What a week of golf at the Valspar championship and come the Sunday we saw Tiger woods and the famous Sunday red . Those fortunate enough to witness the tournament would have seen Tigers short game and putting seeming to be returning back to somewhere near its best and also shows the hard work he's put in to get back to what Tiger calls tournament ready golf .
well any doubts over his back surely have been put to rest when he hit a drive with a club head speed of 129.2 mph ! So this week we head to bay hill club for the Arnold palmer invitational and hopefully see tiger in the hunt once more .Also congrats to Paul casey on the win at the copperhead course and even more exciting to hear that casey will return to wentworth in may for the bmw championships .
Not such a great tournament at valspar for the likes of Jordan Spieth and for Rory Mcilroy ahead of Augusta in a few weeks time .
Rorys admitted his swing feels out of sync ahead of bay hill but he did enjoy some practise time ahead of the masters in april to try and figure out his approach to the tournament .
Another not so out of form is last years runner up Justin rose who with wins in China ,Turkey and Indonesia to his names is looking in good form and maybe he can claim a green jacket ?
Congrats also to Matt williams on his win at the indian hero open .
Also the R&A and USGA have released a report on driving distance and are said to be concerned about the increase of over 3 yards this year to last .
Data was taken on over 300,000 drives from 7 main pro tours and also amateur leaving many to question modern day golf balls .
A few quotes from pga pros on this
Mcilroy had this to say ... its not the ball or equipment but the players who have got more athletic .
This was mirrored by likes of Poulter , Stenson . and i have to agree that the modern day professionals are more aware of athletic ability from doing gym work to strengthen and make their bodies more flexible .
Also the golfsixes returns this year with stars from the LET tour joining the fun and promises to be another great event , head over to the european tour for ticket details .
So in the next blog i will be doing a feature ahead of the masters not only on Augusta National but also some of the possible contenders and a inside view of their chances .
Till then happy golfing !
winter golf tips
so as the cold months roll in and winter takes hold how many of you actually play golf in the winter ?
Surprisingly not many do and normally the weather in the uk this time of year isn't great we do have the odd day where it's a crisp sunny cold day and a excellent chance to sample winter golf and the challenges it presents .
So a few tips to help your game in winter
1. Allow for less roll on wet or soft winter fairways compared to hard summer ones .
2. Be mindful that the golf ball doesn't fly as far in cold winter than in warm sunny days , a recent study showed that the difference being around 2 yards of carry for every 10 degrees drop ( cold air is denser than warm for science geeks ) .
3. Consider changing to a softer ' lower compression ball in winter as it's easier to compress a softer ball .
4. A random one this but to keep golf balls warm ( and last check it was legal ) put them in a pot a hot water for 30 minutes then dry them and put them into a insulated food bag ( I personally haven't tried it myself but may for research purposes ) .
5. A common tip from the tour is keep gloves dry is to put them in a sealed bag and also hang the glove on the rods under the umbrella to stay dry .
6. Simple one to keep a towel dry hang it off the umbrella but keep a spare in the bag too .
7. Rough in winter especially when wet is tough so swing a little harder to get out .
8. As beautiful as a crisp winter day can be to avoid disappointment do except that scoring won't be as good .
9. Greens will be slower when wet and soft .
So these top tips will help you enjoy winter golf more and the different challenge it poses to summer golf , course management and mental toughness will be tested as will ball striking .
Don't let all of this put you off tho from getting out on the course , even just 9 holes can be very beneficial to your winter practise programme .
Enjoy and happy golfing !
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