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In general there isn’t a lot of optimism going around.
While many want to believe tomorrow will be a better day,
few say it with conviction. In short, there doesn’t appear to
a whole to get excited over as the economy has beaten or
bruised a lot of people. A year ago, to some, it may feel
like a lifetime ago and yet a lot can happen, both good and
bad in that time. History has told us so.
Take for example someone who had essentially faded
from the picture in part due to passing of father time. But
Greg Norman turned back the hands of time with his
performance at last year Open Championship. He ultimately finished in third-place at Royal Birkdale but this year he won’t be under the radar in part due to last year. This year it is taking place at Turnberry, which also happens to be where Norman claimed one of his British Open championships.
“It's going to be a totally different mindset of when I went into Birkdale last year. There's no question,” Norman said. The Great White Shark is realistic with his outlook as he closes in on age 55. But that doesn’t mean he is going to mail it in either. “I couldn't go to a 7,700-yard U.S. Open golf course where the young swivel heads play and feel like I can do it (win). That would be a big ask. But I can go and compete on 80% or 85% of golf courses, yes. I still hit the ball 300 plus yards when I want to. So it's not like I'm hamstrung by the fact that I'm only hitting the ball 250, 260,” he said.
The Open Championship on a links course also favors him, he believes. “The links golf courses always give a better player an opportunity because he has more of a repertoire of shots in his mind. I think that's the secret to it,” Norman explained. “The younger generation nowadays that grew up with the modern technology haven't had the ability to teach themselves how to play certain shots.”
While Norman is optimistic about the near term, he is even more excited about golf next year. “Now, next year it's gonna be a different story,” he began. “When V-grooves come back into the game, I think that's the greatest thing that's ever happened to the game of golf since 1996 in technology,” he continued. “That's gonna teach these players a huge lesson on the art of understanding a lie, controlling a golf ball, flight trajectory, and what happens if you get a flyer that goes 30 yards further than what you anticipate. A huge change is going to come over this game, and I think it's necessary. I think it's great. I'm very, very excited about seeing it take place. I still use V-groove clubs. I use U-groove clubs in my sand wedge and my gap-wedge. But, you know, for some of these guys, they have no idea what they're going to be in for.”
Another reason to look forward to what the future has in store, wouldn’t you say?