ISPS HANDA World Invitational by Modest! Golf opened my blindness

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ISPS HANDA WORLD INVITATIONAL - Men and women compete for equal prize money in first of its kind event in Europe

Purse $500,000 (split equally between men and women) Course Galgorm (approximate yardages), Men 7,100 yards (par 70), Women 6,402 yards (par 73) Massereene (approximate yardages), Men 6,600 yards (par 70), Women 6,330 yards (par 72). Winner Men -11 (Senior Jack), Winner Women -10  (Stephanie Meadow)

It was the first time I went to a tournament on a "Friend" guest badge, thanks to the courtesy of Mark McDonnell the Director of Modest! Golf the organizer who gave me access to everywhere. On top I had the opportunity to follow two CaddiePlayer: 

Women: Anais Meyssonnier, the 2014 French Amateur Champion -  Man: Chris Robb, the 2014 Scottish Amateur Champion.

Beeing able to data monitor women and man on the same course/greens was one of a kind opportunity that I could not miss... the learning experience was worth coming knowing that on top I was rooming with Caddie "Ronnie" John Roberts a master in game planning (Ronnie was the Caddie of last year winner Calum Hill). 

However, what I learned the most of my week in Irlande was the meaning of ISPS Handa.

Did you know that ISPS stands for "International Sports Promotion Society" and the founder was Dr Haruhisa Handa from Japan? Did you know that since 2016, ISPS Handa funds and promotes sporting events in archery, bowling, boxing, football, polo, rowing, rugby, swimming and golf with an emphasis on blind and disabled and disabled Brendan Law was in the field? 

Now you know... > 

Best regards, #IamCaddiePlayer Founder, Stephane 

Quote from Modest! Golf Founder and Irish Singer Niall Horan:  "Music and Sport can bring things together"


Late/early draw "statistic" revealed at the Ladies Scottish Open 2019

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From Scotland Home of Golf

If there is one stat that no one has yet considered "Late/EarlyDraw" was finally revealed during the second round of the Aberdeen Scottish Ladies Open. CaddiePayer founder Stephane Barras was there, luckly inside the Renaissance Club house over looking the 18th putting green when the storm gusty wind/horizontal rain hit east lothian coast around 11h30 and  lasted at least an hour and half before the play was stopped.  

Missy Pederson who caddied for Angela Stanford tweeted:

"the early/late wave played the course in 62 under par on Friday, while the late/early played it in 307 over par. . . and yes that is a 369 shot difference in a single day!” 

On Friday night cut day, The LPGA reported that twice as many players in the late/early draw missed the cut (57/28).  Mi Jung Hur was the leader through two rounds at 14 under overall. She played in the favorable wave. She was 10 shots better than Hyo Joo Kim, who produced the best 36-hole score from that early/late draw. While England's Laura Davies shot 68 in Friday’s “horrific” morning conditions and described her three-under-par 68  – as the second best round of her career.

Dame Laura Davis comments:

“The first shot of the day I hit driver and it left me a 4-iron into that 10th and we were hitting wedges the rest of the week and I hit it to about a foot, and a really low one under the wind. It helps if you have the little knock-down shots and I hit probably ten or 12 knock-down shots. I hit two 1-irons into the 4th, 1-iron off the tee and 1-iron into the green. I’ve never done that before.

Stephane Barras comments:

I must say that as the general level of the Players is increasing the "Weather/Draw: effect can have a "unfair" impact on players performance. It is not the first time that I am witnessing the unfair "Late/Early" lucky scenario... the Ladies Scottish Open reached an extreme that would be valuable to debate on changing the way cuts are decided. For exemple looking more into another Format as in The Ski World Cup where weather and course conditions are more to keep the best in course and still give a chance to the newcomers to proove under toughter conditions they way up... 

Full Stories about the "LuckyDraw" "Late/Early" Stat 



JackWhite Putting School press release at the Ladies Scottish Open

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Jack White - Putting School Brief Summary – Press Release - Gullane, Scotland, 06/08/2019

 Jack White Putting School Mission

  • To perpetuate the legacy of Jack White the British Open Champion of 1904 who was considered by the R&A to be one of the best putters of his era.
  • To follow up by introducing the evolution of putting with its various key points
  • To showcase the latest research in performance putting. Namely: PuttZones

On this note, we relish the opportunity to illustrate the Jack White Putting School with educational and historical facts, theories and methods. Successful players in this modern era demonstrate and incorporate these principles.

Objective of putting

Which factors are involved in this? Techniques are required to gain a repeatable and predictable putting action. Many methods have been used by umpteen players, however there are common principles or fundamentals proven through the lineage of successful golfers. This leads to understanding how a ball reacts and behaves upon the green. Green reading involves seeing the slopes and learning and predicting the pace of the greens in question. A putting stroke which sends the ball along the necessary starting line with the correct amount of force is what we are after.

Key factors of putting

A grip or hold on the putter which determines the correct face angle and the direction of putter head movement and ability to apply a blow to a stationary ball without upsetting those angles and paths. Stance, posture and alignment which allows the golfer to consistently use the putting action without tension or excessive movement. Positioning of the eyes relative to the ball and line of putt.

Methods of putting

Great putters like Jack White, Walter Travis, Walter Hagen, Horton Smith, Bobby Locke, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have exhibited specific and defined methods and principles. This provides the basis for our belief in how best to putt. These methods have proven results for the players concerned. The past to the future. It would be remiss to ignore history and pretend that the game has only been recently invented. We recognise that the game evolves, but stress that all theories have their origins.

What you will learn

We will guide you through the requisite techniques and styles. We will find key points which can be transferred into your personal way of putting. We are confident that you can gain improvement and a better understanding of your own performance and even find positive adjustments. All this alongside an enjoyable time putting and a knowledge of where it has all come from. You will also learn about the PuttZones system which was presented at the World Scientific Congress of Golf at St Andrews University (2016). Based on comprehensive research (2011) PuttZones is a system of understanding the percentage and length of putts made from a statistical viewpoint. This leads to a best practice protocol, which encourages a learning and skill acquisition within a necessary context. Putt, Practice and Perform, the 3 P’s (PPP).

“It is all about getting the ball in the hole with as few strokes as possible.”

Contact: +44 79 580 80024

The Jack White Putting school is an initiative from Boris Lietzow (Jack White shop owner), Stephane Barras (PuttZones founder) and Ian Butcher (Scottish PGA member)


LPGA Caddie Axel Bettan's Evian video reinforced PuttZones findings

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AIG Women BritishOpen Week at Woburn Golf Club, thinking about the stat that matter...

As a few CaddiePlayer register are about to tee off at the Inaugural new sponsor lucrative AIG Women BritishOpen, we want to share with you an interesting stat comments from Caddie, CaddiePlayer register *Axel Bettan who is now a Caddie for Chinese Yu Liu

During Axel's video that he posted on Facebook "Penser comme un caddie" after round2 at the Evian Championship last week, Axel explain to his audience that the Green in Regulation Stat can be "Over Looked/rated". Axel reinforced that the key stats should be more into looking the average distance of the first putt as the further the ball is from the hole the hardest it will be to make one putt > (that round Liu had 35 putts/14 Green in Regulations for a score of 73).

We wanted to share Axel’s comments with you, as since CaddiePlayer solution was launch in 2013 the Distance of the first putt (DPutt1) is the center piece of our analyzes. By knowing the distance of the first putt CaddiePlayer innovative software can accurately rate what we call: “Putting Zones Performance” (PZP). On top of that a copy of each round is send to researcher and Swiss PGA Tour coach Stephane Barras who after receiving around 10 rounds can accurately guide Player how to improve.

We wish all the best to Caddie Axel Bettan and Player Yu Liu as well all the CaddiePlayer register caddying/playing at the AIG Women British.

Thanks to NBC Group 45 Total Hours will be on air, Most Ever for An LPGA Major Championship... full schedule here  >



Yu Liu LPGA Evian Championship 2019 Stats (70-73-70-70, T30) > More

*During 2017/2018, Caddie Axel Bettan has register over 10 rounds into CaddiePlayer software. Axel who was on the bag of IK Kim win at the BritishOpen 2017 is considered as one of the most experience French Caddies.

J.B. Holmes explosed the "4shotsRule" at the BritishOpen

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There was a time, midway through the third round Saturday at The Open, where J.B. Holmes was in the mix to win the claret jug. In fact, he was the first-round leader at Royal Portrush after shooting 66, then started last round with a double bogey to end 87 T67. J.B. became the first player in 114 years to begin the final round of The Open in the top-five and shoot 87 or worse. In 1905, Tom Williamson began the day tied for fifth, but shot 87 to drop into a tie for 13th. Holmes finished T-67 by doing so J.B. Holmes explosed the "4shotsRule" and questions one of its conclusion: 

"The reason for the scores going more above the average than below could possibly be due to the golfer “giving up” on a bad day"  

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A the end Irish Shane Lowry won The Open Championship by six strokes for his first career major victory. Lowry is just the fourth player in the last 100 years to win his first major championship by a margin of six shots or more, joining Tiger WoodsLouis Oosthuizen, and Rory McIlroy.  

Lowry entered the final round with a four-shot lead, the same margin he held after the third round of the 2016 U.S. Open. Because Shane won Sunday, Greg Norman remains the only player in major championship history to lose multiple 54-hole leads of four strokes or more. 

Ten years after taking the Irish Open title as an amateur, Shane Lowry is the Champion Golfer of the Year. Lowry is the fifth player since 1960 to win both the Irish Open and The Open Championship. The others in that span: McIlroySir Nick FaldoSeve Ballesteros and Padraig Harrington

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J.B. Holmes BritishOpen scoring


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