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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Necessary Golf Equipment And Etiquette

When you are out to play golf, especially for the first time, it can be quite frightening. You might be thinking of things such as what you need to do and what necessary golf equipment you will need. So are a few essential facts that you need to know about basic golf equipment:
The Necessary Golf Equipment
You need to bring along with you the proper equipment to the golf course, or else what are you going to do without the tools of the trade? According to the rules, the golfers should only have a maximum of fourteen (14) clubs in his or her bag. You don't have to have exactly 14 clubs since there isn't any rule about how little clubs you should bring, but it is not proper etiquette to borrow a partner's club either, and against the rules most of the time.
The next type of necessary golf equipment you need to have would have to be a lot of tees and golf balls. The standard golf ball is white, but it can also come in other colors. It is spherical and has little shallow pockmarks called "dimples." The purpose of these dimples is that they decrease the air turbulence around the ball while it is in motion, so that this will lessen the aerodynamic drag to let the ball fly farther. More often than not, you will be losing a lot of golf balls especially if you are a newbie so be prepared.
You can also bring along a ballmark repair tool in order to repair the ballmarks on the greens. You can buy a pair of golf gloves and also golf shoes if you want, although it isn't always necessary for a beginner. Golf shoes usually have plastic or metal spikes that have been designed in order to increase grip, so that the golfer can have longer and more precise shots.
The Golf Course
Unless you have the luxury having your very own private golf course besides your necessary golf equipment, know that you're not going to b the only one enjoying the place. It is your responsibility to look after yourself and how you treat the golf course.
Golf carts need to be left in the cart paths because the wheel tracks will damage the grass. Also, with your ballmark repair tool, always repair your ball marks on the greens or else the indentations can ruin someone elses great play (or yours).
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Maybank Malaysian Open 2011

Maybank Malaysian Open 2011 announces extraordinary line up of champions for the 50th edition

  • Four Major winners: World No. 1 Martin Kaymer, Todd Hamilton, Louis Oosthuizen and Michael Campbell
  • Maybank announces four wildcard entries: Boonchu Ruangkit, Joakim Haeggman, Matthew Nixon and Alexandre Kaleka
  • Event promoter GlobalOne announces Malaysian player for final spot to make up the 22 local playing field – Shaifubari Muda

Kuala Lumpur, 4 April 2011 – The 50th edition of the Malaysian Open will witness the most impressive field of champions that will compete from the 14-17 April at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. This year’s edition has received numerous entries from world renowned golfers and due to the overwhelming response, audiences are in for a treat as they watch the top players from both the European and Asian Tours battle it out for a cool USD2.5 million prize purse.
Entries for the Maybank Malaysian Open closed on the 31st of March 2011 and the tournament has received confirmation from four Major Champions; these are World No. 1 Martin Kaymer, 2004 Open Championship winner Todd Hamilton, 2010 Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen and 2005 US Open Championship winner Michael Campbell. Other names that have confirmed their participation this year include Matteo Manassero, John Parry, Andrew Dodt, Soren Kjeldsen, Pablo Martin, Rhys Davies, Thongchai Jaidee, Noh Seung-yul, and Marcus Fraser to name a few.

In addition to these, Maybank also announced the inclusion of four wildcard picks - Joakim Haeggman, Matthew Nixon and Alexandre Kaleka from The European Tour; and Asian Tour’s Boonchu Ruangkit – who will join the battle on the greens of the 50th Edition of the Malaysian Open.
“Golf has grown at a phenomenal rate in Malaysia over the past half century – and indeed since the historic 1999 Malaysian Open which was the first co-sanctioned tournament between The European Tour and the Asian Tour – so it is always with great pleasure that our Members return to this enchanting country to help further this development while testing their own games. The strength of the field which will assemble at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country in two weeks time is testament to the stature of the tournament and the eventual winner will join an illustrious Roll of Honour,” said George O’Grady CBE, Chief Executive of The European Tour.

Kyi Hla Han, Executive Chairman of the Asian Tour, said: “The Maybank Malaysian Open will showcase the elite players from the Asian Tour taking on their counterparts from The European Tour. Over the years, our highly talented members have enjoyed great success in Malaysia and used the prestigious championship to propel their careers to greater heights. We look forward to the 50th edition of the Maybank Malaysian Open which no doubt will be the best ever yet in its history judging from the line-up of world-class players from Asia and internationally.”
The quality of the field is also a rare one as some of the world’s best players gather in one location for a rarely seen competitive field of play. The inclusion of the wild card picks by Maybank only enhances this further.
On the wildcard selections, Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor, Chairman of Maybank said, “We feel that these four fine professionals deserve the chance based on past and recent performances. Age is no factor. In fact with age comes experience and these players might even surprise audiences at the Malaysian Open and emerge as the champion. Also, over the past 50 years, the Malaysian Open has nurtured and grown individual talents, who have gone on to greater heights. This year, the strong line-up of players, will improve motivation amongst all players and audiences will definitely get to witness a fantastic golf spectacle at the 50th edition of the Malaysian Open.”

Highest Number of Malaysian Players

Event promoters, GlobalOne today also announced their final pick for the 22 slots allocated for Malaysian golfers. Shaifubari Muda claimed the last berth via GlobalOne’s sponsor invitation.
“It took a lot of brainstorming and analysis to choose the final Malaysian golfer to be given the chance to participate at the Malaysian Open. Rankings and their contributions to the local golf industry was taken under consideration and we feel Shaifubari is the best choice. Shaifubari who is currently ranked in the Top 15 on the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia’s (PGAM) Order of Merit deserves a chance to show what he is made off. With 22 local playing professionals on the field, Malaysia may see one local player crowned as the winner this year,” said John Eu, CEO of GlobalOne.
Shaifubari’s recent performance on the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia Tour saw a very promising future in the 38-year old’s career. This will be Shaifubari’s 11th appearance at the Malaysian Open.
Mohd Firuz Jaffril, President of Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM) echoed John Eu’s sentiments and added, “Shaifubari is a promising player and has shown signs of improvements over the years. We have a lot of great local players on tour and it would have been a grueling task to choose from our local’s finest. But at the end of the day, all of our local professionals participating in the Maybank Malaysian Open have only one goal in mind, which is to win and simultaneously emerge as the first ever Malaysian winner of the National Open.”
The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) also welcomed the announcement of Shaifubahari as the final Malaysian chosen to represent Malaysia at the Maybank Malaysian Open. MGA President Datuk Robin Loh said, “We are really looking forward to a fantastic tournament to mark the 50th edition of the Malaysian Open and fervently hope that one of our players will take home the trophy.”

On-going Support For Most Prestigious Tournament

Maybank today also announced the continued support of returning official sponsors – Ricoh, Emirates, Carlsberg, Maxis and Astro. Continued partnership from official suppliers and partners – Crestlink, Spritzer, Singleton, Hyundai, Havana Club, ParGolf Magazine, Expatriate Lifestyle, Walton, 100Plus, Double Tree Hilton and Kenwood – were also recognized, marking the continued support of these world class brands of Malaysia’s premier golfing event.

“What better way to celebrate the 50th edition of the Malaysian Open, then to have the continued support of our main sponsors. With partnership such as this, the event is just going to get bigger and better,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor.
This year, the tournament reaches a milestone as it celebrates its 50th edition as some of the world’s best golfers gather to compete at the renowned Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club from the 14th to 17th April 2011.

Making history as the first ever co-sanctioned tournament in Asia by both the European and Asian Tours in 1999, the Maybank Malaysian Open 2011 will feature top players from the rankings of both these world-leading circuits to make up the 156-player line-up.

Points earned at the Maybank Malaysian Open 2011 will go towards the Asian Tour Order of Merit, and will also add to the player’s 2011 Race to Dubai Ranking, granting them a chance to qualify for the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

The 50th edition of the Maybank Malaysian Open will see a dazzling display of golf as our Malaysian professionals compete with some of the world’s best players for the championship title. With a USD 2.5 million prize purse up on offer, spectators can expect an exciting tournament this April. The four-day co-sanctioned event will take place at the West Course of the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club from 14th - 17th April 2011.

Publish Date: 
5 April, 2011 - 10:09

Hit your ball straight

Hitting the golf ball straight is the key to playing good golf. Recreational golfers try to emulate professional golfers by building a swing that enables straight ball flight. There's a place, though, that you have to look at before you consider the swing if you want to hit a ball that heads for the fairway or flies into the green. That's your grip.
The point many amateurs miss is that the greatest determinant of straight ball flight is not the swing, but a correct grip, something pros have already mastered, giving them freedom to make adjustments to their swing. Not until you have a grip that's right for you will swing changes be beneficial.
The first issue is the orientation of your hands. This isn't about whether your grip is strong, neutral, or weak, though it's related. It's about whether your grip fits in with how your body moves, given the particular way it is put together.
Your body makes a golf swing in a way your body shape, bone structure, and muscular development allow. How you put your hands on the club affects whether movements that are natural for you can occur, or whether you have to make compensations during the swing to correct for the improper orientation of your hands on the club.
A good grip makes your swing flow like water, and the wrong grip makes it feel like you have to get out of your own way. I can't offer clear advice on how to determine this, other than to suggest you try turning your grip around the handle to the right or left by measured degrees until you find the orientation that makes your swing flow the smoothest.
Second, your hands must operate as a unit during the swing. If they become disconnected at some point, the clubface can turn and accuracy becomes subject to chance.
The place I'm talking about is where the right hand fits over the left thumb (left hand over the right thumb, for left-handed golfers). Even though this connection is secure at address, if it comes apart during the swing, the clubface can become disoriented. Even worse, the top hand can overpower the bottom hand on the downswing because it now has space it can rotate into.
Try this. Grip the club with a light connection between the one hand on top and the thumb it covers. You will find that you can rotate that top hand easily, without moving the bottom hand, and when you do, the clubface closes.
To fix this, put a blade of grass between your top hand and the thumb underneath. You should be able to complete your swing without the grass falling out.
Finally, grip pressure. Overall, pressure must be light. Hold the handle just tightly enough so overall it feels that your hands mold in with the grip material, but no tighter. Pressure on the last three fingers of the bottom hand needs to be a little greater than that to ensure clubhead control during the swing.
From time to time, review your grip carefully. Getting it right is more complicated than you might think, and getting it right is the foundation of a good golf swing.
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