Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending the annual Golf Trade show in Harrogate. This gave me a chance to look at some of the new equipment that is coming out, meet some fellow golf professionals I had not seen for a while and attend some courses I found interesting and could benefit my pupils. The best one I went to was about coaching mental skills through games and how we can work it into our practice time. Have you ever though about how you practice? Do you stand in the same place and hit ball after ball? Ask yourself is this how we play golf? Do we hit ball after ball from the same position on the golf course? The answer is of course no, so why do we practice this way? If this is you then I would recommend changing your practice routine so that you hit a different club every shot and to a different target every time. This way you are getting closer to what actually happens on the golf course. Pia Nilsson (former coach to Annika Sorenstam) has produced a practice routine called the 54 shot challenge. It is designed to help to play a large variety of shots, to keep your practice varied and interesting, but also to develops you to focus on the process of the shot. Have a look at the picture I have attached and have a go on the practice area.
With regards to new equipment coming out, both Footjoy and Callaway have some exciting new products coming out next year, but by far and away the best looked to be the new Motocaddy C-Tech. This is an huge advancement on current trolley technology, weighing just over 5 kilos, folding down ridiculously small and having a lithium battery, have look at the picture for a sneak preview.
This week there has been an article on the internet about how far we hit with our various clubs. Based on the research that has been done, nearly all of us over exaggerate how far we hit with our clubs. Have you ever actually measured how far you hit with your driver or have you just subtracted the distance from the yardage marker in the middle of the fairway?
The research shows that the longer the club, the more the over estimation is, with an average of 29.9 yards between what we think we hit with our driver and what we actually hit with it. People were closer to their estimated distance with a PW, but still over estimated how far the hit with their wedge...and lets be honest, how many holes at Hornsea require a drive and PW? I can maybe think of 4!
How can you expect to improve your golf if you are not being honest with yourself over how far you hit the ball?
Here are some of the other interesting stats:
1. Out of 200 shots, 116 (58%) were hit outside a 5 yard estimate
2. There is a definite correlation between handicap and knowing/hitting your distances
Here is the link to the full article - How far do you really hit your clubs?
If you want to have a Gap/Distance check with me then please contact me. I can help you find out how far you really hit with each club, so that when you are out on the course you can get the ball up to the hole much more often. After having a Gap/Distance check session with me you will have confidence in your clubs about how far you hit with each one, a print out of your distances with each club and I will be able to highlight any gaps you may have in your set. Gap/Distance check sessions cost £10 and last for 30 mins.
Finally, do not forget that I am running a fabulous golf holiday to the Amendoeria Golf Resort in Portugal next year, so if you are interested please feel free to get in touch. I also have a new ladies group sessions starting Monday 20th October to go along side my Tuesday morning Men's coaching and the ever popular Junior coaching on a Saturday morning.
Have a great weeks golf
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