Friday, October 23, 2020

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FORGET the ridiculous driving distances being achieved by some of the pro's these days, lets focus on the golfers who really matter. So how far far does the average male amateur golfer really hit the ball with their driver? Thanks to golf statistician Lou Stagner of Decade Sports we have an up to date answer on a topic area that is often hotly debated.
AS a top field of PGA Legends Tour players gears up for the 2020 Australian PGA Seniors Championship early next month comes the welcome news the event will remain at its popular Richmond Golf Club venue until at least 2022 following a two-year extension.
Darryl Hearsch wraps up the the latest Australian senior amateur golfing action from around the country. Due to the ongoing pandemic situation the number of national and state events is still way down but Darryl does his usual excellent job of covering the tournaments that did manage to be staged.

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Veteran Golf

A Guide To Veteran Golf Around Australia

This guide gives a state by state overview of veteran golf in Australia. For the latest veteran golf news and events see postings in the Events/Veteran Golf category. VETERANS...

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Concourse CBM3 Power Buggy, Smart Wheels Series 2: Review

CONCOURSE GOLF has certainly come a long way in a comparatively short time. Not only have their individual products like the renowned Smart Wheels quickly matured, but the range of offerings has also greatly expanded.

Ken and Darryl’s golf book reviews: June 2020. Nick O’Hern’s Tour Mentality; Hogan, Snead, Nelson, Tom Morris & more

We continue with our series of golf book reviews from top Australian senior amateur golfers Ken Brewer and Darryl Hearsch. Ken looks at three books focusing on the fascinating beginnings of professional golf while Darryl suggests a look inside Nick O’Hern’s Tour Mentality could do wonders for your mental game

IM4 Single Seat Golf Buggy: a top choice for older golfers

OLDER golfers needing a bit of motorised assistance around the course have a number of options but one that should not be overlooked is...

Equipment

TaylorMade Truss TB1 putter: Dustin Johnson swears by them – at least for this week

DUSTIN JOHNSON seems to change putters only a little less often than he changes socks but the TaylorMade Truss TB1 he used to secure...

Alien Pros Golf Overgrips Review: Liven up your game with these great feeling, functional, low cost golf club grips

THEY reckon one of the quickest ways to revamp a “tired” set of golf clubs is to fit new grips. Traditionally, that meant a trip...

Garmin Approach S20 GPS golf watch: Review

Review by Brian O'Hare. I’VE got to state right at the outset that after six weeks of using the Garmin Approach S20 I’m totally won...

Instruction

V J Singh suggests giving your golf swing a towelling: golf swing tips

GOLF towels come in handy for a multitude of uses on the golf course, even occasionally mopping the brow after all that successful effort, but three time major winner V J Singh reckons they can also help with a drill to improve your golf swing. The 57 year old is a 34 time time US PGA TOUR winner so the fact he still at times practices with towel has got to say something.

80 year old gives 84 year old a swing lesson, and golfers everywhere can’t get enough

YOU can get lots of golf swing advice from fellow golfers at times, often unwanted and unhelpful; but sometimes totally swing changing. The 84 year old golfer depicted in this video has devoted his life to improving his swing – with some success – but still doesn’t mind getting some suggestions from a fellow older golfer. Perhaps Gary Player realises he only has 9 major championships to his name while the fellow offering advice – Jack Nicklaus – has doubled that tally with 18.

How Senior Golfers Can Hit the Driver Straight and Long – 3 effortless power moves you can learn

OLDER golfers might dream of emulating the driving power of a FedEx Cup winning Dustin Johnson but out on the course mere positive thoughts are usually not enough to convince the ageing body to cooperate. So as a senior golfer how do you hit your driver further without breaking the body? In this new golf instruction video top golf teacher Danny Maude enlists the aid of the guys at @@Meandmygolf to provide three effortless power moves that could help you hit your driver further without the need of the body of a Tour Championship winner.

Travel and Courses

The golf courses of Vern Morcom: New Golf Books

Vern Morcom was in his mid-twenties when Dr Alister MacKenzie, the world's most celebrated golf course architect, came to Black Rock to lay out Royal Melbourne West. What followed was a remarkable life in golf. Vern began his four decades as Head Greenkeeper at Kingston Heath by building its spectacular bunkers and its famous 15th hole. In his spare time, he roamed the country designing, remodelling golf courses and spreading golden age philosophies. When he had finished in the 1960s, no fewer than 90 courses across Australia had his imprint. This book documents, for the first time, the story of these courses and the legacy of one of Australia's most influential golf course architects.

Saddle up for the 2021 Outback Queensland Masters: a new golf tourism “winner”

WITH the inaugural Outback Queensland Masters having just been announced as a national finalists in the 2020 Australian Event Awards it could be a most opportune time to consider saddling up for the 2021 edition of what is a very out of the ordinary golfing experience. The first Outback Queensland Master was conducted in 2019 and turned out to be such a golfing blast it has been nominated amongst the Best New Events in Australia.

Go Golfing’s Bushfire Recovery Golf Tour

Go Golfing Travel, one of Australia’s biggest and most awarded golf travel companies, has just launched a new golf tour aimed at supporting New South Wales communities ravaged by bushfires that struck the region over the Christmas/New Year period. Vast areas of the New South Wales' south coast were scorched by the fires, which severely impacted not only residents but the many tourism dependent businesses in the region, including golf courses and resorts. Peter McCarthy, owner of Go Golfing Travel, made a commitment to help the bushfire affected communities back in January and after some initial fundraising and cash donations has now announced the company's Bushfire Recovery Golf Tour.

Recent Articles

Cupples and Cupples continue their veteran golf winning ways

Veteran couple Laurie and Lynne Cupples have secured yet another Mixed Foursomes Championships Title at Leonay Golf Club, shooting two solid rounds of 81 to win by 10 shots from Adam Brennen and Mabel (Mei) McCormick.

Golf rounds boom since pandemic

Golf in Australia is experiencing a pandemic-inspired boom, a new industry report has confirmed. In its just released Australian Golf Rounds – Trends and Impacts of Covid-19 study, Golf Australia confirms that despite parts of Victorian golf being shuttered for extended periods of 2020 (as well as various length disruptions in other states), year-to-date rounds played nationally are down only 1 per cent by the end of August. If Victoria is removed from the data, that figure has actually surged to a four per cent gain.

Callaway Golf launches new Big Bertha B-21 family of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons

CALLAWAY GOLF’S Big Bertha golf clubs have long been promoted as providing forgiving distance and accuracy for the everyday golfer and the new Big Bertha B21 family carries on the tradition. The new Big Bertha B21 range, well suited to older golfers and game improvement golfers of any age, are now available in Australia. There is also a new Big Bertha REVA Women’s Family of clubs available.

80 year old gives 84 year old a swing lesson, and golfers everywhere can’t get enough

YOU can get lots of golf swing advice from fellow golfers at times, often unwanted and unhelpful; but sometimes totally swing changing. The 84 year old golfer depicted in this video has devoted his life to improving his swing – with some success – but still doesn’t mind getting some suggestions from a fellow older golfer. Perhaps Gary Player realises he only has 9 major championships to his name while the fellow offering advice – Jack Nicklaus – has doubled that tally with 18.

Aussie golf clubs #DoingItForJarrod

AUSTRALIAN golf clubs are being invited to help honour the memory of Jarrod Lyle by nominating one comp day in October or November to raise funds for Challenge, the important charity that supports kids with cancer. Lyle was a lifelong ambassador for Challenge, and participating clubs are simply asked to dedicate one comp to support the cause.

Australian Senior Amateur Golfing Wrap: September 2020

Darryl Hearsch wraps up the the latest Australian senior amateur golfing action from around a country still struggling to re-emerge from the pandemic.

Vale David Mercer

PGA of Australia Life Member and much-loved Killara Golf Club PGA Professional David Mercer passed away peacefully on Saturday 12 September 2020 aged 89.

“Just one of those days” for 74 year old John Wilkinson as he beats his age – and the field – in Western Sydney...

By Noel Rowsell 74-year old John Wilkinson blitzed a 184-strong field at Leonay Golf Club in the Monthly Medal on 5th September, shooting a round...

Australian PGA Championship postponed until February 2021

THE Australian PGA Championship has been officially postponed to the new year and with the continuing uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic still in play has been pencilled in for 18-21 February 2021. With a raft of strict control measures in place across most Australian states, the difficult decision to reschedule the tournament was made in hope restrictions will ease by the nominated date.

Nine Aussie golfers to take on a “brutal” Winged Foot Golf Club at the US Open: TV TIMES

THE 2020 US Open is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York next week with the three month delayed second major of the year expected to be a brutal contest. As well as the postponement the Covid-19 pandemic will mean a number of changes to the usual open protocols, most notably an absence of the usual thronging, raucous crowds. The field will be down to 144 players from the usual 156, with the usual tradition of local and sectional qualifying put on hold till hopefully better times. Nine Australians have qualified for the US Open including major winners Jason Day and Adam Scott, our only two PGA Tour Championship representatives Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman, Scott Hend, Lucas Herbert, Matt Jones, Curtis Luck, and amateur Lukas Michel. Queenslander Scott Hend is one of those expecting the 120th edition of the time-honoured event to be a particularly tough one, especially due to the absence of hordes of rough trampling golf fans.

How Senior Golfers Can Hit the Driver Straight and Long – 3 effortless power moves you can learn

OLDER golfers might dream of emulating the driving power of a FedEx Cup winning Dustin Johnson but out on the course mere positive thoughts are usually not enough to convince the ageing body to cooperate. So as a senior golfer how do you hit your driver further without breaking the body? In this new golf instruction video top golf teacher Danny Maude enlists the aid of the guys at @@Meandmygolf to provide three effortless power moves that could help you hit your driver further without the need of the body of a Tour Championship winner.

“Golf is the perfect sport for creating the conditions for true happiness”: New slow TV feature film that promotes mental health benefits of golf

The Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC) has released a first-of-its-kind three-hour-long slow TV production that promotes the mental health benefits of golf. The feature film, titled Tee Your Mind, is a golf mindfulness experience that packages some of Australia’s most breathtaking courses into an 18-hole experience that accentuates the natural ambiences encountered on the fairway.