Archive for February, 2007

Using Golf Equipment As Intended

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Well my great fast track to golf proficiency plan just suffered it’s first major set back. Whilst searching for my partners errant golf ball amongst an architectural landscape of rocks I sort of forgot that my trainer looking golf shoes were sporting plastic sprigs. And of course, sprigs don’t grip too well to rocks. End result was a badly smashed up joint between my second phalanges and metatarsal. Five weeks later and I still can’t put too much weight on my foot or risk any sideways pressure. Of course, this means that my upright golf swing drills have not been too comfortable either.

So that was lesson 1 – Golf Shoes are not intended for walking on rocks.

I have however been able to concentrate on my upper body and spinal flexibility training. Whilst this has at least kept my upper body flexible, I certainly noticed my lack of swing drills when I ventured back to the course yesterday. If nothing else, the drills reinforce the routines I use in my in my preparation, address and swing. It took the first 4 or 5 holes to even start remembering. Now this was nothing more than me being slack and distracted by taking twice as long to do normal tasks around the house. [Violins playing!!]

Seriously, the whole exercise was a great lesson 2 – reinforcement of how valuable these drills are. Even if you cannot complete the full movement, the mental patterning of the routine is invaluable.

After a pain free day today, I have grabbed a wood and iron out of my golf bag and it will be swing drills in the morning – right after a warm up, naturally.

Golfing Girl

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Power Play Golf Suits Power Day Living

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

The growth of 9 hole golf is underpinned by the fast paced, convenience based power lifestyles of Generation Y today. Many players today do not have the time to commit 4-4.5 hours to cover an 18 hole game.

So it was not unexpected to see a shorter version of the game launched.

PowerPlay golf aims to make golf a “shorter, more accessible and more popular game”; and was launched this week at Northwick Park by a former Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup captain Peter McEvoy, director of a Playgolf.

The PowerPlay Format

  • Played over nine holes, with two flags on each green, one white and one black. The black flag marks the more difficult pin position.
  • Each player nominates at the start of each hole, which flag they will aim for.
  • Uses stableford method of scoring and players who nominate a black pin and pick up a birdie or better, gain extra points.
  • Players must select this ‘powerplay’ option three times a round.
  • The final hole represents a bonus fourth and final ‘powerplay’, the only difference being that a 30-foot diameter circle is placed around the black flag. A shot inside the target area is rewarded with three points while a failed attempt means two docked points.

PowerGolf aim to move this on to the pro game; with golf clubs hosting regular PowerPlay golf events as part of their annual schedule.

As a recent entrant into this obsessive game, I enjoy a quick 9 hole game, which is much easier to fit into my work:play routine. I do find though that it seems all over a little too quickly, so can appreciate how this format will add a little more interest to the short term. I will be looking forward to watching this format develop.

Golfing Girl

Welcome to Golf Swing Club

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

As a middle aged business women with a wide range of interests I have little opportunity to harness 4-5 hours during the week to indulge in a sport such as 18-holes of Golf. That of course is on top of the countless hours of driving range practice and instruction.

A common approach of mine to anything in life, is play to ones strengths, rather than indulging countless hours in trying to overcome ones weaknesses.

So it wasn’t out of character for me to apply the same approach to Golf. My natural impatience would be put aside and I would concentrate on how I could be utilised my natural athletic ability to mastering this Game in quick time.

Being a supporter of fitness and health programs I figured this would be the best approach for me, so investigated the biomechanics of the Golf Swing, and developed a fitness program to ‘readify’ my body to the game, before I hit a single ball.

After three weeks of work outs, I hit the driving range and as pleasantly surprised with the results. Three weeks later I was out-driving most of my golfing partner.

Now I recognise that the drive is only one part of the game, but having got to a reasonable level of competence there I started next on the putting, then chipping and pitchcing and finally the fairway shots.

Applying the same physical and mental tools I used to kick off my game entry I am enjoying the fact that much of my Golf practice can be done at home, in a few minutes here and there througout the day.

Whilst I was not born a GenY, I certainly live the lifestyle and quickly adapt most routines to suit my interwoven daily routine.

This site represents the collection of knowledge that I gathered on my journey into Golf and my Blog will account for my progress, in both the Game and everything that surrounds it.

Golfing Girl