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Welcome... As we head into summer, the Surrey courses are already extremely busy, with many tournaments underway or completed. A special mention to our ladies team who took the national title for the first time in 27 years! Check out John Nobles’ round up for details of some of our big winners so far. We’d like to wish everyone good luck for the rest of the season! In this edition of Surrey Golf Magazine... We are ‘On The Tee’ with Steve McNeill, with all the news from Surrey Golf Union. We also please to report on two big winners – our new ladies county champion – Becky Gee and Stephen Jensen being crowned English Men’s Senior Champion Sam Truman has put together 5 simple ways to improve your stroke, strike and start line in putting. If you are looking to get away on that perfect golf break, David Boote uncovers some of the hidden gems from the Challenge Tour or check out Four Seasons Fairways, situated in Quinta do Lago, Portugal and nestled within the privacy and security of the Ria Formosa nature reserve, the ideal setting, not only for a great golfing break but an allround ‘active living’ escape!
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COUNTY NEWS 14 Stephen Jensen wins English Senior Men’s Amateur Championship. 16 2022 season update by John Noble. 18 Guildford Golfing Alliance celebrates centenary.
6 Tee off with County Secretary Steve McNeill.
20 Annabel & Emily Peaford are one’s to watch.
32 Discover Four Seasons Fairways for great golfing and an ‘active living’ escape.
10 Becky Gee crowned Ladies County Champion.
22 David MacKenzie shares techniques for building confidence in your short game.
12 SLCGA news round up for spring 2022.
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TEE with County Secretary STEVE MCNEILL
t the time of writing, along with several county card events (Surrey Golf Society) we have had several county championships; Charles De Blonay won the U12’s, both the U13 & U14’s was won by Aaron Moody, The Seniors by Tom Hawkings and the ultimate title, the County Amateur was claimed by Charlie Crockett. It would be amiss of me not to mention the fantastic U14 RookieTour, that after a two-year absence due to COVID is now back with a bang, details about this series of events for both boys and girls can be found on the Surrey Golf website, as are reports on each championship and matches. My thanks to all our volunteers and the clubs who support the county by hosting these days. On top of this, as I mentioned in the in the previous edition, we moved office in April to Clandon Regis Golf Club. Based on past experience, moves are never easy, but I have to say this one was fairly smooth, and we have
Well, just where has the time gone? It’s already mid-June and the Surrey team are in full flow running championships, matches, knock out competitions, coaching sessions, on top of the day to day calls about rules, handicapping, WHS, course rating to name but a few things. been made so welcome. If you are ever passing the office, please feel free to call in to say hi and meet the team, we are more than happy to put the kettle on! One hot golfing topic that has people talking at the moment is about the LIV Tour, is it good for golf or the opposite, only time will tell. As some might say, are the golfers who are taking part greedy or just making the most of an opportunity to secure their families future? There are a lot of views on this, for once I am sitting on the fence, for those of you who know me it is obviously a very strong fence! On the one hand my thought is, haven’t most of these golfers earned enough riches to ensure financial security? On the other hand, if another employer came to you and offered to quadruple your salary and more would you stay or go? Food for thought and discussion. Finally, I am incredibly pleased to report that club membership is still very solid with no drastic downturn as some thought might happen with the relaxing of COVID rules and people going back to work be it in an office or elsewhere. I have never known so many clubs
with waiting lists, which just shows the strength of this great game and the number of new people coming into it. Great to see and long may it continue. If you would like any further information on any of the above events we run for golfers of all ages and standards throughout the year please visit the Surrey Golf website www. surreygolf.org or call us at the office on 01483 755788 and either Caroline, Sam, Sue or myself will be more than happy to assist you. We are here to help all our affiliated members and future members. I really hope to see at one or more of our events. And remember the kettle is on! May your drives be straight, your approaches be close, and your putts holed.
Cheers, Steve If you would like any further information on any of the above, please visit the Surrey County Golf website www.surreygolf.org, or give the office a ring 01483 755788
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County Champion CROWNED Surrey crowned a new Ladies’ County Champion at Walton Heath on Sunday, 3rd April. Becky Gee of Hindhead won the Challenge Trophy beating Lottie Woodham from West Hill in a match of high quality.
he final, played on Walton Heath’s Old Course, was a closely fought affair with the players trading holes across the front nine. As the match progressed, Becky established a slim lead which she then began to extend. Lottie refused to give in, continuing to play some lovely golf. She looked as though she might stage a fight back when she won the 15th hole but Becky closed out the match on the 16th to win 3/2. The golf played by both girls was of a very high standard, fitting for a County
Championship final. Lottie, at 13 years old, looks to have a wonderful golfing future. In the morning semi-finals, Becky Gee beat Herry Ji of Burhill in a tight match, finally winning 2/1 on the 17th. Lottie Woodham beat Alex Jakins of Foxhills in a match that saw the girls swapping the lead on every hole until the 12th, where Lottie had a fine birdie. She continued to play steady golf and took victory 3/2 on the 16th. The 36 hole stroke play qualifying stage of the Championship on Friday,
1st April, was played over the Old Course at Walton Heath in the most challenging of conditions. The temperature hovered around zero for most of the morning, with a bitter wind chill and intermittent snow showers and only occasional bursts of sunshine. The leading qualifier was Ellie Monk of Sunningdale who won the Winnie Hill Cup for the lowest aggregate scratch score on countback from Kim Munro of Epsom Golf Club, both with an aggregate of 157. The trophies were presented by Jill Thornhill, President of Walton Heath Golf Club. Jill is one of Surrey’s finest and most successful amateur lady golfers. She represented GB&I in the Curtis Cup on four occasions, played for England in the Home Internationals nine times and won many ladies’ amateur championships.
For further information please visit the Surrey Ladies’ website: http://www.slcga.org or call Sue Wild, County Captain 07932 196030/ Jane Bathurst, Vice Captain 07734 838153
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NEWS ROUND UP SPRING 2022 ‘GIVE GOLF A GO’ WOMEN AND GIRLS’ TASTER WEEK A GREAT SUCCESS
he SLCGA sponsored ‘Give Golf a Go’ taster week at the end of April proved a great success. Over 200 women and girls took the opportunity to sign up and attend the introductory golf sessions, which were held at 16 clubs across Surrey. Sue Wild, Surrey Ladies’ County Captain, said, ‘We were delighted with the response to our ‘Give Golf a Go’ initiative, as were the clubs which took part. Our aim was to make golf more open and accessible and to encourage more women and girls to ‘Give Golf a Go’. “In Surrey, the number of women playing golf is a fraction of the number
of men; around 7,000 compared to over 42,000. We want to reduce the gap and to see more women and girls on the golf course enjoying this great sport, which is not only great exercise but also fun and an excellent way to meet people. Hopefully, many of those who took part in ‘Give Golf a Go’ will now have a taste for golf and come back for more. We have had extremely positive feedback from the clubs involved in the initiative. Many are offering follow up lessons and several have already welcomed participants into their Ladies’ Academies. The majority of clubs involved said it was a very worthwhile experience.”
Sixteen clubs signed up to hold events between 25th April and 1st May. They offered women and girls the opportunity to take part in group lessons with a PGA professional and meet members of the club over refreshments. The SLCGA provided marketing materials and support as well as an online booking facility for the clubs. NEW WEBSITE The SLCGA launched a new website. The new site is easy to navigate and is full of useful information, as well as the latest news from Surrey Ladies’ golf. It is the best way to find out about upcoming ladies’ competitions in Surrey, not only SLCGA run events but also Club Opens, and how to enter. There is a wide range of information about the committee, county teams, junior coaching and women into golf initiatives, as well as details of who to contact if you have a question. OFFICE MOVE
SLCGA SUMMER EVENTS CALENDAR Thursday, 7th July Druce Trophy Team Event Leatherhead Golf Club
The SLCGA office has moved. The new contact details are: SLCGA c/o Clandon Regis Golf Club, Epsom Road, West Clandon, Guildford GU4 7TT Tel: 01483 361593
Thursday, 21st July Summer Foursomes New Zealand Golf Club Monday, 25th July Stovold Trophy 2nd team match v Kent Tandridge Golf Club Tuesday, 2nd August Stovold Trophy 2nd team match v Hampshire West Surrey Golf Club Monday, 1st August England Golf Australian Spoons Regional Final Haywards Heath Golf Club Friday, 5th August South Region Championships (all age) Ealing Golf Club 8th – 10th August Junior County Match Week Kings Hill Golf Club Thursday, 18th August Stovold Trophy 2nd team match v Sussex Ifield Golf Club Monday, 22nd August Stovold Trophy 2nd team match v Middlesex Muswell Hill Golf Club
For further information please visit the Surrey Ladies’ website: www.slcga.org or call Sue Wild, County Captain 07932 196030/ Jane Bathurst, Vice Captain 07734 838153
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JENSEN CROWNED ENGLISH SENIOR MEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPION
fter five days of intense competition at The Leicestershire Golf Club featuring over 100 of the country’s top seniors, the 56-yearold from The Wisley emerged victorious in a thrilling match against Andrew Smith representing Royal Ashdown Forest. It was a stunning win in more ways than one. After eight holes of the final, Smith led by three holes and was playing beautifully. However, Jensen rallied to draw level by the 12th and after four halved holes, took an important step towards the title by winning the par 3, 17th hole with a par. The real drama was reserved for the final hole. Smith – with nothing to lose – drained a 35-foot putt across
the slope on the final green for a birdie. With the crowd edging towards the first tee and the expected play-off, Jensen took a deep breath and promptly canned his effort from 25 feet to match his opponent’s birdie and win by a hole. It was a fitting way for the final to be decided and for Jensen it was a moment of real emotion. “I think it’s probably the most exciting game of golf I’ve ever been involved in. It was nip and tuck from the start. I got off to a good start – but let a few holes slip and found myself three down again having done that with Rupert (in the semi) and thought ‘here I go again. I felt as if I was playing good enough golf to get back in it and I did. Once I got back in it, I couldn’t nudge ahead. He holed
some very good putts, he’s a gritty player. And you saw what happened down the last – it doesn’t get any more dramatic than that. It beats Thorbjorn Olesen from a few weeks ago. I was very excited. I’m delighted and it was a lot of fun to be a part of.” Jensen admitted he thought a routine par down the tricky 18th hole would be good enough to earn him the win – especially with Smith facing a treacherous putt across the slope. But when his rival holed his effort, Jensen knew he had a free shot at glory. The final itself was another fine example of seniors’ golf at its best with Jensen – the English Mid-Amateur champion back in 2017 – now adding a senior title to his golfing CV.
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Surrey Golf 2022 SEASON UPDATE It’s been a busy a busy start to the season with several Surrey County Championships having taken place already, here’s my round up of the action so far. By John Noble
fter the County golf league season being cancelled due to COVID in 2020 and played with restrictions in 2021, it’s great that it looks like 2022 will have an element of normality. All the squads, men, ladies, boys and girls have been getting together over the Autumn, Winter and Spring in preparation for a busy 2022 season. As we go into the 2022 season the Men’s First team have had pre-season friendlies opposing Surrey Club scratch teams resulting in 5 wins and a draw going into the first league match of the year at Nevill GC on June 5th v Sussex. The team have also had several training days with Jim Christine and John Noble at Farnham and a weekend camp at Cumberwell Park GC in Wiltshire. The early league season matches have gone well for Surrey with the U18 Boys beating both Hampshire (4.5-3.5) and Kent (6-2) in the triple matchplay singles format away in Hampshire at
Southwick Park, and the U16 Boys beating Hampshire (6-2 ) and Kent (5-3) at Royal Winchester GC also In the triple matchplay format. ALSO THIS SEASON: Charlie Crockett (Addington Palace) defeated Will Dugdale (Reigate Hill) at West Byfleet, while Rebecca Gee (Hindhead) defeated Lottie Woodham (West Hill) at Walton Heath. Congratulations to Charles de Blonay (Royal Mid Surrey) won the boy U12 Championships at Milford. Surrey had a successful year in 2021 with the Men’s First team reaching the South East League final only to be narrowly beaten in the final by Essex at The Army GC. The Surrey Ladies team won the national title for the first time in 27 years at Denham GC, winning 5 matches out of 5 over the 3 day finals following an unbeaten county match week and are very much looking forward to defending
the title by qualifying for the finals again on home soil June 27-29 at Burhill GC, having had several evening training sessions at Hoebridge GC and friendly matches at Worplesdon GC and Walton Heath GC in the Spring. The Ladies Senior Team added to the trophy tally by winning the Inter County Team Championships at Stoke Rochford GC. The U14 Boys won the South East League at Dulwich & Sydenham GC whilst the Girls won the Junior County Match week at Puttenham GC. The Colts (age group 19-25) have had 2 matches losing to Hampshire (93) at The Army GC but bouncing back with resilience to beat Essex away at Abridge (7-5). The Seniors Men’s team found very good Kent team too strong in the first match of the season at Rochester & Cobham GC losing 7-3. STILL TO COME... The Boys U14s have yet to play in defence of the South East title but are looking strong in depth going into the season. The County ‘A’ Team will play around 16 matches this year against Surrey club scratch teams providing a competitive team environment for creating integration with the First and Colts squads We also have 120 Girls and Boys involved in the County Academy program (CAP).
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CELEBRATES CENTENARY The Guildford Alliance the Surrey based Pro-am series has just completed the 2021/22 season which was made even more special by the fact that this was our centenary season and the fact that we were able to play a full season of events.
he Centenary season has a total of 19 fixtures and more than 250 amateurs, and 80 professionals played in our events during the season and The Guildford Alliance events continue to be as popular as ever and nearly all of the events were fully subscribed and often had a reserve list. Many thanks to all the golf clubs who hosted our events this season. This season we added Hayling to our list of venues and we were blessed with glorious weather and I am sure Hayling will be firmly established on our rota from now on – we also had a two day trip to Sandwich and played Princes
Professional Challenge winner – Sam Hutsby
and Royal Cinque Ports and once again the weather was glorious – in 2023 our away trip is to Bournemouth to play Ferndown, Broadstone and Stoneham. Our season began at Walton Heath for our Centenary event which had an amazing 43 teams playing on the day and great to see some of the Guildford Alliance players who do not play in the Alliance so much now playing on the day – the fixtures that we played during the season were at Hankley Common, Blackmoor, North Hants, Swinley Forest, Liphook, Sunningdale Heath, New Zealand, Hayling, Liphook, Woking (sadly this event was cancelled
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owing to adverse weather), West Hill, Princes and Royal Cinque Ports and The Berkshire. We held our end of season championship event at Walton Heath – played over both the Old and New Course and the Professional Challenge Trophy was won by Sam Hutsby (Hedge End Golf Centre) with a great score of 12 under Par over the two rounds. Sam joins a long list of past winners which includes Open Champions Max Faulkner, Henry Cotton, Bobby Locke, Alf Perry, Alf Padgham and Richard Burton, as well as former Ryder Cup players George Duncan, George Will, Neil Coles, Ken Bousfield, Peter Alliss, Arthur Lacey and many more leading PGA professional golfers. The Amateur Scratch Trophy was won by Philip Clarke (Hankley Common) with 6 over par score. The season long Order of Merit winners were professional Craig Sutherland (Poult Wood) and amateur Jason French (Langley Park). The Guildford Alliance would like to thank the Alliance President, Roy Sheehan and especially the Captain for the year, Roy Bailey (Liphook Golf Cub) for his support of the Alliance during his Captain’s year and Roy very kindly donated the Centenary Trophy which was played at Liphook and won by Ron Commans (The Wisley) and amateurs Clive Talbot and Len Busch The Guildford Alliance organises golf days between October and April If you are interested in playing in the 2022/23 season please contact David on: firstname.lastname@example.org or @GFORDALLIANCE
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ANNABEL & EMILY PEAFORD When did you start playing golf and who was your inspiration?
What have been your career highlights so far?
Our Dad is a PGA Professional and everyone around us has always played golf so it was a natural thing for us to want to do. We had our first golf clubs when we were very small and we used to go up to the golf club and putt to earn our pocket money. We first played 18 holes and got our handicaps at Walton Heath when we were 9.
We were very pleased to be selected for the England Golf South Region U16 girls squad in 2021. We have really enjoyed the training sessions and it has been good fun playing in national competitions with the other girls.
Do you have a favourite player and who would be in your dream fourball? We don’t have one favourite player. We like watching both men’s and ladies’ golf and it is exciting to see new young players as well as the big names competing. Our dream fourball would be us two, with Nelly and Jessica Korda. They are such good players, really inspirational and we think it would be a lot of fun! As golfing sisters, we would have a lot in common with them. We are sure that, like us, they are golfing rivals but are also the best of friends.
We have played for the Walton Heath Ladies scratch team and junior teams and have also represented Surrey in the ladies second team. Emily had a round of 4 under par at Walton Heath last summer and Annabel had her first hole in one at the South Region Championships at Hartey Wintney. How often do you play/practice? It really depends on the time of year. We try and practice two or three evenings a week after school and we often have South Region or Surrey Performance Squad training days or strength and conditioning sessions at the weekend. We also practice putting in the lounge at home! We usually
play golf every weekend as well, but during the summer we play most days especially when we are not at school. Is finding time to play whilst managing school/work etc. difficult? It can be hard to fit everything in that we want to do, as well as our school work. Our weekends are busy and we often have school matches in the morning, followed by golf or a tennis tournament in the afternoon. Are there specific areas of your game that you work on and how do you monitor your results to try and identify any concerns you have? We have a plan for our swings which we work on with our Dad and Alex Saary, our England Golf Coach, but we also try to mix up our practice to keep it fun. Sometimes we practice at the driving range, sometimes on the course. We enjoy making it competitive against each other and also against our Dad. After competitions, we always talk about how we played and think about what we could do better next time. Sometimes it is a new shot we need to learn, or sometimes it is just a matter of course management and making better decisions. We have still got so much to learn and playing different types of golf courses is a great way to find out what you don’t know yet! What are your goals for 2022 and beyond? This year, our goal is to get our handicaps as close to scratch as possible. We are playing in lots of different competitions and matches so should have plenty of opportunities to play well. It would be great if we could win an event or finish somewhere near the top in an important competition.
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Long term, we would both love to go to university in America and play amateur golf at the highest level.
What advice would you give to young players starting on their journey in golf?
Go for it! Join in with as many things as you can at the golf club and with the County. We have made some great friends and had lots of fun playing golf with people of all ages.
Handicap: Annabel 4, Emily 1
Names: Annabel & Emily Peaford Club: Walton Heath Competition wins/titles/placements: ANNABEL c Surrey Girls U10 champion 2018 c England Girls U16 net runner up 2021
Finally, what are your other interests when you are not playing golf?
c ISGA Wellington Salver runner up 2022
We both play tennis and enjoy competing in tournaments and playing in matches for our school and tennis club. We also love listening to music and we play the piano. When we have spare time at home, Annabel likes to bake and Emily enjoys painting and drawing. And after a hard day on the golf course, you will usually find us on the sofa watching TV with our Burmese cats Coco and Candy!
c R&A U12 Amateur prize 2021
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EMILY c Walton Heath Junior Order of Merit winner 2021 c Midland U16 championships finished 9th 2022 c Walton Heath Ladies Spring Meeting winner 2022 c Beeson Trophy @ SHGC – Winner
HOW TO BUILD CONFIDENCE IN YOUR SHORT GAME Mental coach David MacKenzie shares his best mental game techniques for building confidence in your short game and getting up and down more frequently.
MAKE PROCESS THE GOAL Executing your short game skills starts with having a clear process, so you focus on that rather than what the outcome might be. We need more certainty by having clear goals for what you are going to bring your attention to before, during and after every shot. Write down 3-4 things that will become your ‘process’ and make that the goal for each shot.
CONTROLLING NERVES IN THE SHORT GAME When your heart rate goes up, it means that your nervous system is on ‘high alert’. Energy flows away from your brain towards your muscles (which is one of reasons that focusing is harder and you can get tense or shake). When you feel this, breathe and notice your grip pressure. Focusing on breathing properly will not only lower tension, but you’ll bring your mind into the present.
VISUALISE YOURSELF HAVING A GREAT SHORT GAME If you close your eyes and imagine yourself playing short game shots, can you see yourself being successful? If you can’t, you will struggle to do it for real. Do some visualisation exercises where you close your eyes and see yourself hitting an array of short game shots on the course (make it vivid). If you can see it, you can believe it’s possible and it will help you do it for real.
FOCUS IN THE SHORT GAME When you are practicing your short game, it’s likely that your focus is more ‘external’ and on the intention for the shot you want to hit. On the golf course, because of fear of hitting a bad shot, that focus can move ‘internal’ and more on the swing. The player believes that if they can just make the correct movement, they will avoid the outcomes they fear. When you do this, you lose your connection with the target, your feel and your rhythm. Studies have proven this to be true, even more so for the short game, that focus for any level of player is always better on the intention for the shot (external focus), rather than what the body is doing.
HAVE A POST SHOT ROUTINE The post shot routine is a very overlooked part of the process. If a player doesn’t have a good post shot routine or is unaware, they will store the bad shot/experience deeply (by not being able to move on). This then affects their overall belief and confidence in their short game. Develop awareness of your thinking after a shot
and choose good responses to bad shots that you will inevitably hit (even the pros do too) from time to time.
BEING PRESENT If a player is unable to accept hitting a poor shot (and do it quickly), they can ruminate on it in between shots, which can affect mood and lower performance. Being able to be in the present moment and aware of where you are placing your attention in between shots is a key factor in any player’s success.
SHORT GAME PRACTICE To get better at dealing with the pressure you feel on the course, it makes sense that you put yourself to the test during practice. Set up a practice environment with challenges and consequences that will make you feel nervous and increase arousal, so you can put some of these strategies to the test. David MacKenzie is a mental coach and resides in Washington DC, but is originally from Godalming, Surrey. You can find out more about him and his coaching at www.golfstateofmind.com
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n 2018 I stopped playing team sports, hung up my football boots and turned my competitive attention to golf. It was a sport I’d always wanted to get good at and was curious to see that if I committed to it fully, could I become a single figure golfer. After getting my first official handicap of 12, it took less than 6 months to achieve that particular goal. Off the back of my passion for golf, my own achievements & my background in the fitness industry I started focussing my efforts on helping other passionate golfers improve their game through the means of better fitness training. In this article I’m going to talk about the three things I’d do straight away if I was starting from scratch tomorrow and wanted to improve my fitness for the golf course. FIND 2-4 NON-NEGOTIABLE TIMES EVERY WEEK TO TRAIN The biggest thing to get right with a training plan is your ability to stay consistent which means it makes sense to not leave that part up to chance. The way I see it, a ‘basic’ programme completed well 3x per week knocks the socks off a so called ‘perfect’ plan done once a month.
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Find 2-4 time slots of 30-60 minutes in your diary that you can commit to training and make them nonnegotiable. LEARN HOW TO LIFT WEIGHTS SAFELY & EFFECTIVELY Two of the biggest factors that lifting weights can bring to your golf game are reduced risk of injury and an increase in club head speed which means that you can play and practise more often and add yards to your game. Learning how to lift weights safely and effectively will massively help you fill your 2-4 time slots every week and help ensure you’re always ready to give your best on the course. CREATE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY TO SOMEONE It’s all well and good having the best laid intentions, but having someone there to check in with and make sure you’re doing the things you said you
would, greatly increases your chances of being successful. Once you’ve committed to training, make yourself accountable to someone and get them to ask about your progress. This can be a mate, partner, family member or if you’re learning how to train properly, go all out and hire a coach for a period of time who will not only teach you about training and hold you accountable but will help measure your progress as well. Sam is a fitness coach who helps golfers to consistently beat their mates, hit longer & straighter drives & shoot lower scores with his simple power hitters fitness formula. Follow @samgolffitness on Instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about joining his programme.
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5 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR PUTTING Some simple ways to improve your stroke, strike and start line in putting with PGA Professional, Sam Truman
ost golfers are culprits of not practising their putting enough or at all. Therefore, I’m going to give you some quick and simple ways to assess and to improve your putting. You won’t need any fancy equipment or technology for these drills. You’ll be able to find most of the equipment in your golf bag or at home. POSTURE For a lot of golfers, issues in their strokes tend to start from a poor start position. They struggle to move the putter in a functional way because the body is either miss-aligned to the target or is in a position/posture whereby they can’t move the upper chest and arms independently. Here’s a drill which will help you find a nice balanced posture over the ball that will allow the putter to work freely in the stroke.
Balance beam drill – Place your foot evenly across the balance beam and roll from heel to toe to find the point where you can hover. Whilst standing up straight hold the putter in front of you so that your elbows rest against the side of your ribcage and the shaft is parallel to the floor. Softly flex forwards until the putter hits the floor. Try to stay in that balance point the whole way down. ASSESS ROLL If we can’t get the golf ball rolling properly on the floor with our putter it becomes very difficult to control how far the ball travels. As golfers we can be very quick to criticise greens if they’re not in the best condition. The truth is that most golfers do not roll the ball effectively enough therefore when the green surface isn’t as good their putting performance drops dramatically. The simple drill to assess how well
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hit without bumping into one of the elastic bands. STROKE LENGTH
you roll it is to use your phone camera (ideally in slow motion mode). Place it directly ahead of you on the floor (pictured), just in front of the start line of the ball. Use a half and half ball (or colour half the ball in) and place a ruler on the floor. Position the ball so the line points vertically and your task is to get one full rotation of the ball by the end of the ruler. STRIKE TEST If we can strike putts out the middle of the face we will be able to control pace more effectively and we will be able to start the ball on line more frequently. A simple drill to assess how you’re striking your putts is to attach two rubber bands to the putter. Place them evenly either side of the sweet spot with enough room for the ball to be able to strike the face. See how many putts in a row you can
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Players who typically control pace really well often have a really nice balanced matched up stroke. This would mean that the backstroke and through stroke lengths are very similar. This means that it’s more likely for them to be able to get the putter travelling at a nice consistent speed through impact. Imagine, if your putter doesn’t travel back very far but your follow through is really long, this can cause a lot of acceleration through the ball. Therefore, it may go unexpectedly too far. Here’s a drill to train how to match up your stroke length. Place three tees either
side of the ball evenly spaced out (as pictured). Your job is to mirror the stroke to the three different stroke lengths represented by the tees. If your rhythm and tempo stay the same and the stroke length doesn’t change then the balls should finish in a nice tight grouping. GATE DRILLS The simplest drill in concept but often the most useful (and sometimes the most stressful). Simply place a gate or a set of tees in front of the putter (12 inches ahead) and try to get the ball starting through the gate without hitting the sides. Try this on straight putts and also try it on breaking putts. It will quickly show you your tendency on whether you push or pull putts.
Sam Truman is a PGA Professional based at The Surrey Golf Lab, Reigate Hill Golf Club and is regarded as one of the best young performance coaches in the region.
Sam is able to provide clients with access to the most up to date golf coaching technology at one of the best practice facilities in the UK
Current roles include: • Performance Coach – Hugh Marr Golf • Surrey Boys (U12’s & U14’s) and Girls (U18’s) County Coach • Elite Academy Coach for Whitgift School
Clients are exposed to Trackman club and ball tracking and also the SAM Putt Lab Analysis System in the new indoor putting studio. For more information follow Sam on:
@SamTrumanGolf Under the tutorship of European Tour Coach @SamTrumanGolf Hugh Marr, Sam prides himself in providing the best holistic coaching experiences for his E: SamTrumanGolf@gmail.com players. Sam works with all levels of golfers from the young aspiring junior all the way up to European tour professionals.
HIDDEN GEMS OF THE CHALLENGE TOUR For this issue, David Boote tell us about some of the hidden golf gems he’s played in Europe. On the Challenge Tour, we are lucky to travel around the world and play so many interesting courses. Some of my favorites are somewhat off the beaten track but luckily I really enjoy the travelling side of my job! Hopefully reading this might inspire you to take a golf trip to somewhere you haven’t thought about before! The first on the list to mention is Adamstal Golf Club in Austria. This
course is around an hour’s drive from Vienna and set in the lower Austrian Alps. It was built by Franz Wittmann, a successful Austrian rally driver, with spectacular views from so many different holes. Wittmann even built himself and family a rally track around the course and surrounding terrain! It really is stunning and one of the most amazing backdrops for scenery I’ve ever played.
The second course worthy of a mention is the Penati Golf Resort. This course in Slovakia is by Nicklaus design and is one of the best tests of golf we have on the Challenge Tour. It’s set amongst tall forest pines with a claim to fame that it boasts the longest hole in Europe, a 780 yard par 6! The finishing hole on the course is a demanding par 4 with a tight drive through the trees and a second shot to an island green!
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Another of my favorites is Golf Bluegreen Pleneuf in Brittany, about a 5 hour drive from Calais. This corner of northwest France reminds me a lot of the courses on the Cornish or West Wales coast. The layout is fantastic, set up on the cliffs with beautiful sea views and also over the town of Pleneuf –Val-Andre. It has a number of really tight holes amongst the gorse bushes and, although the wind can
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blow, it is a true gem of the Challenge tour circuit. A final course to mention is Royal Obidos Spa and Golf Resort in Portugal. Situated on the rugged Atlantic west coast the course is totally different to those found in the Algarve region. Obidos is a historic inland castle town which is around an hours drive north of Lisbon. Royal Obidos Golf course is 10 minutes away from
the town next to the coast and is set in the hills with spectacular views and is a golf test to match. The town is great to walk around in the evening with its castle walls and local restaurants. Highly recommended as a golf and cultural holiday destination! @davidboote123
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With 3,000 hours of sunshine and just 3hrs flight from the UK, the Algarve is unique in that it offers a truly delightful year-round destination. Situated in Quinta do Lago and nestled within the privacy and security of the Ria Formosa nature reserve, lies Four Seasons Fairways, the ideal setting, not only for a great golfing break but an all-round ‘active living’ escape.
our Seasons Fairways really is the perfect place to escape for a week of warmth, sun, sumptuous Mediterranean food, excellent golf and everything else for an ‘Active Living’ and rejuvenating break. And if you’re keen to get active, Four Seasons Fairways will be welcoming back Amy Williams MBE, former skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist to the resort in November to host a very special ‘Active Living’ week for guests. 2022 is also a great time to take advantage of the resorts ‘Drop & Scoff’ food delivery service. An enhancement to the already popular take-away service, guests are now able to order food and beverages from VIVO Bistro & Cocktail Lounge and enjoy delivery straight to their villa – they drop, you scoff! In-villa massage treatments are also now available – the perfect way to soothe weary limbs after 18 or 36 holes. Four Seasons Fairways is lucky enough to be surrounded by some
of Quinta do Lago’s numerous championship golf courses and the resort is also just a stone’s throw from the stunning Ria Formosa nature reserve, a scenic swirl of seawater lagoons, sandy islands, salt marshlands and diverse bird life, making it the perfect setting for walking, running and cycling. This discreet and elegant private villa resort is home to 132 traditional villas and apartments, all of which have recently been newly renovated, set in beautifully landscaped gardens with each featuring its own pool or jacuzzi, terrace or garden area and outdoor BBQ/cooking station. The resort’s clubhouse area is home to stunning heated indoor and outdoor pools, kids’ club, wine cellar, gym, indoor-outdoor bar and there are tennis courts and bikes to hire as well! Visitors to Quinta do Lago are also really spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, the two restaurants, Vivo Bistro and Amara restaurant won’t disappoint. Four Seasons Fairways organise
regular golf competitions for guests and are also set to host the 9th Edition of their Amateur Golf Week, 28th January – 4th February 2023 where those joining are guaranteed a fantastic week with fantastic prizes and great camaraderie! If you’re into spectating golf but not necessarily playing, you’ll find that Four Seasons Fairways is surrounded on three sides by the greens and fairways of both Quinta do Lago signature courses, the 1st tee of the award-winning Quinta do Lago North and the 18th tee of Quinta do Lago South, as well as by the attractive 27-hole Pinheiros Altos course and there are plenty of spots to quietly observe with cocktail in hand. Guests at Four Seasons Fairways can also take advantage of reduced green fees to more than 40 golf courses in the region. Four Seasons Fairways offer a variety of packages throughout the year www.fourseasonsfairways.com/en/specialoffers/ The Active Living Package costs from £685pp and is available from October 2022 – April 2023. Price includes 7 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, fresh oranges delivered to your villa daily and complimentary extras such as bike hire, tennis court bookings, classes with the PT and even a jog with the GM! Whilst the Golf Package with 3 rounds per person at the prestigious Quinta do Lago golf courses start from £785 per player with two players sharing a villa.
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or prospective One Golf Club members, the opportunity to challenge themselves at an array of different courses, preferential room rates at exclusive international golf resorts, the regular annual competitions and discounted lessons with leading teaching professionals make for an attractive proposition. In addition, OGC also has access to a number of golf simulators throughout the country – for those members with busy schedules or just simply looking to improve their overall game. Equally, One Golf Club’s unique concept also seeks a build a symbiotic
relationship with its partner courses where protecting and promoting their interests is also paramount. A valueadded service that not only introduces its members to the unique challenges and facilities of the individual clubs but also by hosting events, promoting club events to OGC members, and supporting any events with team entries from the OGC membership. In addition, all OGC members are encouraged and supported to use the portfolio courses for their own corporate events and golfing societies. The One Golf Club Subscription isn’t meant to replace traditional golf club membership but to complement it: For the partner clubs, a profiled membership (OGC average member handicap is 12.7), limited access to tees and the additional revenue from events, sponsorship opportunities and the OGC ‘higher-than-average’ visitor spend, means partnering up with One Golf offers an attractive addition to their green fees. OGC members do not participate in any club competitions and will always strictly avoid memberonly times. However, many OGC members do go on to join member clubs, that they otherwise may not have visited. The course list has expanded rapidly in recent years to include venues from Brighton to Birmingham. In 2022 OGC also added its first international venues to the portfolio, including Canada, Portugal, and Dubai.
Scotland and Ireland will follow later this year. OGC is a sponsor for the Disabled Golfers Association, The Royal Marsden and The Kidney fund, and members participate in club events to raise funds for good causes, always on the portfolio clubs. The membership comprises of professional golfers, corporates and individuals with each category having its own benefits. The OGC Golf Concierge service manages bookings for all its members. For further information, please contact: 020 8255 2030 firstname.lastname@example.org www.onegolfclub.co.uk
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FIND YOUR RANGE Laser rangefinder with GPS distances and performance tracking The PRO LX+ is the ultimate on-course device, providing accurate distances to the flag, dynamic GPS data, and performance shot tracking. The most comprehensive laser on the market, the PRO LX+ gives every golfer the opportunity to access a plethora of tracking statistics, even if they don’t like to wear a watch on the course. What’s more, making no compromises on the depth of data it can provide, the PRO LX+ means that golfers no longer have to choose between a laser or a watch, as the seventimes magnification, 900-yard range, and target-lock vibration provides the best of both worlds. Featuring 36,000 preloaded courses worldwide, with no added subscriptions or additional costs, and more than 100 performance insights available, every shot can be tracked using the 16 tracking tags provided, with golfers able to use either the Shot Scope mobile app or web dashboard to analyse their games. Shot Scope uses some of the industry’s leading statistics, including their innovative Strokes Gained, with the PRO LX+ providing an abundance of data in a singular device. RRP: £329.99
GLIDE ALONG THE FAIRWAYS Macgregor introduces MAC TEC 3 wheel push trolley Building on its enviable reputation for high quality, affordable golf products, MacGregor Golf is making its first entry into the trolley market with the MAC TEC 3 wheel push trolley. The MAC TEC trolley is based on a classic 3 wheel push trolley design, folding down small enough to fit in most car boots with ease alongside a full golf bag. The new trolley combines the durability of stainless steel construction with a sporty design and a host of practical features that are often sold as added accessories. Umbrella holder, drinks holder, storage net and scorecard holder all come as standard in this feature rich trolley. Footbrake, adjustable bag brackets and a smooth push that glides along the fairways finish off this durable, affordable package, while black or white options give a choice of style to match the practical innovations. £119.99 www.macgregor-golf.co.uk
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Golf’s #1 on course tracking system gets a new look Arccos Golf – the pioneer of big data and Artificial Intelligence for golf is introducing a new limited-edition ‘Smoke’ finish version on its game-changing Smart Sensors to offer golfers the most accurate shot tracking in the game in a modern look.
When a brand has been around for as long as Stuburt, people make the mistake of thinking that they know everything about them. But, believe me, it’s definitely worth taking a second and a third look at this great British brand this summer as it introduces stylish new designs and fabrications at an incredible price point. The Highland Polo is a perfect example, with its traditional golf look, stylish colour combinations and a performance fabric. The block colour on the upper chest and stripe detail on the lower body of the Highland polo contrast to create a unique and subtle modern finish. Stuburt logos on the left chest and back neck plus DRI-Back moisture transfer technology for performance and comfort finish off this stylish addition to the range. With new designs in polo, mid layer, and outerwear, plus a fantastic range of spiked and spikeless shoe, Stuburt is one to watch this summer. Available in 3 colours. SRP: £24.99 www.stuburt.com
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Having recently launched its latest generation Smart Sensors (Gen3+) and Link (Gen2) wearable, Arccos is set to provide golfers with a rare opportunity to track on-course data with its new Smoke Smart Sensors using an exclusive variation of the product in a dark grey and black design. RRP £199.99 (including first year membership) arccosgolf.com
KEEP IT STABLE Designed for golfers who want to improve their game, the Carbon Mac Putter Shaft is an investment worth making. Made from 100% ultra high modulus carbon fibre – the strongest carbon available – it’s lighter and more stable than standard steel and other carbon shafts, giving you more control and 20% more consistency than any other putter shaft. Sleek in design, it’s packed with performance. Wrap your hands around the Carbon Mac and you’ll feel the stability and smoothness in every stroke. Compatible with any putter, you can easily attach the Carbon Mac to your favourite head. Tested against the best brands on the market, the Carbon Mac comes out on top every time. Visit the website to see all the stats behind the statements. RRP: £235 www. macgolf.net
BY CHERVÓ Chervò, the leading Italian luxury golf and leisure fashion company, is bringing a chic sophistication to the golf courses of the UK this summer. The SS22 collection, made up of 332 products in total, has been designed in an assortment of vibrant colours and fun patterns for male and female golfers.
hervò, the leading Italian luxury golf and leisure fashion company, is bringing a chic sophistication to the golf courses of the UK this summer. The SS22 collection, made up of 332 products in total, has been designed in an assortment of vibrant colours and fun patterns for male and female golfers. Inspired by the vibrant atmosphere of Lake Garda, Italy, the Spring Summer 2022 collection is full of shades chosen to lift your mood and energise your game. The collection provides a nod to the Nineties, combining classic Italian style with exceptional functionality.
For ladies, lemon yellow, sunset pink and deep purples give golfers the chance to play in some truly unique pieces. Those looking for more of a classic pairing can find fresh white, timeless navy blue and electric blues mixed into the range. Aside from the bright colours available, the Chervò SS22 female collection also features unique array of patterns, such as sliced lemons and mirrored marbling effects. Sleeveless polo shirts with clean lines and two-tone embroidery encapsulate the aesthetic of the summer golf season to the highest degree. Short and long-sleeved polo shirts, tailored trousers, shorts, skorts and more complete the elegant array of women’s apparel available.
Men can find the same sun-inspired yellow and orange colours and vibrant patterns available across polo shirts for the season. Smart tailored trousers and shorts, gillets, jackets and jumpers bring together a full look ready for the golf course. More traditional stone, clean white and classic navy blues are also available within the male collection, to provide a sophisticated look to suit any style. Synonymous with the very highest quality, Chervò have been utilising hi-tech fabrics longer than most other golf brands. Golfers can benefit from soft-touch, UV-resistant fabrics, which prevent the vibrant colours from fading after a long day on the course in the sun. Chervò Dry Matic fabric technology is also in play to keep golfers comfortable on hot days. Developed for its quick-drying properties and anti-bacterial treatment, fabrics treated with Dry Matic will keep cool and dry out on the course and afterwards in The Clubhouse. New Chic-Tech Chervò outfits are made with technical highperformance fabrics that use glamorous silhouettes for both male and female golfers. Featuring optical effects, pleating, embroidery, joyful patterns and ergonomic seams, the garments across male and female feature unique details for wearers to experience the joy of golf in true Italian luxury style, both on and off the course.
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In the G425 MAX, total MOI pushes a record 10,000, largely due to a 26-gram tungsten movable weight that shifts the CG and can be secured in the Neutral, Draw or Fade setting.
SPEED GENERATOR All three driver models benefit from a proprietary T9S+ forged face that generates accelerated face flexing and helps add distance.
3 DISTINCT DRIVERS Available in MAX (highest MOI), LST (low spin), or SFT (draw bias) models to fit your game.