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Golf: Rory And Lee; "Handbags At Dawn"

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland
Rory McIlroy

The recent heated, dare I say bitchy, tweeting between Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood prompted Rory’s-ex, Holly Sweeney to tweet, “Handbags at dawn”.

According to Stuart McKinley, “Rory McIlroy was last night (Sunday) involved in a furious Twitter row with fellow golfer Lee Westwood — who accused the Ulsterman of being “half Danish”. It appears that it all started with Rory claiming he was supporting the European team in the Vivendi Seve trophy and Lee let fly with, “…Apparently he’s half Danish now!”

An obvious reference Rory’s current relationship with Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki.

Westwood continued to wind things up by twitting, “At least you made a choice on this one! What shall I be? Irish/British? British/Irish? Confused!”

The coup de grace, which should appeal my fellow Scotsmen, came when Rory replied, “At least I’m not English.”

An unconfirmed report, only joking of course, is that their manager Chubby Chandler has rubbished the suggestion of handbags at dawn and has a preference for getting them together over coffee but not served with Danish.

Since I carry a Titleist Vokey wedge in my bag, I was interested to read Bob Warters interview with club designer Bob Vokey who says, “There are three kinds of wedge player - the digger, the slider and the picker.” With the slider being the best.

As a digger, no I’m not. I’m Scots. I read with interest Bob’s comments on how to play wedge shots.

Point one which came as number two on his list, was a surprise because nearly everything I’ve seen, heard and read about the proper way to play the shot tells me to have my hands forward at address.

Bob says, “Keep your hand position neutral, not in front of the ball and not behind it.”

Points four and five are, “4. Make full use of the loft and bounce by making a shallow swing into the ball.

5. Make an easy swing and let the bounce be your friend!”

Earlier on in the article Bob is reported as saying, “The slider is the better player who uses the bounce that's built into the club - four, six, eight degrees, sometimes more - to slide the clubface under the ball and let the loft and the bounce determined the length and trajectory of the shot."

As someone who plays on a hard and fast links-style course I’d like to know which degree is best for this kind of course. Sliding is easy on lush inland courses but not so on links-style courses.

Thanks to Geoff Shackelford for the lead to Stuart’s article and here’s the link to Bob Warters

Thought for the Day

“Most amateur players would benefit from employing more bounce since they typically don’t hit shots as consistently as a Tour professional.” - Bob Vokey

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