One of the most infuriating shots in golf is when you've got a clear view of the green, you've got the correct club you're looking to get the ball close, you take your backswing then proceed to hit the ground well before the ball and the ball travels very little distance and all you've managed to do is dig a big hole in the ground. After you have returned the rather large divot to its original position you then have to calm down and try again.
We have all hit these heavy shots including the World's best, Jordan Spieth (alleged divot in the picture) on the 12th hole in The Masters, and on the next shot we tend to hit the ball a little thin.
There are several reasons why we hit heavy shots. Sometimes your posture changes through your swing and you don't shift your weight towards the target on the downswing and your wrists flick at the ball so the low point of your swing is actually behind the ball instead of just target side of the ball. A good practice routine if this is a common fault of yours is to hit balls off a slight downhill lie and try to keep the clubhead low to the ground as you swing the club down the slope forward to the target as this helps you keep your posture and helps with the feeling of shifting your weight towards the target through impact. To stop flicking your wrists try to get the feeling of keeping the back of your left hand going towards the target through impact, almost like your back handing the ball towards the target, this way your hands get to the ball before the clubhead meaning a cleaner strike.
Broadcasting legend John Motson was guest speaker at the Club's Gents Evening on Friday, accompanied by life-long soccer pal Ricky George and comedian Tank Sherman. Entertaining guests with anecdotes from almost half a century working as a journalist, television and radio broadcaster, "Motty", who has covered nine World Cups, 29 FA Cup finals and more than 3,000 Premier League fixtures, warned the increasing use of technology threatened the future enjoyment of football with endless replays halting the flow of the game.
The evening raised around £400 for charity.
The Seniors Section is still going strong in their inter club matches. The squad has now completed half a dozen fixtures without losing. Captain Robbie John teamed up with Graham Avery to open the Club's account against latest victims Stowe and was followed into the clubhouse with wins by Harry Adam and Kelvin Young, Peter Myrants and David Newby, Will Sampson and Keith Camp, Terry Wright and Derek Browning and Ron Dickinson and Martin Broadley in a 6-2 victory.
Saturday 30th April: Dennis Jordan Qualifier: 7.00am-1.00pm
Sunday 1st May: Seniors v The Club: 12.00noon-1.00pm. Tavistock Trophy: 2.00pm-3.00pm
Monday 2nd May: Millennium Texas Scramble: 7.00am-1.00pm
Tuesday 3rd May: Ladies Monthly Stableford: 1st tee: 10.05am-2.30pm, 10th tee: 10.20am-2.30pm Wednesday 4th May: Club v The Police: 1.00pm-2.00pm
Thursday 5th May: No reservations