Love.golf on Tour – Portugal 2017

Around this time last year I was on the golf course at Rosehearty giving a lesson to a group of love.golf ladies.

We were on the second green, the wind was blowing and it was freezing cold!

One of the women turned to me and said. “Peter, you are going to have to take us somewhere warmer for golf lessons!”

To which I instantly responded, “OK, let’s go to Portugal!”

Thinking this was just a throw away comment, I didn’t take any further action but the following week I was asked if I had put plans in place for said trip to Portugal.

So, having discovered the statement was in all seriousness, I got to work and the love.golf on tour trip to Portugal was conceived.

Just under a year later we were on the plane to the Algarve, Salgados near Albufeira to be more precise, for a week long golfing holiday.

For many on the trip it was the first time they had played abroad and for a few it was the first time they had played 18 holes in a day. The trip was a huge success and everyone enjoyed playing golf in the sun followed by good food, drinks and loads of laughs.

“I’ll never forget my first 18 hole round in the sun at a top course called Morgado in Portugal. Not bad for someone who only started playing just over a year ago!” Thelma Hutchison

“I never imagined that my first love.golf session would then lead on to going golfing abroad with the same group of people. It’s more than just golf, it’s friendly and more than anything, it’s fun!” Diane Buchan

“A fantastic week spent with amazing people. So many laughs and giggles on and off the golf course, would do it again in a shot!” Dawn Cardno

My reflections from the week are; golf is so much more than just a game. New friendships have been formed that will last a lifetime. Golf brings people of all ages and abilities together who may otherwise never meet.

The experience of playing different courses is a real feature of the game. Unlike sports such a badminton or tennis – the variety of court in which we play is almost infinite. Even the same course on two different days can feel and play very differently.

Playing golf is the best way to learn the game. I acted as a guide throughout the week and was on hand to help answer any questions but lots was learned, that cannot be taught on the range, just through playing the game.

Golf is an easy game to play!
Yes, I know many of you may not quite believe this statement but given that nearly all the group have been playing for less than 2 years it was proof that golf is easy to start playing. It is difficult to turn pro, to win majors etc. but just getting out to play the game has never been easier.

Water is a magnet for golf balls!
Now this is certainly a statement you will agree with more strongly than the last one I am sure. Salgados had water on just about every hole and it was amazing how many times the players’ balls seemed to find the drink!
In nearly every instance, the player would state after the errant shot – “I knew I was going to do that!”
….Interesting!
Some of my regular readers may recall the articles I wrote on the mental side of the game where I asked you NOT to think of a pink elephant?

In this instance the player is certainly telling themselves, “Don’t go in the water!”

As I have previously explained the mind does not have an image for, nor understand the command, “Don’t!” Therefore, all you are really saying just before you play the shot is “Don’t go in the water!”

Therefore, you could conclude you are actually better than you give yourself credit for as you acted out your thoughts!

Be careful what you say to yourself, try to focus on what you would like to do and accept that there are many bad results that you don’t want.

I am delighted to report that all of the golfers that came to Portugal with me want to return again next year so the dates are already in the diary. If you are interested in joining in then please contact me at the golf centre or click here if you are a woman looking to get involved.

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Kris sets his sights on 2018 success

Kris Nicol has had a good 2017 season with the highlight winning the Scottish Young Professional’s Championship at West Lothian in July.

However, like all golfers, he wants to make 2018 even better and the planning for that starts now.

Despite the 2017 golf season only just coming to an end, now is time to reflect on areas that were good but also the parts of the game that could be improved upon.

Kris sat down with me last week and we went through his whole game and identified the key areas for development.

We created a plan.

1.Full Swing – Less curvature on the ball flight.

Kris wants to neutralise his ball flight, in other words – play with less curvature so his misses are less destructive.

The technology in the golf studio at Dunes allows us to measure exactly how he delivers the club to the ball and, whilst he is consistent, he has a club path through the ball that is more to the right of the target (in to out) than he would like and with a clubface that gets too closed (aiming left of this path). This combination leads to too much right to left curvature and a ball that finishes left, also a tendency to ‘block’ the ball straight right on occasions.

Kris gets the clubhead too closed in the backswing, a position that shows the clubface looking too much down to the ground in his takeaway.

He also feels, especially when the tournament is on the line, that he loses his rhythm too easily.

I watched him hit some shots and listened to his feedback carefully.

We identified the backswing, as well as getting the club closed, is in two pieces and needs to be smoother to help with his rhythm.

Using the video feedback we could see that at halfway back the right elbow was too straight and the clubface was looking down to the ground.

“I’ve now got a feeling of flowing back letting my right elbow fold in more and a sense that the club is opening up. I’m not transfixed on a certain position but a feeling of an overall flow.” Stated Kris.

2.Wedge Play
We could all do to improve our wedge play and at the level Kris is performing, this is the area of the game he needs to be razor sharp at.

His bad shot was a weak shot to the right caused by a path that was too much to the right (like his full shots described above) and an angle of attack on the ball that is too shallow.

Kris fixed this with a simple feeling of swinging the club left of target whilst holding the clubface square. I helped Kris come up with his own solution by asking him to try to move the ball from left to right in to the green, the opposite of what he currently does.

As a result, the swing path was straighter (not left – which is what he was feeling) and his angle of attack was steeper meaning he could compress the ball against the clubface better, create more spin and have much better control on the distance of his wedge shots.

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Matthew wins 1st Junior Event

Matthew Cardno won the inaugural weekly Dunes Junior Event on Saturday 7th October with a score of 59 for the 18 holes.

Matthew Cardno receiving his medal from PGA Pro – Sam Griffiths

These new events take place over the Short Game Zone at Dunes every Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm and are designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to play competitively against each other in a safe environment.

“I am hoping to see as many kids as possible playing these events at Dunes. Having some friendly competition is good thing and the little course we have here is perfect for kids of all ages to take part. It’s ideal for parents to bring their children along as they can see how the kids are getting on without having to walk out on to a big course, and they can get a coffee and fine piece from the café while the kids are playing!” Stated PGA Professional, Peter Myers.

Entry is free of charge and they are open to all kids aged 16 years and under. Just turn up at the golf centre ready to play for 2.30pm and you will be paired up with other players.

Congratulations to Matthew!  However, it’s not all about winning, we encourage each child to do their best and to be aiming to better their previous lowest score.

Conditions of entry: 16 years and under on the date of entry, players aged 8 and under must be accompanied by at least one adult. All competitors must abide by our Safe, Sensible and Fair policy.

If you would like to know more, or have any questions contact the Dunes Golf Centre Team on 01346 510693 or email on dunesgolfcentre@outlook.co.uk

The Short Game Zone at Dunes is a first class facility for you to practise, have fun and improve your skills.  

The 9 hole chip ‘n’ putt course has been carefully designed by PGA Professionals to provide a challenge for all skill levels….

In the words of Dave Pelz, short game coach to the World’s top players…
“If you want to score, the most important “game” to improve is your short game. Second most important is your putting game. And the least important is your power-swing, ball striking game, the game you’ve been practicing all these years!