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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

Book a lesson with a PGA Pro now…

30 minutes with Sam Griffiths Book Here
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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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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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Do you want to hit the ball further?

Just about every golfer we speak to would love to gain a few yards.

Even the long hitters wouldn’t say no to gaining distance and if you take a look at what Bryson DeChambeau has done this year there is no doubt hitting the ball further has distinct advantages.

At the very top of the game there is a strong case to say that some of the most famous courses may become overpowered by the big hitting tour players.

Gary Player has recently stated that he thinks The Old Course at St.Andrews, host to The Open in 2022 will be torn apart. The South African said he feared big-hitters like DeChambeau are going to drive the course into submission.

“Isn’t it sad? The great home of golf, St Andrews, a place we all love and adore, that is so obsolete,” said Player. “Bryson has put on 40 yards and it is going to ruin it. They are going to drive nine greens at St Andrews”

However, at amateur level, lots of golfers would see a huge benefit to hitting the ball further. Making Par 4’s reachable in two and being able to hit shorter irons into each green. All this translates into more pars, birdies and of course more fun!

The best news of all is that with the help of PGA Pro Kris Nicol, you have a fantastic opportunity to hit the ball further than you ever have done.

The Speed Clinic at Dunes

No matter what your age, gender or how far you currently hit the ball – this clinic will benefit you!

Be the envy of your golfing partners as you start bombing the ball miles past them.

Superspeed Golf

By applying the time-tested and scientifically validated principles of Overspeed Training to golf instruction, our team at Dunes has developed a program that will help all golfers increase distance and consistency.

Our Speed Clinic coach, Kris Nicol, has seen the benefits first hand.

“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

Kris Nicol ready to help you gain serious yardage
Kris Nicol is ready to help you gain serious yardage!

This is a 6 – week speed intensive program to improve your overall club head speed. We will meet once a week for 60 minutes to work on improving your club head speed, utilising the Super Speed protocols. Each week your certified Super Speed trainer, Kris Nicol will take you through the exercises that will change your game!

In addition to training extra speed in your swing, Kris will use his knowledge and the launch monitor at Dunes to help you optimise your clubhead delivery to the ball.

The potential gains in yardage are huge with some of you easily adding 50 yards to your tee shots alone! We are so confident that this works that we will guarantee you a 20 yard increase so long as you stick to the programme.

Note: This programme does not require you to go to the gym or change anything else. It works on training the mind and the physical body simultaneously.

The total cost for the 6 hour course plus your own set of Speed Sticks (worth £209.99) is less than a new driver at just £350.00 (and will give you more benefit too!)

Spaces are limited to 6 (Social distancing is adhered to at all times) and is on a first come first served basis. Call us on 01346 510693 to book or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/speedclinic

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Look after your course…

Do you know how to repair a pitchmark properly?

As a 14 year old, and just as I was getting the golfing bug, I did two weeks work experience with the greenkeepers at the World Famous, Ganton Golf Club. Ganton is located just outside my hometown of Scarborough, with the course famous for being one of only a handful in the World to have hosted The Ryder Cup, The Walker Cup and the Curtis Cup.

A few years later it would be the venue where I would start my career as a PGA Professional as I took the assistants job at the club.

However, it was in that two weeks as a greenkeeper where I learned lots about maintaining and caring for a golf course and one particular thing stayed with me and I’ve shared it with 1000’s of golfers since…. How to repair a pitchmark, correctly!

Did you know..?

A correctly repaired pitchmark will recover in 24 hours. However, an unrepaired pitchmark left unattended for two hours will take up to two months to recover.

Now that the season has started, the increase in numbers playing on the courses means that inevitably more pitchmarks will be made on the greens. However, there is no excuse for not repairing them after you have made one.

The increased numbers arise despite just about every golfer I speak to speak to saying, “Why can’t people repair their pitchmarks?” Everyone you talk to always claim that they repair 3 or 4 on every green!

As well as looking unsightly, from a golfing point of view, pitchmarks can affect ball roll and cause a player’s putt to bobble and deviate offline. Studies have shown that on average, a golfer will make 8 pitchmarks during a round of golf. If 130 rounds are played per day, that’s over 1,000 pitchmarks per week; no surprise then that it can be difficult to hole a putt!

It isn’t just about attempting to repair the pitchmark… it is about repairing it properly. Many golfers out there do not know how to do it correctly and damage the grass in the process….

In summary, you should take your pitchmark tool and insert the prongs into the turf at the edge of the depression. Do NOT insert the prongs into the depression itself, but at the rim of the depression. Then push the edge of the repairer toward the centre, using the tool in a gentle twisting motion. Do NOT insert and attempt to push up the depression as this only leads to tearing the root and killing the grass.

As part of our campaign to spread awareness of the ‘Pitchmark Problem’ we are giving away pitchmark repairers to the first 100 people to come along to Dunes Golf Centre to claim theirs. Don’t be shy, everyone should carry one of these tools when they play. However, if you do find yourself without one when you are playing, you can still repair a mark effectively with your tee peg in the same way as stated above.

We are blessed with an abundance of great golf courses in the North East of Scotland so let’s all do our bit to keep them in great condition. Pitchmarks (and divots) are not the responsibility of the greenkeeping staff but of every golfer who plays the game.

Masters Madness

WIN 100% of your money back!

The Masters is just around the corner and to celebrate the season opening Major we have a CRAZY OFFER for you….

The Masters is just around the corner and to celebrate the season opening Major we have a CRAZY OFFER for you….

How it works….
⛳️ 1. Spend over £100 in store between now and 8pm on Wednesday 10th April 2019

⛳️ 2. Choose your player from Tiger Woods or Justin Rose

⛳️ 3. If your choice wins the Masters then you get 100% of your money back via your payment method!

What will you choose….

  • A new set of custom fitted irons?
  • A new wardrobe from our brand new range of Under Armour
  • A new custom fitted driver?
  • Gloves, balls, umbrella, waterproofs?

We have a huge range of golfing goods in stock so whatever you are looking for please come and give us a try and support your local business.

Upcoming events…
15th April – a new 6 week ladies beginner love.golf class starts every Monday at either 09:30 or 13:00. Go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/startlovegolf for more information

26th April – Golf & Yoga – a new and unique 2 hour event designed just for women. Go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/yoga-and-golf for more information (SORRY THIS IS NOW FULLY BOOKED)

27th April – the 4th annual Scottish Drive Chip Putt Championship takes place at Dunes. This is a free to enter event for all boys and girls aged 4 to 15 years old. Go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/drivechipputt for more information

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Women of North East Scotland: It’s time to do something for you!

Are you female and looking for a new challenge?

Perhaps the kids are at school and you want to get out and do something for you?

Or, maybe you have retired and are looking for a healthy activity that you can enjoy for the rest of your life?

Whatever your reasons, we are confident that you will find golf much easier and more accessible that you ever thought possible.

The love.golf coaching programme has proven a phenomenal success over the last two years with well over 250 women from the Fraserburgh area taking part.

It is backed by ground breaking research that ensures the learning takes place in a safe environment and it’s not just on a driving range either – you will be out playing on the course pretty much straight away!

All equipment is provided and you certainly do not need to have any previous experience or need to buy any golf clothing beforehand.

I would never have seen myself playing golf. In fact, I would go as far as to say that golf would be the last sport I would ever have taken up. I have however had a complete change of heart but to put this into context; It’s not just the challenge of learning something new that has me hooked but also the friendships that are being formed and the camaraderie that comes with it. 
Sandra Ross

Didn’t know if I’d enjoy it but thought I’d give it a bash. Next thing I know, I’ve joined up to the love.golf sessions and made a few new friends, all with a very keen interest in golf and it would be fair to say I really enjoy my Tuesday nights now. Since the first week, I’ve seen myself improve at golf. Maybe not at pro level yet but I’m certainly enjoying the practice. I like the fact that Pete is “hands off” as coach and divides his time with the group and speaks to us individually. This approach to coaching is the reason I feel I’ve enjoyed it so much. 
I’m looking forward to continuing my golf journey with the group as we all seem to be keen to better ourselves and have a good laugh at the same time.

Leona Flett

Here are seven reasons why women should start playing now..

Looking for a new challenge? Want to get healthy and active? Keen to meet more friends or spend quality time with your partner – and wondering which sport fits the bill?

Golf can take you to all over the World, like our annual golf trip to Portugal!

Golf offers all these benefits and more. It’s such an adaptable sport that it suits all players, whatever their age, fitness level or ability. So whether you want to keep healthy, burn calories or spend time with friends, golf is for you…

1. Friendship & Support
Chatting as you walk between holes, a glass of wine in the clubhouse afterwards and plenty of people keen to join you for a game – golf has to be the most social sport ever invented. With plenty of time for conversation and fun, golf is the perfect way to make new friends or grow closer bonds with people you already know. The sport’s unique handicap scoring system means that players of all levels can play together either socially or competitively.

2. Keep Active
Golf can help keep you active, burn calories, stay in shape, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and research shows it may even help you live longer. You can walk around 4-5 miles in the average game of golf, burn at least 900 calories and will take more than 10,000 steps, you will easily achieve the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week recommended by the NHS to keep healthy.

3. Heading outdoors
Golf is also a great way to keep your Vitamin D levels topped up. Crucial for health and wellbeing, vitamin D is manufactured naturally by our body when skin is exposed to sunlight. Exercising outdoors is a scientifically-proven way to help improve your mood, stress levels and self-esteem. Rather than being a chore, golf is fun too – so you will find it easier to make exercise an enjoyable, lifelong habit. It’s a sport with a winning combination of fresh air, stunning natural scenery, friendship and fitness.
“It’s a great sport for women because it keeps you fit, you’re outdoors and you get to come to amazing places,” says the actress Denise Van Outen

4. Keep your bones healthy
One in two women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture due to weak bones. Playing golf can help build strong bones and help guard against the bone-wasting disease osteoporosis through its brisk walking and swinging action.

5. Lifestyle
Golf can open the door to a great lifestyle giving you unique access to beautiful locations and golf clubs – many with restaurants and health clubs as well as the greens. There’s always fun and friendships available through the club and many have shops where you can pick up the latest golfing equipment and fashions.

6. Competitive (but only if you want it to be)
Golf can be a competitive and personal challenge: you can compete at club, county and national level. You can also play as part of a team or as a pair. Golf is a great alternative, or addition, to other sports such as hockey. With less wear and tear on your body than contact or high impact sports, it is a game you can play until you are much older. However, it does not have to be competitive, many women just enjoy going out to play without keeping the score. The important thing is it’s up to you!

7. It’s FUN: This should probably be at the top of the list, but one of the best reasons to get involved in golf is you will have a blast! 

Start your love.golf journey this year…
Two new groups are scheduled to start on a Monday over the following dates:
Lesson 1: April 15th
Lesson 2: April 22nd
Lesson 3: April 29th
Lesson 4: May 13th
Lesson 5: May 20th
Lesson 6: May 27th

You can choose from a morning class, 09:30 to 11:00 or an afternoon class 13:00 to 14:30
Spaces are limited and are on a first come first served basis. Go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/startlovegolf to book or call us on 01346 510693

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Have you ever been told to keep your head down?


Why this is the biggest myth in golf…

I find myself compelled to repeat this message every year as part of my mission to help people play better, more enjoyable golf, and in this case…to save them from injury to.

Every week I hear amateur golfers telling each other that the cause of the bad shot they just hit was because they lifted their head.

This is usually followed by the instruction “KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!”

I even have pupils tell me after a bad shot in a lesson that they ‘knew’ what went wrong there… “I lifted my head!”

I often show the pupil the video back and prove to them that they did not lift their head and in actual fact, the thought keeping their head down was one of the main causes of the bad shot.

This SHOCK news is often hard to take on board, so ingrained is this thought in the mind of the amateur golfer. In fact, this swing advice seems the fix for pretty much every bad shot.

Let me help you now…GET RID OF THE THOUGHT ‘KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!’ It will be one of the best things you do for your golf game, AND your physical health!

In over 20 years as a PGA golf coach I can tell you how many times someone lifting their head was the cause of a bad shot – NOT ONCE!

Most advanced level players understand that keeping the head down is some what undesired and once they have hit the shot they allow the head to release freely. 

An inhibited head movement in the follow through restricts shoulder rotation, weight transfer and then ultimately club path through impact. It will also effect the release of the forearms and club head.

Worse still, it putts extra strain on your back and neck and, if you were to rotate effectively through impact and keep you head ‘down’ at the same time, you would rupture the top of your spine!

Keeping your head down also effects your starting posture. The spine becomes curved and with the chin tucked in to your chest you cannot turn properly and build up power. In many cases keeping the head down like this actually causes the body to lift in the backswing as the shoulder pushes the chin up.

Annika Sorenstam – certainly not ‘keeping’ her head down

Jim Mclean and Hank Haney are two of the Worlds’ top coaches and here is what they have to say:

“Many top players never see the ball at impact or even in the downswing. Players that do this include – Annika Sorenstam, David Duval, Jim Furyk, Steve Elkington and Paul Azinger. You must almost consciously look up at the target quickly after impact or risk hanging on the right side too long and restricting the movement of the body.”
Jim McLean

”I worked with Tiger to look up very quickly almost before he hit the shot like David Duval and Annika Sorenstam. Releasing the head early really helps to stop the body from working underneath and back in the downswing.”

Hank Haney (Excerpt from The Big Miss)

I hear so many well intentioned parents, grandparents, husbands, friends and so on telling the new golfer to ‘keep their head down’. I cringe when I hear this as I know what damage it does to a potentially good golf swing. So, please stop giving out this terrible advice and start letting yourself and your fellow golfers develop a swing that flows through to face the target, just like all good players do!

Look at the head position of all of these top golf pro’s when they are at or around impact

STOP TELLING EACH OTHER TO KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN – PLEASE!

You could argue that there are many top players who are still looking at the ground where the ball was after impact but I can tell you that this is not a conscious effort. You will see that the head is free to rotate with the body thus allowing the swing to sequence better, creating more power and greater accuracy.

Next time you go to the range – give it a go for yourself and experience the freedom of movement and extra power you can create.

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