Monaco2009-10-19 Got a photo to hang on the wall from my swing coach Pete Cowen after I won the Omega Masters. Love this photo of Ben Hogan. He looks comfortable.
I made Pete sign it. I'm very impressed by Pete's knowledge about golf. He can show you any shot as well. He has helped me a ton!
Here are some questions and answers from last week:
Q. Can you have a look at my swing?
Norwegian, 17 years old. Scratch handicap.
A. I can honestly say that is one of the best swings I have seen. You can still polish it a touch but overall you have a an incredible action! It goes up great in the backswing with the correct loft and it comes down the plane with slightly more loft on the club which is the best move you can have. The swing has an in-and-on look. It means the club looks like it comes a touch over the top on the down swing but it doesn't. It just perfect. Then it's free flowing through the ball. Unreal! This plane is exactly what I'm looking after. Good luck with your game!!! This is good stuff!!!
Q. Hole in one then an eagle wow how many times you done that?
A. Never ever!!!
Q. Im watching your scores on the European tour website and you got a hole in one!!!! Well played!! Hope u post a video of that would love to see it, what club and shot did you play? finish well and get in the top 10 mate! How many holes in one have you had in tournament and non tournament play? Have you won anything because of your hole in one?
A. No video of the hole-in-one. Sorry! Hit a 5-iron 198 meters. A little draw which landed 6 meters short and rolled in:) First hole-in-one in a tournament. Second ever. First one was when I was 12 years old. It was about time.
Q. By the way, on the European Tour Race to Dubai Show your name was already associated with the upcoming Ryder Cup. How do you feel about that?
A. Feels great to be mentioned! I really want to play that tournament! It's the ultimate challenge!
Q. By the way what is the model of the Casio Exilim that you use yourself? Would like to buy one of those myself but some of them are just really expensive...
A. I just dropped that camera but it was a normal Casio Exilim. Around 250 Euros.
Q. Good luck today, I'll follow you on the live scoring. I have some questions for you:
1) It looks like you work out a lot in the gym during tournaments, how many hours a week do you work out both on a tournament week and an off-week?
2) Except for practise- and tournament-rounds, how much do you practise golf during both tournament-weeks and off-weeks?
A. I do about 5 hours of working out during a tournament week including flexibility, heavy weights, biking, trunk stability etc. I train more during an off week. The sessions are longer since I don't have to be alert the next day.
Exept for the playing- and practice rounds I practice about 2, 5 hours a day including the warm-up session of about 1 hour and 15 minutes. During an off week, I train about the same amount as during a tournament and I play 18 holes as well, usually worse ball.
Q. I noticed that you got a Mac Book, was just wondering whethere you sometimes do some swing analysis on your Mac and if you do what kind of software do you use for that? V1, Gasp etc do not work on Mac unfortunately.
A. I dont do any with a program on here. I just do it straight on the camera. It works fine whit that Casio Exilim camera with great slow motion video. I don't know what programs work on a Mac. Sorry! But there has to be some.
Q. What do you think of allt he low cuts? What do you prefer the cut to be?
A. I think the cut should be around level par. There has been a lot of low cuts this year. There has been less rough overall during the year so the cuts are a little lower. It makes us play for birdies a lot more and the crowd likes it but I like it a little tougher. It makes us improve our games.
Q. Do you have any tips on a good putting mat? Is your Odyssey mat good?
A. The Odyssey mat is good. It's small and handy and rolls well! You can look at callawaygolf.com and see if they have any there otherwise a normal mat will do fine I think.
Just got to Monaco and trying to get sorted for a good training week.
See you later!