2009-09-02 Woke up early to walk down to the course. We stay only 15 min away. 4 min if you catch a ride. Looked like Lord of the Rings outside the hotel...was as cold as it looked.
Early Pro-Am tee time and it was a nice round, little slow but Pro-Ams are not known to be fast. Nice to see the course again since this is a tricky one...the more you play it the better it is I believe. Yesterday was all about chipping around plenty of balls and getting to know all possible shots on the course. Today is all about getting into tournament and scoring mode. That´s why I like playing on wednesdays, because you get to play the day before the tournament starts and get to see more what the course will play like. Some courses can change a lot from tuesday to thursday, especially links courses that can dry up a lot or get softer if there is a lot of rain coming on tuesday night or wednesday.
You know you are when in the alps when the caddie rather looks like he wants to go skiing!
Sitting in the player´s lounge right now preparing for the gym session with "Pierre the vein man". Just stuffing myself with protein food and drinking a lot of water. One of my goals in the gym is to be able to do 20 chin-ups. I´m at 14 now. Come on:)
Some pics from the Pro-Am...
These camera men are following my caddie Colin Byrne and they are making a documentary about him and his life on tour. It´s good when my caddie is a lot more famous than I am...:) Gotta change that! Come on:)
Little bit of chipping before the gym to get the right feel for tomorrow...love chipping with my lob wedge...I have to change it out all the time cause I wear the grooves out.
2009-09-01 Met my caddie at ten this morning and got some good shortgame done...a lot of putting. Short putts for the confidence and longer putts to get the speed of the greens right. Then a little bit of technique training on the range. I´ve always loved golf technique and sometimes too much! I can easily get stuck into it and not practice the rest of the game enough. Although, I believe working on the technique is very important if you want to go forward. My swing has always been a little from the inside, resulting in a draw if I hit it good, but the bad shots have been too bad when they go either straight right or they start right and then hooks. That´s why I´ve been working quite hard at straightening my shots by trying to hit fades instead. The goal is to be able to swing naturally and the ball will go straight. No draw, no fade. If I want to hit fade or draw, off course I should be able to do it but I want the standard shot to be straight.
I have tried pretty much everything to straighten out my shots and last week I started closing my club face at adress and that made me do something unconciously so the ball goes a little straighter and the swing looks more "on-plane" than before.
Here the club gets a little steeper and more "on-plane" than it usually is. The shaft usually goes trough my elbow in this frame. The club is a little shut but I had it shut at adress so it´s not as bad as it looks:) It makes my finish a little stronger and shorter as well like you see in the next picture.
Played nine holes after and my caddie Colin tries to get me to play the practice round like Retief Goosen does. Colin caddied for Retief for 5 years and learnt a lot from him, which is good for me!!! Retief playes by himself in the prectice round and chips and putts for 15-20 minutes on each green to get the feeling of the greens and to work on the shots needed for the course. If you add up 15 minutes a´hole times 9 holes, means that I spent 135 minutes which is 2 hours and 15 minutes of short game practice. You can only do this if there is enough room on the course but to get that much short game practice is great, specially on the course.
Then it was time to workout with my strength coach Pierre! Really looked forward to it and it was a good workout. Beat some of my old records which is always a good feeling. BUT, I got seriously jealous when I saw all the veins on Pierre´s arms and decided to compare arms and here is the result. He has a lot of veins popping out and I got none!!! But, he said "in a few years you will also get them", which felt great...NOT...I want them now...:)
Not even a sign of a vein...but there are more important things I guess:)
Nice to see some snow in the summer...
2009-09-01 Had a long travelling day yesterday even though it´s not very far but when you head for the mountains, it´s not likely there will be a an airport close. Fly to Geneva, train to Sierre, then car up to Crans-Montana. This is Lake Geneva taken from the train.
Then finally at the hotel, it was very average! Last week was a little too good so my standards went up...this place hasnt´been redone since the 70´s and it looks like it hasn´t been cleaned since the 90´s. But, since we are in the alps, they have a down comforter which is very nice. Trying to fix the luggage here, feels like I have unpacked a few times before...but never get into the habit of using the wardrobes:)
Good views up here...
My strength coach, Pierre Johansson, came in yesterday and it´s time to beef up! Started with a big steak to get a good start for the week...so now it´s just to train as hard as he tells me:)!!!
"Biffa" means to get big in swedish...
Time for some golf traning now. See you soon!
2009-08-30 Peter Hedblom just won the tournament at Gleaneagles and here he is signing autographs! He played unreal all week and since I didnt get it going at all last three days and thought the course played tough, I was really impressed by his scores. 13 under par around here is very very good!!!
Hedblom won by one shot over another Swede, Martin Erlandsson who had one of the best final rounds ever in golf I think, 62 (-10)!!! He made 7 birdies in a row and finished lone second! Hats off Martin and nice gift:)
Here is Peter Hedblom´s caddie Jesse the Beef!!! He tries to play cool but was almost crying of happiness!:)
Then I found the Rolex technician who goes around the whole world fixing the big Rolex watches so they are all on time!!! Kinda lika our jobs! All watches are matched and linked to each other...cool:)
Here is a pic of me trying to sort my swing out...and Pelle Edbergs caddie in the background. Pelle played very good today, 68 shots, and moved up a lot on the leaderboard. We are staying at an airport hotel right now and it´s so exciting with airport hotels...Just want to get out of here to go to beautiful Switzerland! Love that place, feels like you are going skiing but you get to golf and play a great tournament instead, not bad either! Sleep well and this was a great day for Swedish golf with two Swedes at the top of the leaderboard!
Leaving rainy Scotland now and heading for the alps!
Sleep well and tomorrow is a new day and with a lot of opportunities!
Mikko and his long-time caddie Reggie warming up in the sunshine!
This is our physio bus that comes to every tournament. It has some weights and bikes and stuff but most importantly there are about 4-6 physios in there that help out if we need to fix our bodies. It´s very nice and I know, we are spoiled! The Race to Dubai logo you see is our final tournament and the top-60 players from the rankings get into that one. That´s one of my goal for the season to get to play that one. I need to move up a few spots and I have around 8 tournaments left to do it.
The round started good but after a bunch of very stupid misstakes, my round was not as fun as I wanted it to be. But, I wasn´t gonna be mad and decided to do something productive!!! The only way forward! Had a great training session after the round with my caddie Colin. A lot of short game challenges and some range training. My caddie is good at getting me to work on my short game. That is were I can pick up a lot of shots. Come on:)
This is the coolest short game area I´ve ever seen, got three greens, a creek, bunch of hitting areas and bunkers and ruff, everything!
The protein shake tastes sooooo bad, but I need put on some kilos so it´s worth it!
Tomorrow is gonna be a fun day! I hope:)
See you later!