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A Tenerife Lad who is hoping to make it on the European Professional Golf Scene

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I had the great pleasure in meeting an exciting young professional golfer who was brought up right here in Tenerife. The young man in question is James Ferraby a 19-year-old from the South of Tenerife. Born in Leeds, James came to Tenerife with his family as a two-year old and grew up here going to the Luther King School in Aldea Blanca. He left the school at 16 to pursue his dream as a professional golfer and that’s where the real story begins…

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Rather than drop out of school and try to teach himself golf or get a job as a junior in a golf shop James decided, with the help of his family, to get some of the best instruction in the world by going to Hilton Head: South Carolina, USA to further both his golf and his academic future.

James went on to the Heritage Academy one of the top schools in the world for the development of golf with its tie up with the Hank Haney International junior golf academy , Hank Haney just happens to be the Instructor to the #1 Player in the World, Tiger Woods…That’s the level of instruction James has received..

James said “The Heritage Academy was a special place for me which allowed me to continue my education and practice my passion for golf every day. The day started with normal academic lessons till lunch time then the afternoons were for practicing or playing golf with gifted players, both boys and girls, from all over the world, the weekends were for practice or playing tournaments “

After graduating from college in America, James returned home to the island of Tenerife, he then turned professional in 2009. His first outing as a fully fledged Professional was at Golf Del Sur Golf Course in the October of that year at the Jimmy Golding memorial tournament where he came 4th in a very experienced field, shooting 72.70.69 over the three days. He is planning to try for his European Tour card at Q-school this September which, if successful, will entitle him to play in all PGA European Tour events and put him on track to the career he has worked towards for years.

Living on an island, he has to travel to all the major Pro tournaments throughout Europe, which is very expensive, so he is looking for sponsorship from local Tenerife business people in return he is prepared to give on course instruction or range lessons on a one to one basis. I got a 15 min round the green chipping lesson, its amazing how little pointers help your game.

He has based himself at Amarilla golf course and uses their practice facilities for up to six hours a day, six days a week, this boy means business and through hard work and dedication, I really hope he achieves it.

To contact James E-mail: –  james_giry@hotmail.com

The Los Gigantes Golf Society

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Did you know that Los Gigantes has its very own golf society and it been around for some years now ? They even have their own website.

At this moment they are using Golf Del Sur Golf course as their home club but are always on the look out to get their members and guests a great deal  for a fun day out.

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Their next outing is at Golf Del Sur Golf course on Sunday 28th February first tee time at 8.50am and guests are very welcome to join them. Afterwards they head back to the village for a meal and a few drinks followed by a prize giving with some great prizes for the winners

If you would like to join them and take advantage of their special green-fee rates then just telephone any of the names below :-

President : Dave Morgan : 922 86 00 45
Chairman/handicap secretary : Paul Fellows : 690 193 228
Captain for 2009/10 : Andy Willison : 922 86 75 10
Vice Captain : Ian Mottershead : 677004103
Secretary: Kevin Spence 650730337

or e-mail spencek@btconnect.com.

The Information/entry sheets are also in the Bamboo Bar in Los Gigantes and Pilgrims Diner and Blarney Stone in Playa de la Arena.

Las Americas Golf Course to close for Major Renovation work.

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A very brave and expensive decision has been taken by the owners of Golf Las Americas golf course, that is to close the golf course for two months from 1st July to the 1st September, 2010. The reason for the closure is to replace all their 18 greens and aprons along with  all the practice area greens, which is great news for their autumn/ winter customers as they will have brand new greens to play on.DSCF1771

They plan to use a revolutionary  grass called Paspalum Grass, the variety, sea isle 2000 for greens   http://www.paspalumgrass.com/

SeaIsle 2000 Paspalum Grass….

Was developed at the University of Georgia from a sample collected from Alden Pines Country Club in Bokeelia FL. Alden Pines is owned and operated by Stewart Bennett. SeaIsle 2000 is ideal for golf greens, tees, fairways and roughs, especially in salt-challenged environments. It’s similar to the dwarf bermudas in texture and playability when maintained at 1/8″ mowing height. With regular verti-cutting, light topdressing and periodic rolling, SeaIsle 2000 will deliver stimpmeter readings of 10 feet or more. It’s also well-suited for fairways (1/2″ to 3/4″) and roughs (1″ to 2″) and can be maintained over two-inch mowing heights for penalty roughs. It’s a grass that thrives on salt water as well you can irrigate SeaIsle 2000 using a seawater blend, or even straight ocean water with the right management practices. It also grows quite well when watered from recycled or effluent sources. As drinking water becomes more and more scarce, ocean water and these other low-quality alternative sources are going to be the only option for many golf courses.

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As you can see Golf Las Americas golf course is taking the lead and planning for the future.  Water is a precious commodity here on an island with low rain fall, with a golf course using up to 1000 sq meters a day of recycled water in summer.

I wish Las Americas golf course all the best in this new endeavour and I will hopefully be following the evolution of the new greens and look forward to playing on them come September time.

Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson In Tenerife !

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In 1995, Golf del Sur golf course in Tenerife hosted the Shell Wonderful World of Golf tournament and its head to head battle between Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson its again being shown on Sky sports this MONDAY 08/02/2010 AT 9.00PM.

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Why not tune in and see the course I play most of my golf and the wonderful conditions we have here in Tenerife for the golfer.

Just to Brighten up one’s day !

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“I play golf in the low eighties,” I was telling one of the youngsters at the club yesterday.

“Wow,” said the young man, “that’s pretty impressive.”

“Not really,” I said, “Any hotter and I’d probably have a stroke.”

Happy New year from Wifie and I….

A Must Read Scottish New Year story

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A Scottish man living in Tenerife calls his son in Edinburgh the day before New Year and says, “I hate to ruin your day but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; twenty six years of misery is enough.”  ‘Dad, what are you talking about?’ the son screams.  “We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer” the father says.  “We’re sick of each other and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Aberdeen and tell her.”

Frantically, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. “Like hell they’re getting divorced!” she shouts, “I’ll take care of this!”  She calls Tenerife immediately, and screams at her father “You are NOT getting divorced.  Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?” and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wifie. ‘Sorted! They’re coming for New Year – and they’re paying their own way.’

Happy New Year to all my Readers…..

I haven’t written much in the last few months

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I haven’t written much in the last few months, a break was needed, but in the New Year I fully intend to start my Golfing In Tenerife… Golfing again.

I still get a few 100 readers a day so to them and you if your a new reader

A Very Merry Christmas and a Great New Year to you and yours”

from the Sir Old Golfer and of course long suffering Wifie.

July 2010 Ladies Tenerife Open to be held at Buenavista Golf Course.

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Its has just been confirmed that this years Ladies Tenerife Ladies Open, part of the Ladies European Tour, will be held at Buenavista Golf Course in the North of Tenerife on July 1st-4th. Buenavista Golf course is a beautiful setting for such a prestigious event, once again sponsored by the Canarian government and tourism dept in conjunction with the Tenerife golf association.

We can expect a full field of top class international Lady golfers including the 2009 winner Falicity Johnestone. More on this as the year unfolds, but I for one expect to be there, maybe as last year, doing a bit on local radio.

Why not bring your clubs over and play the courses around the island and catch a few days of the open this summer holiday ?

Here is the beautiful Buenavista Golf Course Web site...

Felicity Johnstone of England Wins Tenerife Open

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Its all over..Tenerife Ladies Open.

Felicity Johnstone, the 22 year old from Birmingham, wins her maiden L.E.T tour victory by two shots from overnight leader Becky Brewerton, so close Becks yet so far, hope you will be back next year I for one enjoyed your golf. Four great days entertainment played in good spirit at Adeje golf course. Wonderful for Tenerife. The L.E.T were great ambassadors for the game and many a man could learn from their swings.

Here is Felicity Johnstones web site.

How they finished up….

274 – Felicity Johnson (ENG) 69 72 66 67

276 – Becky Brewerton (WAL) 66 69 69 72

281 – Bettina Hauert (GER) 69 73 67 72

282 – Melissa Reid (ENG) 69 75 71 67, Tania Elosegui (ESP) 71 70 68 73

284 – Laura Davies (ENG) 72 77 66 69, Anja Monke (GER) 65 74 74 71

285 – KM Juul (DEN) 69 74 70 72

286 – Joanne Mills (AUS) 72 73 73 68, Emma Cabrera-Bello (ESP) 72 71 69 74

287 – Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (FRA) 71 73 70 73

288 – Caroline Rominger (SWI) 75 68 75 70, Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 71 72 74 71, Karen Lunn (AUS) 72 74 70 72, Beatriz Recari (ESP) 68 70 73 77

289 – Paula Marti (ESP) 72 71 70 76, Stefania Croce (ITA) 68 76 67 78

290 – Christel Boeljon (NL) 74 71 71 74, Nina Reis (SWE) 72 69 72 77

TENERIFE LADIES OPEN: Adeje Golf Course

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009

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Ladies’ European Tour Scoreboard

TENERIFE LADIES OPEN
Costa Adeje, Adeje, Tenerife, Spain
THIRD-ROUND TOTALS
Par 216 (3×72)
204 Becky Brewerton (Wal) 66 69 69

207 Felicity Johnson (Eng) 69 72 66
209 Bettina Hauert (Ger) 69 73 67, Tania Elosegui (Spa) 71 70 68
211 Stefania Croce (Ita) 68 76 67, Beatriz Recari (Spa) 68 70 73
212 Elizabeth Bennett (Eng) 70 74 68, Emma Cabrera-Bello (Spa) 72 71 69
213 K-m Juul (Den) 69 74 70, Paula Marti (Spa) 72 71 70, Nina Reis (Swe) 72 69 72, Anja Monke (Ger) 65 74 74
214 Julie Greciet (Fra) 70 74 70, Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (Fra) 71 73 70
215 Melissa Reid (Eng) 69 75 71, Laura Davies (Eng) 72 77 66

A great Day out at Abama Golf Course , Tenerife

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We set out from Golf Del Sur towards Abama Golf Course myself  Sir Old Golfer and Gary both single figure handicap golfers full of expectations as we had just been quoted 400 Euros for two players for a day ticket including a buggy at Abama Golf, Tenerife but both being Celts we decided to go anyway and beat them down on the price in a face to face situation as no Golf Course was worth that price, their will de a deal to be done.

We hit the TF1 and headed west to the end of the motorway then took the road towards los Gigantes passing Callao and then about 5km’s further along the road it hit us “The Pink Palace,” no not a place where gays hang out, but the beautiful Abama Hotel and Golf resort the sun was shining and it just shone against the ocean background. What a day we had picked it was 27 deg with no wind and low humidity. Game on, Gary boy !

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Turning the car up the slip road into the hotel grounds we came to a roundabout,turn left to the hotel and turn right up to the Golf course,academy and clubhouse.We drove into the clubhouse car park around 10.30am to be met by a charming girl with a name badge with Nicola on it. Good morning gents she said in perfect English will you be golfing with us today, “we may be” was our answer thinking we better get the price sorted out first.”I am Nicola and I am the caddy master,welcome to Abama Golf, are your clubs in the car ?” I will arrange for them to be transferred to your buggy, at this Gary was hooked and handed over his beloved car keys, he looks twice at me when I ask for them. Nicola then showed us down to the reception area where two girls in matching uniforms were dealing with a German couple one broke away and greeted us in English “can I help you, sir” We looked at each other and decided there was going to be no discount here, “two green fees please” Gary said and the bullet was bitten.Certainly Sir that will be 400 Euros and do you need any balls ect.

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After a slight moaning about parting with all that money, we headed back upstairs and on the hall met an old friend of mine Mark Pursey who nowadays happened to be the head teaching pro at the resort, so we three went for a coffee in the beautiful terrace bar overlooking the course. Mark then explained the set up about the academy and the course so we had a much better idea of how things worked.

Finishing our coffee we went with Mark outside, and as he had no lessons for an hour,he took us up to the academy and driving range where we could hit a few balls before teeing off. The academy is on the highest part of the estate and we needed a buggy to get up to it. It has a five hectare practice area that includes three par holes for beginners and a superb putting green, many wont bother driving up but its well worth the run and its free.From the top the views over the Hotel and the ocean are nothing more than spectacular. This amazing golf course reaches a low point of 78 metres above sea level and reaches a staggering high point of 315 metres.Half a basket later and warmed up we headed down to the first tee, Mark decided to come down with us and play 3 holes before his lesson, we agreed and set of in our new buggy.I must say a bit about the buggy which was pre loaded with our clubs, thanks Nicola, also on board they had water in an ice cooler,4 bananas Abama face cloths and pitch repair markersand tees, all which I still have as a souvenir of the day and also a divot repair earth vessel. At almost every Tee they had free water and Bananas just part of the service.

Tee No1.as we were all good golfers we decided to play from the back white markers, but they have 4 sets of tees for all abilities, and if your Golf is not to a good standard don’t come to the whites, you will enjoy the course much better off the yellows as it a championship course and is set up as one, some of the fairways looked narrow and a bit daunting from the back tee.The course is a highly competitive 6,232 metres long par 72, and is set in the most natural surroundings.There are 22 lakes along the course joined by impressive waterfalls and white sand bunkers you travel between hundreds of palm trees and cacti and more then 300 species of sub-tropical plants and lush vegetation. Visible from most holes are spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean and the island of Gomera.The large greens provide an infinite choice of flag positions, which combined with the wide tee areas at each hole, makes it accessible to players with high handicaps, and a challenge for any professional player.

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After our round we went to the bar and had beer and then decided to do it all again,so we went back round another 18 giving us 36 holes for the day.By this time the 400 Euros was long forgotten, we played 2 rounds with a buggy and we thought it was great value for money and will be going back as a wee treat once a year if Wifie lets me.

The Abama  Website

The laws of Good Club Selection

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A ten-foot putt counts just the same as a ten-foot drive
Even if it’s a 5-iron, the lowest numbered iron in your bag will always be impossible to hit
Everyone turns in a 2-iron, but you can kiss that wedge good-bye
Funny-looking putters have short life spans
If you have to keep the cart on the cart path, unless you take every single one of your clubs over to your ball, you won’t have the right club
If you want to hit a 7-iron as far as John Daly does, simply play to lay up just short of a water hazard
It always takes at least five holes to notice that a club is missing
Its the right club, but you decide it’s the wrong club
It’s the right club, but you think it might be too little club so you try to kill it, or it might be too much club, so you quit on the shot
It’s the wrong club
Never ask the pro if you need a new set of clubs
Never buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it
Never hit trick shots with demo clubs
Nothing cools off a putter quicker than a hot driver
The best thing about a 60-degree wedge is it’s a great club for getting the ball out of the lies you’re going to end up in if you’re dumb enough to use a 60-degree wedge
The best thing about hybrids is that no one can tell that your 150-yard club used to be a wood, not an iron
The best way to cause the reappearance of a club lost on the course is to order a replacement
The reason those fancy wedges are so expensive is they come with a free case of the shanks
The straightest iron shot of the day will be exactly one club short
The week after you break down and buy one of those super-duper new drivers, they’ll knock a hundred pounds off the price and release a brand new model with a better shaft and a bigger head
When in doubt, just ask yourself, What would Tiger hit?, and use six more clubs
When someone asks what club you hit, always subtract one or add two
When you’re between clubs, it’s always the other club, unless it’s the other other club
You can hit the ball 30 yards with any club in the bag
You can’t hit decent tee shots with a 3-wood unless you carry a driver you never use
You haven’t really hit bottom until you need to get your ball retriever regripped
You really need only four clubs to hit every bad shot in golf

The Golf Pro Prayer

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The golf pro Prayer

The Pro is my Shepherd,

I shall not Slice.

He maketh me to Drive Straight

Down Green Fairways;

He leadeth me Safely

across Still Water-Hazards;

He restoreth my Approach Shots.

He Leadeth me in the Paths of

Accuracy for my Game’s Sake.

Yea, though I chip through the Roughs

in the shadows of Sand Traps,

I will fear no Bogies.

For his Advice is with me;

His Putter and Irons,

they confort me.

He prepareth my Strategy for me

in the presence of mine Opponents;

He anointeth my head with Confidence:

The Cup will not be runneth over!

Surely Birdies and Eagles shall follow

me all the Rounds of my Life,

And I will score in the Low Eighties

Amen

Not Mastered The Driver, Yet ?

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Are you frustrated with your driving at the moment ..

The problem with most people who have trouble driving well off the tee is the fact that they haven’t mastered their swing before using a driver.

Sound like you ?….

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If you are having trouble with your driver ,the best way to get back on track is to leave it at home and tee off with a 4-iron instead or a Hybrid.

While you won’t get the same distance initially you will have more room for error and you will have a better chance of hitting the ball a lot straighter.The best idea is to swing your 4-ironor Hybrid in the same manner, as you would do with the 7-iron.

When you have the right control with these clubs you will begin to get more distance and you will be swinging in a slower more controlled manner, of course this won’t happen over night.

Once you move on  to the driver you will realize that you don’t have to ‘hit’ the ball. You will focus more on control with a slower swing and let the club do the work that you might have been expecting your body to do.

So remember this golf driving tips. Sometimes it is faster to take a few steps back to progress sooner.

Lady Old Golfer and I have a very special house guest Tonight !

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 This is normally a Golf only site but I bowed to pressure and accepted this little man…Sorry Purists

 

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His name is Basil and we love him to bits, His mum and dad have went to a concert in Santa Cruz, these dam youngsters, and left us in charge of young Basil….I am coping well but Lady Old Golfer does fuss a bit…

Normally this is a golf only site but for Basil one must make an exception…

Better Photo’s will be posted tomorrow as we go on our jaunts.I promise !

My "Masters" Report

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Wonderful, Riveting, Exciting, Fascinating  are the words I use to describe the most thrilling Masters from Augusta in years, the last day course set up was a bit easier than normal and that led to one of the most thrilling climaxes I can remember.

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There were some unbelievable shots, some great shots, some normal shots and some downright bad shots but put them all together and you had some 7 hours of seat hugging TV. The big two were on a run and at one stage I thought Phil Mickleson was going to do it, then a loose shot into the water, showed him as a mere mortal.

Kenny Perry kept his nerve till the 17th, then dropped shots on both the 17th and 18th making him finish level  with Chad Campbell the club house leader. Whilst Angel Cabrera kept just kept his head down went for the Par’s and came into the club house tied with the other two to make it  a three man play off.

On the first play off hole Chad Campbell and Perry pull both their second shots  right, after great drives, Cabrera stuck his second in the centre of the green. Perry hit a sweet chip close which he holed, while Campbell from the bunker failed to get up and down so he was out.

Cabrera and Perry went to the 10th, the second play off hole, the upshot of which was Perry bogied and Cabrerra pared to claim the famous Green Jacket and a place in Masters History as the first ever Argentinean to win.

Woods,The boy comes good 3rd time out

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Its his 3rd time out after his Knee surgery Tiger Woods, had a  5-stroke comeback on Sunday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational to win over Shaun O’ Hair by one shot, holing a 15-feet, 11-inches putt for Birdie and victory on the 18th hole. 

Woods  final-round 3-under-par 67 for his best round of the tournament. His  Sunday score gave him a winning total of 275, 5 under par.

With the Masters coming up he must be the bookies faviourite.

The Peanuts Golf Society: Golf Del Sur: Tenerife

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The Peanuts Golf Society  originated in 1995.

And this is how it all got started :

The first Golf del Sur society was the ladies section. They  had problems with visitors driving into them and through them. The gentlemen being true Brits started booking the tee time behind them to prevent this happening.

There were four, Ken Gray, Ron Crawford, Don Uren and Don Edmonds. The four grew into eight and so on as more people became interested. A charge was instigated to play and the winner had free drinks in the Taberna Bar down on San Blas.

That carried on through 1995 and in February 1996 there were so many playing it was suggested they form a society.

They met in the Taberna and as they were always served a bowl of Peanuts with the drinks they decided to call it The Peanuts. That was on the 8th February 1996.

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The format remained the same for a few weeks until it was suggested they have prizes rather than money or drinks.

Today the Peanuts goes from strength to strength attracting both gentleman members and visitors from all over the world to their competitions played every Thursday at Golf Del Sur Golf club at Golf Del Sur,Tenerife.

The format is normally stableford played over 18 holes, after the game they hold a small presentation with prizes for both members and visitors, the prize everyone wants is the famous Peanuts Polo shirt only given to the winner and runner up each week these cannot be bought but must be won in one of their competitions, all winning peanuts wear their won shirts on competition days many older members still wear their late 1990’s shirts on match days .

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After the game members and visitors alike retire to the courtyard of the clubhouse for the prize presentation, any announcements and a small supper of chicken and chips in a basket at the cost of only 5 Euro. All drinks at this time are at happy hour prices with many of the lads taking full advantage and staying maybe a bit longer than they should, but the banter is great, if only I had have got that putt or if I had just missed that bunker on the 6th etc.

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All in all a great day out with a nice bunch of lads, if you want any further information or would like to join in they have their own web site www.peanutsgolf.co.uk  and you just tell them you are coming out and they will book you in to their competitions.


Lynn Francis eliminates golfers problem shot

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Here is the feedback, I promised following my EFT treatment with Lynn Francis. I had heard through the grapevine that Lynn was achieving great results with Golfers who were experiencing psychological blocks in their game using a technique called EFT (emotional freedom technique) I read many articles about Lynn and learned she is well respected in the sports world and had even appeared on Sky sports TV. Her success in curing the nightmare problem known as the yips has brought people from all over the world for treatment with her. I was intrigued, so arranged to meet her for a chat.

During our discussion Lynn told me how she now wishes to play down her work with ‘yippers’ saying she feels that because of her success with the yips it actually stops many golfers from benefiting from her treatment. She went on to explain that although she now has enough ‘yippers’ to keep her going until retirement, helping local golfers with their psychological blocks is her aim now. Lynn’s main clients are golfers who are confident that their technique is correct yet still feel anxiety over certain shots and situations, loss of confidence, pre match nerves to name but a few can all be quickly and easily eliminated.

 I explained to Lynn that although I was confident that my technique was fine I still found myself questioning it due to the fact that I experienced an anxiety whilst chipping onto the green from 40yds in.  In practice I was fine and I could stand there all day and chip well but when playing in competition I over analysed and was aware of an inner tension over this particular shot.

 Lynn’s face lit up, excellent she said, that is a prime example of what I can sort out.  Really! Said I, so you can stop this happening, how long will it take. She explained that some problems can be quite complex and may take a few sessions but in many cases 1 or 2 sessions were all that were needed.. Now I really was intrigued so I booked a session.

Well all I can say is, it is a very strange technique indeed, and I now understand why she preferred not to try and explain anything about it prior to the treatment. I honestly would have thought she was a little crazy and me even crazier to go along with it. However what I do understand now is why she is so confident in her abilities, after only one 2 hour session, the problem has gone, yes completely gone, I no longer feel the anxiety and tension I felt prior to treatment, I now feel totally different when approaching this shot and chip with ease, it really is amazing!! I also feel more relaxed throughout my whole game.

It’s a feeling like going back to your “youth “when you really enjoyed your golf rather than putting pressure on yourself with these must get the ball close to the hole shots. I now believe I can achieve more in golf, at the moment I play off a handicap of five which isn’t bad at 50 plus and I am also the current club champion of our local golf club. With Lynn’s help I feel I can go much lower in handicap and may even have the confidence to enter larger amateur events in the UK to try to push myself even more to see in the end what is achievable. This technique has also eliminated my lack of tolerance, enabling me to accept other playing partners more readily and not to apply my standards to them as I now understand they are playing to their standard, This allows me just concentrate solely on my game rather than being upset with myself and others.

 All these changes were not gradual, but happened within a few days of my meeting and treatment with Lynn, I really was unaware that there was any changes in my game, the mind seems to trick you into thinking you are just playing better, nothing to do with the treatment. Lynn is fully aware of this phenomenon so for this reason before your first session she asks you to write down your feelings about the shot or situation that bothers or makes you anxious, just as well she did as you soon forget just how you felt prior to the session as you seem to think you have fixed yourself rather than accept that the treatment actually worked.  I cannot thank Lynn enough for what she’s done and will certainly be recommending her to all fellow players who may be experiencing psychological blocks or anxiety in their game.  Although Lynn is better known for curing the “Yips” she has definitely been a great help to me sorting the problems I had with my short game.  I highly recommend you give her a call, believe me, you have nothing to lose except your problem.

Thank you Lynn….

This technique is available to all,  Check out Lynn’s own site Here

WGC-CA Championship : Doral :Florida

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 Phil Mickelson wins a World Golf Championship title, as he tames the Blue Monster course at Doral,18 hours before his tee time he broke into a cold sweat and couldn’t stop shaking weakened and dehydrated by a stomach virus that sent him to the hospital on the eve of the final round.

He finished with a 3-under par 69 to win over young Nick Watney.

1. Mickelson (-19)
2. Watney (-18)
3. Furyk (-16)
4. Singh (-14)
T-5. Villegas (-13)
T-5. Wilson (-13)

 He is no longer the best player without a World Golf Championship apart from me, well in my mind anyway !

Keep those Clubs Clean, It will show in your game

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Dirty Clubs !

It is common practice amongst club golfers to play with golf clubs caked in mud! A dirty club often means that the grooves on the club-face are filled in with mud. This has effect on the ball at impact (besides the extra weight). The point of the grooves is to create backspin as the ball runs up the face of the club at impact, which will keep the ball straight. Without this ‘grip’ the ball is more likely to fly with side-spin on it in the form of a slice or a hook. With short irons in particular it is this action that is responsible for stopping the ball quickly on a receptive green. Many amateurs should like to be able to make their ball spin back to the pin just like they see it on television – it is not easy, but you will certainly never achieve it with mud in the grooves!

Golf club cleaning

Golf club maintenance is easy and adds years of life to your set by simply keeping them clean and I think it gives a physiological advantage over an opponent just like dressing well and having clean shoes does. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm

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Golf Joke : Women dont you just love them ?

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Jill: “I just don’t understand the attraction golf holds for men.”

Mary: “TELL me about it! I went golfing with my ex one time, and he told me I asked too many questions !”

Jill: “Well, I’m sure you were just trying to understand the game. What questions did you ask ?”

Mary: “I thought I asked legitimate questions – like, “Why did you hit the ball into that lake ?”

Geoff Ogilvy beats Paul Casey : 4 and 3

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Geoff Ogilvy beats Paul Casey 4 and 3, at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Its not that Casey played bad, just on the day Ogilvy was on his game, I dont think anyone would have beaten him, his second shots into the green were like lasers. This is Ogilvy’s third World Golf Championships event wins, it started with 64 of the worlds best and on the day Ogilvy was that man.

Lorena Ochoa Wins at the Honda LPGA Thailand

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Finishing with a final round of 66, Lorena Ochoa made up three strokes on third-round leader Paula Creamer to win the Honda LPGA Thailand for a three-stroke victory. Ochoa finished at 14-under 274 – shooting 71-69-68 the first three days – on the Siam Country Club’s Plantation Course, and earned $217,500, it was Ochoa’s 25th LPGA Tour title.

Well done that Lady

Lynn Francis eliminates that problem shot

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Today I am having a session with this lady to improve my short game and relieve anxiety before I hit that short pitch or green side chip, I will keep you posted on how I get on. …….Here is the outcome of my treatment an interesting read

Tiger is back, whats to be said ?

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Tiger set  to make return at Accenture Match Play, The five-day tournament, which begins Wednesday, Feb. 25, will be Tiger’s first tournament since winning the U.S. Open last June at Torrey Pines. It will be 254 days in between the time Tiger won the U.S. Open in a Monday playoff  and the time he strikes his first tee shot Wednesday and hopefully he puts that special spark back into American golf. I don’t think he has entered this competition to be second, so look out the Tiger is back.

Another $ 1,134,000.00 for the Mickelsons

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Another $ 1,134,000.00 for the Mickelsons after big Phil wins the Northern Trust Open in California. He nearly blew one of the biggest leads he has had in his career, and  scrambled for par to avoid a playoff, nevertheless show me the money. Well done Phil, looking forward to Tigers return, you will need to play better.

Johnnie Walker Classic.Amateur Wins

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 Danny Lee (U.S. Amateur champion) birdied the final two holes for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke victory over Japan’s Hiroyuki Fujita (67), Chile’s Felipe Aguilar (68) and England’s Ross McGowan (70) all tied for second on Sunday in the Johnnie Walker Classic. The 18-year-old New Zealander, set to turn pro after the Masters, had a 17-under 271 total on The Vines Resort’s composite course and would collect no winnings as he was amateur so the prize would be shared between the  second placed guys.

Laser Range Finders, any good ? I think so

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I have just tried  one of these new gadgets and yes I think they are good, no they are bloody great, our course is not mapped by the GPS company’s and there is now way I am going to step it out, so I tried one of these lasers and found once you learned trust the yardage rather than your eyes it was a great tool for all golfers.

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Some of the benefits as I see them are :-

1. There are no maps to download. Just keep it in your golf bag and pull it out when needed. 
2. There are no yearly fees or maps to buy. The only maintenance needed is a new set of batteries every year. 
3. You select the yardages you want hazards, bunkers, trees, doglegs can all be measured. 
4. Distances are exact, no approximate middle, front, and back. 
5. You can use it to get yardages at the driving range, improving your knowledge of your own game.  
6. You don’t have to wait for the company to map your course and make it available for your GPS unit. Any course will work as long as it has flags. 

 A tree, bush, yardage marker, bunker lip, blade of grass, all can be measured with a range finder. If it reflects light you can measure it. A problem arrises  for blind shots or when you are deep in the trees, but then again you probably shouldn’t be trying to hit the green from there anyway…  

The main drawback for me anyway seems to be the price, I think they are overpriced for what they are, saying that I think it wont be too long till I have one on order and in the bag.

One point make sure your golf club has a local rule in place covering the use of  devices or they may not be allowed in competition.

Update ordered one today a Bushnell 1500 Pinseeker V2

Anthony Kang wins The Malaysian Open

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 American Anthony Kang sank a birdie putt at the final hole to win the Malaysian Open by one stroke Sunday afterThai Prayad Marksaeng missed a birdie attempt on the last hole.. 

He shot a final-round 67 for a total of 17-under par, clinching his first European Tour title.

The Golf Swing : Why is it so dam difficult?

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The golf swing, it always amazes me why so many words and articles are written on such a simple maneuver.You basically turn back and then through hitting the ball in the process, and yet millions of words are written every year, year on year, to describe this swing movement and I am sure millions more will be. Some people do go to incredible detail on how to achieve it, I wonder do people actually read and digest 12,000 words about a swing or is this where many go wrong trying to emulate the impossible, by getting too technically involved. I see a similarity to Sex in that many words are written about it but only the lucky few, myself included of course, are actually good at it……

Hole In One, What are the odds ?

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What are the odds of archiving this great feat  ?

In  my golf  career I have had 2 whilst my late father had 14, not fair really as I know people who have golfed all their lives and never managed it, but got dam close on many occasions.

The Golf Digest study provided many great nuggets of information, even breaking the odds down by quality of play:

Tour player making an ace: 3,000 to 1

Low-handicapper making an ace: 5,000 to 1

Average player making an ace: 12,000 to 1

Some other highlights from Scheid’s calculations:

Average player acing a 200-yard hole: 150,000 to 1

Two players from the same foursome acing the same hole: 17 million to 1

One player making two holes-in-one in the same round: 67 million to 1

Source: Primary source is Golf Digest.

Here is another source from a specialist insurance company

So now you know what your chances are but that should never stop you from trying…..

Tenerife Ladies Open Adeje : Tenerife

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This year the 2009 Tenerife Ladies Open  will be held at Golf Costa Adeje ( here) on the  24th – 27th September 2009. This years prize money will be some 300.000 Euro. Entry to the event is normally free for spectators and is a great day out,It also allows men to see how to swing a club properly whilst maintaining balance and projecting the ball some 300 metres, and of course some beautiful women into the bargain !