The Future of Indian golf is incomplete without mentioning Indian golfers. When golf came to India, Indian were not allowed to play the game. As golf was considered as a game only meant for the high class community, it was not popular initially in India.
But now golf is enjoyed and played widely in the length and breath of the country. The huge prize money the golf tournaments offer one can opt golfing as a career.
Indian women golfers
There are many Indian women and men golfers recognized internationally. The full credit of improving golfing standards and popularizing golf in India should be given to these golfers. These golfers have been successful in winning numerous titles and place India in world class golfing. One of the eminent and attaching Indian golfers is Ashok Kumar.
Indian golfer Ashok Kumar
- He was placed in the first position for a couple of time in the order of merit as the no.1 player in Indian golfing.
- Ashok claimed the no.1 title in 2003 – 2004 tour after winning the final round of the Rs 28 lakh PGAI-TSM Open.
- Ashok had a score of eight under 136 after he came with 66.
- Ashok started his profession as a caddy before he entered the world of professional golfing.
In the early times it was really difficult for the Indian golfers to win titles outside the country. As Indian golfing standards were low compared to theirs. But things have changed the young and emerging golfers are giving with some of the best golfing facilities available in the world, as the future Indian golf are based on the performances of the young golfers.
Kyung-Ju Choi is one of the best Asian golfers who has ever played the game of golf. There are only a handful of Asian golfers who have made it to the biggest events in golf and he is one of the most successful among them. KJ Choi’s story is a very inspiring one because he learned about the sport in his later years. he was not one of those amazing kids who had a real talent even when they were young. his story is totally different from Tiger Woods’ or Jack Nicklaus’ because they have been exposed to the game at a much younger age compared to himself.
Kyung-Ju is a son of a farmer/fisherman. They lived in an island in Korea and he was a good kid. he helped his father out and his favorite hobby was lifting weights. his nickname is tank because of how he can be able to carry really heavy weights even with his tiny frame. because of his small size, he was unable to pursue lifting or do it as a profession because his physical stature limited his strength greatly. he then found out about golf when a teacher told him about the sport to help divert his love for weightlifting.
KJ started playing golf when he was 16. he lived in a small island in Korea where there was only one driving range and it was a 4 hour trip to get to the driving range from his place. because he knew that it would be a waste of time to go to the driving range when he did not have a swing to work on, he studied Jack Nicklaus’ videos and books and worked on his swing. he would go to the driving range to see how the swing worked and when he was able to develop a swing that was good enough, he spent everyday traveling back and forth to the driving range to work tirelessly on his game.
Kyung-Ju was finally able to break par at the age of 21. this is a big milestone in the game of golf because this means that you have a shot of playing with the professional golfers. For five years, KJ would wake up early and go home late to improve his game and find a way out of their humble means and to be able to provide more for the people around him.
Choi displayed a tremendous amount of perseverance. most of the professional golfers are already able to break par at the age of 15 and he did not even pick up a club yet. his story shows how much a factor hard work and determination plays because he was able to become a better golfer compared to other more talented golfers who had more time in their hands. most people would not have started playing the game knowing that other golfers are years ahead of them but this is a perfect example of the line that goes do your best and God will do the rest because he is a devout Christian. his favorite verse is from Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous. do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go – AMEN this verse alone has brought him this far.
CARLSBAD, Calif. – Sean Toulon was jubilant about sending one of TaylorMade’s best Tour players on a secret mission.
Dustin Johnson, ranked ninth in the world, wore a disguise (a FedEx uniform) and pretended to be an ordinary working stiff.
“I think any golfer would be thrilled to have Dustin Johnson show up on his doorstep,” said Toulon, TaylorMade’s executive vice president, with the air of a big-time promoter before the event.
On Tuesday, August 23, Johnson got a small taste of another profession when he slipped into a FedEx uniform, rode in a FedEx truck and hand-delivered a special package to Patrick Spina at Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, N.J. the package included two drivers, one a TaylorMade R11 ordered by Spina and the other a gold-plated R11 replica that he also gets to keep.
Why all the fuss? TaylorMade is celebrating what it says is the one millionth white-headed metalwood sold in the United States in 2011. That would be one million drivers, fairway woods and hybrids in less than seven months – beginning in February after the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show.
“Looking at sales everywhere in the world, we will go over two million (white heads) by the end of the year,” Toulon said.
Toulon traced the development of the R11: “We did the R7. It was the first one with a wrench and stuff that moved, and it worked. of all the metalwoods sold, it got a 10 percent market share.
“And then we did the second one, the R9, and it had more technology, more breakthrough, more everything. and the same thing happened — the market share it got was exactly the same as the R7.
“If we didn’t do something dramatically different (with the R11), we knew what would happen. It would get a 10 share.
“I believe the R7 and R9 underperformed in the marketplace. We didn’t want that to happen again. So we went with white. It scared many (TaylorMade) people. It was a gut check for a lot of people here. . . .
“It was like, ‘Guys, get over the fear.’ It was time to remember what Gary (TaylorMade founder Gary Adams) taught us: the top of the pyramid drives everything else.”
TaylorMade’s market share in metalwoods has increased dramatically in 2011. Combining sales of the new white-headed metalwoods (which includes the Burner SuperFast 2.0) and the older TaylorMade metalwoods with dark heads, the company’s most recent market share in units was 35.7 percent, while its dollar share was 41 percent as measured by Golf Datatech, the golf industry’s authoritative source of sales and inventory figures.
The R11 was the no. 1 driver model in each of the four majors in 2011. At the British Open, Darren Clarke became the first player to win a major with the driver. At the PGA Championship, 49 of 56 TaylorMade drivers in play were white.
Looking ahead to 2012, how does TaylorMade follow its blockbuster 2011 act?
Toulon didn’t hesitate.: “I remember the dropped jaws when we took the headcover off the R11 and it was white. All I’m going to say is this – 2011 was great, but 2012 is going to be mind-blowing.”
Although he confirmed TaylorMade has something new and unconventional, Toulon would say no more.
KLM Airlines announced recently that it will be launching a new application called “Meet and Seat,” which allows passengers to find out about other travelers, and select the person next to whom they will sit on a flight, based on his or her Facebook profile or LinkedIn account. Passengers would need to “opt in” to participate, but KLM hasn’t made clear whether both passengers must accept a seat pairing for it to occur.
Upon first reflection, the “Meet and Seat” program sounds like a neat idea. it will enable a traveler to sit next to someone who shares an interest or profession. It might even allow people to have a blind date while flying cross-country. Choosing a seatmate is more exciting than deciding between peanuts and pretzels for an in-the-air snack. yet upon further consideration, this new app may be problematic. Indeed, “Meet and Seat” may cause countless legal hiccups for KLM and any other airline that chooses to implement a similar program.
In this column, I will describe what is known thus far about the KLM initiative, and other recent, similar efforts, and discuss some of the problems with this idea—including the legal risks for airlines and passengers alike.
Some Unanswered Questions regarding the KLM Program
According to news reports, KLM announced its new program at a conference, rather than in a press release, so more information about “Meet and Seat” still may be forthcoming. what we know now is that, in early 2012, KLM plans to launch a pilot of the program, which will link people’s online profiles to their passenger records when they check in online. It is not clear how far in advance people will be able to link their profiles to their reservations or seat assignments. KLM says it is still working on the features, and has not disclosed whether the service will cost anything. some commentators have dubbed the service a new type of mile-high “matchmaking.”
KLM isn’t the first airline to incorporate social media into its services. Malaysian Airlines is reportedly launching a service whereby it will allow passengers to check to see if they have any friends who are booked on their flight, or who are visiting the same destination at the same time. KLM will take networking a step further by letting you click on seats adjacent to the ones you’re considering, to see travelers’ Facebook profiles. the system would let you choose a fellow passenger with whom you have something in common.
“Meet and Seat” is an opt-in program, meaning that passengers will have to agree to share their profiles online; others can still choose to remain anonymous. as part of opting in, KLM will likely require that passengers agree to a set of Terms and Conditions that include waivers of liability for any kind of mishap that might occur as a result of using the matchmaking service.
The Potential Problems with “Meet and Seat” and Similar Services
It is easy to imagine the kind of mishaps that could arise from “Meet and Seat.” To begin, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles are not always representative of who we really are—and in some cases may be downright fictitious. what happens when a passenger sits down in his or her seat, only to find that his or her seatmate is not the person he or she expected? In a worst-case scenario, a person with a misrepresented profile might harass, stalk, verbally abuse, or otherwise intimidate his or her seatmate during and/or after the flight. if that occurs, will KLM really be able to hide behind its waiver? one nightmare scenario might involve a racist who spends the flight taunting a seatmate of a different race or ethnicity, or a sexual harasser who purposefully chooses a female seatmate he can harass.
Moreover, what if pre-selected seatmates simply clash? Will flight attendants be left saying, “Sorry, you agreed to this, so play nice for six hours and make it work?” Passengers who have opted out of the program may not be eager to work with the airlines to switch seats in order to accommodate those who eagerly opted into the social-networking option, but then clashed with their pre-selected seatmates.
Ostracism or even bullying may also follow from this kind of program. a person who is not seen as conventionally attractive or popular may suffer from negative Facebook comments if they are not selected, and may repeatedly be left without seatmates.
Will teenagers be able to use the service, and how will this impact family travel? Will a high-school student be able to sit away from her parents, with a new “friend,” on the plane? And, what are some of the ramifications of teens having their profiles revealed to members of the general public?
Moreover, even if a passenger does not sit next to someone, he may still have access to that person’s Facebook profile and name, and know which seats other identified passenger have selected. after a flight, some travelers might routinely post comments on their Facebook pages about the behavior of fellow travelers such as “John Doe” in Seat 23 F.
It is also unclear how social networking will impact those of us who choose NOT to participate in programs such as “Meet and Seat.” Will there be parts of the plane reserved for social networkers? And will that mean that everyone else is relegated to the worst parts of the plane (for instance, the parts nearest the bathrooms)? if so, there may be implicit pressure to join in and become part of the social-networking crowd.
Some people may also have good reason to choose not to participate in social networking in order to select seats. some of us value our privacy, and will not want to disclose our identities to other passengers, but our refusal to do so may raise more questions from those who do opt in.
Will “Meet and Seat” and Similar Programs Run Afoul of Discrimination Laws?
Under the law, airlines are categorized as common carriers, which cannot refuse a passenger (except, of course, for security reasons). In some instances, airplanes are also deemed places of public accommodation, where the government must protect us from certain forms of discrimination—because we all need, at times, to use planes to get places. thus, if “Meet and Seat” were to somehow inhibit our freedom of movement, that might be illegal—or, at a minimum, it might constitute an ugly example of how individual bias or preference can lead to de facto systematic discrimination within a group of people.
One could imagine that some passengers might routinely choose to sit near those who share their same race, ethnicity, religion, etc., thus leaving other passengers without seatmates. And, one might imagine such practices leading to de facto segregation. Or a curious passenger might act like a private eye, reviewing many profiles and deciding that someone is a potential terrorist—leading to a new type of profiling.
Someday, will we even have sections of planes for different gangs, clubs, ethnic groups, and the like? While these hypothetical scenarios may be improbable, they illustrate the challenges that are posed when one allows hundreds of people to express their personal preferences in places that are viewed as public, and that are integral to our daily lives and livelihoods.
At the very minimum, KLM and other air carriers that institute “Meet and Seat” programs should state that seat preferences should not be based solely on certain traits. Unfortunately, however, it is unclear how an airline could enforce such a policy.
Will “Meet and Seat” Work? A Prior, Similar Failed Service Suggests that it Might Not
People are already tweeting and posting comments about the anticipated KLM launch. some like the idea of being able to choose an interesting travel companion; others are creeped out by the thought of having a “date” in the air. Notably, another company, “AirTroductions,” offered an in-the-air matchmaking service in 2006, and appears to have closed it down—perhaps due to lack of demand.
Currently, there are other Internet businesses that appear to offer related services—but not to all passengers on the same flight. for example, TripLife “offers every traveler the opportunity to interact with their fellow travelers, be it on a plane, at their hotel, the local golf course, or even in the streets of a foreign city, by letting you enter your itinerary, and introducing you to fellow travelers who share part or all of that same itinerary.” if a passenger is flying to Las Vegas for a convention, he or she can “start networking on the plane by finding people in your industry on the same flight.”
How is TripLife different from “Meet and Seat”? the answer seems to be that, by using TripLife, the client receives a personalized service that caters to his or her individual needs, rather than embarking with many others upon an in-plane social experiment.
Some other Benefits of Social Networking for Air Travelers
While “Meet and Seat” has a possible downside, other forms of social networking may be very positive for the traveler. for instance, a traveler may network to find others to share a charter flight to the same destination, under the “group-then-go” model, which avoids an existing legal impediment to selling charter travel.
Charters are meant to be the opposite of regular, scheduled air travel, with commercial airlines. if one person charters an aircraft, and then attempts to sell available seats, he or she is illegally selling “scheduled” air transport without US Department of Transportation authority to do so; and the charter operator would itself be conducting scheduled transportation without FAA authority. However, if a group of people find each other, and collectively decide to charter an plane, nobody is engaging in the sale of scheduled service; rather, each person is purchasing a bona fide service as part of a group.
Social networking and possible new charter “apps” will allow people with similar travel needs to find each other, and, if so inclined, to book a charter together—all in compliance with federal aviation law.
Moreover, if my request for a certain flight gets bundled with those of others prior to our together requesting a quote for a charter service, the cost of a charter, per passenger, can be reduced significantly. one can imagine a “Groupon”-type phenomenon—of a charter flight being booked only if a certain number of passengers choose a trip. a number of Group-Then-Go Sites already exist, such as wannajet.com, socialflights.com, and cogojet.com.
Social networking tools can now allow us to choose with whom we travel, even if we are choosing strangers. sometimes, this ability can be tremendously useful—as with group-then-go for private charter flights. And sometimes, this ability may have both upsides and downsides, as with “Meet and Seat.” it will be interesting to see, over time, whether programs such as Meet and Seat prove more useful than they are troublesome to the travelers who use them.
A brief history of Bill Britt, Amway legends of the rich and free:
Before becoming an Amway legend, Bill Britt lived in Raleigh, North Carolina, and was a broke, frustrated City Manager. Immediately after becoming involved, he began to break sales records – and his organization has not slowed down for more than 30 years. More than 2 million distributors are involved in Amway today as the direct result of Bill Britt building a strong foundation in his business more than 30 years ago.
One of the things that has grown faster than Bill’s business are income predictions concerning it. For three years starting in 2002, I was an active Amway distributor (then known as Quixtar) at which time I had the privilege of attending several events where Bill Britt was a keynote speaker. I remember hearing people speculate that he makes anywhere from $10 million per year all the way up to $300 million per year. (As a special note – this is not an income claim, as I have no affiliation whatsoever with Amway – I’m just saying that no one really knows how much he makes – except that it is probably A LOT.)
The loyalty of Bill Britt’s Amway team is unsurpassed in the MLM profession. He was the keynote speaker at a major conference I attended in 2005 in Long Beach, CA. as he spoke, the room was silenced with one of the most persuasive speeches I have ever heard. Bill Britt was revered as if he were part man, part God – similar to how I imagine the Pharoahs of ancient Egypt being reverenced by their devotees. as we stayed on the edge of our seats for hour after hour, late into the night, Bill Britt hounded on about politics, religion, how bad jobs stink, and I think he mentioned Amway once or twice.
The methods used by Bill in building his business are those of traditional Network Marketing – Home Meetings, Hotel Meetings, and Weekend Events. Primarily, the foundation for his business was laid in the late 60′s.
Bill Britt also runs one of the largest international personal development companies – Britt Worldwide, which distributes millions of audio cds monthly on a standing order program recommended for all Amway distributors. Estimates at his income from his personal development tool business range up to 90% of Bill’s total income.
Bill’s teachings seem to resonate with a World that has almost passed away – he speaks of limited government, family values, and the possibilities one can accomplish by having a dream.
Because of a failure to adapt to more modern strategies, the Bill Britt organization went through a period of extreme struggle throughout the late 1990′s, where check’s dwindled and distributors were frustrated.
I failed in Amway while working my behind off for more than 3 years from 2002 – 2005. During that time I did more than 1000 presentations and nothing seemed to work for me the way it did 30 years ago. Which if I was honest, it wasn’t working anymore that well for very many people at all.
As a result of this massive frustration, I eventually quit the Amway business in favor of a more streamlined business system that is more adapted to a 21st century marketplace – and the results have been nothing short of miraculous. however, there are some important insights we can learn from Bill Britt. The biggest insight however is this:
The financial possibilities of building a prosperous MLM organization are virtually unlimited if you do it right.
In short – Bill Britt is nothing short of an icon in American business. Think what you may of Amway – this man has done something quite remarkable and we can all learn a thing or two from his success.
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A few months ago, the man many people consider to be the sharpest sports bettor in the world, Billy Walters, was profiled on 60 Minutes. I’ve been in this game for almost 20 years and from the first day I started I heard his name spoken with reverence. he has an almost ‘Keyser Soze’ reputation, people mention his name in hushed tones and he has the ability to put a sports book out of business.
So it was awesome to see a glimpse inside his world. here is my take…
What did We Learn From The Billy Walters Interview on 60 Minutes?
When the most feared and well known gambler in the world, Billy Walters, decided to grant the beautiful Lara Logan of 60 Minutes an interview in January 2011, he revealed details about his practices that any serious gambler should pay attention to. this post seeks to examine some of the findings and explore what we can learn from Walters’ firsthand account. just like in any profession, it pays to learn from the best: in stocks you have Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch, in sports betting, we have Billy Walters.
Why did Walters Agree to Be Interviewed?
We learned that Walters was 64 at the time of the interview and he seemed to be concerned about his legacy. he was insistent that 60 Minutes saw glimpses of his jet plane, lavish homes and golf courses, but he also insisted that the producers film him doing charity work at a home for mentally disabled adults. like most rich guys, Billy seems to have wanted to make a show about how smart he is and what a generous guy he can be; can’t fault him there.
Walters has His Own Systems & Makes His Own Lines
During the broadcast, we could infer that Walters had a complex system for making his own lines. he would regularly talk with insiders with advanced knowledge of the teams, weather people, and mathematicians. Any smart bettor has a system and Walters is, not-surprisingly, no different. he looks at different games and relies on what the numbers tell him rather than listen to the talking heads and white noise on TV.
Billy Practices Bankroll Management
Walters uses the data from his systems to come up with his own lines and then bets on the differences. he varies his bet amount by how much different his own line is from the sportsbook’s line. he mentions that he had won a record amount on the Saints/Colts Superbowl: $3.5M. Clearly he took advantage of substantial differences in his own projections vs. the oddsmakers and the higher betting limits that a Superb Bowl allows.
Walters Is very Astute About Line Moves
For anyone paying attention, this was the real revelation about the program. Walters was speaking to one of his beards on the phone (guys who place bets for him) and he was very strict saying that if a casino would allow him a half point, he would play, and if not he would hold off. Line moves are the #1 way for a bettor to beat the house, without question.
To do some math, remember that as the bettor, you are risking money in the proportion of $110 to win $100 when you bet. Therefore you need to win approximately 52.4% of the time to win money. Line moves give you an opportunity to blow these odds out of the water. even if your system was flipping a coin, picking up an extra point in the NFL would give you an extra 4.6-6.0 percent chance of winning – meaning just by being astute about shopping for lines, you have increased your chances from 50% to around 55% on each game which over the course of a season will lead to huge returns. in the NBA, a point is even more pronounced, giving the gambler an extra 5.8-6.6% advantage. Realizing how the numbers are stacked in a line shopper’s favor, it is no wonder that Billy Walters was so emphatic and disciplined about a half point…
While Billy Walters didn’t give away the farm regarding his betting philosophy, it was nice to see such a big fish in our little corner of the world, sports betting, get some mainstream airtime. while Walters let on that he was serious about system betting, and we believe him, he offered little into what criteria he considers when looking for an advantage. The most telling part was what he said to his beard about line shopping: he was very serious about gaining an advantage from line moves. The numbers bear him out: line moves are the number one way to profit in gambling. No matter what level of a bettor you are, be sure to watch Billy Walters Interview, at the least you will be entertained:
Talk to you soon,Rich