An exercise in contrasts at Royal Melbourne
With so many players from across the globe, from different Tours and at different stages of their careers, a tour of the practice range during the ISPS Handa Cup of Golf makes for some fascinating viewing.
The swings, pre-round warmups and body shapes are many and varied. They range from the unique approach of Miguel Angel Jiminez’s elasticised stretching and special ‘cigar tee’ that he rests his Cuban in between swings, to Matt Kuchar hitting a bucket of balls before time spent pitching and chipping, before returning to hit yet another bucket before his round.
Miguel Angel Jiminez (Credit: Anthony Powter)
The contrasting styles of Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scotland’s Martin Laird is a prime example that it can take all kinds to play quality golf.
The tall Scotsman has a willowy swing that propels the ball prodigious distances with a high ball flight. The shorter, sturdier Aphibarnrat has a faster, whipper action but his ball flight and length are impressive In comparison.
Aphibarnrat impressed on the range for hitting every shot, from sand wedge to driver, with barely a hint of movement off the straight and narrow.
With such impressive ball striking, it was not hard to see how the 24-year old went close to claiming his first win on the PGA Tour in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia recently.