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A View From The Shed

With less than two weeks until Christmas, all leaves are now off the trees and are being removed from the ditches. I remain pleased with the condition of the greens at this late stage in the season. We have taken soil samples from the greens this week and have sent... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

In my blog this week I will be going through with you two ways in that you can tackle windy conditions this winter and stay in control of your ball flight. Many times I have seen golfers play great when the wind is helping or of the left/right, however, as soon as... read more

Footjoy 2019 footwear range

Today I had the opportunity to view the 2019 range of shoes from Footjoy and I must say there were some exciting additions to the existing range. With the fantastic summer we had this year spikeless shoes became a larger part of their business and with this in mind... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

If you don’t know already, I have recently started on my pathway to becoming a PGA Professional. The course officially started on October 1st 2018, with various assignments and playing regulations being set from the start. I have a total of 7 assignments due... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

It’s getting to that time of year, where the winter mats are in play, the courses are sodden and the weather is miserable! There is no better time to come off the golf course and focus on your golf. We have one of the best lesson/practice facilities in the south... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Make the most of your practice this winter by incorporating our Toptracer system and using it to your advantage. Practicing your golf is great as long as you practice the right things and not the wrong things. Practice makes permanent, not perfect. So, first of all if... read more

A View from the Shed

A View from the Shed The warm mild Autumn has been a blessing and a bonus for you, the golfer. However, the mild damp and occasionally foggy mornings, have not been quite so welcome by us Greenkeepers. The current weather conditions are perfect for disease growth.... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Over the last few months, I have been looking into how positive imagery has a massive impact on the outcome vs negative imagery. By which I mean if you are standing over a 3 ft putt, if you have a negative image in your mind that you are not going to hole this putt,... read more

A View from the Shed

A View from the Shed Autumn has arrived with a bang, 51mm of rain fell over last weekend. With the monthly average only 59mm, that was virtually our monthly amount in two days. As luck would have it, last week  we had micro-tined, Air2G2,  Verti-Drained and top... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

In this blog, I am going to talk through a few simple checks and give you some simple tips to help cure your slice. Cure Your Slice Before you can correct any major flaw in your golf swing, it is important to understand the reason why you slice the ball. The... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

If you’ve been reading my blogs recently, you will know that I have been preparing myself for my PGA playing test and taking you through various obstacles and battles that you come across when playing a big event. We have talked through the mental battle, the... read more

Tips On How To Hit A Draw

Many golfers strive to hit a draw shot with the driver. For a right-handed player, this means the ball curves moderately from right to left. It is a great way to impress your regular playing partners because the draw is the preferred shot off the tee, because it adds... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

In my latest addition to Dan’s Weekly Top Tips, I will be talking through the basics for a good solid pitching game and how we can simplify things. My Step-by-step guide to pitching 1) Lining up The first thing you need to do is pick your target line allowing... read more

Captains’ Drive-In 2018

On Saturday 24th March 2018 Westridge Golf Club celebrated the Captains Drive In. The incoming Captains are Bob Singh-Bansi (Club Captain), Marylin Barrell (Ladies Captain, Malcolm Prouten (Senior Captain) and William Lakin (Junior Captain). The  9 hole Stableford... read more

A View From The Shed

Thankfully, the snow left as quickly as it arrived this time. Today we have a clear blue sky, however, with a -3c frost, the ground temperature is 5c below this time last year. This together with the recent heavy rainfall, to my mind has put us back about 6 weeks.... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Getting the correct tee height with your driver this time of year can be crucial to keeping your drives straight and in play. This is down to having the incorrect tee height, which will generate more spin, especially into the wind. The first thing people tend to do... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

One of the most important things when it comes to golf is to make sure that you enjoy it, have fun and don’t get yourself worked up if you’re going through a bad spell or had a bad game. We are fast approaching a very happy festive time of year, where the ground is... read more

Is it time to upgrade your wedges?

Most golfers change their driver and irons like they do a pair of socks! But chances are if you have a certain wedge or putter which you like the look and feel of, then it stays in the bag forever! This is not a bad thing when it comes to the putter, as this is a club... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Simple step-by-step guide to pitching Facing a chip shot from a muddy claggy lie is a situation no golfer enjoys being in. The margins for error become much tighter on the strike when you adopt your standard technique, which can make this shot very tricky and riddled... read more

A View from the Shed

Here at Westridge, we are very lucky with the weather, only 24 mm of rain during November. Therefore, it is allowing us to keep presenting the course to a high standard. This is the time of year that i look at budgets for the coming year and start the winter machinery... read more

One key to improving your golf

The key to improving your golf Very often during golf lessons we will ask the customer what do you need to improve your golf? The answers we get obviously vary but there is generally a lot of ‘my driving is a bit off‘ ‘my chipping is alright’... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Maximising spin with your wedges through “Spin Loft” This is the holy grail, it’s what every golfer wants to be able to do. Spin the golf ball on the green. Now, if you read my blog two weeks ago you would have a brief understanding of what... read more

A View From The Shed

With all but the Oak leaves off the trees, the course takes on quite a different character at this time of year. The introduction of the alternative tee’s, also adds to a different challenge. This week saw the return of the Air 2G2, a machine that injects 5 bar... read more

Understanding Bounce On a Wedge

If I asked every golfer that walked through the shop if they knew what bounce was on a wedge, almost everyone would look at me strangely and say “NO”. Most golfers have no idea that this characteristic can have a massive impact on how the club performs... read more

Escaping Plugged Lies

After hitting a nice drive straight down the middle, you then hit the next shot straight into the greenside bunker. As you approach the green you are praying to the gods that your ball is lying ok, and have a chance to get the ball relatively close to the hole and... read more

A View From The Shed

The suggestion of teeing the ball up on the fairway for Winter, is obviously a thoughtful one. However, for what relatively little damage occurs, I believe the issues of where, when and how it should be used, would create confusion and slow play and out balances the... read more

New Titleist Iron Range!

Last week I had the opportunity to try out the complete range of Titleist irons going into 2018 and must say I was impressed with both the looks and performance right the way through the range. A lot of the promotion around clubs you see now is all about distance,... read more

A View From the Shed

The course continues to look and play very well, with the recent rain being very welcome. An interesting point about green speed, on the day that I measured the speed of our greens, I asked a handful of golfers, what speed they thought they were running at. The... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Short Putting Drills The pace you hit your 3-footers is just as important as when you are lagging from 40ft. You need a roll that is strong enough to stay on line over any lumps and bumps on the green but you don’t want to hit the ball too hard and lip out. Finding... read more