Questions and Answers

Feel free to ask me anything from life on tour to my interests away from the sport.

Q. Hi,I've always regripped when fading/slicing or hooking, but lately I've found it's maybe preferable to manipulate my hands. Can you tell me how you move the ball and why?

Mark Bowers

A. Hi Mark, manipulation of the hands is not a way that I would really try and shape the ball as it makes the timing so critical. I would tend to use more alignment of feet, shoulders and clubface as a more reliable way to create shape. The course you are playing on dictates as to what type of shot and shape you use. Cheers, Darren.

Q. Hi Darren, I've taken inspiration from your weight loss, and new look. I've now started myself, one question though, when you train, do you concentrate on one muscle group per session, or mix it up? Matt

Matt Sheen

A. Hi Matt, always good to be an inspiration! I use the Educogym system and with this you concentrate on one muscle group per session. This works really well alongside a good diet and recommended supplements. Good luck, DC

Q. Hi Darren, my name is Jon Ferguson I started to play golf when I was eight years old and I enjoy it very much. I'm 46 years now I play golf for special Olympics in The USA and I won a gold medal down state. What kind of golf ball do you use in Tournaments. I enjoy watching you play golf you are real good. God bless you, your fan Jon Ferguson.

Jon Ferguson

A. Hi Jon, thanks for the question but firstly congratulations on winning a gold medal in the USA Special Olympics, what a fantastic achievement. I use TaylorMade Golf Balls and the one I'm currently using is a Tour Preferred X and they are all numbered 60 which was my lowest round! Kind Regards, Darren.

Q. Helle Darren, just to let you know it was a pleaesure watching you yesterday in Made In Denmark. Especially hole #6 and the birdie:) Just to let you know I was the spectator who used my back head catch your drive that has gone left.. and following made the ball bounch back on the fairway:) lucky for both of us I think. Have a great round today and enjoy Made in Denmark. My head is ok:)

Peter Mouritsen

A. Hi Peter, thanks so much for the header back on to the fairway, much appreciated and I'm delighted to hear that you're ok after my misguided shot. What a fantastic tournament in Denmark and the crowds were amazing. I think there'll be serious excitement at the event next year when it's the last counting event for my European Ryder Cup team! Looking forward to it already. Regards, Darren.

Q. Darren, we plan to eat at a couple of the Ramore Restaurant's next Monday and Tuesday night...hopefully we'll be lucky to see you and share a Pint with you!

Jeff Taylor

A. Hi Jeff, good choice, the restaurants are brilliant and you can be assured of a great time which ever ones you choose. Enjoy yourselves! All the best, Darren

Q. Hello Darren, I was watching Live from the PGA the other day and I noticed that you have a different grip while you were hitting your irons. What was the reason behind the change? How long have you been using it? I guess that it has helped your game. Have a great round today.


A. Hi Michael, well spotted! The left below right is a practice drill that I use which helps me to release the club. Cheers, Darren

Q. Hi Darren, always been a big fan. God Bless you for having the breast cancer logo on your site. My wife had breast cancer and thankfully came through, so far so good. I bought some Nike Air max tennis shoes with the logo and pink souls. God Bless you Darren. Good luck with Ryder Cup 2016! Will be rooting for you guys. David.

David Curtis

A. Hi David, thank so much for the message and how lovely to read your wife's story is a happy one. Am really looking forward to the Ryder Cup and thanks for your support. Cheers, Darren.

Q. Hi Darren, I saw a photo of you at The U S Open and the shoes you were wearing had 11 cleats .I am fascinated as I have never seen a shoe like that . Could you please let me know the make and style. Best regards for the future, Rory

Rory Mooney

A. Hi Rory, the shoes I was wearing are made by Royal Albartross and the style was one of The Connoisseur Range. They're a great shoe, comfortable and look fantastic. All the best, DC.

Q. Hi Darren congratulations on the Ryder Cup Captaincy, can't wait and couldn't of picked a better man for the job! I kept saying during the last couple of Ryder Cups "when is Darren going to be captain". I think we have some other great guys in contention for captaincy in the coming years aswell! I am also thinking of buying an R15 TPdriver and wondered what the best way of finding the perfect shaft is, would it be best to try and find a centre where I can get expert advice?


A. Hi Joe, many thanks for the mail and I'm very much looking forward to the captaincy, although the role has already started in earnest with lots of planning going on. Great choice on the driver and the best way to find the shaft that suits you best is to go and try them at your local centre. Cheers, Darren

Q. Hi Darren, congratulations on your Ryder cup captaincy, couldn't think of a more apt appointment. All the best !!

Malcolm Booth

Q. I have just watched the highlights of your 2011 Open win. Still so impressive and uplifting as when I watched it live.

Dave Rutnam

Q. Darren Will you be switching to the new RSI TP irons this year. My appologies if you have already done so.

David Whales

A. Hi David, I have already done so and think they're fantastic! All the best, Darren.

Q. Hi Darren congrats on the Ryder cup captaincy. My question is when your on a night out what do you drink? Have you cut beer and stout out completely? Best of luck for the season Brian.

Brian O Connor

A. Hi Brian, thanks very much for the message and I'm delighted to have been offered the captaincy role and am seriously looking forward to the challenge. I do have the odd Guinness now and again but generally it's a good old Gin and Tonic these days! Less calories! Cheers, DC

Q. Congrats Darren from all your friends in Donegal Golf Club Murvagh. We hope to see you back with us soon and we look forward to your captaincy with great pride and expectation! Manus Brennan Captain 2015

Manus Brennan

Q. Darren, congrats on being named Captain...what an honor! I will be visiting Portrush in late August and if you could share some of your secret restaurants. Cheers

Jeff Taylor

A. Hi Jeff, many thanks for the mail - it certainly is an honour and I'm seriously looking forward to my captaincy role. You can't go wrong with the Ramore group of restaurants at Portrush Harbour. They have five restaurants in all and cater for every taste and pocket and all of them have a fantastic atmosphere. They have a website which is which tells you all about it in detail. Have a fantastic holiday. All the best, DC.

Q. Dear Darren, I am quite heavy weight (104 kgs). i have strong built. My swing speed is very fast. with normal R flex 10.5 degrees driver i can hit the shot at an average of 310 yds. Which is the stiffest graphite shaft in the market which i should use so that i can control the direction (avoiding slices, draws) and increasing my distance further. Please remember i am from Pakistan where built like mine is not very common. Thanks.

Raja Manzar

A. Hi Raja, Choosing the correct shaft is often down to personal feel and preference. I would certainly recommend a stiff or extra stiff shaft as the current regular flex that you have probably isn't helping you get the best out of your tee shots. One thing worth remembering is that different shafts have different kick points, which basically means where the shaft bends and the best way of finding out the one for you is by trying some different options. Good luck, Darren.

Q. Dear Darren, This is not a question but yet anoither email to congratulate you on becoming the Ryder Cup Captain for 2016. You must be absolutely thrilled and we will all delight in your leadership. As someone who has excelled in this great match you are the perfect person to lead the team and I wish you all the very best luck not only at the match but between now and then in making a winning selection of players! I still remember handing you the Open Claret jug at Royal St. George's in 2011 and am so delighted that you have been chosen for this important and prestigious role. With best wishes Edward Demery

Edward Demery

Q. Hi Darren, Not a question but a massive congrats on being made Ryder captain from an ex royal portrush member and coleraine man living in England. I have been to the last 3 euro Ryder cups and very happy you got this as well deserved. i will now plan to fly over as a Ryder supporter to support our NI golfers for 2016. Accenture where I work will sort me out:) Still not forgotten the ticket you, Louis and your pa sorted me out with for Ambey valley golf league. Was great fun and amazing experience. Good Luck and God bless for the new role. It starts now:)

Robert Barbour

Q. Congratulations on being named the European 2016 Ryder Cup Captain. You will find the wonderful people of Minnesota much like those in your homeland. A good piece of fish, walleye preferably, a cold one, and great conversation. All the best to you this season.

Tim Tysver

Q. I just wanted to congratulate you on becoming the Rider Cup Captain. I have watched you over the years and have always been impressed. You are truly a gentleman with a kind heart and someone I would enjoy sitting down with a glass of Guinness. I wish you much success as the team leader and in all aspects of your life. God Bless you and your family

Hal Spranger

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