Month: January 2019

The best destination for a golf holiday

With the low cost flights and cheaper options for accommodation there has never been a better time to take advantage and book that golf holiday you’ve always dreamed of.

From the UK you have so many options it can be a daunting task not only to choose a destination but to even make a shortlist of say 2 or 3.

The most popular destinations are Spain/Portugal closely followed nowadays by the Asia market, in particular, Thailand. These locations provide great value for money and some of the best golf courses.

If budget is not a hindrance to the options and you want to do that once in a lifetime holiday then you have to consider America. The availability of quality packages are endless plus you have the ability to experience other attractions (Disneyland etc) whilst you play excellent courses. Other that there is UAE, China and all European countries where the climate is applicable for golf.

Golf is such a universal sport played all over the world that you can pretty much play it in most countries. However, if you are the society member lumbered with organising the next trip or you are just looking to book a great golfing holiday you can’t go wrong with the huge offering of Spain and Portugal. It’s almost guaranteed good golf, sun, sea and lots of San Miguel!

Please see link below for further information on –

Top 10 Golf Holiday Destinations

 

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Make practice count

It is always a far to familiar sight at the driving range…multiple golfers with a driver in hand trying to hit the small white ball over the back fence of the 350 yard plus driving range. This is not practice, this is male ego on steroids.

Each golfer that makes the effort to spend several hours down the range hitting ball after ball needs a routine and purpose to each session. It is pointless just turning up and hitting balls into the distance.

At first, to warm up, grab a 7 iron and hit the balls at 75%. Slowly increasing to 100% after you feel warm and have stretched off.

The general rule of thumb is to spend as much time practising with a particular club as you do using that club on a round of golf. Therefore, you may use your driver 13/15 times a round at most so it does not need all your time on the range. With this in mind most of your time practising should be focused on your short game , in particular, putting. As they say drive for show, putt for dough.

Once you feel comfortable and ready to focus on your session start with your lowest iron, usually the 9 iron. Depending on the amount of time you intend to spend at the range, use more balls on the lower irons in your bag reducing the number hit as you work your way up to 4 iron, then fairway woods and finally the driver.

Say you spend 1 hour at the range, spend 20 mins working through your irons, fairway woods and driver. 20 mins on the short game, including putter. 10 mins on anything you particularly want to work through and then 10 mins warming down. ideally you should be spending anything between 2-3 hours at the range. You need the time to work through issues encountered on the last round, perhaps practice new techniques/style’s learnt on last lessons or what you’ve picked up through one of the latest golf tuition mobile apps.

You need to make practice count. Have clear goals and a purpose to your session at the range. There is no benefit to getting a bag of balls and hitting them one after the other.

 

New Golf Rule Changes

Golf’s joint governing bodies, the R&A and the USGA have introduced 24 new rules which come into effect on 1st January 2019.

The Key Rule Changes are:

  1. Time to locate lost ball reduced from five minutes to three
  2. When taking a penalty drop, players will now drop the ball from knee height
  3. There will be no penalty for a double hit
  4. Players can remove loose impediments from bunkers and other hazards, without penalty
  5. There will be no penalty if a golfer accidentally brushes the sand on his backswing in a bunker
  6. Ready golf will be encouraged
  7. Golfers may leave the falg in the hole while putting on the green – if the ball hits it there will be no penalty
  8. Repairing spike marks will now be permitted
  9. If a golfer hits a shot out of bounds, he or she will now go to the spot where the ball entered the hazard and drop it under a two shot penalty. So no more ‘three off the tee’

What food/drink to have playing golf

Many golfers pay no regard to what they eat or drink before a round of golf. It’s not unusual for a social fourball to meet at the club an hour or so before the tee time, have a massive fry up and if not too early perhaps a beer or two.

Although this will be undoubtedly satisfying and fill the belly, it is not the best preparation for your round of golf. Even the beer will reduce first tee nerves but it will soon turn into a fuzzy head creating lack of concentration resulting in poor golf.

Depending on the time of day you play will determine the meal needed before. It’s only real purpose is to fill you with energy. You are going to walk roughly 7 miles on an average round of golf so energy is key to providing the body and mind with the fuel to play the golf you desire or at least give you one less factor to think about when the day of that competition arrives.

So early morning tee times you should have a decent bowl of muesli or porridge with a cup of tea or that much needed morning coffee. The porridge is a slow releasing carb so will give you the energy required whilst doing your thing on the course. Perhaps a glass of orange juice or water would be a nice side dish. Later in the day a bowl of pasta with a flavour of your choice. These meals should be eaten a good hour before you start your preparation on the driving range.

Most golfers do not realise the amount of energy used when playing golf. It’s seen as a leisurely stroll around a field, occasionally hitting a little white ball. To some that is correct but that stroll is 7 miles long and in that time you are burning huge amounts of your fuel source. It is important to replenish that source during the round. A lunch box full of energy has to become second nature to any golfer much like picking up your golf bag and shoes before you leave home. A large bottle of water, banana and mars bar will be a great start.

Your food and drink intake is vital to your golf game. It is as important as your golf fitness, preparation on the practice areas and your mental preparation before you tee off.

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What to wear to first golf lesson

You’ve got to be smart but most importantly, comfortable. You are undoubtedly going to be a little nervous and apprehensive about your first ever lesson. Making sure you feel comfortable in what you are wearing is one less thing to worry about.

The very first thing to discount is the option of going to your local golf outlet and spending a mini fortune on the latest golf clothes. It’s a waste and totally unnecessary, You’d be better off pocketing that money to spend on a nice meal for your other half or extra golf lessons. You can not put a price on quality golf tuition, whether it be at the driving range, online or via a mobile app, if your aim is to always be improving.

The time of year will determine what attire you should wear to your golf lesson. In the winter, both men and women should wear a tailed pair of trouser s, for men a polo shirt with a round or v-neck jumper over the top and for women (who tend to feel the cold more) as many layers as needed with a suitable zip-up jacket on top. To start rather than a pair of golf shoes a supportive, athletic pair of trainers will be appropriate footwear. In the summer, men should wear either the same tailored trousers or tailored shorts with a polo shirt. Women again the tailored trousers or shorts. Alternatively, a knee length skirt would be suitable. Always remember, smart but casual.

Most new golfers will have all of these clothes mentioned in a wardrobe at home. Perhaps never worn altogether (if you are a women) but there is a first time for everything!

Clothing is the least important thing when embarking on new golf lessons. You don’t even need clubs as these are provided for you if necessary, so always think – Be smart, casual but comfortable.

You may look the coolest golfer on the driving range but it you take the time to watch the golfer with all the gear, he/she generally has no idea and in desperate need of a lesson or two.

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