Prior to meeting Sian I was off 21 and in 12 months I have come down 7 shots. Sian has helped me with every part of my swing to make it more consistent and to build up my overall swing speed.
She has helped me feel the club come down on a better plane as I would often get the club stuck behind me and push the ball to the right.
During the lockdowns, CoachNow has been a great help as I can send videos of my swing to Sian and she will send a voice recording back over the video detailing issues and how to fix them.
I really enjoy having Sian as my coach.
Sian has been my coach for coming up to 3 years and since having her as my coach I feel that my short game and course management has improved massively.
I have also learnt how to look at shots differently on the course, for example depending on how the lie is may affect my club choice and therefore the type of shot.
When I first started having lessons from Sian, my handicap was 16. I struggled with distance, especially off the tee, as my common shot shape was a big slice. 6 months later after 6 lessons, I was playing off 11 and had gained some distance through reducing my slice (it is a slight fade now which I like!). Sian is very approachable and is always interested in my performances which is nice. Her way of teaching golf is clear and very simple, giving easy to understand explanations alongside practical drills, which makes my practice easier.
Sian taught me about course management and how to play to my strengths; use my handicap on the difficult holes, and stay out of trouble. Since taking up lessons with Sian, I have won 2 consecutive summer leagues, 2013 and 2014, also the Presidents Club Cup and The Machynys Mixed Open. I have also enjoyed representing the club in the Dyfed league.
Ladies Golf, especially in Europe, has some what suffered over the past few years, with events struggling to run, lack of sponsors and poor coverage of the ladies golf events. This year though, it looks like things might be a little different …
Following on from last years progress of a joint venture between the Ladies European Tour (LET) and Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), the LET have announced their 2021 schedule and the season is set to be a sparkler with over 27 events scheduled in 19 different countries. In addition to this, the season’s prize fund is a record-breaking 19 million Euros for the players. In my opinion, this really should help put Ladies Golf on the map; more events to watch both live (hopefully with COVID friendly spectator numbers) and through various TV broadcasters. Please click on the LET Logo above to read a detailed article on the topic.
In addition to the enhanced schedule, the LET have also recently announced a new Official Partnership with Titleist for the next 3 years. Last year a relationship was formed, but as a brand, Titleist “#1 ball in golf”, are committed to supporting women’s golf and I have no doubt will help to raise the ladies game in line with the LET’s aim. See quote below from the LET CEO, courtesy of the LET website:
Alexandra Armas, Ladies European Tour, CEO, said: “Titleist is committed to supporting the women’s game on all levels and we are delighted to welcome such a prestigious brand to the LET family as an ‘Official Partner’. It is really exciting when relationships like this flourish and together with Titleist, I am confident that we can continue to ‘Raise Our Game’ and deliver an outstanding season for our members.”
Ladies Golf in 2021 seems like it is set for an exciting year ahead – watch this space!
Paul Casey showed his determination in Dubai winning the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by 4 shots to Brandon Stone. This was following on from his top 10 finish last week in the PGA Tour’s American Express event in California. He showed some clear emotion after holing the winning putt on Sunday, saying afterwards that he was “so proud to finally win in Dubai. One of the iconic events on the @europeantour”.
The Englishman’s 15th European tour victory takes his world ranking to within the Top 15 once again and upon finishing his final round was in no denial that although “there is a long way to go”, he “would love to be part of his [Padraig Harrington’s] team”.
Along with Casey, there were 2 other British players who finished in the top 4 in Dubai; Robert MacIntyre and Laurie Canter. Padraig Harrington himself finished up in a very respectable tied 6th position, maybe indicating he’s keeping his European Ryder Cup players on their toes! Watch this space sports fans … watch this space!
The Major at Augusta …. The Masters Golf 2019 …. golfing fans around the world look forward to this week and as we anticipate the par 3 contest ahead of the real thing starting tomorrow, who’s your money on? Could 2018 runner up go one step further and grab the green jacket this year? Will Tiger show his class once again on the big stage? Or will be another new major champion? Watch this space ….
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Will there be heroics at Hazeltine..?!
Let’s hope so as spectators of the widely anticipated golfing event. Over the past few weeks and months, the hype around the Ryder Cup has been building up, but tomorrow the European Team will face the USA on their home turf.
The course will no doubt cause some problems for the players, and potential entertainment for the spectators. Measuring over 7,600 yards, Hazeltine has water on 9 of the 18 holes. The last time a major event was held at Hazeltine (2009 US PGA) it wasn’t a European or American that won. Therefore who knows what the next 3 days will hold! Watch this space…and enjoy what I imagine will be some spectacular golf.
Take a bow Henrik Stenson. A final round 63 to finish -20 secured him The British Open title and his first major championship. He is the first Swedish player to ever win a major and definitely carried out the achievement in style.
Even though Phil Mickleson shot a bogey free 65, it wasn’t good enough to catch Henrik who showed amazing determination and golf to match.
I have become TPI Certified! I spent a 2 day course at the Belfry with Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) and other professionals in the golf, fitness and physio fields. During this Level 1 course I had information from two of the leading TPI Performance experts, Lance Gill (Fitness and Biomechanics) and Jon Tattersall (Golf Coach). Having learnt about the physical screening process and body/swing connections, I completed the necessary exam which now enables me to knowledgeably identify players physical strengths and limitations within a golf session. Being TPI Certified, I can help convey why individuals may be struggling with certain movements within their golf swing. If they wish to and it is necessary, I can also give them exercises to help certain movements. This is not to say I am now a fitness instructor or physio, and don’t pretend to be! So if you cannot do certain things, I will either help you get around these things within your golf swing, or recommend you to see an expert in the field required.
You may not know what TPI Certified means, or think fitness is not important in golf, but if you cannot physically carry out a movement, then do not get caught up like many people with trying to copy the ‘perfect golf swing’. There is no such thing. Everyone is different and you need to know what you can and cannot do and how this might affect your golf swing. After all, to play golf we need to be fit and free from injury, therefore it might be more important than you first thought. I am looking forward to helping more golfers achieve their goals going forward.
TPI focuses around golf specific health around the world. To find out more about what being TPI Certified means, click on the image below.
Congratulations to Bristol’s Chris Wood on his PGA BMW win this bank holiday weekend. It was definitely a Monday to celebrate as his -9 total took him into the Top 25 in the world & closer to the European Ryder Cup Team Qualification.
Wood commented, “It is the biggest win of my career, I have always wanted to win the tournament and to win with my family here is amazing,” (BBC online, 30th May).
I actually had the pleasure of watching Wood around Wentworth on the Friday of the tournament and his determination and patience was clear to be seen.
Many congratulations to Rory Mcilroy winning the DDF Irish Open, his 20th victory as a Professional. What a place to do it too, at The K Club, Ireland in front of his home fans! His finishing 3 holes (birdie, par, eagle) left him at -12, 3 shots clear of Bradley Dredge of Wales.
Interesting Fact…This victory meant Rory became the first ever player to win a European Tour event and have his name in the tournament title as sponsor or host.
What a weekend of golf Jason Day gave us…a staggering 20 under par to with the U.S. PGA Championships at Whistling Straits. Congratulations must be given to him with 10 top 10 finishes in all his career Majors, 4 second place positions & finally the dream win! He is the first person to win a Major Championship at this score, beating Tiger Woods previous best of -19 at the British Open in 2000.