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Golf Coaching Sussex – Reflection of 2016. Improve in 2017!

It’s that time of year to reflect.
2017 is now here, another year, another challenge, will you make it better than 2016? Yes you will.

For some we have already started this process and reflected on the year passed and then set some defined goals for 2017. I will look to do this with all of you when I next see you, but till then I would encourage you start the reflection process yourself.

For example, did you achieve what you wanted in 2016. If so what was your strategy and formula, is that worth repeating again? Can you improve it further?
Do you want more in 2017? If so what strategies do you need to change, what new formulas and behaviours must you now consider? Don’t be afraid to keep pushing to stay slightly above your current skill level; this is where maximise growth and learning take place. I have just been reading a book by Dr Dave Alfred (Jonny Wilkinson kicking coach) and he calls this the ‘ugly zone’. We basically have to break out the comfort zone and break our current habits. But be prepared, although this journey can be fun, it will require energy and hard work.

So lets consider the following in more detail:

What happened in 2016?

Celebrate your successes, what went well, what did you achieve?

For example, did you shoot a personal best, achieve a competition win, a handicap reduction, improved your G.I.R’s, beat a family member, play more, or practise better.
The list is endless, and indidivdual to you, so have a good think about it to define at least 3.

Write down at least 3 accomplishments:
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What were your biggest disappointments of 2016?

To move forward, you have to be upfront and honest about what didn’t go well? We learn from our greatest failures and experiences.
Write down at least 3 disappointments:
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What did you learn in 2016? – What discoveries did you make, what did you really learn, big or small?
Write down at least 3 things you learnt:
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What do you want to learn and master in 2017?

You might want to learn to shape the ball, or you want to take your range game onto the golf course. You might want to become a better putter from 10 foot or learn to control your nerves and anxiety better in competitions. What is important to you? And what will make you better?
Write down at least 3 things you want to learn:

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What do you really want to achieve in 2017? What are your key goals and aspirations?

Do you have some outcome goals, maybe improving your handicap, if so, what do you realistically think you can achieve? Could it be achieving a personal best or winning a club championship, county order of merit?
What about some performance goals, improving distance off the tee, holing more short range putts?
And finally process goals – practising better, keeping statistics on your game, regular coaching?

Jot down some thoughts;
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I can then assist you further and then create some leverage and structure behind each goal.

Goal setting is vital for your clarity, purpose, vision and motivation. I recommend you do it. It will help you get through the ‘ugly zone’

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It’s as simple as that” Earl Nightingale

I would be intrigued to hear your answers, so please let me know.

Write down some thoughts and take action today!

“A year from now – you wish you had started today” Karen Lamb

ALL THE BEST AND GOOD LUCK IN 2017.

Dates for your diary! Jot them down.. Commit yourself to a great golfing season!

Dates

  • April 14th – Friday: 15.00 -19.00 – Short Game Master Class 1. The art of better chipping and pitching. Turn 3 shots into 2 around the greens.
  • May 19th – Friday: 15.00 – 19.00 – Putting Putt Clinic. Improve the 5 skills important to putting. Hole more putts from short, medium and long range.
  • June 17th – Friday: 13.00 – 19.30 – Mental Game Clinic – Take shots off your game without changing your swing.
  • July 20th-21st – Thursday/Friday. Break 100 2 – Day School. For those that haven’t broke 100 yet. Here is how!
  • August 18th – Friday 15.00 – 19.00 – Short Game Master Class 2. Bunkers and Awkward Lies
  • September 16th – Saturday 13.00 – 18.00 – Course Management Afternoon. Think better, and save shot by matching your game to the course.
  • November (1st Week) – Golf and Coaching Break in the Sun- Dates/Venue and Confirmed in June/July

Look forward to seeing you through the year. Email will be released 3/4 weeks before each clinic  with further details.

Here to their best 2017 on and off the course.

Russell

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Golf Coaching Rustington

Week 8/8

Challenege 8: 5 Lives Draw Back

Purpose: This drill focuses on improving your ability to hole more putts from short (6ft <) and medium range (7-15ft). This skill is important for making par saves. Your better scoring rounds will always show a correlation in your ability to hole out and hole putts from medium range.

Scoring: Start from 3 foot away and hole out. If you are successful move 1 foot further back. Keep moving 1 foot until you miss. When you miss you lose a life. You have 5 lives. Once you lose a life, place a constraint on yourself and move to a different hole, which has a different slope/break. See how far you can get from the hole with just 5 lives.

Date  Venue Score

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Good Luck and Enjoy!

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Week 7/8

Challenege 7: Be a 2 Putt King

Description: Get great at distance control which will help reduce the number of 3 putts you take. The goal of this exercise is to see how many times you can play consecutive holes without 3 putting. Once you have a 3 putt, the game is over. Your score is the number of holes you complete in a row without a 3 putt.

Here is an example of putting efficiency that Luke Donald displayed in 2011 when he reached world number 1. Out of 1206 holes he only 3 putted 15times. That’s a 3 putt every 80th hole. Holes in a row without a 3 putt – 448. Impressivest stuff.

I would suggest if you are only 3 putting once ever 36 holes, your putting well. But as you can see, a long way off from Mr Donald!? Why don’t you keep a record from now on?

To improve your efficiency practice the following game:

Hit a putt from the following distances. Make sure you do it in this order;

  1. 25ft
  2. 12ft
  3. 50ft
  4. 18ft
  5. 60ft
  6. 40ft
  7. 15ft
  8. 55ft
  9. 70ft
  10. 35ft

How many can you do in a row without a 3 putt?

Good Luck and Enjoy.

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Golf Coaching Rustington

Week 6/8. 

Challenge 6 – In the Zone

Description: The goal of this task is to develop better distance control on long putts. This is a vital skill in reducing the frequency of 3 putts.

  • All putts are played 20ft to 60ft,
  • Select 18 putt stations, random distances and locations. Place a tee down,
  • Select 3 target holes,
  • Place a club 3 ft behind each hole to create a zone.

Objective: Hit 6 putts to each of the 3 target holes from each of the 18 different locations. For a putt to be successful the ball finish either in the hole 🙂 or between the hole and the shaft of the golf club, but not touching or past. The objective is to record how many putts in a row you get into the zone.

Date  Venue  Total Number of Putts in a Row

Good Luck and Enjoy

Golf Coaching West Sussex

Week 5/8 – Sprial Drill 

Description: This challenge is to focus on developing the ability to hole out from key ‘holing out’ and ‘mid-range’ distances of 4-15ft. Place 12 tees down in a spiral shape starting at 4ft and going all the way around to 15ft.

Each putt is either for a par or birdie. The best score possible is 7 under par.

Always aim for a low score to keep pushing a personal best.

Constraint.  Getting to easy, then turn up the heat and add pressure to yourself, try out the following;

  1. You must hole the final 15ft to complete the game.
  2. If you Par 3 in a row, you must start the game again
Distance  Target  Score  Score  Score 
4ft Birdie 
5ft Par 
6ft Birdie 
7ft Birdie 
8ft Par 
9ft Bridie 
10ft Birdie 
11ft Par 
12ft Birdie 
13ft Par 
14ft Birdie 
15ft Par 
Score 

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Good Luck and Enjoy!

Short Game Master Class 2 – Bunkers and Awkward Lies

Short Game Master Class  – Only 8 Spaces Available!

The 2nd ShortGame Clinic of the Year – 2018 

Bunkers and Awkward Lies

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This is not like a normal golf lesson, this is a clinic. Learn and practice an area of the game that many don’t ever work on. Improve your ability to hit better bunkers shots and escape awkward  lies.  Situations that can make and break your round of golf.

A half day (4 hours) of expert instruction that will teach you a lifetime of scoring skills.

Itinerary of Clinic
– Test Your Skills
– Bunkers: Strike, Distance Control, Awkward Lies
– Awkard Lies Around the Green: Bare, heavy, plugged, sloping lies.

You will be doing your GOLF a DISSERVICE if you fail to attend.

Extras: Personalised folder with technical insights performance games and feedback

Price £70

‘Early Bird’ booking discount to be Paid By of £64 before August 31st 2018

When – Friday 07/09/18

15.30 – 19.30

 

I sincerely hope you will grab this opportunity and join me for what is sure to be a fun and rewarding experience.

P.S – This clinic isn’t a SHOULD, it’s a MUST .

P.P.S – Get a better Short Game this summer, and help lower your scores. FACT

 

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Golf Coaching Sussex

Week 4/8. 

Challenge 4: You vs the Tour and a World Number 1. 

Description: This challenge is a 50 ball game that focuses on putts of varying length. Becoming successful at these ranges will help improve your score tremulously. 

Your score is compared against the tour averages and Luke Donald averages when he was world number 1 in 2011. Do not hit each putt from the same place but instead create a circle around a hole when putting from each distance. Good Luck. This is one of my favourites. 

Length of Putt No. of Putts Tour Average Luke Donald
4 8 6.8 8
5 8 5.9 6.48
7 8 4.4 6.08
9 5 2.1 3
12 5 1.45 1.6
15 5 1.3 1.6
18 0.8 1.25
21 6 0.7 1.5
TOTAL 50 Balls 24/50 30/50
Date Venue Your Score –    /50

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Week 3/8

Challenge 3: String Line

Description: This exercise is designed to develop technique in a natural way. By hitting putts under a string-line line from 8-10feet you will be encouraged to improve your aiming abilities as well as sound stroke mechanics particularly with regard to the putters face and path. The objective of this challenge is too see how many putts you can hole without missing. If you miss, you have to start again. 

Constraints: In an effort to simulate pressure experienced on the course and in competition, you must hole 10 in a row and you only get 3 attempts at this on any given day. 

 

Date Venue No. Holed 

Enjoy

 

 

 

Golf Coaching Rustington

Week 2/8

How did last week? Did you manage 5 putts?

Here is week 2:

Challenge 2:

Purpose: This Drill focuses on improving your ability to hole out well as well as hole mid-range putts. This skill is very important for making par saves and low scoring in general.

Scoring: Start from 3 feet away from the hole and hole out. If successful 1 foot further away. Keep moving back 1 foot until you miss. When you miss you lose a life. You have 5 lives. On each life move to a different hole. See how far you get from the hole with 5 lives.

Date Venue Score

Enjoy. Post me your scores

See you soon