Steve Pace

British Open

Hardly anyone knew Louis Oosthuizen, much less how to pronounce his name. Not many will forget the performance he delivered at the home of golf to capture the British Open on Sunday.

A week after the World Cup ended, South Africa had more reason to celebrate, this from a most unlikely source.

Oosthuizen, a 27-year-old who had only made one cut in his previous eight majors, blew away the field at St. Andrews for a victory that looked as easy as when Tiger Woods first won here a decade ago.

Oosthuizen made only two bogeys over the final 35 holes in a strong wind that swept across the Old Course. He led over the final 48 holes and closed with a 1-under 71 for a seven-shot victory over England’s Lee Westwood.

Maybe it is the Clubs!! (Partly, anyway)

Grand Lake Golf School at Patricia Island is now the official fitter for www.fitchip.com in this area. This is a new fitting system in which we can measure instantaneously if you have the right frequency shafts in your clubs.

The inventor and developer proved to me that 60% of all golfers are playing with the wrong shaft frequency. Simplified, this just means you either get the clubface square back to the ball naturally or by fornce. Naturally is, of course, best.

We offer a fitting and swing lesson for $50. If you replace and order your shafts at $45 each including grip, we credit the $50 to your purchase. Or, ask us about our demo plan. Call Steve at 918-257-4967 or Gregg Compton at 515-333-9977.

Golf tip of the week

Feet together drill

Keeping your feet together, practice hitting balls with the ball teed up. Your feet should be almost touching. Swing slowly at first. Concentrate on making solid contact with the ball. Always think tempo and rhythm. Once you can hit consistently good shots, work on hitting the ball off the grass.

You may be surprised how far you can hit the ball with your feet together as you groove your swing. This drill helps you in many ways. It’s a good drill to do every practice session as a warm-up. It’s a great drill to develop the feel of a good release.

Golf law

For golfers that slice or hook there is nothing like a hole that goes that way. The problem is when the hole goes the other way or even straight.

Great quote

“What other people find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.” Arnold Palmer

Miscellaneous

Italian Edoardo Molinari joined his brother Francesco as a European Tour winner at The Barclays Scottish Open. One ahead after his dazzling third round 63, he closed with a 74 in much tougher conditions to win with a 12-under 272 total.

Peter Tomasulo fired a 10-under 61 Sunday to come from eight shots behind and win the Ford Wayne Gretzky Open by one. The 28-year-old Californian rallied on the final day, racing by the leaders to finish with a 24-under total at the Georgian Bay Club, a shot ahead of Vermont rookie Keegan Bradley.

Golf joke of the week

A lovely afternoon finds one fellow and his wife golfing. They have had a wonderful time and the man has had a near perfect game. The final hole, by far the most difficult, wraps around an old barn. With a terrible slice the man puts the barn between his ball and the green. Knowing that the strokes that it will take to get around the barn will destroy his score, he begins to rant and rave.

His wife, hating to see him ruin such a great afternoon, makes a suggestion. “What if I were to hold open the barn doors? That way you could send it right through the barn onto the green.”

He thinks this over and decides that it will work. With his wife holding open the barn door he lines up with the hole and gives the ball a terrific whack. The ball shoots through the air and right into the head of his wife, killing her instantly.

Months go by, the man mourning all the while. His friends, hating to see him in such a state, convince him to go golfing with them. They end up at the same course and on the final hole, oddly enough, another terrible slice puts the old barn between his ball and the green.

Again he begins to rant and rave at what this dilemma will do to his score. His friend, wanting to please him, makes a suggestion. “What if I were to hold open the barn doors? That way you could send it right through the barn onto the green.”

“No,” the man replies. “Last time I did that I got two over par.”

Steve Pace is a certified golf instructor at Grove's Patricia Island Golf Club. Steve is always on the lookout for golf news including aces, double eagles and eagles. He can be reached at 918-257-4967 or at stevepace.golf@yahoo.com