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Old lad at Leopardstown driving range

  • 07-01-2013 10:01am
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,604 ✭✭✭ BigChap1759


    Can anyone advise who the old lad with the walking stick who walks up and down passing out free tips is??


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,015 link_2007


    Can anyone advise who the old lad with the walking stick who walks up and down passing out free tips is??

    I have met the same lad at Stepaside driving range. I assume it's the same person or maybe every driving range has an old guy with a stick dishing out fee advice!

    No idea who he is though. He seems friendly enough but I got caught with him one night when I was the only person for him to chat to/coach and I thought I would never get home.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,476 ShriekingSheet


    No idea, but he's something else. You can't but be polite to him. I find chatting to him intermittently about things other than your own golf is the best form of defence against the unsolicited advice.

    There's another guy used to be in Spawell quite a bit that specialised in teenage kids (not in any dodgy way). He used to claim he taught Harrington at the same age, which I was curious about, but found out to be not the truth.

    It's all a bit mad, but these elderly gentlemen with a bit of time on their hands are just mad keen to play the part of the guru, and give a few tips. Pretty harmless.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,708 ✭✭✭✭ fullstop


    Can anyone advise who the old lad with the walking stick who walks up and down passing out free tips is??

    He's a pain in the arse, that's what he is! The management should tell him to GTFO


  • Registered Users Posts: 634 ✭✭✭ Dayor Knight


    Yeah, I've had him too. Ah you have to be polite to an old guy... we'll all be old some day (hopefully)! He actually gave me a good tip, even though I didn't really want it at the time - I hate people telling we what I'm doing wrong! (IMO, a good teacher focuses on what you need to do right). Now that I think of it, he started by saying something like "you'll never play golf if you hit the ball like that...." (or words to that effect).... not sure I could maintain the politeness if it was ongoing. I suppose one could politely decline the advice, though not sure it would make any difference. I tried to think of it like this... here's a man in his old age, physically declining, wants to feel useful & impart his wisdom. I can live with a bit of tolerance, well once or twice anyway. He did go on to have a rather funny interaction with a lady a few bays up - sounded something like (from her).. "is this your bay or something?". Didn't sound too impressed at all!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,015 link_2007


    Now that I think of it, he started by saying something like "you'll never play golf if you hit the ball like that...." (or words to that effect

    Definitely the same lad so!

    His opening line to me was, "Jeeeesus, we have a lot of work to do"


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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,378 ✭✭✭✭ FixdePitchmark


    Lol that old lad sounds class. Id have a good laugh with him.
    Any chance it is conno16 doing anonymous for RTE .

    Actually that would be a great idea for that show if they got mcginley or paddy to do it.

    To have the neck, he must have been a player .


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,573 ✭✭✭✭ PARlance


    link_2007 wrote: »
    Definitely the same lad so!

    His opening line to me was, "Jeeeesus, we have a lot of work to do"

    I'll mention it before someone else does....
    Still doesn't trump the 12 year old giving me the lesson down in Ballykisteen on the boards outing :)

    I've seen that old man knocking around Leopardstown... between him and the obstacle course that is dodging (very important to get that spelling correct) the members up there my nerves are shattered up there during the day.
    There's about 20 conversations going on at the desk any time I've been there during lunch.


  • Registered Users Posts: 51 ✭✭✭ TGoodall


    He got me in Stepaside one night. I was trying to pretend he wasn't there and had 3 great shots in a row then pulled one slightly and he jumped in. Said "I have never seen so many different swings, you'll never improve". Not the best introduction.

    he then told me a few things about my stance which may or may not have been true. I stopped taking his advice in when he said I needed to lenghten my back swing and try hit the ball as hard as I could!

    He was a nice guy but couldn't wait for him to leave. He told me "this McIlroy guy is no good, sure there is no feedback from his driver, it's only equipment making them look good these days"!!!

    I said I would go back to using Leopardstown after that but now I know he is there I will need to look farther afield.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,564 ✭✭✭ Russman


    I never knew he was in Leopardstown as well !

    He's caught me a few times in Stepaside though. I don't know his name but I've heard him referred to as "Doc".
    In fairness I think he means well, but he can be very annoying if you happen to be working on something that doesn't tie in with his views on the swing.

    Stay in the left hand wing of Stepaside is the best way to avoid him, he tends to park himself in the right hand wing with the regulars. Still makes to odd visit over though........:eek:


  • Registered Users Posts: 238 ✭✭ saintastic


    One of the staff in Stepaside mentioned that his surname was Cribbins, I think.

    He gave me a tip that really worked well and it coincidentally addressed the main concern that I have about my golf swing - not getting enough shoulder turn - so I was glad to listen.

    I'd be interested in getting a tip off him again but as you guys say, it can get fairly frustrating when you just want to work on something.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 844 ✭✭✭ Kace


    link_2007 wrote: »

    Definitely the same lad so!

    His opening line to me was, "Jeeeesus, we have a lot of work to do"

    That's hilarious.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,378 ✭✭✭✭ FixdePitchmark


    Kace wrote: »

    That's hilarious.
    I want to be that old lad when I'm old.
    Great character.

    I'm heading over the south side just to meet him.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,071 ✭✭✭ Milkers


    lol this is classic, more stories to come hopefully


  • Registered Users Posts: 581 ✭✭✭ lowelife


    link_2007 wrote: »
    Definitely the same lad so!

    His opening line to me was, "Jeeeesus, we have a lot of work to do"

    WOW this guy knows his ****.....

    *goes off in search of old lad golf guru*

    ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 301 ✭✭ george67


    I heard that he used to be a pro in Woodbrook
    He gave me a good tip as well as telling me that I should give golf up as there was no point hitting a 7 iron 150 if I could hit it 170 with a full shoulder turn :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 812 ✭✭✭ For Paws


    george67 wrote: »
    I heard that he used to be a pro in Woodbrook
    He gave me a good tip as well as telling me that I should give golf up as there was no point hitting a 7 iron 150 if I could hit it 170 with a full shoulder turn :)


    Is this guy tall & maybe late 70's?

    Was a great pro in Woodbrook named Billy Kinsella, retired in 2006 after 43 years as PGA Pro. Two other brothers, Jimmy K won Madrid Open in '72 & numerous sons & nephews working as pros.

    Can't think it's him, but if it is, LISTEN TO HIM, he's seen it all and taught it all.:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 307 ✭✭ goodgolfer64


    this guy sounds like a legend.....no matter how good you think your hitting it on the range theres always room for improvement unless your names rory.......your hitting it into a open field....i think he has a few years more experience of what a good golf shot really is.....


  • Registered Users Posts: 233 ✭✭ DEVOTION


    Was chatting to him in Stepaside one night and he told us that he had spent 60 years of his life playing golf almost every day. Said he couldn't have wished for a better life and he woke up happy every morning because of it.

    Gave my mate some handy swing tips too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 301 ✭✭ george67


    For Paws wrote: »


    Is this guy tall & maybe late 70's?

    Was a great pro in Woodbrook named Billy Kinsella, retired in 2006 after 43 years as PGA Pro. Two other brothers, Jimmy K won Madrid Open in '72 & numerous sons & nephews working as pros.

    Can't think it's him, but if it is, LISTEN TO HIM, he's seen it all and taught it all.:D


    No this guy looks like he is in his late 90s !!


  • Registered Users Posts: 182 ✭✭ joanmul


    For Paws wrote: »
    Is this guy tall & maybe late 70's?

    Was a great pro in Woodbrook named Billy Kinsella, retired in 2006 after 43 years as PGA Pro. Two other brothers, Jimmy K won Madrid Open in '72 & numerous sons & nephews working as pros.

    Can't think it's him, but if it is, LISTEN TO HIM, he's seen it all and taught it all.:D

    I had lessons off Billy and I don't think he would 'stoop' so low as to spend his free time wandering around driving ranges. If it was him he'd be a gold mine of tips. Anyway, didn't someone say they heard his name was Cribben?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 354 ✭✭ The Guardian


    Old dude at Stepaside nailed me this evening
    think its the same dude as that mentioned at leopardstown
    (for future reference - he gives 'lessons' and advice at stepaside on tuesdays :D )

    wanders over and sneers 'so the exhibition is over' (i was down to my last 2/3 balls)
    then follows it up with 'the way your striking it you could cause a bad road accident'

    in fairness, he then pointed out something with my grip that was causing a little hook
    i'm always happy to entertain him - the bloke obviously loves golf
    started quoting a recent article by nicklaus
    or so he said it was recent


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 812 ✭✭✭ For Paws


    Reminds me of the guy who on seeing Jim Furyk swing a club said
    'If ah were you, I wouldn't take that swing too far out of town, it might be hard to get parts for it'.


  • Registered Users Posts: 844 ✭✭✭ Kace


    Old dude at Stepaside nailed me this evening
    think its the same dude as that mentioned at leopardstown
    (for future reference - he gives 'lessons' and advice at stepaside on tuesdays :D )

    wanders over and sneers 'so the exhibition is over' (i was down to my last 2/3 balls)
    then follows it up with 'the way your striking it you could cause a bad road accident'

    in fairness, he then pointed out something with my grip that was causing a little hook
    i'm always happy to entertain him - the bloke obviously loves golf
    started quoting a recent article by nicklaus
    or so he said it was recent

    Chortle chortle - jeez he has some great quotes in fairness.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,817 ✭✭✭ whizbang


    I have a rumor that his name is John Cribben, he is retired dentist; (I got this from a professional colleague of his).
    But in fairness to the man, golf is golf. I get the impression he is desperate to stay involved, despite not being able to swing a club.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 354 ✭✭ The Guardian


    Was wearing a Doonbeg cap.
    But then told me he had family in Lahinch.
    Must have been a gift, the cap that is.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 354 ✭✭ The Guardian


    Next time he approaches someone from the forum here an exclusive interview for boards.ie should be requested.


  • Registered Users Posts: 617 ✭✭✭ Dtoffee


    whizbang wrote: »
    I have a rumor that his name is John Cribben, he is retired dentist; (I got this from a professional colleague of his).
    But in fairness to the man, golf is golf. I get the impression he is desperate to stay involved, despite not being able to swing a club.


    Jeez Johnnie Cribben ..... back in the 70s he was a regular on the old John Jacobs range. Stone mad, his swing had developed so many twitches and idiosyncrasies that you could barely look at him. Yes Johnny would have you believing he knew all about golf, but one look at him hitting a ball was enough.

    To be fair, I dont recall him ever being arsed helping others :rolleyes: he was more into his own thing. I doubt if he's still around as his house in stillorgan has been sold a few times over the years.


  • Registered Users Posts: 150 ✭✭ decko11


    Where do i start ! - great thread ! - about a golf character if there ever was one

    It is indeed John Cribben and he is a retired dentist (orthodontist i heard)

    He told me (when giving me an unrequested lesson) he was 85 - so say 86 now / his daughter told someone I know he is 89

    He claims to have been instrumental in starting leopardstown - getting Jacobs to start it etc.

    i didnt know he also "covered" Stepaside range ! - makes sense

    as he lives beside and his wife runs a major Equestrian centre near Stepaside


    He didnt like the fact that I didnt give him enough eye contact when he interrupted me.. and he tends to avoid me now at the range.

    BUT - in fairness - he does know alot about the swing and is a good teacher - a very good one -- as good if not better than alot of the newer pros who have to rely on videos

    Indeed, he is part of an old (dying) breed of amateurs who could actually teach.

    I know of a few of his peers of yesteryear - all Dentists - and all ex scratch or 1 handicapers who also had a very good reputation as golf teachers.

    Derry Culligan of Ennis, Tony Costelloe of Limerick, Norman Butler Dublin would all fit into this category (all dentist, all good golf teachers and ex scratch).


    John told me he was at one stage a member of 6 golf clubs - i think his main club was/is Elm Park. He told me he also once played out of Castlerea in Roscommon.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,015 link_2007


    decko11 wrote: »
    He told me he also once played out of Castlerea in Roscommon.

    That's definitely him. He asked where I was from and mentioned this when I told him I am from Roscommon.

    Then when he found out I am from Knockcroghery, he told me about how he used to know the 'late, great Jamesie Murray' and almost popped his clogs there and then with excitement when I told him my girlfriend is from the same family of Murrays.

    What I'd love to know is, how does he get to Stepaside/Leopardstown? If he is in his late 80s then he's hardly still driving and, while I don't know Leopardstown, Stepaside is a fair walk in even from the main road.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 150 ✭✭ decko11


    link_2007 wrote: »
    That's definitely him. He asked where I was from and mentioned this when I told him I am from Roscommon.

    Then when he found out I am from Knockcroghery, he told me about how he used to know the 'late, great Jamesie Murray' and almost popped his clogs there and then with excitement when I told him my girlfriend is from the same family of Murrays.

    What I'd love to know is, how does he get to Stepaside/Leopardstown? If he is in his late 80s then he's hardly still driving and, while I don't know Leopardstown, Stepaside is a fair walk in even from the main road.

    I think he still drives - and in fairness - if his eyesight at watching the ball or the position of the clubface at the top of my quick swing is anything to go by - he has exceptional eyesight for a man of his age

    On his days in Castlerea - he told me he played regularly with Rupert Staunton - (ex International and not far off Walker cup)


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