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Golf Australia Express : Issue 9
Amadio Pinot Grigio Rated: 93 Points by James Halliday “The Australian Wine Companion 2011” Pink-bronze; an almost startlingly perfumed and aromatic bouquet of pear, lychee and musk is reflected on the palate, although less intensely; has good balance and mouth feel. Amadio Sangiovese Rated: 91 Points by James Halliday “The Australian Wine Companion 2011” Has a considerable volume of aroma and flavour, with cherry stone, multi-spice and sour cherry all intermingling and strongly expressive of the variety. Amadio Reserve Block 2a Shiraz Rated: 94 Points by James Halliday “The Australian Wine Companion 2011” Has retained excellent hue; the bouquet and palate live up to the promise of the colour, providing bright fruit flavours, dark berry and chocolate nuances. Quality cork, properly inserted. 101011_41068 “To buy online or view our local stockist map, simply go to www.amadiowines.com/shop” ATFIRST glance, golf and music may not seem to go together. It is, after all, exceedingly rare to see someone swinging their driver with headphones dangling—which probably has something to do with strangulation complications. Meanwhile portable stereos on the golf course don’t bear mentioning. There is a German term, ohrwurm, loosely translated to ‘earworm’, that describes a snatch of a song which gets caught in the mind, there to repeat itself endlessly. In the not-too-distant past I experienced a run-in with such a beast and found, first hand, the inextricable link between golf and its soundtrack. Setting off down the 1st at Rich River I found the collingwood club song echoing around the dim chambers of my brain. Note the capitals. Their absence is significant. collingwood. Of all the teams, of all the songs in the world, this blighted tune stuck with me for the best part of the first nine, after which my round was shot. Imagine having to putt with a satanic choir singing on your shoulder. Such a situation demands remedy, and these dark clouds brought their promised silver lining: I found a cure. Now, this is probably a bit like a cure for the hiccups, but it worked for me. If you find your mind infested with a most distasteful tune, think of one more palatable— something you would like to hear while swinging, while lining up a putt. A song you imagine playing with the highlights as you hold up the ball on the 18th to acknowledge the crowd—a tune that resonates within, that conquers the foul melody of obsession. In such a manner the nightmare passed, but I couldn’t help but be fascinated by the place that music holds in golf compared with sport in general. Unencumbered by concerns for my now ruined round, I walked through the valley of grass wondering what kind of music goes with golf. Football highlights are often accompanied by high- energy rock and even heavy metal, and that seems to go with the crash and bang of hard physical contact. Likewise, racing cars dance to high-octane riffs while surfing gave birth to its very own genre. But what of golf? What music evokes a ball’s flight towards the green? What melody can possibly describe that glorious parabola traced through the air from a dead straight 5-iron 170 metres out? A question like this needs a book, not a page to answer, somytipisnotsomuch for television producers, but the punters on the course. Be a Boy Scout and Be Prepared. Listen to your favourite tune in transit and be fore-armed against the dreaded ohrwurm. OTG LIKE BAD SWING THOUGHTS, BAD TUNES CAN GET STUCK IN YOUR HEAD DURING A ROUND. WILL HONE OFFERS HIS REMEDY TO BAD MELODIES. SING WHEN YOU’RE SWINGING with Will Hone IN HONING