Greetings this month from our 2016 South Africa Golf Tour. A report of our week in the Winelands is on the website blog and other weeks on the Garden Route & Durban will follow.
I am often asked where is my favourite destination and South Africa is undoubtably it. Why? Well, I think you have to experience it to fully understand – it really does get under your skin. Some are fortunate enough to be able to travel here every year and the fact they wish to return regularly says everything about the country.
I know some are sceptical and worry about the security, but I sincerely believe that is unfounded. It has truly stunning scenery, lovely people, a wonderful variety of golf and an ambiance all of its own. Even if you have to break the bank – do it once. And by the way, once on the ground, it won’t break the bank. Dinner with wine costs no more than the bottle of wine at home!
When I return from the African continent Barney and I will be running a full Golf & Coaching programme over Easter weekend before both of us head off to run several respective weeks in Spain and Portugal. While I will be exclusively in Iberia until late May, Barney will be commencing his UK programme with regular dates for 3 day Academies and 4 day Golf & Coaching weekends at Staverton Park from April.
Teaching people to play golf should be far more than “hold the club like this” “make that move”. You need to truly understand how and why certain things are important and how to apply them. You need to be able to recognise faults creeping back and how to rectify them. You need a plan to work with through the season, not a head full of tips. That is what David Short Golf instruction has always been based on. While there are sound fundamentals it is best to adhere to, Barney and I are too long in the tooth for idealism and believe in getting the best out of what you have and not filling your head with too much technical data, unless we think you need it, or dare I say, can cope with it!
I feel very fortunate that a coach as good and experienced as Barney is able to join David Short Golf on a more permanent basis. If you wish to enhance your enjoyment of this great, albeit at times, most frustrating game, I urge you to spend some time with him. While I now spend less time teaching, when I first began my schools in Cornwall 30 years ago, it was started with a passionate belief that a few days immersed in understanding how it really works and how to apply it, is the best way forward. Nothing over the years has changed that belief and I know Barney embraces that too.
I am really looking forward to the new season with some Portuguese sun and the start of our UK Programme at Easter. I always enjoy meeting up with David when we can do our “dynamic duo” routine for those of you on the Easter Golf and Coaching.
I also echo David’s thoughts on our golfing philosophy and we really pride ourselves on working with the player rather than a one swing fits all methodology. The opportunity to see your game on the golf course helps us to get to know you as a person and a player. This is why I have always loved the format that David has evolved and the nice venues that Iain organises for us to take you to.
To end my piece for this month have a look at this video clip which shows how so many of us may feel mentally after some of our shots, but thankfully for most of us, physically we lack this wonderful inhibition towards frustration!
David’s summer programme includes a couple of G&C events at Staverton Park during August and Tours of Dorset in early June, a 10 day Italian special in Bologna commencing 29th June and towards the end of July, North Wales, which includes Royal St David’s and spectacular Nefyn. The latter two have good bookings and as usual will be limited in number, so please book ASAP to avoid disappointment. Oh yes, and moving into early September, a 7 day Tour based in Wexford, south east Ireland.
The autumn tour this year heads to Sri Lanka, with a combination of a two week golf tour and a weeks’ sightseeing in Galle and Dambulla. The details of the tour are now on the web-site, with the pdf brochure to follow soon. Also within the next few weeks the Christmas and New Year tour details will be on the website, together with the weeks to Tenerife and Madeira respectively in November. And shortly behind them will be the details for next years’ tour to South Africa, which includes a week at Fancourt, a week in Cape Town and a week in Knysna.
In ten days time, myself and 11 ladies from my golf club will be going to Tavira for Golf and Coaching with Barney. This is our attempt to avoid the bad weather and to get our golfing season on track for this year. David has hosted private tours for many clients over the years, so if you would like to do something similar with either David or Barney, please contact Iain.
The summer Golf Tours have been enjoyed immensely over the past few years and Italy has been especially talked about after each event. The Italian culture and cuisine are well known but maybe not so the golf. It is not touristy like Spain and Portugal and visiting the golf clubs is more like having an away day at home. All details are on the web site but if you have any further questions pick up the phone or email Iain who will be only to pleased to assist.
With kind regards,
David and the team
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