Yearly Archives: 2011

Drive Straighter and Longer

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Everything we do should be about being able to deliver the club correctly to the ball on our way from the top of the backswing through to finish. Miss-hits are the main reason for a lack of potential distance that your technique might produce.  I see so many golfer tee up the ball high, but […]

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Tis the Season to be Golfing

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MERRY CHRISTMAS First of all I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. If you are having a break from work, then I hope you all get the chance to play a few rounds of golf with your mates and enjoy your recreational time over the holiday […]

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6 Months of Hard Work…. for what?

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The season ended for the Cardinia Beaconhills Junior Pennant Team last weekend when they lost their last game 1-5.  The team only won 1 match and halved 1 match all year but I mark the season down as a great success.  The VicGolf Junior Pennant season is a handicap matchplay competition between clubs with teams […]

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Have You Had Your Lie Angles Checked Lately?

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Having the correct lie angle on your clubs helps ensure the club isn’t causing or contributing to your bad shots. How does the lie angle of my golf club cause bad shots I hear you ask? WATCH THIS… Testing for lie angles MUST be done dynamically (when impacting a golf ball).  A fitter will get […]

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Improve Your Driving

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Do you stand on the tee with driver in hand and hope to hit the fairway? Driving seems to be most of my students main concern and the recent poll on this site saw 29.17% of responses say that driving was the worst part of their game.  Irons came in 2nd at 18%.  Click HERE […]

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Chipping Distance Control

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One easy way to improve your distance control when chipping is to practice consistently landing the ball in the same spot every time. A simple drill is to place a golf towel, hoop or similar target on the ground a few paces away. Once you have the feel and control to land the ball consistently […]

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Top 10 – Favourite Golf Courses

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This list represents my top 10 favourite courses that I’ve played. The courses listed are the ones I have always enjoyed and look forward to playing each time I visit.  They all consist of some of my unforgettable golfing memories, mostly good some bad. 10. HORIZONS GOLF RESORT – New South Wales Reason: I have […]

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He may be young, but he’s got game!

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Matthew is only 10, but has recently been invited to join the Cardinia Beaconhills Junior Pennant Team to practice and hone his skills.  The team consists of boys between the ages of 13 and 17. Golf is in the blood of the whole family…  David, his father, plays off single figures and was runner up […]

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Do you take a divot?

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Good players hit down on the ball when playing a shot off the ground, NOT up.  There should be no attempt to neither scoop nor lift the ball into the air. To effectively hit down on the back of the ball, the good player ensures their hands are in front of the ball at impact […]

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Trick Shot – The Lob

I was messing around today seeing how much I could lay my lob wedge back to get the highest and shortest shot possible.  Here is two shots taken from 2 different angles. Thrusting the open face down and forwards under the ball to lay the face back to achieve maximum launch angle. Just make sure […]

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Student Scores First Ace

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Willow Golf is very excited to announce that student, JENNY CHANDLER, this week scored her very first ace. Playing in the Ladies club competition at Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links on Wednesday 16th March, Jenny came to the 11th hole. Measuring 166 metres, she selected her 3 wood and made a nice smooth swing.  The shot […]

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Joel – Learning to Sustain Lag on the Downswing

Joel Simons recent lesson in which we worked on sustaining the angle of the left wrist on the downswing to deliver more power and clubhead speed where it is needed… Through impact and not half way on the downswing!! Learning how to do this starts by making small swings and ensuring you maintain a bent […]

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Fitness for Golf

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Here are some of the things that we do to condition ourselves for golf.  All you need is a balance ball. Improving core strength and balance will assist the golf swing and general well being. Exercise #1:  Balance on all fours Exercise #2: Kneeling Balance Exercise #3: Kneeling Rotation Exercise #4: Balance Extensions     […]

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Impact must be your FIRST consideration

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If you master how to achieve the correct impact alignments, then you will start to have control over the balls flight. Consistent ball striking doesn’t happen by accident.  Anyone can learn to make a consistent strike on the ball… It is first achieved by learning the correct impact alignments in a chip shot, then the […]

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It’s not about pretty… It’s about IMPACT!!

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We’ve all seen the golf swings down the range that make us double take. Learn to impact the ball correctly and the rest just kind of happens. I like to start by teaching a student how they need to impact the ball first.  Then their body will start to move to support the motion of […]

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Playing Golf With My Daughter

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Being such a nice afternoon I thought I would take my daughter out for a couple of holes.  The following is the story of the events that occurred this afternoon at the Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links. Madison enters the pro shop to book in her round of golf… Madison tees her ball up on the […]

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5 year old Tyler – Chipping Lesson

I gave 5 year old Tyler a chipping lesson today and had to post this video of his chipping. Tyler was trying to help get the ball in the air a little and this was leading to a few topped shots along the ground.  We played a game… don’t cut yourself with the laser.  It […]

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Juniors compete for $1,000,000

At today’s Holiday Junior Golf Clinic conducted at Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links, the juniors didn’t know they were actually competing for a $1,000,000 prize to out drive the pro.  The pro (Willow) used a kids club and teed off a plastic soft drink bottle.  His drive went an amazing 324.6 metres. Please note: No official […]

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Introducing Long Drive Champion – Tyler Foote

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Willow Golf student Tyler Foote today broke his own world record for longest drive.  His previous best was an impressive 75 metres which he set only a week ago. Today while out playing with dad Glenn, used his years of golfing experience to wind one up and hit it an amazing 90 metres on one […]

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Jenny Chandler sizzles around Beaconhills…

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I just got word that student Jenny Chandler had her best ever score around the Beaconhills layout today… Currently down to a handicap of 21 after a couple of months of lessons, Jenny shot an impressive 83 off the stick for a remarkable 62 nett. Speaking to her tonight she was thrilled to have finally […]

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