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.
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