2010-04-09 Flopshots session with Morgan!!!
2010-04-09 Terre Blanche was sweet as always! First serious, as serious as I can, practise and then fell back into trying some new floppers in the end. Morgan, an addicted golfer, joined me and it was great...
Video is up on youtube but posting it in a little bit when the quality is getting better.
First some pics of the serious part of the day...
Trying to get a better coil in the backswing. Too many floppers have caused me to get too low...just kidding! I'm not trashtalking the floppers! They're fun:)
1 hour and 15 minutes each way to the course every day but I really don't care since Terre Blanche is the shit:)
Stay unreal tuned for the flopper video...or just watch and outdo my shots. I'd love to learn some new shots. My imagination is lacking at the moment...give me some fun stuff to work on!:)
2010-04-07 Grand Prix is coming up in 5 weeks. They have changed the schedule from last year and we will be able to be here:)
Preparations are under way. Funny how they rebuild the city/country every May for the Grand Prix.
I love the bunker:) Tried to make the 52 degree wedge spin like crazy. A little tougher than with 60 degree but I got it to come back a little:)
Back to Terre "Awesome" Blanche tomorrow! Feels good!
Arcos Camp 2010
21 players. 2 coaches. 1 putting coach. 1 physio coach. 1 3D system coach. 1 mental coach. 1 chef. 2 houses, one of them equipped with a gym. A golf course next to the house. A hill next to house to run up on. A huge practice facility to practice at with quality balls.
It was all set up to be a great week.
I learnt a lot about quality tournament style practice. On the European Tour, it's very easy to fall into quantity practice. The caddie throws you balls and you keep hitting until he stops throwing. That's how it's done most of the times mostly because of lack of space I guess. It's not easy to set up a huge drill on the putting green when there are 50 more players who likes to putt at the same time. The drills we did at Arcos are designed for "off-weeks" but I'm still going to try to keep better quality at tournament weeks as well.
I think the young players liked to have us older around to bounce questions to and also to hear what it's like on the professional tours. The young ones were extremely good and gave us good beating now and then and it's good for us older to feel that kind of pressure.
The biggest different I see when comparing young players to the more experienced players I play with every day out on tour is the technique. Specially the technique in short game. Since our tournament courses are set up quite difficult with thick rough or tightly cut grass around the greens we have to be good at different shots and we train a lot around the greens. At Arcos, the grass was a little too good, too easy which makes us players not improve our technique enough. This is my opinion. When the grass is cut so short so you can see the mud between the blades of grass and the blades are running straight into you, you really need to have good technique. So, next time they go there I hope the ground crew can set it up a little tougher and "not-so-good" for the players.
Just spoke to Robert Karlsson who told me about a course at Sea Island, Georgia that's prepared very similar to Augusta weeks before the tournament. The greens were running faster than Augusta. A lot of players gathers there. Zach Jonson thought the greens were slow(!!!) at Augusta the year he won because he'd been practising at Sea Island the week before.
Back to the camp at Arcos. The atmosphere was great when you have that many players there that are all very competetive. We competed in everything. Everything. I wanted to beat everybody at everything. And all others seemed to feel the same way. Then it's easy to see where your weaknesses and strengths are.
The coaches kept track of all the results and gave us a list afterwards with all the top scores at all different events. We timed the hill running. 10 mintues. Next time it's 9. We really kept track of how many chins we all did in the gym. That's maybe the most important thing. Maybe not but it was fun. Wilhelm Schauman, who med and Edfors practised with at Black Mountain in Thailand around Christmas was very new to that kind of gym training at that time. Now he did 22 chins. I did 21. Not happy!!! But I was happy to beat my old record of 20. But, Wilhelm looked like a gladiator and it was impressive to such improvement in such short time.
The course at Arcos was nice and beautiful but to easy for the players to improve at. I've always had the idea that playing on an easy course is dangerous for your game and mind. I only played 18 holes combined over the week. I hate playing an easy course and shooting under par all the time and believing my game is great and then find out it's not when getting out on a US Open set-up course right after. When playing easy courses, I think you have to make them harder. Tee it up from a different place, play tough playing exercises, or something else that will get your mind going in the right way. Otherwise, just stay and practice and prepare for harder courses because they will come. Trust me:)
Time to head out and get going here in Stuttgart. Missing golf already, although I practiced a lot yesterday. I want to become as addicted to golf as I was in 2007. I practised every day except for the lond travel days and I improved a lot. I don't like thinking about other fun stuff. Distracting:)
See you in Monaco!
2010-04-05 Two very good days at Terre Blanche on the weekend. A very cool and intersesting meeting in Gothenburg today and now trying to waste time at Schipool Ariport in Amsterdam. Waiting for my flight to Stuttgart to meet up with Hugo Boss in Metzingen. Really looking forward to see their whole spring and summer collections. I love their "Green Line" and now I get a chance to see all their other lines.
First trip in a long time with no golf clubs. Feels really strange and really light. Although, yesterday evening I understood the real boredom of travelling alone and staying at a motel in the middle of nowhere just to wait for the morning to come. We golfers are usually so spoiled staying at nice places and having a friend in a room close to us. I usually don't have time to miss people. Off course I come to think of the people I wish I could see more but it's always something to do that gets my attention like more work. I can always do some more training. I think I'm addicted to training.
Maybe I've written about travelling before but it's weird how used you can get to travelling and I used to count the minutes remaining until the plane touches down and count the minutes until I reached the final destination. Now, I just shut my brain off and suddenly I'm at the hotel room. Boom. To board a flight nowadays is a chance to sleep and it's weird how happy I am that there is no internet or phone connection. I love the internet and the phone. Maybe too much...
Also, travelling is a killer for a nutrition plan. Never eating this much crap before:)
But, wednesday is another full day of golf and I have a plan for the whole week before leaving to China on Sunday. Let's get better!