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Improve your scores – guaranteed!

Your ability to score is significantly influenced by your ability to minimise the number of putts per round.
But it is not simply a case of going out there and practicing your putting!

Did you know?…The leading money winner on the PGA Tour (Justin Thomas) this year only made 58.47% from the 5-10 foot range. Tiger Woods only made 56.00%.

If any amateur golfer can average over 50% over the course of a season from this critical scoring range, I would very much like to meet them!

In the words of Dave Pelz, short game coach to the world’s top players,
“If you want to score, the most important “game” to improve is your short game. Second most important is your putting game. And the least important is your power-swing, ball striking game, the game you’ve been practicing all these years!”

Here is why…
Dave Pelz places the short game (this is chipping and pitching) above putting because all the stats show that how close you hit it to the hole has a significant impact upon how many putts you take.
Take a look at the 2018 season putting stats from current World Number One, Brooks Koepka.

Notice how the percentage success rate from outside 10ft drops off a cliff. Outside of 20ft Brooks doesn’t make that many putts at all!

This means all golfers will benefit hugely by hitting the ball closer to the hole from 100 yards and in.

Practice is not just about hitting ball after ball and spending a lot of time at it – in fact it is entirely not that! Good practice is about being deliberate with what you are doing and to make practice more like your play.

The Golf Studio at Dunes provides highly accurate distance information and is ideal for working on your short game throughout the winter.

Wedge Fitting at Dunes Golf Centre

Over the last 15-20 years the manufacturers have strengthened the lofts on Iron sets meaning the Pitching Wedge has strengthened from 52° to 45°. In fact, the Pitching Wedge on one new set of Irons is 42°. That is a three club length gap to the Sand Wedge. 

No wonder we haven’t seen a drop in scores despite the longer tee shots. With a gap between the Pitching Wedge and Sand Wedge (which they couldn’t strengthen as we needed that loft to get out of bunkers) extended to 11°, in the scoring zone you are effectively playing with a Sand Wedge and 8 Iron!

If you want a better short game, as a minimum you must do the following: get very good at playing 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4Pitching Wedge shots and, as I would also recommend, you put a 50 or 52° Wedge in your bag.
This Wedge (the ‘Gap’ Wedge to fill the gap the manufacturer’s have created between the PW and SW) will make it much easier for you to play better shots into greens.

I currently carry 4 wedges; They are a 46° wedge, a 50° Gap wedge and a 54° Sand wedge and a 58° lob wedge. I feel this gives me the versatility around the greens that I require.

We are a Custom Fitting Centre for most of the major brands including Ping, Cleveland, Callaway, Vokey, Taylormade and Mizuno.

What wedges do you carry?
We have a loft and lie machine and will gladly check your loft gaps FREE of charge! It only takes us a few minutes to do by using our special Loft and Lie machine. We can also talk to you about what distance gaps you have in your set as well as what bounce angles would suit you best – are you a Digger or a Sweeper?

If you want to make 2019 your best and most enjoyable year on a golf course we suggest you come for an assessment lesson at Dunes Golf Centre. It is open to golfers of all ages and levels of ability and is a fantastic learning experience costing just £30 for the 60 minute session.

Telephone 01346 510693 to book or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalessson

Short Game Masterclass with PGA Pro – Kris Nicol
Kris is hosting a 3-part series of lessons that is guaranteed to improve your short game.
What you will learn…
NEW TIMES ADDED DUE TO SELL OUT:
Session 1 Sunday 25th November 10am to 11.30am: Technique/Low Point of swing & and assessment of your current wedge setup
Session 2 Sunday 2nd December 10am to 11.30am: Trajectory control; Using the bounce vs leading edge of the club
Session 3 Sunday 9th December 10am to 11.30am: Dial in your distances on the launch monitor and how to practice like a Tour Pro

Suitable for golfers of all levels from Scratch Hcp to relative beginner!

All for only £60.00

Maximum number of students is 8 with spaces available on a 1st come 1st served basis
Price includes all 3 coaching sessions, all range balls and course materials 

Telephone 01346 510693 to book your space or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/shortgamemasterclass

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Matthew and Alexander set new course record!

Our weekly junior events at Dunes Golf Centre are proving increasingly popular as we continue our mission to grow golf participation. The 18-hole chip and putt competitions around our fantastic Short Game Zone take place every Saturday afternoon and are completely free of charge to enter.


They are open to anyone under the age of 18. All you must do is turn up to the golf centre by 2.30pm at which point you will be put in to groups to go out and play.

Each hole is around 10 to 20 yards long and are designed to get the kids thinking about shot choice and club selection.

The experience also provides an opportunity to make new friends and play a competition that is not overly serious. The focus is very much on each child going out to have fun and to try to beat their own best score each time. There are many other benefits such as; learning to keep score and mark a scorecard, dealing with bad shots and outcomes, learning how to win but also how to lose, social skills and playing with new people.

I remember when I really got hooked on golf as a junior. It was when I made a group of friends and we had such good fun going out playing together and improving our golfing skills.

The short game, chipping and putting, is the part of the game I strongly recommend all juniors (if not all golfers) should spend time honing their skills. The long game will improve in time, especially as they get bigger and stronger, but the short game skills developed now will last a lifetime.

The Short Game Zone at Dunes provides a safe environment where parents can keep a watchful eye but without getting too involved. In other words, they can just let the kids learn through play. However, for younger or less experienced children we ask that a parent walks round to help keep score and to supervise.

If your child wants to join in simply come along to Dunes on a Saturday at 2.30pm and go to the reception desk where one of our friendly golf staff will be on hand to guide you. All equipment can also be provided free of charge.

It takes around 45-60 minutes to play the event and as soon as the last group has finished we have a presentation of prizes.

Matthew Cardno and Alexander Wisely – course record holders

Last weekend Matthew Cardno and Alexander Wisely set a joint new 18-hole course record as both players scored 54.

Matthew wins for the second time in a row

This was the second week on the trot that both players tied for first place, so we had a sudden death playoff which Matthew won both times!

Congratulations to Matthew but praise goes to both youngsters for the way they conducted themselves, especially the grace and sportsmanship demonstrated by Alexander despite losing in the playoffs.

Logan claims his first medal

Congratulations also to Logan Mair who won his first medal in the younger age section.

Bring your kids to Dunes to play every Saturday at 2.30pm!

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Kris sets his sights on 2018 success

Kris Nicol has had a good 2017 season with the highlight winning the Scottish Young Professional’s Championship at West Lothian in July.

However, like all golfers, he wants to make 2018 even better and the planning for that starts now.

Despite the 2017 golf season only just coming to an end, now is time to reflect on areas that were good but also the parts of the game that could be improved upon.

Kris sat down with me last week and we went through his whole game and identified the key areas for development.

We created a plan.

1.Full Swing – Less curvature on the ball flight.

Kris wants to neutralise his ball flight, in other words – play with less curvature so his misses are less destructive.

The technology in the golf studio at Dunes allows us to measure exactly how he delivers the club to the ball and, whilst he is consistent, he has a club path through the ball that is more to the right of the target (in to out) than he would like and with a clubface that gets too closed (aiming left of this path). This combination leads to too much right to left curvature and a ball that finishes left, also a tendency to ‘block’ the ball straight right on occasions.

Kris gets the clubhead too closed in the backswing, a position that shows the clubface looking too much down to the ground in his takeaway.

He also feels, especially when the tournament is on the line, that he loses his rhythm too easily.

I watched him hit some shots and listened to his feedback carefully.

We identified the backswing, as well as getting the club closed, is in two pieces and needs to be smoother to help with his rhythm.

Using the video feedback we could see that at halfway back the right elbow was too straight and the clubface was looking down to the ground.

“I’ve now got a feeling of flowing back letting my right elbow fold in more and a sense that the club is opening up. I’m not transfixed on a certain position but a feeling of an overall flow.” Stated Kris.

2.Wedge Play
We could all do to improve our wedge play and at the level Kris is performing, this is the area of the game he needs to be razor sharp at.

His bad shot was a weak shot to the right caused by a path that was too much to the right (like his full shots described above) and an angle of attack on the ball that is too shallow.

Kris fixed this with a simple feeling of swinging the club left of target whilst holding the clubface square. I helped Kris come up with his own solution by asking him to try to move the ball from left to right in to the green, the opposite of what he currently does.

As a result, the swing path was straighter (not left – which is what he was feeling) and his angle of attack was steeper meaning he could compress the ball against the clubface better, create more spin and have much better control on the distance of his wedge shots.

Have you created a plan to make 2018 your best ever golfing season?
Book the initial lesson experience with one of our 3 PGA Professional’s to start the journey to your greatest golf.

For as little as £20.00, the thorough 60-minute assessment is completely personalised to your standard and therefore suitable for everyone.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK AVAILABILITY AND BOOK ONLINE

We are experts at diagnosing the technical and mental aspects of a golfer, whether beginner or tournament professional.

We shall be totally honest with our assessment on how we can help you. After 60 minutes, you will be presented with a suggested plan of improvement, showing you the key areas of your technique and game that need improving to fulfil your potential and goals.

The decision to have lessons following the assessment is totally up to you; you are under no obligation.

The initial lesson is available 7 days a week from 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on a Saturday and Sunday.

Three ways to book; In store, over the phone 01346 510693 or online at www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk/bookalesson/

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Matthew wins 1st Junior Event

Matthew Cardno won the inaugural weekly Dunes Junior Event on Saturday 7th October with a score of 59 for the 18 holes.

Matthew Cardno receiving his medal from PGA Pro – Sam Griffiths

These new events take place over the Short Game Zone at Dunes every Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm and are designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to play competitively against each other in a safe environment.

“I am hoping to see as many kids as possible playing these events at Dunes. Having some friendly competition is good thing and the little course we have here is perfect for kids of all ages to take part. It’s ideal for parents to bring their children along as they can see how the kids are getting on without having to walk out on to a big course, and they can get a coffee and fine piece from the café while the kids are playing!” Stated PGA Professional, Peter Myers.

Entry is free of charge and they are open to all kids aged 16 years and under. Just turn up at the golf centre ready to play for 2.30pm and you will be paired up with other players.

Congratulations to Matthew!  However, it’s not all about winning, we encourage each child to do their best and to be aiming to better their previous lowest score.

Conditions of entry: 16 years and under on the date of entry, players aged 8 and under must be accompanied by at least one adult. All competitors must abide by our Safe, Sensible and Fair policy.

If you would like to know more, or have any questions contact the Dunes Golf Centre Team on 01346 510693 or email on dunesgolfcentre@outlook.co.uk

The Short Game Zone at Dunes is a first class facility for you to practise, have fun and improve your skills.  

The 9 hole chip ‘n’ putt course has been carefully designed by PGA Professionals to provide a challenge for all skill levels….

In the words of Dave Pelz, short game coach to the World’s top players…
“If you want to score, the most important “game” to improve is your short game. Second most important is your putting game. And the least important is your power-swing, ball striking game, the game you’ve been practicing all these years!

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The bounce is your best friend – Bunker Play Pt3


Bunker Play
The ball comes out on a cushion of sand

To do this effectively we use the bounce of the club. The bounce stops the club digging too deep into the sand. If you are someone who takes deep troughs of sand and finds the ball barely moving then you have almost certainly, in some way, reduced the effective bounce angle of the club.

(Click these links to read Bunker Play PART ONE and Bunker Play PART TWO)

The yellow drawings on the four images here show how the bounce angle changes depending on what state the club is in as it strikes the sand.

Returning the hands to a central position at impact will ensure that the correct loft and bounce of the club is applied.

As you can see if the clubface is closed or the shaft is leaning towards the target then the bounce angle is reduced.

The Plugged Ball aka The Fried Egg

There is one exception to my lessons on bunker play and that is when the ball is plugged.
In this case we need to reduce the bounce angle and get the club to travel deep into the sand.

The slightly closed clubface and steep angle of attack is encouraged by keeping your weight on the left side and the hands ahead of the ball. This will negate the bounce angle so the club drives down to get underneath the ball.

The amount of bounce that is on a club to begin with varies. A low bounce club has 4-5° right up to a high bounce angle being 16-18°. For FREE expert help come and talk me at Dunes Golf Centre but for now here is a general guide for choosing the correct bounce:

More Bounce
The fluffier the sand, the deeper the sand, the lighter the sand, the longer the grass in the rough, and the steeper the golfer swings the wedge down into the ball, the more bounce on the sole is required to be consistent in shot making.

Less Bounce
Conversely, the more coarse the sand, the more shallow the sand, the heavier and wetter the sand, the shorter the grass in the rough, and the more level the golfer swings the wedge down into the ball, the less bounce on the sole is required to be consistent in shot making.

Callaway’s new Sure Out wedge is just the job!

If you find yourself struggling with your bunker play, the Sure Out just may be the miracle wedge you’ve been searching for.
This is the by far THE best club available today, to get you out of the sand and on to the green in just one shot.

It really lives up to its name, giving you a SURE OUT, nearly every time.

When Hank Haney teamed up with Callaway to design the Sure Out, he made SURE it was developed to make it easier for you… the amateur golfer… not the Tour Pro… to get out of the bunker and hit any shot around the green easier.

The larger, wider and heavier enhanced-camber, high-bounce Sure Out sole lets you effortlessly and cleanly glide through any type of sand or rough.

The technology is like nothing you have ever seen.
When comparing it to a traditional sand wedge, you’ll see how much has been built into the Sure Out to give you the ultimate advantage
And if the Callaway Sure Out isn’t enough to have you jumping with excitement… we have something even better for you….

…FREE ENTRY TO THE BUNKER CLINIC WITH PURCHASE
When you buy a Sure Out Wedge you will get a free place on our bunker clinic to make sure it works perfectly for you.

All for just £99.00
(Ask to try one of the demo SURE OUT wedges next time you are at Dunes)

Still note sure?
We are offering a 30 day full money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied!

Let me show you how to get out the bunker first time, every time!

Join my bunker clinic
Learn a simple technique that will grow your confidence from the sand and show you how to get out first time, every time!

No longer fear the prospect of hitting the ball into the sand, in fact you will relish the opportunity to play great bunker shots time and time again!

To book your space at this clinic for just £15.00 simply telephone 01346 510693 or use the online booking form below
Spaces are very limited so do not delay – book today!


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How to improve your scores…

Improve your scores – guaranteed!
Your ability to score is significantly influenced by your ability to minimise the number of putts per round.
But it is not simply a case of going out there and practicing your putting!

Did you know?…The leading money winner on the PGA Tour (Dustin Johnson) last year only made 58.87% from the 5-10 foot range. Bubba Watson only made 46.09%.

If any amateur golfer can average over 50% over the course of a season from this critical scoring range, I would very much like to meet them!

In the words of Dave Pelz, short game coach to the world’s top players,
“If you want to score, the most important “game” to improve is your short game. Second most important is your putting game. And the least important is your power-swing, ball striking game, the game you’ve been practicing all these years!”

Here is why…
Dave Pelz places the short game (this is chipping and pitching) above putting because all the stats show that how close you hit it to the hole has a significant impact upon how many putts you take.

Take a look at the 2016 season putting stats from current World Number One, Dustin Johnson.

Notice how the percentage success rate from outside 10ft drops off a cliff. Outside of 15ft Dustin doesn’t make many putts at all!

This means all golfers will benefit hugely by hitting the ball closer to the hole from 110 yards and in.

Practice is not just about hitting ball after ball and spending a lot of time at it – in fact it is entirely not that! Good practice is about being deliberate with what you are doing and to make practice more like your play.

We have developed some superb practice games that will guarantee you lower scores on the course. The first of these is called ‘Target Pitching’.

Very simply, you play 5 balls from 20 yards and score points depending how close to the hole you finish. This is repeated at 10 yard intervals right out to 110 yards. Important: We highly recommend using your normal ‘match’ balls for this game as we do not want to create extra variables by changing the ball type. So, if you normally play a Titleist ProV1 make sure you have five, in good condition, for this game.

Add up your score total on the score sheet provided and each time you play you should try to beat your best ever score.
You can only play the game once in a day and, if you start-off badly, you are not allowed to start again!

A more advanced way to play the game is to play with just one ball from each distance and to randomise the order in which you play each shot. This makes it even more like your play!

The Golf Studio at Dunes provides highly accurate distance information and is ideal for playing this game and it means you can use a brand new ball as you can get it back each time.

Wedge Fitting at Dunes Golf Centre

Over the last 15-20 years the manufacturers have strengthened the lofts on Iron sets meaning the Pitching Wedge has strengthened from 52° to 45°. In fact, the Pitching Wedge on one new set of Irons is 44°. That is a three club length gap to the Sand Wedge.

No wonder we haven’t seen a drop in scores despite the longer tee shots. With a gap between the Pitching Wedge and Sand Wedge (which they couldn’t strengthen as we needed that loft to get out of bunkers) extended to 11°, in the scoring zone you are effectively playing with a Sand Wedge and 8 Iron!

If you want a better short game, as a minimum you must do the following: get very good at playing 1/2, 5/8 or 3/4 and 7/8 Pitching Wedge shots and, as I would also recommend, you put a 50 or 52° Wedge in your bag.
This Wedge (the ‘Gap’ Wedge to fill the gap the manufacturer’s have created between the PW and SW) will make it much easier for you to play better shots into greens.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A  FITTING AT DUNES GOLF CENTRE

I currently carry 3 wedges; They are a 48° wedge, a 52° Gap wedge and a 56° Sand wedge. I feel this gives me the versatility around the greens that I require although the inclusion of a 60° Lob wedge could also prove beneficial.

We are a Custom Fitting Centre for Cleveland Golf with a cart that carries all of the different heads and shaft combinations. We also have fitting clubs that you can try from Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping, Mizuno and Orka.

What wedges do you carry?
We have a loft and lie machine and will gladly check your loft gaps FREE of charge! It only takes us a few minutes to do by using our special Loft and Lie machine. We can also talk to you about what distance gaps you have in your set as well as what bounce angles would suit you best – are you a Digger or a Sweeper?

If you want to make 2017 your best and most enjoyable year on a golf course we suggest you come for an assessment lesson at Dunes Golf Centre. It is open to golfers of all ages and levels of ability and is a fantastic learning experience costing from just £20 for the 60 minute session.

Telephone 01346 510693 to book or go to www.dunesgolfcentre.co.uk

SUMMER OPENING HOURS
We are pleased to announce that the Golf Centre is back on Summer opening hours so we are now 7 days a week:
Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm
Saturday 9am to 4pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm

Please note: The café is not going to be open on a Sunday until April 2017