Bring out the junior in your golf

When I look back to my junior days, there were a bunch of us around the same age who all progressed at slightly different speeds by the age of 14-15 most were low single figure golfers and a couple down around 1 & 2 Hcp we all had some level of coaching from time to time. Looking back i think the group of juniors at my club were the biggest influences on what my strengths were as a junior some were clear to see. Until the age of about 15 I was about 5’5” and mildly rotund, I couldn’t hit very far in comparison to my friends who grew a lot quicker than me. My biggest strengths were short game and pitching. From 75 yards in I was on a level playing field against junior and adult golfers and without blowing my own trumpet (unlike me I know) I would smash them out the park on most occasions.  read more »

Why Cant I take it to the course?

Below is a great article written by TrackMan Master Patricia Baxter-Johnson from the Trackman blog page (


Worth your time to read the full article to take in just why golfer struggle to take their practice & swing improvements to the course


“Why can’t I take this to the golf course?” is one of the most common questions and complaints in golf. Why can I do this on the range, but not on the golf course? Why is golf so hard, especially in the area of consistency?

Amateurs are also led to believe that the magic golf tip a simple mechanical swing key or thought is the secret to real game improvement. The realistic answer, however, is that they don’t know how to take and practice the knowledge of striking the ball well and turn it into a habit that they can transfer to the golf course. read more »

SAM Puttlab What is it?

Precise analysis of your strokes
The results of the putting strokes registered with the SAM PuttLab are displayed in concise graphic reports. A variety of graphic reports are delivered with the system. Each of the 28 parameters measured can be included into the clearly presented data display.
The following graphic reports are provided by SAM PuttLab:
Training reports: read more »

Are You Better Than You Think?

The Reality Of Your Golf

I spend a lot of time talking with club golfers and one thing stands out when it comes to assessing their games and expectations: most tend to think that they need to hit the ball closer, further and hole more putts than they actually should be for their ability levels. By this I don’t mean they are not capable of achieving better things with their golf but I see it and hear it too often where a 15 handicapper is chuntering up the fairway because they hit it to 30ft from 150 yards away expecting to hit it to 10 ft or closer every time. The reality is that even the best players in the world on the PGA tours and European tours don’t stick it to 10ft every time and you shouldn’t be expecting to or be measuring yourselves against the guys who are the best in the world. Understand what the golfers of your handicap standard do on average and measure yourselves against them not Tiger, Rory and the rest of the world’s top ten. read more »

Golf and Lower Back Injury

Golf can be played and appreciated regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability, with the World Golf Foundation expecting there to be 55 million participants by the year 2020. However, many golfers do not understand the risk that golf poses to body and in particular the lower back, through the repetitive and cumulative nature of the game. The potential for lower back injury is often exacerbated by playing without warming up and stretching, and focussing unnecessarily on power and distance.

The golf swing is a complicated action with intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting our ability to hit the ball with power and accuracy. It is this complexity, coupled with the tremendous amount of generated force and the repetitive nature of the golf swing that have been identified as major risk factors for low back disorders. Low back injury is one of the most common golf-related symptoms, representing up to 52% of all golf related complaints. During the golf swing the lower back is exposed to significant compression, shearing, torsion and side-to-side bending forces. It is interesting to know that the peak compressive loads experienced by the lower back during the golf swing have been shown to be 8-times bodyweight.

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Stages Of Learning

We can become a little frustrated with our golf games, seek instruction and find great value in the session by seeing results and feel the flow of confidence coming back into our games, only to find a few days later all those good feelings and that improvement seems to have left us somewhere along the line. The finger of blame usually will point towards the lesson no longer working or it being to difficult to make the change rather than persist in continuing on with the lesson drills and swing feels. The simple matter of fact is that it takes time and effort to making improvements and anyone who thinks there is a short cut to progress will be left wanting.
This leads me to talk about the three phases of learning that we go through in order to learn a new movement or skill. We all want to get better, if we didn’t we wouldn’t be taking lesson’s or spending the time we do on the range, so I think it only right that we give ourselves chance to create a sustained improvement rather than the band aid fix that will only work for a few days.


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