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Alison Root

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Last weekend I headed to Lisbon for my first competitive rounds of 2016 playing in the Oitavos Classic, a fantastic golf course and hotel in Cascais. It hasn't been the best weather in the UK so I was looking forward to playing in dry conditions - oh how I was so wrong!

On day one torrential rain fell most of the day, fortunately I was wearing waterproofs but even the best in the business couldn't save me as I was soaked through after two holes, the greens were flooded and so that was the end of that! On day two, everyone was battered by high winds, rain and even hail, I have never played in conditions like it and hopefully I won't ever again! Pleased just to complete 18 holes, I couldn't get into a hot bath quick enough.

It was such a shame and just unlucky, the locals had never seen weather like this and it's typical - the forecast for this week is warm and sunny!

Oitavos Classic, Cascais, Lisbon, Women & Golf

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The forecast isn't looking good for the weekend which means another trip to TopGolf, although this has suddenly become an expensive pastime! The ladies from my golf club have used the game centre a lot during the winter months, it's social, there's lots of chat and drinking coffee going on, but you can still keep your swing going with a fun element. However, all of a sudden, there is no longer a 2 for 1 offer on a basket of balls before 11am so at a cost of £5.50 for just 20 balls, the local driving range might be a better option. I suspect a lot of golf club members use these centres during inclement weather, so it's a shame if they drive revenue away at a time when it is not busy. I'd be interested to hear if anyone else uses the TopGolf centres. Either way, I need to hit some golf balls as i'm heading to Lisbon next week to play in an amateur tournament at Oitavos Golf Club - I don't really want to collect the wooden spoon! I'll let you know how I get on. 

I recently attended the launch of the new series of Srixon XXIO golf clubs at Urban Golf in London's West End. Srixon's message is clear - these clubs are designed for players of all abilities, but especially those players with slower swing speeds, like myself, and apparently a third of golfers. It was difficult to assess the results in a simulator but the clubs do feel really nice, effortless to swing and with a solid contact. If they are good enough for World No 2 Inbee Park then Denise van Outen and I think they are probably good enough for us!



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At a recent FootJoy launch to showcase their products for 2016, it was not all work and no play. At Worlpesdon Golf Club in Surrey we played six holes with a difference. Texas scramble in reverse, ie always taking the worse shot, driving off the tee with a short club, the player in the pair with the smallest feet wore the largest shoes and the one with the biggest wore the smallest etc. We were all reminded that golf should be fun!


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