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Golf Australia Express : Issue 11
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” GOLF HANDICAPS rarely fail to raise eyebrows. For regular golfers, a handicap is a fact backed by extensive statistical data; it’s a project that should accurately reflect the degree of progress made. But for the irregular hitters, for those who enjoy maybe four or five rounds a year— you know, those whose clubs spend more time in the shed than the boot of their car—a handicap is a much foggier concept. Less tangible, abstract ideas are often difficult to pin down. What is beauty? What is your handicap? For occasional golfers, these two questions are cut of the same cloth. And when your opponent replies they are off 35, and that—in their opinion—the drive they just blasted 250m down the middle of the first fairway was a perfect description of beauty, you might discover a surprising reaction. A poetic sense of clarity akin to inspiration as the ephemeral waft of an idea coalesces into fact before you: something is definitely Not Right. This is a situation that demands great caution. If you are not careful, the very suggestion your opponent is playing beyond their station may give rise to such ire that every drive will be shanked, every chip hit thin and every putt long as the Dark Force of Frustration ripples through your swing. In order to avoid distraction at the hands of evil, discover vents. Release valves on the boiler of your mind that steam through quiet comments and tips for the beginner to help them polish their game. These are a sure way to keep you smiling, while also weeviling into the twisted mind that would sell themselves for a few extra shots. Mind the putt—it’s got a vicious dip. Watch the bunker. Does water get into your head? And the game changer: Do you breath in or out when you hit the ball? And this is all gold, unless it is you who find yourself overcompensated by a flawed system of ability indexation. Should you find yourself hitting the ball sweeter than your single figure opponent, and should your handicap be above 25, smile. Ignore the comments of ignorance and explain how terribly you were hitting them on the driving range. How your putting has, before today, been the stuff of nightmares. Never let guilt stand in the way of a great score. You might even mention the old truism— handicaps never fail to raise eyebrows. OTG HANDICAPS ARE OFTEN THE BONE OF CONTENTION AMONG GOLFERS. NOBODY LIKES A SANDBAGGER. THAT IS UNLESS YOU ARE ONE, WRITES WILL HONE. RAISING EYEBROWS with Will Hone IN HONING