November 2016 Newsletter

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How to have fun with your golf during the cold winter months!

We’ve never had it better when it comes to playing now. Courses tend to be quieter; there are some fabulous deals to be found; and there’s a ton of gear designed to help you play better at this time of year…

Let’s see if we can point you in the right direction to a better time on your own course.

Watch your ego when it comes to your golf?

You’re not Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Lydia Ko or any other top ten golfer in the world, and one of my friends and fellow coaches has a newsflash for you. “It is unrealistic to think that Albert Einstein - Egoyou are going to go out there and shoot under your handicap when the greens are rubbish and the weather is awful,” reveals Dr Karl Morris. “Subsequently, at this time of year, I always sit down with my clients and discuss the concept of ‘realistic par’.

This basically means we want golfers to stop thinking that their course is the same par all year round and start thinking about adding strokes onto par to make up for the course’s conditions during the winter months.

“As a general rule, given the state of British courses between November and February and the harshness of our weather, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for us to add two strokes on to the par of the course for each nine, making a par-68 course a par 72 and so on. How about setting a target of 32pts in a stableford competition as your goal? If you beat this then happy day’s!

“The point of this isn’t to be defeatist, it’s to increase your chances of a confidence-boosting winter by being realistic.”

Still not convinced? Try this revelation for size. “As a mental process, realistic par is very similar to the ‘Tiger Par’ concept Earl Woods developed when Tiger was growing up,”
 
“The idea behind ‘Tiger Par’ was that Tiger was too young to beat par, so instead of continually trying to do this and losing, he focused on trying to beat a realistic score that they would call ‘Tiger Par’.
Courtesy of Dr Karl Morris

Try a high-vis yellow golf ball

Not so long ago, yellow balls were the preserve of driving ranges and rock-hard budget balls. But now the likes of Titleist, Srixon, Callaway and Wilson offer some of their premium models in yellow. 

Yellow Golf BallsSerious golfers tend to stay away from yellow golf balls, but they perform just the same as white ones and are easier to spot among leaves or frost.

Dean Cracknell, Srixon Golf’s Custom-Fit Manager, “Science has proven that yellow is the most visible colour in the spectrum allowing it to be seen extremely easily even at long distances.
“Psychological studies have also correlated the colour green with calmness and reduced stress. That’s why our Tour Yellow balls are predominantly yellow with a touch of green, to provide this calming effect.”

(Paul is currently doing special offers on golf balls – pop into the shop for more details)

Introduce a friend to golf!

Do you remember the heroics of World champion triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee? did you know they always train together. Why?

There are two main reasons. The first is they inspire each other to Brownlee Brotherswork harder and the second is it’s far tougher to back out if you know someone else will be there.

Conclusion? If you want to keep working on your game this winter, don’t do it alone – ask that friend who has been making noises about trying golf to come with you. Their presence will entertain and inspire you, and then who knows? Come spring you might just have a new partner.

Start Getting Your Golf In Shape For Spring!

“There are many reasons to keep playing and working on your game during the winter months, Playing in all types of weather teaches you how to adapt to those conditions, this improves you as a golfer.
 
If you play in perfect summer weather all the time, you only learn to hit one iron, one distance. But if you play in wind and rain and cold, you learn to hit shots 30yds longer when it is blowing a gale downwind and 30yds less when it is snowing and blowing a gale towards you.
 
“Also, from an overall game perspective, winter allows you time to practice without worrying about your score or result. In summer, you’re always playing competitions or matches. In winter, this isn’t the case, so you have the space to work on the weak areas of your game. With this in mind, my advice to all readers is: work out what areas of your game you need to improve and then get down to the range and start working on them. If you need any help then maybe book a few golf lessons, winter is a great time to exaggerate those changes and it gets you out of the house.

If you make those changes then next year will be your best ever year.

Good luck with these tips and if you need any help then please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Thanks for all your support.
Martin Rathbone PGA - Head Teaching Professional - Surbiton Golf Club 07958 785326

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