28th October 2018
Good Morning All,
It was great to see everyone yesterday, Dave and I hope you all enjoyed the first session. I was extremely pleased with everyone’s enthusiasm for the training, even in the cold weather, and I believe we have a fantastic group moving through all the sessions.
We started the session with a warm up to increase our heart rates and stretch our muscles to help keep warm throughout the day and be ready for the session. Remember a warm up is really important before any playing or practising to help your performance and reduce injuries.
The main objective of the session was to achieve a better strike with a mid iron off the floor. A better strike will help with hitting the ball higher and further. Remember the following are the main points of focus to help improve your strike:
- ball position (middle of the feet)
- width of feet (shoulder width)
- posture (tilt from the hips, slight knee flex and straight back)
We know when a good strike is achieved as you will be able to hear that crisp sound of the club and the mat.
Well done Anna and Phoebe for getting the most balls over the water in our final game of the session. I would like everyone to keep practising hearing that CRISP strike before next session, where we will play the game again and see how we have improved.
I look forward to seeing everyone next time on Sunday 16th December.
Dec 16th Saltford Golf Club
Good Evening All,
It was great to see everyone today, and I was really pleased with the progress that has been made since our last session!
Today we started with a warm up consisting of various stretching including an introduction to dynamic stretching. Remember, this is stretching whilst on the move, and a great example of this is the walking lunges.
I wanted to see how you have all improved from the techniques we learned in the last session, therefore we played the 'Over The Water' game (the same as we finished last time). It was evident that everyone has improved as the scores were better and I was hearing A LOT of crisp strikes, so well done all! Also a big thank you and well done to Yihan who achieved the best strikes today and gave an excellent demonstration of it to everyone.
Following this the main focus of the day was chipping. We worked on the 3 main points of the set-up which are as follows:
•Narrow Stance - feet closer together than a full swing
•Weight Distribution - roughly 70% of weight leaning on your front foot
•Club Shaft - the club shaft leaning more towards the target
If these 3 points are achieved at set-up it is more likely the shot will have a good strike. However, it is also vital that we are able to control how far the ball travels when chipping. The main aim is to get the ball as close to the hole as possible to leave an easier putt and achieve that Up and Down. The best and easiest way to control and change the distance is to change the length of your swing, so keep experimenting during your practice to discover how far your shots go with different lengths of swing.
The session was finished with a target practice game. Buckets were placed 10, 15 and 20 yards away which related to different scoring points. The aim was to chip in or hit as many buckets as possible and achieve the highest points. Congratulations to Matilda, Yihan and Laila for achieving the most points.
A final thank you to Dave and Alison for their help during the session today!
I hope everyone continues to practice the main techniques learned both today and in October and has a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I look forward to seeing you all again on the 10th March for the next session.
Merry Christmas and Many Thanks
Great to see everyone at Saltford today (10th March 2019). Thank you for braving the wet and windy weather.
Due to the weather we started off doing some putting in the conference room on the putting mat. The aim was to work on everyone’s set up and putting stroke.
The main points covered to achieve a good putt are as follows:
- Eyes over the ball
- The line on the putter must be in the centre of the golf ball at address
- Ball position slightly forward of centre
- Rock the shoulders
- Vary the length of the stroke to achieve different distances
- Achieving a consistent tempo throughout the stroke
To finish off putting we played a 6ft and 10ft challenge. Laila, Matilda and Ava all came away with prizes for the best set ups and putting strokes achieved, so well done girls!
After the putting we ventured down to the driving range, where we worked on woods and drivers. The main points to remember for these shots are:
- Width of stance is wider than shoulder width
- Ball position inside the left heel
- Maintaining good balance throughout the swing
One final game of the straightest drive was played where the girls had the opportunity to show off their techniques. Annie was victorious with a superb wood shot under pressure showing a great driver technique and therefore also took a prize home.
Well done to everyone who took part in the session today. Use these main focus points throughout your practice between now and the next session on 11th May.
Kind Regards, Chris Coles PGA Professional
5th May 2019
Great to see the girls at Saltford today and finally had some nice weather to go with it. Today was the last session for this season and I must say it’s been a pleasure coaching the girls and I have seen some great improvements.
Our main focus today was short game covering chipping and putting. When looking at the chip shot we focused on set up with our feet closer together, ball position central, holding down the grip and the weight favouring the forward leg. We also covered setting the angle on the backswing (hinge) to help the strike (crisp). We played a challenge and each girl had 10 balls to chip inside the yellow circle and gain as many points as possible. Everyone done fantastic and achieved highly, with Annie coming out on top with the most points, so well done!
When putting, we talked through making sure our left eye is directly over the ball, using our shoulders (pivot from the shoulders) to create a pendulum action, length of stroke (arc) and rhythm. These 4 points are very important when it comes to putting and will help consistency.
We finished off the session with a team ladder game where each team had to complete the ladder in the quickest time possible. Well done to Phoebe, Yihan, Aurelia and Poppy on winning the ladder game.
I hope all the girls have enjoyed the sessions! I wish everyone a great summer and encourage you to play lots of golf and put into practice what we have worked on during the 4 sessions.
Kind regards , Chris Coles - PGA Professional