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Golf Australia Express : Issue 3
In this week’s issue of OTG CLUTCH SHOTS IN HISTORY PLUS Caption to go here Caption to go here Caption to go here Caption to go here Caption to go here ALSO 5 GREATEST EDITOR’S LETTER Welcome to the first edition of On The Green. We’re excited to bring you a weekly wrap-up of global golf from the past 7 days as well as a preview into this week’s upcoming events. We’re excited to show you the most picturesque golf courses from across the globe in all their spectacular glory. We’re even excited to show you the latest golf gear available and present you unbiased reviews of these products so you have confi- dence when throwing your hard earned down for a new addition to your bag. But most of all, we’re excited to put the fun of golf back on the radar. For too long this sport has been dictated by what we at OTG like to call, the Stale Brigade. These old farts who tell us we’re not welcome on their fairways unless we’re dressed like their 80-year-old selves, or have plain white socks on when we play because colour is offensive.(Of course, we all know white socks make you play better.) So here we are, ready to shake things up a tad so that you, the real golfer, can enjoy and share this great game on your terms. Golf belongs to everyone. It’s high time we started shouting that fact. See you on the greens. DAMIAN SHUTIE BynowIamsureyouare well aware that the Big Match starts well before Tee0. There are many levels of preparation, as we have previously discussed, but the PsychOut is possibly one of the trickiest to handle. The pros, as always, shine light on the way forward. They have skill, class and, importantly, the facilities (like a caddie) to make it look easy. Take Lucas Glover at the halfway point of the British Open last weekend. He didn’t say much—other than to comment on some great South American food he’d somehow found in Sandwich, which is quite an achievement in itself. But his caddie, Don Cooper, had a lot more to say. “He wants to putt. He likes to putt. He enjoys putting at this stage of his career...” And that sounds innocent enough—a simple observation of the facts before him. And that’s what makes it Pro-Series. At its finest, the PsychOut will always sound harmless. It should come across as an observation— perhaps even a warning. Friendly enough, but never underestimate the intention or impact of such statements. At this point in the Open, Glover had clearly packed his Golden Putter— after 36 holes, no green had taxed his score more than two strokes, and a third of those had done half. But bet your father’s driver on it: everyone knew. They all heard, and they couldn’t stop themselves wondering at the very back of their minds when they were going to start putting like that. What, you may ask, has this got to do with you? You, who may be feeling the pressure build from T96 and who may have already heard from your opponent—perhaps a friendly reminder—to pack your sunscreen. Don’t forget that water; it’s going to be hot. And there it is. The game has begun. The ancient game—older than Snakes and Ladders and more furious that James Hird at half time—the Psych. You can choose to be meek, to be quiet and reserved. To be, if you like, fair. You might say to yourself that you will let the golf do the talking, but make no mistake—your silence is in itself a statement. And it says you are nervous. Instead of resigning yourself to a quiet corner from which you hope to develop the momentum to launch yourself at Tee0, consider setting yourself up. If you hear of the heat, remark of your favourite round in Alice when it was 45 degrees in the shade and even the snakes had sunstroke. And if you hear nothing, hear Opportunity Knocking. Opportunity to discuss your strength on the green, or to offer a wager—for surely there can be few signs of confidence more potent than the suggestion of coin on the round. You might even mention your lucky underpants, although—and as we shall discuss in the future— this is a path fraught with danger. For now though, I will leave the instruction to the masters, this time, Davis Love, discussing his most pressing issue halfway through one of the world’s Toughest Trophies. “ We pass the remote around to see what we can find,” said Love of his post- round wind-down, sending a clear question to the field: I’m looking at the TV. How’s your swing? Truly a master. OTG DEPENDING ON HOW YOU PLAY, THE ‘PSYCH OUT’ COULD WELL BECOME A DECIDING WEAPON IN YOUR ARSENAL AS YOU APPROACH THE BIG GAME, WRITES WILL HONE. THE PSYCH OUT with Will Hone IN HONING