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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

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Win a Limited Edition Taylormade Tour Bag for £10

To announce the start of the season at this year’s Masters, TaylorMade have endorsed a a beautifully crafted white staff bag with signature Masters green trim.

AND WE HAVE GOT OUR HANDS ON ONE AND WE’RE GIVING YOU THE CHANCE TO WIN IT FOR JUST £10.00!

TaylorMade’s 2020 Tour Staff Bag features a premium design with a variety of specialised pockets for convenient and efficient storage. Including all the classic golf bag amenities as well as Tour-caliber upgrades, you will be fully prepared for your round with the ultimate TaylorMade staff bag.

Taylormade Season Opener 2020 Limited Edition Tour Bag

Features; 6-Way Velour Top (9.5″ x 11″) , umbrella sleeve, black gunmetal hardware and towel clip, brushed/micro perforated synthetic leather, 3 Point shoulder strap, rain hood, zip-off belly panel for embroidery, 12 total pockets featuring: 2 velour lined valuables pockets, 2 garment pockets, 2 hard shell accessories pockets for added protection, 2 Insulated cooler pockets, 2 accessories pockets, ball pocket and tee pocket.

All you have to do is pick an available number between 1-59 and once all the numbers are sold we will wait for the next lotto draw and whichever number to bonus ball is will win the bag!

To enter please send Paypal payment to petermyersgolf@outlook.com and attach the message – Taylormade Tour Bag and your preferred number. If your number is not available we will contact you to arrange an alternative.

Alternatively, you can pay by BACS or instore, please contact me on dunesgolfcentre@outlook.com or telephone 01346 510693

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The Cafe is Back, and why you should book a table…

The cafe is back open at Dunes and it’s once more proving a huge hit with locals for a good, fresh, homemade food.

It’s even more popular than ever thanks to the government backed EAT OUT TO HELP OUT scheme.

The scheme means that every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout August you get 50% off your bill. The discount is up to £10.00 per person but with the pricing in our cafe you are pretty much guaranteed half price off the whole bill. Unless you can eat and drink more than £20.00 worth of food, which would certainly going some!

We have reduced the number of tables and seats considerably in order to comply with social distancing requirements so we have struggled to cope with demand and have had to turn away so many of you who’ve just turned up without a booking.

Therefore, if you would like to come and enjoy a Dunes lunch again soon, please do try to book a table. However, ff you do turn up without a booking we will do our best to accomodate but we don’t want you to be disappointed.

We are also trying to reduce/elimate the number of shared contact points so one measure we have taken is to stop giving out reuseable menus. Instead, we have digitised our menu so you can view it on your mobile device or the iPads we have at Dunes (the iPads are cleaned after each use).

To view the menu ahead of your visit please click here or scan the QR code on your table when you are seated.

To book please call us on 01346 510693 or send a message through one of our social media pages on facebook, instagram ot twitter.

We all look forward to welcoming you back to Dunes soon.

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Mizuno Tour Fitting Experience Coming to Dunes

Mizuno are heading to Dunes to give you an amazing fitting experience.

Thursday 13th August 2pm to 7pm.

Whether it is a new driver, wedges or a set of irons you will be taken through a comprehensive fitting to make sure you go away with the best setup to improve your game.

Free of charge fitting!

Booking is by appointment only with just 5 slots available to make sure everything can be sterilised before and after use.

Go to this webpage to book https://dunesgolfcentre.as.me/mizunofitting
Or call us on 01346 510693 but don’t delay as space is very limited.