How is it that two African American men have come to be the most successful people in two of the most traditionally caucasian domains in history? Barack Obama is, dare I say it, the First ‘Black man’ to enter the ‘White House’ as President and Tiger Woods has demolished the assumption that golf is a game only for White dudes. Maybe the question is too broad to answer adequately, but that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that these two men have become heroes, consummate professionals who inspire millions of people everyday, in every corner of the world.
Barack Obama infront and inside the 'White House'
Has there every been a President so loved and so ridiculously cool. Forget the Beatles, Obama really is more popular than Jesus.
Tiger the Great
Watching Tiger Woods play golf is like witnessing the evolution of man. His level of excellence is simply astounding. Let us all be thankful for the privelage of seeing him play and wish that his knee recovers to full health.
A lot of golfers don’t practice enough. In most cases the range is either too far, too expensive, or simply too inconvenient to get to. The solution to this problem is very simple…Build a practice range in your back garden.
A simple and affordable solution
Three good reasons to buy a practice net:
1 You can unleash your driver without going to the range (or killing anybody)
2 You can find some really cheap practice nets that work perfectly well
3 You can work on your swing whenever you like
Of course setting up a practice net doesn’t mean you can forget your short game. To work on your short game at home I suggest purchasing a chipping net or simply using a circular object that can be aimed at. I personally use an upside down dustbin (trash can) lid.
Chipping Practice is essential for lowering your handicap
Finally, a putting mat is also a good buy if you want to take your game to the next level. If you are really skint then a carpet should suffice, provided you have something to aim for like a peg or a box of matches.
Putting practice: the most under-rated way to a better game
To take your game to the next level, you have to take advantage of your home space. Tiger used to spend hours chipping in his living room, and almost every professional golfer lives on a golf course or has a personal driving range built into their back garden (their gardens are that big). Obviously not everyone can be so lucky, but there is no excuse not to use your garden as a practice facility. Practicing at home will improve your game and lower your handicap, making the game a lot more enjoyable to play.
PS-Make sure you practice putting. It is the easiest part of your game to improve and can take off anything between 1 and 5 shots in an average round.
2008 was a great year for the golfing world. Trevor Immelman won the US Masters becoming the first South African since Gary Player to win the Green Jacket. Tiger Woods came through with an emphatic win at the US Open before retiring for the rest of the year due to his problematic knee and Padraig Harrington announced himself as one of the golfing greats in the modern (shall we say postmodern) age by winning the Open Championship and the PGA Championship respectfully.
In this post I present you with the images of their success:
Immelman putting on the Green Jacket
Woods on his way to Victory at the US Open
Harrington enroute to one of his two Major triumphs in 08.
Keep these guys in mind when you are next on the practice range or the course. They represent the pinnacle of golfing greatness, achievable only through hard work, dedication, hunger and the sheer courage necessary to win a major. Immelman, Woods and Harrington are the men who beat the world in 2008. Well done to them.