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US Open Merion Hogan and the rest.

Hogan swing sequence driverWell a US Open is nearly here, and its at the famous Merion golf club in Pennsylvania this year.

An iconic image in golf is the golfing legend Ben Hogan hitting a 1 iron into the 18th green at Merion in 1950 to make a par and get into a  three man 18 hole play off with Lloyd Mangrum & Tom Fazio.

In those days you played thirty six holes on the last day & Ben Hogan had only eighteen months earlier survived a terrible car crash that nearly killed him, so he played thirty six holes, then had to play another eighteen on legs that were weakened and fatigued, yet he went on to win that US.Open!

He then won the 1951 and 1953 US.Opens as well as the 1948 US Open.

Hence the Ben Hogan legend and Hollywood made a movie about his life called Follow the Sun.

Tiger Woods is the same age as Ben Hogan when Hogan won in 1950, Hogan won six more of his nine majors after this win, will Tiger get the win which will catapult him to more majors?

If Tiger does win win it will be his fourth US Open, tying him with Hogan, Nicklaus, Jones, and Willie Anderson.

The first two rounds pair up Tiger Woods, Rory Mcilroy and Adam Scott, world number one , two and three, and it should be a great battle to see who comes out on top, as these three players are probably the best to watch.

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2013 European Tour heads for the desert in Abu Dhabi.

The European Tour is in Abu Dhabi this week with the world no1 Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods leading the list of top golfers taking part. I will be there!

This week throws up many interesting talking points, how will Rory play with his new Nike clubs & will the weight of his huge contract in the bag weigh him down. Will he continue where he left of last year, or will it take time to get comfortable with the new equipment. Can he win it this year?

How will Tiger start his 2013 season, will he raise his game to the level he was before or is that era of Tigers career over for good, this should give us an indication of where he is with his golf game.

I believe Tiger will never perform at that level again, can anyone perform at that level and dominate golf like he did? No!

For me too much has happened, too much baggage, before he had the aura of invincibility, when he was in the lead he won, now players see he is very beatable, his aura has gone , his performance level of before has dropped a few notches, the young power players are coming and they are winning when he plays.

Let me add the Tiger we see now is a superb player, and you cannot expect him to play at the level he was throughout his whole career, winning wise he is in a big dip, last year he came back to winning tournaments, but no majors again, so with any top athlete the longer they go without winning the big ones, it will only get harder. If he does not  win a Major this season, I believe his major tally will stay at fourteen.

Tigers goal is to win & especially win the Majors, so this is a great warm up for him to test his game before playing his first event on the US Tour at Torrey Pines.

Justin Rose & Jason Dufner are also playing this week, so is Ernie Els, its a very strong field and while everyone is talking about Rory & Tiger think back to last years champion Robert Rock,, who saw that win coming!

Then we have Paul McGinley the new Ryder Cup captain for 2014 being announced in Abu Dhabi, a very good appointment, the players wanted him and he will go up against US  captain Tom Watson,

I wish him and the team every success in 2014 at Gleneagles.

I will keep you informed of events while I am at  the HSBC tour event in Abu Dhabi

If you cannot be there watch on Sky Sports golf!

 

 

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Following Rory and Tiger to Tucson!

Back on the trail of world no 1 Rory McIlroy and world no 2 Tiger Woods, I am in Tucson Arizona for the WGC Accenture Matchplay at Dove Mountain.

It will be good to see how Rory is adapting to his new Nike equipment at first hand .

He hasn’t played tournament golf for four weeks so has been practicing hard getting familiar with, ball, driver, irons, well everything really!

I will be getting on the course and range watching and taking videos of the top 64 players in the world, and will be posting the swings on my golf channel David Bown PGA on Youtube soon.

The format is, no 1 plays no 64, no 2 plays no 63 etc over 18 holes and should bring up some interesting match ups, and I would expect many surprises over 18 holes matchplay.

Will keep you posted from Tucson!

Happy golfing,

 

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What can you learn from the U.S Masters

There was a lesson to be  learnt  from watching the best players at the US Masters last week.

Once again the critical area is the short game , we all know it is important and so it proved again on the last day, if you can get down in two when you miss a green, you can score, saving strokes not wasting them. It is so important, it keeps you confident, because you are still maintaining your score, it will help you  relax more on your second shots as well. 

Tiger Woods ball striking gradually got worse each round, more wayward shots appeared, but his amazing ability to see the shot and shape the ball, and not give up, kept him in touch with the leaders. He shot 69 in the last round and was all over the course, anyone else would have probably scored in the mid seventies.

So if your looking to lower your scores and become a more consistent player, you must work on your bunker shots, your chipping and putting.

We all know this but how many golfers actually practice their short game, they would rather hit the driver!

So spend  at least 60% of your  practice time improving your short game, it really will be worth it and watch your scores come down.

With the Masters in mind here comes Tiger!

Tiger, Foley & FaldoTiger getting ready to play

Tiger wins his first PGA tour event since 2009, and what a great performance it  was.

 He wins Bayhill by five strokes and it was his seventh win at  the Bayhill tournament and 72nd tour victory, one behind Nicklaus, and is know up to sixth in the world rankings.

He is ten wins behind all time PGA tour winner Sam Snead.

All time PGA tour winners. Snead 82  Nicklaus 73  Woods 72  Hogan 64

 It has been well chronicled all the problems he has  gone through and I am not going to go over these again, but it was very entertaining watching Tiger, McDowell, Els, Poulter, all in with a chance of winning on the sunday at Bayhill.

Tigers performance was very impressive, his driving is so much better, he is now in position more often to attack the pins, and crucially he has so much more confidence in his ability to hit fairways,he is also hitting the ball further than he was a few years ago, mainly due to feeling healthy and able to practice more often and for longer.

I was amazed how many so called golfing  experts were so quick to dismiss Tiger Woods as a winner of tournaments and majors. Only a few weeks ago at Pebble Beach when he played the last round with Phil Mickleson, who played incredibly well and won, experts were saying he has lost his putting, his wedges were poor, he had no control of his distances, mentally he was scarred, he should get his money back from Sean Foley!

WOW!

How well is Phil Mickleson playing over the last few events!

At Pebble Beach Phil played great, Tiger played poorly, end of story, its not a determining factor about their future career is it ?

Sean Foley has had Hunter Mahan win, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods win in the last few weeks, he must be due some credit.

How many people were so quick off the mark to dismiss possibly the greatest golfer ever, yes that is debatable I know, Nicklaus has won 18 majors Tiger 14, but Tiger is way ahead of every other player apart from Jack Nicklaus in the hunt for Majors, ahead of Hogan, Snead, Nelson, Watson, Player, Palmer, etc.

Its like well now we know what Tiger is really like, and when he plays poorly  its slag him off time, which I believe is wrong.

We should respect the golfing achievements of Tiger Woods, which are amazing, 72 tour wins now,14 Major wins, how many more majors who knows, I don’t, and neither does Tiger Woods. 

You do not get to this level of performance by being a regular guy, you have supreme talent of course, you have a burning desire to push yourself, to win, you love the competition, you play better under the pressure, you want to be the best ever, you believe you are, you must believe that, you will do whatever it takes to achieve that level of performance you desire, you push yourself in the gym, of course you do , but you have just spent your whole life pushing yourself, striving to get to that place you hold in your mind, your dream, your goal.

And then everyone wants you to be a regular guy, who is perfect in every situation, in front of the camera, in the press, Mr Perfect in every way.

Dream on!   We did believe didn’t we, that here was a perfect person on and off the golf course, the PR dream, then everything changed.

But when all is said and done, for me golf is a better place with having a legend which isTiger Woods playing great golf, with all the up and coming young lions chasing him hard, and with the US Masters coming soon we should be in for one hell of a tournament.Golf tournaments are always better when the Tiger is playing his best, and you know what, I am sure the players want to test themselves against the very very best .

Enjoy the 2012 US Masters, the first major of the year, it could be very special!

 

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Why Tiger is more consistent than Rory?

Do what Tigers doing -Plan to Get Better in 2011

Tiger is still planning to get  even better than before, better than when he was winning those Majors, that is what drives him onwards, to seek to become the best he can be , and to continue to improve his swing, his fitness, his mind.

He was asked how are his swing changes going, and his reply was  that he needs to be patient, keep doing the correct drills and  enough repetitions so he can master his new movement.

So that information is nothing new to me , but for you that might be a surprise, a surprise that even Tiger needs to work consistently on his swing changes, the need to be patient, or you will become become frustrated if those changes are not on auto after a few buckets of balls, the need to have a PLAN , so you know exactly what you want, and how to get there.

To become better at anything you need to work out what is wrong, why is my ball curving away from the target, why are my divots on the wrong line, why am I topping it, why do I hit some shots really well, then hit it all over the golf course, etc etc.

Get rid of FRUSTRATION  and DOUBT  and plan to make some changes to your game in 2011, follow TIGER,  if its not working CHANGE IT !  Hire yourself a PGA Professional .

So how to make yourself better in 2011. What you need to do for improvement.

1. Go to a Golf Professional.

2. Get your swing filmed on Hi- speed video .

3. Practice what you need to work on Regularly, start slowly, remember my R.M.P.G. Recognise it, Monitor it, Practice it, Groove it.

4. Start  working on your Mobility, develop a stretching routine , get that stiffness out and swing more freely. 

4. Work on your Putting  stroke indoors with a putting plane board.

If you do this and the KEY is Keep doing the Correct practice, you will get better and enjoy your golf even more in 2011 !!

David Bown  PGA AA Professional  Authorized Golfing Machine Instructor

 

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Rory and Tiger in Desert storm !

My time at the HSBC tournament in Abu Dhabi was superb, the course was tough, and in great condition, the greens were perfect and very fast, the weather was warm, sunny, and with a light breeze.

The organisation by HSBC was brilliant, there was something for everyone in the village and the staff were very helpful and friendly.

Everything was set for the two main contenders to show their talents, Rory and Tiger, but alas it was not to be .

Rory had the worst kept secret in golf , the Nike deal announced, he had new everything, driver, irons,wedges, putter,ball, shoes and clothing, he missed the cut!

This is why sport is so fascinating, nothing can be taken for granted, no matter who you are, every week its a new challenge, different players coming into form, others losing form.

Rory said the clubs were great, he was just rusty, I believe him, he was a bit rusty and he is a streaky player, when he is on his game he is amazing, when he is slightly off he finds it hard to keep a score going, although last season he really improved in that area of the game.

Rory did not hole anything on the greens, even when he went back to his trusty Scotty the ball would not drop.

He will be back very soon, its a long season, and he needs a bit more time to get his game on song.

This brings me to Tiger, he missed the cut too, had a two stroke penalty to miss the cut by one, he hung in there , but missed a lot of fairways.

It just shows that in the next tournament he plays in, his first on the US PGA tour, he wins by four !!

Ah sport you just never know, and that is what makes it so exciting.

This is why Tigers record over his career is truly amazing, all the variables of sport, yet Tiger just kept on beating everyone every season, we took it for granted, he didnt, he knew how much work it took , the dedication it took, and there are so many players on tour with that desire and dedication, who give it everything each week.

The difference is the special ingredient called, having unbelievable talent !!

2013 should be another great golfing season.

Happy golfing.

 

 

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Off to see the Tiger in the desert!

Well its been cold but dry in the UK and I am missing that nice warm feeling of sunshine on my back, its been a while!

But as luck has it, a great opportunity has arisen for me to go to Abu Dhabi and Dubai to see the HSBC golf tournament, its Tigers first tour event of the year and world no 1 Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy are all playing so its a bigeee!

Will be great to see Tiger close up and his swing changes, and I also really hope we get a close tournament with Tiger, Rory, Lee and Luke all playing well and a real finale, it just happens so rarely when the top two or three players in the world are battling it out over the final eighteen holes,

This of course is a great opportunity to get some hi speed video footage of all the worlds best  after some winter tuning and I will be there filming everyone of them.

Will have them posted up on my website when I return.

Take a look on Sky sports they are covering the event from Jan 26 th to 29th and see some great golf.

 

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Is Tiger Woods back?

 

Everyone is asking will Tiger come back, will he win, will he win a major, is his domination over, how are his swing changes going?

Here are a few obsevations and thoughts after watching him in Abu Dhabi, his first tournament of 2012 and really getting up close and filming him on the course and on the range for the week. 

He is certainly gaining control of his new swing, we can all see that.  A few technical observations are that he starts the club back slightly more closed, which means more toe down than he used to.  It’s almost a reversal of what he did before with Hank Haney, he has a steeper shoulder turn on the backswing and is working the club up on a slightly steeper plane.  It’s an inward hand path, shaft outside his hands as he starts back, and a steeper shaft angle on the backswing.  He is fading the ball ever so slightly, on some shots he is using a lot of upper body rotation and holding off his short and mid irons, also hitting the three wood with a low tracer bullet flight, which is very very impressive!

You have to be strong to swing this way and I hope Tiger’s back and knee hold up during the year.

He still has a lot of power, great imagination around the greens, one thing I have seen in Tiger is a couple of poor pitches from around 70 yds, which he hit a bit heavy and just got on the front edge of the green, I never saw him do  this before.

You can see he exaggerates these moves on his practice swing, but when he swings it’s not as radical as this, it’s more a rehearsal of the pattern he is trying to create in his mind and body.

Can he gain control of the driver with this swing?  We will have to wait and see.  When he really needs a safe shot he is playing a fade.  During the last round in Abu Dhabi he missed a lot more fairways and greens, which after watching him on the range before the last round  this was very surprising as he looked in complete control of his swing.

At the moment everything looks very controlled and he is bedding the swing in to competetive play, maybe his best form will come in April?

Tiger certainly got the attention of the players on the range, many were sneaking a look while they were hitting balls. Tiger does have a great posture and composure, he walks round the golf course in a slow deliberate way.  Certainly when I watch Tiger playing I know I am watching a golfing legend and I cannot forget the amazing shots he has produced throughout his career and all those major wins he has.

He looks at the moment that the flair he has showed throughout his career and his freedom of swing and play is missing, his instinctiveness is not there yet, and this is obviously understandable, maybe we are going to see a more methodical player during this season?

For me the Tiger of previous years was the most exciting player I have ever seen, apart from Seve, and I started watching from the Nicklaus era,1970 onwards, to watch him attacking the course and pulling off amazing shots, fist pumps, birdies, eagles, chip ins, amazing recoveries, playing at  Augusta were magic moments, I hope they return, because whatever view you have of TigerWoods the person, the golf world needs Tiger Woods back at his best, taking on the young guns.

When a superstar in sport has problems, for whatever reason, whether physical, technical, or self inflicted, the question is can they return to where they were?  Can they return to the pinnacle of their sport, in golf at the moment we have several young golfers who have been winning titles, money lists, majors, they have not experienced defeat against Tiger.  They are not Tiger fatigued or battle scarred through consistent losses, hence in the past when he was leading after 54 holes he almost always came out victorious, his competition were beaten before they started.

Now we have many extremely fit, young and very long hitters, they are not mentally beaten golfers, they are not intimidated, they have learnt to win when Tiger was not around, and they cannot wait to beat him when he comes back, to a degree it will make their careers, they are relishing the new challenge ahead.

Tiger is also relishing the challenge of getting back to winning majors and showing everyone that he can return to the pinnacle of golf.

We all will find out if he can come back very soon, and I will be watching him closely at the WGC Matchplay in Tucson in a couple of weeks.   

I hope you can feel how excited I am about this 2012 golf season, it could be AMAZING!

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

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