A lesson from Langer as DJ Masters Augusta

Dustin Johnson completed a very impressive performance at The Masters to win with a new record low score. And, whilst Bryson DeChambeau gained the pre-tournament headlines with how far he hits the ball, he failed to live up to the hype.

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Here is what he (DeChambeau) said before the tournament started…

“I’m looking at it as a par 67 for me because I can reach all the par fives in two, no problem. If the conditions stay the way they are, that’s what I feel like par is for me.”

But DeChambeau swiftly added: “That’s not me being big-headed. I can hit it as far as I want to, but it comes down to putting and chipping out here. That is one of the things I think people sometimes struggle to see.”

No player before this year had ever gone around Augusta in a total of 268 for four rounds.

The tournament record was 270 (-18) set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and matched by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

So, according to DeChambeau’s par rating; Dustin won with a score of level par, whereas Bryson finished on +18.

I don’t mean to take anything away from DeChambeau, I think he is great for the game. It’s wonderful to have such characters and to be honest, I enjoy seeing him push himself to hit the ball further and further. Tell me you wouldn’t go and watch him play if you had the chance?

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The distance game

It would be wrong to assume, based on the outcome of this Masters, that hitting the ball a long way is not so important. Dustin is very long too… just take a look at his ‘stock’ yardages as published recently by golf.tv in comparison to mine.

These are ‘carry’ distances and not total

All the more impressive is that Dustin is playing with a set of Taylormade P730 DJ Prototype irons, set at traditional lofts rather than the modern, stronger lofts, I have highlighted in the past.

His 7 iron is 35 degrees compared to a Callaway Mavrik Max 7 iron at 30 degrees.

There is no doubt that to compete on tour you need to hit the ball a long way these days.

Though don’t get me wrong it was great to see Bernard Langer become the oldest player to make the cut. The 1985 and 1993 Masters winner surpassed former record-holder Tommy Aaron by just over a month. Langer did it at 63 years, 2 months, 18 days old while Aaron was 63 years, 1 month, 16 days in 2000

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Cool stat….
In his Open Championship debut in 1976, Langer played with Gene Sarazen who was born in 1902. This week, he played with 18-year-old amateur Abel Gallegos, born in 2002, who missed the cut.

Langer is proof that it is not all about distance, but the truth is it would be highly unlikely, I’d say nearly impossible for Langer to win the event.

Having played with the big hitters of DeChambeau and McIlroy over the weekend, here is what Langer had to say…

“Every once in a while I had to tell myself, ‘Stop watching and play your game. Focus on what you want to do,’” Langer said. “I got to experience the longest guys in the world right now, and it’s quite amazing.”

And there is a lesson for all you golfers out there. You have to learn to play your own game, especially if you are playing with someone who hits it miles past you.

“Even though I’m bombing it by him, he’s still playing better than me,” DeChambeau said. “That’s the cool part about the game of golf. You can shoot a score whatever way you want, and he’s able to do it still at his age.”

DeChambeau added: “He’s an unbelievable iron player. He grinds over everything.”

Average Driving Distance at the Masters this year:
Bryson DeChambeau 328.88 yards
Rory McIlroy 314.75 yards
Dustin Johnson 306.5 yards
Bernhard Langer 259.62 yards

Summary…

It is not about how far you hit the ball but understanding your game and knowing how far you hit is extremely important.

Top tip…

Book a Gap Test on a launch monitor to get your distances with each club – this can be game-changing and is something you should do at least once a year.

Click here to check the next availability for a Gap Test at Dunes in Fraserburgh

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Which is the best winter golf mat 2020?

It’s that time of year when most of the golf courses are enforcing a winter mat policy.

Love them or hate them, if you wish to play throughout the winter you have to use one.

With so many different types to choose from how do you know which winter golf mat is the best for you?

I have tested the 4 most popular to help you make a decision.

In this test I used a 7 iron to compare the launch angle, spin rates and distance differences between each mat. The same balls were used throughout the test.

After a series of shots with each, here are the numbers from the Foresight GC2 launch monitor.

Analysing the data…

Fact 1: Mats launch the ball higher

It doesn’t matter which mat you use; the ball will launch and fly higher than off the turf.

Fact 2: Back spin increases with a mat

Typical backspin with a correctly fitted 7 iron should be around 6500-7000rpm but you can see the readings with a mat are always above that figure.

Fact 3: No difference in distance!

This came as a big surprise. Having used winter mats for some years I felt sure there would have been a significant difference in distance the ball would fly. However, the distances were incredibly similar no matter whether hitting from a mat or the turf.

The mats on test…

Launch Mat

The Launch Mat from Masters Golf is a lightweight mat that offers the greatest convenience as it easily fits in your pocket.

This mat produced the highest ball launch angle and highest peak height of all the mats on the test. So, if getting the ball in the air is something you need to do – this is the one for you.

Buy the Launch Mat for £11.99 on our website – buy now

The curved shape means there is some give in the mat so, although it sounds quite hard when you strike it, it feels pretty good. The hole to place the ball in provides a secure mount for the ball even on very steep slopes.

The launch golf mat vs shots played from the turf
Launch mat data in comparison to shots from the turf

If you want to hit the ball higher and want something you can keep in your pocket – the Launch Mat is a great option

Pros ✅

✅Lightweight and easily fits in your pocket

✅Sits flush to the ground, ideal if you sometimes hit before the ball as you won’t catch the back edge of the mat

✅Great on sloping lies

Cons ❌

❌May flight the ball too high for some

❌It sounds quite hard when you strike it

Buy the Launch Mat for £11.99 on our website – buy now

Masters Mat

This AstroTurf mat features a soft cushioned underlayer that makes for a pleasant feel and sound at impact. If you have a steeper angle of attack – so would take big, deep divots from the grass then this would be the matt of choice for you.

It comes fitted with a carabiner clip that makes it easy to take on and off your golf bag.

The thickness of this mat means the ball sits up higher and it could also be quite easy to strike the back of the mat resulting in a terrible shot.

Carpet mat data in comparison to shots from the turf

Pros ✅

✅Lightweight and a soft feel

✅Ideal if you have a steeper angle of attack as it has lots of cushioning

Cons ❌

❌It could be easy to strike the back edge of the mat due to the thickness of the contstruction

❌Not great on sloping lies

Carpet Mat

I call this the carpet mat because I didn’t have any official name for it, and it has a pile very much like that you would find on a hard-wearing carpet.

On the test this was the mat that produced the numbers nearest to that of playing from the turf.

Buy the Carpet Mat for £8.99 on our website – buy now

All mats launch the ball higher and with more back spin than shots played from the turf, but this mat produced a launch and peak height very close to normal play.

Carpet mat data in comparison to shots from the turf

Pros ✅

✅Best on test for replicating very close to the same ball flight as from grass

Cons ❌

❌The ball sits up quite high

❌It could be easy to strike the back edge of the mat due to the thickness of it

❌Not great on sloping lies as difficult to get the ball to stay on it

Buy the Carpet Mat for £8.99 on our website – buy now

Fairway Products Multimat

WINNER – BEST ON TEST 🏆

A unique feature about this mat is it has two usable sides that offer different ball flights.

The shiny side produces more spin and a higher ball flight than the bristle side though the bristle side compares more closely to the flights from the turf.

Buy the Multimat for £12.50 on our website – buy now

I really like this mat and thanks to its versatility from sloping lies and the size of it, I have awarded this my best on test.

Fairway Products Multimat Shiny Side data in comparison to shots from the turf
Fairway Products Multimat Bristle Side data in comparison to shots from the turf

Pros ✅

✅Two usable sides providing different launch conditions and feel

✅Very good on sloping lies

✅Long length means it’s less likely you will hit the back of the mat before the ball

Cons ❌

❌Long length means it is quite big to carry about but that’s not a huge issue as it does clip on to your bag

Buy the Multimat for £12.50 on our website – buy now

If you want to speak to us about winter mats and have a FREE trail of any of the mats reviewed above please come and speak to us at Dunes Golf Centre in Fraserburgh.

👀Watch my YouTube video review of the best winter golf mats for 2020. Oh, and please subscribe to my channel to get the latest content 😊

Messages from the local greenkeepers on winter mats…

James Peace – Headgreenkeeper at Fraserburgh Golf Club

Mats were first introduced in NE Scotland in the late 80’s and I worked at Newburgh then. The main playing season was April to September back then and at that time I also played a lot of winter golf,

In addition to mats, lifting the balls to the side and tee up on fairways were also tried. This was a big failure as it caused too much damage to the course. In fact this damage did not recover till the summer months or later.

Anyway, as a greenkeeper the best way forward ,during the winter months, is to use mats. No arguments here.

The main playing season now would be March to October , so 4 months of using mats is a small thing to do to protect the course, this also gives the player a nice dry lie in what is usually a wet winter these days.

We just need club golfers to understand that they are doing their bit to help protect the course and make it much better for themselves and everyone in the Spring and Summer.

Picking the right mat is also important, I prefer the multimat that you have trialled.


John Littlejohn – Headgreenkeeper at Rosehearty Golf Club

With more golfers playing all year round, mats are a great benefit in the winter months.

Recovery of damaged grass stops at this time of year and here in NE Scotland it can be as late as June before we get heat back into the soil which is needed to get seed to germinate.

So, without mats you can imagine landing areas soon becomes full of divots and no one wants to play out of them.

Also the start of the season gets off better as yet again you don’t want to play out of seeded areas.

So, mats are a great asset for members by allowing them to play all winter, whilst protecting the course and it means they will play off better surfaces when summer golf starts

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Stop Slicing Your Driver

Are you hitting big bananas?

How to fix your slice

For a right handed golfer, a slice is when the ball sets off and curves wildly to the right in the air to finish way off the intended target.

Watch the video to fix your slice

Why do I slice the ball?

First, let’s get an understanding of what is happening when you slice the ball. This is fairly simple…

The clubface is open relative to the direction (path) in which the clubhead is swinging.

So, if the clubface is looking directly at your target at impact but it is swinging in a direction to the left of the target – the ball will slice.

You could have a clubface that is actually closed (aiming left) of the target at impact and still slice the ball so long as the swing direction is sufficiently left of where the clubface is aiming – resulting in the clubface still being ‘open’ relative to the swing path.

Terminology

Clubface
The clubface can be described as open, square or closed to the target OR open, square, closed relative to the swing path.

It is the clubface relative to the swing path (not the target) that creates curvature on the ball.

clubface closed, square and open

A slicer always has the clubface aiming to the right of the swing path (open)

Clubhead path
The direction in which the clubhead is swinging from (and to) just before and after impact is known as the club path. A swing path that is to the left is known as out to in (Image A). One to the right is known as in to out (Image C) A straight path would be slightly in to square to slightly in (Image B).

Golf Swing paths
Swing Paths Explained

A slicers clubhead path is nearly always significantly out to in

Example: You could have a clubface that is 10 degrees closed (aiming left) of target at impact but still put slice spin on the ball, so long as the clubface is swinging more than 10 degrees to the left of the target line.

What to do to fix your slice

What do we fix first – the open clubface or the out to in swing path?

In most cases we choose to fix the open clubface first.

If you can stop the ball slicing to the right – the change of swing becomes so much easier.

It is very difficult to swing more to the right when you are so used to seeing the ball disappear in the trees on the right.

However, if we fix the clubface and the ball starts to go straight left then the there is a much greater willingness to swing the club, what feels like, more to the right of target.

Check your hold on the club

incorrect hold on the golf club with the grip running too much through the palm
Stop holding the club through the palm of the left hand!

A poor hold on the club is the most common reason for an open clubface at impact. All too often I see the handle of the club running too much through the palm of the left hand instead of through the fingers.

Correct hold on the club more in the fingers of the left hand
The left hand should hold the club more in the fingers

Position your left hand as pictured then put the fleshy pad at the heel of the hand on the front of the grip. When you look down you should not be able to see any of the rubber of the grip and 2-3 knuckles will be visible on the back of the hand.

Swing – stop steering!

Trying to hit the ball straight is the number one reason golfers slice the ball. Yes, you read that correctly!

I see golfers desperately trying to guide the ball down the middle and this leads to too much tension and a lack of what we call ‘release’ of the club. The angle formed between the back of the right hand and the forearm is maintained through impact and beyond which leave the clubface way open.

How to release the golf club correctly to stop a slice
Use a tennis racket to work on the correct impact position

The correct release sees the angle coming out and the forearms rotating over – a bit like a tennis top spin shot.

Do whatever it takes to get the clubface closed!

At this stage we are not going to change the swing path.

Instead, focus on making sure the clubface is closed at impact. This takes some practice but once you get it you will see the ball flying lower, to the left and it will go much further.

Once you get used to seeing the ball flying left you will be able to confidently change your club path without fear of the ball setting off right and going further right.

TOP TIPS….
1. Make sure your left hand hold is more in the fingers

2. Let the clubhead go past the grip of the club before impact – release the club and let it close (like a topspin tennis shot)

3. Feel like you are swinging way out to the right – the exact opposite of what you have been doing all this time!

To help you, I recommend setting up a gate using two headcovers as pictured here.

Golf drill to stop a sliced drive

This encourages the feeling of an in to out swing path and, when combined with a clubface that is closed and not open, you will see a significant change in your ball flight.

Book a lesson and get your slice fixed fast!

At Dunes we have 3 Qualified PGA Professionals available over 7 days a week including evenings.

We love to help golfers of all levels, from beginner to tour pro, to enjoy the game more by playing better…

CLICK HERE to learn more about golf lessons at Dunes Golf Centre in Fraserburgh

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Should I ditch my 5 iron?

I turned Pro in 1997 and back then a typical set of irons went from a 3 iron through to a Sand Wedge.

Taylormade's original firesole rescue club

We hadn’t heard of gap wedges and Taylormade’s famous ‘Rescue’ club, now more commonly known as a hybrid, was just about to make a name for itself.

Fast forward to 2020 and you will be hard-pressed to find a 3 iron from any supplier.

The reason for this is due to the vanishing loft phenomenon...

Advances in club design have meant manufacturers can position the weight lower down in the club resulting in a higher ball flight. This, in turn, has caused the loft of the clubs to decrease to produce the desirable ball flight trajectory.   

When I turned pro my Tommy Armour 845s Silver Scot 8 iron was 42 degrees and now we see most Pitching wedges with lofts close to that. For example, the new Callaway Mavrik Max Pitching Wedge is 43 degrees!

Tommy Armour 854s Silver Scot vs Callaway Mavrik Max Iron
My Tommy Armour Silver Scot vs the new Callaway Mavrik Max
Iron1997*
lofts
2020**
lofts
42620
53023
63426
73830
84234
94638
PW5043
SW5654
*Tommy Armour Silver Scot 845s  **Callaway Mavrik Max

This means golfers are hitting the ball further than the equivalent iron of 30 years ago but it has caused two problems:

1. A new club had to be invented. 

To still be an effective bunker club the Sand Wedge loft has barely changed over the decades. It has remained at about 54-56 degrees. But, because the pitching wedge has decreased in loft down to the low 40’s there is this huge gap. So, we welcome the appropriately named ‘Gap Wedge’ which at 48 to 52 degrees is the old loft of the Pitching Wedg

2. Long irons are difficult to hit

With a 4 iron now at 20 degrees, it is a challenging club even for the most accomplished of golfers to hit with any degree of consistency. This is despite the advances in technology and clubhead design.

Case study

A seven handicap golfer recently installed a tracking system to his clubs which quite cleverly uses GPS to show how far each shot goes. The data this fed back to him showed that his 6 iron went further on average than his 5 iron.

His initial reaction was that the lofts of the club must be incorrect, so he brought the clubs in for us to inspect on our loft lie machine.

The machine showed that the loft gap between the clubs was correct so the problem was elsewhere.

The launch monitor in the studio at Dunes revealed that the 5 iron did go further but only on well-struck shots. This was not happening enough on the golf course and therefore the average shot distance was less than the 6 iron.

The solution…
In this case, the golfer in question would probably be better off with a 5 hybrid instead of a 5 iron.

Watch me trying out the Mizuno JPX FliHi Hybrid

For many golfers, switching to hybrids is a challenge because they have been so used to playing with long irons all of their golfing life. But, now is the time to give a hybrid a go to see if it can make the game easier and more enjoyable.

We like the Mizuno JPX FliHi as they can be fitted with the same shafts as you would get in your irons, steel for example, which makes them feel much more like the rest of the set.

If you would like to try out your 5 iron against a 5 hybrid then come along to Dunes and ask for a demo. All you have to do is buy your range balls (baskets start at £2.80) and our staff will set you up with a few different ones to try.

Book a fitting

A custom fitting with one of our trained staff will show you exactly how far you hit each club and identify your best solution. Custom fitting benefits all levels of golfer, even if you have just started playing. For more information and to book click here, or give us a call on 01346 510693

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The best way to teach your child golf

Getting your kids started in golf will be one of the greatest gifts you ever give them.

However, when you take them to the range or the course, think carefully about what you are saying to them.

Consider this; imagine you are in the final year of school and sitting your written exams. At the side of the room your parents are shouting things like “don’t forget to write neatly’, ‘make sure you check your spelling’, ‘take your time’, ‘read the question properly’, ‘don’t forget this, or that.’

How stressful would that be if it actually happened?

This is not too far removed from what I see happening on the range and golf courses when a well-intentioned parent gets too involved with their child’s learning process.

I see children stepping up to hit a ball but before they are allowed to have a go, they are filled with lots of information about how to stand and how to hold the club.

Then comes the swing advice (the worst one ever is ‘keep your head down!’)

A missed shot is then followed by more advice. Before too long the parent is frustrated because the child is not doing all the things she has been told and the child is even more frustrated because they are not being allowed to just play.

“Play” is the operative word.

We all learn best when we are playing.

“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury; play is a necessity.”
Kay Redfield Jamison

This does not mean you should leave them to aimlessly hit balls but instead set them playful challenges.

Here are a few suggestions:

To encourage a good aim of the clubhead and understanding of why the ball goes off in certain directions, have your child draw a face on the club using a white board marker.

The ball will go where the eyes of the clubface are looking when the ball is struck.

👍 Ask your child what feature of the clubface they think they should strike the ball from to hit good shots. Let them explore ways they can change where the eyes are looking and let them try to hit different features of the face. e.g. The nose, the chin, the ears etc.

⛔️ Avoid negative feedback

✅ Allow your child to explore and experiment with different ways of doing it.

But what if I my child misses the ball, what should I say then?

The answer is…. nothing!
Just let them have another go, they don’t need to be told they have missed it, they know. In nearly every case a child left to ‘figure it out’ will hit the ball within three attempts without any intervention. Those misses are part of the brain learning and this process should not be interfered with.

Task based learning
Coming up with a challenge for your child is a brilliant way for them to learn to play and have fun.

On the range at Dunes we leave objects like tyres, pallets and cones that are close enough to the bays that even the youngest children can reach them. The desire to perform the task will lead to shifts in technique without it being a complex and difficult experience.

Our junior coaching programmes at Dunes very much stand by this philosophy so that learning is safe, fun and playful.

Go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/junior-golf/ to learn more about junior golf lessons in Fraserburgh or call us on 01346 510693 for more information.

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New classes to help your golf

Have you started playing golf this year?

There is no doubt golf has benefitted recently by being one of the few social and sporting activities that have been allowed to restart safely.

Most, if not all, the local clubs have seen a huge increase in membership numbers, and we have certainly seen an influx of new golfers coming to the range.

We are seeing lots of men aged 18 to 40 starting the game as a replacement for playing sports like football and cricket.

We have also had many conversations with these golfers, most of which are competitive by nature and want to improve but have found that turning to the internet, and YouTube in particular, is causing more confusion than providing any benefit.

Join a Golf Clinic at Dunes

We have come up with the perfect solution to help you get the information you need to play better golf.

The Golf Clinics at Dunes, hosted by PGA qualified professional – Sam Griffiths, will shine a light on the thing you need to do to improve your game and have more fun.

The group sessions, covering three key aspects of the game will give you the time to practice what you have learned under the guidance of the Pro.

Each clinic runs over two sessions with the first being the one that identifies your key area for improvement and the second one to check up and reinforce the new information.

“The ‘two-session’ clinics will provide each student with the opportunity to spend a week practicing the new information I have shared with them in the first week,” states PGA Pro Sam Griffiths, “Having the second week to check on progress and make any adjustments will be key to ensure each student makes good progress and achieves their goals”

Book you space now. Spaces are limited to just 8 per class to allow plenty of time for the coach to work individually with each pupil.

» Pure Striking Iron Play Clinic
Are you duffing or thinning your irons shots?
Do you find most of your irons go about the same distance?
Good from the tee but struggle from the deck?
In this class you will be shown the secrets to pure ball striking using proven techniques that work.

Next Class: Friday 2nd October & Friday 9th October 4.30pm to 6.00pm
£39.00 Book Here

» Fairway Finder Driving Clinic
Find out how to straighten up your tee shots, find more fairways, lose less balls and have more fun.
Learn how to deliver the club to the ball for optimal launch conditions and consistency
Check your current driver set up

Next Class: Saturday 3rd & 10th October 2.00pm to 3.30pm
£39.00 Book Here

» Up ‘n’ down Chipping Clinic
Struggling to judge the distance on chip shots?
Striking the ball poor, including thins and duffs?
Learn how to use the bounce effectively and gain insights in to club choice for each shot
Improving your short game is the single fastest way to shoot lower scores

Next Class: Saturday 3rd & 10th October 3.45pm to 5.15pm
£39.00 Book Here

Each of the above clinics include:

  • 3 hours of coaching (over two 90 minute sessions)
  • All range balls included
  • PGA Qualified Golf Coach
  • Video analysis and Launch monitor data where beneficial

To book call us on 01346 510693 or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/golfclinics

Spaces are limited to a maximum of 8 on each class


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Extra Junior Class added on a Saturday morning but be quick!

Dunes Golf Centre is proud to deliver a first class junior coaching programme to youngsters aged 4 to 12 years old.

Over the last 5 years well over 500 children have taken part in the lessons and have been provided the perfect introduction to the game.

The classes are run by experienced PGA Professional, Sam Griffiths, and since lockdown was lifted they have proven more popular than ever.

So much so that we have diarised a new class for 4 to 8 year olds on a Saturday morning between 9am and 9.40am.

The class starts on Saturday 29th August and lasts for 6 weeks. (Note: there is no class on 5th September but it runs for a further 5 consecutive weeks from 12th September onwards)

CLICK HERE to reserve your child a space

No previous experience or equipment is needed and any borrowed clubs are properly cleaned down before and after each use. However, if a child has their own clubs, they are encouraged to bring them along.

There are also a very limited number of spaces left on classes for 8 to 12 year olds during the week and on a Saturday.

For more information on any of the groups please CLICK HERE.

Alternatively, if you would like to call us to discuss golf for your child it’s 01346 510693

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New opportunity for women to get golfing

Dunes Golf Centre are proud to be one of the most successful facilities in Europe when it comes to the number of women that have started the game through love.golf.

Backed by ground-breaking research, love.golf is a proven approach to women’s coaching, delivered by a community of coaches who engage, inspire and progress women in the sport.

An alternative to what might be typically expected from women’s golf coaching, love.golf experiences also take place on the golf course so that women learn how they want to learn in a group environment free from any dress codes or unnecessary rules.

Statistically only 12% of golf club members in Scotland are female and that is a number Dunes are on a mission to change for the good of the game as a whole.

Golf is a game that is safe to play during the Covid19 outbreak and love.golf lessons are no different. Lots of measures have been put in place to provide a safe environment for you to enjoy your learning experience.

Try love.golf at Dunes for free – click here to register your space.

The love.golf coaching programme is described as being ‘pleasingly different’ to what was expected by the women who have taken part.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the [love.golf] lesson .. was so much better than expected.  I surprised myself that I could actually hit the ball! Was very enjoyable… you have so much patience with us … which relaxed everyone to just enjoy it.”
Fiona Kalloo

PGA Professional – Peter Myers has delivered love.golf coaching programmes to over 375 women from the Fraserburgh and Peterhead area since 2016.

“I believe there is a golfer inside everyone and my job is to help draw that golfer out, rather than trying to impart lots of technique changes and telling someone how to play the game,” states Peter.

“I know that most people think and expect golf lessons to be very technical and regimented in that you have to stand or hold the club in a certain way.

“Now don’t get me wrong, good fundamentals do help but I enjoy setting up an environment where the women taking part are free to make mistakes, in fact all the bad shots and missed balls are integral to the learning process.

Very quickly, with a bit of guidance, everyone gets hitting the ball better than they expected and that look on their faces when they are surprised how good they can be is the reason I do what I do.”

The love.golf sessions have been so popular that nearly everyone in the local area knows someone who has gone through the programme.

If you would like to give it a go then take advantage of the upcoming FREE of charge taster session on Wednesday 2nd September at 6.30pm. Spaces are limited so don’t delay book today.

Go to: www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/lovegolf

Or, if you want to get stuck in straight away then join one of our new classes starting in September 2020 on either a Wednesday evening or a Saturday morning. Info on both of these can be found in the link above.

If you would prefer to give us a call to talk about your options please call 01346 510693 and ask to speak to Peter.

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Kris wins the Firkin in style

Last weekend Kris took home his 5th Buchan Firkin title at Fraserburgh Golf Club with an impressive 10 under par total.

His first round score of 62 (-8) featured 6 birdies and an eagle in a blemish free round which was just one shot away from the course record.

It isn’t yet known if this is a lowest ever total for the event but the club are scouring the history books to find out.

Either way, it is a fantastic score and a great achievement, especially given the fact Kris is spending so much time helping other golfers these days.

Kris has fast gained a reputation as a top teacher of the game as he shares his knowledge from years of experience playing at an elite level. Never one to shy away from continuing his learning, he has used lockdown to further his education and has recently put together an exciting new project called the Speed Clinic.

Kris’ Speed Clinic is proving popular

The first series of 6 lessons filled up quickly so he has added another class starting on Monday 5th October 7-8pm for six consecutive weeks.

The speed clinic is for anyone looking to gain at least 20 yards on their tee shots and gains in yardage on every full shot.

“I started the Superspeed training programme at the beginning of lockdown and the gains I have made are unbelievable! 115mph was my max clubhead speed with a driver but now I can reach 123mph! So now when I go and play I can easily achieve faster speeds without as much effort. That’s game changing for me and now I am excited about what I can do for you!”
– Kris Nicol, PGA Golf Professional

To join the clinic or for more information go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/speedclinic Or call us on 01346 510693

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Pete’s Pub Quiz Returns on 1st September

I have some exciting news for you…

Pete’s Pub Quiz is coming back!

On Tuesday 1st September I am once again broadcasting live my Pub Quiz that proved so popular during the main part of lockdown.

The quiz starts at 8pm so make sure you save the date in your diary.

I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have contacted me expressing their gratitude for the quiz each week so thank you so much for the appreciation.

Tuesday 1st September is no random date by the way…

It will actually be 5 years to the day that Emma and I opened the doors to Dunes Golf Centre!

So, the quiz will form part of our anniversary celebrations and YES a few Brewdogs will be supped as I read out the questions….wouldn’t want to break with tradition now would we!?

As always I will be sending out the picture rounds on the Sunday or Monday before the quiz so look out for them.

If you know anyone else that might like to do the quiz please ask them to go to this page to register for the picture rounds to be sent to them

http://www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/petespubquiz

I’m looking forward to it and I hope you are too,

Kind Regards,

Peter