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Etiquette On The Green

Its important to know how to behaviour when on the green, here’s some tips which will help…

  1. Stand well away from and to the side of players who are about to take their putt. Stay out of their line of sight to avoid being accused of gaining advantage through the feedback from their putt.
  2. Bags, Trolleys and buggies should be kept well away from greens.
  3. Try to avoid scuffing green with golf shoes.
  4. Never walk on the putting line of another player. If in doubt ask and mark your ball.
  5. If tending the flag, release it from its support prior to the shot being taken to avoid any penalty shots occurring.
  6. Be quiet and still when others are taking their putt.

These simple etiquette rules of thumb will keep you in good stead if you are new to the game and a good reminder to those who have been playing a while and forgotten. You know who you are!

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Components of Golf Fitness

Golf fitness is made up of aerobic endurance, nutrition, muscular strength and flexibility.

Aerobic Endurance is your ability to continue for long periods of physical activity. Its what most would say is your ‘fitness’ level. If you are out of breathe climbing the stairs then you are probably not as fit as you should be. However if you running around and not braking sweat you are likely to be in good shape and more than capable of enduring a competitive round of golf.

Nutrition is all about what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat it. Most would say golf is just a leisurely walk round a field but that they would be wrong. A competitive round of golf can use vital levels of energy you have gained from the food intake. It is important to keep yourself well hydrated and keep topping up you fuel source whilst playing. Although a fairly excused subject in the world of golf, nutrition is a key component when trying to be the best golfer you can.

Muscular strength is all about power. You only have to see how far Rory Mcllroy hits the ball to know how spending hours in the gym pumping iron (excuse the pun) can benefit your golf game. Want to hit those 300+ yard drivers? Hit the gym and engage a Personal Trainer to really focus on key areas of the golf swing.

Flexibility can be incorporated into the gym sessions lifting thse weights. A flexible, freely moving body can only help the golf swing. The swing uses most parts of the body so its vitally important to keep yourself in shape and feeling good!

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Take that divot and trust the loft

Most golfers have a natural tendency to try and help the ball into the air by holding back through impact and attempting to lift the ball. A golf club, in particular an iron, is designed with loft to do all the work required to get the ball up and on a good flight path.

As you feel more comfortable with using the club to lift the ball, move your weight towards the target on the downswing. This will drive the club through the ball and should, if executed correctly, leave a nice, healthy divot behind after impact.

A divot will be a good feedback indicator that you have set the ball in the right position in your stances and found a greater angle of attack than usual. By committing to the shot with positive imagery and excellent execution you should leave a divot.

Always remember to repair your divots by using a divot tool, which you can buy from any golf course or golf equipment supplier.

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Good and Bad Lies

Each and every time you get an opportunity to practice the game of golf you must test yourself and improve on your capabilities. This can not be more said than with chipping from good and bad lies.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of going to a professional golf tournament on practice day you will see each and every pro doing exactly this – testing their abilities and finding out what the particular golf course has in store for them on the big day. On the practice green you will find the pro’s spreading the balls around the green and not hitting ball after ball from a perfect lie just of the green. This provides vital feedback and quality practice. Some will even create terrible lies to really test their ability.

You should add this to your practice sessions as its very unlikely you will ever get that perfect lie on the course when playing with friends or in the local club competition. Practice should be enjoyable but it should also have purpose and provide you with continuing challenges so you are constantly pushing yourself to be a better golf.

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Grip – Common Errors

The grip is a vitally important element of the golf swing. Regardless of your golfing standard, you should take time to improve your grip. There are two common errors that can creep into your golf game undetected – Strong Grip and Weak Grip.

Strong Grip

A strong grip is when you look down at you hands on the club at address and see you the ‘V’ between your index finger and thumb on you right hand (if a right handed player, left if a left handed player) is pointing right of your right shoulder. In addition you will be able to see three knuckles on your left hand. This grip will tend to cause a hook and close the club face at impact.

Weak Grip

With a weak grip, the opposite hands with the ‘V’ of the index finger and thumb pointing towards your left shoulder and you will only be able to see one knuckle. This grip will tend to cause a slice and open the club face at impact.

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5 Factors to a Good Address Position

  1. STANCE. How your weight is balanced at address is important. It will be different for all types of shots.
  2. GRIP. Holding the club so your hands work in partnership to keep the club on plain with powerful, fluid movement.
  3. BALL POSITION. Where you place the ball in your stance will affect the angle the club strikes the ball. Getting this spot on ensures improved flight and control/striking of the golf ball.
  4. ALIGNMENT. Ensuring you are aligned with the direction you wish to send the ball is vitally important. It will give feedback and will help you take the club back on the right path.
  5. POSTURE. Much like ball position, the angle of your back will assist in the consistency of quality strikes time after time.

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5 changes to the PGA Tour 2019 schedule

Below are the 5 changes to the PGA Tour schedule that you should know about

  1. The PGA Championship will be played in May
  2. Two tournaments will be played in Michigan and Minnesota
  3. The FedEx playoffs will play finish in August and not September
  4. The RBC Canadian Open will be played in early June
  5. The Houston Open and Greenbrier move to the Autumn

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2019 Major Championship Dates & Locations

Its that time of year when we all start thinking about the major championships of 2019. Below are the dates and locations you need to put in the diary.

US MASTERS

Augusta National, Georgia, USA – 11-14th April

U.S. OPEN

Pebble Beach Golf Club, California, USA – 13-16th June

THE OPEN

Royal Portrush, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland – 19-22nd July

USPGA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Bethpage Black, New York, USA – 13-19th May

Padraig Harrington – 2020 Ryder Cup Captain

Gateway Golf App would like to congratulate Padraig Harrington on becoming the latest captain to lead the European team in the 2020 Ryder Cup.

The 2020 Ryder Cup will be held at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.

Previously at vice-captain at the last 3 Ryder Cups and a pivotal player in 6 competitions, his pedigree is unquestionable.

After the announcement at Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey, Harrington said…

“It is a tremendous honour to be named Ryder Cup Captain and I am relishing the next 20 months as we work towards Whistling Straits and Europe’s defence of the trophy, I have played under, and been involved with, many wonderful European captains since I made my debut in the contest 20 years ago and I would like to think that my captaincy will be a mix of all of them. I am very much looking forward to taking on this role.”

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Golf Shoes

Golf Shoes are recommended as you start to play and practice more golf. The key benefit of the golf shoe is they provide better transaction which helps with weight transfer and learning better footwork. Golf shoes are designed with better support and comfort than an ordinary shoe as you are walking the course for 4 hours or so and can be practising for extended periods of time. Many golfers have used tennis shoes rather than golf shoes which is fine at first but it is recommended that a good, quality pair of golf shoes are used if you expect to be playing golf in the long term.

Golf shoes come in a wide variety of leather textures, from soft to firm. The softer leather shoe will provide less support and stability plus tend to wear out quicker. If you are a all weather golfer and walk and pull a trolley or carry a bag as you play, waterproof shoes are now widely available.

Another consideration with golf shoes is whether or not you would like them to have spikes. Many modern golf shoes now come without spikes which can in lesser weather conditions reduce stability and grip on uneven ground. Both spike and spikeless options can be used and it could be an idea to have a pair of each for both summer and winter golf.

Golf shoes are an important piece of equipment when playing, however more important is your continued application of the game itself. Practice makes perfect when playing golf and The Gateway Golf App is here to help you make those steady improvements one step at a time.

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