Swingbyte & Putter Wheel – BreakingPar.ie

An Irish company, BreakingPar.ie, has some great products that will make the ideal Christmas present for the golfer in your life! Swingbyte gives you fantastic feedback on your swing while Putterwheel will help you holes more putt, what more could you ask for?


Swingbyte is a revolutionary training aid that will allow you to see your swing like never before. It is a mobile golf swing analyser that attaches to any club in your bag, when paired with your smartphone or table it will give your a 3D & video view of your swing. Swingbyte can be used with air balls/practice balls so it allows you to practice anywhere, anytime. This swing analysis system will keep a log of all of your swing sessions so you can share them with your trainer/coach & friends and see your progress as you swing your way to lower handicap. Practice differently, play differently!

Putter Wheel - BreakingPar

The PutterWheel system is comprised of a highly engineered PutterWheel and its corresponding alignment template.The PutterWheel is not simply a ball with the sides cut off.  It is is designed to replicate the size, weight and feel of an actual golf ball. The PutterWheel is uniquely engineered to be highly sensitive to mis-hits, resulting in wobbling and curving off the intended line. Multiple engineering, manufacturing and testing cycles were deployed over 2 years to get the perfect combination of outer material hardness, internal weighting and other factors to provide the right amount of feedback. The red beveled edges make getting your eyes directly over the ball fool-proof. The corresponding alignment template is also an important part of the PutterWheel system. Once you have trained yourself to roll the PutterWheel smoothly on line, you can deploy that mental visualization on the course by drawing 2 parallel lines on your game ball with the alignment tool. BreakingPar.ie can provide a 3 pack sleeve containing 3 Putter Wheels, their unique 2 line alignment template and a soft microfiber pouch. Packaged in the rectangular sleeve, this makes a great gift for your favorite golfer.

If you would like to enquire about either of these superb game improvement aids then get in touch with BreakingPar.ie on +353-87-3396451 or email info@breakingpar.ie.

Social Media Open 2014 – Tournament Review

The 2nd Annual Social Media Open began in earnest at Trump International Golf Links Ireland, formerly Doonbeg Golf Club, on Wednesday 9th April 2014 with 36 teams and 72 golfers teeing it up to compete for the title of Social Media Open Champions 2014 and The Grace Murphy Trophy. If truth be told the event probably started officially the day before with many team descending on Lahinch to ensure they were well rested and well prepared for the start of the tournament the next morning……..with most players arriving into town in time to watch the Champions League matches that evening in Flanagan’s bar in Lahinch it wasn’t long before the craic element of #SMOpen2014 was well and truly underway, reports mentioned there were still some teams getting to know each other in the residents’ bar of the Lahinch Golf & Leisure Hotel around 2.30am! Such reports have not been confirmed since as the lads could not remember what time they actually got to bed!!

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Okay, back to the golf! The first shots of the 2014 Social Media Open were hit by the lads who started and finished our Inaugural Tournament, Defending Champions Kevin Connolly & Declan Devine alongside Corkmen Aidan Kelleher & David Hickey. Due to the bad storms suffered by the West coast of Ireland during the winter months, Trump International had undergone serious damage and resulted in 2 holes being out of play which meant we would play the 1st and 2nd holes again to complete the 18 holes for Day 1. With both holes playing significantly downwind on the day this was actually something that probably helped most teams with their eventual scores on the opening day. At the close of play on Day 1 the Defending Champs once again held the lead, making it 5 rounds in a row that they had done so, with a fantastic 50 points. The chasing pack was led by Tony Regazzoli and Tom Kennedy on 48 with the Shine brothers, the gents that are Des & Joe, on 47 while there were many teams on 46 including John Deasy & Conor Fleming; Colin Shanahan & Peter Redmond; Kevin McCrystal & injured golfer Franchie McGranghan and Denis Murphy & Darren Keane. The course was in superb shape, especially considering the damage done to the course over the past few months and the scores did reflect how well the course was presented. A huge thanks to Brian Shaw (Head Golf Professional); Kevin Kenny (Golf Shop Manager); Michael Waters (Golf Services Manager); Big John in the Bag Room and Len on the first tee along with all the team at Doonbeg for the fantastic welcome they gave us and for taking care of us for the day in West Clare. Many of the teams enjoyed some great food in the Clubhouse before heading back to Lahinch for what would be round 2 for some of the lads in Flanagan’s bar! Some people say an Angel Cabrera lookalike and some fella with an Italian surname were last to bed around 4am………again such reports cannot be confirmed for sure!

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All roads lead to the awesome Adare Golf Club for Day 2 and after plenty of banter at breakfast most teams left Lahinch with a slightly fuzzy head but with a belly full of full Irish breakfasts at least to take one the best parkland golf course in Ireland. My journey to Adare was cut short when I found out I had John Deasy’s car keys in my car so an impromptu u-turn on the windy Lahinch to Ennis road was undertaken to return the keys to DC! All is well that ends well though and due to some fantastic play from Tony Regazzoli, and some well-timed contributions from Yours Hungover, the best score on Day 2 was a fantastic 49 points from Team Regazzoli & Kennedy. The next best score was posted by DC & Fleming who shot 44, this gave Tony and Tom an 8 shot lead going into the final 2 rounds. Other notable scores were from Eric Murrihy (GM of the Lahinch Golf & Leisure Hotel) & Kevin Hynes and also Alan Dunning & Keith Brannigan who both posted 42 points. A few teams posted 40 points but in the main it was a very challenging day at Adare with some tough but fair pin positions and a course in absolutely fantastic shape. The real highlight of Day 2 was the first Hole-in-One in the Social Media Open by Stephen O’Dwyer on the 6th hole, did you ever get around to buying that round Stephen?!!? Many thanks to Gary, Mark, Eoin, David, Barry and the rest of the gang at Adare was another fantastic time, see ye again in 2015 lads!

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A great day in Adare was followed by the trip to Kinsale and the teams checking into their homes for the next 4 nights – the White Lady Hotel, Tierney’s Guesthouse and the Old Presbytery. Most of the teams enjoyed the First Round of The Masters at the White Lady in front of the big screen there while many also took part (that’s about as complimentary as we can be about the singing, including my own!!) in the sing song that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

Day 3 of the Social Media Open took us to Castlemartyr Golf Club which was about a 40 minute from our Kinsale base, with many of the team members feeling the worst for wear on Friday 11th April 2014 the trip down the N25 may have felt a little bit longer than that! We even heard the story of one certain player not being able to find a certain Guest House in Kinsale as he walked around town looking for 2 sets of golf clubs in a window but the “fecker must have closed the curtains” meaning what should have been getting to bed around 4am turned into 6am! The identity of this person will also be shrouded in secrecy although you will be most welcome for the 2015 Tournament!! Scoring on the 3rd Day was a lot better than Adare with most teams posting in the 40s, best score of the day going to Stephen O’Dwyer & Gary Moran and also Colin Shanahan & Peter Redmond with 48 points while Eric Murrihy & Kevin Hynes followed closely with 47 points. Defending Champs Connolly & Devine returned 45 points to pull to within 4 of leaders Regazzoli & Kennedy who shot 41 points. At the close of play on Day 3 Tony & Tom led by 4 from Kevin & Decky with Colin & Peter 5 back tied with Fleming & Deasy for 3rd place. Hole-in-One man Stephen O’Dwyer & Gary Moran were still in with a chance 8 shots back but would need everything to go right at the Old Head on the Final Day to be bringing Grace Murphy back to Dublin with them. Many thanks to Brady and all the guys at Castlemartyr for another super day’s golf – the weather had again been fantastic and the forecast also looked great for Sunday’s Final Day too!


So, with that it was back to Kinsale and the Folkhouse and Green Room for The Masters, craft beer and whiskey tasting. Oh, and some fantastic finger food – thanks Conor! A certain new craze and hashtag was formed that night too, #DoTheGlen after the Best Dressed Man at the SM Open, Glen Holmes!

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Day 4 was again a “Rest Day” and while plenty golfers slept in without alarm clocks, first time in a few days, the social element of the Social Media Open very much kicked in early in the afternoon! The first deposit for 2015 was even received and the idea to immortalise this with a photo receipt definitely looked a good choice come the latter part of the night. Some of the lads enjoyed some lovely seafood in the Fishy Fishy Café in Kinsale before heading to Hamlett’s to assemble as greeters for the many Hen Parties that frequented this particular watering hole that night! With nearly 40 of the group squeezed into a corner of the bar watching the golf it wasn’t long before some of the group were getting the know the rest of Hamlett’s clientele that evening. Most of the group moved onto Bacchus night club while some remained in the White Lady to watch the end of the golf up there. Some teams’ stamina was waning at this stage but the overnight leaders decided they would be better off with an hours sleep between them on that particular night – they were sure that Speith and a certain Bubba Watson were probably doing the same thing in Augusta, Georgia, anyway!

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The sun rose on Day 5 of the 2014 Social Media Open with a cool but light breeze as the first of the golfers arrived at Old Head, this was in stark contrast to a near 40 km/h wind that greeted the teams on the same day in 2013. The scoring on the day was good but with the Old Head Golf Links being the course it is there were still plenty potential card-wreckers to be found throughout the course of the day.

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The best score returned on the day was 47 points from the Cosgrave brothers, Nicky & Gabriel, while McCrystal & McGranghan followed by in with 46. Defending Champs Kevin & Decky put up a gallant effort to catch the leaders but their 44 points was matched by Tony and Tom while the best craic on a golf course, Fleming & Deasy, also returned 44 points meaning that Regazzoli & Kennedy had won the 2014 Social Media Open by 4 shots! Other notable scores were from the O’Brien brothers, Sean & David, with 45 while Colin & Peter shot 42. The feedback from all the teams, especially those that played last year in very trying conditions, was absolutely fantastic and every golfer is looking forward to the next time they can tee it up on one of the most spectacular courses on the planet. Thanks must go to Danny Brassil (Director of Golf); Susan & Tricia in Reservations; Fiona in the Golf Shop, Andy Essex & Pat Moss in Golf Services and all the team in the Bar & Restaurant for taking great care of the group from start to finish. It was a truly fitting finale to a phenomenal four days of golf in Ireland and many teams paid their deposits for 2015 that evening. The Prize Presentation took place at the Old Head Clubhouse promptly after golf with the Top 6 looking like this

1st Place – Tony Regazzoli & Tom Kennedy 182 points

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2nd Place – Kevin Connolly & Declan Devine 178 pts

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3rd Place – John Deasy & Conor Fleming 177 pts

4th Place – Colin Shanahan & Peter Redmond 176 pts

5th Place – Kevin McCrystal & Franchie McGranghan 170 pts

6th Place – Stephen O’Dwyer & Gary Moran 169 pts

Golf Nut of the Week – Steven Ring

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Golf Nut Runner Up – Ciarán Sheridan

4 rounds of great golf with 5,184 holes played and 5 nights of great craic is one way of summarising how the Social Media Open went this year. It was much more than that however. Massive thanks must go to all our venues – Trump International Doonbeg, Adare Golf Club, Castlemartyr Golf Club and the Old Head Golf Links – while huge gratitude must also go to our Tournament Partners & Sponsors – ForeGolf; Druh Belts & Buckles; Lahinch Golf & Leisure Hotel; PGE Golf; FlyForGolf.com; IrelandGolfBalls.ie; Vit Hit; BreakingPar.ie; Metro Golf Dublin, Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort; Royal & Awesome and MyCoverPics.com – for the many prizes they provided. Another wonderful week’s golf was enjoyed this year and we can’t wait to see you all again for the 2015 Social Media Open in April during Masters week.

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If you would like to enquire about the 2015 Social Media Open please drop us a line on socialmediaopen@gmail.com. You can also tweet us @SMOpen or like us on the SM Open Facebook Page where you will find the remainder of our tournament photos.

BreakingPar.ie – Helping you Break Par!

With the Winter months now in full swing (pun not excused!) it’s mainly practice rather than playing and some people even put their clubs into hibernation! For those who continue to focus on their game in the off-season then you should consider checking out BreakingPar.ie! They have some fantastic products to add that little bit more of an edge to your next practice session or golf lesson, the Swingbyte 2.0 and the ES12 Launch Monitor systems along with the RukkNet Golf Net.

Swingbyte 2.0 analyses your swing in real time and provides the following swing feedback for you:

  • A full 360 degree view of your swing
  • Club Head speed and acceleration
  • Your club’s true plan from address to impact
  • Club face angle relative to swing path
  • Static and dynamic loft and lie at address and impact
  • Angle of attack and club path
  • Swing tempo

To use the Swingbyte system you need to connect it to your phone/device via Bluetooth and it is recommended to install the App on your smartphone or android device, links as follows:

The ES12 Launch Monitor gives you details of Ball speed and Distance which will help you getting a proper understanding of exactly how far you hit each club, essential for when those tournaments come down to the wire over the closing holes and you need to trust how far you hit each club.

The ES12’s integrated scorecard function allows the user to log their scorecard in real time, save it for future comparison, and even share it on Facebook, Twitter and by email with your family and friends. Other features include:

  • Digital scorecard
  • Social media sharing capabilities
  • Ability to track strokes, putts, fairways hit and green in regulation (GIR)

You can also analyse your swing with the ES12. Use different coloured lines to highlight and view your stance, arm extension, shoulder turn, head placement and more! The ES12 smartphone app leverages your phone’s video camera’s capabilities, allowing you to capture your swing for frame-by-frame analysis. Features include:

  • Recall video from your camera roll for analysis
  • Different line colours for analysis drawings
  • Save analysis for review and comparison
  • Share through Social Media
  • Compare single or compare side-by-side videos

To use the ES12 Launch Monitor properly it is recommended to connect it to your device via Bluetooth and install the app for your smartphone or Android device, links as follows:

The RukkNet Golf Net is simple to set up and also fast to take down, generous in size, durable, light-weight, and versatile. It pops-up instantly to let you practice anywhere. Use it indoors or outside, in backyards, basements, garages, on patios, or at wherever you can fit in hitting a few shots!


​The RukkNet is ideal for perfecting your swing when you can’t make it to the driving range or the practice ground at your local golf course. The ball returns after each shot so no more bending down or having to carry a bucket of golf balls. Stay in position and find your groove., it’s also a great tool for warm ups before a round.

The RukkNet is made from high quality netting and a durable spring steel frame (no more fiberglass poles). The net is double stitched and built of the heaviest materials available. In other words it is built to last. Carrying case is thick canvas with double zippers for long life, capable of carrying a hitting mat, golf balls, attachments and a golf club, it also has a thick comfortable shoulder strap for long hikes to your favorite practice spot. Very portable at 14 lbs.  Folds flat into a 32″ diameter. ​The RukkNet now comes with a 4 ply knot-less ball returning net. No more mesh like cheaper golf nets. Knot-less netting allows the power from each impact to disperse efficiently and will not wear out or get holes. An added benefit of the heavier inside netting is the ball is returned with more force.

Take a closer look on the BreakingPar.ie website as they have some great offers at the moment for the Christmas period, it you want to practice better then it is well worth checking them out!