How To Play Your Best Golf This Year

The holiday season is just a distant, pleasant memory now and your thoughts are slowly beginning to turn to the upcoming golf season.

Here is some good advice for your golf game in 2018.

Watch this video to help make this year your best year ever on the golf course:

Assess your golf game plan to play your bestgolf.

What are your three big factors critical to your performance on the golf course and your improvement in 2018?

With grateful thanks to Andrew Rice and to Revolution Golf.




Captain’s Charity 2018

Congratulations to Peter “Jammy” James, our newly-elected men’s Captain for this year. We wish him every success.

Peter’s chosen charity is Ty Hapus, a unique and specialist day time service for people with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, focusing on those diagnosed under 65 and their families.


Ty Hapus is a unique charity in that they work with the Alzheimer’s Society to provide day time support to those with dementia, and their carers and loved ones. Dementia can have a devastating effect on families, and all too often care has to be given not only to those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementias, but also to the carers and loved ones supporting them.

Ty Hapus patrons include Professor Julie Williams, who with her team at Cardiff University, is leading groundbreaking research into early onset Alzheimers Disease.

All Blacks World Champion coach Sir Graham Henry, esteemed author AA Gill, TV star and broadcaster Fiona Phillips and West End star Sophie Evans and Diane Englehardt of the Moondance Foundation are also patrons.

As well as offering unique daily respite for those suffering with early onset, in an age appropriate, dignified and beautiful environment in a refurbed Edwardian Doctor’s Surgery in Barry, Ty Hapus also has the Moondance cafe attached to the daily respite project, which offers a wonderful facility to those of any age with dementia, and their families.

The Moondance Cafe offers a calm, safe and comfortable environment with daily newspapers, magazines and board games. For others, it is a safe quiet place for those with dementia and their families to sit with a tea or a coffee.

There is also a Well Being room with a small but beautiful hairdressing and beauty salon where independent therapists can offer Ty Hapus guests extra special services.

Ty Hapus is unique and it is hoped that this groundbreaking new centre in Wales will be a blue print for the rest of the UK. For help, advice and support call 01446 738024.

Give a little, give a lot, we appreciate every penny of support for our Captain’s Charity. Simply click this Just Giving link to start making a valued charity donation. Donate today!

2017 “Ryder Cup” – Wales vs. Rest of the World

The weekend of 6-7 October, the Club hosted its annual Ryder Cup competition. The Rest of the World team were very keen to lay to rest the heavy defeat of 2016, which the Welsh Team Captain, Mr. Peter Goodfellow, wouldn’t let us forget. This reminding, however made the team even more determined and focused us all on the task at hand.

With the Rest of the World having a fewer pool of players to select from, the captain and vice-captain had the tricky task of pairing together the players to give us the best chance of winning. Do you choose the players that regularly play together, those that do well in certain formats, high to low handicaps? However, after a few beers and a couple of disagreements, the pairings had been chosen. There was nothing more we could do. It was now down to the players and how they play on the day.

The Friday afternoon saw the Ryder Cup Texas Scramble. The competitive edge of the Captains shone through with a small wager on the Scramble, where, the first win went to the Rest of the World taking the Scramble by just 0.2 points. Was this the sign of the things to come? In the evening at the pre-match dinner we all enjoyed a hearty meal, some great banter of the impending completion and quaffed a few refreshments. After the meal team players were introduced, presented with their team shirts and the Captains announced the matches for the following day. Thanks must go to Mike Hennessey for all his efforts in the draw and swindle on the night.

On Saturday morning all that was left to do was for the captains to bid everyone good luck and the Glamorganshire Golf Club Ryder Cup 2017 was under way. The matches were up, they were down. One thing was certain this was not going to be an easy task. The first match went to the Welsh Team, and by a big margin. The next two pairs went to the Rest of The World, followed by three losses in a row. The tables had turned we were two down, amazingly Ed Richards and Chris Watson fought a hard battle, walking in victorious. One down with two pairs still to come in, then from the trees, appeared Colin Toshack and Paul Arcos, another win to the Rest of the World making the morning all square so far. Only one team to come in, Dave (not down the) Middle and Phil Parker. As they appeared on the tee the Welsh pairing tee’d off first, the ball landing on the green, the Rest of the World just off to the left side. We needed a miracle. Dave chipped the ball to within a foot from the pin, Noddy putted and left a knee trembler. The pressure was too much to bear for the best putter in the club (Mr. Paul Brown) and he lipped out. The win to the Rest of the World, meant not only did it half the match it left the leader board all square going in for lunch.

After a fantastically filling Chilli for lunch, the afternoon session got underway, it was all to play for. Walking around the course, making quiet secret gestures to fellow teams it was evident that it was going to be a really tight match with a lot of matches tied or very close. The captain Richard Kynaston started of the scoring by winning the first point for the Rest of the World, which was very closely followed by the Captain of the Welsh Team also being victorious, again the teams were tied.

It felt like forever to wait for the next team to arrive, and like good old British Transport, two teams appeared over the hill with two more wins for the Rest of the World. Hearts started racing, “we could win this, we can do this” was whispered amongst the team members. Then the weather took a turn for the worse, waterproofs were donned, the teeth were gritted and the fire in the bellies lit. The next win went to Wales shaving the lead to only one point. A hard-fought battle was walking down the 17th Fairway, Colin Toshack and Dave (not down the) Middle were one up against Richard Hughes and Richard Jeremy. The Welsh Team looked to be in a very commanding position, Dave living up to his name and Richard Jeremy in the middle of the fairway. Colin nailed the win with a superb shot into the green followed by a superb putt, another point to the Rest of the World.

While that fight was going on the news of another lost point could be sensed as we watched Richard Salt and Darrell Hamonda walk back to the club house. Two pairs to come, the Rest of the World one up. The light was dwindling, the rain was heavy, a pairing appeared in the gloom on the 18th tee. The players approached the green, the score was one up to the Rest of the World, excitement mounted. Rob Beale sank the putt for a par, Ed Richards needed the putt to win the match and the cup. You could hear a pin drop on the veranda.

Unfortunately, Ed’s majestic effort lipped out much to the relief of the Welsh camp, halving the match but still leaving the Rest of the World one up.

The Welsh captain was praying for the last pairing to be winning, which would have halved the series, and a Welsh retain. Near dark now, the last pairing appeared on the tee. Our hearts sank as we could just make out the burly silhouette of Dave Ellis on the tee. This could only mean that the match was very close. Had the Rest of the World chosen the right anchor-man to bring us the win? Everything was down to Maurice Beddard and Chris Waston. With light almost gone, there was a ball pulled to the left, one to the right bunker, Chris Watson short and Maurice short of the left bunker. All was to play for. The Rest of the World walked to the green one up with the last to play. A chip and a putt from Maurice saw the end of a hard-fought battle, and a fantastic win for the Rest of the World 10 points to 8.

The packed gallery on the veranda and patio was full of players from both teams shaking hands and congratulating each other on an outstanding display of golf. It was then off into the back bar for the traditional presentation of the Cup to the very proud winning captain. The Rest of the World team had done it, reclaiming the Cup after 4 lonely years.

It had been a superb weekend of golf played in a great spirit and both captains would like to thank their team players for all their efforts.

The Captains for the Ryder Cup 2018 have now been announced, the Welsh Team Captain, Richard Hughes, and the Captain of the Rest of the World, Dave Middle.

Just One Welsh Course Featured in the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World

A few weeks ago Golf Magazine published its latest ranking of the Top 100 Courses in the World. Pine Valley held the top spot (where it’s been firmly entrenched since the list commenced in 1985), followed by Cypress Point and the Old Course at St. Andrews.

America, Scotland and England dominate the list, but in all 20 different countries made the cut. Yes, there is great golf everywhere! Of those 20, 11 countries have just one course in the Top 100, including Wales.

Do you know which course it is? Have you played it?

No surprise, it is Royal Porthcawl, ranked at No. 85. Here’s what Golf Magazine wrote about it:

“Bob Hope competed in the 1951 British Amateur here, but Tiger Woods found little humor in his Day 1 singles loss at the 1995 Walker Cup. This rumpled H.S. Colt redesign opens with three stout par-4s along the beach, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel. Porthcawl then turns inland, traversing higher ground, but never lets up.”

Porthcawl, Wales, H.S. Colt, 1913

                      Bob Hope competed in the 1951 British Amateur here, but Tiger Woods found little humor in his Day 1 singles loss at the 1995 Walker Cup. This rumpled H.S. Colt redesign opens with three stout par-4s along the beach, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel. Porthcawl then turns inland, traversing higher ground, but never lets up.

How To Correctly Repair A Pitch Mark

Many golfers do not take the time to do the simple task of repairing pitch marks, to the detriment of the course.

Repairing a ball mark makes a huge difference when you are looking at the presentation of a course and who knows, it could be you that ends up having to putt over an indentation in the surface.

However, getting the technique right is more important than you may think. By pushing the bottom of the divot upwards, you can end up tearing the roots, which kills the grass.

Instead, take your ball mark repair tool and insert the prongs into the turf at the edge of the depression. Then push the edge of the tool towards the centre in a gentle twisting motion.

By inserting the prongs vertically and twisting them, you’ll actually introduce air directly downwards into the soil, which helps the roots grow stronger, rather than damaging them by using the tool as a lever to push the bottom of the mark back upwards.

Ball mark repairing makes a real difference to the quality of course greens, both in the health of the turf and the consistency of the playing surface, all of which leads to a more enjoyable playing experience.

So remember:

Right – use the prongs to push grass at the edge of the depression toward the centre

Wrong – use the prongs as levers to push up the bottom of the depression

Repairing Pitch Mark

To view a video on this subject go to:

The video was filmed in association with Golfshake and BIGGA (The British and International Golf Greenkeeping Association) at the Belfry in March 2017.

For more videos in this series covering key aspects of golf courses relevant to golfers, including: correctly repairing pitch marks, how to rake bunkers and aeration, visit:

BIGGA represents the Nation’s greenkeepers and works hard through education and training to raise standards in golf course management throughout the green keeping profession. To find out more about the work BIGGA do visit

Republished with grateful thanks to Golfshake June 13, 2017.

Speed Of Play – And, Do We Really Need 14 Clubs?

Republished from a LinkedIn post by by Dapper Dan Morby · May 09, 2017, with grateful thanks.

After the “Golf-Sixes” at the weekend, there has been much talk about the speed of play and how the stopwatch had players getting on with their shots. There has also been plenty of talk of late on how today’s best players have reduced most courses to pitch & putt, resulting in competitions pimping up the greens to make the courses more difficult. This then results in players taking far too long over 3 footers and so the ever-increasing 5-hour rounds are endured.

With all these ingredients thrown into the pot, it got me thinking about how I would walk 18 holes back in Blighty in 3 hours with a half set and a lightweight bag. I didn’t need 14 clubs and to be honest, these days I only carry 12 and end up not using a couple of clubs in my bag by the end of the round (I play off 10 btw… sometimes). I see guys I play with now shooting 90+ carrying 4 wedges and they can’t even hit one of them properly, It’s bloody ridiculous.


My buddy who’s a caddy on the Asian Tour mentioned the other day, that his bag weighed 25kg at the start of his round the other week in KL. You would be asked to re-pack that at the airport these days, as the baggage handlers would sue the airport for unfair working practices. Think about it, twenty-five kilos, how’s a caddie going to nip round in under 4 hours if he’s carrying dead body parts around with him.

So here’s my solution for speed golf and at the same time, more interesting and creative golf tournaments.

Before each round, players can only select 10 clubs

Tour players only allowed 6 balls, if they lose them all, they get DQ’d

Caddies use lighter & smaller bags

Any lagged putts that finish within 3 feet of the hole must be finished off without   marking

Pretty much that’s how most people use to play golf anyway 20 years ago before they watched players throwing grass around, lying on greens and checking yardage devices every 5 seconds. It’s time to strip back and get back to basics, instead of making courses harder and harder for high hdcp golfers.

Lining Up Putt

Chip in with your thoughts please – Dapper Dan Morby –

The New Year’s Resolution Every Golfer Should Have

It’s New Year’s resolution season, so we’re all on our way to losing 20 pounds and having single-digit handicaps. While most resolutions have rather limited staying power, we have one instruction-based resolution that we truly hope everyone sticks to for eternity.

Erika Larkin, one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers, says the best resolution you can make for yourself is to stick to one swing thought during a round, two thoughts as an absolute max. This may not sound like a difficult resolution, but take a second and think about how many swing thoughts you had during your last swing, let alone your last round. Pause at the top, keep your head down, shift your weight, don’t bend your left arm, turn all the way through, swing to your finish. That’s six thoughts right there.

Having multiple swing thoughts is destructive to your game for several reasons. First, having a bunch of different swing thoughts going on at the same time is confusing. You’re going to get caught up in thinking too much and it’s going to make it hard for your body to make a nice, natural move at the ball. Second, if you’re having multiple swing thoughts, it probably means you’ve quit on a good swing thought.

If you take a lesson, a lot of teachers will try to leave you with one good swing thought to take into your next round. You’re a reasonable person, so you commit to that swing thought for a few holes, until you start hitting it poorly. The natural reaction is to switch to a different swing thought, because the original one clearly doesn’t work anymore, right? Wrong. When you’re given a swing thought to work on or find one that works in practice, Larkin says you’ve got to stick with it through the good and the bad shots.

“Abandoning your thought mid-round and grasping for new ones doesn’t help,” says Larkin. “Have faith in what worked for you in practice, relax as much as possible, and lord help you if you start searching YouTube at the turn for that magic pill for the back nine.”


Republished with thanks from by .

And, here’s an easy start to recover from the holidays: