February 2016 Newsletter

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Welcome! To the February 2016 E-Newsletter

The New Season Starts Soon!
Bring On The Masters!

With the wet start to the year we’ve had its great to start thinking about warmer weather and dragging those golf clubs back out for the new season.
Some golfers have put the clubs away for the winter whilst others keep going but many golfers like to start playing and working on their games in March. This is so that when April rolls around it doesn’t feel like they’re learning how to play golf for the first time.
Listed below are some tips to help you get going quickly when the Spring weather arrives and who knows, it may even improve your golf.

1. Check your equipment: Do you need new grips? Are your shafts adequate for your swing speed? Are you playing with the right loft in your driver to maximize distance? Do you have the right set makeup to benefit your game (wedges, hybrids, fairway woods, etc.)?

These are questions that you’ll want to answer before going to work on your game.

2. Practice first with short swings then full swings: Start with putting to Fundemental golfer with alignmentestablish rhythm and tempo. Chipping and pitching also require a lot of feel and tempo and therefore are another great place to start practicing. Think of these shots as a miniature full swing, which will allow you to make a smoother transition to a correct full swing. Once you move to the full swing, make sure your grip, posture and setup are correct. I like to think of these three areas as the minimum basics that starts the golf swing. Without the grip, posture and setup being correct, it becomes almost impossible to swing the club correctly and to get consistent results.

3. Set realistic expectations for the course: Remember that those first few rounds of the year will be a little rusty; therefore, do not get frustrated on the golf course when your scores are not where you would like them to be. While on the course, I suggest you take notes on what you think Practise Imageyou need to practice so that when you return to the range you can work on the things that will improve your game most. Remember also to set aside some practice time for all aspects of your game. I like my students to spend about 25 percent of their time on the range and 75 percent of their time practicing short game (putting, chipping, pitching and bunker shots).

4. Get some help: I would strongly suggest that everyone at least Golf Coaching with Martin rathbone PGA www.martinrathbone.co.ukconsider taking some lessons or attending a golf school or golf clinic. This will help to be certain that you are starting the year off with the correct fundamentals. This also will allow you to have more focused practice sessions given that you will know what you need to work on, and that will benefit your overall game.

5. Three quick tips to help in the cold weather:

5a,Take 1-2 extra clubs. We lose one yard on average for every degree below 25 degrees.
5b, Use two balls. Warm balls travel further so keep one in your pocket and alternate between holes. As long as you do not artificially heat the balls during the round you are within the rules.
5c, Buy a winter hat. We lose up to 55% of our body heat through our head.(Trust me, I know lol)

I really hope this helps with your golf and I look forward to seeing you all improve as the season gets underway.

Thanks and happy golfing!

Martin Rathbone PGA - Head Teaching Professional @ Surbiton Golf Club