If you have not played on the Manor course for a few weeks you will see that Jason and his staff have been working hard on the course clearing areas on the 2nd, 5th and 7th holes. This should help to speed up play and make finding your golf ball a lot easier.
The 7th hole has also had the ditch across the fairway piped, filled and turfed along with the tree being thinned out and the shrubs cleared will make what I feel a more aesthetic hole.
The Valentine 15th February Manor Course
Register 7.30, Shotgun start at 8.15
4 ball team stableford with two best scores to count on each hole.
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Martin Kaymer may have blown a 10-shot lead over the weekend but for the first three and a bit rounds he put on an exhibition in Abu Dhabi. Putting his final-day meltdown to one side, there was one shot during the third round that really stood out for us and that's when he holed a long greenside bunker shot for par when it looked for all the world he would walk off with a double bogey.
For many amateur golfers, bunker shots are feared to such a degree that they'd rather be anywhere but in the sand - but it needn't be that way if you work on your technique. Work on setting the ball forward in your stance; this will create a shallow angle of attack and encourage a sand-before-ball strike.
A simple drill to help you groove that perfect contact is draw a line in the bunker behind the ball, as shown. Concentrate on striking the line and after just a few goes you'll be amazed at how quickly the 'feel' develops. You may even come to relish a greenside bunker shot!
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