I hope you have managed to get a few games of golf in over the last couple of weeks and that Sergio Garcia’s great win has inspired you to get out onto the course and practice area a bit more often. I have even managed to get a game in thanks to an invite from Nick Tudor of Woods of Hornsea. We played in the Hornsea Football Club Am Am and after a fantastic start we fell away on the back 9 to miss out on a prize by a couple of points. Thank you to Nick for inviting me and also a big thank you to him (and John Bickerdike) for helping us with our brilliant new Junior Golf sign outside the front entrance…looks fantastic.
During last week’s Callaway demo day I finally managed to get a go on the new Callaway Epic driver that so many people have been talking about.
The first thing I noticed was now nice it looked sat on the ground, it sits lovely and square to the target and the half-carbon crown looks great.
There is no doubt the ball flies off the face incredibly well, but the sound it makes is like nothing I have ever heard before. Not that this is a bad thing, as there have been many more drivers in the past that have sounded strange off the face… at the end of the day it’s the distance and direction that make a difference.
I only managed to get 15 minutes with the driver and I certainly felt that it gave me a bit more accuracy, however I am not sure about the distance. It didn’t seem to give me that much more than the driver I currently use, but I didn’t get chance to use the Trackman launch monitor or have a go with a few different shafts. I’d like to think that with a look at my numbers and get the right shaft I probably could have found a few more yards.
I think this goes to show that you should be getting fitted for your clubs, whether it is a driver or irons. The difference it can make is huge if the club fitter is experienced and knows what they are looking for.
I have already started planning for my Algarve Coaching Trip for next year after the success of this year. Next year we will be heading to Morgado Golf & Country Club which is 20 minutes north of Portimao and less than an hour away from Faro.
Here we will have access to three fantastic courses, Morgado, Alamos and Salgados which will offer a different challenge to the one we have played on in the past. The facilities are first rate, with a driving range, chipping greens and putting green offering a great place for me to coach you.
During the trip you will pretty much have 24 hour access to me, you will receive coaching sessions everyday based on different part of the game, mini challenges that go towards the overall order of merit competition we play, free use of the practice facilities, unlimited range balls, private transfers from airport to hotel and from course to course.
The hotel attached to the club offers 4-star accommodation with breakfast, air conditioning, TV’s and free WIFI, but one of the things that came back on the feedback forms from last year is the lack of single supplement rooms. Thanks to this hotel, that is now an option for you, there will be a slight upcharge for this, but I am sure it will be well worth it.
The coaching trip was very popular last year and sold out within a week and I already have three signed up for next year, so if you are interested the please let me know. If you are in any doubt about the trip and whether it is beneficial for your game, then why not ask Paul Hitchen and Barry Jacobs. They both came on my trip and have been finishing high on the leaderboards and picking up a win each… well done gents.
One of my personal goals for this year was to increase participation numbers of girls into golf and at Hornsea Golf Club. The goal led me to organising some girls only golf sessions over the last 7 weeks starting with a taster session at the golf club, then regular sessions every week. This Saturday is the 7th session and I am very pleased to say that they have been a great success, the taster session attracted 10 girls, with most of them returning to take part in the regular sessions. On average there has been 8 girls that have been to each of the regular sessions, which means we have 8 new girls playing golf and 8 new potential members of the club!
I originally committed to 8 sessions, but they have been that successful that I am able to roll this out on a regular basis. This means that there will be girls only coaching every Saturday from 12 noon to 1pm at Hornsea Golf Club. The sessions will be similar to the Junior Fun Golf I run on a Saturday morning, whereby we look at different parts of the game whilst mixing in technical points of the swing. I then move on to a competitive game to put their technique to the test. I do look at the technique of each girl, but the learning is based around having fun whilst playing golf...something we should all do!!!
My next aim for the girls coaching is to have some of them join the Junior Academy to take their game to the next level...I hope it won’t be too long before they are competing with the rest of the ladies in the club.
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