Good Evening to you all, I trust that you are all well. I hope that you have managed to get out onto the course this week despite the cold weather. I know Hornsea was closed today for the first time in about 2 years, which goes to show how good the drainage has become. Despite the closed course, three very brave ladies came to my group coaching session today which I thought was a fantastic turnout, well done Nicky Salzl, Caroline Barker and Fran Jackson.
It was great to see the European Tour back in full swing and what an event it was! After three rounds it looked like the ice cool German, Martin Kaymer, was going to walk away with the competition. In a very surprising fashion he managed to sqander a 10 shot lead to lose the tournament. It just goes to show that even someone who has won two majors and held the winning putt in a Ryder Cup can fall apart at the wrong time. I have attached some video footage of some of the great shots of the week...I must say I love the dance that the coolest man in golf (Miguel Angel Jimenez) does after his hole in one! Along with the two videos to the right I though the video below is worth look as well - needing to hole is 3rd shot from out of the bunker to tie the lead on his final hole, a great shot by Rory McIlroy - Click here to see it
Read the line of your putt before you reach your ball - You will find it much easier to see undulation on a green when you are further away, compared to when you are stood right on top of the ball. I would recommend you start looking at contours of the green about 50 yards before the green starts. This will give you a good idea of where the main borrows are on the green.
Dont be lazy, crouch down to make sure of your line - You may have a good idea of where the putt is going to break from and to, but to be certain make sure, stand about 10 feet behind the ball and crouch down to look at the line. By crouching down you will get a much clearer view of how the green slopes, see the two pictures below. They are both from the same position on the putting green, but from different heights. Note how you can really see how the green drops off on the left hand side, but it is much harder to see on the left picture (about 6ft off the floor)
Use the writing on the ball - It still astounds me how many people do not use the writing on the ball to line up the putt. Most manufactuers write the model of the ball along the side, with some comanies even using it as a selling feature, yet when I am giving lessons it amazes me how many people just plonk the ball on the ground and just use the line on their putter to aim. You will have a much better chance of hitting the ball where you want if you use the writing on the ball and have it pointing at where you want the ball to start. If you still find it hard to line up with this then spend a couple of pounds and invest in a sharpie and alignment aid.
If you need any help with your putting or any other part of the game then why not take me up on my cracking winter offer of 3 hours of coaching for £60. During the lessons we can look at any part of your game that you maybe struggling with. This is a great time of year to have some lessons so that you hit the ground running when summer time comes around
Have a great golfing week
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