Hello and welcome to this week's newsletter,
The winter weather is not getting any better, I managed 12 holes on Monday before we were rained off the course and yesterday with the Slade I got caught in a flash hail storm with 3 holes to play, much to the amusement of those who had already finished.
Due to the course conditions/restrictions, the forecast and Ron booking another Slade on a shoot meeting only 10 managed to get out and play yesterday lunchtime for the January meeting. With a low turnout no one was assured of being safe of the PPP Pot.
I had the pleasure of partnering Colin Funston, we were steady if unspectacular and managed 37 points without sinking a putt between us. We were up against Nick Wombwell and Captain Ron who I can only presume came into money over Christmas as he was on 15 points through 5 holes and managed to make the turn between them in 25 points. Clearly concerned that they were in the lead and unsure on the drinks prices at the 8 Bells, they duly took the foot off the gas and came in with 42 points. They needn't have worried as leading from the front were George Reynolds, and proving that new putters don't just work in the shop, Paul Wisbey with a staggering 48 points!
At the other end, much to the relief of Colin and me, were Gerald George
and the new president Steve Griffith
, who was already showing the strains of office.
At this time of year it can be especially hard to keep a good score going with the course playing longer. You'll find yourself having to get up-and-down regularly to stay in the mix for the Winter Medal but those who go on to win will have mastered their touch around the greens.
One of the most common faults we see amongst amateurs in the chipping department, is that they tend to lean back and try and help the ball up. The result? Fats and thins and lots of blobs on the card!
One recommended drill is to practice while favouring your front leg, as pictured, which helps by getting you to set your weight correctly. This will encourage you to make a crisp downward strike and generate spin which in turn will add an element of extra control. Give it a go and we're certain you'll find yourself getting up-and-down on a far more regular basis.
The short-game department is just one area of the game we can help you with, so be sure to ask about a lesson and click here if you need some guidance.