The Sunshine Tour is in town!

 

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Sun Sibaya Challenge

The Sunshine Tour is in town for the Sun Sibaya Challenge which starts today on the Woods Course at Mount Edgecombe Country Club. Lets hope our club players, Michael Hollick, Kevin Stone, Siyanda Mwandla and young Luke Mayo all have a great week!

The South African Open

The Sunshine Tour have announced that The City of Johannesburg is the new host of the South African Open which will be played at Randpark Golf Club from the 6th to 9th December. The Sunshine Tour and Golf RSA have merged the Joburg Open with the South African Open and for the first time ever, it will be a tri-sanctioned championship between the Sunshine Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour.

With 240 professionals expected to tee it up over the two courses at Randpark they have also announced that Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, Charl Schwartzel and Brandon Stone will be in the field that will be playing for around R17.5 million in prize money.

Playing with the big dogs!

The latest “bunnies” group have now completed the tuition stage of their program and now head out to the course. It’s been a real a pleasure helping these ladies on their first golfing steps and hopefully they will find a way to include golf in their busy lives.

“I have loved doing the bunnies program, thank you so much I have loved doing the bunnies program, thank you so much”.
– Nicky

“Thanks for your dedication and patience”.
– Heidi

“Thanks for a wonderful program! You have been a great teacher and I am very excited to get on the course.”

– Kristen

The next bunnies program will be starting in March next year for anyone keen to join in. Let me know.

Watch this quick video to see how confusion can be solved in a very short space of time with the correct advice.

Thanks Annie

“I was one over today: One over a house, one over a patio and one over a swimming pool”
– George Brett (baseball hall of famer)

“Actually, the only time I ever took out a one-iron was to kill a spider, and it took 7 to do that!”

– Jim Murray (sports writer)

If I told you that the impact on accuracy is far greater on a shorter iron than a longer iron,
would that make you take more notice of your lie angles?

Put a #4 iron on the ground. Raise the toe. Now imagine a straight line squarely leaving the sweet spot.
Notice how its going left of target. Now do the same with a #9 Iron and check the line leaving the sweet spot.
Whoa. Much further left.

You’ve made a great swing but, if the lie angle on your #9 iron is 2° too upright,
then you’re going 15 feet left of your target. What is often 15 feet left of target when
you’re aiming at the green? Too right? Sand, rough, or even water. A great swing spoiled.

Let us help you hit more great shots. Let us check out your lie angles.
Get that right, and you’ll be amazed at how much more accurate you are.
This applies to all golfers. Why waste a great swing?

What if improving your golf improved your social experience playing the game?
Think about it for a moment. How does that sound to you?

First, improvement doesn’t have to be a one-on-one experience. It can be a shared experience.
Group or family coaching. A practice club. An excuse for 45 – 60 minutes hitting golf balls with friends and
family and then a drink and possibly food together afterwards.

With a better game, there’s more fun and enjoyment. There’s an opportunity to help
and encourage others. There’s the motivation to play and share the experience more often.
And there’s no experience like playing golf with friends.

A better playing experience out on the golf course is great.
It adds to everything: fulfillment, friendships, fun, fitness.

Happy golfing!
Steve

One hop and stop. How does that sound?

 

Friday, 19 October 2018

Watching golf on TV recently we were struck by the flight of wedge shots into greens. The ball flight of the Professionals on mid and longer wedge shots is almost always significantly lower than those we see amateurs playing. But these lower flighted shots land, hop and stop quickly.

If you’re interested in learning how to play that shot, contact us.

Golf is a simple game actually. The swing is a circle. It returns a relatively large clubhead
to a ball that hasn’t moved. And when you hit the sweet spot, it’s a great feeling.

How easy is it to find the sweet spot if the heel of your club is making contact with
the turf and the toe is raised? Which way is the club face pointing if you do find the
sweet spot? Would this be a great swing spoiled by a lie angle that was too upright?

Many manufacturers today are
building ‘standard’ clubs with very
upright lie angles. They think that
compensates for an over-the-top swing.
But do you have such a swing?
And how much over-the-top is it?

Let us help you hit more great shots. Let us check out your lie angles.
Get that right, and you’ll be amazed at how much more accurate you are.
This applies to all golfers. Why waste a great swing?

One of the greatest things about golf is that with a little commitment to improvement and practice
we can be like the finest wine, and get better with age.

Of course at the elite level power matters, but for most of us, a better technique, a sweet spot found more often,
and better game management, will all help us play better and better golf. Golf is rhythm and timing,
allied to the use of that special muscle: your brain.

Investing in better golf makes the game more enjoyable. If it’s more enjoyable you’ll practice and play more frequently.
The more golf you play, the more exercise you’re getting, the more supple you’ll remain.
Maybe more than your best golf is ahead of you.

If you’re a golfer who’s settled for their game throughout their playing experience,
or you’re a golfer worrying about the impact of a slowing swing speed, we want you to come and see us.
We want to help you set a new level of playing experience.

Happy golfing!
Steve

Struggling with direction and consistency? This one’s for you!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

May the magic of this Eid bring lots of happiness in your life and may you celebrate it with all your close friends & family.
Eid Mubarak.

Spring has sprung!

The weather has definitely changed and spring is approaching quickly, which is an exciting time of the year. It also means spring treatment of most of the courses is just around the corner, so I would suggest you get as much golf in as you can over the next few weeks.

Brandt Snedeker became the 9th player to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour in last week’s Wyndham Championship! It seems that this is becoming more and more of a possibility each season which I feel shows how much better the players are getting, and the depth of possible winners is increasing.

This is one of the reasons I think that add to the debate of Tiger winning another major. Almost the entire world press think that golf is now sexy again and that surely Tiger will now start winning majors again. What interests me is that his 64 in the last round of the PGA Championship was his lowest ever final round in a major and yet he didn’t win. The younger players he is now competing against have not experienced the Tiger effect of the early 2000’s which puts him at a disadvantage, however you simply can’t underestimate him and the US Masters this year will be in his sights.

The most exciting event on the horizon is the Ryder cup and we should have the news on the final teams in the next few weeks. On the US side, they simply have to pick Tiger, and his form over the past few months will give them real momentum. That said, his record at the Ryder Cup is less than impressive, however I wouldn’t be surprised if he blows his opponents away. The Europeans of course have the option to set the course up to suit them. Will this mean tight fairways and penalising rough to nullify the US big hitters? It will be interesting to see.

I am sure most of you saw the destruction done to the Wild Coast Sun this week, which was so disappointing. What was uplifting was the response from all the neighbouring courses. Everyone sent staff and equipment to help make the repairs!

This past week I have had several students struggling with direction and consistency on their full swings and the common misunderstanding was the concept of the path the club travels after impact. This video may help…

If a fitted iron increased the number of solid, accurate approach shots you, would you want a fitted iron set?

Now please note that, very skillful golfers were more able to accommodate fitting errors than anyone else;
and that less capable golfers were much less able to make the necessary adjustments in their s
wing for an iron that was poorly fitted.

There’s a partnership between shaft length, lie angle and shaft flex that will help us
help you make the game easier. Length, angle and flex all impact accuracy.
They all impact consistency. Let’s get yours right.

This is a ‘no-brainer’. Every golfer should play with golf equipment that makes it easy to repeat a golf swing;
that brings the club face back to the ball; square to the target line. Inexperienced and learning? Make it easier.
Improving and aspiring? Make it easier. Good and competitive? Make it easier.

This is a fun advert but, again, it’s full
of social commentary.What is most important to the identified
generational group is the empowerment of
their children.

What this generation knows is that nothing is more important
than doing things with their children.

Make golf with your family a special time together.

The world has evolved. Golf needs to be a game for everyone. Starting with partners, mothers, daughters, sisters,
we want to get more women into golf. How can you help?

Happy golfing!
Steve

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