Posted At : June 17, 2007 9:37 AM
I just read a great article in Golf Magazine detailing Jean Van de Velde's horrific last round 18th hole melt down in the 1999 British Open which was quite painful to watch... But was it a melt down or just bad luck? Having watched the event almost 8 years ago I have to say I did feel bad for Van de Velde. He has been through a lot since the tourney with career threatening knee surgery, though he has managed to win a tournament as recent as 2006.
So the real reason I am writing is due to Golf Magazine's video of Van de Velde playing the faithful 18th hole at Carnoustie with nothing but his putter. The clip is very entertaining, and truly reflects the power of the human spirit in overcoming a nightmare experience. Cheers to you Jean Van de Velde and good luck to you and your golfing future!
I am a Tiger Woods fan, as most you of know who have either golfed with me or have heard of my golf addiction. A co-worker just sent me an article here which discusses Tiger Woods accidentally hitting a 332-yard drive on the green into the group in front of him, one of the members being Padraig Harrington... What can you say about Tiger that hasn't been said, he's just pure entertainment.
If you haven't caught his swing on nikegolf.com, you can get to it here. It's been out since the summer but it appears they recently updated with Benie Mac, Ray Romano, and George Gervin commenting. It is quite funny.
Posted At : December 28, 2005 8:11 AM
I have recently begun working and training with this contraption to attempt to improve my overall golf game. I have to say I was highly discouraged upon initially converting to the methods preached by Mr. Leadbetter due to my inability to transfer his teachings to the golf course.
I had been struggling due to lack of play and was around a 20 handicap which initially ballooned to a 40... Yes, it was very frustrating. So how did the swingsetter fix all my problems and bring me down to a 12 handicap inside of 4 rounds??? THE GRIP!!!!! You must be sure to look closely at how David Leadbetter grips the club in the dvd training video. Though the grip is molded, if you do not position your grip into an overlap like his assistant does you will be wasting your time with the various drills he recommends.
One of the keys for me (I'm right handed), was to be sure to apply slight pressure with my right thumb on the club as well as to shorten my left thumb under my right hand. I was a strong gripper in the past and this caused me to come over the top of the ball and hook the ball when I wasn't on my game (especially with my irons). The new grip I use taught by Leadbetter, which the swingsetter enforces had me hitting much straighter and allowed me to strengthen or weaken my grip with my left hand only. I will strengthen my grip a bit by turning my left hand in when I'm using driver, but will go to a more neutral/parallel grip when using my irons and fairway woods. In all I highly recommend the swingsetter and will continue to train with it.
Posted At : December 9, 2005 8:40 AM
I have recently joined a golf group in my community (Stoneybrook Golf Group). It's excellent due to the fact that they get the premo tee times along with exceptional rates (green/cart fees).
We are playing at Disney's Palm course this Saturday. Only one word comes to mind when discussing Walt Disney's golf courses... "MAGICAL!" Here is a link to Disney and PGA. This course hosts the Funai Classic every season. It is a tournament that Tiger and Vijay have dominated over the past 10 years.
Posted At : June 8, 2005 1:36 PM
I have recently attempted to address my golf swing issues as I was once again in "what am I doing wrong?!@#!" land for about 2 rounds. It was after this second round that I went home to take my usual after round nap on Sun. that I popped on the Golf Channel to see the Medicus commercial that is on 75% of the time on that station.
I watched the show for about 1/2 an hour and realized that I was bringing my arms up much too vertical in my back swing and the club was over the back of my head/neck. The commercial showed me the mistake by watching how the medicus forces the swing to get "on plane" by taking a wider/slower back swing and keep the club at it's peak about over your shoulders. This causes the club to take less of a downward plane and no overcorrection is needed for solid contact.
This coupled with a strong grip and a decent turn had me drop in the low 80's from low 90's in one practice round... Not to mention my first drive off the tee was 15 feet off the green (about 330 yards) for a chip and a putt birdie 3... Hopefully I can keep it together, stay tuned.