2010-04-20 Alex Noren Junior Open is coming up on July 14th at Haninge GK just outside Stockholm, Sweden. At the event the top young golfers in Sweden will compete and we are trying to give them a great experience. The course will be set up tough and by including Alex sponsors we will create a tournament-like event.
Now we are looking for someone that can film the tournament and edit it afterwards. If that sounds fun send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Got to Jeju Island, South Korea a few hours ago. Feel tired and worn out but managed to boost myself up with a little help of one RedBull and two cups of some kind of Asian power tea to give Edfors a challenge on a core exercise workout session. I love working out with Edfors. He is the best pusher and motivator. I hate loosing to him:)
Answered a few questions that you asked me. Thanks for all those. It's interesting to see what you have on your minds!
Q. saw you last week in Arcos. I was there with our Club Team from Germany. We watched your Bunker Training: It was amazing! Nice to see how it works in Sweden, that you show the Youngsters how it works. Learned so much about Bunktershots without understanding one word of the swedish language. Just through your gesture and showing.
I loved your grey Footjoy Icons, can you please tell me what the Color is? Grey smooth, Light Taupe smooth or silver metallic? Would be very pleased to get an answer from you.
Best regards from Cologne
A. I think they're grey smooth. They already had a picture of them on the icon myjoys website. I love the look of them but haven't tried them out yet in a tournament. Arcos was a lot of fun. Hope you learnt something. I stood in that bunker for a while to figure that out:)
Q. Bra lirat idag, och snygga bilder. Såg dig på tv idag, hur kommer det sig att du kortar av svingen efter bollträff när du spelar in mot green? Kör hårt nu sista dagen. Lycka till!
ENGLISH TRANSLATION: Well played, cool pics. Watched you on TV, how come you shorten your backswing when you play into the green? Play well.
A. I have always had a tendancy to shorten my swing. I think I do it mostly when I don't feel hundred percent comfortable with my game and want to play a "safe" shot. Also, I do it to control the flight in wind. It's easier to hit it low.
Q. Good luck. And you don't have to get up so early. Starting around 12 and walking with Shane Lowry. What do you think of him?
A. I really liked playing with Shane. He's a great guy and so relaxed. His game is very good and he seems to love golf.
Q. Hey Alex,
In your last post I noticed that your putter in the bag picture seems to be a blade type putter.
Have you switched to a new one or does the 2-ball actually fit into that cover?!
A. I've changed putters to a Odyssey Black Series i 1. A more traditional look which I'm more used to.
Q. Hi alex, do the wetland and the links courses on that course China have a different design?
A. They had the same grass type and the same difficulty but played a little different. It was more heavy rough on the links and deeper bunkers but it was still pretty wide of the tee.
Q. Interested in the 2x18 long putting drill? whats up with that? What I would like is som more details hopefully, since Im working on my long putts and pace at the moment. Best of luck in China and awesome blog action:)
A. The drill is to hit 18 long putts ranging from 8-22 meters. You can make up your own and be consistent and measure if you have gotten better at it. You score 5 points if you hole it, 4 within 50 cm, 3 within 1 meter, 2 within 2 meters and 1 within 3 meters. I think it's a good test to see if you improve with practice.
Q. hi Alex, sorry to ask u this, but i'm an asian so, not familiar with english name. How do u pronounce Colin's surname?
A. Nice to have an Asian reading my blog! Fun! His last name is spelled Byrne but pronounces burn.
Q. Hi alex just wondering how much you practice short game in relation to the amount of long game practice. Good luck over the next couple of weeks in asia.
A. I used to practice more long game but has now changed up my practise routine and practises almost double as much shortgame as long game.
Q. Love the blog, any chance you could give us an idea of your pre round stretching routine?
A. Yeah sure. I start with 3 flexibility exercises that lasts around 7 minutes. I get pretty warm and get a pulse by doing them. Then it's a fast stretch by Pierre of all the big muscles and rotation movements. Then finally I do some core exercises and it's time to warm up for golf.
Q. What's your thoughts about the masters ? Do you regret not going to South Africa to play the tournaments before Christmas to try and get in to the top 50 of the world so you could have been at the masters as well ?
A. I try to not dwell over the past. Done is done. I would've loved to play the Masters but at the same time I got a lot of very important stuff done about my golf and made some important decisions and now I've got a plan to move forward. I wasn't happy with how things were going anf had to break it up.
Q. hey alex keep up good practice ya swings lookin good not long till a big result/ can you explain how you get loads of spin from bunker be awesome to practice it?
A. I tried to figure out how to get both height and spin with a 52 degrees wedge out of the bunker. The best exercise I think is to stand in a flat bunker and then play a 52 degree to a short pin where the green slopes away from you. Then you really need to figure out how to spin the ball but also get enough height to it. After a while I understood that I had to open the blade during the swing to add loft and make the ball climb more over all the grooves of the clubface. Then you will get a longer ball contact and therefore more spin. After using the 52 degree it feels very easy to get spin with a 60 degree afterwards.
Jeju Island is not know for good weather this time of the year and today was probably worse than ever...
This was earlier today and it hasn't been close to stopping. Interesting to see if we need boats out there.
Even the bird is pissed off.
Good night and sleep well:)
2010-04-18 Last two days have been really good. Saturday's round felt good. 2 under par and that was with a double on the 13th. Missed a 6 footer for par. Was gonna tap it in and I could see the ball was wobbling, maybe moving before hitting it. I was very unsure if it moved but I'd hate to live with myself if it did and I didn't take a penalty so I took a one shot penalty. Worse things can happen but it felt like I didn't really need it when trying to move up the leaderboard. From then on, I played great and recorded 3 birdies over the last five holes and came in under par and I felt strong going into the last round.
2 under today as well and a tied for 8th place. It was just what I needed- it's been a tough and frustrating start of the season. Not catastrofic but just not as I imagined it. Now, I'm on the right track and I'm more motivated than ever to work hard and smart to move up those leaderboards. Today was the first day in a while I've felt a lot of nerves and high pulse going into the final holes. I love that feeling!
We couldn't have ended the day any better as well. Pierre totally wacked me in the gym starting with legs and chin-ups and then totally smashing me on the tredmill. 10 minutes high tempo warm-up. Then 10 intervals at 1 minute running on 18 km/h and one minute rest in between. Now I feel dizzy, tired, worn out both mentally and physically but overall great!
Heading to South Korea tomorrow! New week, new challenges!
Pierre loved the camera today and got a few pics from the gym:
Started with a few warm-up drills for the legs but they felt kind of heavy today. Then 5 sets of deep squats at 5 reps.
Followed by all out chin-ups. 19 today.
10 minutes warmup. Then the brutal intervals.
The treadmill pulls you along but it was still hard.
Hope you are all well!!!
See you in South Korea!
2010-04-16 -5! More like it!!! I like!!! Closer to the top. Tied 13th at the moment and it was a fun day. A sweet eagle at the 2nd. High threewood to 3 meters. Nothing I enjoy more than pulling off a shot just as imagined.
Kept working hard on the scoring game after the round. My caddie Colin is good at giving me constructive critisism and things to work on. We tried to simulate 18 putts I would get if I was playing good out there on the course. And then see how many putts I would get. In this exercise, all putts feel really important, not quite as important as on the course but almost. A good drill to do I believe.
Afterwards we spent some time on the range working on softer shots that will not spin when hitting the green. I've had a hard time with the shorter shots and specially when the pins are at the back of the greens when I spin them too much.
Went for a little drive around town looking for something else to see than the hotel and the golf course. Suzhou is a really small town here in China, only 7 millions:) Then you know that there is a lot of people in this country.
Today's random pics:
Mr. Stenson and Mr. Ilonen. Nice colors guys...
Serious evening meeting.
We always call each other before putting clothes on to match.
So happy about our hotel this week! We managed to get a huge room and for nothing more than a small one. Sometimes you get lucky. I'm taking full advantage of arriving first to the hotel room...in a previous picture you can see Pierre's small movable fold-out bed...:)
24 on the computer now.
2010-04-15 Tee time at 6.40 AM (yes, you read correctly, AM!) and I can't sleep. Great! It's typical. All the other nights I haven't stayed awake past the "previously on 24" introduction on episode 10, season 8 of the TV-show 24 and the night I really have to fall asleep I can watch the whole episode and write this blog entry...
Anyway. -1 today. Feels good. Game a lot better and the future is looking a tiny bit brighter...I can see good things coming. Just don't know when. Hopefully tomorrow morning in the frost here in China. Between 5-10 degrees today. I don't have high hopes for anything higher celsius wise at 5.40 AM tomorrow when I warm up.
Hope it's warmer wherever you are!
All the best to you and have a sweet night!