Mackie’s Musings – It’s a Good Job It’s Not Saturday

Over the course of the Team Challenge 2017, we will have a daily blog from one of the event’s only ever presents led by Scotscraig PGA Professional Craig Mackie. He will no doubt have a few interruptions from his teammates Dennis West, John Rankin and Craig’s father Ian Mackie.

Over the last eight years we have always started our Team Challenge trip the same way with a wee trip to the Golf Lounge in Glasgow for a bit of practice…both golfing and socialising.

With a combined age of 235 it’s pretty crucial that everyone gets the muscles working in preparation for a big week of golf, and everything was going smoothly until dad decided he wanted to practice from the rough…then it all went wrong.

It’s difficult to put into words, but fortunately the video was rolling when he stepped up, shanked the first and followed that up with two air shots. (Click here to watch the video)

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Price Increases Are Happening – Make Them Work For You

It was with real interest I read the recent story about Tesco and Unilever’s diprice-increase-2-bannerspute over price increases and it made me think back to the pricing concerns I raised in August.

When I highlighted these concerns it was clear this sort of inevitable price increase would happen across the board, not just in golf.

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Brexit – The Impact on Prices

Brexit BannerFollowing the vote to leave the EU by the UK on June 24 there has been a period of uncertainty as everyone sits tight to see what impact the decision would have.

Now, this is not a political message but almost two months on, we are beginning to see some of the consequences foreseen by the ‘Remain’ camp coming to fruition.

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Top Trumps

 

The past few weeks have seen a number of divisive political figures on both sides of the Top TrumpsAtlantic.

While, rightly or wrongly, some have fallen by the wayside in the past week, another seems destined to become the most powerful man in the world.

Donald Trump. His views are seen across the globe, and by many in the US, as being pretty whacky, but no matter what his politics, whether you support his views or not, Trump is good for golf.

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Size Matters

Sizing…what has happened to sizing in clothing? Why has it become so complicated?2016-05-08 19.40.33

Slim fit, skinny fit, athletic fit, US fit, European fit? What ever happened to your size being your size?

Since getting married last year I’ve relaxed a little, perhaps eaten a bit more than I should and certainly drunk more than I should, but I had the shock of my life the other day when I tried on a pair of trousers and the ends repelled each other like two magnets.

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Pudder’s Tales – The Brides at Last

 

Over the course of the Team Challenge 2016, Mundesley PGA Professional Ryan Pudney – with a few interjections from his teammates Phil Webster, Kevin Taylor & Jon Batten – will be writing a daily blog on his experience.

We did it, we finally won the TGI Golf Team Challenge! After five years of being the bridesmaids we can finally pull on the bride’s dress…not literally obviously.Agony to Ecstasy

Having been among the prizes every time we’ve competed but never sitting top of the leaderboard it is a tremendous feeling to finally collect the trophy, it is without doubt the highlight of our golfing lives.

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Pudder’s Tales – Guess Who’s Back…Our Pro

Over the course of the Team Challenge 2016, Mundesley PGA Professional Ryan Pudney – with a few interjections from his teammates Phil Webster, Kevin Taylor & Jon Batten – will be writing a daily blog on his experience. IMG_6690

It was another quiet night for us last night in preparation for the main event…well, I say quiet, we were still in the bar until midnight when we couldn’t keep our eyes open anymore.

Ahead of Round One my team actually sat me down and gave me a talking to…it’s a good job we’re all good mates.

Webby decided he was going to take it upon himself to guide me around the course (Phil: “Just because you can swing a club it doesn’t mean you have a brain.”).

What it did confirm is that Webby is by far a better caddy than a golfer.

The weather was glorious today, which really set the tone for a great day with superb organisation from the TGI Golf team. We were all announced onto the tee through a PA system, which was a great touch, especially as the starter (Paul Hay, TGI Golf Retail Consultant) actually sounded like Ivor Robson.

The organisation is always first class, all the staff always have a smile on their face and really make the event enjoyable.

For those TGI Partners who have not been to this event you really need to come along, it’s amazing (Jon: “And, as always, we’ll probably be looking for someone to replace Ryan, although he did step up to the plate today to be fair.”)

We got off to a great start with six points on the first hole with two tap-in birdies from Kevin and I. However, we struggled after that with hardly any shots of the first six holes, two three puts on the fifth, made a mess of our shot holes and made the turn on 39 points.

We were a little despondent but then we started firing with Webby stepping up and knocking it stiff on 11 to get us back on track. From there we didn’t look back.

We went six points, five, five, six with all of us making three pointers. It’s one of those formats that when you get on a roll it was great. Jon was tremendous today, shooting four over gross playing off five.

It was nice to finally start dropping some putts, there were some mega putts on the par-3 16th. We were 12-under for the final eight holes.

In summary we were sub standard on the front nine and comfortably above on the back – we like to think we’re in with a shout, we certainly haven’t played ourselves out of contention.

We are off to the TGI Big Fat Quiz of the Team Challenge tonight. We’ve not been in previous years as we always wanted an early night in preparation for the final round, but we’re going tonight.

Mind you, one thing’s for certain, we won’t be winning the quiz!! (Phil: “Certainly not if you’re on our team – as I’ve already said you can swing a club but you haven’t got a brain.”)

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Pudder’s Tales – That Was Brutal

Over the course of the Team Challenge 2016, Mundesley PGA Professional Ryan Pudney Pudders– with a few interjections from his teammates Phil Webster, Kevin Taylor & Jon Batten – will be writing a daily blog on his experience. 

After another fairly quiet night, a nice meal in the Sueno’s Asian restaurant, we felt this was our time to have a good round.

However, looking out the window this morning and hearing the wind blowing a gale we knew that would not be the case.

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Pudder’s Tales – “If we could putt we’d be dangerous”

 

Over the course of the Team Challenge 2016, Mundesley PGA Professional Ryan Pudney – with a few interjections from his teammates Phil Webster, Kevin Taylor & Jon Batten – will be writing a daily blog on his experience. Here’s the first instalment.

We arrived in Belek in the very early hours of Tuesday following a long day of travelling, but knowing there’s an ice-cold beer and a warm welcome waiting for you at the other end makes it all bearable.Pudders Day 1

This is our fifth year and it’s always a superb trip. As soon as we get home we always look to book our flights for the following year (Jon: “Then we look for a PGA Pro, but can never find one so get stuck with Pudders.”)

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‘A Quick 9 With…Roger Cleveland’

In the build up to the TGI Golf Business Conference – at The Belfry, February 2-3, 2016 –  keynote speaker Roger Cleveland, Callaway’s Chief Designer, answers a ‘Quick 9’ Questions.

Cleveland Quick 9 MyTGI News1. What do you feel are the ‘must have’ shots you need, for any young aspiring player, to enable them to gain a tour-level short game?
You must understand how to use the sole or bounce of the wedge. For this technique will allow you to control one’s speed and therefore distance and trajectory. Not understanding this is the biggest problem for the amateur golfer.

2. Do you have chats about design and golf in general with other designers such as Bob Vokey?
Bob and I have been friends for years. I certainly admire his great body of work. He has been fortunate to have had a green light on his product for years, unfortunately I have not enjoyed that same support until Mr Brewer (Chip, Callaway CEO) came to town. Continue reading

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