I hope you have all had a good weekend and that you got sent a number of Valentines Day cards and presents. Last year I made my girlfriend some bacon roses, which went down very well; I would recommend you men or ladies have a go at! This year she responded by making me some bacon truffles which are pretty good...after all, they have bacon in! The challenge has been set and I now have to think of something for next year. Any thoughts?
For the Juniors this week we had a Valentines Day Special, the warm up consisted of them running to a heart or broken heart depending on whether they loved or loathed a particular part of golf. They all loved winning, but disliked putting... I can't imagine why!
The Junior Putting Competition is hotting up with more taking part this week, Matt McDonnell and Harry Anderson have been joined at the top of the leaderboard by Will Marshall on 17, but all three need to hand in at least 5 cards to qualify for the prize.
When playing a chip shot, I find that using a wedge for a standard shot will give you a much more consistent game. If you change your club depending on where the flag is then you find that the ball will react differently with every shot you play. It also means that you have to change too many things in your style to adjust. Sticking with a wedge will mean that you only have to adjust the length of your swing.
In the picture on the right you can see that the ball is positioned towards the back of my stance, this allows me to make sure I hit the ball first and on a steeper angle of attack than with a normal shot. I keep my feet closer together as the shot is more about precision than power. I do move my weight over to my front foot and keep it there throughout the shot with 60% of my weight on my front foot. This ensures a consistent strike on the ball. What I see a lot of is people moving their weight from their back foot to their front foot which causes the club head to be in a different position at impact every time and can lead to thin and fat shots.
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Over the last few weeks I have shown you videos, from the European Tour and the PGA Tour, of some of the great golf shots that have been played. This week I would like to show you a pretty good escape from Jim Furyk at Pebble Beach. After about 30 seconds the camera zooms out and you get an idea of how steep the bank is... I am wondering how he got down there!
At Hornsea we have some guys who are will to go the distance in the name of charity! The quartet of Joe Palmer, Dave Goundry, Leigh Gawley and Chris Wilson have decided to undertake the huge challenge of playing 100 holes in a day. This equates to over 5 and a half rounds of golf, over 35k yards, 30 miles and a numerous amount of shots! They are doing this to raise money for the childrens charity Barnardos and have set themselves a target of raising £3000. They have set up a just giving page, so if you would like to help them out then just click here
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