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Fitness in Thailand after Golf in Florida

Phuket, Friday 27 March 2015

Those 3 weeks in Florida were very interesting. Played golf every day, sometimes more than 36 holes. The Bears in Jupiter next to West Palm Beach has everything a Touring Pro needs for his training with greens up to 13 on the stimpmeter! Thank you very much, Sandro Piaget, for your welcome at your home and for your commitment on being a perfect sparring partner, it was not easy to take your money on the golf course.

Mikko Ilonen, Alexander Noren, Thomas Pieters, Alexander Levy (and some others US Tour pro's) were also tough opponents to beat but the Swiss Belgian Team booked a lot of success... 

Played a few time with the very competitive Michael Jordan, tough to beat because of the quality of his short game, an asset for somebody who hates to loose... What a sense of competitiveness in the heat of the game, you could feel you were playing with a great champion!!! Loved your music and your cigar MJ...

A new Callaway driver may find his way into my bag, the Double Black Diamond with a new shaft has proved his efficency so far, I will test him on the Singha Tour in Bangkok before the 2 tournaments in China. To be confirmed.

Played with young Pieters at the Bears and he displayed some impressive bunker shots, he's really amazing in the sand!. Another Belgian doing well in Florida is Thomas Detry, 3rd at the Floridian, once more highest ranked player of his team, Illinois, N° 1 team in the States for the moment. He's building his game up, the serious stuff begins in May!

Going to bay Hill, I gathered with my "family" on the PGA Tour, the boys from the Callaway truck, fun to to see them, they were my island of smiles when I had tough times over there...

Discovered the new Titleist ball at the Honda Classic and they are already in the bag, another great Pro V1x this 2015 millesime.

My Program: Masters week, I'll play on the Singha Tour in Bangkok followed by the 2 tournaments in China.

Tomorrow: Come on Belgium ... in Football (our Football not the US one).

Florida Training The Bears

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Arrived here on Thursday after a last goodbye to a great Lady...

Time to practice to be ready in China, after a first tournament in Bangkok on the Singha Tour where I received an invitation thanks to Brian Nilsson 's wife, my next two tournaments will be the Schenzen and Volvo China Open,

Hope to see maybe the two Thomas's (Pieters and Detry) who are also in the States. So proud of Detry's win in Louisiana at -13 with 66 on the last round and a 6 strokes margin...

Here at the Bears, I will try some new equipment from DUNNING and a member of the Callaway staff will present me the new drivers to test. Looking forward to find a new tool, we will arrive in 2 month in the hart of the season when the Tour will land in Europe, and I want to play the new drivers for that period.

Break Winter and training in Florida and Thailand

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

After those 4 first tournaments, time for a break with Raph Jacquelin, a mixt of hollyday and sport to keep the fitness.

Then more than three  weeks at The Bears in Florida before two good weeks in Thailand with a training week together with Marcel Siem and a tournament on the Singha Tour around Bangkok as final preparation before the two tournaments in China... But this calendar may change in accordance on how I'm playing...

Maybank Malaysian Open

Kuala Lumpur, Saturday 7 February 2015

After an useless Friday, that -5 of today was a good one. Starting on the 10, Brian told after the round that we could have scored birdies on each of the 9 last holes (from 1 to 9)... True that we peppered the flags and the 4 birdies left on greens were from less than 12 feet... but regrets are for journalists, we can only go forward with the real score and continue our routine till the confidence brings more regularity in the rounds...

Kuala Lumpur, Thursday 5 February 2015

It was very windy in the afternoon... not a bad opening score, one of the 5 best in the afternoon and the 5th score in total...

I lost a ball on the 18th but managed to make a birdie with the second ball... 'k ben content...

Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Vincent: Time is flying by, 4th tournament and we are already in February...

Total different atmosphere in hot and humid Asia, the green vegetation, the food, the culture... That's what Nicolas likes on The European Tour, the ever changing scenery and setting...

Today was the pro-am day, unusual on a Tuesday but good to check the course before another preparation day...

Starting times are out, Nicolas is playing with Alvaro Quiros and the 20 years old Black Mountain GC Thai Professional Jazz Janewattananond, a long hitter starting times for the crowd...

Dubai Desert Classic - Emirates Golf Club

Dubai, Sunday 1 February 2015

Some good streaks and some bad ones, but this Desert swing is still a good start of the season. The swing is ok, the short game is improving and I will need a lot of putting drills to recover my full confidence. My workplan and routines are clearly defined, repetition, intensity and commitment are the values that will lift my game to the upper level.

Flying  to Malaysia now, going from a dry climat to a warm and humid one... Good memories there in Kuala Lumpur where I could have won last year without the brillant display of Lee Westwood!

Dubai, Friday 30 January 2015

Everything was not pink today, a black day with the putter ... 2 more days to go low...

Dubai, Thursday 29 January 2015

Solid round. All credit on Mich Vanmeerbeek for the quality of my long game. This Emirates course asks for long and precise driving with also great long irons. That's why you see guys like McIlroy, Westwood, Gallacher Kaymer, etc, playing well... Not my first 65 here but it was 14 years ago, during my first participation in 2001, Mich was already there and I was more than a rookie...

Young Pieters looked to appreciate this course also, his strong long game is the key here!

All the big guns are there, up on the leaderboard, and a long way to go...

Dubai, Wednesday 28 January 2015

Pro-am day today on an early shot gun tee times, I like that. Mich Vanmeerbeek did the last fine tuning on my swing. We discussed also on the best landing zones on the par 5. Because of the wind change - 180° change, from the land in the morning and a stronger breeze from the see, the wind swap starting between 10 and 11 AM - we need to find the right strategy with the two winds. On the 4 par 5's, I have 3 blind landing zones, sometimes the 3 wood will be used with less chance to get in 2 on the greens because those par 5's are well defended against long driving...

Very strong field here at the Emirates this week: Stenson, Kaymer, McIrloy, Mc Dowell, Oosthuizen, Garcia, Els, Gallacher, Illonen or Grace. With all those names, it's a little Major on the European Tour!

Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Dubai, Sunday 25 January 2015

A good arabian week-end (Friday-Saturday), finished 13th. it could have been better because I was going for the low score at the end. A bit unfortunate on 16 (no birdie), 7 feet on 17 for birdie (lip out) and 15 feet for eagle on 18...

Once again great to play with the Big Easy Ernie Els, the perfect partner, with his incredible inspiring rythm...

Flew Saturday night to Dubai, good to have one day off, before the last desert week on the Emirates course!

Doha Thursday 22 January 2015

Off a very bad start, driving wise. Double on the first hole and necer been near the flag on my regulation shots. I thought that I never would made the cut, I misses so many cuts by one on the last 2 years...

But, you know, Doha is not a piece of cake, even without wind, it proved to be a tough test, cut at -1!

Tomorrow I'll need to find fairways, then pins, then birdies... to climb this ladder...

Doha, Wednesday 21 January 2015

Well, well, well, not as windy as it can be, but enough wind to disturb the way you design your shots in Qatar than the high shots we can play in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Not that warm neither...

2 shorts putts missed asked for a long session on the putting green after the round, all set now...


Abu Dhabi, Monday 19 January 2015

What a scenario, what an extraodinary performance from Gary Stal, such a lovely person, well deserved on the way he mastered the greens in Abu Dhabi!

Good tournament for Thomas Pieters, top 5 finish is always a key of great form.

My 4 days were uneven, scoring wise. The long game is getting there whilst the putter is still a bit rusty... But overall, i'm not disapointed, the confidence is building, the preparation was appropriate, let's go next week to the more windy Doha to confirm the progress in my game.

By the way, the desert stretch is a great start to the season and I found it also brillant to see the Commercial Bank extend their sponsorship of the @CBQatarMasters for another 3 years...

Abu Dhabi, Thursday 15 January 2015

Good start of the season, and "Young" Pieters (his surname on Tour) had even a much better one!

Great course, not too much wind, not to demanding, precise driving was compulsory...

The birdie on the first tournament hole of the year had a special taste, not as good as my first chip of the year on the 4th (Hole 13). Never been overdrived ;0))) today, with a few bombs and a costly quiet drive blocked at the 11th (Hole 2), good for my first double bogey of the season :0(((.

No bogeys ;0) today and 29 putts, to be confirmed in a near future...

Abu Dhabi, Wednesday 14 January 2015

Great to be back on the Europeantour. 

I arrived here in Abu Dhabi on Monday night with all my team: Mich, Jérôme and Vincent. We were last week in Dubai where we had a 6 days golf camp at the Emirates and Jumeirah Golf. Before that, I did a 12 days crossfit camp in Phuket (Thailand) on the Unit 27.

The Dubai camp was important to prepare the 2015 season. From driving to putting, all my game has been fine tuned, we did a lot of work also with the help of Pete Cowen and Mike Walker. We had also two invitees: Hughues Joannes and Thomas Detry!  They worked hard and appreciated the quality of work and the infrastructures (Thanks Wayne Johnson) we had choosed for this week. And on top of that the weather has been perfect all week.

Last week-end in Dubai we also met Thomas Pieters and his Illinois coach Mike Small (who also is the coach of the University Illinois team for Thomas Detry). So it was very profitable for Mike to learn what Tom Detry is working with us and I told Mike that I won't be surprised that Tom D. will have a great year, his game is really upgrading, I'm excited to follow his progress through the year... We played together with Thorbjorn Olesen who was also impressed by the game of our young Belgian Amateur!

Today I play the pro-am, let's move into a competitive mood, it's been nearly 2 months, I feel a little rusty but looking forward to that first round on Thursday with my Spanish friend and long hitter Alvaro Quiros!


Nicolas Colsaerts is a Belgian golf professional and regular member of the European Tour.


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