On-course lesson at Moor Allerton: Holes 12 and 14March 6, 2015 Golf Equipment
It was time for James Savage to take on his coach Scott Oxley in a two-hole match at Moor Allerton...
Thanks to everyone who commented on last week’s video to say I was aiming too far to the right when I teed off from the 19th at Moor Allerton.
It has made me try and work on my alignment a bit more but after speaking with my coach Scott Oxley – he insists I shouldn’t lose too much sleep over it.
He says some of his junior players can become far too obsessed with lining themselves up in a dead straight line and spending ages making sure everything is parallel.
For me the most important thing is to remember to keep my shoulders matching my feet. If I do aim off to the right slightly, I need to make sure my shoulders are not closed as that will result in me cutting across the ball.
Getting the swing path on the inside is still the big thing for me to prevent too much left to right movement.
I played at Moor Allerton on Saturday and had a fairly decent round.
It took me a while to get the driver working well. Going out of bounds on the 8th was disappointing but I still made a seven after going three off the tee.
I hit my best drive of the day on 12 and made a gross par before consecutive gross pars on the par-3 13th and and par-5 14th.
What Scott is trying to help me learn is that there is no reason to fear a particular tee shot or make it more difficult than it has to be” It helped me play the back nine in +7 gross which was probably my best nine hole performance at Moor Allerton so far.
All in all I shot a gross 91 which was +20 gross – reaffirming that a handicap of 18 is where I’m at.
It proved to me that I can play better than 18 but I was too inconsistent on the front nine and need to get into my rhythm a bit quicker than on the 12th hole.
So following on from last week’s ‘bogey holes’ lesson, me and Scott went out on to the course for a mini match on two holes which I had played well at the weekend.
What Scott is trying to help me learn is that there is no reason to fear a particular tee shot or make it more difficult than it has to be.
Click on video to see who won in our two-hole match.