A View from the shed

A View from the Shed

Nature has a way of getting its own back, with only 100mm of rainfall in the last 3 months, gave us the opportunity to cut and present the course, well into early December. However, in the last 3 weeks, mother nature has delivered storm force winds, heavy rain, snow and frosts.

I often get asked, when the white frost goes from the surface of the leaf, why are we sometimes still on temporary greens ? It is at this point, that most damage can occur. If the surface is thawing and just below is still frozen, the surface can move under the pressure of feet. This in turn can cause root break, by shearing of any frozen roots. At this time of year, the ability for the grass plant to recover, is severely reduced.

However, it must be reiterated that our policy here at Westridge, is to never close the course, use main greens in all but exceptional circumstances, and permit the use of trolleys for most days of the year.

We are currently in the middle of our machinery maintenance and cylinder grinding.

We on the greenstaff, look forward to seeing you on the course, throughout the up and coming season. It only remains for my staff and myself, to wish you all A VERY HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR.

Importance of Having the Correct Posture Before and During the Swing

Have you ever wondered why your golf swing is inconsistent? Although there are a number of potential issues, having the correct posture at address is an important fundamental which a lot of golfers overlook and don’t give a lot of consideration too. This helps dictate how the club swings around the body, helps the body turn correctly, and helps promotes good balance. When addressing the ball, check you are doing the following points:

  • Stand upright with your legs straight
  • Keep your arms relaxed and comfortably straight
  • Hold the club at waist height
  • Tilt forward from your hips, keep your back straight until the club touches the ground
  • Soften the knees so your weight is on the balls of your feet
  • Stance should be shoulder width for irons, and a little wider for woods

 

 

So what is a loss of posture? This is considered any sort of alteration from the body’s original set up angles during the golf swing. As the angles of the body change from loss of posture, the player is put in a position to have to rely on the timing of their hand action in order to square the clubface at impact, which ultimately promotes a timing driven swing that over the space of around one second, can be very inconsistent! One of the most common faults found in amateur golfers is a loss of posture, and it’s been determined 64.3 percent of amateur golfers have a form of posture loss at some stage during the swing. The following points can cause golfers to suffer from posture loss during the swing:

  • Poor Flexibility: This stops golfers getting into key positions without altering the spine angle during the swing. In order to rotate around good and stable posture, golfers must have good flexibility in the hips and shoulders.
  • Muscle Stiffness: This can alter good set up posture and force players to change their spinal posture during the swing.
  • No separation of the upper body from the lower body: This allows the shoulders to rotate around the spine without altering original posture.
  • Inability to stabilise the core: The golfer’s ability to stabilise the angle of the spine during the swing, is directly proportional to the strength and stability of the core muscles (hips and glutes).

 

To summarise the above, it is really important to have the correct posture before and during the golf swing. The golf swing is a very athletic motion where the stance and posture should be athletic as well. Working hard to improve your set up positions, and flexibility will help you to achieve a more consistent and better golf swing, leading to better performance and ultimately results.

If you would like to know more about this or book a lesson, please give me a call in the shop on 613131

 

Thanks

Christopher Reed

PGA Professional

Westridge Golf Centre

Westridge Golf Centre

Westridge Golf Centre

would like to wish our members and customers a very

Merry Christmas

and a

Prosperous Golfing New Year

 

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 very sodden. So my best advice at the moment if you are going through a bad spell or finding that you are having a few bad games here and there would be to let yourself indulge in the festivities and have fun. This will then spill over to your golf.  The amount you enjoy your golf is heavily related to the quality of the golf you play. How many times can you look back and say that you played really good golf, but were angry and annoyed…. Not many.

So my leaving quote for today is going to be –

“Success in golf depends less on strength of body, more on strength of mind and character”

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Thank you very much for reading my blog, my next one will be along shortly.

Have a great week golfing.

Daniel West

 

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 that changing often is not the greatest move! With wedges though a frequent change is actually a good thing. This is something that is tough to do if you know it works well for you! There’s also a good chance that the grooves have practically worn away due the years of ball striking during playing or practicing!

Which leads to the question does worn grooves on a wedge actually affect your game? The answer is a very simple yes! A brand new wedge with new grooves produces twice the amount of backspin and loads more control! In addition to this, the ball will slide up the face of a wedge with worn out grooves, and launch higher rather than being grabbed by the grooves which reduces spin!

Click on the link below and watch the short video to see just how much grooves can affect performance of a wedge and if it’s time to upgrade yours.

At Westridge we stock a variety of wedges from Titleist, Taylormade, Mizuno, and Callaway and more. Please call 01983 613131 if you require any more information.

 

Christopher Reed

PGA Professional

Westridge Golf Centre

 

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 with danger. That’s why you need to develop a wet lie chipping method.

So I much prefer using a bunker shot technique, where I have my feet open to the target and swing across my target line, whilst maintaining a neutral clubface. The only real change is the ball position should move a fraction back of centre. As you are looking to make sure that you strike the ball first so the clubface doesn’t clag up in the wet muddy ground conditions. From this position you want to make sure that you make a confident golf swing and accelerate through the golf ball.

Try this wet lie chipping method approach during a practice round. Throw a couple balls down and test it out  – it really works from those horrible, muddy lies.

Pitching advice

During the winter when the greens can be very soft, it makes sense when you pitch to get the ball up in the air and carrying as close to the hole as possible. However, this isn’t always the safest option. Your shot selection process should start with a close look at how the golf ball is lying. Really look closely at how it is sitting because if your ball is in an area without much grass, so it’s sitting in a very bare area, then a lower-flighted, chip and run shot is a much safer option in this situation.

Being able to make a shorter swing with less loft takes a lot of the trouble out of the equation. However, just be mindful that if the pin is at the back of the green, make sure you give it enough to get all the way back there as the ground can be very wet and slow this time of year.

Thank you very much for reading my blog, my next one will be along shortly.

If you wish to learn more then call me on 01983 613131 and book yourself in for a golf lesson.

Have a great week golfing.

Daniel West