Saturday, May 14, 2022

Watch: Amazing Highlights of the 2022 Betfred British Masters





First known as the Dunlop Masters from 1946 until 1982, then the British Masters, held until 2008, then back again in 2015 until the present, this prestigious European Tour event now called the Betfred British Masters had an amazing and unbelievable finish. 

The course is called The Belfry, it is 7328 yards, par 72. Golf courses keep getting longer, yet the equipment and balls keep getting longer too, not to mention the amount of people playing is producing longer hitters. Still, this is a tough course with some good distance to navigate, I think I've seen it being played on the Europro Tour, a 3rd tier mini-tour based in England.

Olesen had an up and down day, while Ramsay, unfortunately, fell to the choke factor on the 18th hole and put it in the water. The ups of Olesen were good enough to place him one stroke on top with some amazing and even unbelievable putts. This type of putting is what makes golf and sport interesting, as it shows more than a technique, it is a certain focus and fate, it is unexplainable, yet amazing to watch the best golfers in the world get in this type of rare zone. 

Way to roll it Olesen!



Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Watch "Million Dollar Golf Swing" George Knudson Documentary


George Knudson was another great golfer from Canada in the latter part of the 20th century. His contemporary Moe Norman was another notable Canadian golfer. This is a great documentary on this relatively obscure golfer; George made his claim to fame on Shell's "Wonderful World of Golf" television series in the 60s and 70s. Back then, golf on television was very limited, only showing the last few holes usually on Sunday. This series highlighted the world's best golfers at the time in one on one matches with other greats of the time -- this gave the fans a more personal look at their favorite golfers. 

Like Moe Norman, George was sort of a golf philosopher, always working on the swing, making it quiet and consistent. If only George was as good of a putter as he was a ball striker, then he would have been a household name in the world of golf with Major wins to his credit. His strong grip and inside-out swing made golf look easy, which is something good golfers tend to do. 

Considering Canada is frozen half of the year like it is in Oregon where I'm from, it is amazing how many good golfers have come out of Canada. My favorite currently is Mackenzie Hughes who will likely win a major before too long like his countryman Mike Weir did in 2003 at the Masters -- the only Major win for a Canadian golfer ever. 

Unfortunately, George didn't live a long life, dying in his early 50s from lung cancer that spread to other parts of his body. If only George knew of a natural cure, yet the medical establishment made sure he and others didn't know of the many cancer cures available at the time and at the present. His golfing ability will be remembered, as one of the best ball strikers ever to have played the game, which is saying something. Let his swing and efforts at golf inspire you to play and swing better. 


 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Watch Bobby Jones "How I play Golf" (1931)


Over 90 years ago, laid-back Bobby Jones created a classic golf instructional video -- before these were a thing. As you'll see, he is really good at golf, maybe the greatest golfer of all time in some people's minds. Watching his swing will explain why he was so good, and then he will explain how he does it! If only it were as easy as watching this to then play like he did, yet it won't hurt for trying. 

The tips of using the massie, the massie-niblick, and the spoon are helpful and give us a taste of the lingo that defined a golf-era long ago. Looking at the bigger picture, formal golf as we know it only started in 1860 with the first British Open or The Open as it is known now -- this really isn't very long ago from now and especially when this video was made. 

Wanted to share this because it is helpful for our games; while Bobby and I may disagree with Catholicism and likely Freemasonry (if he was one), I respect his amazing game and fine character. If only his tournaments were filmed like they are today, we could have seen some amazing feats from this era of unique golfers who popularized the game and cemented the respect for the game in the hearts of American golfers for years to come.