Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Get The Perfect Ball Position For Every Club

The chances of making a good swing increase significantly if you take extra care to make sure that things are spot-on at set-up, with ball position one of the key ingredients of a good set up. Here’s how to find the perfect ball position with every club from short iron through to long irons, and the driver. It’s very much about sternum position and how that relates to swing arc.

First, the 9-iron. Start your set-up with your feet together so your sternum is directly over the ball. Take a little step with your left foot and the same length step right with your right. Ball position remains below your sternum in the middle of the stance, and with a successful swing, the club will bottom out just after the ball and you’ll take a little divot.

The mid-iron is longer and will therefore bottom out differently, so you need to change your set-up very slightly. Starting with your feet together again, take that same little step to the left but a slightly bigger step to the right. Your sternum is now slightly behind the ball, but because the club is longer it will still bottom out just after the ball.

With the 4-iron, guess what? It’s the same step left again, but a slightly bigger step right to allow the longer club to still bottom out correctly.

1 - Consistent step left
The step left from the feet together position remains constant with your irons. It is the step to the right that gets progressively bigger with the longer irons.

2 - Longer iron stability
That bigger right step with the long irons also gives you a wider stance, which you need for added stability as you’re going to be creating more clubhead speed.

3 - Driver variation
You want to be hitting up with the driver, so you need the sternum further behind the ball. So just a very tiny step (1 inch or less) with the left foot then a nice big step with the right.

A View From The Shed

Morning frost and the consequences of play, is an emotive subject in most clubhouses. Here is a greenkeeping view.

The grass plant is especially prone to damage when it is frozen, also when the ground is thawing. In an ideal world, the course should remain closed until the ground has completely thawed, but is not always practical.

The sight of frost on the grass leaf tells us  that the water inside the leaves is frozen. as approximately 80% of plant tissue is made up of water. When this water is frozen, golf traffic causes the ice crystals in the cells to puncture through the plants cell walls, resulting in the killing of the plant tissue.

When frozen, the leaves of the grass plant get easily bruised by golfers feet, trolley’s etc, the affected turf turns black or brown and becomes damaged.

The worst damage occurs when the thaw is taking place, when the surface is thawed and the soil underneath is still frozen. The surface moves with the pressure from footprints and the soil does not, creating breakage of the roots. This, in worst cases kills the grass plant and encourages disease.

I hope this has given you an insight into our decision making, when considering whether to use frost holes, restrict the use of trolley’s and buggies.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Here at Westridge we have everything covered for the golfer in the family. Below  I have put a list together of some of the items golfers always need from £10 up to how much who would like to spend on them.

Below are a few ideas for you to help you get creative

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

STOCKING FILLERS - UNDER £25

Christmas vouchers  available in any numeration big or small

Golf Gloves From £10

Golf Balls from £15 a Dozen

Caps and winter hats from £15

and there is always Sock’s but not just any sock’s  we sell golf specific sock’s!!

Lots of Golf accessories ,Tees ,Ball Markers ,Score Card Holders ,Putting Aids and many more

A LITTLE LARGER AND A FEW MORE PENNIES

Golf Bags From £45

Golf Trolleys From £30

Putters From £30

Waterproof Suits From £99

Vokey SM6 Wedges £115

Golf GPS devices from £99

Golf shoes from £50

Electric Golf trolleys from £299

PLUS we also offer Gift vouchers for any amount

Or if you feel you want they want to get into golf  we offer Beginners Golf Lessons From £10

 

Holding On

HOLDING ON

Not enough people realise how important and how much of an impact the state of the grip on the golf club has on  your swing and hold. The only contact between you and the club, is through the grip and your hands. So making sure the grip is in good condition is a necessity, if you are to hold  with the right grip pressure. The right grip pressure should feel as though you have a new tube of toothpaste, take the lid off,  squeeze the tube but no toothpaste comes out.  The impact,  a set of worn grips can have on your game is huge. When a grip becomes worn or even worse hard or slippy it makes it very difficult to control the club without having to hold the club much tighter. When you do this you introduce unwanted tension into the golf swing which can have detrimental effects, creating  tension in the muscles, which will not allow you to achieve the relaxed and fluid motion required to hit consistent golf shots.

Not only is it important to have grips that are in good condition, it is also important to have the correct size of grip. Grips that are too small  cause your hands and wrists to be  overactive during the swing which can lead to the ball being hooked or pulled and oppositely , grips that are too big can cause a lack of hand action and therefore create a slice or push shot. Grip size also makes a big difference if you have problems with your hands ,such as Arthritis or other conditions, with a larger grip it make the job of holding the grip so much easier and less painful on the hands.  If you are unsure about the grip size you should be using or what may help, then please ask one of our staff in-store and we can measure you up and give you a clearer understanding.

We have grips starting from as little as £3 per grip INCLUSIVE OF FITTING, and depending on how many clubs you need to have regripped  we can do this while you wait , which means you will be ready for your next game ,practice or  competition .

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Choosing & Executing the Correct Chip Shot

1) The lie of the land

The standard rule when chipping is that if there are any slopes, bunkers or mounds to come over, you should play a lower shot and get the ball running as soon as possible. But even if there is nothing to carry short of the green, slopes on the green can have a significance, especially with regard to your landing area.

For example, would a higher-flighted chip risk catching a down slope and shooting forward, or an up slope that stops it stone-dead? We will work through the various options here, looking at basic chipping technique and how you can use different clubs and lofts to get the desired result.

But it’s vital that you get the chip and run keys right by assessing the terrain between you and the flag before choosing what club to play, and then visualising the shot clearly so there is no doubt in your mind when you pull the trigger. It’s as much about strategy as it is technique.

 2) Chip and run technique explained

The basic chip and run  requires something like a 7/8/9-iron, looking to land your ball on a flat part of the green. The ball should be middle/back in your stance so that the angle of attack is steeper, the loft is less and it rolls more on landing.

Feet and hips should be parallel to your target, and weight should be about 60/70% on the leading foot, putting your hands and sternum slightly ahead of the ball. From here, maintain the triangle created between arms and shoulders and simply rock them back and through without breaking the wrists.

Master this and you’ll not only get a consistent strike, but also know how the ball is likely to react and spin on landing.

3) When to add loft

Sometimes you will need a higher chip, perhaps if need to carry a down slope that risks shooting the lower chip forward on landing. Switch to a 56˚ sand wedge, however,  be aware that this is a bit more high-risk and harder to execute than the simple chip and run.

The good news is that, you can use exactly the same set-up and technique but just put a little more power into the shot. Ideally, the ball will carry the down slope, stop a little bit quicker but still have enough energy to get all the way to the hole.

 

4) Maximum height required

The most high-risk option uses the highest-lofted wedge in your bag and should only be employed when absolutely necessary. Perhaps when you have short sided yourself and there is virtually no green to work with or you have a bunker/ tree in which you need to flight the ball over.

Again, set-up remains constant, although you may need to vary ball position according to how high you need to hit it. You should factor in very little roll as the idea is to carry it pretty much all the way and get it to stop quickly, which will again require a little added power in the strike.

Trolley Restriction Warning

Trolley Restriction Warning

Due to the damage that trolleys can cause during frosty weather, there may be a trolley restriction introduced at short notice.