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It seems crazy that since my last blog when I mentioned a golf lesson, I've only played once, so that's almost a month ago. Shocking - this won't help any improvement this year! As you can see, it's a myth that those who work in the golf industry play golf all the time - well, some do! I'm not sure when I will play next as today I'm off to Ibiza for a week - no golf, just plenty of much needed R&R!

I have just signed off the latest issue of Women & Golf and this is accompanied by a free magazine - The Solheim Cup with PING - so don't miss it! It has also been a busy few weeks for the pros. I headed to Royal Portrush for a couple of days during the men's Open week. This was my first visit to this fabulous venue, but as I was attending meetings, along with an R&A women's forum, I didn't get to walk any of the course, so I was pleased to get back home and have half an eye on the TV to see what the players were up against. The coastline is stunning - and I also wish that I'd had time to visit the Giant's Causeway.

Closer to home was the recent AIG Women's British Open at Woburn and like so many golf fans, when eventual champion, Hinako Shibuno smiled, you couldn't help but smile back! She is a breath of fresh air for women's golf. Other than when taking a shot, an infectious smile rarely left her face and she embraced and delighted the crowds with plenty of high-fives at every opportunity.

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Over recent years, players in the East have dominated leaderboards, but as youngsters, particularly the Koreans, they are encouraged to keep their emotions in check, so other than playing fantastic golf, their on-course personalities do little to bring the game alive. It’s nothing personal, but for those non-golfers in the UK looking in, you can’t blame them for perhaps thinking the game is a little dull.

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I wrote my last blog from Miami but that seems an awful long time ago now. Whilst there I had a lesson with renowned instructor Jim McLean as his school is based at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Funnily enough it was the day after Gary Woodland, once a pupil of Jim's, won the US Open. In the school office there are pics of some of the best professionals with thank you messages to Jim including Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr and Keegan Bradley.

Anyway, back to my lesson ... first of all, what a lovely guy, charming and easygoing so it was easy to relax. He changed my grip slightly. I have a tendency to grip the club too tightly, so my right hand has now moved over a little and I'm trying hard to not even notice my right thumb and index finger being on the club - at the moment it feels weird but I will persevere. He also gave me a series of drills that should help my weight transfer - as always, plenty to think about, but what a treat to have this lesson.

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Back in the UK, I did check out Pachesham Golf Centre in Leatherhead, Surrey. I'd never heard of this place, but the facilities are fantastic. There's a 28-bay covered and floodlit driving range, and what I really liked was the short game area which has targets at various yardages. I had a go in the putting lab - really interesting looking at the different stats and confirmed that more often than not I miss putts to the left!

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I'm writing this blog from my room at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Cables, Miami. I thought I might be relaxing on a sun lounger on this Sunday afternoon, but it's raining outside at the moment and not expected to clear any time soon, but more about this trip in my next blog. I'm looking forward to watching the final round of the men's US Open, and as I'm on US time, for once I won't have that tired Monday morning feeling tomorrow after staying up to watch the golf.

The week before last I attended an AIG Women's British Open media event at Woburn. What a treat to have dinner at Woburn Abbey, a place that I have never visited before - I'm not sure why - the surroundings are beautiful. Sitting next to Charley Hull, who had just arrived home from the US that morning, she was on great form and although feeling tired, she was excitedly talking about her boyfriend, her new house and forthcoming wedding. She's unique, so natural, doing things her way, and really enjoying life away from golf.

The following day was a great experience - playing in a fourball with Catriona Matthew, along with the BBC's Eilidh Barbour and Times journalist Cathy Harries. You do learn a lot when playing with a pro, especially watching their tempo. I did try and replicate Catriona's short game shots! Fortunately it was a day where I showed up as a golfer and played ok, so I was happy. It was a really enjoyable fourball, as any round always is at Woburn - this time on the Marquess course. Catriona is busy considering players and pairings for this year's Solheim Cup and relatively quiet by nature, you can see that as a captain she'll have a really calming influence. Both of us were happy to promote our Skechers' golf shoes - if you were wondering what the picture is about! I'd worn mine straight out of the box that morning - no complaints and love the silver colour, as it goes with anything.

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It's still raining ... but until next time.

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I can't believe the last time I posted a blog was five weeks ago, and now we're almost into June. Where does the time go?

I've since been to Castlemartyr Resort in Ireland and what a relaxing place it is and one that I'd definitely recommend. Easy to get to for me, just a short flight to Cork from Stansted. I enjoyed the golf course, whizzing round on my own making notes, and I was pleased that I booked myself a head massage because the treatment and the overall experience of the spa was excellent.

Other than a personal city break to Berlin that combined seeing Rod Stewart in concert (whatever he's on at his age, I want it!) and taking my mum to Bournemouth for a few days, it has been a very busy month of meetings and planning content for this site and the next issue of Women & Golf. And, of course, playing golf whenever I have an opportunity to do so, although this still isn't as much as I'd like. I did manage 18 holes of crazy golf in Bournemouth - competitive as ever! Not sure about golf in heels though ...

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What a weekend we've just had for British Women's Golf. England's Annabel Dimmock won the LET event at the Evian Resort in France and fellow Englishwoman Bronte Law celebrated her first LPGA victory, and with it she banked a cheque for $195,000 - wow!

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We talk about job satisfaction and that is something I have on a regular basis from a variety of situations, and a particular week recently springs to mind.

A really long day on the golf course, I hasten to add not playing golf, but an instruction shoot at Foxhills with Lauren Blease, followed by a fitness shoot with Becky Scott, was a job well done, thanks also to photographer Paul Severn. Whizzing around on a buggy to find the right locations on the two courses, outfit changes, videos, and plenty of laughs too, there is now plenty of content in the bag.

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Two days later I travelled to Lincolnshire to Thonock Park and PING's HQ to join Women & Golf's competition winners. Three lucky ladies won a club-fitting experience and it was great to meet them, enjoy a light lunch, before watching them being taking through the fitting process. They had a fantastic day, one that they won't forget and it was a pleasure to see. I'm looking forward to following their progress with their new clubs .... watch this space.

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Since my last blog, what a busy few weeks it has been, the golf season is really kicking in on and off the golf course.

It was a great night at the England Golf Awards at the Royal Lancaster London, honouring clubs, individuals and organisations that do so much for the good of the game. The room was packed with over 400 people there, making it a memorable evening for the award winners, even if a little daunting for those that had to collect the award and be interviewed by the host, BBC's Dan Walker.  However, they all did a great job.

These type of events always inspire me, so I was looking forward to this year's first match in the Team Naga vs Team Clive Challenge. This was held at Lambourne Golf Club, where Clive and another member of his team are members, so home advantage! Only jesting as that's not an excuse for our two and a half to a half defeat, especially where my match was concerned. Julia and Richard, both single figure golfers, were just too good for myself and Lisa, but what a lovely day we had, playing in glorious sunshine - see our team pic below. As you know, I've been tinkering with my swing - six out of ten on that day, so it's back to the range!

Prior to the match, Dan Grieve, talked us through what's new for TeeToCup (the online learning programme) and what is involved for us as part of this exercise. Each month we will focus on a specific part of the game, beginning with the full swing. From the information that Dan sends (Discover), we'll digest this and then extract what relates to our game (Distill), and then practise the key points (Do) - known as 3D Learning. We're all really up for this and hope to improve, so I'll keep you posted throughout the year. If you'd like to know more, visit: teetocup.com

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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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I'm the first to admit that I don't really like practising, and as winter approaches, the thought of going to a driving range on a dark and cold night doesn't appeal at all. But ...

This week I went to Golf Kingdom in Romford, Essex. It was like a trip down memory lane as I remember first visiting this venue over 25 years ago when I began playing golf. It was a good yet simple golf range with covered bays and a golf shop. Wow, what a transformation. The golf range is still there, but there's also an adventure golf course, an 18 hole course, the opportunity to play FootGolf, an American Golf store and a comfortable cafe.

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The purpose of my visit was to try out the Toptracer shot tracking technology - similar to what you see on the TV when the ball flight of a pro's shot is traced from start to finish. On the screen I could see my ball flight and data includes carry and total distance. You can work through each club and information can be logged using the Toptracer app. That's the more serious stuff, but you can also select targets to hone your distance control, or play a worldwide course, competing against a golfing friend. This is a good way to use all the clubs in your bag, as I have a tendency to select a few clubs and it's then a case of whack, whack, whack, on a mission to finish the number of balls in the basket as quickly as possible. Toptracer really combines improvement with fun, and I'll definitely make a return visit if it's not too cold!!

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As I mentioned in my previous blog, a big match was about to take place between Team Naga Munchetty and Team Sir Clive Woodward. A week after the Ryder Cup, this was our own mini Ryder Cup including three fourball betterball matches. 

Since the beginning of the year, we've been learning and improving our game through the T2CGolf programme, devised by Clive and Dan Grieve, head pro at Woburn Golf Club. With six players on one team and six on the other, at the end of the year we'll discover which team has reduced their handicaps the most - a total combined percentage. Here is team Naga ...

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In the meantime, Sunday's match was an opportunity to get together, meet all the members of the opposing team, but of course, both sides wanted to win!

I was paired with Lee Pomery, his wife is also part of Team Naga, but that partnership doesn't work on the golf course, but I was happy as Lee is very relaxed and is a very useful 14 handicapper. Our opposition was Dan Grieve off scratch and Richard off 8 - excellent, we received shots. I won't bore you with a hole by hole account, but it was fabulous game and I'm delighted to say that after playing the 18th all square, we finished 1up.

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I've just signed off the latest issue, not just the magazine but also this year's Women & Golf Traveller - a    48-page holiday guide - it's made me want to book a holiday myself!

As I've been exceptionally busy, I haven't had much time to play golf, although in mid September, whilst I didn't play golf, I was on the course all day at The Bedfordshire Golf Club for an instruction shoot with Sam Head. We started at 8am and worked through until late afternoon, covering all sorts of subject to fill the magazine over forthcoming issues, along with videos. Fortunately we were blessed with good weather, in fact this shoot had been postponed since August. Yes, you wouldn't believe it, given all the hot weather we'd had, then it decided to rain for the first time in as many weeks - typical... As you can imagine, when an instruction shoot is approaching I become slightly obsessed with the weather forecast, checking it hourly!

Thanks to Sam and our photographer, Paul Severn (pictured below), we always have fun, even if sometimes it can be really frustrating when it becomes a bit stop and start when we have to let golfers through.

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I cannot help but mention the Ryder Cup - what an amazing event, I'm envious of anyone that made the trip to Paris. I'm playing a mini Ryder Cup match tomorrow - it's part of the Team Naga Munchetty versus Team Clive Woodward challenge at Batchworth Park Golf Club. Team Naga is still lagging behind Team Clive slightly, but it's not over yet and there's still time for us to catch up. I'll let you know the result in my next blog.

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After a fabulous holiday to San Francisco which explains my absence from this blog, it was straight back to work in more ways than one as this didn't only include my day job but an annual weekend away with the ladies from West Essex Golf Club. This year we travelled to Meon Valley near Southampton.

What started as a day out nearly a quarter of a century ago has turned into a minimum two-night, two round break and it has become a big event. There's an organising committee of which I'm part of and the last couple of years, after the prize presentation, members of the committee put on a mini show. This year the theme was 'A night at the Movies' and featured the Blues Brothers, Eva Peron, Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Phantom of the Opera, the doll on the music box from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Yours truly was Sandy from Grease, singing 'Hopelessly Devoted to You'. The finale was a dance routine to Abba's Dancing Queen.

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Just 10 days ago England's Georgia Hall won the Ricoh Women's British Open - a fantastic achievement. I was at Royal Lytham & St Annes - the crowds were great, interestingly a large majority were men, but there were also a significant number of young girls, some trying golf for the first time at the Swing Zone, and there was a real buzz about the place. But what now?

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As soon as Georgia Hall tapped in her putt to claim the title there was a collective voice saying, “Huge moment for British women’s golf, this is exactly what we needed.” Very true, but the important question is, “How are we (the media and industry) going to capitalise on Georgia’s victory and keep the momentum going to help the current focus of raising the profile of the female game?

Seeing the faces of youngsters at Lytham & St Annes chasing their heroes for an autograph or a selfie demonstrated the encouraging appetite for girls’ golf and the huge influence that our top female players can have in driving the game’s future. In addition to Georgia, we have a fantastic crop of young players including Charley Hull, Bronte Law, Meghan MacLaren, and Leona and Lisa Maguire, to name but a few, and they are great role models. However, at the moment there are only two events that bring them to the UK - the Scottish Open and the Women’s British Open.

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If I don't improve my golf this year, I never will, as I'm being given plenty of opportunities to learn from the best. As readers of this blog know, I'm part of Team Naga (Munchetty) for our challenge against Team Clive (Woodward) based on the T2C teaching programme under the direction of Daniel Grieve, head pro at Woburn Golf Club and a couple of weeks ago I attended the opening of the Leadbetter Golf Academy European headquarters at Stoke Park Country Club & Hotel in Buckinghamshire.

The legendary golf coach, David Leadbetter, was there to officially open the academy to a group of media and, whilst unable to swing a club properly due to a recent leg operation, under his guidance, Stoke Park's Leadbetter trained pros demonstrated what we should all be doing, some members of the audience were brave enough to have their shots analysed, and David gave us an interesting insight into the golf swing and how most of us complicate it!

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The launch coincided with the opening of Stoke Park's the new-look Lane Jackson course - the third nine-hole loop to be refurbished in three years. I was joined by PGA pro Kerry Knowles, fellow journalist Paul Trow (you may recognise this byline as he contributes to W&G's travel pages) and Luke Frary from the Azalea Group.

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What a great Open Championship and my day got even better when Molinari won as I had bet on him. Ok, I can't retire yet, it was only £1 each way, but even so ... Aside from that I was pleased that we had a European winner - things are hotting up nicely for the Ryder Cup.

I was at Carnoustie for the annual Association of Golf Writers dinner which is always an enjoyable occasion, hearing from players like Sergio Garcia, Gary Player and Ernie Els. A series of meetings the following day meant that I didn't see any golf, I was sneakily looking at the scores whilst at a wedding on Saturday and therefore pleased that I could watch all the action on TV on Sunday.

I did manage to catch up with Pat Sawers and her husband David. A lovely couple - Pat does a wonderful job as chairman of Carnoustie Links and she had the privilege of presenting Sam Locke with his silver medal. We must improve our selfies!

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What a treat we now have over the next couple of weeks with the ladies Scottish Open at Gullane (great to see the live coverage on Sky Sports - on Thursday at least!) followed by the Ricoh Women's British Open. I'll be at Lytham next week - let's hope one of the British girls can keep the trophy on home soil.

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I really enjoyed being the host at Women & Golf's recent reader days - the first was at Gog Magog in Cambridgeshire and the second was at High Legh Park Golf Club in Cheshire. In glorious weather, if a little too hot for some players, a fun day was had by all - thanks to the support of our sponsors. Congratulations to all the winners - full details will appear in the next issue of Women & Golf.

There was definitely a Prosecco theme - I certainly don't have a problem with that. In addition to other goodies, players at Gog Magog were sent home with a bottle, and at High Legh Park, ladies had the chance to try the American Golf Prosecco Challenge. This is where you have to putt from 6ft, 8ft, 10ft etc - and see how far you can get in a minute. If you miss, you have to begin again at the shortest distance. In fact, a minute is quite a long time, even though you don't think it is, and there's a tendency to rush. That was my problem! I made it to 10ft, but Joe from Cobra PUMA Golf was awesome and beat me hands down.

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I should be an expert putter by now because at Gog Magog ladies were treated to a presentation by Kjell van Paridon, a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. After deciding which was their dominant eye, Kjell offered advice on how to focus your visual attention when putting. I was wired up to demonstrate the science behind the technology - ensuring I turned my head to the hole to use my dominant right eye, waiting for a few seconds before I putted a ball on the carpet to a hole, then waiting again before looking up. It worked, perhaps it was the funky glasses!

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It's July and so over halfway through the year, which also means halfway towards the end of the challenge between Team Naga Munchetty and Team Sir Clive Woodward. To recap for those of you just reading this blog for the first time, T2C is a golf learning platform that both teams are using under the direction of Daniel Grieve, Head Professional at Woburn Golf Club, and the challenge is to see which team (six members in each) has the best percentage overall handicap reduction by the end of the year.

The season started late, but there are no excuses now for us not working on our games and playing  competitive golf.

We began with the basics - pre-shot routine, grip, set-up, posture, shaft angle, and then progressed to short game. This includes chip and run, soft landing shot, and as I'm writing this, my bunker video and images are outstanding for Dan to offer feedback. We'll then progress to long game. Here are a couple of videos:

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