Golfer Pacific

Is Cambo a ‘serial quitter’?

Posted in Uncategorized by golferpacific on August 3, 2009


A BRITISH tabloid cruelly labelled Michael Campbell a ‘serial quitter’ after the New Zealander withdrew midway through the second round of the British Open at Turnberry.
Campbell was headed for his highest-ever score in a major when he withdrew after taking a bogey at the par-four 12th hole.
The 2005 US Open winner was 14-over-par for the round and 21-over par for the championship when a recurrence of a right shoulder injury forced him from the course.
It is the fourth occasion this season the Sydney-based Campbell has withdrawn from a tournament. He pulled out of two earlier events on the European Tour, then withdrew through injury from the Players Championship in Florida.
It also meant Campbell will have sat out the weekend rounds in all 15 tournaments he has contested this year up to the British Open.


How much will you pay to see Tiger this summer?

Posted in Uncategorized by golferpacific on May 21, 2009

US Open Golf

SPORTS fans in Australia – especially golf nuts – will be agreeably surprised when tickets go on sale in the next couple of weeks for the Australian Masters featuring the World’s No.1 golfer, Tiger Woods, to be played at Kingston Heath from November 12-15.

Golfer Pacific has been reliably informed they will not cost an arm and a leg.

In fact, a daily pass to the tournament will be ‘well under $100’ according to one source who added: “And I mean WELL UNDER $100!’’

If this is the case, then we doff our lid to tournament promoter, the oft-maligned International Management Group (IMG) and the Victorian government led by John Brumby, which has stumped up a large chunk of Woods’ $A4 million appearance money.

We understand neither the Brumby government nor IMG want to put a ticket to see Woods in action around the fabled Heath layout out of the economic reach of all but the wealthy.

GP suspects the Brumby government would see itself as a hypocrite if it used taxpayer’s dollars to fund Woods’ trip and then allowed the Masters to become an elitist event.

As for IMG, the company has been around too long to allow a repeat of the NZ Open experience a few years ago.

On that occasion, Woods received a fortune to play in the Land of the Long White Cloud, with organisers foolishly believing they would recoup their outlay in ticket sales.

They then went about asking a king’s ransom for a ticket and the public stayed away in droves.

New Zealand golf is possibly still recovering from that financial setback.

The cost of seeing Tiger play will compare favourably with other big sporting events hosted in Melbourne, including the Grand Prix, Australian Tennis Open Championship, the AFL Grand Final and the Boxing Day cricket Test.

And the average price of a good seat to the recent Coldplay concerts in Melbourne was about three times what fans will pay for a day following Tiger around Kingston Heath.

The cost of bringing Tiger to Australia will be well and truly covered before a ball is hit in anger and gate receipts – although substantial – will form only a small percentage of the general tournament revenue.

GP also commends Kingston Heath for restricting crowds to 20,000 a day.

Anything more would be folly and extremely uncomfortable for golf fans. It would spoil the experience.

 After all, there will be possibly six ticketed days to see Tiger – four in tournament play and two in his practice rounds.

The club also is mindful some fans will be first-time golf spectators and will do everything possible to make sure they enjoy it.

Roll on November!

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What clubs do you use?

Posted in Australian Golf,Golf,Uncategorized by golferpacific on April 14, 2009

shutterstock_278835431Nike, TaylorMade, Srixon, Titleist, Callaway, Ping and so on…

Debate will always surround club brands and how they are ‘better’ than their rivals.

Superior shafts, hotter clubfaces, greater balance and ‘a sweeter pick-up’ are just some of the lines club manufacturers will boast when marketing their newest release.

But the most important thing any amateur golfer needs to consider when choosing their clubs is if the sticks simply suit their game.

That means if you can hit the ball to the best of your ability and the club setup (flex shaft, think grip, regular length etc) matches the fundamentals of your swing.

Price, colour and shape should never dictate your purchase…as tempting as it can be.

Personally, the first thing I look for in a new driver or fairway wood is an extra stiff shaft to compensate for my fast swing, which is built on a powerful arc (being six foot, four inches tall).

Anything less than an extra-stiff shaft for me would make hitting the ball straight and long off the tee almost impossible given the clubhead speed I generate.

I try not to get too bogged down in the technological-side of things as most leading clubs these days are built with the best material available, so there’s no need to worry.

Using a demo driver out on the range and assessing the results in terms of distance, feel and control is how I make my final decision before a purchase.

With irons, weight is the most important criteria for me as this will impact my swing and pick-up.

I also like a thick clubface that provides a real ‘punch’ feel when I make contact with the ball.

Again, leading manufacturers build their clubfaces using the best technology available so how each clubface varies from their rivals is irrelevant for me and should be for any amateur golfer.

And with the putter it is simply weight and balance that should dictate which brand you use.

You want to have a nice balanced pendulum-feel when you stroke a putt. Too often amateur golfers go for the higher-priced putters thinking they will provide the best results.

This is never the case. Hell, I’m still using a $50 special from Kmart I bought some 12 years ago as a kid because I am used to the weight and feel.

Choosing your putter, along with any club, should be a case of trial and error.

Try before you buy – this is the only way to ensure complete satisfaction out on the course.

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