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TOP TIPS                                                                                                              ON THE FAIRWAY:

                                                                                                                                   Even on the fairways, we often find ourselves with a difficult lie. If you’re on a slope, don’t fight it, even

                                                                                                                                   Whether uphill or downhill make sure your weight and angle of your shoulders favour the angle of
             Golf – the only game in the world that can take your emotions from euphoria to depression                             though it feels like the more natural thing to do.
                                                                                                                                   the slope. With a downhill lie, don’t try and hit the ball in the air, the loft of the club will automatically
             and back again within the space of a short walk. You hit a beauty off the tee, and try to repeat                      do that, as long as you swing with the slope.
             the feat with your next shot and end up shanking or slicing, whichever you prefer, into an                            TOP TIP:  Playing uphill – take more club, playing downhill – take less club.
             unplayable position. The game is as brilliant as it is frustrating.                                                   On the fairway (from 40m to 80m to pin)
                                                                                                                                   Normally confused with ‘short game’ the ‘approach’ position should rather be managed as an
             So, in the pursuit of consistency, we decided to dedicate these next few pages to you, the amateur, aspiring golfer who is   approach with a short iron. As illustrated, create a mental picture of the approach position at the top
             determined to improve. Andy Sullivan spoke with two leading golf pros’, Cliff Barnard (Head PGA Professional at Plettenberg   of the back swing, by visualising the angle of the shaft is parallel to the imaginary shaft that is set at
             Bay Country Club) and Meyer du Toit (Golf Director at San Lameer Country Club) about passing on some golfing pearls of   the address position. Start the sequence of the down swing with the rotation of the torso and allow
             wisdom. We all want to play better golf. What better time than now, during your CemAir flight, to get some quick tips.  the hands to naturally release through the impact area.
                                                                                                                                   TOP TIP: Try and avoid hitting your short irons hard.

                                                                                                                                   CHIPPING IN:
                                                                                                                                   On set up, keep your arms relaxed and not tightening your grip is vital, keep your hands soft.
                                                                                                                                   It is important to take your lower body out of play by keeping your feet closer together. Aim your
                                                                                                                                   clubface to your intended target and align your shoulder parallel to the target with your stance
                                                                                                                                   slightly open towards the left of the target (if you’re right handed). Grip lower down the club shaft for
                                                                                                                                   more control. Ball position in the middle of the stance.
                                                                                                                                   Get the feeling of throwing a ball underhandedly towards the target, still keeping your hands soft.
                                                                                                                                   The feeling is like a pendulum action, as you take the club back, you follow through. Accelerate
                                                                                                                                   through the shot.
                                                                                                                                   Determine your comfort stroke by setting the angle on your back stroke and maintaining the angle
                                                                                                                                   through into your finish. By keeping this constant throughout your club selection, you will be able to
                                                                                                                                   determine what each club will offer you in distance.

                                                                                                                                   TOP TIP: Use one technique with 14 clubs and not 14 techniques with one club.

                                                                                                                                   IN THE BUNKER:
                                                                                                                                   Many amateurs get upset when they find themselves in a bunker. Try and change your perception of
                                                                                                                                   bunkers, see them as a friendly hazard, they are not all bad. They often save you from water and out
                                                                                                                                   of bounds stakes. The trick is to master the act of effortlessly getting out of them, which believe it or
                                                                                                                                   not, also requires practice.

                                                                                                                                   This shot is very similar to the chip shot in terms of grip and stance but in a bunker you need to
                                                                                                                                   accelerate through the ball at impact. Use the sand as part of your shot, the more sand you take the
                                               Meyer du Toit                                        Cliff Barnard                  shorter the ball will fly and the less sand you take the further the ball will fly.
                                                                                                                                   TOP TIP: When practicing, draw a circle around the ball and try not to focus on the ball but rather on
            OFF THE TEE:                                                                                                           the circle. The bigger the circle the shorter the ball will fly and the smaller the further it will fly.
            The biggest mistake most players make when it comes to the Driver, is how they set-up.
            The most common mistake with most is setting their upper body over to the left side (right handed)
            in relation to where the club is positioned. This position causes all kinds of errors, from swinging over              PUTTING IN:
            and across the intended swing path to a hooded club face at impact.                                                    As they say, drive for show, putt for dough!
                                                                                                                                   To have your eyes vertically over the ball at address is very important. If your eyes are too far over
            This illustration shows the correct position of the upper body where the triangle is set behind the club               (outside the target line) the ball, the putters’ heel will be in the air forcing you to push the ball at
            face and the spine angle tilted away from the intended target. This position will result in a shallow                  impact. If your eyes are short (inside the target line) of the ball the putters toe will be in the air forcing
            angle of attack through impact resulting in reduced negative spin and a great launch angle.                            you to hook the ball.
            Golf is no different from any other sport and getting the basics right is vital for consistency, here are the          Eyes over the ball will promote putter that is flush to the ground and with a good pendulum stroke,
            fundamentals to a successful golf swing: - Grip, Posture, Alignment, Ball Position & Swing                             you will soon be making putts you once thought to be impossible.
                                                                                                                                   Determine your comfort putting stroke by taking your stroke (angle) back and through using 3 to 5
            Take a deep breath, stick to your routine and don’t rush.                                                              golf balls and stroking it on a blanket green trying to maintain the same stroke. All the balls should
                                                                                                                                   finish up in a radius of no larger than 30cm. Pace the length through measuring the distance to the
                                                                                                                                   balls with your normal stride. For example, if you measure 8 strides to the balls this will determine
            TOP TIP: Use the width of the tee markers to your advantage by trying to hit away from trouble or take
            the weaker side out of play. If you’re standing on the tee, and you have trouble on the right, tee the ball            your comfort length. So, when confronted with a 10 metre putt your autopilot (by thinking 10) will
                                                                                                                                   automatically kick in and you will stroke the putt just outside your comfort stroke.
            within the markers but on the right forcing you to play away from the trouble.
                                                                                                                                   TOP TIP: Imagine the image of a swinging pendulum before you putt, it is vital for the take away and
                                                                                                                                   follow-through to be the same with no difference in tempo, whether it’s a long or short putt.

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