We know golf… and we know what a good (or bad) driving range experience is like too.
The two most important components are good mats and good balls. This is why we have just spent £4000 adding 7500 new Taylormade balls so that you have the very best experience at Dunes.
“I have been to so many driving ranges all over the World and the most frustrating thing is when the balls are so bad that they don’t even fly properly. We have invested in what we believe to be the best ball out there today” Peter Myers (PGA Professional)
We are continually trying to improve the facility at Dunes. Late last year we upgraded the floodlights and hopefully, if the post lockdown boom in golf continues and financies permit then we will be turning our attention to the outfield by adding more targets. We believe there is always better.
100 balls for less than £1.00
The very best value practice you can get is with one of our Range Memberships.
For less than £1 a day you can hit 100 balls (Normally £7.50) as well as receiving a host of other benefits.
The big boys are flexing their muscles as most of golf’s
premium manufacturers are releasing new products right now.
In this feature I am focusing on the best new drivers that have just come out or about to be launched. So, if you are thinking of buying a new big stick then read on….
Taylormade M5 & M6
First up is the new M5 and M6 drivers
from Taylormade that follow on from the hugely successful M1/M2 and M3/M4
franchises of the last couple of years.
The big story
here is that TaylorMade are revolutionising the process of creating driver
faces for the M5 and M6 by starting above the legal limit and dialling it back
by injecting resin in to two ‘tuning slots’ in the driver face. This is called
‘Speed Injecting’ and ensures that every driver is on the limit thanks to an algorithm
which calculates the right amount of resin to use for every face.
driver face flex was limited by the R&A to stop how far golfers hit the
ball but it has been impossible to produce drivers which consistently hit the limit
of 0.830 COR.
means is that all drivers have a different level of ‘hotness’, and while it
ensures no ‘hot’ drivers go on to the illegal side, it also means many golfers
end up playing with drivers which aren’t as close to the limit as they could be.
The ‘hottest’ drivers are hand-picked for tour players, leaving TaylorMade
estimating around 70% of retail drivers are outside the ‘hot range’ usually
used by pros.
state that the production methods in the past have made picking the hottest
driver for club golfers nothing more than just pure luck.
In the M5 and M6 they are removing the luck element due to the fact the Speed Injected technology will position every driver face right on the edge of the rules.
Available for fitting: Now Release Date: 15th February 2019 Dunes Price: M5 £449.00, M6 £399.00
Callaway Epic Flash
Two years ago Callaway launched the Epic driver that
featured Jailbreak Technology and this was a huge success. Last year they
improved it further still by enhancing the jailbreak in their Rogue product
This year Jailbreak remains but the big news is the brand
new Flash Face…
Flash Face’s sophisticated architecture was created by Artificial Intelligence – the first known instance of using A.I.in the golf equipment industry — and “Machine Learning,” a field of computer science that uses statistical techniques to give computer systems the ability to “learn” with data without being explicitly programmed.
Through Machine Learning the Callaway computers cycled through 15,000 face iterations, learning from each one, before arriving at Flash Face
In normal driver testing approximately 6 different prototypes are used so given A.I was able to pick the best from 15000 it will be very interesting to see how the new Callaway Epic Flash performs.
Available for fitting: Now Release Date: 15th February 2019 Dunes Price: £449.00
The G410 PLUS’ big feature is that it is
the first time Ping have added an adjustable tungsten weight for draw or fade
Ping are often later to the party when
it comes to things like this but only because they ensure that new design
features offer a real benefit to the golfer without severely compromising
another area of performance.
positions (draw, neutral, fade) shift the CG location by 1/10″ in either
direction, which equates to approximately 10 yards — or 20 yards of correction
between draw and fade settings — of shot shape.
The SFtec version features a weight
50% further towards the heel than the G400 Sftec version so if you slice the
ball then this club will probably be the best on the market in 2019 for you to
help straighten the shot out.
Ping say the
G410 driver will be better than its predecessors through four ‘Fs’.
It’s Faster, more Forgiving, has a better Feel and can be Fitted better.
through the air due to improved aerodynamics and more efficient turbulators
They’ve been able to drag the weight right to the perimeter to keep the MOI
(resistance to twisting) as high, if not higher, than anything else on the
market so it’s super forgiving. Better fitting is also possible through the
loft sleeve which has eight positions with +/- 1.5˚.
this is a good one for the North East of Scotland, they’ve made the headcover
20% heavier to make sure it doesn’t blow away in the wind!
Available for fitting: 7th February 2019 (come along to our free of charge demo day on 7th February 3pm to 7pm) Release Date:21st March 2019 7th March 2019 Dunes Price: £379.00
ST190 and ST190G
Mizuno have struggled to compete in the driver market for
some years despite their dominance in the forged iron market. However, that may
be about to change as all the online reviews of their 2019 models show that
they could be their best yet!
drivers offer Mizuno’s lowest spin rates and incorporate every known factor in
the quest to enhance ball speed and driving distance. Mizuno’s ultra-fast
Forged SP700 Ti face now boasts a lighter CORTECH structure to deliver
consistently higher ball speeds, with a large carbon composite crown plus the
Amplified Wave soleplate, introduced in last year’s ST180 drivers, helping to
convert each additional mph into extra yards.
The ST190 is designed for mid to low spin with
maximum stability, and features a single, factory-fixed 6g backweight that
increases MOI for added stability on off-centre strikes
The ST190G is engineered for low spin and offers Fast
Track adjustability thanks to twin 7g weights on external tracks that can
reduce spin by an additional 200rpm, allowing players to achieve heavy fade or
draw biases by placing the weights in one track.
Available for fitting: 11th February 2019 Release Date: 11th February 2019 Dunes Price: ST190 £369.00, ST190G £399.00
The importance of fitting…
No matter which driver you like the sound of, the
single most important thing, if you are looking for the best performance, is to
get fitted by an expert using a launch monitor.
Our PGA staff at Dunes are highly trained and lead
the way in Custom Fitting in the North East of Scotland. The technology in the
studio is the best in the World for fitting as the data provides accurate
feedback so you and the PGA fitter can see the difference between each option
that you try.
Price match promise
We have set our stall out to be THE place for you to buy all your golf
equipment. Our well stocked shop, knowledgeable PGA staff and highly
competitive pricing all backed up by a caring after sales service mean we so no
reason why you should buy elsewhere.
We want your feedback….
A couple of years ago we ran a challenge to see which of the new drivers you liked the best. It was so successful that we are going to run it again. However, we do not just want the big hitters to come along. We would like golfers of all ages and abilities, male and female to come and give the latest models a try.
You will be asked to rate each driver on looks, sound, feel
and performance. There is no charge for the event and certainly no obligation
to buy anything – we just want your feedback.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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
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
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
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.
involves a greater focus on blocked
opposed to randomised
So, what is
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
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.”
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.
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.
really working on your routine or doing much visualisation.
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
In random practice, you are never hitting
the same shot twice.
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
goal in random practice is to
simulate on the driving range what you will be doing on the golf course.
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…
use blocked practice typically have better practice sessions in that they are
much more confident and happy when they leave the driving range.
largely because they have successfully hit the same shot over and over again.
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.
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.
happening here is that you are not challenging yourselves enough in practice
and you actually stop learning.
when you go to the golf course it’s a lot more difficult because you have not
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.
It’s just over 3 years since I re-opened the doors to
Dunes Golf Centre with my wife Emma and son Billy.
In that time we have worked hard to turn a former failed business in to something that is proving to be highly successful…..so successful in fact that we are needing to recruit more golf staff!
As a PGA Professional for over 20 years I know how
valuable my PGA training has been to me and my two assistants, Sam Griffiths
and Kris Nicol, who are now in their final year of their training with both of
them developing a great reputation for their coaching and club fitting
The PGA is the leading association in the World for training
all different aspects of golf, including teaching, retail, rules and business management.
I am delighted to announce that we have just taken on our latest member of the PGA team at Dunes as Declan Addison from Peterhead has joined us, meaning there will now be four PGA members serving you at the centre.
Declan was playing off 2 handicap but has just lost his
amateur status having turned pro last week and is about to start his three year
PGA training programme.
“I am really looking forward to this fantastic opportunity, working with Peter and the rest of the Dunes staff will Provide me with all the key information I will need to be successful in the PGA programme,” stated Declan…
“Before starting at Dunes, I spent my summer caddying at Cruden Bay golf club after returning from America. I recently graduated with a BA in Business and Organizational Leadership from Brevard College NC. I played on the golf team for Brevard where I learned to develop my own game. I hope to apply the skills I learned from my time at College to working at Dunes.
“My aspirations with the PGA programme is to help further the development of the next generation of golfers. Seeing young beginners grow and develop their skills makes is very satisfying and I want to do as much as I can to help make this happen. This applies to any age beginners, I believe it’s never too late to start and it’s great to see people taking the opportunity. Helping people enjoy the game is of the greatest importance and I want to do my part to help everyone do this.
“The PGA program is something I have been interested in doing for a while now so when I saw that Dunes was offering the position I did not hesitate to throw my name into the hat. I very much look forward to starting the programme and learning all the important information I will need to become a successful PGA professional.”
We are delighted to welcome Declan in to the team and we
wish him the very best of luck.
There’s still time to salvage your season and stop the upward handicap trend. In most cases it’s because one part of your set up or swing has fallen out of position.
However, the problem is that it’s very difficult to be able to identify what part is off when you are trying to find the answers on your own.
Perhaps your ball position has crept too far forward (or back) in your stance which can cause problems with angle of attack on the ball as well as club path through impact.
Here is a handy guide for ball position…
Or, perhaps it’s the alignment of your body to the target? Mis-aligning is often the cause of bad swing technique, but it can also be a compensation for another fault.
Just like I am doing here, you too will be speculating as to the possible causes of your golfing woes!
We have all done it… you go on a merry go round of trying a new grip, a new posture or a new takeaway, desperately hoping to find the answer. You hit one good shot and think ‘that’s it!’ but follow it up with a bad shot and you think of something else.
Before you know it, you have layered up thought after thought and have tied yourself in knots! Add this to the advice that your amateur playing partners throw at you and you feel like giving it up!
It doesn’t have to be like this.
At Dunes Golf Centre we have three PGA Golf Coaches who have access to the Worlds leading technology, as well as years of experience and training to identify your fault and provide you the fix in the quickest and easiest possible way.
The initial 1-hour session allows time for the coach to get to know exactly what you are looking to achieve and better still, it’s currently on offer at half the normal 1-hour lesson rate.
Following the lesson, you will be sent notes via email and a video (if the coach feels it would be useful) so you can go play and practice with confidence that you are making the correct changes to your set up and/or swing technique.
So… stop stabbing in the dark and find out what you need to do to enjoy playing better golf again.