Among the myriad of things that us hacker golfers do wrong is a poor routine on the driving range – if we get there at all.
Australian golfers Matt Griffin and Scott Strange are playing in the New Zealand Open this week and Andy Maher caught up with them on the range ahead to get some insight into what these guys are doing before a round.
Interesting to hear that none of them were properly prepared for the single figure temperatures that greeted them during the second round.
Rocco Mediate is in Queenstown, New Zealand this week to play in the New Zealand Open and the great man took some time out to chat to the SEN Radio crew who are there to cover (and play in) the event.
Interesting to hear that he doesn’t have any back issues any more – it probably stopped him winning more golf tournaments, and perhaps a major or two as well.
The New Zealand Open teed off today in a unique pro-am format. Playing alongside the professionals are a bunch of celebrities, athletes and other important people – much like the Dunhill Championship or the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Ricky Ponting and Stephen Fleming are two famous athletes who are in the field playing with Daniel Popovic and Mark Brown. It sounds like Ponting had a good day, Feling not so much. You can see how the professionals are going here: New Zealand Open live scores
If you’ve been reading Aussie Golfer closely you may have seen that Ricky Ponting beat Daniel Popovic off the stick prior to the Victorian Open last week – only to then carry the bag for the former Australian PGA Champion over the weekend.
These rules reminders courtesy of the pros who break them, may just become a regular thing.
I’m conscious of making sure that we’re not always focussing on the professional golf tours. After all, the game is about more than just the pros, but often they provide us with timely reminders on the rules of of the game. Tiger Woods did it at the Masters and this week, Jeff Overton helps us remember the rules on using practice aids during a round.
On course recently there were some differing opinions as to whether the pin can be attended when another golfer plays a shot from off the green.
Confusion abounded and we all agreed to disagree but what is the correct rule?
As a junior, Aussie Golfer was always taught that the flagstick could not be attended when playing from off the green but it seems the rule has changed. According to Rule 17-1 concerning the flagstick, it can be attended, removed or held up to indicate the position of the hole from anywhere on the golf course.
Aussie Golfer raised the topic of playing a ball onto the wrong putting green.
Can you play from the wrong putting green?
No. If you do it will be a 2-shot penalty in stroke play or loss of hole in match play.
According to Rule 25-3 the ball must be dropped within one club length of the nearest point of relief. Not nearer the hole and without penalty. This only applies if the ball is on the green, not if a players stance are on the wrong green.
Golfers tend to love golf courses they play well on, and hate those they don’t.
This article originally appeared in Inside Golf where Michael Green writes a monthly column.
In a particular state, in a particular city, in a particular suburb, lies a golf course that I particularly love to play. The first time I played the golf course I played particularly well and ever since I’ve been particularly enamoured by it.
My problem is that one of my long-term golfing buddies dislikes this particular golf course almost as much as I love it.
Ponting beats Popovic in Victorian Open pro-am – then caddies for him.
Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting carded an impressive 3-under par in Victorian Open pro-am at the Thirteenth Beach Golf Club.
Remarkably, Ponting not only outgunned many of the professionals but also managed to beat playing partner and former Australian PGA Championship winner Daniel Popovic who he is carrying the bag for during today’s opening round of the Oates Victorian Open.
Nestled right at the base of the Blue Mountains about an hours drive west of Sydney is the Glenmore Heritage Valley golf course. This relatively unknown golf course is a little gem.
Redeveloped in 1993, the Glenmore Heritage Valley golf course occupies the lowlands of the homestead clubhouse which sits atop the central hill. It has done so since it was originally built as a residence for the land owners back in 1824 and you can certainly feel the history that the club has managed to maintain ever since.
There was plenty to look forward to on a weekend in late November last year with a few mates meeting up in the Hunter Valley. One of the highlights was the game of golf at the Greg Norman designed Vintage Golf Course. Service in the pro shop and club house wasn’t bad for the money paid (think it was about $110 but always remember to try golflink or iseekgolf for cheaper deals).
Golf course review of Jack’s Point Golf Course, Queenstown, New Zealand (Map)I made two big mistakes before teeing off at Jack’s Point golf course in New Zealand. And I blame the scenery. This golf course is dwarfed by stunning snow capped peaks and bordered by Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown. Concentrating on simple tasks, let alone play golf is not simple here.
The scene as you approach the 5th green at Jack’s Point.
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You couldn’t possibly be a slow golfer could you? Could you?
I’ve penned another article at GolfLink - this time discussing slow play and urging all golfers to make sure they aren’t the problem by playing a little quicker this year – whether you’re a slow golfer or not.
After all, arguably the greatest golfer of all-time was often accused of slow play, but he didn’t seem to know it either.
Jack Nicklaus was heavily criticised for the amount of time he spent over the golf ball before he played a shot.
This is what it looks like after lightning hits a green on a golf course.
The golf course can be a dangerous place to be during a thunderstorm. Walking around in the open ground wielding metal sticks is a recipe for disaster.
A lightning strike left its mark on the second green at Narooma Golf Club following thunderstorms on Wednesday, and this image (we’ve edited it a little) was posted on their Facebook page.
Courtesy of PGA of Australia’s Find a Professional pages come these clips from Steve Aisbett on choosing and playing the driver.
I’ve had a number of lesson’s from Steve and he is one of the best in the business. Below are a few more videos including a good drill and a few tips on weight balance and teeing the ball up for a range of different tee shots.
Matt Kuchar provides us with a little rules reminder on marking and replacing your golf ball on the green.
Well before Jason Day’s victory at the WGC Accenture Match Play and well before Victor Dubuisson’s final day heroics came this odd little incident that serves as a rules reminder about marking and replacing your ball in the correct spot n the putting green.
Matt Kuchar faced up against Austrian Bernd Weisberger in his first round match of the WGC Accenture Match Play.
Despite being a somewhat difficult sport to portray on film, one golf movie managed pervade all of popular culture – Caddyshack. Initially released to a lukewarm reception from critics, it has become a classic, cult movie that is still played at movie festivals over 30 years since its release.
Caddyshack director Harold Ramis died overnight aged 69. Known not just for Caddyshack, Ramis was also the brains behind Ghostbusters (I’m still surprised it hasn’t been rebooted), Groundhog Day, Stripes, Analyze This and Meatballs, among others.
Jason Day and Victor Dubuisson battled out a truly epic WGC Match Play final in Phoenix.
Jason Day has won a truly epic 2014 WGC Accenture Match Play. Day outlasted Frenchman Victor Dubuisson in 23 holes to capture the biggest win of his career and jump to fourth place in the world golf rankings.
Day defeated good friend Rickie Fowler 3&2 in the morning’s semi-final to advance to the final. Dubuisson managed to eke out a 1up victory over Ernie Els to take his place in the final which will not only be remembered for Day’s biggest career victory, but for Dubuisson’s heroics around the greens.