There are lots of great golf companies out there at the moment producing high quality equipment. You could be spending thousands of pounds on clubs, bags and golf balls, but if your golf swing is not all up to standard, the quality of equipment is not going to make much difference.
So, the best option in this case is to make sure that you get custom fitted. This process makes sure that you get the best products to suit you and your game. We check the angles of the club head, length and flex of shaft and grip size. Everyone is different, so there is no standard.
I find that the majority of golfers seem to try and do things too quickly. It is the old scenario of running before you can walk or crawl in some instances. Small steps are always better.
In golfing terms, don’t try and smash your driver 300 yards down the fairway; inevitably your ball will land in the woods or pond. Try and feel that you are going to take a smooth swing and only make the ball go 150 yards. It will go further as the length and loft of the club will do the work for you.
What we feel and what we do are generally two different outcomes. If you swing the club with ease, your timing and positioning will be better, improving your strike and distince. If you try and swing the club like a caveman, your timing, balance and rhythm will be affected and the shot will go wrong. The key thing to remember is; we swing a club, we never hit the ball. That little white spherical trouble maker just gets in the way, so be smooth, get your timing correct and enjoy your golf.
I hope some of these tips are helpful and look forward to seeing you on the course soon!
If you have any questions, pop into the Pro Shop or call us on 01635 522 666.
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
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
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:
Make sure you have good posture
Correct your grip if incorrect, you will never see a good golfer with a bad grip
Always aim where you want the ball to go
Swing easy, don’t try and beat the ball into submission
Great impact with the ball will encourage great shots
Hold your finish position as this will ensure good balance
Balance, rhythm and timing are key
Look after your clubs and they will look after you
A good pair of shoes is a must. If your feet are sore, you won’t play well
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.