A private video lesson with 'iron man' Luke Donald

13/12/2011 17:29:42
Luke Donald  (Getty Images)
Luke Donald (Getty Images)

On a fresh October morning, the world #1 Luke Donald joined Mizuno at his home course in Chicago to share some of his iron and short game secrets.

Given a brief to provide some insight for better players on how to take the step up, Luke arrived well prepared with a set of tips prepared in conjunction with his long time coach Pat Goss.

Given that Luke fitted the shoot between coming back from Spain, winning the US Money title, and a trip back to Europe for his caddies wedding (all while expecting his second child) – Luke could have been excused for being less than enthusiastic.

Ever the professional Luke was in great spirits, enthused by the thought of inspiring the next set of golfing youngsters across the globe.  Would he mind using his next set of irons (MP-59’s) rather than the trusty MP-62’s that will be consigned to history at the end of the year – no problem.  With the October light at a premium, Luke waived the idea of a warm up and we were straight into the first tip – the high flop shot over a bunker.  It didn’t seem quite such a good idea when Luke’s first attempt flew over the pin and into some nasty looking shrubbery over the back of the green.  Though it lightened the tension and gave the golfers in the film crew some encouragement in their own games.

As it happened that was about the last imperfect shot of the day as Luke put on a genuine clinic for the privileged audience.  This was a player at the absolute top of his powers.  Plugged bunker shot – no problem.  Mid iron draw against a tight pin into a wind – into a few feet on the first attempt.  Was there more than one way to hit a 112 yard pitching wedge – of course there was.

We were really happy with the resulting films.  There’s a nice mixture of golfing genius, useful tips and a private audience with the world #1.  It will be a lasting memory for all who shared the day.  We hope you enjoy the films as much as Mizuno enjoyed making them.  The first went live today (to celebrate Luke’s historic achievements in Dubai). The rest you’ll see released on Mizuno Golf's Facebook page over the dark winter months.

You can watch the film here and full HD version on YouTube.

Luke played MP-59's and MP T-11 wedges in Chicago