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A Word from our Golf Pro

01 October 2012

Steven Carpenter, PGA Professional, talks about the course and gives some tips.

Headlam Hall Golf Course continues to go from strength to strength and this year was no exception with the arrival of three well placed bunkers on the 2nd and 9th holes to make the course more challenging. The unseasonable summer weather also played its part but even this did not deter the golfers from playing and there was always a good turn-out for the Saturday morning competitions come rain or sunshine.

The driving range has taken on a new look with new distance markers and balls. The driving range at Headlam is over 300 yards long so a great place to practice your driver. The golf course and driving range continues to attract new members and visitors to the club, who often remark on the excellent facilities at Headlam.

The standard of golf being played at Headlam is also constantly improving as recent competition results have shown. This year the golfing trips I arranged have also proven popular and more are planned for the future. Playing on different courses helps to improve and develop one’s game and enables the members to have a fun social day out.

This year Headlam Hall Golf Course became an approved Durham County Golf Partnership Academy Centre. I have been coaching for the DCGP which consists of talented juniors from clubs all over Durham as well as coaching the Durham county girls. The teaching philosophy is constantly adapting but its core philosophy remains the same, that being, that no two golfers are the same therefore each lesson is always tailored to the individual. It is important to understand what the golfer is capable of in terms of flexibility and also at what standard he or she is at before any advice can be administered.

Golf Coaching Tips

  • Turn the shoulders freely on the backswing to create a wider arc for more power in your long game
  • It is important in the short game to keep the left hand leading as you strike the ball to prevent a scooping action.
  • When putting not to look up until the stroke is finished.
  • To make sure your game continues to improve take advantage of the winter golf lesson offers.

Winter swing check - 60 minutes, £25.00 The perfect golf gift voucher continues to prove popular and with Christmas coming ever nearer this could be the present you are looking for - consists of three 30 minute lessons and 1 hour on the golf course, £68.00.

To swing a golf club correctly the golf club grips need to be in good order. Winter offer - Regrips from £4.50 each grip. Golf shop contact tel 01325 732113 for all enquiries.

Steven Carpenter

Steven has been the PGA Professional at Headlam since the course opened in 2004. Having spent a number of years teaching in both the UK and Germany he is a very experienced and highly regarded coach. As well as offering tuition he also runs the golf shop at Headlam which stocks a range of clothing, equipment and accessories.

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