Well that did not take long!!! You will remember that in my last blog I wrote about my Algarve Coaching Trip for March 2017, well, it has sold out already. In less than a week I have had numerous people come and ask me about it and the required 7 people sign up. Obviously I am very pleased with this, but feel a bit sorry for the people who have missed out. If you wanted to go, but missed out this time, then please let me know and if I get a few more, I will look at organising another trip.. Please have a look at the poster to the right for information about the trips I can organise.
We are already 7 days into December and already people are taking me up on my winter offers. I have got three great deals for you this year, which will help you improve your golf and reach your potential.
I have never understood why I am busier in summer than I am in winter. Having lessons in summer is great because of the weather, but you spend all your time trying to fix a certain problem. When you have lessons in winter you spend all winter working on the improvements, then when summer gets here your game is in great shape…do you really want to play good golf during winter and bad golf during summer?
In my last two blogs I have written about how to best prepare for winter, changing your golf balls and making sure you have a good layering system for your clothes.
In this blog I am going to give you a few other little pieces of advice that I think you will have probably heard, but I wonder if you still do these things every time you play:
- Walk, don’t drive – although a buggy might get you round a bit quicker, the reality is that you will get very cold on a buggy.
- Keep your hands warm – use mitts or hand warmer to keep your hands warm. There is nothing worse than catching a ball a bit thin and the vibrations that move up the club are not nice!
- Work out how far you hit your clubs - golf balls do not fly as far in cold weather so you should head out onto the practice area to check the distances you hit your clubs…they can be quite different to the distances you hit them in the summer.
- Be smarter from the rough – thick, wet grass can really hold onto the club and cause problems. Be smart and take one less club and get the ball back in play rather than risk leaving it in the rough.
- Take advantage of winter rules –
- Preferred lies – give yourself the best possible chance of hitting a good shot ALWAYS lift clean and place your ball when it is on the fairway.
- Embedded ball – soft ground in the rough can mean your ball can plug when coming from a height. If this happens you do not have to play the ball from there. Mark, lift, clean and drop your ball.
- Casual water – lots of rain or melted snow can leave water on the green. If your ball is in the water or the water is on the line of your putt, move the ball to that you have a dry line to the hole.
- Use different coloured golf balls – leaves and frost on the ground can slow your game down and throw you out of sync. Manufactures now make high quality yellow/orange golf balls that allow you to use a quality golf ball…a great A ample of this is the Srixon Z-Star.
- Have a winter hat - 55% of heat is lost through the head which can affect performance. Make sure you have a decent winter hat to keep you on top of your game.
- Squad coaching for the Ladies Scratch Team
- Girls only coaching sessions
- Algarve Coaching Trip
Finally for this week, it was great to see Tiger Woods back in action over the weekend. I have resisted temptation to write about him in previous blog as it feels like he has made more comebacks than the Rolling Stones, but he is back and swinging pain free for the first time in a couple of years. The impact his career has had on golf in undeniable and his return can only be good for the game of golf. Sadly I still do not think he will win any more majors, but there still maybe the odd tour event in him…only time will tell!
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