Friday, August 14, 2020

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The 2020 NSW Super Senior Pennant season is underway with initial interclub divisional rounds being played from August and organisers hoping the Finals Series can commence from late September.Due to Covid-19 organisers were originally forced to cancel the 10th Annual NSW Super Senior Championship scheduled for May but in late June the committee gave the go-ahead for the pennant rounds to be played from August 3.
IT’S US PGA Championship week so what could possibly be better than getting “One Tip That Will Change Your Chipping FOREVER!” from a PGA Pro? Getting that same tip from two PGA Pro’s at once of course.
GOLF AUSTRALIA has announced some major changes to its national amateur events in a move that may ruffle some feathers but is ultimately seen as beneficial on many levels. The Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship and the Australian Women's Senior Amateur Championship are two of the events affected with Golf Australia (GA) saying they will be played concurrently at the same venue from 2021. The move will mean a reduction in field size for both events and end the long held tradition in the women’s championship of the early rounds being played as strokeplay qualifying with the winner decided in final round elimination matchplay.    

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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

The Secret to Creating Effortless Power for Senior Golfers!

WHAT with bushfires and Covid and the rest there's been lots of tension around in 2020. That sort of ongoing tension is more than understandable but one place there shouldn't be tension is in the golf swing. In this new golf tips video US PGA Professional Jess Frank says tension is the one of the biggest destroyers of power of the golf swing. Frank offers some simple advice to help senior golfers hit the ball higher, farther and straighter than ever before.

Hooking or slicing your driver? You need to ‘feel’ your swing for a dramatic improvement

CONSISTENTLY hooking or slicing the ball when you are trying to enjoy a round - or a lifetime - of golf can be a real bummer. Here top English golf coach Danny Maude explains the importance of "feeling and experiencing" what you are actually doing in your golf swing to help you to start hitting those drives straighter and longer.

Pro vs Amateur: Golf Swing hip rotation comparison video

THIS is a fascinating new golf swing instruction video - as long as you're not threatened by the sight a a man's bottom cheeks pressed against a window pane. It's part of a series from Athletic Motion Golf demonstrating the difference between pro and amateur golf swings, and how the latter can begin narrowing the gap. In it we see "John",  a 50-something golfer with a single digit handicap who says he has a scratch marker short game but a double digit long game. "John" presents to AMG for help, saying he knows a big problem with his swing is thrusting his hips toward the golf ball in the downswing but has given up trying to fix that common fault.

Travel and Courses

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.

Larry Canning: What’s the scariest golf hole you have ever played… without laughing?

By Larry Canning. ONE of my millions of twitter followers and respected golf photographer, Adrian Logue, recently sparked a timely “sitting at home in front of computer” conversation by asking the question “what’s the scariest hole you ever played?” It’s a great question and one that had me thinking long and hard.

2020 NSW Veteran Matchplay Championship in Nelson Bay hopefully to be played in December

THE 2020 Latitude One NSW Veteran Golfers Association (NSWVGA) Matchplay Championship had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak but will now hopefully be able to be staged in December at its planned new venue in Port Stephens. With the proviso that the Coronavirus situation has been completely resolved by then [and here's hoping we all ride out the storm in as good a shape as possible], the tournament will be played the week of 7 - 11 December 2020.

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First men’s golf major of 2020 to be played in San Francisco without spectators

THE PGA of America has announced the rescheduled 2020 US PGA Championship will go ahead August 3 - 9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco - and without spectators on site. The PGA said the decision to play golf’s first men’s major championship of 2020 without spectators was made in coordination with the state of California and city and county of San Francisco, with the health and well-being of all involved as the top priority. The 2020 edition will see two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka aiming for an historic three-peat.

European Tour cancels 2020 Senior season: Fowler and O’Malley looking for gigs on home soil

Aussie golfing legends Peter Fowler and Peter O’Malley will be looking for some new golfing opportunities on home soil after the European Tour confirmed the 2020 Staysure Tour season has been cancelled. In a recent statement European Tour officials cited the demographic of the over-50 tour and the increased risks associated with coronavirus for the cancellation. The main European Tour is set to return in Austria on July 9.

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

Golfers keen to play more as they overwhelmingly believe playing the game during Covid 19 is safe

A new survey of nearly 1,500 golfers has found that players have an overwhelming belief that playing the game – with Covid 19 restrictions in place – is much safer than most other activities. In further good news for the industry and for struggling golf clubs, the survey found golfers expect to be playing more golf in coming months than they did usually in the past. They will also be encouraging family members and others to join them.

Pro vs Amateur: Golf Swing hip rotation comparison video

THIS is a fascinating new golf swing instruction video - as long as you're not threatened by the sight a a man's bottom cheeks pressed against a window pane. It's part of a series from Athletic Motion Golf demonstrating the difference between pro and amateur golf swings, and how the latter can begin narrowing the gap. In it we see "John",  a 50-something golfer with a single digit handicap who says he has a scratch marker short game but a double digit long game. "John" presents to AMG for help, saying he knows a big problem with his swing is thrusting his hips toward the golf ball in the downswing but has given up trying to fix that common fault.

The Dream of a Golf Caddy at Home

I'VE just about given up on the idea of ever being able to afford a butler to attend to all necessary but tedious ancillary chores around the house. I've told my executive assistant it looks like we will just have to make do with the chauffeur and the gardening staff... at least for the foreseeable future. And my idea of getting the chauffeur to do a bit more - particularly as travel has been so limited of late - has hit a brick wall. "No, no, no," he says, wagging a finger. "Demarcation! Vehicle-related activities only."

Exciting new home for Australian golf in Melbourne’s Sandbelt to unify and promote the game

A new home for Australian golf is being developed in the heart of the Melbourne Sandbelt with a state-of-the-art facility to both house the game’s peak bodies and to provide premier practice, playing and training facilities. The new Australian Golf Centre will have a golfer’s dream location – the current site of Sandringham Golf Links, right across the road from the famed Royal Melbourne Golf Links. The exciting development will provide both administrative and playing functions.

Hungry golf fans relishing stellar field lining up for the US PGA Tour restart

IT’S debatable whether golf fans or the players themselves will be hungrier and more excited for the official restart of the US PGA Tour this week but the rescheduled Charles Schwab Challenge has certainly attracted a top field to the Colonial Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The tournament will feature the top five in the Official World Golf Ranking, the first time that’s happened at this event since 1986. There will also be a swag of top Aussie golfers, including Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith,Matt Jones and John Senden. It’s obvious that  after the three month tour hiatus due to COVID-19 the world’s leading golfers are itching to return to elite competition, thought there will be no fans present and strict health and safety protocols will be in play.

Single-seater ride on golf buggies all the rage in Covid times

GOLFERS  used to sharing a multiple seated golf cart to get their golfing fix have been one of the groups disrupted by Covid 19 health and safety protocols but many are turning to an alternate solution. It seems interest and sales of single-seater ride on golf buggies are booming, particularly with those desperate to get out in the fresh air and exercise but still needing a little help getting around the course. Social distancing regulations currently in force in many areas have meant an end to the tradition of sharing a golf cart.

Can you handle 7 minutes of ‘The Big Easy’s’ Slow Mo golf swings? If Not, Slow Down: “Simply a Thing of Beauty”

IT’S a big week for golf with the restart of the US PGA Tour and golf courses around the world reopened, or in the throes of it. But before we rush into it all maybe it is a good time to highlight what it is all about – the golf swing. The European Tour has just bobbed up with this seven minute YouTube video compilation of Ernie Els’ slow motion golf swings. The ET offered no more excuse for posting the video than: “One of the smoothest swings in the history of golf - Ernie Els' action in slow motion is simply a thing of beauty.”

The Singing Caddie “melts hearts” at The Voice Australia 2020

Paul Stevens ‘The Singing Caddie’ has had an inspiring appearance on the Voice Australia Blind Auditions, where the consensus was he “melted everybody’s heart.” We’ve written stories in the past about Paul’s celebrated golfing career, where he lays claim to being the world’s longest serving professional golf caddie. Paul has caddied for most of the game’s greats, including a two year stint with Greg Norman, and appearances on the bag for the likes of Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Sergio Garcia, Seve Ballesteros, Ben Crenshaw, Nick Faldo, Kel Nagle and Sam Snead.

Vale Brian Sams: Top Australian senior amateur golfer

THE tributes are flowing for Brian Sams, acknowledged as one of Australia’s top senior amateur golfers over a number of years. Sams, a long time NSW north coast resident, passed away recently after scaling back his golfing in recent years due to a number of health issues. Sams was not just a formidable golfer but, as we discovered personally when we interviewed him following his win at the 2018 Australian Veteran Golfers Union (AVGU) National Championship conducted at Port Stephens, he was also a great bloke.