Targets for 2020

Do you make New Year's Resolutions?  I don't really... well, in my mind I tell myself that this year I'm going to lose weight, be more active, eat healthier food, improve my golf... but nothing really changes.  We all know that if you want to achieve something  you...

Luckiest Golf Shots of the Year

Gary Player famously said, "The more I practise the luckier I get" however there's no doubt that sometimes lady luck shines more brightly than others.  I remember playing the 16th on a summer's evening when one of my playing partners hit her approach shot. ...

Nine things tour players do that you don’t

Not many of us have managed to play much golf over the past week due to the incessant rain, so I took to the Internet to get some inspiration for my weekly blog and stumbled upon a short, sharp article in Golf Monthly in which Neil Tappin outlines some of the...

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Yes, the mercury is falling once more and yesterday was chilly, wet and very windy so I reckon I may have played my last golf of the year on Saturday past.  That doesn't mean that I've put my clubs away - I was actually thinking of practising indoors over the next few...

Do you know your distances?

"I hit my 7 iron 135 yards - all carry... no run today" one of my playing partners announced on Saturday, as she dutifully repaired her pitch mark on the fifth green.  Yes, her ball had travelled 135 yards in the air and landed within feet of the flag, yet again!  Do...

Winter Workout

I wasn't able to fit in any golf this week, so I thought I'd try a few exercises instead.  There is a vast array of articles and videos on the world wide web for anyone wanting to get fit or keep fit for golf, however some of these require specialist gym equipment (or...

Visitors on the Course

On Saturday afternoon I was warming up beside the first tee when a lovely smokey grey cat with a white belly sidled up to me.  Dungannon golfers will probably recognise this description, as this feline has been around the club for the past six months or so.  Nothing...

Top Ten Tips for Playing in the Rain

There was so much rain on Friday night that many golf courses around the Province were closed the following day, so I missed my weekly fix of winter golf.  Disappointed, I put the spare time to good use though and came up with a list of "Top Ten Tips" for playing in...

Top tips for winter golf

I find that golf can be pretty difficult at the best of times, but winter conditions can make golf even more challenging, so here are some tips from National Club Golfer to keep you on top of your game throughout the next few months. 1 More club Check your ego before...

Are you a “Drive up, drive off” golfer?

We all know that we should warm up before we play a round, but many of us don't bother.  A lot of folk rally into the car park, throw their gear out of the boot and race down to the 1st tee, just in time to tee off with the rest of their four-ball. Apart from...