Hi folks, the latest stop was The Andalucian Open in Marbella, Spain. During the three days spent at the old style Spanish venue, the JFGA was pleased to lend its help to Jamie Gough (European Tour Coach) and Gareth Maybin. This exciting new arrangement sees the JFGA monitoring Gareth’s practice during his off weeks when he is home. It once again proves that practice has to be done effectively to help your game. I always find it interesting that the already successful players are always looking for ways to improve and intuitively appreciate the need to practice and train correctly.
It was also a week of catching up with some familiar people – I bumped into JFGA student Cian Curley who was finalising his warm weather pre-season practice, and also met some old friends from amateur days – Richard McEvoy being one. I watched Andy Sullivan, one of Paul Cutler’s Walker Cup team mates I met last September hit some balls on the range – he seems to have made a fairly seemless transiton to the paid ranks. Well done Andy.
A couple of interesting observations from this week – more and more guys are using Trackman/Flightscope to get their yardages dialled in each week as they fine tune their clubbing to heat and altitude.
Secondly Mike Weir had a very interesting practice session that lasted only 30 mins. He grabbed a basket of balls and headed toward the largest tree on the range, where upon he stopped about 130yds short of it and preceded to hit high shots over it, low shots under it and draws/fades around it – very effective practice!!
As I left, the tournament had just got under way and the sun was starting to warm the air. The course was in pure condition and the lads were going low. If you can embrace the lifestyle and get your game to that level, playing the European Tour is a great way to make your living!
That’s all for now, will keep you posted about the next exciting expedition the JFGA emabarks upon. Next tour stop looks set to be Wentworth for the PGA in May with maybe a quick trip over to see Phil Kenyon with a couple of dedicated JFGA students in mid April and also to visit Michael Hoey as he prepares for US Open qualifying at Walton Heath. Sounds like fun!