Your 2019 season starts now…

Yes, the 2018 season has only just finished but if you want to make 2019 your best year ever than you should start taking steps in the right direction today!

What type of winter golf practice are you going to embark upon in readiness for next season?

Important Note: Putting the clubs away and dusting them off in the Spring is a sure-fire way to get off to a slow start!

If you have kept statistics for your golf this past season, now is the time to review them so you can set a plan to improve your game this winter.

  • Hitting a low percentage of fairways?
  • Having trouble finding greens in regulation?
  • Missing too many short putts?

Your stats will tell the tale, and let you know what areas to focus on as you practice.

If you haven’t kept detailed statistics simply look back and reflect upon your strengths and weaknesses. Identify where you feel the biggest improvements need to come from and spend some time working on those areas.

This is the time when I discuss with my clients a winter plan which will involve fewer playing rounds with increased technical work on specific aspects of the game.

This usually involves a greater focus on blocked practice as opposed to randomised practice.

So, what is the difference?
Have you ever noticed that you hit the golf ball great on the driving range, but when you go to the golf course, it’s the complete opposite – just terrible?

Why is that?
A customer at the range commented to me as they were leaving recently.. “When I’m at the driving range I hit the ball great; but when I go to the golf course, I really struggle to repeat what I was doing on the driving range.”

First, let me tell you about blocked practice.

Blocked practice should be used when changing a certain part of your swing or when trying to learn a new movement.

This would be when you have a large bucket of balls and you hit all of them to the exact same target with the exact same club.  

You aren’t really working on your routine or doing much visualisation.

Instead, you are trying to get a feel for the new swing and get comfortable with it.

For many of you this is exactly where you will need to start you winter practice plan if technical flaws have caused problems with your consistency this season. 

Once the new move feels natural and you are not thinking about the swing as much, that’s when you would move onto random practice.

Random practice is completely different than blocked practice.

In random practice, you are never hitting the same shot twice.

An example of this is when you are going to practice hitting a 7-iron to one target, a 4-iron to a different target, and a pitching wedge to another target. This forms the basis of our 54 ball driving range practice game (Game sheets are available free of charge – just ask at the counter when you get your range balls)

The ideal goal in random practice is to simulate on the driving range what you will be doing on the golf course.

Random practice is used once you feel you comfortable with a swing change.

You are not standing over the ball thinking about it. It’s automatic.

Studies have shown…

People who use blocked practice typically have better practice sessions in that they are much more confident and happy when they leave the driving range.

This is largely because they have successfully hit the same shot over and over again.

The one downside to these “better” blocked practice sessions is that when they take it to the golf course, their performance is not as good as those people who employed random practice.

Generally, people who use random practice typically leave the range saying, “Oh, I hit it just OK.” However, when they go to the golf course, their performance ends up being much better than those who used blocked practice.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I want to play better on the course!

Here is a good analogy for you…
If you ask someone, what is 6 plus 9, for a split second they have to think about it, calculate it, and hopefully give you an answer of fifteen. If you immediately asked them the same question again, they have to think even less because they already ‘know’ the answer. Then if you continue to ask them the same question they won’t have to think at all about solving the problem, they already know the answer.

This is what happens with blocked practice: You hit two or three 7-irons in a row and groove a swing pretty quickly; consequently, you stop testing and challenging yourself – you go ahead and continue to hit ball after ball.

What is happening here is that you are not challenging yourselves enough in practice and you actually stop learning.

Therefore, when you go to the golf course it’s a lot more difficult because you have not practiced effectively.

I’ll leave you with a final thought: The most important thing to remember when practicing is to always be learning and challenging yourself.

You want to make your practice as difficult as possible, so that when you go to the golf course, you’ll be ready.

Make 2019 your best ever season…

To highlight the technical aspects of your swing that you need to change over the winter, and to improve the quality and productivity of your practice sessions then get in touch with us.

The 1 hour initial lesson with one of our PGA Professionals is just £30 and is a complete game analysis using industry leading technology in The Golf Studio at Dunes. We use a GC2 with HMT that provides us with highly accurate ball flight and clubhead data as well as C-Swing video analysis so we can show you exactly what you are doing.

Telephone 01346 510693 or use our new online lesson booking system at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalesson

Dunes Golf Centre is open Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 12pm to 4pm.

Golf: A game for life…

Make no mistake about it, getting your kids involved in golf will be one of the greatest and most valuable gifts you will ever give them

I grew up in the 80’s and sure we had video games like Space Invaders and Pac-man but it was an afterthought, not a lifestyle. Today’s kids need more than ever to get away from the computer games, like FORTNITE, and get out and socialise with real people not virtual people.

Fortnite Golf. Do your kids spend too much time in front of a screen instead of getting outdoors to do something healthy?

Perhaps you are concerned about the amount of time your kids are spending in front of the screen?

Do you, like us, have to fight a battle to get your child off games like FORTNITE?

I am not saying computer games are all bad but like many things in life it is about moderation. However, the  lack of physical exercise and fresh air is a concern of mine when it comes to the long term health of our children.

Junior Golf with a PGA Professional at Dunes Golf Centre in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Golf is by far the best way to help your kids lead a healthier lifestyle and set them up for success in life…

Here’s why:

  1. Anyone Can Play: Golfers come in all shapes and sizes. You don’t have to be particularly strong, tall, lean or fast to succeed. Golf champions come in every shape and size imaginable. It’s never too early to start, and unlike most other sports you can enjoy golf your entire life!

  2. Minimal Risk: Unlike many other popular sports like football and rugby, the chances of injury, especially serious injury, are almost non- existent; golf is a non-contact sport.

  3. Safe and positive environment: The golf course is a safe place to spend the day and often facilitates mentoring relationships with successful adults.

  4. Lifelong friendships: You never know who you will meet on a golf course, but it’s one of the easiest place in the world to make friends. Success breeds success and people who play golf are by in large more successful than the average bear. Those are the people you want your kids hanging out with! Best of all, golf creates a unique bond so those friendships can be developed all over the world and last a lifetime! 

  5. Prepare for business: It’s hard to think about it now but kids grow up and the people they meet as children can play a huge part in their success later in life. Golf is a sport that helps prepare kids and teens for careers in the business world. Even at 12 I was learning about real life business every day from all the adults I played with.

  6. Time Spent Outdoors: In today’s world of video games, smart phones and child obesity, it can be hard to drag your son or daughter off the couch. Golf is the perfect excuse to spend an entire day enjoying nature and presents the opportunity to develop healthy lifelong exercise habits!

  7. Important Life Lessons: Golf is a sport that will teach your child life changing traits like integrity, discipline, persistence and respect. As they learn to conduct themselves on the golf course, these lessons will translate directly into everyday life.

  8. College Scholarships: Avid golfers have a lot of opportunities when it comes to college funding. The earlier your child starts, the greater his or her chance is of gaining access to scholarship money.

  9. Spend time with family: Golf is a game that can be enjoyed by the entire family from young to old. When children are young, they enjoy doing just about anything with you (but it doesn’t last long, so start now). Golf is an opportunity for quality bonding time and it’s one that can last a lifetime.

  10. It’s FUN: This should probably be at the top of the list, but one of the best reasons to get your son or daughter involved with golf is that they’ll have an absolute blast. They’ll have the chance to learn new skills both physical and mental, make new friends and discover new opportunities. 

In a recent interview with ESPN magazine, Annika Sorenstam – the Worlds’ most successful female golfer, had this to say when asked what the best advice she received was…

That golf is a game for life. It’s a game that everybody can play, and it’s very, very similar to life, meaning it’s difficult, you have to adjust, it will test your patience. I think you learn a lot about a person’s character when you’re out with somebody on the golf course.”

Junior Golf – Our Philosophy…

One of the aims of our junior golf programmes is to create an interest in playing golf.  Said another way, one of the goals here is to make learning and playing golf much easier than some may believe it can be.

At Dunes Golf Centre we believe that golf can be uncomplicated, interesting, and fun to learn and play, which leads to developing other physical and mental skills.

Golf lessons for kids in Fraserburgh. Junior Golf classes are the perfect way for your kids to enjoy a healthy, outdoor activity.

The programmes are designed to help students learn “what to do,” (a positive) and avoids any “How to” directions that try to fix poor outcomes.  Studies into the nature of learning show that fixing is a negative approach to progress, and has never supported developmental learning.  By focusing on “what to do,” long-term learning is encoded through the students’ own reasoning and deduction skills.

There are a million things you can buy your kids or gift your kids in the hope that it helps them learn and grow, only a few make a real impact – encouraging them to play golf is one!

Next Steps: 

Dunes Golf Centre prides itself on being one of the best facilities in the UK for encouraging and developing youngsters into golf. All of the golf sessions are provided by highly trained PGA Golf Professionals ensuring the highest standards are maintained at all times.

Go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/newjuniorgroups for the most up to date availability and to book a space or call us on 01346 510693.

Declan makes it 4 PGA Pro’s at Dunes

It’s just over 3 years since I re-opened the doors to Dunes Golf Centre with my wife Emma and son Billy.

In that time we have worked hard to turn a former failed business in to something that is proving to be highly successful…..so successful in fact that we are needing to recruit more golf staff!

As a PGA Professional for over 20 years I know how valuable my PGA training has been to me and my two assistants, Sam Griffiths and Kris Nicol, who are now in their final year of their training with both of them developing a great reputation for their coaching and club fitting abilities.

The PGA is the leading association in the World for training all different aspects of golf, including teaching, retail, rules and business management.

I am delighted to announce that we have just taken on our latest member of the PGA team at Dunes as Declan Addison from Peterhead has joined us, meaning there will now be four PGA members serving you at the centre.

PGA Pro’s: Peter Myers and Declan Addison

Declan was playing off 2 handicap but has just lost his amateur status having turned pro last week and is about to start his three year PGA training programme.

“I am really looking forward to this fantastic opportunity, working with Peter and the rest of the Dunes staff will Provide me with all the key information I will need to be successful in the PGA programme,” stated Declan…

“Before starting at Dunes, I spent my summer caddying at Cruden Bay golf club after returning from America. I recently graduated with a BA in Business and Organizational Leadership from Brevard College NC. I played on the golf team for Brevard where I learned to develop my own game. I hope to apply the skills I learned from my time at College to working at Dunes.

“My aspirations with the PGA programme is to help further the development of the next generation of golfers. Seeing young beginners grow and develop their skills makes is very satisfying and I want to do as much as I can to help make this happen. This applies to any age beginners, I believe it’s never too late to start and it’s great to see people taking the opportunity. Helping people enjoy the game is of the greatest importance and I want to do my part to help everyone do this.

“The PGA program is something I have been interested in doing for a while now so when I saw that Dunes was offering the position I did not hesitate to throw my name into the hat. I very much look forward to starting the programme and learning all the important information I will need to become a successful PGA professional.”

We are delighted to welcome Declan in to the team and we wish him the very best of luck.

Peter Myers (PGA Professional)