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English golfer uses iPhone app to grab lead at Sicilian Open

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File this under the something you don’t see every day headline: a professional golfer used an iPhone app to fix his putting stroke. No, I’m not kidding, English golfer Anthony Wall, who last won 11 years ago on the European Tour, was in need of a putting tip. While a couple of putting tips from former tour player Tony Johnstone had helped him gain some confidence in his stroke, there was still something missing.

Enter Dave Stockton’s iPhone app. After spending 99 cents on the app, Wall took some of Stockton’s tips to heart, and suddenly something just clicked. He fired a bogey-free four-under 67 on Friday to take a two-shot lead at the Sicilian Open.

“That is the best 59 pence (95 cents) I have ever spent because his tips have really simplified a few things for me,” Wall said after the second round.

“I have just been looking at the low side of every putt for the last two days — really concentrating on the last third of the putt as opposed to the whole putt — and that has definitely helped me. I haven’t holed everything but I have hit my putts a lot better.

“It was a bargain, I have to say — you don’t get many valuable lessons for 59 pence these days! The thing about Dave Stockton is that he is and always was an amazing putter, and you tend to listen to those guys a bit more.”

I guess even pro golfers can get something out of golf tips on their iPhone. My only question is this: If he ends up winning the tournament, will he send Stockton a portion of the winners’ check for helping him win? After listening to Wall’s success, maybe we should all should consider spending 99 cents to put the app on our phone.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

03/18/2011 at 10:57 pm

Posted in European Tour

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