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14 April 2014
I think that this is one of the most unfairest rules in Golf in that you don't get a free drop when finding your ball in a divot hole / mark on the fairway...
6 comments | Last commented 20 April 2014 at 13:14 | Report Abuse
10 April 2014
What a great venue. Paul and Luke succeed again. Wonderful to meet up with Brian, Dave and Martin again after enjoying the Turnberry Isle final. Missing Hugh and Janus though. Hope all enjoyed the day as much as I did. Bring on the next one in May. Hopefully the golf will improve by then!!!!!!
5 comments | Last commented 16 April 2014 at 11:59 | Report Abuse
09 April 2014
I am considering trying to organise a fund raising day for a charity local to me. My idea is to try and organise a massive golf sale of any golf equipment and considered reaching out to people to donate the stuff in the garage!! We all have the 6 drivers , 10 putter , etc etc which to be honest has no massive resale value. If I was to go down this route would people consider donating ? Nothing concrete yet just a thought. Maybe even virgin would help as will need storage , transport etc.
1 comments | Last commented 16 April 2014 at 12:01 | Report Abuse
09 April 2014
In looking at the leaderboards , in order to qualify you need 6 scores . I was thinking , why doesnt the six scores submission automaticaly jump to the top and all follow in the order of scores submitted and points + bonus. Someone who has played once and has a great score stays in number one while others that have submitted six are most likey going to be toward the bottom... Just a thought , anyone else have any thoughts?

Thank you ,
Christine
7 comments | Last commented 20 April 2014 at 10:56 | Report Abuse
08 April 2014
Looking forward to Thursday, hope the weather holds. Superb sunshine in East Lancs this lunchtime, shame we're not playing here.
3 comments | Last commented 16 April 2014 at 12:04 | Report Abuse
07 April 2014
I read with interest a review of the new adidas adizero shoes in this months Todays golfer magazine. All of the testers were very positive about the shoes, however, why don't shoe manufacturers consider the poor greenkeepers more when designing golf shoes . Some of the reviewers stated the new soled adizeros were better than the old models as they did not leave
marks on the green quite as bad as the old ones. They still left marks!
The soles of the shoes are similar to football boots and therefore it is not surprising that the shoes leave marks on the greens, whether they are long lasting marks or not this should not be happening. Over one of the wettest winters in history my course, the Dyke near Brighton has remained open as it is on the South Downs with a chalk base, but
whilst following a fellow competitor in a medal competition who was wearing the Adidas adizero, it was almost impossible to putt on the greens as there were huge dents all over them. After witnessing this at first hand I then became aware of Ealing golf club banning the use of the adizero shoes due to the same problem. Surely golfers do not have to have huge exaggerated spikes to keep the required grip. I suggest shoe manufactures give more thought to the damage the shoes may do to the greens rather than style, looks, comfort and grip.
Robin Fuller
3 comments | Last commented 16 April 2014 at 12:05 | Report Abuse
06 April 2014
Just played at Woodhall Spa, the home of the England Golf HQ and they have a stupid rule that all rakes are to be placed outside the bunkers. This means that instead of the ball rolling into the bunker where it is heading it can come to rest against a rake on a severe down/upslope leaving an impossible shot. Anyone know of other courses that have this stupid rule or the logic behind it?
5 comments | Last commented 16 April 2014 at 12:06 | Report Abuse
02 April 2014
Just taken Tiger off the Masters in the Swingers Prediction competition, any chance he'll win another Major?
7 comments | Last commented 16 April 2014 at 12:07 | Report Abuse
29 March 2014
What is the worst deficit you've been in & still come back to win? In the Daily Mail foursomes we were 6 down with 6 to play & we won on 20th.
9 comments | Last commented 19 April 2014 at 17:18 | Report Abuse
28 March 2014
Can I just check whether I am the only person who got no notice of the start of the S11 season. I noticed yesterday on the twitter feeds that the period for submitting old cards has been extended because the S11 season has not been formally announced to the US members. I then checked and found that I have no record of ever being told the season has started, Tthe only reason that I knew the season had started was when I logged on to the website I noticed that people had started submitting scores. How did everyone else know the season had started ?
10 comments | Last commented 16 April 2014 at 12:12 | Report Abuse
28 March 2014
If ever you wanted proof that the latest clubs coupled with a custom fit works then I can definitely say it does.
Played a match today against someone who never out drives me,yet armed with his new driver he was either up with me or past me.
Lost the match and had to buy the tea.
5 comments | Last commented 16 April 2014 at 12:13 | Report Abuse
18 March 2014
Has anybody else entered this?

72 holes in one day,

the Macmillan challenge raises much needed funds to keep this great charity going.

We entered last year, and completed the challenge in just over 16 hours and finished 192nd.

This year we have entered again and hope to beat both our time and score fingers crossed.

For anybody else taking on this challenge, I take my hat off to you...

3 comments | Last commented 28 March 2014 at 20:14 | Report Abuse
18 March 2014
Why dont you guys put a team together and come and play some golf in South Africa.
I am sure that you can get 4 guys together and we can get at least 4 from SA. With the current exchange rate of R 18 to a pound, it will be a blast..
We can show you some South African hospitality and a bit of our great country!
PS still cant believe you beat us in last years final....
5 comments | Last commented 31 March 2014 at 06:56 | Report Abuse
17 March 2014
Do Ladies receive courtesy shots based on SSS difference and then play off Men's Stroke Index with full difference?
1 comments | Last commented 18 March 2014 at 08:59 | Report Abuse
16 March 2014
I am playing in an AM-AM at Brocket Hall in May and have just received a message saying they have banned Adizero (2013) model with immediate effect.

I have noticed that the imprints these shoes leave are pretty deep and the spikes somehow do scratch/twist the grass out of their roots.

Just wondering any other clubs considering this or have even followed suit.
9 comments | Last commented 08 April 2014 at 22:21 | Report Abuse
15 March 2014
Hello everybody. My first year as a swinger and my first comment. Please be gentle with me! Probably won't be my last as I've never known how to "keep quiet" watch this space
4 comments | Last commented 16 April 2014 at 12:17 | Report Abuse
15 March 2014
Playing in the UK is like playing on a different planet. But the second 9 today was much better than the first so maybe I'll be ready for West Hill.

Maybe I need to put a couple of saucepans on each green :)
4 comments | Last commented 16 April 2014 at 13:23 | Report Abuse
13 March 2014
We have our first round in the Ladies - Mail on Sunday comp tomorrow. Drawn Beaconsfield away so looking forward to the challenge. 5 single matches with the last person having to keep going if it us a draw! Guess who is the last player?
3 comments | Last commented 14 March 2014 at 22:55 | Report Abuse
13 March 2014
Hi i'm will, I've been playing now for 14 years and play of 12, it would be fantastic to meet some other golfers in the area for some friendly compition.

I play at the Pennant park golf course in Whitford, Holywell Flintshire. but would love to see some other courses in the area or would be great to show people my home course.

Please let me know if interested.

Thanks

Will


3 comments | Last commented 16 April 2014 at 12:19 | Report Abuse
10 March 2014
Decision time. We're moving house at the end of this month and I can join:

Colne
Nelson
Burnley

I have played Burnley loads of times and have friends there but, the other two are closer to our new home. Anyone played Nelson or Colne? If so, what are your thoughts on them? I'd like positives and negatives if possible.
5 comments | Last commented 16 April 2014 at 12:20 | Report Abuse
10 March 2014
Played in golf shirt without a jumper yesterday, sunglasses too.
3 comments | Last commented 16 April 2014 at 12:20 | Report Abuse
09 March 2014
Just watched Buuba smash one into the spectators on the 18th...didn't seem concerned with anyone!
2 comments | Last commented 13 March 2014 at 13:43 | Report Abuse
09 March 2014
What do people think about a timing system on a scorecard, so that you know by which time you should have reached a certain hole, hopefully this would speed up pace of play in the monthly medal at your course
8 comments | Last commented 06 April 2014 at 17:33 | Report Abuse
08 March 2014
This is the first time I have been eligible to play in the Swingers so really looking forward to the challenge. With a lovely sunny day today it feels like the season is now starting! Happy golfing!
4 comments | Last commented 10 March 2014 at 17:04 | Report Abuse
08 March 2014
First game in England after four months in Barbados. Cold and stiff, too many fleeces, soggy ground. I forgot that you need to warm up here.

I shall suffer the embarrassment of the score to benefit from the 0.1 on my swingers' handicap.
3 comments | Last commented 10 March 2014 at 17:05 | Report Abuse
07 March 2014
With the Tshwane Open just having concluded on the European Tour, I am interested to know what you think about the course as it was presented via the television coverage.

Also, if anyone wants a game round the longest course in European Tour history, let me know
2 comments | Last commented 10 March 2014 at 06:32 | Report Abuse
06 March 2014
With the chnage in the way Swingers handicaps are calculated from perviois years (I think), I feel it would be useful in the players profile to have a column or field showing how handicaps are changing as scores are submitted.Better still a graph so you can see who is improving. At the moment I think it rtetains your initial HCap. Assuming the software will allow this does anyone else support such a change to the player profiles??
4 comments | Last commented 07 March 2014 at 19:59 | Report Abuse
06 March 2014
Would be nice to swell the numbers a bit this side of the water...and I'm hoping someone will invite me to play in Portrush or the Old Head...I'm ready and waiting.
2 comments | Last commented 09 March 2014 at 14:31 | Report Abuse
06 March 2014
For some unknown reason I have been chosen as Captain nof my golf society this year....any thoughts on how I can spice up our 6 stableford meetings?

Thanks

Sam
8 comments | Last commented 07 April 2014 at 21:01 | Report Abuse
05 March 2014
Good to get the new season started, we can look forward to playing, anyone looking for match play please feel free to contact me either via swingers or email gazhanks@blueyonder.co.uk

Cheers
Gary
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05 March 2014
It's sad. I've lost 2 points already to the buffer zone.
7 comments | Last commented 09 March 2014 at 18:27 | Report Abuse
05 March 2014
Just invested in a Daddy Long Legs 38" counterbalance putter - going quite well but takes a bit of getting used to....any other swingers trying out this latest "cure-all" for putting woes? Should I persevere?
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05 March 2014
And it begins...the worrying that every other Swinger is playing much more than me. We're still on preferred lies over here - any sign of that changing for us European Swingers soon do we reckon?
6 comments | Last commented 10 March 2014 at 07:49 | Report Abuse
04 March 2014
Days not weeks, so perhaps Friday? Forecast for the weekend here is not so bad, so perhaps a chance to get out. I think the score server will be busy with nearly 3 months of scores being input. Getting excited ...
4 comments | Last commented 05 March 2014 at 21:29 | Report Abuse
03 March 2014
I had the pleasure in going to play at Leopard Creek this weekend. 3 x Rounds of Golf at South Africas best course and now I know why!
The course was in superb condition. Very hot and humid 32 degrees C. Besides the great course, the wildlife is all over. Had some baboons coming and watching us for 4 holes and when we got to the 13th green, we saw Elephant, Hippo, Buffalo and crocs in the river below.
Green are similar system as what they have at Gleneagles. A must play course!! Also went to the Kruger National Park next door for a 2 hour game drive and saw 3 of the Big 5. Managed to see 16 Rhino. Also had an elephant right in front of our car and giraffe, zebra, kudu and much more.
A definate must for a Season finale! Just sorry it is a private course and they have no hotel on site.
Hope everyones golf is going well! Mine is terrible at present....
4 comments | Last commented 06 March 2014 at 21:33 | Report Abuse
17 February 2014
I received an invitation to play at Leopard Creek Golf course at the end of this month. Three rounds of golf! A corporate client invited me. Rated as the best golf course in South Africa and it is by inivitation only that you get to play on the course. Am looking forward to it and will let you know if it is as good as they say it is!
3 comments | Last commented 19 February 2014 at 18:36 | Report Abuse
13 February 2014
When and if we are having the Rest of World versus Europe competition this year.
I have seen nothing posted re scores etc.
Am I missing something ????
1 comments | Last commented 17 February 2014 at 03:54 | Report Abuse
05 February 2014
New job
New house (probably)
Change of golf club due to above

Anyone want a match at Mottram Hall, let me know. It'll be for the fun for me win or lose as I've got 12 Matchplay points to post.
2 comments | Last commented 12 February 2014 at 18:12 | Report Abuse
25 January 2014
has anyone ever experienced any trouble when taking golf clubs on holiday with Virgin, if yes, how has it been dealt with?

Good or Bad?


9 comments | Last commented 10 March 2014 at 03:46 | Report Abuse
11 January 2014
Scored for Tommy Fleetwood.. Brought back memories seeing him win the Johnnie Walker at Gleneagles just before we went over for Season 10 finals. He shot 67.
4 comments | Last commented 20 January 2014 at 17:40 | Report Abuse
29 December 2013
I am surprissed that with the number of Female Members in the League that all the predictions competitions are for male competitions. I would think that at least 1 or 2 ought to be for Female competitions. At least then Tiger Woods wouldn't be the favourite !!!
1 comments | Last commented 30 December 2013 at 16:55 | Report Abuse
26 December 2013
Off to Orlando tomorrow and have games with some locals on 28/12 & 29/12. Looking forward to meeting Robert and Ian when they get back to Orlando, any others looking for a game, let me know.
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12 December 2013
SWINGER WANTED TO JOIN TONY AND MO REARDON FOR 3 DAY 3 PERSON TEAM COMP IN SLIGO JULY 7-9. 3 GREAT COURSES CARNE, ENNISCRONE & ROSSES POINT AND ONLY EU120 A PLAYER. SEE carnegolflinks.com/page01.html . PREFERABLY LOW HANDICAPPER. LOVE TO HAVE OTHER SWINGER TEAMS JOIN US TOO. ALSO ANYONE LIKE TO JOIN US FOR MATCHPLAY KCLUB JUNE 29/30, THE ISLAND JULY 1 AND PORTMARNOCK JULY 2?
3 comments | Last commented 20 March 2014 at 23:01 | Report Abuse
20 November 2013
When I click on the West Hill society day page, it seems to think I am not logged in and says "Hi Jo Bloggs". I can log in again but go round the circle to "Hi Jo Bloggs" again.
6 comments | Last commented 21 November 2013 at 08:23 | Report Abuse
16 November 2013
Will be in Las Vegas January 14th and 15th then Laughlin 16th and 17th. Anyone around?
3 comments | Last commented 11 December 2013 at 20:08 | Report Abuse
21 October 2013
Change of plan now booked 281213-120114 MAN-MIA. Anyone around looking for some golf, please let me know.
4 comments | Last commented 03 November 2013 at 14:09 | Report Abuse
18 October 2013
Hi folks, we're looking to fly to Miami late Dec and travel around a bit for some golf. Anyone out there looking for a game or two?
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09 October 2013
I've just received my Golf trousers which I purchased with my £50 voucher from Qaja......the quality is excellent......I just wish my golf was the same....!!! I'm hoping his clothing line is to be used next season.....!
2 comments | Last commented 25 March 2014 at 03:19 | Report Abuse
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02 October 2013
Open question, what would you like to see improved upon from this season, any suggestions fire away.
8 comments | Last commented 10 December 2013 at 06:59 | Report Abuse
01 October 2013
Could I please ask Virgin to arrange a rematch next month and fly all the finalists over to Gleneagles again! Am back at work and missing Scotland. Yes, I am missing that cold windy place...
Back at the office and have not manage to play a round of golf yet. Catching up on work.
Have my first game booked next week. Wanted to play this weekend, but it is my wife's birthday and dont think it will be a good idea.
I am having withdrawal symptoms.
On a positive note, the Springboks beat the Aussies and my sister beat the Williams sisters and my favourite team, the Sharks beat The Lions.
Hope you have had some time to play golf.
Happy swinging!
4 comments | Last commented 06 October 2013 at 12:46 | Report Abuse
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27 September 2013
Twitter seems too easily hacked. Tweets claiming to be from me and other Swingers with links to strange sites keep appearing. Wish all important Swingers info was still available in NEWS on this Swingers site. Anyone else feel the same?
3 comments | Last commented 03 October 2013 at 23:33 | Report Abuse
21 September 2013
MANY THANKS ALL FOR A GREAT 4 DAYS. WONDERFUL PEOPLE, EXCELLENT ORGANISATION, SUPERB VENUE,. CHALLENGING COURSES. LOVED EVERY MINUTE. VERY WELL DONE EVERYONE. CHEERS MO
1 comments | Last commented 24 September 2013 at 16:46 | Report Abuse
20 September 2013
Just a quick thanks to my team, some great banter and good golf throughout the week, massive honour to captain the side in 10th year.

Again thanks to fellow Captain Janus and Paul, Luke, Michelle and Jenny and the awesome resort of Gleneagles.
2 comments | Last commented 24 September 2013 at 16:47 | Report Abuse
13 September 2013
Hooks, slices, fats, thins, shanks! Learn why they occur and how to fix them. Understand the swing path that can create these shots, their results and their correction.

The golf instruction here will enable you to identify the weaknesses in your game -- and then systematically eliminate them, or take a look at this page before you go any further to gain more insight

Like...Diagnosing the Hook

A hook is the opposite of a slice the ball curves greatly to the left (for a right-handed golfer). The ball often begins right of the target line (as in the illustration) before sweeping back to the left and winding up well left of the target.

Grip
Your hand or hands, especially your left hand, may be turned too far to the right. The "V" formed between the knuckle and thumb on both hands should point between your right shoulder and right ear.

Set-up
The shoulders and/or feet are often aligned too far to the right of the target line.

Ball Position
You might have the ball too far back in your stance.

Backswing
You might be talking the club back too far inside, pulling away from the target line too quickly. This often goes along with the club going across the line at the top. Additionally, there can be a counter-clockwise twisting of the club during the backswing.

Downswing
Your right shoulder might be going too much down, often with a sliding of the hips toward the target. This causes the club to swing too much to the right through impact.

Like...Starting the backswing with the left shoulder and hands.

Taking the club away with the left shoulder tends to create poor rotation and a disconnection of the arms.

Please let me know if you require anymore tips as we do not want any excuses when we take the trophy!!

GO TEAM ROW!!!!!!
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13 September 2013
"I guess I must have choked"

Bert Yancey after his final round in the 1968 U.S Open

You may not know the expression choking in golf but if you've been playing golf for any amount of time you know about tension.

Choking in golf is a physical response to the mental state you are in as you compete in your golf game.

So what mental states cause's this tension and how does this mind-body connection work?

Tip: It is the opposite of peak state

1. Prevention

Choking can originate from negative thinking (self-talk) and fear. In order to counter these, you need to control your thoughts. You need to become aware of your thinking and counter all the negative thoughts with positive ones. This process is not easy and is like a battle in your mind. Those negative thoughts can keep appearing, so keep battling them by replacing the thought with a positive image.

* Many players develop a habit of encouraging themselves in order to keep negative thoughts from appearing in the first place.

* One more way to prevent tension before the match: warm up well.

When your muscles are warmed up to the point at which you are sweating, they will be elastic and unlikely to become tense even if your mind keeps signaling the fight or flight response to them.

2. Choking Symptoms

Every golfer who has played competitively has experienced choking and, once this tension starts affecting your body, you can't do much by dealing with your thoughts the way you did in point #1 above.

To be more effective in these situations work with your body.

Your body is in a state of tension and your goal is to release this tension and become more relaxed.

You can learn to relax in the most natural way . Just shake your arms and legs and try to loosen them up. Another way to relax is to contract your muscles as hard as you can for a few seconds, and then let go.

Take deep breaths as choking also affects your breathing, which tends to become shallow.

Yo
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13 September 2013
Congratulations to all who qualified for the finals. Good to see some familiar names there, brings back great memories of the Waldorf finals. Good luck especially to my then playing partner Tom, and my travelling partner Mo . I hope everyone has a great time at Gleneagles .. will watch the results with great interest. Go ROW !!!!! I'm looking forward to season 11
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12 September 2013
Pouring with rain this afternoon, but hopefully low pressure will have moved on before Tuesday, although looks likely to be breezy. Rain should make the rough a bit more lush!
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02 September 2013
Hope you are getting some rounds in before then.
6 comments | Last commented 03 September 2013 at 22:03 | Report Abuse
31 August 2013
We will be playing at Gleneagles on 15th (Centenary) at 15.20 and 16th September (Kings) at 9.40 and would love any other early arrivals (Virgin folk or Swingers) to join for a round and/or join in the bar for a few drinks. Happy to buy alcohol for Team Europe and Virgins and tea or coffee for ROW!
6 comments | Last commented 02 September 2013 at 19:22 | Report Abuse
29 August 2013
Let me know, if anyone is about on Sunday 15th evening from either team

Looks forward to a few responses.

El Capitano
5 comments | Last commented 11 September 2013 at 17:13 | Report Abuse
28 August 2013
If you were in contention to make the swingers finals would you book and take a flight to ensure you had a valid flight, i think my answer would definitely be YES, and i think that says a lot about how special this website and how highly thought of it is, i am only 30 minutes drive from Gleneagles but would kindly crawl there to be part of the finals but the real question is "would you book a flight just to get in the finals"
6 comments | Last commented 29 August 2013 at 12:15 | Report Abuse
28 August 2013
The team to represent the ROW in Season 10 finals:
Janus Horn 5
Joan Heeter 4
Kribs Govender 13
Brian O'Connor 11
Doug Douglass 11
Sandy Douglass 19
Rajive Johri 12
Jan Horn 15
Tom Riddell 7
Mo Reardon 32
Christine Godorov 23
PK Dhawaan 11

Average handicap: 13.6

Made it easy for Alastair so now he has the handicaps with the player's names.
5 comments | Last commented 29 August 2013 at 21:04 | Report Abuse
27 August 2013
I see that Team Europe was announced earlier today on Twitter. Congratulations guys and good luck. Looks like a pretty well balance team with 3x single figure handicaps, 4x low teens and 4 x around . The only unknown is Sam Loxton. Less than 3 weeks to go! Good luck to all of you. May your drives find the bush and putts be plenty! GoTeamROW!
5 comments | Last commented 28 August 2013 at 12:26 | Report Abuse
27 August 2013
I see that Team Europe was announced earlier today on Twitter. Congratulations guys and good luck. Looks like a pretty well balance team with 3x single figure handicaps, 4x low teens and 4 x around . The only unknown is Sam Loxton. Less than 3 weeks to go! Good luck to all of you. May your drives find the bush and putts be plenty! GoTeamROW!
3 comments | Last commented 28 August 2013 at 10:32 | Report Abuse
26 August 2013
I see that they boys from Europe are up for the challenge for Season 10 finals. Glad to see that Alan and Sam are already making excuses 3 weeks before we are due to play. This can only be a good sign. Hope everyone managed to hit a few balls on the weekend and watched some of the action at Gleneagles. Course is looking in superb condition. Now we just waiting for the final team announcements!! Go Team ROW!
6 comments | Last commented 27 August 2013 at 11:35 | Report Abuse
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23 August 2013
Well done to you Janus, cant wait to lock horns and may the best team win #teameurope.

Let battle commence, will be an awesome venue and week without doubts, judging by Paul, Luke and Michelle's usually high standards.

Just fitting that Gleneagles is the European Tour stop this week as Virgin announce the final line up, see even the European Tour and George O'Grady keep up to date with Golfing Swingers.

Well done Team, keep up the good work.
2 comments | Last commented 27 August 2013 at 17:14 | Report Abuse
23 August 2013
Hello All, I am new to the swingers club and I am visiting Las Vegas next April. I was hoping for some advice as i would really like to play a round of golf on a US style track while i'm there. Any advice as to where and cost, plus how easy is it to hire equipment. I really like the idea of a early morning sunrise game or twilight sunset game. Any thoughts or ideas gratefully received. Also if anyone in the Leeds/Bradford/west Yorkshire Area and fancies a game at The Bradford GC give me a yell.
Andy C (super65)
5 comments | Last commented 25 August 2013 at 17:05 | Report Abuse
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23 August 2013
Congrats on being selected as Captain for Team Europe! You have pretty big boots to fill as Hugh did an amazing job last year! Good luck for the Finals and may the best team win.. Abviously TEAM ROW!
1 comments | Last commented 23 August 2013 at 23:09 | Report Abuse
23 August 2013
Congratulations to all finalists. Gutted I never made it. When does Season 11 start.!!!!!!! Can't wait.
Euro Swingers rule.
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22 August 2013
I know it probably gives Paul a heart attack ( -sorry Paul ) , but I was thinking wouldnt it be good to have a Winter league.
Each member plays 6 match plays of their choice over the Winter period
Im sure we can use the existing Swingers Platform if that was possible

I travel a lot with Work in UK and Europe (and USA) so would be very pleased to coordinate interested parties

Thoughts?

Peter
2 comments | Last commented 22 August 2013 at 21:17 | Report Abuse
22 August 2013
Congrats to everyone that qualified for the finals. Hope you are all practising hard. I now have to break the news to my wife, that I am going away, without her, once again. Only playing golf on Saturday morning. Need to do some work. Good luck once again!!
PS Hope we going to have some good weather while in Scotland.
5 comments | Last commented 23 August 2013 at 10:33 | Report Abuse
22 August 2013
Starts at Gleneagles today,,,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/golf/23785493
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21 August 2013
Received my email thanks very much. Looking forward to the trip.
7 comments | Last commented 22 August 2013 at 07:32 | Report Abuse
20 August 2013
Flying from Manchester we're pretty limited for Virgin flights. Vegas or Orlando or, fly/drive to London.

Anyone recommend somewhere good for golf, spa for my wife and good food?
11 comments | Last commented 24 August 2013 at 20:56 | Report Abuse
20 August 2013
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4 comments | Last commented 21 August 2013 at 15:54 | Report Abuse
19 August 2013
I was very surprised by the lack of scores getting posted over the last few days, i know that last year was a bit of a bonus point frenzy on the last few hours and i expected it again but it just didn't seem to happen, i personally was hoping the swingers site crashed on Friday and only started working again today after 9am, good luck to all those players who are patiently waiting for that email to land offering a place.
2 comments | Last commented 19 August 2013 at 15:05 | Report Abuse
19 August 2013
Well done Cecilia, this must be a Swingers all time record! If we meet at the finals I'll tell you how you saved my life! Cheers Mo
9 comments | Last commented 22 August 2013 at 07:38 | Report Abuse
19 August 2013
I see a few last minute scores have made a difference in Division 1 with Kribs Govender coming into the mix. Wonder if we are going to have a few last minute scores or has everyone entered all the scores. I see we have many new faces in the European Club Swingers leaderboard..
Good luck everyone. Lets hold thumbs!
1 comments | Last commented 19 August 2013 at 09:45 | Report Abuse
16 August 2013
I'm playing in a national matchplay comp next week and have been drawn against a guy of 26. Now it's bad enough having to give 16 shots but when I spoke to him, he told me that he didn't play last year and put in 3 cards earlier this year for his handicap. Two years ago, he was off 18. There's a world of difference between an 18 & 26 handicapper and I definately don't want to give an 18 handicapper 16 shots.

Is he cheating?
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16 August 2013
Final Day of scoring and it's raining.However,who's been sitting on a good score for a while and yet to enter it ?
It's going to be a very long weekend...

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16 August 2013
So the finals are around the corner, and last year at the final I noticed there are some differences between the R&A rules and the PGA rules. So the question is at the final which rules should be used? Just curious.
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14 August 2013
Well, the 10th season has been very enjoyable. I've been motivated to play and to try to play well. The discussions have been good. It's been nice to touch base with Swingers friends. I'm sure the final will be immensely entertaining, well run and unforgettable. Looking forward to season 11. Cheers.
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13 August 2013
I have played golf on and off for the past 9 years and have been to may different courses. I have noticed in the past couple years that people just dont seem to care about etiquette. Slow play , not letting you play through, greens are a mess because of people not repairing ball marks, bunkers not raked, tire marks all over the greens and fairways. Anyone else see this happening?
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12 August 2013
How does everyone feel about the division system this season?
Looking at the current standings it would appear that for the most case the 11 best scores will qualify although there are a couple of European division 1 club swingers who might count themselves rather unlucky.
Fair or unfair?
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11 August 2013
Who will take it tonight? Will Furyk be able to hold on or will Dufner get his revenge? Going to be a late night watching tonight. Sorry that the SA boys did not preform. Cant wait for the final 18 holes later on! What are your predictions?
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09 August 2013
With the form of Adam Scott over the past years since teaming up with Steve Williams it would seem if Tiger wants to win another major he either needs to go back to lap dancing or rehire his old caddie!
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08 August 2013
Have to wait until 6pm tonight for the last Major to get
some tv air time,by which time a good number have finished.
Shameful.
BBC showed the way with coverage of the Open
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08 August 2013
What do you consider to be the worst score in golf, playing badly and knowing you are playing badly and shooting +10/+20 or playing really well but finishing up with par or CSS, I have had quite a lot of par/css rounds this year and although these are not good in terms of getting points for swingers, that is the frustrating point but you have got to be happy that you are playing well and playing to your handicap although you feel deflated after your round because you know it could have been so much better.
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08 August 2013
Just have a quick look at the leaderboard's as Season 10 draw to a close and I was wondering how many people close to the top of the leaderboard are yet to take a qualifying flight.
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06 August 2013
I am an avid golfing fan and have registered as a volunteer at the Ryder Cup 2014. I have worked at a number of international golfing events as a scorer, official, marshall etc etc.. I also applied for my wife as I thought it would be fun for both of us to go. We both received rejection letters. Then I tried the European tour to see if they can assist. Needless to say, my wife received a letter to say that she has been accepted and I have been rejected.. LOL. Wonder if she will be going without me??
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06 August 2013
Surely the hardest hole on the course to get par should have the lowest stroke index wherever it comes in the round.
The stroke index system seem to be for matchplay yet most events are strokeplay. Perhaps courses should have two different indices.
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04 August 2013
Looking at the leader boards it appears to heavily favour those who are able to participate in match play against other Swingers.
The results posted to date show it has clearly been easier to earn leader board points from match play than it has from stableford and medal competitions.
Not everyone however has access to opponents for match play.
I am new to this league. Have I mis-understood something?
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04 August 2013
Enjoying some great golf in the Bridgestone but fed up
with the constant shout of 'get in the hole',mainly when Tiger plays.
Reckon it's about time they identified the culprits and threw them off the course.
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04 August 2013
Will they rename this as Tiger's Bridgestone Tournament? If he wins today, it's the 8th time along with Bay Hill.

Although he only shot -2 yesterday, some recovery play was awesome. Anyone see the holes shot from the bank of the green?

http://www.pgatour.com/video/2013/08/03/woods-shoots-68-in-round-3-of-bridgestone-invitational.html
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04 August 2013
Yesterday, I played golf at Blackpool North Shore and shot my handicap in the first round for net 71. The leader shot net 66 and didn't realise the competition with a 36 hole medal and went home after the first round. Doh!
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04 August 2013
I've had a great years golf up to now and my handidap on Skycaddie is less than my actual handicap. This is because my clubs CSS is always two shots lower than par. Should handicaps be based on CSS or par?

I have a round of 78 off 15 handicap which gives me 7 points, not 9.

Yesterday, I shot 81 off 10 handicap but went down as the visitor CSS at Blackpool North Shore was 72, par is 71.
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03 August 2013
I like to think I have a reasonable grasp of the rules.

Got into quite a heated argument the other day,when,having agreed my fellow competitor was allowed relief under Rule 24 they wanted to drop it at the nearest 'best' point (good lie) rather than the nearest point (rough).
Stuck to my guns but it created a bit of ill feeling for the rest of the round.
I find this Rule the most abused.
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03 August 2013
I have a snooper gps range finder at the moment that my wife wants to (borrow) it's easy to use and no messing about. As I will probably never see it again I am thinking of getting a replacement and possibly getting a laser distance measure instead, although they do seem to be a lot of messing about sometimes. Anyone any recommendation as to which is the easiest to use and simplest. There are no annual fees for the Snooper so that is not a consideration re cost. I play off 5 and do play at a lot of different courses home and abroad throughout the year.
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02 August 2013
It's a pity 9 hole rounds are not accepted any more as I got my first eagle in the club stableford on Tuesday. But it was worth 5 points and I won.
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30 July 2013
Off to Northenden tomorrow for an AM-AM comp which will also be used as a recconaissance round for the Manchester & District Golf Alliance final on Sunday. I'm lucky enough to be invited by Williams BMW to Birkdale on Thursday for their golf day. I must admit, I'm looking forward to the rest of this week. Nearly forgot, 36 hole medal at Blackpool North Shore on Saturday !!!

My wife is staying with friends this weekend.
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29 July 2013
Will In Bee Park add another major to her trophy cabinet this week at St Andrews? I loved spectating at previous women's Opens (Lytham & Birkdale). A great atmosphere & not overcrowded so you can see everything.
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26 July 2013
Cheyenne Woods is four shots off the lead after the first round of the Ladies European Masters in Buckinghamshire.
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23 July 2013
Europe may have missed out on the open but we are looking oh so strong for the Ryder cup. We have some strong up and coming contenders for our team. The problem we have is do we go for experience or do we play talented novices?
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23 July 2013
An interesting article about Lefty's excellent fortnight and winning twice and being a Californian resident, he seem to have walked away with about 30% of winnings to himself after expenses (caddy fees etc) and tax.

read here http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2013/07/22/phil-mickelson-wins-historic-british-open-and-incurs-61-tax-rate/

Think he might be moving to tax free Florida very soon.
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22 July 2013
Now that the Open is over, suddenly all the pompous politicians and journalists have forgotten about Muirfield and the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, and their men only membership policy.

Golf is an easy target for the P.C. brigade, and there are are just as many women-only clubs, as men-only clubs - but are they right? Are single sex golf clubs an anachronism? a tradition? or simply a basic right of free association?
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22 July 2013
I am in London next week and still looking to play a round of golf in or around London. Any suggestions of where to play or anyone keen to put up with me for 18 holes??
2 comments | Last commented 29 July 2013 at 18:02 | Report Abuse
21 July 2013
Is it just very simple? Colin Montgomerie? Is Lee Westwood getting close? Don't say it's Sergio, because it just isn't.
6 comments | Last commented 22 July 2013 at 22:13 | Report Abuse
21 July 2013
No more worthy Champion Golfer than Phil Mickelson, and an amazing Scottish double.
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20 July 2013
who would have thought the conditions in Scotland for The Open would have players hitting off of hardpan??!! Figuring distance and roll must be a nightmare !! After a roller coaster Friday, Dustin is one of the most talented golfer on the planet.....keep any eye on him....he will be in the hunt on Sunday...

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19 July 2013
Round 1 - Do what you gotta do to shoot -2.

Round 2 - Ease your way up the leaderboard to sit a shot or two off the lead

Round 3 - Establish a 1-shot lead going into the final round

Round 4 - See off all comers and win by 3
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19 July 2013
Yesterday Muirfield looked the epitome of Open Golf, fast hard dry the three words that cover what links golf should be. And many players managed to get their way around the course in magnificent weather with 20 players under par.
Yet some still want to whinge like they aren't privileged to be taking part in this great competition with an $8m purse!! Ian Poulter has a reputation as a whinger, but should he and others just keep their thoughts to themselves and get on with it??

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16 July 2013
Is this the case? You think of Harrington in 2007, obviously VDV in 1999 (although everyone forgets the cracking putt he made to make the playoff), Bjorn forgetting he was playing golf and building sandcastles in 2003...
Of course other majors have similar examples - maybe the U.S. open in 2006 is a good one....but is the Open more likely to throw up some craziness? If so, is it by virtue of links golf?
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15 July 2013
Here in the USA we are excited about the upcoming British Open ( I know THE Open ).... and of course with Phil's success this past weekend.... it will add abit more flavor to the event... and oh!! Tiger is coming off the bench and ready to play !!! no excuses.... so as we start the week I want to start a conversation about favorites.... I am in a 2 person better ball golf tournament on Saturday and my partner is one of the Pro players I get to pick from The Open....any suggestion who will be in the hunt on Sunday ???( and of course this tourney is hosted by Boddington's....will be some ale involved....so getting right into the spirit of the event !!)
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15 July 2013
Club Championship last Saturday. 30 degrees. Copious amounts of water in the bag. Energy bars. Had the lot. Started well. Par par. Then 10 on the third. Ouch!!. A 36 hole competition seemed to take forever after that. Cant wait for the cooler weather.
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13 July 2013
Any thoughts about the 1 iron ? Does anyone have one and use it ? What kind of distance are you getting from it?
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11 July 2013
Just a fun thought of what others are hitting . I would like to see if the bag contents change around the world.
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08 July 2013
Well I once got up and down 9 times and chipped in once...to finish with 32 points, so that'll tell you how bad the golf was.
Alternatively, I had 17 points for 18 holes earlier this year in a gale in Portmarnock and felt I'd acquitted myself quite well!
Any challenges?
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06 July 2013
Trying to remodel my swing at the moment from a steep inside to inside action to a much flatter straight line plane. Was taught the inside to inside swing by the John Jacobs academy when I was a lad - was in favour then , seems out of favour now....Struggling a lot....anyone else out there been through this and seen light at the end of the tunnel?!
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05 July 2013
I guys & girls. I will be in London on the above dates and was wanting to play a round or 2 while in London. Any suggestions or anyone keen to join me for a game? Let me know.
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04 July 2013
Everyones thoughts on what ball they use and why the ball is the best . Thanks :)
9 comments | Last commented 22 July 2013 at 21:48 | Report Abuse
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04 July 2013
Morning all,

Has anyone out there attended the Aimpoint green reading clinics?

Am very tempted but would love to hear some real feedback.
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02 July 2013
We had an Open competition on Sunday, £13 entry and an additional £1 for the hole in one competition, the prize for the hole in one was £5000. Out of the total field of 120 only 2 people didn't enter the the hole in one competition and guess who got the hole in one?? The guy stated with the starter that even at £1 it was a rip off as he had never had a hole in 1 so he didn't pay, he carved his tee shot right and it hit a bank at the side of the green and shot across the green and hit the flag and dropped in, the official at the hole started jumping about in celebration only for the competitor to arrive at the green and said " I'm not in the hole in one competition, we were playing a few holes behind them and half expected to see the guy hanging from a tree at the next hole but he just carried on regardless. Surely it is worth a £1 bet to get the chance to win £5000, i have never had one or even been that close, out of the virgin swingers who has had the most holes in 1???
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02 July 2013
Where do you look ? Any tips or tricks to keeping your head down while swinging?
7 comments | Last commented 22 July 2013 at 21:52 | Report Abuse
01 July 2013
I would love to hear comments on...When you have a shot to take on a hill , pointing uphill, how do you get the follow through and rotation of your body while being on the incline and all your weight is on your back foot? Thank you
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22 June 2013
I'm in awesome form. Following lessons over the winter and spring, I've had around 50 rounds of golf this year and am playing out of my skin.

In the last month, I've been cut from 16 to 15, to 13 and shot 78 gross today for a net 65. I'm told I'll be off 12 probably after today and maybe cut again for general play as I've shot in the 70's 3 times in the last 3 weeks in club medals.

When my scores are verified, I'll have over 20 points in the Swingers league. Woohoo !!
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21 June 2013
I am staying in Dubai Marina between 1st - 4th July. H'Cap 21. Anyone fancy a game. Preferred date Tues 2nd, Evening, but can be flexible.
1 comments | Last commented 23 June 2013 at 22:25 | Report Abuse
17 June 2013
Having won Marriott vouchers as player of the month last year, we eventually got round to using them and have just returned from a golf break at Meon Valley near Southampton. The golf was great, we played 9 holes yesterday and then 18 today on different courses. I thoroughly recommend the golf courses although the restaurant service last night left a lot to be desired and not necessarily to be recommended. Perhaps we were unlucky. But do try the golf courses there if you are ever in the area.
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17 June 2013
I played yesterday in a competition where there was a shotgun start i.e. everyone starts at the one time on a different tee box. We tend to have 2 or 3 in the year. Given that the last 6 holes had torrential rain throughout, is this a fairer way of playing club competitions, in that everyone receives the same conditions? Or is it too much hassle and too slow?
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16 June 2013
Looks to me like the Swingers competition is more "open" this year. Do you think this is because there are 3 different leaderboards for the different handicaps? Or maybe because society scores only count for bonus points? In past years it seemed easier to get points if you were a regular "society" player. I like the fact that the European club swingers use scores from "proper" club comps with a CSS.
4 comments | Last commented 23 June 2013 at 16:18 | Report Abuse
16 June 2013
Open invitation for matchplay at Davyhulme Park in Manchester if anyone fancies a game.
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16 June 2013
I think Merion has been a refreshing change from the week-in-week-out procession of 20 under par scores winning the golf tournament. Imagine the horror of the pros at driving into a bunker, or missing the fairway, and it actually costing them a stroke (or more)! Garcia took 10 on a hole under 400 yds!
It's golf that most of us can associate with and it makes great viewing. With only one guy under par after three rounds it's worked out exceptionally well for the USGA. Level par may well win!
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15 June 2013
It's been a good weeks golf...
Mon - Played for second team and won my match
Wed - Picked up my new RocketBladez irons
Thu - Won mid-week medal with net 63 including 3 double bogies
Fri - Won 4BBB matchplay 5+4, was on +6 for 14 holes

Coming up...
Sat - Playing this afternoon and it's sunny !!
Sun - Playing lesson with Rick Shiels, pro at Trafford Golf
Mon - 4 man team at Denton Golf Club
Tue - Second team match, away at Lymm
Thu - Singles matchplay
Sat - Captains weekend
Sun - Captains weekend

I have a very understanding wife.
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14 June 2013
Nothing can top the Masters for me, but I have to say, it is always nice settling down to watch a pro scrap and sweat to shoot level par.
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14 June 2013
I shall wear the Q'aja shirt tomorrow in an attempt to win a third Saturday club competition in a row. I hope it is a magic shirt as it will be a struggle against my recent handicap cuts.

It took a while to work out how to open the Avis mints (actually, I asked my son to do it).

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03 June 2013
Any ladies out there who find the CSS a bit frustrating when it comes to comps when the "small field" calculation comes into operation? On a Saturday only a small number of players compete so the CSS rarely goes up. If I do the same score on the main day comp when most people play the CSS can often be 3 higher than SSS. Swingers points much harder to collect when in small field - moan whinge complain!
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03 June 2013
Occasionally, I like to read about golf, in addition to playing it. Read any good golf books lately?
In the order in which I read them, three recent good reads about golf.
1. A Nasty Bit of Rough, David Feherty. If you find Feherty amusing, even every once in awhile, you'll enjoy this mythical/fictional account of a classic golf rivalry set in Northumberland.
2. Playing Through, Curtis Gillespie. A Canadian, who took up residence in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland for a year. Partly about the community in this Edinburgh "suburb" and partly about the golf on Gullane links. I lived there for about 4 months in 2006-2007 and the book was inspirational and instructive.
3. Dream On (One Hack Golfer's Challenge to Break Par in a Year), John Richardson. Another Irishman (well, Northern), who decides to challenge himself to shoot a round at par within a year, starting out as a plus 20 handicapper. His obsessions and his progress, as well as his dedication and approach, are remarkable.
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29 May 2013
Has the world's best golfer had his years in the doldrums and is he now back head and shoulders above the rest???
With the intimidation factor seemingly back, and McIlroy making no impression, the bookies certainly think so - with a strong field at the Memorial, Woods is around 2/1 while the best of the rest are quoted at ten times the odds.
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28 May 2013
Back from two weeks golf in Florida. Starting at St Augustine staying at the Hall of Fame hotel, Brooksville and onto Southern Dunes, I managed to get 17 rounds in. I could have played more but I spent some time with the missus. In order, I played:
Royal St Augustine
Slammer & Squire
Sherman Hills
The Quarry
Silverthorn
Kissimmee Oaks
Disney's Palm
Celebration - best ever score (75) on my birthday
Kings Ridge
Southern Dunes
Grand Cypress North-East 37+47. Threw a good round away
Grand Cypress New Course
Grand Pines (36 holes)
Royal S Cloud Red-White
Championsgate National Course
Kissimmee Bay
Diamondback (36+46) another good round wasted

There's always next year.
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28 May 2013
Does anyone know if there is a definitive answer to what percentage of handicap is allowed for a net eclectic comp played over approx 12 rounds. Small percentage allowance hands the prize to low handicaps, - full allowance hands it to high handicaps.

I know that most clubs run them giving half or 5/8th of handicaps but wondered if this is written down anywhere official?
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28 May 2013
Played Intramorous course in Manila at a US Embassy event on Saturday, played with 2 ex marines and played awfully shooting 99. Next day, same course, local society day and shot 74! How come one day can make 25 shots difference?

Possible answers

1) late night Friday, too much alcohol?
2) Drinking beer before Saturday's game
3) Pressure of playing with the Marines?
4) Joy of the playing with the society players in a much more relaxed atmosphere?
5) No alcohol on Sunday, until after celebrating the great round :-)
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26 May 2013
Playing on the 23rd May in the Devere Par 3 challenge final for a pair of tickets to next years Masters in Georgia, I "shot myself in the foot" to finish 2nd from the 3 finalists.
It was a one-shot nearest the pin winner takes all format, where the 1st player had missed the green leaving it between myself and the other chap. He tee'd it up in front of the markers & was about to play and disqualify himself when I brought the matter to his attention. He re-tee'd and put his ball to 39ft. (my shot then landed on the green at 69ft) - was I right to let him know (I think I had to in good conscience) or should I have let him play on to have a clear run at the tickets? What would you have done?
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25 May 2013
should both men man up and apologise, shake hands and let that be the end of it or should they both get out the boxing gloves and have a cage fight, who do you think would win, obviously tiger with his larger frame would be favourite but I think Sergio may be wiry and cunning and may surprise Tiger when he turns up with a long blond wig and a 6 iron, what do you think.
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22 May 2013
hi,
Am new on this forum, so excuse if I am breaking any rules. Taking my first golf holiday and visiting Chicago & NY/NJ. Looking to play with a friend who is fighting a serious health condition. Any suggestion on good courses that I should play around NJ. We currently have Baltusrol GC and Crystal Springs. Any others that we should visit?

We will be 2 of us, and looking to play 1, 2, 3 Oct. We both shoot in the early 90s (or less on a good day) Any swingers around who can let us into their private clubs?, will be a good outing for him. Happy to buy the beers.

Keep swinging..
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22 May 2013
hi,
Am new on this forum, so excuse if I am breaking any rules. Taking my first golf holiday and visiting Chicago & NY/NJ.
Any suggestion on good courses that I should play. Medinah is Upper Class & aspiration, but looking at Premium economy options ) We will be 2 of us, and looking to play 28, 29, 30 Sept & 5 Oct. Any swingers around who can let us into their private clubs. Happy to buy the beers.
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21 May 2013
I will be travelling to the USA (Chicago area) in August. Besides playing at Medinah, could anyone recommend any other courses to play in the area and would any other swingers like to join me for a round?

Simon
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21 May 2013
The USGA and R&A today announced that a
worldwide ban against anchored putting strokes, applicable to professionals and amateurs alike, will go into effect Jan. 1, 2016.

Personally, I tried anchoring a long putter a few times and could never get comfortable with the stroke. What say you, Swingers?

4 comments | Last commented 21 May 2013 at 22:07 | Report Abuse
20 May 2013
Is Swingers golf fun or serious, i play golf for fun and enjoyment but obviously l love to win like most people. Does the great prizes offered to the swingers via this excellent site make it more of a serious competition or do you still see it as a fun tournament. I personally see it as a fun site that encourages me to fly virgin(instead of BA) in the hope of qualifying for a final and i have made some good friends in the process of playing golf with fellow swingers. Just wondered what your thoughts were???
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17 May 2013
Greetings fellow Swingers! I'm going to be taking a golfing Holiday in London from 23 May to 28 May. Staying near Paddington Station. Any recommendations for pubs/courses to play or if any swinger wants to play a round, please let me know!
Cheers!
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17 May 2013
Is there anyone else in our Swingers group going to the De Vere Masters shoot-out for the Masters Trip 2014?
Final Eliminator Golden Shoot Out which will be hosted by De Vere Wychwood Park, Weston, Crewe, CW2 5GP on Thursday 23rd May.
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17 May 2013
Well pondering I was about days of old pre 1979 GB and Ireland versus USA. Well I know we didn't fare too well at the end, but I reckon GB and Ireland could give the USA a real run for their money indeed a beating. I will suggest the following McDowell, Rose, McIlroy, Willett, Laird, Fleetwood,Wood, Westwood, Poulter, Donaldson, Laurie, Donald. Reserve Lowry. Captain- Lyle. What does everyone else think??Would we be wasting our time, lets see the team suggestions and also how about suggestions for a Fantasy Ryder Cup any golfer any era. Maybe be a good competition???
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15 May 2013
With the reecnt form of Tiger, do you think he can break Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 Majors?
4 comments | Last commented 20 May 2013 at 19:06 | Report Abuse
13 May 2013
Hi Mark, Ali, Alan and all triumphant Miami swingers. Can not make Copt Heath, been selected to play County Seniors Golf. Have a great day. Its a great track.
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09 May 2013
It was good to see the Big Easy contending again. His swing still looks good, but I’d like to see him with the short putter again. Should Ernie use the belly putter or the short putter?
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08 May 2013
Just heard yesterday about Janet Melville's great success in the English Championship last week. Delighted to see she's still playing as great golf as ever - really was a privilege to have that standard of player at the Swingers Final last year.
Although I certainly wish I could still have her hitting half my drives...

https://www.englandgolf.org/news.aspx?itemid=5504&itemTitle=Home+win+for+Janet+Melville+in+senior+championship&sitesectionid=1057&sitesectiontitle=Tournament+Newsroom
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07 May 2013
How important are gap wedges for you? I carry a pitching wedge, 52 degree and 56 degree (which doubles as my sand wedge). Do average amateurs need more than this? What's in your bag? Can you use your wedges effectively?
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03 May 2013
Can anyone tell me when the next swingers days a scheduled and where?
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03 May 2013
I've sent a message to every US Swinger in the Orlando/Gulf area asking if they are available for Matchplay and haven't had one response.

Any Brits out here looking for a game? No chance of the 20 bonus points but, a game is a game!
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29 April 2013
As someone who has to play exceptionally well just to play to my handicap of 7, it's impressive how some can shoot 5 or 6 [or more] better than their handicap several times over a season.
Should the handicap committee, ie Swingers organisers make use of clause 23 of the CONGU handicap rules, and make additional handicap adjustments for exceptional play, in terms at least of the Swingers competition?
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27 April 2013
I am working on Farnborough area - am free for a late game of golf around 5pm is Monday 29th or Tuesday 30th - anyone available ?
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19 April 2013
What a lovely way to spend a Friday, Paul did you or Sir Richard B arrange the weather, a tad cool and breezy, but the sunshine was delightful.
Enjoyed the company of John, Alastair and his dad Dennis.
Well done and looking forward to more opportunities to play with fellow VS competitors.

Bob
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16 April 2013
I am staying in a hotel near Worplesdon on Thursday night as working in Farnborough during the day. Not sure what time I will finish but anyone else staying close fancy a drink?
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15 April 2013
With all the Aussies preforming so well and Angel nearly taking another green jacket, I feel that we have a better chance at President's Cup this year.
Brendon Grace was unlucky in his first round and the normal boys Ernie, Charl and Louis should be in good form later this year! Would also have loved to see the Rest of the Team play Europe! Could be some awesome golf!!
Well played Adam! Awesome win! I watched until he put the green jacket on at 2am!
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15 April 2013
Whens the best time to take a lesson?? when your playing well ( if it aint broke, dont fix it ) or when you feel your playing bad ??
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15 April 2013
Well done to Adam Scott, holding his nerve after a pumped celebration on the 18th green in normal time thinking his birdie was good enough to win the Green Jacket, except a stunning approach by Angel Cabrera to two feet when he needed it.

Then Angel nearly holing his chip on the 1st playoff hole, only for Adam to hole a 15 footer down the hill on 10 the 2 nd playoff hole and the 1st Aussie to win the Green Jacket after several near misses by Norman and Day to name a couple.

I think most people were rooting for him after handing the Open at Lytham last year to Ernie Els.

Should be the first of many, Mr Scott congrats again.
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14 April 2013
Surely any other golfer that made a mistake like that would have been disqualified? I know the rules have changed, but rules are rules... If it had to happen to anyone else, I am sure they would have been disqualified.. Not sure... What are your thoughts? Ernie believe Tiger should have been booted.
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14 April 2013
Nothing to do with the bet I have on him to win....cough....but I do feel some sympathy for Tiger this year at Augusta. While everyone else seems to be bouncing off trees into the middle of the fairway, he hits a sublime shot into 15 for a certain birdie, hits the pin and into the water, takes what looked like a reasonable penalty drop, then some muppet phones up and complains. Get a life!. Whatever the outcome no doubt he's the greatest golfer ever. errr and it would be handy if he won )
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13 April 2013
I hope the PGA official at Augusta who imposed the one shot penalty is able to make my next Club Medal because he would have a field day.It's about time the vast majority quickened their game up at all levels of play.
Swingers Golf Day at Worplesden here we come....quickly I hope.......
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13 April 2013
After watching the master, you have a 14 year old playing and some much older guys playing... I know many of them are champions from the past?
Should other younger golfers not be given the oppurtunity to play in place of some of the guys aged over 55?? Just a thought?
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12 April 2013
Fred Couples yet again after driving down Magnolia Lane seems to forget all of his ailments and shoot -4 (68) to looks to continue his awesome record in the first major of the year.

If he makes the cut that will 27/28 times.

Has 17 career top-25 finishes and 11 career top-10 finishes at the Tournament, including an iconic victory in 1992. His tee shot on No. 12 in the final round that year came up short but refused to roll into Raes Creek. He made par on the way to the Green Jacket.

With this being one of the rounds of the day, also pushing hard has to be the 14 year-old Tianlang Guan to shoot 73 (+1) in tournament conditions in your first Masters and also not hitting very far (avg drive 250yds), just shows there are hope for all of us!

Drive for show, putt for dough!
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10 April 2013
Looking forward to the first Virgin Swingers golf Day on 19 April at Worplesdon...who on here is playing?
5 comments | Last commented 13 April 2013 at 22:40 | Report Abuse
10 April 2013
Will this signal an end to the Par 3 winners jinx...
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09 April 2013
When you make equipment choices, how important is 'what the pros are playing' in your decision-making process?
4 comments | Last commented 16 April 2013 at 18:42 | Report Abuse
08 April 2013
We had our 1st club medal on Saturday the 6th April, has everybody else started their official season yet, i know a lot of players from the ROW will have started getting there scores from last december and us poor europeans only have 4 months worth of medals to get our 6 best scores. It doesn't sound too bad 6 medal scores in 4 months when you look at it like that but it is all the negative scores at the beginning that depress you. In the swingers who has the longest season and who has the shortest seasons.
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06 April 2013
It is April and The Masters will be starting up next Monday with all the pomp that USA golf can muster......what is the biggest title in the world of golf???
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02 April 2013
Did you see this?
Check out this video on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5u_2bGPdUY&feature=youtube_gdata_player


Sent from my iPad
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29 March 2013
Is any one playing golf over Easter?? Still snowed under. No golf for forseable future. Getting the shakes.
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26 March 2013
Has anyone got any plans for the Easter holidays playing golf? It is pouring with rain in Durban, South Africa and a few courses might be closed. I am working, so I will not be playing, but would be extremely jealous if you have a good game planned...
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25 March 2013
Been playing golf in Mexico. Just found out about Slope Ratings. Slope ratings on courses start at the hardest ( slope rating 160) to the easiest (slope rating 75). Played Playacar, slope rating of 148. Holiday golf just got harder.
Anyone heard of this before?
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20 March 2013
Up until this year it's been pretty simple to decide on the 'cut' for final places - but with 6 divisions to draw from for each team it looks far from that this year. For example there are 33 euro club swingers 0-9 handicap, but only 3 fun swingers in the same category - is it likely that some divisions will be amalgamated, otherwise the numbers just won't add up!
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20 March 2013
I am a 22 handicap. Driver is a 6 year old Callaway that gets the ball to about 200yards +/-.
Need to get another 25 yards :)

Suggestions?
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19 March 2013
Where I live Tayside/Fife Scotland we've got great courses (Carnoustie, St Andrews, Cairdie) but we've got 100's of them!!! Clubs are all down on member numbers and there's few if any young members coming forward........clubs are cutting prices, all competing for the reducing business.........a good problem to have you say...maybe but short term..what future for some of these courses......back to potato farming? Where else has this problem, it would be good to know.......could do an exchange visit :)
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17 March 2013
I've thought that over the last decade or 2! that the length of courses are getting too long.

I thought that I was alone in this until I was priveleged to be at a presentation by Jack Nicklaus in which he reiterated that the sport technology was damaging the game.
A case of hitting it further the tees go back and so no advantage to the player but the costs of maintenance increase and the length of time to play.

Now balance this with a presentation from a rocket scientist that the R&A use to calculate dispersion patterns, flight, distance etc. The conclusion is that the average golfer only hits the ball 1 yard further than 20 years ago but they hit the ball straighter. Perception is further.

However, we all know that now a round of 4hrs is the norm! 20 years ago I completed a medal in 2hrs 15mins, full 18.

Should the courses be shorter and the technology limited to bands of players, requiring greater skill as you improve. Without having to start a Sunday round at 7 to get in before lunch!...

Thoughts please.
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16 March 2013
Remember ......if you can't play it doesn't matter what clubs or new fangled nonsense you use.....you can't play. How many high handicappers with the most technologically expensive custom fitted clubs in the world, would beat Tiger Woods, Rory McIlRoy or even young Tommy Fleetwood playing with a set of hickory shafted clubs from days of yore.......probably none !!! Invest the money on lessons and the time for practice and you'll be amazed just how well you can play with the clubs you've already got, that you thought couldn't hit, I know I was. Its the swing not the tool box!!!
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16 March 2013
Well the golfing powers that be have decreed that soon the pros will no longer be able to use any putter that "anchors" itself to the player, out go the brooms and bellies.Now should this apply to every golfer including us non professionals who regularly struggle around the courses every week,well let's see.We all play month medals or forms of match play to differing levels of seriousness and should your opponent have what is considered now to an advantage, is it fair for them to be able to overcome their obvious previous putting deficiencies, cos otherwise why invest the money on the new equpment i.e who changes what isn't broken? Does it take a greater degree of skill to sink a putt with a conventional putter, in probably doesn't at the end of the day you have to read the line and get the wight right..most importantly it is in the head, it is not a physical affliction that gives you the yips,look at Alliss and Langer two old greats, it was in the mind,should all those who struggle in this way be allowed a cure through technology,cos after all the club manufacturers can't wait to pick our pockets with next new trend,adjustable this adjustable that, this shoe, that new shirt fabric, grip etc etc and we all fall for it thinking that technology will provide the cure,does it most times no.
Personally I think that the pros are gaining an advantage and should not be able to use anything other than a conventional putter and work to erradicate their "issues",does the advantage of the equipment get greater the higher the handicap.. probably but don't most of us play for the sheer pleasure and sadistic qualities of golf ?? If my playing partners are using a belly putter or broom handle,fair play to them as long as they can take the banter and ridicule that will inevitably highlight thereir failures,harsh but fair..and we all do it..let them get on with it,after all we all come back after that one great shot that gives the darkest cloud a bright silver lining.
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16 March 2013
What I struggle with is why a player from China can play off scratch beat the pros and maybe get to the Masters, when I have been playing golf for four times longer than he has been alive, still can only at my best play to 17 handicap and probably spend more on lost balls than he does on clubs....strange but true.
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16 March 2013
Are the worlds top golfers selling out to sponsorship? Is the form dip by McIlroy down to switching to Nike, given that Woods did same and struggled in subsequent tournaments? I've not changed my clubs 'sponsor' and my form never changes .....always rubbish )
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13 March 2013
Whilst listening to Cheltenham racing on the radio yesterday there was a discussion about the greatest commentary ever and it got me thinking has there ever been any memorable golf commentary and if so when?
I haven't been able to think of anything so far!
1 comments | Last commented 16 March 2013 at 11:55 | Report Abuse
12 March 2013
This event is going on near Edinburgh over 4 days between the 18th March and the 22nd this year? Gullane No1 & 2, Longniddry & North Berwick. Has anyone played these courses and if so do they have any tips?
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07 March 2013
Given McIlroys statement yesterday re toothgate do you think he should be frozen out of Ryder cup contention as seems to have happened to Sandy Lyle ( the only member of the Major winning 'golden generation' Ballesteros, Langer, Faldo, Woosnam, Olazabal not to have captained) after he quit the Open a few years back?
2 comments | Last commented 11 March 2013 at 20:13 | Report Abuse
06 March 2013
What does everyone feel about drinking whilst playing golf. Someone I play with now and again has started to bring a few cans of beer in his bag convinced it helps him to remain 'loose'
Personally I try to stick to Lucozade Sports.
Anybody with any experiences to share
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05 March 2013
Hoping Rory tells the tooth, the whole tooth & nothing but the tooth in his press conference at Doral 0)

Any others on recent golf topics?
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04 March 2013
Shortly the Tampa Open, played on they Copperhead Course at Innisbrook, will take place without a major sponsor. It will be Interesting to see the turnout of top pros. Do you think the massive purses to be played for at most USPGA events is good or bad for the game of golf?
3 comments | Last commented 08 March 2013 at 15:45 | Report Abuse
02 March 2013
With three disastrous starts to the season, is McIlroy spending too much time on the tennis court and not enough on the range?
Nike must be looking on with disbelief - Tiger can win a major with a broken leg but Rory limps off the course with a sore tooth!!
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01 March 2013
On two separate occasions in the last week I have played with players who use their putter to get out of a bunker. One occasion was in a sandy bunker in Barbados, the other was in a wet bunker in Surrey! I have also been told that someone in Barbados uses his driver to get out of a bunker. Any comments or recommendations that this is a reliable way to get out of bunkers ( I often land in them!)
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25 February 2013
One of my playing partners at the weekend boldly predicted that Tiger Woods will never win another major golf title. Is there anybody else out there who agrees with that?
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24 February 2013
Played my last round of golf in Barbados this morning. Am I going to enjoy the golf in England this week?
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21 February 2013
Great to see a snow delay in the States - nice to see the world trying to balance out the weather somehow.

Any good snow golfing memories? The last time I played in snow, the studs on my shoes ended up freezing over with ice and I slid down a hill at the back of the 3rd green in Woodbrook.
3 comments | Last commented 21 February 2013 at 17:33 | Report Abuse
16 February 2013
'Earn 15 bonus points by playing golf in any Virgin Atlantic destination having flown there with Virgin Atlantic.'

Can you claim the bonus points after taking a domestic Virgin Atlantic flight, for example a golf trip to Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Manchester or London?
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16 February 2013
Anybody care to share their memories from any of the past finals - right back to Season 1!
There have been may but mine would be the sunset BBQ overlooking the beach on the Saturday night of Season 5 Final California.
6 comments | Last commented 25 February 2013 at 07:43 | Report Abuse
15 February 2013
Guys,

Is it possible we can have a new column on the leaderboards this year, that maybe get's updated on 1st of each month to show who has a qualifying flight.

I know I keep harping on about this addition and it may take some of the fun out of waiting for the final email to drop into the inbox, but speaking from experience and missing out last year by bonus points, I think this will be very useful addition to an already excellent website.

So come Paul, Jenny get this moving forward 0)

Also a bit off the subject how good was the goals at the Valentines Game Spurs vs Lyon last night, lots of love for football, especially THFC and Bale fans..!
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14 February 2013
Can we have a nice weekend this week? Played in snow last week at Burnley, i'd like to wear less layers this week.
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14 February 2013
I am after a set of new graphite irons.
Anyone heard about Benross Golf Irons ?
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13 February 2013
What a great idea! Although I predict that the winner will come from the Staes as their handicap system will lend itself better to this event. Am I wrong?
4 comments | Last commented 18 February 2013 at 19:08 | Report Abuse
13 February 2013
How do you choose a new set of clubs? So many to choose from. Having a new set for my birthday. New clubs, new S10. New season. Bring it on!!!!!
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13 February 2013
Unbelievable season in prospect here - let's get Team Europe up and running to defend the title in Gleneagles!
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13 February 2013
Looks like the Virgin/Milestone team have been hard at work even while the Season 9 final was going on (great video blog)

How are the splits from the leagues going to decided and does team Europe only have 10 spots available this year with the others going to the Gold Members?

Awesome job, keep up the good work being able to play the Centenary Course before the 2014 Ryder Cup just shows how far this competition has come in the 10 seasons, I played in the first one at the Grove which was just a day trip!
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13 February 2013
I'm in Barbados until 25/2/13 if anyone would like a matchplay at Rockley.
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12 February 2013
In match play you give your opponent the difference between the two handicaps as shots. I play off 5 and my opponent plays off 10. I give them 5 shots on the stroke index 1-5 which are also the holes I would get shots on in other competitions. I have never understood why I give shots on the holes I would have a shot on and not the holes index 6-10 which my opponent would have. I do appreciate that the hole indexes are not exactly the hardest holes and are set up for match play conditions.
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27 December 2012
Are Supplementary Round cards admissable for Virgin Swingers?
These are qualifying Medal Round cards against the SSS of the course. They are official handicap rounds particularly of benefit to people who cannot guarantee to play in sufficient qualifying competitions during a season, dur to work commitments, injury or illness, etc.

Paul and team?
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08 December 2012
I see a tweet that scores can be counted for season 10 from 14th December? Isn't that a bit ante or even unfair given that most of us won't have qualifying club competitions starting before April 2013? Or is it best for everyone just to join the fun section?
OK I accept that many RoW players enjoy excellent year round golf, but not in Scotland I can guarantee!

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16 November 2012
Hope i didnt upset you!!!!!
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14 November 2012
WOW What a week. well done to paul , luke and all for a fantastic final. Allready practicing for next year. Did anybody play decent golf saturday? My head was still in Miami .
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13 November 2012
Thank you to everyone at the Finals players and organisors alike, a wonderful time both during the day and long into the night.....Janus you're a wicked man ( only joking ) I shall nickname you J.D from now on !!!!!!!!
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11 November 2012
Just a big THANK YOU to Michelle, Jenny, Paul, Luke, Fran, Stephanie and Gary for the fabulous trip to Miami, you all made it so special for everybody involved and i am sure all players from both sides will agree it really was a fabulous experience, so thanks again and we all look forward trying to qualify for next year, Well done to both team ROW & team Europe for your great efforts and sportmanship over the last week.
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10 November 2012
Well done Andrew winning 2 out of 3 of your matches. I'm sure that is a better contribution to ROW than I could have achieved. Many thanks Mo
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09 November 2012
Well done team...unlucky this time Kribs....bring on season 10!

Bob
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08 November 2012
Come on Paul and Team Virgin what is the score?
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25 October 2012
Hi Krib,
Many congratulations on qualifying and ROW Captain but please don't change the great colors for boring! The ROW with Jetlag have a serious disadvantage. I really do think expecting me to spend 4 nights out of 7 in the air or in transit in premium economy is unreasonable and many of the ROW from SA have 3 nights out of 6 in the air, a serious disadvantage for ROW golf performance against team Europe! Please appeal for some upgrades or extra handicap to help us be competitive! Anyway, hope I can be more help to the team this year. Congratulations again.Mo
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22 October 2012
Good morning ladies and gents - Fellow team mates.

I am so excited to be going to play in the Finals.
I see a few of you have made it before, so this is nothing new to you.

We have had so much rain in Durban that it has been tough getting onto the course to hit some balls, but I managed to brave the rain and lightning and played a few holes yesterday. If only I could hit that ball that well everyday! Nice feeling to be level after 8 holes.
Any suggestions on what to bring for the trip? Clothing etc..
In 2 weeks time we will boarding our plane to Miami in Heathrow!

Go TEAM ROW!!
All the best

Janus Horn
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11 October 2012
Apologies to Team Europe, but my form this year prevented qualification...I am sure you will all have a great time and with the Ryder Cup momentum behind you, bring back the Cup!
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10 October 2012
Nice to receive some Glenmuir socks this morming as a prize for predicting Rory for the USPGA. Pity about the credit card bill and the electricity bill in the same post :-(
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05 October 2012
How superstitious are you? I hate to use a brand new golf ball on the first tee.
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01 October 2012
Is it just me or has it been harder than ever before to do a decent medal score? It is now October but middle of August was the last time that there were decent scoring conditions. The rest of the time I have been squelching through the mud, can't remember the last time there was any "run" on the ball. Off to Lincolnshire this week, surely it must be drier than Lancashire! Great to see more prizes on offer will they include Flying Club brollies & wellies?
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01 October 2012
With the recent changes regarding the use of belly putters will this mark a departure for us as the amateur players who seek any help we can. Personally i have never used a belly putter or a long putter, but have tried every single weird and wonderful combination of putters over the years,I gravely regret losing my first ever putter, a hickory shafted affair I found in a second hand shop, that was the best I have to admit, but it went the way of all flesh, now I have settled on a "Heavy Putter" by Boccieri. My question is if the rules are to be applied to change the use of putters that create a "hinge" with the body, will further "changes" be enforced re weight, length, size and shape etc or indeed inserts and so forth. Again another question is, all the pros currently using belly putters etc will their game deteriorate or will we see that indeed as with all golf the hardest part to overcome is the mind and not the equipment or the course ???? Thoughts.
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01 October 2012
With the recent changes regarding the use of belly putters will this mark a departure for us as the amateur players who seek any help we can. Personally i have never used a belly putter or a long putter, but have tried every single weird and wonderful combination of putters over the years,I gravely regret losing my first ever putter, a hickory shafted affair I found in a second hand shop, that was the best I have to admit, but it went the way of all flesh, now I have settled on a "Heavy Putter" by Boccieri. My question is if the rules are to be applied to change the use of putters that create a "hinge" with the body, will further "changes" be enforced re weight, length, size and shape etc or indeed inserts and so forth. Again another question is, all the pros currently using belly putters etc will their game deteriorate or will we see that indeed as with all golf the hardest part to overcome is the mind and not the equipment or the course ???? Thoughts.
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01 October 2012
Absolutely superb three days, I have to think the best Ryder Cup I have ever seen, the crowd were fantastic and were fair to all the players I think.
The European team coming back from that deficit in the singles was unthinkable even to the most ardent supporters, The respect and acknowledgement shown to the late Seve Ballesteros was also a fitting tribute and topped off by the win, which in a way reflected the character of the man himself, as Olazabal said in the interview afterwards they did it for him. Wonderful.
Also the USA team played their part superbly and one has to say were by far the better team on the first two days, wasn't it ironic though, that the final result rested on the shoulders of the four players who had struggled the most in the competition and not one a match.
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01 October 2012
We've started an opinion poll asking who was the best performer in the Ryder Cup. Was it Ian Poulter, or do you give it to Martin Kaymer just for holding his nerve on that putt? What about Jason Dufner, who performed well all week or Bubba?
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30 September 2012
Never in my short career of following golf in person or on TV have i seen such an impressive "will to win" competition as i watched this afternoon.....
Congratulations to the Europeans for such an amazing comeback!!! Fantastic play and good fun to watch!!!!
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30 September 2012
Does any know that if you recomend a friend to the swingers league do they have to be a virgin member ?
Many Thanks
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16 September 2012
Well we are about to set sail for the Americas and take on the Americns on their home greens. My question is what level of crowd interaction will be permitted, it is not unusual for the crowd to perform in a manner that would at least be termed unsportsmanlike. Crowds can determine an outcome if left unchecked.....let us see how the stewards perform and hope that they are strong and above all unbiased, or better still the USA supporters can determine the difference between the Superbowl and The Ryder Cup, yes make noise....but be fair.
3 comments | Last commented 26 September 2012 at 15:17 | Report Abuse
12 September 2012
I am over in NYC the first week of October 2012 and was wondering if anyone has any contacts or fancies a game around NYC in this week.

I know Bethpage is quite close to the city, so anyone interested drop me a message

look forward to hearing from you, also please dont be put off by my +1 handicap, there are plenty of people on this website that will tell you, I am easy going and willing to share my knowledge of the game.

Cheers look forward to loads of replies..
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10 September 2012
It's the Ryder Cup this month! Who do you think will win, and what do you think the winning margin will be?
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06 September 2012
If you had the job of Ryder Cup captain would you have chosen Harrington over Colsaerts?
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22 August 2012
what are the feelings on dress codes for golfers. Many of our younger " hot " pros have introduced some great new looks...including and here I have been castigated as a sacriligious modernist...non collared shirts. Slso should we be forced to tuck in our shirts, wear belts and long socks withh shorts, or should we be able to have a greater freedom of choice whilst at the same time remaining smart but casual enough to be comfortable and wait for it....how about trainers in the clubhouse ??? or am I going too far. We want our game to encourage youngsters and whereas we dont want to go round shouting...pull up your trousers !!! we do want to move with the times.
Last but not least the phrase having "eyes in the back of your head" is most apt with todays Pros, given that their very expensive sunglasses are mostly placed there, the joys of sponsorship.
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24 July 2012
There’s some amazing golfing destinations around the world, but in your opinion what’s the best golfing city?
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16 July 2012
How long does your routine take before hitting your ball. Is it necessary to take numerous swings and then site your shot from behind the ball then take practice swings again.Can you cut down time taken on the greens. What do you think?
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02 July 2012
In our opinion Tiger Woods was unquestionably the most influential golfer of the noughties. Of the current crop of young golfing superstars, who do you think will become the most influential in the current decade?
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21 June 2012
Paul and Team
Thank you for my lovely lilac shirt received today and my sleeve of Srixons....how come Karen got some cherry red lip balm and I didn't!
Karen says thanks for her turquoise number too...
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17 June 2012
Els could as could Nicolas with his drives and chips ! The mistake Nicolas made was not to attack the 7th !Baffling ! Level first 6 with amazing drives and layup on 7th where even the conservative went with woods!
Jim Furyk will win if no one in the top 7 hit 67tonight .in my view only Nicolas ,els or tiger can ! It's not over yet as McDowell is not scared to rise to the chase !
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16 June 2012
Wow Day 2 : the scores speak for themselves ! Tiger in the hunt . What an amazingly difficult course even to walk along ! Tom is showing age counts to keep calm and play conventionally ! Can't wait to get back to hole 8 today ! The uncertainty is so clear as tiger approaches his shot game ,he needs to back himself and play through !
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11 June 2012
Offer of free room at the Intercontinental for 2 nights on 21st June is no longer available after Wednesday 13th so please contact me soon for details if interested. Many thanks Mo
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07 June 2012
Hi, Does anyone fancy joining us on 21st June for 2 or 4 days golf? We have a spare King Garden room for 2 nights bought with reward points.
Mo & Tony Reardon
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31 May 2012
If you have the choice, do you prefer to walk or take a golf cart round the course?
3 comments | Last commented 16 June 2012 at 16:29 | Report Abuse
16 May 2012
What are your worst witnessed Golfing Faux Pas? Mine a player who walked over to the green and kicked another players ball off the green, as he felt he was playing too slowly. He then proceeded to walk back to the clubhouse....never to be seen again. Another and this may be just a little strange, a golfing partner who insisted on playing in odd shoes, one white one brown, because he insisted it brought him good luck his major problem however, was that his clubs appeared to be cursed!!!
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12 May 2012
Has anyone got any history of Golfers Elbow ?
I used to play once/twice a week but have been out of the game for nearly 2 years now only managing the occasional game. Only managing 5 or 6 games last year I really thought it had gone this year after giving it a solid 5 month rest over the winter but NO it's now worse than it has ever been and they have now offered me surgery !!! I've heard mainly bad things about the surgery and it only has a 50/50 chance of working in the first place, What should I do has anyone got any experience???? PLEASE HELP !!!
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11 May 2012
i would love to hear what degree wedges Swingers are carrying in their bag..... and what about the bounce???
i personally carry a 50-54-58 cleveland.....i am finding i am using my 54 more and more ...with more success!! comments???
3 comments | Last commented 28 May 2012 at 13:51 | Report Abuse
11 May 2012
Can Tiger keep changing his swing and get his groove back, I think not
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03 May 2012
How much time should you dedicate to practicing before a round? Is there such a thing as too much practice?
2 comments | Last commented 14 May 2012 at 16:38 | Report Abuse
07 April 2012
After just the first two days of the Masters at Augusta the best professionals in the world have had real problems with their putting. Even putts under four feet have been missed frequently with the burrows and napps slipping them away from the hole.I appreciate that it puts the professionals in our amateur league of missing short putts but this is in one of only four majors in the year. Also it slows play so much with most matches taking over five and a half hours to complete the round. The time spent by the players on the greens is rediculous. Its not just them trying to work out the line but some of them seem to wander around totally bemused, probably plucking up the courage to play the shot. I think you can still have a great golf tournament without such severe greens.What do you think?
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07 April 2012
After just the first two days of the Masters at Augusta the best professionals in the world have had real problems with their putting. Even putts under four feet have been missed frequently with the burrows and napps slipping them away from the hole.I appreciate that it puts the professionals in our amateur league of missing short putts but this is in one of only four majors in the year. Also it slows play so much with most matches taking over five and a half hours to complete the round. The time spent by the players on the greens is rediculous. Its not just them trying to work out the line but some of them seem to wander around totally bemused, probably plucking up the courage to play the shot. I think you can still have a great golf tournament without such severe greens.What do you think?
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06 April 2012
Am struggling to get out to play between looking after 1 yr old daughter and spending "quality" time with wife!

What is the best excuse you have given to give yourself 5 hours to complete a golf round in peace?

Best answers will be tried... :-)

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05 April 2012
A small comment about the southerners starting the season earlier than us poor nirthen folk who can actually breath freh air. I read an article about a chap from down south who got out of bed every Saturday made a flask of coffee and went to his golf club, he put his ball in a shute went back to the car drank his coffee and slept there until after 8am. When he played it took him over 5 hours and his fees were astronomical. The same guy came to Scotland for a holiday, in one day he played 3 rounds of golf paid less than the one would cost him at home and had a great time. I have lived in Scotland a long time and play 3 times a week for pennies. I don't think that the southerners have the best of it( apart from weather).
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03 April 2012
After our opinion poll last month, it seems the obvious question to ask next. ‘Who’s the best putter in history?’ Is it the likes of Wood or Nicklaus or one of the legends from the past such as Bobby Jones? You decide.
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18 March 2012
Hello fellow swingers!! I will be in Dubai on May 26th and am keen to take advantage of travelling alone for once and arrange a round somewhere (Emirates ideally). Anyone around or can put me in touch with friends / colleagues who fancy a friendly knock, then that would be great - I am 15 hcp, thanks!
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11 March 2012
Just had a look at the state of the team Europe top club swingers. You Southerners don't know you are born. Please have some sympathy for us golfers playing in the North i.e. Lancashire. We don't get back onto proper tees and fairways till May so we can't start to submit medal rounds till then and then we finish in October. It must be great to have a full season on the proper course. I suppose the up side is we can hit drives over 300yds when the course is frozen.
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10 March 2012
Just a quick query - once you have selected your pick for the tournament - I take it that it's not possible to change that pick??
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10 March 2012
In winter at my course we play a winter league that alternates week by week, Stableford and Bogey. There is no method to enter a Bogey score, just Stableford and Medal. I have entered what I would have scored in Stableford, but the club's website will show +4, not 40 points when verifying my score.
2 comments | Last commented 12 March 2012 at 08:50 | Report Abuse
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29 February 2012
Cleveland Golf, our new golf equipment partner, are famous for their wedges. Who is the best wedge player in golfing history?
2 comments | Last commented 29 February 2012 at 21:09 | Report Abuse
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29 February 2012
How come there are some scores already submitted but I cant put mine on?
1 comments | Last commented 29 February 2012 at 13:36 | Report Abuse
29 February 2012
My inbox waiting expectantly for the Swingers season 9 invitation......
1 comments | Last commented 29 February 2012 at 11:35 | Report Abuse
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21 February 2012
HI Everyone, I run a society and and we are having a 36 hole (two round) day this season at Stapleford Park).
This will follow a Ryder Cup Matchplay format and you match wins/losses will qualify for league points.
This will be held on a tuesday and we have 6 places spare which I am offering to fellow swingers.
It is first come first served - send an email to me at jon_crickmore@hotmail.com if you are interested for more details and costs(cheap).
Swing Easy.
1 comments | Last commented 29 February 2012 at 16:27 | Report Abuse
20 February 2012
So I shoot 39 points off my new handicap of 17.6, off the yellows (2 shots difference SSS from whites) so a kind of nett 37 points, I come 11th (44 won it, bandit!!), and 50 others below me. I don't get cut 0.3 as I was hoping and expected but stay the same.....howdididothatthen? Mathematical geniuses please explain....
3 comments | Last commented 25 February 2012 at 12:49 | Report Abuse
11 February 2012
With courses in the UK closed during this cold snap there are few options open. Either taking on Tiger Woods on the playstation, or hitting a bucket of stones if one can find a driving range open, are two of the options.
Best option is clearly booking a flight (on Virgin Atlantic obviously) to escape to somewhere warmer.
As an alternative to pass some time, please reply with your best golfing joke, to put a smile (even if a wry smile) on people faces as they look longingly out of the clubhouse window.

The best one I've heard is a Willie Nelson (country & western singer) story (allegedly). He owned his own golf course. He said the best thing was that he could decide on the par for each hole. As example he had played the 7th hole the week before, and had struggled scoring 8, but at least he had got his birdie!
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10 February 2012
If the Swingers golf days are so succesful why not have one or two more and spread out the regions a little.
Unfortunately this year i can`t make it to the south region event having just come back from a golfing trip in Spain but would love to play in another but can`t because one is way up North and still close to me coming back from my trip,it`s more likely that i would travel up North if the dates were further apart.
What do you think ?
1 comments | Last commented 10 February 2012 at 16:19 | Report Abuse
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03 February 2012
The PGATour is the only tour not to allow the payment of appearance money to golfing superstars, but should that matter?

Last week lots of the top golfers like Woods, Donald, Westwood etc received appearance money to appear in the Middle East. That clearly affected the quality of the field at Torrey Pines, even though the tournament prize money was substantially more in California [ near Monarch Beach! ]

One top pro once said 'the best place to finish in an overseas event is 2nd, because you get a nice cheque, justify your appearance fee, and don't have to come back and defend !'

So should the European Tour change its rules and only allow sponsors to pay into the prize fund, which would help everyone in the field according to merit?
3 comments | Last commented 21 February 2012 at 17:56 | Report Abuse
19 January 2012
So Tiger Woods won his own competition that had a very limited field and yet earned a large amount of ranking points that propelled him back into the top 50. I personally don't think the points should have been awarded, people say that the field had x amount of top players in it, but unless you have a full field you really cannot say you have won by merit. It all boils down to the argument of is the best player in the world there by merit ?. Luke Donald is number 1 by merit, ok so he has not won a major yet but who cares. I think that each event should be allocated more points, so for example a major would carry 3 times the amount of points than a normal game, and WGC events two times the amount. All other games regardless of world location would carry the same amount. this would make golfers travel more to obtain points.
4 comments | Last commented 03 February 2012 at 15:16 | Report Abuse
18 January 2012
Nice to see the early organisation of two Swingers events in the South and Midlands of England but it seems that Scottish VA Flying Club members continue to be at a big disadvantage in the league - why isn't there an event in the 'Home of Golf'?
2 comments | Last commented 14 February 2012 at 00:57 | Report Abuse
17 January 2012
If you are a golfer with a registered handicap then I think the workplace should support golfers on days with blue skies and temps above 24C by leaving work at 3pm to go and play some golf. Lets face it, on such days, the majority of golfers are looking out the window and day dreaming of course records and also such days with such weather are few and far between in the UK....!
1 comments | Last commented 21 February 2012 at 17:57 | Report Abuse
29 December 2011
Technology developments are all very well, we can hit the ball further, generate more spin etc. However, our overworked greenkeepers seem to be turning into off road driving junkies. Why the hell if trolleys are banned do they still insist on driving all over the place ad using tractor mounted leaf blowers on the greens! relief from tractor marks is all very well on the fairway but on the greens? Get a brain and use shank's pony occasionally when the greens are wet. Not happy bad greens and Barnes Wallace crazy putting ruin a game of golf!
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13 December 2011
What do you consider to be the most important part of your game? Is it your set up, stance or maybe it's the mind game? What do you have to get right to make your game tick?
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16 November 2011
Many, many thanks to you and the whole team for an excellent event. It was great to meet your team and the Europeans and the rest of ROW, what a wonderful bunch of people.

Everything was so well organised and planned to the last detail it was a great pleasure to be there and enjoy the venues, menus, competitions, flights and entertainment.
Mo Reardon
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15 November 2011
A great time had by all.
Thanks to Virgin, Paul & Luke for brilliant week!
Made new friends, and more golfing trips are planned.
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11 November 2011
Can I be the first to congratulate Paul, Luke, Michelle and the entire team at the Virgin Golf Swingers for a memorable experience over the last 4 days out in Orlando. Fantastic organisation, great course and wonderful company...roll on Swingers Season 9 next year.....
3 comments | Last commented 14 November 2011 at 11:43 | Report Abuse
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23 October 2011
What a final round...unbelievable!
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06 October 2011
With our finalists about to be confirmed for the US, it’s time for Europe to attempt to wrestle back the trophy from the ROW. It could be a classic like some of the Ryder Cups on US soil in years gone by. Which was your most memorable?
3 comments | Last commented 08 October 2011 at 19:32 | Report Abuse
29 September 2011
As my golf club welcomes visitors some problems must be expected. However an interesting problem, totally unexpected, is occuring regulary. The areas around the hole on the greens are becoming very scuffed due to players obviously dragging their feet with their soft stpikes. it means continually changing pin positions but is very frustrating when putting immediately after a green has been badly scuffed. It never seemed a problem with real spikes. Any ideas????
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03 September 2011
All, anyone out there got recommendations for my wife and I to play golf anywhere between San Francisco and Las Vegas?

We have no set route that we are planning to drive, apart from being in Carmel directly before we head to Las Vegas.

Google Maps suggests Rte 101 south, I5 south, then i15 to LV. Happy to scoot north up towards Death Valley though if anyone knows of any good courses up there.

Regs....David.
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16 August 2011
We are heading out to Orlando next month to make final preparations for the Final. We are also looking at potential excursions to give everyone a break from the golf course! It would be good to hear what you think of these, and whether you have any ideas of your own. We are planning to look at airboat rides and alligator safaris followed by a BBQ, kayaking with Manatees followed by a BBQ and a trip to see Cirque du Soleil. Or would you prefer access to one of the Theme Parks or time to do your own shopping?

Let us know your thoughts

Thanks
Paul
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04 August 2011
This year’s Open Championship saw one of Europe’s ‘old timers’ win his first major and it was hard to imagine a more popular winner. With so many up and coming youngsters in the game such as McIlroy and Fowler, some of the more seasoned pros have fallen out of the media spotlight in recent times. But Darren proved that you shouldn’t be written off just because you’ve been around a while.
In light of this, which seasoned pro do you think could break their major duck next?
1 comments | Last commented 05 August 2011 at 15:46 | Report Abuse
22 July 2011
I will be there from around 1st August to the 15th if anyone is available for a game..
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18 July 2011
Any pointers....over there for the next three days
1 comments | Last commented 18 July 2011 at 10:52 | Report Abuse
11 July 2011
With the Open starting this week, which course do you think is the toughest test on the current rota?
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02 July 2011
I will be on vacation with the family (end Jul beg Aug)...understand there is a new course on the island Apes Hill. Played the Barbados and the Sandy Lane in the past, Royal Westmorland continues to elude me....advice please. And if anyone on the island or on holidays fancies an away match play pls drop me a message.
6 comments | Last commented 31 July 2011 at 03:22 | Report Abuse
28 June 2011
PLEASE! All Ozzies who disagree with GA introducing a new system in September 2011, tell them so. Will they rewrite the R & A next!?
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22 June 2011
The society day was a greate day out and the course was in top condition and was not over priced, when you consider coffee bacon roll, golf on a top course, a meal after and prizes. yes you can play the course cheaper but this was a well organized event and the price reflected that, there are events on the same format that are twice the cost so well done Paul
3 comments | Last commented 24 June 2011 at 20:00 | Report Abuse
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12 June 2011
Hey all,

I've never been one to use any kind of distance measuring tool other than sprinkler heads and the occasional cart with a gps module on it. However, after playing with a few friends who use rangefinders, I think they are absolutely fantastic! I'd like to get one, but there are so many choices out there.

Bushnell seems to lead the market, but I wanted to get people's opinions on what to look for in a range finder, and get suggestions on which one to get. I don't want to spend a ton of money, but I know they are all pretty expensive anyway so I may not have a choice.

Thanks in advance,
Nathan
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09 June 2011
Today I received the prize for last month's Glenmuir competition. Thanks very much Virgin Atlantic and Glenmuir.

It is a fabulous Dublin Fine Striped Cotton Polo Golf Shirt and there are NO intrusive advertising logos on it. They are obviously relying on quality and design to do their on-shirt advertising instead.

Alan Clifford
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01 June 2011
In May, we heard the very sad news that golfing legend Seve Ballesteros had passed away. We thought as a tribute we would get Swingers from all over the world to send in their memories of Seve. You can see ours on the latest news section, but please add yours on this thread.
1 comments | Last commented 06 June 2011 at 21:59 | Report Abuse
01 June 2011
This month in our opinion poll we ask ‘Who’s the greatest female golfer of all time?’ Who has done more than anyone to take women’s golf to it’s current heights?
3 comments | Last commented 22 June 2011 at 12:38 | Report Abuse
01 June 2011
Hi Jason !

I am writing this mail to thank you for the best tip i ever recieved on x factor
" One way to achieve this is at the address position turn your right foot towards the ball. "
My handicap was around 7 in the past but since last couple of years, went up to 12 all because of DISTANCE.
You will be glad to learn that i implemented your above tip in todays round ( did not practice this tip ever on Driving Range) and to my & my 4ball surprise, I was hitting longer than every one with the result that I touched 9 Greens in Regulation & scored a 76.
I would like to give you the credit for me playing so good today.
Best regards
pk
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31 May 2011
On Virgin of course....... but which course to play?
Any advice greatly appreciated.
3 comments | Last commented 14 June 2011 at 15:56 | Report Abuse
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29 May 2011
Paul/Luke - great job on the goody bags again this year!
5 comments | Last commented 14 June 2011 at 18:39 | Report Abuse
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13 May 2011
When I asked what css was I was told that it was the same as sss and on the top of the card. It seems that as I won the "C. Division" with an over par score and came second with an under par score this is not the case
2 comments | Last commented 16 May 2011 at 09:18 | Report Abuse
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12 May 2011
The swingers day at Forest Pines at Scunthorpe is in my opinion very over priced. If booked 2weeks in advance the cost is around £30 midweek and £40 at weekends. Perhaps if the organiser wants to extract water, then a hazel twig would be a better tool than a golf bag. Elsham (expensive) or Laceby Manor (not) would be a better choice and test of golf.
6 comments | Last commented 05 June 2011 at 06:49 | Report Abuse
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10 May 2011
Due to medical problems I have been advised not to play golf without wrist supports. As I am trying desperately to get back playing after over a year off, has anyone had experience of playing with them? Also which type are recommended.
2 comments | Last commented 17 May 2011 at 14:03 | Report Abuse
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03 May 2011
This month we ask ‘which player has/had the best swing in golf?’ What swing makes you tick, who makes striking a golf ball look so easy? Who has the perfect rhythm and balance?

9 comments | Last commented 08 June 2011 at 17:00 | Report Abuse
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28 April 2011
Sorry if I cant see this detail on the web site but I cant really, how is the rest of the world team chosen? If its purely based on league position and scores submitted surely its open for abuse?? I cant even scramble to get in the top 85 and Im not playing great golf but I cant understand how the leaders are so 'fantastic'... A random draw would be more fair than a league of who can be the best bandit! lol
1 comments | Last commented 28 April 2011 at 08:37 | Report Abuse
26 April 2011
Hi

I have a spare ticket to the Great North Tour Event at Styrrup Hall on Friday - its yours if you want it - Tee-off sometime after 10:30 includes free bacon roll/coffee etc.

Let me know on 0770-3456-848

http://greatnorthgolftour.com/amateur-golf-tour-venues-2011/south-yorkshire-golf-tour-styrupp-hall.html

Be quick!

Jon
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23 April 2011
Anyone like to play at Terrey Hills on Tuesday 26th April if weather OK? 1 or 2 players welcome.

Happy Easter! Mo & Tony Reardon
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17 April 2011
This year I am playing a series of events on the Great North Golf Tour http://greatnorthgolftour.com/ - any swingers who fancy a match the day before of after an event in their area?
Drop me a message if you do.
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16 April 2011
Kevin Na's tragedy just makes me realise that when I am 5 off the tee, it could get worse!!
1 comments | Last commented 20 April 2011 at 12:12 | Report Abuse
12 April 2011
I do not understand how the leaderboard scores can be so high if people are submitting legitimate handicaps? The USGA states that players should ONLY be shooting their handicaps 1 in 4 rounds AT MOST. And, even then would probably be adjusted down.
4 comments | Last commented 12 May 2011 at 20:41 | Report Abuse
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11 April 2011
As I mentioned in my best Ryder Cup course thread I am hosting French company colleagues at the Belfry in June. I will have to do a couple of presentations and an after dinner speach and was looking for some witty content. Keep it clean please!
Thanks in anticipation.
Bob
1 comments | Last commented 31 May 2011 at 11:03 | Report Abuse
11 April 2011
I was lucky enough to win the bonus prize in last years swingers comp and now have a round-trip ticket to use.
As I do a little freelance golf journalism I thought it might be a good idea to work-up a piece on golf hospitality in 2011.
What I'm looking for is for a few people who would be prepared to put me up in their homes and arrange a round of golf at their club for me on a one night one round basis - do you think that you might be interested?
I need at least 7 people to get this off the ground in the Australia, South Africa or America.
Contact me if you have a group of fellow swingers who would like to particpate in this project.
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09 April 2011
Group of boys heading for South Wales playing Pennard, Fairwood, Machynys and Royal Porthcawl (on Friday 29th!) over the forthcoming bonus Royal Wedding Bank Holiday weekend .... any South Waleans have any advice on the 4 courses (and I'm not talking soup thru to cheese)?
3 comments | Last commented 02 May 2011 at 09:58 | Report Abuse
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07 April 2011
I have in the last 4 weeks played 6 rounds of golf at my home club...I have posted 9 under, 10 under, 3 under in social rounds and yet in club comps I am 2 over, 4 over and 5 over...is it all in the mind?
2 comments | Last commented 17 May 2011 at 14:08 | Report Abuse
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05 April 2011
With the recent WGC events still fresh in memorable, outside of the major championships and the Ryder Cup, which pro tournaments do you look forward to watching most? Is it The Player’s Championship at Sawgrass or the WGC Matchplay at Dove Mountain, Arizona. Perhaps it the traditional European PGA Championship at Wentworth?
2 comments | Last commented 31 May 2011 at 21:18 | Report Abuse
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16 March 2011
Does Tiger's performance in recent weeks and particularly in 2nd place in Tavistock Cup team result signal alarm bells for the Masters?
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13 March 2011
I am currently planning my annual company Ryder Cup event UK v France...each year we venture to a new course (Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille, Edinburgh, Dublin, etc) but this year we are returning to the first venue (started by our CEO 19 years ago)...The Belfry...what in your opinion is the best ever REAL Ryder Cup venue?
5 comments | Last commented 31 March 2011 at 16:03 | Report Abuse
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07 March 2011
how long do you need to take over your pre shot routine?
i was playing with a 16 handicapper- his routine took forever. After our round i confronted him on how long he took- he replied i need to go through this at all times to focus my attention. yet again another 4 1/2 hr round of golf.
your thoughts
3 comments | Last commented 31 March 2011 at 15:35 | Report Abuse
01 March 2011
I really enjoyed the coverage of the WGC matchplay golf from Arizona this last weekend and was delighted that Luke Donald got a long overdue win. However, I was amazed at how poor much of the TV coverage was from the American host broadcaster. Missed shots, shots shown out of order, long gaps (presumably for US commercials) between play being shown, poor on-screen graphics, poor commentary, etc. It made me grateful for the superb coverage, and commentary, Sky Sports provides us with every week.

I'd be interested in hearing other members' views on this.
7 comments | Last commented 22 March 2011 at 19:29 | Report Abuse
26 February 2011
Have we seen the end of any one or two players dominating the professional game, not only with Tiger - but going back to other multi major winners such as Faldo, Singh, Watson, Nicklaus etc. Already this year we've seen guys like Tommy '2 gloves' Gainey, Johhny Vegas, Mark Wilson, DA Points win events in the US, and in Europe it has been a similar picture with the worlds 123 failing to impress at Dubai, along with other superstars like McIlroy.

Is it just that they are all now super-competitive or is equipment levelling the playing field too much?

1 comments | Last commented 28 February 2011 at 18:09 | Report Abuse
25 February 2011
Which pro has inspired you to take up or play better golf over the years? Is it one of the big names like Seve, Jack, Tom or Tiger or has someone less obvious made you tick?
1 comments | Last commented 01 March 2011 at 20:14 | Report Abuse
18 February 2011
What's the recommended interval between regripping your ball retriever?
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18 February 2011
What's the recommended interval between regripping your ball retriever?
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07 February 2011
Why do we have Ladies Tees?
Coming up to sixty years of playing golf the one thing that has always bugged me
is why golf, based on the handicap system, needs special tees for Ladies. Before
you say this is a male chauvinistic viewpoint let me explain my views. I belong
to a small golf club in France and two days during the week we have senior
afternoons. Actually everyone who arrives are invited to play including
visitors. It is in fact an oppurtunity for those who enjoy the simple enjoyment
of the game to play with no pressure. Usually there are about 30 players 20 to
25% of whom are Ladies. Balls are placed in a hat and drawn into threesomes or
foursomes. It is therefore the norm for most groups to be of mixed men and
ladies. With a foursome comprising of two Ladies and two men it is off to the
first tee. The Ladies sensibly position themselves behind the men while they
drive off. Then its off to the Ladies Tee for the Ladies to drive off. So from a
group of four it is immediately split into two groups. For some reason it never
seems to go back to four players out to enjoy an afternoons golf. This is caused
simply by having separate tees for Men and Ladies. So Ladies tees cause
segregation where the handicap system could be used to negate the difference. So
why do we have to have Ladies Tees?

3 comments | Last commented 03 March 2011 at 21:59 | Report Abuse
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19 January 2011
Has anyone else tried this swing model which seems to be the talking point in golf in the states?
One of the key points is keeping the weight forward during the swing which, if anyone saw my video swing analysis on the site they would see that weight transfer has been a big problem for me.
I've just started using Stack & Tilt a week ago and have found some amazing results so far. Yesterday at S&A I scored 35 points which was great considering that it is the first time I hit golf balls in about 6 weeks and its about the toughest track in this area.
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22 December 2010
I started an earlier thread on golf ball tech, but I've just acquired some of the new 'Truvis' Srixon balls - the ones with the blue pentagon markings which make the ball look like a mini football.

www.truvis.com is the website if you want the technical stuff.

Due to 6 inches of snow and ice I haven't been able to hit them on the course, but even chipping and putting around the snowman in the garden the markings seem to help make a more solid contact.

Has anyone else tried them on course to good effect - or is it taking psycho-technology too far?

Oh..and Merry Christmas !
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13 December 2010
Christmas is just round the corner, and that means the inevitable pair of socks amongst other gifts. But if you could choose a golfing present for yourself this year, what would it be?
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17 November 2010
I am thinking about buying some orange balls for this year's winter season as I am fed up with losing reasonable (i.e. long but not quite as straight as good) drives in the frosty glare on early Sunday mornings.

I also read recently that in the cold and frost, there is little difference in ball playability (i.e. a Pro V1 resembles a Dunlop 65).

Any thoughts or experiences (or are orange balls not the done thing at your club)?
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17 November 2010
Last weekend I played in a very enjoyable social competition at my club. The only noticeable problem is that slow play in the winter becomes even more of an issue as muscles get cold whilst waiting for the next shot and what light there is fades away.

This got me thinking about ways to speed up the game in winter time.

Some suggestions are:
i) Have only a general play tee to make the course short (my course has the sense to do this already).
ii) Increase the hole size on temporary greens - this would offset the problem of trying to cope with hobbles and bobbles etc. (and an effort akin to stopping a marble on an upturned bowl)
iii) Implore people to be sensible with Winter Rules - not every shot needs to be reset on a fluffier lie
iv) Always play 'ready golf' - show less concern for who has the honour and more concern for putting balls in play.
v) And even though the rain is pelting down like the recent event at Celtic Manor remember that we are not all playing in the Ryder Cup.

The benefit is that we all get round quicker (in a relaxed sense) and get to spend more time in the bar with friends before dashing off to a Sunday roast.

Any thoughts and any ideas?
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16 November 2010
It seems our club is not willing to address this and they are dragging their feet. Do we have any clubs that have implemented and how is it all going? I am a working lady that would love to play competitive golf on a Saturday and would be happy to pay the same fees as an ordinary male member. At present me and my husband work all week, he golfs on Saturday and I on Sunday - therefore leaving no family time as such. Can this be resolved?
3 comments | Last commented 18 January 2011 at 15:21 | Report Abuse
08 November 2010
With the wind and rain battering down on the UK today, what better way to pass the time then think of great golfing destinations in Europe, US and other areas of the world where you are guaranteed some sunshine. Which are your favourites?
4 comments | Last commented 28 November 2010 at 20:56 | Report Abuse
08 November 2010
It's that time of year again when we start looking back on sporting achievements of the past year, and the BBC gets ready to roll out its Sports Personality of the Year. I would imagine Europe are dead certs for the team award, but if there was one individual golfer who deserves the award of Personality of the Year, who would you give it to and why?
2 comments | Last commented 13 November 2010 at 11:51 | Report Abuse
08 November 2010
In our opinion poll this month, we ask who will end next season as Number One in the World? Obviously Lee Westwood holds that title for now, but is he just keeping the seat warm for a revitalised Woods or will one of his Ryder Cup team mates, such as Martin Kaymer take over?
1 comments | Last commented 09 November 2010 at 21:09 | Report Abuse
06 October 2010
I would just like to say thanks for the kind comments from both captain's in their final's interviews

Just managed to read them off the final newsletter

Joan's comments

Q: Who do you think was the biggest threat on the European team?

A: The European team was very competitive but without a doubt you gotta love the play of Alastair Price. He has the canny ability to get the golf ball up and down anywhere on the course. He is a true class player and individual. We all wish to play to that handicap!!!


Nigel's comments

Q: There were some great performances from your team as well, is there anyone in particular you would single out for praise?

A: I’m reluctant to single any one player out as I feel everyone within Team Europe gave 100%, we were just beaten this year by a more focused team. If I was to single out one player, it would have to be Alastair Price. It was an absolute pleasure to have played alongside Alastair and undoubtedly he was the best golfer in the Final.


Thanks again, hope to see you in Season 8 and you would both be my vote for captain if you both qualify.

Excellent job...
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04 October 2010
After sitting in the rain for 7.5 hours on Friday waiting for a ball to hit, I was cursing the choice of venues for the Ryder Cup. However, watching it on tv today, Celtic Manor looks great. How do you think Celtic Manor deserves to be remembered as a Ryder Cup venue?
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26 September 2010
Just a quick post to say say congrats to ROW team this year, who gave Europe a good hiding over 2 days days of really competitive and most enjoyable golf.

Milestone and Virgin with the help of Manor House got it spot on with regards to the event and the finals seem to getting better and better...Thanks again to all involved.

See you in Season 8 hopefully!
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12 August 2010
Hi all,

My wife and I are spending three weeks in South Africa in Nov/Dec and would be interested in hooking up with some other Flying Club Swingers to play some golf.

We will be up around Johannesburg/Kruger for the first week then down around CapeTown/Knysna for two weeks.

Anyone got course recommendations, tips for reduced green fees or be interested in meeting up and playing?

I can give me details of our itinerary outside of this discussion group.

Regs....David.
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10 August 2010
After Langer's back-to-back majors, our opinion poll this month asks which senior tour players could be worth a spot on either the European or US Ryder Cup teams. Feel free to discuss this topic here.
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09 August 2010
hi, how do i send in a score card so i can get the bonus points?
thanks
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03 August 2010
What's the best tip or advice you've had for improving your swing/game?
About 6 months ago I came across a set of online videos by Don Trahan (also known as 'The Surge'). For me a simple grip adjustment has found me playing the best golf of my life. I now take a more solid swing to the course and have better ball striking, with a hint of a draw. With few pointers from an old Jack Nicklaus video on course management, and a few pointers on the short game from an old Seve video I feel set up to bring in more pars than bogies.
I would be interested to hear top tips from others.
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16 July 2010
How has your club dealt with the Equality bill – ladies & gents to pay equal fees for equal access, which is becoming law in the Autumn? I have heard that some clubs have changed mens & ladies memberships to be 7 day & 6 day memberships & either gender can be a member of either class. Has anyone any experience of this being successful? I have also heard that 6 day membership means you can play at 5.30 on a Saturday i.e. after the comp. What do you think is the best & fairest way to deal with the Equality Bill?
2 comments | Last commented 31 July 2010 at 22:21 | Report Abuse
09 July 2010
This month in our opinion poll we ask what is the greatest European win on US soil in the last 20 years? Was it McDowell's recent win at Pebble Beach or maybe Faldo's two Masters in the 90's?
1 comments | Last commented 12 July 2010 at 07:44 | Report Abuse
01 July 2010
The 17th tee at St. Andrews has been moved back onto the driving range area (outside of the course boundary) to leave players a longer second shot to the road hole green.

I thought Pebble Beech was a great example, (well done Graeme McDowell), of how to take out the need for length and reward the consistent player.

I for one hope that the lengthened tee option is used sparingly, and other measures such as building up the rough, making the run off areas quicker paced, greens firm are used to the fore.

Good luck to Tom Watson for the main event, and I can't wait to see Seve in the Champion's Challenge.
4 comments | Last commented 04 July 2010 at 17:08 | Report Abuse
19 June 2010
Monty's pick as Ryder Cup captain for 2010 was controversial at the time - overlooking Lyle and Olazabal, and with most people expecting him to be a shoe-in for Gleneagles in 2014.
But will it be a beaming Monty leading the team to victory, or in adversity will the Americans be able to exploit 'Mrs Doubtfire's' fragile temperament leading to volcanic eruptions in South Wales?
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18 June 2010
With the dual start on the 1st and 10th tees at Pebble Beach for the US Open, what are people's views on starting on the 10th.
For me it ruins the round, since the holes are not played in the order intended. I recently played at Mystic Dunes in Orlando, and ended up playing the great show hole 11th hole par 3 as my second as we had to start on the 10th. So rather than having had 10 holes under my belt and a warmed up swing, I only had 1.
So should the holes be played in the order intended, or perhaps we should all dual start in the monthly medals so we can all get back in the bar for Sunday lunch.
2 comments | Last commented 06 July 2010 at 08:29 | Report Abuse
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12 June 2010
I would like to see competition tees for ladies. At club level we only play from red tees, we should be like the men and have two tees, even if it means playing from the yellow.
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11 June 2010
Surprised this one hasn't been raised, since it's widely acknowledged that ball technology is probably the most important factor in the ease with which professional golfers can shoot such ridiculous scores. But for the average golfer does it really matter? Should you play a Titleist Pro V, or would a Donnay Pro One yield very similar results?

I personally tend to play a softer premium ball like the Pro V, mainly because I don't hit it all that far, and off 7or 8 I need an accurate short game, however on Saturday I was playing in the club stableford and before an early tee at 7.16am I gave my selected Pro Vs a quick scrub before leaving them behind in the kitchen! Hence on the tee I discovered that I only had one 'decent' ball which I proceeded to lose off the first tee due to a stiff back. I then finished the round with an old Callaway Warbird and despite the double at the first managed a scratch 75.

So does it really matter - or are we just suckered by the marketing of the big companies? I do tend to think that [even tho they are a rip off] premium balls are of some benefit even to higher handicappers - and of course they are nicer to pull out of the pond than Top Flites :)

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07 June 2010
I try and play once a week and where possible pop along to the range to waste a few good shots. However, I do feel that I am often building permanent bad elements into my game, altering grip, stance and anything else to correct that errant "Armitage Shanks". And far from reaching perfection I am a victim of bad shot muscle memory!!. I think it's time for a lesson or some other intervention, whaddya think/advise?
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07 June 2010
The recent discussions on laser range finders, markers and GPS software are missing the point. You have to hit balls at the range to find out your average distances per club. I use a laser range finder to get accurate distance readings at the range. On the course, GPS software apps especially on the iPhone can be slow, infuriating other players. Getting an accurate distance to the flag with my range finder helps me learn my distances in real play and update my yardage marker book. They speed up play and help me plan my round. My handicap has come down 6 points in the past 6 months since using it.

Joe
3 comments | Last commented 31 July 2010 at 19:59 | Report Abuse
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07 June 2010
How do we get clubs to follow the CONGU rules on handicaps. I enjoy playing in open competitions but get annoyed when you book in for a 4 Ball Better Ball open and I am told that the handicap allowance is 7/8ths. This is completely against the CONGU rules ( which are now Mandatory ) that 4 BBB's should be 3/4 hanicap allowance. It happens quite often and, some of the clubs involved are open qualifying courses so they should know better.
Anyone any suggestions so that we can all have an equal chance of winning no matter what the handicap. It's the only sport I know of where the harder you practice and the more time and effort you put in, the more you are penalised.
3 comments | Last commented 13 June 2010 at 22:39 | Report Abuse
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07 June 2010
Here's the thing, you strike a perfect drive, dead centre of the fairway, in the appointed target zone on the scoresaver planner.

Trouble is, someone has been there before you and your perfect drive is in a divot hole. To make it worse your playing partner's ball rolls off the fairway into light rough and his ball is almost teed up for his second shot.

Should (or how could) the rules be changed to allow you to move the ball out of the divot hole. Equity suggests you should be able to, but how to you ensure fair play?
4 comments | Last commented 16 June 2010 at 13:08 | Report Abuse
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07 June 2010
I've watched it a few times and I have to say, besides the subtle product promos in there, the stuff he teaches is great. The videos are meant for slightly more advanced golfers, because he assumes you know proper grip, stance, etc. The video really tries to teach you how to get close from 50 yards and in.

I started using his "Hinge & Hold" method and I like it a lot. I feel like I have a lot more control over the golf ball. It was tough to get my distances at first, but I've found that now I am much more consistent from the fairway, rough, and bunkers using that technique.

Has anyone else seen the vids? Any other recommendations?
2 comments | Last commented 07 June 2010 at 17:40 | Report Abuse
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06 June 2010
OK maybe I'm on a loser with this one, but I don't think rangefinders nor GPS devices should be allowed on competition rounds. I know the USGA and R&A allow that a local rule can permit their use but it's still a 'device that assists during play' and surely the luxury of a 150 yard marker along with his/her skill and experience should be all that a true golfer needs?
6 comments | Last commented 18 June 2010 at 11:42 | Report Abuse
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04 June 2010
Should you enter every score? Start with low scores and then go high? Start high and then go low? How do you play the game to make it to the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Swingers Finals?
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04 June 2010
Just wondering what people are using in the way of putters out there and what they think of them?
I use a Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #5 mallet - its fantastic.

Their comments on it are:
Drop-dead curvaceous, yet completely refined. Art meeting technology meeting performance. A completely new spin on a classic. The Circa '62 No. 5 embodies each of these statements as it truly breaks new ground in mallet style putter design. With a unique, never-been-seen-before convex flange and concave sole—and already a PGA Tour event winner—the No. 5 is shafted directly to the putter head for a classic look that is familiar, yet altogether new. In keeping with the Circa '62 line’s design characteristics, the No. 5 has high toe and a straight topline for a pleasing look, which also helps to keep the putter soled at address. Players will find the melt-into-the-ground-smoothness—the result of hours of meticulous milling—the solid feel, and ball performance extremely satisfying. Complementing the refined putter head and single bend shaft setup is the rich, gun-blued finish that gives the No. 5 the aesthetics of a modern, high performance mallet that still retains old world charm and style.
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02 June 2010
In our opinion poll this month, we ask who, of the competing nations, is your choice to host the Ryder Cup in 2018. Is it France who have put in a very strong bid, previous host Spain, Germany, Portugal or the outsider Holland? Here's your chance to discuss future Ryder Cup host venues - European or American.
3 comments | Last commented 16 June 2010 at 20:01 | Report Abuse
17 May 2010
The BBC have asked us whether any Swingers would be interesting in assisting them with their research on a new documentary series exploring lifestyle and spending habits.

If anyone is interested please email Tara.Okelly@bbc.co.uk

Thanks!
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11 May 2010
We have received requests to organise a Swingers golf day where existing Swingers pay a fee to enter a fun competition, have a bite to eat and make friends with other Swingers in the area.

In order to gauge interest amongst our Swingers members, if you would be interested in paying to take part in such a day, please email golf@flyingclubevents.com or comment here indicating in the title whether you would be interested in a SCOTLAND & NORTH day, MIDLANDS AND WALES day or SOUTH day. Although we are not currently looking to run any of these events overseas, Rest of the World Swingers who might be travelling to the UK are welcome to register their interest.

At this stage, we have made no commitment to run such events, but are interested to see what the take up might be.
17 comments | Last commented 22 July 2010 at 22:35 | Report Abuse
08 May 2010
What do other swingers think of the ground-breaking move by DeVere to open membership of their clubs up for a mere £295.
I've played a few of their tracks and the big benefit to me is that I can go to any of them and spend some of my 100 points on a round - if like me, you travel a lot its almost magical!
Being from an area where joinig fees are £1200-£3000 its great that there is no joining fee with this either.
1 comments | Last commented 12 May 2010 at 09:15 | Report Abuse
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07 May 2010
The hardest course I have played to date, is the re-design west course at Wentworth, the coures is closed, in prep for the BMW PGA later this month. Holes 1, 3, 8, 9,15,16,17 & 18. demand so much respect that said the other 10 holes will keep you awake long after you should be in dream land.

Win
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07 May 2010
As Chairman of competitions and Vice Captain of Mentmore Golf club, I was recently faced with a dilemma.
In our May stableford we were faced with some rather unpleasant weather conditions.
Our members sign up in advance for tee times to play in the monthly qualifiers. We had a number of members that after seeing the weather conditions on the Sunday morning cancelled there tee times for the competition, as the weather improved through the day, they then signed up on the roll up touch screen system we have and took advantage of the better conditions. One of these members actually won the competition and the rewards that go along with it.
I can find nothing in the rules to say that this is not allowed.
My question is, should this be allowed or stopped somehow? The majority of players went out and played the conditions as they were and others took advantage of the system and in my opinion broke the ethics of golf competitions and were rewarded financially.
8 comments | Last commented 10 June 2010 at 21:19 | Report Abuse
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06 May 2010
For me it is Americas home of golf - Pinehurst No2.
The thing about Pinehurst No 2 is that it is just majestic! Its Americas version of St Andrews and like the the Old Course it is not a course that lives through its asthetic beauty, in fact there are not many great "views" on it at all, and like its scottish counterpart it relies on its great design to offer any golfer one of the most memorable rounds of his life.

This is a course that test you but not in the way a more modern design will. Today we are pushed to make long drives and pinpoint approaches, but Pinehurst will forgive those of us who can't make a 250 yard drive because it cleverly focuses us on our skills at and around the green. In this way it makes you use the club that we all carry but seldom draw on - our imagination.

To play Pinehurst No2 well you must chip, bump & run, flop but most especially putt to get your ball close to the hole - using your full powers of concentration will make a round here something that you will return to in your thoughts time & time again.

Remember you are walking in the footsteps of Hogan, Snead, Nicklaus, Tiger & the charismatic Payne Stewart when you tread these fairways, so like me opt for a caddy to you can take in the atmosphere from the centre of the fairway and not from the cart path. My own experience was greatly improved by my caddy as I birdied the 8th, he had the knowledge to inform me that this was the hole that John Daly scored an 11 on in the 1999 U.S.Open. Admittedly he later asked me to buy him lunch, as he'd left his wallet in his car - but it was worth it for that snippet of information alone.

On the course itself you will find that most fairways are tree-lined but that they are wide enough to accomodate errors from the tee. The bunkers are real "features" as they are, more often than not, surrounded by long grass but will only punish you when you let your ego reign in your choice of shot from them.

You'll find that Pinehurst No 2 has
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06 May 2010
In terms of money it is probably the driver, but I would suggest that the most often used clubs are putters and wedges. Would you spend £300 on a wedge or £300 on a putter? Or maybe you have a 'trusty hybrid'. For me, my MVC (most valuable club) is my 52 degree wedge.
3 comments | Last commented 03 June 2010 at 10:34 | Report Abuse
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06 May 2010
How often have you been to a course which is either much easier or much harder than your home course - but you still have to play of the same handicap. Why doesn't the governing body grade the courses so you should aim to play to the same handicap everywhere?
2 comments | Last commented 10 June 2010 at 21:35 | Report Abuse
06 May 2010
Quail Hollow - 30th April 2010
Rory Mcilroy makes the cut right on the number at 1 over par and we all think, hmmm, he is still struggling with his swing. 2 days later he has walked away with $1 million, after making 17 birdies and an eagle over the last 2 rounds, obliterating some of the best players in the World, including Phil Mickelson.

His flawless final round was probably the most inspiring golf I have EVER seen played, perhaps with the exception of watching a young Seve Ballesteros. This kid has it all, power, accuracy and a strong mind. If he can continue to putt well, he will surely win Major over the next few years.

And for all those out there who think Nick Faldo is an arrogant git (me included!), bear in mind that Rory is a prodigy of the Faldo academy...sorry Sir Nick, you have redeemed youreslf in my eyes!

And to see Paddy Harrington, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk and others waiting for Rory and applauding him as he came back to the Locker Room, was a wonderful testament to the sport and the majority who play it professionally. With a few exceptions, they are true Gentlemen and sportsmen.

I have a feelling that the youg Mr Mcilroy will shortly be known as Master Mcilroy, just turned 21 and with the golfing World at his feet.

Nice one Rory, we salute you!

Ian "Red" Readman
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06 May 2010
Why do the major club and ball manufacturers think golfers are a bottomless pit of funds? They have parts made cheaply, put them together cheaply and then add a massive quantity of money for so called marketing and overheads to round out the exhorbitant prices. And then they bring out the same club or ball with "new technology" some six minths later. It would be great if golfers could somehow force the prices down to what would be reasonable and fair, as this is not about attacking the manufacturing company but making golf affordable for more or, at least, more affordable for current players. Any ideas out there?
1 comments | Last commented 10 May 2010 at 09:30 | Report Abuse
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06 May 2010
It certainly had its roots as an elitist sport and the expense associated with playing is hardly helping that: clubs, endless quantities of balls to lose (especially if you play like me...), lessons, not to mention the cost of a round, or even a session on the driving range. Even the way we dress plays to the elitist nature - how many other sports do you go to play dressed in what could pass in many offices as "business casual"?

Having said that, there are a lot of ways to cut the costs severely nowadays - community courses, second hand clubs, wading around in that out-of-bounds marshland to collect a barrage of shanked balls, etc

So what's the verdict - is golf still elitist? Should we be doing more to encourage young kids in poorer communities to take up the game? Are there ways to broaden out the overall reach of the game? Would love to hear your thoughts :)

Best

Boris



2 comments | Last commented 10 May 2010 at 09:34 | Report Abuse
06 May 2010
There seems to be an increase in the amount of help caddies give to players. For example standing behind their player on the tee box helping them to line up the tee shot. Also on the greens helping to line up the putts. I don't think this is really in the spirit of the game, a caddie should just give a yardage and the player should decide on the club and aim point. Apart from delivering extra help to the player it is also slowing play down. The game of golf is after all the individual playing against the course.
2 comments | Last commented 10 May 2010 at 09:37 | Report Abuse
05 May 2010
This month's opinion poll asks what's the toughest hole in golf. Check out The Extreme 19th Par 3 at the Legend Golf and Safari Resort in S Africa on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3_W_JryhR0&feature=player_embedded

If you want to nominate a course not on our list, here's your chance to discuss it.
1 comments | Last commented 06 May 2010 at 12:00 | Report Abuse
30 April 2010
I just want to thank Virgin, their sponsors Stewart Golf and Paul & Luke at Milestone for running such a great league.
I was lucky enough to win the Stewart Golf waterproof bag and it's just fantastic!
I played at the Burnley Open just after I took delivery of the bag and it poured down.
The bag was terrific unlike my golf on the day and it kept the contents completely dry. It's just a shame that the pockets were not big enough for me to get in to save myself the soaking.
1 comments | Last commented 04 May 2010 at 09:17 | Report Abuse
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22 April 2010
What golfing experience are you most proud of? Is it a hole-in-one, becoming a single figure handicapper, winning your club championship or something else?

Being a pretty poor golfer, mine are limited, but I'm pretty proud of holing my second shot on the first at the Grove!
4 comments | Last commented 02 June 2010 at 14:53 | Report Abuse
22 April 2010
Tiger probably had a better Masters than we all expected given the last few months. Assuming he makes the Ryder Cup team, will he be a better team player for his experience and therefore will the US be a much more dangerous proposition for Europe?
1 comments | Last commented 23 April 2010 at 09:42 | Report Abuse
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22 April 2010
Lee Westwood had a great Masters tinged with disappointment that he was so close. There's no doubt he's getting closer but can he go on and win one? Does he need to change anything about his game to make the ultimate step up?
5 comments | Last commented 10 June 2010 at 21:40 | Report Abuse
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22 April 2010
If you could start over, what would you do differently, how would you start? Would you start with lessons, at a driving range? What kind of clubs would you get? Where would you play? (I live in Tunbridge Wells).
5 comments | Last commented 07 May 2010 at 15:11 | Report Abuse

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