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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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