TOUR NEWS

Rory McIlroy goes zip-lining above Dubai: video

Rory McIlroy goes zip-lining above Dubai: video

From the department of pre-tournament photo-ops, comes this great Instagram video from Rory McIlroy.

Ahead of this week’s Omega Desert Classic Rory McIlroy posted this clip of him about to zip-line from high above the skyline of Dubai.

Rory looks like he is coming back into some great form. Last time he was in Dubai he won the DP World Tour Championship in November. The world number two finished in a tie for 3rd in Abu Dhabi last week.

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Ha Na Jang makes first-ever hole-in-one albatross on LPGA Tour: video

Ha Na Jang makes first-ever hole-in-one albatross on LPGA Tour: video

History was made on the LPGA Tour today when Korea’s Ha Na Jang became the first ever player to card an albatross on a par-4 when she hit a hole-in-one at the 8th hole during the third round of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

The tee was moved up for round three to entice players to have a go at the green that runs alongside the ocean but no one expected this amazing result.

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Phil Mickelson plays a shot under a fence at Torrey Pines: video

Phil Mickelson plays a shot under a fence at Torrey Pines: video

There aren’t many lies Phil Mickelson won’t have a swing at.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open this weekend but he didn’t go out without some classic Phil Mickelson.

His second shot at the par-5 18th hole at Torrey Pines North finished underneath a fence. Rather than tale a drop, Phil the Thrill decided to play it. Using the toe of his hybrid, from the other side of the fence.

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GOLF TIPS

Golf tip: Steve Bann talks golf confidence and boundary intimidation

Golf tip: Steve Bann talks golf confidence and boundary intimidation

Need confidence on the golf course? check out this golf tip.

The team at Bann Lynch Golf are some of the best in the world and have worked with some of Australia’s best golfer including Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appleby and Aaron Baddeley.

We like the short video from Steve Bann talking about confidence on the golf course and how to get it via a set of drills when you’re practising.

We also like Steve’s theory: ‘Three-in-a-row in practice is one out on the golf course’.

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The chip and run: golf tip video

The chip and run: golf tip video

Summer will bring with it faster, harder greens. Time to master the chip-and-run shot.

Bonnie Doon Golf Club‘s head professional Lorien Scott has been making a series of golf tip videos covering both the short and long game. I particularly liked this one dealing with the chip and run shot as I’ve seen both high and low handicappers struggle with this shot over and over.

With summer almost here and a trip to Barnbougle Dunes on the cards for early next year, we’re all taking close notes on this tip from Lorien.

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Adam Scott explains how to play a bunker shot: video

Adam Scott explains how to play a bunker shot: video

If you love your golf instruction videos to come with a bit of background music, this could be your thing.

Adam Scott (in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz) made a series of golf master classes prior to this year’s Masters Tournament. Here he is explaining how to get out of a bunker.

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FUN STUFF

New Dangerous Golf video game set for launch in May 2016

New Dangerous Golf video game set for launch in May 2016

Bored of the regular ol’ computer golf games? This may be for you.

There is some hype around gaming circles about this new Dangerous Golf release, slated for a May launch date.

It’s no ordinary golf game by the looks of the screenshots (no video game trailer as yet). The game concept sees the game of golf being played over 100 holes through some strange locations such as castles, hotels and country gas stations.

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Rafael Cabrera-Bello’s putting green trick shots: video

Rafael Cabrera-Bello’s putting green trick shots: video

Backward’s putting? And over-the-shoulder putt? No problem.

European Tour player Rafael Cabrero-Bello has shared a few trick shots via Twitter from the putting green over the past week. We’re going to try the first one for ourselves over the weekend. Line up the putt, take aim, turnaround and sink the putt.

Trick shot today at the @TitleistEurope photoshoot!!!!! Always have loads of fun #teamtitleist pic.twitter.com/orJKngiUfg

— Rafael Cabrera Bello (@RCabreraBello) January 18, 2016

Cabrero-Bello then shares a trick shot that fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros made famous.

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Watch Spieth, McIlroy, Fowler and Stenson race each other on golf boards

Watch Spieth, McIlroy, Fowler and Stenson race each other on golf boards

No golfers were harmed during the making of this video.

Ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, unique photo opportunities featuring the best players in the field are the norm. But tournament organisers have made it a little more dynamic this year and pitted four of the world’s best players against each other in a speed golf challenge.

Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson raced to complete a hole using GolfBoard’s between shots.

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RULES OF GOLF

Golf club groove changes

Golf club groove changes

Are you a highly skilled professional golfer? Some groovy news has just been announced by the USGA and the R&A which could soon affect your game! After extensive research it has been found the current limitations enforced on grooves in clubs with a loft greater than 26 degrees (usually a 5-iron and above) have been giving professional golfers far too much advantage when playing from the rough. The new restrictions to come into effect for professional tournaments from 2010 will place limitations on the cross sectional area of the grooves and limit groove edge sharpness.

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R&A and USGA deem anchoring illegal – in 2016

R&A and USGA deem anchoring illegal – in 2016

Anchors away!

Surprise, surprise. The R&A and USGA have finally (and unexpectedly) made a decision on anchoring, which deem the stroke illegal from January 1, 2016.

Here is the statement made by both of golf’s ruling bodies earlier this morning:

“The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA), golf’s governing bodies, today announced proposed changes to the Rules of Golf that would prohibit anchoring the club in making a stroke.

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Playing from a hazard: Rules of Golf with Annika Sorenstam and Brian Davis

Playing from a hazard: Rules of Golf with Annika Sorenstam and Brian Davis

Annika Sorenstam filmed this little snippet explaining your options after a golf ball lands in a water hazard.

Annika Sorenstam feature sin this nice video on the rules pertaining to playing from water a hazard. Brian Davis got into some trouble while playing from a hazard in a playoff against Jim Furyk in last week’s Verizon Heritage tournament. He knocked a reed on his back swing while making the stroke and immediately called the rules official for a ruling.

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OTHER RECENT POSTS

World’s oldest golf pub may soon be demolished

World’s oldest golf pub may soon be demolished

February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

The pub next to Musselburgh Golf Links in Scotland looks set to be replaced with houses.

The Musselburgh Old Course in Scotland is one of the oldest golf courses on earth and was home to many of the Open Championships in the late 1800’s. It’s a mecca for anyone remotely interested in the history of the game and a unique golf experience.

Musselburgh Golf Links with Mrs Forman’s pub. Image courtesy of www.edinburgh-scotland.net

The golf course itself is (mostly) located within a race track and has one of the world’s best 19th hole’s, “Mrs Forman’s” considered to be the oldest golf pub in the world.

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Thorbjorn Olesen and Victor Dubuisson confirm for 2016 Perth International

Thorbjorn Olesen and Victor Dubuisson confirm for 2016 Perth International

January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

European stars have confirmed for the 2016 Perth International at Lake Karrinyup.

The 2016 Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club (25-28 February) is shaping up with a few big names in the field including title-holder Thorbjorn Olesen, Victor Dubuisson and world number 18 Louis Oosthuizen.

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The Perth International is flying under the radar a little after shifting from its previous date in October. But it should attract a stronger field than in previous years with the February date following tournaments in Asia and the Middle East.

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Thomas Bjorn is cruelly robbed of a hole-in-one: video

Thomas Bjorn is cruelly robbed of a hole-in-one: video

January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is cruel, just cruel. How did it stay out?!

Thomas Bjorn’s shot earlier was 99.9% perfect. https://t.co/YGNsMqW6eK

— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) January 27, 2016

Thomas Bjorn played a majestic tee shot at the par-3 13th hole during his first round of the Qatar Masters. But it wasn’t majestic enough for a hole-in-one.

But don’t feel too sorry for Bjorn, he nailed one last week during his first round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

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Jason Day battling illness; withdraws from pro-am at Farmers Insurance Open

Jason Day battling illness; withdraws from pro-am at Farmers Insurance Open

January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

As defending champion, Jason Day battling an illness and in doubt to play at this week’s PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines.

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Jason Day has withdrawn from the pro-am ahead of his title defence at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Day’s victory last year saw him rise as Australia’s top ranked golfer for the first time and kick started a magnificent 2015, culminating in five victories including the US PGA Championship.

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Are golf clubs targeting the wrong generation?

Are golf clubs targeting the wrong generation?

January 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

With 50% of Australian golf clubs in financial distress, maybe they’re overlooking a generation of golfers they really should be targeting?

In my latest article for Golf Link I discuss whether golf clubs are neglecting a generation of golfers who are not just keen to join a golf club, but are most likely the ones who have the most time and money to do so.

But strangely, Gen-X is not the target audience for golf club memberships.

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Video instruction: How to play the chip and run golf shot

Video instruction: How to play the chip and run golf shot

January 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

An old video, but a good one explaining how to play the chip and run golf shot.

Here is a video we go to now and then if we need a reminder on how to play the chip and run shot. With many Australian golf courses becoming hard and fast over the next few months, you’re going to need this shot more than ever.

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