What Is Your Next Level?

There are 4 groups of golfer I will refer to and create content for. This is for the benefit of the golfers in that category as well as giving that player an insight to what the next level of their progression may entail. This is why we are all here right? Level up, get better and shoot lower scores. If you play with better golfers, you pick up things they do. This is the same idea, just more specific.

This will be a mix of what players may use, what players may think about and what players do. You want to be a Tour Player? I’ll do my best to give you the vision of what they do so you can knuckle down and emulate the same behaviors. If you’re a complete beginner, no problem, you’ll see the basics of what a club golfer does so again, you can begin to do these same things. Putting you in the shoes of the player you want to be.

The following categories may well be open to interpretation but it does encompass the journey from start to finish. Some will progress within the same category and some will progress to the next. For me, I just hope we are all looking to improve as opposed to doing the same thing every week and expecting new results to happen out of thin air.

Beginner/Junior

We all have to start somewhere right? I see this player as never picked up a club to shooting over 110 on the course. Maybe doesn’t play regularly, takes group lessons. No clubs of your own up to a first set of used clubs or package set.

Club Golfer

Holds a handicap and/or is a member at a club or golfing society. Plays fairly regularly and can get on a golf course without having to go to a shop, essentials like golf balls etc all thought of. Can shoot under 100 but not always, down to a 6 handicap club golfer.

Elite Golfer

I see this category from a 5 handicap to something like a player on the EuroPro Tour, Including a PGA Professional such as myself. This player may be capable of shooting under par on their home course and away but is not subject to the pressure and conditions set up on the main tours.

I’ve seen some splendid amateurs shoot very low scores and hit the ball like a Tour Player would. It’s a different story doing it 4 days in a row, week in week out.

Tour Player

This player has something called a Tour Card, earned by qualifying and maintained to that standard

Seniors Tour, Ladies European Tour, European Tour and PGA Tour.

Once upon a time I read a European Tour Player maintaining a Tour Card has to be winning +/- €330’000 per year just to keep that card. This will fluctuate every year but that is not an easy task.

It is my opinion, that the gap from 28 handicap to 0 handicap (scratch) is the same as 0 handicap to Tour Player. This is no small task but anyone with the dedication, resources and mind set can get there. No one is qualified to tell you something’s not possible. Target setting does however have to be SMART. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time based.

Go forth and conquer.

With a Pinch of Salt

So everybody learns differently. Especially with motor skills and technique based activities like sports. Visual, phonetic and kinesthetic. See it, yell it, do it. In addition to that, some are at a different stages of development to others, beginner through to Tour Player.

The world now has many back garden videos telling you how to get rid of your slice. Coaches filling content while their facility is shut and they aren’t doing daily lessons. SO, here is my angle. It will not always help you, even though it was made with the best intentions. So the best way to use these videos is to keep it at arms length and try it if it feels relevant. Maybe talk to your local pro if they have seen you swing about the topic raised but please please don’t blindly adopt the new technique thinking your golf is cured. Your problems may well come from an entirely different part of the swing.

Any problematic ball flight can be cured in up to 30+ different ways. Generally speaking, none of these 30 methods are wrong. Unless they don’t work for the individual attempting them. My accuracy was at its best after reading “Golf is Not a Game of Perfect” which didn’t even touch technique. Focus on the target or result WAY MORE than the bad miss or danger. Simple right?

In my opinion; 10% of videos will help you. Or for me, 10% of the audience will benefit from it. Leaving 90% to simply think I’m naff at fixing a slice (most common video). With that in mind, I will compose content to add “strings to your bow” and allow you to develop your own game with considerate information.

Questions and comments are always welcome and you will never get generic tosh that’s not relevant in response. If you hit it 180 and want to hit it 250, you must understand there’s a lot of work to do from you and it won’t happen overnight.

HOW DID YOU START PLAYING GOLF?

Getting to know PGA Professsional Freddie Meikle!…

How did you start playing golf? and how would you advise someone to take up the game?

For me, it was my Dad that played years before I was born. His Grandad got him in to it by swinging broomsticks in the garden and that connection with the game transferred down to me. And I wouldn’t change a thing. Mum played because of Dad, I always had a set of clubs ready to go and play but it wasn’t until I was 12 or so that it was regularly a thing. Mum was Lady Captain at Wavendon Golf club and this granted her the use of a buggy which perked my interest. Never actually used it but I was hooked.

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The way I would suggest to start would be to get down to Top Golf in Watford, Surrey or Chigwell for example. www.topgolf.com for detsils.

Get any curious non-golfers to go to one of these destinations, normally it’s a turn up and wait type deal but many have compared it to going bowling for those that have not played golf, ideal. Clubs are provided and cater for most. Longer clubs are for longer shots and shorter clubs for shorter shots.

Also check out this link; https://www.englandgolf.org/play-golf/get-into-golf-everyones-welcome/