I have just returned from a golfing trip to Norfolk with some friends, most of whom are members of the golf club. It was a really great trip with guys who love a bit if not a lot of banter. We played in the windiest weather I have played in for about 20 years.
The first course we played was Sheringham Golf Club which was outstanding. The photo is of me teeing off on the 9th hole there. It is a difficult golf course with lots of gorse and exposed fairways. Their 5th hole which is 450 yard par 4, I nailed driver and nailed 3 wood and was still 10 yards short of the green. It was a beast of a hole. My team managed to win that day thanks to Sam Messenger scoring 39 points, Darran Valentine scoring 36 points and Stuart Goodwin scoring 34 points.
The second day was played at Royal Cromer which is a stunning course but unfortunately we had unsavoury members hit through us on two separate occasions. It was probably the most unfriendly place I had ever been to. Anyway I played like a complete plonker, probably due to the festivities the evening before. Unfortunately my partner Colin McLeoad had a tough day as well and lost 4 down to Andy Tizzard and Kevin Hume. To be honest I thought we did well to keep it to 4 down.
I managed a quieter evening with a nice meal and entertainment by Lou & the Diamonds. The last day was played at Barnham Broom where I teamed up with Billy O'Neill and I managed to play properly. With Billy's teamwork we won 4 up against Stuart Goodwin and Derek Hobday. The most important thing is that the team I played for over the weekend, the Ian Down team beat Tim Hobday's team by 10 holes. A good thumping!! Well done boys!
Over the weekend while I was away the Dennis Jordan Qualifier was played and the winners were Matt Tizzard & Alex Eddy with a fantastic score of 40 points. That really is a great foursomes score as in my opinion foursomes is a tough game to play. Simon Goodall & John Ager were second on 37 points and David Scott & David Jones were third on count back on 36 points.
Feel Is Not Real
What you feel is happening in your golf swing is not really what is happening in your golf swing. I had this problem over the weekend. I mentioned my golf over the weekend and I wanted to talk about something that we have all had a problem with. That is what we think we do and what we actually do. I have a couple of different problems in my swing that reappear from time to time and on Saturday they reappeared. The process I went through to correct things was, to go and practice, and work on aspects that I have performed in the past, to correct my errors. I had Sam Messenger video me so I could see what was going on. It was perfect for me because I could see what I was doing. Once I saw what was going on I was able to fix it and hence I hit the ball well on Sunday and played properly in really tough conditions.
So please remember that we are creatures of habit and if you have had to fix something in the past you will have to work on it again. Problems always return, but you need to remember how you fixed them. One of my goals as an instructor is to educate people on their golf swing because everyone is different and needs different solutions. Always video yourself to see what you are doing. The camera does not lie! Here is the video that Sam took. It is of me hitting a few shots. By this stage I felt comfortable that I had worked out the problems.
If you feel like you are slipping into old habits or want to know where you are going wrong, why not click here to send me an email and I can get you booked in for a video or Flightscope lesson.