Men's Member Guest Day - Saturday, 3 September, White Tees, Manor Course
A big thank you to all members and guest who played last weekend, after what was a good weeks weather the heavy rain was very unfortunate for the later starters.
The winning pair was Peter Parker & Mike Hedger with a very good score of 47 points and were one of the last games out.
1st - Peter Parker & Mike Hedger - 47pts - Oakley Sunglasses
2nd - Kevin Pinnick & Tom Furcher - 43 pts - FootJoy Top
3rd - Jon Sweeney & Niall Hayden - 43 pts - TaylorMade Holdall
4th - Mark Woodgate & Paul Woodgate - 42 pts - FootJoy Belt
NTP 4th - Rob Churcher - 6 Titleist Balls
NTP 18th - Karl Hale - 6 Titleist Balls
Have you ever hit a horrible shot from the fringe?
Maybe you stubbed your wedge and watched your ball dribble just a few inches forward. Or, maybe you used your putter but you hit it way too hard and watched your ball roll way past the hole. Either way you’re going to wind up with an extra shot on your scorecard and an overwhelming sense of frustration.
The next time you find your ball on the fringe avoid these common mistakes by keeping a few simple tips in mind.
Use your putter
A bad putt is almost ALWAYS better than a bad chip. That’s why I always recommend using your putter whenever you are playing from the fringe.
Evaluate the terrain
As you walk up to the green make sure you are evaluating the slope of the terrain. Is the hill above your ball, below your ball, or even with your ball? This can have a huge impact on how your ball will roll out so it’s important to make a mental note.
Evaluate the grain
Bend down and take a look at the grass. If it’s growing toward your ball you can expect a slower roll and if it’s growing away from your ball you can expect a faster roll.
Evaluate the turf. Is the grass wet or dry?
Wet or damp turf can slow your ball down while dry turf can cause your ball to roll out much faster. Accelerate through impact. Once you’ve evaluated the terrain, the grain, and the turf, and established your target line, it’s time to address the ball and make your stroke. Just remember to accelerate your putter head through the ball at impact. Slowing your putter down through the ball at impact will lead to stubbed putts and inconsistent performance.
Keeping these tips in mind will give you a big advantage next time you find your ball on the fringe. Just don’t forget to give them a try on the practice green too!
Drive for show, putt for dough?
This is one of golf's great debates: given the choice, what would you rather be - a great putter or a great driver?
Without wishing to influence your vote - and you can vote below on our website - we'd take a guess that most of you would go with the former; that if you are a confident putter and better than most, your scores will be far greater.
Others may say you could be the best putter in the world, but it counts for nothing if you're chipping out sideways from the fairway rough all day long - therefore accuracy and length off the tee would be preferable.
There's no right or wrong answer, of course, although how good does it feel when you bomb one off the tee? Actually, it feels pretty good when you hole back-to-back 30-foot birdie putts, too.
Vote on what you'd rather be, we'd be interested to know.