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Posted on 06 Feb 2014

Categories: Event Report

Tavira Golf Coaching Week 18 – 25 Jan 2014

I am often asked about a wide range of handicaps on Golf Coaching events and how that works. Maybe in a perfect world we would keep the band tight, however, friends or couples of different standards wish to attend together and others are limited to the dates we, or they, have available. Our first Golf Coaching event of 2014 at our new Portuguese venue of Quinta da Rai and the Robinson Club was a case in point. Two single figure players, several in the ‘teens and early twenties and two ladies off 36 attended.

Regardless of handicap we need to discuss and check fundamentals, having done so, some individual attention is required. The first we do by means of short clinics on various topics and believe me, even the single figure players usually have adjustments to make here. The latter is where we may talk in different terms to suit the standard of player and set different practice goals, but neither effects the other. When on the course, providing the player observes the general etiquette and speed of play expected, there should be no problem. We would expect and ask those attending to conform to that.

Maybe the lesson from this week is to constantly check those fundamentals if you are a lower handicap player and if a higher handicap, work at them well and don’t get side tracked by trying a hundred and one different tips!!

Our end of week competition was a four ball better ball and a close run thing it was, James 8 h’cap & Patrick 16 won with a creditable 36 points on good but tricky greens, closely followed by Steve 9 (we decided his first school with me was almost 20 years ago) & Jo 27 with 35 pts and yours truly & Annabel 36 on 34 pts.

One review on “Tavira Golf Coaching Week 18 – 25 Jan 2014

  1. David
    Thanks for your blog re the coaching week in Tavira. As I said in my previous email, after we returned, we both enjoyed the week enormously and I am sure our golf will have improved.

    Mixed handicaps- As you say this is a difficult one to manage as there will always be a variety of differing standards of players.
    Before we booked I did enquire from Iain what the levels of handicaps might be and explained that ours were 28 & 36. Iain advised that this would not be a problem and that some others coming were likely to have handicaps between 15 & 28 / 36.
    Some suggestions to minimise problems-
    Differing handicaps should not be a problem for the group coaching sessions. The purpose of the week after all is coaching. However if the less experienced players are holding back the others would it not be possible to separate the group of 10 / 11 into 2 groups with you spending time with both groups as necessary.
    Equally I feel it might have been better to make up the 4 balls teams playing golf each day by keeping the high handicappers together and the lower handicappers could then play with similar standard players. Having said this we both thought that Steve , James , Richard especially were extremely helpful whilst on the course and could not have been more courteous to us higher handicappers!

    I hope my comments are helpful – whatever you arrange I expect someone wont be totally happy with the arrangements ?

    Best wishes


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