Get your game in gear for 2019

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Oosthuizen comes out on top

 

What an emotional win for Louis Oosthuizen at the SA Open last week, any comments about these guys not caring were clearly wrong. The simple truth is that to get to the level of Oosthuizen, Schwartzel, Grace and Stone talent is not enough. The deep passion and commitment these guys have is evident when you see what a win means. This week at Leopard Creek should be another classic, cant wait!

 

Have you started practicing yet?

 

We are looking forward to seeing you over the holidays, putting in a little practice and enjoying your game much more.

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Well done Sid!

 

Having just retired, Sid had at long last some time to work on his golf. The results have been excellent to date. As you will see in the screenshots, Sid has managed to simplify his backswing and for the first time in many years is now releasing the club correctly.

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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.

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For the little ones

 

Kid’s Christmas Holiday activities 2019 Mount Edgecombe Junior Golf Academy
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December Opening Hours

 

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The direction of technology

 

Are you making the most of what we have?

The PGA Tour has seen spectacular increases in distance off the tee. Our sense is that the percentage increases have by now way been replicated for the average golfer. The good news is that means that there is a ton of potential available to you.

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Using perfectly fitted, larger-headed, longer-shafted drivers, the best players have a 15 – 20% yardage gain. Have you seen that improvement in the last few years? It won’t take us long to calculate just how big an improvement you could make.

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Smallest change; biggest improvement

Sometimes a golfer has the right tool, but is using them in the wrong way. Sometimes just a change in ball position; an improvement in setup; or the sequence of the downswing; produce that 10 – 15% improvement.

 

What motivates you?

 

Is there a particular format you enjoy most?

We’re trying to gain a better understanding of what’s important to our golfers. In the last two weeks, we’ve really appreciated the responses to the simple questions asked. If you didn’t answer and want to help out, we’ve got the first two weeks below.

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This week we examine formats. We sense that this is an area of the game where golfers of different ages, and those with different handicaps, might have different views.

Let us know

This is one question. Let us know your most and least favorite format.

 

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Get the kids off the couch and outdoors this holiday

 

Tuesday, 04 December 2018

What’s happening on tour?

 

After watching a thoroughly enjoyable Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open, I had to check the setting on my TV as the course looked just spectacular, we can look forward to this week’s SA Open. This year the host club is Randpark Golf Club with R17 500 000 in prize money up for grabs with most of our top players and a host of superstars competing led by tournament host Ernie Els; Louis Oosthuizen; Brandon Stone; Branden Grace; Charl Schwartzel; last year’s winner Chris Paisley; Matt Wallace; Edoardo Molinari; Oliver Wilson; Matteo Manasero and the Afrasia winner, Kurt Kitayama is also entered.

 

Junior Academy

 

As the year comes to and end it is nice to see the positive results from some of the players in our Junior Academy, well done toMartin Smit for helping these young golfer to continually improve.

“It brings me great pleasure today to see four of my students excelling at the end of the year, after 4 terms of hard work and practice ( and a little fun along the way). Amy Fletcher aged 14,is playing at Kloof CC in the KZNLGA Trials, and shot 72 76 to lead by 18 shots (wow!). Charlotte Phipps aged 11, shot 84 (nett 64) impressive as she is the youngest in the field.”

“I’m also proud to announce that Akhil and Kairav both 11 years old, have been selected to represent KZN U16 Ethekweni Team.”

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

 

Out with the old, in with the new!

 

We have brand new Srixon balls for you this month and as you can see one of our most avid members testing them out “Durban style”. At least he isn’t wearing flip flops?

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New Balls

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This is Dave in preparation for the photo shoot

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The gift that keeps on giving

 

Not sure what to get that special golfer in your life for Christmas? Why not give them the gift of better golf by purchasing a lesson voucher from me? It’s guaranteed to put a smile on their face.

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December Opening hours

 

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The direction of technology

 

Materials open up your opportunity

Adjustable drivers, while being main-stream, have until now come along with some compromises,
especially with forgiveness.

golf driver By using weight strategically, designers have been able to extend the size of the hitting zone.

The leading 2018 drivers not only protect ball speed away from the sweet spot, they protect the launch conditions.

That means, despite a slightly off-centre ball strike, you still get the length of ball flight and distance you expected.

Originally, the weight required for adjustable
hosels reduced the amount of weight available
to the club designer.
That’s not the case anymore. More than enough
weight is available to the designer to allow them
to develop a driver packed with forgiveness.
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The adjustable driver improvement

Now though, new manufacturing processes, new lighter but stronger materials, have provided the designers of adjustable drivers with enough discretionary weight to give you adjustability and forgiveness.

 

What motivates you?

 

What are you most looking forward to, as you arrive?

We’re trying to gain a better understanding of what’s important to our golfers. Last week we had a simple question relating to social golf vs competitive golf. If you missed it and want to answer,

This week we want to understand what you look forward to most as you drive to the golf club. Again a simple question. And again, to preserve privacy, your name is optional. So what inspires you?

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Let us know

This is just one question. It might make you think though.
Let us know now.

Happy golfing!
Steve

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The Open Championship is here

The most exciting week of the golfing year has arrived with The Open Championship starting tomorrow at Carnoustie. I can’t wait. What adds to the excitement is the performance of Brandon Stone winning the Scottish Open last week in unbelievable fashion, who now will be teeing it up at Carnoustie. Lets hope his wonderful form continues…

All The Open venues have an abundance of history and for me Carnoustie has perhaps one of the most special stories to tell. As a self-confessed “Hogan” disciple, his performance there in 1953 is worth remembering for the following reasons:

That year Hogan won 5 times, including:

The Masters which he won by 5 shots, The US Open which he won by 6 shots and The Open which he won by 4 shots.

 The Open win was in his only attempt, and his first look at Links Golf. He never had the chance to play in the PGA Championship that year and the voyage by ship back to the USA took too long. In a career interrupted by World War Two and an life threating car crash in 1949, in this writers opinion he was the greatest player of all time.

My introduction to his teaching and technique came via my coach, Australian Peter Croker (pictured here on the cover of Golf Digest). Croker, who was mentored by the recently deceased Peter Thompson (who won the Open 5 times and who was runner up to Hogan in 1953) and who arranged an invitation for Croker to spend time with Hogan at his home course in Texas, teaching and discussing his thoughts about the golf swing. This access allowed Croker to explore new avenues of thought and I was lucky to have spent several years working side by side with him. He without a doubt taught me how to teach!

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If you’ve already shown the athletic ability to get to 90 or threaten that score,
then it’s highly likely that we can help you improve your swing quickly to the point that you’re in the low 80’s.
The question is how quickly and easily?

Happy golfing!
Steve