Make Winter a Winner with our Golf Tips
30 November 2020 / Golf /
The challenge of golf on a crisp winter’s morning is the perfect way to escape the Christmas shopping, and there is no better experience than 18 holes of championship golf at The Grove. Every hole will set you a sporting challenge to solve, and you’ll need some special shots to navigate your way to winter success. Here, our PGA Golf Professionals offer you some top tips to try on your next round.
1. Mastering the Fairway Wood
It’s one of the most difficult shots for the amateur golfer to master – the fairway wood shot, played from a tight lie. Many of the mistakes start with the set-up, so here our Assistant PGA Golf Professional, Rhys Evans, gives you a simple walk-through of the things you need to be doing to increase your chances of success.
2. Club Selection is Key
For many golfers that struggle for consistency and accuracy on their tee shots, opting for a 3-wood instead of a driver can yield more positive results. The Grove’s Senior PGA Golf Professional, Emma Harris, takes us to the tricky 15th hole at The Grove, where strategy and clever thinking is necessary if you want to give yourself the chance of a birdie!
3. Playing the Positive Pitch
Our Par 4, 3rd hole is the most difficult on the course. Many players lay up short of the pond, try to play a delicate pitch shot across the water, and then disaster strikes! When you are faced with a tricky obstacle to navigate, it’s essential you play a positive pitch shot. Think ‘big green’ not ‘watery grave’…as our Assistant PGA Golf Professional, Rhys Evans, demonstrates.
4. It’s all downhill from here!
The Grove is famous for its rolling fairways and its tricky hills and hollows around the greens. Even after a successful tee shot, you can still be left with a fairway lie that sees your ball on a downwards slope. It can be one of the trickiest shots in golf to get right, but our Senior PGA Golf Professional, Emma Harris, gives you some handy hints to make it easy.
5. Fine-tune the Flop Shot
Many of the approaches surrounding our greens are littered with tactically-placed bunkers and that means that if you fall short of hitting the green with your tee shot on a par 3, or misjudge an approach on a par 4, you’ll need to play a flop shot. This nifty little shot will go as high as it goes long, but there are some key steps to follow to ensure you are dropping the ball close to the flag. Our Assistant PGA Golf Professional, Jacob Minster, is on hand to show you the way with this aerial approach.