2009-09-25 I drive about 2,5 hours in a car every day back and fourth to the golf course. First, I hated it. Now, I actually enjoy it. It gives me a lot of time to think about stuff. There are a few things that really came to my mind.
The reason why I started writing this blog is that I love golf and wanted to comminicate with people who share the same passion. My hope is that the comment box under each blog will serve as a forum for people who wants to improve their game. We all learn from each other. If you think what I do is good, weird or just bad, comment and myself and others will reflect on it. If you want to add something, I would be really happy to read it. I love improving my game and your tips will help me and others to acheive their goals. Improving in anything is the best feeling ever...
This year at the Malaysian Open, I shot 63 in the first round. A reporter came up to me after the round and told me that I improved my first round score by 18 shots from the last time I played the tournament in 2007. That was one of the best moments in my life. Right there with the reporter. It made me realise that the work I had put in had improved my game. Nothing tastes sweeter!
Got a request on a short game video and I'm trying to put it together. I want to be able to post the videos straight on the blog but it seems a little to complicated for me at the monent. Will figure it out soon. If you guys have any videos of your swings, please post them and we all can have a look and give some pointers if it's needed and you guys will improve. There might be some golf coaches who reads the blog who can help out. Also, I really like looking at swings.
Played worse ball again today. It's all I play down here in Monaco/France. It feels like it's the best exercise out of so many perspectives. Just to explain the rules: You hit two shots from the first tee. You pick the worst ball and hit two shots from there. Pick the worst one again and you do that until both balls are in the hole. And then do that for 17 more holes. Why is this so good? Here are my thoughts:
1. You have to concentrate more than usually. If you start with a good or a bad shot, it's tough to clear your mind and focus on the second shot. Specially on the greens. Let's say you make the first 10-footer, you have to make the second, otherwise it doesn't count. Worst case scenario is if you make the first and really try to make the second and run that 5 feet past, now you have to make two 5-footers in a row coming back. Good mentally! In the beginning I could not stand playing this on-course exercise for more than 9 holes. Now, I can do 18.
2. It makes you understand your limitations. If you have 250 yards over water and you know you can carry 255 on a good day maybe it's not certain that both balls will carry the water. Same thing if you have a really tough flop shot over a bunker. If you hit a perfect high flop shot it will be inside 5 feet. Since, it's a risky shot, a misshit could end up pretty much anywhere. Maybe you hit one high flop to 5 feet, the next in the bunker. If you take the safer route and play a medium high shot, it will end up around 10-12 feet away. You might not make two 12 footers in a row but it's better than playing from the bunker.
3. It makes you want to hit more greens in regulation and therefore play a little bit more strategic off the tee and to the green. I rather have to balls on the green 20 feet from the pin than one in the hole and one in the water hazard.
4. It makes you really remember your birdies. To make a birdie in this game will put a smile on your face.
5. I don't think mental coaches can teach you what you learn in this game.
6. To play only one ball after playing this will seem easy. Golf is never easy though is it, that's why we love it:)
My college coach Mike Holder introduced our golf team to this game in the middle of a qualifying tournament (the team plays for the first five spots who gets to play in the college tournament) so we really had to focus and not let the tough exercise get in our heads and end up shooting in the 90's and be out of the qualifying.
What do you guys play usually?
2009-09-25 Just uploaded another video of some training...
Off to the course!
See you later!
2009-09-24 After a slow morning with some sleeping in I met up with my friend Henric Davidsson. He lives up in the little village Roquebrun just outside Monaco. He likes playing golf so we went out to Terre Blanche GC to play a round. Got some pics before we went from where he lives and of the view the people living there are spoiled with. Unreal!
Above is the village of Roquebrun pictured from the tiny road winding up to the village.
The way to Terre Blanche GC is pretty nice so the drive doesn't feel as long as it is...
They love the road tolls in France...feels like you have to stop all the time to throws some money in. But, when we were heading out to this awesome course, we didn't care if it cost us a few Euro...it's worth it!
Henric did an awesome job as a photographer/filmer today. I just made a video with some swings and nice scenery but I'm not able to post it on the blog yet. Tomorrow I'll get it up!
Went back to the athlete's gym in the football stadium to try to get the blood pressure test done so I could finally work out in there. Met the guy in charge and a test wasn't necessary but some identification and proof of that I was actually participating in a sport was needed. Now I can officially train there...feels nice! Took some pics of the hallway of the gym where you can see a lot of great athletes who have worked out in there.
See you tomorrow!
2009-09-24 Here is the video we filmed yesterday at Terre Blanche GC. Sorry for not making the link highlighted so it automatically uploads. Working on my technical skills...It's my first video so from now on the videos will be better in quality and substance. I can almost promise:)
Put together a second video today of some swings from this year. I post it tomorrow. It's fun to see all the places we practice at during the year. All the different ranges and indoor huts. Would be fun to see how many hours we golfers spend on the golf course over the course of a year!
Went to Nice to see what that city is like and I wasn't impressed. Missed Monaco and the gym. Get boored of just walking around in a city. Tomorrow it's Terre Blanche again and some more golf. Saw a movie last night called "The Greatest Game Ever Played". Decent movie about how Francis Ouimet became such a good golfer.
It's pretty hectic in Monaco now. The yearly "Yacht Show" is on and there are a lot of boats along the coast. I don't know if you can get on the boats. I heard you have to show serious interest in buying a yacht to be allowed on them. The combined value of all the boats on display at the show is 2 billion Euros. Sick and a little discusting.
On the way back we saw an airplane show! I think there were 5 planes doing a series of moves in total syncronization with each other. Amazing to watch them in action, specially when it was on the coast of Monaco with all the boats underneath them. Here are some pics of the show...
If you guys like more videos just let me know I'll try to get some more done!
See you later!
2009-09-22 Followed my plan today for the first time ever...Went up early to not get stuck in traffic and to practice some putting with the dew on the greens. Went well. I think I focus better on the golf course in the morning and late afternoon. I used to love the team training we had at my home course, Haninge GK, when I was little. It was always in the evening so the parents could drive us. We picked balls on the range on the way down to the bottom where we could hit of the grass. When we were done hitting, we picked up all the balls from the range and we got rewarded with cinnamon rolls and soft drinks. Good times! It has something to do with the light in the morning and the evening. In the middle of the day, it's too bright and there are also a lot of people practicing so it's hard to do the drills you want to do. Here is a few pics from this morning...
After an awesome day on the course with no clouds and 30 degrees I wanted to hit the beach but it ended up being to late to get a tan...haven't tanned my body since I was 12 i think. Pretty white.
Decided for the gym instead where I can get something accomplished. Went all the way there with the bus to only get rejected at the door since I haven't given the gym crew a blood pressure test...the guy who does the testing wasn't there. I'll try again tomorrow. Took the bus back furious because I really wanted to work out. Came to think about my old gym just above my apartment so took the bus there. Still mad. Saw that the bus I was in was "Bus of the year 2004". That made the whole trip meaningful and I was happy again!:)
Like writing the blog when people think it's fun to read! Thanks for the comments! Makes me happy! Love golf and to write about it is fun as well!
See you and have fun!