Firm Foundations in Putting

Firm Foundations in Putting

One of the most common tips heard around golf is “keep your head still”. I have said previously that in the full swing that this thought can be detrimental to the use of momentum and power that should be one...

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Release the Trail Side & Balance

Release the Trail Side & Balance

First of all the term “trail side” simply refers to the side of your body furthest away from the target, so for a golfer setting up in a right handed position the trail side is the right hand side of...

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The Chipping Utility

The Chipping Utility

Most golfers these days carry hybrid clubs or sometimes called rescue clubs. They are an incredibly useful alternative to long irons, and for a lot of golfers also help bridge the gap between the woods and irons. If you don’t...

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Playing in the Wind

Playing in the Wind

Hitting into a head wind or a tailwind can be very problematical for all golfers. The main problem is attempting to predict the effect it will have on the ball. What we do know is the initial launch angle of...

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Pre -Shot Routines

Pre -Shot Routines

I’m sure most of you who play golf have come across the term “pre-shot routine” a number of times. It is common place to read about it in magazines or to hear it mentioned by commentators on the TV. Some...

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Go Back to Your Basic Fundamentals

Go Back to Your Basic Fundamentals

Let’s start with a definition: Fundamental (adjective) - forming a necessary base or core; of central importance. At its simplest the most basic of fundamental ideas in any golf swing is the set-up position, almost every movement pattern we make...

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Do you Chip like This?

Do you Chip like This?

Recently in a small group coaching session I asked the question “what did they think was important in chipping?” The first thing that I noticed about their response was none of them considered the lie of the ball or the...

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How good is your “B Game”

How good is your “B Game”

Many years ago I remember hearing the wonderful coach John Jacobs say “golf is not about how good your good shots are but how good your bad shots are!” In some ways this is perhaps the reflection of consistent performances...

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A Grip on your Golf

A Grip on your Golf

During this article I will reference the grip from a right handed golfer’s perspective, so the top hand will be left and the bottom or trail hand will be the right. When I first took up golf I seem to...

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The Skill and Talent of Putting

The Skill and Talent of Putting

It is so easy in golf to be hard on ourselves, we use comments like “I’m so bad at putting” or “my golf is just rubbish”. Sentiments I’m sure we can all relate too at some time. But it is...

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The Bigger & Smaller picture

The Bigger & Smaller picture

Sometimes it is hard to understand why we hit shots one way and then what appears to be the same thought process the shot comes out different the next time. It can be one of the most annoying things about...

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Where to Position the Trail Foot at Address

Where to Position the Trail Foot at Address

For the purpose of this article I shall use the reference of a golfer playing right handed so their trail foot will be the right foot position. So let’s start with the question - how should the right foot be...

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Pre–Game Warm-up

Pre–Game Warm-up

Have you ever considered the ideal pre-game process that suits your game, your body and of course your lifestyle. One thing is for sure is that there probably isn’t the perfect answer for all of us but it’s worth considering...

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3 chips – 3 finishes

3 chips – 3 finishes

  In very general terms controlling the loft that is on the club at impact as well as the vertical angle we approach our chips, will give us the chance to control the height we hit the ball (other factors...

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Cover up your Irons

Cover up your Irons

  Swing path control Clubface direction control Clubhead speed Distance control Trajectory control Strike quality   If I ask the question “what’s the most important thing in hitting good Iron shots from the above list”? It certainly wouldn’t be unreasonable...

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The Real Value of a Practice Swing

The Real Value of a Practice Swing

In earlier articles I have written about the benefit of having a routine with our golf shots and how each phase can be beneficial in leading us to the point where our execution of the shot is in auto –...

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Routines

Routines

It has long been accepted that in games like golf (closed skill environment) that using a routine is going to enhance performance. Even in other game types there a situations where a routine is used – perhaps a good example...

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Controlling your Low Point

Controlling your Low Point

Although golfers will have undoubtedly suffered from a lack of form at some point in their golf games this article is not about the mental highs and lows we experience. It is about putting our attention on the lowest point...

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Self Confidence

Self Confidence

If you look at all the different components as to what makes us play well, one of those elements that will be included by most sports persons is Self confidence. Confident beliefs influence how you feel, think, motivate yourself and...

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Extend Thru, Don’t Chicken Wing It

Extend Thru, Don’t Chicken Wing It

First off let me explain what the term “chicken wing” refers to in a golf swing. It relates to the follow through action of a golfer, usually a slicer of a ball, where the left arm (right handed golfer) has...

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Powerscourt Golf Club

We are all aware that the situation around COVID-19 is evolving on a daily basis and Powerscourt Golf Club will continue to take all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the virus and are asking everyone at the club, members, visitors and staff alike to play their part as well.

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We continue to monitor closely all factual developments on a daily basis as communicated by the HSE and will follow recommended guidelines from the Government.

Thank you for your cooperation at this time.

Gavin Hunt
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