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This week’s between shots is Mr. Michael Mullens. What clubs do you use? I use Callaway clubs. Where is your home club? I am a member of Burleigh Golf Club,
18 Feb 2013 15:08

This week’s between shots is Mr. Michael Mullens.

What clubs do you use? I use Callaway clubs.

Where is your home club? I am a member of Burleigh Golf Club, Gold Coast.

Who is your favorite player? My favourite player is Ernie Els.

What course do you love to play? I love to play is Natadola Bay.

What is your favorite hole? The 6th hole at Natadola Bay.

What shot will you always remember? The tee shot on the 12th hole at Natadola Bay.

Who are your dream playing partners? Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Bobby Jones.

This was what Mr. Wilson had to say about Natadola Bay Golf Course: “Awesome course – can’t say enough about staff and condition of course – Fantastic…. Jose is an asset to Avid Golf…Nothing was a problem – very approachable… ”

 

Confidence plays a crucial part in a golfers round. As I indicated in last week’s article confidence and feel are the two most talked about topics in putting. The great Ben Hogan referred to putting as a game within a game and he is absolutely correct. A golfer’s ability to maintain a consistent putting stroke and drain putts under pressure is a clear indication this player has confidence firmly ingrained.
Putting isn’t difficult; we can all make short putts. The difficulty lies in consistently making the short putts. Once you start missing a few putts and doubt sets in its all downhill from there. So how do you regain your confidence so that, you can start holing them again? Well the answer is simple, you need to boost your confidence. Missing short putts is no fun and destroys the enjoyment you should be having when playing this wonderful game.
You need to develop the solid belief that stops you from being tentative, one that comes from having real confidence. Real confidence can only be earned through practice so it is ingrained into your mind and body. A few putts on the putting green prior to your round should not be used to measure your consistency. These practice putts should be used to measure the speed of the greens, only.
To develop consistency you will need to spend time on the putting green and develop and ingrain the following

1. A putting pre-shot routine
Once you have established a putting pre-shot routine it simplifies your game on the green. A consistent routine which you can rely under pressure will give you an advantage over your golf buddies and opponents. A routine will help you focus on each and every putt. As you repeat each putt, continually hitting one solid putt after another your confidence will naturally increase and gradually the routine will become automatic.

2. Practice regularly to
build your confidence.

If you want to increase your confidence you have to find time to practice your pre-shot routine, as this reinforces belief and self confidence. Learn to focus for short periods of time no longer than 20mins then take a break for 5mins. Refer to the drills below for specifics on what to practice.

3. Stick to your line.
Your confidence naturally increases when you stick to the line you decided on. Once you are committed you remove any indecisions and doubt.

4. Build your confidence
Confidence is built through repetition and we can all remember putts we have made in a tough situation. So if you feel your confidence wavering try to draw from your memory the many putts you have made during practice, on the course and during a competition.

5. Positive self talk
We all at times have a habit of undermining our confidence with negative comments. So to maintain your confidence positive self talk should be supportive self talk. When I want to make a putt I use the following self talk
“One more putt, like I have done a million times before”.

EQUIPMENT REVIEW
AND TOUR UPDATES

By RAJNESH GOUNDON
DIRECTOR OF GOLF
NATADOLA BAY GOLF CLUB

This week we provide a review on the TaylorMade Rocket Bladez irons.

TaylorMade Golf has released it latest model golf clubs and the new Rocket Bladez have been extremely well received. The key benefits of the Rocket Bladez include:
Distance
Inspired by the distance-enhancing benefits of the RocketBallz fairway woods and rescues so fast and long, TaylorMade engineers found a way to incorporate a Speed Pocket into irons. The result is a once-in-a-lifetime innovation that revolutionizes iron performance not only in terms of distance, but also distance-control and feel.
High COR
The Speed Pocket, in conjunction with the highly sophisticated face design, pushes the COR right up to the USGA limit.
Speed Pocket
The Speed Pocket flexes and rebounds at impact, increasing the speed of the face to promote faster ball speed and a higher, stronger ball flight that lands on a steep, quick-stopping descent angle.
If you are looking for a new set of irons with the above features then please contact the Natadola Bay Golf shop on 6733500 and we will order one for you.

PGA TOUR EVENTS UPDATE

With one last birdie, finally had a chance to catch his breath at one of the best places in golf.
He was on the 18th tee at Pebble Beach with a three-shot lead Sunday as he gazed into the sun at an endless ocean and tried to grasp just how far he has come in the past few months.
There was that big win at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola to claim the $10 million prize as the FedEx Cup champion.
He played in his first Ryder Cup.
In his past nine tournaments, he has six finishes in the top three, including back-to-back weeks as the runner-up to Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
Snedeker wasn’t about to let anyone get in his way at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
He was the best all week at Pebble Beach, finishing at 19-under 267 to break by one shot the tournament record. Mickelson (2007) and Mark O’Meara (1997) each had a 20-under 268 when Poppy Hills was still in the rotation.

This week’s event:
The Northern Trust Open is among the most respected golf tournaments on the PGA TOUR. Held at historic Riviera Country Club, nestled amid the rolling hills of the Pacific Palisades just outside Los Angeles, the Northern Trust Open presents golfers with one of the game’s most challenging courses. The wind, the bunkers, the elevations, the trees. To succeed here, you need to use every club in your bag and every shot in your game.
Bill Haas is the defending champion for the $6.6 million prize and the Northern Trust championship.

LPGA TOUR
This week’s event:
The LPGA tour moves closer to us with the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in Canberra.
In 2012, Jessica Korda sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a six-way playoff to become a Rolex First-Time Winner at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Korda, who held a slim one-stroke after three rounds, fired a 1-over 74 to earn her way into an LPGA record-tying, six-way playoff that included Brittany Lincicome, Stacy Lewis, Julieta Granada, Hee Kyung Seo and So Yeon Ryu.

NATADOLA BAY COMPETITION
RESULTS:

Last Saturday competition was a versus par and the results are as follows:

Winner: Mr. Krishna Singh – +3

Runner up: Mrs. Mary Lowing – even par

NTP 15th: Mr. Krishna Singh

NEXT WEEKS COMPETITIONS AT NATADOLA BAY GOLF COURSE

• Wednesday 13th June – Mixed Competition
• Friday 15th February – Bula Friday Stableford Competition
• Saturday 16th February – Stroke Competition

 




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