I’ve been working hard over the last few weeks producing an online training video and confronting the question – what makes a great golf shot? We shot it in the magnificent museum of the Royal Blackheath Golf Club. 400 years of history and a fantastic place to think about the best way to shoot our great game.

What makes a great shot is a great question and one without a clear answer – but there are essential ingredients which go into producing a stunning image.  My 20 years in the field provide lots of answers to this question! Ryder Cups, Open Championships and other tournaments all provide different challenges.

Firstly the fundamentals have to be there, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. These are the basics which you probably have already mastered.

What a thrilling conclusion to another great Ryder Cup. A sea of red on the leaderboard early before some incredible performances. McDowell to pull it back from 4 down and Rose to do the same. Rory's sublime iron play over the first five holes was a joy to watch. And then Donaldson's incredible second to ensure the Cup stays in European hands for another 2 years.

 

How good is this Ryder Cup? One minute this way, the next the other. The Americans clawed back ground this morning only to have the Europeans come back in the afternoon Foursomes. Who would have thought EU could be 7-1 up in the alternate shot format?

For the working pro, the Ryder Cup is hard yards! 4am wake up to get the coach to the course and then 36 holes Friday & Saturday compacted into just 4 groups on only a few holes. Then the singles on Sunday! Anyway this is why we love golf photography as the team elements bring such a unique aspect to the game.

Enjoy my photos from today!

An amazing first morning here at Gleneagles with Phil Mickleson making an amazing birdie from the bunker on 18 to give the USA a one point lead leading into the afternoon. A challenging day for the photographers - all your wits required as we battled the conditions and especially the high winds! Capped off a fun week shooting a new instructional video for golf photographers covering all the main topics! Should be out in a few weeks. Pre Register for it and be the first to know when it's released.

Below check out a selection of my best images!

After the huge disappointment of Brazil, London SW19 beckoned, even for just a very short visit. My coverage of the World Cup was always linked to England's participation, but even I didn't think I'd be coming home SO disappointed, so drained of energy. I knew that there was a decent chance of me coming home at the end of the Group stages as England were always touch and go as to whether they would progress. That I knew. What I didn't know was that covering England's participation would be so professionally draining. I'm used to shooting England teams coming up short in all kinds of sport all over the world. I've shot more dejection than most. But normally it's "plucky England miss out again" or "unlucky England eliminated in extra-time by seven man Germany". 

But Brazil 2014 was different; a new low. There now exists a new benchmark of English footballing uselessness and the team have dropped to 20th in the FiFA world list. Seems pretty generous of Fifa to me. For the first time I found myself in a real professional downer too and lost all my energy to take any sort of pictures for days. That's never happened to me before.