Golf origins continues

GOLFING IN PARADISE By JOSE CALLEJA General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course This week we continue with the great William Ben Hogan, Part 2.  The return back to golf
23 Dec 2012 10:43


General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course

This week we continue with the great William Ben Hogan, Part 2.

 The return back to golf
Ben Hogan regained his strength through extensive walking and he returned to golf activities in November 1949 which was only 9 months after the accident. In 1950 he returned to the start of the 1950 PGA Tour season at the Los Angeles Open and amazingly tied with Sam Snead over 72 holes however he lost the 18-hole playoff.

The “Hogan Slam”
The British Open win at Carnoustie was part of Hogan’s fantastic 1953 season in which he won five of the six tournaments he entered and this included three major championships, winning  three majors in one season is known as the “Hogan Slam”.
The 1953 golf season for Ben Hogan stands amongst the greatest single season in the history of professional golf. Ben Hogan was unable to enter or win the 1953 PGA Championship held from (July 1–7) to complete the Grand Slam) because it overlapped with the British Open at Carnoustie from (July 6–10). It was the only time that a golfer had won three major professional championships in a year until Tiger Woods won the final three majors in 2000 and the Masters in 2001.
Hogan often chose not to play in the PGA Championship for two reasons: firstly, the PGA Championship was, until 1958, a match play event and he preferred to play events where “shooting a number” was the key. This type of tournament rewarded his meticulously planning and his ability to execute a strategy to achieve a score for a round on a particular course.
He was so meticulous in his planning that in the US Open at Merion he removed the seven iron from his bag, saying “there are no 7-iron shots at Merion”.
He was also one of the first players to correspond a particular club to a yardage and references points around the course such as bunkers or trees in order to improve his distance control.
The second reason why Ben chose not to play was that the PGA required several days of 36 holes per day competition and after his 1949 car accident Hogan struggled to play more than 18 holes a day.

Hogan’s Swing
Ben Hogan is renowned to have been among the greatest ball strikers ever to have played golf.
Hogan had a great record of tournament wins and majors however it his ball striking ability that distinguishes his reputation.
Hogan also practiced more than any other golfer of his era and golf historians believe he invented practice.
Hogan himself said, “You hear stories about me beating my brains out practicing, but… I was enjoying myself. I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning, so I could hit balls. When I’m hitting the ball where I want, hard and crisply, it’s a joy that very few people experience.”
Hogan believed that an individual’s golf swing was “in the dirt”.  Mastering the swing required plenty of practice and repetition. Early in his career Hogan battled with his terrible hook which he developed as a child in order to compete against bigger and stronger players.
He continued playing with a strong grip up until the accident in 1949 even though he would practice with a weak grip.
When he eventually began playing with a weaker grip Hogan’s swing produced the famed “Hogan Fade” ball flight, which was lower than usual for a great player and from left to right.
He was able to produce a lower than usual ball flight by using a “draw” type swing combined with a “weak” grip. This combination of swing and grip removed the possibility of hitting a hook.



This week we provide a review on the Cleveland Tour Action Leather Glove.

The following are the features of the Cleveland Tour Action Leather Glove:
• Premium Cabretta leather glove provides a reliable grip and great feel
• Hybrid resin keeps the leather soft for a longer period of time, close to the original softness out of the package
• Fluorine treatment is added to help make the glove water repellent and very resistant to perspiration
• Single-cutting process (each glove is made from one hide) ensures a consistent feel and consistent fit
• Cleveland Golf “CG” logo on Velcro closure strap

If you are looking for a Golf Glove with the above features then please contact the Natadola Bay Golf shop on 6733500 and we will order some for you.

This week we look at GOLF WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (GWAA) Player of the Year Awards 2012.

Rory McIlroy, Stacy Lewis and Roger Chapman have been named 2012 Players of the Year. This is the first GWAA Player of the year award for all three players and will be honored at the GWAA’s 41st Annual Awards Dinner April 10, 2013, in Augusta, Georgia. All three players were landslide winners in the GWAA balloting. McIlroy earned 97.9 percent of the votes (190 votes), while Brandt Snedeker (3) and Tiger Woods (1) combined for the other 2.1 percent.
Lewis received 78.8 percent of the vote for Female player of the year (153) to 16 percent for Na Yeon Choi (31) and five percent for Inbee Park (10). In the Senior balloting, Chapman pulled 60 percent of the vote (116) to 22.6 percent for Tom Lehman (44) and 17 percent for Bernhard Langer (33).
Looking at the statistics, McIlroy won five times in 2012, including a tournament-record eight-shot win at the PGA Championship, and won the money titles on both the PGA TOUR and European Tours. The Northern Irishman also won both the PGA TOUR’s Byron Nelson Award and PGA of America’s Vardon Trophy for adjusted low scoring average (68.87) and finished the season with 10 top-10s in 16 starts. The world No. 1 birdied the final five holes to win the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai to close out the season.
Lewis won four times to become the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to win the Rolex Player of the Year points list and the first American to win the GWAA’s Player of the year since July Inkster in 1999. She also had three runner-up finishes, including a share of second at the Wegman’s LPGA Championship, and finished third on the LPGA money list ($1.87 million).
Chapman started the year with conditional status on the Champions Tour, but the Englishman won the Senior PGA Championship in his first 2012 start. Seven weeks later, he came from four shots back to win the U.S. Senior Open by two shots over Bernhard Langer, 2012 Champions Tour Player of the Year Tom Lehman, Fred Funk and Corey Pavin. He is the fourth player to win the Senior PGA and Senior Open in the same year and the first player since Mike Reid (2009) who’s first two Champions wins were majors. Chapman played in just 12 tournaments and finished fourth on the Charles Schwab Cup standings and 13th on the Champions money list.

LADIES TOUR                   

Last week’s Lalla Aicha Tour School 2013 final qualifying saw Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn securing her Ladies European Tour card in impressive style by winning the Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Stage by five shots from England’s Emily Taylor and Australian Nikki Campbell.
The 17-year-old amateur shot a three under par 69 in the fifth and final round on the Al Maaden golf course in Marrakech, Morocco, to end on a total of 336, 24 under par.
The world No.2 amateur began the day three shots clear of the field and her lead was never threatened on a day when exactly 30 players earned their full playing rights for The 2013 Ladies European Tour.


The new class of 2013


• Wednesday 26th December – Stableford Competition
• Friday 28th December – Stroke Competition
• Saturday 29th December – V/Par Competition



This week’s between shots is Mr. Jamie Cant
What clubs do you use? I use Taylor-Made Woods and Callaway irons.
Where is your home club? Moore Park Golf Club.
Who is your favorite player? My favourite player is Rory Mcllroy.
What course do you love to play? I love to play Calvin Heights Golf Course, Queenstown, NZ.
What is your favorite hole? The 6th hole at Natadola Bay.
What shot will you always remember? Eagle from behind a tree on a par 4 at Moore Park.
Who are your dream playing partners? Rory Mcllroy, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods.
This was what Mr. Cant had to say about Natadola Bay Golf Course: “Natadola is an amazing setting with fantastic views. A must for any golfer holidaying in Fiji.”

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