Golf in Africa

I was sent these pictures today, and what a reminder they are that Golf in Africa can be beautiful and harsh at the same time. It also made me think about the importance of a good grip, as so aptly displayed by the Python…

golf in africa

Maybe this little video will help you understand the importance of a good grip a little better…

Improvements are well on their way!

The work on our grass tee is well under way and hopefully this week the earthworks and shaping will be complete. Then we can look at the irrigation and the new grass to be planted. All in all it should be ready for play by April/May this year.

Bunnies

The 2019 Mount Edgecombe Country Club Bunnies Program starts next month! If you know anyone who might be keen to attend, please ask them to contact me directly.

Satisfied Customers

“Hi Monica. Thank you so much for putting together a wonderful AGM for our club. The food was super, the drinks cold and the venue excellent. Everyone was happy, and that says a lot these days.”
– Vic Wait (Chairman of Cobra GT40m Club)

Happy Birthday Bobby!

Everyone’s favourite waiter at the Range, Bobby, celebrated his 55th birthday today!

How right we were:

The new Srixon Z-STAR Golf Ball

We said this was a golf ball that was beyond expectation. If you want everything (soft, fast, far, spin, durability, and now add stability in the wind) then the Srixon Z-STAR Series is your golf ball. Beyond expectation is one week, three tours, three wins, one golf ball. J.B. Holmes (PGA Tour), Ryan Fox (European Tour) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (Senior Tour) all won last week using the new Srixon Z-STAR Series Golf Balls.

Make it your business to try the new Z-STAR this week. Whether it’s your fourball or the club competition, the winner’s circle awaits. Call us in the shop.

Feel the thrill

Enjoy some speed

There’s no getting away from the fact that speed matters.
But the great news is that the smallest increase, translates into lots of distance.
And the even better news is that the smallest changes can create greater speed increases than you thought possible.

Increasing your clubhead speed by
just 1mph adds 2mph to
ball speed, and that results
in 4 extra metres.

Just look at how many ways we can add to your clubhead speed:

Upper body
rotation

Downswing
sequence

Shaft Length

Shaft flex & performance

Weight

We’re delivering thrills

Creating the perfect match of ball speed, launch angle, and spin rate, maximises the distance you’ll get off the tee. A change of just 1° and 500rpm can unlock 20 metres. How much potential can we unlock for you? Act now.

How good could you be?

A reason to stay connected

This might be one of the most compelling reasons to practice together with at least one friend.

If you’ve set out on a “Deliberate Practice Plan” to acquire a new skill or master a particular shot, then you need feedback. Get someone to video your swing. Now you can observe your setup, swing, and focus on the new movement you’re after. We might think we’re making a full shoulder turn, but what does the evidence show us?

You need someone to share a drink with

Getting friends to practice, provides the opportunity for fun competition, feedback, and a shared experience afterward. We’d be happy to help make your sessions as productive as possible with some extra advice and feedback.

Make 2019 about fun!

We’ve got a suggestion for 2019. Add an extra round of golf, once a fortnight with friends, but make the priority fun.

Even if it’s just 9 holes in the evening, get a group of your friends together, and play pairs, scramble or a social competition amongst yourselves. We think you’ll be surprised at how quickly that becomes a game you don’t want to miss. If we can help, contact us.

Revealing the lie

It does impact accuracy

Test after test conducted by golf magazines, club fitters, and even those trying to “bust” myths, substantiates the fact that you’ll hit more accurate approach shots if your lie angle is a perfect match to your golf swing.

Irons toe down
Strike the ball with the toe slightly down and
your ball will go right of the target (right-handers).

Iron heel down
Strike the ball with heel down and your ball
will travel left of the target (right-handers).

The mechanics of this are obvious really. Make contact with the turf with the toe of the club and the club face will open. Make contact with the heel and the face closes. It’s how imperceptible it feels to most of us, and how large the impact is, that surprises everyone.

Are your clubs telling a lie?

Do you think you’ve hit a solid shot but missed on one side? Is it your setup; your swing path and face angle; or your lie angle? You’d be blown away to discover how many golfers play with a lie angle that makes the game harder. Make it easier to hit better golf shots.

The best for you

An improvement changing your game

If you want to go from experiencing an average golf game to a better golf game, where you take more frustration-free walks down fairways and then step with an excited bounce towards a green full of opportunity after a sweet approach shot:

Then often a small change, from steering the golf ball to releasing
the clubhead through the golf ball, results in:

Get a better experience

What would cause you to smile more often on the golf course? What would give you cause for celebration?
If “greater consistency” of ball striking will help deliver a smile or celebration,

Happy golfing!
Steve

golfer swing

Happy holidays! Bring on 2019!

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Happy Holidays!

 

From myself, Monica and all our staff at the Range we wish you all a wonderful Christmas and hope that 2019 is a better year for all of us.

merry christmas

This is our final Newsletter for 2018 and I hope you have found some value in our content this past year. I am really looking forward to 2019. We have some exciting new plans at the Range, and our two golf courses are in excellent condition with no temporary greens going forward, 2019 promises to be an excellent year for golf. Thank you for all your support the past year and I hope in some way we have added to the fun you have playing this wonderful game. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the experience at the Range next year please feel free to mail me on steve@greatgolf.co.za

I hope you get the chance to play golf with your friends and family over the Christmas season and that you get the chance to visit us at the Range, both myself and Sikhumbuzo will around if you need some help.

 

Student of the week

 

golf student of the week

 

Special visitors at the Range

 

Really nice to have Gary Gilchrist, one of South Africa’s top exports and Golf Digest top 50 coach in the USA, visiting our Range. Gary has taught the likes of Michelle Wie and Ariya Jutanugrarn on the LPGA Tour. We first met back in 1989 when he won the Sunshine Tour Q school at Germiston, time flies…

golf visitors

Also in the picture are Peter and Nicci Tayor, who have done such a wonderful job at our Club and Kevin Stone, just back from his attempt to qualify for the Champion Tour in the USA.

 

Change someone’s life in 2019

 

If you are looking for some gift ideas for the golfers in your family, we are happy to customize a lesson voucher for you. From today until the end of December all vouchers ordered online will have a 15% discount. Please email steve@greatgolf.co.zato take up this offer.

golf lesson vouchers

 

For the little ones

 

Kid’s Christmas Holiday activities 2019 Mount Edgecombe Junior Golf Academy
junior golf academy kids golf activities

 

December Opening hours

 

december range opening hours

 

The direction of technology

 

The golf ball has changed

Despite being the most regulated piece of golf equipment, the golf ball improved again in 2018.

golf ball

There are some that are troubled by golf ball improvements.
There’s sometimes a hysteria about the subject.
But what about this from Golf Illustrated in 1910: “If the carrying power of golf balls is to be still
further increased, all our golf courses will be irretrievably ruined as a test of the game.”
Wow, a 100 years ago they were worrying about the golf ball.

happy golfer

So, how easy do you find the challenge of golf? Even with over a hundred years of ongoing improvement in the golf ball, has the game become easy?

All golf balls are better now

The latest innovations we have seen have allowed all golf balls to feel softer at impact, creating a better feel, while still maximizing ball speed. Each golf ball model does perform differently though. Some will work better for you than others. Have you ever had a “golf ball assessment?”

 

What motivates you?

 

The summary and what happens now

In the last three weeks, we’ve asked questions about what you most want out of your golf.

golf friends perfecting your golf swing improving your golf score
What is most important to you:
the social, recreational
experienceor the sporting
competition?
As you drive to the
golf course, amongst
all the important things
you want to be right,
what is the most important?
There are so many
formats in golf. Which
do you prefer the most
and which do you least enjoy?

Let us know

If you haven’t answered these simple questions, and want to help, then we’ve combined them into one easy web page.

Happy golfing!
Steve

steve cottingham mount edgecome golf academy