Golf

A British Lion- Ian Poulter

If I say ‘Ryder Cup’ what pops in to your head?

I bet this guy won’t be far away. Yes… Ian Poulter, Ryder Cup gladiator and match play wizard, but what whats been puzzling me for some time now is why oh why is he not at the top of that leaderboard more often? Just, what is it, pressure? No, Mentality? No, Poults seems to have all that on lock com match play, however doesnt seem to make that transition in to stroke play?

I’m a big Poults fan, i’m just fascinated at why such a world class player cant seem to make the next step?

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“There’s only one Ian Poulter” goes the Ryder Cup chant. At times, it seems like there may be two.

Poulter is not only a star attraction wherever he plays, but he can be one of the most engaging interviewees in sport. His story is a terrific one, an inspiration to young professionals who fear they might not make it in the game when stuck selling tee pegs in their club shop. Poulter’s maximisation of his own brand, let alone his golf, has been a major success story in itself.

This came apparent to me at the Masters this year, he had a good run at it, and I just thought to myself, you know I wonder what he would do if he was say one off the lead going into the final round of a Major, or had to defend a lead on a Sunday at Augusta, would he still be the same, cool, flash, collected Poults we are all used to seeing?

I found an interview with him, and they asked

‘Where does your confidence come from?’

‘I guess from my dad, who’s an engineer. He played football and had some trials with a couple of decent clubs but didn’t quite make it. He was pretty handy at most sports, and he never particularly liked losing. I guess I’ve got some of that in me. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to not enjoy losing. He drilled that in me at an early age. It’s not just about taking part in something; it’s about competition — and winning.’

My kind of guy, hates losing, loves winning, thats how it should be! So he knows how to win, and he doesnt like losing, so what seems to be the problem?

Outside of golf he’s just as slick, a garage full of ferrari’s, his own brand/business ‘IJP’, family life too, and if like me you follower him on Twitter you know he’s a good laugh too!

So what could it be, could all this outside stuff impact his game? does it act as a distraction? hmm not so sure, doesnt seem to effect him in the Ryder Cup does it? After all, he’s got to have stuff outside of the game of golf!!

I don’t know, I guess this a questuon for you guys, why do you think Poults struggles for contention?

Here’s a reminder of 2008, Poults on flames!

 

Thanks again for reading, I’d love to know your thoughts on this one, what do you think? Let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

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A ‘Fifth’ Major, The Players Championship

So today the ‘fifth’ major gets underway at TPC Sawgrass, theres many to watch and its one of my favs to watch too! The Players is part of history, whether you believe in the fifth major or not, its a great event and definitley not something to miss.

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Theres loads with a shout, JB Holmes off the back of his win last week, Adam Scott will be wanting a good finish, a top 16 will also see Scotty return to the world number one spot. Garcia, Dustin Johnson, the list is endless, I really can’t pick a winner!

If i had to have a guess i’d go wth Fowler as an e/w bet, hes finding form with Butch in his corner, his swing is looking good, and I think this year he will produce something special, will it be the players? I’m not too sure. Jim Furyk finished well last week and finding some form, when he’s on it he really is tough to beat, long off the tee and deadly accurate when he wants to be, one to watch for sure!

Something a little different here’s a few players who have never won at the Players… Yeah yeah, theres a lot of players who havent done that, but packing a top field you would have thought one of these guys would have lifted the unofficial fifth major!

One. Jim Furyk. This week could change all this, a fourth and fifth finish here, he’s done better than a few others and in his current form could break the duck!

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Two. Justin Rose. JR has missed the cut here five times over the years, clealry he struggles here but why? Clearly this isnt his english cup of tea! Come on Rosey!

Three. Bubba Watson.  Bubba, Bubba Buba Bubba. Bubba long may struggle me thinks.

Four. Rory McIlroy. Like Rose, This isnt Rorys favourite either, missing the cut in his first three attempts! Like Bubba and other big hitters Rory may struggle, can he hone in those long drives to cope with the doglegs and tight lies?

Five. Lee Westwood. A great ball striker works well pretty much anywhere and Lee has that, thats for sure. He’s struggled in America before now, but now he’s moved over maybe he’s settles on US soil? the unoffical major still counts as a major right Lee?

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Six. Luke Donald. Luuuuuuuuuke! Easy to forget poor Lukey boy was World No.1 not so long ago, a 2nd place finish here nearly 10 years ago on his way up the rankings and fourth and sixth finishes as well, you would think this course suites his game.

Who’s your bet for the players? Maybe one of the above?

Inspiring- Journey To Better Srixon Golf

As you probably know, I am a BIG fan of this campaign. Short, sweet and simple!

I like what they have done with their previous videos, you have G-Mac, calm collected, you get an insight in to the tactical side of the game. Then Keegan Bradley, a look toward the youth of the game, how athletic the game is becoming and how you have to adapt to evolve as a golfer, and Castano, a true family man, not just doing it for himself but for his family too!

Next is JB Holmes with quite a story behind him, truely inspirational

See it here!

Sports Science- Rory Mcilroy

Now technology is now at the forefront of golf, from drivers and irons to clothing which helps you swing better. Nike have created some pretty cool campaigns of late advertising their new line of equipment, from old to new, it’s funny, creative and eye catching.

This is a good insight from ESPN on the Sport science on putting! Check it out!

The old saying ‘it’s like putting on glass just won’t be the same again will it, no excuses now!’ damn it!

Source: ESPN Sport Science

Paula Creamer mixed martial arts!! What the?

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Modern day athletes are becoming more and more adaptable to their sports, whether it be on the golf course or on a football field, tecnology, equipment and the modern day era are changing the perception of athletes by continously pushing the boudaries set from the generation before!

Golf changed with Tiger. Tiger brought an aspect of fitness to golf that nobody had ever seen before, this has  impacted and shaped the modern golfer today! Now, the fitness is reaching the women’s game and among them is LPGA’s star, Paula Creamer!

For the past three years, Paula has integrated a workout with Mixed Martial Arts coach, Jonathan Burke of Orlando, this as you are probably imagining is not the typical type of ‘workout’ golfers under take. Needless to say, Paula has been in fine form recently and perhaps it is down to this alternative training method.

Take a look below!

Jonathan’s program emphasises a combination of exercises, including the dreaded super sets! These exercises focus on working out the core, cardio, strength, conditioning, flexibility and range of motion, which are all huge fundamentals of the golf swing!

Where it was won, The Masters!

A week on and we take a look at how the Masters really won!

A Masters without Tiger just didn’t seem possible, however this year marked the first year Tiger didn’t feature at Augusta since 1995!! This undoubtedly opened the door for so many, now yes Tiger may not have been in the form of his life but I still believe he has that ‘Tiger’ Factor, he would still have taken the favourite spot! This gave a massive opportunity to those in the field to showcase what they truly had!

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Off the back of several top ten finishes many thought Matt Kuchar would come close to wearing that green jacket, however few stumbles in the final round saw him drop to T5 along with Rickie Fowler.

Jiminez marked a late challenge for the green jacket however it was too little too late, however he finished nicely in 4th spot, the Spaniard was the only one looking to challenge the two at the top.

Moving day

The 3rd round found 8/9 players in with a shout, however that soon went down to four at the midway point, Kuch, Fowler and Young Swede Jonas Blixt fluttering with the top spot however Bubba Watson started to show signs of his former Masters form!

The American left-hander, 35, shot a final-round 69 to win by three after overhauling a two-shot deficit on his co-overnight leader Spieth on a sultry day at Augusta. Watson became the 17th player to win two Masters titles, eight of whom have gone on to win three or more Green Jackets. He showed signs of brilliance where so many faltered, his short game accuracy, his distance off the tea, he just didn’t seemed phased by any of it, he proved myself and im sure a lot of people wrong when he grabbed his second win at Augusta.

Stand Out?

Jonas Blixt was one of two who stood out for me, the young Swede came from absolutely nowhere to grab a slice at Augusta but fell short towards the end when his birdie run dried up.

The other stand out was of course Jordan Spieth. A debutant Spieth, 20, was bidding to beat Tiger Woods as the youngest ever winner and duelled with Watson for much of the day, but the Texan’s chances were sunk in the water of Amen Corner and he carded 72 to end five under.

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So where was everybody else?

Justin Rose started round 4 nicely after struggling in the first couple of days, although he seemed to struggle to go low towards the end and ending any hope of putting an early low score on the leader board. Westy, well he did what he does best, play better than everybody tee to green and just couldn’t get that putter warm enough. Adam Scott and Rory two more  favourites who just couldn’t get in to the swing of things (apologies about the pun 😉 ) and Luke Donald still struggling after some swing changes which have left him fall short of his sublime form.

What next?

After his first Masters win Bubba had a bit of a hangover didn’t he, leaving him waiting till 2014 for his next victory on Tour at the Norther Trust Open, hopefully he can replicate his masters form and kick on this season!

I fancy Kuch to have another good season, he’s a safe bet, whether he can get to the finish line is another question. Westwood, well hopefully he gets the flat stick working, his game tee to green is second to none and that could see him up there this season, a major though? I’m not sure. Spieth and Fowler are looking good so far, Spieth may taper towards the end of the season, he’s young and a long season could take its toll, however I feel Fowler isn’t far away from something special!

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

 

Jordan the 2nd

Where to start with this one…

America has already seen one of the best Jordan’s to grace the sporting world, so is it time for one more?

He might not be an NBA legend like Michael, however Jordan Spieth, who last year won the John Deere Classic to became the fourth youngest PGA Tour champion and also the first teenager in 82 years to win on the PGA Tour, is about to set the golfing world on fire!

Everybody watched Sunday right?

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Composed (most of the time), creative, mature (again at times) and with that instinct you just don’t see in every young kid? Yep and he’s only 20 years old! I am slightly envious being 2 years older than him and still hacking at my local club yes!

Now before we get started I hate to say I told you so.. however..I told you so, see our first blog on ones to watch for the year.

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Without a doubt Sunday was the start of something, something just a little bit special! I’m sure he won many fans over last week, and it’s not hard to see why!

He poses an excellent short game, and is just an incredibly talented young guy, however this isn’t what separates Spieth from the other young potential pool of talents out there. Spieth conducts himself in a completely different manner to the other youngsters out there, he’s calm, collected and could be… ‘could be’ mentioned in the same breath as Mcilroy. Not yet I admit, but he isn’t too far away!

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For me, Rory McIlroy represents the RAW talent in the game, so many youngsters progress to be a pro and so many fall short.

Rory for me, is the only player since Tiger to have capitalised on their raw talent, with two major wins in 2012. Rory knew he had this, he just had to unlock his true potential. Dustin Johnson is up there and has improved year upon year, and Jason Day too!

Oppositely you look towards Adam Scott, he has in my opinion the best swing in the game, and was labelled the next ‘Tiger’ and yet it took him an age to realise just how good he was, since winning the green jacket last year he just looks ruthless!

But Spieth? He’s here to stay, in my eyes a definite future major champion, this year or next? Maybe, maybe not he, consistency is key in my eyes, once he gets on that ladder he will definitely be up there for good!

Now Rory and Tiger showed promised potential, Jordan’s obviously got a long ladder to climb before being in the same ball park as Tiger or Rory but this could definitely become possible!