Good evening to you all
It is now official that the golf season is over! Well, the European Tour is certainly is after Henrik Stenson was crowned European number one for the second time after his 2013 victory. It has been a stellar season for Stenson who won his maiden major in The Open up at Royal Troon and he has consistently finished high on the leaderboard…a deserved winner.
Matthew Fitzpatrick won the Tour Championship with a very composed final round while Charley Hull won her first LPGA event in Florida to cap a great week for English golf.
In better news, the 2017 season gets underway in just nine days time with the Australian PGA championship and The Masters is only 135 days away!
The base layer
This layer is the first you put on and goes directly over your skin. It is often skin tight and its job is to wick sweat away from your skin to keep you dry and warm. A bad base layer - for example a cotton or polyester tee-shirt - will get progressively more damp and gradually make you colder, by trapping the moisture in. All the major brands manufacture good synthetic base layers which combine good performance and low prices, from as little as £30 per item.
These are slowly reducing the need for your classic wool jumper as they provide all the warmth and support of the jumper, but with added benefits of them being lighter and more efficient. The mid layer plays a key role in thermal regulation depending on the conditions.
In cold weather the mid layer should give additional insulation to keep the body warm and comfortable by trapping heat generated by the body. Mid-layers for cold conditions are generally made from soft and stretchy materials that provide a snug fit that in no way restricts the golf swing.
Traditionally wool sweaters have been used as a popular mid layer however these trap heat and prevent moisture movement, so are not suitable as part of a layering solution.
The Outer Layer is the weather protective layer and is designed to provide golfers with maximum protection against rain and wind.
It is essential that the outer layer you choose is adequate for the conditions you face but should also be of a breathable moisture wicking construction and well ventilated to allow the 3 layer system to work efficiently.
Do you want to spend all summer wrestling with your golf game?
Or do you want to enjoy each and every round by playing better golf?
If you answered yes to the second question then you are going to need to put some work in over the winter. If you really want to improve your golf and enjoy every round then winter is the best time to get on top of the changes you want to make to improve your golf. I often advise my long term pupils not to play in qualifying competitions over the winter and instead focus on improving their game so that they peak during the best time of year.
I completely understand that practicing during winter is a pain in the backside, but if you are really serious about improving your golf then let me help you! To incentivise you a little bit more I have put together the following offers that will serve as a motivational tool for you, or as a great Christmas gift for someone in your family. Click the picture to the right for all the details. There is a limit on the number of these deals I am doing, so make sure you get in there early.
If the rain and cold weather is REALLY getting you down, then why not consider coming away with me on my winter coaching trip to Portugal. You may remember me taking a group of golfers to the Amendoeria resort in southern Portugal last November for a week of warm weather training and golf. I had originally planned to return to the resort, but the deal I was able to get last time is now no longer available. I have once again teamed up with Algarve Sports to bring you a coaching trip to Pestana Golf Resort in Southern Portugal. This year it is a six day trip with golf everyday on the various courses the resort has to offer including Vale de Pinta and Gramacho who both feature in the top 20 courses in the Algarve. Each day we will feature coaching on different areas of the game, before heading out in to the sun to put the lessons into practice.
If you need any more reasons to join me on this trip then why not read what Paul Duckworth and Martin Rowbotham had to say about last year’s trip by reading their testimony by clicking here.
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