Sunday 4th November Development Squad Report
It was as if we knew the weather was going to be miserable when we planned to be at Burnham Golf Range.
This session was focused on ball striking with all clubs. We talked through set up with pitching and full swing with woods & Irons. Before each challenge that they were set.
The pitching challenge was set up to be nearly impossible, to see how the girls would cope with failure and its safe to say they are all a very determined bunch as no one gave up on the challenge. The challenge was to land a ball in each section of a 5-yard increment ladder without missing if successful they then had to land a ball on the trampoline. If at any point they failed they had to start from the beginning.
On the iron play we placed face tape onto the face of the iron and had to strike the middle of the face and hit target to gain a point. During this challenge each golfer was given a drill to work on, to support what their home coach is working on or to offer advice to those who do not have a home coach.
We then progressed onto the driver where we played the H card game where Libbie did great scoring in the 20s.
The aim was to hit the fairway for 3 points, if the fairway was missed then it’s -1 point if it’s a big miss then its -2 points. They each had 10 drives.
It would be great if the girls could use the games during their own practice sessions to help them practice with a purpose.
I look forward to seeing everyone at Burnham & Berrow Golf Club on Sunday 2nd December.
Sunday 2nd December Development Squad Report
We all had a lot of fun in this session. Our focus for the session was to improve our ball striking with our fairway woods off the deck and distance control from 60 yards and in.
We worked on the above by setting out a game called ladder impossible which involved a task of landing shots up the ladder without failing then having to hit the final shot into a small circle with the pressure of the whole class watching. This worked well as an exercise to emulate golf course pressure.
We also worked on our distance control with the trackman a big motivator for the girls was the chocolate coins up for grabs and a huge well done goes to Daisy, Libbie, Beth & Evie for earning their chocolate coins by completing ladder (not so) impossible or having the highest trackman score.
We then focused on our techniques and fundamentals of set up to enable us to strike the fairway wood before completing our player profile forms, to set us up for the new year.
The biggest thing I took from the session and chatting with the girls is they need to get out and play more, to put their practice and skills to the test but to also improve at a must faster pace.
It was a really engaging session and I look forward to seeing everyone at the next date on Sunday 3rd February.
COACHING REPORT MARCH 3RD 2019
Firstly I would like to say a huge well done to all the girls that played today. To start with the weather was pretty miserable, cold, wet and windy. But believe it or not it actually brightened up and the girls soon warmed up walking up and down the hills of Enmore.
I was really impressed with the girls ball striking on the course as some haven’t played for a while. (It’ll be great now the weather should be improving if the girls could get out and play as much as possible now)
Eileen has shared a list of all the dates of competitions that the girls can play in this year with or without a handicap.
The format of the day was a 9 hole Texas Scramble Meg, Abbi & Katie had a great score of 40 and they made a 2 on the par 3 15th.
What I would like the girls to focus on in there next game as this was a bit of a theme over the 9 holes. Is getting the ball to the hole from 30 yards and in so pitching, chipping and putting. We found that on the course the girls instantly chose to pop a wedge up in the air when a 9iron or 8 iron would have been a better option.
So if the girls one thought when they next play can be “make sure this goes past the hole to have a chance of going in” The results for the day are below
A big thanks goes out to the parents again for being amazing driving their children to these training sessions and the girls competitions also to the volunteers in our group Wendy & Di.
Many Thanks Shane
Sunday 7th April Somerset Development Squad Training
A great session at Burnham & Berrow. Upon arrival the girls went through some important rules & how to navigate through a rules book. (maybe mums & dads should have stuck around for this bit)
We then headed out to the channel course to play a stableford competing in the biggest event of the year “The Mini Egg Trophy”
I must say that the girls ball striking from fairway and tee was exceptional. The whole group have improved lots since the start of the winter but their was one person this week because of their ball striking and ability to brush off a poor shot and make up for it with the next one and this was Evie.
A couple of key areas that require a bit of work as a group to really help lower scores.
1.Take care over every shot
a.Choose your shot and club
b.Practice shot (with 1 or 2 practice swings) and visualise the shot
c.Set up to ball, check target/landing area & play the shot.
2. When in trouble/long grass get the ball back in play with a short iron. There were a few occasions where a hybrid or fw wood was played.
3. On a links course remember a putt or chip & run will usually finish closer than a pitch.
Here are the Top 3 scores from the the “Mini Egg Trophy”
1.Evie Williams - 23 points (Mini Egg Champ)
2.Libbie Dezis - 20 points
3.Katie Griffiths - 17 points
Development Coaching Report May 12th 2019
What a beautiful day at Farrington Golf Club, we started the session with three stations combining the Development & Performance groups due to low development numbers. (A few were away playing at Wheathill)
The stations consisted of pace putting with Terry & Chris, drills & skills with myself & Simon & breaking putts with Stuart. This was a good opportunity to help the girls with some technical aspects but also guide them through options on alignment, pace control and green reading.
We then had a break for some delicious home made millionaire shortbread baked by a very kind futures member.
The girls were split into groups on the golf course to play a Texas Scramble, each lead by a performance member. In our group this experience was fantastic for the futures and development to see Davinas ball striking and touch around the greens. It was also lovely to see the girls working together by helping to read putts, decide on what shot to take and how to play them.
I would also like to add how well the futures and development girls are progressing the drives that I watched going up the first hole were exceptional.
The day was a great success and highlighted how well Somerset are doing as a County for developing such talented golfers from a grass roots level through to Performance.