2009-10-22 It's been raining in Monaco for three straight days...
...But it's ok since I needed a few days off from golf anyway. I've done some work on the computer and I'm trying to learn a movie program so I can get good at editing movies. Then 1 hour of working out every day and then just trying to get some rest. After three instensive golf weeks I needed a little break to get my motivation back up again. In the past, I never used to take breaks from golf. I practiced every day and it's not the best way to do it I think. Now, I rest until I can't stand not being on a golf course. Then, I know I have the motivation I need to practice and play with quality.
I have been doing some technique work at home though...couldn't resist:)
The weather looks like it's clearing up and we can go practice some golf!!!
All golf courses down here seems to be located away from the cities and the ocean up in the mountains. They all have stunning views...
2009-10-20 Just came inside from a cold and rainy Monaco...Feels weird to be cold down here. Usually it's sunny and nice but maybe later in the week the sun will come out again when it's time for golf. Now, I focus on the gym and recovery for a couple of days. And trying to eat well, which I think is the hardest part. I love bad food but it's not great for the body I guess...
Here is a short video from last's week tournament in Vilamoura, Portugal.
Steak and shake after workout is great:) Just like in college...
2009-10-19 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!
2009-10-18 Had no big expectations of today when I woke up but I ended up having the most fun I've ever had on a golf course! Started awesome with a lot of birdies and finished with hole-in-one, eagle, par to shoot 62 (-10). I couldn't stop laughing after those two "eagles". Then straight to the pool to hang out with the other players. This week is one of the best on tour. Everything about the tournament is great!
Laying in tied 6th right now. Gonna drop down some but I'm still really happy! My last hole-in-one was when I was 12 years old so it was about time:)
Pierre again stepped up and took some photos from the hotel pool looking over the 18th hole.
Was really happy after that hole-in-one!
No off to Monaco to get some work done and get a camera! Heard Nikon is good!???
See you later!
2009-10-18 Pierre was handling the camera yesterday since I have no idea where my camera is. Hate loosing things and specially that camera which is great for videoing the swing with super slo-mo mode. My days look pretty similar during a tournament week so sorry for not photoing more different things but I'll travel soon to snap some other stuff...Pierre is proud over his mega zoom camera though in these shots. A little blurry still I think:)
Early morning course preparations in the dark from the greens crew.
Me and Colin on the course
Tried a new series in the gym that I'm gonna work on next week when Pierre isn't there. There is a lot of technique which you have to get right. Just like with golf.
Tee off at 9.58 today and laying in 45th place. I got 4 shots up to top-20 which would help me a lot on the rankings. That's my goal for today. To get there I need to have a good attitude out there, whatever happens.