Kris ‘The Power’ Crowned Champion

On Friday 7th December we held our staff Long Drive Competition at Dunes to see which of the five golf team members would be able to hit the ball the longest.

In the warm up round it was me, the old man of the field, that cranked up the most yards with a hit to 348 but unfortunately it wasn’tallowed to count!

It wouldn’t have mattered anyway because in the proper event Kris ‘The Power’ Nicol managed to get one out there to 354 yards – and on his first ball too!

Sam ‘The Bomb’ Griffiths finished second with 346 and I ended up in third on 340 yards. Declan ‘The Destroyer’ just couldn’t get one of his long drives on the fairway and was disappointed with his 332 yards to finish in fourth.

The competition was played as four rounds of three balls with the overall longest winning. For a drive to count it had to land and finish on the fairway.

The main reason for this event was for a bit for fun amongst the staff but we also noticed some interesting data coming from our launch monitor. If you study the images here of data from the top three drives, I have highlighted the Swing Speed and the Angle of Attack on the ball.

You will see, quite amazingly, that although Kris had the longest drive, he also had the slowest swing speed of the three. In fact, I had the fastest swing speed and, given that we all had similar strike locations on the club, it means that Angle of Attack is the key factor.

If you look at the data for that parameter you will see that Kris delivers the club 8.8 degrees up on the ball compared to my lowly 2.0 degrees up. Sam managed 5.9 up.

If you look at the data from the World Long Drive tournaments you will see that they are also quite a lot ‘up’ on the ball, around the same sort of numbers that Kris is achieving.

So, if you want to hit longer tee shots you should aim to hit more up on the ball.

The easiest way to do that is to position the ball further forward in your stance (more towards the target).

Drill: Place an empty golf ball box or empty plastic water bottle about a foot in front of the ball on the target side and aim to miss it as you follow through. This is a great external focus drill to encourage the desired sweep up for distance. I will certainly be doing this ahead of the rematch next year!

Oh, and one more thing – if you really want to hit it further – hit it harder!!

If you would like to discover what your driving stats are then book a lesson at Dunes Golf Centre with one of our PGA Professionals. The initial one-hour appointment is just £30.00 and can be booked online at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalesson

Lessons also make a superb Christmas Gift for a loved one. You can buy and print vouchers at our online store or call in to Dunes for one.http://www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/giftvouchers


NORTH EAST SCOTLAND LONG DRIVE COMPETITION –FOR ALL THE FAMILY
This is your chance to see how far you can hit it and you get your first threeballs completely free of charge! The event takes place in the amazing indoor Golf Studio at Dunes Golf Centre. You can use your own driver or borrow one of ours.

In keeping with our mission to grow all areas of golf; we are giving away prizes to Men, Women and Juniors.

There is no need to book, just turn up and put your name down on the list. Everyone who gets their name down by the cut off time of 7.30pm will get a go. The winners will be presented with prizes on the night.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you all on the 21stDecember!

Dunes for Christmas
Don’t forget Dunes is open 7 days a week for all your golfing needs.

Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm

The cafe closes at 4pm on Saturday 22nd December
The shop closes at 4pm on Monday 24th December
Everything re opens again as normal on Friday 4th January.

Family Christmas Fair

Saturday 22nd December 11am to 3pm at Dunes Golf Centre

I read somewhere this week that ‘Sitting’ is the new equivalent of smoking!

So, when South Park School in Fraserburgh recently sent me a letter asking if we as a business could support their project for a new outdoor kids play and activity area I was delighted to help out.

Much research has proven that academic ability is closely linked to fundamental movement skills, so it’s not a case of just going out to play and not learning anything… healthy bodies lead to healthy minds and it’s imperative that we encourage and provide opportunities for our children to play actively.

As such we are holding a fund-raising Christmas Fair at Dunes Golf Centre to which you are and all of your family are invited.

CHRISTMAS FAIR – SATURDAY 22ND DECEMBER 11AM TO 3PM

We’ve got golf games, face painting, tombola and a chocolate raffle!

Suitable for ages 2 to 102. You do not need any experience or equipment as all this will be provided for no extra charge. Our Christmas Fair open to everyone, not just the families of South Park school pupils.

Golf Games on the range
Chip through the hoop
Score a goal
Hit Santa
Putting Challenge
Bullseye Target
£5 per player for as many goes as you want

Golf Studio Games
Nearest Pin will be held at the following times:
11.00am to 11.30am
12.00pm to 12.30pm
1.00pm to 1.30pm
2.00pm to 2.30pm
£1 per go
£50 voucher for the winner

Smashing Windows will be held at the following times:
11.30am to 12.00pm
12.30pm to 1.00pm
1.30pm to 2.00pm
2.30pm to 3.00pm
£1 for 3 goes
Prize if you smash a window

We also have:
Face painting
A Chocolate Tombola
Instant Win Raffle

Note: We are looking for prizes for the raffle. If you have something, no matter how small, please drop it off at South Park school or Dunes Golf Centre between now and Friday 21st December.

Dunes for Christmas
Don’t forget Dunes is open 7 days a week for all your golfing needs.
Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm
The cafe closes at 4pm on Saturday 22nd December
The shop closes at 4pm on Monday 24th December
Everything re opens again as normal on Friday 4th January.

The future of a generation is in our hands

We are on a mission to get more people playing golf; simply because it is such a great, healthy sport that is suitable for all ages and all physical abilities.

The fact is, you do not have to be a great golfer with a low handicap to enjoy playing the game!

I truly believe there is a golfer in everyone and my 20+ years as a golf pro have proven to me so many times that this is definitely the case.

Unlike a game of badminton or tennis; if one player is much better than the other then there is no contest and it isn’t much fun for ether player.

Golf is different… it is just you, against yourself and the golf course. A fascinating game that provides so many positive opportunities for new lifelong friendships, health (both physical and mental), business and enjoyment.

I have repeatedly expressed my concern over the years at the amount of time our children are spending in front of screens and not outdoors exercising face to face with real people.

I have seen a rapid decline in the hand eye coordination of young kids that come to golf and I have no doubt this is because they are spending way too much time just moving their fingers and thumbs on a controller or screen and not developing fundamental movement skills necessary for a long and healthy life.

Now don’t get me wrong, most kids today will kick my backside at Fifa or Fortnite and to be honest I  certainly enjoyed my time playing Sensible Soccer and the like on my Amiga back in the day. But I mixed it with plenty of time kicking a football about, playing catch, hitting a tennis ball up against the wall etc.

In that time, as a young boy, I developed the hand eye coordination and movement skills that enabled me to become a good golfer as well as play badminton and hockey to a high level too.

It is not my place to tell anyone how to parent but please… go for a game of catch with your kids, have a kick about in the park and perhaps even book them on to a series of coaching sessions with your local PGA golf pro.

Golf teaches more than just how to play a game; such as etiquette, how to get along and how to be supportive of one another…for instance; how they don’t have to put someone else’s candle out to make their own burn brighter. It teaches self determination and perseverance in a World where many seek and expect instant gratification. It’s also a game can enjoy playing independently in a safe environment.

As the recent John Lewis advert says… ‘some gifts are more than just a gift’ and it is our responsibility as parents to ensure our children are more than just academics and good at using computers (though recent research has proven that having good fundamental movement skills aids academic abilities).

To learn more about our junior coaching programmes at Dunes and to check availability please click this link:  http://www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/lessons/junior-golf/

Forget Fortnite…

Here is your opportunity to give your child the perfect gift…

The gift of playing golf

Why should you enrol your child on golf lessons?

Some people would say; to develop a great swing, to win tournaments, to be a golf professional winning majors or simply to learn life skills.  These views should be rethought and quickly replaced with:

Children should learn to play golf simply because it’s a great game that’s fun to play with friends and family.

Great golf swings, winning tournaments, professional golf and life skills may be possible outcomes, but they should not be someone’s (parent or child’s) only reason for playing golf or any game.

Golf is a healthy, outdoor, social activity and most importantly it helps to develop self-reliance and self confidence

We know that these days youngsters have iPads, Xboxes, FORTNITE and hundreds of TV channels to occupy their time but as parents ourselves we are concerned at just how much time our children are spending on electronic devices.

We accept that time on these gadgets is part of the era they are growing up in but we want to provide opportunities for them to have less screen time and more time outdoors in the fresh air playing sport with real people.

Dunes continues to increase participation

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.

Our 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.

Our Philosophy…

Learning should take place through play so we come up with games that are designed to engage the children in an environment that allows them to discover how they can do it. As opposed to us telling them what to do.

BOOK YOUR CHILD A SPACE NOW

We have new groups starting the week commencing Monday 7th January and lasting for 6 weekly sessions.

No previous experience or equipment is needed
4 to 8 year olds (Tiger Cubs)
6 to 12 years old (Tiger Golf)
Development Plan – this is for youngsters ages 6 to 16 that are possibly already playing regularly and are keen to reach the next level of golf performance. It is a series of private one to one lessons with a PGA Pro.

Full details of each of the above can be found on our website and Facebook page.
www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk
Alternatively call in to see us or speak to one of our friendly team on the phone – 01346 510693.

Spaces are available on a first come first served basis so make sure you get in quick to avoid disappointment! 

Give a gift they really want this Christmas
Did you know…? Gift vouchers from Dunes can be used for the Cafe, Lessons, the Driving Range and our Golf Shop which is one of the best stocked in North East Scotland. And you can buy and print vouchers online! Simply go to  http://www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/giftvouchers or call in to see us at the Golf Centre.

The secret to longer tee shots!

In the winter months, the cold air and soft ground means we all lose yardage on our shots.

You can reduce this effect by creating a higher ball flight on your drives, which will mean a longer carry through the air.

The set-up position I have demonstrated here is crucial if you want to hit long, high, straight drives as it will help you to deliver the best angle of attack on the ball.

Angle of attack (AoA) is how your driver head comes into the ball as you would look at the strike from face on.  Either you are catching it at the bottom of the arc, which would be a 0 degree angle of attack, or you are catching it before or after that lowest point of the arc.

Much research has revealed that to hit your longest drives, you need to hit up on the ball about 2-5 degrees.

How big of a difference can there be? 

Well, according to Golf Magazine, the difference between a -5 AoA and a +5 AoA is about 25 yards of distance at a 90 mph clubhead speed.  You would potentially go from around 235 to around 260 without using more effort!  At higher clubhead speeds, the difference will be even more.

To find out your angle of attack and to learn to hit the ball further we no extra effort come and see us in The Golf Studio at Dunes Golf Centre this winter. We use the industry leading GC2 with HMT from Foresight Sports to accurately measure what your club is doing to the ball.

An initial 1 hour lesson with one of our 3 PGA Teaching Professional’s is just £30.00 and during this appointment we will show you exactly what you club is doing and you will learn how to optimise your swing to gain those valuable extra yards!

Book online at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalesson
Call 01346 510693 or call in to see us in store at the golf centre.

Gift vouchers are available for all our lesson types and make an ideal Christmas gift.

Are you a big hitter?

If so, get along to Dunes for the fourth annual North East Scotland Long Drive Championship on Friday 21st December 2018.

Previous winners:

Men 2015: James Ritchie 343.84 yards
Men 2016: James Ritchie 359.25 yards
Men 2017: James Ritchie 365.77 yards
Women 2015: Lyn Morrice 170.00 yards
Women 2016: Georgia Cardno 175.00 yards
Women 2017: Emma Hadden 203.00 yards
Juniors (11-14) 2015: Alex Ritchie 219.00 yards
Juniors (11-14) 2016: Alex Ritchie 255.00 yards
Juniors (11-14) 2017: Alex Ritchie 293.00 yards
Juniors (Under 11) 2015: Charlie Buchan 125.00 yards
Juniors (Under 11) 2016: Liam McBeath 159.00 yards
Juniors (Under 11) 2017: Billy Myers 147.00 yards

Have you got the power to take the title this December?

There is only one way to find out and that is by coming along to Dunes to give it a go. Everyone gets 3 balls for free with extra balls costing just £1 each.

The event takes place in the amazing indoor Golf Studio at Dunes Golf Centre. You can use your own driver or borrow one of ours.

In keeping with our mission to grow all areas of golf; we are giving away prizes to Men, Women and Juniors.

There is no need to book, just turn up and put your name down on the list. Everyone who gets their name down by the cut off time of 7.30pm will get a go. The winners will be presented with prizes on the night.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you all on the 21st December!

Dunes is your one stop shop for the golfer in your life when it comes to Christmas gifts. Open late all through the week, come in and speak to one of our friendly staff who will gladly assist you.

Opening Hours:
Monday 10am to 8pm
Tuesday 10am to 8pm
Wednesday 10am to 8pm
Thursday 10am to 8pm
Friday 10am to 8pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm

CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR ONLINE GIFT VOUCHER SHOP

Winter Golf Tips

When you’re playing golf during the winter, your shots don’t carry as far or roll out as much as they would in the summer.

It’s just a fact of life. It also means that judging distances to the green becomes a lot trickier, with many amateur golfers coming up a little short with approach shots. Have you noticed this trend in your own game recently?

Here are a couple of steps you can take to solving the problem…

Step 1: Gapping session

Well, if you come and see us for a gapping session, we can work out the exact yardage that you hit each club in your bag, making finding the green more often a reality.

However, you won’t realise the benefits of knowing your distances unless you know how far you need to hit the ball, something that a Garmin GPS device will certainly help with.

Step 2: Garmin GPS device

The Approach S10 is the perfect solution to your yardage woes. Featuring a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, the S10 will give you the distance data you need to play better golf (front, middle and back as well as hazards and doglegs).

This technology is there to help you, so make sure you’re taking full advantage like most other golfers are!

Better still, as part of our Black November special offers we are the cheapest in the UK at just £109.99. That’s £30.00 off the normal price. Or, if you want the ultimate watch GPS, the S60 is on offer at £299.99, saving you £100 off the normal price.

Both offers are limited availability so don’t delay.

On the subject of Winter golf…

Most of the local clubs have enforced a winter mat rule in order to protect the fairways. Now some of you may love the mat, or you may loathe it!

Whatever your opinion, the fact is it’s a requirement for you to use them.

However, there are different options available…

The standard piece of artificial turf has long been the most popular but there is a new mat on the block and it’s without doubt our personal favourite…

The traditional winter mat
The Launch Mat is the BEST winter mat you can use

The Launch Mat
The plastic construction sits much lower to the ground than a traditional mat (meaning you don’t need to grip down your club as much) and it’s unique curved shape means it feels much more like hitting off normal turf at impact.

In addition to the enhanced feel and playability, the launch mat is also small enough to fit in your pocket and is really light weight.

I’m not a huge fan of winter mats but as we need to use them at the moment – the Launch Mat is definitely my preferred choice.

Both mats are available to buy from Dunes Golf Centre now.

The Strike Plan

Most golfers are looking to improve their performance but often I find them looking in the wrong place and they suffer by making the game more technical and difficult than it needs to be.

Whether you are a relatively new golfer or a low handicapper, most of your worst shots will come from a poor strike location on the club.

It might sound overly simple but if you just focus on striking from the centre of the club then you may be surprised at how good you hit the ball, and with very little thought too!

How do you know where you are hitting it from?
To begin with you need to become aware of where on the club you are striking the ball. The easiest way to do this is to coat the face with foot powder spray or get some face impact tape.

You may find that your strike is all over the club or it could be consistent but out of an ineffective part of the club.

In our lessons at Dunes we use the industry leading GC2 launch monitor with Head Measurement Technology (HMT). It displays exactly where on the clubface the ball was struck and this information has proven valuable to help golfers of all abilities improve their golf.

The industry leading GC2 with HMT launch monitor

For as long as I have played golf, I have been aware of how valuable it is to consistently find the middle of the club. However, since I started using GC2/HMT it has certainly highlighted how much the ball flight can vary depending upon strike location.

And I am not talking about strikes on the edges of the club face either, missing the centre by small amounts can create a tilted spin on the ball that turns a would be drawer of the ball into a slicer and vice versa.

This is primarily down to a phenomenon we call Gear Effect.

As the club crashes into the ball it is travelling at speeds of 60mph to 120mph depending upon the club and the individual swing speed. If the strike location is not directly in front of the centre of gravity (often referred to as sweet spot or the middle of the club) then a twisting will occur in the shaft. This can often be felt by the golfer through a vibration in the club on impact and often a reaction where they will say that the club twisted in their hands.

This twisting is caused by huge forces going through the shaft as a result of the off-centre collision. Imagine a car crashing into a concrete bollard at speed and off centre, you would see it twisting to one side.

Now this is where it can get a little complicated as the resultant ball flight is somewhat counter intuitive.

If the ball is struck from the heel of the club; the face rotates closed due to the impact. One would imagine this would send the ball to the left but in actual fact it creates a slice spin (to the right) because of the Gear Effect.

The exact opposite is true for strikes from the toe of the club.

It is like two gears working together. As the club twists clockwise, the ball will spin anti-clockwise.

However, the forces at play and variations during the impact phase are complicated and this can result in all sorts of things happening on severely off centre hits.

If you take a closer look at your driver club face you will notice that it is not actually dead flat. Instead it has a curve on it that we know as ‘Bulge’.

The bulge on the club is a design feature to help auto-correct the gear effect by starting the ball further right – for the draw spin to bring the ball back to centre on a toe strike and further left on a heel strike.

The images here show 6 shots played by a Tour Pro, a 7 handicap golfer and a 15 handicap golfer.
You can clearly see the huge difference in the consistency of centred strike achieved by the Tour Pro.

Next time you come to the range, take note of where on the clubface you are striking the ball. You don’t need to invest in expensive technology like we have in the studio; as I have already said, a £4 can of foot powder spray will do the job perfectly!

If you struggle to find the middle consistently then book a lesson at Dunes Golf Centre. The initial 1 hour session is just £30 and makes an ideal Christmas Gift.

This can be purchased online and a voucher printed all from the comfort of your own home. Simply go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/giftvouchers

Happy Golfing!

Improve your scores – guaranteed!

Your ability to score is significantly influenced by your ability to minimise the number of putts per round.
But it is not simply a case of going out there and practicing your putting!

Did you know?…The leading money winner on the PGA Tour (Justin Thomas) this year only made 58.47% from the 5-10 foot range. Tiger Woods only made 56.00%.

If any amateur golfer can average over 50% over the course of a season from this critical scoring range, I would very much like to meet them!

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!”

Here is why…
Dave Pelz places the short game (this is chipping and pitching) above putting because all the stats show that how close you hit it to the hole has a significant impact upon how many putts you take.
Take a look at the 2018 season putting stats from current World Number One, Brooks Koepka.

Notice how the percentage success rate from outside 10ft drops off a cliff. Outside of 20ft Brooks doesn’t make that many putts at all!

This means all golfers will benefit hugely by hitting the ball closer to the hole from 100 yards and in.

Practice is not just about hitting ball after ball and spending a lot of time at it – in fact it is entirely not that! Good practice is about being deliberate with what you are doing and to make practice more like your play.

The Golf Studio at Dunes provides highly accurate distance information and is ideal for working on your short game throughout the winter.

Wedge Fitting at Dunes Golf Centre

Over the last 15-20 years the manufacturers have strengthened the lofts on Iron sets meaning the Pitching Wedge has strengthened from 52° to 45°. In fact, the Pitching Wedge on one new set of Irons is 42°. That is a three club length gap to the Sand Wedge. 

No wonder we haven’t seen a drop in scores despite the longer tee shots. With a gap between the Pitching Wedge and Sand Wedge (which they couldn’t strengthen as we needed that loft to get out of bunkers) extended to 11°, in the scoring zone you are effectively playing with a Sand Wedge and 8 Iron!

If you want a better short game, as a minimum you must do the following: get very good at playing 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4Pitching Wedge shots and, as I would also recommend, you put a 50 or 52° Wedge in your bag.
This Wedge (the ‘Gap’ Wedge to fill the gap the manufacturer’s have created between the PW and SW) will make it much easier for you to play better shots into greens.

I currently carry 4 wedges; They are a 46° wedge, a 50° Gap wedge and a 54° Sand wedge and a 58° lob wedge. I feel this gives me the versatility around the greens that I require.

We are a Custom Fitting Centre for most of the major brands including Ping, Cleveland, Callaway, Vokey, Taylormade and Mizuno.

What wedges do you carry?
We have a loft and lie machine and will gladly check your loft gaps FREE of charge! It only takes us a few minutes to do by using our special Loft and Lie machine. We can also talk to you about what distance gaps you have in your set as well as what bounce angles would suit you best – are you a Digger or a Sweeper?

If you want to make 2019 your best and most enjoyable year on a golf course we suggest you come for an assessment lesson at Dunes Golf Centre. It is open to golfers of all ages and levels of ability and is a fantastic learning experience costing just £30 for the 60 minute session.

Telephone 01346 510693 to book or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalessson

Short Game Masterclass with PGA Pro – Kris Nicol
Kris is hosting a 3-part series of lessons that is guaranteed to improve your short game.
What you will learn…
NEW TIMES ADDED DUE TO SELL OUT:
Session 1 Sunday 25th November 10am to 11.30am: Technique/Low Point of swing & and assessment of your current wedge setup
Session 2 Sunday 2nd December 10am to 11.30am: Trajectory control; Using the bounce vs leading edge of the club
Session 3 Sunday 9th December 10am to 11.30am: Dial in your distances on the launch monitor and how to practice like a Tour Pro

Suitable for golfers of all levels from Scratch Hcp to relative beginner!

All for only £60.00

Maximum number of students is 8 with spaces available on a 1st come 1st served basis
Price includes all 3 coaching sessions, all range balls and course materials 

Telephone 01346 510693 to book your space or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/shortgamemasterclass

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.