Our first day at Robinsons Tavira for our Golf Coaching Week found as at the secluded range to look at everyone’s technique and fundamentals. Always good for all players to review some of their basics as it is often overlooked and the assumption “I’ve been playing for years so they must be alright!” is sadly not the case. After a good morning and a good lunch at Robinsons, we focused on the short game in the afternoon. This is the quickest way of improving your score, so it is always time well spent. I genuinely think chipping practice improves your impact factors on your main swing too, a double bonus.
The second day took us to the course for our first game and see our group in action. A sunny but breezy afternoon greeted us and there was some good golf all round. Valerie had the distinction of making the first par of the trip on the second and Les the tricky first birdie on the 12th, which set a chain of events as Simon birdied the devilishly difficult 13th, then Boyd crunched a great long iron into 14 and coolly rolled in the 15ft putt. A good day all round and Les and Simon took the honours in our competition with a 40pt 4BBB to win by a point.
Day three and we went out first thing and were the first group out on the course, which is always nice once you get over the 6am alarm call. A slightly cooler but dry day greeted us and I thought everyone did well in the conditions. We went to the range after play, which was really useful as players could work with me on where they felt their game needed most improvement, whilst fresh in their minds. We finished the day off with a bunker session and that is an area where it is so important to have a clear concept of what you are trying to do. Especially out here where there are 188 bunkers to choose from on the resort!!
A day off spent either in Tavira, the gym or more golf.
Day five and the rain swept in and although we did our range session sadly only managed 9 holes and came in. On the bright side the clubhouse was warm and inviting with tea and pancakes most welcome.
We finished our trip off at the excellent Benamor just down the road. A terrific day greeted us and after a review on the range and putting green we set about the very sporty course. I like the start as the opening holes are very encouraging and then as you move into the back nine things get decidedly trickier. A good day all round with Boyd and Francis triumphing in the better ball event with an impressive 40points. A superb final dinner and a fun prize giving rounded off an excellent week and my thanks to a really hard working group of players, who were a pleasure to be with.
Look forward to seeing you again on the fairways.
All the best
The Lopesan Links Open Championships Mar 2020
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