Great coaching trip to the Algarve
I have just returned from a week in the Algarve with a group of golfers on my second coaching trip. You may remember back in November 2015 I took a group out to a similar area for a fantastic trip. This year the trip sold out within a week and I personally thought this year was even better than the last. This year we went to Pestana Golf Resort, which is about 45 minutes to the west of Faro. Pestana recently held the European Tour Seniors qualifying school so we were really looking forward to seeing the quality of the courses. Each day of the trip featured coaching in the morning, based on a different area of the game, followed by a round at one of the fantastic courses. We then sampled a couple of ‘orange juices’ after the round, and moved onto a restaurant in the nearby town of Carvoeiro for some lovely food and digestion of the days play. We had an order of merit event run throughout the trip and, after five days of hard competition, Lindsay Ward deservedly came out on top after winning the main event four days out of five.
I had a great week and I hope that everyone who came enjoyed themselves also. Especially well done to Lindsay who performed extremely consistently over the 6 days and came out as a worthy winner.
Already I am looking to get another trip organised for next year and I have already started working on the details, which I will be looking to get to you within the month.
Girls golf on the horizon
This weekend sees the first ever Girls that Golf session at Hornsea Golf Club. This year I have set myself the target of increasing the numbers of girls that play golf at Hornsea. At the moment, we only have one or two that come to the junior sessions occasionally. I have set up exclusive girls only golf sessions that will initially run for eight weeks on a Saturday afternoon, but my aim is to make them into a permanent fixture at Hornsea Golf Club. So far the take up has been great, but I am always aiming for more!
If you have any daughters or granddaughters that you think might be interested, then please bring them along. Their first session is free, then a £3 charge after that. If your child or grandchild have some friends that are interested then please feel free to bring them along too!
Golf wedges have always had a bounce angle on them, but up until Harvey Penick mentioned it in his ‘Little Red Book’ golfers were unsure what it did or how to use it. The bounce angle is how much the sole of the club lifts the leading edge of the club off the ground…when playing wedge shots this can be very important. I see a lot of golfers having the ball back in their stance creating a steep angle of attack into the ball and eliminating any use of the bounce. The problem with this is that there is very little margin for error on these shots with thins and fats a real problem because when you eliminate the bounce you turn the leading edge of the club into a sharp blade.
The best way to combat this to slightly change your technique and to make sure the wedge that you are using is appropriate for your technique. By moving your ball position closer to the middle of your stance and having your weight more evenly distributed you will have much less chance of hitting the fats and thins.
Even after altering your technique your angle of attack may be either shallow or steep and that is where a wedge that suits your technique comes into play. If you have a steep angle of attack and find you take a large divot then a club with more bounce will help the club and found interact better. The opposite of this is also true, if you have a shallow angle of attack and your club brushes the ground then a club with less bounce is more appropriate for your game.
I certainly see more people playing with the ball at the back of their stance and and trying to really hit down on the ball, I find the downside to this is that even if you make a good contact the ball will come out at a low trajectory. Again, this is fine but what do you do if you need to get the ball up quick?
Another scenario I often notice is when people choose to take a 7 or an 8 iron from the edge of the green and they use the bump and run technique. Again, fine if you have plenty of room to work with, but what if you don't have any room?
By learning to use the bounce of the club and hitting the ball in the air, both the above scenarios are nullified…you can use a lofted club in any scenario, whereas a low flight or low lofted club will cause you to change too much in your technique.
Have a look at the attached video which will give you more idea behind using the bounce of the club
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