Are you maximising your potential?
One of the consistent themes of this newsletter is the importance of club fitting, it really can’t be over stated how crucial this is if you want to play anywhere near your best golf. I read an article recently in respected golf magazine Golf Digest; they did a study on 150 average golfers hitting their drivers ranging in handicap from 0-36 and, having done plenty of fittings, the results were not surprising for me – 9 out of 10 golfers weren’t hitting the ball anywhere near as far as their potential (on average 23 yards less than they should be). They summed it up better than I can;
"What's a good estimate for your driving-distance potential? If you're not hitting it 2.5 to 2.7 times your clubhead speed, you need a better-fitting driver, a lesson, or both. This means if your swing speed is 75 miles per hour, you have the potential to hit your drive at least 185 yards. If your swing speed is 100 mph, your distance potential could be as high as 270 yards. But most golfers are woefully short of their potential. Two-thirds of the players in our survey weren't within 15 yards of their potential driving distance, and half of those were 30 or more yards short of optimum."
What does this mean? That if you are muggling along trying to play golf with non-fitted clubs you are at a major disadvantage and probably hitting the ball around 25 yards LESS than you should!
To quote Golf Digest again, "our data suggests that many golfers would benefit from more loft on their driver and perhaps a softer flexing shaft. But what we all really need is a quality driver fitting. With the feedback available from launch monitors and the increasing ability of good fitters to work with quality instructors, the right fitting can change your clubs and even your swing."
I did a fitting about an hour after reading this article for a golfer last week and the point was proved, he played off 14 and had a pretty average clubhead speed of 80 mph, his driver distance was around 180 yards. After trying out various lighter, more flexible shafts and a bit more loft we settled on the new Callaway XR driver – the result was he was now hitting the ball 205 yards with the same club head speed. He hadn’t changed anything with his swing but we had found an extra 25 yards for him, needless to say he was very pleased and couldn’t wait to get out on to the golf course so he could impress his pals!
Click here to read the full article, it makes very interesting reading.
To book your fitting session contact me here.
TaylorMade fitting day today
We have a fitting day coming up today with TaylorMade on Thursday 5th March from 2-6pm, there are two slots left for a FREE fitting available with Jamie Guy on any of the exciting new TaylorMade range this year including the new ultra forgiving three slot RSi irons, R15 adjustable drivers and the ultra-light and mega long Aero Burner range.
The two slots we have left are at 4pm and 5pm, contact me here if you would to book one of these slots for this afternoon. If you haven't booked a slot you are still welcome to come along if you want to demo any of the new TaylorMade 2015 clubs on the range.
There will be special 'one-off' offers available on the night so they are well worth attending!
Winter League update
Both the Winter League semi-finals have now been played and they were two close games played in great spirit. In the first match Gareth Eaton and Liam Tyrer recovered from losing the first two holes to record a 3&2 victory over Dave Johnson and Antony Green, there was some great golf played and they shared a total of seven birdies between the four of them.
The second match saw last year's Winter League champions James Eaton and Julie Daines continue the strong defence of their title by overcoming Andie Fraser and Paul Underwood by the margin of 2up, in a tight match James and Julie hadn't been ahead until they crucially won the seventeenth and then up the last hole the pressure told as Paul and Andie couldn't take advantage of their shots to win the hole.
So the final will be played on Saturday morning at 9.40am and will pit sibling against sibling as defending champions James Eaton and Julie Daines take on Gareth Eaton and Liam Tyrer for the Winter League title, it should be a titanic battle between the two form teams of the winter and spectators to cheer them on are more than welcome, best of luck to all the players involved!
The March Medal was played on Sunday, the competitors started their rounds in sunshine however squally showers soon started to pass through which made conditions far from ideal. The winning round came from 15 handicapper Simon Stephenson with a nett 67, the February Stableford winner Jonno Ness started and finished his round with eight's but the other sixteen holes were pretty good as he battled through for a nett 68 to come second, there was then a big gap to third place as Ian Daines returned a nett 73. The poor weather made scoring difficult which was reflected in the unusually high CSS of 67.
The next competition is the March Midweek Stableford on 11th March and the March Bogey takes place on 14th March.
This week we bring you a profile of one of our most popular members - the very sociable Gareth Eaton. Some might call his golf swing slightly unorthodox but it works! Gareth has had a great few months winning the Winter Order of Merit and reaching the final of the Winter League:
What is your current handicap and when did you start playing golf? - 'It's currently 7 and I started playing golf in 2006 joining Hartford a year later on my brother James' recommendation. I had the distinct honour of being paired with Messrs Royle and Hulse in my first competition - Steve was his usual shy and retiring self that day but contributed greatly to my game by ensuring that I knew where all the hazards were. I'm happy to report I didn't venture into the woods once!'
Have you had any holes in one? - 'I have been fortunate enough to see my tee shot on the fifth hole at Hartford pitch behind the pin and spin back into the cup. I was playing alongside my Winter League partner Liam Tyrer and Rhys Nevin-Wharton at the time - the only occasion I have hit a better tee shot than Rhys!'
Your favourite/least favourite hole at Hartford? - 'My favourite hole at Hartford would have to be the third as it requires you to play two very good shots to even have a chance of a birdie. There's no hiding places on that hole which makes it a good test of your golf game. My least favourite is the fourteenth purely due to the fact that my ball flight is quite low which makes it a difficult green for me to hold off the white tees. It has certainly wrecked a few of my cards over the years!'
Your favourite course that you have played? - 'I have managed to play a number of the top courses in Europe but the most memorable for me is Valderrama. You are made to think about every shot from tee to green and the whole place has a certain aura that makes you realise you are playing a special course. The only other places that have given me that sort of a buzz are the first tee at St Andrews, the eighteenth hole at the Belfry and the nineteenth at Hartford!'
If you could play any course in the world where would it be? - 'I would love to play at Augusta as it is the first course I remember seeing on TV. This is long before my passion for golf started but I was immediately captivated by the beauty of the course and the way the history of the Masters is embedded into the fairways and greens. It would be great to test my putting on those greens where so many great champions have won and lost the green jacket.'
What's the best round of your life? - 'My best round was in the November 2014 Medal where I managed to shoot a one over par gross 70 (including an annoying double bogey on the 10th)! This score meant my handicap fell to my lowest ever at 6.9 - and I'm pleased to report it hasn't gone up since!'
Who would be in your dream fourball? - 'Whilst it would be nice to play alongside the world's best for 18 holes, golf for me is a game to be enjoyed with friends so I would much prefer to take to the fairways with any of the good friends I have made at Hartford. Steve Nicholson is one of my favourite playing partners for his laid back attitude and ability to laugh off any bad shots (both his own and anyone he is playing with!). Martin Major is always a good companion with his outstanding long game, comical short game and witty banter (some say basic humour!) Liam Tyrer can hit the ball for miles and throw a club even further but remains one of the best match-play partners I have ever known. All of the above and many more of the characters I have met at Hartford would feature in my list as much for their golfing prowess as their exploits in the clubhouse afterwards!'
Next week Andy and his green keeping team will be carrying out course maintenance week, this mainly involves work on the greens to ensure that they are set up well for summer season. The main part of the work will involve micro-tining and top dressing the putting surfaces to feed them ready for the growing weather, but the course will remain OPEN as usual throughout this time and golfers should notice very little disruption.
The seniors played a nine hole Texas Scramble on Tuesday, there was again a good turnout of 32 players with the winning team being Robin Baker, Brian Whitworth, Paul Green and Tim Donnelley with an amazing score of nett 21.25.
Next week the seniors play a nine hole Stableford competition.
There has been a change of date for the Lady Captain's drive in - this will now be taking place on Sunday 29th March, the new Lady Captain driving in will be Annie Rowland and it would be great if all our ladies could be there to support her as she takes over from Jill Bebbington. Annie will be driving off at 12.04 pm on the Sunday and there is also a nine hole competition taking place afterwards, if you would like to play please put your name down on the entry sheet on the ladies notice board.
The ladies Hartford Golf Club Glenmuir sweaters have now been ordered and we are looking at the middle of March for when they will arrive in the shop, also you may have noticed that there is a bit more colour in the shop as the new ladies Spring clothing now from Nike Golf has now arrived. The clothing is built around the striking Volt colour theme which you will see a lot of this season, call in the have a look now at the new polo shirts, cover up tops, skorts and trousers we have in stock.
We have just taken delivery of the new FootJoy Spring clothing collection and this is the first time we've stocked the clothing. FJ are known for the quality of their products and their apparel is no different - it oozes style and class but at an affordable price. We have mens and ladies clothing in stock and some of it is crested with the Hartford Golf Club logo, we have polo shirts, sweaters, trousers and casual tops and they are very reasonable priced. I'm sure this clothing collection will be very popular as we enter the spring/summer period, call in as soon as you can to have a look!
If you are thinking about joining our Golf Club this season here is a brief summary of the membership options we have available, if you're a current member you will soon receive a membership renewal reminder as new memberships are due by 1st April.
If you join now as a FULL member we will also give you the rest of March for FREE!
Full 7 Day membership £640 or £57/month
Dual Full 7 Day membership with Pryors Hayes £800 or £75/month
Full 5 Day £460 or £42/month
Dual Full 5 Day £625 or £55/month
200 points membership £200 (18 holes costs as little as £12 )
Intermediate (age 18-25) £400 or £35/month
Intermediate Dual £625 or £55/month
Junior Dual member (age under 18) £120
Please contact me here if you have any membership enquiries.
Play three top courses with a pro for just £10
Our PGA Professional Adam Powell is carrying out a prize draw with a great prize. Three lucky names pulled out of the hat will win entry to join Adam in a team of four for a Pro-Am tournament to be played on three consecutive days at Royal Birkdale, West Lancs and Formby on 28th-30th April. The entry fee for this 3 day competition is normally £500 per person, but Adam is selling 150 prize draw tickets at just £10 each for a chance to win entry. If you don't get picked Adam will also pull further names out of the hat as a consolation to join him for a couple of other one day Pro-Ams later in the year.
To buy your ticket just see Adam in the shop, but please make sure that you can be available to play on the above dates and that you have a current handicap.
Seniors 9 Hole Stableford - Tuesday 11th March 9.16am
March Midweek Stableford - Wednesday 12th March
Ladies 9 hole Strokpelay - Thursday 13th March 9am
March Bogey - Saturday 14th March 11am