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I last wrote that I had booked a golf lesson with Dan Grieve at Woburn, one that had previously been cancelled due to snow. Going from one extreme to the other, I was then fortunate to enjoy the lesson during one of the hottest February days on record.

I've now introduced a wrist hinge (apparently it's easier to introduce hinge rather than take it away) and am also working on a better impact position. I'm hoping that my swing will become more efficient and I'll gain a few more yards - at the moment there's a lot of wasted energy! This lesson has inspired me to practise the drills that Dan suggested including swinging a stick to get a noisy 'swoosh' and I'm really enjoying it. I've been to the range on a few occasions, although those of you who take lessons will know - it's hard to switch off all the swing thoughts when you're on the course, but I'm working on that too! It's the first match between Team Naga and Team Clive next weekend at Lambourne Golf Club, so we'll see - I want to persevere, but I also know that I can't expect miracles overnight!

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Last weekend I attended the drive-in at Batchworth Park Golf Club. This was a lovely informal affair with an early shotgun start of mixed golf - I played with three nice guys who I had never met before so it was a great way to interact with other members. After the drive-in a buffet lunch was served with a few glasses of Prosecco of course, a magician entertained us, and speeches were kept to a minimum, so a great day was had by all! Even better, I won the prize for nearest-the-pin - something must be working with my new swing!

At least it looks like the windy and wet weather is behind us - I do hope so as I've got an instruction shoot booked with Lauren Blease at Foxhills a week on Monday. 

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Spring has sprung early, at least for the time being. Only a few weeks ago I had a golf lesson booked with Dan Grieve at Woburn, but it was postponed due to snow. I'm now looking forward to a lesson on Monday, fingers crossed in glorious sunshine. Then of course I'll need to go to the range and practise, practise, practise!

I've just taken out a Play More Golf membership at my previous club, West Essex, although having been a member for almost 30 years until a couple of years ago, it feels as though I never left. This is the most sensible membership option for me, whereby I use credits towards green fees, as I have limited time to play week in week out. West Essex is local to where I live, but I will still be making appearances at Batchworth Park to join my Team Naga mates as we're all focused on winning this year's challenge (again!) against Team Clive.

This week I attended a dinner at the plush Oriental Club in London, hosted by Jenahura, a golf management company who are also about to launch the Jenahura Tour Academy, an educational platform for aspiring tournament professional golfers. Jenahura recently signed up LET player Cloe Frankish (pictured below), and she certainly is a young English female player to watch.

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Matthew Southgate, another player in the Jenahura stable offered dinner guests an insight into his life on tour, overcoming testicular cancer, the experience of Q-School, having a monkey on his back for not yet winning on Tour despite being a great player, his love for links golf (he's worth a bet at this year's Open!) and so it went on. What a great down-to-earth guy and I'd love to see him win.

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Don't you just loathe the month of January? And doing Dry January makes it even worse! I realise that I haven't posted anything for a while, probably because there hasn't been too much going on. That's not to say I haven't been busy since Christmas as a deadline is fast approaching for the next issue of Women & Golf magazine, and then there's all the other daily work related matters to deal with.

But ... believe it or not, I have been to the golf range on a few occasions as I really need to get my act together this year, especially because the challenge between Team Naga Munchetty and Team Clive Woodward is on again, so I must try to get my handicap down - no pressure! Charley Hull gave me an incentive one Saturday after I closely followed the closing holes in Abu Dhabi on my i-pad. It was a great win for her and well-deserved as she's practised hard all winter, and it just shows how practice pays off.

As you can see from this picture, my top half looks like I'm dressed to go skiing rather than playing golf, although it is golf gear - a really nice jacket and matching bobble hat from Daily Sports. I could swing a club wearing it, so that was a big plus! I've mentioned Toptracer before so I was pleased to find this technology at the A1 driving range in Borehamwood. It really does make a visit to a golf range more pleasurable - I like watching the ball flight of my shots, carry, and distance, even if it's frustrating at times when you look at the results.

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To confirm this focus on my game is no flash in the pan, I've also booked a lesson with Dan Grieve at Woburn, and this will give me even more to work on over the next month or so. I'll let you know how it goes. At least January is almost over and I'm going to celebrate with a large drink!

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I love this time of year, especially on the golf course when I'm dressed up as Santa. Fortunately the weather was kind to us at Batchworth Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire for the annual Santa day, and in fact I played pretty well considering I was wrestling with some overlarge trousers and a white beard! I wasn't the only one, as the whole course was full of Santas. I was part of the ladies' team including Naga Munchetty, Lisa Skelton and Angie, and although we didn't win a prize, we had a respectable Texas scramble score, and then enjoyed a few glasses of Prosecco before tucking into a Christmas dinner.

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Monday was the final Team Naga Munchetty vs Team Sir Clive Woodward match - this one was held on the wonderful Duke's Course at Woburn Golf Club. If you have read Naga's latest column in the Jan/Feb issue of Women & Golf magazine, you will already know that we've all learnt a lot about our golf this year, whilst taking steps through the TeeToCup learning programme. For me the lessons have been invaluable and I'm confident that they will come to fruition next year and that my handicap will go in a downward direction again. The good news for Team Naga is that we won the year-long challenge with the largest overall percentage team handicap reduction (no thanks to me!), so we took great pleasure in enjoying the moment, especially when Clive handed Naga a small bag of marbles as the winning trophy (pictured), and which are now fondly known as the golfing marbles!

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That's it from me for this year, I'm now looking forward to Christmas and the New Year, and hope you are too. Have a happy and healthy one.

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A few weeks ago I visited Quinta do Lago in the Algarve for the launch of The Campus, which is a fabulous new complex with tennis courts, paddle tennis courts, a football pitch, gym, and bikes for hire.

The launch coincided with one of of Judy Murray's tennis camps, and so a bunch of media were invited to join her for a session. Tennis was my first love, in fact it was my life growing up, playing tournaments all over the country, but took over many years ago and I haven't played properly for years. Sometimes I wonder why!  I'm much better at tennis than golf, but that's another story that you can read about in Naga Munchetty's column in the Jan/Feb issue of Women & Golf.

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It was great to get back on a court, and Judy Murray was brilliant. There was a range of players from complete beginners to those that had played before, but she got us doing basic drills that involved everyone, before we started running round the court playing games that were so much fun.

Back to golf, a session at the Paul McGinley Academy gave me more swing thoughts - it's definitely a case of needing to go a few steps back to go forward again! I need to add a smash bag to my Christmas list to get my hands going forward to improve my impact position. Plenty to think about on the range this winter including all the tips I've received this year through the Hive learning programme. Onwards and upwards!

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