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Golf Australia Express : Issue 15
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” ITHELUDDITE Rising is a well-known moment in history. People dispossessed by technological advances took their lives in hand, throwing spanners, shoes and anything else they could find into the works of newfangled weaving machines in an attempt to maintain the bucolic bliss that was everything familiar. Between 1811 and 1817, this was all extremely big news in England, and not many people paid a great deal of attention to their golf scores. It was not entirely surprising— at that time, golf’s aristocratic heritage was upheld by the prohibitive cost of creating the handmade feather-stuffed leather balls, or Featheries, which had not changed a great deal in 200-odd years. You can imagine the conversation as two lords hacked their way around St Andrews, bemoaning people who just couldn’t move with the times. But the roving eye of technological advancement was soon cast with the Industrial Revolution and it must have caught one of those duck feathers fluttering from a good drive, because it wasn’t long before the revolution arrived at the green. Can you imagine the outcry in 1848 when the first ‘Guttie’ appeared? Made from a rubber-like sap, these balls were cheap, and soon appeared with all manner of designs, from dimples to bumps in the search for distance and accuracy. There is surely a stupid aristocrat in the backwaters of history who remembered laughing at the Luddites before growing old and wishing for the days before everyone could get their hands on a ball and have a round. The Good Old Days when you knew the man who made your ball. Not some bloody great company which saw Mills at St Andrews out of a job—disgraceful. Such views have long since been buried beneath the silt of evolution, and golf has come a long, long way. Technology has been reigned in by bureaucratic boards clamouring to keep up with enhanced performance—first they regulated balls, then they caught on to drivers. It can’t be long before the cloth of a golfer’s shirt is subject to rule 458 b) subsection xxxiv. And that’s fine, but I think it’s important to bear in mind the fate that befell those that stood in the blasted path of progress—for theirs is a well- known patch in the garden of our recent past, but it is not one to grow many fruits. Such trees and plants from which we eat come from far more progressive fields. Set the ball free. Bring on technology. OTG IS TECHNOLOGY GOOD FOR GOLF? WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE PAST TO TRULY EMBRACE THE FUTURE, WRITES WILL HONE. KEEPING UP WITH THE TIMES with Will Hone IN HONING