In contrast to the last few newsletters when I have been able to smugly mention writing from warm and exotic venues, I begin this one having just completed our Easter Golf and Coaching event with Barney at a considerably cooler Staverton Park!
Following a long, wet winter, 18 hardy souls were keen to commence the new season by ironing out a fault or two and getting a few rounds under their belts. I will not pretend the weather was conducive to doing this in great comfort, but it did, in the main, remain dry and they should all be commended for their efforts. Half the group played 16/18 holes on three occasions and the rest at least 9, which is quite enough really having been on the practice area in the morning. Unfortunately, Easter Monday emerged wetter, colder and windier than the rest of the weekend and we concluded the event indoors.
In previous newsletters I have mentioned how much you can do indoors to help prepare for the better weather and find it interesting how attentive people are indoors when it is cold or raining outside, but less so when the sun is shining. I truly believe this is often the most enlightening time. No golf balls to distract, no temptation to just stand and hit shot after shot down the range, that in all honesty can simply be ingraining the faults you are trying to cure!! Being inside gives us time to think, understand and develop a clearer picture of what makes a better and – the holy grail – a more consistent golfer.
Barney has some observations from the weekend below and in the meantime may I remind you his UK Academy weekends (maximum of 8 clients per weekend) and UK Golf and Coaching weekends (maximum of 12 clients per weekend) at Staverton Park, Daventry run throughout the summer commencing April 29th. He and I will also run another joint end of Summer Golf and Coaching on the August Bank Holiday (max 18) so come and join us!
Our Easter sojourn at Staverton had a more Alpine than Algarve feel to the weather, however getting to play 3 of the days was fortunate considering what happened else where in the country. As David mentioned the indoor sessions are really enlightening and in these situations we have some excellent questions.
The ensuing discussions can bring clarity for the group and I thought David’s bunker demonstration was brilliant. I picked up some useful pointers myself, so much so I got up and down from 3 bunkers in my last game! I think Jordan Spieth also listened to David https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4iTSGC0xXQ One of the other highlights of the session for all of us, as we move into the season is to keep checking your fundamentals. However, rather than as we often see the player running through a large checklist just before playing a shot on the course, do your homework at home. Find a mirror or reflection and take at look at your grip and posture. After making adjustments, marry the correct look with how that feels to you and take that feeling on to your next game, rather than a 12 point check list!
British Summer Time signifies the start of the Summer Golfing Season. In the British Isles it really is The Masters that gets us all enthused. This year more than most I feel the list of potential winners is a large one. David, myself and the group were discussing this at Staverton and narrowed the list down to about 20! However, sticking our necks out we have plumped for the following:-
David – Rory McIlroy
Barney – Brandt Snedeker
Iain – Ricky Fowler
Jennie – Justin Rose
Good Luck with your golf and hope to see you during the summer.
UK & IRELAND Availability
With regards to the UK season in general, bookings have been taken for virtually all of the ‘Golf & Coaching’ and ‘Golf Academy’ weekends, although there is still availability on all. Please consult the web-site though, as the weekend of the 29th April for example is almost fully booked.
The Dorset tour commencing June 5th has proved extremely popular. We have a few places left for the full duration, although if anyone wanted to join for the last 3 nights and three rounds, we can accommodate further clients, as a number of the tour party are staying for the first couple of nights only. The North Wales Tour is also ticking along nicely and really does offer a fabulous selection of golf courses and in a wonderful region of the country. The Irish Tour too has a good number of clients who have signed up, for what should be a memorable week on the Emerald Isle.
EUROPE – Spain, Portugal & Italy – Spring and early Summer Availability.
The spring season has proved immensely popular, with ‘Fully Booked’ springing up on a number of occasions. There are still places available on the Lisbon Golf Week which commences on the 7th May, and the relocated Algarve Golf & Coaching Week which is now being held at the 5 star Penina Resort, and which commences on the 14th May. . There are also a handful of places available for what should be a truly memorable trip to Italian Tour departing June 29th.
EUROPE Autumn Availability.
Having survived a long wet winter and hopefully looking forward to a glorious summer one is not always disposed to planning the following winter. However, to ensure reasonably priced flights now is the time to act!
We have a super portfolio of weeks lined up, with a Golf Week in Gothenburg, Sweden in September, our traditional October Golf and Coaching week at Robinson Club, Tavira and follow that by what promises to be a truly excellent Golf and Cuisine week in Porto, Portugal. During November we have a golf week in Tenerife and a golf and coaching week in Madeira the week after.
Sri Lanka Availability
The long haul autumn tour to Sri Lanka has certainly proved popular and there are not many places left. Due to the geography of the Island and position of the golf courses, we have arranged to major on golf for the first two weeks of the tour, with a beach and Cultural Tour on the final week. If you are thinking of joining us, please let us know as soon as convenient.
The Ladies from my golf club and I had a fabulous time at Robinson’s Tavira and even though I say it myself, the coaching with Barney did wonders for our golf. We also had a chance to play Monte Rei which was very special. I am planning to spend the next few weeks playing golf to put into practice what I learnt and hopefully to remove the pounds gained at the Buffet table at Robinsons!
Hopefully, when the next newsletter arrives your golf season will be in full swing. Always remember we are pleased to help and offer advice to make it as pleasurable as possible. Please call or email if we can assist.
Here’s to a successful start to your season
With kind regards,
David and the team
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