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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.”

Think you can play with the worlds best on the big stage but need to improve? Why not try The Gateway Golf App, #1 golf tuition app! From putting to driving, you can improve your game when convenient to you. This can be on the driving range, the course or in your garden!

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.

Shot Mapping and Shot Keeper Scorecard

A brilliant way to learn from the many rounds of golf you play is to keep track of the shots made and the results from these shots. This will give vital feedback which can be analysed and reviewed after the round and effective practice can be implemented on the driving range.

Shot mapping is noting each shot made on a hole with what club and the result. Simply note them down for review and comparison later. For example on hole 1, driver off tee hooked to the left, 8 iron from rough on left, straight but low and short,  wedge onto green poor flight 30 feet from hole, 3 putts all pulled to the left. As you can see the amount of feedback given for one hole is huge and starts to build a picture of your overall game. Imagine what you will see after 18 holes!!

Shot keeper scorecard allows you to understand (1) physical swing and (2) mental state when hitting the ball. As well as shot mapping you should get into the habitat of understanding your psychological state on each and every shot – did you feel angry, sad, happy, tense, distracted, rushed or unable to concentrate? Record all these feelings so you can work on the mental side of the game.

This easy to apply system will allow you to collect data on each club and your mental and physical skills. You will soon find from comparing scorecards and rounds which areas of your game you really need to focus on. It may clearly indicate a tendency to hook the golf ball, if this is the case you can work on this at the range making your practice sessions really focused and feedback driven.

The Gateway Golf App has a great tool which supplements the scorecard function called ‘scorecard notes’. This allows you to do both shot mapping and shot keeper scorecard on each and every round which can be saved and reviewed whenever needed. For the best golf tuition app on the market its got to be The Gateway Golf App.

Warm up before tee time

Far to often do golfers have a tee time, turn up 10 mins before it, sort the clubs out, get the shoes on, pay the green fee in the pro shop and then walk straight to the first tee. This will only have one result – a poor start, if not poor round of golf. You must warm up not just to get your eye in with your clubs but also to stretch out your body. The golf swing uses most muscles in the body and it is vitally important to warm up.

The first thing to do is have a quick stretch. Ensure you do all body parts. This shouldn’t take to long and will allow you to swing the club effortlessly without risk of injury.

After being all stretched off get to the driving range and begin hitting a few balls with a 7/8 iron at 75%. Slowly work it up to 100% commitment. Once you feel focused and ready to work through your clubs, start with your lowest iron, probably 9 iron and hit several balls working through your irons. Then go onto the fairway woods and finish with the driver.

Now the wedges. Do full shots, half shots and any other shot you feel you may encounter on the course.

Before you go to the first tee from the range spend some time on the putting green. Practice long, medium and short length putts. This is the area which will definitely improve your score or chance of winning the club competition.

The warm should take a minimum of 45 mins, ideally an hour. Only then are you fully ready to take on the challenge of teh course.

Warming up for a round of golf is hugely important. It should be a factor in all golfers preparation to the tee off. You wouldn’t play football, rugby or any other sport without warming up, golf shouldn’t be no different.

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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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Golf handicap system

When anyone takes up golf there is so much to learn and take in that it can all be a bit daunting. This is definitely the case with the handicap system. It is  vitally important to the game and allows all amateurs regardless of their playing ability to play together competitively but it can confuse the most brightest of minds.

A handicap is determined by the golfers ability and regularly adjusted to reflect their current form or playing level. It is usually calculated over the last 10 rounds of golf.

A golf course consists of 18 holes, generally speaking made up of four par 3’s, four par 5’s and ten par 4’s resulting in the course having a par of 72.

So if the par is 72 a scratch golfer will be expected to take 72 shots to complete the course. This would mean he/she has played to par. A 10 handicap golfer will be in 82 (10 + 72) and a 18 handicap golfer in 90 (18 + 72).

If the par of the hole is three, a scratch golfer should score 3 or ‘par’ and a 18 handicap golfer 4 or ‘bogey’.

In a competition, if the scratch golfer was competing against a 18 handicap player and scored par of 72 and the 18 handicap scored 90 or 18 over, the match would be a draw. Why? The 18 handicap player would get 18 shots deducted from his total score which would result in 72.

The handicap system works excellently to encourage competitiveness in all club competitions. There are many different scoring systems like matchplay, stableford or stroke play where the handicap system works effortlessly to calculate the winner and losers.

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