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The right shaft

GOLFING IN PARADISE By JOSE CALLEJA General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course PLAYER REVIEW This week’s between shots is Daniel Cassie of Australia. What clubs do you use? I
23 May 2012 14:33


General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course


This week’s between shots is Daniel Cassie of Australia.
What clubs do you use? I use TaylorMade clubs.
Where is your home club? He is a member of Moore Park Golf Club, Sydney
Who is your favourite player? My favourite player is Tiger Woods.
What course do you love to play? My favourite course that I love to play is Siam Golf Club, Thailand.
What is your favourite hole? The Sparrabosch – Knysna, South Africa.
What shot will you always remember? Eagle on 16th hole at Moore Park.
Who are your dream playing partners? Tiger Woods, Ian Waters, Ernie Els.

This was what Mr Cassie had to say about Natadola Bay Golf Course: “Do you have to ask!!!!!  Tidy, Nice, challenging, Scenic, all of the above and much, much more!!! Let the world know you are here!!!!”.

This week’s tip covers the importance of having the right shaft. The amount of bend in a shaft is commonly known as flex. Manufactures produce the following shafts, which assists a golfers swing in areas such as swing tempo and club head speed.
The following are the various shafts available on the market to golfers and are listed from most flex, to least amount of flex.
L (ladies), A (senior), R (regular), S (stiff), and X (extra stiff).
The two most important factors to consider when purchasing golf clubs are your Swing tempo and Swing speed .It would be ideal to have these two components measured by a club fitter so you don’t purchase clubs with inappropriate shafts because this will certainly ruin your game. To give you an idea on who and why they would use extra stiff clubs, think of Tiger Woods. He is touring professional, has extraordinary flexible and enormous strength when swinging a golf club which means he would probably use extra stiff shafts. So if you play to a 25 handicap and you know you are nowhere near in the category of Tiger Woods you can definitely rule out opting to purchase extra stiff shafts.
Swing speed refers to club head speed in the golf swing and the faster you swing the stiffer the shaft flex you require. However, flexing a stiff shaft is not as simple as just swinging harder.  Now consider Swing Tempo, although a quick swing can generate great club-head speed, a long, slow, accelerating swing can generate more. There are the two schools of thought for the golf swing, the hitters such as Tiger Woods and the swingers such as Ernie Els. So once you have identified if you are a hitter or a swinger and you have matched your swing speed with the correct shaft flex you may discover those extra 15 meters you have always wanted from your drive.
Most golf shafts are made of either steel or graphite. Steel is the traditional material and is still used in many irons. Graphite is used in almost all drivers produced today and is available in most other clubs. However I do recall Tiger Woods using a steel shaft driver about 1 year ago. Pro’s like to experiment.
So when choosing your golf clubs ensure you purchase a shaft that ideally suits your swing capabilities. There are thousands of shafts available when you consider all the different shaft brands, so seek advice before purchasing.

How I play the 16th at Natadola Bay
The 16th Hole measures 335 meters from the blue tees. I play my 2 hybrid from the tee aiming to the centre of the fairway. This leaves me with a second shot from 60 to 70 meters. The second is played to an elevated green so I tend to take an extra club to compensate for the distance. A 2 putt par and I walk away with a comfortable par on a hole which can at times play quite challenging because of the wind.

Golf Club
This week we provide a review on the New Titleist Velocity Golf Ball.
The following are the features of the New Titleist Velocity Golf Ball.
n This golf ball is made LSX core technology thus providing fast velocity for explosive distance.
n The combination of core, cover formulation and aerodynamic design delivers a deep down range peak trajectory.
n This golf ball provides fast ball speed on full swings and a playable feel in the short game.
n This golf ball delivers a tight consistent ball flight.
If you are looking for a Golf Ball with the above features that gives distance and a better feel then try out the New Titleist Velocity Golf Ball. Please contact the Natadola Bay Golf shop on 6733500 if you are interested in purchasing some for yourself.

PGA Tour events update  
Last week’s Players Championship played at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass Ponte Vedra Beach was won by Matt Kuchar. Kuchar fired a 2 under par 70 in the final round to win his first PGA Tour event for 2012 on a total score of 13 under par. This win is Kuchar’s 4th career win. There were four players tied second – Martin Laird, Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Ben Curis, all on 11 under par.
This week’s event:
This week the PGA Tour heads off to Texas for the HP Byron Nelson Championship. It is scheduled from May 17 to 20 and will be played at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Course, Irving Texas. The total prize purse for the tournament is $6.5 million. The defending champion is Mr. Keegan Bradley.

LPGA Tour                     
This week’s event:
This week the LPGA Tour heads off to New Jersey for the Sybase Match Play Championship. It is scheduled from May 17 to 20 and will be played on the par 72, 6553 yard Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Gladstone NJ. The total prize purse for the tournament is $1.5m. The 2011 match play was won by Suzann Pettersen.

Natadola Bay competition results:

Last Saturday’s 4BBB Open Competition results are as follows:
Winning Team- Mr Neil Stokes & Mr John Kemp- 42 points
NTP 7th Hole- Mr George stock

Next week’s competitions at Natadola Bay Golf Course

The following competitions are scheduled for next week:
n 23/05/12 Wednesday Mixed Competition Stableford Competition (9am tee off)
n 25/05/12 Bula Friday Competition -Stableford (3pm tee off).
n 26/05/12 Monthly Medal Stroke.

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