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THE DARK MONTHS BECKON

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WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON THE REAL BEAUTIFUL GAME?

 

WINTER GOLF IS FIRMLY IN SIGHT- WHAT’S IN STORE? Picture1
Picture2 Winter golf certainly has its own challenges. Whilst some will ‘garage’ their clubs, the rest will dust off the rain and thermal gear, trolley covers; brollies will be more up the than down, carries will differ and putts much stronger; that’s golf but apart from the basics, what can we do to make the most of winter golf? Certainly it’s a very good period to pick you rounds and practice (pic).

Club Selection

Some clubs are more ‘summer’ than ‘winter;’ you won’t need half a bag of lofted clubs, wedges etc. if you rely on several 50deg+ wedges, then maybe leave them out in favour of more mid-long irons. Shot distances will lengthen in cold air and soggy ground, needing longer hits. Fairway woods, hybrids rely on drier, harder ground as the shot withy them is a sweep. These clubs can get trapped and you fluff your shot.

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Winter Greens

Where clubs use temporary greens, they are smaller targets and will make you think more about your iron play.

When the opposite occurs – stay in bed!!

Frosty Fairways

These are going to help lengthen your drives where the cold air slows the ball’s flight down.

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Adjust your Driver

If you have an adjustable big gun, add loft to it with the tools provided. It gets the ball higher quicker with more pace on landing, giving a longer shot.

Keeping the Ball in Sight

Yellow or Orange if playing on white frosty fairways, keeps your ball visible.

When playing into the sun follow your ball until it’s uncomfortable then focus on the spot where you think it could land; usually works.

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Make the most of Winter Rules

This means preferred lies if on the fairway; mark, lift, clean and place, not nearer the whole and place down

But check the local rules; they vary from club to club on length of drop etc.

EMBEDDED BALL

On closely mown areas you can mark, lift, clean and place I accordance with local rules; in some circumstances you can do this in the rough.

Play to the Course

Courses play differently in the winter – that’s obvious. Don’t expect the summer gear and self-performance. Longer clubs will be needed for shots rather than wedges. Putts will need a more assertion but still need a rhythmic stroke. Remember in club competitions it’s players against the course.

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A LOT’S BEEN GOING ON IN THE GOLFING WORLD

 

The latest from the European Tour Second Swing, at The Renaissance Club in Scotland and the Scottish Open saw Aaron Rai win on the first play-off hole against Tommy Fleetwood. Fleetwood overhauled Robert Rock, so dominant over the weekend, when his fellow Englishman bogeyed the last hole. The outstanding feature here though was the consistently good scoring well down the field, showing the depth of ability in the ET, which also lost Paul Lawrie, who has retired from the tour to concentrate on the Seniors whose programme is lighter, albeit with the same size of challenge.

Bryson De Chambeau blasted his way around Winged Foot to take the US Open by six shots and was the only one to finish under par for the weekend. His massive hitting may be controversial but his approach work and green play were impeccable. It’s the Masters next, but will the Azaleas be flowering? New Dad Rory McIlroy has excluded himself from a few events stateside, quite naturally. But he will have been practicing for Augusta.

At the grass roots, clubs will be trying to adjust to shorter days with fewer available tee times as winter approaches. Some will shorten tee intervals to add the slots but the combination of winter weather, returns to schools, colleges, from furlough etc, will likely reduce revenues for many. The next six months will be the true test of club survival after the ‘boom’ in convenient memberships, taken up to secure tee times off special membership deals. It’s income beyond subscription that will be the main aim, so clubs are going to have to work hard to make themselves more accessible to other revenue generation whilst working to the restrictions. Good luck to them.

I have no idea what will be going on U3A Golf this winter but would like to learn what groups are getting up to. Some I guess may curtail play during the dark months whilst others will soldier on. Whatever your plans, do take every precaution to keep yourself safe, not only from ‘C’ but also from the perils of winter conditions.


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To introduce myself………………. 

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‘Once a One Hit Wonder,” Martin ‘Eaglescorer’ Pugh
UK U3A Golf Advisor

 “The most important shot in golf is …………. The next one!!!!!”

A U3A GOLFING MANTRA?

Through our passion for golf we the game we embrace it’s future.

“Golf inspires & frustrates, but we come back for more!!!!!”

The best thing about golf for me?

I have OCD. Golf is ideal as its always about, ‘NEXT SHOT, HOLE, ROUND!’

One Hit wonder?

My first ever round at Ellesborough at 12yrs; hit a four iron onto a Par 3 green. You’d think I’d won The Open! Reality kicked in so I learned to forget the last shot………always!!

The worst thing(s) about golf for me?

  • SLOW PLAY – NO EXCUSE FOR IT
  • OVER VOCAL PLAYERS WHEN OTHERS ARE PLAYING THEIR SHOTS

You could witness me chuntering on about players who ignore others on the course and hold up play

My biggest memories?

Royal Troon for The Open, with Stenson and Mickleson on the ‘round of the decade!’

Playing Natadola, Fiji – mountainous and coastal tournament course!

CV (?)

  • Retired Architect
  • Passionate golfer from South Bucks
  • 100+ courses played, home and abroad
  • Playing Senior Opens for over 10yrs
  • Seen tournaments home and abroad
  • Promoted events and golf breaks
  • Contributes to the Golf Media
  • Contributed to Rules and Pace of Play issues
  • Attends Rules Schools
  • A few successes
  • Played Fiji, Sandwich, Belfry, Celtic Manor and Troon

What would I like to achieve from this role?

  • More players joining the game
  • U3A Players improve their game
  • Local/Regional/National events
  • National U3A Golf Society
  • Groups becoming successful
  • Clubs increasingly benefit from us
  • Groups compete with each other
  • U3A Golf Facebook Page
  • International U3A Golf

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SETTING UP/MANAGING/DEVELOPING A U3A GOLF SOCIETY

“This is a game of misses. The chap who misses the best is going to win.”

THE KEY PRINCIPLES of a U3A Golf Group should start with:

  • SHARED RESPONSIBILITY for organisation
  • WELCOMING and INVOLVING ALL members
  • WORKING TOGETHER, on events
  • The desire to DEVELOP SKILLS
  • The commitment to STRENGTHEN ABILITY
  • The dedication to LEARNING about the key issues in golf

Whilst having FUN trying

This ‘guide’ is based on my club, ‘nomad,’ Society and U3A travels. I’m passionate about golf and its future. Whilst enjoying golf have an eye for its future in all you do.

  • The content here is not a ‘cast in stone’ formula but……….
  • Seeks happy, contented and productive groups
  • Golf is for collective enjoyment and fun
  • No one should feel uncomfortable, unwelcome or ignored
  • Everyone must be empowered to contribute without fear or prejudice
  • So the quality of ‘leadership’ comes from ‘serving’ not ‘governing’
  • No one is the fount of all golfing or organisational knowledge, including me
  • So welcome all feedback so that you can make progress

You’re welcome to take this with a pinch of salt, cherry pick what suits you best,

adapt to your circumstances and share with the rest of us in U3A Golf

So here we go …………….. Enjoy!!!!

CORNERSTONES of an effective U3A Golf Group?............. Try these: -

THE SPIRIT OF GOLF

SHARING

CARING

COLLABORATING

“Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.”

U3A is for ‘seniors,’ so the atmosphere is ‘youthful exuberance.’ The mind may lead but the body often lags behind! What do you think?

  • SHARE in group decisions
  • RESPECT each other’s views and inputs and…
  • WORK TOGETHER – don’t rely on any one person or group
  • ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER especially promoting improving your game
  • CREATE A WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE- new members pick up on a subdued or aloof tone

Don’t ignore the PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT ETHOS of U3A.

Golf demands SKILLS and COMMITMENT to enhance enjoyment. ‘Hitting and Hoping’ just doesn’t work.

A U3A Golf Group should EMBED a level of ‘VALIDATED’ DEVELOPMENT. I’ve played in several groups but not seen development practiced. We might reflect that we’ve done well in careers and life and seek some development of skills in retirement, albeit without becoming obsessive and gain significant levels of fulfillment.


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GO ON…….RELEASE THE TIGER IN YOU!!!!