The Middlesex Ladies have braved cold and wet conditions and so far have attended 5 coaching short game sessions at Northwick Park with three to go; we’ve yet to have a sunny day.
Charles Sandison-Woods throughout has been very imaginative and inventive in running the sessions and has now covered ‘pitching’ when we were forced onto the driving range due to snow, ‘understanding bunkers’ and a set of ‘performance challenges’ representative of the standards expected of England golfers. He has given a lot of thought and preparation to the sessions and has been generous with his time in allowing the sessions to run over.
With chipping, he encouraged us to learn to hit a variety of distances with the same club adjusting the club head or speed of swing and to keep records of the length one hits the ball with all wedges using a 7.30, 9.00 and 10.30 clock system.
He has challenged our perceptions of bunker shots and got us to focus on the use of different depth of sand divots to create different shots with upright, shallow swings and open club faces. Those who attended this session will in future understand the importance of drawing lines and practising in bunkers without a ball!
In the performance challenges, he has highlighted individual strengths/weakness and where either simply more practice or better techniques are required to create more solid performances.