gaaboard.com

Non GAA Discussion => General discussion => Topic started by: laoislad on December 28, 2006, 07:07:48 PM

Title: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 28, 2006, 07:07:48 PM
Im a big Golf fan both playing and watching so thought this be a good thread for anyone who shares my love of the game, Be it course's you played on,Hints and tips or how the Pros are doing well this is the place to post!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on December 28, 2006, 09:15:28 PM
As an 18 handicapper  :-\ here are my 3 most important tips for golf:

1) keep your head down
2) keep your stupid head down
3) keep your goddamn stupid head down

My target for 2007 is to have a 16 handicap.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: lynchbhoy on December 28, 2006, 11:22:00 PM
got a Taylor made R5 driver for Christmas
hope that is helps launch my drives even further and keeps them straighter

other than that I am the Irish happy Gilmore
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on December 29, 2006, 02:24:27 AM
Just started a Fantasy Golf League on Yahoo.

Name/Group: Gaa Board

Group ID# 15645

Password: golf07

Never did golf before but lets see how it goes.

Sign up before 4 Jan 07
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 29, 2006, 01:43:36 PM
The hardest thing is too get a game though isn't it..I'll play 4 or 5 times one month and will be acutally staring to get somewhere with my game then i won't play for 3 months then im right back where i started
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stew on December 29, 2006, 04:26:43 PM
I play a lot of golf and have a handicap of about 8, the problem is that from October to the end of March you cant play around here because it is so feckin cold so I take the odd long weekend and head off to warmer climes to get to play a bit, now this really messes with your game and handicap because I would play off about twelve or thirteen in the winter months and I get back down to 7 or eight just as the season is coming to an end and that blows.

The great thing is that I can join a good club over here for $500.00 and play all summer long, I used to play warrenpoint back in the day and it cost me about 22 quid for 18 holes and I shudder to think what it costs now.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Square Ball on December 29, 2006, 06:47:55 PM
Warrenpoint fees now:

WEEKDAYS: £28.00

WEEKENDS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: £34.00

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on December 30, 2006, 01:46:27 PM
sure thats only about what 50euro? I played in Druids Glen in Wicklow last summer and it was 90euro and it should have been more only my  brother was getting married there so we got a reduced rate
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stew on December 30, 2006, 10:06:14 PM
Thanks square ball. One of these years I am going to come home to play in the harps outing but I really want to play the point to see how much I have improved, the last time I played it I shot an 87 but I think I can do a bit better, it is a lovely course.

Armagh Golf Course is really getting worse, every time I go home I play there and it is in worse shape.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on January 01, 2007, 10:41:39 PM
Anyone have good tips for a new Driver? Wanna spend around 200-300euro
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on January 02, 2007, 08:00:52 AM
Bought the PING G5 driver last summer. Its the real deal. PLayed to about 5 shots below handicap after about 4 weeks.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: McGuyver on January 02, 2007, 12:45:30 PM
If anyone is near a Golf Works shop they have a great sale on.I bought a lovely Nike jumper for 25euro it should have been 57euro..And no i don't work for them im a Garda
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on January 02, 2007, 03:08:55 PM
Cheers Mcguyver there is a Golf Works beside me in Lucan..Any chance you'd get me off with a speeding ticket??? ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: murdoch on January 02, 2007, 03:11:58 PM
Whats the story with Setanta Sports Golf Channel. Does anybody know how to get it? Does it cost extra?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on January 02, 2007, 03:16:54 PM
Don't think it's launced yet but from what i can gather it will be free on Ntl digital not 100% sure on that though
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on January 02, 2007, 03:29:58 PM
I believe it is being launched as part of the Setanta Package on the 8th of January. If you already subscribe via NTL or SKY Digital, you should pick it up. I pay €15 a month for the Setanta Package on Sky, and so far it comprises of NASN, Setanta Ireland, Setanta 1, Setanta 2, Celtic TV, Rangers TV, Racing UK and Racing World.

I presume (and hope) that Setanta Golf will just be added.

Very good interview with Jack O'Connor on Setanta last night. He was very upset with the animals last year.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: catweazle on January 03, 2007, 02:28:43 AM
Joined country member out of a golf club in Belmullet Mayo called Carne. Better than Enniscrone, Rosses and Connemara in my opinion. No good yet but I enjoy it a lot, went to Tenerife for golf with the lads a few weeks back. Played a golf course called Abama, double the price of all the others on the island but christ it was impressive, some glorious holes and scenery.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on March 06, 2007, 06:30:51 PM
Im playing in Kilkee Castle in Kildare in the next few weeks anyone played here before?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on May 01, 2007, 01:58:26 PM
On the Fantasy Golf Comp. who is The Washington Bay Handlers and who is Carl Spackler?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on May 02, 2007, 04:05:25 AM
I am Carl and I am looking for gophers
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Fiodoir Ard Mhacha on May 20, 2007, 04:59:09 PM
Harrington on a roll in Adare........ first home winner in 25 years on the cards.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on May 20, 2007, 10:46:00 PM
was there today and an absolutely fantastic day out, harrington is a class act and adare a great setting so what more could one want than for him to win it there...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Declan on May 21, 2007, 11:24:45 AM
Yeah delighted for Padraig. Although he made hard work of it in the end. It'd be great if he could land one of the majors next
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: catweazle on May 21, 2007, 11:33:26 AM
I was very surprised at the moaning of the players on the difficulties of the course, while I am a useless player myself I do enjoy playing the tougher holes as I get more satisfaction out of getting a par on an index 1 rather than one of the easier holes.

The conditions are tough for everyone and surely those pros who are going around with 64/65's every week must enjoy the challenge that a sub 70 round in Adare would be. I thought McGinleys comments on the European Tour set up being too easy and not a sufficent challenge for the majors as spot on.

Tiger and Phil apart we have far stronger players than any tour but why has it taken so long for us to win a major,
british open....we dont play enough Links courses on the regular tour,
US open, masters and us pga the course set up is harder than anything we play over here regularly except maybe for Valderama, so I applaud Adare for making it a test.

There is nothing worse for me than seeing Tiger hit it a mile away from the fairway, yet then he hits a short iron beauty from the rough. Straight driving should be rewarded and an errant drive should be punished, the more wayward the drive the deeper the rough should be in my opinion
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on May 21, 2007, 06:44:09 PM
I was very surprised at the moaning of the players on the difficulties of the course, while I am a useless player myself I do enjoy playing the tougher holes as I get more satisfaction out of getting a par on an index 1 rather than one of the easier holes.

The conditions are tough for everyone and surely those pros who are going around with 64/65's every week must enjoy the challenge that a sub 70 round in Adare would be. I thought McGinleys comments on the European Tour set up being too easy and not a sufficent challenge for the majors as spot on.

Tiger and Phil apart we have far stronger players than any tour but why has it taken so long for us to win a major,
british open....we dont play enough Links courses on the regular tour,
US open, masters and us pga the course set up is harder than anything we play over here regularly except maybe for Valderama, so I applaud Adare for making it a test.

There is nothing worse for me than seeing Tiger hit it a mile away from the fairway, yet then he hits a short iron beauty from the rough. Straight driving should be rewarded and an errant drive should be punished, the more wayward the drive the deeper the rough should be in my opinion

Agree with you there, if you are going to win a million or so for first it should be tougher than nails.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Redgreenery on May 21, 2007, 07:10:38 PM
Congrats to Harrington yesterday, great achievment to win at home and to be the first Irishman to win at home in 25 years!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Syd on May 21, 2007, 09:55:59 PM
Congrats to Harrington yesterday, great achievment to win at home and to be the first Irishman to win at home in 25 years!

Not such a great achievement when you discover only 2 of the top 50 in world rankings playing......
Title: US Open
Post by: full back on June 14, 2007, 10:21:58 AM
Some length of a course
Dont fancy Tiger at all
Think Vijay should go well & Tim Clarke has an outside chance IMO
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on June 14, 2007, 12:02:04 PM
On the Fantasy Golf Comp. who is The Washington Bay Handlers and who is Carl Spackler?

I'm the Washingbay Ball Handlers. Thought I'd be out of sight by now. Computer broke down for a couple of weeks and lost the lead. I'll win by 300.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on June 14, 2007, 12:06:34 PM
Stick all your eachway dosh on Arron Oberholser

I'll refund any unsuccessful bets.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on June 14, 2007, 12:30:59 PM
first day of a us open so take harrington to be 75 or over today and 70 or under tomorrow.... he always does that :(
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: full back on June 14, 2007, 12:33:11 PM
Stick all your eachway dosh on Arron Oberholser

I'll refund any unsuccessful bets.

Top 20 finishes in the last 2 years ONeill, but I wouldnt be holding out on you to refund any unsuccessful bets ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Dinny Breen on June 14, 2007, 12:35:30 PM
ONeill, stuck a fiver on him.....

My others against the field are Ernie and Harrngton, hope I still have an interest on Sunday.....
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Rossie11 on June 14, 2007, 01:56:50 PM
Have Oberholser done too. 80/1
Top 20 last 2 years. Good chance.
Done Goose Harrington and Leonard as well.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Rossie11 on June 14, 2007, 02:08:34 PM
Double bogey at 1st for oberholser...  >:(
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bud Wiser on June 14, 2007, 05:21:14 PM
Quote
Im playing in Kilkee Castle in Kildare in the next few weeks anyone played here before?

I think that should be Kilkea Castle laoislad or else you have one hell of a drive.!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 14, 2007, 07:26:58 PM
Quote
Im playing in Kilkee Castle in Kildare in the next few weeks anyone played here before?

I think that should be Kilkea Castle laoislad or else you have one hell of a drive.!!

Correct and right Bud Wiser..Lovely course it was to.Pity my Golf isn't as good >:(
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on June 14, 2007, 08:00:34 PM
i know its us open w/e but that was some performance by david higgins today in france. he doesnt even have his tour card and is joint leader after round 1...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: fcuksake on June 14, 2007, 11:39:06 PM
backed the goose. 6 over

beaten docket already :(
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Rossie11 on June 15, 2007, 10:39:07 AM
Dont dump it just yet.. I reckon winning score will be +5ish. Needs a big day today though..
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on June 16, 2007, 09:08:23 AM
Ok, so if you scan your betting docket and email it to me I'll refund you. You'll also need to scan an SAE. I reserve the right to charge you 40% of your stake for admin costs.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Aghdavoyle on June 16, 2007, 01:16:36 PM

Rose each way is still running for me
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on June 16, 2007, 02:09:23 PM
As expected there is no one who is striding away in the lead. Two half decent rounds will win it wven for the boys sitting at 5 or 6 over. After Casey hit 4  under yesterday he has to be fancied by many. My pick Fuyrk is sitting at 6 over and a good round today will see him back in the hunt.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: bugs bunny on June 16, 2007, 04:54:37 PM
Mc Dowell is hanging tough,time for the bandwagon yet?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Declan on July 19, 2007, 11:25:24 AM
Good start by McGinley but Tiger is looking ominous already

1   KJ CHOI   13               -4
T2   Tiger WOODS   7   -3
T2   Paul McGINLEY   4   -3
T4   Rod PAMPLING   14   -2
T4   Michael CAMPBELL11   -2
T4   Retief GOOSEN   11   -2
T4   Trevor IMMELMAN   9   -2
T4   Scott VERPLANK   6   -2
T4   Markus BRIER   4   -2
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Balboa on July 19, 2007, 11:26:50 AM
He is now 13/8 to win outright with PP, might wait and see if he touches 2/1.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: saffron on July 19, 2007, 11:29:16 AM
On a bit of a side issue..

Does anybody have a table or something that tells you what sort of golf clubs your supposed to have depending on your height? I mean when do you use +1 or +2 clubs?

Cheers
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 19, 2007, 03:33:48 PM
McGinley leading at -4
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 19, 2007, 03:37:10 PM
Big John Daly now leads at -5
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Rossie11 on July 19, 2007, 03:52:03 PM
Eagle 2.. 383yards.. Did he drive the green???
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Gabriel_Hurl on July 19, 2007, 03:55:35 PM
chipped in from 50 feet
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 19, 2007, 03:59:40 PM
Daly just double bogeyed so Mcginley leads again on -4 :o
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Rossie11 on July 19, 2007, 05:18:07 PM
Collaspe from the big man.. +2.. must have ran out of cigars..
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 19, 2007, 05:23:28 PM
Rory Mcilroy(spelling?) is giving it socks.. - 3 not bad for a 18year old rookie
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: FL/MAYO on July 19, 2007, 06:00:27 PM
Rory Mcilroy(spelling?) is giving it socks.. - 3 not bad for a 18year old rookie

Watching it here in the states, the yank commentators are falling over themselves in a love fest for McIlroy. Hope he can keep it up as he is playing very well.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on July 19, 2007, 07:06:40 PM
Just got home to see wome of his roundup, his tee off at the 13th was superb. Fair play.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: full back on January 30, 2008, 12:07:24 PM
I'm Tiger's main threat - Poulter 
 
Poulter believes he can be on a par with Woods
Ian Poulter is set to infuriate his rival professionals after claiming he is the only one capable of challenging world number one Tiger Woods.
The world number 22 made his comments in the March edition of Golf World.

"The trouble is I don't rate anyone else," said the extrovert Englishman. "Don't get me wrong, I respect everyone who is a professional.

"But the problem is I haven't played to my full potential yet. And when that happens it will just be me and Tiger."

 606: DEBATE
Can Poulter really challenge the world number one?

Woods has 13 majors and 85 career titles to his name, while Poulter has won seven tournaments.

The pair will both be competing at the Dubai Desert Classic, which starts on Thursday.

The 28-year-old Poulter's comments are sure to see him ridiculed by some of his counterparts on the golf circuit.

And reports suggest his fellow professionals may all give each other a prearranged signal on the driving range in Dubai and leave just Poulter and Woods practising.

Poulter was asked for his predictions on who would win the four majors this year and he said Woods would win the Masters and that he would win the US Open.

He did not offer any names for the Open or USPGA.
 



What a complete tube.............
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: lynchbhoy on January 30, 2008, 12:26:02 PM
any recommendations on pay per play courses in or around Dublin ?

am gonna start playing golf more this year now that mywork and home circumstances have changed.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on January 30, 2008, 12:41:29 PM
What side of the city are you on and what is your requirement? ie price range, is a weekends or during the week,
Corballis is a great pay as you play course but can be very slow at weekends
Elmgreen is cheap but can take 5 hours or more on a Sunday
Hollystown has 27 holes and is more expensive but much better than Elmgreen, not too busy
Sillogue is long, dont know the price but can be a little slow

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: lynchbhoy on January 30, 2008, 01:21:05 PM
What side of the city are you on and what is your requirement? ie price range, is a weekends or during the week,
Corballis is a great pay as you play course but can be very slow at weekends
Elmgreen is cheap but can take 5 hours or more on a Sunday
Hollystown has 27 holes and is more expensive but much better than Elmgreen, not too busy
Sillogue is long, dont know the price but can be a little slow
being mean- as cheap as possible (no point in paying big bucks until I get half decent)
but will pay whatever I have to

Elm green is nearby , have heard of corballis and silogue - not sure where they are though.

Will go out the odd Thurs/fri afternoon or sat morning I suppose.

Hollystown sounds good from what you said.
Thanks.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Hound on January 30, 2008, 01:26:55 PM
Corballis (out Donabate way) is a links, so totally different to all the other pay for play courses. Being a links its a nightmare the first couple of times you play it, some blind shots and plenty of the wispy rough where its near impossible to find your ball. As with any links course its for the "thinking golfer", rather than the guy who hits his driver full belt off every non par 3 tee. Its a nice links, some love it, some hate it.

Swords Open is a nice pay per play not far from Roganstown GC.

Deer Park in Howth has plenty of choice. A good 18 hole, plus two decent 9 hole courses, plus a 12 hole par 3 course and an 18 hole pitch and putt course.  

Hollystown is a good course. Challenging, plenty of water (if I'm thinking of the right one).

Sillogue is out in Ballymun, close to the M50 exit. I never played it but heard a story of a lad hitting a ball close to a group of scumbags wandering the course, and getting the shíte knocked out of him for his troubles.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Sausalito Bay on January 30, 2008, 01:49:33 PM
Stepaside's not a bad wee track, 9-hole, good value
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on January 30, 2008, 02:04:01 PM
Hollystown has membership available. No fee upfront but 1350 or so gets you fulll membership, no greenfees therafter. Worth considering if you are going to play that often. if you are near Elmgreen then you are not far from Hollystown. Its 10 mins up the road.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 30, 2008, 10:28:35 PM
any recommendations on pay per play courses in or around Dublin ?

am gonna start playing golf more this year now that mywork and home circumstances have changed.

Grangecastle Golf Course near Lucan is a fine course,Have played it many times
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on February 13, 2008, 09:53:32 PM
Have booked a round of golf for myself and the auld lad for his birthday at the Faithlegg Golf Course in Waterford
Has anyone ever played there before ?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on February 14, 2008, 09:56:31 AM
Lovely course. We stayed there for a weekend, thought the hotel staff were a bit uppity! More than likely that has changed its a few years ago. You will not fault the course.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 09, 2008, 03:09:06 PM
I'm in the market to buy a new Driver,What has everyone else in their bag?
I was looking at this new square head technology,Has anyone any experience with that?
The Nike SASQUATCH SUMO 2 SQUARED 9.5 was the Driver i was thinking of buying http://www.edwinwattsgolf.com/golf-equipment_nike_nike-sasquatch-sumo-2-drivers-squared_10001_10001_99502_-1_1102.htm
I also found this American website that claim to make golf clubs that are as good as the name brands at half the cost
www.pinemeadowgolf.com
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on July 09, 2008, 03:22:27 PM
Cant go wrong a Taylormade Driver!  I have the R7 Superquad and find it very consistent off the tee and I'm nothing special, currently off 13.  Picked that driver up for €225.

http://www.taylormadegolf.com/category.asp?catID=11
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on July 09, 2008, 03:25:14 PM
Cant go wrong a Taylormade Driver!  I have the R7 Superquad and find it very consistent off the tee and I'm nothing special, currently off 13.  Picked that driver up for €225.

http://www.taylormadegolf.com/category.asp?catID=11

Im with this guy on the brand at least. Was packing the callaway X460 and couldnt hit a barn door with it. Bought the taylormade R5 for 130$ and Ive never felt so confident off the tee. Im off around 12-14. Great club.


Ithink square head techn ology is a gimmick. Does tiger use a square club? Also forget about the other website - you can pick up the brand name you are looking for cheaply online.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tankie on July 09, 2008, 04:56:20 PM
I'm in the market to buy a new Driver,What has everyone else in their bag?
I was looking at this new square head technology,Has anyone any experience with that?
The Nike SASQUATCH SUMO 2 SQUARED 9.5 was the Driver i was thinking of buying http://www.edwinwattsgolf.com/golf-equipment_nike_nike-sasquatch-sumo-2-drivers-squared_10001_10001_99502_-1_1102.htm
I also found this American website that claim to make golf clubs that are as good as the name brands at half the cost
www.pinemeadowgolf.com

I seen that Nike club on a golf show awhile back and they recommended it, i was watching a show lastnite and there is a newer one out which they recommended again so you proably cant go wrong with Nike at the moment! I have the Taylor Made 200 steel shaft, bought it a few years back and still one of my best ever purchases.

Not sure how serious you play golf but I would stay away from any copies if you are looking to knock some shots off the H/Cap!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 09, 2008, 05:14:25 PM
Ping G5 for me. i would have to say its the best club I have ever purchased. in most 4 balls I suspect the average is at least 2 for the G5's , says something about the club I would say.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 09, 2008, 05:54:42 PM
I'm in the market to buy a new Driver,What has everyone else in their bag?
I was looking at this new square head technology,Has anyone any experience with that?
The Nike SASQUATCH SUMO 2 SQUARED 9.5 was the Driver i was thinking of buying http://www.edwinwattsgolf.com/golf-equipment_nike_nike-sasquatch-sumo-2-drivers-squared_10001_10001_99502_-1_1102.htm
I also found this American website that claim to make golf clubs that are as good as the name brands at half the cost
www.pinemeadowgolf.com

I seen that Nike club on a golf show awhile back and they recommended it, i was watching a show lastnite and there is a newer one out which they recommended again so you proably cant go wrong with Nike at the moment! I have the Taylor Made 200 steel shaft, bought it a few years back and still one of my best ever purchases.

Not sure how serious you play golf but I would stay away from any copies if you are looking to knock some shots off the H/Cap!

Fairly serious about the Golf,My handicap is about 14 which isn't great but finding the time to play is at a premium at the moment
Most of my clubs are Nike,I bought a brilliant set of Nike Slingshot tour Irons in Mcguirks in Blancherstown  http://www.golfreview.com/cat/irons/nike/PRD_286989_2940crx.aspx and can't fault them at all.
I have a Wilson driver that i have several years now and it has a fair few dents in it at this stage.. :-[
I'm willing to spend up to €300,I see that Nike one i mentioned can be bought on ebay for $150

Also while I'm at it,Does anyone use those rescue woods on the fairway? I usually use my irons for a fairway shot but i have a mate who will use nothing only these rescue woods as he calls them,I think they are more a Hybrid than say your conventional 3 or 5 wood
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on July 09, 2008, 06:01:58 PM
I'm in the market to buy a new Driver,What has everyone else in their bag?
I was looking at this new square head technology,Has anyone any experience with that?
The Nike SASQUATCH SUMO 2 SQUARED 9.5 was the Driver i was thinking of buying http://www.edwinwattsgolf.com/golf-equipment_nike_nike-sasquatch-sumo-2-drivers-squared_10001_10001_99502_-1_1102.htm
I also found this American website that claim to make golf clubs that are as good as the name brands at half the cost
www.pinemeadowgolf.com

I seen that Nike club on a golf show awhile back and they recommended it, i was watching a show lastnite and there is a newer one out which they recommended again so you proably cant go wrong with Nike at the moment! I have the Taylor Made 200 steel shaft, bought it a few years back and still one of my best ever purchases.

Not sure how serious you play golf but I would stay away from any copies if you are looking to knock some shots off the H/Cap!

Fairly serious about the Golf,My handicap is about 14 which isn't great but finding the time to play is at a premium at the moment
Most of my clubs are Nike,I bought a brilliant set of Nike Slingshot tour Irons in Mcguirks in Blancherstown  http://www.golfreview.com/cat/irons/nike/PRD_286989_2940crx.aspx and can't fault them at all.
I have a Wilson driver that i have several years now and it has a fair few dents in it at this stage.. :-[
I'm willing to spend up to €300,I see that Nike one i mentioned can be bought on ebay for $150

Also while I'm at it,Does anyone use those rescue woods on the fairway? I usually use my irons for a fairway shot but i have a mate who will use nothing only these rescue woods as he calls them,I think they are more a Hybrid than say your conventional 3 or 5 wood

It depends on what club you are comfortable with. If I had to play a round with one club in my bag - it'd be my 5 wood. Little golden bear piece of shit, battered and dented - but its an extension of me on the golf course. If you're comfortable with hybrid clubs - play them.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: tyroneboi on July 09, 2008, 06:23:25 PM
Looks like Colin Montgomerie is showing again what a well mannered gentleman he really is. Never liked the man and after reading this has went even further down in my estimation:

http://www.skysports.com/experts/expert_story/0,19793,12065_3789677,00.html
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 09, 2008, 06:52:06 PM
Looks like Colin Montgomerie is showing again what a well mannered gentleman he really is. Never liked the man and after reading this has went even further down in my estimation:

http://www.skysports.com/experts/expert_story/0,19793,12065_3789677,00.html
"Having made an error at the short par four 13th to find water"

"Monty backed off and said to Ross: "Do you have a problem here?". The reply came: "No problem at all". What followed was the most sickening minute I have experienced on a golf course. The Scot replied: "You're here because of me ok, remember that".


I would have said back..I wouldn't be here if you hadn't made such a mess of your first shot,I'd be up at the green!
Here's the video of the incident
http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid958992159/bctid1651750684
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Yes I Would on July 09, 2008, 07:29:08 PM
What an arrogant p***k!! The mans done. Thank god he never had the stones to win a major!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ExiledGael on July 09, 2008, 07:42:51 PM
Can't see the link (shit computer) when did this happen or who is Ross?
Absolute asshole, always has been and always will be.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: tyroneboi on July 09, 2008, 09:00:56 PM
Can't see the link (shit computer) when did this happen or who is Ross?
Absolute asshole, always has been and always will be.

Happened last week at the European Open. Ross is the Sky Sports sound guy and was just doing his job. Monty has always had a chip on his shoulder. Hope he doesnt go to the Ryder Cup at the expense of someone like Clarke or Harrington.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 09, 2008, 10:34:31 PM
Whats the normal price for a Taylormade R7?
I found one on a Chinese website brand new for €70 with no shipping costs
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Minder on July 09, 2008, 10:42:59 PM
No wonder Montgomeries wife left him, a hateful b**tard.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on July 09, 2008, 10:45:48 PM
Whats the normal price for a Taylormade R7?
I found one on a Chinese website brand new for €70 with no shipping costs

Make sure you arent just buying the head cover for that price. Over here its around 500$
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 09, 2008, 10:55:57 PM
Whats the normal price for a Taylormade R7?
I found one on a Chinese website brand new for €70 with no shipping costs

Make sure you arent just buying the head cover for that price. Over here its around 500$


http://www.dhgate.com/productdisplay.do?pid=ff808081165d23a201165d6ca7e83bd7&f=EDLP&d=243007_20462615
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on July 10, 2008, 09:10:03 AM
Whats the normal price for a Taylormade R7?
I found one on a Chinese website brand new for €70 with no shipping costs
McGurks sell them for about €180
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tankie on July 10, 2008, 09:33:32 AM
Quote
Also while I'm at it,Does anyone use those rescue woods on the fairway? I usually use my irons for a fairway shot but i have a mate who will use nothing only these rescue woods as he calls them,I think they are more a Hybrid than say your conventional 3 or 5 wood

Rescue clubs are great if you can find the right one, one of my mates who is a natural links golfer started using one last year when his game was off and he has never looked back.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on July 10, 2008, 10:44:19 AM
As a 3 wood, I use one of those Adams 'Tight Lies' clubs. I picked it up when I lived in America, and I find it much easier to hit, even as a fairway wood, than a traditional 3. It also is usable in rough or tangle lies, to a certain extent. I don't have a handicap, but my last round 84 on a SSS 72, and I haven't had many rounds recently outside the mid 80s. What handicap would that get me? 14 or 16?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tankie on July 10, 2008, 11:06:32 AM
Just out of interest are there many posters that are members of golf clubs and what is the year subscription or are most just casual golfers?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on July 10, 2008, 11:09:53 AM
I'm casual, but I tend to be decent when I play. I've played once this year, the 84. I played twice in a society last year and had 39 points and 49 points off 18. Then I had to leave the course after 14 in Royal Southill (Rathbane) because of darkness and was 2 under gross at that stage. Other times I have been absolutely muck (high 90s), but not in the past few times I've played, for some reason.

I played a lot more in Arizona, and my best ever round is a 76  on a par 72 in Phoenix. I'd like to get my official handicap, etc., but I just don't play enough to be really good, or to justify the expense.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 10, 2008, 11:11:06 AM
AZ they rule out your 2 to 3 of your bad scores on holes, I suspect if you put in three cards of 83,84 & 85 on a par 71 or 72 you are more likely to get a H/C of 11 or 12.

Tankie annual sub for me is 1400 , no up front entrance fee.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on July 10, 2008, 11:13:48 AM
Do you play a lot Gerry? 1400 is a big hit per year. Where are you a member?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tankie on July 10, 2008, 11:21:51 AM
with no 'welcome' money 1400 is not to bad. we have the welcome money and I still paid €1100 this year - apparently it all goes into the club and that is meant to justify the money.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 10, 2008, 11:28:19 AM
AZ I try and play once a week. We have a youg baby so that restricted me a bit. I play in Hollystown ( a mile or so north of Blanchardstown)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on July 10, 2008, 11:30:49 AM
Played a lot as a teenager down in Enniscrone, wasn't a natural but was getting better. Haven't played since, bought a new set of clubs a few weeks back and heading out on me own tomorrow morning to see how I go, if I lose only 10 balls I'll be on here boasting about it.

Is it worth getting a few lessons to get the swing right or shoudl I just work it out for myself?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tankie on July 10, 2008, 11:36:39 AM
Played a lot as a teenager down in Enniscrone, wasn't a natural but was getting better. Haven't played since, bought a new set of clubs a few weeks back and heading out on me own tomorrow morning to see how I go, if I lose only 10 balls I'll be on here boasting about it.

Is it worth getting a few lessons to get the swing right or shoudl I just work it out for myself?

I think lessons are a must for peopel new to the game BUT there is no point in getting lessons if you are not gonna practice either on the course or at the range!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on July 10, 2008, 11:36:56 AM
AZ I try and play once a week. We have a youg baby so that restricted me a bit. I play in Hollystown ( a mile or so north of Blanchardstown)
Its quite a nice course Gerry, played it last Saturday with the brother in law as his own place was closed (Glen of the Downs) because of flooding.  Actually met Johnny Giles on the 9th tee box (or 1st of the Red course??).  Is he a member there?

Myself, I play out of Loughrea.  Annual sun is €496.  Hello money for a new member is about €860 I think.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 10, 2008, 11:37:13 AM
Enniscrone some place to start! Played it once an absolute gem.  Get two lessons just to get the basic set up and swing right.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on July 10, 2008, 11:38:24 AM
I was going to say the same thing. Unless you're relatively serious about playing to a decent level, and intend playing a bit, there's no point getting lessons I'd say. Get a few issues of Golf World and pick up a couple of pointers instead :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 10, 2008, 11:44:28 AM
Mister Giles is one of the members, I think he is an honorary something or other. Only problem is the Dublin footballers are always there, they have their Fundraisers there.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on July 10, 2008, 02:18:50 PM
Is it worth getting a few lessons to get the swing right or shoudl I just work it out for myself?

Try this : http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-swing-a-golf-club

You might pick up a tip or two. Disclaimer: I accept no responsibility for damaged lamp shades or ornaments, while you practice your swing the videojug way in the comfort of your own living room.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 10, 2008, 03:53:17 PM
I was a member of a Golf Club back home,€1500 per annum,I don't get too play as much now that i have my own company,It was grand when i was on the clock as i could nip away early on a Friday and get someone else to clock me out and get a round in   :D
I can have really good days and shoot in the mid to low 80's but also have horror shows when i can shoot close to the ton..My best score is in Gowran Park golf course in Kilkenny,I shot a 77
Haven't played in any competitions or anything in over 12 months so only get to play a round now and again with the auld fella,So my scores are on the high side at the moment..
The last month has been good though i managed to get out 4 times..
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on July 15, 2008, 04:17:59 AM
Is it worth getting a few lessons to get the swing right or shoudl I just work it out for myself?

Try this : http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-swing-a-golf-club

You might pick up a tip or two. Disclaimer: I accept no responsibility for damaged lamp shades or ornaments, while you practice your swing the videojug way in the comfort of your own living room.

Cheers for that Venter - might be handy to have a look at just before heading to the driving range.

Didn't lose a ball on that round, luckily hit a tree on the 17th while it was on it's way into the river and had a favourbale bounce back onto the fairway :P
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 08, 2008, 10:46:18 PM
Finally bought a new driver after weeks of researching and looking..
In the end i went for this http://www.taylormadegolf.com/product_detail.asp?pID=190
I have a terrible slice off the tee at times so this is suppose to help correct that,though I'm sure it won't be a miracle cure either :-\
Anyone else hear the chain of golf stores Golf Works closed down?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gawa316 on August 08, 2008, 11:52:09 PM
Finally bought a new driver after weeks of researching and looking..
In the end i went for this http://www.taylormadegolf.com/product_detail.asp?pID=190
I have a terrible slice off the tee at times so this is suppose to help correct that,though I'm sure it won't be a miracle cure either :-\
Anyone else hear the chain of golf stores Golf Works closed down?

I ahve the world's worst slice. I'm now so used to it I aim at about 45 degrees to the left of the tee. Apart from that I'm actually quite good but it takes all my distance away. Anyone have any tips on getting rid of a slice?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 08, 2008, 11:57:49 PM
Finally bought a new driver after weeks of researching and looking..
In the end i went for this http://www.taylormadegolf.com/product_detail.asp?pID=190
I have a terrible slice off the tee at times so this is suppose to help correct that,though I'm sure it won't be a miracle cure either :-\
Anyone else hear the chain of golf stores Golf Works closed down?

I ahve the world's worst slice. I'm now so used to it I aim at about 45 degrees to the left of the tee. Apart from that I'm actually quite good but it takes all my distance away. Anyone have any tips on getting rid of a slice?

Ha Ha i know exactly what you mean :D

http://ezinearticles.com/?What-Causes-a-Golf-Slice?&id=1156237
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gawa316 on August 09, 2008, 12:12:28 AM
Ahh that makes a lot of sense. cheers for that.

I played down in Dingle recently at the links course there and the boy I was playing with (No better than me) was changing my stance, swing, grip etc by the end I hadn't a feckin clue what I was doing.

I definitely have the open face so I'll have to close it off a bit. the in to out swing bit is a bit more complicated. i'll have to get out on the course to try it out
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on August 30, 2008, 02:12:55 PM
Out of interest what golf balls do you guys use? And where do you buy them? I normally opt for the ebay option and buy pearl grade balls, either Titliest NXT or ProV1s being the preferred choice.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on August 30, 2008, 03:06:23 PM
What ever is going really. The high end balls from most manufacturers are all good enough. I have my favourites though




Pro V1s
Nike Black One
Callaway HT Tour

The maxfli revolution ball isnt bad, and Im going to try out the taylormade ball that sergio uses this month

That srixon that Fyurk uses isnt bad either.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on August 30, 2008, 06:30:40 PM
Played today as a visitor in a pub society. 45 points! Didn't even win the visitors prize. Some f**ker had 48 points. This should proably be in the "You know what grinds my gears thread"
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Star Spangler on August 30, 2008, 08:57:14 PM
Played today as a visitor in a pub society. 45 points! Didn't even win the visitors prize. Some f**ker had 48 points. This should proably be in the "You know what grinds my gears thread"

So you were caught out by a bigger bandit than yourself?  :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on August 31, 2008, 11:05:16 AM
not a bandit at all. Full member of a course, enter all cards good or bad, just hit an unbelievable purple patch, hit 79 perfect shots and one bad one.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Onlooker on August 31, 2008, 12:28:36 PM
not a bandit at all. Full member of a course, enter all cards good or bad, just hit an unbelievable purple patch, hit 79 perfect shots and one bad one.
Are you sure that the guy who had 48 points is able to count?.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on August 31, 2008, 12:31:19 PM
Played today as a visitor in a pub society. 45 points! Didn't even win the visitors prize. Some f**ker had 48 points. This should proably be in the "You know what grinds my gears thread"

What do you play off?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on August 31, 2008, 08:21:40 PM
17.4
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on November 05, 2008, 02:11:16 AM
Golf secret not all in the wrists 


The perfect golf stroke

After decades of research, the world may be closer to the perfect golf swing.

University of Surrey engineer Robin Sharp has found the key is not in using full power from the start, but by building up to it quickly.

Surprisingly, the wrists don't play a critical role in the swing's outcome, according to the new model.

The analysis also shows that while bigger golfers might hit further, it's not by much.

Any golfer will tell you that the idea of swinging harder to hit farther is not as straightforward as it might seem; the new results indicate that how - and when - the power develops is the key to distance.

Tricky balance

Prof Sharp's work is based on a little-used model in which a golfer uses three points of rotation: the shoulders relative to the spine, the arms relative to the shoulders and the wrists relative to the arms.

Conventional wisdom has proven that the timing of these rotations relative to one another is the key to a long drive. However the work, reported in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society, is the first to optimise those timings and how the power of a swing is developed as they play out.

Prior models assumed one of two things: that the torque - the power in rotation - was applied at its maximum from the backswing, or that it ramped up throughout the swing, reaching its maximum at the point of impact.   Control of the arms and not the wrists appears to be the priority

Robin Sharp

Prof Sharp used a computer model first to fit to the swing styles of three professionals whose swings were measured with high-speed photography in 1968: Bernard Hunt, Geoffrey Hunt and Guy Wolstenholme.

The model showed that the club-head speed, and thus drive distance, of these professionals could have been improved by increasing the torque quickly to the maximum value and maintaining it throughout the rest of the swing.

It's a delicate balance, however, and Sunday duffers may find it hard to implement Prof Sharp's prescription.

"Generating too much arm speed too soon causes an early release, with the club-head reaching its maximum speed before it arrives at the ball," he says.

The key, Prof Sharp says, is timing which torques are applied when. And contrary to the old saying, it's not all in the wrists.

"In the expert swings studied, control of the arms and not the wrists appears to be the priority.

"The optimal strategy consists of hitting first with the shoulders while holding back with arms and wrists and, after some delay, hitting through with the arms. At release, the wrists should hit through."

The model also shows that height is not much of an advantage in a long-distance swing.

"A 21 per cent bigger player can be expected to have just a 10 per cent advantage in club-head speed," Prof Sharp said, which he says accounts for the fact that "good little ones are often not so far behind good big ones."

Put into practice 
It doesn't require being a big golfer to be a good golfer

Another person who is familiar with the swings of professional golfers is Simon Wickes, operations manager and biomechanics consultant for the Human Performance facilities at QinetiQ.

In the facility's Biomechanics lab, visitors don a tight-fitting suit covered with reflectors that are tracked by 12 infrared-sensing cameras.

By tracking the independent motions of all the limbs and the club itself, the team can analyse in detail any number of motions, including golf swings, and the lab has been visited by professionals Nick Faldo and Justin Rose.

"We're not golf pros," Mr Wickes explained, "we just show them where we think the problems are occurring."

"What we were seeing with Justin Rose was the club-head and the arms leading the body, rather than the shoulders leading the arms," Mr Wickes said.

It turns out that this reporter too had a problem of stiffness that makes the club lead the body.

"It's something we've seen with other amateurs," Mr Wickes said after an analysis of my swing. "There's this feeling of trying to keep everything in alignment and by doing that you stiffen up because you don't want to have the variability you get if you loosen up your grip and loosen joints."

Useful though it is to know Prof Sharp's result, the perfect swing is not just a matter of the mechanics.




 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the Deel Rover on November 26, 2008, 09:38:49 AM
the golf world cup starts tomorrow. Scotland the defending champions . Who do ye fancy to win it lads ?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on November 26, 2008, 09:53:16 AM
Teams listed below in order of favouritism with the bookies.  A lot of big names dont seem to be too bothered with this competition e.g. Harrington and the US team! 

Sweden (Stenson/Karlsson)
England (Poulter/R Fisher)
Denmark (S Hansen/A Hansen)
Ireland (McDowell/McGinley)
USA (Curtis/Snedeker)
South Africa (Sabbatini/Sterne)
Spain (Jimenez/Larrazabal)
Germany (Kaymer/Cejka)
Thailand (Marksaeng/Jaidee)
India (JM Singh/Randhawa)
Scotland (Forsyth/Montgomerie)
Japan (Imada/Taniguchi)
France (Havret/Bourdy)
Australia (R Green/B Jones)
Italy (E Molinari/F Molinari)
China (Liang/Zhang)
Wales (Dredge/Johnson)
Chinese Taipei (WT Lin/WT Lu)
New Zealand (Brown/Smail)
Korea (Kim/Bae)
Chile (Aguilar/Tullo)
Finland (Korhonen/Kakko)
Phillipines (Pucay/Que)
Canada (Heffernan/DeLaet)
Portugal (Cruz/Santos)
Mexico (De Leon/Serna)
Guatemala (Acuna/Villavicencio)
Venezuela (Martinez/Sanz)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on November 26, 2008, 02:49:57 PM
That Swedish pairing is very, veyr strong and the Danish side ain't too bad either. This is not an overly important competition and an outsider usually wins. I am sure we would all love the Spanish side to win if the Irish are not.

Value bets:
India and USA.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Throw ball on November 26, 2008, 07:43:48 PM
Have never paid much attention to the general discussion board but as the season is quiet was wondering did any of you enter the Fantasy Race to Dubai via the European Tour Website? Could do with the new clubs up for grabs as the handicap is going up instead of down. Also have any of you any idea of good courses with reasonable green fees in Ulster or Leinster. Hope to try one or two next year? Cheers.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on November 26, 2008, 10:11:57 PM
That Swedish pairing is very, veyr strong and the Danish side ain't too bad either. This is not an overly important competition and an outsider usually wins. I am sure we would all love the Spanish side to win if the Irish are not.

Value bets:
India and USA.

I fancy Germany, and the English aren't a bad side either
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on December 18, 2008, 05:30:37 PM
Maybe I should post this in the dumb people thread........

But why is the South African Open part of the European Tour?

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Doogie Browser on December 18, 2008, 05:33:42 PM
Don't forget the Indonesian Open...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: EliteNutrition on December 21, 2008, 12:51:15 PM
Guys thought this site may be of use to you as Golf Enthusiasts

www.sportsloopy.com

They are running a golf psychology conference in February. Speakers look very good and before you say it I dont work with or have any interests in the event!

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on December 21, 2008, 01:01:29 PM
Strong running by de oirish in Sud Afrika
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on December 21, 2008, 02:38:25 PM
Unlucky from Maybin, but a great start this last two weeks to his career.

He would have been dissapointed not to have got that bunker shot on 18 a couple of feet closer which would have secured the title.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tankie on December 21, 2008, 02:59:41 PM
He was unlucky to miss that put on the 18th to win it out-right!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on January 07, 2009, 02:39:56 PM
I'm sure we would all love this:


Golf legend Seve Ballesteros has targeted the European captaincy at the 2010 Royal Trophy, his nephew revealed.
Ballesteros, 51, winner of five major titles, is recovering following several operations to remove a brain tumour.
Nephew Ivan Ballesteros, who drove him to hospital when he collapsed at Madrid airport in October, said the weeks that followed were like a "horrible dream".
But he added: "He's very positive, one of his goals is to be captain at the Royal Trophy, he's serious about it."
Ballesteros, who is undergoing chemotherapy as an outpatient in his native northern Spain, captained Europe to victory over Asia in the first two years of the Royal Trophy from 2006.
He has also captained Europe on three occasions, winning once, in the bi-annual tournament named in his honour, The Seve Trophy, against Great Britain and Ireland.
Arguably his most famous captaincy reign, however, came at the 1997 Ryder Cup at Valderrama, when Europe beat the United States 14½-13½
His nephew Ivan admitted the weeks after his uncle's condition was diagnosed and he was described as "gravely ill" were unbearable.
"We all thought it was a nightmare," he said. "The worst was the third operation, we really didn't know if he would make it. It was like heads or tails."
Before his illness worsened, Seve began a career on the Champions Tour, the senior tour in America, but played in only one event where he finished joint last, before announcing his retirement from golf whilst at the 2007 Open at Carnoustie.
His nephew said: "It's still too early to tell if he will play again but he's walking every day and he's determined to get better."
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 28, 2009, 06:11:36 PM

Montgomerie to captain 2010 Europe Ryder Cup team


Scotland's Colin Montgomerie was named here on Wednesday to captain the European team to contest the Ryder Cup against the United States at Celtic Manor in Wales next year. Skip related content
Related photos / videos Enlarge photo Montgomerie replaces Nick Faldo who came in for a barrage of criticism for his captaincy during the European loss to the United States in Louisville, Kentucky last September.

That defeat ended a run of three consecutive European wins and led to calls for the naming of a younger skipper than Faldo who was 51 at the time.

Montgomerie told a press conference here: "I will do everything I can do to claim back the Ryder Cup in 2010.

"With the wealth of talent on the European Tour we could field three teams almost as strong as each other."

Montgomery made his Ryder Cup debut as a player in 1991, and he recalled: "I dreamt one day this opportunity might come my way, but they were far off dreams - now, 17 or 18 years later and here it is."

The 45-year-old Montgomerie is the second most successful European Ryder Cup golfer of all time and he said he expected another hugely popular Ryder Cup figure Jose Maria Olazabal to be alongside him as part of his background staff in October 2010.

"I have an understanding and respect for Olazabal, and I'm sure he will be part of my team at Celtic Manor."

The Americans have already named Corey Pavin to be their captain next year replacing the victorious Paul Azinger
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on January 29, 2009, 10:43:34 AM
McIlroy playing a blinder in the desert

Leader Board (http://scores.europeantour.com/default.sps?pagegid={8455C601-B598-43F0-AE27-8559DC7985DD}&ieventno=2009007&eventid=2009007&optsel=pos&infosid=2)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on January 31, 2009, 07:42:35 PM
Anyone watching the FBR Open (Phoenix Open) in Scottsdale AZ?

That 16th hole is like a scene from Happy Gilmore, the more I watch the interaction between the fans and the players the more I like it. The fans let you know immediately if you had a good shot or not. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 01, 2009, 09:25:15 AM
McIlroy playing a blinder in the desert

Leader Board (http://scores.europeantour.com/default.sps?pagegid={8455C601-B598-43F0-AE27-8559DC7985DD}&ieventno=2009007&eventid=2009007&optsel=pos&infosid=2)
He's 6 clear after four holes on the final day. Surely this is gonna be his first tour victory!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on February 01, 2009, 10:39:08 AM
After a few dodgy holes, Mcilroy is 4 clear now after birdieing the 9th. He might still be a small bit nervous after the european masters disaster.

He has some swing of a golf glub. He's a massive hitter and brilliant with the irons. A win today could really boost his confidence and make him a danger in every tournament. Cant wait to see how he gets on in the masters. Class act
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 01, 2009, 11:08:31 AM
It'll be some blow if he doesn't go on and win this. Hope he holds it together down the back 9.

What's the lift for the winner?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on February 01, 2009, 11:09:05 AM
Mcilroy is coasting now. 3 birdies in a row
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on February 01, 2009, 11:12:07 AM
He'll win about €320K. that would send him fairly close to the top of the Race to Dubai leaderboard. Garcia is well ahead on that.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on February 01, 2009, 12:41:04 PM
You jinxed him, he is choking beyond belief.

5 ahead with four to go, or vice versa, going down the last just one ahead.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 01, 2009, 12:53:34 PM
You jinxed him, he is choking beyond belief.

5 ahead with four to go, or vice versa, going down the last just one ahead.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Fermanaghandsam on February 01, 2009, 01:02:50 PM
He wins, great result!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on February 01, 2009, 01:04:52 PM
Superb, made a hash on the 18th but the bunker shot was played with finese, excellent.

Lose and the choker tag unfortunately goes on his shoulders, he sinks it, first win of many.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 01, 2009, 01:09:29 PM
Superb, made a hash on the 18th but the bunker shot was played with finese, excellent.

Lose and the choker tag unfortunately goes on his shoulders, he sinks it, first win of many.
Good man. Big confidence boost for him and a few quid in his pocket.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on February 01, 2009, 01:10:33 PM
Upto 15th in the World.

Iirsh golf just keeps going up in the world. 2009 could be another cracker.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: FermPundit on February 01, 2009, 05:07:21 PM
Great win for Rory and the first of many to come in his career. As he said in his interview afterwards, the monkey is now off his back. I thought he had thrown it away but he showed great bottle to hole that putt on the 18th
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on February 11, 2009, 04:24:16 PM
All before a glorified friendly tournament.


Padraig Harrington has been putting in the hours to cure a hook before tackling this week’s AT&T National Pro-am at Pebble Beach.

“The range I was on I managed to close six nights last week and I closed it both nights this week as well,” said the Open and US PGA champion, whose first event in America this season saw him finish joint 24th at the Buick Invitational on Sunday.

“A lot of practice has been done to try and figure it out, and I am more hopeful that I’ve kind of getting to the root cause of it.

“I obviously struggled last week. I knew I was struggling at the start of the week.

“But you kind of expect that when you come out after the winter. I’ve done quite a bit of work and what tends to happen is when you are changing things and working on things you overdo it.




“It does take a little bit of competition, a little bit of playing to figure that out.”

Harrington’s partner is once again fellow Irishman JP McManus and they are paired with Paul McGinley and Dermot Desmond.

“It’s entertaining for me,” added the world number three. “We have a very relaxed week off the golf course and I’ll try harder to win the team event than I will the individual event this week.

“If I’m making bogey at a hole or something and my partner has a putt for birdie, I’m over there reading it and it cheers me up if he makes the birdie.

“I get into the idea of the team event, of trying to do well in that and that keeps me going in the individual event. It just works very well for me.”
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on February 12, 2009, 03:18:10 PM
Oh Noh! Some kid younger that wowee, whoops, sorry rory, is leading the Maybank Malaysian Open. Noh will never be a big name.

http://scores.europeantour.com/default.sps?pagegid={8455C601-B598-43F0-AE27-8559DC7985DD}&redirectorid=leaderboard&eventid=2009011&ieventno=2009011&infosid=2 (http://scores.europeantour.com/default.sps?pagegid={8455C601-B598-43F0-AE27-8559DC7985DD}&redirectorid=leaderboard&eventid=2009011&ieventno=2009011&infosid=2)

Insider comment: I think the Maybank Malaysian Open should be awarded to Gareth Maybin on account of him having the most similar name to the competition.


On a related note, an even smaller name that Noh has become the second youngest to play in a Ladies open. Oh whats her name. Oh.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/7885581.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/7885581.stm)

And if she hooks up with Noh she'll be Oh-Noh. Doh! Men in white coats are just coming take me away, again.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on February 20, 2009, 04:28:31 PM
Tiger(the worlds greatest sportsman)Woods is back!

He will play Australian golfer Brendan Jones in the Accenture World Matchplay next Wednesday.
The television audience is gonna be huge for his tee off on the first I'd say
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Doogie Browser on February 28, 2009, 12:08:37 PM
McIlroy into last 8 of his first WGC and now the big Easy is tipping him to be the next World Number 1  8)
No pressure there then, though in fairness the lad seems so confident and free of nerves.  Great to see it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/7916275.stm
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on February 28, 2009, 12:19:36 PM
Oh Noh! Some kid younger that wowee, whoops, sorry rory, is leading the Maybank Malaysian Open. Noh will never be a big name.

http://scores.europeantour.com/default.sps?pagegid={8455C601-B598-43F0-AE27-8559DC7985DD}&redirectorid=leaderboard&eventid=2009011&ieventno=2009011&infosid=2 (http://scores.europeantour.com/default.sps?pagegid={8455C601-B598-43F0-AE27-8559DC7985DD}&redirectorid=leaderboard&eventid=2009011&ieventno=2009011&infosid=2)

Insider comment: I think the Maybank Malaysian Open should be awarded to Gareth Maybin on account of him having the most similar name to the competition.


On a related note, an even smaller name that Noh has become the second youngest to play in a Ladies open. Oh whats her name. Oh.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/7885581.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/7885581.stm)

And if she hooks up with Noh she'll be Oh-Noh. Doh! Men in white coats are just coming take me away, again.



Brilliant!

Don't worry about the white coats that'll be the Gaa umpires. They never do anything.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 28, 2009, 09:05:22 PM
McIlroy into last 8 of his first WGC and now the big Easy is tipping him to be the next World Number 1  8)
No pressure there then, though in fairness the lad seems so confident and free of nerves.  Great to see it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/7916275.stm
McIlroy beaten 2 and 1.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on March 01, 2009, 12:36:12 AM
Massive, massive positives for McIlroy. Watched most of it, but missed last six or seven today. He has that swagger now and his confidence is sky high. Major winner by 2014.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AFS on March 01, 2009, 04:17:24 AM
Massive, massive positives for McIlroy. Watched most of it, but missed last six or seven today. He has that swagger now and his confidence is sky high. Major winner by 2014.

Els reckons he's the next number 1.  edit: :-X :-[
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on March 01, 2009, 11:33:47 AM
Massive, massive positives for McIlroy. Watched most of it, but missed last six or seven today. He has that swagger now and his confidence is sky high. Major winner by 2014.

Els reckons he's the next number 1. Pity he's got such a swunk face  :-\ :P

Careful now. Rory has relations on this board!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Dougal Maguire on March 07, 2009, 01:51:21 PM
Is it true that Rory's father played for Down minors?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on March 07, 2009, 05:00:16 PM
A lot of people seem to think he has a cocky attitude, they must not listen to any of his interviews.

He generally says the right things, "going well, need to keep going", you can almost guess what he is going to say - a model proffesional.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Doogie Browser on March 12, 2009, 11:44:11 PM
Harrington hitting a bit of form now at Doral, but Stenson steals the show today...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/7941044.stm
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on March 12, 2009, 11:52:30 PM
Brilliant round from Harrington. No bogeys. Even the leaders cannot match that.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Doogie Browser on March 12, 2009, 11:59:19 PM
Wee Rory plodding along nicely at a course he has done well on before in amateur/youth days.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on March 13, 2009, 10:29:18 AM
Harrington hitting a bit of form now at Doral, but Stenson steals the show today...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/7941044.stm

visitors can't see pics , please register or login


He wont be allowed in the clubhouse without a collar.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on March 13, 2009, 12:10:12 PM
Harrington warming up nicely just in time for the major.

It's a no-cut competition, which I don't really see the point of, but looking forward to seeing McIlroy pushing hard for a finish on Sunday.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: glens abu on March 13, 2009, 12:19:08 PM
Harrington warming up nicely just in time for the major.

It's a no-cut competition, which I don't really see the point of, but looking forward to seeing McIlroy pushing hard for a finish on Sunday.

had a wee flutter on him yesterday at 25/1 might give me a sweat.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AFS on March 13, 2009, 08:27:56 PM
Rory played some awesome stuff towards the end of his round today.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on March 13, 2009, 08:36:00 PM
Is it true that Rory's father played for Down minors?

dont know about his dad but i saw somewhere that his uncle (moms side) played for armagh
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: hardstation on March 13, 2009, 08:43:44 PM
I think so. Ask Donagh.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on March 13, 2009, 09:00:09 PM
McIlroy looks like the real deal.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on March 14, 2009, 08:56:27 PM
He is the real deal, have watched nearly all of his tournament since turning pro. Each week there seems to be improvement. Motoring again tonight. Here is praise:

Tiger Woods tonight tipped Irish golfer Rory McIlroy to one day succeed him as world number one.

Woods, 33, was speaking at Doral after firing a four-under-par 68 in the third round of the WGC-CA Championship.

That took the 14-time Major winner to seven under par for the tournament in his first stroke-play event for nine months following reconstructive knee surgery.

Irish teenager McIlroy, already the world number 16, was bidding to chase down midway leader Phil Mickelson and become the youngest tournament winner in US PGA Tour history at the age of 19 years, 10 months and 12 days.

Asked if McIlroy could one day become world number one, Woods was unequivocal.

“There’s no doubt,” he said. “There’s no doubt.

“The guy’s a talent. Hopefully while I’m not around or while I’m around.

“Certainly he has the talent. We can all see it.






“The way he hits the golf ball, the way he putts, the way he can chip, get up and down.

“He has the composure. He has all the components to be the best player in the world, there’s no doubt.”

While Woods was rehabilitating his left knee following the season-ending surgery he underwent after his US Open victory at Torrey Pines last June, McIlroy has emerged as one of the brightest young stars in the game, rubber-stamping his promise with a maiden professional victory at the Dubai Desert Classic in January.

Now, Woods, said it was just a question of waiting for McIlroy to mature.

“It’s just a matter of time and experience and then basically gaining that experience in big events.

“That takes time and I mean, jeez, he’s only 19.

“Just give him some time and I’m sure he’ll be there.”
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on April 19, 2009, 11:10:37 PM
Is the OWC's "we exist" campaign not working? Or is it only for soccer?

At the Verizon Heritage PGA golf event at the weekend, Rory McIlroy had a tricolour beside his name.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on April 29, 2009, 07:34:00 PM
John Daly - Styling

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/blog/devil_ball_golf/post/John-Daly-s-horrifying-new-golf-pants-are-visibl?urn=golf,159883
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Diet Coke on April 29, 2009, 07:37:39 PM
John Daly - Styling

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/blog/devil_ball_golf/post/John-Daly-s-horrifying-new-golf-pants-are-visibl?urn=golf,159883

McCourt will be ripping! :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Gabriel_Hurl on April 29, 2009, 07:55:50 PM
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/postedsports/archive/2009/04/28/padraig-harrington-proves-happy-gilmore-s-swing-is-effective.aspx
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Doogie Browser on May 11, 2009, 11:26:44 AM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/8042851.stm

Wild Thing hitting some form in time for his appearance at Baltray later this week, he is sure to attract a big following there.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on May 15, 2009, 03:14:42 PM
Just keeping an eye on the leaderboard, but I see McDowell is -8 for eight today.  :o

Gone from second last to looking like he will make the cut if he pars out.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on May 15, 2009, 05:04:43 PM
Louth golfers - who is Shane Lowry?

New wonder kid on the block (http://scores.europeantour.com/default.sps?pagegid={8455C601-B598-43F0-AE27-8559DC7985DD}&eventid=2009036&iPlayerNo=36489&id=36489&TourID=@TourId&infosid=2)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tatler Jack on May 15, 2009, 05:40:58 PM
McDowell had a 61 - great round. Shane Lowery is an amateur son of ex Offally player Brendan. Currently 12 under with a few holes to play.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on May 17, 2009, 03:46:38 PM
Lowry showing his true colours as a BIFFO today,The commentators had to apologise several times for Lowry for his four letter outbursts live on air  :D
He's just gone joint top of leaderboard,hope he can keep the nerve and hang on
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on May 17, 2009, 04:14:29 PM
Lowry sole leader now with two holes to go...
Some amount of Offaly jerseys in the crowd  :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on May 17, 2009, 04:15:51 PM
Lowry showing his true colours as a BIFFO today,The commentators had to apologise several times for Lowry for his four letter outbursts live on air  :D
He's just gone joint top of leaderboard,hope he can keep the nerve and hang on

Oh feckitt, so thats fecking why its feckin blocked for us northern fecking RTE viewers. Feck.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on May 17, 2009, 04:25:35 PM
Lowry and Rock from England level going onto the 18th
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tatler Jack on May 17, 2009, 04:39:48 PM
What a second shot from Lowry..this man is a true BIFFO...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on May 17, 2009, 04:49:04 PM
Misses a putt to win the tournament........
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Capt Pat on May 17, 2009, 04:55:33 PM
Does he not get any prize money because he is an amateur? Rock is guranteed the first prize?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on May 17, 2009, 04:59:35 PM
Does he not get any prize money because he is an amateur? Rock is guranteed the first prize?

Correct and right
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on May 17, 2009, 05:13:12 PM
Now Rock misses putt to win on first playoff hole!

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tatler Jack on May 17, 2009, 05:27:59 PM
This is drama - what a second shot from Lowry
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on May 17, 2009, 05:32:49 PM
Misses again to win...
Back to the 18th
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on May 17, 2009, 05:54:40 PM
Finally!
Fair play to him..
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tankie on May 17, 2009, 06:05:12 PM
Great stuff!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tommy Tibbs on May 17, 2009, 06:41:30 PM
Brilliant achievement from Lowry! Didnt see it but by the sound of it he showed great steel as well, just a pity he doesnt pick up a cent for it in prize £.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: LeopoldButters on May 17, 2009, 08:20:55 PM
fair play to Lowry, some great entertainment over the past few days!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on May 17, 2009, 08:52:56 PM
And it was great to be on the 18th green with a prime view to watch it all.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on May 17, 2009, 09:19:00 PM
And it was great to be on the 18th green with a prime view to watch it all.

Where so Midlouth, I was in the third row?

Superb drama, excellent day.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Canalman on May 17, 2009, 09:22:31 PM
Couldn't but help thinking of the film Happy Gilmore at the end when the crowd surged on to the green at the end. Not really a big Golf person but isn't that frowned upon? Presume that the Baltray members will be harrumphing for a while about that.

Congrats to him anyway.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on May 17, 2009, 09:29:45 PM
Couldn't but help thinking of the film Happy Gilmore at the end when the crowd surged on to the green at the end. Not really a big Golf person but isn't that frowned upon? Presume that the Baltray members will be harrumphing for a while about that.

Congrats to him anyway.

It's not good etiquette and to be honest the only other time I can remember is the US Ryder Cup time and there was massive bad press. That said, the fact a local amteur won and the pure tension and drama that went on the hour before, it is excusable to see such a release.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: johnpower on May 17, 2009, 09:39:49 PM
Great win for the young lad . I heard that one of his relatives won big with the bookies .I was impressed yesterday when his father was been interviewed he did not want to talk about his own career but wanted to focus on his sons career
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on May 17, 2009, 09:43:35 PM
Hats off to young McIlroy, going out in those conditions to cheer on Lowry was a fine thing to do. My mate had 10 e/w on Rock at 80's. He went up and all to see it. I'm afraid to ring him!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on May 17, 2009, 09:53:26 PM
WELL DONE Shane Lowry.  Absolutely super display under immense pressure by the man from Clara.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on May 17, 2009, 09:57:43 PM
Fair play to Shane Lowry. We've been following his amateur results in Offaly for a while, as he was the 'next big thing' for a couple of years. Of course the fact that he is Brendy's son is a help as well. He looks the same as he did when he was 5 years old :D

You know you're getting old when you played football with the Irish Open Champion's father :D Granted Brendan was finishing up at the time, but still :)

Anyway, delighted for Shane, and delighted for Brendy and Bridgie as well. Also, delighted for Offaly. Hope the footballers were watching :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on May 17, 2009, 10:10:16 PM
And it was great to be on the 18th green with a prime view to watch it all.

Where so Midlouth, I was in the third row?

Superb drama, excellent day.

I wasn't in the stand, I was on the side of the green opposite of the VIP section.

Fair play to Shane Lowry. We've been following his amateur results in Offaly for a while, as he was the 'next big thing' for a couple of years. Of course the fact that he is Brendy's son is a help as well. He looks the same as he did when he was 5 years old :D

You know you're getting old when you played football with the Irish Open Champion's father :D Granted Brendan was finishing up at the time, but still :)

Anyway, delighted for Shane, and delighted for Brendy and Bridgie as well. Also, delighted for Offaly. Hope the footballers were watching :D

There was plenty of Offaly colours around, but the big fella that is meant to be running the country was there too, told him to sort it out. That is my bit done for the country!

Niall Quinn looked like he was enjoying himself, that is until I started shouting there is only one Keeno at him.

Nearly didn't go, was meant to be going to the Louth. Think I made the right decision. Didn't think he'd hold it together after missing the put on the final hole before it went to a play off.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Capt Pat on May 17, 2009, 10:25:26 PM
Couldn't but help thinking of the film Happy Gilmore at the end when the crowd surged on to the green at the end. Not really a big Golf person but isn't that frowned upon? Presume that the Baltray members will be harrumphing for a while about that.

Congrats to him anyway.

It's not good etiquette and to be honest the only other time I can remember is the US Ryder Cup time and there was massive bad press. That said, the fact a local amteur won and the pure tension and drama that went on the hour before, it is excusable to see such a release.

That was a completely different situation, the European guy still had to have his putt and there may have been other games still to finish, I forget now. Today the tournament was finished and there are often mini invasions at the end of tournaments but none quite like todays, that was simply brilliant today.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: orangeman on May 17, 2009, 10:27:27 PM
Some achievement by Lowry - well done.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Capt Pat on May 17, 2009, 10:30:10 PM
And it was great to be on the 18th green with a prime view to watch it all.

Where so Midlouth, I was in the third row?

Superb drama, excellent day.

I wasn't in the stand, I was on the side of the green opposite of the VIP section.

Fair play to Shane Lowry. We've been following his amateur results in Offaly for a while, as he was the 'next big thing' for a couple of years. Of course the fact that he is Brendy's son is a help as well. He looks the same as he did when he was 5 years old :D

You know you're getting old when you played football with the Irish Open Champion's father :D Granted Brendan was finishing up at the time, but still :)

Anyway, delighted for Shane, and delighted for Brendy and Bridgie as well. Also, delighted for Offaly. Hope the footballers were watching :D

There was plenty of Offaly colours around, but the big fella that is meant to be running the country was there too, told him to sort it out. That is my bit done for the country!

Niall Quinn looked like he was enjoying himself, that is until I started shouting there is only one Keeno at him.

Nearly didn't go, was meant to be going to the Louth. Think I made the right decision. Didn't think he'd hold it together after missing the put on the final hole before it went to a play off.

Doesn't Cowen look like a caricature of himself in real life. We are a great country for strange looking taoiseachs. Haughey, Bertie and Cowen are all a bit quare looking, some might even say took a few belts off of branches of the ugly tree when they fell out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2TDnlCgjiU
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on May 17, 2009, 11:25:27 PM
cant get my head around what lowry did today.... some going some entertainment. had to laugh when the commentators were saying he couldnt be fined for a curse or two as he wasnt a pro. hope he makes loads of dosh in the future. didnt his dad play on the offaly team that robbed kerry of the 5 in a row in 82? prety sure he did
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on May 17, 2009, 11:29:00 PM
Jaysus Magickingdom, were you blocking out all mentions of 1982? His father is Brendan Lowry, played corner forward in 1982 (and for many years after that as well). His uncles Seanie and Mick also played that day.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: orangeman on May 17, 2009, 11:58:34 PM
Jaysus Magickingdom, were you blocking out all mentions of 1982? His father is Brendan Lowry, played corner forward in 1982 (and for many years after that as well). His uncles Seanie and Mick also played that day.


Nice mention of this on the Sunday Game of the whole connections.


He would have been a nice price last week to pick up the trophy ??
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on May 18, 2009, 09:05:10 AM
Hats off to young McIlroy, going out in those conditions to cheer on Lowry was a fine thing to do. My mate had 10 e/w on Rock at 80's. He went up and all to see it. I'm afraid to ring him!

Fair play to McIlroy indeed
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: SLIGONIAN on May 18, 2009, 09:27:59 AM
Congrats to Lowry, hopefully the start of bigger things, pity the lad doesnt get the money, I know hes a amateur so the title will have to suffice for now, but im sure he'll make plenty in future. The Irish open went without an Irish winner for a long time now 2 in 3 yrs.

Fair play to mciliroy aswell, nice touch..
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on May 18, 2009, 10:11:44 AM
Jaysus Magickingdom, were you blocking out all mentions of 1982? His father is Brendan Lowry, played corner forward in 1982 (and for many years after that as well). His uncles Seanie and Mick also played that day.




Nice mention of this on the Sunday Game of the whole connections.


He would have been a nice price last week to pick up the trophy ??
Think I heard the commentators say he was 3000/1
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: cornerback on May 18, 2009, 10:13:51 AM
Jaysus Magickingdom, were you blocking out all mentions of 1982? His father is Brendan Lowry, played corner forward in 1982 (and for many years after that as well). His uncles Seanie and Mick also played that day.

Had to laugh at skysports yesterday - They were saying that he comes from a sporting family & that his dad & two uncles were professional gaelic footballers  :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on May 18, 2009, 10:45:56 AM
Jaysus Magickingdom, were you blocking out all mentions of 1982? His father is Brendan Lowry, played corner forward in 1982 (and for many years after that as well). His uncles Seanie and Mick also played that day.

Had to laugh at skysports yesterday - They were saying that he comes from a sporting family & that his dad & two uncles were professional gaelic footballers  :D


Maybe Sky know something we dont. Like who made Steve Guttenburg a star?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: boojangles on May 18, 2009, 11:14:59 AM
Heard about a lad down in Laois who knew Lowry and put 500 each way on him 3 weeks ago at 300/1. 187,500 he picked up I tink.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: tyronefan on May 18, 2009, 11:36:19 AM
Paddy Power reported today that punters in their Tullamore offices had placed bet totaling €150 on Shane Lowry each way at odds of 300-1
their total exposure was around € 50,000
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on May 18, 2009, 04:18:34 PM
Heard about a lad down in Laois who knew Lowry and put 500 each way on him 3 weeks ago at 300/1. 187,500 he picked up I tink.

I'd say there will be a lot of these stories.

Irish sportsmoment of the year?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DennistheMenace on May 18, 2009, 04:42:32 PM
Whats that coming over the hill is it Lowry, is it Lowry.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on May 18, 2009, 05:42:29 PM
What have Shane Lowry and Brian Cowen got in common?






They are both from Offaly.








And they are both amateurs.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on May 18, 2009, 06:22:08 PM
Intresting piece in the Telegraph, touch harsh on Harri.

McIlroy - the next Tiger Woods (according to Tiger Woods) - is rarely upstaged on a golf course. The boy from Hollywood is a bona fide superstar.

But when Lowry finally dribbled in a two-footer to win the Irish Open on Sunday, McIlroy was just another well-wisher in the crowd. That taoiseach Brian Cowen was also among the drenched spectators tells you a fair bit about the extent to which Lowry captivated his nation.

And no wonder. It is hard to imagine a more Irish victory, or a more Irish champion.

For a land beloved of dreamers, romantics and underdogs, the chubby son of a Gaelic football star is folk hero material from his cap to his spikes.

That his amateur status meant he couldn't accept a penny of the £440,000 winner's cheque only made the script all the more beautiful. Because despite appearances, we still haven't reached the stage where money is all that matters in golf. And Lowry's celebrations were a wonderful reminder of that.

Hopefully, Lowry's win was also a reminder of sorts to Ireland's greatest golfer, who again missed the cut at Baltray.

While Lowry was trudging from the boggy car park to the clubhouse each morning, Padraig Harrington was commuting to the course by helicopter from his Dublin home. That is not meant as a criticism of Harrington, who deserves all the trappings of his success. But you can't help feeling the double Open champion could do with a little more Lowry in his life.

So obsessed and fanatical has Harrington become with technical swing changes, his concerned team recently staged an "intervention" to drag him away from the practice range (or in Harrington's case, the biomechanics lab).

In his search for the perfect golf swing, Harrington appears to be driving himself just a little bit crazy.

We've become used to seeing Harrington hit the kind of fearless, ferocious three-wood which Lowry struck onto the 18th green on the first play-off hole yesterday. Given time, he surely will again. But at the moment, he is paying the price "fixing" something that wasn't broke.

For Lowry and McIlroy however, golf is just great fun. There is a refreshing joy and a freedom about they way they trust their talent. And it's not solely down to youth - Phil Mickelson plays that way too

So I hope Harrington, like McIlroy, was watching yesterday. He might even have learned something.

But in all likelihood, Harrington would have spent Sunday, like most days, pounding balls on the range.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on May 18, 2009, 06:27:21 PM
Very harsh on Harrington, and you'd think they'd do their research a bit better. He is recognised as one of the hardest working pros in golf according to Tiger Woods, so I'd assume that is in reference to the amount of time he spends on the practice range etc.

Did Tiger get that much stick when he gave his swing a complete overhaul a couple of years ago?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on May 18, 2009, 06:30:23 PM
While I agree that Harrington had no need to change, the article makes fun of him for working hard.

Perhaps Harrington will prove me wrong in the long run and will come back even better.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on May 18, 2009, 06:33:20 PM
Very harsh on Harrington, and you'd think they'd do their research a bit better. He is recognised as one of the hardest working pros in golf according to Tiger Woods, so I'd assume that is in reference to the amount of time he spends on the practice range etc.

Did Tiger get that much stick when he gave his swing a complete overhaul a couple of years ago?

Or Faldo?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on May 18, 2009, 06:35:36 PM
While I agree that Harrington had no need to change, the article makes fun of him for working hard.

Perhaps Harrington will prove me wrong in the long run and will come back even better.

I'd be confident he will.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on May 18, 2009, 08:04:38 PM
Jaysus Magickingdom, were you blocking out all mentions of 1982? His father is Brendan Lowry, played corner forward in 1982 (and for many years after that as well). His uncles Seanie and Mick also played that day.

i was watching from behind the couch for most of it az so i must have missed that bit ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on May 18, 2009, 09:27:37 PM
Harrington said afterwards that he needed the "intervention".

But perhaps its left him in mid transition, so his swing is neither here nor there. Bit like mine only 100 times better.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the Deel Rover on May 19, 2009, 09:40:14 AM
fair play to Lowry delighted for the lad it was also great to see Rory Mc Ilroy supporting him, hopefully some of his family had a few quid on him, was he really 3000/1 ?  i know thats what the commentators said. Saw a very happy and tearfull ( i think) Sean Lowry on the tv , sean played with us and managed us for a year or 2 and is a great golfing fan so there would have been no prouder Uncle. Brendan Lowry said it was like winning 20 Ai Finals. I heard his granny on the radio and she said it was well worth changing his nappies when he was a baby :D Any of ye hear gift grub this morning it was brilliant 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 19, 2009, 09:46:36 AM
Quote
Saw a very happy and tearfull ( i think) Sean Lowry on the tv , sean played with us and managed us for a year or 2

My missus was saying that alright last night, that one of the Lowrys spent a while in Crossmolina - did he pull on the green and red while he was there too?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Rossie11 on May 19, 2009, 10:03:52 AM
Quote
did he pull on the green and red while he was there too?[/quote
He did the big oaf and scored a screamer of a goal v the Rossies in a Connacht final..

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the Deel Rover on May 19, 2009, 10:21:58 AM
Quote
Saw a very happy and tearfull ( i think) Sean Lowry on the tv , sean played with us and managed us for a year or 2

My missus was saying that alright last night, that one of the Lowrys spent a while in Crossmolina - did he pull on the green and red while he was there too?

yeah billy he did indeed he must have spent about 15 years in Cross , was that 1985 Rossie ?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the Deel Rover on May 19, 2009, 10:52:10 AM
Looks like the 3000 /1 was a mistake by pp



 
Tuesday May 19 2009

SHANE Lowry may have walked away from his Irish Open victory without any prize winnings, but his nearest and dearest were not left empty-handed.

His mother Bridget will collect well over €15,000 after putting down a €50 bet each way at 250/1 that her son would be victorious.

Lowry said yesterday that he did not have a bet on himself, despite the high odds which were being offered by the bookies.

"But I know my mam had," said the victorious 22-year-old. "She had €50 each way at 250/1, so she has a nice cheque to pick up -- more than me anyway."

Under the rules of the competition, Lowry was unable to collect the €500,000 prize fund, which went to England's Robert Rock, who came in second place.

A number of his supporters thought themselves lucky to get odds of 3,000/1, only for Paddy Powers to withdraw them before play began at Baltray.

The odds had been released as a mistake, the correct figure being 300/1.

"I know a couple of guys that got 3,000/1. But I don't know if that is going to be honoured because I think it was a mistake, but it is still on the docket," said Lowry.

About five of his supporters are €45,000 richer as a result of the win although another withdrew his bet when contacted by Paddy Power staff.

- Shane Hickey

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on May 19, 2009, 11:29:14 AM
Quote
did he pull on the green and red while he was there too?
He did the big oaf and scored a screamer of a goal v the Rossies in a Connacht final..



In 1985 I think. He took a low drop kick from Jimmy Burke and then rounded Pat Lindsey in Hyde Park and drop kicked (why don't they do that any more?) a rocket in the top left corner of the net.

Oddly I think he was dropped for the Dublin game or else the replay.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on May 19, 2009, 11:40:07 AM
Yeah - dropped for the Dublin game. McStay complained about it in Keith Duggan's book - reckoned he was treated fairly badly.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the Deel Rover on May 19, 2009, 11:52:23 AM
Who took his place . I know Billy Fitz played that game but he hardly started he was around 42 then
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Capt Pat on May 19, 2009, 01:47:24 PM
There is a lot of talk now about whether Lowry should turn pro or wait 4 months to play in the Walker Cup. i know what I would do if i was in his shoes, I would play in the Walker Cup for free and turn down the opportunity of winning hundreds of thousands of euros on the European tour having already missed out on half a million due  to the stupid rules of golf.............would I ****. I wouldn't waste a New York minute thinking about it, I would have turned pro before the final putt in the playoff hit the bottom of the cup. He could win another half a million on the European tour in those 4 months and would effectively have passe on the opportunity of 1 million euro to play in the Walker Cup. The Walker Cup is the pinnacle of achievement for a lot of golfers but not for Lowry, he has already moved on to another level and there can be no looking back.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on May 23, 2009, 03:55:43 PM
Phil Mickleson has suspend playing on tour as his wife, Amy, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Hopefully she has treatment in time.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on May 24, 2009, 09:30:06 PM
Delighted to see Casey win the BMW PGA today,he's 3rd in the World now could be a good shout for the British Open this year

Casey is a very likeable chap by the sounds of it. Unfortunately he will never win in a major in my opinion - does not have the temperment.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on May 24, 2009, 10:27:40 PM
Delighted to see Casey win the BMW PGA today,he's 3rd in the World now could be a good shout for the British Open this year

Casey is a very likeable chap by the sounds of it. Unfortunately he will never win in a major in my opinion - does not have the temperment.

Totally disagree with you for a change corn.
I always thought he was one of those players who would always make the cut in tournaments but would win very little over his career but he has really come on this season,you don't become No.3 in the world for nothing I really think he can win a major
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on May 28, 2009, 03:20:21 PM
Lowry having a stinker!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Treasurer on May 28, 2009, 03:24:40 PM
Lowry having a stinker!

Aye, +4 after 10 :(
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on May 28, 2009, 03:30:25 PM
Lowry having a stinker!

Aye, +4 after 10 :(

He needs to steady out, won;t make the cut, but between the last eight and tomorrow's round if he can stay at 4 he will be ok.

It'll take a while for him to get up to speed.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Treasurer on May 28, 2009, 04:24:33 PM
Dropped another shot - 5 over after 12
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on May 28, 2009, 07:55:50 PM
shane finished 6 over while scott arnold who also turned pro this week (no 1 ranked amateur last week shane was no 16) finished 7 over. its tough out there but i honestly thought they could be in the 80s today
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Diet Coke on May 28, 2009, 08:44:43 PM
It's a big step up to  the paid ranks....he will need a lot of patience ........Justin Rose missed his first 22 cuts, best of luck to him.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on May 28, 2009, 08:47:36 PM
Will he earn anything if he misses the cut?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Diet Coke on May 28, 2009, 08:49:51 PM
Not 100% sure....in the majors everyone who plays gets something I think, but in ordinary tour events I think you have to make the cut to get anything.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on May 29, 2009, 07:05:14 PM
My two cent on Lowry is that he made a massive mistake turning pro so soon after winning, now he has the burden of expectation on him whereas if he held on until after the Walker Cup and assessed the situation from there then he would have made the right choice. It appears, that like Rose, he jumped the gun on the rush that comes after doing brilliant in one tournament.

I certainly hope he gets up to the level that is needed and fast, so we have another top Irish pro to shout for in the closing stages, but if I was honest I think it'll be a year or two before he gets a hold of things.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on May 29, 2009, 07:40:06 PM
Will he earn anything if he misses the cut?

no money if you dont make the cut

My two cent on Lowry is that he made a massive mistake turning pro so soon after winning, now he has the burden of expectation on him whereas if he held on until after the Walker Cup and assessed the situation from there then he would have made the right choice. It appears, that like Rose, he jumped the gun on the rush that comes after doing brilliant in one tournament.

I certainly hope he gets up to the level that is needed and fast, so we have another top Irish pro to shout for in the closing stages, but if I was honest I think it'll be a year or two before he gets a hold of things.

dont know for certain mid louth but i think by turning pro now he gets a 2 1/2 year exemption as he gets the rest of this year. if he waited till sept he would have lost out on 4 months - could yet be worth a few bob to him. i'd give hin 7 out of 10 for this week even tho he didnt make the cut, about 30 pros finished below him and a 73 was a fine score today. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on May 29, 2009, 08:33:13 PM
i think its immediate promotion to the tour and a 2 year exemption LL. which means by winning mid season he gets that 1/2 season...... but i might be wrong there :)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on May 29, 2009, 09:21:48 PM
Backed this guy this weekend at 50/1. Now i know why he was that price. Opening 9 on thursday shoots 30. closing 9 today 46. He was in first place with the back 9 to play and missed the ucking cut!

Thomas AIKEN  Position: T79
Score: +3  Leaderboard  Player bio & stats
Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total To Par
1 3 3 3 4 4 3 2 4 4 30 3 3 4 4 5 5 4 3 5 36 66 -6
2 4 4 3 3 4 4 3 5 5 35 6 3 4 4 7 9 5 3 5 46 81 +9
 
Par 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 5 4 36 4 3 5 4 4 5 4 3 4 36 72 
Yard 398 412 194 384 541 454 187 608 448 3626 426 208 564 338 443 573 486 225 471 3734 7360 
Metre 363 376 177 351 494 415 170 555 409 3310 389 190 515 309 405 523 444 205 430 3410 6720 

Key:  Eagles/Better  Birdies  Par
 Bogeys  Double Bogeys/Worse 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on May 30, 2009, 01:18:09 AM
Will he earn anything if he misses the cut?

no money if you dont make the cut

My two cent on Lowry is that he made a massive mistake turning pro so soon after winning, now he has the burden of expectation on him whereas if he held on until after the Walker Cup and assessed the situation from there then he would have made the right choice. It appears, that like Rose, he jumped the gun on the rush that comes after doing brilliant in one tournament.

I certainly hope he gets up to the level that is needed and fast, so we have another top Irish pro to shout for in the closing stages, but if I was honest I think it'll be a year or two before he gets a hold of things.

dont know for certain mid louth but i think by turning pro now he gets a 2 1/2 year exemption as he gets the rest of this year. if he waited till sept he would have lost out on 4 months - could yet be worth a few bob to him. i'd give hin 7 out of 10 for this week even tho he didnt make the cut, about 30 pros finished below him and a 73 was a fine score today. 

I know could be four months down the drain by not taking the chance, but if he is good enough to turn pro then imho it would have been better to forfeit those those few months rather than go in with the added expectation on a young mans shoulders. I thought Harrington summed it up nicely, he has 28 years to be a pro what is another couple of months. I'd read more into this from Harrington considering he waited until he had his accountancy degree under his belt before turning pro. Obviously something he would have had to give a lot of thought to when he started out.

Hopefully I'm wrong. Time will tell.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: supersub on May 30, 2009, 02:53:37 AM
Not 100% sure....in the majors everyone who plays gets something I think, but in ordinary tour events I think you have to make the cut to get anything.

yeh this is the case, whoever comes last on sunday will get around £1,500 probably!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Capt Pat on May 30, 2009, 03:07:36 AM
My two cent on Lowry is that he made a massive mistake turning pro so soon after winning, now he has the burden of expectation on him whereas if he held on until after the Walker Cup and assessed the situation from there then he would have made the right choice. It appears, that like Rose, he jumped the gun on the rush that comes after doing brilliant in one tournament.

I certainly hope he gets up to the level that is needed and fast, so we have another top Irish pro to shout for in the closing stages, but if I was honest I think it'll be a year or two before he gets a hold of things.

Calm down lads a lot of good players did worse than him this week including major winner Michael campbell,  current ryder cup player Henrik Stenson and the guy he beat in the playoff Robert Rock. you don't play well every week in golf . He made the right decision to turn pro in my opinion.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: supersub on May 30, 2009, 03:12:22 AM
My two cent on Lowry is that he made a massive mistake turning pro so soon after winning, now he has the burden of expectation on him whereas if he held on until after the Walker Cup and assessed the situation from there then he would have made the right choice. It appears, that like Rose, he jumped the gun on the rush that comes after doing brilliant in one tournament.

I certainly hope he gets up to the level that is needed and fast, so we have another top Irish pro to shout for in the closing stages, but if I was honest I think it'll be a year or two before he gets a hold of things.

Calm down lads a lot of good players did worse than him this week including major winner Michael campbell,  current ryder cup player Henrik Stenson and the guy he beat in the playoff Robert Rock. you don't play well every week in golf . He made the right decision to turn pro in my opinion.

completely agree, he had a bad round on thursday and that set him back. The guy was probably nervous as fcuk coming off the back of last weeks victory! Golfs a weird game, he could be right up amongst the prize money again next week for all we know!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on May 30, 2009, 12:58:06 PM
My two cent on Lowry is that he made a massive mistake turning pro so soon after winning, now he has the burden of expectation on him whereas if he held on until after the Walker Cup and assessed the situation from there then he would have made the right choice. It appears, that like Rose, he jumped the gun on the rush that comes after doing brilliant in one tournament.

I certainly hope he gets up to the level that is needed and fast, so we have another top Irish pro to shout for in the closing stages, but if I was honest I think it'll be a year or two before he gets a hold of things.

Calm down lads a lot of good players did worse than him this week including major winner Michael campbell,  current ryder cup player Henrik Stenson and the guy he beat in the playoff Robert Rock. you don't play well every week in golf . He made the right decision to turn pro in my opinion.

completely agree, he had a bad round on thursday and that set him back. The guy was probably nervous as fcuk coming off the back of last weeks victory! Golfs a weird game, he could be right up amongst the prize money again next week for all we know!

Yeah completely strange game, but cut throat stuff on tour. I just be afraid for him that he might go through the same slump as Rose went through after turning pro. I was of the same opinion before he won the Irish Open, thought no matter how well he finishes he should take a few months to reflect and then decide. Though as pointed out he could miss out on some great opportunities.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on May 31, 2009, 12:46:03 PM
In my honest opinion I think this week is the best thing that could have happened to him.

I'd say most people were listening out for him now, and plenty will be labelling him as a one-hit wonder now. Expectations lowered, he can now go about steadily improving.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Doogie Browser on June 01, 2009, 11:51:34 PM
Brilliant interview with Harrington tonight there on Inside Sport, he talks candidly about his success, his use of sports psychologists and very emotionally about his late father who he humbly admitted would be more well known than him in Cork still! 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ludermor on June 02, 2009, 12:11:04 AM
Yeah completely strange game, but cut throat stuff on tour. I just be afraid for him that he might go through the same slump as Rose went through after turning pro. I was of the same opinion before he won the Irish Open, thought no matter how well he finishes he should take a few months to reflect and then decide. Though as pointed out he could miss out on some great opportunities.

If he ends up having a career as good as Rose he will have done alright.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on June 02, 2009, 12:12:54 AM
Brilliant interview with Harrington tonight there on Inside Sport, he talks candidly about his success, his use of sports psychologists and very emotionally about his late father who he humbly admitted would be more well known than him in Cork still! 

Caught some of it too, he is a guy I'd love to spend a day or two chatting with.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DennistheMenace on June 02, 2009, 12:52:13 AM
Harrington is a boring fart really, although I did enjoy his Happy Gilmore piece recently.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on June 02, 2009, 11:15:30 AM
Harrington is a boring fart really, although I did enjoy his Happy Gilmore piece recently.

Most successful Irish athlete to date. How exciting do you need your golfers to be?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tankie on June 02, 2009, 11:21:39 PM
That was a savage weekend for golf, i got three rounds in but i was shattered by the 3rd tbh so we didnt go too well in the team event. Anyone else get out?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on June 02, 2009, 11:33:32 PM
Played in Cavan yesterday, teed off at 3.15 got in at 8.30. A very very slow day with no chance of playing well with the savage heat and the long wait between each shot. Good craic tho!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tankie on June 02, 2009, 11:39:21 PM
The Bank holiday Monday Rumbles are a joke. we were 5 1/2 hrs out there yesterday which is far too long. Played a four ball better ball on Sunday and got around in 4hrs though which was great.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on June 02, 2009, 11:43:04 PM
I played on Saturday. Whilst you would think eveyone would have low rounds it was quite the opposite. I think we were all just enjoying the sun.

Interestingly, I had gone to the club in the wife's car, and I put my driver on the rear shelf, so I could fit my bag in the boot. And I didnt realise I'd no driver until the second hole. Feck it, couldnt  be arsed going back, so played the first nine with my 3-wood.

Got my driver at the 10th hole (its a nine hole course), and then proceeded to score less on the second nine.  
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on June 03, 2009, 08:27:13 AM
Played Cregmore Park (Galway) on Monday. Absolutely flew around in a little over 3 and a half hours.  The joys of an 8.10am tee time!!  Managed to hit 40 pts (playing off 12) but still handed over €10 to my playing partner who hit 41.  The feckin bandit is off 16 and hit 25pts on the back 9  :o
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on June 03, 2009, 11:13:42 PM
The world's toughest golf tourney: one hole, three miles long

By Jay Busbee

So what's the world's toughest golf tournament? Take your Augustas and your Bethpages and pack 'em away, friend, because we've found the most difficult golf tournament on the planet: courtesy of the AP, we present the Elfego Baca Shootout. Man, even the name sounds rough.

Held in Socorro, New Mexico, the tournament consists of exactly one hole, and the target is a 50-foot circle. Easy, right? Not so fast. The tee to that hole is 2,550 feet up the side of a mountain, and nearly three miles from the green. So yes, you have to be able to pound the golf ball with some accuracy a la Briny Baird hitting off a building in San Diego or golfers belting off the side of a mountain in South Africa -- but after that, you've still got miles to go before you sleep.

The rules alone should give you an idea of how hard the course is. You're allowed ten balls, and must finish with at least one of those. If you can't find one of your balls in 20 minutes, it's a stroke. You can tee up every single shot because the terrain is so rugged. You're even allowed three spotters to watch where the heck your ball goes.

And they'll have plenty to see. Hazards include abandoned mine shafts, remote canyons, rattlesnakes, mountain lions and much more. No need to take a full bag; many golfers get by with only a driver and a five-iron.

Named for Elfego Baga, a local peacekeeper during the Old West, the one-hole shootout is part of the larger Socorro Open, and was first played in 1960. Since then, about the only difference is that the players have begun using laser range-finders. The hazards haven't changed one bit.

Oh, and the course record? Nine strokes to cover three miles. Beat that, Tiger.

-For more daily golf coverage, click here to bookmark Yahoo! Sports' Devil Ball blog, and follow us on Twitter.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 04, 2009, 02:05:48 PM
 In the USA in 1923, who was:

        1.  President of the largest steel company?
        2.  President of the largest gas company?
        3.  President of the New York stock Exchange?
        4.  Greatest wheat speculator?
        5.  President of the Bank of International Settlement?
        6.  Great Bear of Wall Street?

        These men were considered some of the world's most successful in their day.

        Now, 84 years later, do you know what ultimately became of them?


        The Answers:

        1. The president of the largest steel company, Charles Schwab, died a pauper.

        2. The president of the largest gas company, Edward Hopson, went insane.

        3. The president of the NYSE, Richard Whitney, was released from prison to die at home.

        4.  The greatest wheat speculator, Arthur Cooger, died abroad, penniless.

        5.  The president of the Bank of International Settlement shot himself.

        6.  The Great Bear of Wall  Street, Cosabee Livermore, also committed suicide.

        In that same year, 1923, the PGA Champion and the winner of the most important golf tournament, the US Open, was Gene Sarazen.
        What became of him?

        He  played golf until he was 92 & died financially secure in 1999 at the age of 95.
 
 

        THE MORAL OF THE STORY ? :

        f**k work  -  Play golf.

 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on June 04, 2009, 09:49:57 PM
I played a 4 ball in athenry on friday. Got out at 9am and took just over 4 hours to complete. nice course.
The weather was great for the weekend. Got three rounds in over the weekend
What would ye consider good value for a lesson (in money terms)?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on June 05, 2009, 09:36:44 AM
another question:
Could any of you recommend a pro for lessons in galway / south Mayo area?

Thanks, Venter
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on June 05, 2009, 10:54:52 AM
another question:
Could any of you recommend a pro for lessons in galway / south Mayo area?

Thanks, Venter
If your in Galway Venter, probably a good idea to head out to the driving range in Salthill as there are a few guys that advertise and give golf lessons there through out the week.  I have no idea what the current going rate is for an hours lesson but if its any help I paid about €50 two years ago.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on June 05, 2009, 01:38:25 PM
thanks Gaillimh... I'll keep them in mind. I was hoping to get a lesson for 4/5 people. Went to the pro in Tuam before for a group lesson but they dont seem to have a pro anymore. Do you know if there is a pro in glenlo Abbey? I hate striking the ball off the matts in the driving ranges. Would prefer to be on a course range

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on June 05, 2009, 05:23:04 PM
Lowry is 11 over in wales and missing the cut.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on June 05, 2009, 07:59:35 PM
I hate striking the ball off the matts in the driving ranges. Would prefer to be on a course range

thought that too until I used one of these http://www.truestrike.com/
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on June 10, 2009, 05:02:56 PM
i booked a lesson in Athenry. 30 yoyos for half an hour lesson . 120yoyos for a group of 5 lessons. Its not that expensive, but i'll let ye know if its any good.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on June 11, 2009, 02:19:45 AM
AUD55 for half an hour here in Sydney, was told after the second one that people like me come along once every couple of years (ie) someone that makes the pro think, or someone who has such fcuked up notion of how to swing a golf club it's easier start from scratch ???

They are worth it though - need to practice regularly but at least the ball is going straight now, mostly
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bud Wiser on June 11, 2009, 08:01:52 AM
Quote
Played down in Abbeyleix over the weekend.
Its a tough course physically with numerous hills to climb so with the sun as it was it made it difficult to play anyway decent,I was shattered by the 14th and the last 4 holes were very high scores 

Keep out of Abbeyleix if you are going to criticise it !!!   I am playing the Heath today, went down on Tuesday and there was a wimmins thing on.  Providing I don't find any kalishnakovs or grenades lin the bunkers left over by the Laois Brigade from the last war and get either arrested or blown up I will play Abbeyleix on Saturday morning.  Big music festival laoislad in Abbeyleix this weekend with bands and barbeques in all the pubs - even allowing lads from Durrow into the town.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on June 11, 2009, 09:15:39 AM
AUD55 for half an hour here in Sydney, was told after the second one that people like me come along once every couple of years (ie) someone that makes the pro think, or someone who has such fcuked up notion of how to swing a golf club it's easier start from scratch ???

They are worth it though - need to practice regularly but at least the ball is going straight now, mostly

I'm looking forward to the lesson this evening.. I'm slicing the drives badly at the minute. well actually, to say I am slicing it badly is to do a disservice to slicers everywhere. What I'm doing is much worse.

Apparently, slicing is typical for high handicappers such as myself. My swing looks similar to Jim Furyk's but much much more rubbery. In fact, I've been compared to a baby octopus. The pro is going to earn his money tonight.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 11, 2009, 01:41:43 PM
Quote
Played down in Abbeyleix over the weekend.
Its a tough course physically with numerous hills to climb so with the sun as it was it made it difficult to play anyway decent,I was shattered by the 14th and the last 4 holes were very high scores 

Keep out of Abbeyleix if you are going to criticise it !!!   I am playing the Heath today, went down on Tuesday and there was a wimmins thing on.  Providing I don't find any kalishnakovs or grenades lin the bunkers left over by the Laois Brigade from the last war and get either arrested or blown up I will play Abbeyleix on Saturday morning.  Big music festival laoislad in Abbeyleix this weekend with bands and barbeques in all the pubs - even allowing lads from Durrow into the town.

Ah Abbeyleix course is grand but who in the name of jaysis decided to put two par 5's as the first two holes.. ::)
That 2nd one in particular is a back breaker climbing up that hill,then having to climb even higher to get to the par 3 3rd,Im always shattered by the time I tee of at the 3rd..
My auld lad is a member of Rathdowney Golf course and I play there quite a bit,nice course and a lot flatter than Abbeyleix!

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bud Wiser on June 11, 2009, 08:48:08 PM
Quote
Big music festival laoislad in Abbeyleix this weekend with bands and barbeques in all the pubs - even allowing lads from Durrow into the town.
www.abbeyfest.com (http://www.abbeyfest.com)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on June 17, 2009, 11:42:12 AM
the lesson in athenry was grand. I was set up all wrong for my iron shots. Club face was far to open. I am now hooking my irons believe it or not, but I think I can iron that one out.

As for the driving, well it's been an instant success. I am now hitting a nice long draw. Apparently, your hands should be closing as you are moving though the swing. My hands (and Driver) were wide open at point of impact.

I would say the lesson was well worth it , especially with a summer of golf ahead of me.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: nifan on June 17, 2009, 11:49:01 AM
went with the father in law to the driving range on the weekend for a blast - never really had a go before except a few swings at pitch and putt.

Have to say was very satisfying when you start to get a bit of distance on the ball, after missing it entirely at the start.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: offtheground on June 17, 2009, 12:56:07 PM
the lesson in athenry was grand. I was set up all wrong for my iron shots. Club face was far to open. I am now hooking my irons believe it or not, but I think I can iron that one out.

As for the driving, well it's been an instant success. I am now hitting a nice long draw. Apparently, your hands should be closing as you are moving though the swing. My hands (and Driver) were wide open at point of impact.

I would say the lesson was well worth it , especially with a summer of golf ahead of me.


Venter, can you explain what you mean about your hands closing through your swing? - Do you mean twisting anti-clockwise for a right hander?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gawa316 on June 17, 2009, 01:00:42 PM
the lesson in athenry was grand. I was set up all wrong for my iron shots. Club face was far to open. I am now hooking my irons believe it or not, but I think I can iron that one out.

As for the driving, well it's been an instant success. I am now hitting a nice long draw. Apparently, your hands should be closing as you are moving though the swing. My hands (and Driver) were wide open at point of impact.

I would say the lesson was well worth it , especially with a summer of golf ahead of me.

Cheers for that I'll take that into consideration the next time I go out. I have a brutal slice
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 17, 2009, 01:02:03 PM
went with the father in law to the driving range on the weekend for a blast - never really had a go before except a few swings at pitch and putt.

Have to say was very satisfying when you start to get a bit of distance on the ball, after missing it entirely at the start.

Probably the most satisfying yet most frustrating thing you can do is play Golf..
You can play a terrible round of Golf and feel like giving up half way through but if hit a great shot on the 18th you would nearly feel like going and playing another 18  :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on June 17, 2009, 01:12:23 PM
Tiger Woods says he can not comprehend the emotional pressure Phil Mickelson will be under when the US Open gets underway on Thursday.
Mickelson delayed his arrival at the Bethpage Black course to spend his 39th birthday with wife Amy, 37, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May.
"I couldn't imagine dealing with what he has to deal with on a daily basis," said Woods.
"And hats off to how he's handled it because certainly it's so hard to do."
Bethpage Black was the course where Woods edged out Mickelson by three strokes to claim the title in 2002, but the runner-up won loud and enthusiastic backing from the Long Island crowd.

The pair have been reported as having a frosty relationship, but 14-time major winner Woods revealed that he and his wife have spent time with the Mickelsons socially. "All the years that we've played doubles and table tennis, Elin and myself and Phil and Amy, those are priceless times," he said.
"Myself and everyone out here hopes that she gets well and she's back out here as soon as she can."
Woods' father Earl died in 2006 after an eight-year battle with prostate cancer and the world number one said that tournament golf offered him little distraction during the illness.
"You're surrounded by people wishing you well the entire time and hoping everything works out. But then again, they keep reminding you of the same circumstance you're dealing with on a daily basis," he said.
   
606: DEBATE
Its almost here! The most exciting and unpredictable major of the year

TIGERBESTATHLETE
Mickelson withdrew from the PGA Tour in May to spend more time with Amy whose doctors have delayed her treatment until July, believing they have caught the disease in its early stages.
With the US Open believed to fit around his wife's treatment, Mickelson returned to action, finishing 59th at the St Jude Classic in Memphis last week.
He has a record four second-place finishes in the US Open.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, who lost his wife Heather to breast cancer in 2006, said he had spoken with the American.
"We had a good conversation about various things. He's a good friend. It's very sad news but it's early stages so we all hope the tests and everything else go as well as we wish," he said.





Maybe not as frosty as we thought.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on June 17, 2009, 01:14:37 PM
Quote
Do you mean twisting anti-clockwise for a right hander?

Yeah, that's exactly what i mean. I had never known anything about that until the lesson last week. I am swinging the driver fairly timidly at the moment to get use to it, but I still seem to be hitting the ball further than i ever hit it with the slice.

One other thing about my set up, was that i had the gripping area of my iron right in the middle of my stance( which was also contributing to my open face) . The gripping area should be closer to you left thigh, this automatically forced me to start closing the club) . I think that tip might be on the video jug clip. ( but I had forgotten all about it)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: FermPundit on June 23, 2009, 10:00:25 PM
I went and bought a new set of golf clubs last week. The problem is we have our golf day this week and I haven't much confidence in my new clubs. Under golf laws am I allowed to have two of the same club in my bag e.g carry my old 3 wood plus my new one?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 23, 2009, 10:17:39 PM
I went and bought a new set of golf clubs last week. The problem is we have our golf day this week and I haven't much confidence in my new clubs. Under golf laws am I allowed to have two of the same club in my bag e.g carry my old 3 wood plus my new one?

Once you don't carry more than 14 clubs I don't see a problem.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Fermanaghandsam on June 23, 2009, 10:19:22 PM
I was up at the driving range tonight, and the fella with me had also just bought new clubs. He was struggling badly with them, in fact he could hardly hit it. He would never be able to play a round with them, so hopefully you are not as bad as he is. I have never found this problem myself when using different clubs.

PS I think you can carry more than 1 of each club
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 23, 2009, 10:20:57 PM
I was up at the driving range tonight, and the fella with me had also just bought new clubs. He was struggling badly with them, in fact he could hardly hit it. He would never be able to play a round with them, so hopefully you are not as bad as he is. I have never found this problem myself when using different clubs.

PS I think you can carry more than 1 of each club

I can't understand people buying clubs without testing them out first at the golf shop  ???
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: supersub on June 24, 2009, 01:05:26 AM
I went and bought a new set of golf clubs last week. The problem is we have our golf day this week and I haven't much confidence in my new clubs. Under golf laws am I allowed to have two of the same club in my bag e.g carry my old 3 wood plus my new one?

Once you don't carry more than 14 clubs I don't see a problem.

You could bring 14 three woods out if you wanted...not that this is any use!! But yeh you can have 2 of the same club as long as you only have a max of 14 altogether in your bag!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on June 25, 2009, 07:33:26 PM
74 for lowery today which leaves him in 112 out of 156, cant see him making the cut from there unless he gets rid of the bogeys (6 bogeys today 4 birdies)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on June 26, 2009, 04:43:42 PM
 Shane LOWRY  Position: T71
Score: -2  Leaderboard  Player bio & stats
Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total To Par
1 5 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 5 37 5 5 3 4 3 5 5 2 5 37 74 +2
2 4 3 3 3 3 5 4 3 5 33 4 4 3 4 4       -4
 
Par 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 3 5 36 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 36 72 
Yard 431 207 447 348 331 481 440 196 556 3437 471 555 153 371 489 463 319 189 567 3577 7014 
Metre 395 190 409 319 303 440 403 180 509 3148 431 508 140 340 448 424 292 173 519 3275 6423 

Key:  Eagles/Better  Birdies  Par
 Bogeys  Double Bogeys/Worse 


Much better round from him today , one more birdie and he will make the cut
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 26, 2009, 04:47:44 PM
For his sake I hope he does make the cut,the more cuts he misses the harder it's gonna get.
A bit like a new striker not being able to score for a new club
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on June 26, 2009, 08:57:26 PM
two bogies on the run in and he missed out
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on June 26, 2009, 09:02:24 PM
good round for him today tho, its only a matter of time and he'll do it.. ended up tied 103 missed the cut by 3
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 28, 2009, 07:16:05 PM
Not sure if someone has posted this before,apologises if they have...
Charles Barkley's golf swing  :D
And I thought mine was bad..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s50K65PNeBU
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: milltown row on June 28, 2009, 08:59:09 PM
think he needs a longer shaft (bring on the jokes)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on June 28, 2009, 09:19:19 PM
I played Concra Wood, a new Championship course in Castleblaney, on Saturday, It's majestic - one of the best courses I ever stood on. Hard to believe a course so young could be in such great condition.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on July 02, 2009, 07:18:24 PM
shane lowry had a best of the irish 2 under par 69 today in the french open (tied 32nd). started poorly on the 10th tee to do the back 9 in 3 over but did the front 9 in a super 31 - 5 under. great chance of making his first professional cut tomorrow
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: mackers on July 02, 2009, 08:09:58 PM
I played Concra Wood, a new Championship course in Castleblaney, on Saturday, It's majestic - one of the best courses I ever stood on. Hard to believe a course so young could be in such great condition.
Great course, wobbler, bit of a slog though, very long and hilly. I've been unlucky to play it twice in high winds, it's very exposed. But the layout is exceptional and the greens top class.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: anportmorforjfc on July 02, 2009, 10:19:25 PM
Where is the open this year?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: mackers on July 02, 2009, 10:34:02 PM
Turnberry, see Stena Line are running day trips to it...........I went the year it was in Troon great day out..........
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 03, 2009, 04:03:50 PM
shane lowry had a best of the irish 2 under par 69 today in the french open (tied 32nd). started poorly on the 10th tee to do the back 9 in 3 over but did the front 9 in a super 31 - 5 under. great chance of making his first professional cut tomorrow

Looks like he has made his first cut!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on July 03, 2009, 04:26:18 PM
shane lowry had a best of the irish 2 under par 69 today in the french open (tied 32nd). started poorly on the 10th tee to do the back 9 in 3 over but did the front 9 in a super 31 - 5 under. great chance of making his first professional cut tomorrow

Looks like he has made his first cut!

-1 I see, fair play, I said at the time that missing the few cuts could be a blessing. Anticipation dropped, he can now work his game out. His confidence will be sky-high now, are all who make the cut guaranteed money?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 03, 2009, 04:30:50 PM
Top 70 (which I assume is the cut line) all get, money 7k for 70th place

His current place would earn him about 28K
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on July 03, 2009, 08:01:23 PM
some achievement by shane lowry, delighted for him. justin rose missed something like 22 cuts when he first turned pro
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 03, 2009, 08:06:29 PM
Well done to him
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on July 05, 2009, 05:11:04 PM
shane lowry tied 40 - first cheque e18k. good for him
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: midLouth on July 05, 2009, 06:18:32 PM
Great to see it, gives him a marker for the next competition.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on July 05, 2009, 06:40:05 PM
Great to see it, gives him a marker for the next competition.

Are markers that expensive?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ludermor on July 05, 2009, 08:10:28 PM
Great to see it, gives him a marker for the next competition.

Are markers that expensive?

You would be surprised!!!!
http://elitechoice.org/2007/10/02/worlds-most-expensive-marker-gold-tri-marker/
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on July 06, 2009, 07:13:08 PM
from todays irish times.....
i knew monty had a rant at a sky sports cameraman earlier this year and now poulter joins the thick ignorant club. i love the 'hes trying to mess with our livelihoods' line



Poulter blames photographer


A FUMING Ian Poulter finished the French Open in third place yesterday and said he would not be returning to the event next year – all because of the actions of a press photographer.

Poulter was still challenging for the title when he pushed his approach to the 15th into the water.

He blamed that on a camera clicking three times 25 yards away as he was swinging and was still furious when he also bogeyed the last.

“It’s frustrating when you get a novice cameraman out here this week,” he said.

“It spoils the day, spoils the tournament.

“It’s one I want to win and some stupid cameraman makes it difficult for you.

“It’s a good tournament, but I won’t be back next year.

“He’s trying to mess with our livelihoods. I’m playing for world ranking points and then you get some idiot. I’ve played here loads of times and I fight with them every year.

“It’s so frustrating that they are let in. The spectators were magnificent, awesome and he ruins the whole week.

“What are you going to do? I’m going to take the tournament off my schedule.”
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: scud on July 07, 2009, 09:54:57 AM
Howyis lads....

Thinkin' of takin up the old golf and lookin for some pointers! I've played a few times now and again but I'm thinking of taking the plunge and buying a set of clubs. Basically I'm starting from zero, total beginner!

Advice like what sort of clubs to look at, whether to go for lessons straight away or try to get a feel for it first etc would be welcome. Theres a club not too far away from me doin new membership for £200 with free lessons one evening a week but not sure if its worth paying that yet.

Cheers
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 07, 2009, 01:42:31 PM
Iif you can get the lessons first, you need to get the correct stance, grip and setup at the start, often peoplems problems come from their basic setup been wrong. Its hard to change them later on. Get cavity back cheap clubs that you willl play with for 1 to 2 years. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: flantheman82 on July 08, 2009, 08:53:47 AM
hi, i was just wondering does anybody know of a place where you can buy golf clubs and pay them off monthly?
Would love to buy a half decent set but can't justify paying over £200 in one go to the missus.
At the minute, i'm using a medley of clubs purchased off ebay and think they're doing my game no good and want to get my handicap down from 23.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on July 08, 2009, 01:43:44 PM


Thinkin' of takin up the old golf and lookin for some pointers! I've played a few times now and again but I'm thinking of taking the plunge and buying a set of clubs. Basically I'm starting from zero, total beginner!

this is one of the best ways to start ! no error correction required, lessons with a pro first- try one lesson instead of booking a raft upfront, that way if you dont like the guy you're not hosed. Important to get guidance on your clubs, off the shelf clubs only fit about two thirds of golfers and if the clubs dont fit- your swing is hosed, so hold off on buying clubs just yet (learned that the hard way).

as per gerry- cavity backed clubs could take you from a beginner down to a single figure handicap then you would need something with a bit more feel in the club, but don't buy the top end stuff up front, it'll break your heart if your swing is even a fraction off (learned that the hard way too)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 08, 2009, 02:33:43 PM
Howyis lads....

Thinkin' of takin up the old golf and lookin for some pointers! I've played a few times now and again but I'm thinking of taking the plunge and buying a set of clubs. Basically I'm starting from zero, total beginner!

Advice like what sort of clubs to look at, whether to go for lessons straight away or try to get a feel for it first etc would be welcome. Theres a club not too far away from me doin new membership for £200 with free lessons one evening a week but not sure if its worth paying that yet.

Cheers

Personally I would recommend you don't buy a 3,4,5 Iron instead buy a hybrid equivalent.
They are much easier to hit and you don't lose very much if any distance.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: scud on July 08, 2009, 04:21:23 PM

Good stuff, thanks lads

Can anyone recommend a decent set of these cavity clubs? If I go into a golf shop asking for advice/guidance on clubs they'll spot me a mile off, may as well put a big sign saying 'sucker' on my head!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 08, 2009, 04:27:20 PM

Good stuff, thanks lads

Can anyone recommend a decent set of these cavity clubs? If I go into a golf shop asking for advice/guidance on clubs they'll spot me a mile off, may as well put a big sign saying 'sucker' on my head!

Have you thought about cloned clubs? They aren't imitations/knockoffs btw though they are available too and should be avoided at all costs,but the clone clubs they use the same materials and design as brand name clubs but at half the cost.
Here's a few websites.

www.pinemeadowgolf.com
www.gigagolf.com
www.nordicagolf.se

It might be a cheaper option for yourself to get started,and then buy brand names clubs in a few years.
Trust me on the hybrid club though  :)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 08, 2009, 04:28:59 PM
I saw a great starter set (Callaway, I think) offer in JJB in Sprucefield there a few weeks ago - full set of irons, 2 woods and a hybrid, with bag, trolley, brolley, glove and balls for £149.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 08, 2009, 04:33:06 PM
I saw a great starter set (Callaway, I think) offer in JJB in Sprucefield there a few weeks ago - full set of irons, 2 woods and a hybrid, with bag, trolley, brolley, glove and balls for £149.

Thats unreal,you sure they were Callaway? I have a Callaway hybrid that cost me €160 on its own
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 08, 2009, 04:46:44 PM
I saw a great starter set (Callaway, I think) offer in JJB in Sprucefield there a few weeks ago - full set of irons, 2 woods and a hybrid, with bag, trolley, brolley, glove and balls for £149.

Thats unreal,you sure they were Callaway? I have a Callaway hybrid that cost me €160 on its own

I'm pretty sure, as I was surprised myself.  Was on the lookout for clubs for Mrs. Boots.  She hasn't made the investment yet, so I can't tell you for sure.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 08, 2009, 04:50:19 PM
I saw a great starter set (Callaway, I think) offer in JJB in Sprucefield there a few weeks ago - full set of irons, 2 woods and a hybrid, with bag, trolley, brolley, glove and balls for £149.

Thats unreal,you sure they were Callaway? I have a Callaway hybrid that cost me €160 on its own

I'm pretty sure, as I was surprised myself.  Was on the lookout for clubs for Mrs. Boots.  She hasn't made the investment yet, so I can't tell you for sure.

I brought the future Mrs.Laoislad to the driving range one night,as she claimed golf was in her blood as all her uncles are scratch or nearly scratch golfers and she wanted to take the game up..
She must be adopted,I won't be bringing her again....
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on July 08, 2009, 05:44:33 PM
I've started a bit of a golf society at work. I have a good few beginners in it ( and when I say beginner's, I mean that a handicap of 24 or so is only a distant dream). We play a 3 ball scramble every couple of weeks. I find that the beginners tend to deliberate over the ball for an eternity before eventually making a swing. A good rhythm is all important in golf.

They are also rubbish at finding balls. I mean they hit it in one direction and they head off in the opposite direction looking for it. It can be draining at times..
Still its great when you see someone making progress and getting the bug for it. I have it myself at the minute.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 08, 2009, 09:30:23 PM
I've started a bit of a golf society at work. I have a good few beginners in it ( and when I say beginner's, I mean that a handicap of 24 or so is only a distant dream). We play a 3 ball scramble every couple of weeks. I find that the beginners tend to deliberate over the ball for an eternity before eventually making a swing. A good rhythm is all important in golf.

They are also rubbish at finding balls. I mean they hit it in one direction and they head off in the opposite direction looking for it. It can be draining at times..
Still its great when you see someone making progress and getting the bug for it. I have it myself at the minute.

I played in a Pro am years ago in Old Portmarnock, the 3 of us who were playing were all over the place and the rough was a bitch, the Pro just walked up the middle of the fairway and directed you to exactly where your ball was, and I mean exactly, you walked until he told you to stop and then looked down, i asked him about it later and he said that they just couldn't afford to lose a ball, it could cost them their livelihood, so they learnt hoe to mark the ball properly
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Doogie Browser on July 09, 2009, 12:39:49 PM
Shane Lowry shot an excellent 2 under par 69 today at Loch Lomond.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on July 09, 2009, 01:38:04 PM
Fair play to Lowry.

Hi Gerry, have you any tips on how to mark the location of a ball yourself?  It's definitley worth learning when playing strokeplay. I played my first strokeplay comp a few months ago and ended up getting a 13 on one of the holes. It was getting embarrassing but sure its a learning curve I suppose.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 09, 2009, 01:41:59 PM
I'm am rubbish at marking it, my eyesight struggles after about 220 yds, anyone who plays golf with me is used to me saying "anyone got a f**king clue where that went"
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on July 09, 2009, 01:47:03 PM
Yeah, Im the same as that, Anything above 220 or so and I'll be looking around hopefully to my playing partners for an inkling as to where the effing ball went!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on July 09, 2009, 08:00:30 PM
I've started a bit of a golf society at work. I have a good few beginners in it ( and when I say beginner's, I mean that a handicap of 24 or so is only a distant dream). We play a 3 ball scramble every couple of weeks. I find that the beginners tend to deliberate over the ball for an eternity before eventually making a swing. A good rhythm is all important in golf.

They are also rubbish at finding balls. I mean they hit it in one direction and they head off in the opposite direction looking for it. It can be draining at times..
Still its great when you see someone making progress and getting the bug for it. I have it myself at the minute.

I played in a Pro am years ago in Old Portmarnock, the 3 of us who were playing were all over the place and the rough was a bitch, the Pro just walked up the middle of the fairway and directed you to exactly where your ball was, and I mean exactly, you walked until he told you to stop and then looked down, i asked him about it later and he said that they just couldn't afford to lose a ball, it could cost them their livelihood, so they learnt hoe to mark the ball properly

In fairness the better you know a course the easier it is to mark a ball. The pro would have a huge advantage over someone playing it for the first time.

I am a pretty useless golfer but can find my partners wayward shots usually, try to identify a landmark as close as possible to where it lands. Remember that landmark can and usually will move relative to it's surroundings as you get closer so keep an eye on it. Most beginners overestimate how far they have hit it and a slice takes a lot of distance off the shot no matter how well you think you hit it.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 10, 2009, 03:37:41 PM
Lowry showing a great bit of maturity today 11 straight pars so far. He is two off the cut.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on July 10, 2009, 03:40:28 PM
Lowry showing a great bit of maturity today 11 straight pars so far. He is two off the cut.

Indeed, if he keeps his cool it will be two cuts in a row. Fair play to him.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 10, 2009, 03:42:02 PM
Lowry showing a great bit of maturity today 11 straight pars so far. He is two off the cut.

Silly question here,but do you mean two ahead of the cut so he can afford to drop a shot or do you mean he needs to get another couple of birdies to make the cut?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 10, 2009, 03:49:16 PM
Not a siily question at all, i wasnt very clear. The cut looks like level and he is -2. He has two to spare.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on July 13, 2009, 12:18:05 PM

In fairness the better you know a course the easier it is to mark a ball. The pro would have a huge advantage over someone playing it for the first time.

I am a pretty useless golfer but can find my partners wayward shots usually, try to identify a landmark as close as possible to where it lands. Remember that landmark can and usually will move relative to it's surroundings as you get closer so keep an eye on it. Most beginners overestimate how far they have hit it and a slice takes a lot of distance off the shot no matter how well you think you hit it.

Definite improvement on the ball marking yesterday. Still struggling to spot the ball finishing after a wayward drive. A lot of it is to do with me looking away in disgust after hitting a bad shot. I have to stop doing that.

On a more general note, the lesson i got about six weeks ago has done wonders for my driving. I am now hitting long draws. My irons however, are atrocious.. I am hitting shots from about 120 yards as far as 40 yards left of the green. It would do your head in. Any tips on how to avoid hooking a short iron shot??
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 13, 2009, 12:30:52 PM
It could be loads of things, are you finishing the shot? A tip to finishing the shot is to pretend you are throwing a bucket out in front of you. Its easier to fix a hook than a slice if thats any consolation to you!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on July 14, 2009, 05:20:34 PM
Was still hooking the Irons desperately last night. The upside is that my chipping from 30 yards or so has improved no end.

Anyone know any good golf stores in belfast?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 31, 2009, 02:55:25 PM
Tiger goes 7 under after 7 holes in the States. he started his round in 95th position struggling to make the cut, he is now in 3rd position!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on July 31, 2009, 03:14:31 PM
Tiger goes 7 under after 7 holes in the States. he started his round in 95th position struggling to make the cut, he is now in 3rd position!

Easy course I know, but that's superb.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 31, 2009, 03:24:43 PM
Tiger goes 7 under after 7 holes in the States. he started his round in 95th position struggling to make the cut, he is now in 3rd position!

Easy course I know, but that's superb.

He bogeys the 9th to shoot 30 for his first nine. he is human after all
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: corn02 on July 31, 2009, 03:58:03 PM
Tiger goes 7 under after 7 holes in the States. he started his round in 95th position struggling to make the cut, he is now in 3rd position!

Easy course I know, but that's superb.

He bogeys the 9th to shoot 30 for his first nine. he is human after all

We put the scud on so.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DennistheMenace on July 31, 2009, 04:01:24 PM
Thought Shane Lowry was leading it after a quick glance last night  :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 31, 2009, 04:47:38 PM
John Daly startes his 2nd nine 10,4,4,7

How the f**k did he manage that?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 02, 2009, 10:50:10 PM
My golf swing has taken a turn for the worse.

My driving is okay, chipping from 30 yards is okay, putting is okay. But my irons from 3-7 are shite.  I cant gat any distance, and seem to push them right as well.

Anyone any ideas?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DennistheMenace on August 02, 2009, 10:56:21 PM
Driving range, only bring your low irons with you and try and go down the shaft a bit more. Don't try and kill the ball just concentrate on strking it sweetly.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on August 03, 2009, 11:21:00 PM
John Daly startes his 2nd nine 10,4,4,7

How the f**k did he manage that?


Didnt he end up 20 over for the round or something? I remember seeing him hit a 7 at a par 3 near the end on the sports centre.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 04, 2009, 11:13:35 AM
John Daly startes his 2nd nine 10,4,4,7

How the f**k did he manage that?


Didnt he end up 20 over for the round or something? I remember seeing him hit a 7 at a par 3 near the end on the sports centre.

I done that yesterday...I don't feel as bad now !
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: scud on August 06, 2009, 01:40:44 PM
Apparently in 1994 Kim Jong-ill (i'm so woan wee), on his first ever round of golf and without ever having taken a lesson, scored 34 at a championship course in Pyongyang - 25 lower than the next best round in history. 5 holes in one along the way!

 You gotta love the North Koreans :D

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on August 06, 2009, 07:35:25 PM
got a new set of Irons y'day and i'm loving them
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 06, 2009, 07:46:20 PM
John Daly startes his 2nd nine 10,4,4,7

How the f**k did he manage that?


Didnt he end up 20 over for the round or something? I remember seeing him hit a 7 at a par 3 near the end on the sports centre.

john daly once took 11 at a par 3 on the pga tour. when asked 'how did he do that?' he answered 'i missed the putt for 10' classic daly!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Rossie11 on August 06, 2009, 10:29:23 PM
Harrington -6 after 17. 2shots ahead in the Bridgestone.
Where in the name of jaysus did he pull that round out of..
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: mackers on August 06, 2009, 10:42:50 PM
Harrington -6 after 17. 2shots ahead in the Bridgestone.
Where in the name of jaysus did he pull that round out of..

He was interviewed earlier in the week and said he felt very positive going into this tournament, in fairness to Padraig he doesn't do bullsh1t in that way, he has been talking down his game for most of the year.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 06, 2009, 10:50:08 PM
got a new set of Irons y'day and i'm loving them

What did you get?
I have stopped using my long irons,am using Hybrids now
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 06, 2009, 11:24:17 PM
some performance by harrington ;D lowrys at the other end of the leaderboard and i have to say i was disappointed with him getting rid of shaper as his caddie.  thought his comments in todays times were poor too:

irish times:

He insists his decision to relieve his old Clara pal Dave “Shaper” Reynolds of the caddying duties and take on Byrne for last week’s Moravia Silesia Open in the Czech Republic was his decision alone and nothing to do with his management company.

“It was my call,” he explained. “I knew I needed someone else, someone with more experience, and Dermot became available. The information I am getting on the course is a lot better. I feel that I can commit to my shots a lot more because I am getting more information than I was getting before in terms of yardages and wind and the slopes on greens.”

if he could win the irish open with reynolds he cant have been too bad..
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 06, 2009, 11:29:24 PM
some performance by harrington ;D lowrys at the other end of the leaderboard and i have to say i was disappointed with him getting rid of shaper as his caddie.  thought his comments in todays times were poor too:

irish times:

He insists his decision to relieve his old Clara pal Dave “Shaper” Reynolds of the caddying duties and take on Byrne for last week’s Moravia Silesia Open in the Czech Republic was his decision alone and nothing to do with his management company.

“It was my call,” he explained. “I knew I needed someone else, someone with more experience, and Dermot became available. The information I am getting on the course is a lot better. I feel that I can commit to my shots a lot more because I am getting more information than I was getting before in terms of yardages and wind and the slopes on greens.”

if he could win the irish open with reynolds he cant have been too bad..

The girlfriend will get the boot next,amazing how success changes a person
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 06, 2009, 11:53:52 PM
Lowry is getting help with propping up the field by "wonder-kid" McIlroy.

I "wonder" where his form went.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 09, 2009, 07:19:15 PM
should be some great telly for the next 3 1/2 hours or so, harry and woods going head to head
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 09, 2009, 08:25:44 PM
Great link here to watch it online,near perfect quality

http://www.justin.tv/scuba3steve
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 09, 2009, 09:42:39 PM
Jesus even when Woods hits a bad shot he gets a lucky break,most of the time that ball would have been buried in the trees but it bounces out onto the fairway for Tiger
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tatler Jack on August 09, 2009, 09:53:01 PM
Impresssed with Harrington - not at all intimidated and in fact it is Woods who looks like he is feeling the pressure.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 09, 2009, 09:53:05 PM
C'mon Harry....all level now!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 09, 2009, 10:00:01 PM
some telly this, havent missed a shot. they play together for the first two rounds in next weeks us pga championship too. . .
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DennistheMenace on August 09, 2009, 10:00:49 PM
Loving this, great viewing on a Sunday night.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Capt Pat on August 09, 2009, 10:07:37 PM
Woods doesn't look great at this stage and has just failed to chip his ball over a bunker
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 09, 2009, 10:08:08 PM
What a par from Harry
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: RMDrive on August 09, 2009, 10:10:48 PM
Great stuff from Paddy.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 09, 2009, 10:12:07 PM
harry 1 up 4 to go. come ooooooooooon
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on August 09, 2009, 10:15:13 PM
very exciting now. Woods is rattled.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tatler Jack on August 09, 2009, 10:20:09 PM
Harrington was 5/1 after 10 holes. I have a modest bet on him at that price!! Could go anyway
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 09, 2009, 10:21:55 PM
Harrington was 5/1 after 10 holes. I have a modest bet on him at that price!! Could go anyway

good punt that
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 09, 2009, 10:25:03 PM
Two bad drives
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Treasurer on August 09, 2009, 10:27:47 PM
Harrington was 5/1 after 10 holes. I have a modest bet on him at that price!! Could go anyway

I know someone has him at 100/1, can't believe I haven't a piece of it!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerry on August 09, 2009, 10:31:32 PM
feck paddy losing it and that some shot from tiger
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 09, 2009, 10:34:01 PM
Blown it
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DennistheMenace on August 09, 2009, 10:34:18 PM
Choke.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerry on August 09, 2009, 10:35:15 PM
what was he thinking with that last shot, way to much power on it
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tatler Jack on August 09, 2009, 10:35:49 PM
Yes - one poor shot (his second) has cost him. Amazing as he had played very sensibly up to this.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on August 09, 2009, 10:36:10 PM
bloody bottling dub
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 09, 2009, 10:37:48 PM
sick
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerry on August 09, 2009, 10:43:04 PM
anyone see him and Rory McIlroy play in lough erne, in enniskillen on bbc2 today
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Watcher Pat on August 09, 2009, 10:45:12 PM
Scuba gear on Gerry?

Maybe he likes the water then...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerry on August 09, 2009, 10:47:44 PM
he put a few in that day to
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerry on August 09, 2009, 10:56:27 PM
feck he getting worst
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: rootthemout on August 09, 2009, 10:58:23 PM
have to feel for ph played really well until 16th hole were poor second shot cost him
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 09, 2009, 11:03:50 PM
fair play to harry for 17 and 18, he must have been sick. in fairness one shot cost him - the second on the 16th
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Treasurer on August 09, 2009, 11:04:54 PM
Harrington was 5/1 after 10 holes. I have a modest bet on him at that price!! Could go anyway

I know someone has him at 100/1, can't believe I haven't a piece of it!

Oops, looks like I jinxed that one!

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Capt Pat on August 09, 2009, 11:12:27 PM
That shot was terrible on 16, you would be laughing at your own playing partners if they played a shot that bad at the local pitch and putt course. Those choke comments are really going to get to him as he sits in his 5 star hotel room waiting to defend the USPGA championship next week.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Eastern_Pride on August 09, 2009, 11:51:11 PM
What did he finish on in the end, i couldn't watch after that eagle...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: orangeman on August 10, 2009, 12:38:08 AM
Tiger's approach to the 16th using an 8 iron with 182 yards to go, little by way of green to work with was as good a shot as I have seen played on a golf course. 4 shot turnaround. Felt sorry for Harrington when he chipped into the water after that. But you just have to stand back and admire the Tiger.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DennistheMenace on August 10, 2009, 01:10:28 AM
Must be the Dublin mentality.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Hound on August 10, 2009, 07:11:29 AM
One awful hole after a really solid round from Harrington. His back 9 on Saturday was immense, to go 3 clear after Tiger had pulled level. And then on Sunday to go ahead after being 2 behind showed real character. But the 16th was a disaster - a real pity and an anti-climatic end - would have been great to see them go down the 17th all square.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on August 10, 2009, 11:39:11 AM
I liked to have known that the two boys were on the clock. It would certainly account for a lot of the poor shots on 16 that Paddy made.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 10, 2009, 07:07:47 PM
I liked to have known that the two boys were on the clock. It would certainly account for a lot of the poor shots on 16 that Paddy made.


when was the last time anyone was penalised for time? never happens - no way were they on the clock. even if there was a clock the pga would never do that to tiger, their afraid of him. they might tell them their on the clock but they wont give penalty strokes
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Aaron Boone on August 10, 2009, 08:30:25 PM
Dillard Pruitt at the 1982 Byron Nelson Classic.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Aaron Boone on August 10, 2009, 08:32:23 PM
FoxSports confirm in middle of this story, although USPGA only:

http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/story/9914722/Tiger-angry-over-final-pairing-being-timed
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 10, 2009, 09:23:16 PM
27 years! i rest my case, tho i accept i was wrong when i said they weren't on the clock. i'm amazed they did that. the pga wont ever again penalise for slow play tho with the likes of ben crane they'll be pushed to the limit. when the us open brought in 2 starts (1st and 10th tee) traditionalists said it wasn't golf but they still did it because the alternative was to penalise slow play with shots and they weren't going down that road
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Capt Pat on August 10, 2009, 11:35:26 PM
What a crock of shit. I thought slow play was where players were taking too long on individual shots not where they collectively are taking more shots and falling behind slowing up players behind them. I thought that as they were leading the tournament they wern't holding up anyone or anything and that this type of rule should not be applied in this type of situtaion.

Does anyone else have this opinion?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Hound on August 11, 2009, 09:31:06 AM
What a crock of shit. I thought slow play was where players were taking too long on individual shots not where they collectively are taking more shots and falling behind slowing up players behind them. I thought that as they were leading the tournament they wern't holding up anyone or anything and that this type of rule should not be applied in this type of situtaion.

Does anyone else have this opinion?
It is hard to believe that they would take such a stance on the last group on final day alright. I wonder did US TV put pressure on the USPGA to do something as they were running to the edge of their slot. I know Sky Sports had to extend their coverage for 15 minutes, but that was no big deal for them at 11pm at night.

Having said that, rules are rules and there are rules regarding slow play. Top players should not be exempt. I think the players would get a warning before they were "on the clock". Harrington is a slow player and is used to receiving such warnings and is no stranger to being "on the clock". Harrington never complained about the decision or used it as an excuse. This was just Tiger giving a reason as to what might have gone wrong and might explain why, in his opinion, Harrington played the wrong type of shot for his 4th.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on August 11, 2009, 10:04:40 AM
27 years! i rest my case, tho i accept i was wrong when i said they weren't on the clock. i'm amazed they did that. the pga wont ever again penalise for slow play tho with the likes of ben crane they'll be pushed to the limit. when the us open brought in 2 starts (1st and 10th tee) traditionalists said it wasn't golf but they still did it because the alternative was to penalise slow play with shots and they weren't going down that road

Of course there are very few instances of penalty shots the players hurry up (as did Paddy on Sunday, he is a slow player by his own admition)

The clock rules as I understand it were brought by request of the players themselves.

Woods to be fined by PGA Tour
By DOUG FERGUSON
Associated Press

CHASKA, Minn. – Tiger Woods will be fined by the PGA Tour for his public criticism of a rules official after winning the Bridgestone Invitational, a tour official said Monday.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 11, 2009, 07:32:03 PM
27 years! i rest my case, tho i accept i was wrong when i said they weren't on the clock. i'm amazed they did that. the pga wont ever again penalise for slow play tho with the likes of ben crane they'll be pushed to the limit. when the us open brought in 2 starts (1st and 10th tee) traditionalists said it wasn't golf but they still did it because the alternative was to penalise slow play with shots and they weren't going down that road

Of course there are very few instances of penalty shots the players hurry up (as did Paddy on Sunday, he is a slow player by his own admition)

The clock rules as I understand it were brought by request of the players themselves.

Woods to be fined by PGA Tour
By DOUG FERGUSON
Associated Press

CHASKA, Minn. – Tiger Woods will be fined by the PGA Tour for his public criticism of a rules official after winning the Bridgestone Invitational, a tour official said Monday.


i read that somewhere as well today gerry, 5k fine plus penalty shots in theory - it'll never come to that tho. tiger is one of the biggest offenders when the pga are giving out fines, mainly for..... saying bold words when he mis-hits :D

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 11, 2009, 11:04:27 PM
What a crock of shit. I thought slow play was where players were taking too long on individual shots not where they collectively are taking more shots and falling behind slowing up players behind them. I thought that as they were leading the tournament they wern't holding up anyone or anything and that this type of rule should not be applied in this type of situtaion.

Does anyone else have this opinion?
It is hard to believe that they would take such a stance on the last group on final day alright. I wonder did US TV put pressure on the USPGA to do something as they were running to the edge of their slot. I know Sky Sports had to extend their coverage for 15 minutes, but that was no big deal for them at 11pm at night.

Having said that, rules are rules and there are rules regarding slow play. Top players should not be exempt. I think the players would get a warning before they were "on the clock". Harrington is a slow player and is used to receiving such warnings and is no stranger to being "on the clock". Harrington never complained about the decision or used it as an excuse. This was just Tiger giving a reason as to what might have gone wrong and might explain why, in his opinion, Harrington played the wrong type of shot for his 4th.

He used to be considered a slow player but changed his routine about 3 years ago and it no longer applies, Tiger has commented on this in the past.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bainisteoir on August 12, 2009, 12:59:20 AM
Have been playing golf in bits and pieces for a few years but never play for a sustained length of time to improve. My clubs are very basic and as I've been playing alot recently I wouldn't mind investing in a new set at a max cost of say £500.. Anyone have any suggestions? Also what courses around the north of Ireland would people recommend to play? I'm off work for 2 weeks and wouldn't mind trying a few different courses.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on August 12, 2009, 01:08:47 AM
I see Harrington and Woods are paired for the opening rounds of the USPGA this week.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 12, 2009, 07:02:58 PM
Have been playing golf in bits and pieces for a few years but never play for a sustained length of time to improve. My clubs are very basic and as I've been playing alot recently I wouldn't mind investing in a new set at a max cost of say £500.. Anyone have any suggestions? Also what courses around the north of Ireland would people recommend to play? I'm off work for 2 weeks and wouldn't mind trying a few different courses.

You'd get awesome clubs for that these days. Wait till the winter.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bainisteoir on August 12, 2009, 11:48:38 PM
Anywhere online were the USPGA can be watched for free?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: norabeag on August 13, 2009, 12:06:58 AM
Have been playing golf in bits and pieces for a few years but never play for a sustained length of time to improve. My clubs are very basic and as I've been playing alot recently I wouldn't mind investing in a new set at a max cost of say £500.. Anyone have any suggestions? Also what courses around the north of Ireland would people recommend to play? I'm off work for 2 weeks and wouldn't mind trying a few different courses.

Depends which part you are coming to.
If in Down you cannot go far wrong with Warrenpoint, Kilkeel, Royal Co Down( Newcastle) , Ardglass, Downpatrick, then on the Ards you have a couple round the Bangor Area.
Belfast you have Knock, Royal Belfast, Balmoral, Dunmurry, Cliftonville etc.
Spoilt for choice.
If coming up from Dublin way to Newry, Greenore in Louth is fantastic with great grub as well.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 13, 2009, 06:25:45 PM
I see Golf being in the Olympics  2016 took a step closer today,with the Olympic council recommending it as a possible inclusion
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 13, 2009, 09:20:30 PM
I see Golf being in the Olympics  2016 took a step closer today,with the Olympic council recommending it as a possible inclusion

Great, while Paddy will be past it, the Maguire twin should be ripe.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AFS on August 13, 2009, 10:35:05 PM
I see Golf being in the Olympics  2016 took a step closer today,with the Olympic council recommending it as a possible inclusion

Hope it doesn't get in. Love golf, but any sport where an Olympic gold medal isn't the highest possible honour has no business near the Olympics in my eyes.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 21, 2009, 11:00:34 PM
Anyone interested in the Solheim Cup?

On the Europe team is Laura Davis...

visitors can't see pics , please register or login



Emmm, and on the USA team is Natalie Gulbis...

visitors can't see pics , please register or login
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Eastern_Pride on August 21, 2009, 11:07:47 PM
Any other events coming up for Harrington to bottle it in?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 21, 2009, 11:08:32 PM
visitors can't see pics , please register or login
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 21, 2009, 11:09:11 PM
I predict that Harrington will win again before the end of the year!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Eastern_Pride on August 21, 2009, 11:23:35 PM
I predict that Harrington will win again before the end of the year!
I suppose he dosen't need everybody(me included) on his back after a fantastic year......His time will come again.....
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 22, 2009, 03:52:26 PM
Was absolutely flying it playing Golf yesterday in Gowran Park in Kilkenny,was going for my lowest total ever until I came to the Par 3 16th...
I managed somehow to get a 7 on the Par 3 and then out of pure frustration and thickness drove my next drive into the water on the Par 4 17th and ended up with a 8 and the same again on the 18th to end with another 8..
23 shots on 3 f**king holes,I was after going par,par,bogey,par on the 4 holes before the 16th
I did sink a nice putt on the 18th from about 10ft so I can't wait to get back out playing again  :)
Thats Golf as they say..... :-\
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 22, 2009, 06:00:33 PM
 I know how you feel.

Stroke competition today, and I was 4 under my handicap after ten holes, then took a 9 at the par four eleventh, and a 9 at the par four fourteenth.

Feckity feck, as they say.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 22, 2009, 06:38:37 PM
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1617902/girl_hit_in_head_by_golf_ball/

Brilliant  :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 22, 2009, 07:15:55 PM
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1617902/girl_hit_in_head_by_golf_ball/

Brilliant  :D

Brilliant, they didn't even say anything to her. What could you say?
visitors can't see pics , please register or login

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 23, 2009, 05:16:04 PM
peter lawrie in a playoff for the dutch open on sky sports extra. .
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bainisteoir on August 26, 2009, 03:33:55 PM
Lads i need a bitta help. Do any of you currently use swing training aids or anything like this? if so what are they and what sort of money did you pay? Also have you found them to be of help?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 27, 2009, 09:30:25 PM
Lads i need a bitta help. Do any of you currently use swing training aids or anything like this? if so what are they and what sort of money did you pay? Also have you found them to be of help?

http://www.bpg.ie/iopen24/

got some on there
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on August 27, 2009, 09:33:10 PM
i need a new golf bag, anyone recommend one (waterproof)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bainisteoir on August 28, 2009, 03:50:49 PM
Thanks for the reply. Although it wasn't what i was looking for. I have the exclusive rights to sell/distribute a golf swing training aid in land and the UK, that is currently on sale in the US market and selling quite well at that. Basically i wanted to see what people currently use and how much they pay for them.

If anybody has any contacts in the golf industry and are interested in taking a look at the product, send me a personal message.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the waffler on August 30, 2009, 07:25:01 PM
Lads i need a bitta help. Do any of you currently use swing training aids or anything like this? if so what are they and what sort of money did you pay? Also have you found them to be of help?
Haven't used any (YET) but if a free sample was to find me i would help with any questions that need answered Bainistieor ;) ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 30, 2009, 09:56:15 PM
Harry tied fourth with Woods. 2 behind Stricker. Only 3 to play. Looks like another good finish but a distinct lack of cigars.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 30, 2009, 10:40:50 PM
Harry finished on -8 level with Woods & Els. Stricker and Heath Slocum both on -9 with 2 to play.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 30, 2009, 10:45:36 PM
Poor oul Tiger!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 30, 2009, 10:48:23 PM
Chances for Harry yet! The guys on -9 bunkered their drives
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 30, 2009, 11:06:15 PM
Stricker bogeyed but Slocum hung on to win by 1 from Harry, Woods, Els and Stricker.

Others still playing but unlikely to feature.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on August 31, 2009, 12:54:21 PM
got a new set of Irons y'day and i'm loving them

What did you get?
I have stopped using my long irons,am using Hybrids now
Got the titleist AP2, turns out I needed the shaft 2 inches longer (easy tiger) and the lie + 3, made a huge difference in play.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on August 31, 2009, 01:01:46 PM
got a new set of Irons y'day and i'm loving them

What did you get?
I have stopped using my long irons,am using Hybrids now
Got the titleist AP2, turns out I needed the shaft 2 inches longer (easy tiger) and the lie + 3, made a huge difference in play.

Do you mind me asking, what height are you?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 31, 2009, 02:20:15 PM
got a new set of Irons y'day and i'm loving them

What did you get?
I have stopped using my long irons,am using Hybrids now

Got the titleist AP2, turns out I needed the shaft 2 inches longer (easy tiger) and the lie + 3, made a huge difference in play.

Do you mind me asking, what height are you?


MODS! MODS!

I see some Internet grooming taking place here! lol
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on August 31, 2009, 03:33:09 PM

Do you mind me asking, what height are you?
I'm 6'3" with short arms...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 31, 2009, 04:02:05 PM

Do you mind me asking, what height are you?
I'm 6'3" with short arms...

Like this guy?
visitors can't see pics , please register or login
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on August 31, 2009, 05:59:12 PM
he's better looking and he's aged better
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gallsman on August 31, 2009, 07:39:58 PM
got a new set of Irons y'day and i'm loving them

What did you get?
I have stopped using my long irons,am using Hybrids now

Got the titleist AP2, turns out I needed the shaft 2 inches longer (easy tiger) and the lie + 3, made a huge difference in play.

Do you mind me asking, what height are you?


MODS! MODS!

I see some Internet grooming taking place here! lol

Text Message: Got any grooming tips?

Jimmy Carr: Yeah it's illegal, don't do it.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on September 01, 2009, 12:14:37 AM
Reason I asked is that I was advised to get my clubs shortened - I'm 6'2", but with long arms, I think they're short enough
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Declan on September 02, 2009, 03:56:01 PM
http://www.eyecandycaddies.com/meet-our-caddies.html (http://www.eyecandycaddies.com/meet-our-caddies.html)

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on September 02, 2009, 04:36:24 PM
http://www.eyecandycaddies.com/meet-our-caddies.html (http://www.eyecandycaddies.com/meet-our-caddies.html)

I nominate the above for Post of the Week.

By the way Declan, how did you find that link? Were you searching for "Escorts, Sporty Type" or something?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Declan on September 02, 2009, 04:43:51 PM
Quote
By the way Declan, how did you find that link? Were you searching for "Escorts, Sporty Type" or something?

Think the old system admin would have something to say about that!!! - Was a story in the indo about it so curiosity got the better of me ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Carmen Stateside on September 07, 2009, 06:10:43 PM
Tiger playing some stuff today, making a late push! -6 for the day through 12 and is 10 under overall three shots of the lead. 
Harrington starting now one shot of the lead at 12 under.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on September 07, 2009, 06:33:45 PM
-7 now for the day with 4 holes to go! hes -11 overall with the leaders yet to go out at -13, harry starts in 10 min at -12. some great telly coming up on eurosport 2 at 8 - cant wait
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Carmen Stateside on September 07, 2009, 06:37:06 PM
Harrington pars the first.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on September 07, 2009, 07:34:15 PM
Playing on a Monday?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on September 07, 2009, 07:35:44 PM
Labo(u)r Day public holiday.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 07, 2009, 07:37:10 PM
Harrington pars the first.

-14 now....
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on September 07, 2009, 07:45:38 PM
-15 now. Anyone who can't shoot mid 60s hasn't a prayer.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Carmen Stateside on September 07, 2009, 08:43:36 PM
Drops a shot on 10, -15 now
Joint lead with Stricker and Dufner.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on September 07, 2009, 09:05:17 PM
Looking like Harri is gonna trop at least one more now
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Carmen Stateside on September 07, 2009, 09:19:48 PM
Falling apart, now at -13 after 12!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on September 07, 2009, 09:40:58 PM
come on harry! still got a good few holes yet
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Joxer on September 07, 2009, 09:47:38 PM
Bottled it again has he?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on September 07, 2009, 10:28:05 PM
make this put harry!!!!

eagle chance on 18th to tie for the lead
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 07, 2009, 10:29:04 PM
it will be some recovery if he makes it
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on September 07, 2009, 10:33:25 PM
na, ends up with the birdie one shot shy. . .  good effort tho
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on September 07, 2009, 10:36:34 PM
Bottled it again has he?
::)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on September 08, 2009, 03:07:37 AM
unreal that 2 bad drives did so much damage to his entire tournament. Stricker was pretty choked up with winning, he's in some form going in to this, but don't think he has the nerve for the big occasion. Cant believe vijay didnt make the last 70, should be an interesting bmw tournament
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Hound on September 08, 2009, 07:49:33 AM
he's in some form going in to this, but don't think he has the nerve for the big occasion
His super chip on 18 would suggest otherwise.

One that got away for Harrington, but good to see him in such good form.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on September 08, 2009, 03:12:53 PM
I can a very close eye on stricker, trust me, he's an exceptionally gifted player but had that been tiger in the clubhouse ahead of him rather than a few also rans, he wouldn't have made it. Its a pity, he's a really good guy but has a mental block on Mr Woods
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on September 08, 2009, 03:40:31 PM
Anyone hit any Hybrids, looking at a 3 iron replacement and thinking of either a Cobra baffler or Taylormade Burner rescue. Have hit both and quite impressed. Wondered what everyone is using?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on September 08, 2009, 04:04:16 PM
taylormade burner 3 rescue 19 degree
can't get comfortable with it at all to be honest-i keep hooking it really badly- dont practice enough with it though
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on September 08, 2009, 04:25:02 PM
taylormade burner 3 rescue 19 degree
can't get comfortable with it at all to be honest-i keep hooking it really badly- dont practice enough with it though

Yeah I tried one out and really liked it, wanted to get it custom fit at a session last week. Unfortunately with 50 people watching the session, wasn't really comfortable hitting balls. Plus it doesn't help when your mate is averaging with his drives 344 yards and 116 mph swing speeds  :o Even the pro was only averaging 290 yards and 96 mph.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 08, 2009, 04:51:29 PM
I love hybrids,I'm awful with long irons so I have a 3h and a 5h
My 3h is a Adams Idea A2 and my 5h is a Nike sumo 2 SQ

I bought them both at www.rockbottomgolf.com got them very cheap and delivered within a week

I was also considering a Cobra Baffler I hear they are excellent clubs,The Nike I have is just ridiculously easy to hit,I have never mis hit it,the Adams is a little harder but once I got use to it I can drive it 220 yards no problem
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 08, 2009, 05:06:13 PM
I had a Ram 4h and got a Spalding 2h last week - was lamping the 4h a mile, and decided to get a lower one as well to get me out of trouble easier than the 3w or 5w.  Haven't used it in trouble, but can hit it (without killing myself), off the tee, well over the 220m. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on September 08, 2009, 05:56:40 PM
I loved the Taylormade on the range but would like to try a few shots on a course from a few different lies. Haven't hit as many balls with the Cobra but the weight and feel is just right. I'm loving my Cobra driver at the moment too, so that may affect my decision.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Hound on September 09, 2009, 08:47:57 AM
I love hybrids,I'm awful with long irons so I have a 3h and a 5h
My 3h is a Adams Idea A2 and my 5h is a Nike sumo 2 SQ

I bought them both at www.rockbottomgolf.com got them very cheap and delivered within a week

Are delivery charges not high? That combined with the possibility of getting stung by customs would put me off from ordering from the US.

There's quite a few good UK sites, onlinegolf.co.uk is one, with a standard £5 delivery charge for Ireland.
Though the Irish golf stores are decent value at the moment too, and can often bargain them down a few quid too.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 09, 2009, 06:57:37 PM
I love hybrids,I'm awful with long irons so I have a 3h and a 5h
My 3h is a Adams Idea A2 and my 5h is a Nike sumo 2 SQ

I bought them both at www.rockbottomgolf.com got them very cheap and delivered within a week

Are delivery charges not high? That combined with the possibility of getting stung by customs would put me off from ordering from the US.

There's quite a few good UK sites, onlinegolf.co.uk is one, with a standard £5 delivery charge for Ireland.
Though the Irish golf stores are decent value at the moment too, and can often bargain them down a few quid too.

No I don't think delivery charges were too bad..
I'm defiantly gonna use them again
I saved a fortune on both clubs,The Adams for example I think I got for $29 I saw a 2nd hand one exactly the same in golf shop at the driving range I go to for €70..

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 09, 2009, 10:07:02 PM
I love hybrids,I'm awful with long irons so I have a 3h and a 5h
My 3h is a Adams Idea A2 and my 5h is a Nike sumo 2 SQ

I bought them both at www.rockbottomgolf.com got them very cheap and delivered within a week

I was also considering a Cobra Baffler I hear they are excellent clubs,The Nike I have is just ridiculously easy to hit,I have never mis hit it,the Adams is a little harder but once I got use to it I can drive it 220 yards no problem

on your head be it LL i will buy that nike this week, i struggle with the low irons
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 09, 2009, 10:08:55 PM
I love hybrids,I'm awful with long irons so I have a 3h and a 5h
My 3h is a Adams Idea A2 and my 5h is a Nike sumo 2 SQ

I bought them both at www.rockbottomgolf.com got them very cheap and delivered within a week

I was also considering a Cobra Baffler I hear they are excellent clubs,The Nike I have is just ridiculously easy to hit,I have never mis hit it,the Adams is a little harder but once I got use to it I can drive it 220 yards no problem

on your head be it LL i will buy that nike this week, i struggle with the low irons

That Nike is excellent a life saver for me as I'm brutal with irons 3 to 5
I got the 5h 26* I can hit it around the 170yard mark..
Think it goes as low as a 3h 19* maybe even a 2h 16*
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 09, 2009, 10:12:02 PM
i hit  a six iron very well and then my next club is a 5 wood, nothing in between, as in i am not confortable with anything in between, for that price its worth a shot
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on September 09, 2009, 10:16:39 PM
weird isn't it? the two clubs Im most comfortable with are the  4 and 5 irons
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on September 09, 2009, 10:21:44 PM
I can hit anything from 5 up consistently. I cannot hit my 4 unless it's off the tee (Hit over 180yds today with it) and as for a woods, it's a lost cause. I'm kinda hoping a 3 hybrid might help bring the scores down a bit while I put a bit of practice effort in with the woods.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 09, 2009, 10:27:34 PM
Are you gonna buy it off rockbottomgolf  gerry?
I recommend them highly anyway,they deliver by courier so get it sent to your work or somewhere you know that someone will be there to sign for it
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 09, 2009, 10:45:19 PM
sure am LL, the price is great and i will get it sent to work, you reckon they are reliable, did you use paypall
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 09, 2009, 10:49:00 PM
sure am LL, the price is great and i will get it sent to work, you reckon they are reliable, did you use paypall

No I used my credit card..
I bought both clubs at separate times and had them both within 5 days..
Really had no problems and I could keep an eye on the progress of the delivery,and am now thinking of buying that Taylormade r7 draw 4h thats beside the Nike on the hybrid page http://www.rockbottomgolf.com/taylor-made-r7-draw-rescue-hybrid-iron-wood.html $69 whats that about €50? bargin!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 10, 2009, 02:57:54 PM
Played this morning out in Newcastle f**k me I was awful...
I couldn't hit a thing,ended up very nearly in triple figures  :-[ just under actually
Playing in a competition down home tomorrow so I hope today was a one off
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Shrek on September 10, 2009, 03:24:31 PM
any of you guys intersted insome really good clubs.

i have a Driver, 3 wood and a putter for sale

really good clubs

PM me if you want any more details.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 10, 2009, 03:26:04 PM
any of you guys intersted insome really good clubs.

i have a Driver, 3 wood and a putter for sale

really good clubs

PM me if you want any more details.

Are they hot?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Shrek on September 10, 2009, 03:40:47 PM
any of you guys intersted insome really good clubs.

i have a Driver, 3 wood and a putter for sale

really good clubs

PM me if you want any more details.

Are they hot?

Yes, but only after you hit them  ;)

All brand New, clean as a whistle, all above board.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on September 10, 2009, 04:01:22 PM
Played this morning out in Newcastle f**k me I was awful...
I couldn't hit a thing,ended up very nearly in triple figures  :-[ just under actually
Playing in a competition down home tomorrow so I hope today was a one off

I know that feeling, I played a round on tuesday and hit 57 on the front nine and was completely losing the plot. Then hit 42 on the back nine and cannot understand why or how I did it ???
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on September 10, 2009, 04:08:10 PM
Played this morning out in Newcastle f**k me I was awful...
I couldn't hit a thing,ended up very nearly in triple figures  :-[ just under actually
Playing in a competition down home tomorrow so I hope today was a one off

I know that feeling, I played a round on tuesday and hit 57 on the front nine and was completely losing the plot. Then hit 42 on the back nine and cannot understand why or how I did it ???

You forgot to play the last 3 holes?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on September 10, 2009, 04:33:47 PM
Played this morning out in Newcastle f**k me I was awful...
I couldn't hit a thing,ended up very nearly in triple figures  :-[ just under actually
Playing in a competition down home tomorrow so I hope today was a one off

I know that feeling, I played a round on tuesday and hit 57 on the front nine and was completely losing the plot. Then hit 42 on the back nine and cannot understand why or how I did it ???

You forgot to play the last 3 holes?

Nah I decided to place the pitch and putt course instead.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on September 11, 2009, 01:12:28 AM
Took the Cobra Baffler TWS, Taylormade Rescue 09 and Burner rescue for a test drive today on the course. Was hitting the Cobra so good I had to get my hands on one for the weekend. Would have took the Taylormade 09 based on the demo's of each on the range but was blown away with the Cobra on the course.

Might have to get a round in tomorrow just to get a few hits with it.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Shrek on September 11, 2009, 11:55:17 AM
none of yous budding Tiger Woods interested in a good club or two

PM me if your interested.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 11, 2009, 03:44:08 PM
The laoislad gets back on the horse today!
Excellent round of golf in glorious weather! Is there a better sport that a person can  play ..I doubt it ;D
Would reckon I got longest drive today too  :)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on September 11, 2009, 03:55:43 PM
Does anybody here play well- any low handicappers or even scratch about? As a newbie I got my first handicap in June a great big 36, and its now a 27. Hope to be in the teens by this time next year
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 11, 2009, 04:23:38 PM
Does anybody here play well- any low handicappers or even scratch about? As a newbie I got my first handicap in June a great big 36, and its now a 27. Hope to be in the teens by this time next year

I never realised that the max you could get is 36 in the States its 28 over here.I dint mean to sound condescending, but the f**kers over here generally gibe you 16 or 17 no matter what your level is.
I play off 15, but with Laois lads advice I have invested in a Hybrid and am awaiting delivery, I hope to be off 2 by October!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on September 11, 2009, 05:13:37 PM
over here you have to play 10x 18 to get a handicap and they start you at 36,
problem I have is consistency, I'll go out have 2 birdies, 3-4 pars lot of bogies and then have a couple of 8s and a 9- frustrating fecking game. We normally go out as a four ball so I get 2 shots most holes- so on Sunday I eagle a par 5 basically a 3 for a 1 which means that anybody who plays off single digits effectively has to hole in 1 to draw the hole. I appreciate that the handicap system evens out over the round, but the matchplay thing is painful..
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on September 11, 2009, 05:35:08 PM
Nothing more manly than a hermaphrodite should have a handicap of 36.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on September 11, 2009, 07:02:39 PM
Nothing more manly than a hermaphrodite should have a handicap of 36.
ouch- i dont even get a free pass for just starting?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on September 11, 2009, 09:03:20 PM
Nothing more manly than a hermaphrodite should have a handicap of 36.
ouch- i dont even get a free pass for just starting?

Only kidding, but I am surprised to hear they give 36 handicaps!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 14, 2009, 07:33:42 PM
I love hybrids,I'm awful with long irons so I have a 3h and a 5h
My 3h is a Adams Idea A2 and my 5h is a Nike sumo 2 SQ

I bought them both at www.rockbottomgolf.com got them very cheap and delivered within a week

I was also considering a Cobra Baffler I hear they are excellent clubs,The Nike I have is just ridiculously easy to hit,I have never mis hit it,the Adams is a little harder but once I got use to it I can drive it 220 yards no problem

on your head be it LL i will buy that nike this week, i struggle with the low irons

Ordered it on thursday, delivered today! Thats some service, picked up a really nice pair of sports shades also.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 14, 2009, 08:41:42 PM
I love hybrids,I'm awful with long irons so I have a 3h and a 5h
My 3h is a Adams Idea A2 and my 5h is a Nike sumo 2 SQ

I bought them both at www.rockbottomgolf.com got them very cheap and delivered within a week

I was also considering a Cobra Baffler I hear they are excellent clubs,The Nike I have is just ridiculously easy to hit,I have never mis hit it,the Adams is a little harder but once I got use to it I can drive it 220 yards no problem

on your head be it LL i will buy that nike this week, i struggle with the low irons

Ordered it on thursday, delivered today! Thats some service, picked up a really nice pair of sports shades also.


Yeah told ya!
Hope it preforms well for you now,I'd say you are dying to try it out
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 14, 2009, 10:41:02 PM
the wife thought i was mad. I was out the back swinging like a lunatic with my new shades on! The sun wasnt even out.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on September 14, 2009, 11:58:54 PM
the wife thought i was mad. I was out the back swinging like a lunatic with my new shades on! The sun wasnt even out.

 ;D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on September 15, 2009, 12:20:18 AM
the wife thought i was mad. I was out the back swinging like a lunatic with my new shades on! The sun wasnt even out.

We're in for a nail-biter finish in the Fantasy Golf.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 15, 2009, 08:38:13 AM
Yes we are, I assume thats you breathing heavily down my neck! I can get the smell of the North off you.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 15, 2009, 10:25:43 PM
What loft did you go for in the Nike gerry?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 15, 2009, 10:49:03 PM
26 degrees, a bit girly I know but its where I struggle, you didnt get any bills from Customs did you? I didnt yet but a lad l know bought clothes for his daughter and got a bill afterwards
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 15, 2009, 10:54:02 PM
26 degrees, a bit girly I know but its where I struggle, you didnt get any bills from Customs did you? I didnt yet but a lad l know bought clothes for his daughter and got a bill afterwards

I got the 26* aswell so don't worry!
I haven't got anything from customs yet,but in saying that I got my clubs delivered to my parents house as I knew someone would be there to collect them,so as I haven't been home in a while I dunno if there is one waiting for me there..
Couldn't be much anyway could it?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on September 21, 2009, 10:21:13 AM
Lads, I'm thinking of buying from that site.  If ye get a bill from Customs will ye let me know. I need to factor in the extra cost before i part with my money.

Thanks
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 21, 2009, 10:52:44 AM
Venter

My stuff arrived last Monday no Customs bill yet, only bought off the site the once and they are excellent. I will be going back again shortly.The site itself is slow.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: flantheman82 on September 21, 2009, 10:54:50 AM
How many of these are true? More than most would care to admit.

LAW 1: No matter how bad your last shot was, the worst is yet to come. This law does not expire on the 18th hole, since it has the supernatural tendency to extend over the course of a tournament, a summer and, eventually, a lifetime.

LAW 2: Your best round of golf will be followed almost immediately by your worst round ever. The probability of the latter increases with the number of people you tell about the former.

LAW 3: Brand new golf balls are water-magnetic. Though this cannot be proven in the lab, it is a known fact that the more expensive the golf ball, the greater its attraction to water.

LAW 4: Golf balls never bounce off of trees back into play. If one does, the tree is breaking a law of the universe and should be cut down.

LAW 5: No matter what causes a golfer to muff a shot, all his playing partners must solemnly chant "You looked up," or invoke the wrath of the universe.

LAW 6: The higher a golfer's handicap, the more qualified he deems himself as an instructor.

LAW 7: Every par-three hole in the world has a secret desire to humiliate golfers. The shorter the hole, the greater its
desire.

LAW 8: Topping a 3-iron is the most painful torture known to man.

LAW 9: Palm trees eat golf balls.

LAW 10: Sand is alive. If it isn't, how do you explain the way it works against you?

LAW 11: Golf carts always run out of juice at the farthest point from the clubhouse.

LAW 12: A golfer hitting into your group will always be bigger than anyone in your group. Likewise, a group you accidentally hit into will consist of a football player, a professional wrestler, a convicted murderer and an IRS agent -- or some similar combination.

LAW 13: All 3-woods are demon-possessed.

LAW 14: Golf balls from the same "sleeve" tend to follow one another, particularly out of bounds or into the water (See
Law three).

LAW 15: A severe slice is a thing of awesome power and beauty.

LAW 16: "Nice lag" can usually be translated to "lousy putt. " Similarly, "tough break" can usually be translated "way to miss an easy one, sucker. "

LAW 17: The person you would most hate to lose to will always be the one who beats you.

LAW 18: The last three holes of a round will automatically adjust your score to what it really should be.

LAW 19: Golf should be given up at least twice per month.

LAW 20: All vows taken on a golf course shall be valid only until the sunset.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 21, 2009, 11:11:17 AM
Very good flantheman..
I had a real laugh at Law 5....so f**king true  :D
In fact all of them are fairly spot on
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on September 21, 2009, 05:41:28 PM
Thanks Gerry.. keep me posted about any nasty letters. My bro bought some clothes on line from america a couple of years ago and he got a nasty bill from customs

I think I will buy that 26% hybrid too. Bloody 4 iron was breaking my heart in Athenry on saturday.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on September 21, 2009, 07:34:20 PM
Yes we are, I assume thats you breathing heavily down my neck! I can get the smell of the North off you.

You must be feeling the pressure knowing that only for a Week 3 blip when I was on hols and lost out on about 130 points I'd have this sown up. As it is, I have timed it perfectly and the 10-point gap will be wiped out by Friday morning.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 21, 2009, 08:05:24 PM
Thanks Gerry.. keep me posted about any nasty letters. My bro bought some clothes on line from america a couple of years ago and he got a nasty bill from customs

I think I will buy that 26% hybrid too. Bloody 4 iron was breaking my heart in Athenry on saturday.

I used the 26 degree nike on Sunday, hit it very well, its a replacement for a 5 iron rather than a 4 iron
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 27, 2009, 10:29:12 PM
Phil Mick playing great stuff at moment.
Tiger just holed a putt from about 30foot  :o
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on September 27, 2009, 10:45:03 PM
phils got the tour championship, tiger the fed ex. another great show from harry
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 27, 2009, 10:46:14 PM
Harry defiantly back in form
Next season could be huge for him,could see him winning a major or two
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 27, 2009, 10:49:47 PM
A Par 3 for a 18th hole is great viewing I think,would like to see it more often especially if they used Par 3's like the 6th on that course
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on September 27, 2009, 11:56:00 PM
Harry defiantly back in form
Next season could be huge for him,could see him winning a major or two
he still can't putt, he'll win nothing (major) whilst that continues (of course he's got a great chance next week in the dunhill links).
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Hound on September 28, 2009, 07:39:38 AM
Harry defiantly back in form
Next season could be huge for him,could see him winning a major or two
he still can't putt, he'll win nothing (major) whilst that continues (of course he's got a great chance next week in the dunhill links).
Rubbish. Harrington is one of the best putters around. On Saturday the yank commentators agreed he was the best putter on tour in the crucial 6 to 10 foot range.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on September 28, 2009, 08:29:25 AM
That new swing from Harrington - it looks awful, but seems to be effective.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 28, 2009, 09:07:30 AM
He still misses a lot of fairways Orior.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 28, 2009, 09:33:28 AM
Yes we are, I assume thats you breathing heavily down my neck! I can get the smell of the North off you.

You must be feeling the pressure knowing that only for a Week 3 blip when I was on hols and lost out on about 130 points I'd have this sown up. As it is, I have timed it perfectly and the 10-point gap will be wiped out by Friday morning.

Never in doubt! A win for Kenny Perry would have got you close, but I had backed him at 60/1 at the start so would not have been too disapointed. Paddys bogey on 18 brought Kenny P back to 4th so got a few pound back
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 28, 2009, 04:32:39 PM
Thanks Gerry.. keep me posted about any nasty letters. My bro bought some clothes on line from america a couple of years ago and he got a nasty bill from customs

I think I will buy that 26% hybrid too. Bloody 4 iron was breaking my heart in Athenry on saturday.

Bad news venter and gerry,I got a bill from Fedex for €22 for the delivery of my Nike Sumo,the club is still works out cheaper than buying it here even with the bill for delivery
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Minder on September 29, 2009, 11:18:25 AM
McIlroy targets Olympic gold with GB

http://www.rte.ie/sport/golf/2009/0929/mcilroyr.html
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on September 29, 2009, 05:54:44 PM
Thanks Gerry.. keep me posted about any nasty letters. My bro bought some clothes on line from america a couple of years ago and he got a nasty bill from customs

I think I will buy that 26% hybrid too. Bloody 4 iron was breaking my heart in Athenry on saturday.

Bad news venter and gerry,I got a bill from Fedex for €22 for the delivery of my Nike Sumo,the club is still works out cheaper than buying it here even with the bill for delivery

Hi Laoislad. Did you just get the one club? ie you paid 22euro on the Nike sumo only. Thats steep enough but still miles cheaper than what you pay at home im sure.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 29, 2009, 06:29:54 PM
Thanks Gerry.. keep me posted about any nasty letters. My bro bought some clothes on line from america a couple of years ago and he got a nasty bill from customs

I think I will buy that 26% hybrid too. Bloody 4 iron was breaking my heart in Athenry on saturday.

Bad news venter and gerry,I got a bill from Fedex for €22 for the delivery of my Nike Sumo,the club is still works out cheaper than buying it here even with the bill for delivery

Hi Laoislad. Did you just get the one club? ie you paid 22euro on the Nike sumo only. Thats steep enough but still miles cheaper than what you pay at home im sure.

Yeah just the one club,but it still works out cheaper
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on September 29, 2009, 06:55:34 PM
Yes we are, I assume thats you breathing heavily down my neck! I can get the smell of the North off you.

You must be feeling the pressure knowing that only for a Week 3 blip when I was on hols and lost out on about 130 points I'd have this sown up. As it is, I have timed it perfectly and the 10-point gap will be wiped out by Friday morning.

Never in doubt! A win for Kenny Perry would have got you close, but I had backed him at 60/1 at the start so would not have been too disapointed. Paddys bogey on 18 brought Kenny P back to 4th so got a few pound back

Congrats. You had my ass on a plate.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 29, 2009, 09:04:16 PM
Would it fit on a plate? Looking forward to next year.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 29, 2009, 09:07:43 PM
Thanks Gerry.. keep me posted about any nasty letters. My bro bought some clothes on line from america a couple of years ago and he got a nasty bill from customs

I think I will buy that 26% hybrid too. Bloody 4 iron was breaking my heart in Athenry on saturday.

Bad news venter and gerry,I got a bill from Fedex for €22 for the delivery of my Nike Sumo,the club is still works out cheaper than buying it here even with the bill for delivery

Hi Laoislad. Did you just get the one club? ie you paid 22euro on the Nike sumo only. Thats steep enough but still miles cheaper than what you pay at home im sure.

Yeah just the one club,but it still works out cheaper
got my bill today i paid 36 euros i bought the hybred and a pair of shades. Still worth it.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on September 29, 2009, 11:17:07 PM
Harry defiantly back in form
Next season could be huge for him,could see him winning a major or two
he still can't putt, he'll win nothing (major) whilst that continues (of course he's got a great chance next week in the dunhill links).
Rubbish. Harrington is one of the best putters around. On Saturday the yank commentators agreed he was the best putter on tour in the crucial 6 to 10 foot range.
then the yank commentator was simply talking about harrington's ability to putt from the crucial 6-10 ft range, or he was talking shite.  Harrington won 3 majors because he was a fantastic putter, easily one of the best in the world.  Last year Harrington finished 5th in putts per gir (us stats), this year he lies in 95th position.  Whilst his total putts per round is still quite low, that's because he is playing well and peppering the pin with his approaches.  Apparently, and I can't find the stat for this, his total putting feet (which measures the total distance of holed putts) is one of the lowest on tour this year (or so I heard some yank commentator say last week too).  You only have to look at the tournament 2 before last, where he didn't make a putt longer than ten feet over the fours days, but still managed joint 2nd/3rd.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on October 05, 2009, 01:36:23 AM
Bit of value tomorrow for the final round.

McIlroy 5-2
Donald 3-1
Dyson 9-2
Clarke 10-1
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on October 09, 2009, 12:12:14 PM
Shane Lowry shot an excellent 2 under par 69 today at Loch Lomond.

Lowry is currently -8 for the day in Spain some round
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on October 09, 2009, 07:13:18 PM
Shane Lowry shot an excellent 2 under par 69 today at Loch Lomond.

Lowry is currently -8 for the day in Spain some round

low round of the day by lowry, some going alright. even more delighted for gary murphy whose in the top 10 and needs the money to save his card
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 18, 2009, 12:17:22 PM
Great Golf ball advert   :D

http://topflite.com/entertainment/d2man/
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Archie Mitchell on October 24, 2009, 03:30:07 PM
Just watched the Inside Sport special about Seve Ballesteros on BBC 1 there. What a man. Hopefully his health continues to improve and is back playing golf again soon. No one deserves it more than him. Absolute gentleman.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Watcher Pat on October 24, 2009, 03:36:29 PM
Yeh lot of respect for him...Has a big heart and doesn't seem to let anything bring him down.

A great outlook in life.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on November 05, 2009, 10:36:14 PM
some round by shane lowry today in a very strong field - i think 7 0f the worlds top 10 are playing. lowry is tied 2nd at 6 under
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on November 14, 2009, 03:39:08 PM
Former #1 World Ranked golfer David Duval in jeopardy of not making the tour next year. He used an exemption (1yr for money earned lifetime) to play in 2009 and needs to make the top 125 player list (he is 125th as of this morning) or its back to Q-school.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on November 14, 2009, 03:49:22 PM
What is this "Race to Dubai" thing?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AFS on November 14, 2009, 04:00:55 PM
Order of Merit
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on November 14, 2009, 04:06:37 PM
What is this "Race to Dubai" thing?

http://www.race-to-dubai.com/
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Declan on November 15, 2009, 11:30:42 AM
See McIlroy nearly pulled off a great win today. Back to the top of the order of merit though
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on November 15, 2009, 10:47:45 PM
See McIlroy nearly pulled off a great win today. Back to the top of the order of merit though

Yeah, was watching that live, think it was the 17th that he 3 putted and that did it for him. After Shanghai this week he's some man to make a charge on the last day - certainly not dull watching him play golf.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on November 15, 2009, 11:04:11 PM
Okay, so the Race to Dubai is the old Order of Merit, except that there is a play of for the top 60, and only a handful can actually win it.

Hmmmm.

The people in the top 60 have won more money that anyone else. So they reward them by giving them even more money. No doubt they deserve it, but the socialist in me feels uncomfortable with such huge prizes going to so few.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on November 15, 2009, 11:10:16 PM
Okay, so the Race to Dubai is the old Order of Merit, except that there is a play of for the top 60, and only a handful can actually win it.

Hmmmm.

The people in the top 60 have won more money that anyone else. So they reward them by giving them even more money. No doubt they deserve it, but the socialist in me feels uncomfortable with such huge prizes going to so few.


Errm, it is a professional sport where the winners ger rewarded, how is it supposed to operate,the top players share their earnings with everyone else? ::)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on November 15, 2009, 11:40:45 PM
Who is funding the prizes? I hope I'm not.

Maybe I've been hanging around the GAA too long.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on November 16, 2009, 12:49:29 AM
Who is funding the prizes? I hope I'm not.

Maybe I've been hanging around the GAA too long.

Pretty sure that most of the prize money comes through corporate sponsorship.

The Victorian government weighed in with half the apperance fee for Tiger Woods to play in Melbourne this weekend (1.5 million of tax payers money), they reckon the local economy raked in about 25 million as a result and this was their justification.

I think most Western governments would be precluded from stumping up prize money for competitions but as Dubai is not exactly as a 'Western' government I'm not sure if that is the case for next weeks end of season showcase. The main sponsors of next weekends gig are the same mob that sponsor Rory McIlroy, Jumeriah or something they're called.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Joxer on November 17, 2009, 09:06:30 PM
Anyone buy anything off the American Golf website before?

Looking at a set of Callaway X20's on it..  Not a bad price but was just wondering if I'd get them cheaper anywhere else?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on November 17, 2009, 10:14:19 PM
see McIlroy is up to his highest ever world ranking 13, not bad going...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on November 18, 2009, 12:40:06 AM
Anyone buy anything off the American Golf website before?

Looking at a set of Callaway X20's on it..  Not a bad price but was just wondering if I'd get them cheaper anywhere else?

Try here too (or do a google).
http://www.sportscentralonline.com/Shop/Golf/Golf-Clubs-=-Irons/1009-New-Callaway-Irons-2008-X20-irons-4-SW-Steel-Reg.html (http://www.sportscentralonline.com/Shop/Golf/Golf-Clubs-=-Irons/1009-New-Callaway-Irons-2008-X20-irons-4-SW-Steel-Reg.html)
Just be carefully of the postage costs on other sites. Handy that you can pick em up at american golf as you can check them out first. I'm playing with a set of x20's at the moment and very happy with them, I do recommend you hit a few balls with them first before you commit.

If your average enough I would consider the Taylormade burner plus irons. I'm a huge fan of these too, unbelievably forgiving but probably lose a bit of distance over the x20's.

http://www.americangolf.co.uk/golf-clubs/golf-irons/taylormade-burner-plus-steel--8--4---sw--irons/ (http://www.americangolf.co.uk/golf-clubs/golf-irons/taylormade-burner-plus-steel--8--4---sw--irons/)

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Declan on November 19, 2009, 12:39:48 PM
Westwood -6
McIlroy -4
Harrington - 4


Good stuff but it looks like a 2 horse race fro order of merit now
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 22, 2009, 09:48:04 PM
Delighted for Westwood winning the order of merit. I don't like Mcilroy at all to be honest a great golfer no doubt but I just don't like him.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on November 22, 2009, 10:59:27 PM
i've always been a big westwood fan so i'm glad he won it too. . . some amount of bucks tho. dont really like the idea of the european tour finishing up in dubai tho
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on November 22, 2009, 11:05:40 PM
Well done to Westwood, some round yesterady. McIlroy continues to show a bit of class about him, nice touch to hang around to congratulate Lee at the final hole
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Declan on November 23, 2009, 08:02:40 AM
Some performance by Wwestwood alright.

Quote
I don't like Mcilroy at all to be honest a great golfer no doubt but I just don't like him

Jaysus -He's only 20.What makes you say that? 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 23, 2009, 09:12:11 AM
I think his comments about the Olympics upset some folk.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 23, 2009, 10:23:36 AM
Some performance by Wwestwood alright.

Quote
I don't like Mcilroy at all to be honest a great golfer no doubt but I just don't like him

Jaysus -He's only 20.What makes you say that?
No reason in particular to be honest there is just something about him that I don't like I dunno why.Maybe I'm just jealous of his fine head of hair :-[
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on November 23, 2009, 03:27:45 PM
Some performance by Wwestwood alright.

Quote
I don't like Mcilroy at all to be honest a great golfer no doubt but I just don't like him

Jaysus -He's only 20.What makes you say that?
No reason in particular to be honest there is just something about him that I don't like I dunno why.Maybe I'm just jealous of his fine head of hair :-[

He likes Toffee?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: TheGreatRambo on November 23, 2009, 03:44:51 PM
Some performance by Wwestwood alright.

Quote
I don't like Mcilroy at all to be honest a great golfer no doubt but I just don't like him

Jaysus -He's only 20.What makes you say that?
No reason in particular to be honest there is just something about him that I don't like I dunno why.Maybe I'm just jealous of his fine head of hair :-[

Was talking about McIlroy with a couple of friends the other day who both said the same thing about him, they didn't like him but couldn't say why. I think hes ruffled a few feathers with some of his comments about the Ryder Cup and also the Olympics and he also seems pretty sure about his own abilities but I think he come across as a breath of fresh air.

He was very unlucky not to win the order of merit, going into the final event 150k ahead and losing out despite managing to finish 3rd in the event such was the prize money on offer. Congrats to Westwood though, a super player, and looks to be a good guy. He went from European No1 out to 204th in the world and back again, some achievement.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: mackers on November 23, 2009, 04:22:02 PM
Fair play to Westwood, hope he's goes on and wins a major or two now.  Thought McIlroy conducted himself very well in the interviews all week. I missed out on the comments on the Olympics. What did he say?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Doogie Browser on November 23, 2009, 04:29:16 PM
Westwood will win a Major and I would not be at all surprised if it is next year, he has stated himself recently that all his focus will be on the majors next year, a bit like Harrington's approach in recent years. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: TheGreatRambo on November 23, 2009, 04:43:00 PM
Fair play to Westwood, hope he's goes on and wins a major or two now.  Thought McIlroy conducted himself very well in the interviews all week. I missed out on the comments on the Olympics. What did he say?

Basically that as a Britsh passport holder he'd play for Britain rather than Ireland if the situation arose
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Maroon Heaven on November 23, 2009, 04:54:33 PM
Rory made a right dogs ear of his comments on the Olympics - Which happened 2 months ago.

He was asked would he like the opportunity to play alongside his mates Poulter & Casey in a GB olympic team to which he said he would. A journalist then turned it into a story where he turned his back on representing Ireland.

Rory is a GUI afflicated player - who has benefited from coming through the Irish Amateur status. He is very much non-political and should have seen this question coming. Graeme McDowell was asked a similar question to which he replied that he would love to be part of the London Olympics in 2012.

I've no idea who Rory McIroy will represent if asked, but I'd like to think he will play for Ireland alongside Harrington given a choice. I reckon he'd get more of a kick competiting against Poulter & Casey and playing alongside Harrington & GMac. This weekend he is playing for Ireland btw.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: TheGreatRambo on November 23, 2009, 05:26:44 PM
Quote
If you are McIlroy or Tommy Bowe and golf and rugby union are accepted into the 2016 Olympics at next week's vote of the International Olympic Committee, do you represent Great Britain or Ireland?

McIlroy told Telegraph Sport: "I'd probably play for Great Britain. I have a British passport. It's a bit of an awkward question still. It would be huge to play in an Olympics. I'd love to get an Olympic gold medal one day."

Sport on television It is strange that golf and rugby should be up for inclusion at the same time because these are the sports that have historically unified Ireland. Ulster's rugby team come under the governance of the Irish Rugby Football Union and players from the north and the south turn out for one Ireland team.

Golfers do the same. Formed in 1891 the Golfing Union of Ireland is the oldest golf union in the world and the presidency rotates between the four provinces. It does not matter if you hit your wedges in Ulster or Munster, you play amateur golf for Ireland.

Professional golf also recognises one Ireland. At November's World Cup in China there will not be a team from Northern Ireland and a team from the republic, there will just be a team from Ireland.

This year McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, both Ulster lads, will play for Ireland. Last year it was Graeme McDowell and Paul McGinley, who is from the south. On many previous occasions it has been McGinley and Padraig Harrington.

McDowell said after the International Olympic Commitee's executive board proposed golf and rugby should be included in 2016 at a meeting last month: "It's a strange one. Golf's an all-Ireland sport. I'd play for anyone. I've never been able to explain why golf's an all-Ireland sport and rugby's an all-Ireland sport but soccer is two different teams. It'd be an honour to represent your country and I don't mind which one I play for.

"It's the biggest sporting event on the planet. I'd love to be involved in it, love to win a gold medal. It's every young man's dream, huge for golf around the world. Golf needs to go to the masses. I'm not a fan of golf being an elitist sport. Fingers crossed I get a chance to do it." It's a united-Ireland view.

Harrington said: "In a country like Ireland, becoming an Olympic athlete is setting yourself apart. It is a major deal in Ireland. To be an athlete is an honour in itself."

But Harrington will not have to make a choice if golf makes it to the Olympics. McDowell and McIlroy will have to state an allegiance, like so many athletes from Northern Ireland have before them. At the Beijing Olympics, Wendy Houvenaghel won a cycling silver medal for team GB while boxer Paddy Barnes won Ireland's first medal of the Games.

In Beijing the majority of athletes from Northern Ireland represented Ireland, but it was a close split. Some might even have considered which team they were more likely to qualify for. If the Olympics were held today, McIlroy would make the Ireland team but Paul Casey and Lee Westwood would keep him out of Great Britain's.

A few years ago, Eddie Irvine got in a quite undeserved bit of bother over what flag to hoist after he finished second in a Formula One race. Captain Peter McEvoy had a similar quandary at golf's 2001 Walker Cup. Someone had to hoist the tricolor at the opening ceremony but the two Irishmen in McEvoy's team, McDowell and Michael Hoey, were both from the north.

McEvoy says: "In the end it didn't prove a problem and Michael was happy to do it as the amateur champion, but it could have been. It is strange that something likes the Olympics comes along under the banner of good and we are now faced with this potential problem. It feels a bit of a retrograde step."

You can understand why golf might feel this way. Like rugby players, golfers sorted out their differences long ago – or at least learned to live with them – and now they may have to make a political decision in the name of sport.

Peter Dawson, the chief executive of golf’s governing body, the R&A, said: “It’s a question that has yet to be resolved, but I suspect that giving the players the choice is the likely outcome.”

Perhaps that can change in the future. Perhaps young men and women will not have to make such an invidious choice. Perhaps golf and rugby's inclusion in the Olympics can provide a bridge to unite Ireland across all sports.

There is the story there, as someone else said he probably answered the question poorly
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Minder on November 23, 2009, 05:34:47 PM
"Poorly" or just not what people wanted to hear?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Maroon Heaven on November 23, 2009, 05:40:24 PM
I've seen the article - and spoke to him on it as well.

It upset him him alot after the abuse he got from people making an issue of it. Its his choice and he was ribbing Poulter at the time
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: TheGreatRambo on November 23, 2009, 06:42:39 PM
"Poorly" or just not what people wanted to hear?

Less diplomatically than he could have, McDowell answered it perfectly... But hes only young and shoots from the hip a bit rather than thinking too much. Bit like the Ryder Cup comments he made that were blown out of all proportion.

Personally I couldn't give a stuff who he plays for, golf is for all intents and purposes an individual sport and he'll be hopefully remembered for winning multiple majors. Most golf fans can tell you how many majors Nicklaus, Woods, Faldo etc have but how many can remember their Ryder Cup records.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on November 23, 2009, 08:01:00 PM
I've seen the article - and spoke to him on it as well.

It upset him him alot after the abuse he got from people making an issue of it. Its his choice and he was ribbing Poulter at the time

I'd like to hear Donagh's insight on this.

Donagh?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on November 23, 2009, 08:15:12 PM
I've seen the article - and spoke to him on it as well.

It upset him him alot after the abuse he got from people making an issue of it. Its his choice and he was ribbing Poulter at the time

you spoke to who? mcllory? he made it quite clear in a number of articles that i read that he would play for britian in the olympics. thats his choice. mcdowel on the other hand made it quite clear he would play for ireland or britian
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Maroon Heaven on November 23, 2009, 11:48:42 PM
I've seen the article - and spoke to him on it as well.

It upset him him alot after the abuse he got from people making an issue of it. Its his choice and he was ribbing Poulter at the time

you spoke to who? mcllory? he made it quite clear in a number of articles that i read that he would play for britian in the olympics. thats his choice. mcdowel on the other hand made it quite clear he would play for ireland or britian

I have spoken to McIlroy on it.

I am surprised there has been many articles on it. He made one 20 second comment in a Press conference in September and was told by his manager the next day - Never to talk on it again. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on November 24, 2009, 08:11:08 PM
interesting, i now mcllory and mcdowell are representing ireland in the world cup this w/e. also for the olympics my understanding is that there will only be 2 golfers per country so mcllory would have a far better chance of getting on an irish team. . i'd love to see him represent ireland
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ludermor on November 24, 2009, 08:27:44 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/8374153.stm

Rory McIlroy's consolation on missing out on the European number one spot for 2009 was his move into the world's top 10 for the first time.

Lee Westwood's triumph at the Dubai World Championship enabled the Englishman to pip McIlroy to the Race to Dubai title.

However, McIlroy's third place saw him move up from 13th to 10th in the latest world rankings.

McIlroy and Sergio Garcia are the only 20-year-olds to have made the top 10.

Westwood, whose six-stroke victory denied McIlroy the Race to Dubai title, is back up to his career-high position of fourth.

Tiger Woods was 21 when he first entered the world's top 10 in 1997.

Despite being pipped by Westwood, McIlroy picked up a cheque of £960,000 in Dubai with his £290,000 tournament prize added to by a £669,762 end-of-season bonus.

Padraig Harrington is top Irishman in sixth position while Graeme McDowell faces a battle to guarantee himself a place in next year's Masters as he is currently 51st in the rankings.


 606: DEBATE
I am sure Tiger sees McIlroy as his biggest threat to the number one spot over the next couple of years

Sportsmadmark
The top 50 at the year end will be certain of places at Augusta.

"I was trying to become the youngest player since Seve (Ballesteros) to win the title," said McIlroy before moving on to China for his World Cup debut this week.

"I haven't been able to do it and I'm disappointed, but when I look back on the season it's been fantastic.

"It's been a great learning curve. I've played well in the majors and I know I can compete against the best players in the world now."

In China, McIlroy partners Graeme McDowell, with whom he won three out of four games for Britain and Ireland against Continental Europe at the Vivendi Trophy in September.

"It would be great to win and bring the trophy home to Northern Ireland!" he joked with Irish reporters in Dubai.

In golf the two countries compete as one and Dubliners Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley were successful in 1997.

When it comes to the Olympics, however, McIlroy has already said he intends to compete for Great Britain if he qualifies.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Maroon Heaven on November 26, 2009, 01:07:11 PM


When it comes to the Olympics, however, McIlroy has already said he intends to compete for Great Britain if he qualifies.

No he has not - All he has done is made one 20 sec comment on it and has not talked about it in public since. The comment was made to rib Ian Poulter up.

Anyhow Rory made this comment on his twitter page in last few hours.

Quote
Much like rugby, golf falls under the whole island of ireland, therefore if you are from ulster you play for Ireland.

http://twitter.com/Rorsmcilroy

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: mackers on November 26, 2009, 01:16:06 PM
Poorly judged comments all the same, although I see he and McDowell represented Ireland well earlier today, 14 under better ball score!! :o :o
It's just one shot off the fourball record score of 15 under and three shots ahead after the first round.  They were always going to be some partnership in fourballs, interesting to see how they get on in the foursomes.......
Rory could be standing under the tricolour singing the National Anthem on Sunday morning........ ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Maroon Heaven on November 26, 2009, 01:25:33 PM
Rory could be standing under the tricolour singing the National Anthem on Sunday morning........ ;)

Lets hope so.... His dad will certainly belt it out.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on November 26, 2009, 07:11:28 PM
some performance by the two of them today tho rory barely made it up the 18th! hopefully they can keep it up, its not that strong a field so they have a great chance here. .
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 04, 2009, 08:08:40 PM
Harrington tops the leaderboard on -6 in Los Angeles
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 05, 2009, 09:53:46 PM
Harrington still going well,joint leader on -10
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 05, 2009, 10:34:24 PM
Harrington now -9 some fella called McDowell leads on -10 with Yin Yang
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 06, 2009, 10:23:14 PM
Harrington makes a meal of it again coming down the home stretch
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on December 06, 2009, 10:49:57 PM
Who here is a member of a golf club?

How many Saturdays has your course been closed since the summer?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 06, 2009, 10:51:00 PM
Who here is a member of a golf club?

How many Saturdays has your course been closed since the summer?

Dunno but I do know it wasn't open for almost the whole month of November
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ha ha derry on December 06, 2009, 11:04:39 PM
Who here is a member of a golf club?

How many Saturdays has your course been closed since the summer?

None... delayed start one Sat because of frost.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 08, 2009, 10:42:01 PM
Venter

My stuff arrived last Monday no Customs bill yet, only bought off the site the once and they are excellent. I will be going back again shortly.The site itself is slow.

gerry I see they have a Nike Sumo driver for $99 thats only €67 thats a unreal price,think I might invest!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on December 09, 2009, 01:32:50 AM
Venter

My stuff arrived last Monday no Customs bill yet, only bought off the site the once and they are excellent. I will be going back again shortly.The site itself is slow.

gerry I see they have a Nike Sumo driver for $99 thats only €67 thats a unreal price,think I might invest!

Absolute horrible club IMO, try it before you order because I know no-one who liked it.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 09, 2009, 07:58:18 AM
Venter

My stuff arrived last Monday no Customs bill yet, only bought off the site the once and they are excellent. I will be going back again shortly.The site itself is slow.

gerry I see they have a Nike Sumo driver for $99 thats only €67 thats a unreal price,think I might invest!

Its a fantastic price. I assume you got the Customs bill for the last lot. This weather is killing me. The Hybrid I bought is to play from the rough and there is no point going up to the Driving range, I last played in September!

Edit i got a bill for €36.00 from Customs


Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ha ha derry on December 09, 2009, 09:20:41 AM
Venter

My stuff arrived last Monday no Customs bill yet, only bought off the site the once and they are excellent. I will be going back again shortly.The site itself is slow.

gerry I see they have a Nike Sumo driver for $99 thats only €67 thats a unreal price,think I might invest!

Try a Yonex Nanospeed very reasonably priced and a superb club !! I,ve tried alot of drivers over the years this one gives super distance and very easy to hit.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 09, 2009, 05:11:37 PM


Yeah weather has been cuntish alright,I'm going out tomorrow to play with me Da the weather is suppose to be ok...fingers crossed  :-\
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 09, 2009, 05:20:44 PM
Just got a new pair of brogues from Nike at the outlet store here in town.

Originally 225$ picked up 3 pairs for $19.97 a piece.

Cracking shoes, and thats christmas sorted for the da and brother.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on December 09, 2009, 05:24:33 PM
I've only managed two rounds in the last 6 weeks. both links courses.. belmullet and enniscrone.

I'd say my own club is still under water.Its a right sickner as i was finally starting to improve
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 09, 2009, 05:50:58 PM
I've only managed two rounds in the last 6 weeks. both links courses.. belmullet and enniscrone.

I'd say my own club is still under water.Its a right sickner as i was finally starting to improve

I know what you mean  >:(

I played 16 rounds in 3 months and now haven't played since the start of September
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on December 09, 2009, 06:46:56 PM
unreal difference between the price of golf equipment here in the US and what it is in Ireland. Father in law just got 1W, 3W, 3-5i hybrids 6i-W cavity backed putter and a bag for $175 of this set http://www.golfreview.com/cat/irons/walter-hagen/PRD_344903_2940crx.aspx

great wee set of clubs very forgiving, thick sole perfect for the higher handicapper. and the price basically 110 quid all in
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 10, 2009, 08:24:47 AM
Just got a new pair of brogues from Nike at the outlet store here in town.

Originally 225$ picked up 3 pairs for $19.97 a piece.

Cracking shoes, and thats christmas sorted for the da and brother.

Puck any chance you'd mail me a couple of pairs. that price is unreal, last pair I bought were over €230 and they leaked after about 14 months.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ha ha derry on December 11, 2009, 08:37:01 AM
Does this board have a golf outing ?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on December 11, 2009, 02:16:51 PM
Does this board have a golf outing ?

Any 'outing' is a banning offense on this board.

In conclusion, no.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 11, 2009, 02:44:16 PM
Gerry shoot me a pm. I got the last biggest sizes, at 10.5 us (9.5 uk) there were plenty of 8-9.5s left.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the waffler on December 11, 2009, 04:20:02 PM
Does this board have a golf outing ?

haha where do you play up around dungiven always lookun somewhere different for outings
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ha ha derry on December 11, 2009, 05:21:50 PM
Does this board have a golf outing ?

haha where do you play up around dungiven always lookun somewhere different for outings

Ballyliffen its in brilliant condition at the minute.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: lynchbhoy on December 11, 2009, 07:23:00 PM
ha ha - let me know when the next club golf day is on as I might have a couple of lads that would play in this... I might play too but I may as well use a shovel...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ha ha derry on December 13, 2009, 02:23:57 PM
Will do LB shovels are ok ! I bet you,ll win the longest drive  ;) :D :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on December 14, 2009, 12:15:05 PM
Anyone a member of a club in and around Dublin? Looking at memberships but not gonna pay outragous money as lots of clubs a crying out for members next year. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 14, 2009, 12:25:10 PM
Bigfellah, am looking around at the moment myself - what are you prepared to pay?

What do others think is reasonable for annual fees?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 14, 2009, 01:27:34 PM
Bigfellah, am looking around at the moment myself - what are you prepared to pay?

What do others think is reasonable for annual fees?

€1500-€2000 ?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on December 14, 2009, 01:39:55 PM
1000 - 1100 and no membership fee but would ideally be looking below a grand. Thats everything though, don't want any green fees on top of that. I think at the moment and the current climate 1500 - 2000 is far too high and I know of quite a few clubs struggling to keep hold of members let alone atract news ones.

Hollystown is probably the best I've seen so far at 1090. Anyone played citywest?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 14, 2009, 01:48:07 PM
1000 - 1100 and no membership fee but would ideally be looking below a grand. Thats everything though, don't want any green fees on top of that. I think at the moment and the current climate 1500 - 2000 is far too high and I know of quite a few clubs struggling to keep hold of members let alone atract news ones.

Hollystown is probably the best I've seen so far at 1090. Anyone played citywest?

Played it once it's ok, though if you are thinking of joining one that side of Dublin have a look at Grangecastle Golf Club, it's where I play all the time. It's only about ten minutes from citywest and it is a great course and a good challenge. Not sure how much membership is but green fees are only €22 mid week which I think is very good for the standard of course you are getting
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 14, 2009, 02:14:20 PM
1000 - 1100 and no membership fee but would ideally be looking below a grand. Thats everything though, don't want any green fees on top of that. I think at the moment and the current climate 1500 - 2000 is far too high and I know of quite a few clubs struggling to keep hold of members let alone atract news ones.

Hollystown is probably the best I've seen so far at 1090. Anyone played citywest?

Played it once it's ok, though if you are thinking of joining one that side of Dublin have a look at Grangecastle Golf Club, it's where I play all the time. It's only about ten minutes from citywest and it is a great course and a good challenge. Not sure how much membership is but green fees are only €22 mid week which I think is very good for the standard of course you are getting

My memory of Grangecastle (and its been a couple of years) was playing in on a summers days and taking 5.5 hours to get around, at one stage there were 20 people on the same hole! i play out of Hollystown not great value this year, I think I played four times,thats down to circumstance more than anything. They have dropped their fees it was 1300 two years ago.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 14, 2009, 02:20:59 PM
1000 - 1100 and no membership fee but would ideally be looking below a grand. Thats everything though, don't want any green fees on top of that. I think at the moment and the current climate 1500 - 2000 is far too high and I know of quite a few clubs struggling to keep hold of members let alone atract news ones.

Hollystown is probably the best I've seen so far at 1090. Anyone played citywest?

Played it once it's ok, though if you are thinking of joining one that side of Dublin have a look at Grangecastle Golf Club, it's where I play all the time. It's only about ten minutes from citywest and it is a great course and a good challenge. Not sure how much membership is but green fees are only €22 mid week which I think is very good for the standard of course you are getting

My memory of Grangecastle (and its been a couple of years) was playing in on a summers days and taking 5.5 hours to get around, at one stage there were 20 people on the same hole! i play out of Hollystown not great value this year, I think I played four times,thats down to circumstance more than anything. They have dropped their fees it was 1300 two years ago.


Can't say I've ever had a problem in Grangecastle though I wouldn't bother trying at the weekend as I'd imagine it be packed, I really like the golf course itself though. They have added 7 new holes, the orginal holes that were located around the back of the club house are now used as a 7 hole course on it's own for something like €8 which is grand if your on your own and just wanna spend some time practising.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 14, 2009, 02:24:27 PM
1000 - 1100 and no membership fee but would ideally be looking below a grand. Thats everything though, don't want any green fees on top of that. I think at the moment and the current climate 1500 - 2000 is far too high and I know of quite a few clubs struggling to keep hold of members let alone atract news ones.

Hollystown is probably the best I've seen so far at 1090. Anyone played citywest?

Played Citywest last year on a weekend and it was packed, there were 6 or 7 societies out that day. We nearly died of boredom
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on December 14, 2009, 02:31:56 PM
1000 - 1100 and no membership fee but would ideally be looking below a grand. Thats everything though, don't want any green fees on top of that. I think at the moment and the current climate 1500 - 2000 is far too high and I know of quite a few clubs struggling to keep hold of members let alone atract news ones.

Hollystown is probably the best I've seen so far at 1090. Anyone played citywest?

Played it once it's ok, though if you are thinking of joining one that side of Dublin have a look at Grangecastle Golf Club, it's where I play all the time. It's only about ten minutes from citywest and it is a great course and a good challenge. Not sure how much membership is but green fees are only €22 mid week which I think is very good for the standard of course you are getting

My memory of Grangecastle (and its been a couple of years) was playing in on a summers days and taking 5.5 hours to get around, at one stage there were 20 people on the same hole! i play out of Hollystown not great value this year, I think I played four times,thats down to circumstance more than anything. They have dropped their fees it was 1300 two years ago.

Yeah thats why it interests me, although I still think there is better value to be had around Dublin. Played there quite a few times this year and it's a very good setup. Was on there yesterday while a comp was going on and wasn't too busy at all.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 14, 2009, 02:33:29 PM
1000 - 1100 and no membership fee but would ideally be looking below a grand. Thats everything though, don't want any green fees on top of that. I think at the moment and the current climate 1500 - 2000 is far too high and I know of quite a few clubs struggling to keep hold of members let alone atract news ones.

Hollystown is probably the best I've seen so far at 1090. Anyone played citywest?

Played Citywest last year on a weekend and it was packed, there were 6 or 7 societies out that day.
We nearly died of boredom
You don't have much luck do ya gerry!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 14, 2009, 02:41:17 PM
Well around Donabate it ranges from around 1300 (Turvey, no joining fee) to €3000 (Beaverstown, including joining-fee).  They're not saying down at The Island, but I believe it was around €5000 in 2009 (with a €28,000 joining fee).  Nice course though.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 14, 2009, 02:43:58 PM
1000 - 1100 and no membership fee but would ideally be looking below a grand. Thats everything though, don't want any green fees on top of that. I think at the moment and the current climate 1500 - 2000 is far too high and I know of quite a few clubs struggling to keep hold of members let alone atract news ones.

Hollystown is probably the best I've seen so far at 1090. Anyone played citywest?

Played it once it's ok, though if you are thinking of joining one that side of Dublin have a look at Grangecastle Golf Club, it's where I play all the time. It's only about ten minutes from citywest and it is a great course and a good challenge. Not sure how much membership is but green fees are only €22 mid week which I think is very good for the standard of course you are getting

My memory of Grangecastle (and its been a couple of years) was playing in on a summers days and taking 5.5 hours to get around, at one stage there were 20 people on the same hole! i play out of Hollystown not great value this year, I think I played four times,thats down to circumstance more than anything. They have dropped their fees it was 1300 two years ago.

Yeah thats why it interests me, although I still think there is better value to be had around Dublin. Played there quite a few times this year and it's a very good setup. Was on there yesterday while a comp was going on and wasn't too busy at all.

The 27 holes in Hollystown is great. I have played up there in a three ball and been around in 3 hours 15 minutes. Do not join Elmgreen, they operate a timesheet but then ignore it. Its kind of run by their own little group of local lads. We spent 45 minutes waiting on the first one morning. (I can hear LaoisLad  laughing already)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 14, 2009, 02:48:16 PM
Well around Donabate it ranges from around 1300 (Turvey, no joining fee) to €3000 (Beaverstown, including joining-fee).  They're not saying down at The Island, but I believe it was around €5000 in 2009 (with a €28,000 joining fee).  Nice course though.

The island is class. Billy I assume your a regular in Corballis, one of my favourite public courses.

The wife wouldn't let me join Beaverstown or Blackbush!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 14, 2009, 03:09:17 PM
Is Elm Geen that course in Castleknock? Played there once thought it was nice. Anyone ever play Silouge out beside the airport?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on December 14, 2009, 03:14:29 PM
Is Elm Geen that course in Castleknock? Played there once thought it was nice. Anyone ever play Silouge out beside the airport?

Played Silouge quite a bit too as it's handy for me coming down the N1 and the others in Dublin to meet up at. Not bad TBH for a public course and have never been held up; quite open too which is good as everything I hit for a while was either a mad slice or hook. Couple of very good holes on it but I reckon the front 9 would be pure muck at the moment.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 14, 2009, 03:18:37 PM
Is Elm Geen that course in Castleknock? Played there once thought it was nice. Anyone ever play Silouge out beside the airport?

Played Silouge quite a bit too as it's handy for me coming down the N1 and the others in Dublin to meet up at. Not bad TBH for a public course and have never been held up; quite open too which is good as everything I hit for a while was either a mad slice or hook. Couple of very good holes on it but I reckon the front 9 would be pure muck at the moment.

Everywhere pure muck at moment, I played on Thursday down in Rathdowney and 14 of the holes were temp greens which was a bit of a balls
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on December 14, 2009, 03:26:28 PM
Is Elm Geen that course in Castleknock? Played there once thought it was nice. Anyone ever play Silouge out beside the airport?

Played Silouge quite a bit too as it's handy for me coming down the N1 and the others in Dublin to meet up at. Not bad TBH for a public course and have never been held up; quite open too which is good as everything I hit for a while was either a mad slice or hook. Couple of very good holes on it but I reckon the front 9 would be pure muck at the moment.

Everywhere pure muck at moment, I played on Thursday down in Rathdowney and 14 of the holes were temp greens which was a bit of a balls

Have to say Hollystown wasn't bad yesterday, greens were in fairly good shape. Bar 3 or 4 holes it was reasonable but I cant remember a year as wet as this or the last time I was out in the dry (including teh f**king summer).
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on December 14, 2009, 03:59:22 PM
played yesterday on our course here which is 700 ft above sea level and the ground is frozen. First tee shot is usually over water and my partner managed to skip his tee shot over the frozen lake and 220 yards down the middle... I took driver on a down hill 310 yard par 4 and as I might as well have been playing on concrete as the ball bounced forty feet in the air and ended up 40 yards on past the green, perfect as the temporary green was 40 yards in front of the normal spot. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on December 14, 2009, 04:10:42 PM
played yesterday on our course here which is 700 ft above sea level and the ground is frozen. First tee shot is usually over water and my partner managed to skip his tee shot over the frozen lake and 220 yards down the middle... I took driver on a down hill 310 yard par 4 and as I might as well have been playing on concrete as the ball bounced forty feet in the air and ended up 40 yards on past the green, perfect as the temporary green was 40 yards in front of the normal spot.

So you over hit a 310 yard shot by 80 yards and it was perfect. My kind of golfer. If I hit a drive straight into the sea I don't mind as long as it was a big hit.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 14, 2009, 05:01:20 PM
Well around Donabate it ranges from around 1300 (Turvey, no joining fee) to €3000 (Beaverstown, including joining-fee).  They're not saying down at The Island, but I believe it was around €5000 in 2009 (with a €28,000 joining fee).  Nice course though.

The island is class. Billy I assume your a regular in Corballis, one of my favourite public courses.

The wife wouldn't let me join Beaverstown or Blackbush!

Yeah, I like Corballis - it's hard, but rewarding for accuracy.  Have you played the 'new' holes there yet Gerry?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on December 14, 2009, 05:17:44 PM
played yesterday on our course here which is 700 ft above sea level and the ground is frozen. First tee shot is usually over water and my partner managed to skip his tee shot over the frozen lake and 220 yards down the middle... I took driver on a down hill 310 yard par 4 and as I might as well have been playing on concrete as the ball bounced forty feet in the air and ended up 40 yards on past the green, perfect as the temporary green was 40 yards in front of the normal spot.

So you over hit a 310 yard shot by 80 yards and it was perfect. My kind of golfer. If I hit a drive straight into the sea I don't mind as long as it was a big hit.

Bit like that myself,Id have my auld lad saying jaysis you hit that well left,and I'd say yeah it went left but it was straight left!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 14, 2009, 07:03:51 PM
Well around Donabate it ranges from around 1300 (Turvey, no joining fee) to €3000 (Beaverstown, including joining-fee).  They're not saying down at The Island, but I believe it was around €5000 in 2009 (with a €28,000 joining fee).  Nice course though.

The island is class. Billy I assume your a regular in Corballis, one of my favourite public courses.

The wife wouldn't let me join Beaverstown or Blackbush!

Yeah, I like Corballis - it's hard, but rewarding for accuracy.  Have you played the 'new' holes there yet Gerry?

Billy

Last time I played it the old holes over the road were still in existence. Where did they get the new ground from? It always was a real test of accuracy and the greens were superb. We stopped playing when one of the lads in my group hit another player in the eye with a golf ball. We never were enclined to go back. It was one of those "oh f**king Jesus Christ moments"
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on December 14, 2009, 07:23:31 PM
Well around Donabate it ranges from around 1300 (Turvey, no joining fee) to €3000 (Beaverstown, including joining-fee).  They're not saying down at The Island, but I believe it was around €5000 in 2009 (with a €28,000 joining fee).  Nice course though.

The island is class. Billy I assume your a regular in Corballis, one of my favourite public courses.

The wife wouldn't let me join Beaverstown or Blackbush!

Yeah, I like Corballis - it's hard, but rewarding for accuracy.  Have you played the 'new' holes there yet Gerry?

Billy

Last time I played it the old holes over the road were still in existence. Where did they get the new ground from? It always was a real test of accuracy and the greens were superb. We stopped playing when one of the lads in my group hit another player in the eye with a golf ball. We never were enclined to go back. It was one of those "oh f**king Jesus Christ moments"

So many blind shots there that it is easily done.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 14, 2009, 07:31:20 PM
Blind being the key word. The lad lost his eye and the whole thing ended up in the high court. Settled on the steps.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on December 14, 2009, 07:38:28 PM
Blind being the key word. The lad lost his eye and the whole thing ended up in the high court. Settled on the steps.

Jaysus, I actually only noticed the pun after I posted. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 14, 2009, 07:48:10 PM
Blind being the key word. The lad lost his eye and the whole thing ended up in the high court. Settled on the steps.

Ive had two golf related accidents and thankfully I wasnt hurt in either of them.

Shattered my cousins cheekbone with a 4 iron when we were 9. Lucky he didnt lose his eye.

Two years ago here I hit a fella on the arm with a golf ball. Shanked the crap out of it and it blasted him on the upper fat part. He said it stung like f**k, but he was in good form about it. Thankfully.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on December 14, 2009, 09:00:55 PM

Played Silouge quite a bit too as it's handy for me coming down the N1 and the others in Dublin to meet up at. Not bad TBH for a public course and have never been held up;

what is a public course? I can only think of one course in the mayo/galway region that is not open to the public , that being galway bay.. Are all the others private but open to the public or are they public?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on December 14, 2009, 09:05:43 PM

Played Silouge quite a bit too as it's handy for me coming down the N1 and the others in Dublin to meet up at. Not bad TBH for a public course and have never been held up;

what is a public course? I can only think of one course in the mayo/galway region that is not open to the public , that being galway bay.. Are all the others private but open to the public or are they public?

I always understood a public course to be owned by a council.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on December 14, 2009, 09:13:15 PM
I always understood a public course to be owned by a council.

Not to many in the west so, although I saw in the western a few months ago that a community group opened a par 3 back doohoma direction. I wonder how that is going for them?

I'm playing westport this weekend. I heard its a difficult course. Anyone played it?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerry on December 14, 2009, 09:17:32 PM
You may not know it, but I have been very busy over the
> last couple of years
> putting my thoughts and ideas together into a book. I am
> very proud of the
> results and, in order to market the publication, I am
> asking friends and family
> to assist.
>
> The book is on golf. I believe it gives the reader valuable
> playing tips and
> insider information that I have gained through my years of
> experience.
> The book is only £6.95 and can be ordered by simply
> replying to this email with the appropriate credit card
> info.
>
> Check one: ___ VISA ___ Master Card ___ Discover __
> American Express
>
> Card # __________________________ Exp. Date _______________
>
>
>
>
> Last chance to get the book at this price. .
> ___________________________________________________________________
>
>
>
> Highlights include;
>
> Chapter 1 - How to Properly Line Up Your Fourth Putt
>
> Chapter 2 - How to Hit a Maxfli from the Rough When You Hit
> a Titleist from the Tee
>
> Chapter 3 - How to Avoid the Water When You Lie 8 in a
> Bunker (also see Chapter 8)
>
> Chapter 4 - How to Get More Distance off the Shank
>
> Chapter 5 - When to Give the Ranger the Finger
>
> Chapter 6 - Using Your Shadow on the Greens to Maximize
> Earnings
>
> Chapter 7 - When to Implement Handicap Management
>
> Chapter 8 - Proper Excuses for Drinking Beer Before 9:00
> a.m.
>
> Chapter 10 - How to Find That Ball That Everyone Else Saw
> Go in the Water
>
> Chapter 13 - How to Relax When You Are Hitting Three off
> the Tee
>
> Chapter 14 - When to Suggest Major Swing Corrections to
> Your Opponent
>
> Chapter 16 - When to Re-grip Your Ball Retriever
>
>
>
> Also includes the latest GOLF terms
>
> A Sally Gunnell - not pretty but a good runner
>
> A Paris Hilton - an expensive hole
>
> A Dennis Wise - a nasty 5 footer
>
> A Diegio Maradonna - a very nasty 5 footer
>
> A Salman Rushdie - an impossible read
>
> A Rio Ferdinand - Lipped out
>
> A Rock Hudson - thought it was straight, but it wasn't
>
> A Cuban - needs one more revolution
>
> An Elton John - a big bender that lips the rim
>
> An Adolf Hitler - two shots in the bunker
>
> A Yasser Arafat - ugly and in the sand
>
> A Kate Winslett - a bit fat but otherwise perfect
>
> A Kate Moss - bit thin
>
> A Gerry Adams - playing a Provisional
>
> A Glen Miller - kept low and didn't make it over the water
>
>
> An Arthur Scargill - a great strike but a poor result
>
> A Rodney King - over-clubbed
>
> An O. J. Simpson - got away with it
>
> A Paula Radcliffe - not as ugly as a Sally Gunnell but
> still a good runner
>
> A Princess Grace - should have taken a driver
>
> A Princess Di - shouldn't have taken a driver
>
> A Robin Cook - just died on the hill
>
> A Douglas Bader - looked good in the air, but didn't have
> the legs
>
> An Arsene Wenger - everyone saw where it went but you
>
> A Ken Livingstone - quite far left
>
> A Jean-Marie LePen - a long way right
>
> A Ladyboy - looks like an easy hole but all is not what it
> seems
>
> An elephant's arse - high and sh*tty
>
> A condom - safe but didn't feel real good
>
> A circus tent - a BIG top
>
> An Anna Kournikova - looks great, but unlikely to get a
> result
>
> A Vinnie Jones - nasty kick when you're not expecting it
>
> A Ryanair - flies well but lands a long way from the target
>
>
> A sister-in-law - up there but I know that I shouldn't be
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on December 14, 2009, 09:45:21 PM
I always understood a public course to be owned by a council.

Not to many in the west so, although I saw in the western a few months ago that a community group opened a par 3 back doohoma direction. I wonder how that is going for them?

I'm playing westport this weekend. I heard its a difficult course. Anyone played it?

Fantastic course. I hope you have nice weather because it is spectacular at times.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on December 14, 2009, 10:22:04 PM

Played Silouge quite a bit too as it's handy for me coming down the N1 and the others in Dublin to meet up at. Not bad TBH for a public course and have never been held up;

what is a public course? I can only think of one course in the mayo/galway region that is not open to the public , that being galway bay.. Are all the others private but open to the public or are they public?
I think Gaway Bay is re-opening to the public next april Venter.  Westport is a great course.  The first few holes are handy enough but it gets tough after that.  The back 9 are nearly all with a back-drop of Clew Bay and the wind plays its part out there.  Hope you get decent weather as it wont disappoint. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 15, 2009, 09:12:21 AM
Well around Donabate it ranges from around 1300 (Turvey, no joining fee) to €3000 (Beaverstown, including joining-fee).  They're not saying down at The Island, but I believe it was around €5000 in 2009 (with a €28,000 joining fee).  Nice course though.

The island is class. Billy I assume your a regular in Corballis, one of my favourite public courses.

The wife wouldn't let me join Beaverstown or Blackbush!

Yeah, I like Corballis - it's hard, but rewarding for accuracy.  Have you played the 'new' holes there yet Gerry?

Billy

Last time I played it the old holes over the road were still in existence. Where did they get the new ground from? It always was a real test of accuracy and the greens were superb. We stopped playing when one of the lads in my group hit another player in the eye with a golf ball. We never were enclined to go back. It was one of those "oh f**king Jesus Christ moments"

Yeah Gerry, that would be a good reason not to go back.  Anyhow, they've scrapped those shite over-the-road holes and have built three new holes in the dunes at the other end of the course - it's now a much better course, as the back-nine's as good as the front-nine. 

And as Muppet so classily and tactfully put it, there are now even more blind-shots, and the narrowest fairways in Christendom.  Must go out again soon. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on December 15, 2009, 04:36:17 PM
Well around Donabate it ranges from around 1300 (Turvey, no joining fee) to €3000 (Beaverstown, including joining-fee).  They're not saying down at The Island, but I believe it was around €5000 in 2009 (with a €28,000 joining fee).  Nice course though.

The island is class. Billy I assume your a regular in Corballis, one of my favourite public courses.

The wife wouldn't let me join Beaverstown or Blackbush!

Yeah, I like Corballis - it's hard, but rewarding for accuracy.  Have you played the 'new' holes there yet Gerry?

Billy

Last time I played it the old holes over the road were still in existence. Where did they get the new ground from? It always was a real test of accuracy and the greens were superb. We stopped playing when one of the lads in my group hit another player in the eye with a golf ball. We never were enclined to go back. It was one of those "oh f**king Jesus Christ moments"

Yeah Gerry, that would be a good reason not to go back.  Anyhow, they've scrapped those shite over-the-road holes and have built three new holes in the dunes at the other end of the course - it's now a much better course, as the back-nine's as good as the front-nine. 

And as Muppet so classily and tactfully put it, there are now even more blind-shots, and the narrowest fairways in Christendom.  Must go out again soon.

It wasn't deliberate Billy.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ha ha derry on December 15, 2009, 05:18:42 PM
Excellent Gerry  :D ;D :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 16, 2009, 12:27:05 PM
Anyone a member of a club in and around Dublin? Looking at memberships but not gonna pay outragous money as lots of clubs a crying out for members next year. Any suggestions?

Do ye have any more news on this bigfella?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on December 16, 2009, 09:44:31 PM
Anyone a member of a club in and around Dublin? Looking at memberships but not gonna pay outragous money as lots of clubs a crying out for members next year. Any suggestions?

Do ye have any more news on this bigfella?

Not much, I still thinking of joining Hollystown. Haven't really come across anywhere else within reason i'd join.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 17, 2009, 09:34:13 AM
I think Balcarrick GC is doing good deal at the moment too.  It might be a bit far away for you though.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on December 17, 2009, 10:22:07 AM
I think Balcarrick GC is doing good deal at the moment too.  It might be a bit far away for you though.

Yeah to get from Rathgar/Terenure it would be a bit too far, especially as I'd prefer to pay less than a grand. We have 3 or 4 of us looking, so ideally we would be looking a discount for the whole lot of us. Might have a look at the coure though some weekend.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 17, 2009, 11:05:04 AM
I don't know if it's still the case, but you could become a member of the public course (Corballis, the links across the road from Balcarrick) for about €400/yr. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on December 17, 2009, 12:01:13 PM
I don't know if it's still the case, but you could become a member of the public course (Corballis, the links across the road from Balcarrick) for about €400/yr.

Yeah that's similar to Silogue but I think you still have to pay green fees, although at a discounted rate. Not reallly what we are after.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 17, 2009, 12:12:57 PM
Turvey's fairly cheap too, and more likely to do a deal - course isn't great, though I believe they've spent a good bit of money there recently. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on December 17, 2009, 12:28:17 PM
Turvey's fairly cheap too, and more likely to do a deal - course isn't great, though I believe they've spent a good bit of money there recently.

Yeah there is a few young courses about that would be crying out for members in the new year. To pay big bucks is madness as I wouldn't get teh value out of it. I don't think I could play the same course all the time flat out, so I would also be paying green fees elsewhere at least 2 or 3 times a month during the summer.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on December 17, 2009, 05:47:06 PM
Turvey's fairly cheap too, and more likely to do a deal - course isn't great, though I believe they've spent a good bit of money there recently.

It has come on an awful lot in the last few years.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stew on December 17, 2009, 08:42:55 PM
Turvey's fairly cheap too, and more likely to do a deal - course isn't great, though I believe they've spent a good bit of money there recently.

Yeah there is a few young courses about that would be crying out for members in the new year. To pay big bucks is madness as I wouldn't get teh value out of it. I don't think I could play the same course all the time flat out, so I would also be paying green fees elsewhere at least 2 or 3 times a month during the summer.

I joined a course and I played it exclusively but for a few outings a year, it was great because I played a lot, get a lot better and then after a few years I didnt join anywhere and played different courses, I kept a running total of how much I spent and it was more than three times greater than if I had stayed at the club and just played someplace else now and again.

I am joining the club again, $700.00 gets me a hundred rounds of golf, you cant beat that.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on December 18, 2009, 03:08:25 PM
Hi Muppet,

Are you up in castlebar? Whats the weather like up there today, has the frost cleared. Westport is looking dodgy for the morning unfortunately.

Damn weather!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on December 18, 2009, 03:24:13 PM
Hi Muppet,

Are you up in castlebar? Whats the weather like up there today, has the frost cleared. Westport is looking dodgy for the morning unfortunately.

Damn weather!

I'm in Dublin. Castlebar would usually close if the other courses around the county are closed. Mulranny might be a good bet.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on December 18, 2009, 03:42:50 PM
I'll ring westport in the morning before I go anywhere, with a bit of luck it will be open! I havent played mulranny in a long time, I remember it being very windy back there and there being horses and sheep roaming the course. They have little fences around the greens to keep the livestock out. ( Is it a public course?)

I also remember scoring a wind assisted hat-trick for Kilmurry FC against mulranney once upon a time. I missed a penalty and I also fell into a hole and tore ligaments in my ankle. I have mixed emotions about that day.
Of course this is all relevant because the pitch was near the golf course!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: flantheman82 on January 03, 2010, 11:52:44 PM
Need help badly here guys.
Anyone know of a course that will be playable tomorrow?
Am based in Belfast but willing to drive up to 40 minutes.
Possible suggestions so far are:
down royal
Allen park
carnalee (wrong spelling I'm sure)
ardglass

any help would be greatly appreciated as i have been working all over the holidays and it's my only day off.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the waffler on January 04, 2010, 10:28:58 AM
Need help badly here guys.
Anyone know of a course that will be playable tomorrow?
Am based in Belfast but willing to drive up to 40 minutes.
Possible suggestions so far are:
down royal
Allen park
carnalee (wrong spelling I'm sure)
ardglass

any help would be greatly appreciated as i have been working all over the holidays and it's my only day off.
Kirkiston just outside Portaferry should deff be open great dry course as well its not to frosty here today either
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: flantheman82 on January 04, 2010, 04:01:12 PM
Ended up going to carnalea. Not a bad course even with the temporary tees/greens. Ground was rock hard though. Even my dodgy slice looked even worse with the bounce off the fairway.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the waffler on January 07, 2010, 07:45:05 PM
Looking for a society weekend over may bank holiday about 25 lads reasonably priced for 2 nights and 2 rounds of golf any suggestions
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on January 07, 2010, 07:52:54 PM
Looking for a society weekend over may bank holiday about 25 lads reasonably priced for 2 nights and 2 rounds of golf any suggestions

Carne Belmullet Co. Mayo

or

Westport.

In the midland try Glasson.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the waffler on January 20, 2010, 05:59:41 PM
anyone playin the all ireland societies comp bein run by the irish star
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ha ha derry on January 20, 2010, 09:59:14 PM
Looking for a society weekend over may bank holiday about 25 lads reasonably priced for 2 nights and 2 rounds of golf any suggestions

Ballyliffin old course and glashedy course. Two fantastic courses and the pints in the clubhouse are magic. :-*
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the waffler on January 21, 2010, 05:13:33 PM
they have booked davinci s in derry (FFS)playin city of derry and foyle
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ha ha derry on January 22, 2010, 10:01:35 AM
they have booked davinci s in derry (FFS)playin city of derry and foyle

Bring yer wellies.  :'(
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Declan on January 22, 2010, 10:24:47 AM
Good to see Lowry and McIlroy up there in Abu Dhabi

1     Garcia     Spa     67     -11     18
1    Lowry    Ire       -11    16
3    Kaymer    Ger    67    -10    18
3    Davies    Wal    68    -10    18
3    Hanson    Swe       -10    17
6    McIlroy    NI    69    -9    18
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on January 22, 2010, 11:02:46 AM
Yeah fair play to lowry.He's carrying his good form from the end of last season over.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on January 24, 2010, 05:28:39 PM
watching a bit of that today- they both played well, if Lowry's putter had held over the weekend he could have taken it...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 25, 2010, 09:08:56 AM
Lowry's now into Top-100 at No. 89; fair play to him.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on January 25, 2010, 09:59:11 AM
Watched most of this over the weekend-as Heganboy says, if his putting was better he'd have won it, some superb golf played by him.

Kaymer was good value for the win though-will be an important part of Monty's squad you'd imagine.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: flantheman82 on February 17, 2010, 10:08:47 AM
Hey. Am currently a 21 handicapper whose driving let's me down a bucketload.
I am playing at the k club on Sunday. How is that for wayward drives? Is it forgiving? Or should I drop down a club?
Am really looking forward to the day but don't wanna ruin it by playing like a p***k.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on February 17, 2010, 11:56:59 AM
Hey. Am currently a 21 handicapper whose driving let's me down a bucketload.
I am playing at the k club on Sunday. How is that for wayward drives? Is it forgiving? Or should I drop down a club?
Am really looking forward to the day but don't wanna ruin it by playing like a p***k.

I wouldn't use clubs if I were you. Try a snooker cue.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on February 17, 2010, 12:21:19 PM
Quote
Hey. Am currently a 21 handicapper whose driving let's me down a bucketload.
I am playing at the k club on Sunday. How is that for wayward drives? Is it forgiving? Or should I drop down a club?
Am really looking forward to the day but don't wanna ruin it by playing like a p***k.

Have you tried shortening your swing or holding the driver further down the shaft??
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: flantheman82 on February 17, 2010, 12:26:57 PM
Well I actually had a lesson the other night for the first time and he said that my backswing was way too long. I didn't realise before but I can actually see my driver out of the corner of my eye at the top
of my backswing.
I know what I've to work on but I haven't had a chance to hit anything since so
am a bit wary about trying it in k club.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on February 17, 2010, 01:26:36 PM
Quote
Well I actually had a lesson the other night for the first time and he said that my backswing was way too long. I didn't realise before but I can actually see my driver out of the corner of my eye at the top
of my backswing.
I know what I've to work on but I haven't had a chance to hit anything since so
am a bit wary about trying it in k club.

I've never played there but if you're more confident off the tee with a 3 wood or hybrid
stick with it until you get the driver sorted.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on March 14, 2010, 10:25:59 PM
Anyone watching the golf?

A female spectator tried to pick up Schwartzels ball (oh er missus)

Silly bitch!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on March 15, 2010, 12:02:09 AM
the set of her scrambling after it with the fella trying to pull her back, she kept going pushing him away. Lethal...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on March 15, 2010, 10:00:18 AM
the set of her scrambling after it with the fella trying to pull her back, she kept going pushing him away. Lethal...

I re-played it a couple of times, she was really mouthing off to him, I suspect that she might have some anger issues!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on March 15, 2010, 12:46:27 PM
I might get away with this on a golf thread- but there are a lot of anger issues with women on golf courses...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on April 12, 2010, 02:23:23 PM
Heading to Kilkenny in a few weeks and would like to get a round of golf in en route.

Anyone recommend anywhere not too far from the Dublin-Kilkenny road?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 12, 2010, 02:33:22 PM
Heading to Kilkenny in a few weeks and would like to get a round of golf in en route.

Anyone recommend anywhere not too far from the Dublin-Kilkenny road?

Just got back from a weekend down there, great spot. How much do you want to pay? Mount Juliet is on that road, its a great road now motorway nearly all the way. If your are heading down on a drinking session, warn the drivers that the boys in blue are out in force on the sunday mornings on the roads out of the City.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on April 12, 2010, 02:35:16 PM
Anyone watching the golf?

A female spectator tried to pick up Schwartzels ball (oh er missus)

Silly bitch!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6MeWNlwGEk&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6MeWNlwGEk&feature=related)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on April 12, 2010, 02:48:20 PM
Reminds me of that staple of golf etiquette. 'It's bad etiquette to pick up a lost ball that is still moving'.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on April 12, 2010, 02:59:51 PM
Heading to Kilkenny in a few weeks and would like to get a round of golf in en route.

Anyone recommend anywhere not too far from the Dublin-Kilkenny road?

Take the turn off for Gowran about 8 miles outside of Kilkenny on the Dublin/Carlow road. It's a beautiful course.
It's part of Gowran Park race track so ring ahead to make sure there is no horse racing on that day as 5 or 6 of the holes are in the middle of the track.
It's much cheaper than Mount Julliet and there is also a fine resturant there for post golf grub, I'm actually hoping to play myself there on Friday
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on April 12, 2010, 03:44:49 PM
Why do pros, and commentators, prefix the word 'golf' to everything? It's like they have to keep telling us what we are looking at.

'What a great golf course'
'That's a beautiful golf shot'
'He has great control of the golf ball'
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on April 12, 2010, 06:30:59 PM
Why do pros, and commentators, prefix the word 'golf' to everything? It's like they have to keep telling us what we are looking at.

'What a great golf course'
'That's a beautiful golf shot'
'He has great control of the golf ball'

And why do Americans then add 'right there' to all of the above? Actually Feherty does this as well.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on April 12, 2010, 07:25:06 PM
Thanks for the tips fellas. Will phone gowran tomorrow. Rathsallagh giving a good deal though. Anyone played it?

Played headfort new and lough erne this year. Two amazing courses. Erne shades it for views, headfort ever so slightly for holes, nearly every single one is a beauty.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 12, 2010, 08:37:36 PM
Rathsallagh is a top course. Tha new couse is headfort is a cracker
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on April 12, 2010, 09:04:47 PM
Thanks for the tips fellas. Will phone gowran tomorrow. Rathsallagh giving a good deal though. Anyone played it?

Played headfort new and lough erne this year. Two amazing courses. Erne shades it for views, headfort ever so slightly for holes, nearly every single one is a beauty has a water trap near it!
Fixed that for you there!  Seriously though, its a savage course, one of the best around IMO.  Have played it twice now and I swear to God it nearly broke me the first time!  Hope to give it another rattle ot two over the summer.  Yet to play Lough Erne, but i hear its a fantastic track also.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on April 12, 2010, 10:05:10 PM
Good man Gerry that's good enough for me. 50 eur for golf with a cart isn't bad at all.

Need the cart to preserve the stamina for copious stout in Kilkenny.

Gaillimh I didn't find headfort so bad. There's water everywhere but it wasn't that intimidating. Trees have always been a bigger problem for me though!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 12, 2010, 10:17:17 PM
One last thing Wobbler, make sure you have a pint in Tynan's no TVs, just people drinking quality pints of stout. And remember about the boys in blue on the way back I nearly shit myself. Talked to a local and he says its a regular occurrence.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Declan on April 13, 2010, 01:41:05 PM
Well had the first game in a couple of months last night. Glorious evening. Hitting the ball reasonably well and stood on the last tee needing a par 4 to win the competition (not that I knew it at the time) and promptly mangled a 7 out of it. Stupid bleedin game
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: offtheground on April 14, 2010, 08:07:02 AM
Lads,
I'm struggling with long fairway shots. I've been hitting them with my 3 wood with a success rate of about 2 out of 5. The other three times, I'm either topping the ball or making a crap connection. I've had some sucess with slowing the back-swing right down, but someone mentioned the other night I should try getting a hybrid.
Could anyone explain to me the difference in a standard 3 wood, and a hybrid 3 wood? Do you still carry both and when would you use one instead of the other?

Many thanks.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on April 14, 2010, 08:30:19 AM
A hybrid is more hybrid iron than hybrid wood.
A hybrid 3 will have more loft than your 3 wood a 3 hybrid will be about 21* where as your 3 wood is probably 16* so in therefore it should be easier get the ball up in the air.
They are very easy to hit and like a iron you hit down on the ball rather than sweep it off the ground as you would with a fairway wood.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: offtheground on April 14, 2010, 08:53:46 AM
Thanks LL.
What would be the difference in distance you could expect from each? Would it be fair to say you'd be better of with the standard wood from the fairway, and should consider the hybrid from the longer grass?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on April 14, 2010, 09:12:18 AM
Thanks LL.
What would be the difference in distance you could expect from each? Would it be fair to say you'd be better of with the standard wood from the fairway, and should consider the hybrid from the longer grass?

I hit my 3 hybrid about 200yards but everyone is different you might be able hit it further than that.
I use it off the fairway and from the rough, more often than not it will be from the rough though as I spend way more time in that than the fairway :-[ 
I don't use a 3 wood anymore, I doubt with my limited ability I would hit a 3 wood any further than the 3 hybrid.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on April 14, 2010, 09:49:29 AM
I used to struggle hitting the fairway woods as well, especially on tight lies and well manicured fairways. I read a lesson in Golf Digest about 5 years ago that helped enormously. Basically it was to lengthen the backswing in a much rounder swing. My tendency was to pick the club up very quick, like a mid-short iron and therefore a steep swing that led to a lot of bad contacts.

When I imagined I was brushing an item away from the back of the ball (about 6 inches behind the ball) with the back of the fairway wood, it made me lengthen, and swing much more like a pendulum.  Now I am much more consistent with the woods off the fairway, and have even gotten pretty confident hitting driver off the carpet if needs be.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Shrek on April 14, 2010, 10:18:51 AM
I got a 2 iron Hybrid last summer and love it, i mainly use it of the tee as a few of the holes i play are too short for the the driver.

Hybrds are much easir to hit than a 3 wood or the Iron equivalent.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: offtheground on April 14, 2010, 10:23:27 AM
I've been hitting my 3 wood ~200yrds, although I'd willingly sacrifice a few yards for abit more accuracy and less 'topped' balls.

Could you recommend a decent hybrid, did a quick search there and saw Ping G15 for around £100 and Taylor made r7 for ~£60.
I'm a high handicapper (24), so wouldn't want to be spending too much, at the same time want to get something i'll get a few years out of...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on April 14, 2010, 10:32:09 AM
I have a Cobra Baffler TWS 3hybrid and a Nike Sumo Sq 5 Hybrid love them both especially the Nike.
You would get either of them in various lofts  cheap enough as they are both a couple of years old.
The Taylormade you mentioned sounds like a good deal though, I have never hit one though
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Shrek on April 14, 2010, 10:34:31 AM
if you can get one at the right price i would recommend an Adams Hybrid

They generally make the best Hybrids. IMO  - (dont have one myself though)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: offtheground on April 14, 2010, 10:38:01 AM
Cheer lads, I'll speak to our Pro this evening and get his word on it..

on another note, I just got a new putter, Ping IN D67. Paid £70 for it in the pro shop. I'm well impressed so far, probably all in my head, but seem to be 3 putting alot less.

visitors can't see pics , please register or login
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: bingobus on April 14, 2010, 10:38:39 AM
Thanks for the tips fellas. Will phone gowran tomorrow. Rathsallagh giving a good deal though. Anyone played it?

Played headfort new and lough erne this year. Two amazing courses. Erne shades it for views, headfort ever so slightly for holes, nearly every single one is a beauty has a water trap near it!
Fixed that for you there!  Seriously though, its a savage course, one of the best around IMO.  Have played it twice now and I swear to God it nearly broke me the first time!  Hope to give it another rattle ot two over the summer.  Yet to play Lough Erne, but i hear its a fantastic track also.

Any of you's play Concra Wood outside Castleblayney yet? Mighty track and some great holes.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on April 14, 2010, 10:40:29 AM
I have Ben Hogan Edge CFT #3 and #5. Brilliant clubs IMO and you should be able to get them pretty cheaply. I got mine from the states. After I played with them once I got rid of my fairway woods.

Here's a pretty good site for reviews of all things golf:
http://www.golfreview.com/
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on April 14, 2010, 10:40:42 AM
Cheer lads, I'll speak to our Pro this evening and get his word on it..

on another note, I just got a new putter, Ping IN D67. Paid £70 for it in the pro shop. I'm well impressed so far, probably all in my head, but seem to be 3 putting alot less.

visitors can't see pics , please register or login


A good putter, with a nice balance and a consistent roll will help you put better, but most of it is in your head alright :) I have an Odyssey putter I got years ago, and I think I can't miss with it. I often do, but because I know it's a good putter, ,I blame myself. That removes doubts for the next putt.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Doogie Browser on April 27, 2010, 09:42:26 AM
These girls go from strength to strength, great talent at such a young age.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/8645179.stm
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on April 28, 2010, 08:05:46 PM
Anyone a member or played in Hollystown GC in north Dublin?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on April 28, 2010, 08:31:14 PM
Anyone a member or played in Hollystown GC in north Dublin?

Yeah played it a good few times. Not a fan to be honest.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on April 28, 2010, 08:34:24 PM
Anyone a member or played in Hollystown GC in north Dublin?

Yeah played it a good few times. Not a fan to be honest.
Really why?
I got a voucher for 4 tee times for Hollystown and was going to use them in a few weeks just wondered what it is like, also my stag is coming up and I was gonna organise some Golf for about 12 of us on the Saturday morning, was wondering how hard it was get tee times on a weekend
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on April 28, 2010, 08:56:25 PM
Anyone a member or played in Hollystown GC in north Dublin?

Yeah played it a good few times. Not a fan to be honest.
Really why?
I got a voucher for 4 tee times for Hollystown and was going to use them in a few weeks just wondered what it is like, also my stag is coming up and I was gonna organise some Golf for about 12 of us on the Saturday morning, was wondering how hard it was get tee times on a weekend

On the plus side I've never found it hard to get a tee time there and it's usually quite cheap. I don't know if it would be easy get 12. I guess the sooner you book it the better.
It's just not a very memorable course. There's no signature hole, the greens are poor. I don't know, it's just bland.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 29, 2010, 08:23:38 AM
I am a member and whilst its not the K Club the greens are very good these days. There are three nines and the red and green are nine are not the most difficult the blue nine is a serious challange off the back sticks. Because its 27 holes unless there is a large society out on the saturday you should have no problems getting out.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on April 29, 2010, 09:05:30 AM
Thanks gerry,I might give them a call regarding my stag and getting 2 or 3 groups of 4 out on the Saturday,I'm guessing they would probably start us off on different first tees
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 29, 2010, 09:24:10 AM
Give them enough notice and they will/should accommodate you.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on April 29, 2010, 10:53:46 AM
I am a member and whilst its not the K Club the greens are very good these days. There are three nines and the red and green are nine are not the most difficult the blue nine is a serious challange off the back sticks. Because its 27 holes unless there is a large society out on the saturday you should have no problems getting out.

I haven't played it this year so it could have improved a lot. Last played it in September. The red course is no better than a public course like Sillogue. I guess it provides value for money though.
For a few extra quid I'd much rather play Castleknock. Greens there are superb and some great par 3's over water.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on April 29, 2010, 03:29:21 PM
http://www.pgatour.com/players/02/44/49/scorecards/2010/r480.html

Now thats what I call a bad day on the golfcourse. A 12 on a par 5
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on April 29, 2010, 03:58:18 PM
Quote
Any of you's play Concra Wood outside Castleblayney yet?

It is a might track but it's bloody unfair! I was striking the ball very well off the tee that day (ah the memories), but with all the ridges and contours, especially on the front 9, I kept ending up with the ball under my feet. Fairways shouldn't punish you like that.

The views walking around it though are stunning - on a par with Lough Erne - and I've a feeling the locals will keep it a friendly course.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: bingobus on April 29, 2010, 04:27:02 PM
Quote
Any of you's play Concra Wood outside Castleblayney yet?

It is a might track but it's bloody unfair! I was striking the ball very well off the tee that day (ah the memories), but with all the ridges and contours, especially on the front 9, I kept ending up with the ball under my feet. Fairways shouldn't punish you like that.

The views walking around it though are stunning - on a par with Lough Erne - and I've a feeling the locals will keep it a friendly course.

I wouldn't have experienced that problem too much, local knowledge helps I suppose off the tee's, not that I'd play all that often. The greens are mighty and one of things I like is that no two holes are the same and they really used space well, you don't really see the next hole until you on the next tee box.

Views around it are class and they've just opened the new clubhouse and the view from it is quality with about 5 greens/holes on view. As for keeping it friendly, I wouldn't doubt that, particularly from the fella running the bar in the clubhouse  ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on April 29, 2010, 06:00:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUj_qqVxVrE
 :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on May 02, 2010, 09:30:55 PM
watching wee Rory at quail hollow. 2 shot lead with 4 to play, he's just left himself 3 feet for eagle on the 15th. made it to take a 4 shot lead....
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on May 20, 2010, 08:18:33 PM
Played in Slade Valley just outside Saggart last night....
Jaysis its at some height,but some great views,they reckon you can see right to the Mourne mountains on a clear day.
Some of the holes were some climb though,and the ones coming down hill were great because even a half decent drive you were guaranteed the ball who keep rolling nearly right to the green.
The 10th hole I think it is,is called Coronary Hill or something to that effect its almost 45 degrees,I have never been so fecked after a game of Golf but a really nice course nonetheless.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 01, 2010, 08:23:14 PM
Golf course dispute sends 1 man to hospital, 2 others to jail
May 31st, 2010 @ 9:50pm

PROVO -- Golf is known as a gentleman's game. But on Saturday morning in Provo, there were no gentlemen around.

In fact, there was no etiquette at all, as one golfer was taken to the hospital and two others went to jail.

Late Saturday morning, play on the Reserve at East Bay golf course in Provo turned violent over a dispute between two golfing parties about "playing through."


John Black, left, and Brice Williams, right, were arrested after the attacks.
According to Provo police, it happened at the tee box on hole No. 10 where a group thought they had permission from the course marshal to go ahead.

In the end, two of those golfers ended up under arrest.

Police say the two golfing parties started exchanging words, which escalated to a golf driver being used as a weapon.

All of the sudden, police dispatchers got a flood of 911 calls -- including one from each of the two men now under arrest -- asking for help.

Not only did the 41-year-old victim suffer what police said was a hematoma on his back, he sustained a puncture wound and abrasions to his thigh after the driver broke in half and was used as a blunt instrument.

The victim also reported he was punched several times.

John Black, 53, and Brice Williams, 59, were booked on charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

Police are not commenting about who may have started the altercation or if the victim became physical; it's all said to be under investigation.

There was a much more peaceful atmosphere at the course Monday afternoon, where golfers called the altercation unbelievable.

The pro at the Reserve at East Bay golf course declined to respond to Saturday's incident.

Because of the holiday, KSL could not get an update on the victim's condition.

And it has been an extra long weekend for the two men arrested. They were still in jail Monday night, waiting to see a judge. They'll get a bail hearing Tuesday morning

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=10990613

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on June 07, 2010, 10:29:04 PM
Good weekend for the Europeans with McDowell and Rose.

Anyone see Mrs Rose (woof woof!) and the wee child clapping his Dad? Class.

And Ricky Fowler dressed head to toe in Orange - must check his Armagh ancestry!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 07, 2010, 10:37:45 PM
Good weekend for the Europeans with McDowell and Rose.

Anyone see Mrs Rose (woof woof!) and the wee child clapping his Dad? Class.

And Ricky Fowler dressed head to toe in Orange - must check his Armagh ancestry!

Good weekend for the golfing Brits alright.
On another note Shane Lowery finished top of qualifying for The Open next month.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Rois on June 10, 2010, 05:11:58 PM
I'm going to be stationed in Dublin's fair city for a wee while, looking for the handiest driving range if I'm stationed in hotels around the city centre.  I've heard there's one at Castleknock (Elm Green).  Any other suggestions?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on June 10, 2010, 06:09:33 PM
I'm going to be stationed in Dublin's fair city for a wee while, looking for the handiest driving range if I'm stationed in hotels around the city centre.  I've heard there's one at Castleknock (Elm Green).  Any other suggestions?

There is one across from the airport behind the Ulster Bank beside the Coachman's pub. There are two in the Portmarnock area just off the Malahide Road, one very new one. Take the first right after the Garden Centre about half a mile north of the Hilton.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on June 13, 2010, 10:44:50 PM
Anyone watching the golf? Some craic!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on June 13, 2010, 10:46:22 PM
I would like to see westwood win now after the yanks going on about him not been able to close out
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on June 13, 2010, 10:52:37 PM
Garrigus looks like he literally s**t himself.

And he is using a kiddies putter!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on June 13, 2010, 10:54:51 PM
Yeah the putter looks comical. Hope Karlsson wins. Would like to see him make the Ryder cup team.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on June 13, 2010, 11:00:52 PM
Garrigus looks like he literally s**t himself.

And he is using a kiddies putter!


He is going to need a chainsaw now
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on June 13, 2010, 11:14:53 PM
European winner anyways  :)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on June 13, 2010, 11:48:27 PM
do these guys not realise i have to go to work in the morning
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on June 14, 2010, 12:07:45 AM
I think Westwood heard ya.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 14, 2010, 09:37:32 AM
Anyone watching the golf? Some craic!

Didn't get to see any of it, what happened?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on June 14, 2010, 09:43:20 AM
The Leader Garrigus stood on the 18th with a three shot advantage, took out a hybrid and knocked it into the water. Went to pitch over trees with an 8 iron, hit it into the trees, made 7 to go into a playoff with Westwood and Karllsson. Westwood had finished ealier and about to head home. Westwood won on 4th playoff hole
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 14, 2010, 10:07:49 AM
I'm going to be stationed in Dublin's fair city for a wee while, looking for the handiest driving range if I'm stationed in hotels around the city centre.  I've heard there's one at Castleknock (Elm Green).  Any other suggestions?

There is one across from the airport behind the Ulster Bank beside the Coachman's pub. There are two in the Portmarnock area just off the Malahide Road, one very new one. Take the first right after the Garden Centre about half a mile north of the Hilton.

The one at the Coachman's is good - I use it a good bit, also an easy drive (geddit, geddit) from town. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on June 14, 2010, 10:45:31 AM
The Leader Garrigus stood on the 18th with a three shot advantage, took out a hybrid and knocked it into the water. Went to pitch over trees with an 8 iron, hit it into the trees, made 7 to go into a playoff with Westwood and Karllsson. Westwood had finished ealier and about to head home. Westwood won on 4th playoff hole

I think after taking 7 on the final par 4, the whole world was behind Garrigus for the play-off who has been around a long time but never won on tour. He out drove Westwood and Karllsson on the first play-off hole but cruelly, his ball ended up right behind the trunk of a tree.

Garrigus seems like a decent bloke, but must suffers more than others from sweating on a hot humid day.

visitors can't see pics , please register or login
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on June 14, 2010, 03:32:24 PM
serious case of swampass
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tyrones own on June 14, 2010, 07:03:20 PM
Jaysus I was gutted for the poor man especially after
the drive with the 3 wood landing behind the tree.
He even hit himself in the bake with the putter at the finish up
such was his day  :'(
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on June 15, 2010, 01:35:36 PM
great watching, felt for him on the last tee, he choked up on a hybrid, when he was hitting his driver full and straight all day. Feherty's comment on the last was pretty much on the money, for his second shot, the caddy should have handed him the wedge and walked back around the water instead of that 6 iron...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on June 27, 2010, 12:00:33 PM
great story developing here for simon thornton - second at the bmw in munich. he just came thro q school last year, despite the headlines a lot of golfers are not far from the breadline esp those outside the top 200 in the world rankings. hope he can hang on or even win



http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2010/tournamentid=2010038/leaderboard/index.html?showLeaderboard=Y

3 irish in the top 10 at the moment
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on June 27, 2010, 12:38:09 PM
great story developing here for simon thornton - second at the bmw in munich. he just came thro q school last year, despite the headlines a lot of golfers are not far from the breadline esp those outside the top 200 in the world rankings. hope he can hang on or even win



http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2010/tournamentid=2010038/leaderboard/index.html?showLeaderboard=Y

3 irish in the top 10 at the moment
3 over for his last 4 holes, i think that ship has saled unfortunately.  He has been getting himself onto a couple of leaderboards recently though, if he can keep that up and win a few quid, it'll give him more confidence to press on and win someday.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on June 27, 2010, 01:15:51 PM
live streaming here, still only 3 of the lead with 6 to play bb

http://www.veetle.com/frameworked/index.php/channel/view#489e78e9b8936
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on June 27, 2010, 02:52:25 PM
finish tied 8th, disappointed but still squeezes into next week event after a top 10 finish.....
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 27, 2010, 03:04:12 PM
finish tied 8th, disappointed but still squeezes into next week event after a top 10 finish.....

Would probably have won 50K I suppose? Not a bad weekends work
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on June 27, 2010, 07:18:20 PM
Harrington is putting some round together this evening.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Eastern_Pride on June 27, 2010, 07:25:43 PM
Garrigus puts "It'll be different this time" Harrington to shame.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 27, 2010, 09:59:00 PM
Could be a 4 man playoff here.
Btw fair play to the McDonaghs, Wards and Nevins for sponsoring this event
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on June 27, 2010, 10:05:38 PM
Could be a 4 man playoff here.
Btw fair play to the McDonaghs, Wards and Nevins for sponsoring this event
:D :D

Knew there had to a good line there somewhere.
Just backed Bubba there, hoping he'll birdie the last and make the play-off.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 27, 2010, 10:10:45 PM
Could be a 4 man playoff here.
Btw fair play to the McDonaghs, Wards and Nevins for sponsoring this event
:D :D

Knew there had to a good line there somewhere.
Just backed Bubba there, hoping he'll birdie the last and make the play-off.

396yard drive from Bubba :o
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on June 27, 2010, 10:11:11 PM
finish tied 8th, disappointed but still squeezes into next week event after a top 10 finish.....

Would probably have won 50K I suppose? Not a bad weekends work

42K
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on June 27, 2010, 10:11:39 PM
Where is Simon Thornton from?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on June 27, 2010, 10:12:48 PM
live us pga tour here

http://www.pgatour.com/liveat/2010/tour/player.html
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on June 27, 2010, 10:13:59 PM
Go on bubba!!!!

Now just has to take the play off, oh shit, he's never won before!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on June 27, 2010, 10:15:26 PM
Where is Simon Thornton from?

Think he was born in Bradford.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on June 27, 2010, 10:15:49 PM
Where is Simon Thornton from?

born in england to irish parents, lives in co down and has an irish passport.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 27, 2010, 10:25:16 PM
Hope Corey Pavin wins now
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on June 27, 2010, 10:27:21 PM
Hope Corey Pavin wins now
cheers LL, my 26/1 on bubba means nought to you then :'( :'(
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 27, 2010, 10:28:57 PM
Hope Corey Pavin wins now
cheers LL, my 26/1 on bubba means nought to you then :'( :'(

Unless you want to give me a cut out of it?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on June 27, 2010, 10:38:59 PM
Hope Corey Pavin wins now
cheers LL, my 26/1 on bubba means nought to you then :'( :'(

Unless you want to give me a cut out of it?
feck that, i suppose with the weekend you laois lads have had, your support of pavin is much appreciated ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 27, 2010, 10:59:07 PM
Some shot from Bubba
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on June 27, 2010, 11:00:18 PM
Hope Corey Pavin wins now
cheers LL, my 26/1 on bubba means nought to you then :'( :'(

Unless you want to give me a cut out of it?
feck that, i suppose with the weekend you laois lads have had, your support of pavin is much appreciated ;)
not over yet, verplank has a decent putt opp, but i win the same no matter which of them wins now.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on June 27, 2010, 11:04:46 PM
Great putt from Verplank
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on June 27, 2010, 11:17:30 PM
Brilliant Bubba, great to see such emotion.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on July 02, 2010, 11:04:55 AM
Been playing for exactly a year today and broke 80 (78, been knocking on the door for a month or so) for the first time on Wednesday :)  Roll on this time year as I wanna be capable of going round in scratch and have done it at least once  ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on July 02, 2010, 11:20:12 AM
That's impresssive. I've been playing for a lot longer than a year and have yet to break 80.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Minder on July 02, 2010, 11:23:08 AM
Been playing for exactly a year today and broke 80 (78, been knocking on the door for a month or so) for the first time on Wednesday :)  Roll on this time year as I wanna be capable of going round in scratch and have done it at least once  ;)
9 holes or 18?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on July 02, 2010, 11:43:31 AM
Very impressive score if you've just been playing a year
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on July 02, 2010, 11:50:41 AM
I messed about when I was younger like everyone, nothing serious or had no real swing.

TBH I guess I obsess about it a bit; I finished one relationship for her giving out to me about playing on a sunday and not spending time with her  ;) Put a lot of work into my swing (especially in the winter and with proper coaching sessions), paying dividends now it's getting consistent but at times (about 2 months ago) I could hit anything between 85 and 110 depending on what I was working on. Never had issues with the putter to be honest, I'd be happy if I get 36 putts a round and not normally to far from that.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on July 02, 2010, 01:28:02 PM
Yes its not bad on a 9 hole pitch and putt course.

But I wonder what would bigfella score on a full size golf course?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on July 02, 2010, 01:47:51 PM
I messed about when I was younger like everyone, nothing serious or had no real swing.

TBH I guess I obsess about it a bit; I finished one relationship for her giving out to me about playing on a sunday and not spending time with her  ;) Put a lot of work into my swing (especially in the winter and with proper coaching sessions), paying dividends now it's getting consistent but at times (about 2 months ago) I could hit anything between 85 and 110 depending on what I was working on. Never had issues with the putter to be honest, I'd be happy if I get 36 putts a round and not normally to far from that.
Great shooting TBF, very impressive after only one year.  I am sure scratch golf is well within your remit.  What is your official handicap?  I have actually dropped from 16 to 9 in the past year myself so definitely heading in the right direction.  Had a 76 in a society outing last weekend.  Not bad for someone with a hurling grip  ;D.  Once you really start getting the Hcap down its all about the short game.  Remember 70 - 75% of your strokes in a round are from 100 yards or less  ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on July 02, 2010, 01:55:18 PM
Yes its not bad on a 9 hole pitch and putt course.

But I wonder what would bigfella score on a full size golf course?

St Anne's Dublin - full 18  ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on July 02, 2010, 02:07:54 PM
I messed about when I was younger like everyone, nothing serious or had no real swing.

TBH I guess I obsess about it a bit; I finished one relationship for her giving out to me about playing on a sunday and not spending time with her  ;) Put a lot of work into my swing (especially in the winter and with proper coaching sessions), paying dividends now it's getting consistent but at times (about 2 months ago) I could hit anything between 85 and 110 depending on what I was working on. Never had issues with the putter to be honest, I'd be happy if I get 36 putts a round and not normally to far from that.
Great shooting TBF, very impressive after only one year.  I am sure scratch golf is well within your remit.  What is your official handicap?  I have actually dropped from 16 to 9 in the past year myself so definitely heading in the right direction.  Had a 76 in a society outing last weekend.  Not bad for someone with a hurling grip  ;D.  Once you really start getting the Hcap down its all about the short game.  Remember 70 - 75% of your strokes in a round are from 100 yards or less  ;)

No offical handicap at the moment, was playing off 19 around October/November last year though. Have no club in Dublin (prices are still to high for anything within a reasonable distance) and didn't keep up membership at home as was too big an expense just to have a handicap. Unoffically it depends who i'm with ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on July 02, 2010, 02:18:34 PM
I messed about when I was younger like everyone, nothing serious or had no real swing.

TBH I guess I obsess about it a bit; I finished one relationship for her giving out to me about playing on a sunday and not spending time with her  ;) Put a lot of work into my swing (especially in the winter and with proper coaching sessions), paying dividends now it's getting consistent but at times (about 2 months ago) I could hit anything between 85 and 110 depending on what I was working on. Never had issues with the putter to be honest, I'd be happy if I get 36 putts a round and not normally to far from that.
Great shooting TBF, very impressive after only one year.  I am sure scratch golf is well within your remit.  What is your official handicap?  I have actually dropped from 16 to 9 in the past year myself so definitely heading in the right direction.  Had a 76 in a society outing last weekend.  Not bad for someone with a hurling grip  ;D.  Once you really start getting the Hcap down its all about the short game.  Remember 70 - 75% of your strokes in a round are from 100 yards or less  ;)

No offical handicap at the moment, was playing off 19 around October/November last year though. Have no club in Dublin (prices are still to high for anything within a reasonable distance) and didn't keep up membership at home as was too big an expense just to have a handicap. Unoffically it depends who i'm with ;)
Your a feckin bandit!  :D :D :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on July 03, 2010, 12:57:26 PM
Been playing for exactly a year today and broke 80 (78, been knocking on the door for a month or so) for the first time on Wednesday :)  Roll on this time year as I wanna be capable of going round in scratch and have done it at least once  ;)

ive been playing for years and ive never broke 80.... and i hate you ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 04, 2010, 04:36:08 PM
Crazy stuff from Jimenez in French Open
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Catch the high ball on July 04, 2010, 04:45:55 PM
Crazy stuff from Jimenez in French Open

Whats happening?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on July 04, 2010, 04:48:52 PM
Crazy stuff from Jimenez in French Open

Whats happening?

He took a six at the last par 4. Three way play-off.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Hedley Lamarr on July 04, 2010, 10:18:41 PM
Still won 8)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 05, 2010, 08:45:02 AM
Is the JP Pro Am on telly anywhere today?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on July 05, 2010, 10:14:12 PM
not on telly LL but was at it today, a steal at e50 for 2 days - could have done with a few more food outlets but otherwise everything was perfect. tiger looked well too....

on again tomorrow 8am till after 6pm
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Doogie Browser on July 09, 2010, 01:17:39 PM
Darren Clarke 4 ahead of the field at Loch Lomond thru 15 on his 2nd round, the guy in the Irish news tipped him on Wednesday @ 150/1!  Obviously didn't back him myself! 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on July 09, 2010, 02:11:39 PM
Paul Goydos shot 59 at the John Deere event on the PGA tour. Steve Stricker shot 60. That's some impressive golf
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on July 09, 2010, 06:39:16 PM
Paul Goydos shot 59 at the John Deere event on the PGA tour. Steve Stricker shot 60. That's some impressive golf

They must be playing that course that Kim Jong-Il played.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on July 09, 2010, 08:30:03 PM
Fearon has Clarke at 66
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 09, 2010, 08:34:39 PM
Playing in Mount Juillet next Friday and Blarney Golf resort on Saturday, been in Mount Juillet loads of times but never in Blarney, Anyone ever played there?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on July 10, 2010, 03:31:07 PM
Lowry having a good round today.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on July 10, 2010, 03:51:09 PM
4 Irish in the top 20 and none of them are called Padraig or Rory.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on July 14, 2010, 01:29:07 PM
Anyone ever had a custom fitting session for their putter? I was trying some in Nevada Bobs the other day but the advice the assistant was giving was shite, didn't listen to a word I said or what I was after. I don't think it will radically change the number of putts I make but my current putter feels a bit too long and I'd like something with a bit more feel.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on July 14, 2010, 01:53:06 PM
Anyone ever had a custom fitting session for their putter? I was trying some in Nevada Bobs the other day but the advice the assistant was giving was shite, didn't listen to a word I said or what I was after. I don't think it will radically change the number of putts I make but my current putter feels a bit too long and I'd like something with a bit more feel.

How long is it?? The average is about 34 inches I think. I got a Ping Ug-Le on Ebay last year. 33 inches. Felt a bit short at first but now I really like it. Rarely 3 putt now. I'm sure if i went into a shop they'd try to sell me something longer. Yeah wouldn't waste your time with a custom fitting.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on July 14, 2010, 02:26:43 PM
Anyone ever had a custom fitting session for their putter? I was trying some in Nevada Bobs the other day but the advice the assistant was giving was shite, didn't listen to a word I said or what I was after. I don't think it will radically change the number of putts I make but my current putter feels a bit too long and I'd like something with a bit more feel.

How long is it?? The average is about 34 inches I think. I got a Ping Ug-Le on Ebay last year. 33 inches. Felt a bit short at first but now I really like it. Rarely 3 putt now. I'm sure if i went into a shop they'd try to sell me something longer. Yeah wouldn't waste your time with a custom fitting.

It's 35inch ping craz-e. I used to be quite upright when putting but I'm now gripping it right down the shaft as I've become less upright as the more I play. Definitely around 33 or 33.5 is what I'm after. Was toying with the idea of shortening and regripping mine but I fancy something which feels a bit softer too.

Probably what I wanted was the guy to bring me putters with shorter shaft and similar head weight to what I have. He was insistent telling me what I was doing wrong rather than listening to what I was after. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on July 15, 2010, 05:49:13 AM
Anyone ever had a custom fitting session for their putter? I was trying some in Nevada Bobs the other day but the advice the assistant was giving was shite, didn't listen to a word I said or what I was after. I don't think it will radically change the number of putts I make but my current putter feels a bit too long and I'd like something with a bit more feel.

How long is it?? The average is about 34 inches I think. I got a Ping Ug-Le on Ebay last year. 33 inches. Felt a bit short at first but now I really like it. Rarely 3 putt now. I'm sure if i went into a shop they'd try to sell me something longer. Yeah wouldn't waste your time with a custom fitting.

How tall are ya Geoff?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on July 15, 2010, 08:48:06 AM
Anyone ever had a custom fitting session for their putter? I was trying some in Nevada Bobs the other day but the advice the assistant was giving was shite, didn't listen to a word I said or what I was after. I don't think it will radically change the number of putts I make but my current putter feels a bit too long and I'd like something with a bit more feel.

How long is it?? The average is about 34 inches I think. I got a Ping Ug-Le on Ebay last year. 33 inches. Felt a bit short at first but now I really like it. Rarely 3 putt now. I'm sure if i went into a shop they'd try to sell me something longer. Yeah wouldn't waste your time with a custom fitting.

How tall are ya Geoff?

About 6 1
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on July 21, 2010, 12:03:06 AM
Anyone else play with a hurling grip? Think its about time to try fix it, any suggestions how to go about this.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 21, 2010, 08:40:07 AM
Anyone else play with a hurling grip? Think its about time to try fix it, any suggestions how to go about this.

Yeah I do.
I went about changing it last year but I find near impossible hitting it the proper way.
I think though for what it would cost in lessons and time I don't really think it would be worth changing at this stage, I'm a mid 80's to mid 90's shooter and I really don't play often enough to score in the 70's on a regular basis so I don't think changing from the hurling grip would make a difference really.
People say it looks awkward but it feels right for me, plus I can hit it a mile if I connect with it right.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on July 21, 2010, 09:12:55 AM
Anyone else play with a hurling grip? Think its about time to try fix it, any suggestions how to go about this.
I play off 9 with the hurling grip and Im sticking with it, tried to change about 18 months ago but couldnt hit the ball out of my way!  You will probably need to invest a lot of time and money (proper lessons) to make the change over and I am sure it will be very frustrating initially, but there is no reason why it cant be done successfully. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on July 21, 2010, 09:25:47 AM
When you say hurling grip, do you mean left hand lower than the right?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: GaillimhIarthair on July 21, 2010, 09:35:32 AM
When you say hurling grip, do you mean left hand lower than the right?
Yup, thats the one.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: A Quinn Martin Production on July 21, 2010, 09:49:32 AM
Anyone play hurling with a golf grip??
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on July 21, 2010, 09:50:22 AM
When you say hurling grip, do you mean left hand lower than the right?
Yup, thats the one.

I've tried using it for putting and reckon for short chips it could be pretty consistent but I can't see how you can get any serious distance on your clubs with it? As you say though it's working for you, so I wouldn't change it.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on July 21, 2010, 02:10:27 PM
Did anyone head down to the Lough Erne challenge- big Darren and wee Rory vs Harrington and Lowry?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 21, 2010, 02:38:03 PM
When you say hurling grip, do you mean left hand lower than the right?
Yup, thats the one.

I've tried using it for putting and reckon for short chips it could be pretty consistent but I can't see how you can get any serious distance on your clubs with it? As you say though it's working for you, so I wouldn't change it.

I can slice my drive into the woods with the best of them, but when I do get a good round going I can drive a ball 270+ with my driver, so playing cack handed hasn't taken any power away from me.
Not saying 270 is my average I'm just saying I am capable of doing it, from time to
time.
I use a pitching wedge from about 130 which I think is a reasonable distance to hit a pitching wedge.
My problem is my 50 yards chip and runs, I lose serious amount of shots trying to do this, also sand bunkers are a big problem for me to get out of

I measured a 286yard drive with golfshot gps on the iPhone in GrangeCastle a few weeks ago, not sure how accurate they are though?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 21, 2010, 05:41:25 PM
An extract from a piece done by Golf Digest on South African Golfer Sewsunker "Papwa" Sewgolum who also played crosshanded.


Papwa happened to become a golfer because one day, as a boy, walking beyond the confines of the shantytown where he lived, he stumbled upon the Beachwood Golf Course, sister to the nearby Durban Country Club. Later, back home, his father made him a club from a guava tree branch. His father died a few years later, and to support the family, Papwa went off to work as a caddie. By the time he reached adulthood, despite limited access to golf courses and equipment, he'd become a terrific, natural, self-taught player. Unlike practically every other right-handed golfer, Papwa held the club with the left hand below the right, and with no overlapping or interlocking fingers, a strange piece of unconvention of the kind that is sometimes found in geniuses, like Lester Young holding his saxophone sideways, or Einstein's aversion to socks. "I believe a man should swing a club the best way he knows how," Papwa told Golf Digest in 1964. (Many top golfers today use Papwa's cross-handed grip for putting, even chipping, but only a handful use it for all shots.) It certainly worked: He would regularly shoot in the 60s and once made a hole-in-one on Beachwood's par-4 16th hole. With borrowed clubs and borrowed shoes, he won the Natal Amateur at 16 and soon was winning local tournaments for "nonwhites," often by more than 20 shots, routinely setting course records.

Read More http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/papwa?currentPage=1#ixzz0uKrlO7Ki
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on July 21, 2010, 06:29:40 PM
I am trying to picture the mechanics of the whole thing and it's somewhat baffling to me.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 21, 2010, 06:34:24 PM
I am trying to picture the mechanics of the whole thing and it's somewhat baffling to me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E85RAmHGi9Q
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on July 21, 2010, 06:38:05 PM
Just seems strange.  :)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 21, 2010, 06:56:49 PM
Just seems strange.  :)

It is strange I know but as the saying goes Every cripple has his own way of walking...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on July 21, 2010, 10:55:31 PM
Mite try out the proper grip and maybe take a few lessons, if i'm not playing like tiger woods after the 2nds lesson then im heading back to the hurling grip. Sideline cuts out of the bunker, its the way forward.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on July 27, 2010, 01:52:22 PM
Went to the driving range this morning and tried out my new swing. Disaster, every shot hooked badly to the left. Whats the craic there?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on July 27, 2010, 02:03:53 PM
Went to the driving range this morning and tried out my new swing. Disaster, every shot hooked badly to the left. Whats the craic there?

Could your swing plane be too flat?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: highorlow on July 27, 2010, 02:05:12 PM
Quote
Went to the driving range this morning and tried out my new swing. Disaster, every shot hooked badly to the left. Whats the craic there?

It could be just a small thing with your set up? You could have an 'open' stance? Your toes and shoulders should be aligned towards the target. If your left foot is behind your right at the set up this could be causing you to pull your shots. Line yourself up using another club on the ground and lined up towards the target.

If its not your set-up then check your grip. You may be 'overgripping' which will induce a draw or hook. The test on this is that only 2 knuckles shoould be visable on your right hand. If 3 are showing then you are over gripping.

How tall are you? If you are over 6' then you could be bending down over the ball too much. This is common in tall players starting off. Try and get a stance thats fairly upright. You may need to be fitted for clubs after a while if you are tall.

Also, don't try and blast the ball or take the cover off the ball. Remember that its a stroke. Start off practising with 3 and 5 woods, leave the driver in the boot for a while.

p.s. the above is all assuming your a right hander..
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 27, 2010, 02:14:39 PM
I find I hit my irons much straighter by not doing a full back swing.
Don't really lose any distance either.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on July 27, 2010, 02:31:41 PM
Quote
Went to the driving range this morning and tried out my new swing. Disaster, every shot hooked badly to the left. Whats the craic there?

It could be just a small thing with your set up? You could have an 'open' stance? Your toes and shoulders should be aligned towards the target. If your left foot is behind your right at the set up this could be causing you to pull your shots. Line yourself up using another club on the ground and lined up towards the target.

If its not your set-up then check your grip. You may be 'overgripping' which will induce a draw or hook. The test on this is that only 2 knuckles shoould be visable on your right hand. If 3 are showing then you are over gripping.

How tall are you? If you are over 6' then you could be bending down over the ball too much. This is common in tall players starting off. Try and get a stance thats fairly upright. You may need to be fitted for clubs after a while if you are tall.

Also, don't try and blast the ball or take the cover off the ball. Remember that its a stroke. Start off practising with 3 and 5 woods, leave the driver in the boot for a while.

p.s. the above is all assuming your a right hander..

Im 6 foot and right handed. I didnt even try using a driver today, just using 5 iron, 9 iron and PW.  I am booking myself in for a lesson with a local pro on friday because i havnt a clue what way i am meant to be hitting the ball. I hate being a beginner. Hopefully by next summer i will be much better.

I played my first proper 18 holes on sunday morning, lost a few balls and shot 108. Shit enough and this was with my more comfortable hurling grip though, it would be 208 with this new grip i am using at the moment.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on July 27, 2010, 05:02:07 PM
If you are swinging at it harder than you need to - you can end up turning your hands over towards the end of your swing (follow through) and this can lead to the badly pulled/hooked ball.

I play a high draw, but now and then (and occasionally for an entire round when I get inside my own head) I can lose my hands on the follow through and duck hook the ball with the best of them.


Story -
Just finished 9 months at a new job, for my review my boss said there was no raise at this stage, but he wanted to host me at his private club. No worries thought I, I can shoot 80-86 on most courses. Anyway, I got a little nervous and started the duck hooks off the tee. Wasnt until the 7th/8th hole where I knew breaking 90 was beyond me that I just relaxed, and started playing a little. All was going swimmingly until the 16th where I duckhooked a long 5 wood on a par 5, and it flew right (left) towards a mound of rocks. There was a group just walking off the green waaay out of reach, but the ball hit the rocks, flew up the cart path and clipped the ankle of none other than the champion golfer of the country club. No Fore, nothing. Of course the sight of a half cut, sunburnt and tattooed irish gulpin walking up to offer his apologies probably didnt do much other than fan the flames - but I doubt I will be invited back to that course this year.

Used this website www.golfnow.com to book a tee time for tomorrow for $27 on a course that I paid $85 dollars on for a saturday last october. Dont know if it covers Irish courses.

http://www.resortatredhawk.com/getPage.aspx?pid=pidxuwak63345628825ao132 (http://www.resortatredhawk.com/getPage.aspx?pid=pidxuwak63345628825ao132)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 29, 2010, 09:07:23 PM
Played 18 tonight in Grangecastle.
On one of the holes I landed my ball on the green in a fine spot to make a birdie,as I came up to my ball a dog that had been running around the course,(but causing no trouble in fairness) went over to my ball and picked it up and ran off with it in his mouth.
He dropped the ball about 50 yards away so I was able get it back,just wondering what the ruling would be on this?
I put my ball back to as close as I and my playing partner thought it was before the dog took it,but didn't mark a extra score on my card,should I have or should I have played it from where the dog dropped it?
It was only a friendly evening game but I just wondered what would happen if I was playing in a competition.
I missed the birdie putt   ::) btw
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on July 29, 2010, 09:55:56 PM
Played 18 tonight in Grangecastle.
On one of the holes I landed my ball on the green in a fine spot to make a birdie,as I came up to my ball a dog that had been running around the course,(but causing no trouble in fairness) went over to my ball and picked it up and ran off with it in his mouth.
He dropped the ball about 50 yards away so I was able get it back,just wondering what the ruling would be on this?
I put my ball back to as close as I and my playing partner thought it was before the dog took it,but didn't mark a extra score on my card,should I have or should I have played it from where the dog dropped it?
It was only a friendly evening game but I just wondered what would happen if I was playing in a competition.
I missed the birdie putt   ::) btw

You'd place it where the dog took it. If the dog took it and left it beside the pin you'd have to go back. You can't have it both ways  ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the waffler on July 30, 2010, 07:29:22 AM
laoislad is that natilie gluibiss in your pic  ;) ;) :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heffo on July 30, 2010, 03:38:40 PM
Played 18 tonight in Grangecastle.

It must be heartbreaking for you having to slum it on a Dublin public course TRLL especially given your dislike of the Dublin working class
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Watcher Pat on July 30, 2010, 07:42:47 PM
Played 18 tonight in Grangecastle.
On one of the holes I landed my ball on the green in a fine spot to make a birdie,as I came up to my ball a dog that had been running around the course,(but causing no trouble in fairness) went over to my ball and picked it up and ran off with it in his mouth.
He dropped the ball about 50 yards away so I was able get it back,just wondering what the ruling would be on this?
I put my ball back to as close as I and my playing partner thought it was before the dog took it,but didn't mark a extra score on my card,should I have or should I have played it from where the dog dropped it?
It was only a friendly evening game but I just wondered what would happen if I was playing in a competition.
I missed the birdie putt   ::) btw

You replace it as close as possible to where you and your partner think it was


BALL AT REST MOVED

If your ball is at rest and it is moved by you, your partner or your caddie, except as permitted by the Rules, or if it moves after you have addressed it, add a penalty stroke and replace your ball.

If your ball is at rest and is moved by someone else or another ball, replace it without penalty to you.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on July 30, 2010, 08:10:43 PM
Played 18 tonight in Grangecastle.

It must be heartbreaking for you having to slum it on a Dublin public course TRLL especially given your dislike of the Dublin working class

What ever gave you that idea.?

For a public course Grangecastle is up there with as good a Golf course as I have played on btw,they keep it immaculate
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on July 30, 2010, 11:07:27 PM
super super day at the irish open today, very well put together despite the iffy weather. those guys are good...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on July 31, 2010, 05:55:27 PM
super super day at the irish open today, very well put together despite the iffy weather. those guys are good...

How'd you get on today?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on July 31, 2010, 08:07:04 PM
didnt go today muppet as i had bigger plans, things didnt work out so good tho..
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on July 31, 2010, 08:15:02 PM
didnt go today muppet as i had bigger plans, things didnt work out so good tho..

Harrington dropped from T3 to T5 but is only 3 off the lead. Fisher slipped a bit understandably after his 61. Lowry another good day, pity about the 74 to start.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magickingdom on July 31, 2010, 08:51:50 PM
didnt go today muppet as i had bigger plans, things didnt work out so good tho..

Harrington dropped from T3 to T5 but is only 3 off the lead. Fisher slipped a bit understandably after his 61. Lowry another good day, pity about the 74 to start.

should be a cracker tomorrow, it will help get over todays defeat a tiny bit ;) harry has a great chance. i love the kileen course and am delighted its holding up so well to the pros. pity about the weather tho
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: SLIGONIAN on August 01, 2010, 01:15:44 AM
Did Harry lose 2 balls in the water today or was i seeing things? And still -9, some man to react well to those blows in fairness.

I am big fan of Harringtons, but about 2 yrs ago he was on about improving his swing etc... and hasnt been in contention in a major since, why tamper with something not broken, pity as his old game had more majors in him than now imo.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 01, 2010, 02:21:01 PM
Harrington -4 in second one behind Fisher.

You'd fancy the big name but his form this year and even this week has been so erratic that it is hard to rely on him.

But anyway.......c'mon Harry.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 01, 2010, 03:43:32 PM
Fisher -16

Harry -14 but has a 10 foot eagle putt at the 15th. There will be some roar if he makes it!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 01, 2010, 03:52:24 PM
Harry holes
But Fisher nets a birdie straight away.

Harry -7 for the day.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 01, 2010, 03:55:40 PM
Harry playing unbelievable recovery shots. Still one behind but a makable putt here.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 01, 2010, 04:00:23 PM
Harry misses on the 17th still one behind.

Fisher going for green with 2nd on par 5 16th. If he gets there you feel its over.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on August 01, 2010, 04:04:03 PM
Fisher to 20 feet for eagle.

Harry another dodgy drive but it 'bounces' out of the sand (cute Kerry bunkers) but he needs a birdie and Fisher to collapse. Green drives into the water so Harry looks good for 2nd.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on August 02, 2010, 02:39:50 PM
Great round by Harrington yesterday- still Stuart Appleby's 59 to win by a stroke in the Greenbrier wasnt half bad either...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on August 07, 2010, 07:37:11 PM
Had a lesson today, my second only lesson. Have been struggling big time at the moment. Met the pro for the first time today told him my woes. Took out a pitching wedge, hit the first shot  10 yards, hit the second 11 yards, hit the third 50 yards going right right right right. nearly hit the Pro with 4th shot. He said with a very serious face, youve been watching too much sky sports, those lads are keeping me in a job! 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on August 08, 2010, 01:47:20 AM
Anyone fancy 18 holes tomorrow?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 08, 2010, 04:11:17 PM
Tiger Woods finishes on +18 and ends up 2nd last!
If Phil Mick finishes in Top 4 he will be new World No.1.
I wonder will Tiger even be picked as a wildcard for Ryder Cup?
It hardly be fair to pick him now in this form and leave someone more deserving of a place out.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on August 08, 2010, 06:50:58 PM
Tiger Woods finishes on +18 and ends up 2nd last!
If Phil Mick finishes in Top 4 he will be new World No.1.
I wonder will Tiger even be picked as a wildcard for Ryder Cup?
It hardly be fair to pick him now in this form and leave someone more deserving of a place out.

Tiger probably wont be to worried about not getting picked for the ryder cup, sure its a team game and he wont be interested in that.

Went for a round of golf today using the new 'proper' grip for the first time since changing from my hurley grip. Getting more comfortable with it and hurley grip now feels awkward.  It was a  9 hole par 3 course, +11 on first 9 and then +20 on the second 9 ffs. Hopefully by next summer i will be better and able to use the bloody woods and driver.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Worker on August 08, 2010, 07:06:37 PM
Tiger Woods finishes on +18 and ends up 2nd last!
If Phil Mick finishes in Top 4 he will be new World No.1.
I wonder will Tiger even be picked as a wildcard for Ryder Cup?
It hardly be fair to pick him now in this form and leave someone more deserving of a place out.

Tiger probably wont be to worried about not getting picked for the ryder cup, sure its a team game and he wont be interested in that.

Went for a round of golf today using the new 'proper' grip for the first time since changing from my hurley grip. Getting more comfortable with it and hurley grip now feels awkward.  It was a  9 hole par 3 course, +11 on first 9 and then +20 on the second 9 ffs. Hopefully by next summer i will be better and able to use the bloody woods and driver.

Give him more time for the darting
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Declan on August 09, 2010, 11:44:48 AM
Called up to see the lady's Irish Open over the weekend in Killeen Castle. Absolutely magnificent occasion and the standard of the golf was great. The young maguire lassies are just great and such consistency from ones so young just has to be admired. As for those swedes ;) ;) Great golfers 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Carmen Stateside on August 26, 2010, 04:08:45 PM
Tigers divorce seems to have took some pressure of his shoulders.
-5 after 16 in his first round of the Barclays.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on August 26, 2010, 04:09:56 PM
Jim Furyk was disqualified from the Barclays for oversleeping and missing his Tee time at the pro am yesterday.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magpie seanie on August 27, 2010, 08:28:33 PM
Did anyone just see the putt Tiger just missed? A 3 putt from 10 feet after laying up on a 270 yard Par 4. Whoops!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 27, 2010, 08:36:47 PM
Anyone watching the Golf? Tiger just 3 putted from 10 feet  :o
I can do it from 5 feet  :)

Harrington had a good round today 3 off the lead.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on August 27, 2010, 09:20:20 PM
What channel is the golf on? Any live streams for it?

Anyone ever play at Edenmore golf club? Me and corn02(RIP) are playing there on Wednesday.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: David McKeown on August 27, 2010, 09:40:11 PM
What channel is the golf on? Any live streams for it?

Anyone ever play at Edenmore golf club? Me and corn02(RIP) are playing there on Wednesday.

My dads a member pretty standard course not overally difficult but a few lengthy holes
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on August 27, 2010, 10:20:27 PM
Edenmore is decent course. The last 4-5 holes is the best stretch. Greens can be a bit tricky, with some flat and some full of undulations. There is big difference between the medal and society tees on holes 2 and 3, but not really after that. Hole 3 in particular goes from being a punt and a chip to being an arced, blind drive with a difficult downhill approach. Hole 12 is a joke, a tiny par 4 with a pea-sized, sloping green. All in all pretty good though.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on August 27, 2010, 10:23:29 PM
What channel is the golf on? Any live streams for it?

Anyone ever play at Edenmore golf club? Me and corn02(RIP) are playing there on Wednesday.

My dads a member pretty standard course not overally difficult but a few lengthy holes

I am a beginner so that will suit me down to the ground.  It's my local course but have never played there as i always thought it was a bit posh for me  :-\
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on August 27, 2010, 10:26:45 PM
http://www.onlinegolf.co.uk/golf-clubs/irons/320scog/4508pog.asp
http://www.onlinegolf.co.uk/golf-clubs/irons/320scog/7488pog.asp
http://www.onlinegolf.co.uk/golf-clubs/irons/320scog/4410pog.asp
http://www.onlinegolf.co.uk/golf-clubs/irons/320scog/6034pog.asp

Anyone got these or used these clubs before?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 27, 2010, 10:28:58 PM
What are you looking for Jim? Beginner,game improvement?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on August 27, 2010, 10:39:38 PM
What are you looking for Jim? Beginner,game improvement?

Both  :P
I dont want one of those beginner sets though. I have used some taylormade and ping clubs before and its amazing the difference in those and the beginner type sets that you see on the market. I am moving to newcastle upon tyne next week so i am waiting until i get over there before i buy a new set. Hopefully American golf can match the prices on that website.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 27, 2010, 10:42:34 PM
Those Taylormade R7's and Tour Burners are really for the low to mid-handicapper and won't offer the forgiveness you need.
The Mizuno's and the Nike's wouldn't be too bad though and are more for a higher handicapper.
Another set you should check out is the Cobra S2 Max,Golf Digest basically said if you can't hit these clubs then you should give up the game and take up a different hobby!
http://www.onlinegolf.co.uk/mens/golf-clubs/set-of-irons/186scog/7448pog.asp
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on August 27, 2010, 10:54:44 PM
Those Taylormade R7's and Tour Burners are really for the low to mid-handicapper and won't offer the forgiveness you need.
The Mizuno's and the Nike's wouldn't be too bad though and are more for a higher handicapper.
Another set you should check out is the Cobra S2 Max,Golf Digest basically said if you can't hit these clubs then you should give up the game and take up a different hobby!
http://www.onlinegolf.co.uk/mens/golf-clubs/set-of-irons/186scog/7448pog.asp

What clubs do you use yourself? I am going to go and get a go at all these clubs in the american golf store over there? Isnt there one in belfast as well?

I also have managed to completely get rid of my hurling grip problem i was telling you about. I can hardly even swing the club hurling style now. I have come on something shocking in the space of a month. Though I have been practising loads and getting out on a course as much as i can. I played the 9 hole course at Down Royal the other night and finished 8+ and was delighted, it's a pretty easy course but brilliant to practise on especially if you are a beginner like me. Addicted to golf  ;D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: down6061689194 on August 27, 2010, 10:59:33 PM
Any one got some loudmouth trousers that Daly wears?
My club have banned my pair! >:(
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 27, 2010, 11:00:47 PM
Those Taylormade R7's and Tour Burners are really for the low to mid-handicapper and won't offer the forgiveness you need.
The Mizuno's and the Nike's wouldn't be too bad though and are more for a higher handicapper.
Another set you should check out is the Cobra S2 Max,Golf Digest basically said if you can't hit these clubs then you should give up the game and take up a different hobby!
http://www.onlinegolf.co.uk/mens/golf-clubs/set-of-irons/186scog/7448pog.asp

What clubs do you use yourself? I am going to go and get a go at all these clubs in the american golf store over there? Isnt there one in belfast as well?

I also have managed to completely get rid of my hurling grip problem i was telling you about. I can hardly even swing the club hurling style now. I have come on something shocking in the space of a month. Though I have been practising loads and getting out on a course as much as i can. I played the 9 hole course at Down Royal the other night and finished 8+ and was delighted, it's a pretty easy course but brilliant to practise on especially if you are a beginner like me. Addicted to golf  ;D



Yeah pretty easy get addicted alright  :D +8 is a fine score,what you shoot a 39 or thereabouts?
I have a set of Ping G10's but I am thinking of buying the Cobra S2 or S2 Max.
Also have a Ping G10 driver which I love,and wouldn't swap for anything.
I still have the hurley grip,I wouldn't have the patience to learn to change,did you find it easy enough?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on August 27, 2010, 11:17:43 PM
Those Taylormade R7's and Tour Burners are really for the low to mid-handicapper and won't offer the forgiveness you need.
The Mizuno's and the Nike's wouldn't be too bad though and are more for a higher handicapper.
Another set you should check out is the Cobra S2 Max,Golf Digest basically said if you can't hit these clubs then you should give up the game and take up a different hobby!
http://www.onlinegolf.co.uk/mens/golf-clubs/set-of-irons/186scog/7448pog.asp

What clubs do you use yourself? I am going to go and get a go at all these clubs in the american golf store over there? Isnt there one in belfast as well?

I also have managed to completely get rid of my hurling grip problem i was telling you about. I can hardly even swing the club hurling style now. I have come on something shocking in the space of a month. Though I have been practising loads and getting out on a course as much as i can. I played the 9 hole course at Down Royal the other night and finished 8+ and was delighted, it's a pretty easy course but brilliant to practise on especially if you are a beginner like me. Addicted to golf  ;D
Yeah pretty easy get addicted alright  :D +8 is a fine score,what you shoot a 39 or thereabouts?
I have a set of Ping G10's but I am thinking of buying the Cobra S2 or S2 Max.
Also have a Ping G10 driver which I love,and wouldn't swap for anything.
I still have the hurley grip,I wouldn't have the patience to learn to change,did you find it easy enough?
Yeah found it easy enough. The first week was hard, but went to the driving range like mad and it was no bother then. It would probably be to hard for someone who has been playing a good while to change over grip. I know a fella with a handicap of 4 and he plays with the hurling grip. He actually played at Royal County Down last week in a competition, he said it was unreal.  I still dont use the driver yet, my 3 wood is going well though but have a tendancy to slice to the right.

I think i got 40 on the 9 hole course, but it is a real easy course. I'm going to give the 18 hole at Down Royal a go next week sometime before i head away. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: David McKeown on August 28, 2010, 08:34:33 AM
What channel is the golf on? Any live streams for it?

Anyone ever play at Edenmore golf club? Me and corn02(RIP) are playing there on Wednesday.

My dads a member pretty standard course not overally difficult but a few lengthy holes

I am a beginner so that will suit me down to the ground.  It's my local course but have never played there as i always thought it was a bit posh for me  :-\

It can seem a little posh at times but if my dad can stand it, it mustn't be too bad. Membership of it seems strange some years I've been told there's a waiting list to join, other years they are waiving the joining and advertising everywhere. Suppose that won't matter to you if you are moving
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on August 29, 2010, 10:57:35 PM
Barclays gone to a play off between Matt Kuchar and Martin Laird
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 29, 2010, 11:51:21 PM
Laird blew it big time, 3 putting on the last hole of regulation play, and then lossing in the first playoff hole to a birdie.

Still, on the positive side his girlfriend is a babe.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: new devil on August 30, 2010, 03:13:31 AM
Was at that yesterday...1000's following Tiger around and only a few 100 at the other holes
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on September 01, 2010, 04:44:24 PM
Played Edenmore today, shot 104. Crap score but not bad considering it's only my 2nd round of golf on an 18 hole course. Putting was crap, driving was crap except for 4 or 5 holes (including one monster drive that went straight down the fairway not far off 300 yards), so many things to improve on it's hard to list them all. It's a lovely course and much better than the crap par 3 courses or the 9 hole course at Down Royal that i'm used to.  I can play much better than i played today so i will definately break 100 sometime soon.  8)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on September 01, 2010, 05:04:07 PM
My heart is broke with golf at the minute. Playing well - but just can't afford a membership, although I really really want one.

The second most exclusive club in the town here, right beside the house - is offering perhaps the best deal it ever will in my life time.

$2,500 initiation fee
$370 monthly dues.

Fully private country club membership (equity membership that can be sold down the line), and it is currently the second cheapest in town and it is about $170 a month out of my reach. :-\  Thinking about it though, trying to think of it as an investment with free golf!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on September 01, 2010, 05:13:27 PM
Keep it up Jim - it is the little things that help lower the score - the putting especially.

When I play a round I keep track of 4 things on each hole:

1. Score
2. Fairway hit
3. Green hit in regulation
4. # of putts

It is amazing how a shot hit without really concentrating can often lead to two or more extra strokes per hole.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 01, 2010, 07:39:38 PM
My heart is broke with golf at the minute. Playing well - but just can't afford a membership, although I really really want one.

The second most exclusive club in the town here, right beside the house - is offering perhaps the best deal it ever will in my life time.

$2,500 initiation fee
$370 monthly dues.

Fully private country club membership (equity membership that can be sold down the line), and it is currently the second cheapest in town and it is about $170 a month out of my reach. :-\  Thinking about it though, trying to think of it as an investment with free golf!

Go for it Puck,life is too short not too
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DennistheMenace on September 01, 2010, 07:45:21 PM
74 today at my local course  8)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 01, 2010, 07:50:15 PM
74 today at my local course  8)

Not bad for a 9 hole Par 3 ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on September 01, 2010, 09:52:24 PM
74 today at my local course  8)

From the white tees, green tees or ladies tees?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the waffler on September 02, 2010, 06:43:35 AM
playing slieve russell this weekend anyone played it whats it like
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 02, 2010, 10:39:58 AM
Looooooooong.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: venter on September 02, 2010, 12:33:41 PM
I have managed to get my handicap down from 22 to 14 this summer. I made hay during may and june when the weather was good. I got a 25 minute lesson last year that turned my drive from a feeble slice into a fairly solid draw. I hit my drive fairly consistently with the odd duck hook thrown in. However, with the draw shot I'm hitting the drives about 30+ yards further than I used to.

I go out with a plan most days, but once i hit a bad shot the plan goes up in smoke. From there on in, its pretty much just playing on instinct. The plan usually comes back into my head when im on my way home!
Typical example : Par 4: I hit a drive into the rough. About 160yds to green. lie not great! ah sure I'll hit a 6 iron and knock it on the green. Club gets wrapped in the rough, ball goes about 30 yards into worse rough or a drain.
The sensible shot would be to hit a 9 iron about a hundred yards or so down the fairway and leave yourself a 50 or 60 yard chip in. Take 2 putts, and leave with a steady 5.
Now the sensible shot sounds logical and makes a lot of sense when I have it written down in front of me, but for some mad reason, i never ever take that option.

Another issue I have is that i do not understand the mechanics of my swing at all. I just take a few practice swings till it feels right. When it does eventaully/inevitably go wrong, I'll have no idea why.

My goal over the winter is to try and understand whats actually happening with my swing. I think i'll need to know this to get down in to single figures. Also need to stop being so clumsy around the green and leaving myself with 10 footers that should be 5 footers
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 02, 2010, 12:39:59 PM
My goal over the winter is to try and understand whats actually happening with my swing. I think I'll need to know this to get down in to single figures.

Be very carefull here. I have had a torrid time of it recently and needed lessons recently to get me back on the right path. I was watching a lot of golf and then trying to replicate that on the course. When you starting thinking about a lot of stuff its too hard to do. Keep it all as simple as possible. The less you think about the better. Concentrate on a few important things. this game can wreck your head.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: mackers on September 02, 2010, 02:12:32 PM
playing slieve russell this weekend anyone played it whats it like
Super course, the back 9 is as good as you'll find in any parkland course in Ireland
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on September 02, 2010, 03:32:40 PM
My goal over the winter is to try and understand whats actually happening with my swing. I think I'll need to know this to get down in to single figures.

Be very carefull here. I have had a torrid time of it recently and needed lessons recently to get me back on the right path. I was watching a lot of golf and then trying to replicate that on the course. When you starting thinking about a lot of stuff its too hard to do. Keep it all as simple as possible. The less you think about the better. Concentrate on a few important things. this game can wreck your head.

I get what you're saying Gerry - but I think you need a basic understanding of at the very least - your swing plane, and how it affects your ball flight - other wise you will make a habit of the same mistakes. Maybe no need to go delving into the kinetics and the weight transfer and so on - but if you can't understand why a fade/slice is happening on some shots, or why a draw/hook is happening, you will be tortured.

Learning to hit a draw can be a dangerous thing - it is a great shot to have - especially off the tee with the extra yardage - but if you do not fully concentrate on all the aspects of the draw swing - you are going to go very left - very quickly!

I am currently fooling around with trying to hit the ground just behind the ball/at the same time as the ball off the tee - the yardage you can get from the top spin is fantastic - if you hit it right! It is a bit of craic.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: flantheman82 on September 02, 2010, 03:45:42 PM
I'm playing Lisburn golf club tomorrow as part of Mary peters trust. Qualified by default through finishing second in my clubs Fred daly competition and the winner being on holiday.
I'm only playing off 20 and can't use woods at all. Will I suffee because of this? Can hit my 3iron fairly straight about 80% of times off the tee.
What about the course? Anyone played there?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on September 02, 2010, 03:47:57 PM
Puck - That's serious money you are going to be paying. Is that 2500 a year plus $360 each month after that? Where do you live? I would love to join a good club but i have no chance of affording the money that they would be looking  :(

Any ideas for practising my putting and my mid irons? I'm not to worried about my driving at the minute. My 4,5,6 irons just seem to slice off to the right.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on September 02, 2010, 03:58:26 PM
Clubs at home are not that bad Jim. I think my dad pays around 800quid a year for Omagh golf course - which is a good little course for the area. It is shocking money over here - but that is just the way it is.

There are plenty of online articles out there for practising both of those - and working on your slice with the mid range irons. Couple things I do with the putting is working on the follow through. You want the ball to roll from the moment it leaves the club face, not shoot out from the putter head for a couple feet because you blocked it. I kind of raise my putter up a little after impact to try and put that forward roll on the ball. One thing I have worked hard on is making every putt inside 4 feet. That gives me the courage to go for a 8-12 footer - knowing that even if I go 4 feet past - I am confident of making the return putt. It means I actually give myself a good shot at the longer putts - I rarely come up short anymore.

Slicing your irons - your clubface is probably open at impact - and the ball may be too far back in your stance - not giving you enough time to get the clubface square at impact - and you might not be following through because of where you are hitting the ball in your swing plane - and so blocking it out to the right.

6 more hours and I will be out playing. Makes getting to work at 5.30 worth it.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 02, 2010, 04:00:54 PM

Typical example : Par 4: I hit a drive into the rough. About 160yds to green. lie not great! ah sure I'll hit a 6 iron and knock it on the green. Club gets wrapped in the rough, ball goes about 30 yards into worse rough or a drain.
The sensible shot would be to hit a 9 iron about a hundred yards or so down the fairway and leave yourself a 50 or 60 yard chip in. Take 2 putts, and leave with a steady 5.
Now the sensible shot sounds logical and makes a lot of sense when I have it written down in front of me, but for some mad reason, i never ever take that option.


I know that feeling! I think when we get in a situation like that we start thinking we are better than we actually are and think we can make the shot that we see the pros make every week.
Your right the sensible thing would be to pitch out into the fairway but the mind starts thinking,what if I did make the green maybe I could make birdie/par...9 times out of 10 though you end up making a 6 or 7 when a nice 5 could have been made with sensible play.

I often find when I'm teeing off on short par 4's that I think maybe I should just use a 5iron,bang it down 180 yards or whatever and then another 6,7 or 8 iron or whatever to the green..nice and easy and limit the chance of trouble.
I can never do it though as I always reach for the driver and usually slice it way right onto the next fairway >:(...

I'm certain if I planned my away around a course for the full 18 I would reduce my scores dramatically but the adrenalin rush always kicks in and I start thinking I can make just about any shot  :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on September 02, 2010, 04:05:38 PM
LL - You dont have a little rescue or 'go to" club for shorter holes like that? I have this little beat up 5 wood - and tbh - I can stay in touch with most peoples drive's (my own included) with it. If I am swinging bad - or the course is set up to punish a wayward drive - I will usually play it off the tee. Gives me much longer distance than a short iron - but it's as accurate a club for me as I have ever hit. I am almost embarrassed pulling it out of the bag, because it was cheap and is beat to shit - but until it breaks I will have it in there.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on September 02, 2010, 04:14:50 PM
Clubs at home are not that bad Jim. I think my dad pays around 800quid a year for Omagh golf course - which is a good little course for the area. It is shocking money over here - but that is just the way it is.

There are plenty of online articles out there for practising both of those - and working on your slice with the mid range irons. Couple things I do with the putting is working on the follow through. You want the ball to roll from the moment it leaves the club face, not shoot out from the putter head for a couple feet because you blocked it. I kind of raise my putter up a little after impact to try and put that forward roll on the ball. One thing I have worked hard on is making every putt inside 4 feet. That gives me the courage to go for a 8-12 footer - knowing that even if I go 4 feet past - I am confident of making the return putt. It means I actually give myself a good shot at the longer putts - I rarely come up short anymore.

Slicing your irons - your clubface is probably open at impact - and the ball may be too far back in your stance - not giving you enough time to get the clubface square at impact - and you might not be following through because of where you are hitting the ball in your swing plane - and so blocking it out to the right.

6 more hours and I will be out playing. Makes getting to work at 5.30 worth it.

Just move the ball forward in your stance (couple of inches from the centre) and you will catch it on the upstroke, creating that forward role. I don't think you should consciously try to lift the club up as this should already be occurring naturally in your putting stroke.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on September 02, 2010, 04:24:05 PM
Thanks for the tips lads, I will work on that tonight and tomorrow morning. Then on saturday i'm moving to newcaslte, england to look for a new club close to my Uni.

Still need to buy new clubs and dont know what to go for. I'm still using my mates clubs at the minute which is a disaster as i cant get used to hitting one set of clubs.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on September 02, 2010, 04:31:50 PM
Thanks for the tips lads, I will work on that tonight and tomorrow morning. Then on saturday i'm moving to newcaslte, england to look for a new club close to my Uni.

Still need to buy new clubs and dont know what to go for. I'm still using my mates clubs at the minute which is a disaster as i cant get used to hitting one set of clubs.

Newcastle Uni has its own golf course as part of their sports facilities. Not sure if Northumbria share it or their students can use it cheap though.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on September 02, 2010, 04:42:05 PM
Thanks for the tips lads, I will work on that tonight and tomorrow morning. Then on saturday i'm moving to newcaslte, england to look for a new club close to my Uni.

Still need to buy new clubs and dont know what to go for. I'm still using my mates clubs at the minute which is a disaster as i cant get used to hitting one set of clubs.

Newcastle Uni has its own golf course as part of their sports facilities. Not sure if Northumbria share it or their students can use it cheap though.

Didnt know that, i would assume students would have a good rate there. This club http://www.centurionparkwallsend.co.uk/ is right beside my house that i am moving into.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on September 02, 2010, 05:11:12 PM
Thanks for the tips lads, I will work on that tonight and tomorrow morning. Then on saturday i'm moving to newcaslte, england to look for a new club close to my Uni.

Still need to buy new clubs and dont know what to go for. I'm still using my mates clubs at the minute which is a disaster as i cant get used to hitting one set of clubs.

Newcastle Uni has its own golf course as part of their sports facilities. Not sure if Northumbria share it or their students can use it cheap though.

Didnt know that, i would assume students would have a good rate there. This club http://www.centurionparkwallsend.co.uk/ is right beside my house that i am moving into.

I think it was free to play on if you were a member of the sports facilities/gym. Never played it though.

I'd look about tbh, most club's offer good student rates in Newcsatle (at least they used to) and if you have a car it's handy enough to get around.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on September 02, 2010, 05:16:29 PM
LL - You dont have a little rescue or 'go to" club for shorter holes like that? I have this little beat up 5 wood - and tbh - I can stay in touch with most peoples drive's (my own included) with it. If I am swinging bad - or the course is set up to punish a wayward drive - I will usually play it off the tee. Gives me much longer distance than a short iron - but it's as accurate a club for me as I have ever hit. I am almost embarrassed pulling it out of the bag, because it was cheap and is beat to shit - but until it breaks I will have it in there.

I'm pretty decent most of the time with my 5 iron off the tee,my problem is I want to use the Driver all the time even when I know the sensible option would be to use the 5 iron.
Even if I nail the drive I'm still gonna need a 2nd shot onto the green so why not just go iron --> iron and make it easier,I say these things everytime the situation arises but still go with driver! No better feeling than smashing a good drive IMO.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on September 02, 2010, 05:29:23 PM
Hey! Bigfella! (Always wanted to say that). :D

I am not talking about a big lift off the ground. The pendulum stroke necessitates that the ball is struck at the lowest part of the pendulum - and the putter head lifts up just a little from impact to the end of the stroke. It all contributes to the follow through, which is pretty important for a good roll. I wasnt telling Jim to conciously lift/jerk his putter head up - but rather be aware that the stroke aint done at impact - which wont lead to a good putting stroke or roll of the ball. Focusing on the follow through as you say should cause that raise to come naturally - I was more suggesting the focus, rather than jerking the club up.

Puttin competition for a fiver? ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on September 02, 2010, 05:58:18 PM
Puck

Sounds like you are a bit of a putting shark. I often dont finish out the putting stroke and its a weakness. No way am i playing you for a fiver.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on September 17, 2010, 03:52:54 PM
Where is Simon Thornton from?

born in england to irish parents, lives in co down and has an irish passport.
see he's going well this week again - will be seeing a 'where to watch all ireland in Vienna' thread coming up shortly
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 25, 2010, 11:15:21 PM
Looking into booking a golfing break to Portugal next March or April,has anyone done anything like this recently and can you recommend a good travel agent?
Or would it be cheaper to book everything separate on my own?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on October 25, 2010, 11:56:23 PM
Looking into booking a golfing break to Portugal next March or April,has anyone done anything like this recently and can you recommend a good travel agent?
Or would it be cheaper to book everything separate on my own?

I was away with 15 others a month ago in Portugal. The guy organising it, told us all to book our flights on Easijet. He organised a pickup bus to the hotel resort.

We stayed here http://www.donafilipahotel.com/ (http://www.donafilipahotel.com/)

Nice beach nearby, and surrounded by golf courses. Bicycle hire close by too.

There was about 10-12 golf courses in the area, but we played the same one for 4 days which was very good.

http://www.sanlorenzogolfcourse.com/ (http://www.sanlorenzogolfcourse.com/)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on October 26, 2010, 01:23:41 AM
You would need some money for that place!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on October 26, 2010, 01:54:14 PM
Looking into booking a golfing break to Portugal next March or April,has anyone done anything like this recently and can you recommend a good travel agent?
Or would it be cheaper to book everything separate on my own?

Been golfing 3 times in Portugal. Twice to the Algarve and Lisbon. Go with a group of about 8, all golfers. The first time we did it we went though a travel agents. It was a few years ago but I'm pretty sure it was Cassidy Travel. They organised everything - flights, hotel, transfers and golf.
The other 2 times we took on the organisation ourselves. Book your flights, rental van, green fees and villa or hotel. It takes a bit more time but its worth it. There are loads of golf companies who do green fees at reduced rates. Quick google and you'll find one.
The Lisbon area is probably cheaper than the Algarve. It's also a great city to go out in. Some stunning courses up the coast too like Prai D'el Rey.

In saying that the Costa Del Sol is probably a cheaper option than Portugal.  We would have used a site similar to this if not this to book the green fees:
www.solgolf.com

The courses are fantastic on the whole. Torrequebrada is probably the best we've played on. If you're flush try Valderrama!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on October 26, 2010, 02:43:50 PM
Vilamoura is a great destination as you don’t need hire cars. All the Oceanico golf clubs run complimentary buses back and forward between the hotels, plus it’s only a 20 minute transfer from the airport. The actual resort is quite good; a handful of busy bars, some decent restaurants, a casino and a marina. It’s more of a yummy mummy resort than a young and lively – but that suits me. Albufeira’s only 15 minutes away if you want madness.

It is more expensive than the Western Algarve resorts, but when you take convenience into equation and taxis out of it, I don’t think there’s much in it at all. 

There’s dozens of tour operators in the area organising the same thing – transfers, hotels, golf – and the price will be much of a muchness. We stayed in the Vile Gale which was dead on. Not quite a four star as it suggests, but very central and the breakfast was good.

One thing to watch out for. The cheaper courses – Pinhal, Millennium – aren’t nearly as good as the better courses – the Old, Victoria, and the new O’Connor/Faldo. And there’s a bit of trickery on the prices. The green fees for better courses come inclusive of buggies, whereas the cheaper courses don’t, and you’re looking at least €20 a man for buggies. Unless you’re a right cheap b**tard you’ll be taking a buggy. Which means it’s only another €20 or so to play a good course.


I’ve also played a bit in the Costa Del Sol off my own bat. I prefer the golf courses there - but they are more spread out, and tend to be inland from the resorts. If you’ve got willing drivers, this is no issue, but if you’re all fond of a quick half-dozen on the balcony afterwards, it becomes an issue. I wouldn’t consider playing golf in Spain without a buggy (the Algarve normally has a breeze), so always factor that into your prices.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on October 26, 2010, 03:05:15 PM
Quote
One thing to watch out for. The cheaper courses – Pinhal, Millennium – aren’t nearly as good as the better courses – the Old, Victoria, and the new O’Connor/Faldo. And there’s a bit of trickery on the prices. The green fees for better courses come inclusive of buggies, whereas the cheaper courses don’t, and you’re looking at least €20 a man for buggies.

The good courses mentioned there are far superior to the cheaper ones. The facilities at the O'Connor/Faldo are first class. After we finished our round they took our clubs and shoes, cleaned them and had them in our van when we finished a few pints.


Quote
I’ve also played a bit in the Costa Del Sol off my own bat. I prefer the golf courses there - but they are more spread out, and tend to be inland from the resorts. If you’ve got willing drivers, this is no issue, but if you’re all fond of a quick half-dozen on the balcony afterwards, it becomes an issue. I wouldn’t consider playing golf in Spain without a buggy (the Algarve normally has a breeze), so always factor that into your prices.

Agree with that. Some of the newer courses can have 300-400 metres between green and the next tee off. You would be exhausted after a round.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: mackers on October 26, 2010, 03:35:31 PM
Vilamoura is a great destination as you don’t need hire cars. All the Oceanico golf clubs run complimentary buses back and forward between the hotels, plus it’s only a 20 minute transfer from the airport. The actual resort is quite good; a handful of busy bars, some decent restaurants, a casino and a marina. It’s more of a yummy mummy resort than a young and lively – but that suits me. Albufeira’s only 15 minutes away if you want madness.

It is more expensive than the Western Algarve resorts, but when you take convenience into equation and taxis out of it, I don’t think there’s much in it at all. 

There’s dozens of tour operators in the area organising the same thing – transfers, hotels, golf – and the price will be much of a muchness. We stayed in the Vile Gale which was dead on. Not quite a four star as it suggests, but very central and the breakfast was good.

One thing to watch out for. The cheaper courses – Pinhal, Millennium – aren’t nearly as good as the better courses – the Old, Victoria, and the new O’Connor/Faldo. And there’s a bit of trickery on the prices. The green fees for better courses come inclusive of buggies, whereas the cheaper courses don’t, and you’re looking at least €20 a man for buggies. Unless you’re a right cheap b**tard you’ll be taking a buggy. Which means it’s only another €20 or so to play a good course.


I’ve also played a bit in the Costa Del Sol off my own bat. I prefer the golf courses there - but they are more spread out, and tend to be inland from the resorts. If you’ve got willing drivers, this is no issue, but if you’re all fond of a quick half-dozen on the balcony afterwards, it becomes an issue. I wouldn’t consider playing golf in Spain without a buggy (the Algarve normally has a breeze), so always factor that into your prices.

Agree with all of the above. You can get deals to play four rounds which will roll in the Old and Victoria along with say Laguna and Millenium/Pinhal and leave it a little less expensive. The best value of the lot is Vila Sol and I would highly recommend it. It has 27 holes of a standard similar to the Old Course for a significantly lower green fee.

Vilamoura is a perfect resort for a golfing trip, everything is geared to the golfer, as wobbler says, it's not full of night clubs, but then again some of the pubs are lively enough. We found the Cabin to be the best.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 26, 2010, 04:52:05 PM
Thanks lads I will have a look at those places.

I will have my auld lad coming with me who is 65,so would be looking for a quite enough sort of place where we can get good grub and enjoy a good few pints after the golf.

Can't really be taking him to niteclubs and whore houses.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 26, 2010, 06:44:52 PM
Got a email back today from a golf travel agent

3 nights B&B in March or April at the Hotel Apartamento do Golfe in Vilamoura with 2 sharing a Studio Apartment.
2 Rounds of golf at Millennium and Laguna .
Private roundtrip airport transfers .
Courtesy roundtrip golf transfers .
Price per person 295 euro .

Or

3 nights B&B in March or April at the 4 Star Luna Olympus Aparthotel in Vilamoura with 2 sharing a 1 bedroom apartment.
2 rounds of golf at Millennium and Laguna .
Private roundtrip airport transfers .
Courtesy roundtrip golf transfers .
Price per person 315 euro.

Have to book my own flights,but as we are gonna go midweek they should only cost about €100 each.

What ye think?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on October 26, 2010, 06:56:26 PM
I think don't play Millennium and Laguna if you're making the effort to get to Portugal!

Maybe one of them, but not both. Play Victoria.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 26, 2010, 07:02:44 PM
Got another email with the Millennium and Pinhal courses,do you know anything about the Pinhal?

EDIT Its actually the Laguna and the Pinhal
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on October 26, 2010, 07:50:49 PM
Got another email with the Millennium and Pinhal courses,do you know anything about the Pinhal?

EDIT Its actually the Laguna and the Pinhal

Played both about 5 or 6 years ago. Of the 5 we played that week Laguna was the worst. Can't really remember Pinhal.
The Old Course is much better, one of the best in that area of the Algarve. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on October 26, 2010, 08:28:07 PM
Laois lad, none of Pinhal, Millenium or Laguna is a bad course. But they're the division 2 of that area;  not a bad standard, but nothing memorable.

What I'm trying to say is that if you're going to take the effort to travel to Portugal and lug your clubs with you, then you should really just pay a few more quid and play the memorable courses. Victoria is across the road from Pinhal but it is the premier course, hosts the Portuguese open, and has the 5 star experience. The Old is less than a mile away, but is a classic course steeped in history (if a tad overrated imho).

We played Millennium in May in between Old and O Connor, and it really paled in comparison.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on October 26, 2010, 08:32:57 PM
Laois, was just thinking if it's you and the oul fella just, have a look at La Cala in Costa Del Sol. Miles from a town, but three good courses and a very nice hotel.

I've not been, but I hear Quinta da Ria in East Algarve is pretty good too, and would be fairly cheaper than Vilampura.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 26, 2010, 08:35:18 PM
I see on some of them a Handicap Certificate is required,as I'm not a member of a GolfClub I don't have one.
I would say I'm about a 14-16 handicap but did ye need to show proof when ye played?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on October 26, 2010, 08:36:23 PM
Laois, was just thinking if it's you and the oul fella just, have a look at La Cala in Costa Del Sol. Miles from a town, but three good courses and a very nice hotel.

I've not been, but I hear Quinta da Ria in East Algarve is pretty good too, and would be fairly cheaper than Vilampura.

Yeah will be just me and the aul man,will have a look at those cheers
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on October 26, 2010, 08:44:15 PM
Laois, was just thinking if it's you and the oul fella just, have a look at La Cala in Costa Del Sol. Miles from a town, but three good courses and a very nice hotel.

I've not been, but I hear Quinta da Ria in East Algarve is pretty good too, and would be fairly cheaper than Vilampura.

Played 4 rounds there in July. The 3 courses are excellent, facilities are v good too. We didn't stay there because we wanted a livelier nightlife but it would be perfect for a quiet get away.
They have some excellent deals on their website. Buggy is a must on these courses.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on October 26, 2010, 08:52:41 PM
I see on some of them a Handicap Certificate is required,as I'm not a member of a GolfClub I don't have one.
I would say I'm about a 14-16 handicap but did ye need to show proof when ye played?

Yeah have been asked for one before. Used a bogus one I created in word. Stick in the address of your local club and the club crest if you want to be fancy. Never fails.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on October 26, 2010, 09:10:07 PM
for corporate stuff we use Carr golf- Marty is the man to talk to...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on October 26, 2010, 09:17:07 PM
If you're dressed appropriately and haven't a shaved head with tattoos I doubt you'll be asked for a certificate anywhere in Spain or Portugal these days. The recession has hit them pretty hard too, and money is money.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on October 26, 2010, 09:43:42 PM
If you're dressed appropriately and haven't a shaved head with tattoos I doubt you'll be asked for a certificate anywhere in Spain or Portugal these days. The recession has hit them pretty hard too, and money is money.

Whats left is the only thing that should matter. Behaviour and a collared shirt should go a long way. Golf courses arent getting the foot traffic of old as you've rightly said.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on October 26, 2010, 10:29:16 PM
Some lovely courses in the south of France that are pretty quiet in March/April and the weather should be late teens www.st-endreol.com/en should not be too tricky to get flights to Nice
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on November 01, 2010, 01:29:37 PM
Tiger falls to #2 as Westwood is the new #1 golfer in the world.


http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/pga/news?slug=ap-westwoodno1
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 01, 2010, 05:54:19 PM
Delighted for Westwood.
Though he is gonna have to win a Major soon to be really considered the best in the World IMHO.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on November 01, 2010, 06:05:51 PM
Delighted for Westwood.
Though he is gonna have to win a Major soon to be really considered the best in the World IMHO.

Yeah i agree. I wonder does it make him the only player ever to be ranked number 1 without having won a major?? I'd imagine it does.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Hoof Hearted on November 01, 2010, 06:08:04 PM
someone on sky sports news, a high up bucko on the European Tour, just said that it's great that Europe has 3 Major winners, the World No.1 and The RyderCup all in 2010, surely this isnt right ?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 01, 2010, 06:09:04 PM
Delighted for Westwood.
Though he is gonna have to win a Major soon to be really considered the best in the World IMHO.

Yeah i agree. I wonder does it make him the only player ever to be ranked number 1 without having won a major?? I'd imagine it does.

I was wondering the same thing myself.
He actaully might be knocked of the Top spot by Sunday evening if any of the other players out of the Top 4 win this weeks WCG event
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 01, 2010, 06:12:17 PM
someone on sky sports news, a high up bucko on the European Tour, just said that it's great that Europe has 3 Major winners, the World No.1 and The RyderCup all in 2010, surely this isnt right ?

Maybe he meant players from the European Tour which would be Oosthuizen, Kaymer,McDowell
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Hoof Hearted on November 01, 2010, 06:35:31 PM
ah right, maybe that was it. He was a European Tour chief so probably was so
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on November 01, 2010, 09:32:51 PM
Anyone see the golfer wearing a shirt and tie on the last day of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on November 01, 2010, 09:45:46 PM
Anyone see the golfer wearing a shirt and tie on the last day of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia?
There is a man lives on Victoria Road in Armagh that wears a shirt and tie no matter what he's doing. He wears the combo painting the house, gardening and have even seen him wearing it whilst doing a bit of roofing. Some boy.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 01, 2010, 09:56:56 PM
Anyone see the golfer wearing a shirt and tie on the last day of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia?

Haven't seen it but was it Ryan Moore?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on November 01, 2010, 10:06:05 PM
Yes, it was Ryan Moore. Pity it is Autumn, otherwise I'd be wearing a shirt and this this Saturday.

visitors can't see pics , please register or login
 
visitors can't see pics , please register or login
 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: PadraicHenryPearse on November 01, 2010, 10:12:01 PM
duval and i think couples were number one without a major i believe but then went on to win one.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on November 01, 2010, 10:13:32 PM
Ryan Moore is a very interesting character,he won't wear sponsor logos or even accept sponsorship from big companies.
He actually bought into Scratch Golf and is a co owner and is the only logo he wears.
Then he wears them outfits with the shirt and Tie.
I like him and always look out for him in tournaments,I think he actually got a hole in one at this years Masters?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 05, 2010, 09:50:12 PM
Anyone watching watching the golf. Gmac putting Tiger under serious pressure
Woods had a 4 shot lead, Gmac leads by 2 now
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Carmen Stateside on December 05, 2010, 09:52:09 PM
Looking good for Mc Dowell.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 05, 2010, 10:12:25 PM
Thats the first time I have seen Rorys new hair do, minging is the only word I have for it
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Carmen Stateside on December 05, 2010, 11:07:26 PM
What a putt from Mc Dowell
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: flantheman82 on December 05, 2010, 11:08:11 PM
What a game!!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Carmen Stateside on December 05, 2010, 11:24:49 PM
And again !! Unreal
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Carmen Stateside on December 05, 2010, 11:27:49 PM
Poor Tiger.
Great win for mc Dowell.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on December 05, 2010, 11:29:09 PM
Fair f**ks to him. He has balls
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: screenexile on December 05, 2010, 11:30:08 PM
What a year for that man . . . phenomenal stuff from Gmac well done!!!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gallsman on December 05, 2010, 11:31:45 PM
Two brilliant putts to win it. Fair play, what an excellent season.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Sandino on December 05, 2010, 11:33:13 PM
Fair play to him indeed he beat the Tiger to win a big one!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: tyroneboi on December 05, 2010, 11:34:08 PM
Couple of great pressure putts from Gmac! The American commentators sounded gutted that Tiger lost.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Carmen Stateside on December 05, 2010, 11:55:06 PM
Couple of great pressure putts from Gmac! The American commentators sounded gutted that Tiger lost.

Was going to say the very same. You would have swore someone died when Tiger missed. Good to see Mc Ilroy come on to celebrate with Mc Dowell at the end.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on December 06, 2010, 02:43:05 AM
when gmac was walking back up to the 18th tee for the play off, his brass balls must have been clinking. That was huge from him, to beat Tiger in those circumstances at his own event with a 4 stroke deficit, with those two putts. Unreal...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: tyroneboi on December 06, 2010, 11:07:37 AM
I think Gmac should win SPOTY ahead of AP McCoy. He has had a phenomanal 2010 winning a major, more or less sinking the winning putt in the Ryder Cup and has had some big wins throughout the year. If it was Ian Poulter or Lee Westwood they would be certs for SPOTY.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Doogie Browser on December 06, 2010, 11:21:10 AM
I think Gmac should win SPOTY ahead of AP McCoy. He has had a phenomanal 2010 winning a major, more or less sinking the winning putt in the Ryder Cup and has had some big wins throughout the year. If it was Ian Poulter or Lee Westwood they would be certs for SPOTY.
100% correct, I still want McCoy to win but can't help but feel Gmac deserves it more for his year, McCoy has been phenomenal for 15yrs though with no recognition.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Gabriel_Hurl on December 06, 2010, 02:20:00 PM
McCoy has been phenomenal for 15yrs though with no recognition.

it's not a lifetime acheivement award (Giggs winning last year not counting)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Doogie Browser on December 06, 2010, 02:26:00 PM
McCoy has been phenomenal for 15yrs though with no recognition.

it's not a lifetime acheivement award (Giggs winning last year not counting)
I know that and that is why I said it because Giggs got it for his career when he shouldn't have.  As I said, I do think McDowell probably deserves it more for the year he has had.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: mackers on December 06, 2010, 03:42:21 PM
Couple of great pressure putts from Gmac! The American commentators sounded gutted that Tiger lost.
That peckerhead Mark Roe talked some crap also.............fair play to G Mac......he's going to have to give Rory a good few putting lessons or he's going to turn into another Sergio Garcia..........
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on December 06, 2010, 10:23:46 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/8351712.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/8351712.stm)

Thought this was a good laugh!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ludermor on December 07, 2010, 12:35:52 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/9263504.stm
McDowall & Kaymer share European golfer of the year.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on December 08, 2010, 08:09:26 PM
Couple of great pressure putts from Gmac! The American commentators sounded gutted that Tiger lost.
That peckerhead Mark Roe talked some crap also.............fair play to G Mac......he's going to have to give Rory a good few putting lessons or he's going to turn into another Sergio Garcia..........
Interesting observation, McIlroy is in no way guaranteed to win Majors.  Undoubtedly he is a superb golfer, but as you say he could be the next Sergio just as easily as the next Tiger! McDowell has had some year, will be interesting to see if that spurs on McIlroy. Would be great to see them two and Harrington all in contention on the final day of a major next year!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 07, 2011, 02:57:40 PM
Anyone see Bubba Watson's eagle on the 18th last night?

663yards on the green in two :o.. he used driver off the fairway for his second shot
Driver off the fairway!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on January 07, 2011, 03:11:21 PM
Anyone see Bubba Watson's eagle on the 18th last night?

663yards on the green in two :o.. he used driver off the fairway for his second shot
Driver off the fairway!

Yeah Poulter I think had a link to it on his twitter feed last night; more impressive is the fact he faded it 50 yards right to left and got 300 odd yards (I'm guessing) still  :o

Give it a go, it's not as hard as you think to hit the driver off the fairway. The control to shape the shot and the distance is what is most impressive I think.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on January 07, 2011, 03:17:19 PM
Anyone see Bubba Watson's eagle on the 18th last night?

663yards on the green in two :o.. he used driver off the fairway for his second shot
Driver off the fairway!

Yeah Poulter I think had a link to it on his twitter feed last night; more impressive is the fact he faded it 50 yards right to left and got 300 odd yards (I'm guessing) still  :o

Give it a go, it's not as hard as you think to hit the driver off the fairway. The control to shape the shot and the distance is what is most impressive I think.

Yea but you're not supposed to put a tee under it.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on January 07, 2011, 03:49:37 PM
Anyone see Bubba Watson's eagle on the 18th last night?

663yards on the green in two :o.. he used driver off the fairway for his second shot
Driver off the fairway!

Yeah Poulter I think had a link to it on his twitter feed last night; more impressive is the fact he faded it 50 yards right to left and got 300 odd yards (I'm guessing) still  :o

Give it a go, it's not as hard as you think to hit the driver off the fairway. The control to shape the shot and the distance is what is most impressive I think.
Its probably the most satisfying shot in golf when you get it right, but also the one that makes you look the biggest hacker when it goes wrong! Only give it a go if you play off a half decent handicap tho, IMO
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 07, 2011, 03:55:21 PM
Anyone see Bubba Watson's eagle on the 18th last night?

663yards on the green in two :o.. he used driver off the fairway for his second shot
Driver off the fairway!

Yeah Poulter I think had a link to it on his twitter feed last night; more impressive is the fact he faded it 50 yards right to left and got 300 odd yards (I'm guessing) still  :o

Give it a go, it's not as hard as you think to hit the driver off the fairway. The control to shape the shot and the distance is what is most impressive I think.
Its probably the most satisfying shot in golf when you get it right, but also the one that makes you look the biggest hacker when it goes wrong! Only give it a go if you play off a half decent handicap tho, IMO

And if you have a cheap driver,no way I'd try it with my Ping G15
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on January 07, 2011, 04:11:20 PM
Anyone see Bubba Watson's eagle on the 18th last night?

663yards on the green in two :o.. he used driver off the fairway for his second shot
Driver off the fairway!

Yeah Poulter I think had a link to it on his twitter feed last night; more impressive is the fact he faded it 50 yards right to left and got 300 odd yards (I'm guessing) still  :o

Give it a go, it's not as hard as you think to hit the driver off the fairway. The control to shape the shot and the distance is what is most impressive I think.
Its probably the most satisfying shot in golf when you get it right, but also the one that makes you look the biggest hacker when it goes wrong! Only give it a go if you play off a half decent handicap tho, IMO

And if you have a cheap driver,no way I'd try it with my Ping G15
Would it matter really, not likely to damage the club playing that shot, more likely to damage ones ego or self esteem if you top her 30 yards up the fairway!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on January 07, 2011, 04:42:11 PM
Anyone see Bubba Watson's eagle on the 18th last night?

663yards on the green in two :o.. he used driver off the fairway for his second shot
Driver off the fairway!

Yeah Poulter I think had a link to it on his twitter feed last night; more impressive is the fact he faded it 50 yards right to left and got 300 odd yards (I'm guessing) still  :o

Give it a go, it's not as hard as you think to hit the driver off the fairway. The control to shape the shot and the distance is what is most impressive I think.
Its probably the most satisfying shot in golf when you get it right, but also the one that makes you look the biggest hacker when it goes wrong! Only give it a go if you play off a half decent handicap tho, IMO

And if you have a cheap driver,no way I'd try it with my Ping G15
Would it matter really, not likely to damage the club playing that shot, more likely to damage ones ego or self esteem if you top her 30 yards up the fairway!!

You'll only top it if you try playing it forward in your stance like your off the tee. It's easy enough to hit the ball (not easy to get accuracy and control BW did and thats what is impressive  :o ) and definitely not the most satisfying shot you'll ever play. My bunker shot in portmarnock the other day was much better than hitting the driver of the fairway :P
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on January 07, 2011, 04:53:15 PM
Anyone see Bubba Watson's eagle on the 18th last night?

663yards on the green in two :o.. he used driver off the fairway for his second shot
Driver off the fairway!

Yeah Poulter I think had a link to it on his twitter feed last night; more impressive is the fact he faded it 50 yards right to left and got 300 odd yards (I'm guessing) still  :o

Give it a go, it's not as hard as you think to hit the driver off the fairway. The control to shape the shot and the distance is what is most impressive I think.
Its probably the most satisfying shot in golf when you get it right, but also the one that makes you look the biggest hacker when it goes wrong! Only give it a go if you play off a half decent handicap tho, IMO

And if you have a cheap driver,no way I'd try it with my Ping G15
Would it matter really, not likely to damage the club playing that shot, more likely to damage ones ego or self esteem if you top her 30 yards up the fairway!!

You'll only top it if you try playing it forward in your stance like your off the tee. It's easy enough to hit the ball (not easy to get accuracy and control BW did and thats what is impressive  :o ) and definitely not the most satisfying shot you'll ever play. My bunker shot in portmarnock the other day was much better than hitting the driver of the fairway :P
You are showing off now!!! Wouldnt be in bunkers that much myself ;) Or Potrmarnock when i think about it :)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 07, 2011, 04:58:59 PM
Trust me you ain't missing much,Portmarnock is nothing special IMHO
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on January 07, 2011, 05:10:15 PM
Trust me you ain't missing much,Portmarnock is nothing special IMHO

The hotel & golf links course (not portmarnock GC) by Langer is a great course. Well worth a trek round and probably one of the best courses in the Dublin area. I'd be interested LL to see what you think is a great course as Portmarnock (old) is consistently rated as one of the best championship courses in Ireland?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 07, 2011, 05:12:19 PM
Trust me you ain't missing much,Portmarnock is nothing special IMHO

The hotel & golf links course (not portmarnock GC) by Langer is a great course. Well worth a trek round and probably one of the best courses in the Dublin area. I'd be interested LL to see what you think is a great course as Portmarnock (old) is consistently rated as one of the best championship courses in Ireland?

Druids Glen is far ahead of it IMHO,Different type of course I know but one I would prefer playing on..each to their own
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on January 07, 2011, 05:19:48 PM
Trust me you ain't missing much,Portmarnock is nothing special IMHO

The hotel & golf links course (not portmarnock GC) by Langer is a great course. Well worth a trek round and probably one of the best courses in the Dublin area. I'd be interested LL to see what you think is a great course as Portmarnock (old) is consistently rated as one of the best championship courses in Ireland?

Druids Glen is far ahead of it IMHO,Different type of course I know but one I would prefer playing on..each to their own
Top quality inland course, probably my second favorite inland course in Ireland, behind Lough Erne. However links golf surpasses any of these "new" type set ups IMO. RLL, if you are ever up north, check out Portrush, Portstewart, Castlerock, Newcastle, best courses in the world!! (that ive played!)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on January 07, 2011, 05:20:47 PM
Trust me you ain't missing much,Portmarnock is nothing special IMHO

The hotel & golf links course (not portmarnock GC) by Langer is a great course. Well worth a trek round and probably one of the best courses in the Dublin area. I'd be interested LL to see what you think is a great course as Portmarnock (old) is consistently rated as one of the best championship courses in Ireland?

My one and likely to be only ever eagle was there.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on January 07, 2011, 05:27:37 PM
Trust me you ain't missing much,Portmarnock is nothing special IMHO

The hotel & golf links course (not portmarnock GC) by Langer is a great course. Well worth a trek round and probably one of the best courses in the Dublin area. I'd be interested LL to see what you think is a great course as Portmarnock (old) is consistently rated as one of the best championship courses in Ireland?

My one and likely to be only ever eagle was there.

My green side bunker shot was for an eagle the other day, 2nd time I've holed it when playing out of that bunker   ;D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Declan on January 07, 2011, 05:46:17 PM
Presume all you lads will be showing us how good ye are in the charity classic in May then!!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tyrones own on January 07, 2011, 06:06:04 PM
Presume all you lads will be showing us how good ye are in the charity classic in May then!!!

 Conversation stopper right there Dec  :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on January 07, 2011, 06:45:21 PM
Charity Classic?
Was at the gym there, building up the muscles, will have yards on the drives this year!!
We are all allowed to talk about our great shots tyrones own, especially the ones no one else was present for ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 09, 2011, 11:08:30 PM
Some start from Gmac  3,3,3,3 nice way to start a round
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 09, 2011, 11:26:55 PM
4 birds in first 5 holes for Gmac
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on January 09, 2011, 11:28:52 PM
4 birds in first 5 holes for Gmac

Do you have him in the Fantasy Golf?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 09, 2011, 11:29:31 PM
4 birds in first 5 holes for Gmac

Do you have him in the Fantasy Golf?

Yes
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 09, 2011, 11:41:05 PM
-5 on the day after 6 holes for Gmac
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on January 09, 2011, 11:46:22 PM
Some start, im not watching it. Cant be too far back off the lead now then?
Muppet is the man in fantasy golf so far, but early days!!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 09, 2011, 11:48:07 PM
3 off the lead right now.
Johnathon Byrd leads on -20 Gmac is -17 started the day on -12

EDIT Byrd now -21
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: screenexile on January 10, 2011, 01:40:02 AM
3 off the lead right now.
Johnathon Byrd leads on -20 Gmac is -17 started the day on -12

EDIT Byrd now -21

Gmac 10 under for the day 1 shot behind Byrd. . . some shooting! Think I may have to stay up for the run in now!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on January 10, 2011, 02:36:21 AM
-11 for Gmac, looks like it'll be a playoff unless Byrd birdies the last
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on January 10, 2011, 02:59:10 AM
Playoff between Garrigus and Byrd
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on January 10, 2011, 03:53:00 AM
Byrd wins on second playoff hole
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on January 10, 2011, 09:11:33 AM
Brilliant final round by McDowell. How long can he keep this form up?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 10, 2011, 10:11:18 AM
Didn't stay up to watch the rest of golf,sounds like a good finish.
Gmac is on fire -11 in a final round of a tournament is amazing,pity he didn't win playoff.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on January 10, 2011, 10:13:02 AM
He didn't make the playoff
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 10, 2011, 10:18:26 AM
He didn't make the playoff

Oh right sorry I thought I read it that way in the previous posts I see now he didn't
Still some round from him all the same
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on January 10, 2011, 10:20:51 AM
Maybe we should ask Bud is there is enough funding to have the golf outing in Hawaii?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on January 10, 2011, 10:23:55 AM
Some round indeed, I think he changed his equipment sponsor on the second day of this tournament from Callaway to Srixion-probably doesn't make much difference to the pros as all their clubs are custom made but I still think it makes the -11 all the more impressive
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on January 10, 2011, 10:27:57 AM
Some round indeed, I think he changed his equipment sponsor on the second day of this tournament from Callaway to Srixion-probably doesn't make much difference to the pros as all their clubs are custom made but I still think it makes the -11 all the more impressive

Nah he changed at the start of the year, although I believe he only has to use their irons, cleaveland wedges and balls. He's still using the same putter, driver, woods and hybrids.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Megaman on January 10, 2011, 10:32:38 AM
yeah, that hat did look daft

he had changed at the start of the year.

some round all the same considering the change in equipment, especially the ball.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 10, 2011, 10:37:10 AM
yeah, that hat did look daft

he had changed at the start of the year.

some round all the same considering the change in equipment, especially the ball.

Just goes to show you it's true what they say..Its not the arrow, its the Indian
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on January 10, 2011, 10:39:24 AM
Are we still talking about McDowell?

He's been wearing the US Army style cap for quite a while now. There seems to be a shift amongst the US players from the baseball cap to the Army cap.

Anyone know where I can buy one of those baseball caps that has the peak at the back instead of the front?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Hardy on January 10, 2011, 10:57:57 AM
I never thought I'd get a laugh out of a golf thread. Good man Orior.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on January 10, 2011, 06:37:53 PM
Some round indeed, I think he changed his equipment sponsor on the second day of this tournament from Callaway to Srixion-probably doesn't make much difference to the pros as all their clubs are custom made but I still think it makes the -11 all the more impressive

Nah he changed at the start of the year, although I believe he only has to use their irons, cleaveland wedges and balls. He's still using the same putter, driver, woods and hybrids.

Actually he started the first 2 rounds with his old Callaway FT but driving was all over the place, he switched to the Cleveland Launcher the last 2 days. Srixon own Cleveland, so the only non branded stuff he uses now are the adams hybrids
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on January 10, 2011, 07:06:31 PM
Some round indeed, I think he changed his equipment sponsor on the second day of this tournament from Callaway to Srixion-probably doesn't make much difference to the pros as all their clubs are custom made but I still think it makes the -11 all the more impressive

Nah he changed at the start of the year, although I believe he only has to use their irons, cleaveland wedges and balls. He's still using the same putter, driver, woods and hybrids.

Actually he started the first 2 rounds with his old Callaway FT but driving was all over the place, he switched to the Cleveland Launcher the last 2 days. Srixon own Cleveland, so the only non branded stuff he uses now are the adams hybrids

Yeah but as I say his contract stipulates the irons, wedges and balls must be used. He still used the oddessy putter.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on January 10, 2011, 10:53:26 PM
Some round by McDowell. Sometimes you would wonder why anyone would change clubs after such a successful season last year, he also seemed to have a good relationship with Callaway, judging by the BBC show after he won US Open last year. Even with some or all new clubs, he is still in the zone obviously, probably could shoot a good round with any set at the minute.  Just one thing about him tho, watched a few highlights on the news earlier and his swing is brutal!! You would wonder how he can play so well swinging like that, not exactly textbook. Would remind you a bit of Feherty's quote about Furyk....."an octopus in a phone box". Fair play tho, 62 blows is exceptional on a Sunday
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on January 10, 2011, 11:02:53 PM
Some round by McDowell. Sometimes you would wonder why anyone would change clubs after such a successful season last year, he also seemed to have a good relationship with Callaway, judging by the BBC show after he won US Open last year. Even with some or all new clubs, he is still in the zone obviously, probably could shoot a good round with any set at the minute.  Just one thing about him tho, watched a few highlights on the news earlier and his swing is brutal!! You would wonder how he can play so well swinging like that, not exactly textbook. Would remind you a bit of Feherty's quote about Furyk....."an octopus in a phone box". Fair play tho, 62 blows is exceptional on a Sunday

Think it was "like an octopus falling out of a tree".
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on January 10, 2011, 11:40:34 PM
Some round by McDowell. Sometimes you would wonder why anyone would change clubs after such a successful season last year, he also seemed to have a good relationship with Callaway, judging by the BBC show after he won US Open last year. Even with some or all new clubs, he is still in the zone obviously, probably could shoot a good round with any set at the minute.  Just one thing about him tho, watched a few highlights on the news earlier and his swing is brutal!! You would wonder how he can play so well swinging like that, not exactly textbook. Would remind you a bit of Feherty's quote about Furyk....."an octopus in a phone box". Fair play tho, 62 blows is exceptional on a Sunday

Think it was "like an octopus falling out of a tree".
Either way, not pretty!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: screenexile on January 11, 2011, 12:15:00 AM
Some round by McDowell. Sometimes you would wonder why anyone would change clubs after such a successful season last year, he also seemed to have a good relationship with Callaway, judging by the BBC show after he won US Open last year. Even with some or all new clubs, he is still in the zone obviously, probably could shoot a good round with any set at the minute.  Just one thing about him tho, watched a few highlights on the news earlier and his swing is brutal!! You would wonder how he can play so well swinging like that, not exactly textbook. Would remind you a bit of Feherty's quote about Furyk....."an octopus in a phone box". Fair play tho, 62 blows is exceptional on a Sunday

Apparently "I felt like it was a golf ball I could get to the next level with.''

My guess would be that it's all about the Benjamins!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on January 11, 2011, 12:17:55 AM
This will sound ridonkulous -

But the Callaway ball I think is better than the Srixon - which in itself is a good ball - but unless McDowell knows a little something about golf that I don't - well.......
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Megaman on January 11, 2011, 10:40:22 AM
it was simply about the dosh, callaway werent willing to pay him as much as others at callaway, so he jumped ship.

i would say most think callaway / Titliest are better balls than srxion.  Cleveland wont let their players play with any other balls though.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on January 11, 2011, 11:56:16 AM
it was simply about the dosh, callaway werent willing to pay him as much as others at callaway, so he jumped ship.

i would say most think callaway / Titliest are better balls than srxion.  Cleveland wont let their players play with any other balls though.

I lbe a big fan of the Srixon balls TBH, much more than Callaway anyway. Definitely thinking of playing them all the time as they are much cheaper than Titelist and Taylormades.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on January 11, 2011, 05:21:28 PM
I got a gift of a dozen taylor made black golf balls two summers ago. I swear to God - I couldnt take one out of the bag and play more than a hole without losing the damn things. It was really strange. If I played with any other ball I'd maybe not lose one for a week - but as soon as I took out a taylor made it was gone within a couple holes. Maybe even on the first drive.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on January 21, 2011, 09:00:57 AM
From BBC - "Ireland's Padraig Harrington has been disqualified from the Abu Dhabi Championship after signing for a wrong score in his first-round 65.

Harrington's hand brushed the back of his ball on hole seven as he replaced it in front of his marker. "

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/9369046.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/9369046.stm)

You can judge for yourself here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9Bh-ZVAz48 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9Bh-ZVAz48)

Pretty sickening as he looked as if he may actually be in contention for a change.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on January 21, 2011, 10:28:34 AM
From BBC - "Ireland's Padraig Harrington has been disqualified from the Abu Dhabi Championship after signing for a wrong score in his first-round 65.

Harrington's hand brushed the back of his ball on hole seven as he replaced it in front of his marker. "

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/9369046.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/9369046.stm)

You can judge for yourself here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9Bh-ZVAz48 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9Bh-ZVAz48)

Pretty sickening as he looked as if he may actually be in contention for a change.

Contrasts nicely with the crap we watch in soccer in particular and the stuff that can appear in our own games now unfortunately.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on January 21, 2011, 10:31:12 AM
I'm hearing somebody emailed in after seeing it on TV, can anyone confirm?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on January 21, 2011, 10:35:45 AM
Yep that is also why he was disqualified, had already signed the card before it was brought to their attention. Different from the likes of Dustin Johnson where the referees pointed it out and the penalty to him before he signed the card. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on January 21, 2011, 10:46:10 AM
From BBC - "Ireland's Padraig Harrington has been disqualified from the Abu Dhabi Championship after signing for a wrong score in his first-round 65.

Harrington's hand brushed the back of his ball on hole seven as he replaced it in front of his marker. "

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/9369046.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/9369046.stm)

You can judge for yourself here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9Bh-ZVAz48 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9Bh-ZVAz48)

Pretty sickening as he looked as if he may actually be in contention for a change.

Contrasts nicely with the crap we watch in soccer in particular and the stuff that can appear in our own games now unfortunately.

How?

Although I believe Harrington to be one of the most honest players, he didn't point it out. In fact he could have easily been trying to get away with it, seen it go on all the time on the golf course. You only have to look at Elliot Saltman ban this week to realise it goes on in the pro game too. Probably more than we expect on non televised pro and amateur events. FFS you only have to look at the c***s in you local golf club managing handicaps ::) to win the big prices or not adhering to certain rules in comps to realise it's the same in all levels of sports. There are always a few who will go that extra length to win.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Boycey on January 21, 2011, 11:02:04 AM
From BBC - "Ireland's Padraig Harrington has been disqualified from the Abu Dhabi Championship after signing for a wrong score in his first-round 65.

Harrington's hand brushed the back of his ball on hole seven as he replaced it in front of his marker. "

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/9369046.stm (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/9369046.stm)

You can judge for yourself here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9Bh-ZVAz48 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9Bh-ZVAz48)

Pretty sickening as he looked as if he may actually be in contention for a change.

Contrasts nicely with the crap we watch in soccer in particular and the stuff that can appear in our own games now unfortunately.

How?

Although I believe Harrington to be one of the most honest players, he didn't point it out. In fact he could have easily been trying to get away with it, seen it go on all the time on the golf course. You only have to look at Elliot Saltman ban this week to realise it goes on in the pro game too. Probably more than we expect on non televised pro and amateur events. FFS you only have to look at the c***s in you local golf club managing handicaps ::) to win the big prices or not adhering to certain rules in comps to realise it's the same in all levels of sports. There are always a few who will go that extra length to win.

You are being very harsh on Harrington, his explanation that he was aware it happened but thought it returned to its original position sounds fairly plausible to me. He said even if he had called the rules official thats what he would have told him.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on January 21, 2011, 11:20:47 AM
I'm thinking that golf's authorities might have opened a can of worms here.

If Harrington's playing partners, or the officials following them around, didn't make the objection then it shouldn't have been considered.

The PGA tours are leaving themselves open to video referees having to record and analyse each and every shot played during a tournament.

It's only equitable that if Harrington is being throughly scrutinised by the eye in the sky, then the no-mark player ranked 324th in the world should also have to endure the same treatment.



On a side note, rules are the cornerstone of golf. But sometimes commonsense has to apply. If a player makes a mistake but gains no discernable advantage from the mistake, then it's not cheating. Obviously this opens up a subjective set of rules, but in the name of God, anyone who plays golf can tell the difference between cheating and not cheating.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on January 21, 2011, 11:27:25 AM
My point was that the Golf world will act quickly on any clear evidence unlike soccer in particular and to a lesser extent Gaelic Football.

Look at Thierry Henry's goal.

Aside from that golf aims very high (TheWobbler has a point maybe too high) regarding the integrity of its rules. But soccer couldn't aim lower.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Up The Middle on January 21, 2011, 11:41:54 AM
By fcuk thats harsh, he brushed the ball with his thumb. I know rules are rules but come on he didnt gain any advantage. I see he has decided to stay on and play Bahrain next week. Tough decision to make will i go home to freezing Ireland or stay in the 40 degree heat for another week. God love him.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on January 21, 2011, 03:04:54 PM
If he had known that the ball had moved, he could have replaced it with no penalty stroke as  the ball is allowed to move when replacing it to putt.

Harsh, but there've been quite a few incidences of this over the years.  I don't think this opens any can of worms either, maybe if it players acted the way gaa clubs and counties do it could, but until that day happens, players will abide by the rules.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on January 21, 2011, 03:08:08 PM
This is a pretty common occurence in the States, TV viewers emailing/phoning in to say such and such violated a rule. The organisers apparently look at each incident! A lot of times it's about improving their lie, moving impediments etc.

Ian Poulters tweets are good on this. One of his latest is 'If I don't make the cut, myself and Harrington can play tiddlywinks live on webcam. We can have people referee by email'.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 21, 2011, 05:01:10 PM
What would annoy me about this is not the fact Harry was DQ because after seeing the footage it's obvious the ball moved and the rules of golf being as they are he can't have any complaints,but what would annoy me is the little p***k that rang up and notified people of it,has that cnut nothing better to be doing with his time?
 I can see the bollix now as smug as f**k boasting to all his mates how he got one of the worlds top golfers disqualified,people like this are sad f**ks IMHO.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ziggysego on January 21, 2011, 06:23:13 PM
Very harsh and unfair, barely moved.

What kind of twat would feel the need to email in about this?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 21, 2011, 06:51:40 PM
Ian Poulter doesn't sit on the fence anyways :D

From Twitter
"Rules of Golf Book Rule 22-4 paragraph 3 line 7, "the rules of golf are complete bollocks and are stuck back in 1932". Couldn't agree more"
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gallsman on January 21, 2011, 07:42:01 PM
Ian Poulter doesn't sit on the fence anyways :D

From Twitter
"Rules of Golf Book Rule 22-4 paragraph 3 line 7, "the rules of golf are complete bollocks and are stuck back in 1932". Couldn't agree more"

Great to see it acknowledged. Too many golfers I know take pride in the archaic and redundant nature of golf rules such as this.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on January 21, 2011, 08:29:56 PM
Padraig very candid about the incident.

To pharaphrase: 'Its a dimple and a half today, its 3 dimples next week, an inch the week after that, and 5 inches the following week'.

He seems very proud of the rules.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on January 21, 2011, 09:31:44 PM
What would annoy me about this is not the fact Harry was DQ because after seeing the footage it's obvious the ball moved and the rules of golf being as they are he can't have any complaints,but what would annoy me is the little p***k that rang up and notified people of it,has that cnut nothing better to be doing with his time?
 I can see the bollix now as smug as f**k boasting to all his mates how he got one of the worlds top golfers disqualified,people like this are sad f**ks IMHO.
we should have a gaaboard competition, first one to get a player dq wins - you have to post the incident on here first though!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on January 21, 2011, 10:08:22 PM
Ian Poulter doesn't sit on the fence anyways :D

From Twitter
"Rules of Golf Book Rule 22-4 paragraph 3 line 7, "the rules of golf are complete bollocks and are stuck back in 1932". Couldn't agree more"

Great to see it acknowledged. Too many golfers I know take pride in the archaic and redundant nature of golf rules such as this.
what was redundant and archaic about this incident?  The ball was not played from where it lay - you can't change that rule, it's the most basic rule in the game.
There are some stupid rules alright, Dustin Johnson's incident in the USPGA was much worse because the rules didn't really take account of the type of course and were vague imo on the ruling.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on January 21, 2011, 10:17:25 PM
It's not the rule per se, if the officials don't pick it up and it's not an attempt at cheating then it shouldn't result in disqualification. Maybe have a ref with each group, might seem like overkill but golf needs to move with the times. To the average weekend hacker like myself I think his disqualification was ridiculous. Take 2 shots off him by all means but let him play on
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on January 21, 2011, 10:29:48 PM
Well thats where the discrepancy lies. It is a penalty - but it wasnt awarded at the time, and as such he signed for a false score. Signing for a false score  = DQ.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on January 21, 2011, 10:37:52 PM
The more I think about this decision the more it annoys me.

If Padraig is chucked out for signing the wrong score, then his playing partner should also be chucked out for aiding and abetting the manouevre.

PGA should realise they're in the entertainment industry, and booting out one the better players and bigger draws for the most trivial of offences, could not encourage return visitors, nor welcome those new to the game.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on January 21, 2011, 10:53:08 PM
The more I think about this decision the more it annoys me.

If Padraig is chucked out for signing the wrong score, then his playing partner should also be chucked out for aiding and abetting the manouevre.

PGA should realise they're in the entertainment industry, and booting out one the better players and bigger draws for the most trivial of offences, could not encourage return visitors, nor welcome those new to the game.

I have to disagree. There is something to be said for integrity. The penalty is worth looking at. But I admire their adherence to rules and the players ability to accept the rules and even defend them for the integrity of the game.

Imagine Alex or Arsene saying: 'Its a dimple and a half today, its 3 dimples next week, an inch the week after that, and 5 inches the following week".
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on January 21, 2011, 11:19:59 PM
The more I think about this decision the more it annoys me.

If Padraig is chucked out for signing the wrong score, then his playing partner should also be chucked out for aiding and abetting the manouevre.

PGA should realise they're in the entertainment industry, and booting out one the better players and bigger draws for the most trivial of offences, could not encourage return visitors, nor welcome those new to the game.

I have to disagree. There is something to be said for integrity. The penalty is worth looking at. But I admire their adherence to rules and the players ability to accept the rules and even defend them for the integrity of the game.

Imagine Alex or Arsene saying: 'Its a dimple and a half today, its 3 dimples next week, an inch the week after that, and 5 inches the following week".

Yer man that emailed them is still a bollix though
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on January 21, 2011, 11:25:30 PM
The more I think about this decision the more it annoys me.

If Padraig is chucked out for signing the wrong score, then his playing partner should also be chucked out for aiding and abetting the manouevre.

PGA should realise they're in the entertainment industry, and booting out one the better players and bigger draws for the most trivial of offences, could not encourage return visitors, nor welcome those new to the game.

I have to disagree. There is something to be said for integrity. The penalty is worth looking at. But I admire their adherence to rules and the players ability to accept the rules and even defend them for the integrity of the game.

Imagine Alex or Arsene saying: 'Its a dimple and a half today, its 3 dimples next week, an inch the week after that, and 5 inches the following week".

Yer man that emailed them is still a bollix though

Beyond sad.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on January 23, 2011, 01:05:00 PM
The more I think about this decision the more it annoys me.

If Padraig is chucked out for signing the wrong score, then his playing partner should also be chucked out for aiding and abetting the manouevre.

PGA should realise they're in the entertainment industry, and booting out one the better players and bigger draws for the most trivial of offences, could not encourage return visitors, nor welcome those new to the game.
Mark Roe was kicked out whilst leading the open a few years ago, 2003? I think, I don't remember exactly, but I think it was something wrong with his opponents card that was the problem.  In this instance his playing partner's couldn't have known that he had played the ball from the wrong place thus incurring a 2 stroke penalty etc.  I think people in general seem to be more upset about this that Harrington himself.  It probably wouldn't have mattered as Kaymer ran way with it.  3 nordies in the top 5 though, maybe we should have our own ryder cup team, definitely have to consider going it alone in the world cup from now on ;)
Kaymer and McDowell have to be the real world no.1 and 2 at the minute, not sure which order though.

Yer man that emailed them is still a bollix though

Beyond sad.

I take it nobody else wants to join my competition to be the first to get a player dq then?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on January 23, 2011, 01:08:47 PM



Beyond sad.

I take it nobody else wants to join my competition to be the first to get a player dq then?

Yes, yes I do.

Which sport?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on January 23, 2011, 02:03:10 PM



Beyond sad.

I take it nobody else wants to join my competition to be the first to get a player dq then?

Yes, yes I do.

Which sport?

Start with golf, but I think the same principles should apply, if we note any breaking of the rules of a sport (we don't really have to know them, I mean rugby for example, does anyone really) that is not picked up by the referee, we should immediately notify that sport's governing body, first to get a player dq wins.  Beats the dead pool thread anyway.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on January 23, 2011, 02:29:00 PM



Beyond sad.

I take it nobody else wants to join my competition to be the first to get a player dq then?

Yes, yes I do.

Which sport?

Start with golf, but I think the same principles should apply, if we note any breaking of the rules of a sport (we don't really have to know them, I mean rugby for example, does anyone really) that is not picked up by the referee, we should immediately notify that sport's governing body, first to get a player dq wins.  Beats the dead pool thread anyway.

Golf might be the best because they the authorities have now acted on a few complaints, they can hardly act on some and not others.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: beer baron on February 03, 2011, 08:44:35 PM
Can anyone find a link to the phoenix open?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Groucho on February 03, 2011, 08:50:45 PM
http://www.pgatour.com/r/leaderboard/

Not sure if you can pick up video links
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: beer baron on February 03, 2011, 08:57:18 PM
Sound job-if it finishes now i'm happy enough  :P only  a few days to hang on for overtan at 66's! :P
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on February 05, 2011, 04:23:53 PM
Anyone recommend good golf courses near Belfast? within a 30min drive say.
Group of us heading up sometime in May for a weekend for beer,skirt and Golf..in that order.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on February 05, 2011, 04:27:45 PM
for a weekend for beer,skirt and Golf..in that order.

You are married now, golf is out.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on February 05, 2011, 05:18:48 PM
Laoislad, if you're looking to play of the Saturday morning, you won't get anywhere much in the Belfast area; members dominate.

Sunday's better - the good living folk don't tend to play golf then. Saturday afternoons are normally okay with enough notice.

A quick rundown:

Malone: Brilliant, very mature parkland course. Snobby members who will make you unwelcome. About £70 green fees. 3-4 miles from Belfast City Centre.

Belvoir Park: Excellent, very mature parkland course. Proper old style parkland golf. Green fees are about £65, but I've found on a Saturday afternoon, they run specials at half price. It's only about 2 miles from Belfast City Centre. Wonderful clubhouse.

Lisburn: Fine parkland track, again very mature. About 10 miles from Belfast City Centre, so a bit out of the way. £50 green fee.

Dunmurry: Very decent parkland course, about 5 miles from Belfast City Centre. It's a bit snobby and jumped up, but a very decent walk. About £45 green fee.

Knock: Mature, undulating parkland course that requires you to be long off the tee. About 4 miles out from city centre. About £40 green fee.

Shandon Park: Something similat to Knock except a liitle shorter and has a couple of markedly poor holes.

Balmoral: A decent course only 2 miles from Belfast Centre.  Some people drool about it, I found it a tad flat and uninspiring.


Avoid Ormeau, Aberdalghy, Castlereagh or Colin Valley.


If you can get a decent green fee on Belvoir, I'd recommend it the most. As well as quality of course, it's handy from the City and the kind of place you could dump your car for the night, and get a taxi back into town (and out the next morning) after sampling a few pints for about £7.


Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on February 06, 2011, 12:11:38 AM
Cheers Wobbler I will look into those thanks
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on February 12, 2011, 10:46:09 AM
I see Sergio is leading by two out in Dubai early in the third round. Would be great to see him get back up as one of the world's best again.
Just the best ball striker around for many a year, but could'nt get it in the hole when it mattered.
And Rory and Woods are droppin shots by the looks of it.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on February 12, 2011, 11:13:02 AM
Big fan of Sergio, would be great to see him win again
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerry on February 13, 2011, 10:50:35 AM
Quiros with a hole in one
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on February 13, 2011, 11:42:00 AM
Hansen eagles to join Quiros on -11. That was the 5th ace of the tournament
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on February 13, 2011, 12:03:11 PM
Laoislad, if you're looking to play of the Saturday morning, you won't get anywhere much in the Belfast area; members dominate.

Sunday's better - the good living folk don't tend to play golf then. Saturday afternoons are normally okay with enough notice.

A quick rundown:

Malone: Brilliant, very mature parkland course. Snobby members who will make you unwelcome. About £70 green fees. 3-4 miles from Belfast City Centre.

Belvoir Park: Excellent, very mature parkland course. Proper old style parkland golf. Green fees are about £65, but I've found on a Saturday afternoon, they run specials at half price. It's only about 2 miles from Belfast City Centre. Wonderful clubhouse.

Lisburn: Fine parkland track, again very mature. About 10 miles from Belfast City Centre, so a bit out of the way. £50 green fee.

Dunmurry: Very decent parkland course, about 5 miles from Belfast City Centre. It's a bit snobby and jumped up, but a very decent walk. About £45 green fee.

Knock: Mature, undulating parkland course that requires you to be long off the tee. About 4 miles out from city centre. About £40 green fee.

Shandon Park: Something similat to Knock except a liitle shorter and has a couple of markedly poor holes.

Balmoral: A decent course only 2 miles from Belfast Centre.  Some people drool about it, I found it a tad flat and uninspiring.


Avoid Ormeau, Aberdalghy, Castlereagh or Colin Valley.


If you can get a decent green fee on Belvoir, I'd recommend it the most. As well as quality of course, it's handy from the City and the kind of place you could dump your car for the night, and get a taxi back into town (and out the next morning) after sampling a few pints for about £7.
Pints have got dear in Belfast since I was last there...

Read that wrong - taxi both ways and pints all in for 7 quid. Bargain!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on February 13, 2011, 01:44:49 PM
Anyone see woods spitting on the green, ignorant f**ker, just cause he made a mess of a putt. The commentator from sky went nuts
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stew on February 13, 2011, 04:51:56 PM
Anyone see woods spitting on the green, ignorant f**ker, just cause he made a mess of a putt. The commentator from sky went nuts

Woods and Mickelson are said to be the two most arrogant hoors on the tour.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bud Wiser on February 13, 2011, 05:40:12 PM
Anyone recommend good golf courses near Belfast? within a 30min drive say.
Group of us heading up sometime in May for a weekend for beer,skirt and Golf..in that order.

I take it you wont be able to make it to the GAA Discussion Board outing then?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on February 13, 2011, 08:05:43 PM
Laoislad, if you're looking to play of the Saturday morning, you won't get anywhere much in the Belfast area; members dominate.

Sunday's better - the good living folk don't tend to play golf then. Saturday afternoons are normally okay with enough notice.

A quick rundown:

Malone: Brilliant, very mature parkland course. Snobby members who will make you unwelcome. About £70 green fees. 3-4 miles from Belfast City Centre.

Belvoir Park: Excellent, very mature parkland course. Proper old style parkland golf. Green fees are about £65, but I've found on a Saturday afternoon, they run specials at half price. It's only about 2 miles from Belfast City Centre. Wonderful clubhouse.

Lisburn: Fine parkland track, again very mature. About 10 miles from Belfast City Centre, so a bit out of the way. £50 green fee.

Dunmurry: Very decent parkland course, about 5 miles from Belfast City Centre. It's a bit snobby and jumped up, but a very decent walk. About £45 green fee.

Knock: Mature, undulating parkland course that requires you to be long off the tee. About 4 miles out from city centre. About £40 green fee.

Shandon Park: Something similat to Knock except a liitle shorter and has a couple of markedly poor holes.

Balmoral: A decent course only 2 miles from Belfast Centre.  Some people drool about it, I found it a tad flat and uninspiring.


Avoid Ormeau, Aberdalghy, Castlereagh or Colin Valley.


If you can get a decent green fee on Belvoir, I'd recommend it the most. As well as quality of course, it's handy from the City and the kind of place you could dump your car for the night, and get a taxi back into town (and out the next morning) after sampling a few pints for about £7.

Wobbler I'm shocked and saddened - you left Cliftonville. Its a 9-hole course with a crap clubhouse but has some really really really great members. Well, one anyway.

Also there is Fortwilliam. It has a good clubhouse and decent course though on the side of a hill so it is known as the crossword course:
6 up, 6 down, 6 across.

Mallusk is also in the "to be avoided" category.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Joxer on February 16, 2011, 04:11:41 PM
Heading to Sligo this weekend and hopefully will get a couple of rounds of Golf in.  Anyone play  Rosses Point?  What is it like?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Geoff Tipps on February 16, 2011, 05:17:46 PM
Heading to Sligo this weekend and hopefully will get a couple of rounds of Golf in.  Anyone play  Rosses Point?  What is it like?

Only played Strandhill. It's v nice but Rosses point and Enniscrone are much more highly regarded.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on February 16, 2011, 07:26:10 PM
Ok we have it narrowed down to 3 courses

Malone
Dunmurry
Balmoral

When you say Malone and Dunmurry are snobby thewobbler is it really that bad or is it because you look like a traveller and parked up in your Toyota Hiace?
What's snobby about them?
btw I see Malone has 27 holes so it might be easier get a tee time on a Saturday afternoon.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on February 16, 2011, 09:22:39 PM
Haha, no hiace here Laois Lad, I've never got my hands dirty in my life!

Malone is where the bigwigs of Belfast society play. They don't particularly need visitors, and they've got an old style green jacket brigade who'll watch your every move from you enter the grounds until you tee off, to make sure you're worthy.

In truth, this shouldn't affect your experience, once you get out and about it's one if the most pleasant walks you'll ever enjoy, and the clubhouse grub is good. But if you're one of those fellas who gets unsettled by watching eyes, you could leave here feeling paranoid and upset!

I'm not that kind of person by the way.

Dunmurry, I haven't been there in 10 years and should really give it another rattle. I thought the pro was one of the biggest arseholes I've ever come across - but that may have had something to do with my studentish demeanour. My overriding memory of that round was dagger eyes everywhere.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on February 16, 2011, 10:29:15 PM
Haha, no hiace here Laois Lad, I've never got my hands dirty in my life!

Malone is where the bigwigs of Belfast society play. They don't particularly need visitors, and they've got an old style green jacket brigade who'll watch your every move from you enter the grounds until you tee off, to make sure you're worthy.

In truth, this shouldn't affect your experience, once you get out and about it's one if the most pleasant walks you'll ever enjoy, and the clubhouse grub is good. But if you're one of those fellas who gets unsettled by watching eyes, you could leave here feeling paranoid and upset!

I'm not that kind of person by the way.

Dunmurry, I haven't been there in 10 years and should really give it another rattle. I thought the pro was one of the biggest arseholes I've ever come across - but that may have had something to do with my studentish demeanour. My overriding memory of that round was dagger eyes everywhere.

Wouldn't be too keen on the sounds of that wobbler..I dunno is it just a nordie thing? ;)

Only place down here I found to be snobby b**tards is the Heritage in Laois though I didn't think too many courses would be snobby now with the way numbers are down.

Reckon based on what you say Dunmurry might be the best option.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Groucho on February 17, 2011, 06:53:05 PM
Heading to Sligo this weekend and hopefully will get a couple of rounds of Golf in.  Anyone play  Rosses Point?  What is it like?

Rosses Point is way overrated IMHO, Enniscrone is underrated, Strandhill not as tough as the other two but still a good course. If you don't mind a bit of a drive try and get to Murvagh (Donegal Town) it is a gem.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Groucho on February 17, 2011, 06:55:13 PM
Posted: February 16, 2011
A year ago this week, Tiger Woods returned to public view in the form of a hastily arranged confessional before a room full of close friends and millions of television viewers. His dirty laundry had been hung for all to see, so Woods put on a blazer, looked us in the eye and vowed to change his ways.

On the golf course, things have remained very much the same. Woods’ victory total hasn’t budged, and as he reminded us again last Sunday in Dubai, his competitive deportment leaves a bad taste in the mouths of many. To be fair, Tiger faces a much higher level of scrutiny than other Tour pros. No player is given nearly the same amount of attention during a final-round telecast when he is out of contention, nor does anyone do a poorer job of hiding his displeasure when things aren’t going well. Call it a flammable mix.




Tiger Woods promises to be better behaved on the course during his Feb. 19, 2010 statement. (Getty Images)No one but Woods would warrant several seconds of camera time while squatting on a green, then turning his head and spitting onto the putting surface, a defiant act by a man whose nature is not wholly compatible with the simplest laws of compliance. Still, it boggles my mind that the incident was picked up by so many media agencies beyond the golf community. Front-page news: Sir Eldrick hocks a loogie.

Having known Woods for the better part of 15 years, having spent considerable time with him on practice ranges and putting greens in addition to a few occasions away from the course, I got to know the guy who wasn’t built for mass consumption. Petulant, definitely a bit sophomoric, but not in a harmful way. Overly sarcastic, exceptionally quick-witted -- Tiger always struck me as the caricature of a man’s man, and if he wasn’t the greatest golfer who ever lived, you might politely describe him as an acquired taste.

I’ve often told those who ask that the Tiger Woods they’ve seen in television ads is a 180-degree departure from the real dude in the red shirt, and for more than a decade, there really weren’t many conflicts. Woods was so good at playing golf and smiling on cue that marketing him as a wholesome, warm-blooded assassin was basically a no-brainer. He sold Buicks, fished off a pier with some unwitting codger and built a foundation that helped hundreds of kids from an educational standpoint.

He did a lot of good, won a lot of trophies, and when he did something bad, there weren’t any cameras around. Meanwhile, I spent a lot of time thinking. If you want to win 19 major titles and stuff every all-time record in your pocket, you have to turn up all the alpha-male dials and leave 'em there. As Springsteen said, "no retreat, no surrender." That’s not a gameface, partner. That’s just who I am.

People aren’t ganging up on Woods now because he’s winless since whenever. He got beat up for cussing and tossing clubs when he was hauling in six victories a season, but from the viewpoint of a wide-angle lens, he was a champion without peer, chained to exceedingly high standards, ferocious in his pursuit of excellence and atrocious when it came to controlling his temper. Way back when, Tiger’s conduct was easier to rationalize – you could always point to that great big pile of Ws.

Ain’t no pile anymore. When Woods stepped to that podium on Feb. 19, 2010, I think he really intended to change. I also think he thought he could salvage his marriage, but when that didn’t happen and the victory drought got larger, he realized, perhaps subconsciously, that trying to be Mr. Nice Guy wasn’t working. Better to win golf tournaments and be yourself than to not and not.

So here we are, one year later. Tiger tried to cover up the saliva with his putter, but that didn’t work, either.

View All John Hawkins Articles ►
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on February 17, 2011, 08:03:07 PM
Heading to Sligo this weekend and hopefully will get a couple of rounds of Golf in.  Anyone play  Rosses Point?  What is it like?

Rosses Point is way overrated IMHO, Enniscrone is underrated, Strandhill not as tough as the other two but still a good course. If you don't mind a bit of a drive try and get to Murvagh (Donegal Town) it is a gem.
I would rank Rosses Point above Murvagh, but would agree with you on the other two. Murvagh is a good course, but i think every time ive played it, its been "pishin out of the high heavens". But sure thats Donegal for you!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on February 17, 2011, 08:10:38 PM
Haha, no hiace here Laois Lad, I've never got my hands dirty in my life!

Malone is where the bigwigs of Belfast society play. They don't particularly need visitors, and they've got an old style green jacket brigade who'll watch your every move from you enter the grounds until you tee off, to make sure you're worthy.

In truth, this shouldn't affect your experience, once you get out and about it's one if the most pleasant walks you'll ever enjoy, and the clubhouse grub is good. But if you're one of those fellas who gets unsettled by watching eyes, you could leave here feeling paranoid and upset!
I'm not that kind of person by the way.

Dunmurry, I haven't been there in 10 years and should really give it another rattle. I thought the pro was one of the biggest arseholes I've ever come across - but that may have had something to do with my studentish demeanour. My overriding memory of that round was dagger eyes everywhere.

Wouldn't be too keen on the sounds of that wobbler..I dunno is it just a nordie thing? ;)

Only place down here I found to be snobby b**tards is the Heritage in Laois though I didn't think too many courses would be snobby now with the way numbers are down.

Reckon based on what you say Dunmurry might be the best option.
I've never played Dunmurry before but wouldnt reckon it would be a patch on Malone,Belvoir Park or Lisburn (best course in the area imo). RLL, if you are headin north for golf in the future, i would recommend the links courses, you could either do Co.Down (Newcastle, kilkeel or Ardglass) or Co Derry/Antrim coast (Portrush, Portstewart, Castlerock, ballycastle to name but a few) Before you go to Belfast check out the GUI website, they list all the open days
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on February 21, 2011, 06:14:23 PM
I don't know if this was seen ouside of the States but this guy is one p***k. Jim Gray, a sports announcer, was thrown off the Golf Channel for an argument with Dustin Johnson's caddy.This isn't the first time this guy has made a sporting event more about himself than the actual sport. I just can't stand how someone so egocentric and plain boring is still working in this kind of industry.

 >:( >:(

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/613244-cassy-herkelman-dale-earnhardt-nba-all-star-weekend-and-fridays-sports-news/entry/48233-jim-gray-sportscaster-yanked-off-golf-channel-after-argument

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on February 21, 2011, 06:40:39 PM
or for a slightly different view on it...
http://www.golf.com/golf/tours_news/article/0,28136,2052707,00.html
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Groucho on February 23, 2011, 10:18:44 AM
Draw
1-Lee Westwood (Britain) v 64-Henrik Stenson (Sweden)
32-Nick Watney (U.S.) v 33-Anthony Kim (U.S.)
16-Retief Goosen (South Africa) v 49-K.J. Choi (South Korea)
17-Francesco Molinari (Italy) v 48-Ryan Moore (U.S.)
8-Steve Stricker (U.S.) v 57-Matteo Manassero (Italy)
25-Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) v 40-Ryo Ishikawa (Japan)
9-Luke Donald (Britain) v 56-Charley Hoffman (U.S.)
24-Edoardo Molinari (Italy) v 41-Martin Laird (Britain)
4-Phil Mickelson (U.S.) v 61-Brendan Jones (Australia)
29-Rickie Fowler (U.S.) v 36-Peter Hanson (Sweden)
13-Matt Kuchar (U.S.) v 52-Anders Hansen (Denmark)
20-Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) v 45-Bo Van Pelt (U.S.)
5-Graeme McDowell (Britain) v 60-Heath Slocum (U.S.)
28-Robert Allenby (Australia) v 37-Ross Fisher (Britain)
12-Ian Poulter (Britain) v 53-Stewart Cink (U.S.)
21-Alvaro Quiros (Spain) v 44-Yang Yong-eun (South Korea)
2-Martin Kaymer (Germany.) v 63-Noh Seung-yul (South Korea)
31-Zach Johnson (U.S.) v 34-Justin Rose (Britain)
15-Robert Karlsson (Sweden) v 50-Hiroyuki Fujita (Japan)
18-Hunter Mahan (U.S.) v 47-Sean O'Hair (U.S.)
7-Rory McIlroy (Ireland) v 58-Jonathan Byrd (U.S.)
26-Adam Scott (Australia) v 39-Ben Crane (U.S.)
10-Jim Furyk (U.S.) v 55-Ryan Palmer (U.S.)
23-Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) v 42-Yuta Ikeda (Japan)
3-Tiger Woods (U.S.) v 62-Thomas Bjorn (Denmark)
30-Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) v 35-Padraig Harrington (Ireland)
14-Dustin Johnson (U.S.) v 51-Mark Wilson (U.S.)
19-Bubba Watson (U.S.) v 46-Bill Haas (U.S.)
6-Paul Casey (Britain) v 59-Richard Green (Australia)
27- Kim Kyung-Tae (South Korea) v 38-Jason Day (Australia)
11-Ernie Els (South Africa) v 54-Jeff Overton (U.S.)
22-Tim Clark (South Africa) v 43-Camilo Villegas (Colombia)

.
Never realised it was that far from Holywood to Rathmore ;)

Few quid EW on Kim 8)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Joxer on February 23, 2011, 10:43:01 AM
For a bit of Interest:  Done

Ryan Moore
Bubba Watson
Goosen
Ricky Fowler
Nick Watney

Accum works out just under 20/1

Fancy Watney or Wee Rory for outright.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: anportmorforjfc on February 23, 2011, 12:11:03 PM
Should be a great week of golf!

Think Watson, Stricker and McDowell will do well.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: mackers on February 23, 2011, 02:35:55 PM
Think Watson pulled out of the Northern Trust last week because of injury......you'd want to double check that before putting any money on him.....think McIlroy and Jimenez could go well with Bjorn to beat Woods tonight.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: magpie seanie on February 23, 2011, 02:39:49 PM
Heading to Sligo this weekend and hopefully will get a couple of rounds of Golf in.  Anyone play  Rosses Point?  What is it like?

Rosses Point is way overrated IMHO, Enniscrone is underrated, Strandhill not as tough as the other two but still a good course. If you don't mind a bit of a drive try and get to Murvagh (Donegal Town) it is a gem.
I would rank Rosses Point above Murvagh, but would agree with you on the other two. Murvagh is a good course, but i think every time ive played it, its been "pishin out of the high heavens". But sure thats Donegal for you!


Probably too late with this now but don't forget Castle Dargan if you're heading down this direction. Played it last May and really enjoyed it, maturing into a nice course.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on February 23, 2011, 02:42:20 PM
Should be a great week of golf!

Think Watson, Stricker and McDowell will do well.

Yeah should be good I love the Matchplay format.
Starting at 5pm this evening I think which is good as there isn't much else on, though the Inter v Munich game could be good.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: anportmorforjfc on February 23, 2011, 02:48:23 PM
Tee off times delayed 30 minutes because of frost, 1st group now out 2.55pm our time.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on February 23, 2011, 04:06:22 PM
there's a few crackers there...
stricker- manassero
schwartzel-ishikawa
poulter-cink

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: anportmorforjfc on February 23, 2011, 07:19:53 PM
Some great golf so far, brilliant match between Poulter and Cink going to the 19th. Easy win for Donald.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: The Real Laoislad on February 23, 2011, 07:48:44 PM
Some great golf so far, brilliant match between Poulter and Cink going to the 19th. Easy win for Donald.

What did Donald win by in the end? He was 6 up at the 9th last time I was watching
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: anportmorforjfc on February 23, 2011, 08:08:10 PM
Some great golf so far, brilliant match between Poulter and Cink going to the 19th. Easy win for Donald.

What did Donald win by in the end? He was 6 up at the 9th last time I was watching

Won 6 and 5
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Groucho on February 23, 2011, 08:22:58 PM
Cink....teak tough!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on February 23, 2011, 09:28:07 PM
McIlroy loves this match play set up and the whole thing looks an ideal opportunity to raise his stock up a little more than it already is
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on February 23, 2011, 11:51:33 PM
Tiger gets knocked out by Thomas Bjorn  :o Will he ever get back to his awesome best?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Doogie Browser on February 24, 2011, 08:10:43 PM
McIlroy absolutely tanked today 8&7!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: anportmorforjfc on February 24, 2011, 09:56:03 PM
Some big upsets in the first two rounds. This is anyones tournament!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on February 24, 2011, 10:14:43 PM
McIlroy absolutely tanked today 8&7!

Never seen any of it, he must have been shocking bad
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on February 24, 2011, 10:41:34 PM
Some big upsets in the first two rounds. This is anyones tournament!
Always is, in this event, shows how good all these guys are on their day.
McIlroy absolutely tanked today 8&7!

Never seen any of it, he must have been shocking bad
McIlroy loves this match play set up and the whole thing looks an ideal opportunity to raise his stock up a little more than it already is
Just like your prediction then sammy   ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Boycey on February 24, 2011, 10:50:46 PM
McIlroy absolutely tanked today 8&7!

Never seen any of it, he must have been shocking bad

he wasn't actually that bad, conceded one hole without finishing out but was only +1 for other 10 he played. Crane just played really good. This event has a history of strangish results, its generally regarded as being too early in the season for the top players to be at the peak of their games
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on February 24, 2011, 11:25:05 PM
McIlroy absolutely tanked today 8&7!

Never seen any of it, he must have been shocking bad

he wasn't actually that bad, conceded one hole without finishing out but was only +1 for other 10 he played. Crane just played really good. This event has a history of strangish results, its generally regarded as being too early in the season for the top players to be at the peak of their games
Is it not more that any of these top players can beat any other one, over 18 holes, on any given day. Over the normal 72 stroke play events the "cream usually rises to the top". I dont believe its a case of the events timing. The player ranked 64th will fancy his chances against the no 1 seed, esp if he gets away to a good start. When Woods was in his prime he dominated this event because no one believed they could beat him, since his game has regressed to an extent, it has become an even more level playing field. A few years ago Thomas Bjorn wouldnt have beaten Tiger, in fact he probably would have been beaten before he started.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on February 24, 2011, 11:46:00 PM
Some big upsets in the first two rounds. This is anyones tournament!
Always is, in this event, shows how good all these guys are on their day.
McIlroy absolutely tanked today 8&7!

Never seen any of it, he must have been shocking bad
Quote from: sammymaguire
link=topic=909.msg922670#msg922670 date=1298496487
McIlroy loves this match play set up and the whole thing looks an ideal opportunity to raise his stock up a little more than it already is
Just like your prediction then sammy   ;) ;)

You can say that again. I had it down as a European winner with him and Donald and Kaymer on the hitlist but there's only 6 left v 8 Yanks  :-\ and one is the young Italian Mannasero  :o
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Boycey on February 24, 2011, 11:50:43 PM
The Dazzler stuffed Woods in a final as far back as 2000 and Woods has won it only three times, hardly total domination. Several players Harrington among them have openly said they don't put much store in it. Westwoods another with a bad record. Look at the winners/finalists yourself some strange names there. The Masters is 6 weeks away, most be looking to peak for it.

You are right though that any one of top 64 could beat any other on their day
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on February 25, 2011, 07:45:07 PM
$1,400,00 not to be sniffed at mind you!!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Groucho on February 25, 2011, 09:07:45 PM
Bubba just hit an iron 285..... :o
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: anportmorforjfc on February 26, 2011, 07:46:25 PM
Bubba was 5 down with 8 to play and ended up winning in 19 holes. Both semis being played today aswell!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Groucho on March 03, 2011, 05:17:55 PM
Daly suing the Honda Classic
GolfChannel.com Team   Posted 03/03/2011, 9:00 AM EST

John Daly is suing organizers of the Honda Classic, according to a report by Reuters, claiming he injured himself while trying to stop his backswing while a fan was trying to take his picture during the event in 2007.

Daly filed a complaint in a Florida court on Wednesday seeking $15,000 in damages, the Reuters report says. He alleges that he aggravated an old injury as the woman took a flash picture of him.

Under the rules of entry for the tournament, spectators are prevented from taking cameras on to the course.

Daly ultimately withdrew from that event four years ago and says that security was negligent because they allowed the woman on the course with a camera and they failed to remove her after he told them she had a camera.



Things must be really bad for JD.....one of my all time favourite players.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on March 07, 2011, 10:14:39 PM
Another WGC competition this week... Hard to call
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Joxer on March 23, 2011, 04:42:14 PM
Am I right in saying that Sky have total rights to The US Masters this year and it wont be on BBC?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Minder on March 23, 2011, 04:47:29 PM
Am I right in saying that Sky have total rights to The US Masters this year and it wont be on BBC?

It is on BBC and Sky, Sky are showing the par 3 competition on the Wednesday (?) I think.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on March 23, 2011, 05:23:38 PM
Am I right in saying that Sky have total rights to The US Masters this year and it wont be on BBC?

It is on BBC and Sky, Sky are showing the par 3 competition on the Wednesday (?) I think.

I cant wait, I think TORRES and ROONEY will go really well in it...

BBC day one and two highlights, some live coverage on the weekend;

Sky Sports have released details of their broadcast coverage for the US Masters 2011 tournament which takes place between 7-10 April 2011.

From 2011 Sky Sports has been granted live UK broadcast rights to the Masters, with the broadcaster set to screen all four days of the tournament live and in HD.  Sky 3D will also offer exclusive live coverage of the Masters, the first major golf tournament to be shown in 3D.

The traditional Par 3 Contest on Wednesday 6 April will also be shown live in addition to an extra hour’s live coverage of the opening two rounds on Thursday and Friday.

Sky TV customers will have access to four extra channels of Live Masters coverage available exclusively via the Red Button – two that follow featured groups, a channel covering the 15th and 16th and a final channel from Amen corner (11th, 12th and 13th).  Sky Sports News will also be reporting live from the tournament throughout the week.

Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis said: “Sky Sports is now the only place to see all four days of the Masters, live.

“In the UK & Ireland, this year’s Masters will be the first shown live on Sky Sports, the first with the Par 3 Contest scheduled live on TV and the first of golf’s majors to be shown in 3D.

“3D coverage of the Masters will give a unique view of the Masters and really capture the contours of the stunning Augusta National course.

“We are also delighted that coverage from the host broadcasters at Augusta National will start one hour earlier than ever before.

“Sky Sports has enjoyed a great partnership with golf for nearly two decades. We follow a hundred different tournaments each year, from five different continents, and are excited that The Masters is now at the heart of this calendar.”

The BBC also hold live rights to the final two rounds of the competition, however details of the broadcasters coverage are still to be announced.

visitors can't see pics , please register or login
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on March 27, 2011, 10:52:17 PM
Hoots mon! Great effort by Laird trying to become the first European to win the Armold Palmer Invitational.

One ahead playing the 18th. Nail biting stuff.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on March 27, 2011, 11:12:27 PM
Good day for Scottish golfers.

Martin Laird wins in USA, and Paul Laurie wins in Europe.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on March 28, 2011, 03:58:51 AM
was watching that myself, great finish, bit of last man standing in the end...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on April 11, 2011, 07:33:48 PM
Haha, no hiace here Laois Lad, I've never got my hands dirty in my life!

Malone is where the bigwigs of Belfast society play. They don't particularly need visitors, and they've got an old style green jacket brigade who'll watch your every move from you enter the grounds until you tee off, to make sure you're worthy.

In truth, this shouldn't affect your experience, once you get out and about it's one if the most pleasant walks you'll ever enjoy, and the clubhouse grub is good. But if you're one of those fellas who gets unsettled by watching eyes, you could leave here feeling paranoid and upset!

I'm not that kind of person by the way.

Dunmurry, I haven't been there in 10 years and should really give it another rattle. I thought the pro was one of the biggest arseholes I've ever come across - but that may have had something to do with my studentish demeanour. My overriding memory of that round was dagger eyes everywhere.

Dunmurry booked.
Tony Baloney and Minder coming along for the craic.
Tony wants to bring the wife but I had to but a stop to that as Minder told me he fancies her so strictly Golf,beer and steak.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on April 11, 2011, 08:41:10 PM
Haha, no hiace here Laois Lad, I've never got my hands dirty in my life!

Malone is where the bigwigs of Belfast society play. They don't particularly need visitors, and they've got an old style green jacket brigade who'll watch your every move from you enter the grounds until you tee off, to make sure you're worthy.

In truth, this shouldn't affect your experience, once you get out and about it's one if the most pleasant walks you'll ever enjoy, and the clubhouse grub is good. But if you're one of those fellas who gets unsettled by watching eyes, you could leave here feeling paranoid and upset!

I'm not that kind of person by the way.

Dunmurry, I haven't been there in 10 years and should really give it another rattle. I thought the pro was one of the biggest arseholes I've ever come across - but that may have had something to do with my studentish demeanour. My overriding memory of that round was dagger eyes everywhere.

Dunmurry booked.
Tony Baloney and Minder coming along for the craic.
Tony wants to bring the wife but I had to but a stop to that as Minder told me he fancies her so strictly Golf,beer and steak.

1. Aim left with your drive, or you'll get blocked out with your second. The green runs downhill
2. Keep your drive on the left side.
Be careful crossing the road.
3. Silly wee pitch
4. Good par 5
5. Shortish par 4, just keep it straight
6. Tough par 4. Needs a good drive with little fade, or a big fade on the second. Don’t overdo the fade or you'll be donating a golf ball to Rathmore Grammar School.
7. Silly wee pitch
8. Have a look in water for a few of my old golf balls. Nice hole
9. Keep her straight
10. I’m lost. Think it’s a straightish drive needed
11. Straight forward hole down the hill
12. Par 3 that always plays harder than it looks. The green tilts towards you.
13. Good par 5 – birdie chance
14. Two options. Either a 3-wood of the tee, but you will have trouble stopping the ball on the green. Or a driver of the tee, but needs to be straight with a delicate fade at the end
Be careful crossing the road. Cars fly down it.
15. This is the hole that everyone talks about. Take a 6 or 7 iron of the tee. Don’t try to cut the corner. Then a long iron onto the green. I’ve seen boys reduced to tears on this hole.
16. Longish par 3
17. Keep it straight, for a simple par
18. Don’t try to cut

Dunmurry provide towels in the changing rooms.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Hardy on April 11, 2011, 08:46:15 PM
And 19?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on April 11, 2011, 11:57:50 PM
They probably wont allow laoislad in!!!   :D :D

P.S. Wot happened the Reallaoislad ??
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: David McKeown on April 12, 2011, 12:02:13 PM
Haha, no hiace here Laois Lad, I've never got my hands dirty in my life!

Malone is where the bigwigs of Belfast society play. They don't particularly need visitors, and they've got an old style green jacket brigade who'll watch your every move from you enter the grounds until you tee off, to make sure you're worthy.

In truth, this shouldn't affect your experience, once you get out and about it's one if the most pleasant walks you'll ever enjoy, and the clubhouse grub is good. But if you're one of those fellas who gets unsettled by watching eyes, you could leave here feeling paranoid and upset!

I'm not that kind of person by the way.

Dunmurry, I haven't been there in 10 years and should really give it another rattle. I thought the pro was one of the biggest arseholes I've ever come across - but that may have had something to do with my studentish demeanour. My overriding memory of that round was dagger eyes everywhere.

Dunmurry booked.
Tony Baloney and Minder coming along for the craic.
Tony wants to bring the wife but I had to but a stop to that as Minder told me he fancies her so strictly Golf,beer and steak.

I never got that impression about Malone, they used to do a student rate of £50 a year membership for members of QUB's golfing society which you didnt need to be a student to be a member of.  Not sure if they still do that deal I havent been a member since 2008 (when i was still a student).  Always found the course and those there to be very pleasant and helpful
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Archie Mitchell on April 13, 2011, 01:06:53 PM
Anyone recommend any driving ranges around Belfast?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on April 13, 2011, 01:32:18 PM
Mount Ober (beside the ski place) is the only one I can think of.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on April 13, 2011, 02:13:30 PM
There's also one in Ballyrobert, Newtownabby. And another at Bradshaw's Bray, between Comber and Newtownards.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: take_yer_points on April 13, 2011, 02:21:07 PM
There's also one in Ballyrobert, Newtownabby. And another at Bradshaw's Bray, between Comber and Newtownards.

Are you thinking of Greenacres in Ballyrobert? There's also Ballyearl which isn't far away but is probably closer to Belfast
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Joxer on April 13, 2011, 02:26:50 PM
http://www.andrewmorrisgolf.com/

Some great deals on the above site.  Bought a set of Burners a couple of weeks ago and they are top class!  Everything fitted before you buy if you choose.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on April 13, 2011, 04:24:57 PM
International cell phone bills!!!  :o ??? :'(
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on April 13, 2011, 04:27:54 PM
And posting in the wrong thread grinds my gears too.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on April 13, 2011, 04:44:22 PM
lads, I have to get a gift for an occasional golfer who wants to become a frequent golfer.  He needs a new set of clubs, ordinarily i'd give him the money and let him choose where to buy them himself, but in this instance it has to be a voucher.  Where should that voucher be for, online or bricks and mortar? 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on April 13, 2011, 05:09:28 PM


Dunmurry booked.
Tony Baloney and Minder coming along for the craic.
Tony wants to bring the wife but I had to but a stop to that as Minder told me he fancies her so strictly Golf,beer and steak.

1. Aim left with your drive, or you'll get blocked out with your second. The green runs downhill
2. Keep your drive on the left side.
Be careful crossing the road.
3. Silly wee pitch
4. Good par 5
5. Shortish par 4, just keep it straight
6. Tough par 4. Needs a good drive with little fade, or a big fade on the second. Don’t overdo the fade or you'll be donating a golf ball to Rathmore Grammar School.
7. Silly wee pitch
8. Have a look in water for a few of my old golf balls. Nice hole
9. Keep her straight
10. I’m lost. Think it’s a straightish drive needed
11. Straight forward hole down the hill
12. Par 3 that always plays harder than it looks. The green tilts towards you.
13. Good par 5 – birdie chance
14. Two options. Either a 3-wood of the tee, but you will have trouble stopping the ball on the green. Or a driver of the tee, but needs to be straight with a delicate fade at the end
Be careful crossing the road. Cars fly down it.
15. This is the hole that everyone talks about. Take a 6 or 7 iron of the tee. Don’t try to cut the corner. Then a long iron onto the green. I’ve seen boys reduced to tears on this hole.
16. Longish par 3
17. Keep it straight, for a simple par
18. Don’t try to cut

Dunmurry provide towels in the changing rooms.

Just seen this now,thanks for the advice Orior.
Though I am more of a hit and hope type of golfer!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on April 13, 2011, 05:39:48 PM


Dunmurry booked.
Tony Baloney and Minder coming along for the craic.
Tony wants to bring the wife but I had to but a stop to that as Minder told me he fancies her so strictly Golf,beer and steak.

1. Aim left with your drive, or you'll get blocked out with your second. The green runs downhill
2. Keep your drive on the left side.
Be careful crossing the road.
3. Silly wee pitch
4. Good par 5
5. Shortish par 4, just keep it straight
6. Tough par 4. Needs a good drive with little fade, or a big fade on the second. Don’t overdo the fade or you'll be donating a golf ball to Rathmore Grammar School.
7. Silly wee pitch
8. Have a look in water for a few of my old golf balls. Nice hole
9. Keep her straight
10. I’m lost. Think it’s a straightish drive needed
11. Straight forward hole down the hill
12. Par 3 that always plays harder than it looks. The green tilts towards you.
13. Good par 5 – birdie chance
14. Two options. Either a 3-wood of the tee, but you will have trouble stopping the ball on the green. Or a driver of the tee, but needs to be straight with a delicate fade at the end
Be careful crossing the road. Cars fly down it.
15. This is the hole that everyone talks about. Take a 6 or 7 iron of the tee. Don’t try to cut the corner. Then a long iron onto the green. I’ve seen boys reduced to tears on this hole.
16. Longish par 3
17. Keep it straight, for a simple par
18. Don’t try to cut

Dunmurry provide towels in the changing rooms.

Just seen this now,thanks for the advice Orior.
Though I am more of a hit and hope type of golfer!

No bother. I just noticed a calamitous error on the first. I should have said stay on the right side of the fairway.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on April 13, 2011, 05:46:14 PM


Dunmurry booked.
Tony Baloney and Minder coming along for the craic.
Tony wants to bring the wife but I had to but a stop to that as Minder told me he fancies her so strictly Golf,beer and steak.

1. Aim left with your drive, or you'll get blocked out with your second. The green runs downhill
2. Keep your drive on the left side.
Be careful crossing the road.
3. Silly wee pitch
4. Good par 5
5. Shortish par 4, just keep it straight
6. Tough par 4. Needs a good drive with little fade, or a big fade on the second. Don’t overdo the fade or you'll be donating a golf ball to Rathmore Grammar School.
7. Silly wee pitch
8. Have a look in water for a few of my old golf balls. Nice hole
9. Keep her straight
10. I’m lost. Think it’s a straightish drive needed
11. Straight forward hole down the hill
12. Par 3 that always plays harder than it looks. The green tilts towards you.
13. Good par 5 – birdie chance
14. Two options. Either a 3-wood of the tee, but you will have trouble stopping the ball on the green. Or a driver of the tee, but needs to be straight with a delicate fade at the end
Be careful crossing the road. Cars fly down it.
15. This is the hole that everyone talks about. Take a 6 or 7 iron of the tee. Don’t try to cut the corner. Then a long iron onto the green. I’ve seen boys reduced to tears on this hole.
16. Longish par 3
17. Keep it straight, for a simple par
18. Don’t try to cut

Dunmurry provide towels in the changing rooms.

Just seen this now,thanks for the advice Orior.
Though I am more of a hit and hope type of golfer!

No bother. I just noticed a calamitous error on the first. I should have said stay on the right side of the fairway.

Excellent..I will still aim left though and use my embarrassing slice deliberate power fade to finish on the right hand side for that one.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on April 13, 2011, 10:03:45 PM
Remember there are only two types of shot in golf:

1) Ah feck it
2) That'll do
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: BarryBreensBandage on April 15, 2011, 01:35:01 PM
From BBC Sport:

Rory McIlroy continued his recovery from his Masters disappointment by taking the joint lead of the Malaysia Open with a second-round 64.

The 21-year-old, who blew a four-shot lead going into the final round at Augusta and finished 15th, is tied on 11 under with Sweden's Alexander Noren.

"I've played really well," said McIlroy. "The difference [on Friday] was that I made a few putts."

Play was suspended for three hours on Friday because of lightning.

But by that time McIlroy was already back in the clubhouse on the back of a flawless round of golf that saw him sink eight birdies.

He started on the 10th tee and rattled off three birdies in his first four holes, before following up with a cool 12-foot putt at the 16th and another three at the par-four 17th.

Coming home, McIlroy added three more birdies to move alongside first-round leader Noren, who fired a three-under-par round of 69 to add to his opening-day 64.

And when asked whether his round had proved to him he was over his Masters misery, McIlroy said: "It would show more to everyone else other than myself that last week didn't set me back.

"I've started this week off great but I need to keep going and making birdies and shooting low scores if I want to win.

"Eleven under after two days here is a great effort considering I've travelled so far and not seeing the course. I'm happy with how I played."

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: BarryBreensBandage on April 15, 2011, 01:36:59 PM
You have to hand it to McIlroy - some two rounds of golf after last weekend...
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on April 15, 2011, 07:08:09 PM
Hope he learns to play when the pressure is on.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tyrones own on April 15, 2011, 07:40:34 PM
How about Kevin Na's 16 on a par 4 :o
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orangemac on April 15, 2011, 11:21:36 PM
How do you take a 16? Pure stubborness like Kevin Costner in Tin Cup?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on April 16, 2011, 07:19:16 AM
How do you take a 16? Pure stubborness like Kevin Costner in Tin Cup?
When you miss the putt for a 15!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on April 22, 2011, 04:00:48 AM
visitors can't see pics , please register or login


Young McIlroy has had this replica built in his practice area!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bingo on May 06, 2011, 12:45:51 PM
Reports that Seve's health has taken a turn for the worse. A true legend of the sport and had a personality to go with it. Hope he pulls through.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Groucho on May 06, 2011, 12:57:57 PM
Reports that Seve's health has taken a turn for the worse. A true legend of the sport and had a personality to go with it. Hope he pulls through.

+1

One of my all time favourite players.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on May 08, 2011, 09:35:41 PM
Harrington in trouble again with the authorities. He looks raging!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on May 08, 2011, 09:42:25 PM
Dont mess with Sabatini

http://www.geoffshackelford.com/homepage/2011/5/4/rory-sabatini-sean-ohair-will-not-be-a-featured-pairing-any.html (http://www.geoffshackelford.com/homepage/2011/5/4/rory-sabatini-sean-ohair-will-not-be-a-featured-pairing-any.html)

http://golf.bettor.com/rory-sabbatini-set-for-trouble-after-on-course-outburst/news/1341974 (http://golf.bettor.com/rory-sabbatini-set-for-trouble-after-on-course-outburst/news/1341974)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 08, 2011, 09:57:40 PM
Harrington in trouble again with the authorities. He looks raging!
Will someone please explain the rules to the clown.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on May 08, 2011, 10:55:05 PM
Possibly the same mischievious stalker, lol
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Throw ball on May 09, 2011, 12:57:56 AM
Harrington in trouble again with the authorities. He looks raging!
Will someone please explain the rules to the clown.

Do not think knowing the rules is the problem. Obviously someone has a dislike for him. As a regular golfer I would say that you will normally notice if another player is in front of the marker. The fact that neither Phil nor the caddies said anything at the time would suggest that nothing was wrong. Harrington's obvious anger at the incident would suggest that he think's that someone has it in for him.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on May 09, 2011, 09:43:26 AM
Harrington in trouble again with the authorities. He looks raging!
Will someone please explain the rules to the clown.

Do not think knowing the rules is the problem. Obviously someone has a dislike for him. As a regular golfer I would say that you will normally notice if another player is in front of the marker. The fact that neither Phil nor the caddies said anything at the time would suggest that nothing was wrong. Harrington's obvious anger at the incident would suggest that he think's that someone has it in for him.

I liked the bit where Paddy said he was not gonna become the martyr again. In other words, shove it up your arse.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 09, 2011, 10:21:56 AM
It's a strange sport that allows armchair officials to make the calls. Some of the rules are a bit peculiar all the same.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Rossie11 on May 12, 2011, 12:40:03 PM
TPC In Sawgrass with its famous par 3 17th starts today.
No McIlroy or Westwood but everyone else of note tees up.

Favourites are Donald, Woods and Phil all 16/1.

Good luck picking a winner. Tim Clark 100/1 beat Allenby 80/1 and Glover 150/1 last year.

Lot of people are getting behind Sergio @ 60/1 in the hope of an emotional win given the week just passed
He could go close but think 60s is a big short given the value elsewhere.

I have gone for a
Kaymer 45/1
Furyk 50/1
Zach  75/1
Romero  120/1
Verplank 160/1
Jacobson 170/1

Who's everyone backing?

Presume Laois lad will be throwing more of his cash down the well that is Paul Casey??
66/1
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: whitegoodman on May 12, 2011, 01:12:19 PM
I went for Mickelson, Garcia and Harrington.  All 3 have history at the course, Garcia is on the way back, harrington found a bit of form last wk and Phil is due a big win......................

3 missed cuts it is then!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on May 12, 2011, 01:25:13 PM
Kuchar and Crane, £2 e/w. Poulter £1 e/w.

Big spender.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on May 12, 2011, 01:41:12 PM
woods is into fav at 14s

Could be interesting as I dont think he's in the spotlight on this one, maybe a bit less pressure. Bubba Watson is a reasonably close friend and he was opining that woods was daft tinkering with his swing. Didnt go over to well...
Be interesting to see if he has his touch back, was saying that as he had been woring onthe new full swing his short game suffered from lack of practice, and its fairly evident that the putter is cold.
I think this will be a great weekend's golf
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on May 12, 2011, 01:46:05 PM
Quote from: Rossie11 link=topic=909.msg958434#msg958434

Who's everyone backing?

Presume Laois lad will be throwing more of his cash down the well that is Paul Casey??
66/1
Have you no work to be doing! Mock me all you want, ill have the last laugh when Im collecting my winnings!

I won a pile on Garcia when he won this a few years ago so will put some on him aswell, also maybe Luke Donald. Is Fowler in the line up? Might stick something on him too.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Rossie11 on May 12, 2011, 02:10:03 PM
Triple bogey for woods +4 after 4.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on May 12, 2011, 03:25:11 PM
16-1/14-1 must be the biggest price for Woods in recent history, is it not?

Why so high?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Rossie11 on May 12, 2011, 04:10:45 PM
Woods after withdrawing injured.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Denn Forever on May 12, 2011, 04:56:36 PM
Knee/achilles trouble.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on May 12, 2011, 04:57:28 PM
Knee/achilles trouble.

Nah, he's looking for an excuse to come and play in Tulfarris, since he heard there's 25 women about.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on May 12, 2011, 08:54:25 PM
Did one of the Maguire twins win the Portugese Open by 14 shots?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Declan on May 12, 2011, 09:53:17 PM
Yep - Leona Maguire won the Portuguese Ladies Amateur Championship w by 15 shots in Feb.
As a result she was invited into the professional tournament and went as long as the sister got the invite as well which she did.
See Harrington blew up again
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on May 12, 2011, 09:56:13 PM
See Lough Erne has gone into administration. Didn't last long.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on May 12, 2011, 10:21:12 PM
Never got to play it - but I hear it is very expensive!

Is it a fella Tracy that owns it?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on May 13, 2011, 09:08:10 PM
See Lough Erne has gone into administration. Didn't last long.

Jaysus never heard that... is it still open for business at the moment??
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: hardstation on May 13, 2011, 09:09:37 PM
See Lough Erne has gone into administration. Didn't last long.

Jaysus never heard that... is it still open for business at the moment??
Yes.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Minder on May 13, 2011, 09:15:43 PM
See Lough Erne has gone into administration. Didn't last long.

Jaysus never heard that... is it still open for business at the moment??
Yes.

A sponsor of the Holywood choker too I think.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on May 13, 2011, 09:17:19 PM
See Lough Erne has gone into administration. Didn't last long.

Jaysus never heard that... is it still open for business at the moment??
Yes.

cheers hs, a friend of mine has some vouchers for there, been promising me a game for a few weeks now, was getting worried I had missed the boat. How come you seem to know so much about life in Fermanagh anyhow?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: hardstation on May 13, 2011, 09:27:09 PM
See Lough Erne has gone into administration. Didn't last long.

Jaysus never heard that... is it still open for business at the moment??
Yes.

cheers hs, a friend of mine has some vouchers for there, been promising me a game for a few weeks now, was getting worried I had missed the boat. How come you seem to know so much about life in Fermanagh anyhow?
I just know loads of stuff. I heard on the radio report today that the administrators are saying it's business as usual, they're keeping the workers and it's to be sold as a going concern.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: DrinkingHarp on May 14, 2011, 09:49:14 PM
Fan is a hero in FLA   ::)

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/blog/devil_ball_golf/post/Fan-rescues-Michael-Bradley-s-driver-from-watery?urn=golf-wp1878
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on May 14, 2011, 10:02:27 PM
See Lough Erne has gone into administration. Didn't last long.

Jaysus never heard that... is it still open for business at the moment??
Yes.

cheers hs, a friend of mine has some vouchers for there, been promising me a game for a few weeks now, was getting worried I had missed the boat. How come you seem to know so much about life in Fermanagh anyhow?
administrators don't always honour vouchers, they might out of goodwill, but no obligation to do so.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: RealSpiritof98 on May 15, 2011, 03:43:44 PM
Go on Clarkey
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: RealSpiritof98 on May 15, 2011, 03:48:12 PM
and mac Dole
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on May 15, 2011, 08:48:23 PM
McDowell starting to falter.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on May 15, 2011, 09:00:57 PM
Go on Clarkey

Will done indeed. The last I checked he had just double bogeyed the 11th to fall 4 behind and thought the pudding had reverted to form. Ended up winning by three and the E166'660 will be handy enough I suppose.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Minder on May 15, 2011, 09:13:06 PM
GMac all over the place
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on May 15, 2011, 09:58:33 PM
I reckon KJ is the man to win this.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Minder on May 15, 2011, 10:00:23 PM
I reckon KJ is the man to win this.

I thought that a while back, he has been steadier than the rest.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on May 15, 2011, 10:09:20 PM
Spoke to soon bad bogey there from the Choi..
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on May 16, 2011, 12:05:24 AM
Playoff!
Feck it I wanted to go to bed!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: screenexile on May 16, 2011, 12:07:18 AM
2 Northern Irishmen leading the 2 biggest tournaments of the year coming into the last day and both blew up completely . . . are we the Mayo of the golfing world??
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on May 16, 2011, 12:17:38 AM
2 Northern Irishmen leading the 2 biggest tournaments of the year coming into the last day and both blew up completely . . . are we the Mayo of the golfing world??
was that the national league or the connacht championship that Clarkey won today?

Don't think it's fair to say that Gmac blew up, never really had the cushion or time to reflect on the lead the way Rory did.  Gmac's been playing shite, so one or two pieces of bad luck and his game went back to what it's been for the past 2/3 months.  Also, when you've got to chase things can go badly wrong.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on May 23, 2011, 02:49:36 PM
Ulster Four-Ball compettion is for 17 handicappers and above.

I've played in this event for 5 years now and my club has never got past the first round. Can anyone else improve on that?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on May 23, 2011, 05:09:32 PM
I see Tiger has dropped out of the Top 10 in the World rankings for the first time in 14 years.
Harrington is down to 48th...I bet he wishes he never messed with his swing after winning his majors.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on May 23, 2011, 08:34:25 PM
Haha, no hiace here Laois Lad, I've never got my hands dirty in my life!

Malone is where the bigwigs of Belfast society play. They don't particularly need visitors, and they've got an old style green jacket brigade who'll watch your every move from you enter the grounds until you tee off, to make sure you're worthy.

In truth, this shouldn't affect your experience, once you get out and about it's one if the most pleasant walks you'll ever enjoy, and the clubhouse grub is good. But if you're one of those fellas who gets unsettled by watching eyes, you could leave here feeling paranoid and upset!

I'm not that kind of person by the way.

Dunmurry, I haven't been there in 10 years and should really give it another rattle. I thought the pro was one of the biggest arseholes I've ever come across - but that may have had something to do with my studentish demeanour. My overriding memory of that round was dagger eyes everywhere.

Dunmurry booked.
Tony Baloney and Minder coming along for the craic.
Tony wants to bring the wife but I had to but a stop to that as Minder told me he fancies her so strictly Golf,beer and steak.

Had great weekend playing Golf. 14 of us in the end made it.
Great bit of craic would defo go up da dirty North again to play.

A friend of mine just bought a house near Aughnacloy,he was saying there is a golf course near him. Has anyone played there?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on May 23, 2011, 08:41:07 PM
There is a 9 hole course in Aughnacloy, not played on it but as most 9 hole golf courses go, probably a pure waste of time. 18 hole in Dungannon, Omagh and Armagh as far as I know which are all within half an hour or so
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on May 24, 2011, 09:43:57 PM
There is a 9 hole course in Aughnacloy, not played on it but as most 9 hole golf courses go, probably a pure waste of time. 18 hole in Dungannon, Omagh and Armagh as far as I know which are all within half an hour or so
As a member of a nine hole course, thats a bit harsh. Better to have nine good holes than 18 average ones. Never played Aughnacloy so cant comment on it. Dungannon nothing special, Armagh ok, never played Omagh
Ulster Four-Ball compettion is for 17 handicappers and above.

I've played in this event for 5 years now and my club has never got past the first round. Can anyone else improve on that?
No but i can give a worse case scenario. My club won at home this year, 5-0 and 22 holes up. They lost away 5-0 and 22 holes down. And then lost on the 3rd tie hole! My mate was the team captain, he's took some stick. sure its always the manager's fault isnt it!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on May 24, 2011, 09:51:07 PM
Ulster Four-Ball compettion is for 17 handicappers and above.

I've played in this event for 5 years now and my club has never got past the first round. Can anyone else improve on that?
No but i can give a worse case scenario. My club won at home this year, 5-0 and 22 holes up. They lost away 5-0 and 22 holes down. And then lost on the 3rd tie hole! My mate was the team captain, he's took some stick. sure its always the manager's fault isnt it!

Ha! Bet he had to rewrite his victory speech!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on May 27, 2011, 11:14:03 PM
Heading to K Club Smurfit on Sunday. I hear it's a beast, which should be amusing.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on May 27, 2011, 11:15:51 PM
Let us know how you get on and stick up a wee report and a few pics for us will ya?

How much is a round there?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on May 28, 2011, 10:56:14 AM
Heading to K Club Smurfit on Sunday. I hear it's a beast, which should be amusing.

Good course, ignorant staff.

I rather beat myself with a 3 wood than give them money.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on May 28, 2011, 11:29:58 AM
Heading to K Club Smurfit on Sunday. I hear it's a beast, which should be amusing.

Good course, ignorant staff.

I rather beat myself with a 3 wood than give them money.

Would they be still nowadays?
The staff in the Heritage in Laois use to be the same,they didn't want anyone that wasn't driving a 5 series BMW or similar.
All changed now though they email and text you offers now.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on May 28, 2011, 12:46:12 PM
Heading to K Club Smurfit on Sunday. I hear it's a beast, which should be amusing.

Good course, ignorant staff.

I rather beat myself with a 3 wood than give them money.

Would they be still nowadays?
The staff in the Heritage in Laois use to be the same,they didn't want anyone that wasn't driving a 5 series BMW or similar.
All changed now though they email and text you offers now.

They might have changed alright but I'd still rather give my money to Druids Glen (better course and great staff) or Mount Juliet.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on May 28, 2011, 05:19:52 PM
Heading to K Club Smurfit on Sunday. I hear it's a beast, which should be amusing.

Good course, ignorant staff.

I rather beat myself with a 3 wood than give them money.

Would they be still nowadays?
The staff in the Heritage in Laois use to be the same,they didn't want anyone that wasn't driving a 5 series BMW or similar.
All changed now though they email and text you offers now.

They might have changed alright but I'd still rather give my money to Druids Glen (better course and great staff) or Mount Juliet.

Druids Glen is the best I have played in Ireland.
I have a brother in law who works in Mount Juillet so we get cheap enough green fees,wouldn't like the course as much as Druids Glen though.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thewobbler on May 29, 2011, 10:55:39 PM
Smurfit Course was surprisingly good. I say surprisingly because most reports paint it as uneventful and contrived. But I thought it was good fun, a decent challenge, but completely fair. The back 9 is particularly impressive.

I wouldn't describe it as overly tough. I shot a rubbish, really rubbish score, largely due to a penchant for fluffing chips and finding bunkers. But I'd think I could go well around it; the lack of trees was refreshing. I reckon it would be a great society outing off the front markers.

In terms of where it sits quality wise, it's probably as good as you can get for a second course. But it's definitely on a tier below the best I've played in Ireland: Headfort New, Druids Glen, Concra Wood, Lough Erne. And it should be priced accordingly. I was on a freebie by the way. 
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Bogball XV on May 30, 2011, 01:23:32 PM
http://www.thedanplan.com/theplan.php

Any of you see this before?

It's a 30yo non-golfing photographer from Portland Oregon, who aims to spend 10,000 hours practising golf over the next 5 yrs in order to win his tour card in 2015.
The aim is to show that applied practice not talent yields results.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on May 30, 2011, 01:46:32 PM
http://www.thedanplan.com/theplan.php

Any of you see this before?

It's a 30yo non-golfing photographer from Portland Oregon, who aims to spend 10,000 hours practising golf over the next 5 yrs in order to win his tour card in 2015.
The aim is to show that applied practice not talent yields results.

I just knew he had read Outliers.

The no. 2 of Lehman's had read Blink by the same author and inspired by it, started making instinctive decicions rather than remotely logic ones. Look where it got him.

Both good books particularly Outliers, but neither are rulebooks for life.

One thing the guy above ignores, the 10,000 hours almost always begins when people are children and thus able to learn quickly. It might take a 30 year old a lot longer.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on May 30, 2011, 02:20:58 PM
I remember reading about someone a few years ago who was a 20 something handicapper and set himself a challenge to play a round of golf at gross even par.

I'd say that was certainly possible for most people, if you have the time.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on May 30, 2011, 07:24:59 PM
Paula Creamer on Sky Sports 3 atm in this new Powerplay format is a bit of alright.
Not a bad golfer either.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on May 30, 2011, 11:38:53 PM
http://www.thedanplan.com/theplan.php

Any of you see this before?

It's a 30yo non-golfing photographer from Portland Oregon, who aims to spend 10,000 hours practising golf over the next 5 yrs in order to win his tour card in 2015.
The aim is to show that applied practice not talent yields results.

I just knew he had read Outliers.

The no. 2 of Lehman's had read Blink by the same author and inspired by it, started making instinctive decicions rather than remotely logic ones. Look where it got him.

Both good books particularly Outliers, but neither are rulebooks for life.

One thing the guy above ignores, the 10,000 hours almost always begins when people are children and thus able to learn quickly. It might take a 30 year old a lot longer.
Bounce by Matthew Syed is a good book on the 10,000 hour rule theory. Would'nt 100% agree with it myself, but its interesting stuff. Personally my game is getting worse recently, cant put my finger on why tho. Probably not enough puposeful practice as these guys would say.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on June 09, 2011, 04:42:44 PM
Lord bless us and save us. The Hoffmeister has been hammered by a Fanny.

Quote
Lisa Maguire crashed out of the British Open Amateur Championship after suffering a first-round defeat by Baltray's Deirdre Smith at Portrush.

Smith earned a surprise one hole win over the Curtis Cup player.

Maguire's twin Leona trailed Perrine Delacour by one hole after nine while Danielle McVeigh is out after losing by two holes against Lauren Taylor.

Stephanie Meadow and Victoria Bradshaw both progressed to the second round but Charlene Reid exited.

The Maguire twins and McVeigh were all part of last year's Great Britain & Ireland side which faced the USA in the Curtis Cup.

McVeigh led English player Taylor by two holes after nine but the match then unravelled for the Royal County Down hopeful.

US-based Royal Portrush player Meadow set up a second-round clash with leading qualifier Camilla Hedberg as she beat France's Laure Castelain by 2 holes

Another Royal Portrush player Reid was beaten 5&3 by Canada's Anne-Catherine Tanguay.

Bangor player Bradshaw defeated Woodhall Spa's Holly Clyburn 3&2 to set up a second-round meeting with German Thea Hoffmeister who hammered Switzerland's Fanny Vuignier 7&5.

Spanish player Hedberg defeated Ballybunion's Emma O'Driscoll 4&3 in the first round to set up her meeting with Meadow.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: attheraces on June 09, 2011, 05:22:58 PM
Right I'm looking for a new set of irons and a decent putter. I play off 10 and decide I need an upgrade, I'm looking a set that are relatively easy to hit but a bit of added control. Second hand would be even better to save a bit of dosh if anyone had any ideas of what clubs/ and where to look would be much appreciated.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on June 09, 2011, 05:54:50 PM
I like my Cobra clubs and Ping putter www.cobragolf.co.uk
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on June 09, 2011, 06:40:19 PM
Right I'm looking for a new set of irons and a decent putter. I play off 10 and decide I need an upgrade, I'm looking a set that are relatively easy to hit but a bit of added control. Second hand would be even better to save a bit of dosh if anyone had any ideas of what clubs/ and where to look would be much appreciated.

In fairness off 10 you should have a few ideas of what you are after, muscle back/cavity back? Forged?

I like the mizuno JPX 800 Pro (Forged) at the moment. Really easy to hit and feel great, plus I don't believe in making things harder by using clubs that are harder to hit. As for putters it's all down to confidence. An expensive putter won't make you putt better, it's more down to feel IMO.

For the record I have a Odyssey White Hot 2 ball centre shaft, (33 inch shaft too). I prefer the heavier head with a mallet and as my first putter was a mallet it suits my putting stroke. It was toss up between that and scotty cameron but I don't think the extra 200 on the scotty was worth it. In hindsight I made the right decision. As I say though it's about feel.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on June 09, 2011, 07:11:44 PM
Right I'm looking for a new set of irons and a decent putter. I play off 10 and decide I need an upgrade, I'm looking a set that are relatively easy to hit but a bit of added control. Second hand would be even better to save a bit of dosh if anyone had any ideas of what clubs/ and where to look would be much appreciated.

In fairness off 10 you should have a few ideas of what you are after, muscle back/cavity back? Forged?

I like the mizuno JPX 800 Pro (Forged) at the moment. Really easy to hit and feel great, plus I don't believe in making things harder by using clubs that are harder to hit. As for putters it's all down to confidence. An expensive putter won't make you putt better, it's more down to feel IMO.

For the record I have a Odyssey White Hot 2 ball centre shaft, (33 inch shaft too). I prefer the heavier head with a mallet and as my first putter was a mallet it suits my putting stroke. It was toss up between that and scotty cameron but I don't think the extra 200 on the scotty was worth it. In hindsight I made the right decision. As I say though it's about feel.

I've just gotten used to the extra weight on the same putter, and I have to say I don't love this putter at all. I'm happy with it from inside 4 feet, but 4-8 feet is tough for me. It does have good weight to get the good lag putts rolling. I was playing around with a taylor made (white head, not sure what model exactly) putter the other day and was in love with it. Walked out of the store before I made a crazy purchase.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on June 09, 2011, 08:13:09 PM
I had one of those two ball putters and hated it. Like Puck I found it heavy,just couldn't get use to it.
I have a Taylormade Rossa like one below now and love it,nice and light and much easier control IMO.


visitors can't see pics , please register or login
 (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/190/rossal.jpg/)


Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on June 09, 2011, 09:51:25 PM
Heading to K Club Smurfit on Sunday. I hear it's a beast, which should be amusing.

Any good?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on June 15, 2011, 10:24:11 PM
Golf boys :D

 http://youtu.be/PM2NocuEihw (http://youtu.be/PM2NocuEihw)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on June 15, 2011, 10:33:14 PM
Golf boys :D

 http://youtu.be/PM2NocuEihw (http://youtu.be/PM2NocuEihw)

Very good!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on June 15, 2011, 10:36:53 PM
My last 3 rounds of golf have been pure shite, shooting 15-20 more than I normally expect.

The worst is my long irons, shanking them and getting no distance at all.

Anyone any ideas how to get back to basics?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on June 15, 2011, 11:02:22 PM
I know the feeling, monthly medal on sat. 55 out  >:( and 40 in, with a few left behind me too on the back 9. Then played Killeen Castle on Sunday in a society outing. 9 points on the front 9, 22 on the back 9.

Cannot put a full round together at the moment   ???
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on June 15, 2011, 11:20:15 PM
Orior - you need to get the confidence back - nothing gets rid of it quicker than a bout of the shanks. I had it about 2 years ago. Buddy at work playing off 2 took me out to the range and had me just work on chipping a bit to get my confidence in the correct contact and club face orientation back - then I hit a bucket of 8 irons (my go to iron) and worked my way through the bag. Seemed to fix it a bit for me. He mentioned relaxing my grip and swing - but making sure i wasn't leaving the club behind -  a bit as I was very tense (as you'd tend to be when every time you line up an iron shot you shank it).
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Declan on June 16, 2011, 09:08:40 AM
Quote
Killeen Castle on Sunday in a society outing. 9 points on the front 9, 22 on the back 9.

What did you make of the course big fella? I played it a 2 months ago and did the opposite - Opened up with 4 straight pars and then boooom
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on June 16, 2011, 09:33:28 AM
Quote
Killeen Castle on Sunday in a society outing. 9 points on the front 9, 22 on the back 9.

What did you make of the course big fella? I played it a 2 months ago and did the opposite - Opened up with 4 straight pars and then boooom

Have to say I loved the course even though the weather was mental. It's a tough course but fair IMO and they have it in great knick too at the moment. On the 11 I still had only 10 points and then it was pars, birdies and an eagle on the 15  ::)

It's easily up there with the best courses I've played, if not the best. It's certainly my favorite at the moment and can't wait to go back and play it in good weather.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on June 16, 2011, 11:13:28 AM
My last 3 rounds of golf have been pure shite, shooting 15-20 more than I normally expect.

The worst is my long irons, shanking them and getting no distance at all.

Anyone any ideas how to get back to basics?
forget it about for a couple of weeks, leave the clubs in the garden shed, and with a bit of luck the bad shots with them. Failing that you may pack it in altogether!! :)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: David McKeown on June 16, 2011, 12:35:26 PM
I really think its time I gave up a golf, two years ago I entered the singles matchplay (summer comp) at work.  Match was due to be played by the Friday, but opponent couldn't make it on account of a Rugby trip so he got an extension to the Monday. on the Saturday in between I broke bones in my hand and had to withdraw.

Entered the Winter doubles and got to the final only for the weather to ensure the final didnt get played and was decided by a coin toss which I lost.

Entered last year singles and broke my thumb two days before my match

Doubles didnt take place on account of weather

This year enter the singles again, night before the match opponent rings me to say hes hurt his wrist and needs an extension, as hes much more important than me I agree to the request.  Organiser doesnt and tosses a coin to determine winner, I lose

Doubles then are moved forward to last week, get drawn in preliminary round two days before competition I break a bone in my back and have to withdraw.

Third straight Summer with little or no golf, starting to go crazy
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on June 16, 2011, 12:55:14 PM
You work with a bunch of c***ts. Change job.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: hardstation on June 16, 2011, 01:20:48 PM
This year enter the singles again, night before the match opponent rings me to say hes hurt his wrist and needs an extension, as hes much more important than me I agree to the request.  Organiser doesnt and tosses a coin to determine winner, I lose
How the fcuk is that fair? I think they just didn't want you to play.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: David McKeown on June 16, 2011, 03:47:19 PM
I don't think fairness comes into it. I didn't even get told it had happened till I checked the notice board the next week and saw he'd been declared winner.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on June 16, 2011, 03:53:31 PM
The auld fella got rightly screwed at the weekend. Shot 38 points, which was the tieing score for 1, 2, and 3rd place. They "lost" his card, and maintained that he must have not entered it - until he had them go back and check all the cards and sure enough his card with the 38 was in with the bunch. No prize though.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on June 16, 2011, 04:00:59 PM
The auld fella got rightly screwed at the weekend. Shot 38 points, which was the tieing score for 1, 2, and 3rd place. They "lost" his card, and maintained that he must have not entered it - until he had them go back and check all the cards and sure enough his card with the 38 was in with the bunch. No prize though.

If the auld fella's handicap was 20 or above, then I could believe that.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on June 16, 2011, 04:04:34 PM
It is/was - but I don't follow your thinkin?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Groucho on June 16, 2011, 09:02:50 PM
The auld fella got rightly screwed at the weekend. Shot 38 points, which was the tieing score for 1, 2, and 3rd place. They "lost" his card, and maintained that he must have not entered it - until he had them go back and check all the cards and sure enough his card with the 38 was in with the bunch. No prize though.

If his score entitled him to a prize that he didn't receive then competitions would have to compensate him with a voucher equivalent to the prize he missed out on......has happened to me about 10 times.....each time I would rather have the voucher ;D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Brick Tamlin on June 29, 2011, 04:29:17 PM
Folks, need to upgrade hte golf bag and trolley.
Where are the best deals to be had. Ive had a good look on e-bay and amazon and a few of the larger sports retailers.
Anyone reccomend a decent shop or site that do good deals. Surely nowhere local would be able to beat online prices right?
Last 2 bags have torn pretty easily (Slazenger & Dunlop i think) so id like something a bit more robust this time to stick on the cart/trolley. Also same goes for the cart/trolley, something robust, 3 wheeler preferably.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on June 29, 2011, 08:11:34 PM
Why do you need a cart? Are you 60?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: heganboy on June 29, 2011, 08:46:47 PM
Im guessing he means a hand cart
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on June 30, 2011, 12:57:52 AM
Folks, need to upgrade hte golf bag and trolley.
Where are the best deals to be had. Ive had a good look on e-bay and amazon and a few of the larger sports retailers.
Anyone reccomend a decent shop or site that do good deals. Surely nowhere local would be able to beat online prices right?
Last 2 bags have torn pretty easily (Slazenger & Dunlop i think) so id like something a bit more robust this time to stick on the cart/trolley. Also same goes for the cart/trolley, something robust, 3 wheeler preferably.

You really need some lessons.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on June 30, 2011, 06:02:15 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/story/robert-garrigus-admits-to-smoking-marijuana-during-nationwide-tour-golf-rounds-062911?GT1=39002 (http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/story/robert-garrigus-admits-to-smoking-marijuana-during-nationwide-tour-golf-rounds-062911?GT1=39002)

Nothing like making the game easier.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on July 01, 2011, 12:43:48 AM
http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/story/robert-garrigus-admits-to-smoking-marijuana-during-nationwide-tour-golf-rounds-062911?GT1=39002 (http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/story/robert-garrigus-admits-to-smoking-marijuana-during-nationwide-tour-golf-rounds-062911?GT1=39002)

Nothing like making the game easier.

I wish I knew that before the Fantasy Golf started.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on July 01, 2011, 04:29:01 PM
4 players disqualified from the French Open, including our own Damien McGrane.

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011045/leaderboard/index.html (http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011045/leaderboard/index.html)

How do you find out why they were disqualified?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: cornerback on July 01, 2011, 04:37:27 PM
4 players disqualified from the French Open, including our own Damien McGrane.

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011045/leaderboard/index.html (http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011045/leaderboard/index.html)

How do you find out why they were disqualified?

http://tinyurl.com/448vqgo (http://tinyurl.com/448vqgo)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on July 01, 2011, 05:16:32 PM
4 players disqualified from the French Open, including our own Damien McGrane.

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011045/leaderboard/index.html (http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011045/leaderboard/index.html)

How do you find out why they were disqualified?

http://tinyurl.com/448vqgo (http://tinyurl.com/448vqgo)

Outstanding!  :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Dinny Breen on July 01, 2011, 06:17:26 PM
4 players disqualified from the French Open, including our own Damien McGrane.

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011045/leaderboard/index.html (http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011045/leaderboard/index.html)

How do you find out why they were disqualified?

http://tinyurl.com/448vqgo (http://tinyurl.com/448vqgo)

Outstanding!  :D :D :D :D

+1
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on July 01, 2011, 10:40:29 PM
take this cornerback

visitors can't see pics , please register or login
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Minder on July 01, 2011, 10:51:58 PM
Anyone see the Bubba Watson interview? What a p***k. Kind of fella that would never step outside the USA unless he had to.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: hardstation on July 01, 2011, 10:56:29 PM
Anyone see the Bubba Watson interview? What a p***k. Kind of fella that would never step outside the USA unless he had to.
I haven't seen the interview but what's that about? I wouldn't step outside the house unless I had to.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Minder on July 01, 2011, 11:05:07 PM
For some reason i cant quote posts and the Mods have ignored my cries for help, but anyway


http://www.skysports.com/video/inline/0,26691,12978,00.html
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on July 01, 2011, 11:07:26 PM
Anyone see the Bubba Watson interview? What a p***k. Kind of fella that would never step outside the USA unless he had to.

Yeah saw it,sounded a bit bitter alright.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on July 01, 2011, 11:55:55 PM
It did sound bitter, but think he has a point. It may be hard to police but don't bring your camera or phone out onto a course. Every golf tournament I've been to has signs everywhere saying it's prohibited yet countless ignorant idiots ignore it.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on July 02, 2011, 02:48:38 PM
It did sound bitter, but think he has a point. It may be hard to police but don't bring your camera or phone out onto a course. Every golf tournament I've been to has signs everywhere saying it's prohibited yet countless ignorant idiots ignore it.

It is hard to take someone who calls himself Bubba seriously.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on July 02, 2011, 10:30:41 PM
It did sound bitter, but think he has a point. It may be hard to police but don't bring your camera or phone out onto a course. Every golf tournament I've been to has signs everywhere saying it's prohibited yet countless ignorant idiots ignore it.

It is hard to take someone who calls himself Bubba seriously.

and buttons his shirt the way he does.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on July 02, 2011, 10:38:58 PM
It did sound bitter, but think he has a point. It may be hard to police but don't bring your camera or phone out onto a course. Every golf tournament I've been to has signs everywhere saying it's prohibited yet countless ignorant idiots ignore it.

It is hard to take someone who calls himself Bubba seriously.

and buttons his shirt the way he does.

A c'mon you missed an open goal Orior: It is hard to take someone who calls himself 'Muppet' seriously.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tyrones own on July 02, 2011, 11:33:56 PM
It did sound bitter, but think he has a point. It may be hard to police but don't bring your camera or phone out onto a course. Every golf tournament I've been to has signs everywhere saying it's prohibited yet countless ignorant idiots ignore it.

It is hard to take someone who calls himself Bubba seriously.

and buttons his shirt the way he does.

A c'mon you missed an open goal Orior: It is hard to take someone who calls himself 'Muppet' seriously.
Some things just don't need saying Muppet...but of course you'd already know that  ;)
*edit* By the way, cameras were allowed at said event, so it would seem he came off a bit of a dick
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Boycey on July 10, 2011, 09:41:18 PM
A quick reminder folks, documentary on Seve at 10.45 tonight BBC1
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: attheraces on July 15, 2011, 03:00:43 PM
Lads I usually play with ProV/ProV1X but they are pretty damn expensive, and for the level I am playing at I doubt they make much of a difference to my game. Saying that, any other balls I have in my bag are pretty hard/distance balls and don't give me a good feel at all. I will happily sacrifice a couple of yards for extra feel. I started buying the ProV lake balls or refinished balls on eBay but they simply scuff/scratch/mark/crack far too easy, even the A grade ones.

Can any of you recommend a cheap soft ball, or somewhere where you can purchase high quality soft balls, or balls with a good feel that will last me numerous rounds.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on July 15, 2011, 03:15:33 PM
IMHO I think unless you play of single figures you are wating your time with expensive golf balls. I have to admit to playing with a Lidl golf ball, hard f**king balls but they go miles. Its grand when you are playing with your mates, its when you are in a compeition and everyone calls out what ball they are playing with Titleist 3, Srixon 2, ProV1 followed by me with Crivit 1
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 15, 2011, 03:30:24 PM
Lads.

Can this be viewed online anywhere live?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: thebigfella on July 15, 2011, 03:34:35 PM
Lads I usually play with ProV/ProV1X but they are pretty damn expensive, and for the level I am playing at I doubt they make much of a difference to my game. Saying that, any other balls I have in my bag are pretty hard/distance balls and don't give me a good feel at all. I will happily sacrifice a couple of yards for extra feel. I started buying the ProV lake balls or refinished balls on eBay but they simply scuff/scratch/mark/crack far too easy, even the A grade ones.

Can any of you recommend a cheap soft ball, or somewhere where you can purchase high quality soft balls, or balls with a good feel that will last me numerous rounds.

In fairness, that'is not much to go on. Are they expensive cause you lose them during a round or is it because the non lake pro v's cut up too much?

My thoughts are if you lose more than 3 balls per round forget about premium balls. If you want a more durable ball with the similar performance use the Taylormade Penta. Now if your a high handicapper, forget about the premium balls, as people forget that any ball designed to spin will also increase side spin and make that dirty slice more pronounced ;)

I normally use Penta's, Pro v's shredded too much for me and it was too expensive buying balls. I also use Srixon AD333's in windy conditions (and the winter) when I want a lower penetrating ball flight.

Something like the bridgestone e6 or nike distance soft would maybe what you are after. Again depends on your handicap, how hard you swing etc.... The srixon AD333 for me would be a good compromise too.




Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Minder on July 15, 2011, 03:35:23 PM
Lads.

Can this be viewed online anywhere live?

Gerrykeegan playing with his cheap balls?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 15, 2011, 03:42:17 PM
Shite - wrong thread - sorry  :-\
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on July 15, 2011, 03:42:41 PM
Lads.

Can this be viewed online anywhere live?

Try Veetle.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on July 15, 2011, 03:45:47 PM
Here ya go ya Longford hoor..

Download Veetle here http://www.veetle.com/index.php/download and watch it here http://www.free-tv.dk/golfveetle.html
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on July 15, 2011, 03:46:53 PM
IMHO I think unless you play of single figures you are wating your time with expensive golf balls.

I agree.

(even with the awful spelling mistakes)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: attheraces on July 16, 2011, 01:23:39 AM
Lads I usually play with ProV/ProV1X but they are pretty damn expensive, and for the level I am playing at I doubt they make much of a difference to my game. Saying that, any other balls I have in my bag are pretty hard/distance balls and don't give me a good feel at all. I will happily sacrifice a couple of yards for extra feel. I started buying the ProV lake balls or refinished balls on eBay but they simply scuff/scratch/mark/crack far too easy, even the A grade ones.

Can any of you recommend a cheap soft ball, or somewhere where you can purchase high quality soft balls, or balls with a good feel that will last me numerous rounds.

In fairness, that'is not much to go on. Are they expensive cause you lose them during a round or is it because the non lake pro v's cut up too much?

My thoughts are if you lose more than 3 balls per round forget about premium balls. If you want a more durable ball with the similar performance use the Taylormade Penta. Now if your a high handicapper, forget about the premium balls, as people forget that any ball designed to spin will also increase side spin and make that dirty slice more pronounced ;)

I normally use Penta's, Pro v's shredded too much for me and it was too expensive buying balls. I also use Srixon AD333's in windy conditions (and the winter) when I want a lower penetrating ball flight.

Something like the bridgestone e6 or nike distance soft would maybe what you are after. Again depends on your handicap, how hard you swing etc.... The srixon AD333 for me would be a good compromise too.

I play off 10. I can notice the difference in a hard and soft ball just by hitting it though I haven't really experienced any other soft ball apart from Pro V's or the odd one I find. They are very expensive because they cut up, they only last 3/4 rounds before they really start getting bad. While brand new ones break my heart to buy.

I was playing with srixon z-star this evening, seemed ok, is the AD333 a better ball? By looking on internet srixon seems to be the one for best balance of value/performance.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Minder on July 20, 2011, 08:42:21 PM
Tiger Woods has parted company with his caddie, Steve Williams.

He will be on the prowl for a new one.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: whitegoodman on July 20, 2011, 09:01:02 PM
Will be interesting to see who he goes for, he has only ever had the 2 caddies.

Sky sports reporting that its another part of his demise and that if he doesn't win a major by the end of next year he will quit. Can't see it myself, if he goes out he will want to do it with a bang ( in the golfing sense that is )
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: muppet on July 20, 2011, 09:36:54 PM
Will be interesting to see who he goes for, he has only ever had the 2 caddies.

He'll probably go for Fanny.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: whitegoodman on July 20, 2011, 09:45:13 PM
Will be interesting to see who he goes for, he has only ever had the 2 caddies.

He'll probably go for Fanny.

Lol very good
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on July 20, 2011, 09:47:25 PM
Only a woman would have talked Henrik into doing this...

visitors can't see pics , please register or login
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on August 04, 2011, 09:46:44 PM
Darren in big danger of finishing last.

Puddin.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: whitegoodman on August 04, 2011, 09:51:50 PM
 :D and all that man has done for you!!!!  He has just donked one in the water too lol.

If he comes last Harry looks like he wont be too far behind him, all over the place
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on August 04, 2011, 09:57:32 PM
OK, hold it together big man. Par the last 2 and you're second last.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on August 04, 2011, 10:11:16 PM
OK, bogey at the 17th. One par to save face. Sort of.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ONeill on August 04, 2011, 10:17:20 PM
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

Oh dear.

Deary me.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 04, 2011, 11:46:12 PM
The man who won the Irish Open didnt have a great day either.

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dyson.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: hardstation on August 06, 2011, 09:45:03 PM
Why do all the caddies carry the golf clubs around the course? Are they not allowed to use a trolley?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Boycey on August 08, 2011, 04:59:49 PM
Stevie Williams has some opinion of himself, you're a caddy for feck sake a monkey could do it.

http://www.cbssports.com/golf/story/15409965/williams-mefirst-show-distracts-from-real-story-scotts-win
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: the Deel Rover on August 09, 2011, 05:01:08 PM
Stevie Williams has some opinion of himself, you're a caddy for feck sake a monkey could do it.

http://www.cbssports.com/golf/story/15409965/williams-mefirst-show-distracts-from-real-story-scotts-win

Yeah listening to that interview you would swear he won the tounament himself.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: whitegoodman on August 09, 2011, 08:16:00 PM
That boy seems a bit of an egit, talked about being a great front runner in his racing and his golf, u dont take any shots ya ficken clown.

He is like a man who las lost the run of himself and listened to what the media have been saying since tiger gave him the chop.

On a seperate note anybody starting a thread on the PGA championship starting on thursday.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on August 09, 2011, 09:19:43 PM
That boy seems a bit of an egit, talked about being a great front runner in his racing and his golf, u dont take any shots ya ficken clown.

He is like a man who las lost the run of himself and listened to what the media have been saying since tiger gave him the chop.

On a seperate note anybody starting a thread on the PGA championship starting on thursday.
Just set one up there.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 17, 2011, 09:01:47 PM
Treated myself to a new set of woods.

Taylormade Burner Superfast 2.0 driver, 3-wood and rescue, all custom fitted.

Need to pack a couple of fire extinguishers on Saturday cause I'm gonna burn the place up.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on August 17, 2011, 10:19:26 PM
Good man Orior - I hope you hit it better than me. I just borrowed a superfast Burner from my boss (been trying out new drivers) and I found it awful long (the club, not the shot) and I was just blocking everything out to the right. Straight block - not even a slice. Hopefully your custom fit will make it perfect for you.

I'm currently having a lot of joy with a Titleist 905 (4-5 years old) off the tee. Had my round of the year there on Monday evening - even with 2 double's and 3x3 putts. Had I shaved only a shot of each of those 4 holes - I might have thought about joining the tour!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on August 18, 2011, 07:02:04 PM
Thinkin of changing my irons, anyone bought recently?
I play off 9, was a 6 in my heyday!
Looking for something which will give me a more consistent ball strike, currently using maxfli revolution irons. Great clubs in their day, probably too blade like now. Good shots with them feel great, but the off centre strike is horrible!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: David McKeown on August 18, 2011, 07:45:39 PM
Played Down Royal on Saturday, in what was my first round since I broke my back, and I was utterly awful but thankfully Ive played since and been much better, that said I have really struggled with my mid irons to the point im very worried about them.  They are Titleist 990's which I got in my teenage years when I was playing off 13 and I could use them to shape the ball.  Im now off 20 and wondering if they just arent forgiving enough now my game is much worse.  Thinking of replacing them with a second hand set until I get back to my previous level.  I am thinking of an old set of Taylor Made LCG'S as I still use a Ti Bubble 2 driver and 3 wood.  Is this a good approach to take?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on August 18, 2011, 08:15:19 PM
Thinkin of changing my irons, anyone bought recently?
I play off 9, was a 6 in my heyday!
Looking for something which will give me a more consistent ball strike, currently using maxfli revolution irons. Great clubs in their day, probably too blade like now. Good shots with them feel great, but the off centre strike is horrible!

A few of the better golfers I am playing with currently (4-10 handicappers) are playing combo iron sets. Basically they are putting together cavity backed low-mid irons - and then bladed 8-P irons. The cavity backed irons obviously being much more forgiving - and low irons generally harder to hit.

I should get around to changing my irons in the next few years - currenly playing the Cleveland tour action irons - and love them. I've relagated the 3 and 4 irons out of the bag however and added another wedge and a 17 degree hybrid in their place.

David - there are so many options out there and the technology is improving so rapidly - but those LCGs are probably still a great club. You should just go and test a bunch of clubs and not go in to purchase with a make and model stuck in your mind - they may be great for you - but they may not be.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on August 18, 2011, 08:46:51 PM
Ill tell you one thing guys - Feherty may be the best thing on TV at the minute.

Watched the caddy episode the other night, fair enough I was twice baked - but I find him really funny. For some reason they really open up to him. He asked his ma a few episodes back was she going to drain his spuds for him. Feckin' eejit.

http://www.golfchannel.com/tv/feherty/ (http://www.golfchannel.com/tv/feherty/)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 18, 2011, 08:56:22 PM
Played Down Royal on Saturday, in what was my first round since I broke my back, and I was utterly awful but thankfully Ive played since and been much better, that said I have really struggled with my mid irons to the point im very worried about them.  They are Titleist 990's which I got in my teenage years when I was playing off 13 and I could use them to shape the ball.  Im now off 20 and wondering if they just arent forgiving enough now my game is much worse.  Thinking of replacing them with a second hand set until I get back to my previous level.  I am thinking of an old set of Taylor Made LCG'S as I still use a Ti Bubble 2 driver and 3 wood.  Is this a good approach to take?

Is that the one inside the Maze race course or the one beside Holywood?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 19, 2011, 03:10:04 PM
Okay, its the middle of the round, but at 3pm, there are 4 Irishmen in the top 6 in the Czech Open.

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011059/leaderboard/index.html (http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011059/leaderboard/index.html)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on August 19, 2011, 03:54:42 PM
Okay, its the middle of the round, but at 3pm, there are 4 Irishmen in the top 6 in the Czech Open.

http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011059/leaderboard/index.html (http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2011/tournamentid=2011059/leaderboard/index.html)

Proper Irish men as well ;)
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: David McKeown on August 20, 2011, 04:08:04 AM
Played Down Royal on Saturday, in what was my first round since I broke my back, and I was utterly awful but thankfully Ive played since and been much better, that said I have really struggled with my mid irons to the point im very worried about them.  They are Titleist 990's which I got in my teenage years when I was playing off 13 and I could use them to shape the ball.  Im now off 20 and wondering if they just arent forgiving enough now my game is much worse.  Thinking of replacing them with a second hand set until I get back to my previous level.  I am thinking of an old set of Taylor Made LCG'S as I still use a Ti Bubble 2 driver and 3 wood.  Is this a good approach to take?

Is that the one inside the Maze race course or the one beside Holywood?

Maze Racecourse

Puck thanks for the advice but i was more meaning which of these three options should I go with  1. I get a cheap older set till my game improves. 2. I stick with the current set and try and improve my game to what it was before 3. Get a new set and forget about the current set?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Puckoon on August 20, 2011, 04:22:41 PM
Only you can answer that! A little practice and I imagine you'd be back to your ball striking again, but then that's quite the injury you've had.

I love even people roll out the "drive for show, putt for dough" line. Being in play is the most important thing for a 20's/high teen handicapper to lower their handicap and post good scores. I've played three rounds since Monday. Monday I hit 13 fairways and all 3 par threes, and while my putter was cold, I posted a good 79.  Thursday and Friday I was a bit more eratic and probably averaged 9-10 fairways and 1 of the greens. Although I scrambled well around the greens, I posted 84, and 85.

Both fairways I missed on Monday had me taking three of the Tee and I double bogied both holes.


When you are a low teen handicapper, it's course management and the short game that will improve the scores.

Not sure why I'm posting this, I think I'm just mad at myself.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: David McKeown on August 20, 2011, 05:11:47 PM
Only you can answer that! A little practice and I imagine you'd be back to your ball striking again, but then that's quite the injury you've had.

I love even people roll out the "drive for show, putt for dough" line. Being in play is the most important thing for a 20's/high teen handicapper to lower their handicap and post good scores. I've played three rounds since Monday. Monday I hit 13 fairways and all 3 par threes, and while my putter was cold, I posted a good 79.  Thursday and Friday I was a bit more eratic and probably averaged 9-10 fairways and 1 of the greens. Although I scrambled well around the greens, I posted 84, and 85.

Both fairways I missed on Monday had me taking three of the Tee and I double bogied both holes.


When you are a low teen handicapper, it's course management and the short game that will improve the scores.

Not sure why I'm posting this, I think I'm just mad at myself.

Sounds worse than it was in fairness but ive broken thumb wrist and back in successive summers hence the game going to pot.  I remember around the time I got the 990's reading that they really were a low handicappers clubs but I could hit them well, now I hit them very inconsistently
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on August 20, 2011, 09:34:02 PM
Treated myself to a new set of woods.

Taylormade Burner Superfast 2.0 driver, 3-wood and rescue, all custom fitted.

Need to pack a couple of fire extinguishers on Saturday cause I'm gonna burn the place up.

F*** c*** s**** f*** a*** h*** f*** c***. Back to the drawing board.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: leaveherinsir on August 22, 2011, 08:46:25 PM
Treated myself to a new set of woods.

Taylormade Burner Superfast 2.0 driver, 3-wood and rescue, all custom fitted.

Need to pack a couple of fire extinguishers on Saturday cause I'm gonna burn the place up.

F*** c*** s**** f*** a*** h*** f*** c***. Back to the drawing board.
;D ;D ;D
Was it the new bows and arrows or the injun??
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on September 22, 2011, 08:01:08 PM
Anyone heading up to Killeen Castle to have a gander at the chicks playing golf?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on September 24, 2011, 11:03:49 AM
I didnt realise how shit women pro golfers are  :o

Anyone know of any good golf shops in the north? Also, anyone know of good pros to go get some lessons off?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: onefaircounty on September 24, 2011, 11:07:15 AM
I didnt realise how shit women pro golfers are  :o

Anyone know of any good golf shops in the north? Also, anyone know of good pros to go get some lessons off?

It's certainly hit and miss, but some of it is very good. I thought the wee Yank was going to cry when she shanked into the water earlier. Good crowds at it.

There is a decent Golf shop in Newry, down Greenbank just past Pairc Esler. it has plenty of stock in it, but worth phoning ahead to make sure it is open. It's good stuff too.

Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: fitzroyalty on September 24, 2011, 11:09:50 AM
I didnt realise how shit women pro golfers are  :o

Anyone know of any good golf shops in the north? Also, anyone know of good pros to go get some lessons off?
What's wrong with Number 1?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on September 24, 2011, 08:05:31 PM
Number 1 is too busy winning the Lurgan Masters to be interested in a hacker like myself
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on September 24, 2011, 10:24:48 PM
In terms of a golf shop, try The Golf Spot in Bangor.

Eammon Logue at the Hilton Templepatrick is good for lessons.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Boycey on September 28, 2011, 04:14:49 PM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/golf/8792651/Rory-McIlroy-has-learnt-to-deal-with-the-madness-now-top-spot-beckons.html

Decent piece about Rory, not sure about this bit though

Quote
It seems obvious how smitten he is and yesterday Wozniacki tweeted a picture of a golf club, specially made for her by McIlroy and inscribed ‘Wozzilroy’ on the back. The pair met at the David Haye-Wladimir Klitschko bout in Germany. Terrible fight, but the girl at ringside evidently made up for it.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: JimStynes on October 02, 2011, 12:23:36 PM
Course closed today  >:( f**king rain
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: laoislad on October 02, 2011, 01:02:34 PM
Course closed today  >:( f**king rain

Went playing on friday,sun splitting the stones when I left Lucan so I thought it was gonna be a great day for Golf.
3 holes in the heavens opened and we got soaked,had to finish on the 9th it was ridiculous the volume of rain that fell.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: gerrykeegan on October 02, 2011, 03:11:29 PM
Wimp

I played Friday afternoon in Dublin, 39 points with two scratches, easy peezy
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orangemac on October 02, 2011, 10:45:03 PM
Rory McIlroy finishes 2nd again. I know he has the Major win already but is he a bit like Harrington in his early career.

I know he had a 65 today but how many 2nd or top 5 finishes has he had compared to the 3 wins so far in his career?
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: ludermor on October 02, 2011, 10:47:15 PM
22: M Hoey (NI)
-20: R McIlroy (NI)
-18: G McDowell (NI), G Murray (Sco)

Some leaderboard at the end!!!
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on October 02, 2011, 10:49:07 PM
Rory McIlroy finishes 2nd again. I know he has the Major win already but is he a bit like Harrington in his early career.

I know he had a 65 today but how many 2nd or top 5 finishes has he had compared to the 3 wins so far in his career?

What's your point here, a bit like Harrington? With his 3 majors? Nonsense comment
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on October 02, 2011, 11:04:30 PM
22: M Hoey (NI)
-20: R McIlroy (NI)
-18: G McDowell (NI), G Murray (Sco)

Some leaderboard at the end!!!
No Irish in the top 3 today Laoislad.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Minder on October 02, 2011, 11:20:51 PM
Rory McIlroy finishes 2nd again. I know he has the Major win already but is he a bit like Harrington in his early career.

I know he had a 65 today but how many 2nd or top 5 finishes has he had compared to the 3 wins so far in his career?

What's your point here, a bit like Harrington? With his 3 majors? Nonsense comment

Did you not read his post? "in his early career".
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Boycey on October 02, 2011, 11:24:36 PM
Rory McIlroy finishes 2nd again. I know he has the Major win already but is he a bit like Harrington in his early career.

I know he had a 65 today but how many 2nd or top 5 finishes has he had compared to the 3 wins so far in his career?

He's nothing like Harrington in his early career for many reasons that should be obvious..

Major kudos to Hoey today by the way, mcIlroy had passed him by the turn and you would expect him to fall away but he came home in 32 or so to seal a famous win.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on October 02, 2011, 11:26:53 PM
McIlroy's only chance of winning is when there is no wind.

There was no wind today and he emmm... errr... blew it.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orangemac on October 02, 2011, 11:32:31 PM
Rory McIlroy finishes 2nd again. I know he has the Major win already but is he a bit like Harrington in his early career.

I know he had a 65 today but how many 2nd or top 5 finishes has he had compared to the 3 wins so far in his career?

What's your point here, a bit like Harrington? With his 3 majors? Nonsense comment
In the first 4/5 years of his career Harrington had a poor record of wins compared to something like 20 or so runners up positions in tournaments, not to mention the event (European Open?) where he had a 4/5 shot lead after the 3rd round and was disqualiifed after an error with signing his card.

It is 1 thing winning in style like the US Open and Qualie Hollow but if McIlroy wants to win a large no of majors he is going to have to learn how to win ugly.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Tony Baloney on October 02, 2011, 11:33:51 PM
Rory McIlroy finishes 2nd again. I know he has the Major win already but is he a bit like Harrington in his early career.

I know he had a 65 today but how many 2nd or top 5 finishes has he had compared to the 3 wins so far in his career?

What's your point here, a bit like Harrington? With his 3 majors? Nonsense comment
In the first 4/5 years of his career Harrington had a poor record of wins compared to something like 20 or so runners up positions in tournaments, not to mention the event (European Open?) where he had a 4/5 shot lead after the 3rd round and was disqualiifed after an error with signing his card.

It is 1 thing winning in style like the US Open and Qualie Hollow but if McIlroy wants to win a large no of majors he is going to have to learn how to win ugly.
With his face he has no option.
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: stephenite on October 03, 2011, 01:35:34 AM
Quote from: Orangemac link=topic=909.msg1026777#msg1026777
date=1317591903
Rory McIlroy finishes 2nd again. I know he has the Major win already but is he a bit like Harrington in his early career.

I know he had a 65 today but how many 2nd or top 5 finishes has he had compared to the 3 wins so far in his career?

What's your point here, a bit like Harrington? With his 3 majors? Nonsense
comment

Did you not read his post? "in his early career".

But he has already surpassed Harrington's early career, that's glaringly obvious
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: sans pessimism on October 04, 2011, 11:06:14 AM
Quote from: Orangemac link=topic=909.msg1026777#msg1026777
date=1317591903
Rory McIlroy finishes 2nd again. I know he has the Major win already but is he a bit like Harrington in his early career.

I know he had a 65 today but how many 2nd or top 5 finishes has he had compared to the 3 wins so far in his career?

What's your point here, a bit like Harrington? With his 3 majors? Nonsense
comment

Did you not read his post? "in his early career".

But he has already surpassed Harrington's early career, that's glaringly obvious
Harri, the reversing bus,will be back
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Gabriel_Hurl on October 17, 2011, 05:36:36 PM
Won tickets in the lottery for the Ryder Cup next year in Chicago

Only for the Wednesday and Thursday practice rounds though :(
Title: Re: The Official Golf Thread
Post by: Orior on October 17, 2011, 09:16:37 PM