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 video link here
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