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Don’t you just love it when a plan(!) comes together

Having survived the inevitable hangover following the publication of our 100th issue, so carried away were we by the fact we actually achieved the magical ‘ton up’ it was something of a shock to discover the speed with which the deadline for this spring edition loomed on the calendar. As we cleared away the empties here at Gi Towers, the only question that really mattered was ‘what can we pull together – and fast – for 101?’.

Through the fog of excess, ideas began to suggest themselves: and it is at moments like this when I get to fully appreciate the network of contributors and contacts that we have established in our quest to deliver the essential read in golf. As Wentworth owner Richard Caring points out (in a rare interview, page 112), the secret to success in business lies in surrounding yourself with highcalibre people – well, that and good timing. Right on cue, our friends at Callaway Golf asked if we’d be interested in a fabulous sequence of the 2011 Dubai Desert Classic champion Alvaro Quiros. A call to leading coach Denis Pugh quickly took care of our cover story – he was en route to the States and could track down Alvaro at Doral, where a rain delay provided the perfect opportunity for the pair of them to sit down and look at the images on a laptop. You can enjoy watching – and learn from – one of the game’s longest hitters starting on page 48.

We had enjoyed another piece of good timing when renowned sports biomechanist and putting expert Paul Hurrion invited us to drop in on a lesson he was giving Rory McIlroy during the Middle East Swing. Photographer David Cannon captured the two of them working on the surely the only part of the game Rory needs to nail consistently to win his first major title (by the time this issue appears he may even have done just that). Based on his own detailed research into the biomechanics of the putting stroke and analysis of ball roll, Hurrion’s sound advice can similarly help you to putt like a tour player (and look out next issue for a report on the latest Quintic Ball Roll Putting Analysis Software that takes putter fitting to a whole new level).

Jonathan Yarwood (above) has been a great supporter of Gi since its launch, and over the years has continually sought to provide innovative lessons (find out how to transform your chipping skills from page 72) and creative photo-shoots, such is his passion for teaching and helping golfers understand their golf game. With three successful academies – two in the UK (at Stoke Park and Donnington Grove) and one at The Concession, in Sarasota, where he has lived for the past 15 years – JY has reaped the reward for the sheer professionalism he applies to every aspect of his career. And that dedication has been recognised by his peers with the announcement that Jonathan is to be made Master Professional – the highest accolade from the PGA. At just 41, he joins an elite band of pro’s across the globe, including his former mentor David Leadbetter, Pete Cowen and John Jacobs.

Rounding out the instruction package this issue is a valuable ‘first’ lesson on the fundamental role of posture and body rotation by Jim Christine (featuring Sky Sports’ Charlotte Jackson - page 130) and a terrific essay on the ‘Comfort Trap’ by leading European Tour mind coach Dr Karl Morris (p136). Elsewhere, equipment editor Dominic Pedler highlights the latest new products to have caught his eye (p68), including a look at some fascinating new high-tech gadgets to tempt you (p96). Add to all this a major interview with sports supremo Barry Hearn – and much more besides – and we hope you agree it’s a pretty decent sequel to the blockbuster 100th issue.

Right, what now for 102...

Enjoy the read,

May 2011

Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine


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