Saturday, October 24, 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

Australia’s golf course superintendents among those vying for new national awards

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA) has announced the addition of two new national awards for the sports turf industry, acknowledging and recognising the contribution of sports turf management professionals.

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.

NSW Veteran Golf: 2020 Week of Golf Program: UPDATED SEPTEMBER 1

THE NSW Veteran Golfers Association organises one of the most comprehensive programs of Weeks of Golf for older golfers in the country. Due to Covid 19 many events scheduled for 2020 have been cancelled or postponed, however there are still a number of tournaments still hoping to be going ahead in the latter part of the year. We've updated the listings to show the situation as of September 1. We've left the completed/cancelled/postponed events and contact information on the page as in most cases the program will repeat in the same weeks in 2021. Hopefully the pandemic situation will be improved and golfers will be able to plan their intended events with more certainty.

Australian senior amateur golfing wrap: August 2020

Darryl Hearsch wraps up all the latest senior amateur golfing action from around the country, while new contributor Kim Burke reports on the WA and QLD senior Women’s championships

What do top golfers do that most amateurs don’t? Golf instruction video

WHAT do top pro golfers do in the downswing that 80 percent of amateurs stuff up? According to this new golf instruction video from top teacher Danny Maude one of the crucial factors to an effortless golf swing is what the pro's have in common when they start the downswing. Maude reveals two crucial elements in the downswing and gives a "super simple" golf drill that he says will help you feel exactly what to do to initiate the move correctly. He says the drill will help you FEEL how to generate some serious clubbed speed while at the same time swing the club on the right line for straighter drivers and straighter iron shots.

Planet Golf USA – 2020 Edition Released in time for Father’s Day

AN all-new edition of Planet Golf USA has been released in Australia in time for Father’s Day. Completely new and revised, this second (2020) edition of the popular Planet Golf USA book features a foreword by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore and stunning photography (from Larry Lambrecht, Evan Schiller, Brian Oar and more) of America's best 120 plus courses. Included are reviews of famous Top 100 ranked courses in the United States, such as Augusta National, Cypress Point, Pine Valley, Shinnecock Hills, Pebble Beach, Whistling Straits, Oakmont, National Golf Links of America, Winged Foot, Pacific Dunes, Bandon Dunes, Oakland Hills and many more.

Bring the clubhouse to your house with the new “ultimate golf simulation” game PGA TOUR 2K21 now available in Australia

WHETHER you are a seasoned golf pro or a struggling rookie the makers of the new "ultimate golf simulation" game PGA TOUR 2K21 have gone all out to make their offering as realistic and engaging as possible. The PGA TOUR 2K21 game, now available in Australia on a number of digital platforms, is touted as "a real-deal golf simulation experience" that features officially licensed PGA TOUR players, top tour golf courses, well known golf equipment brands, and even apparel brands.

James Sutherland made new Golf Australia CEO

Golf Australia has appointed former long-time Cricket Australia chief executive and "keen golfer" James Sutherland its new chief executive. Sutherland, 55, will begin his role from 1 October after an exhaustive recruitment process had yielded several quality candidates for the position.

2020 NSW Super Senior Pennant back in action – then suspended again

The 2020 NSW Super Senior Pennant season was back underway with initial interclub divisional rounds being played from August and organisers hoping the Finals Series could commence from late September. But that has now all been thrown into disarray with the announcement the competition will be suspended for at least six weeks following the latest NSW Government health advice.

NSW Senior Open to be rescheduled for 2021

Golf NSW and the PGA of Australia have made the difficult decision to move the date of this year's $120,000 Lincoln Place NSW Senior Open. To be held initially between October 30th to November 1st at Thurgoona Golf and Country Club Resort, the tournament will be rescheduled to a date in early 2021.

2020 US PGA Championship: Australian TV Times, Preview, Leaderboard

Major championship golf is back in our Covid-ravaged lives this week and while there will be no fans allowed on course at the 2020 US PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco there are going to be plenty of us watching from home and hoping for a thrilling but healthy outcome. Australian television coverage (not free to air unfortunately) begins at 6am AEST on Friday. A total of 156 players will tee it up in the first men's major championship since Shane Lowry left Royal Portrush with the claret jug 13 months ago.

The tributes flow as Australia’s “best ever amateur golfer” Tony Gresham about to turn 80

Tony Gresham, widely regarded as one of Australia’s best ever amateur golfers, turns 80 in 2020 and to celebrate the milestone his long-time home venue Pennant Hills Golf Club is holding a special tribute day on September 5. Gresham has a trophy cabinet overflowing with the spoils of his many international, national, state, district, senior and club level championship victories.