THE profile of golf has never been higher after the remarkable success of our Ryder Cup boys in America recently, writes Paul Kendrick.
The sight of Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy holing puts from all over the Medinah Country Club over in Illinois will live long in the memory.
Unfortunately, one look out of the window means we’ll have to wait a good few months before the weather is anywhere approaching mild enough to contemplate lugging the old golf bag around 18 holes to try and follow in their footsteps.
Or do we?
Ashton in Makerfield Golf Club have just opened their New indoor Golf Academy – and are calling it “the perfect place to improve your golf this winter”.
As I’ll gladly take any sort of improvement to my game, I ventured down last week to meet their pro, Peter Allan, who was only too happy to show me around.
And within a matter of minutes I was discovering a couple of minor tweaks – spotted by someone who knows what they’re doing – really can make a massive difference.
Allan has installed the latest high-tech Video teaching system as well as the State of the art GC2 Launch Monitor and Golf simulator, which enables you to see the ball fly indoors in the academy.
The GC2 which is used by most of the leading manufacturers and more than 30 of the top 50 golfers in the world gives accurate information on ball flight characteristics at launch.
During our lesson, Allen filmed my swing from two different angles, and explained exactly what I needed to do to improve.
It wasn’t the first time someone had offered advice about my game, but seeing first-hand what I was doing wrong on the big screen made the point settle in much easier.
Every aspect of my game was covered, from putting to driving, and all in a warm and comfortable environment.
“Having played on the European Tour and more recently the European Senior Tour I have seen many different golf swings that all get the job done so I wont be trying to mould you into a particular swing,” explained Allan.
“But I can help players to understand the important things that they have to get right.
“I have also hit every bad shot in the book over my time playing golf and understand how to put them right.
“And this facility means we can keep going throughout the winter, at a time to suit the golfers themselves.”
Club fittings or lessons can be booked by contacting Peter Allan on 01942 724229 or by sending an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost for one hour is £35 and for a 30 minute slot is £20.