Archive for February, 2010

Golf Course Review: St Boswells Golf Club, Scotland

From the initial cheery phone conversation with the breezy secretary of the golf club to book the tee time, everything about the trip to St Boswells Golf Club promised much. The course is reputed to be one of Scotland’s hidden gems. A short but tight, 9-hole private course that runs along the banks of the River Tweed for much of the opening six holes and set amidst the famous rolling hills of the Borders, it was easy to see why several people had recommended the course.



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Tommy-Priest-breaking 80

The journey continues…

Date: August 29, 2011

Holes: 9


Played Montreux this morning with Pierre Massard. Pierre is in training for the 2016 Olympics as a para-golfer.
Greens and course in very playable – excellent condition. After the first hole, I played pretty well as the score indicates. What is good is that I feel I can do even better. Admittedly, it was only 9 holes, but it all counts! Happily, Pierre is great at finding errant balls. Had two which could have ended in disaster had they not been found.

Self-tip: Slow down the swing.. Focus on the finish.

Results: 42 for 9 holes with 17 putts. Now if I could do that in Lausanne In and Out for 18 holes! Two competitions coming up this week – we’ll see what happens…



Follow the full journey on Breaking 80 Page


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The Most Important Piece of Golf Equipment - Sunscreen

What is the most important piece of golf equipment when it comes to your game? Is it your driver to get that all-important distance in a straight line? Perhaps it is the putter for converting those approach shots into pars and birdies. For some, it may be their golf trolley, or their lucky golf shoes but few people would give the correct answer, especially if you play golf in sunnier climes, which is a reliable and resistant form of sunscreen.

This is no idle threat. Experts now know that exposing the body to strong sunshine can be a leading cause of skin cancer, especially on those people who are exposed excessively to its damaging UVA and UVB rays. Given that most golfers tee off between the hours of 10am and 2pm on any given day and a typical round can take around four hours, this is the worst time for golfers to be exposing their skin to these damaging ultra-violet rays, as this is when they are at their strongest.


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Tommy-Priest-breaking 80

GGB editor, Tommy Priest is now baring his golfing soul….

I felt that the only way I could make significant progress with my game was by posting his scorecards and progress (or regression).

Objective over the next 12 months:

HCP: 12 (currently 15.7) and to Break 80.

Your suggestions and support is welcome!

Follow the full journey on Breaking 80 Page


 August 26, 2011

Holes: 18


Greens have been sanded and aerated making putting especially difficult. Started at 07:30 so dew also made the greens very slow and unpredictable on the front nine.

Self-tip: I felt that by looking just ahead of the ball when I hit, it improved my accuracy and distance. We’ll see if that lasts…

Results: 88 with 36 putts. I thought my putting would be much worse than the results show).





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Rory McIlroy and his Titleist Golf Equipment 2012

Read our Rory McIlroy World no. 1 Golfer article!

Ever since the 22-year-old Northern Irishman had the golfing world shaking their head after his final day meltdown at Augusta in April 2011, Rory McIlroy has been difficult to keep out of the spotlight. Barely two months after his collapse at the Masters, the young Irishman put together four of the greatest rounds of US Open golf in history, to win the tournament at 16-under-par, eight shots clear of the nearest contender. Since then, the Irishman has continued his inexorable climb up the rankings, his 2nd place at the 2012 Accenture World Matchplay, taking him into 2nd place.

While promises of more major success in 2011 to come proved hollow, with close friend Darren Clarke winning the British Open and McIlroy injuring his hand (and ruining his 7-iron) when hitting a tree root during the opening round of the USPGA Championship, the Irishman is now regarded as a potential world number one. Last season, McIlroy moved steadily up to fifth in the rankings, just behind English duo of Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, American Steve Stricker and German Martin Kaymer during the mid part of 2011 and towards the end of the season and into early 2012, he rose to 3rd and then subsequently 2nd this week after his impressive second place finish at the Accenture World Matchplay.



Let’s take a look into Rory McIlroy’s golf equipment:

The Driver: Titleist 910D2

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To celebrate the final major in the season that was played two weeks ago, the guys over at Direct Golf have created another great info graphic detailing some interesting facts on the past US PGA Championships including the latest surprise winner, Keegan Bradley.




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Standard Golfing Excuses for that Dreadful Tee Shot

We have all been there, the first tee of a local course competition, a small gallery of fellow golfers watch expectantly on as you take your first tentative practice backswing. In your mind, you feel like a professional, warming up expertly, but the tremble in your hands belies your apparent confidence. Quietly you pray to yourself “please let me hit a decent drive”. The crowd quietens as you address the ball, draw the club back and in a thrash of arm and club, send the ball dribbling an embarrassingly 20 yards down the fairway.


It is at this point that the true hacker will have the perfect golfing excuse to hand to explain away such an abhorrent shot. Below are some of our favorites that have stood the test of time.


1. “These are new clubs…”

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