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The Slade

Yesterday saw the November Slade meeting with 23 players taking part. I had the pleasure of playing with Patrick Raye, but despite the course being presented in good condition we couldn't buy a putt and only managed 38 points. We feared that this may leave us near the bottom end of the field, but actually placed us perfectly into mid table obscurity and comfortably avoided the PPP Pot. 

This was as ever a toughly fought contest with 4 teams finishing on 34 points but with a dreadful back 9 the winners were Nick Wombwell and Chris Porter. Unfortunately Chris was unable to make dinner so we googled an image and this is the best we could find. 

Many thanks to debutant Tony Brown for being Chris Porter's body double.

We were concerned by our score primarily because of the total amassed by our playing partners Keith Wardley and Andy Fisher who, despite dropping a shot on 18, managed 47 points. I knew it was going to be a tough day when Keith rolled in a forty footer on the first for a birdie, nett eagle! 

At least I seem to be inspiring greatness at the minute as I had the pleasure of playing with last months winners too. I look forward to playing with Decembers winners in a few week's time.


Seniors section 

Seniors Alliance Stableford

44 Seniors turned out to play in the Alliance Stableford which is a 4 man team event on Monday morning. 

The two best scores count on the first 9 and the three best scores count on the second 9. The weather was not best with some rain early and at lunch. 

The event was won by Peter Harris, Sean Murphy, David Hunt & Roger Foster with a fantastic score of 114 points. 

Runners up were Alf Magona, Bill Hall, Derek Green & Colin Bailey with 106 points. 

The nearest the pin was on the 18th and was won by Keith Willey.

Coaching news 

Here is one of the faces of the new newsletter advert for Higgs and Crick, rather than just pop their banner in I thought I'd take the opportunity to welcome them by critiquing one of their swings.

Click here to view Will in action.

Will is a steady player, playing off 14 and has been a member of the golf club for around ten years. His bad shot tends to either be a leak out to the right or to turn one over left. The cause of this is in the set up. The posture is too stooped over and the ball position is too far back in the stance. As you will see from the swing face on, this doesn't allow him to load up the right side on the back swing, and causes him to get ahead of it on the way through and release the club early as it tries to catch up.

Click here to view Will's swing from side on.


Move the ball further forward and stand up more with the weight back to the balls of the feet not leaning over on the toes. With a taller spine angle it's much easier to turn and get the pressure moving to the right side to load up the back swing. You will see the second swing looks much easier and longer. This allows for a better and stronger contact as Will is in a better position at impact and the balance is better at the end as Will doesn't slide though it.

A couple of fairly easy changes that will have a big impact in the control and balance and therefore timing of the swing.

Note the different positions in the back swing as the ball position and posture has allowed Will to get into a more completed and balanced position giving it the feeling of loading the right side...


Now notice the more balanced and released finish position.


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