Sunday 14th October Somerset Girls Futures South Coaching 1300 - 1600
The weather eased off and allowed our session to be delivered outdoors. We started with a warm up from our undercover bays hitting from short irons to the longer clubs.
We then used our short game area to challenge the girls in matchplay format playing 5Up. This game tests the players shot selection, short game skills and competitive edge as the winner of each hole selects the next shot, nearest to the pin wins. First to 5 wins.
Afterwards the team went on course and played the first 5 holes in 2 balls, The 2 Lucy’s played together and Mirrin and Olivia were teamed up. Helen Hayward and I supervised and coached both teams on their pre shot routines, club selection, course management and etiquette. The girls then teamed up and played holes 6 and 7 as a team of 4 in a scramble format.
The main outcome of this 1st session was that the girls got to know each other really well and started making some new golfing friends. They coped with the course and the cold and blustery conditions well. They also got to know myself and Helen and we got to know the girls and their individual learning styles.
Looking forward to the 4th November when our 2 hour session from 1pm – 3pm will focus on the basic fundamentals and simple swing principles.
If you have any questions please let me know.
Sunday 4th November Somerset Girls Futures South Coaching 1300 - 1500
8 girls braved the elements for our 2nd session where we were focusing on basic set up and swing fundamentals. We managed to start outdoors with some full swing while the rain was off but then split the group in 2 and worked in our indoor areas when the weather was at its worst.
This gave me and my assistant coach Helen a great chance to get the players to think about a repeatable pre shot routine, aim correctly, hold correctly and then for them to come up with their own swing thought/feeling.
As the weather improved we spent nearly an hour on the putting green with each player playing a 6 hole / 12 putt putting challenge and then separate stations working on alignment, putter path, centered strike and
A great session with all players showing improvement, having fun and developing some reall y good friendships.
Looking forward to our next session on Sunday 2nd December 1pm – 3pm.
If you have any queries please let me know.
Sunday 2nd December Somerset Girls Futures South Coaching at Taunton & Pickeridge
7 girls enjoyed some decent December weather to focus on their short game.
We started the session by understanding how to choose the best landing spot for a short game shot. We then had 9 different chipping stations around the green that the girls practiced various shots. During this time my assistant coach, Jill Paul, and I discussed the basics of this shot – ball centre, set up similar to a putt and weight 70% on front foot. We also coached the correct chipping stroke – keep the hands passive, weight left on the backswing and then to let the body and hips turn through to the left on the follow through.
Finally the players played par 18. Playing 1 ball from each of the 9 locations the girls played and counted their strokes. Ideally each location the players should take 2 to get the ball on the green and in the hole. On this 1st attempt the scores ranged from 27 – 36. This will be a great benchmark to return to measure their improvement.
Our next session is February 3rd 1300 – 1500.
Hope you all have a great Xmas and New Year.
Sunday 3rd March Somerset Girls Futures South Coaching 1300 - 1600
We had a great turnout of 7 players braving Storm Freya for our Girls Squad get together at Enmore Park Golf Club. The weather turned out to be quite playable with a relatively dry and not too windy session.
We started the session working on the swing picking small targets and focusing on balance, maintaining our spinal angle and holding our finish. We were trying to hit one of the yardage signs on the range and 2 girls were successful!
After the indoor range session we moved outdoors and worked on pitch and run shots and then higher shots that had to fly over an obstacle but hold the green. The players instantly saw the benefit of keeping the ball down and running it compared to the more difficult higher shot.
We then went on course with the squad playing 3 holes and keeping their score. The group would set themselves a target score and then try and beat that score. After each hole we would reflect on what we did well and what we may do better the next time.
The girls all showed a great attitude on a pretty rough day and were a pleasure to coach.
Kindest regards, Simon
Sunday 7th April Somerset Girls Futures South Coaching
What a great session we had last Sunday at T&P, all players showed real enthusiasm and commitment during our 4 hour session.
The session started with some short game work trying to see how many out of 10 we could get inside our target circle. Each target was tailored to the individual player’s level of ability. Afterwards we worked on putting with half the group playing putting tennis and the other half working on improving their centredness of strike.
The 2nd half of the session we ventured on course and split the girls into 2 x 2 balls and a 3 ball. All playing from the red or our 200 yard white disks. The girls all played some great shots and showed a great attitude, etiquette and friendship.
I asked the girls a really simple question – why do you love golf? A great selection of answers: calming, new friendships, peaceful, challenging and the chance to win lots of money!!