Back when I was an amateur, I remember playing golf with my friend on a lovely sunny afternoon and watching him really struggle with his game and he wasn’t enjoying being out on the course. I gave him a quick tip and immediately this made a massive difference and his golf improved, and his enjoyment! This was the time I realised how rewarding it was to help someone with their golf swing and see their face light up after hitting a good shot.
Now I’m a Professional, it has got to the stage where I actually enjoy helping people hit great shots more so than when I do myself (Not that I hit many!). The game of golf has been so good to me, and now I want to do everything I can in order to help as many people as possible achieve their goals. Golf is supposed to be fun, but the amount of fun a player experiences quickly diminishes as soon as they make things more complicated for themselves. Whether you are a very keen golfer, someone who is not able to play as often as you would like to, or someone who is starting out and thinking of taking up the game, the key to enjoying the game on a higher level is “SIMPLIFY”!
Simplifying your swing thoughts will not only speed up the rate at which your swing improves, you will also improve your confidence and therefore enjoy the game a lot more! For example, many players who come to see me for a lesson are quick to blame their bad shots that go left and right on certain flaws in their golf swing. They immediately start to change things in their swing when the problem might actually be taking place before the swing even begins. If the shots are not going where you want them to, first check your grip, stance, and set up to ensure that you are setting yourself up properly for a good shot. Many of my lessons come to me complaining about consistently hitting the ball left or right of their intended target, yet as I watch them hit the shots, it is clear they are consistently aiming exactly where the ball goes. They do not realise that they are aiming in the wrong direction, so when the ball doesn’t go where they want it to, they automatically assume there is a fault in their golf swing.
Another way to enjoy the game of golf more is to have realistic expectations. Golf is not how good your good shots are, it’s how good your bad shots are during a round. We need to expect that we are going to hit some bad shots during the course of the round and not every shot is going to be perfect. Many amateurs always come up short when hitting a shot to the green, because they choose a club which needs a perfect strike in order for it to go the required distance. They swing the club as hard as they can and then wonder why the consistency suffers. Instead choose a club which goes a little further than the intended distance and swing easier and more within yourself. This will make it possible to incorporate proper swing mechanics which will automatically improve your consistency, and improve the odds that your ball ends up on the green. (Of course you need to access the trouble surrounding the green for example, if there is water behind the green, you might want to stick with the original club to make sure you have no chance of going over the green and long). Since “feel” is so important in the golf swing (long and short shots) the less technical you can make things, the easier it will be to incorporate good rhythm, timing, and tempo.
The game of golf has so much to offer people of all levels, and we can enjoy the benefits of the game to its fullest if we just don’t over think things and simplify our overall approach.
I hope this blog has been helpful to you. Please call 613131 to book lessons with myself. Thank you
Keep an eye on your swing whilst you practice with Garmin Truswing
People who are having lessons or trying to alter their swing in a certain way often fall back into old habits, so how can you ensure you are doing it correctly? Well technology has evolved and there are some fantastic training aids out in the marketplace and one I like particularly is the Garmin Truswing. This consists of a small unit that sits on the shaft of the club you are using and syncs back to your phone or compatible garmin gps device giving you real time information about the shot you just hit. With it you can check and then monitor your Swing path, Club Speed, Face angles and Swing tempo as well as other important swing elements and then change them accordingly or speak to your golf professional about what you should be focussing on. You can also view a 3D run through of your swing itself allowing you to monitor progress.
This really is a great unit to stop you drifting back into old habits or practicing the wrong things and we have these in store at Westridge Golf Centre so please come in and see us and we can talk you through the other benefits of the device or tell you what you should concentrate on whilst using it.
For further information about exactly what you can measure watch the short video below
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 they have some really on trend designs including a range of machine washable footwear that you can wear down the high street as well as on the golf course. They are finding a greater number of players who want to put a pair of comfortable shoes on in the morning, wear them to the golf course play their round and then drive home in them and have catered for this with some really lightweight comfortable shoes.
One of their spiked ranges features a type of memory foam in the sole of the shoe that will mould to your foot shape to provide supreme comfort as well as a really funky looking shoe, plus for the player who prefers a traditional looking golf shoe you are not forgotten. They still have the ever popular Dryjoys range which gives you that classic look but with the added comfort benefits of the modern day footwear.
I may have already given away more information than I should but the new ranges will be in our stores around February/March 2019 and I am sure you will like what you see.
In the meantime we have a few of the discontinued shoes not carrying forward in to next years range now on sale in store for half the marked price so if you are looking for a bargain please come in and see us.
Fancy playing 1000’s of different courses from the comfort of your own home?
With Skytrak you can play some of the world’s top golf courses from your home or garage as well as hone your technique with this personal launch monitor. Skytrak is a camera based launch monitor which tracks what the golf ball is doing through impact which gives you accurate information about the ball flight and distance achieved. This can then be used in a variety of different modes so you can play, practice and improve on your game throughout the winter period
Plus when buying direct through the skytrak website and using the code WESTGC200 you will receive £200 off the price of the unit plus you will also receive a £50 voucher to spend instore with us at Westridge Golf Centre. If you would like any further information about the skytrak launch monitor then please go to https://web.skygolf.com/en-GB/products/SkyTrak or see our PGA Professional Steve Davis instore who will happily talk you through the product and its benefits.
Taylor Made recently brought out their new range of GAPR clubs designed to bridge the gaps between your longest irons in the bag through to the fairway woods. Knowing your yardages is so important when it comes to improving your scores and trying to hit more greens in a round of golf so it is imperative that you have the right clubs in the bag to get you those distances consistently.
So the first thing I want you to think about is what is the longest number iron you have in the bag that you feel confident about striking well? Iron sets in golf shops going back 15 years would have 9 irons, 3 through to 9 plus a pitching wedge and sand wedge and I’m sure half of you now have a brand new 3 and 4 iron tucked away at home somewhere from a set that you don’t take out with you because you have never been able to hit them well enough consistently so don’t bother with them. If you were to look along the shelves of most pro shops nowadays you will probably struggle to find a 3 iron and that is because of the immergence of hybrid or utility clubs as they are also known.
These clubs were introduced a while ago now so chances are you have had a go with one, but if you have not they are definately worth testing.
I GUARANTEE if you hit 10 balls with a 3 iron and 10 balls with a 3 hybrid you will get
A better ball flight for going into greens
A greater level of consistency in terms of distance achieved
More distance playing from the light rough and semi-rough
Plus for the majority of golfers I believe you will carry the ball through the air with significantly more distance.
Put them to the test
This leads us on to the new Taylor Made GAPR range which have 3 different models based on the ball flight you are looking for, hi, mid and lo which gives you a clue about the trajectories you will achieve from each model but they all also have a slightly different look to suit your individual needs. Plus each model features a loft sleeve which allows you to alter the loft 1.5 degrees each way to fine tune your ball flight and distance even more so.
So the chart below shows the results with each of the 3 different clubs and as you can see the average height shows that they do produce different trajectories in line with what they should be. Looking at the results the most consistent for me was the GAPR Hi which from the best to the worst was only 8 yards difference in distance whilst the Lo and the Mid was a 20 yard gap. Plus whilst warming up with each club I found a couple of poor strikes lost even more yardage so there is definately more forgiveness in the GAPR Hi than the Mid and Lo but on looks alone I preferred the Mid. The furthest distance was achieved with the Lo but I would look at this one only if you are a consistent ball striker or have a high ball flight
So in summary, for anybody looking to improve their golf make sure they know their yardages for each of their clubs. The What’s in my bag feature on our TopTracer driving range takes you through each club in the bag and gives you not only the distances, but also a percentage level of consistency for each one so you can use this to highlight your strengths, weaknesses and the irons you are comfortable hitting so you can work out what gaps in your bag need filling and we can then help you find what you need to help you hit more fairways and greens.
Good afternoon, this week my blog consists of information regarding custom fitting and how it will benefit your game! Also some news about a few hot products to come into Westridge Golf Centre recently! Hope you enjoy the read 🙂
Importance Of Custom Fitting
In many ways, golf club custom fitting is like buying a new pair of shiny golf shoes. Why would someone who is serious about playing even consider buying an expensive pair without trying them on first? Perhaps it is now time to start applying this logic to golf clubs too. You could go out and spend thousands of pounds on the latest new set of golf clubs, but could very well hit them worse if they are not as suited to your swing characteristics as the previous model. Here at Westridge we use the latest Trackman technology, and we guarantee if you have a fitting you will be impressed with the service we offer and how it can help your golf! Please call us here at Westridge Golf Centre and speak to one of the team for more information regarding this great service.
When a golfer says Footjoy, immediately the words comfort, performance, and traditional come to mind. Footjoy has been committed to creating superior golf shoes that will enhance your on course experience. Second to none Footjoy is the choice for the player that loves the game, from young to old, from amateur to professional. For more than 60 years Footjoy has been the leading shoe on the PGA Tour, which proves when given the choice the best players in the world choose the best shoes in the world. Here at Westridge Golf Centre we stock a wide range of models, including the “ProSL”, “Contour Fit”, “DNA”, “Tour-S”, “ARC”, and “AWD” which range in price from £160 down to £70
Motocaddy brings the very best in design, build, and functionality to golfers of all ages and abilities looking for a reliable and affordable golf trolley. This seasons range is the most comprehensive yet, so if you’re looking for a golf trolley from a brand with strong after sale support, then Motocaddy is the one for you! Please pop into Westridge Golf Centre and see them for yourself, where we stock the latest models including the S1, S5, M3 and more recently the brand new S5 Connect model! The most technologically advanced product in the Motocaddy range and a world first in the trolley sector. The S5 Connect can be linked to the fully-featured Motocaddy GPS App via a Bluetooth connection on any compatible smartphone, allowing the trolley’s digital display to be used in place of a conventional GPS, offering front, middle and back distances to the green along with par of the hole, plus a clock and round timer.
Thank you for taking your time to read this latest blog, to book a lesson with myself please call 613131