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Playing into the wind – GOLFING IN PARADISE

By JOSE CALLEJA General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course PLAYER REVIEW This week’s player review is based on Mr and Mrs Rob Hammond of Australia. Mr and Mrs Hammond
11 Mar 2012 12:26

By JOSE CALLEJA
General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course

Mr and Mrs Rob Hammond of Australia


PLAYER REVIEW
This week’s player review is based on Mr and Mrs Rob Hammond of Australia. Mr and Mrs Hammond play on a handicap of 30 and 37 respectively. They use Ping clubs and their favourite player is Tiger Woods. Their favourite course is BrookWater Golf Club where they are members. Their favourite hole is the 6th hole at Natadola Bay. The three golfers that Mr & Mrs Hammond would like to play with are: Tiger Woods, Fred Couples and Vijay Singh.
This was what Mr & Mrs Hammond had to say about Natadola Bay Golf Course: Quote: “Natadola Bay Golf Course is fantastic. The course is in immaculate condition and has very challenging holes. The staff are very friendly”.

This week’s tip covers playing a shot into the wind.
One of the most challenging aspects of golf is the wind.  Natadola Bay GC has its fair share of wind due to its location.
The most difficult wind shot for the average golfer is when he is heading directly into a strong wind.
So let us work through a few key points to make this shot simpler.
Firstly we are trying to keep the ball as low to the ground as possible. If our ball gets too high into the air the wind will take control of the ball and knock it down.
Secondly we need to make sure we take an extra club or two to reduce the amount of loft we use for the shot.
If you normally hit a 7 iron 140 meters, you may need to hit a 6 iron or a 5 iron to cover that same distance due to the wind.
If it’s extremely strong windy conditions you can even take a 4 iron or even a 3 iron. Never underestimate the strength of the wind.
Thirdly, we all tend to want to hit the ball harder when playing into the wind. This is a killer, we need to slow down our swing speed which will enable us to keep the ball lower to the ground and minimize the wind’s effect on the shot.
Finally, we need to move the ball back a few inches in our stance and feel as though our hands are well ahead of the ball at impact.
By implementing these two procedures we affectively reduce the loft of the club which assists keeping the ball low and under the wind.
Don’t allow the wind to intimidate your game and work through the keys which I have mentioned.
You will be surprised how well you are able to produce a low ball flight and keep your ball well under the wind.
Remember to take more club, slow down your swing, move the ball back in your stance, keep your hands ahead at impact.

How I play the seventh hole at Natadola Bay
The seventh hole is a relative short par 3 measuring 164 metres from the black tees. I normally play a controlled 9 iron from the blue tees and aim to the left hand edge of the bunker on the right. The green slopes towards the tee and left so aiming to the right is the better option. Although it’s a short hole from the blue tees the secret to this hole is club selection. You need to know which club in your bag you hit to 140 metres. You can never underestimate the importance of club selection and this hole is a perfect example.

Cleveland Tour Stand Golf Bag review
This week we provide a review on the new Cleveland Tour Stand golf bag.
The following are the benefits of using the new Cleveland Tour Stand Bag:

  •  The bag has full length club dividers with 10 strategically placed pockets
  •  It has comfortable suspension system shoulder straps.
  •  It has weatherproof fleece lined valuables pocket, a range finder pocket, a pen sleeve, magnetic accessories sleeve, integrated tee sleeves and molded scorecard sleeve.
  •  The bag also has an oversized towel ring for golf towels and Velcro strip for glove/ putter cover.
  •  The bag has stability controlled foot pads, leg containment strap to secure legs for cart/ travel and an umbrella containment system.

Above all this golf bag is only 2.67 kg in weight. So if you are looking for golf bag that has the above features try the Cleveland Tour Stand Golf Bag. Please contact the Natadola Bay Golf shop on 6733500 if you are interested in purchasing the new Cleveland Tour Stand Golf Bag and we can order it from our suppliers.

PGA Tour events update    
Last week’s Honda Golf Classic was won by Rory McIIroy. He shot a one under par 69 in the final round to win the tournament by two shots from Tiger Woods who shot a brilliant 8 under par 62 in the final round. McIIroy has become the 16th player to be at world No. 1 since world ranking began in 1986.

This week’s event:
This week two tournaments are scheduled on the PGA Tour- The Puerto Rico Open and the World Golf Championships. The Puerto Rico Open is scheduled from March 8 to 11 and will be played at the Trump International Golf Course, Coco Beach Resort. The 2011 Puerto Rico Open was won by Michael Bradley with a score of 16 under par. This year the event will feature 12 players from Latin America, and Dominican Republic’s Juan Campusano will be making his 2012 debut at the open.
The World Golf Championships will be played at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Florida on the par 72, 7334 yards course. The tournament will be played over 72 holes, stroke play competition with no cut. The tournament was won by Nick Watney in 2011.

LPGA Tour
Last week’s 2012 Inaugural World Ladies Championships played at the Mission Hills Hainan’s Vintage Course was won by world no. 12 Shanshan Feng of china. Feng won by one shot and made history as first player from mainland china to win on the Ladies European Tour. Feng finished on a total score of 10 under par 206 over 54 holes and Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand finished 2nd.

This week’s event:
This week we see the 2012 Ladies tour take a break before heading off to Pheonix, Arizona for the RR Donnelley Founders Cup at the Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa.

Natadola Bay competition results:

Saturday Competition – 03/03/12
1st Prize – Mr Grant Weaver – 40 Stableford points
2nd Prize – Mrs Bridget Weaver – 32 Stableford Points
NTP 7th: Mr Ian Smith

Next week’s competition at Natadola Bay Golf Course

The following competitions are scheduled for next week:

  •  14/03/12 Wednesday – Mixed Competition (9am tee off)
  •  16/03/12 Friday – Bula Friday Competition (3pm tee off)
  •  17/03/12 Saturday – Saturday Competition (9am – 1.30pm tee off)


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