The 81st Masters tournament will start in only 57 days time.
This event always sees the start of the golf season get underway. Will we see Rory and Tiger playing?
My choice this year to win is Henrik Stenson.
We now have our Masters Sweepstake open in the shop to enter. See if you can be lucky enough to get drawn the winner.
Pro - am events
Mike would like to thank everyone for the quick response with interest to participate in Pro am events this year and will be contacting everyone shortly with confirmed dates and teams.
Mike will also be adding to his event schedule so please continue to show your interest.
Mikes seniors and ladies group lessons are under way and have been well attended, having covered, Swing fundamentals, long game and short chipping, the next lesson moves to the putting green. as the saying goes. "Drive for show! and putt for dough!"
Date : Monday 20 February
Time: 1:30 - 2:30pm
Date: Wednesday 22 February
Time: 1:30 - 2:30pm
Sign up sheets can be found in the changing rooms, and each session is limited to 6 spaces, so sign up quickly to avoid disappointment.
the cost of each session is £30 divided equally between each member of the group.
Click here to book
Coaching Article 4 : Swing Path
I will begin this week by clarifying swing path. It is a common assumption that the path of the club is described from the starting position of the clubhead behind the ball. This is not the true perception and if you can understand the following golf is going to become a lot easier. Swing path actually describes the direction the club is travelling from the top of the backswing through impact in relation to the target and is described in three ways. Players will either swing the club from;
1. out to in – the club is travelling left of the target at impact
2. in to out- the club is travelling right at impact
3.in to in- the club is travelling towards the target at impact
A player will influence the path of the club through alignment, and weight distribution. Alignment is influenced through the positioning of shoulders, hips, knees and feet in relation to the target line. For many years coaches have used the idea of RAILWAY TRACKS to influence the most repetitive swing path, and I’m sure you’re not going to be surprised that I’m using it now.
There are 9 possible shots that can be hit using these three swing paths, but rather than describing them all I will right this article for anyone looking to play a more consistent draw.
To play a draw the ball needs to start right of target and curve left in flight, as its been identified in the previous articles clubface aim has a greater influence on the these factors than path so the key to the draw will be creating a set up that produces a clubface that is open to the target but closed to the swing path as pictured below.
To achieve this
1. aim your clubface at the target
2. align your shoulders, hips, knees and feet to the right of target
3. Swing in the direction of your body
A simple drill to influence this is as follows;
Place a club or alignment stick on the ground angled to the right of target. Using 3 golf balls align them diagonally as pictured the objective being to strike the centre ball of the 3 missing the outer 2.