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Great Golfing Quotes

Best Golf Quotes Ever

Golf’s a very quotable game with lots of colorful characters, here’s a few of our favorites!

1. “The More you practice the luckier you get” – Gary Player

2. “99% of all putt you leave short don’t go in” – Hubert Green

3. “Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.” Winston Churchill

4. “Golf is a good walk spoiled” Mark Twain

5. “Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course, the space between your ears.”-Booby Jones.

6. “Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club don’t you?” – Ben Hogan

7. “If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they’d starve to death.” – Sam Snead

8. “You don’t know what pressure is until you’ve played for $5 a hole with only $2 in your pocket.” – Lee Trevino

9. Golf is a game in which you yell “fore,” shoot six, and write down five.  –Paul Harvey

10. Eighteen holes of match or medal play will teach you more about your foe than will 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.  – Grantland Rice

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Rosie wins Club Championship

A huge well done to client Rosie Hockey on winning the Dale Hill Club Championship once again. It was played in not the best of weather conditions so it tested every department of her game.

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Tulley Sussex Pro’s Champ

Well done to Client Maria Tulley on winning the Sussex Pro’s Championship, Maria made history by being is the 1st lady champion in 101 years.

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Maria also shot a new ladies course record at Willingdon with a -8 (63) its been a great month.

MT

 

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Mark Wood

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UK’s No1 Golf Coach

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Willie wins the Club Championship

Well done to client Willie Clapperton on winning the Mens Club Championship at Eastbourne Golfing Park.

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Willie

 

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Mark Wood

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UK’s No1 Golf Coach

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The Best Ever Arnie Story!

September 10th is The King’s birthday so I thought we’d celebrate in style by sharing with you, the best ever Arnie story!

Arnie

Before the 1993 Senior British Open, which was scheduled to be contested over the links of Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Arnold Palmer received a letter from a Mr. Hans Bolton of Lancashire, England. The letter containing, as it did, the language of someone who knew nothing about the game, might have offended a superstar too full of his own importance. In Palmer’s case, the handwritten letter caught his attention.

The letter, which came into the possession of a friend several years later, contains this remark in the opening paragraph, “I must admit I am not a golf fan. I realize that you must be extremely busy, being one of the “big names” in the golfing fraternity.” Bolton then talks about the importance of the upcoming Senior Open but adds, “An even more important event is taking place (at least to me anyway). You see, I am getting married to my fiancée Sally Anne Murphy, a truly gorgeous and wonderful girl.” The problem, as Bolton unfolds, is simple, neither of the honeymoon suites at the Clifton Arms Hotel is available because, as it was explained to him, “Mr. Arnold Palmer is staying in one and Mr. Gary Player is staying in the other, and they have been booked for ages!”

He then proceeds to paint an emotional portrait. “My fiancée was, of course, distraught at this news, convinced that our big day is doomed to failure. Something I suppose, like a triple bogey on the 1st hole.” Then Bolton makes a daring suggestion. “I was just wondering if perhaps, there would be any chance at all of you swapping rooms with us, just for one night. This is a shot in the dark, I really don’t expect that you will, but one can only try. You see I work for the Sunblest Bread Company and Sally works as a children’s nanny so this is probably the only chance we will ever have of staying anywhere as grand as the Clifton Arms.”

He signs the letter “Yours hopefully,” and then adds two postscripts. P.S. You are more than welcome to join us for a drink at the reception. P.P.S. I didn’t write to Gary Player because we were told you were a much nicer chap!

Palmer, of course, not only surrendered the suite but took them up on the offer of the beer where he drank a toast to the happy couple and even posed for a photograph.

Go ahead and make someone’s day share this story with a friend!

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Aim your Body Correctly

Poor body alignment

A common problem amongst golfers in general!

The amount of golfers who align themselves completely wrong at the address position will have a major influence on how they swing the golf club. You will compensate for this during the golf swing. I have helped golfers tremendously to stop shanking with this just one fault alone. Most golfers from my experience align their bodies too far to the right of their intended target, in a closed position. At some point during the golf swing you are going to compensate for this and it usually happens in the downswing. You are fully aware of where the target is but due to the closed off stance you are going to swing over plane in the downswing to get the club back to the ball. This moves the club much further out in front of you in the downswing leading to the hosel contacting the ball first. Some golfers even lose their balance: falling forwards in the through swing.

Great ways to improve your sense of alignment is to pick a point just in front of the ball (2ft approx.) which is directly on line to your intended target and align the club face square to that point. From here build in your stance keeping as square as possible to that point.

Practise your alignment on the range by picking random targets and working through your pre shot routine of the above.

Another great way is to place down 3 alignment canes on the range, one aligning to a target on the left side of the range, another aligning to a target in the middle of the range and the last one aligning to a target on the right side of the range.

Practising in this manner will most certainly make you more self-aware of how you are lining up correctly. You will instantly be aware if you have aligned correctly or not.

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PS. Come down and tee it up to make some magic moments of your own. Check our website at 

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Mark Wood

PGA Advanced Professional
UK’s No1 Golf Coach

The Best Golf Lessons in Sussex and Kent