Good morning golfers,
I'm putting this newsletter together on my day off and the sun is shining and it's days like this I really want to get out onto the golf course. It seems like a lot of you are getting out there and by some of the comments we are getting you are really enjoying the course at the moment as it recovers well from the maintenance work on the greens.
We had a great Fitting Day with Titleist on Friday. It was great to see that the users could see improvements in not only using the most current equipment and technology but the further improvement by having the correct shafts and lie angles. We have got further demo days booked in over the coming months including Callaway, Cleveland and even Odyssey. Dates will be announced soon but if you can't wait until then remember we are doing FREE custom fits and lesson with selected equipment purchases. Watch our video...
Last week we announced the two successful golfers chosen to take part in our game improvement programme to show how quickly improvements can happen if you put your mind to it. It's not just about the golf swing and technique, which obviously we will be working on, but an overall look at people's games, including long game, short game, golf course management, gapping and routine.
I have been in contact with both our champions, Alison and Rick will be documenting their programme in this newsletter. Rick will be starting next week. Alison started her programme on Saturday although had had a previous lesson with me a few weeks before and we worked on Alison's grip and swing path. After a recap and to check these were where we wanted them to be, we worked on the first of our improvement programme sessions and Alison has reported below:
'No sooner was the new performance simulator up and running at Panshanger Golf Complex than Matt Bannister, General Manager and PGA Golf Professional, announced that he was looking for a pair of 'improvement champions' to benefit from his expertise and the new technology. These willing victims would commit to a concentrated course of lessons and practice with a view to lowering their scores. I decided to go for it; I had already had one really useful lesson with Matt and was keen to try and improve further. So I was really excited to hear shortly after that I had been selected, and would be reporting regularly on my progress (no pressure!)'
Saturday lesson - We started with a recap of the main points from my first lesson: Making sure that my grip was sufficiently 'strong' with two knuckles showing on my left hand; Correcting my 'out-to-in' swing path by imagining that I was trying to hit the ball towards '1 o'clock' rather than 'twelve o'clock' on an imaginary clock face.
The first new point this week was positioning the ball a little further back in my stance so that I was hitting down on it and making better contact. Matt then videoed some shots and showed me that I needed to extend my shoulder turn further to achieve a more ideal swing plane.
So this week's two new thoughts are: Turning further so that my left shoulder is opposite the ball at the top of my swing and focussing on achieving the sound of good ball/club contact
Putting it into practice - Since my lesson I've played two full rounds at Panshanger with mixed results. I would say that my best shots are getting a bit better and my bad ones less disastrous. A few stray tee shots and poor putting were most often my downfall this week. Alison Schroeder - 12/05/15
The two swings above show Alison's before swing and after with a better shoulder turn. Overall a good start and we will see some real improvements in Alison's game over the coming weeks.
Hole 16 - 524/456 yards (Par 5)
A long, gradual uphill climb awaits as you turn the corner of this dogleg par five. The slope of the valley again forces players to hit to the left hand side of the fairway on the approach. A big two-tiered green can put you in three putt territory. Makes you think on every shot and par is a good score even on this relatively short par five.