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After signing off the July/August issue of Women & Golf magazine most of June was spent travelling, not just on business, which of course I always say is 'nice work' but I also went to Mallorca for a few days on holiday - no golf, just eating, sleeping, reading and chilling out. It was great!

One of my first trips was to Gleneagles which has always been one of my favourite resorts and I'm already  looking forward to this Scottish venue hosting next year's Solheim Cup. My latest trip involved all the things you can do in 48 hours (we arrived on Sunday afternoon and left on Tuesday afternoon) - golf (out of the three courses, the Queen's is my favourite), archery, shooting, fly fishing - and there still wasn't enough time to visit the spa, play tennis or really appreciate the fabulous rooms.



For those of you who are not already aware, I love dogs, and at Gleneagles they currently have 11 labrador gundogs. We were treated to an exhibition including two golden labs, Drake and Bracken, and their skills were impeccable. I couldn't wait for the command to let them know it was 'play time'. They went crazy, bounding around, but were more than happy to have a cuddle. I was upset to miss out on seeing Gleneagles' new 16-week old puppy called Henry, he is the new mascot and will no doubt put a smile on everyone's faces.

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For those of you that read my blog regularly, you might have noticed that I haven't posted anything for a while. This time, it's not because I haven't wanted to, it was one of those software problems that I won't even begin to try and understand, however, it has been resolved now and I'm back, so where do I start as so much has been going on.

Last month I decided to attend one of Daniel Grieve's short game clinics. Daniel is the Head Pro at Woburn and he's also overseeing our T2C Challenge - Team Naga vs Team Clive. I thought I needed to get my act together, especially as far as my short game is concerned as this is where I lose so many shots. It was money well spent - 10am-4pm with a short break for lunch - covering every possible shot. I hadn't realised how one dimensional my short game had become! The clinic has given me more confidence to try different shots around the green and I also have a better understanding of how to approach them. The problem is, now I need to find time to practise.

Also in May I attended the Golf Foundation's Presidents' Awards Ceremony during the BMW Championship at Wentworth. This is always one of my favourite events of the year. The stories you hear from the award winners and the people that they have inspired to play golf, are truly inspirational and some are really emotional. I caught up with Emily Furniss (above) who won the Young Volunteer of the Year Award - you can read a Q&A with her on this website. She is a remarkable and determined young lady - a talented golfer herself, but her golf has been put on hold due to a tumour on her leg.

Women's golf reached new heights (literally) when The R&A launched its Women in Golf Charter at the top of the Shard in London. This Charter asks golf to pledge its support to increasing the number of women playing and working in golf. We've all been trying to drive women and girls' golf for ages, but with significant investment from the R&A to assist national federations and other golf bodies to build on current initiatives and develop new projects, it's the biggest commitment yet to drive women's golf.


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After having the lurgy for 10 days, feeling totally miserable (not helped by the weather) or well enough to join a press trip to Turkey, my T2C practice also went straight out of the window - ball placement and shaft angle had to wait!

I was therefore so glad to get back out on the golf course last week - this time at The Grove in Hertfordshire. Whatever time of year, it's always in great condition, although thankfully the greens weren't as quick as usual. They suited me - I've never drained so many putts in succession - it became laughable. Of course, it didn't last as on Friday I headed to Chateau des Vigiers, near Bergerac where I couldn't putt for toffee!

But I really liked the destination that  features a beautiful hotel, a Michelin star restaurant, a separate brasserie, 27-hole golf course and spa. Unfortunately the weather last weekend was generally as bad as it was in the UK, so I probably would have enjoyed it even more if the sun had been shining, especially sitting on the terrace that overlooks the course. The food in the main restaurant was superb - I have never seen so many cheeses to choose from for the fifth course! One trolley for soft cheeses and the other trolley for hard cheeses.

Au revoir until next time ....


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T2C is the learning platform that members of Team Naga Munchetty and Team Sir Clive Woodward are using for a challenge to see which team has the best percentage overall handicap reduction by the end of the year. Following Naga's article in Women & Golf magazine a few readers have enquired how we're getting on, so here's an update.

The weather has been awful over the last few months, so for all of us, it hasn't always been easy to get out on the golf course or practise as much as we'd like. However, we've gone back to basics and to begin with, we uploaded pics and videos of our pre-shot routine and grip for our instructor, Dan Grieve, to scrutinise. Following his comments, it was back to the range - for me, right hand needs to be slightly stronger, more molded, and hands slightly forward at set-up. I always have a practice swing just behind the ball when I'm set up, but that's got to stop as you should have a practice swing away from the ball and then walk into your set-up.

This is a whole new world to me - I've never really been one to practise, let alone think about what I'm actually doing! Sounds ridiculous, I know, as I should have been ... so now I'm enjoying this new focus, especially with other members of the team - observing and trying to help each other, and in fact, if it wasn't for other team members, I probably wouldn't have been at a golf course in the first place becasue it has been so cold. I've laughed at how often I now talk about the mechanics of the golf swing and we haven't progressed from basics yet! 

Last week we uploaded pics on posture and I'm a happy pupil as I got 8/10 - although need to stand slightly further away, hips out a little so weight should move into the balls of my feet and lift my chin an inch. So much to think about and that's before swinging the club!

Watch this space ....

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The weather Gods were shining for me this week because as we know most days have been been wet, wet, wet! But on Monday the sun shone for part of the day and it also stayed dry for a Women & Golf instruction shoot at the Foxhills Resort in Surrey.

It's a while since I've been to this venue, which is ultra friendly, and with a hotel and health facilities, there's a relaxed buzz about the place. Our instructor, ex LET Tour player Lauren Blease, is an assistant PGA pro at Foxhills and she was a joy to work with, along with the photographer, Paul Severn, who I've now worked with on many shoots. Look out for Lauren's tips in the magazine and on the website over the coming months. As you can see below, we also had a lot to laugh about! There was only one problem ... because it was such a lovely day, the first one in a while and the last before the rain arrived again, both courses were packed. We'd set up on the fairway, only to turn round and see another fourball on the tee, so there was a lot of hanging around. 

And now it's Major time, first the women's ANA Inspiration and then the Masters - I love it. These events always kick off the 'real' golf season, so come on, get out there, even if it is raining!



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