Viet Nam News By Robert Bicknell Haizzzz… here we go again. Apparently, the USGA has decided to officially continue their investigation re: the golf ball goes too far. The study, known as the “Distance Insights Research Project”, will initially involve 21 industry stakeholders (architects, superintendents, golf course operators, tour players, and recreational players among them). It’s true that Tour players have been driving the ball around nine yards further than five years ago, but is this the ball or a combination of other factors? In my opinion, the players today are bigger and in better physical condition. This is why they can generate much more clubhead speed. In a recent article, Dustin Johnson said that he didn’t feel he hits the ball too far. Well, no surprise there, but to be honest, he really doesn’t. Sure, when he really gets a hold of one people gasp in amazement, but that’s an exception and usually downwind. His … [Read more...] about “It’s not distance, but direction that’s important”
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By Mai Khuyên When we, or our loved ones, have to undergo a surgery, we wish and pray that things go well. Our anxiety is greater when it's a major surgery, for instance, one that involves the eyes, brain, heart or spine. Our prayers become more intense and we step up efforts to find the best doctor and best hospital possible. Once this is done, we place our trust, and our fates, in the hands of our doctors and surgeons. Knowingly or otherwise, we give them a power that has to be wielded with utmost care and responsibility. We also accept that being a doctor is to be part of one of the noblest professions. They are in the business of saving lives. Of course, they cannot save every life, and they are not held responsible for deaths that happen because a disease has progressed too far, or burns or other injuries are too critical. In such cases, we accept that inscrutable fate has played a hand in taking our loved ones away. However, such an acceptance cannot be extended to the … [Read more...] about Hand of fate that you’re not in good hands?
Questions that remain Son Nguyen By Son Nguyen The final answer by the provincial government of Thua Thien-Hue gives a huge sigh of relief when authorities there, succumbing to grave concerns among the public, decide to cancel a tourism project located in a site deemed critical to national defense and security. The move, announced on Wednesday by provincial chairman Nguyen Van Cao, has quickly doused heated controversies surrounding the World Shine-Hue project registered by a Hong Kong investor of Chinese nationality. And, despite the soothing answer, many questions have surfaced. An investment certificate was issued last October by Chan May-Lang Co Economic Zone Authority for World Shine Hong Kong to build a five-star resort on Hai Van Pass linking Thua Thien-Hue and Danang City. The resort, according to Tuoi Tre, covers an area of 200 hectares at Cua Khem Cape, where Hai Van Mount intrudes the farthest into the sea. To date, the investor has built an office at the site to manage … [Read more...] about Questions that remain
Teed Off (27-08-2006) with Robert Bicknell Unless you've been living in a cave, its impossible to miss the amount of Wie bashing going on in Internet sites. Apparently, the last episode where teen sensation Michelle Wie sacked her caddie after getting slapped with a two-stroke penalty for violating 13-4c at the British Women's Open was a bit too much to take. While a lot of people urged her to turn pro and make a quick bundle on her fame, I was one of the nay-sayers and, sadly, this prediction seems on the money. I personally believe that Michelle Wie has a brilliant future ahead of her in golf, but she needs to build experience so that she can perform better both on and off the course. In a nutshell, she needs to grow up. It's difficult even for hardened professionals to keep it together on Sunday afternoons when in the hunt for a title, so imagine the pressure on a little girl trying to do the same with the world following her every stroke. Granted, a six-footer who drives the ball … [Read more...] about Teed Off (27-08-2006)
Teed Off (23-08-2009) with Robert Bicknell Well, it happened as I said it would, some kid with absolutely nothing to lose would take down Tiger Woods in a major and South Korean Yang Yong-eun proved me right by snatching US PGA Championship right from the mouth of Tiger by three shots. Woods, in pursuit of a 15th major title, uncharacteristically missed four birdie putts from 12 feet or less. Hey, this is something that is supposed to happen to mere mortals, but not Tiger Woods so what is going on here? Woods, who has never failed to win after holding a share of the lead after 54 holes in a major, looked like a hacker, choking his way through the last two holes with back to back bogeys. Woods registered an uncharacteristic 33 putts for the round, but gave credit to YE Yang calling it a "fun battle." Ok, I guess it's fun when you don't have to earn a pay check, but, then again, when you have over half a billion dollars in the bank, everything is fun. Very few of us would say no to … [Read more...] about Teed Off (23-08-2009)