2009-09-21 Started off the best way possible...
When I was fully loaded with food and energy from Entourage I was ready for a gym session! Went to a gym where all the athletes that live in Monaco train. It's located in the football stadium and it was the best gym I've seen here. It doesn't have much competitions since the gyms here are either full of stupid machines and treadmills or they are the size of my apartment which is not very big so all the equipment is usually taken. But it was fun there with all the athletes working out. Got a deja vu of college. Let's just say that we golfers weren't the strongest athletes in the college work out room...Met some Swedish skiers in there, Markus Larsson and Jens Byggmark.
Straight home for some lunch and more Entourage...it feels like a meal without Entourage is not a real meal...sad maybe but I like the show!
This is the best putting mat ever! You don't have to mow it and it's fast!
Did some walking around in Monaco as well...looked for good things to photograph and tried not to get carried away taking pictures of cars and boats. The thing is that I'm not a good photographer and my camera is not up to pro standard but I did my best...
Need to go to bed early...gonna try to get out to the course when it's still dew on the greens to learn how much the putts break...
2009-09-20 Just watched Ronaldo score some goals for Real Madrid! He is good! It looks like he is getting more humble as well...Had a great pizza in Roquebrun and watched the game with my buddy Henrik! Roquebrun is the coolest little city just outside Monaco up in the hills. It's really old and there are no cars in the city, or let's call it a village. Great view over Monaco at night and during the day!
Had a good day on the course. Saw Robert Karlsson is training again after his break. Good that he is back! I hope he starts off where he left!
Practice was fun although it would be fun to have some buddies to play with. It's good to practice by yourself sometimes because you get a lot done but when you start speaking to yourself it has gone too far:) Robert is leaving tomorrow for Seve Trophy. If I would have played better earlier I would have travelled with him but it's nice to train here as well.
There are two courses at Terre Blanche GC. One is long and awesome and the other is short and awesome! Played the short one today and I think there should be a lot more short courses built for the amatuers. How much fun is it to play for a 18 hcp player when only using the woods. They never get to touch the shorter clubs when they play. Why not have 400 meter par 5's, 260 meter par 4's and 110 meter par 3's. The courses can be long and brutal for us pros but not for amatuers who are suppose to only enjoy the game. For us it's enjoyable with challenges and it's fun for the crowd to see how we handle the tough courses. Since playing the short course today, I got to practice my wedges, which I need to do. I played "worse ball" again and it got me. Thought I played pretty good but when I just for a second lost my focus and concentration, I made a bogey. It's so easy for instance to hit the first shot good and then mess up on your second shot. But, to always hit two balls and pick the worst one ("worse ball") will make you better as a player, I can almost guarantee that! Here are some pictures from today.
Just have to show some cool art that they have at Terre Blanche GC. Looks pretty nice I think, specially the body sculpture in the spa.
Falling asleep while writing might mean that I should go to bed...:) Seep well everybody!
2009-09-20 I like watching some youtube stuff and it's nice to see how the best do it! So, here are some videos of the guys I think are or was the most impressive in the world!
Alexander Karelin- toughest guy on the planet probably and he trained unbelievable hard.
Tiger Woods- just incredible. Have idolized him since he came on tour and now it's hard not to just stand and watch him when we play the same tournaments.
Roger Federer- moves like no other and the best tennis player of all time. Nothing more to say!
Ben Hogan- to overcome everything he was put up against is very impressive. The best swing of all times and one of the best of all time.
Göran Kropp- I really want the determination he had! The things he did, people still think are impossible to do.
See you later:)
2009-09-19 Got up early and I'm so glad I did! The weather was still weird but it was nice driving to the course in the dark and seeing the mist in the trees when it was getting lighter.
After an hour drive I finally got to the course but it was a little wet! It's a great course with 36 holes and allt the practice facilities imaginable. With all the due on the green it made it easy to see the lines the balls were taking. Looks like a spider web around the hole.
After the morning practice I did some nice playing exercises which I find hard to motivate myself to do...once again, I like practicing quantity but today I did 18 holes quality with "worse ball" for 9 holes and a short game deal for 9 holes. Felt like my caddie Colin would have been proud of me...quality, quality, quality:)
The course is situated up in the hills or small mountains straight up from Cannes and the views are stunning!
Hope all is good with you guys!!!
2009-09-18 It was very weird flying in to Nice airport when it was raining! It's always sunny and such a nice view from the airplane when flying in over the water and landing on a little half island just outside the city. But not today. We could barely see out of the windows because of the low clouds and heavy rain. It felt good though coming down here and I'm looking forward to 9 days of good training!
I was going to go straight to the course but since it took 2 hours to get the rental car and it was raining cats and dogs (slight exaggeration) I went straight to Monaco. And straight to the gym at the Monte Carlo Country Club, host of the Rolex Masters tennis tournament in the spring every year. It's the first clay tournament for the ATP players. I remember watching Robin Söderling loosing his first match of the tournament there this year. But, since then he hasn't lost many matches this year!!!
The whole complex of the Monte Carlo Country Club breaths luxury and tradition. The locker room looks very posh and very old. The gym though, was new and fresh and overlooking the water. Therefore the price, 24 Euros for one session...I need to find another gym!
I suck at making plans for my golf training...need to get more structured. Don't know how to do it! Any suggestions or advices? Tried so many times to plan my days and weeks and years, but everytime I fail to follow them. I get boored of knowing what I'm gonna do the next day! Maybe it's good to not plan ahead. Although, I want to make sure I practice the right amount and enough on all areas of the game. It's so much easier to plan for the physical or the mental training.
All I know is that I wake up in the morning and feel excited to go practice and play golf. Maybe that's all that matters.
Tomorrow it's gonna be good weather. I just hate practicing in the rain...it's hard to get good quality practice.
These are the cars you need in Monaco when you are looking for parking spots:)
Have a good night!