Welcome to another of my bi-weekly blogs, I hope you are on good form and have had a successful weekend of golf. Since my last blog I have been busy with dad duties, but I managed to fit a game on golf in! On Saturday I teamed up with Jon Raw in an attempt to qualify for the Wiles Cup matchplay stages. Our betterball score of 67 was low on the leaderboard, and it was great to play with Stretton and Nathan Wright who combined brilliantly for a 64 to go through to the matchplay stages.
It’s been a while coming, but this week sees the re-start of my After Work Club. It has a few alterations from usual, due to the time of year, but after lots of requests I had to squeeze some sessions in. Due to the time constraints the sessions will start at 5:30pm, but will still continue to be 90 minutes long with a different subject each week.
This week will cover the short game and will take place on the large practice ground at the back of the 1st, so please feel free to bring chipping, pitching and putting clubs and I will help you out with which ever you feel needs the most attention.
When I give lessons it is nearly always from a perfect lie, but in reality, do we always get a perfect lie when we are playing? If you are unsure on how to play these then the 2nd session is the one for you as I will be looking at how to play from tricky lies such as uphill, downhill, side-hill and long grass.
Over the last six months you may have seen Bubba Watson using the new pink Volvik Golf balls and they seem to be making quite a stir. We have recently got them in stock at Hornsea Golf Club and have sold very well...so I thought I would have a go.
I took the nice bright red one out for a couple of holes and it is certainly easy to spot when you hit it. I missed a couple of fairways and it was easy enough to spot in the rough, which will help speed up play on any given day. I felt that my shots were straighter than normal, which would suggest less spin on the ball. This lack of spin has also been suggested as a reason why Bubba has being struggling since changing to the ball. Bubba’s game is based around shaping the ball left and right to suit his eye and the hole he is playing, but the perceived lack of spin on the ball is making the ball not move as much as Bubba is expecting…not good for Bubba, but good for you!!!
It’s a ball that I would recommend for mid to high handicappers who like to play balls like the Titleist NXT, Srixon Soft Feel or Callaway Supersoft. It will give also give you a bit more distance off the tee, assuming you can get past the colour!!!
I wonder whether it would speed golf up in winter if every person who played HAD to play with a brightly coloured ball? Would you play in such a competition?
The course was hosted by former European Tour player Paul Affleck and he spoke about using the bounce of the club when chipping and pitching. To promote the use of the bounce he spoke about having the ball further forward in the stance to shallow the swing and encourage an in-to-out swing path. This is very far removed from ‘The old way’ of teaching which would get players to have the ball back in their stance using a steep swing with a 7 iron, using nothing but the arms.
Please don’t think that I am discouraging using older methods, as I have seen many a player with fantastic short game who play this way, but using the more current method gives you so much more margin of error for your shots that it allows you to hit behind the ball by 2-3 inches and still get the ball in the air.
Depending on who I am teaching I will work with either method to improve their short game, but if I am teaching a beginner I would go with the more current method every day of the week. There were many other topics discussed, too many to write about in here, so if you would like to chat to me more about the day, then please come and see me in the shop. If you would like a lesson with me on the short game then please contact me either by phone(07745543940), email(firstname.lastname@example.org) or in the shop at Hornsea Golf Club(01964 532020).
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