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Junior Golf Program 2017
10th,March 2017

Junior Golf Program 2017

Golf is hard and most kids these days can master a video game in a couple of hours and when they get bored with thatt there are plenty more to download,I see my son Nicholas.

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Future of Golf,
22nd May,2016

Future of Golf,

Finding the future of golf isn’t going to be easy. There are many who are concerned the younger generation is embracing golf in lesser numbers. Then there’s the reality that more golf courses are closing than opening these days – a trend that’s been ongoi

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Old Course, St Andrews
4th May,2016

Old Course, St Andrews

I have promised my Golf Academy members that I will do a special golf trip this year. I have locked in with Matt from St.Andrews two tee times at 14.00pm and 14.10pm on the 29th of June 2016 for 8 players,sorry 7, I am playing as well

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Diplomatic Club 2016 Golf Tournaments
10th March,2016

Diplomatic Club 2016 Golf Tournaments

As probably most of you know that my Golf Academy will operate from the 15th of March at Diplomatic Club. I will revive some of the old Golf Cups J T Baker and J B Lammaison two of the pioneer teachers who put Romania on the world golf map in the 1920’s

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A Letter to My Students,
26th February,2016

A Letter to My Students,

Winter’s dark light gives one time to reflect. Golf is a great game and a golf course is very much like a walk through a park, the blend of green grasses, water, white sand bunkers, flowers and trees that change colors throughout the season. Golf has lot

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Why Kids Quit Sports
17th February,2016

Why Kids Quit Sports

I just can’t take it anymore coach, A talented but underperforming player told me a few years back. “I think I am done playing.”

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6 Holes Golf Course 2020
1st February,2016

6 Holes Golf Course 2020

Golf needs to get its ‘head out of the sand’ and start offering much quicker rounds.

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Discipline…..
7th January,2016

Discipline…..

Always Remember to take your Vitamins: Vitamin B for Belief and Vitamin D for Discipline. Discipline is a way of expression; let’s say you want to express your feelings in a stone. Stone doesn’t give way very easily is tough stuff so you have to learn the

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Moscow
!4th September,2015

Moscow

The next Russian revolution is golf. Moscow is 2 ½ hour flight from Bucharest. The country of Romanovs, czars, commissars and other assorted autocrats. The trip had begun well. The woman at Aeroflot check-in desk asked me what

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Sofia
7th August,2015

Sofia

Sofia the city is full of delightful surprises, from the yellow brick roads in its historic center to the partially exposed, 1,800-year-old Roman city that lies beneath. But the city's most striking architectural landmark is the magnificent Alexander Nevs

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Break 80 this year,
2nd June,2015

Break 80 this year,

Break 80 this year, and here is everything in one phrase by the Legend Bruce Lee-empty your mind,“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When y

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The secret to better Ball striking……
9th March,2015

The secret to better Ball striking……

I have to get my members ready for 2015 season.”Here is food for thought” or in a simple English, something to be seriously considered. If you’re like most golfers, in any given round you’ll hit a mixture of thin, fat, heel and toe shots, which become ve

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Chasing the Dream
7th March,2015

Chasing the Dream

Without the slightest fanfare, I stepped to the 10th tee of Shadowridge Golf Course in Vista near San Diego, on my way to making history. Some personal history, that is. I was playing in the Golden State Tour Championship, an important event for those who

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Gambling on the golf course…….
18th February,2015

Gambling on the golf course…….

I arrive each morning at 8:30 am, religiously at my golf club's pro shop, seven days a week – for the whole golf season unless the weather intervenes. There is something about golf that drives a player, be it hacker or pro, to play the game for something

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“The Marbella Swing” and “Gambas Pil-Pil”
29th January,2015

“The Marbella Swing” and “Gambas Pil-Pil”

First day we arrived in Malaga our Bulgarian friends George, Ivan the CEO and CFO of Lighthouse and Vladi many of you would know him as the French master chef from Balcono del Monde and Getty Restaurant at Thracian Cliffs, they welcomed their Romanian fr

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Spain, with only golf in mind
3rd January,2015

Spain, with only golf in mind

Costa del Sol — any golf trip with the guys is nearly impossible to disappoint . . . assuming the weather is decent. But when the destination is Spain in January, the safe assumption, when it comes to the elements, is that it’ll be predictably unpredictab

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OLE!!!  Celebrate golf….. Spanish style
12th December, 2014

OLE!!! Celebrate golf….. Spanish style

Perhaps no golfer captured the joyfulness of the game as the late, great Seve Ballesteros. His fist-pumping celebration upon winning the 1984 British Open at St. Andrews is indelibly imprinted in my mind, and his passion – captured in his smile after sink

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Decision Making......
9th November,2014

Decision Making......

The tournament season is over at the golf club. I am getting ready to enter in my winter Hibernation however let me tell you a story which my help some of my members understand me and where I come from. It is an insight into decision making.

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Golf is an easy game... it's just hard to play
2nd November,2014

Golf is an easy game... it's just hard to play

Let’s analyze the worst swings to win a major. I didn’t pull any punches in my analysis either.So let’s start, the first player to make my list is Lee Trevino.

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Taylor Made Performance Labs….
26th October,2014

Taylor Made Performance Labs….

The visit of Luke Ringrose at Lighthouse Golf Course in Balcik Bulgaria has inspired me to use my assets as a teacher and a master golf clubmaker to open a Taylor Made Performance Lab Center in Balcik.With his help I am sure that this can become a realit

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Winning the Club Championship Match Play
12th October,2014

Winning the Club Championship Match Play

Weekend tips for my members golf club championship in 2014. Head to head. Mano a mano. You are against him. However you put it, middle of October is traditionally the month for match-play club championship Final tournament. Many club championships are con

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“Gentleman of the green carpets”
5th October,2014

“Gentleman of the green carpets”

If you know and practice the following basic rules, you’ll be considered as a “gentleman of the green carpets” … ok I just made that title up, there’s no such thing. But seriously, please take a few moments to read the following rules and you’ll surely be

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Female Trouble......
24th September,2014

Female Trouble......

I have seen women do things on the golf course guys will never do. Sometimes the people who treat women golfers the worst are........other women golfers.

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Australia…..”The Melbourne Swing”
18th September,2014

Australia…..”The Melbourne Swing”

The big difference between a trip across Europe the Atlantic and the Pacific is Melbourne itself. The incredibly cosmopolitan city of four million is known as both the nation’s enjoyment and sporting capital. It is this combination of urban appeal, a loa

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It’s been a little while,
10th September,2014

It’s been a little while,

Mastery of golf, as in life, is dependent on the cultivating a healthy mind. This clarity comes from leading the right kind of life.There once was a monastery that was very strict. Following a vow of silence, no one was allowed to speak at all. But there

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Me and My old golf playing friend.....
3rd September,2014

Me and My old golf playing friend.....

I never really imagined how good things could be trying to get my professional playing tour card. Now is the magic mark that separates a Senior PGA Tour player from a PGA Tour player. That's what I really want to talk about and of course about my old golf

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Papillon Golf Academy Cup
25th August,2014

Papillon Golf Academy Cup

I love Balcik, I love my two cities Brisbane and Constanta. I feel golf is part of the economy in Cape Kaliakra,Bulgaria.I feel that the people of this place in “The Balkans’” deserved a special tournament. I’m doing something for this place.This is my

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Cigar for the Course Boys......
12th August,2014

Cigar for the Course Boys......

Smoking Cigars and Golfing Make for a Winning Combination.Go to any good golf course these days and you'll find cigars are as plentiful as Taylor Made Drivers and wicked slices. Walk into a well-stocked pro shop and you'll see nearly as many handmade smok

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“Seve” Ballesteros: Spain's ultimate matador
27th July,2014

“Seve” Ballesteros: Spain's ultimate matador

Now that Rory McIlroy managed to keep his emotions in check to win his third major, The British Open finishing two shots clear of his closest rival, and my good friend Richard Backwell is looking like making the cut in the Senior British Open, let me talk

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The putter, the cruelest golf club in your bag…..
19th July, 2014

The putter, the cruelest golf club in your bag…..

From Touring Pros to Weekend Hackers, Rolling the Ball into the Hole Is More Art than Science,Putting seems too simple. Getting a golf ball airborne, with the proper trajectory and correct direction , is the most difficult aspect of the game. Striking the

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Light up the Lighthouse Golf Course in Balcik Bulgaria
15th July,2014

Light up the Lighthouse Golf Course in Balcik Bulgaria

Marc Leishman and Rickie Fowler in his Puma Golf Gear mingled with fans under the iconic Brisbane City in May 2013, my home town in Australia. Before turning heads in spectacular fashion when they light up the Brisbane City to hit glow-in-the-dark golf ba

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Do You Practice Like a Tour Professional?
30th June,2014

Do You Practice Like a Tour Professional?

As my members know already I am getting ready for my European PGA tour card this year. I would like to share with you my students and members some practice time suggestions to ensure you get the most out of this valuable time. Now if you are not 100% sure

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How Music Can Improve Your Golf Game
23rd June,2014

How Music Can Improve Your Golf Game

Reiki Zen is my music that I listen to when I practice, Is music for Balance and Relaxation. This is how I practiced in my young professional days. I am starting again the process of getting ready for the PGA Q-School in Portugal.

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“The Golden Bear”
16th June,2014

“The Golden Bear”

“I usually don't post on Facebook what happens on the PGA Tour. However, I had a lunch conversation with Mr Nicklaus. He talked about his swing and his thoughts about practice. What amazing insights. He is a living legend.”A friend of mine had lunch with

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US Open......Pinehurst
7th June,2014

US Open......Pinehurst

Almost 15 years ago, Payne Stewart won the U.S. Open. Four months later he was killed in a tragic plane crash.

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My test, my challenge, my dream….Q-School
1st June,2014

My test, my challenge, my dream….Q-School

Q-school is stressful enough. That’s the task facing some players competing at the final stage of the European PGA SeniorTour. In one sense, final stage is easier than first stage where you either "go big or go home".Gramacho Golf Club,Silves Golf and Pes

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Golf Teacher or Golf Coach…..
26th May,2014

Golf Teacher or Golf Coach…..

Many of my young professional players from Australia and members from Lighthouse Golf Resort hit a road block when it comes to instruction and improvement.God damn, how many years has passed and I am still in Eastern Europe???.

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My Golf school…..
21st May,2014

My Golf school…..

Let’s use as an example the golfer called Alex, but I know that many of my golf fellows can level with this story.

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So at age 21.......
14th May,2014

So at age 21.......

No doubt, it’s the same in most of the former Soviet Republics, golf is not a TRADITION. Ice figure skating rules. She’s just now really taking up the golf game. When we got together recently at Lighthouse Golf Club, I could tell right away that she's goi

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Taylor Made R1 Driver Review…..
9th May,2014

Taylor Made R1 Driver Review…..

Let’s give it a hit and see what the fuss is all about. This is the white headed driver with the triangular painting on the top. Thanks to a member of mine from the golf club Calin Stoia, I have one in my hands. With 70 grams Stiff shaft and of course the

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The Coach…..
May 5th,2014

The Coach…..

In a time where Trackman, Biomechanics Sam Putt Labor and my Vector Launch Monitor(still in my garage in Australia) has become common place in the teaching and development of golf, Cameron McCormick Australian Coach to the young PGA Tour sensation Jordan

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Olympic Golf Tournament Format and Field for Rio 2016
April 28th,2014

Olympic Golf Tournament Format and Field for Rio 2016

On Oct. 9, 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted to add golf to the Olympic program for the 2016 and 2020 Summer Games. So what will an Olympic golf tournament look like? What might the format be? How will golfers qualify? After long discussions

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Tiger 2014 story……..
April 20th,2014

Tiger 2014 story……..

Don't force your kids into sports. I never was. To this day, my dad has never asked me to go play golf. I asked him. It's the child's desire to play that matters, not the parent's desire to have the child play. Fun. Keep it fun.” TigerWoods

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Jordan Spieth's Augusta dream
April 13th,2014

Jordan Spieth's Augusta dream

Under a fading Georgia sun, standing with hands on hips on a knoll overlooking the 18th green, Steven Spieth looking at more than the giant Masters scoreboard that reported his older brother held a share of the lead.

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Jason Day......
April 10th,2014

Jason Day......

The Masters green prognostication jacket is out of the closet. This year’s champion will be a first time major winner.

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The golf rejoins the Olympic Games 2016….
April 3rd, 2014

The golf rejoins the Olympic Games 2016….

Two years from now, when golf rejoins the Olympic Games for the first time since 1904, records will be broken. There have been some notable improvements in technology over that span of 112 years, so it goes without much wonder that on the still unfinished

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Green Keepers…..sorry “Course Superintendents”
March 17th. 2014

Green Keepers…..sorry “Course Superintendents”

I would like to ponder, along with you, my readers, the subject that is “Course Superintendents”. We used to call the lads “Green Keepers” but in this day of political correctness, it’s now Course Superintendents. Just like a Club Professional is now The

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Junior golf program 2014
March 4th, 2014

Junior golf program 2014

I have always been passionate about every aspect of playing the game better. I didn't quite make it as a tournament player however helping people enjoy and improve their own golf game is the next best thing.Teaching young children is a privilege and a hug

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Fast Fixes...for my members
March 2nd, 2014

Fast Fixes...for my members

Never try to solve all the problems at once; Smart people will get you there faster. Spring golf is right around the corner, so I assembled some great TIPS to help you brush off the winter rust. Unless, that is, you have been out beating balls every day.

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New Philosophy for Golf Owners and Golf Designers,
February24th,2014

New Philosophy for Golf Owners and Golf Designers,

On my last blog story I wrote about “slow play” on golf courses and after a Canadian friend of mine who calls Australia home made some comments on my story here is my replay;

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Slow play....
February 15th,2014

Slow play....

Pace of play is hardly a new issue in golf, it’s been suffocating the game for over a decade actually two decades on the PGA Tour. It stems from a lack of administration and leadership.

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New season 2014, and “Let the show begin”
February 8th,2014

New season 2014, and “Let the show begin”

I will be at Lighthouse Golf Course on the 1st of March to open the golf course for our members and as the temperatures predicted for March will be 4C to 5C degrees warmer than normal in the south- east region, golf is once again on our minds. As the Mast

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”The Marbella Swing 2014”
February 1st,2014

”The Marbella Swing 2014”

First night Marbella, Spain and after 12 Tequila shots (I wasn’t actually counting), three pathetic attempts to pick up a blond in the bar and a couple of seriously off-colour jokes, I came to the conclusion that I really did like my members from Lighthou

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Want to be a professional golf player?
January 18th,2014

Want to be a professional golf player?

You’re the club champion, number one in your pennant team, maybe even a state representative. You’re good,playing of +1,0 or 1 handicap at your golf club, everyone in your club keeps suggesting that you should turn professional golf player, and to be fair

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My golf predictions for 2014,
January 2nd, 2014

My golf predictions for 2014,

Every PGA Tour season offers surprising performances, both good and bad, and 2014 will be no exception. That means some of my predictions will hit and others will flounder. Either way, it’s fun to look ahead at what we might expect from the game’s most si

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Christmas and Golf gifts.........
December 9th,2013

Christmas and Golf gifts.........

For weeks, I prepared for my academy’s golf trip to Malaga, Spain with the members of my golf club. We will have one practice day with four days of ” tournament golf” starting January 21st,2014;

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The Great Adam Scott, Australian Open 2013, Royal Sydney Golf Course
November 29th,2013

The Great Adam Scott, Australian Open 2013, Royal Sydney Golf Course

There are plenty of interesting stories that I could write for my blog, however today started the Australian Open at Royal Sydney. Kim Felton (WA) has been disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Rory McIlroy takes a clinic with Bree Laughlin and

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November 25th,2013

The jars of life…….and golf balls,

This is a very important life lesson that a philosophy teacher taught his students.The teacher cleared off his desk and placed on top of it a few items. One of the items was an empty mason jar.

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November 18th,2013

I am…… me, my tournament, life and golf

I love Balcik, I love my two cities Brisbane and Constanta. I feel golf is part of the economy in Cape Kaliakra,Bulgaria.I feel that the people of this place in “The Balkans’” deserved a special tournament. I’m doing something for this place.

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November 11th,2013

Ben Hogan golf’s Dalai Lama,

Today I wrote a message to a friend of mine in Bucharest, Stuart Leary a great golfer in his playing days and he still is.

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November 4th 2013,

My Members, Their Handicaps,

Let me start simply with” Fuzzy Math’s” and golf’s handicap system should work but it doesn’t.

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October 28th, 2013

"I want to play,I want to play!"

Where to get golf lessons?? You will meet plenty of people at the range who will teach you the 'innermost secrets' of golf. Fact is that most of them have started playing not long before you. So the answer to the above question is: Demis Papillon Golf Aca

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October 21st, 2013

Mental Rules of Golf

In my life as a teacher, I taught many amateurs and professional golfers to play golf, and one major difference between the two groups was not an innate talent for golf

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October 14th, 2013

The beginner’s story

Last week we talked about the Paranoid golfer. We have at Lighthouse Golf Resort a new golf beginner who is an “Inverse Paranoid” golfer.

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October 7th, 2013

Are you a paranoid golfer?

"To play well you must feel tranquil and at peace. I have never been troubled by nerves in golf because I felt I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.” – Harry Vardon (6 Time Open Champion)

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September 30th, 2013

Golf in the east

If you're lucky to come from a golf-rich country like the USA, Australia, Great Britain or Ireland, it can be hard to imagine places - especially in developed Europe - where golf really struggles to catch on. Welcome to Eastern Europe, Bulgaria and Romani

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September 23rd, 2013

GAME THAT CANNOT BE WON ONLY PLAYED…

When we question the path we have taken, the answer can be right in front of our eyes. Remember “The Legend of Bagger Vance”? When I read the book in 1995 my impression was here is a guy who gives us small glimpse into golf through the eyes of a tormented

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September 16th, 2013

Golf Nostalgia

Something profound happened to me recently. I was at customs in Instanbul Ataturk Airport, writing down my birth date on the immigration form.For the first time, two concurrent numbers reflected an uncomfortable truth. I am getting old.

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September 12th, 2013

The road less travelled

The glitz and glamour of the US PGA Tour has always attracted the attention of aspiring tour professionals and fans alike.

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September 5th, 2013

Who's playing mind games ?

For any golfer who has teed it up alongside someone better than themselves or with a higher profile in the game, it is only human nature to be nervous in their presence. For some, it can be a lifelong battle

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August 30th, 2013

Sweat vs. tech

There has been a lot of conjecture over the past few years in relation to the advancements in technology and how it’s allowing today’s professionals to make a mockery of golf courses.

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