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Women Golfers!

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Consider yourselves warned!

The Economic Impact of Golf

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The Economic Impact of Golf

Too funny not to share!

Why children should play golf!

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Why children should play golf!

Have you ever noticed how much easier children can pick up new movement skills than adults? Watch an adult and child, neither of whom has played golf before, and the child worries far less about the technical. They keep it simple in their minds.

Once learned, Golf is a game for life. Not just the prime of life, but all of life. It’s a game that brings friendships, belonging and a whole lot of fun, laughs and great social experiences.

Giving your child a gift of learning how to play the game, while they find it so easy, is a really great gift that just keeps unwrapping every time they go out on the golf course for the rest of their life.

Contact us to get your child into golf today – 028 284 0105 or email jason.wright@africanpridehotels.com

Mental Illness Stats!

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Scary golfing mental illness statistics for your weekend!

Did you say a Titleist 2?

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Did you say a Titleist 2?

Big equipment ideas in 2017: Roll & distance

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The big equipment ideas in 2017: Roll & distance

When you watch the top Professionals’ Putting, it is really unbelievable to note just how much better they are than a regular golfer. Striking a putt looks so much simpler than swinging a full club. Surely the gap shouldn’t be as big?

Designers are trying to resolve these two differences in performance (between Tour Pros and regular golfers).

The other advantage the Tour Professionals have is their putter will be perfectly fitted for shaft length, lie and loft (yes, loft). That will help them find the sweet spot, and get the ball rolling, more often.

If you’ve never had a putter fitting contact us on 028 284 0105 or email jason@africanpridehotels.com

Invest in golf’s greatest feeling!

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Invest in golf’s greatest feeling!

Your approach shots find you out. If the shaft length and lie angle on your irons aren’t right for you, it’s difficult to get close. If your shaft flex is not matched to your swing, then your trajectory and consistency will suffer. So will the distance you hit it.

If your swing path / plane is wrong then you’re going to struggle to hit straight and accurate golf shots. You’ll be the victim of hooks and slices depending on your error.

It might seem like a lot, but getting those aspects of your game sorted, is a really good investment in the greatest feeling in golf: watching an approach shot land close.

If we can help, please Jason on jason@africanpridehotels.com or call 028 284 0105

Golfing Stereotypes

Golfing Stereotypes – Are you one of these?

Winter Warmer Promotion

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WINTER WARMER PROMOTION

Trade-in your old winter jacket or jersey at the #ArabellaProShop this winter and help keep the homeless warm.

Plus you will get R200 off any new outerwear item purchase.

For more info please contact the Pro Shop on 028 284 0000

This Lost Art Will Save You Strokes

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This Lost Art Will Save You Strokes

Over time, a simple method for getting the ball from off the green to the flagstick fell out of favor.

I rarely see anyone chip like the late Hall of Fame golfer Paul Runyan. That’s a shame because this technique will make you more accurate around the greens with a lot less practice. Once you master the setup and learn to make a rhythmic stroke—like putting—you’ll start getting up and down more often. Let me show you how to chip old school. —With Ron Kaspriske

SCENARIO + SELECTION
Although you can use this shot in a lot of spots, it’s not all-purpose. Use this technique when you are no more than five yards from the green in the fringe or rough. Because this shot requires a stroke of consistent length and speed, the only thing you need to judge is which club to use to get the ball pin high. Visualize a small spot on the green where you think the ball should land to roll out to the hole. Then read the rest of the distance like a putt.

So which club to use? Take a little time on a practice green with your pitching wedge, 9-iron and 8-iron to see how far the ball carries and rolls using a stroke of the same length and speed. You can experiment with other clubs, too, but I’ve found sticking to these three brings about the most consistency.

SETUP + STROKE
Start by aiming the clubface at the small target where you want the ball to land. Remember, you have to read the green like a putt. That means if there is a slope, you might be playing the shot away from the cup. Now hold the club with medium grip pressure with its heel just off the ground (above). That’s really important to ensuring the club glides along the turf instead of digging into it.

You’ll notice the shaft is nearly vertical, with the handle leaning slightly toward the target and your weight favoring the left foot. Your arms should be relaxed, slightly bent and aligned parallel to the target. Ball position normally is just right of center in your stance, although you can alter it slightly as you experiment with how that changes the amount of carry and roll.

The stroke is as simple as it gets. It’s like a putting motion—the shoulders and arms do most of the work, and there’s no wristy movements. Focus on swinging the club with the same rhythm and force. The handle of the club should be swung no farther than the distance between your thighs. It’s a short swing equal in length on the backswing and follow-through.

The stroke should be aggressive or slightly accelerated, and always hold your finish to ensure a steady pace. If you’re struggling with that, say any two-word phrase with the first word coming on the backswing and the second word on the follow-through. A suggestion? Tick-Tock. Even better? Great-Chip or Hole-Out. I think you get the idea.

A.J. Avoli is one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers. He is director of instruction at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.

For more information please visit http://www.golfdigest.com/story/this-lost-art-will-save-you-strokes