Titleist 910 D2
I've only had a handful of drivers over my career. I started with a second series Callaway Big Bertha Driver and used that for nearly 8 seasons before I switched over to a Taylor Made 360. I still have the head to that driver, with the thought that maybe one day it will make a great 3 wood or positional club off the tee. I then got my hands on a Callaway FT5 which I used until half way through last season. But with those drivers now obsolete, the new baby that's in my bag has become my best friend and biggest weapon on the golf course...
I hope lots of people find inspiration in this as much as I do. Enjoy!
There's nothing better than settling in on Sunday afternoon and watching the final nine holes of The Masters. My first memory of the Masters was 1986, and I'm so glad I had that as my first memory. Funny thing, I don't remember Bernhard Langer in 1985. So for that reason, the list is my Top 10 Masters since 1986 to 2011. Over the last few years, though I've enjoyed The Masters, I feel it's lacked that edge of your seat feeling. Not that it hasn't been dramatic with Charl Schwartzel in 2011 making birdie on each of his final three holes to win. Or Zach Johnson laying up on all the par 5's to have the highest winning score since Sam Snead's 289 in 1956. Then there's Fred Couples great run in 2006 where he finished T2 and Kenny Perry's bogey - bogey finish then a bogey on the first playoff hole to eventually bow out to Angel Cabrera. My least favourite in recent memory has to be Trevor Immelman in 2008, where he posted a 75 on the final day to win by 3. Here's my Top 10 and I would love to know what you think....
I was in shock.. I couldn't believe what I saw. A young professional who was in total control of her round, let a major championship slip away in one miniscule moment of non focus. This will be short and to the point. Routine is our only foundation in the golf game. If you have a pre-shot routine use it to your advantage and make it your friend in the most extreme pressure situations. Great routines make not so great players awesome on any given day. I've worked hard on my routine and feel it's as good as how I wake up in the morning. I'm not saying I.K. Kim didn't follow through on her routine on the 72nd hole of the Kraft Nabisco, but right at the moment of impact her left hand jittered and when that happened it meant something wasn't right in her mind before she struck the putt. Golf must be played in the moment, and I truly believe she was thinking ahead. I've missed my share of short putts, but one thing's for certain... in that situation... I would have only been thinking of making the best possible stroke in that moment.
Junior golf was a big thing for me. It paved my road into the golf industry and made me the player I am today. Growing up in the Hamilton area I had lots of golf tournaments to play in and was very central to many. However, my father encouraged me to play local events and said if I couldn't win in my backyard, then there was no reason to play away from home. I first qualified for the Hamilton/Halton Junior Golf Tour in 1995 at the age of 15. The Junior Tour was very deep when I played and the first year I qualified I shot 81 and made the cut by one shot. I got exempt for the 1997 season by finishing in the top 15 in 1996. I finished 10th in 1997 but did not win an event. In 1998, I finally won. I shot 69 in the first event of the season and eventually finished 2nd in the overall standings....
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