I want to start this week’s blog with a very quick get well to Stretton at Hornsea Golf Club who has recently been in hospital for a small procedure to his heart. The procedure went well and he is at home resting up. Get well soon Stret.
It feels such a long time since I have written a blog entry, which means I have loads to write about…I do have a lot to write about, but I am going to make sure there is just the important stuff in there.
The main reason I have not written for such a long time is because Jane and I have been away for a two week holiday to Japan. In a similar fashion to our honeymoon we travelled round the country to see as many places as possible. We flew into Tokyo and spent 4 days there before jumping on the bullet train bound for Hiroshima, which when driven by car takes 9 hours, yet is only 5 on the train…this should give you some idea of how fast the train is!
After a couple of days in Hiroshima we headed back towards Tokyo, but stopped off at Osaka and Kyoto for two day each. Since I have come back, a lot of people have asked me about our trip and I would honestly recommend Japan to anyone. It was so easy to get round with all of the signs and machines having instructions in English. We encountered a lot of English speaking Japanese who were more than happy to help out and offer us directions when we clearly looked lost! The one small and it is only small issue some people may have is with the food, our main diet consisted of sushi, goyza and noodles, so if you struggle with any of those then maybe it is not the place for you. In Tokyo you can get any type of cuisine, but the options become a little bit more limited the further from the capital you go.
Please feel free to pop in and see me in the shop and I am more than happy to bore you with some more pictures than the ones attached here.
So what else has been going on in the world of golf? Well, since the Ryder Cup it feels like golf has fallen a bit flat and we are now waiting for the end of season play-off in Dubai next week. What has certainly happened since I have been away is the arrival of winter with a much lower temperature and an icy wind chill. It got me thinking, what do I change in my game when winter comes around, so with this in mind over the next couple of blog entries I will write about how to prepare best for winter golf.
The first thing I do is change my ball from something soft like a Titleist ProV1, Srixon Z-star or Callaway Chrome Soft to something a little bit harder. I often look to do this as autumn arrives and there is a bit more rain about and the courses soften up. As courses soften up I find that it is just as easy to stop a ball on a green using a slightly harder ball during winter as it is a soft ball during summer. The harder ball also gives me a little bit more distance of the tee to compensate for some of the run I am expecting to loose. It also allows me to go into the green with a similar club to what I would hit during summer.
Each of the ball manufactures above produce a slightly harder ball with a relatively soft outer which are perfect for winter. My preferred choice of ball is the Srixon AD333 Tour, which I find gives me the distance and feel I need. If you are more of a Titleist person then you may want to give the NXT range a try or the Supersoft range in the Callaway.
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