Wow, another sensational Ryder Cup. No miracle recovery this time for the European side but some stunning golf was played. The first day's foursomes were a major blow and then we battled to get back into contention, until a poor finish to the Saturday afternoon fourballs meant we were 3 points behind going into the singles matches. The quality of the majority of the golf, and especially the putting under the pressure of the sporting world watching, was just fantastic. So the last eight winners starting in 2002 have been as follows: Europe, Europe, Europe, USA, Europe, Europe, Europe, and USA. Hmm I've noticed a pattern..... And the good news is that we're going to win the next three encounters!
Powakaddy Battery Recall
It's come to my attention that a lithium battery, that was part of a Powakaddy battery, that I sold a few years ago has had a product recall on it. The model wasn't in production for long so I don't think there are many of them around, but if you have a Powakaddy lithium battery that looks like the one you can see by clicking here then please contact me.
Congratulations to Anne Webster for winning the Macmillan Charity Stableford on Thursday. Anne scored 34 points. Mandy Gilbert was second with 31 points and there were four players tied for third on 30 points. They were Barbara Spark, Jan Ravenscroft, Corinne Veitch and Min Fishwick. The CSS of the day was high at 74. Well done also to Helen Hardern for winning the nine hole stableford.
There was no men's competition last weekend but they have Bogey 1 to look forward to this Saturday.
The seniors however have brought their season to a close over the last couple of weeks. The Stableford Final was won by Tony Sampson with 39 points on Wednesday, 21st September. Second place was shared between David Cranmer, Chris Adams and Mike Massey with 36 points.
The following prizes were contested on the following Wednesday. The Humphrey Tuttle Trophy is for the best front nine stableford score for players aged 75 years and above, and was won by Alan Kemp. He won with 18 points on a card playoff from Ewan Drake and Mike Massey.
The Tony Timpson Trophy is open to seniors aged 70 and over and was won by Alan Kemp with 39 points (so a pretty good day's golf for Alan then, well played sir!).
Finally the Denis Morren Trophy for seniors under the age of 70 was won by John Johnston with 35 points, again on a card playoff, so on the same score but in second place were Tony Sampson and George Buchan.
I have a small selection of items on sale on at the moment but with some BIG discounts! All items are 50% off and include some mens and ladies FootJoy apparel and Sunderland waterproofs. I also have the following six Callaway clubs which I am also selling off at a massive 50% discount. They are all right handed (apologies to Neil Roberts et. al. as the left hander discrimination continues!) and are as follows:
- XR mens driver, 12 degrees, light flex
- XR ladies 5 wood
- XR ladies 7 wood
- Great Big Bertha Heaven wood, regular flex (this club is a 7 wood head on a 4 wood length shaft)
- XR mens 4 hybrid, regular flex
- Big Bertha 4 hybrid. This has an interchangeable shaft and as such can be sold as a ladies, light, regular and stiff shafted club.
I was due to play in the Manchester & District Golf Alliance event at Leigh Golf Club last Wednesday, but my partner's back went just 36 hours before we were due to play. Thankfully in stepped David Wainwright at the last minute. We then proceeded to score 41 stableford points, on a blustery day in the betterball format, to finish second in the event which was very pleasing. Thanks Dave for doing the honours and making it a really enjoyable (and successful!) day out. This week's outing is at Sale GC with Tiff Fielden in a mixed foursome's event.
Thanks to Phil Long for sending in the photos below from the trip last week that Ray Briggs arranged, down to Woburn G&CC. The first photo is a selfie taken by Phil with ladies tour player Charley Hull who is attached to Woburn, then a group photo (with Charley bringing down the average age by a year or two!) and finally her souvenir headcover from playing in the 2015 Solheim Cup in Germany. It was a whistle stop tour that included two rounds of golf, an overnight stay and a mini bus driven in fine style by Mr Long himself!
Finally here's an article a tri-athlete friend of mine forwarded on to me last week. It points out some of the similarities between golf and swimming, which I thought was interesting. For full disclosure it's by Kevin and Chris from the following US website: www.triswimcoach.com.
Please have a read and who knows it might improve your golf or your swimming... or both!! I can't help but notice the similarities between golf and freestyle swimming. Both are finesse sports that require large amounts of concentration and practice to get right, and it is unnecessary (and ill-advised) to gain great amounts of strength to make major improvements in either sport. Let's take a look at some specific ways golf is like swimming:
1. It Starts with Head Position. In golf, you must keep your head still and look straight at the ball while you swing in order to make contact. In freestyle swimming, you must keep your head still and look straight down at the bottom of the pool while you rotate in order to get the most out of your stroke.
2. Concentration is Key. The moment you start thinking about more than one thing when you are about to hit the ball is the moment that something goes wrong. If I get 2 tips on my golf swing and I think about both of them the next time I tee up, I tend to have an underwhelming result! The same goes for doing the swimming drills. As a coach, if I give a swimmer several things to think about, inevitably, nothing will go right. The idea is to concentrate on one aspect, practice it, master it, and move on.
3. The Fewer Strokes, The Better. When improving your score in golf, you want to take fewer strokes to get the ball in the hole. To improve your swim (especially open water), you want to take fewer strokes per length, in order to utilize your energy for the entire swim or triathlon.
4. Follow Through is Important. When you hit the ball, it is important that you follow through all the way with your club. In freestyle swimming, to get the most out of your stroke, you must extend your arm and glide.
5. Power Comes from the Core. Your arms and legs themselves do not need to be incredibly powerful to have success in either sport. With both sports, the power comes from the core- abdominal muscles, lower back, and hips. Legs are used more for stabilization than to propel you forward in swimming. Legs in golf are also used more for stabilization, rather than for more powerful strokes.
Both sports can also be frustrating, but with practice, patience, and persistence, swimming and golf can both present you with a meditative-like form of exercise that I have found to be both fulfilling and fun!