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GOLFING IN PARADISE
By JOSE CALLEJA
General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course
This week’s between shots is Eric Wilson.
What clubs do you use? Callaway woods and Ping Irons.
Where is your home club? I am a member of Beacon Hills Golf Club, Melbourne.
Who is your favourite player? My favourite player is Adam Scott.
What course do you love to play? I love to play Natadola Bay.
What is your favourite hole? The 6th and 9th hole at Natadola Bay.
What shot will you always remember? Hole in One on the 6th hole at Beacon Hills.
Who are your dream playing partners? Adam Scott, Tiger Woods and Ricky Ponting.
This was what Mr Wilson had to say about Natadola Bay Golf Course: “I rate Natadola Bay in my top 3 courses I have played. Enjoyed playing it with the prevailing wind as well as on a perfectly still day. Great views and excellent clubhouse service …”
This week’s tip covers the mechanics of a Putting Stroke
All golfers are different when it comes to putting so the proper mechanics of the putting stroke depends on what feels natural to you. I prefer the traditional technique where my body is square to the target and my right hand is under my left hand. However if opening your stance like Seve or gripping with the left hand low like Vijay Singh is what feels comfortable then I suggest to keep putting in comfort. As we all know there is no right or wrong way to putt.
Posture: Posture is an important element of the putting stroke because it allows the putter face to strike the golf ball more consistently thereby increasing confidence and feel. Confidence and feel are the two most talked about topics in putting. A comfortable posture should include a forward pelvic tilt, maintaining a straight back and slightly bent knees so that your eyes are a directly over the ball.
The stroke: Some players like to commence their putting stoke with a slight forward press like Phil Mickleson. Phil has had huge success using the forward press technique. Other players prefer to eliminate the hands and commence their stroke with their shoulders, encouraging a more pendulum appearance stroke like Tiger Woods. With this style of stroke you want to keep the lower body perfectly still, take the club away with the shoulders and have a slight flex in the right wrist. The left wrist should not be bent, bending the wrist can promote closing the club face through impact.
n Conventional: Most golfers prefer this method because the putting action depends on your shoulders and not your hands, this putting action best resembles the pendulum action of a grandfather clock. Tiger Woods has a conventional putting stroke.
n Claw Grip: This is a recent putting style which I find very uncomfortable, however Chris DiMarco would disagree.
n Long Putter: This style takes the motion away from the shoulders and transfers it to the club. Adam Scott.
n Body Putting This style of putting uses a slightly longer putter than the conventional and tucks the butt of the putter into the stomach. Vijay Singh has experimented with this style.
Four problems, four solutions
Putting makes up 40 per cent of most mid handicapped golfers strokes in a golf round. Most of these golfers use the conventional putting style. If you are not having the results you would like and you wish to improve your putting I suggest looking out for these problems:
1. Turning your head and following the ball
We all want to see where the ball is going and by turning your head you also turn your body which pulls the putting stroke. So try practice putting with your eyes closed and begin to feel your pendulum putting action.
2. Breaking your wrist through impact
Another common problem with putting is breaking your wrist and this has a very simple solution. Take you normal set up that you have for your putting stroke, then remove your right hand and place it in your pocket. Commence you putting stoke with the thought of a pendulum action however don’t look at the putter head, instead watch your left wrist. I guaranteed you with stop using your wrist within seconds. (Right Handed players)
3. Turning your forearm
If you find you are rotating your forearm through your follow through then I recommend you think of your right palm. Palm to the Hole is your key thought. (Right Handed players)
4. No follow through
If you have no follow through you need to implement in your putting practice the Push Putting Drill. Simply push the ball towards the Hole with your putter, do not take a back stroke. You will soon discover the feeling of a follow through.
This week we provide a review on the new Rocketballz Tour TP Rescue.
The following are the features of the new Rocketballz Tour TP Rescue.
n The speed pocket in the sole of the wood boosts ball speed for more distance
n The thick-Thin Crown design creates lower CG thus promoting higher launch.
n It has an exceptionally large deep face for easy launch.
n It’s lightweight standard shaft and grip promotes faster swing speed for more distance.
n It’s white crown and black face finish makes alignment easy and eliminates glare on top.
If you are looking for a Rescue wood with the above features then please contact the Natadola Bay Golf shop on 6733500 and we will order one for you.
PGA Tour events update
Last week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic played at the TPC South wind Memphis course was won by Dustin Johnson. Johnson was two shots behind on the final day and fired a final round 66 to win the tournament with a total score of 9 under par. This was Johnson’s sixth career win on the PGA Tour and he has moved to 18th on the FedEx cup standings. John Merrick finished runner up with a total score of 272, 8 under par.
This week’s event: This week on the PGA Tour heads to San Francisco for the US Open. It is scheduled from June 14 to 17 and will be played on the Par 70, 7170 yard Olympic Club, and San Francisco. The total prize purse for the tournament is $8 million. The defending champion is Rory Mcllroy.
Last week’s Wegmans LPGA Championship played at the par 72, 6534 yard Locust Hill Country Club was won by Shanshan Feng. Feng carded a total score of 6 under par 282 to win by 2 shots over Mika Miyazato who finished at 4 under par. She now moves to number 5 on the Rolex Rankings.
This week’s event: This week the LPGA Tour takes a break and will head off to Canada for the Manulife Financial Classic scheduled from June 21 to 24.
NATADOLA BAY COMPETITION RESULTS:
Last Saturday’s Competition results are as follows:
Winner: Krishna Singh – 30 points
Runner up: Bob Taylor – 25 points
NEXT WEEKS COMPETITIONS AT NATADOLA BAY GOLF COURSE
n Wednesday 20th June – Mixed Competition – 4BBB
n Friday 22nd June – Bula Friday stroke Competition
n Saturday Open Competition- Stableford Competition