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Edwin Huxley - Wednesday 26.03.14, 22:28pm

Golf Science - Optimum Performance from Tee to Green

Golf Science - Optimum Performance from Tee to Green

‘Without question the art and science of golf primarily takes place in the mind, played out through the way we move our bodies. This instinctive connection affects how we feel, how we think and then how we swing our golf club. There is no better place to illustrate this than on the course, where our golf can be dramatically affected by what happens in our mind.’ – Mark F. Smith

Golf Science – Optimum Performance from Tee to Green by Mark F. Smith brings to you leading experts in the physical, mental, technical and tactical aspects of the game. This book binds together their significant findings with those of scientists who have studied every aspect of the game. The fundamental principles of physics lead to the magic of engineering and technology which has led to the development of innovative club design, futuristic coaching devices, and novel practice approaches.

Golf Science will help every golfer get the most from their game, whether picking up a club for the first time or competing in tournament play. It is the ultimate accessory for any golfer wishing to understand their craft.

Free Competition

PLEASE NOTE: THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

Enter our Free Competition to win a copy of Golf Science

To enter the competition all you need to do is correctly answer the following question:

According to editor Mark F. Smith, where does the art and science of golf primarily take place?

a) on the golf course
b) in the head
c) in the mind

Send your entries to comps@buzzinmedia.co.uk with Golf Science in the subject line along with your answer and your full address and contact telephone number. Entries without this information will not be entered.

This Buzzin Golf Free Competition ends on 25th April 2014.

The editor will randomly select 3 winners. The editor’s choice is final.

Golf Science – Optimum Performance from Tee to Green is edited by Mark F. Smith & published on 1st April 2014 priced £20 (Hardback) by Frances Lincoln Publishers.



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Book Competition: Golf Under Pressure: Conquer The Choke Point With A Silent Mind

Edwin Huxley - Wednesday 19.03.14, 10:21am

Golf Under Pressure: Conquer The Choke Point With A Silent Mind by Robin Sieger

Golf Under Pressure by Robin Sieger

Whether amateur or Tour professional, every golfer will experience that crucial moment when victory hinges on just one shot.  Make it, they win; blow it and they will re-­‐live the memory on the golf course for years to come.  They have arrived at their personal ‘moment of truth’.  The question is: can they handle it?

In examples taken from the careers of the game’s greatest players, as well as case studies drawn from other sports and walks of life, Robin Sieger, the author of the acclaimed Silent Mind Golf, demystifies the psychological secrets of how to perform well at critical moments, and demonstrates how understanding the ‘choke point’ enables us to conquer it.

Golf Under Pressure: Conquer The Choke Point With A Silent Mind
by Robin Sieger published by Aurum Press priced £8.99.

Free Competition

PLEASE NOTE: THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

Enter our Free Competition to win a copy of Golf Under Pressure

To enter the competition all you need to do is correctly answer the following question:

What is the title of Robin Sieger’s previous book on golf?

a) History of the Ryder Cup
b) Sound of Silence
c) Silent Mind Golf

Send your entries to comps@buzzinmedia.co.uk with Golf Under Pressure in the subject line along with your answer and your full address and contact telephone number. Entries without this information will not be entered.

This Buzzin Golf Free Competition ends on18th April 2014.

The editor will randomly select 3 winners. The editor’s choice is final.



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Rory McIlroy ends season on a high

Edwin Huxley - Tuesday 03.12.13, 18:40pm

Rory McIlroy pipped Adam Scott to win the Australian Open and claim his first tournament victory of 2013, with the Northern Irishman clinching the victory on the final hole at Royal Sydney. After a season in which he has failed to produce anything like his best golf, McIlroy was delighted to have recorded a tournament win before the end of the year.

After starting the tournament as the strong favourite with Betfair.com, home-favourite Scott looked on course to win the Australian ‘Triple Crown’ by holding onto his lead during the final round. While McIlroy produced some impressive golf in Sydney, it was Scott who looked to be on his way to victory up until the dying moments of the tournament.

Despite a wobbly few moments on the back-nine that may have worried those who backed the Aussie with Betfair before the tournament, Scott managed to keep McIlroy at bay up until the 18th which he begun a shot clear of the former world number one. A club selection error on the final hole of the tournament saw Scott finish with a bogey while watching McIlroy notch up a birdie to steal the title from under the Aussie’s nose.

The Northern Irishman was obviously relieved to have secured the victory, admitting he had targeted winning a title before the end of a tough year.

“To be able to play your best golf when you need to, when you’re under pressure, you can’t ask for more. The perfect scenario was to achieve a win before the end of the season and thankfully I have done that,” admitted the world number six.

With the monkey now off his back before the end of the 2013, McIlroy will be able to head into the new season with some genuine belief that he can get himself back up the rankings and in the minds of Betfair customers ahead of the Masters.



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Golf betting is growing in popularity

Edwin Huxley - Tuesday 12.11.13, 08:18am

Golf has been synonymous with betting for most of its history.  There are not shortage of variations for golfers wanting to bet on the outcome of their game from the venerable Nassau to countless of more esoteric wagering formats.  While betting among golfers is old news there’s another form of golf betting that has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years—betting on professional golf tournaments at Las Vegas sports books.

At first consideration golf would appear to be a poor fit for sports betting enthusiasts.  The pace of the game is ‘leisurely’ at best with many considering it downright boring.  A tournament takes several days to determine the outcome.  It’s the antithesis of fast moving and popular betting sports like basketball or football.  Despite all of this, golf betting is one of the fastest growing betting sports in Nevada sports books.   It’s popularity now rivals—if not exceeds—long established betting sports like baseball and hockey.

So what makes golf such an attractive sport for sports betting?  Statistics—and plenty of them.  There’s a wide assortment of metrics that allow handicappers to evaluate golfers, courses and most importantly how individual golfers perform at specific courses or types of courses.  In addition to the availability of analytical data golf is a very ‘formful’ sport yet one in which players can go on ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ streaks.  There are plenty of tournaments featuring hundreds of golfers every week which creates a myriad of betting opportunities.

There are two primary types of golf wagering.  The first is a ‘to win’ wager on the individual tournament.  This is definitely the most simple form of golf betting in which the bookmaker quotes odds to win on all golfers entered in a tournament.  The bettor selects which golfer(s) he wants to back and if ‘his’ player wins he cashes a bet.

The other common golf bet is the head to head matchup.  In a matchup bet, a sportsbook will pair up two golfers and quote moneyline odds on each. The golfer that finishes with the best score wins the matchup.  Matchups are posted on the entire tournament as well as each individual round. Many people like to bet on golf due to the simplicity in lines presented to users. For a full list of golf sportsbook reviews, you can take a look at the list on Sports Betting Pal.

There are other proposition wagers offered to golf bettors at some sports books.  Players can bet on the nationality of a winning player, whether or not he’ll make the cut, whether he’ll finish above or below par and many other elements of the sport.

At North American sportsbooks it’s almost inevitable that Tiger Woods will be heavily bet for any tournament in which he’s entered.  ‘Sharp’ golf bettors look for other players that offer better returns on investment or who might not be as familiar to the casual fan or recreational bettor.



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The History of Golf Clothes

Edwin Huxley - Monday 14.10.13, 18:51pm

Unlike the uniform clothing of sports such as tennis and cricket, golf is one sport that combines fashion with function when it comes to playing clothes. Over the years, golf clothing and fashion has evolved from simply clothes that protect the wearer from weather on the course to clothes that offer a personal statement of style as well as individuality. Even with today’s use of technical fabrics such as Gore-Tex, there still remains that all-important element of unique style.

Back in the 1700s and 1800s, golfers played in knee length-breeches which they wore with tail coats, this emphasis on looking smart and playing smart still stands today. During the early 1900s, golf earned the reputation of being a sport for gentlemen, and conservative playing clothes of long trousers, morning jackets and ties were popular playing attire of the Victorian age.

During the two world wars, golfers began experimenting with their golf clothes – it was at this time that a more casual playing look became favourable, with players opting to wear sleeved shirts rather than suit jackets. It was this playing era that the bow tie became a popular accessory.

The focus on casual clothing continued during the 50s and 60s when relaxed khaki trousers and polo shirts became staple golf wear.

The 70s and 80s brought the arrival of golf wear in bright colours and patterns – this period also marked the arrival of the funky golf trousers (patterned, checked or bright trousers that remain popular even today). Leading golfers such as Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros led the trend in wearing vibrant colours on the green and golfers around the world followed suit by opting for golf wear such as bright orange sweaters, bold pink socks and eye-catching blue polo shirts.

It was the turn of the 21st century that sports brands started to take focus in golf wear. The world’s most successful golfers are frequently seen wearing brands such as Oscar Jacobson, Callaway, Galvin Green, Nike and Adidas.  While offering comfortable and functional fits and materials, these brands still pay tribute to the golf wear of the past through creating eye-catchingly bright polo shirts, funky golf trousers and even smart golf wear to ensure players always look the part on the course.

To keep on top of the latest golf trends, visit online golf clothing store Function18.



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