What a golfer Rory McIlroy is, he has such control and confidence in himself. I was particularly impressed when in the second round he made a double bogey and then a bogey which I think dropped him back to one under par. He then followed it up with four straight birdies. What that tells me is that he has superb emotional control and an extremely strong mental game. It is definitely a skill that some are better at than others and that is playing in the present moment. If he had kept thinking about the three dropped shots he could not have and would not have followed it up with four birdies. It is important that you do not let a bad hole corrupt the next hole. You need to let go of what has gone before and focus on what you need to do now. Stay in the present moment and you will have a better chance of success. I know you have done it before, yes you have fallen prey to playing a bad shot or hole, become angry and followed it up with another bad shot or hole because you are struggling to control your emotions. Do not let that happen, make sure you move on with the past firmly behind you.
One bit of great news I had when I returned from holiday was Syd Pniewski winnig the Past Captains trophy. I have been helping Syd with his game recently and it is fantastic to see the fruits of his labour are paying off. Syd won with 38 points with Gordon Francis in second on 37 points and Nick Clarke in third on 35 points.
Spanish Coaching Trip
The last few years I have travelled to Spain with some fantastic people for coaching trips. Next year I am going to Spain in January and February. The dates in January are 13th -17th and in February the dates are 24th - 28th. We have a limited number of spaces on each trip available. Each year we have travelled to a resort called Islantilla, but next year we are travelling to El Rompido which is a fantastic resort with two golf courses that receive great reviews. We will be playing three games of golf and have coaching every morning while away. I play with each group in the afternoon so I can help people on the course as well as with their game in the morning. It is four nights half board where you are totally immersed in golf in warmer weather. Each year I have a number of people who return with me as they have such a great time and learn a lot. If you would like to experience the fun and learning please click here to register your interest.
"I would just like to thank you for organising and leading the Golf Coaching trip to Spain. First of all, not having played golf in Spain before, I found it a most enjoyable experience, a challenging 18 holes, the track certainly called for good course management and a number of golf skills, and it is the skills coaching in particular I wanted to thank you for".
"The organisation, preparation and coaching that you provided during the 4 days was beyond expectations. Your skill demonstrations and explanations, setting the scene for the morning practice session, followed by the individual attention you gave to each of us during our practice was really great. I learned a lot from these morning sessions and they helped me to have the confidence to execute, on the course, what we had practiced".
"Just a note to thank you again for your organisation and thoughtful arrangements made for the trip to be as successful and enjoyable as it was, I felt I have learned many useful tips and can't wait to apply them to the home ground!!"
Appeal for tools and equipment…
Bill Duperouzel, who is a trustee of the UK charity Workaid having recently retired as their CEO, is appealing to LBGC members to have a clear-out of their shed of any unwanted tools and equipment and to donate them to this worthwhile charity.
Workaid tackles poverty by supplying disadvantaged people in Africa, namely Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia, with the tools and equipment they need to acquire practical skills to become self-supporting to build a better future for themselves and their families. Donated tools are lovingly refurbished with the help of 200 volunteers, based in Chesham, before being shipped to vocational training projects and self-help groups.
The tools and equipment needed is as follows:
Carpentry tools / vehicle maintenance / masonry / metalwork / engineering
Plumbing / electrical / welding / construction / leatherwork / horticultural
Sewing machines / Typewriters / Knitting machines
Wool + Haberdashery
Bill recently visited 20 Workaid projects throughout Uganda and was inspired by what he witnessed at first-hand having seen how the tools and equipment donated by Workaid are changing people's lives.
If you have any tools etc to donate can you please drop them off at Jewsons in Leighton Buzzard - just ask for Craig. Jewsons have a 20' sea container to store donated tools - they have been storing tools for Workaid since 2007.
Should you have any questions please contact Bill on L/B 374484. Further information is available at: www.workaid.org