Sadly my tip of Lee Westwood did not quite materialise, with him finishing a lowly 47th out of 60. I hope that you did not lose any money on him, as I did! In the end Henrik Stenson was a worthy winner, it's great to see him back at the top having been outside the worlds top 200 golfers back in 2011. He is now up to number 2 in the world.
Whilst Stenson was winning in Dubai, 156 players were in Spain attempting to secure their Tour card for next season. In the end 27 players came through from qualifying school to get their hands on a tour card, but the main talking point was the American John Hahn's fantastic 58 in round 4. It featured 12 birdies and, not surprisingly, no dropped shots. Before the round he was close to missing the cut, but produced this great round to make it into the final rounds. Sadly he followed this great score with a 78, which is a massive 20 shot difference. Hopefully this will put some of your scores in perspective as I feel is shows that everyone can struggle with consistency even at the top level. Have a look at the picture I have attached to see his scorecards.
The highlight of my week, this last week, was heading to The Belfry for a course in 'Optimal Club Deliver for all Golfers'. This was hosted by the inventor of the Trackman launch monitor system - Fredrik Tuxen. The Trackman system is widely regarded as one of the first and best launch monitors ever made, thanks to Fredrik's early work as a radar engineer with the military. Not that you would have known this as his golfing knowledge was incredible! During the day we learned about various aspects of club delivery and how this affects the flight of the ball, with the section on D-Plane the most valuable to me. The D-Plane is the area created between the aim of the club face and swing path of the club, based on this relationship the spin axis of the ball will tilt and lead to curvature. I have attached a picture of the D-Plane which really helped me understand the concept more. We also covered the gear effect and how an off centre hit can really make a difference to your shots, which is something I have found myself teaching more and more.
I have just finished two series of group sessions for men and ladies, if you missed out, then do not worry as I will be starting them again in a couple of weeks. These sessions are great if you want to brush up on a particular area of the game or if you feel that your game needs a bit of an overhaul then come along to all the sessions. I have made these sessions open to everyone so you do not have to be a member of Hornsea Golf Club to attend, so please feel free to bring along a friend if you wish.
Have a great golfing week
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