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How is your golf season going?

Are you frustrated and under-performing?

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!
Sound familiar?

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.

Booking is available directly on our website at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalesson/

Or telephone 01346 510693

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Playing DO golf

Unlock your golfing potential
This is the fourth post in a mini-series on the ‘inner game’ of golf. Only through a ‘holistic’ approach to your golf game, including working on the ‘inner game’, will you start to realise you potential and enjoy your golf more.

Playing Do Golf…

A couple of weeks ago I talked about how most golfers play ‘Don’t Golf’ in that they make a statement before each shot about what they don’t want to do. Eg. “Don’t go in the water,” right before doing just that!

Get your game on TRAC

This is a routine you should apply to every shot you play…

Target – pick a shot to play, every shot must have a purpose!

Routine – practice swing rehearsal, implement/feel the key swing ingredients

Acceptance – You can deal with good/bad shots and outcomes – go on a mission! (see below)

Commitment – Play the shot you have chosen

After the shot, when the club goes back in the bag, that is closure on the shot.

It is DONE and DONE MEANS DONE!

After each shot start the TRAC process again when you get within a set distance of the ball (say 20 yards)

Did you know?

You will only play golf for about 30 minutes in a 4 hour round including all your routines. The rest of the time is simply walking, during which you should be enjoying the company, the views, the fresh air and exercise.

Interesting fact:

Your club is in contact with the ball for 0.0004 seconds per shot. So, in a round of 80 shots you have influenced the ball for a total of only 0.03 seconds!

On a Mission

Let’s break down the word mission…

Ions are atoms or molecules that are either positively or negatively charged.

To go on a mission you MISS the IONS by being neither positive nor negative and instead to get yourself in to a NEUTRAL mindset.

POSITIVE THOUGHT                                  Vs                                NEGATIVE THOUGHT

I will hit the green with this shot           Vs        I am going to put this in the pond

NEUTRAL THOUGHT – Is it possible to hit the green?

By asking if it is possible you are not saying you will, which is nearly always a lie! And you are not thinking negatively by stating what you don’t want to do.

If the answer to the “Is it possible?” questions is Yes but not likely, then you should reselect your choice of shot.

You are faced with a shot between the branches of a tree that is only 3” wide, it would be possible to send the ball through but with a very low success rate. An ‘off the wall’ positive person would still take the shot on so this is where some negativity needs to be added to create a neutral, balanced mindset.

Approaching most activities in life with a neutral mindset pays dividends. In many instances creating some negativity creates balance that allows for good decision making. An example is when my son was very young, he once ran straight across the road without looking. I had to explain to him some negative reasons as to why we need to stop, look and listen!

If you want to unlock your potential simply book your initial 60 minute session from just £20.00 at Dunes Golf Centre. We now have 3 PGA Professionals providing lessons at Dunes so availability for lessons is 7 days a week.

Call 01346 510693 or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/lessons/

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Dunes continues to grow golf

At Dunes Golf Centre we believe that golf can be uncomplicated, interesting, and fun to learn and play, which leads to developing other physical and mental skills.

Our programmes are designed to help students learn “what to do,” (a positive) and avoids any “How to” directions that try to fix poor outcomes.  Studies into the nature of learning show that fixing is a negative approach to progress, and has never supported developmental learning.  By focusing on “what to do,” long-term learning is encoded through the students’ own reasoning and deduction skills.

For example: Last week the juniors were discovering about the club face and how this influences the direction the ball goes in.

To make the lesson fun and engaging the children drew a ‘face’ on the club so now the club really does have a face!

In the sessions, the children discovered that, if the face is drawn in the middle of the club, the best shots happen when the ball is hit by the nose.

The ball does not go up in the air if it hits the chin, and we get strange results and a vibration through the shaft if we hit the cheeks.

The ball goes wherever the ‘eyes’ are looking as the ‘face’ hits the ball.

If you come to the range with your child, let them have some fun drawing a face on the club. Ask your child which part of the ‘face’ they think they hit the ball with.

Our Philosophy…

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

Here are some examples from a recent session designed to develop distance control for putting.

Ladder Putting: In this game they rolled the ball into each number until they had collected all the bean bags

Connect 4: This is a game of Connect 4 but with golf balls as counters

So, why should children learn to play golf?

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

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

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

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

We have new groups starting after the Easter Holidays for the following age groups:

4 to 8 years old (Tiger Cubs)
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

6 to 12 years old (Tiger Golf)
Wednesdays and Thursdays – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

11 to 16 years old (Development Group)
Tuesdays – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Full details on our junior coaching programs can be found on this page – CLICK HERE
Alternatively call in to see us or speak to one of our friendly team on the phone – 01346 510693.

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

EASTER HOLIDAY GOLF

We have planned golf sessions for the Easter holidays that are guaranteed to be fun and educational for your child.

These one-off sessions take place on the following days and times and include, amongst loads of golf games, an Easter Egg hunt.

If your child has their own clubs then bring them along but if not, all clubs will be provided free of charge.

The cost for each session is £10.00

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A SPACE ON EASTER GOLF NOW

Monday 3rd April 9.30am – 10.30am 4 to 8 year olds (Tiger Cubs)

Monday 3rd April 10.45am – 11.45am 6 to 12 year olds (Junior Tigers)

Wednesday 5th April 9.30am – 10.30am 4 to 8 year olds (Tiger Cubs)

Wednesday 5th April 10.45am – 11.45am 6 to 12 year olds (Junior Tigers)