How I Play Troon

Royal Troon is situated on the west coast of Scotland and is set to host the 145th Open Championship. This will be the ninth Open that has been held at Royal Troon Golf Club and this course is a world renowned favorite among golfers. So what’s it like to have this famous course on your doorstep and watch it be taken over by the golfing world as it gets ready to host the Open? With just weeks to go until the first competitor tees it up, it’s an experience I am lucky enough to be very familiar with.

Royal Troon is where I fell in love with golf. At the 2004 Open Championship I was drawn by the buzz it brought to my little hometown and have been addicted to the sport ever since. I was a member at The Ladies Golf Club of Troon for a number of years up until I turned professional in 2013. To me, Royal Troon will always be my home course and I am one of the most excited people about The Open Championship’s return.

Like everyone else I want Troon to really show its teeth and give the professionals a challenge. If it comes to Open week and there’s not a breath of wind, with blistering sunshine I will be disheartened. Of course that weather is great for the walking spectators but I am sure everybody else who has played Troon will agree, those perfect weather conditions are an absolute rarity.

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True Test at Troon

The Open, the oldest major in golf, is set to be held at Royal Troon this week. The championship length is 7,190 yards and is a par 71. The course is host to deceivingly tight fairways, wispy long grass, gorse and tricky pot hole bunkers.

Most people describe Royal Troon as a game of two halves. The front nine gives the impression it is wide open with its lack of trees or gorse but the fairways are lined with tall wispy rough and perfectly placed bunkers to collect any off line tee shot. The back nine on the other hand has more gorse lined fairways especially in the loop 9th, 10th 11th and 12th. There are less bunkers on the back nine 36 bunkers to be exact, versus the 60 bunkers that defend the front nine.

Royal Troon’s most famous hole is the par 3 Postage Stamp. It is the shortest hole in championship golf at a mere 123 yards, but don’t let its length fool you. The tee box is raised above the green making it very open to the elements. If the wind is coming straight off the Firth of Clyde the hole suddenly becomes longer. You have to carry your shot over a grassy gully onto a long but very narrow green. The green is surrounded by five bunkers, one that is rightfully named the Coffin bunker due to its deep but narrow characteristics. This short hole is not a guaranteed par and has seen a few high scores in its Open championship history. In 1997 a young 21-year-old Tiger Woods walked off the 8th green with a triple bogey six after finding a bunker with his tee shot.

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Battle at the Castle

The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is returning to Castle Stuart this week. This beautifully fierce course is located in the Scottish Highlands in Inverness and is ready to host some of the best players in the world. This iconic links course looks out onto the Moray Firth and was opened in 2009. Its style and distinguished features were an instant hit and hosted the first ever European tour event in the Scottish Highlands in 2011.

This year will be the 4th time Castle Stuart has hosted the Scottish Open. Due the Scottish Open being held predominately the week before The Open Championship it tends to host a very strong field. These players take advantage of unprecedented practice on a links course, ahead of the 3rd major of the year. Past winners at this venue are Luke Donald (2011), Jeev Milka Singh (2012) and Phil Michelson (2013). Unfortunately, due to a busy schedule the past champion Rickie Fowler will not be returning to Scotland to defend his title. Phil Michelson currently ranked 21st in the world has his eyes set on another win at Castle Stuart. He will be hoping for a less exciting win than 2013 where he uncharacteristically failed to get down in two from just off the green on the 18th, which then forced a play-off with South Africa’s Branden Grace. Both of them shot a total score of 17 under par but Phil came out as the winner defeating Branden on the first play-off hole. This was Michelson’s first individual victory in the U.K.

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Shot Scope Pre-orders Shipping Globally

Pre-ordered Shot Scope Performance Tracking Systems have now been shipped out to 22 countries worldwide and 21 states in the USA. From Scotland to Bermuda, China to Denmark and Jersey to South Africa – the performance tracking revolution has begun. The Shot Scope pre-order launched between January and March 2016 to great demand. The early adopters of the new technology will begin receiving their Shot Scope wristbands and tags in the coming days. There’s still time to join the active reserve list at shotscope.com to be eligible for priority purchase of the next available units. Designed, manufactured and engineered in Scotland the bands will now be played with globally. The Shot Scope Performance Tracking System has been in development for two and a half years and provides an experience like no other. There is no manual tagging or requirement to carry a phone. Shot Scope is also the first system to calculate putting data and provide meaningful putting performance feedback on shotscope.com. With great interest from professional, elite amateur and college golfers internationally, now is the time to join the Shot Scope community.

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Shot Scope is a revolutionary performance tracking system designed by golfers, for golfers. It is comprised of a wristband and a set of 20 unique tags which work together to provide an impressive wearable platform to improve your game.

The intuitive system allows the golfer to know, change and improve their game to achieve long term results. It presents a level of data that was previously only available to top tour professionals, providing over 100 statistics which enable enhanced performance. Analytics provide actionable insights, identifying strengths and weaknesses to ensure that potential is maximised in game play and that areas for improvement are recognised. When equipped with this knowledge the golfer is in charge of their own game, giving them the power to vastly improve their own performance and know their game better than ever.

The technology used within the system allows for uninterrupted play, working in the background to constantly collect rich data without requiring manual input. The Club Sense technology works with the tags, inserted into the top of grips, to detect which club is in use so no manual tagging is required. They weigh only 1.2g and therefore doesn’t impact on the club’s swing weight. Accuracy is ensured with integrated GPS tracking that pinpoints the exact location of shots. Data is then uploaded to a computer or smartphone, via Bluetooth or USB connections, where it can be viewed instantly. It maps all of the shots taken onto an overhead view of the course which provides a unique vantage point. Statistics are displayed in meaningful charts, graphs and tables to allow for real understanding of the information. Insights include: club choices and their impact, more information of tee shot performance, deeper understanding of approaches, development of in depth knowledge of short game and an insight into improvements within putting performance. The information is viewed within the context of the online community. This next level of player interaction allows you to engage with the golfing community, compete with friends and monitor long terms goals and achievements. This is an exciting golfing platform that offers a new way to engage with fellow golfers.


Shot Scope has been ruled as conforming to the Rules of Golf and can therefore be used in competitive play. When this is combined with the long battery life and memory storing capabilities, you can safely track all of your rounds for maximum data collection. The more information you gather the more accurate your statistics will be and the greater the possibilities for improvement. Shot Scope is a user-friendly tool which will be hugely impactful on the performance and progression of golfers everywhere. Providing a level of data analysis which was once only available to the elite, Shot Scope makes it available to golfers of all levels so that we can all be Masters of the Game. Join the Performance Tracking Revolution today and watch your game improve.

Shot Scope is a game changer for all golfers. For more information or to reserve a Shot Scope Performance Tracking System visit our website www.shotscope.com.

Potential of a Tiger Spotting at Troon

Tiger Woods was centre stage this past week at Congressional, but not as a competitor. He was on official hosting duties at the Quicken Loans National tournament that benefits his foundation. While there he took part in press conferences which quickly turned into an opportunity for the media to ask the question we’ve all been pondering for months: “When will he be returning to competitive golf?”

The 14-time major Champion hasn’t played a tournament since the Wyndham Championship last August and, after two back surgeries, the timescale for his return is still uncertain. He has been spotted hitting shots and playing rounds but explains that it is the physical demands of playing consecutive rounds is what is holding him back.

Woods entered both the Maters and U.S. Open, but much to the fans disappointment, he pulled out of both shortly afterwards citing he wasn’t physically ready yet. Even though The R&A has announced that Tiger Woods has entered to play in The Open Championship at Royal Troon, we’re not holding our breath just yet…

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Does Golf Have a Future in The Olympics

Ever since Rory’s announcement that he will not be playing in the Rio Olympics, there has been a growing concern that other influential players will now follow suit. The World No.4 is definitely the highest profile player that has been added to the list of players that are opting out on this year’s games. The list seems to be growing creating a growing concern for golf continuing in the Olympics.

The players that have pulled out have cited that it was due to the risk of the Zika virus, a virus that is known to cause birth defects and currently has no cure. The men’s tournament is planned to take place on August 11th to the 14th with the women’s tournament taking place the following week. This comes at the busiest time during the PGA season, and as much it is a huge honour to play for their country there is no money involved for the players.

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Major Win or Major Distraction

On Monday morning after Dustin Johnson won his maiden major everybody was talking about his final round and how it was great to finally see him get over that major hurdle….
Incorrect, everybody, spectators and even players have been questioning the decision made by the USGA that has over shadowed DJ’s first major win at Oakmont.

On the 5th hole Dustin called a rules official and explained that his ball had moved but he had not caused the movement. His playing partner Lee Westwood agreed that he hadn’t caused the movement and the rules official with the group cleared him of any wrong doing and Dustin continued to hole out for par.

Unfortunately, through the use of slow motion review, USGA rules officials felt otherwise. They approached Johnson on the 12th tee to inform him that the incident on the 5th green was being reviewed for a potential breach of the rules, which could result in a one shot penalty. The outcome would be decided at the completion of his round.

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The Golfers on The Shot Scope Team With Their U.S. Open Predictions:

David Hunter
Winner – Jason Day
He knows how to win majors and in recent press conferences has said that he realishs the challenge of Oakmont. He has played in 22 majors in his career and finished in the top 10 eleven times. With 1 major already under his belt has only made him hungry for more.

Wildcard – Paul Casey
Casey is coming back into form has shot up the rankings. He showed form at The Masters finishing T-4 and has played well at Oakmont before. He is 22nd in greens in regulation and can hold putts when is counts.

Gavin Dear
Winner – Brooks Koepka
He is long, straight and is currently ranked 37th in stokes gained: Putting. With his distance, accuracy and if the putters hot, it should be a very good week for Kopeka. He is the best golfer I have played with as a pro and I think he will be the next big thing in golf.

Wildcard – Russell Knox
He is currently 4th in the FedEx Cup Rankings, is very straight and great from tee to green. He sits 4th in greens in regulation on the PGA tour and has already proved he can be a winner after his win at the WGC-HSBC Champions

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The Best Golfers in The World vs Oakmont Country Club

I’m sure you have been reading about the tough test that faces the players at the 2016 U.S. Open but really how hard is Oakmont CC?

Oakmont CC is ranked 11th on Golf Digests ‘The World’s 100 greatest courses’ list and is ranked 5th in Golf Digests ‘Top 50 Hardest courses in America’. In the run up to the 2007 U.S. Open the course went under various renovations. It was lengthened, bunkers became deeper and 4,000 trees were removed from the course.

The U.S Open yardage has been lengthened to 7,230 yards. This includes the two par 5’s which reach over 600 yards, especially the monster 12th which has a total distance of 667 yards. There are five par 4’s over 470 yards (1st,7th,9th,15th & 18th), and of course the 8th, the longest par 3 in U.S. Open history at a whopping 288 yards.

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Young Guns Taking Poll Position on The LPGA

Over the weekend Brooke Henderson became the KPMG Women’s PGA champion. At just the young age of 18 she joined Lydia Ko on becoming the youngest to ever win the tournament. She beat World No.1 Ko in a sudden death play-off to capture her first major victory at Sahalee CC in Sammamish, Washington.

Having young inspiring females winning and showing form at the highest stage of the game, will surely encourage growth of the game. The current top ten in the women’s game are all under the age of 30 and the top 8 are all under 25. The women’s game is showcasing a large amount of very young talent, and it is making for more exciting golf.

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