Twittering away

Event though I am not on it (yet…), I have to say that Twitter is an interesting medium. Yesterday and the day before there was an intense discussion between Ian Poulter and some of his one million or so followers. Ian had made comments about the, in his eyes, poor scoring at the English Amateur at Woburn. Of course many of the replies came from young, English Amateurs who had all sorts of things to say about how difficult the pins were and how Ian’s own scoring lately has not been that impressive either.

I think there is two things to learn from this discussion;
i) Isn’t it quite amazing that you can get in direct contact with Ian Poulter like this and get his views on various things? I know I sound like I am 150 years old and remember the days when trying to get the phone number to somebody not in the phone book was a task just not possible to accomplish and hence we all lived in our little silos where the super stars were never to meet the real world. At the touch of a button now Poulter is there and many more with him. Many of these guys are frequent Twitterers.
ii) The fact that Ian has a view on the scoring at the English is brilliant. And as he wasn’t just sitting in his Florida home following the scores on the internet – he was actually at Woburn, for two days! – he knows what he is talking about. I have a feeling also that somebody with Ian’s resume knows one or two things about tucked in pins and slopey putts. When Ian says it is not good enough it is most probably not good enoguh – YET. There is the key word. Yet means there is a direction and a movement towards. The guys in this field that realise that what they do at the moment might win them trophies at the level they are at, but that if they want bigger things, they are simply not good enough – yet – they are the ones that will take in the words from Ian, find the right advice, work on their weaknessess and come away stronger than ever before. Because reality is that in today’s golf it does not really matter if the pins are tucked in or not. Somebody will still make those birdies. And I think that is what Ian Twittered about!

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