’m making more putts. Yeah, it’s kind of nice to make putts. Q. Why do you think you’re so good at closing out events when you have a 54‑hole lead? TIGER WOODS: I enjoy being there. That’s why I work my tail off and to lift all those weights, hit all those balls and spend those countless hours out there is to be in that position; that’s
why I prepare so hard, is to be there. I enjoy being you’re 6 from Sam Snead’s record. I wanted to get there. My record’s been I think pretty good over the your perspective on the record, sort of your perspecyears. tive on it, and secondly, the most impressive part Q. I think six of the seven times you’ve won mulabout the record? tiple times before Augusta, you’ve gone onto win TIGER WOODS: Well, I think that for me I’ve been majors that year. Do you feel like this is shaping up able to be as consistent as I have for the years I’ve to one of those seasons that you’re building towards been on TOUR and to be able to have won that that kind of year again? many times year‑in and year‑out, that’s something TIGER WOODS: Well, I felt that towards the end that I’m very proud of. There have been a couple of last year that I was heading that direction where years where I didn’t have the wins that I would like, things were becoming better. I look at the three but other years I’ve had some pretty good years. venues that I won last year, were all three very good Sam did it for, what? Almost 30 years, well into his golf courses, and you know, I think winning at Torearly 50’s, he won. So it speaks to being consistent rey and then winning here, my five wins, I’ve been and just being there. on some pretty tough tracks. To pass Jack last year, and I’m not that far away from Bay Hill can play easy, but we didn’t have it easy on Sam, it hasn’t been easy, but also then again, over Sunday. It was more, as I said, like a U.S. Open in the course of time, I’ve put myself there so many Orlando. That gave me so much confidence heading times that I’d hope I’d cash in a few times along the into the off‑season that I was heading in the right way. To have won triple digits around the world is direction; just keep going, keep plugging along, keep something I’m pretty proud of in 17 years. working with the things that Sean wants me to do, Q. Do you think it’s a mark that can ever be broken and lo and behold, I’ve had two really good weeks or will ever be broken, whatever the number ends this year. up being? Do you think anyone will approach that? Q. You say you work your tail off with practise, How TIGER WOODS: It gets harder and harder with each many rounds do you play a day? generation. The talent pool gets better. Kids are TIGER WOODS: If we don’t have any weather and getting more athletic. They’re going earlier. They’ll I don’t have any other family obligations with my be turning pro earlier than even I did. When I first kids, then I’ll get out there and we’ve played as many came out here at 20, that was like, whoa, you’re comas 54, 72‑plus sometimes. We’ve got to change carts ing out here pretty early. Now we get kids turning so we can keep them going fast. But we don’t spend pro at 15, 16. It’s different. They’re going to have a lot of time. I think Rory’s mentioned that before. more years where they can win more tournaments, We don’t dilly‑dally around. We go out there and we and it’s not easy to do. play, and in for a little bit as well. As I said, the talent pool is getting deeper. The Q. So, Tiger, do you plan on reaching out to Rory margin between even when I first came out, the guy for advice on how to be one half of a sport’s power leading the tournament and the cut line was always couple? about 12, 13, 14 shots. Now sometimes it’s 9 or 10 TIGER WOODS: Do I plan on it? No. shots. There are 70‑plus guys in the weekend within Q. In a more serious vein, why did you decide to nine or ten shots, that gap’s gotten smaller, and it’s come out with that and go public with the relationonly going to get harder. ship now? So I’m sure somebody will come out here that’s bigTIGER WOODS: Well, it’s very simple. We’re very ger, stronger, faster, and more athletic that will win a happy where we’re at, but also we bunch of tournaments, but you’ve got wanted to limit the stalk‑a-razzi and to do it for a long period of time. all those sleazy websites that are out ‘We’ve got to change there following us. I’ve had situaQ. The statement, “Tiger Woods is tions where it’s been very dangerous carts so we can keep not completely back until he wins a for my kids and the extent they’ll go them going fast.... major,” is that fair? to. We basically devalued the first TIGER WOODS: I think that’s based We don’t dilly dally on opinion. I feel like I’m headed in photos. Unfortunately, that’s just the way it the right direction. I’m very pleased around’ is in our society right now, and we where I’ve come from. Like I said, felt like it was the best thing to do. I’m very happy 50‑plus to where I’m at is no small task, and I’d like about it. to get to 19‑plus myself. Q. You’ve always been a story of the game, and Never Miss another issue! Subscribe for FREE to receive our digital edition at www.clubhousegolfmagazine.com
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The Swing Dr Are you asking the wrong question? Our Resident Swing Dr uncovers the hidden truth behind a unique problematic swing!
Are you asking the wrong question? In all cases that I have seen in golfers to date there is one thing that consistently undermines their desire to improve, one major failing, one thing they get consistently wrong, even when they are trying to get everything right. What is it? Well we’ll get to that in a bit, but firstly let’s tell you what we’re going to be delivering to you over the next few issues of the new “Swing Dr” articles. Over up and coming articles for Clubhouse Magazine, you will learn what “Mostability” is and why you desperately need it as a golfer. You will learn why swing efficiencies NEVER change, but swing styles do. You see ALL great golfers have excellent swing efficiency, but their swing styles can look completely different. You will learn what we mean by “function” within the golf swing, and how dysfunction is accumulated in most golfers off the golf course, but then driven into their golf swing while on the course (a recipe for poor game performance and injury!). So, what is that keen golfers get wrong, even when they are trying so hard to get everything right? Just the other day, I had the pleasure of working with an extremely keen golfer who has been driven to absolute distraction
by a re-current grip problem. He takes an overly strong grip (any prizes for guessing his bad shot?!). He has had 2-3 golf lessons a month for 2 years from one of the top golf pros around, investigated golf biomechanics and golf technique. He has made compensations to his swing and club face position and STILL every time he has had any time with his swing, he has reverted back to his grip problem and in his own words, his golf pro has told him that “he has never seen someone so good, play so bad” for no apparent reason. Is it his pysch? Maybe (he’s certainly frustrated enough!), is it his clubs? He’s had these fitted and refitted and believe me; he’s not on his first set! Is it his teaching? No, his pro is one the very best – sought out because he’s seriously good. Is it the weather, his stance, the balls, his club selection, his pathing of the golf club during his back swing (this has had its own problems, but it’s not the cause of his problem). It could be any of these things, but it’s not. After a thorough history of his previous trauma (he used to be a good rugby player) and his health and after a thorough physical assessment and a golf specific functional biomechanical assessment, the problem turned out to be ‘instability in his proximal
interphalangeal joint of his left fifth digit’. Or put another way, an old dislocation injury in his left little finger that was irritated by his golf grip. Simple. And yet, not so. How many of you realise just how important your body is to making your golf swing? Your clubs don’t make the swing. You do. If you don’t work properly, neither does your golf. It really is so obvious you would think that everyone is already aware of it. Back to that one thing that golfer’s get wrong. Simply put: They ask one question too few. “What is wrong?” (In our example today the ‘Strong Grip’) is not enough. You must also ask “Why is it wrong?” It’s only then that you really get to the cause of the problem, whether this be pain or that their performance is not where they would like it to be. In the case of our golfer, all he needs is to tape the joint in his little finger to support it and his grip issues should go away. We’ll keep a little eye on him and see how he goes. We’ll see you next edition for more on golf functional biomechanics and overcoming pain in golf. Do you have a problem for The Swing Dr. E Mail your problem to: email@example.com
OK So its certainly no secret that this Winter has been a long and drawn out process. The nations Golf Clubs are crying out for visitors and members are itching to get back onto the links. Its not an uncommon site to see the ‘Course Closed’ sign hanging from the entry gate to your Golf Course, and the bad news is we are still not quite yet in the home stretch. If however you are a member of Ogmore by Sea’s Southerndown Golf Club, the above may not really have entered your thought process this winter. The Term Course Closed, does not seem to populate the dictionary of Southerndown Golf Club! Southerndown is a hidden gem, unique in offering part sandy links and part acid-heathland, and due to its terrain it is one of the driest courses to be found throughout the land. So what do you expect when visiting Southerndown Golf Club for the first time. Simply put a tough test of Golf that will leave you itching to get back out and play another 18 holes! As you would expect, the wind is a significant factor on determining your approach to conquering this fantastic course. Due to the locality of the course, a strong wind off the sea is Never Miss another issue! Subscribe for FREE to receive our digital edition at www.clubhousegolfmagazine.com
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almost part of the furniture of Southerndown Golf Club. As the course is a mixture between a links course and heathland, the idea of ‘grip it and rip it’ certainly should not cross your mind. A true and tough test for all ability of Golfers if you shoot a good round here you can hold your head high with pride as it is not easy! I know this may sound like a bit of a contradiction to what I have just said, but if you play well you will score well. Think of Southerndown as a game of Chess. You always have to think a few moves (or in golf cases shots) ahead. Positioning is king to scoring well. Avoid the Gorse, Bracken and Pot Bunkers and you have a shot to the green! The greens are incredible all year round and it is no wonder why many Professionals base Southerndown as their adopted home when staying in Wales. There is no better feeling in my opinion of knowing you can trust a green to do what you expect.
This is certainly true at Southerndown. You pick your putt and commit to it. If you picked the right line and pace you will sink it! True and accurate greens are the key to a great course, and Southerndown certainly have cracked it! Away from the Greens the rest of the course follows suit. You have to carve your way through the natural humps and bumps that give this course its character. As I said previously, positioning is king around Southerndown and this is no truer than on your final hole. The 18th offers a 423 yard par 4 which 9 times out of 10 plays into the teeth of the wind. Trouble Left and Trouble Right make your Tee shot imperative that you hit the short stuff. To add insult to injury if you hit a drive ‘too straight’ you may find yourself in an unplayable lie. The hole offers a split level fairway, when stood on the tee looking down to the green feels no wider than a supermarket car park space. Pick your choice of where
to aim and commit to it. If you are lucky enough to remain in play off the tee a big and fairly large green awaits your approach. That sounds easy doesn’t it. Although big, this green is very well protected. An approach coming in short will find sand and a wayward direction could find Gorse Bushes. Although tough it is such an enjoyable finish to your round, even if you conjure up a 7 or 8 on this par 4 (which trust me is easily achievable) you will still sink your final putt with a smile on your face. If you have yet to visit Southerndown, do it! You will not be disappointed. In my opinion Southerndown Golf Club offers everything needed to be a great course. Its tough, its true and above all else its enjoyable no matter what your ability. If you would like to visit Southerndown Golf Club, contact them on 01656 880476 or visit www.southerndowngolfclub.com
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Welcome back the Radyr Pro Am and other events in 2013 The CIA Insurance Pro AM will take place at Radyr Golf Club on Friday 17th May 2013. After a 5 year rest period the Radyr Pro Am is being relaunched in 2013. Sponsored by CIA Insurance the event will feature some of the top local professionals from the South Wales and West region playing with teams of three amateur golfers. With 38 teams competing on the day, the event promises to be a memorable day with great prizes on offer for the Professionals and amateur teams alike. Hole in One prizes will be on offer on three of the iconic par 3s at Radyr. Head Professional Simon Swales has been delighted at the response from local businesses and members in entering teams for the event. Look out in future editions for pictures and more details of the event. If you are interested in entering a team the cost is £285 per team of four golfers. April is Golf Awareness Month in Wales and Radyr Golf Club is offering specially discounted green fees for golfers to come and play one of the Top 20 courses in Wales. On Sunday 14th April which is the final round of the Masters, a visitor’s game of golf will be just £18. Further promotional offer green fees of just £18 are available for golfers to come and play at Radyr in April are available at the following times and days.
At the end of January 2013, the new Captains at Radyr Golf Club were installed in their positions. Club Captain Norman Grainger was joined by Lady Captain Michelle Griffiths and Junior Captain Matthew Jones for the traditional drive in on Saturday 26th January 2013. Despite the snow that was lying on the ground and the cold conditions some one hundred members gathered to watch the annual drive in. With the weather having prevent on course practice for a week before the event, there were rumours of practice sessions on local driving ranges for the three captains in preparation for the event. Members had supported the Vice Captains’ charities, Prostate Cancer UK and Emmaus by guessing the total distance that the three would drive. With nerves akin to the first tee at the Open or the Ryder Cup all three teed off and sent the balls down the fairway. In total they drove 461 yards and a small donation had been raised for the Charities. Golf Coaching for Beginners April also sees the start of Radyr’s beginners coaching courses – New 2 Golf. A series of 6 one hour group lessons will cost you just £12. Why not sign up to come and see what golf is all about? Contact: 02920 842476 to book any events at Radyr
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