Can you believe it's the longest day on Sunday!?!?!?
The good news is that there is still plenty of time to turn your season around. As you will have read in previous newsletters we are very proud of the services we offer here, and we take great delight in seeing results achieved week in week out by members who have had lessons or been custom fit for new equipment (or both!).
Part of human nature can be a fear of change and this is often used as a reason for not having a lesson. Let's not forgot Albert Einstein's words of wisdom donkeys years ago:
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result"
Quite often pupils comment how easy it was to do the changes we advise and they wish they had started lessons much sooner. As is often the case, the problems start in the set up and this will in turn influence the rest of the swing.
A typical first lesson will often involve improvements to the players set up as shown below. In this case, Stephen's driving in particular had been letting him down for a long time. A few adjustments in the set up resulted in much better drives both in accuracy and length and..........................a golfer saved from insanity!
(Interesting that as I am writing this whilst watching the US Open, Butch Harmon is talking about how they have worked on Phil Mickelson's posture!)"It's not the clubs, it's me"
Crikey this phrase is often heard around golf courses! Admittedly whatever clubs you are using you still have to swing them, but what you use can really influence your shots. We had a great example of this earlier in the week. Using clubs that were a few years old and not fitted at the time of purchase, it quickly became clear that Stuart was going to benefit from a more modern club and one that had specifications to match both his 6'3" frame and swing.
Using our industry leading GC2 launch monitor, we captured the details of shots hit, and as you can see, the difference between Stuart's own club and a "suited" club is quite clear! Whilst there has been a lot of talk in recent times about extra length with the latest clubs on the market, what is often not appreciated is just how much more forgiving they are. Larger "sweet spots" means more speed on miss hits and better shots! Play better with new shoes
As you all know I'm not shy at using the newsletter for plugs, but rest assured I am now moving onto the competition round up and will not dare suggest new shoes can improve your game but.................
After the torrential rain in the early hours last Saturday, it meant that the 36 hole Championship had to be reduced to 18 holes on the Sunday. Only 10 scores were returned under par but my goodness there were some good ones!Mark Newton
scored a super 69 gross to lead for a short time until Andy Baldwin
stole the show with a great 68 gross which gave him a nett 62. Very well done both of you, and the new Adidas Boost shoes Andy purchased before teeing off certainly gave him a boost!!!!!!!!!!!!
Another great turnout for the Ladies on Tuesday saw the Ladies enjoy some glorious weather. Very well done to Christine Ivel
who narrowly pipped Brenda Clark
on a back 9 decision to win after both posted super nett 70's.
No let up the following day with over 100 playing in the mid-week medal. Both Andy Viz
and Mark Newton
continued their great form with Andy winning the medal with a gross 71, nett 64 and Mark winning the gross with another 69. Very well done guys and keep it going!
Also very well done to Tom Johnston
who has reached category 1with his handicap and I'm sure we will be reporting more on further reductions!
Continuing with our promotion of junior golf in the community, TJ and I had rather a busy day on Tuesday when we had 30 children from Fulford, 30 from Huntington and 10 from Archbishop secondary schools during the day. Phew! All went really well and many thanks to the kind members who practiced that day avoiding where we had taken over with the various activities!
It's been fantastic to see Paul Yates
hitting shots this week for the first time in over 18months.
Paul's determination to fight his illness has been inspirational for us to see during this time.
Well done Paul!Midsummer Challenge - TODAY
Very best of luck to Steve and Andy as they attempt the challenge to play 125 holes through the day. As they started at 4am, I'm hoping they are well into the challenge by the time you are reading this!
It is still possible to sponsor them and all money raised will be going to the Captains nominated charity - York Against Cancer.
We all love a good deal and this is a great one! Bring in any old shirt and receive £10 OFF ANY
new shirt in stock and this includes Ladies shirts also. It is also a great opportunity to get a 125th anniversary shirt for only £19.99
when you trade in your shirt.
(Once the promotion finishes, the shirts will be donated to charity shops so not only will you be saving money but you will be helping some great causes - thank you)
This week at York Golf Club it's all been about golf course presentation for the men's and ladies captains day, every blade of grass has been cut at least once and we have been working on definition between the different heights of cuts. There has been some tweaking of machinery to achieve this, the fairways and the surrounds have been lowered and the tees and approaches have been hand cut, the bunkers have been fly mowed and edged with the strimmers.
The greens have slowed down a little due to a light liquid fertiliser and iron application and also heavy rain on Saturday which has made the greens a little lush, this was done to add some colour and improve the quality of the greens. We are counteracting this by double cutting and also rolling the greens, this should help improve speed and hopefully achieve our target of 10 on the stimp meter!
All the greenstaff hope that Ralph and Hilary have an excellent captains day and all the members enjoy the competitions and the course!