2009-10-07 If there are some who would like translation of my blog to Swedish you can just click on the link below. It's not perfectly translated but it's understandable..
Om det är någon som vill ha min blogg översatt till svenska så kan ni klicka på länken nedan. Det är ingen perfekt översättning men det är fungerar. Önskar jag hade tid att skriva på båda språken. Förlåt, men hoppas att det här också går bra.
Many thanks to my brother for finding this link:)
2009-10-07 Pro-Am today was slow as always...sounds like I don't like them but I actually like playing them since you get a good look at the course and it's fun when your partners are cool. Since I didn't have a fair chance to play the course yesterday it was nice to see it today. They have had some trouble with the weather here in Madrid so it doesn't look as nice as it can but the greens are in good shape. Our Pro-Am team happened to win today and it was meant for me to stick around for a late dinner and price giving tonight but just I got out of it! Hate late dinners. Rather be on the internet and chilling in the room.
My game was a little bit better today. Got some work done after the round. Hate not hitting it as well as I like. Such a bad feeling. But, on the other hand. If I'm improving from year to year I'm on the right track. It felt so good in Switzerland hitting wise and now it's not quite the same. But the worst thing is to try to find an old feeling. I need to improve and move forward. If I want to win again, I need to get better than I was in Switzerland. Jeez, I want to win again. It's the best feeling I've ever had. Just got some new motivation. Need to watch some good swings of Ben Hogan on the internet and some motivation videos of Alexander Karelin...
Improvement in hotel room from Switzerland at least:)
Got a nice swing video in a comment on the blog...was great to see the motivation of a young player who wants to get better. If you guys have any videos of your swing, it would be fun to watch and maybe I can help a little.
2009-10-06 Had a rough last 24 hours with no luck. First, a lot of waiting for the flights to Madrid. Then, the last flight got delayed an an hour and a half, which made us land after midnight. Then, I was the only player on the flight who didn't get the golf bag. No big deal I thought, wrong!!! The cue for the lost baggage desk was super long and I was off course last in line. Then, finally in the car on the way to the hotel, the driver had no idea where the hotel was and had to cruise around the hole city to find it. Not what you want to happen 2 a'clock in the morning. But after a sweet night snack, it was all good...I love this job but the travel can sometime gets really boring and draining.
No clubs on the course but after borrowing some I could finally practice. Needed to get rid of my nast hook from last week. I tried to hit fades from a shut club face to sort it out and it became better and better. No hook anymore and strong flights. I hate seeing the ball fall of the earth left. Rather see it slide a little to the right, but with a strong trajectory.
Then we hit the gym and it's weird how they charge so differently everywhere you go. In Monaco I paid 24 Euros for a session. Last week in Scotland they charged 3,50 Euros and here in Madrid it's back to being superexpensive again with 25 Euros. Crazy prices, but when traveling, that's how it is sometimes.
Worked some with my putting coach Stan Utley who is over from Phoenix to work with some players and also to play in the tournament. He has won on the PGA Tour a while back and now wiping off the dust from the clubs again. I hope he plays well, he is such a nice guy and a great coach.
Got a question from a guy in Australia who wondered about college in America. I went to Oklahoma State University and really liked the whole experience. A lot of my friends liked the college system as well but some didn't. It's all about the place you go to. If it fits in with what you want to do. An important factor is how much time you want to put into studying, golfing, working out and into other training. There are all kinds of colleges and coaches and there is a college for everyone. You just have to find the right one. I can guide you a little bit if you have questions. Otherwise, there are people who work with finding out the right college for you.
Now, it's relax time and I love the fast internet in the room! It's almost more important than the speed of the greens on the course...almost:)
2009-10-05 Just uploaded a video from last weeks tournament!
2009-10-04 Golf is all about being in control of your ball. If you have control, it's the best game in the world. If you don't, it can be a very cruel game. Specially, if you play at St:Andrews where the ground is rock hard and very slopy. You need to curve it into the wind to cotrol the bounces. You need to put the ball in the right spots for the best lines into the pins. If you are able to do it, St:Andrews can seem easy. If you don't, it's a very frustrating course. I've never been able to master it. Every time I play it, I walk off very frustrated just beacuse I couldn't control the ball. And today my putting was terrible which doesn't help at all. 74 shots (+2) and a miss cut is not what I wanted, but it is what it is. I need to improve, and the best thing is I know what I need to improve. Putting, shortgame and ball control. If I attempt a fade, hitting a draw will not make me succeed. I need to get better.
Tomorrow, I'm off to Madrid for another tournament. It feels great getting back on the course. I want revenge, not for getting beaten by a lot of players but mostly to prove to myself that I can play this game. I can't stand sitting here writing about golf and feel that I couldn't do better than I did today. It's such a nice game and I want to enjoy it, every time I play. Every! How nice would that be!?
Marco van Basten was awesome to play with. We didn't play as well as we wanted as a team but we had fun and I learnt a lot of things from him after bothering him with hundreds of questions about everything. I love hearing from superstars how they thought and trained during their prime times. It gives me so much motivation and also great advice to use. Marco taught me to be more selfish out there and not care as much about what happens around me. He said; "if you can get it accomplished by being friendly that's great, but if that doesn't work, get it accomplished some other way". Keep in mind, Marco is one of the nicest guys I've ever met.
Here are some pics from this week...These pics reminds me that this was a great week, even after not playing as well as I wanted.
Chipping contest with Magnus
Our house entrance
Ondulated ground at St:Andrews
Warm up at Kingsbarns
Photo shoot in the gym for my caddie Colin Byrne's new book
Such a nice view from inside the house
These are my new buddies in Leven, the Dowies brothers! They look pretty strong and are the nicest guys. I need to beef up until next year when I see them again hopefully for The Open.
Now it's time to relax and prepare for next week...Awesome with some more golf in good weather this time:)