I am now back at work after a tremendous five days off.... the highlight of my time off.... getting married to my partner of 7 years, Jane. We tied the knot at Beverley Racecourse, then whisked everyone up to The Piebald in at Hunmanby, where we were treated to some of the best pies the area has to offer. They are famous for their pies and have over 50 to choose from. For our wedding our guests had the choice of the Palamino (chicken), the English Cob (pork) or the Blue Roan (three cheese). The pies were that good, I already have most of the guests saying that they are heading back there soon! We certainly are and would recommend it to anyone...have a look at the menu by clicking the link - The Piebald Inn We followed this up with pudding and a cake made of cheese and then danced for most of the night.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has wished us well, given us gifts and sent us cards. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received over the last few day and we cannot thank you enough.
If you have worked hard at your game throughout summer and have seen your handicap come down I often suggest to my pupils not to play in handicap qualifiers. I am sure a lot of you are thinking that this is against the spirit of the game and your handicap should fluctuate according to your ability at the time of year you are playing, and to a certain extent, you are right. However, winter golf can be unpredictable with an icy course and unpredictable greens. With the odd bad bounce or bobble off the green these variables can take a large amount of skill out of the game and your score can be down to luck.
2. Practice more
If you want to hit the ground running when the weather starts to take an upturn (Yes, I am already talking about golfing in April) then make sure you spend time on the practice range during winter. This keeps your swing going and can take a lot of discipline to get yourself out there when the weather is not much fun, but you will benefit from it in the long run.
When you do practice, make it fun for yourself by playing different shots that will help you when you are out on the course. A great example of this is the 54-shot challenge that Dave Peltz uses.
3. Extra club
Taking an extra club is something that all golfers should do during winter as the cold conditions affect more things than you think. For example a cold golf ball will not fly as far as a warm one... Davis Love III was famous for putting his golf ball in a cup of coffee before he played.
Make sure the clothing you wear on the course is correct. A lot of golf clothing is geared towards improving performance and manufactures are looking to make clothing, lighter, warmer and more breathable whilst keeping everything dry. If you have to put 4 or 5 layers of clothing on to keep warm, then I would like to bet that your swing speed is a lot slower because of this, at the end of the day, swing speed is most closely associated with distance.
5. Make swing changes
If you are thinking about making changes to your swing then winter is the time to do it. I have already started making swing changes with some of my pupils with the focus being on the start of the new season. If we were to begin the changes at the beginning of next year, I believe that there is not enough time to get the changes ingrained fully and you will not be playing to your full potential. By starting earlier, you will feel the benefits earlier.
Also on Friday I am holding the last Junior Camp of the year from 1-4pm. I have run many successful camps throughout the year and this should be no different. These sessions are a great way to develop the existing skills that your child has through competitive games and activities designed to challenge players of all abilities. If you would like to book your child onto the session then please call me on 07745543940 or contact the shop on 01964 53202 (At the time of writing this the weather was looking a bit dodgy... but I am always an optimist!)
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