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Ball flight principle

GOLFING IN PARADISE By JOSE CALLEJA General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course PLAYER REVIEW This week’s between shots is Mr Cameron Baguley of Australia. What clubs do you use?
23 May 2012 14:17


General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course

This week’s between shots is Mr Cameron Baguley of Australia.

What clubs do you use? I use Cleveland Clubs.
Where is your home club? He is a member of Berwick Moutuna and Beacon Hills golf club.
Who is your favourite player? My favourite player is Adam Scott and Tiger Woods.
What course do you love to play? My favourite course that I love to play is Eagle Ridge Golf Club.
What is your favourite hole? The 6th and 12th at Natadola Bay
What shot will you always remember? My most memorable shot is the hitting the tee shot on hole 12 and chip in at hole 16 at Natadola Bay.
Who are your dream playing partners? Tiger Woods, John Daly and Rory McIlroy.
This was what Mr Baguley had to say about Natadola Bay Golf Course: “Natadola Bay has a perfect layout from start to finish. It’s a perfect course to play at and service is good”.

This week’s tip covers the ball flight principles.
The diagram indicates the nine different flights of your golf ball. There are no other ball flights possible and these ball flights relate to direction not trajectory.
A golf swing varies from golfer to golfer and also has many components to consider however there are only 5 factors which ultimately produce the nine different ball flights.
The five factors affecting your golf balls flight are:
n Club head speed
n Club head path
n Position of the club face
n Angle of attack
n Center-ness

Club head speed
This refers to the speed of the club head during impact. Safe to assume every will understand, the faster the club head goes through impact the further the ball will travel.

Club head path
This refers to the path of the club’s head traveling through impact. Stand behind your ball and draw an imaginary line from your golf ball to your target and consider the following. If your shots start to the left and stay left (for a right handed player) its generally because you are breaking your left elbow through impact and pulling your golf ball. Your ball flight will resemble numbers 1, 2 and 3 (a pull) because the club head was traveling along a path from the outside to inside of the imaginary line. A club head which travels from inside to outside of the imaginary line will resemble numbers 7, 8 and 9 (a push). When the club head travels on the imaginary line also known as the target line your ball flight will resemble 4, 5 and 6.

Position of the club face
Open, square and closed.  These are the only three possible positions for the club face. A square club face with a club path on the imaginary line will produce ball flight number 5, everyone’s favourite (straight shot).  A closed club face will produce number 4 (a hook) and an open face will produce ball flight number 6 (a slice). An outside to inside path with a square club face will produce ball flight number 2, a closed club face will produce ball flight number 1 and an open face ball flight number 3. An inside to outside path with a square club face will produce ball flight number 8 (a push), a closed club face will produce ball flight number 7 and an open face will produce ball flight number 9 a (push slice).

Angle of attack
There are three angles the club head has through impact.
1. A descending angle into the ball when playing wedge shots.
2. An ascending angle up into the ball when using you putter.
3. A level to slightly ascending through the ball when using your driver.

This factor refers to the sweet spot. If you are able to consistently make contact with the golf ball on the sweet spot of the club you can elevate your golf game to a different level. The sweet spot is where the club produces it maximum output relative to the input. So if you can control the other 4 mentioned factors and also center-ness consistently you may want to consider becoming a professional golfer.

How I play the 13th at Natadola Bay
Last week I birdied the 12th and couldn’t wait to get to the next tee. The 13th measures 162 meters from the blues tees. With a slight breeze downwind I decided to play a 7 iron. A rush of blood and you wouldn’t believe it, I pulled the ball into the bunker pin high. A challenging bunker shot as the green is elevated from where I was playing my second shot. I opened the face of my sand wedge and the ball ended up 5 feet from the pin. I putted the ball and watched it dive into the cup. Great recovery, three for me.

Cleveland Classic Tour driver review
This week we provide a review on the Cleveland Classic Tour Driver. Cleveland has introduced the most advanced combination of style and performance, The Classic Tour Driver.
The following are the features of the Cleveland Classic Tour Driver:
n The driver has a unique sole design and color scheme and its traditional pear shaped profile inspires confidence at address.
n The driver has one of the largest and deepest face thus providing larger effective hitting area, hot ball flight and allows more forgiveness on off centre shots.
n The classic tour driver weighs 310 grams and is engineered for players that demand workability.
n The classic tour driver is one of the lightest drivers on market and helps players generate increase in swing speed. It features premium Miyazaki Kusala black 61 graphite shaft and Lamkin Tourlite 46g grip. This shaft produces a penetrating trajectory with stable feel.
If you are looking for a driver with the above features that gives you an improved ball flight and better feel then try out the Cleveland Classic Tour Driver.  Please contact the Natadola Bay Golf shop on 6733500 if you are interested in purchasing the Classic Tour Driver.

PGA Tour events update 
Last week’s Valero Texas Open played at the TPC San Antonio Course was won by Ben Curtis. Curtis shot a final round 72 to win by two shots over Matt Every and John Huh. Curtis has won the 2003 British open and his last win was in 2006 has finally ended his win less stretch. This win moves Curtis to the No.28 in the FedEx Cup standings and he has locked up himself a PGA tour card for two years.

This week’s event
This week the PGA Tour heads off to Louisiana for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. It is scheduled from April 26 to 29 and will be played at the TPC Louisiana Course. The total prize purse for the tournament is $6.4 million. The 2011 Zurich Classic was won by Bubba Watson.

Last week’s Lotte Championship played at the Ko Olina Golf Club was won by Ai Miyazato. Miyazato shot a final round 70 to win by four shots over Meena Lee and Azahara Munoz.  This is Miyazato’s 8th LPGA tour victory and this win has earned her $255,000 and increased her season earning to $629,783 second to Yani Tseng.

This week’s event
This week the LPGA Tour heads off to Alabama for the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. It is scheduled from April 26 to 29 and will be played at the RTJ Golf Trail, Magnolia Grove, The Crossing. This is the fourth year of the event and the total prize purse for the tournament is $1.25 Million. The defending champion is Maria Hjorth who won on a total score of 10 under par.

Natadola Bay competition results
Last Saturday’s Hotel and Tourism Golf Day sponsored by Outrigger on the Lagoon Resort was a success.

The results are as follows:
Winner- Mr. Neil Stokes (picture right)
Runner up – Mr. Leighton Andrews
Third prize – Mr. No Young Hwan
NTP 7th – Mr. Kishore Kumar

Next week’s competitions at Natadola Bay Golf Course

The following competitions are scheduled for next week:
n 02/05/12 Wednesday Mixed Competition V/Par Competition (9am tee off)
n 04/05/12 Bula Friday Competition -Stableford (3pm tee off).
n 05/05/12 Open Competition – Stroke (9am tee off).

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