It was great to see Adam Scott winning again last week in the Honda Classic on the PGA Tour. I'm sure many people wondered how he would get on using the shorter putter. It's always interesting seeing one the best players in the world using all the help he can get in putter technology to perform to the highest level. The putter he was using had plenty of weight positioned well back from the face and in the toe and heel of the putter. If the ball isn't struck right out the middle of the clubface the clubface will either slightly open or close depending on whether it was struck out of the toe or heel end of the putter meaning a missed putt. With all this weight positioned where it is on his putter it means the clubface doesn't twist so much on the off centre hit meaning the ball still has a chance of finding the target. He has also managed to find a grip style which suits him, it may not be conventional but he has confidence in it and that's what counts. Feel free to come into the Pro Shop and we can talk you through the benefits of having a putter which will suit your putting style. We have plenty of user friendly putters you can try if you are finding yourself struggling on the greens.
Click here to see the Honda Classic highlights and Adam Scott's new putting style.
Last weekend saw the Captains Cup competition being played. In the fourball betterball format the scoring was very good with many pairings scoring 40pts or more. On Saturday it was Andy Ashall and Paul Naudo winning on countback from Mark Hammond and Will Sampson with a 45pt total. The golf lessons must be paying off. In joint third place came the pairings of John Smith with Stuart McLeod and Andrew York with Adrian Stannard who both had 44pts.
Sunday's play had a slightly smaller field but the scores were equally as good as Saturdays. The legendary pairing of Peter Taylor and Stuart Leslie managed to see off Chris Yirrell and Pete Gadsden again on countback after both teams scored 45pts. In joint third with 42pts were the pairings of Shane Bentley with John Latimer and Barry Wills with Phil Coumbe. The winners of both days will now play each other to find an overall winner using the same format.
Lesley Bednarek and Sandra Bellis teamed up to win Leighton Ladies 18-hole multiplier competition with 56 points, Paula Cox and Gill Ladd losing on countback. A 12-hole competition was won by Margaret Osborne and Lynn Newnham with 50 points, six clear of Anne Tilbury and Beryl Wood.
David Hawkins took over the chain of office from outgoing President John Jones (Aspley Guise) at the County annual meeting at the club last week, and will serve for a two-year term during which he will represent the 23 clubs in the county at functions and at English Golf Union meetings.
Bristol-born David follows Kitch Barnett (1965-66), Frank Clements (1973-74) and Brian Page (1986-87) as club representatives who have achieved the top golfing honour in the county.
A 12-handicap golfer and winner of several club trophies, David became a member of the club management committee in 2004 and was Club Captain in 2011 and Club President in 2013-14.
Says David, who has had a major influence on the development of the club over recent years: "I have always been passionate about encouraging more people to take up golf and to help change the image of the sport and its management to enable it to face the challenges of modern day life. That will be my focus for the next two years during which time it will be a privilege to represent the club and the County at events around the country."
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