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The Golf Majors in 2020…

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Golf Majors in 2020

As this year’s tour comes to end and with John Rahm winning the Race to Dubai, we asked our friends at Freebets to look at the favourites for the Men’s Golf Majors in 2020.

So, with 2019 was a memorable year for men’s golf, if not for one reason only, Tiger roared back! The major championships, in particular, brought about some other great moments for the game.

We had some moments which truly upset the bookmakers’ predictions for what was going to happen like Gary Woodland’s success in the US Open. The American hadn’t finished in the top 5 of any prior major.

However, as the record books show, Golf is typically unpredictable these days.

Here is the schedule and dates, with a hint to who may be in the running based in the latest odds and see whether we can expect some more of the same…


Golf Majors in 2020 – The Masters – 9th-13th April 2020

As always, the Masters will kick-off this year of men’s majors.

The 2019 Masters saw one of the unlikeliest comeback stories in the sport’s history.

Tiger Woods – the 14-time major winner – secured his first victory in one of the big four since 2008.

It was perhaps the greatest sporting moment of 2019 as Woods overcame crippling injuries and a loss of form to secure his first green jacket for 14 years.

It would be a surprise to see Woods lift the trophy at Augusta again in 2020 but after his remarkable win in 2019, who’s to say?

Rory McIlroy is also in the running with the Northern Irishman eager to win his first green jacket and secure the career grand slam.

Current Odds…

Brook Koepka – 9/1
Rory Mcllroy – 9/1
Dustin Johnson – 10/1
Tiger Woods – 10/1


Golf Majors in 2020 – The PGA Championship – 14th – 17th May 2020

In the middle of May, we’ll turn our attentions to TPC Harding Park in California for the 2020 PGA Championship.

The Irishman Shane Lowry came out on top of the leaderboard in 2019 for this, the most unpredictable of men’s majors.

12 different men have lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in the last 13 years with McIlroy being the only player to win two titles in that time.

This year’s tournament promises to be just as unpredictable.

Current Odds…

Brooks Koepka – 9/1
Dustin Johnson – 9/1
Rory Mcllroy – 10/1
Tiger Woods – 12/1


Golf Majors in 2020 – The US Open – 18th – 21st June 2020

The 2020 US Open is being held on more familiar ground this time.

Winged Foot Golf Club will host this year’s edition of the tournament in the middle of June with all eyes of the golfing world directing their focus towards the New York course.

The tournament has been held at this course before, way back in 2006 when the Australian Geoff Ogilvy came out on top.

Brooks Koepka is the man to beat here.

The American has won two of the last three US Open titles and will be looking to make it three out of four in June. He’s the standout candidate to do just that.

Current Odds…

Brooks Koepka – 9/1
Dustin Johnson – 9/1
Rory Mcllroy – 10/1
Justin Thomas – 16/1


Golf Majors in 2020 – The OPEN – 16th – 19th July 2020

As is tradition, the majors conclude with the trip across the Atlantic to contest the Claret Jug.

The Open Championship is the oldest of the four majors and it is heading to the Royal St George’s for the first time since 2011.

That edition of the tournament saw an unlikely win for Northern Irishman Darren Clarke but you won’t find many people expecting a similar result this time.

Current Odds…

Brooks Koepka – 10/1
Rory Mcllroy – 10/1
Dustin Johnson – 12/1
Jon Rahm – 16/1


And Finally…

So, a dozen different players can win a major on any given day so punters have their work cut out when it comes to picking a favourite.

However, that could play into your hands. When the field is open, the betting odds are often in your favour.

Punters can pick winners for certain events and many bookies will payout for anything above a top-five finish.

But that can go even further, picking one or a couple of unlikely candidates across the various majors will lead to some huge odds and bigger wins.

Learn how to build your bets with freebets.com to make sure you get the best odds for your men’s golf major picks.

 


By Ian Mullins

Discover the tools to improving your golf game…

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

Improving your golf game, the social golfer, golf partnersOnce you’ve been hooked by the golf bug, the next thing you’ll want to do is look at ways of improving your golf game…

We spoke to our friends at Bird Golf Academy in Arizona and asked them for their advice…


Improving your golf game – Where to Begin

Even Tiger Woods started practising his golfing technique with the basics.

He wasn’t born an expert, so you shouldn’t expect yourself to be a pro after a few swings.

To become good at any sport, not just golf, you have to learn the game from scratch and practice the fundamentals before rising to the expert level.

To start, you should take some time at the golf course nearest to your home and rent some gear.

You’ll only play around with it at first, getting a feel for the different clubs.

There are five major types:

  • Woods have large heads and are used for long shots.
  • Irons are thin and angled and are used for tee shots on short holes or for shots on the fairway.
  • Hybrids, a newer type that are a little easier to use than irons.
  • Wedges are even more angular and which are used for short approach shots and for shooting out of a sand bunker.
  • Putters are specialized for putting.

Choosing the right golf club for a shot takes time and experience but is integral to playing a great game.

Improving your golf game – Practice, Practice, Practice

There are no two ways around it, if you want to improve at golf, you are going to have to commit time and effort.

Improving your golf game to a more professional level involves a lot of preparation – just ask Tiger, who practice fora solid  2 hours before EVER round.

But you can’t just practice swinging the club over and over.

It’s important to identify the fundamental movements and ideas behind each aspect of golf and to spend time perfecting those techniques.

Masters can only move onto expert technique once they’ve got the basics.

Improving your golf game – The Fundamentals

The Grip

The basics of gripping a golf club are intuitive, to say the least.

Make sure that you find a comfortable way to grip the club with your hands connecting.

The left-hand (or right-hand if you’re are a leftie) matters a great deal for swing strength and performance.

You should also focus on grip pressure and avoid holding the club too tightly.

Your right hand should match your left.

Finally, make sure your club grip is in good condition.

The Stance

Measure the width of your shoulders using your club.

Have the insides of your feet at least this far apart for full shots, but widen your stance for longer clubs like drivers.

Don’t point your toes out too much at an angle. Your knees need to be slightly flexed but not fully bent.

Finally, keep your bodyweight spread between your toes and heels at about a 50/50 ratio.

Your Alignment

To achieve an optimal “square stance”, you should place your club along the line of your toes.

This club should point parallel left of your target in the distance.

Your Posture

Make sure to hold your club with your arms and legs straight, with your shoulders pulled back and chest out.

Tilt forward with your club using just your hips. Keep your back flat. As you lower the club, flex your knees.

This is the optimal golfing posture for making a shot.

The Swing

After achieving perfect posture and alignment, begin your swing by bringing your club back and transferring weight to your right foot.

When your club is at a 90-degree angle, you can begin to make your swing.

Your hips and chest should do most of the movement.

When you strike the ball, your right shoulder and knee should have transitioned, with your right toes out and your left foot taking most of your weight.

Conclusion

While these are just the basics of what the experts can teach you, many other things will affect your game, the weather, the wind, the temperature, your clothing, to name a few.

You will also need to adjust your thinking when playing golf in the winter months

AND you will need focus and patience, if you want to keep improving your golf game.


By Ian Mullins

FIVE Premiership footballers who golf…

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

FIVE Premiership footballers who golfThere aren’t many sports that go hand in hand more so than golf and football.

Both sports are intertwined in a unique way, with many professional footballers opting to use their days off on the course playing a round of golf.

And why not?

There aren’t many better sports (low impact sports) to unwind to after working hard on the football pitch all morning.

We assume when you only have to work 3 or 4 hours a day (if you can call Football Training work?) you have plenty of time to do other things to fill your spare time between matches.

But which Premiership footballers play golf and who is any good at it?

We take a look at FIVE footballers who enjoy their time on the fairways…


Premiership footballers who golf – Gareth Bale…

If you are getting into trouble with your employers because you’re playing too much golf, then the chances are that you will be pretty handy with the clubs.

Based in Spain, the Real Madrid winger has shared pictures of his back garden on social media, and he has his own golf course which has replica holes from Royal Troon and the Augusta National.

Bale has a handicap of 5 and is commonly seen testing his skills on the 12th at Augusta and the postage stamp 8th hold from Troon.

He also competed in a celebrity golf competition last year at Celtic Manor.


Premiership footballers who golf  – Harry Kane…

The current England captain is another player that has a handicap of four and can be seen showing his skills on some of the most difficult courses in the United Kingdom.

On his days off from Tottenham Hotspur plays golf – a lot.

Kane uses the sport to relax following the stress of playing in the Premier League, and it seems to work for him as he has performed excellently consistently for club and country.


Premiership footballers who golf  – Wayne Rooney…

Another famous England captain also enjoys spending his downtime on the golf course.

The all-time leading scorer for the Three Lions plays off a handicap of 16 and was even credited with a Rory McIlroy success at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Northern Irishman said that he sought out Rooney for advice about technique when he is taking a free-kick.

McIlroy used that advice to win by two shots in the invitational, and the pair remain good friends to this day.


Premiership footballers who golf  –  Jamie Redknapp…

A former professional player that can’t keep off the golf course is Jamie Redknapp.

He is commonly made fun of when appearing on A League of their Own due to the amount of time he spends on the course.

The former Liverpool midfielder, and now Sky Sports pundit plays off a handicap of four.

He also appears frequently on the Pro-Am events, and he played with Luke Donald at last year’s Alfred Dunhill Championship at St Andrew’s.


Premiership footballers who golf – Ryan Giggs…

Another ex-Premier League star that can be commonly found on the golf courses is Ryan Giggs.

The Premier League’s most decorated player has a handicap of 14 and frequently plays in the Pro-Am.

He most recently played in this event alongside Manchester United fan Rory McIlroy at Wentworth.

However, he actively encourages his Welsh team not to follow his lead, and avoid the golf course at all costs to avoid the risks of picking up needless injuries.


By Ian Mullins