Learn golf the Seve way
PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 October 2009
Reporter Simon Wesson visits the The Shire s Seve School of Golf for a much-needed swing clinic
Reporter Simon Wesson visits the The Shire's Seve School of Golf for a much-needed swing clinic
TOP-OF-THE-RANGE sensory technology is being used to improve the swings of golfers.
If your golf, like mine, is in dire need for repair, you will be interested to hear that groundbreaking equipment, mixed with top teaching, is on hand at The Shire London Golf Club.
Situated just outside Potters Bar, the course was designed by Spanish maestro Seve Ballesteros and boasts amazing clubhouse facilities along with an uncovered/covered golf range where the Seve School of Golf is indeed taught using the new kit.
And so onto the much talked about 'kit'.
Myself and colleague, news editor Chris Lennon, were two of the lucky ones to have tuition with the equipment.
Chris Whitelegg, the qualified teaching professional, teamed with Lee Cox, head professional and Ceri Menai-Davis, qualified teaching professional, to keep a close eye on our swings.
They then fitted us with a body suit, which they explained detected each individual upper body movement and flashed it up on a PC.
If any part of the body motion was incorrect it would flash red; if it was correct it would flash green.
I took my first swing with the suit on with much trepidation; as per usual it went right. Not surprisingly the suit flashed red.
It showed that my stance was incorrect - I was to upright - and I was open at the point of impact with the ball.
Mr Whitelegg, of Howlands, WGC, said I had to adjust my body until the suit went green; he and Lee gave me some vital tips for how to do this and I was away.
It made an incredible difference to be able to actually 'feel' where I was going wrong - with the aid of the suit - rather than just being told.
If I can take what I've learned and transform it onto the course hopefully I will start to see my ball striking become straighter and therefore bring my high scores down to a total I can be pleased with.
This is an extract from an article that appeared in last week's Times Magazine.
This month's magazine is out free with Wednesday's Welwyn & Hatfield Times.