December 2018 - Golf Academy at Hatchford Brook

December 11, 2018
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Possibly our favourite shot in golf. We love seeing our ball fly really low either into wind or under branches and bounce up to the green. Here’s the punch shot explained in simple terms.

All you have to do to play this shot is take loft off a normally fairly high lofted club, like a 8i, 7i or 6i. To do that, position the ball further back in your feet (in line with your right foot for right handers) and tilt the handle forward so the shaft of the club isn’t straight up. Hit it hard and make sure you keep the handle forwards when you strike the ball. If the handle falls backwards then the shot will go high like usual.

Let us know how you get on and we’re happy to answer any questions.


December 11, 2018
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Do you really need help with your game on the golf course? We’ve never given a lesson on the course without helping someone out, so we would say yes!

Lessons are especially good when we’re on the golf course. After all that’s where we play golf and that’s where we all want to improve. Often, the simplest of advice on the course can save people 4-5 shots a round. Like getting it close on bunker shots first time.

Things like…

Dealing with hilly lies
Lob shots
Green reading
Course management
Pre-shot routines
Bunker play
Playing from long rough
Hitting it low under trees

…and so on


December 11, 2018
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Here are our top reasons why people don’t get their ball out the bunker…

1) Too soft
Give the ball a whack! In a bunker you have to hit the sand before the ball, this slows down club and ball speed. So you need to swing it quicker to get it out!

2) Slide not dig
Make sure the club slides under the ball and doesn’t dig into the sand. If it digs then it’s a bit of a lottery if it pop out. Imagine your ball is on a slice of bread, you want the club to go under the slice and come out the other side. There’s no need to dig the club into the sand to do that!

3) Wrong club. A sand wedge is called a sand wedge because it’s great in the sand! We see so many people use a lob wedge with a low amount of bounce. A club with low bounce will try and dig into the sand instead of slide (see above).

4) Sand too early. Watch out where you’re striking the sand. You really want to hit the sand a couple of inches before the ball. We see plenty of people try to desperately scoop the ball out and hit the sand up to a foot before the ball. By the time the club gets to the ball, it would have lost all its speed and will just hit the ball few feet.

Hopefully this may help you hit better bunker shots, if you’re still struggling let us know.


December 11, 2018
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We often get asked this question in our lessons, and the answer is somewhat vague. Although there is a general rule of how high to tee the ball, it is not written in stone.

Most people would say, when using a driver, that when teed up half the ball should show above the top of the driver. We would agree that this is a pretty good starting point. However, you may need to alter this slightly, depending on your strike. Lets imagine that you normally hit the ball on the bottom of the face. This means that the club is swung too high in comparison to the ball. Therefore making the tee slightly higher would help, and vice versa if you hit the ball too high up the face.

If you’re not sure where you strike your drives, grab an impact sticker or a can of athletes foot powder and apply to the clubface. It will show you where your contact point was on the face.

So how about irons? Well I often see people tee up irons WAY too high! It normally means that they have to adapt their swing to hit the ball sweetly, which doesn’t make sense. Tee it up low and stick with the same swing you use when the ball’s sat on the fairway.


December 11, 2018
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Did you know that with accurate and appropriate feedback people improve twice as quickly compared to those without any?

Feedback is when you receive information following your shot which would hopefully help you improve for next time. A simple example is feedback on where you made contact with the ball on the club face (makes a huge difference to overall performance).

It’s tough to figure out what type of feedback you need, and you would most likely need help from a coach… ahem! But whatever feedback it is, it has to come from how the club reacts with the ball. The golf ball only listens to the club so that’s the only bit that matters to us.