Your pitching can be worth R2k

Thursday, 20 September 2018

A fantastic performance by the Boks

I am still, like I am sure like many of you are, trying to recover from the miracle in Wellington last weekend. What a superb effort the Boks gave amidst such a negative build-up, to beat the All Blacks in their own backyard was great to watch. It just shows the wonderful spectacle that sport can be, and that on the day in the heat of battle you never know what is going to happen.

With that in mind, I hope you all enjoy a wonderful Heritage Day Long Weekend!

2018 FedExCup

So this week all the golfing superstars get the chance to fill their coffers in the Tour Championship and the last event of theFedExCup. I am still not sold on this event, and to be honest the money on offer is just ridiculous, but that seems to be the trend in sport these days. I know one thing, no matter who wins it wont make me jump like I did at the end of last week’s rugby.

The Pitch for Cash kitty goes up to R2k!

We had a few close calls with our Pitch for Cash Competition, and one of the closest was PGA legend Hugh Inggs. In the end however no one won the cash and so next month the prize fund will go up to R2k!

There was a winner in the putting comp, young Ethan Kisten

Old friends meet again 

It was nice to see Hugh Inggs and Bob White reminiscing about the golfing days in Zimbabwe. Hugh was the Pro at Bulawayo GC in the 70’s and Bob was an amateur legend playing for Mashonaland. Bob unfortunately can’t play golf anymore due to a bad leg, but told me the other night that he has been to each of the Major Championships and several top amateur events including the Walker Cup. His only regret is not seeing the Ryder Cup live but assured me he wont be missing a moment of next week’s coverage.

So we have a new world number #1 in Justin Rose, and I must admit the Durban Born star’s consistency and excellence has justified this ranking. I still remember his finish at the Open Championship in 1998 where as an amateur he holed his second shot on the last hole to finish in 4th position. Although he seemed destined for greatness, the start of his professional career was anything but, 21 missed cuts in a row signalled a potential mental problem but he overcame this as real champions tend to do. This is a great boost to Team Europe ahead of the Ryder Cup in two weeks’ time, and I think they will need all the help they can get.

Many better players have a lower trajectory with a slight draw; and lots of run out.
While they may be consistent; the challenges of the hole, rough, trees, bunkers and water;
often get the better of them because of their longer run-out.

The extra 19 metres matter. They turn #5 iron approach shots into #7 irons.
But the 35-metre improvement in carry distance will allow the driver to be used on more holes,
turning #4 irons into #7 irons. That’s a game-changer.

There’s a Driver DNA – ball speed, launch angle, & spin rate. We need to match those when fitting you for a Driver.
How close is your Driver to your Launch DNA now? Do you have 20 metres or more of performance in the right DNA?
Come and see us. Let’s unlock your potential to thrill.

Hitting chip and pitch shots closer, more often, is easier when you’re consistently striking the ball cleanly.
Bounce is designed to make that easier to achieve.

Without bounce, if you strike the ground, slightly behind the ball, then the leading edge would dig
into the turf or sand quickly, and the ball will go nowhere.

With bounce there’s no digging. It acts as a skid plate sliding through the grass and under the ball.
The strike doesn’t have to be so precise to get a great result.

Learning how to use your bounce will increase forgiveness on chip and pitch shots.
It will also increase the range of greenside shots you can play. Your confidence improves, whatever type of lie.

Remove anxiety when playing chip and pitch shots, especially when playing off a tight lie.
By the way, less anxiety means more relaxed muscles and a better stroke.
Learn to use the forgiveness of your bounce. Eliminate those silly shots.

Spring is the perfect time to work on your game

Thursday, 06 September 2018

So dust off your clubs and join us.

Spring is here and although the weekend weather looks a little bleak, today we have 28 degrees and sunshine!

The difficult decisions have to be made…

So Bryson DeChambeau’s hot form continues and with it, his selection on to the USA Ryder Cup team along with Tiger and Phil Mickelson. Team USA does look particularly impressive and has made the decisions of Thomas Bjorn far more difficult. You would have thought that with Matt Wallace winning three times this season that he would be an automatic pick, however Bjorn has gone with Sergio (out of form), Stenson (injured), Poulter and Casey. His issue has been the need to add some experience but I am not sure Sergio and Stenson warrant his confidence, time will tell…

Understanding your pitching and impact.

This week’s tip might help you with your short game as it did Peter. The simple understanding that your hands should oppose each other can really simplify the whole swing, check out the video and give the drill a try.

If you need help with your game, please get in touch with me.

Join us again next week.

Please note that this Friday nights event had been postponed to next week as the weather forecast looks a little bleak.

We’ve had some very special visitors

We were honoured to have the Slater family and friends here on Friday last week to have a few drinks in the memory of John Slater.

The DA’s John Steenhuisen visited us along DA MP Dean McPherson.

“You should play a driver with more loft.” It’s a nice generalisation.
But that’s what it is: a generalisation.
If you want the most improvement from a new driver,
then come and get fitted. Let’s create the right launch conditions.

Here’s a golfer who bought a driver off the shelf.
And here’s his performance after he was fitted properly.

Despite playing the latest technology, it took just 20 minutes to find an extra 21 metres,
by LOWERING the launch angle. In this case, spin was also lowered.

There’s a driver DNA – ball speed, launch angle, and spin rate. We need to match those when fitting you for a driver.
How close is your driver to your Launch DNA now? Do you have 20 metres or more of performance in the right DNA?
Come and see us. Let’s unlock your potential to thrill.

Make bounce your friend. Learn how to use the bounce on
your wedge and you’ll lower your scores.

Using the bounce on your wedge makes golf easier, more fun, you’ll play with more confidence,
and open up a variety of greenside shots.

You’ll read a lot on what bounce you should have on your wedges, but what’s the point of having ‘bounce’ if you’re not taking advantage of it? You’re missing out on a better short game.

There’s bounce on your wedges for a reason. Do you know if you’re using yours to improve your consistency and control? It’s time to improve.

Happy golfing!
Steve