TOUR NEWS

Billy Payne says golfer conditioning to blame for golf balls going further, not equipment

Billy Payne says golfer conditioning to blame for golf balls going further, not equipment

The chairman of Augusta National has shared his thoughts on why the golf ball is going further – and it’s not because of the equipment.

The latest episode of The Golf Show on FoxSports featured an interview with Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne who was recently in Australia for the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne.

Brett Ogle chatted to Payne about all manner of golf topics including Olympic golf, the removal of the Eisenhower tree and the lengthening of Augusta National.

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Murdaca off to 2015 Masters after winning Asia-Pacific Amateur

Murdaca off to 2015 Masters after winning Asia-Pacific Amateur

It wasn’t that long ago that Anthony Murdaca was just learning the game of golf at The Patawalonga in Adelaide, now he is on his way to Augusta National.

Antonio Murdaca today became the first Australian to win the prestigious Asia Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne, comprehensively winning by seven shots.

The 19-year-old from Adelaide was never really threatened during the final round, the seven shot victory was the biggest winning margin in the history of the event.

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Anthony Murdaca wins 2014 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship: video highlights

Anthony Murdaca wins 2014 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship: video highlights

Anthony Murdaca has earned himself a place at the 2015 Masters Tournament after winning the Asia-Amateur Pacific Championship by seven shots.

Thanks to GolfLink, Rod Morri takes us through the final round of the 2014 Asia-Amateur Pacific Championship from Royal Melbourne.

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GOLF TIPS

The chip and run: golf tip video

The chip and run: golf tip video

Summer will bring with it faster, harder greens. Time to master the chip-and-run shot.

Bonnie Doon Golf Club‘s head professional Lorien Scott has been making a series of golf tip videos covering both the short and long game. I particularly liked this one dealing with the chip and run shot as I’ve seen both high and low handicappers struggle with this shot over and over.

With summer almost here and a trip to Barnbougle Dunes on the cards for early next year, we’re all taking close notes on this tip from Lorien.

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The golf swing and club fitting: What is the Angle of Attack?

The golf swing and club fitting: What is the Angle of Attack?

From time to time Aussie Golfer will be featuring a number of guest posts from Daniel Marsh at Callaway Golf explaining the technical details associated with the golf swing and correct club fitting.

What is it and why is it important to hit longer drives? The easiest way to explain Angle of Attack is it is the club’s angle of approach into the ball relative to the ground.

For instance if you have a negative attack angle of 3 degrees this means that your club is meeting the ball in a descending blow, decreasing the loft of the driver, decreasing the ball’s launch angle and increasing the rate of backspin on the golf ball.

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Adam Scott and that strange way he reads the break

Adam Scott and that strange way he reads the break

Golfweek’s Adam Schupak has a great piece on Adam Scott’s curious new putting routine.

You may have noticed Scott straddling the line of the putt then holding out a couple of fingers. He looks to be determining the break or picking the line putt somehow. It turns out the latter is true and it’s based on a putting technique he was taught to Scott earlier this year.

From Schupak’s column:

Brad Malone, Scott’s coach and brother-in-law, is the one who persuaded Scott to experiment with a long putter in 2011.

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FUN STUFF

Golf delusions: Legends (in our own minds)

Golf delusions: Legends (in our own minds)

This article originally appeared in Inside Golf where Michael Green writes a monthly column.

Few sports offer the same tantalising glimpses of brilliance that golf does to the amateur player. We play under the same rules as the professionals, use the same clubs, play the same courses, use the same balls, wear the same clothes and once in a while we get to play the same shots.

The difference is that we may only experience these moments of brilliance a handful of times per round whereas your average tour player makes it happen 60 or 70 times.

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Greg Norman is giving Nicole Kidman golf lessons

Greg Norman is giving Nicole Kidman golf lessons

Nicole Kidman is fine tuning with golf game with Greg Norman as coach.

Great day of coaching my Aussie friend Nicole Kidman.@omega ambassadors and proud of it.

A photo posted by Greg Norman (@shark_gregnorman) on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:48pm PDT

Greg Norman posted a photo to Instagram featuring The Living Brand himself along side actress Nicole Kidman.

On the surface the coupling seems a little odd but as ambassadors for both Omega watches and Australian tourism over the years, it’s probably not surprising they’ve crossed paths from time to time.

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Golfer turns easy 3-foot putt into difficult 30-foot putt: video

Golfer turns easy 3-foot putt into difficult 30-foot putt: video

Here’s an option for those of you with the yips…

We can thank the great Andrew Gaze for spotting this one and posting to Twitter.

This golfer named Greg was playing the 9th hole at the Links Golf Club in Fife, Scotland. Faced with a simple 3-foot putt for birdie, he decided to make it a little more challenging and play away from the hole and up the hill.

In what looks like something he’s tried before, the ball comes back down the hill and in the hole for one of the most creative birdies you’ll see.

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GOLF COURSE REVIEWS

The Links Shell Cove: Golf Course Review

The Links Shell Cove: Golf Course Review

The Links Shell Cove is now a much more enjoyable place to play golf. The picturesque, par-3 8th at The Links Shell Cove. The Links Shell Cove opened in 2004 and all I heard was how difficult it was. Reports kept filtering from Kiama (about 90 minutes drive south of Sydney) about how hard the fairways were and how deep the rough was. It just didn’t sound like an inviting place to play golf at all and luckily, the club thought the same thing.

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Course Review: Bonville Golf Course

Course Review: Bonville Golf Course

The course claims to be Australia’s most beautiful golf course and our answer to Augusta National. 

After a rap like that, I was almost sure to be disappointed in Bonville Golf Resort. I wasn’t. Some claim the layout is not that fantastic but with a spectacular looking hole laid out before you on every tee it’s easy to forget.

The second hole at Bonville Golf Club.

Situated about 10 minutes south of Coffs Harbour, it’s a tease upon entering the resort.

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Australian Golf Holidays: Fleurieu Peninsula

Australian Golf Holidays: Fleurieu Peninsula

South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula is worth a look as a golf holiday destination.

Australia is perhaps the most accessible place in the world to play golf. Not only are there a good number of well priced public courses but if you’re looking for a golf holiday the options are also plentiful.

We’ve played golf in most of the country and over the past few years have become more aware of the wonderful areas to spend a few days with the small white ball.

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OTHER RECENT POSTS

GolfWest aims to foster the game in Melbourne’s western suburbs

GolfWest aims to foster the game in Melbourne’s western suburbs

October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Eight golf clubs in Melbourne’s west have teamed up to boost the game.

There was a time when I was more than happy to play my home golf course over and over, never caring to play that other course down the road or that one over in the next suburb. This is no longer the case for me, or for many other golfers who like to test their game on different courses at different times of the week.

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Thorbjorn Olesen wins 2014 Perth International

Thorbjorn Olesen wins 2014 Perth International

October 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark has won the 2014 ISPS HANDA Perth International by three shots over Frenchman Victor Dubuisson.

Taking a three shot lead into the final round, it was a mixed day for 24-year-old Olesen but he held on to win the 2014 ISPS HANDA Perth International at Lake Karrinyup with a total of 17-under 271.

“It was very emotional out there,” said Olesen. “It was up and down and I didn’t play my best golf, but I kept fighting and made some great putts there in the end.”

“I didn’t play my best golf these two days, and to keep fighting out there and keep believing in myself, I’m very proud of what I did there.”

Olesen fired a final round of 1-under 71, which included three bogeys, more than in his first three rounds combined.

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Check out these fantastic tee shot photos from the Perth International

Check out these fantastic tee shot photos from the Perth International

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wanna see Jason Dufner playing golf on the beach? No problem.

The ISPS HANDA Perth International tees off at Lake Karrinyup Country Club tomorrow and the Western Australian tourism board have come up with some fantastic back drops for the tees that make for some great photos.

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The strongest field of the summer arrives for Perth International

The strongest field of the summer arrives for Perth International

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

There are plenty of great reason to be watching the Perth International this week.

There is a great field assembling at Lake Karrinyup Country Club this week for Australia’s richest golf tournament, the ISPS HANDA Perth Invitational.

If you can’t get along to the tournament, then it’s being broadcast on 7Two each day from 1pm (AEST).

Frenchman Victor Dubuisson is the highest ranked player in the field and will play in the PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour co-sanctioned tournament for the first time, after watching the event on TV in previous years.

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Jason Dufner kicks a footy and hits golf balls at Patersons Stadium

Jason Dufner kicks a footy and hits golf balls at Patersons Stadium

October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The ISPS HANDA Perth International tees off this week at Lake Karrinyup and Jason Dufner returns to golf from a neck injury.

The first big golf tournament of the Australian summer tees off in Perth this week when the stunning Lake Karrinyup Golf Club plays host to the third ISPS HANDA Perth International.

Played for AU$1.75million, the Perth International is Australia’s richest professional golf tournament and the only one co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour.

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Magpie takes out a drone on Sydney golf course: video

Magpie takes out a drone on Sydney golf course: video

October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Daily Telegraph have reported that a Sydney based video producer was doing some filming via his drone at the Mona Vale Golf Course on Sydney’s northern beaches, when a magpie took a disliking to the aerial intruder.

I’ve already been swooped and hit twice playing golf this spring so I’m not surprised the magpies took offence to a drone invading their local airspace.

Magpie 1, Drone 0.

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