November 23, 2015

Back Nine News – The Best Golf Stories & Videos of the Week

In this issue: Golf Science Expands Hardware Line-up. Rory Wins, Danny Whines, Ivor says goodbye. Brandon Stone wins in Cape Town, 3 make it through Europe Q-School, People get hit my golf balls – a lot. Cobra, TaylorMade, Titleist, Callaway, PING all winning in their own way. IGT Win for Golf Science Ambassador. 


Rory Wins, Danny whines, Ivor says goodbye 🙁


Rory McIlroy showed that he’s back with a vengeance after winning the DP World Tour Championship and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai order of merit over the weekend. He beat Andy Sullivan by 1, with Branden Grace finishing 3rd, and Danny Willett in 4th. Willet caused some raised eyebrows when he stated earlier in the week that McIlroy is at an advantage because he gets special treatment from the European Tour – alluding to the fact that McIlroy wasn’t ‘forced’ to play as many final series events as the other players on tour. He probably has a point but if the European Tour wants to keep its top players (as it has already shown with it’s revised membership criteria – the number of events a player needs to play to retain status and be eligible for the Ryder Cup has dropped) then certain leniencies are inevitable… Sorry Danny.

On a bittersweet note…this tournament also marked the retirement of Ivor Robson. The European Tour starter is a legend. The players say thanks and good bye in this video 🙂

Brandon Stone has maiden win in Cape Town Open

With his father playing in the field and being there to give him a hug behind the 18th green, the young talent put on a impressive display to win the Cape Town Open by 5 shots on -16 with rounds of 73, 66, 63, 70. Ockie Strydom and Steve Surrey finished in 2nd place. Stone recently qualified for the European Tour by way of his Top15 spot on the European Challenge Tour Order of Merit this past season. He plays a full set of PING clubs.

Ulrich, Jean and Justin qualify for the European Tour at Q-School

In a tense 6 rounds in Spain, Ulrich van den Berg, Jean Hugo and Justin Walters showed their class and stamina, finishing in the top 25 (van den Berg shared medalist honours) and gaining their European Tour cards for the upcoming season.



FORE! Bad drives, heel kicks and broken noses

CUb5aALWEAE3kERIt’s been an eventful weekend for wayward drives. On the PGA Tour Graeme McDowell got a lucky bounce back into the fairway off the heel of a spectator, who just happened to be the mother of Kevin Kisner, the man McDowell was chasing down. Luckily she wasn’t hurt too badly and her son ended up winning by 6 anyway.

On a less fun note, Steven Bowditch broke a spectator’s nose at the Australian Masters this weekend. Peter Senior became the oldest winner of the tournament at 56, out playing the young guns on a tough course. The runner-up was non other than soon to be superstar and all around golf nut Bryson DeChambeau – he’s the guy who wears a Hogan cap, won the NCAA title, US Amateur and plays all his clubs at 6iron length!

Tiger driving golf carts at the Ryder Cup

In case you missed it, Davis Love (prematurely) announced his Ryder Cup Vice Captains, which included Tiger Woods. Yup. The greatest golfer ever seems to be reaching the end of his playing career, although he says he intends to be a playing Vice Captain. Unfortunately he’s currently ranked 384th in the world, so that’s going to be a long shot.

Cobra comes out with a King

Based on all the early reviews it seems that Cobra have really outdone themselves with their new King Driver. Used by Rickie Fowler and various other tour players it features some unique takes on weight adjustment. Here’s a pretty good review from MyGolfSpy


M1 and Titleist Dominate the numbers, Callaway wins

It seems that TaylorMade are continuing their ‘Driver Count’ domination on tour, with the majority of tour players using their new M1 head. Titleist also seems to be eating up the ball stats with the vast majority of players preferring the Prov1X to any other ball. Callaway seem to be making a huge push in Europe backed by stellar victories from their players like Branden Grace, Danny Willett, Emilliano Grillo, Henrik Stenson, Kristoffer Broberg and others. Whatever equipment brand you choose to go with, make sure to talk to one of our fitters so that they can assist in fitting you correctly so that your new clubs help you achieve your golf goals.




Golf Science Ambassador wins on IGT Tour

Christof Appel has been a longtime client of Golf Science and recently won the IGT Cape’s Metropolitan Classic with rounds of 64 and 70 for a 1 shot victory. He credited his detailed fittings, advice and adjustments to his clubs by Golf Science as one of the main reasons for his great play.
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Golf Science Expands Hardware Line-Up

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve expanded our range of equipment hardware that you can be fit for, built and bought from Golf Science. We’ve worked hard over the last few months to build relationships with all the major brands and suppliers and we’re very excited about what this means for our clients. As things stand there isn’t a club in the world that we can source, build and fit to your exact specifications! Give us a call or come in to the shop to see our expanded range or if you have any questions about a club you’ve been considering…