Sunday 14th October Development Squad Report
It was great to see so many new and familiar faces today and everyone bonding, as we know after watching the Ryder Cup to become a great team it is as much about team spirit as it is about ability. To begin the day we started with handing out team shirts to those who didn’t have any and delivering a short presentation of the new team captain who is Abby. We then put the girls into teams of three, which worked out perfectly with numbers. We were able to put out one Performance and two Development players to play a Texas Scramble on the Channel Course.
This was an excellent opportunity for myself and Stuart to watch the girls perform on the course. We are aware that some were a bit nervous early on but as the girls relaxed there was some great golf played. Stuart reported back to me on areas he felt some of the girls needed to work on and I have noted down areas from the groups I watched. I have also been in touch with their home coaches to report back on anything they are working on that I can help to support. I look forward to the rest of the sessions over the winter and hearing about how their practice is going. I would say the main goal over the winter is to keep up with the practice each week, we love a strong work ethic. For those who don’t have a handicap get out there and get those score cards in.
Next session there has been a change of location; we will be at the Golf Range in Highbridge working mostly with long Game on set up, fundamental swing issues and skill challenges. The address for Burnham Golf Range is
Burnham Golf Range
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