Thursday, December 29, 2005

2005 final posting ....

Playing golf and blogging about it has been equally satisfying in 2005. I have managed to improve my swing and reduced my handicapp to NHS (Malaysian Golf Association : National Handicapp System ) index 9.1 . Driving distance have greatly improved from 180m average to 210m. Accuracy of driving , since I have acquired the Maruman Exim Nano II has improved tremendously. Hitting on average 12 out of 14 fairways in 18 holes round. With the new grip by Golf Pride (pictures and comment in this LINK ) my iron shots are begining to make my approach accurate and enjoyable.
Sticking to the old putter Ping Pal 4 and shaping up my putting routinehas helped me on the green. Instead of buying a new putter , with my new putting routine , I have been able to reduce my putting average to no more that 2 putts per green. And the picture is the living prove how I have improve my putting skills. Yes , my dear Hanie is my new mentor in putting. It sort of gives me a new perspective on how to make a good putt. But with my dearest Hanie helping me out on the practise green , I have been able to spend quality hours with dearest Hanie.
Blogging about golf per say has its ups and downs. I have make comments and photo blogs. Some folks out there make positive remarks and some well , you can't win them all , right. From the early days , I have encounter new blogging skills , making new graphics , adding some cool features and not to forget some useless features as well. Make new frens within the country and some from the other part of the world. One gentlemen by the name of Onn is one nice chap. A true gentlemen and a true golfer. You can never make war with this old chap. At retirement age , he is still an active golfer with a nice swing. At times he grumbles alot about his swing and when he makes that shot , we never fails to congratulate him.
At time I look up to this chap for advice on golf and on life. I wish him all the best in 2006 and am sure he will post some good scores next year. On the blog met some golfers whom I have yet to meet up and play golf together. Zed , one chap who never fails to entertain fellow bloggers. Although until todate , I have to visualise how tall is he or how well is he with his golf swings. 2006 will be a bit challenging. Hoping to get involve with new assignment . Of which , still in between two minds and have not decided which way to go. Hoping I could make that extra bucks so that I can give my dearest another long due holiday. But the pictures of bridges in Amsterdam reminded me of those lovely time I had with my dearest Zalita. Which reminded me of how lucky I am to have her in my life. She has been a true companion and a wife who understands her husband passion on golf. I don't have to make excuses to play golf and I ended up making sure enough quality time are shared between golf and family. For those who are still struglling with your partner at home , better take your time and explain it to her.

So 2005 in summary , best score is only 84. Best 9 hole scores is still 39. Longest drive this year would be hitting a good drive on hole 15th KGM and left with only 90m to the green. Its a par 4 , 399m length. Well you may guess , how far the balls goes on that drive.Anyway we were playing the white tee which was only 376m. Still , a long drive by any standard , right ? Has not played much outside Miri. KLGCC , Nilai Spring , Kinrara , Perangsang Templer , Pantai Mentiri, Labuan and Eastwood.

2006 , will be challenging and I do hope will bring much more golf to me . And last but not least , surely hoping it will a wonderful year for all fellow golfers and bloggers , wherever you may be.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

2005 wishes : reviewed

I have some wish list back in June 2005 and below are some updates:

1. I want new grips for my irons and driver before November. - did change those old grip with new grips by Golf Pride ( the combo red and black colour and it has helps a lot in improving my grip and also my iron games )
2. I want those nippon steel shaft as well. - errrr still can't afford to change it , maybe next year ?
3. Maybe changing 984 driver with the latest driver 950 series - I have dump my titliest 983 e for Maruman Exim Nano II driver with 10 degrees loft. Consistent driving accurancy and distance as well. Top strike remains at 255 m mark.
4. Whole year supply of Titliest Pro v or Callaway ...or even Maxfli A10 series - still under negotiations with some ball manufacturers.
5. Augusta , 18 holes with Tiger - Unfortunately I have to wait for another year. Tiger schedule for 2005 has been fully booked. Last I checked , in 2006 he wants more time to be with his wife , errrr who's preference is that ?
6. Saujana , another 36 holes with Yusof Daud. And this time win the title MPGC 2005 - No I did not get the chance to do that . F*&5%$#$%^&.....err
7. Qualify for KGM open this year. HEEYYYY I DID QUALIFY FOR KGM AMATEUR OPEN FOR 2005....
8. Handicapp less than 10 before end of 2005. - Technically National Handicapp system at 9.8
9. Wins a monthly medal event. "A" medal would be just fine. - I did not.
10. 2007 Playing tour wild card awarded.- still working on it ....
11. Make a living out of this. - still on the right track..hopefully someone do take a note...
12. Owns a golf repair shop .- have yet to decide whether I should quit accounting profession
13. Buy a trailer for a equipment repair shop and follows MPGA tournaments venue. - unfortunately they cant afford to pay me , so wait for another year ...
14. Save my tag Huer - NO I did not manage to save my dear TAG.
15. A new house... - well , still working on it though...
16. RX90 for me and CRV for wife - we are saving our earnings...he he he

Jack GA

Saturday, December 17, 2005

86 today at Eastwood ...

7 am , driving into the Golf club......

Chalet on the left.

Then , on the right is the practise range........

Thinking about it at the first par 5...second shot

At this point my second shot has reach the 30 m mark to the green , on the par 5 , 6th.

And end up playing 86 gross for the day. Feels good about it . Except for two double bogey on the first 9 , not a bad outing after a week away from the practise range. The Maruman Exim Nano II driver is simply the solution of the year. Hit 13 fairways out of 14th tee shot today. Next stage is to work out consistent iron shots to the green , esp for 150 to 100 m marks.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Quite tight up

Been busy lately. Plus the part time work is beginning to demand extra time nowadays. No more weekdays golf , coz most the time , using it as quality time with sha sha and hanie. We went to the beach yesterday and the two of them went beserk.
On two jobs at the moment , so wont be making much posting for the next two or three weeks...

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Of everything and sorts of ....

Bravo to Nicol. Here is the living prove why malaysians can excel in sports. And in due time we will be hearing more about Malaysian young sportsman and sportswomen in the world events.

Liverpool has proven its spending over the summer and a few more will fit in comes January. I am not suprised with MU failing to make it to the last 16. Selangor miss the chance to prove their worth after making the headlines last season. Perak is definitely relishing the guidance of SD.

Sea Games is over and done with but I did not hear anything about malaysian golf team. I guess they did not do well or do anyone knows what do they won in the Sea Games ?

Maruman Exim Nano II is definitely the best driver I have come across for the last 10 years playing the game. If you have any doubts go and try it , but try it on the range not in those small space inside those golf pro shops.

Some personality making headlines by making public announcements about their marriage status . Well , do they have to do that ??? I guess thats the price for being famous...errrr...

Golf has been quite interesting this year. Tiger takes the PGA Player of the year again. I guess he will continue making headlines in 2006 until 2008 unless some new swing styles comes in again.

2006 will be quite interesting. To frens over the atlantic ... have a merry xmas. To frens in the region , enjoy the long holidays.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Maruman Nano II Exim.

Yes I have tested it and loving it. It gives me more accuracy much better than my old Titliest 983e. Playing an extra 0.5 degrees loft gives me a better distance and rolls. Plus I can shape every single shot easier and with much ease.

Monday, November 28, 2005

GA weekend 25th Nov 2005

Ten reasons why GA is smilling over the weekend:

1. Alia is safe and sound .
2. Also wifey dearest recovered well from the op.
3. Liverpool won ! Again !!!
4. EPL start to show actual results ie Wigan and Wigan will do that again.
5. Hani and Shasha accepting their new lil sis very well.
6. I am back in my cooking mood again ...
7. House get cleaned up plus we have someone clening outside the house as well.
8. Loose piping in the bathroom get sorted out.No more loose joints and leaks.
9. Alia sleeping well in the house , first 10 hours.
10.My midnite craze of Alia , Shasha and Hani screaming isw officially started last nite.


Thursday, November 24, 2005

Golf Addix announcement

Today is officially my last golfing day in 2005. Dearest will be undergoing another c section tomorrow morning. Dr Aida and Dr Philip (another golfer) will be in action tomorrow morning.

Boy or gal ? any bets ?

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Amateurs ...

The main reason why sports in Malaysia is not consistently comparable to other countries in this region is simply due to the ethnic background and perception. The biggest culprit is negative perception. Imagine why we have not been doing well in games like snooker , golf or any sports which are not football , hockey or other mainstream sports in this country.
Parents are namely the only hope sports can grow in this country. Evidently squash , bowling and golf have more youths playing the game compared to 10 or 15 years ago. Parents are now spending time with their kids at bowling alley , golf courses and squash courts to give invaluable support for their children mental development in the sports they played. But do we go and watch our sons playing football or hockey ? Most of us don't and we took things for granted. Think about it !!!

Who gives you the right ...

If you can't draw , is that means painting pictures are waste of time ? If you can't read law , is that means lawyers are boring people ? If you dont have the cute face like Dewa , does that means you are not man enough to live in this world. If you can't get to become the prime minister in this beautiful country is that mean managing the country is a boring task. Then , if you can't play golf , is that means golf is boring game and total waste of time.

The point I am trying to make is , all human being in this world ar born with one gift unique to others. You may have the strength to read and talk back and argues infront of the court of law. You may have the face of the most macho man on earth and have all the women on the street admiring you from far. You may have all the skills to operate a human body to save his or her life. You may have all the skills god given to you to make everyone close to you laughing for the next 24hrs. You may have all the skills to make other people look bad with your bloody stinking comments, You may have all the ideas in this world to make this place a better place. Why on earth when some golfers like me who are good in this sports are being penalised with negative and bloody sarcastic comments ? Is golf a god made curse sports event in this so called DEVELOPED country ? Is golf really for "golongan org lupa family" , or is golf really that difficult to play ?

Lucky enuf , I have the company of a women who understand my passion for golf and lucky enuf to have her to share 2 beautiful gals with me.

Am I that rude enuf ? oh boy , i may have cross the line what ?

Sunday, November 20, 2005

KK monday

flown to kk on sunday evening. bagai nak rak sebab flight delayed. nasib baik tak duduk promenade kalau dak sure no room for you sir! stayed at le meridien , KK, new hotel in town right infront of the filipino market. for me , I would rate it as the the best option in town even after sutra harbour and tanjung aru, simply because the katil is so comfy.
but the trip balik to miri was a bit tiring again. flight delay lo. 9.30 pm baru depart from kk and to make things worse those people on board can't wait to get off the plane after the plane stop at its slot. Rasa macam nak lepuk but then again , I would end up at the wrong place , so biak pi lah nooo. Anway , wanna let of some steam in due course.
Those non golf enthusiast ada yg have negative perception about us golfers. But then again can't blame them if they have boyfren or hubby yg main golf but can't manage their golfing hours. Or even those yang dah patah hati dgn men yang main golf. Komen ni pun sebab ada lah org komen pasal golf.
But let me set the record straight here. There are golfers who manages their golfing hours appropriately. There are golfers who dont monkey around after their 18 holes gruelling walk through the golf course. And just because we have unique interest , it does not makes us another alien on earth. And the game is not only for rich people OK. Plus I dont spend that lavish amount of money to play golf.
so basically , points to highlight today :
1. u wanna go to kk , best hotel - le meridien
2. think nice about us golfers.
3. mas management of domestic flights serving intercities or town in borneo , please buy a new foker lah brader ... swith that new airbus and buy more fokker , so that people can travel more in this region.

eish banyak hal lah minggu ni. lain kali cerita. wa calo. roger and out. tak suka wa tak gerenti wa layan lu.

GA on golf season 2005

Golf players for the season ?

I would pick Jack Nicklaus , Tiger , Anika and Wie. Jack for his grand exit at The Open at St Andrews , Tiger for taking another two Grand Slam title this year , Anika for her consistency and more trophies this year and Wie for his magical blunder on her first pro outing. In Asia , I would have to pick our very own Danny Chia who has put up some good show this year. By making the cut to The Open is already a history created for Malaysian Golf . For non golf enthusiast , this might not be of any important but believe me , it is something that Danny will never take off from his memory bank.

Tournament of the year ?

I have to pick The Open for its variety in outcomes and headlines.

Which clubs would you pick as the best equipment ?

Driver , it has be the ever best in the market Titliest 983 series. The rest are drivers which are forgiving and more bought on the market simply because they can’t give Titliest enough time to prove its worth. But recently I have switch to Nano 2 Maruman Exim 10 degrees driver for personal reasons . Irons , like it or not Mizuno has produced irons of the decade. Its MP32 and MP33 series has done enough to impress me .
Wedges , is there any other than Titliest Vokey designs ???
Putter , if you have money , you wont need to look on further. For me PIng Pal 4 has been the best putter I have used so far. The two ball butter did not stay long with me.

Things that gives you troubles on the course ?

Slow golfers. Not because he took so many shots , but taking longer time to make a single shot. Pathetic golfers. Those who can’t make the shot but mumbles around and makes noises but do not put effort to practice at the practice range or even consult a teaching pro to make golf more enjoyable. Golfers with non comforming wives or girlfriends. In other words the other half usually nags to them golfers whenever they depart for a golf game or when them golfers are in a game of golf.

2006 Season , predictions ?

Wie is going to have some minor adjustment on her touring exposures. Then she will get positive remarks on her winning some titles. Anika will remain as LPGA most decorated golfer and winning the Grand Slam. Tiger will have to sort out some of his 2nd place finishing blues. Phil will remain quiet. Some young golfers will make new headlines. Drivers with non confirming rules will have some remarks to be published. New golf courses with lengthy designs. Grand Slam in the PGA …. maybe ?

Saturday, November 19, 2005

GA outstation trip

It was a tiring adventure. ERL not in service due to flood. Can't meet with Zed , coz suddenly the boss need some extra time discussing about work. Panic at KL Sentral with no taxi turning up for a simple trip to KLIA. Traffic woes at KL on a friday evening , ha ha ha, the usual stuff. Some fan club quoting something in the press , somehow I felt it was a quick way to get some attention . Of which in the first place I was amazed at some how malaysians treat someone supposedly very talented.
Talk about talent. I have some reservations about quality of malaysian artist (not all) of which the main reasons why I did not buy local artist CD. Until one day I was walking at the concourse level at KLCC, a song sang by one of the new talents search programme suddenly gives me goose bump. It was vocal quality which makes me turned around and wanted to pursue who is the face with that vocal. Thats is quality as I said to myself walking towards the crowds at the centre of the concourse level. It was Jac , and gosh , at last what a beautiful vocal to spur the local music industry to another level.
Back to KLIA rush , reach the airport on time. Asked for a seat for me and mum close to each other. Let me say this out loud, that person who seats behind the counter should be one of those who should be fired. "Sir , your flight is fully booked and we can't allocate seats to you and mum together". OK . fine. But not until when I board the plane and later found out that at least more than 15 seats are empty and no one is sitting next to my mum. Car**i*e , you are caught for being the worst crew behind the counter at KLIA for 2005 awards.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

GA is away

A bit tight up this week. Travelling on 17th into the city and flying back with mum on 18th evening. And a few more days before the 25th.

Monday, November 14, 2005

No he did not

A local newspaper posting about a national golf amateur who will represent the country in one of the regions prestigous game . In the biodata it was claimed that among the latest titles that he won was Miri Open .

I honestly believe , that particular newspaper should be more responsible in making such posting and do actual groundwork. I did not recall him winning this year Miri Open. If my memory serves me well , it was a golfer from neighbouring country who took the title from his fellow countryman in a playoff.

If he won the amateur title , that is a different claim altogether. But claiming he won Miri Open , is way way way way not a way to potray a national golfer. That is way way way too much.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

96 and 92 , I might as well quit golf now...

Yes it was the worst score of the year and I am not proud of it . At one minute I was hitting the par 5 on regulation and missing birdie putts and on other occassion , I was desperately hitting 6 to reach a par 4 hole.

This must be the worst weekend to sum up 2005 season. Maybe at the same time , I was not supposed to make any drastic changes to my grip and back swing , which I did right after the month of ramadhan.

But , not feeling too bad at it. Simply because I am now able to hitt the ball on higher trajectory esp the approcahing irons and hitting the hard green without too much bouncing effect. This time , I can play the ball high and had it stop right after its first bounce and usually it stop about 1 feet from the landing spot.

Next weekend will be busy attending my mother in law visiting us in Miri. And the weekend after that , I will be busy attending my dearest Zalita at Columbia Asia Hospital in Miri.

Tiger seems to be losing the fuel to make the kill on the final day and he lost to David Howell for the title. I must congratulate England for winning against Australia 26 - 16 at Twinkenham. I did not watch the England vs Argentina game , but happy for Owen who scores twice to win 3 - 2 against the world 2nd ranking team.

Until then , if you have not participate in any active sports , might as well bring along that pc to your bed...he he just kidding.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Miri Golf Club , Practise Range

Panoramic view of Miri Golf Club Practise Range and Chipping Green behind it , on a late friday afternoon at about 5.46 pm. Featured in the centre is a golfer , Mr Boniface one of the single handicapper in Miri.
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Short game tools for Zed @ MiNdblog

There are a number of ways to improve your short game , but keep sticking to the basic tools will also helps you to lower your scores. If your have no problems with the driver or the fairway woods , then try the following:

Short game 50m - 100m to the pin.
  1. Lean on your left leg.
  2. Slower and shorten backswing but consistent and follow it through to the top and stay there.
  3. Make sure your backswing is parallel to the target not going beyond your legs. Usually when amateur golfers execute their backswing , the tendencies is that you will swing it more than you turn your shoulder.
  4. Right leg , keep it there , don't move an inch.
  5. When you bring your iron towards the ball , keep your eyes on the ball not the ground behind the ball.
  6. If you go the range , practise more on the grass , not the turf. The feel is not the same. Thus practising more on the grass will make it more easier to remember.
Shorter game less than 50 m to the pin , high loft attack esp when the green is higher than where your balls lies:

  1. Of course higher wedges are to be used , 60 degrees or 58 degrees is a must buy to play this shot.
  2. Ball is place on your right leg.
  3. Shorter backswing , moderate downswing and follow it thru up to the top , not behind your shoulders.
Shorter game less than 50 m to the pin , lower loft attack esp when the green is flat or level to where the ball lies:
  1. It varies with the distance .
  2. Much shorter backswing but controlled downswing with follow through just like when you use a putter.
  3. Imagine from 50m , you are using a 7 iron with a putting stroke.
  4. Then move down 8 iron at 40m , 9 iron at 30m , PW at 20m.
  5. Even shorter putting stroke if you decide to use 8 iron at 10m , but it will more roll effect on the ball.

Try those on the practise green. It always boils down to how you control your backswing and follow through your downswing. The truth is I do controll the distance for my short game by estimating the distance for each irons , in three main speed for my backswing. Full backswing which is now not more than my right shoulder height , half swing and putting stoke swing.

Good luck Zed.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Miri Golf Club photos : Hole 1 , Green

Green , Hole 1 , Miri Golf Club , Index 13 , 194 yards
Click on photo for larger view.

another 9 holes

Ayub putting for his ddreadful 6 at hole 4. OB the tee shot and me hitting par.

Abg Aji Ken at tee box 9th. See the right leg. Almost perfect except for the back swing and the way the back swing finish at the top.

Hole 8th , hitting 3 on the green and first birdie after long ramadhan.

Another finish by Aji Din at tee box 9th. Quite a unique swing but still favourable result. Almost comparable to Jim Furyk but you might as well knew well , Jim made it but Aji .... still thinking about it though.
The three amigos walking off the tee from tee box 8th. Interesting crowd to blend in. Among the hard core locals in the game. All three spent their raya in Kuching and I had to endure listening to their raya adventure on traffic woes in Kuching.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

GA new blog header

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Tee box no 2 and Green Hole 8th , KGM

On the left is the Tee Box for hole no 2. Yes those two trees and the fairway in between them can be very hazardous to your tee shot. Hole no 1 is a par 3 , and soon after that you will have to make a good shot right in between those trees on left and right of the fairway. Most golfers will opt to hit it hard and make a left right turn and end up on the Fairway hole no 8th.
Those golfers on the 8th green , can be influenced by those teeing off from Tee box no 2. Depend on the crowd. Most golfers will make minimum movement at the tee box especially when golfers are on the 8th green.

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Monday, November 07, 2005

2005 the year that was...

I did not made it to the team. ( sigh , again for the same reason ). For a reason after another , I have decided to let it go. Not that I have ill feelings to a number of personalities . For me a leader should walk the talk. If you brag about leadership and developing talents and leaders among those within your supervised groups , then doing things that are against it is totaly unforgiven. Yes I don't like that character or that person in question and there is no two way about it.

Then out of the blue I make the biggest mistake of all , making a nasty remarks to another fellow golfer. Well some may have argued it is for the right reason but not the right way to do it. Funny enuf an event which happened outside the office was being higlighted to a group of people in the office . For what purpose ? Bull !!!.

But one thing for sure , the following are the achievements throughout the year:
1. Corporate game for that organisation , win the cup for the second year in a row.
2. Play badly in Labuan.
3. I won Lyder title.
4. I hit top five in Muhibbah stint.
5. EArn fourth prize when Chris left.
6. Qualify for the Open.
7. Handicapp reduced to 11 ( target 12 )
8. Regrip the MP33 and the vokey wedges.
9. Regrip the Titliest 983e
10.Played in the Miri Masters with a pro.
11.Make 80 gross.
12.Played a number of rounds outside miri. the old Ping Pal 4 putter
14.STarts golf addix blogging.
15.Acquired Mid 4 Taylor Made rescue.
16. etc etc etc

I did not make the cut for the Champions Trophy which will be held on 26th and 27th November. Plus I will be in Columbia Asia attending my dearest , near her bedside and looking after our new born to be baby. Well , this the the second time I have to make way for a golf tournament but this time , it will be much easier simply because I did not qualify for it anyway.
But on the other hand , I might grab the last spot for the champions trophy if I can play below 80 , in next weekend November monthly medal. It would be something aint it? The new grip are performing as expected. A few tuning on the back swing have proven to be very promising. And it took a young caddie to sort it out for me. I am thankful to the young man anyway. I am now making a slow upward backswing and able to coil at the top of my swing by forcing minimum movement on my lower body especially the right hip.
Looking back on the game last sunday , Ayub has been quite a golfer. All this time when I am in miri , I can safely make a point about him , a true gentlemen and a true golfer. He might not have the best swing in this earth. But he does somewhat make it up with this attitude and his friendship. Probably I can safely regards him as my elder brother in golf. He can be funny or serious about things and yet , he will never make anyone feel bitter or bad about his conduct. Of which I have not been able to adopt lately. he he he .

Tiger , u are hopeless but yet a true money maker.
Vijay , not bad huh....
Phil .... where are uuuuuu...
Retief ? what happen to that putt.
Ernie. errrrrrr keep smiling bro.
Sergio is growing up.
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Sunday, November 06, 2005

18th Hole post Ramadhan...

It was the best weather to play golf. The first nine was a cloudy and no wind at all. The course was a bit wet and soggy. We finished the first nine at around 9.30 and had breakfast at Warung Pak Hassan after the 9th hole. To continue to the 10th hole after such a heavy breakfast is quite an effort.
Above is the tee shot at hole 17th . Aha ! Which one is GA ? and what did he score for this hole ? It turns on not to be the best hole for one of us.Hitting the tree at the tee box and another before making his shot back to the fairway on his 4th shot. It was almost like playing two par five at the 17th.
For another golfer making the tee shot at 17th is quite an effort. 150 m thru the fairway , water hazard is on the right. If you fail to make a good shot to carry 150 m , then it will be water on the right and a number of high trees on the left.
Which one is GA ?

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Golf around the world today

Tiger will be going into the third round at joint third place with the leaders only at three stoke ahead. Now he had overcome the second round jinx of scoring par after playing in the red on the first day , will he strives and take the title? In my playing mind , yes he will.

A golf course in Thailand decided to build a par 6 hole and it is currently being used for an asian tour tournament. Airil is there and also Steven Tan . I do know the rest of the names from Malaysia but I did not recognise Steven Tan . Does anyone know him ?

Double A International Open - Round 3 St Andrews Hill (2000) Golf Club, Rayong
Thailand November 3 - 6, 2005
Malaysians after 3rd round:

12 8 Steven TAN MAS 70 70 72 -7 (212)
39 39 Airil Rizman ZAHARI MAS 74 71 73 -1 (218)*

In due time we will recreate the "Nicol DAvid" factor in golf. I believe in time , that is in next five years we will Malaysians playing in the PGA TOur and European Tours. Not only that , they will be among the top finishes as well. But who ?

Jack GA

Friday, November 04, 2005

Patheticly speaking...

So when is the world will be a better place for everybody who lives in it ?

I used to be a pathetic kind of guy who keeps on complaining about this part of life which are not so kind to me. But then I get up one morning realising , I have been wasting all this time wondering when good things will happend to me. So what did do next. A lot of things actually.

There is no point bragging about things which you could not possibly change especially history. You can learn to walk forward but do not let it hold on too hard to you and makes it hard to walk to the future.

In my younger days , I did not understand what a degree means to me. And still I don't actually. But those things which I have to go through have made me of what I am today.

Really ?

Tour Championship and etc etc etc

Bart hits 62 and took the lead . Can he sustain his game to take the tour championship title ? Some says its quite difficult in the modern golf game . But some may answer with examples from the way Tiger or Vijay lead from day one and take the title.
But lo and behold , when Tiger is hitting red numbers on the first day, it usually triggers good results at the end of day 4. Unless on day two he plays par golf. That is when all the trouble starts to comes in.
I don care whether Tiger won the Title or make more money , but if he plays -4 on the first day , players like him should not go out there and plays par golf on the 2nd day.
Retief is on 2nd place followed by Kenny Perry and Sergio Garcia. Sergio has been quite consistent in 2005 but yet to capture any major. When will that happened Sergio ? Dunno hhuh...

If only I can go there and watch them plays ...

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Selamat Hari Raya
Maaf Zahir dan Batin

Buat mak abah berempat yg kini di Kuang and Segamat ,
Adik kakak abang sedara mara di Segamat , Rawang , Cheras
Kemaman , Batu Pahat dan Keluang

Sinar aidil fitri , semuga dilimpahkan rezeki dan nikmat buat ,
Adi Jin ( senyum selalu ye bang ),
Acat and Senorita ( raya ni mesti sweet punya )
Adam and Ez n family
Hardy n Zaza
Khairzul ( wherever u are dear )
Zed and his MiNd
all Miri Golfer
84 boys seremban
Golfers alike in key el
Z , adam and anjang
adik 2 yg baru habih belajor kat melbourne n glasgow n sheffield
all last but not least to those who has commented
and visited this blog.

Jack GA n family

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

European higlights

Monty takes the Order of Merit - geee , 8th time

Liverpool won 3 - 0 , hey....como'n LIverpool....

Chelse lost 1 - 0 to R Betis. he he he.

Besok dah nak Raya. Me still going to office this morning.

JAck Ga

Monday, October 31, 2005

bior benor ...

Your Blogging Type is Kind and Harmonious

You're an approachable blogger who tends to have many online friends.
People new to your blogging circle know they can count on you for support.
You tend to mediate fighting and drama. You set a cooperative tone.
You have a great eye for design - and your blog tends to be the best looking on the block!

betul ke ? really?...but thanks a million to Mediaguru for the compliments.

Interesting test 1

You Should Get a MBA (Masters of Business Administration)

You're a self starter with a drive for success.
You'd make a great entrepreneur.

macam aku ada duit nak gi belajor lagi ? ada org nak sponsor ???

jgn macam tu...(dont lah...)

If you don't like the game , don't blame those who are now enjoyng the game. It is common to find answers among us , golf is not a game for all. Even some brand it as wasting time and effort but funny enough you see these gentlemen popping up at the driving range from time to time. I know a person who blatantly branded golf as something which is unthinkable, very difficult to master and almost a boring game. For info , he is not even a golfer with proper handicapp. And he dont use his own money for a golf club. Yet , in the public especially when I am there , negative remarks about golf tend to be his main agenda.
That is why , I tend to lough out at him when I sees him at the driving range , let alone me giving advice to him how to make that proper golf swing. No way ....

There are some who are inteliigent enough to ask for help. Even myself at times especially when I am at the driving range , always look up for any golfer to scrutinise any improper moves. The only reason for doing that is simply because you won't be able to know what is wrong with the swing unless someone else is right there behind you watching you at close range.

err malas rasa nak gi kerja . Raya oii..............

Sunday, October 30, 2005

New grip by Golf Pride

When is the last time you have cleaned your grip or even changed it ? Do you know that grip should only last not more than 2 years for a recreational golfer ? Even the touring pro and touring amateurs do changed them regularly. Same goes with me , I have recently changed the old grip for my Mizuno Mp33. But it is only up to iron 5. Iron 3 and 4 are not officially stuffed into the store.
With the arrival of the Taylor Made Mid 4 , those 3 and 4 iron will no longer be useful in the bag. Infact it helps me a lot in the range between 190m to 200m. Wood 4 in the bag will give me distance from 200m to 215m and hopefully the new driver Maruman Nano will help me to drive over 230m very soon. The new Golf Pride grip is a joy to use. The feel is much better compared to my old grip. With the monthly medal coming soon on the 13th , I do hope I can shot a good score and qualify for the 2005 Champions Trophy which will be held at the end of November.
Maybe that is the reason why I dont want to travel to JB to defend the title I have won in 2004. But then again who knows ?

A word for golfers out there:
  1. 1. Clean your grip , it helps.
  2. If you wears white gloves , that golves wont change colour that soon.
  3. Before each game , clean your grip with wet towel and let it dry before you reach the first tee box.
  4. If you buys asecond hand golf set , it adviseable to change the grip straightaway.
  5. In Malaysia , use all weather grip , leathers are good but they dont last long in our hot and stuffy climate.
  6. Use rubber grip , dries faster when you plays in the rain.
  7. Don't leave your golf set in the car parked in the hot sun for more than 8 hours. In long term it will shortened the life span of your grip.
  8. If you wanna change grip , get good advice from a local pro. Be extra careful , some golf pro shop have different reasons why they want to sell you each type of grips.
  9. Last but not least , love your grip , you are going to love your round of golf....
Jack GA

Jack not going to JB to defend his 2004 title

ref :

lmost abstiffposulutely , this year Jack GA will not defend the title he won in 2004 . The tournament is planned to be held sometimes after the festive season and the venue will be some golf course near JB. In reality it would be asking GA too much, after all the hassle last year.
IN 2004 , at Tasik Puteri Golf & Country resort he played 79 gross to beat a fellow golfer from his alumni. Lucky enough "GA handicapp for the day was 10 compared to 13 to the runners up.
Jack would love to defend the title but events leading to the tournament and taking into considerations certain priorities , it would not be adviseable to take on the challenge. First the date and venue is yet to be finalised and tournament committee is not even formed to date.
Second after a month lay off from golf , it would a massive task to get into shape especially when Jack is expecting his new maruman nano driver very soon. With the grips changed , it would take some time for GA to get use to the new accessories.

It's a pity GA could not defend his title this year...

at last Liverpool wins 2 - 0 against West Ham

At last , after much awaits , the line up looks promising and the results tells its all. Since the start of the season I have have this funny feelin' everytime I watched them played live on telly. Almost most of them they keep on doing the difficult part of playing football i.e. trying to win it in style. Whereelse the rest of the teams in the premiership are hitting the net with the basic tools i.e. again teamwork.
How often do you see Cisse and Morientes keep on looking at each other gasping what could have been done. How often do you see most of them playing the ball to one another and end up losing it. To tell you the truth , at times I get bored watching them playing passing football but no goals.

ehhh sejak bila aku buat commentary on football game nie ..ish ish ish...

Friday, October 28, 2005

Final monthly visit to the gyno

Yes , its Zalita Final monthly visit before the final countdown on 25th November 2005. The baby is healthy and did moves around during the scan. Even Dr Aida is not amused when she can't figure out whether the baby is a boy or a gal. And as usual whos gets the first attention in Dr Aida's office , obviously that cheeky little Shasha.

Jack GA

kalau nak buat cerita org main golf....

Bukan nak kutuk , cuma nak komen. Al tukang buat drama or wayang kita nie kalau nak represent a story with golfers winvolved , kindly take note of the following :

  1. Golfer wears cap playing golf in hot malaysia ... kalau tak pakai cap tu nampak plastic betul cara depa main golf. Panas beb in reality , yg tak pakai topi tu jenis yg kepala batu ade lah.
  2. Golfer dont talk that much on the green or while hitting the balls. Unless they are playing at an empty golf course. Banyak cakap nanti org jerit bola dtg dari belakang...
  3. Putting biasa nya org tak pakai glove. But kalau ada pun jenis yg dah tak sempat nak bukak glove coz dia dah chip on to the green very close to the pin and sebab nak habihkan cepat , tak payah bukak glove.
  4. Golfers selalunya berpeluh lebat bagai nak rak kalau main golf. Kalau tak basah tu , al maksud samada memang baru aje main or pukul bola atas angin...
  5. Bila dah main golf ni tangan tu gerenti ada sun tan sikit. so suruh lah tukang makeup tu buat touch up sikit bagi nampak ada stripe sikit tangan tu. Ini putih melepak punya lah cantik lepas main golf , all the way pakai payung ke ???
  6. Kalau nak tunjuk actor tu pukul bola , kalau actor tu tak pandai pukul carilah double yg boleh pukul bola tu. Nanti org yg tak main golf salah faham bab main golf nie.
  7. Golf is not for the rich people only OK !!! So buat lah citer org yg middle income group ni main golf. Jadi tak le bila aku balik kg , org kg tak lah mcm ingat aku ni kaya benor main golf.
  8. Beg golf tu kalau buat citer org kaya main golf , jgn lah pakai beg golf yg sengkek ... pinjam lah kejap mamat golfer yg ada beg cantik sikit ekkk elehhh...
tapi jgn mare ye kalau aku tegur nie. bukan apa , biar citer tu nampak lah reality sikit. We golfers from the middle income group ni kdg kdg naik meluat kalau tgk citer kao org buat tu tgk golfer dalam tv tu macam haprak aje ....

Jack GA

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Cairo , Dubai and Khartoum

Those were the items we bought while we were in those cities. The big is made of crystal , bought at Asfour Crystal in Cairo. We were quite amazed sitting inside the gallery sitting next to the Asfour Crystal Plant. It is much cheaper to get from there than to buy it anywhere else on shopping malls or souvenir shop in the middle east. So if you are thinking about visiting Cairo , visiting the Asfour Crystal gallery itself is a must. The cheapest way and safest route to visit the city is to get some assistance from brother and sisters studying or works there.
We spend on about USD 100 a day for meals , accomodation , a car with someone to drive it and someone who can speaks the local dialect as well as negotiating the prices. We visited the city twice , first during aidil adha in 2002 and on the way back to msia during our summer holidays (with my other half). Personally I have visited Cairo more than 3 times while I was posted in Khartoum. The city is self , as one of the malaysian student describe it as a city with hidden treasures. Those places where most people visited was not in our priority list. Little that we knew , makam Imam Syafiee was there ?
The second jug was bought in Khartoum during one of the international fairs and the item itself is made in Pakistan. You wont see the real colour in the pic but I can assure you , it is a gem. Kharotum it self is a city with so much wonders. White Nile and Blue nile and the hospitality of the locals which we wont see on the news. Then there was Dubai. A city with its own gems. Many would brand it as the modern part of the middle east. So much can be said and be told about the city. If you have that extra cash and thinking of going somewhere , try Cairo and Dubai or even Khartoum.

ps Acat n Senorita , Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir dan Batin.
ps2 Adie Jin - we love yer forever....
ps3 Adam and Ez - good luck ...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Blur images of sports personalities

IN golf two main personalities have made to the headlines with bad images. One playing the ball three inches closer to the green and ended up being disqualified and another fails to make the cut in a tournament which I would have thought should have been won easily. The two are having some major problems with their game. One fails to focus on the rules and the other fails to observe the basic tools in playing golf. I would have put as being stuborn , over confident and thinking too much about winning rather than making a good solid game.
In football , I have some bad remarks on a football team which I have been supporting since I was 12 yrs old. How could they spend so much on a number of strikers who do not know how to strike the ball into the net. These players should be ban and should consider stop playing the game once and for all.

In politics , a number of MP's are playing with other MP's issues in pressing their influence. These MP's looks very aggressive , louding their thoughts on how and what should have been done. On the other hand , what have they done to their own playing ground. They are talking about policies and yet there are still starving kids next door. ALmost on a daily basis , organisations and some individuals are seen and potrayed in the local dailies or local screen showing how they spend money for those who can't afford to spend money for the local festive season.
Is that neccessary or is it simply a super dooper one off showscreen and will have to wait for another 11 months for a sequel ?

At the same time , ada 2 org tgh bercintan dgn lentuk nya over the blog of which me and my darling managed to point out their actual identity. Mana tak nya all the clues are there in each blog. AT times it reminds me of the time I met my dearest . A door opened and ish ish ish tak leh lah citer.

One tips for golfer out there. Ni dapat from local top amatuer yg recently baru aje dapat sponsorship from Maruman. I am happy for him. Putting on various type of green. For fast and speedy green yg macam simen tu , all you to do is putt the ball at the khatulistiwa line of the ball. That is striking the ball at the centre , putter tu kira is not touching the ground. Reason logic nya is that for fast green , you need to strike the ball smoothly and make it roll.
For green yang berat , tebal and slow , then you have to putt the ball at full moon. The putter is much closer to the ground. This is to create more spin and make the ball roll. Kalau at centre of the ball , then the ball will have some spin effect and yes tak lah ke depan bola tu.

Last but not least , bila aku punya nano maruman nak sampai nie ...

Monday, October 24, 2005

Tips for men

Kalau tgh berkasih:
1. never make promises ...
2. dont meet the other half more than 3 times a week.
3. yr mum and dad should not know her until ur are to marry her
4. ponecall , dont just say hi , say hi beautiful..
5. play golf as much as possible while u have this chance.
6. start golf before marriage is better than while in a marriage.
7. suprises are nice , but flowers are top list.
8. dont go shopping with them...
9. dont even play golf with them ....
10. learn how u handle the things that u dont like ..

kalau yg dah kawin:
1. ample notice to your other half about yr golf schedule is a must
2. spread golf and family time evenly
3. dont play golf at nite ... bad bad bad habit
4. dont forget yr anniverssary or yf golf set will melt
5. make sure yf other half knows a bit abt golf...
6. share yr round of golf results when u are at home
7. etc etc etc... tbc

kalau yang dah duda:
1. gasak lah bila bila kao nak main golf...

Jack GA

Sunday, October 23, 2005

kenapa lah depa tu tak sedar diri

Permerhatian GA dari luar kotak : kalau tak suka jgn baca or komen.

sibuk nak naik kan sorang ke bintang persada , semua org sibuk sms habih duit berjuta. walhal ramai lagi yang seagama dan sebangsa masih lagi melarat mengharapkan belas kasihan.
sibuk nak jadikan org felda bertaraf tinggi , kenapa mesti sorang aje. ramai lagi anak felda yang melarat ,tak dapat peluang dan tak dapat pengiktirafan. kalau ada pun yang berjaya , balik kampung kena kan org felda balik.
aku pun anak org felda. aku pun pernah menoreh. aku pun pernah membaja pokok getah yang berbukit bukau. tapi pernah aku sibuk betapa terer nya aku ni di sanjung orang. tapi aku tak blame org tu. sapa yang untung sebenar nya ekk.
sapa yang buat duit sebenar nya ekk.
sapa yang dapat profit juta juta ekk.

mungkin org marah dgn pendapat aku. tapi peduli apa ye dak. ada yang glamour sebab komen pasal 12 budak dalam tv bercakap sama sendiri dalam satu rumah. ada yang glamour dalam blog ni sebab bergambar dengan depa. eh aku jeles ke . maybe kot . but bukan ke patut di cari benda yang boleh represent diri sendiri. contoh nya kao pandai buat baju ke. kao pandai niaga ke. kao pandai lukis ke. ish entah lah.

depa ni bagus. tapi alangkah bagus kalau di buat undi tu tak payah dibayar. mesti lagi ramai yg undi punya , ye dak. yang pi mengundi tak payah bayar tu berapa ketul yang pergi mengundi. bila org dah pilih wakil yang tak buat kerja sibuk cerita kedai kopi merata. tapi tak gi mengundi.

eeee jahat nya mulut aku bulan puasa nie.....jgn mare ye.

A swing that went wrong ...

Its a par five and I drove my tee shot to the centre of the fairway. It did not go beyond 200m marks simply because I did use the mid four rescue iron. Well , why ? simply because it is the first hole of the day and I did not get to do some practise swing at the range before the game.

The rest is history ...

To Dave , somewhere in Florida , I am hopeful the storm has ended and you are not affected other than not able to go for your usual 18 hole.

Extreme force

Have you ever hit a ball so hard it breaks into pieces? Obviously I have never did that or ever come across someone who can hit that hard enuf to make the ball breaks into two.

GA - mcm batu belah batu bertangkup pulak..