Congratulations Rory for being named PGA Tour Player of the Year, capping an outstanding season for the world number one, becoming the youngest recipient since Tiger Woods in 1998.
Rory won four PGA Tour titles in 2012, including the PGA Championship by a record eight strokes. Rory also won the Honda Classic, Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average.
He also won the money lists for the PGA and European Tours… Time to get some rest, ready for 2013…
Congratulations once again from all at Quintic.
Padraig Harrington, PGA European Tour Golfers, PGA Tour
Padraig Harrington celebrated a return to winning form in the Anniversary 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda at the Port Royal Golf Course, with victory over US Open champion Webb Simpson, Masters champion Bubba Watson and defending champion Keegan Bradley.
Harrington, shot a 67 on the second day to his opening 66 for a winning 36-hole nine under par aggregate of 133 – one ahead of Simpson, who shot a best of the day 65, and six in front of Watson (71) and Bradley (67).
Harrington, one of only 12 players in 2012 to make the halfway cut in all four Major Championships which included tying fourth and eighth in the US Open and Masters Tournament respectively, only received his call-up last Saturday as a late-replacement for injured Open Champion Ernie Els – but the 6,500 mile round journey enabled him to become only the second European golfer to win the title following Ian Woosnam’s success in 1991.
“It feels really good. I have not won in a while and it would be a nice habit to get back into. When it happens, you’ve got to enjoy it and we’ll be doing that tonight.
“I’m playing really good golf. There is some good stuff in my game right now; and there’s other stuff I need to tidy-up. I have realised with experience that wins do not come around as often as you would like. But I believe I’m going into a nice period in my career.
Congratulations, good to see you back in the winners circle! Need to work on your cricket batting technique though…
PGA Tour, Quintic Ball Roll
US PGA Tour – Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Childres Open
Putting is an art not a science,” this is no more evident than on the US PGA tour… it was the first time that Quintic Ball Roll had visited the US PGA Tour. The event was the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (Las Vegas) where the software was on show to highlight to the players the importance not only the mechanics of putting, but the way both their stroke and their equipment influence the vital dynamics of the golf ball on its final journey. In the same way that conventional launch monitors such as TrackMan, Vector, FlightScope and Foresight GC2 have revolutionised the long game, so to Quintic Ball Roll is doing the same for the most used club in the bag.
Kent Jones having his stroke analysed by Quintic Ball Roll
Over twenty players had the oppurtunity to use the Quintic system, (also used by Taylor Made, Callaway, PING, Srixon, Cleveland, Titelist and Yes Golf) the reaction was dramatic, not only did it alter the way players thought about putting: but also opened their eyes to club fitting and alignment… the nuances of ball speed, spin, launch angle and the nature of true roll. Kevin Na (the winner of the event) reduced his launch angle by on average 2 degrees as a result of the analysis.
Quintic does all this through a state-of-the-art camera which (operating at 260 frames-per-second) captures the movement of a specially marked golf ball over the first 12 inches of its journey for the software to impute all the clubfitter needs to know about your clubface contact and the resulting influence on the ball in terms of the roll and path of putt. Quintic is a highly practical tool, in practice, both for coaches as a teaching aid and for clubfitters who can now match a player’s putter specification to their style of stroke far more swiftly and efficiently than ever before. Just ask Kevin Na…
PGA European Tour Golfers, PGA Tour, Putting Biomechanics, Quintic Ball Roll
Monday, March 7, 2011 : Golf Digest / Golf World
Dr. Paul Hurrion is a sports biomechanist into whose putting expertise Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy have tapped. The rest of us can, too, provided we find a facility that has the Quintic Ball Roll Software and system that Hurrion has developed.
Here’s how the Quintic Ball Roll system differs from other putter-fitting software: “We’re tracking the golf ball,” said Jim MacKay, who heads Quintic’s U.S. operations. “Everyone else is tracking the golf club.”
The Quintic Ball Roll system is similar to a full-swing launch monitor, but was designed specifically for putting. It captures skid, backspin, roll, launch angle, bounce, ball speed, hook or slice sidespin, and the point at which true roll begins.
“The reason why it’s important to track the ball as opposed to the putter, you make adjustments based on what the ball is doing,” MacKay said.
Its sales pitch to retailers is simple. Have a golfer bring in his own putter, have him hit up to 10 putts on the system, then try other putters and find which works best for them based on the data collected.
The system works for fitting, instruction and even research and development. Ping and TaylorMade are among the equipment manufacturers employing the system on the latter front. Harrington is among the tour players who uses one at home, as does the LPGA’s Beatriz Recari, who won the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge as a rookie last year. Dr. Jim Suttie, who has two golf training centers and counts Loren Roberts among his students, has ordered one, MacKay said.
The cost of the system is $7,500, which features a Quintic 260 frames-per-second camera, a camera stand, calibration t-bar, light and template for marking golf balls, and the software.
“We’re really excited about what it is we’re doing,” MacKay said. “We think we’re pioneering what we’re doing. It will be a huge help to players and to manufacturers on how to build the putters. It’s a great research tool, a good fitting tool, a good coaching tool.”
Keywords: Beatriz Recari, Dr. Jim Suttie, Dr. Paul Hurrion, Loren Roberts, Padraig Harrington, Quintic Ball Roll SoftwarePGA European Tour Golfers, PGA Tour, Putting Biomechanics, Rory McIlory
What a final round, Rory McIlroy’s 10-under-par final round to win the Quail Hollow Championship on Sunday has drawn superlative-filled praise from the world of golf. The youthful star of European golf, made his mark in the United States last night when he won the Quail Hollow championship in record-breaking fashion, shooting a course-record 62, 10 under par, to become the youngest winner on the PGA Tour since Tiger Woods.
Rory who will celebrate his 21st birthday on Tuesday, covered the first 17 holes of his final round in nine under par but saved his best until the last as he rolled a 45-foot putt into the centre of the hole for another birdie. There was a look of wonder on his face as the ball dropped and he was not alone in his astonishment. He finished his round with a run of six threes – two pars, three birdies and one eagle, at the par-five 15th – and his 15-under-par total beat the field by four shots.
“Ridiculous,” Rory said afterwards when asked to sum up his round. “I just got in the zone. I saw my shots and just hit them and I saw the line of my putts and they just went in.”
Quail Hollow has a reputation of being one of toughest courses on the PGA Tour – Phil Mickelson criticised its “ridiculous” greens the other day – and the Quail Hollow Championship traditionally attracts the best field outside the major championships. Yet McIlroy made a mockery of the course’s reputation and left the best players in the world looking ordinary.
Woods, the world No1, did not even make the cut and Mickelson, the Masters champion, shot a final-round 68 to finish in second place. On another day that would have been good enough to win, as the left-hander conceded afterwards.
“I was out on the course after five or six holes, thinking that 68 was the number [to win the tournament],” he said. ” I have got to congratulate Rory. To shoot 30 on the back nine to win this tournament, on this course; he is some kind of player.”
He really is and Mickelson was not alone in lauding the Ulsterman. It was noticeable that, when McIlroy stepped off the final green, a welter of players, including Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington, were waiting to shake his hand.
Yesterday’s victory was McIlroy’s second as a professional golfer – his first came at the Dubai Desert Classic 15 months ago – and his first on the PGA Tour, of which he became a member at the start of the this year.
Congratulations Rory from all at Quintic, all the hard work and hours doing your practice drills are starting to pay dividends… You have structure and a rountine to follow each week, plus your feel and tempo are improving each day as a result!!!