Just in time for spring, a couple of great pieces to get your swing in shape from the pros.
First, english womens professional Rachel Jennings. Rachel is known to be not only one of the most colorful pros on the Ladies European Tour but also for her great swing. She is featured in the March issue of Lady Golfer with great tips for a good swing path – see pages 30-13 of the magazine.
Follow Rachel on Twitter @RacheyJGolf
Energy of the Golf Swing
On top of it, we have a great DogLegMedia video of the sweet swing of dutch mens golf pro Wouter de Vries. The video is in dutch, but is easy enough to understand for everyone.
The main focus is on swing balance and how to keep your energy moving forward through the ball with great before and after segments, showing off one of the Inner Genius (Auke Hempenius) teaching methods. Though this is an InnerGenius segment, Wouter and Auke are also half of the “Flight19″ gang at 19Golf.
The Energy of the Golf Swing from DogLegMedia on Vimeo.
“Vanaf eind 2012 werken Wouter de Vries en Auke Hempenius samen aan de metamorfose van Wouter’s golfswing.
Wij houden jullie in 2013 d.m.v. video op de hoogte van zijn ontwikkelingen.”
I should also mention that the video was shot at The International, the new host venue for the Deloitte Dutch Ladies Open. The new clubhouse (opening shortly) and snow-covered 18th green are in the background. It looks like a superb venue for the Ladies European Tour and should be very convenient for the golfers, due to it’s location on the outskirts of Amsterdam near Schiphol.
Marion Ricordeau being interviewed for French television after her win at the 2012 Terre Blanche Ladies Open (© doglegmedia.com)
Golf Internet TV
We’ve been following, tweeting and reporting on each of the Ladies European Tour and LET Access Series tournaments so far. The quality of womens golf in Europe is rising rapidly. And as we once again are watching and cheering from a distance this week, we really, really miss being able to watch these tournaments on live TV.
In Holland, there’s not much choice when it comes to golf on TV. Only Sport1 seems to show anything and they basically do not cover the womens game. And this week they have full coverage of the European Tour’s Trophy Hassan II live from Agadir.
Hey guys, the girls are right across the street – you can’t get the production team to send a camera team across to get glimpses of the LET?
Occasionally Sport1 does broadcast LPGA highlights. Kudos for that, but I’d really like to see live coverage of the Ladies European Tour. Makes me wonder why a european equivalent to Golf Channel hasn’t emerged or why the LET hasn’t taken matters into its own hands and started webcasting their tournaments.
Ultimately internet TV is where live sports broadcasting is headed anyway, so why not get a jump on it? Setting up a couple of stationary cameras on a couple of tees and a couple of greens would be enough. Plenty of inexpensive solutions for connectivity. Tweet streams and live scoring would be more than enough for commentary at least to start. Total cost is minimal and the LET would retain full control of the advertising and commercial possibilities. Win-win don’t you think? Please. Pretty please ….
Lucy Williams on the 18th fairway during the 2nd round of the 2012 Open Femenino (© doglegmedia.com)
Twitter Golf Birdies
DogLegMedia has conducted an informal study regarding womens golf and social media. Twitter is the overwhelming most popular choice of social media for most of the girls. Facebook is now #2. That’s more or less the reverse of where we were two years ago, the last time DLM did a comprehensive study.
Follow Rebecca Hudson, one of Europe’s top pro golfers, on Twitter (© doglegmedia.com)
Around 350 womens professional golfers are on Twitter today, primarily golfers who compete in the US, Europe, and Australia. Korean, Chinese, and Japanese golfers have largely opted to have a presence on regional social networks. We will publish a comprehensive list of womens golfers on Twitter in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, you can subscribe to the PoodleGolf list on Twitter. Follow as many of the golfers and tweet as much support as you can.
An interesting change from a few years ago is that many of the golfers have opted to go single-channel in terms of social, that is they chosen twitter over facebook or google+ rather than maintaining a presence on all channels. At the time of the last study, most had at least a facebook page plus one other (usually twitter).
My guess is that the same phenomenon is starting to set in with the golfers as with the general public. Social media fatigue is real and it’s just too cumbersome or time-consuming to share, tweet, and build up their fan base across all of the networks.
Clothilde Weyrich at the 2011 Dinard Ladies Open in Saint Briac sur Mer (© doglegmedia.com)
Dinard Ladies Open
The 2nd LET Access Series and Generali Ladies Tour tournament of the year is coming up next week – the Dinard Ladies Open. For anyone who isn’t already familiar with the LET Access Series, it’s the highly competitive european equivalent to the LPGA Symetra Futures tour in the States.
The host venue, located just to the south of Dinard in the village of Saint Briac sur Mer, is a gorgeous, quirky course right on the Bretagne coast of France. It’s a DLM favourite simply because on a sunny day, the blue Atlantic backgrounds are simply stunning. Sailboats, lighthouses, surfers, and fisherman are all part of the scene.
One of the great things about the Generali /LETAS cooperation is that we get to see basically all of the top French amateurs competing at each event. It’s amazing to watch the development of the girls, who are usually paired with a veteran french tour pro in the tournaments.
We’re planning to be there to photograph the tournament and cheer for the golfers, so follow Poodle Golf on Twitter for our live tweets and check back here each night during the tournament for photos.
link: tournament photos from the 2012 Dinard Ladies Open
link: tournament photos from the 2011 Dinard Ladies Open
France’s Anyssia Herbault teeing off from the 13th during round 1 of the 2011 Dinard Ladies Open (© doglegmedia.com)
The iconic sign atop the clubhouse at Dinard Golf (© doglegmedia.com)
Surfer dude just below the 6th fairway at the 2011 Dinard Ladies Open (© doglegmedia.com)
Denmark’s Cathrine Madsen on the 9th green during round 1 at Dinard (© doglegmedia.com)
Have a great weekend everyone !