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Competition news 

Last week's Captain's Prize qualifying results looks like we are set up for an exciting weekend with the scores tightly bunched and plenty of golfers in with a chance of taking the winners prize. 

It was a very busy weekend with over 350 golfers taking part. The course was in great condition as always and there were a few well positioned pins that tested nerve and decision making! 

Best of luck to everyone this weekend and remember play to the end! 

Well done to our Captain Dave Smyth who has had a great year and we wish him well for the remainder of the week.

Best of luck to Jonathan Yates who is playing in South America, Bogota, representing the GUI in a team and individual tournament. He is partnered by Colin Fairweather from Knock GC. Best of luck to both of them.

Coaching news 

What would you say if I told you you could shoot lower scores without changing your swing? I think the answer would be a resounding "sign me up for that"! 

In truth there are lots of things we can do to improve our scores without making dramatic changes to our natural way of doing things but one area we don't spend enough time on is our putter. 

Old favorites, "been in my bag for years", "I love the look of it" are all valid points but your stroke type and the putters suitability to that stroke type will, over time have more of a bearing on how good or bad your results are. 

Putting IS a feel thing but not entirely. With putter fittings the variables of length, lie angle, loft and grip size are equally as important as with irons. Today you can even change the firmness of the putters face to suit how hard or soft you like to strike your putts and as always our putter fittings come with some advice on how to get more from your technique. 

If you would like to book a putter fitting or learn more please click here!

Last week we mentioned the benefits of the new G Series 16 degree 3 wood from PING. Getting extra distance from the fairway is a big help on those long par 4s and par 5s but unfortunately traditional 3 wood lofts and design make it difficult to get much carry as lower lofts demand more speed. 

This is a really clever piece of technology in that it also has a draw bias, meaning tat they have distributed weight more towards the heel section of the club. 

If you are struggling to get extra distance from the fairway then this is a must club for you to try. As always we recommend being fitted for shaft length, flex, weight and grip but I would certainly recommend that you try this club. 

Please click here to book a fitting or a trial run with the G series 16 Degree SF Tec 3 wood.

Click here or on the picture to view the video. 

Thought of the week 

Developing your match play mentality 

In the lead up to this year's Ryder Cup we thought we'd share three top tips to help you become a better match play golfer. Some of you hardened match play stalwarts probably have a few tricks up your sleeve. Nonetheless, here's our top three: 

Positive Body Language1. Control your body language 

Reacting badly to a poor shot will fill your opponent with confidence. You need to give the impression that you're in control, so take time between shots to collect yourself and focus on emitting positive body language. 

2. Expect to hole out 

You should expect to hole out - always. If you're expecting gimmes, this is something a canny opponent will pick up on. A positive attitude to holing out is the way forward. 

3. Consider the situation 

There's no point in playing the safe option if your opponent has stuck one in close. Likewise, if they've found water with their approach, for example, why go on the attack? Play for the middle of the green and a safe two-putt will normally do the job. 

These tips may sound simple, but in the heat of battle it's easy to forget what match play is all about.

If you are looking for a course management lesson that might help you play better golf in any competition click here to request yours. 

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Video of the week

With a little under one month to go until the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club, here's a little something to get you in the mood. Take it away Mr Poulter…

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