Category Archives: Golf

Winter Golf Advice

As winter has now finally arrived, we need to remember a few things for winter golf.

1. Make sure you are warm enough, getting cold playing golf will only hinder you from playing your best golf. Wear more thin layers than only a couple of bulky layers. Base layers are great nowadays, they are so thin, but yet so warm. Mittens on between shots will keep your hands warm too.

2. Ensure that your spikes/cleats of your shoes are not worn down to the sole of your shoes. Slipping on frosty ground will cause a nasty fall and put you out of golf for the whole of the winter.

3. Get your grips changed if they are feeling a bit slippery. If grips are worn and cold they can quite easily slide out of your hands and end up in the pond or a tree. Best advice, where lessons are concerned, is that as golfers, we should always practise and have our lessons through the winter. This is great practise time, so that when the spring hits us we are ready to venture onto the green grass and play good golf. There is no point in putting the clubs away in the colder months and only bring them out in the spring again. All the hard work would have been done in vain.

If there are any questions, we, the professional shop team are always here to help. Call in for a chat anytime.

Why not book a private tutor class from only £17!

Regards, Dieter Strohbach. PGA Qualified Professional

Donnington Valley Golf Club 01635 522666

The Thinking Game

One important aspect of the game which people fail to realise, is that when you are actually playing golf, statistically you only play golf for 15 % of the time you are out on the course.  The other 85 % of the time you are walking to your ball or walking from green to tee.  This does, therefore give you plenty of thinking time.  Time spent, wondering where your ball is, how you going to play your next shot, or what trouble may lie ahead.

Why worry about your ball that may be 200 yards away from you and you can’t even see it.  Thinking too much sometimes can be the biggest downfall of a golfer.  Just remember, you are out to play golf and enjoy yourself, NOT put yourself through absolute agony and torture.
A great phrase that I always keep in mind for all golfers is, “A bad days golfing, is better than a bad day in the office.”

We, at Donnington Valley Golf Club, offer assessment lessons which only cost £10-00 for a half hour. Within the lesson we video your golf swing and assess what needs to be done to correct problems or just to give you a taster to see if you may want to take the game up.

Happy golfing,
Dieter Strohbach
PGA Professional
Donnington Valley Golf Club

Home to PGA Professionals

Donnington Valley Golf Club is home to a selected group of PGA Professionals on hand at the pro shop, offering expert advice on purchases, and hints and tips on how to improve your game. This week, one of our pros, Dieter Strohbach, offers us his top ten tips for an improved game:

  1. Make sure you have good posture
  2. Correct your grip if incorrect, you will never see a good golfer with a bad grip
  3. Always aim where you want the ball to go
  4. Swing easy, don’t try and beat the ball into submission
  5. Great impact with the ball will encourage great shots
  6. Hold your finish position as this will ensure good balance
  7. Balance, rhythm and timing are key
  8. Look after your clubs and they will look after you
  9. A good pair of shoes is a must.  If your feet are sore, you won’t play well
  10. Practice, lessons and more practice will revolutionize your game.

If you would like more expert advice, stop by the pro shop on your next visit to Donnington Valley Golf Club and enquire about our fitting service and group or individual tuition.