This past Saturday was the second part of my Women’s Welcome to Golf clinic and like the first week, focused on the mechanics of the game. I have to admit that between the two clinics, I had not been able to play that much golf. Ideally, I would have gone out one or two more times to practice what I had learned from the clinic before, but alas, the weather kept me off of the green and at my desk for most of the week (sigh). With that said, the pieces of advice were still there, and by my third or fourth stroke of the afternoon, I was right back into last week’s lesson groove.
“Almost all golfers head to the driving range before a round,” said Sunday River Pro, Peter Flint. “The problem with that is you use your driver only once during each hole (most of the time) whereas you use your putter however many times it takes you to get the ball into the hole.” So needless to say, we headed for the practice green.
This makes complete sense and I smirk a little at hearing this because I too am guilty of the very same mistake. The problem is – I LOVE the driving range. I could honestly go through bag after bag of golf balls, and gladly will, if given the chance. However, I am committed to becoming a better golfer, and truth be told, while I have a good drive – it’s the short game that always gets me! Luckily for me, midway through the putting and chipping lesson, good behavior and better results have earned us time on the range.
If you’re new to golf, driving can be intimidating. Let’s face it, when Joe Shmoe next to you smacks one well out of sight, you can’t help but pray to yourself to “just make contact with the ball!” But,
if you’re lucky to have the knowledge of a Pro on your side, as I have with Pete, you don’t need silent prayers you just need to listen.
We worked from one end of the club spectrum through to the other end, only moving on after hitting a ball well. I practiced stance, grip and position and when I had finally gone from sand wedge to driver successfully, I have to admit – I was exhausted! However, I was also really excited to walk away with pieces of advice that I had never heard not to mention a comment from Pete that I will now take with me to every game.
“Keep hitting it like that and you’ll end up on the tour.”
One can only hope. And if nothing else, flattery will get you everywhere.