Colsaerts Chills Out In Spain & Now Ready For The Thrill Of His Life In The States.

After chilling out this past week in Spain Ryder Cup rookie, Nicolas Colsaerts is now ready for the thrill of his life – a debut Ryder Cup appearance.

Colsaets first had a corporate outing in Belgium a day after finishing joint 5th in last week’s BMW Italian Open before heading to the Costa del Sol and the immaculate Finca Cortesin course, and venue of his impressive Volvo World Match-Play success, plus working on his putting at nearby Valderrama.

“Finca Cortesin is one of the best places in the world, I felt good there,” he said.

Nicolas Colsaerts has just spent three days chilling out at Finca Cortesin and venue for his stunning Volvo World Match-Play success.  (Photo – www.golfbytourmiss.com)

“Andalucia was also at its best.”

It was a full 15-hour day for Colsaerts for the few days on the Costa del Sol was

“From 7.30am till 22.30pm it was a program of fruit, gym, breakfast, golf on the course, lunch, golf (technique), gym, massage, dinner and sleep,” he said.

“We paid a visit to Valderrama, and I did that every day, to practice on their fabulous greens.

“I also went to their short course nine holes, but not knowing they had a nine hole short course, and had some fun, great greens just a bit too wet (too much spin), but quite interesting.

“We met our good friend Paul Vdh, member there, and shared some “Jamon rations”. Paul is not only a sponsor (VDH Books), he’s also a great friend who understands the requirements of our job.

“So, thanks Javier (Valderrama Head Manager) and Christian (Valderrama Manager), as we had the opportunity to practice on a polo pitch, flat and over 300 meters long.

“With our flight scope, we checked all our distances from the 60° wedge till the 6 Iron. Quite interesting… A long session but don’t get us wrong, we are not over-analysing all the data.

“Feel is the most important thing, and my staff didn’t tell me about the details, but only what was useful. With my 60°, I have a 57m distance swing and a 70m distance swing.

“With my 8 iron, I have a 155m swing and a 165m swing. I have actually two clear distance swings with each club (it depends on the intensity) and in between it’s feeling that’s working to get me at the right distance. It’s much more complex than only distance, it’s also a matter of type of grass, lie, wind, type of target, trajectory.

“Golf is a matter of shot-making so with all those years of play, learning and understanding, my eyes are choosing very quickly the shots, and are telling my hands and body what to do.

“So, for me, golf begins when you hit the ball, not before, it’s the way you hit it that makes the ball go where you want…

“We did some more flight scope work with the three wedges: pitching, 54 and 60 degrees. We found some good solutions.”

Colsaerts said on his website he played Finca Cortesin on Thursday, and the first time he had been back to the course since humbling fellow European team mate, Graeme McDowell to win the Volvo backed event.

“It was quite windy and the challenge remains tough here,” said Colsaerts.

“But the course and the surroundings are beautiful. And the hotel is a must in Europe, the beauty and atmosphere that I like, and it is always very smiling and efficient service. It’s all about people guys!”

Colsaerts will travel to London over the weekend ahead of joining fellow team mates, Paul Lawrie and London-based Italian Francesco Molinari for the flight to Chicago and the 2012 Ryder Cup.



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