What a Ryder Cup! Europe played extremely well and the American team left divided once again. Poulter was doomed to go down to a heavy defeat in his first game after he was built up by the press. Jamie Donaldson and Dubuisson played brilliantly. I think it was on the second day where Dubuisson and his American opponent both stuck the ball to two feet on a 200 yard par 3. I also found it interesting that McIlroy played with a new driver during the event. He did say he had been using it for twelve weeks on the range. It sounds like a sponsorship thing to me. Why choose this week to play with it after using it for twelve weeks on the range? It doesn't take that long to know if it is a better driver than his previous one. That said, he absolutely destroyed Ricky Fowler, which was wonderful to see. If Rory wanted to know about his driver he just needed to pop down to see us and have a go on the FlightScope launch monitor and he would have found out far sooner than twelve weeks. That would have been interesting to check out his club head speed. The fastest swing speed I have had on the launch monitor from a Leighton Buzzard Club member is 104mph. That is fairly rapid and that particular golfer hits the ball a very long way. Do you know how fast your swing speed is? Click here to book a spot to find out.
In other results
Mark Vincent (pictured) stormed to victory in the Lucking Cup with an 8 & 6 win in the final against Martin Price. From what I understand Martin played fine but Mark played very well to win. On his way to the final Mark beat David Coleman, Ron Pearce, Tim Dawson and Graham Richmond. I know Mark puts a lot of time into his game in two areas. He has regular lessons with me and he practices what he has learnt. That recipe is one for success. If you have lessons, receive the correct help and then practice, your game will improve. If you have lessons and don't do any work yourself you will improve but it will be a slower progression. If you just go and practice and have not had help with your game then that really makes things challenging, simply because you will be practicing your faults and ingraining them even further. In Mark's words "with your help and the practice I have done my game has come on leaps and bounds"
The people that I coach will know that I advocate that the bounce on your wedge is your friend when pitching. Quite often people are misled or misguided in to buying wedges that do not suit their game.
Bounce on a wedge is designed to do exactly what is says and that is bounce. As you look at the photo of the wedge, you will see the ruler is touching the back part of the sole and there is a large gap between the leading edge and the ruler. The angle that is created is the bounce angle and the back part of the sole is the part of the club you want to touch the ground first. If you use the bounce correctly you will become a more successful wedge player.
One of the ways to use the bounce more effectively is to make sure you do not push your hands too far forward at address. When your hands are pushed too far forward at address it means the leading edge is more likely to hit the ground first instead of the back part of the sole which is the bounce. When the leading edge hits the ground first it can mean that you duff your chips or pitches. At address point the shaft more at your belly button and you will have a better chance of using the bounce on your wedge. Have fun working on your wedge game. It will help reduce your scores dramatically.