Played a few rounds with Anders Kristiansen last week at Valderrama. He showed me how you are supposed to play this game so it's now time for me to work. This is my practice corner at Grand Copthorne Hotel in Singapore:
See you later!
2010-11-06 Packing up here in Estepona, Spain. I've been on the road now for 5 weeks and it's pretty difficult to pack for all different weather conditions we get to play in on tour. Just looked through my bag and found the winter gloves and long johns in there from Scotland and now I'm looking for the thin trousers for next week in Singapore. We had 8 degrees in Scotland and it'll probably be 35 or more in Singapore.
I hate packing by the way...it takes too long for me. I'm too keen on getting it right and not forgetting anything.
Anywy, we've had a seriously nice 2 weeks at Valerrama. There is no place in the world to train your game at. The place will test your whole game.
It was great to have Darren come down and fix me up a bit before heading for the last two chances to qualify for Dubai. Last year I ended up 25th on the overall Race to Dubai so I need a lot of birdies to beat that. But, nothing is impossible. All I know is that I love every minute of trying to get better.
Pictures from today:
Not too hard to get out of bed when you see this.
Just by being on this course fopr two weeks has made my eys accept tougher shots. I'm not as shocked stepping up on a tee here now seeing nothing but trees.
I have to find an even tougher course to train at now. Any suggestions?
Off to bed then Singapore. Just a few plane rides before I get there.
Valderrama's course is the best course to practice on in the world. In my opinion anyway. You learn all the shots you need to play good golf. For example:
Hole 1: You need a soft high shot onto the green to get over all the trees in front of the green but soft enough to not spin off the back-to-front sloping green.
Hole 4: You need a wedge without spin to stay on the right level of the green.
Hole 5: You need a draw of the tee.
Hole 6: You need a no-spin iron shot to stay short of the pin but not spin down too much on the sloping green.
Hole 7: A draw of the tee is the ideal shot to stay in the left-to-right sloping fairway.
Hole 8: A draw of the tee to stay on the left-to-right sloping fairway and a high shot with no spin onto the green.
Hole 9: A draw again of the tee and a draw again onto the left-to-right sloping green.
Hole 14: A fade of the tee and a fade onto the green to stay on the right level.
Hole 16: A fade of the tee onto the right-to-left sloping fairway and then a no-spin shot onto the back-to-front sloping green.
Hole 17: A fade of the tee and then a no-spin shot onto the back-to-front sloping green.
Hole 18: A draw of the tee to not run through the fairway and then a fade shot into the green.
All holes are very difficult out there and that's why it's such a good course to practice at. Even the small little par-3 course is amazing. It's all wedge shots but every holes demands a different shot from the player.
Hole 1: Soft no-spin 85 meter shot.
Hole 2: No spin 160 meter iron shot.
Hole 3: 70 meter no-spin shot.
Hole 4: 53 meter elevated green high no-spin shot.
Hole 5: 100 meter absolutely noooooo-spin shot.
Hole 6: 90 meter low no-spin shot.
Hole 7: 53 meter over a tall tree high soft shot.
Hole 8: 80 meter low shot with top spin if possibe to stay on the green.
Hole 9: High soft 95 meter shot with no spin to stay on the green and not fall into the front bunker.
To sum it all up, it's a super facility to practice your whole game at. I wish I was a member here so I could come here more often. I need to find more courses where I can sharpen up my game at.
Tomorrow is our last day here before heading over to Singapore.
Nice afternoon with Darren on the range.
I've never ran 10.000 meters before but earlier this year I set up a goal to run 10.000 meters under 40 minutes. Today I did it in 39.27 minutes.
It feels awesome right now. Maybe it's weird that I love trying to kill myself trying to beat my own records but it gives me so much satisfaction and I get mentally tougher and feel like it helps me out on the golf course.
Today was a good day :)