From a personal point of view I have had a great time since last weeks blog; I played in a Ladies Pro-Am at Hull golf club, which I must say was in great condition. I played with Angela Clappison, Judith Thornton and Cath Caley and, although we did not play that great as a team, we had a fantastic day. From tee to green I played pretty well, but found the greens extremely difficult to read and ended up with an 82... which included two 7's! It made me realise that, despite practising in the lead up to the event, I did not do enough short game practice. If I had to put a percentage on it, I believe it was probably about 60/40 in favour of the long game. When you look at the amount of short game practice the tour pro's do, it usually equates to 75% short game and 25% long game. Have you ever asked yourself how much of your practice time is devoted to your short game?
I did not take any lessons over the course of the weekend as I was whisked away on my stag do to Dublin by my best man Andy and 12 other friends. The Guinness was flowing from the beginning of the trip, but the highlight of the trip was the time we spent in the Guinness Factory. Andy had organised for us all to have the Connoisseur Experience. We went through a door that did not seem to be there into a luxury private bar where, for an hour, we tried 4 different types of Guinness and pulled our own pints whilst getting told about how Guinness is made. If you are ever in Dublin, I would highly recommend it - Guinness Connoisseur Tour
In the golfing world the big story was at the Solheim Cup where USA won back the cup for the first time in three attempts. A stunning final day fight back was over looked by what is now being referred to as 'GimmieGate'. On the 17th hole of their match Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen refused to concede a small putt...in normal golf this is no problem, the problem on this occasion is that the American duo of Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome assumed it would be conceded and picked the ball up. USA went on to lose the match, but some have suggested that this is what inspired their final day comeback.
It brings to the table an interesting discussion about gimmies. For years gimmies have become an accepted part of golf and I am 100% sure that everyone who reads this has given or received a gimmie in their golfing career. I find it funny that a sport that has a rule book that is so thick and continues to revise its rules every three years does not have an aspect covering this. Can you think of another area of golf that the rule book does not cover? A rule on gimmies is not the way to go though.
I personally think the Europeans were correct in not giving her the putt, especially considering the state of the match. How many times have we seen a short putt missed when under extreme pressure? I have played in a match before whereby the person I was playing had given me pretty much every putt under 5 feet, until we got to the 17th. Once on the 17th and faced with a 5 foot putt, I expected the putt to be conceded, it wasn't, I missed the putt and lost the match. To me this was a valuable lesson in the art of gimmies in golf and adds a bit of gamesmanship to the game.
The other big news on the Professional golf was made by Jason Day winning the BMW Championship in Illnois by a huge margin and in the process becoming the new world number 1. I wrote a few weeks ago about how winning the PGA Championship might open the floodgates for him to go on and win more and this will certainly strengthen this thought. I see him in a similar mould to Jordan Spieth, in that he is very consistent and keeps very cool under pressure. I still think that Rory McIlroy is the better player out of the three, but not always as consistent. When on song McIlroy will destroy a course with his driving and wedge play, but how well he plays will depend on how well his putter is working.
I have had a great response for the golf holiday I am running, but there is still time for you to book your place and join us - please have a look at my blog from two weeks ago to have more of a read - Holiday Blog
It promises to be a great week of coaching and golf so to reserve your place please get touch before 11th October to secure your place
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