From Andrew Blackman, Head Golf Professional: Firstly, I sincerely hope you and your families are safe and well. I imagine one or two of you are a little excited about the return of golf. It will be great to be back out on the course and back to some sort of normality, sharing a few laughs with your friends and maybe losing a ball or two!
Thank you to all those who had online coaching throughout this lockdown, brilliant dedication and some very funny moments too, amazing what you can do with a rolled up piece of paper to help your game!
My coaching diary is open for bookings and filling up fast, take a look at some game improvement classes through April. There are a few spaces remaining so please contact me if you’d like to take part. All lessons delivered will be performed under government guidelines, social distancing, sanitising etc and open to Members and visitors.
Short Game Master Classes
During the lockdowns I am sure some of you have watched tips online regarding short game shots around the green. With that in mind, I’ve devised some Short Game Master Classes so you can ask questions that relate to you and help you become a proficient chipper and pitcher around the greens.
There’s lots to chat about and practice during the class with lots of interaction to aid your learning and help reduce your scores. The classes run for 2.5 hours and are for a maximum of five people.
There’s nothing to lose apart from shots from your handicap. Please book early by email [email protected] or call/txt 07977 652798. The cost is £60 per person to include refreshments and ProV1 practice balls.
- Saturday, April 3rd: 3pm-5.30pm (max 5 people)
- Tuesday, April 6th: 3pm-5.30pm (max 5 people)
- Thursday, April 22nd: 9.30-12pm (max 5 people)
- Sunday, April 11th: 10am -12.30pm (max 5 people)
- Friday, April 30th: 3pm-5.30pm (max 5 people)
Getting Back to Golf
For the first two weeks in April on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’m offering a discounted price for a 30-minute coaching session of £25 to help you ‘knock off some rust’ and get in the swing of things again under supervision. Times will be available all day but I’m expecting the uptake to be quick so please book early.
Want lower scores? Come along to Sand School and learn how to make more sand saves with good knowledge and technique. Max 5 people, 1 hour session, £15 per person, please book
- Wednesday, April 7th: 1.30pm-2.30pm
- Tuesday, April 13th: 12pm-1pm
- Saturday, April 24th: 3pm-4pm
What’s all the hype about Hybrids? What are they for and why the Pros use them? Join this FREE Members’ clinic (£10 for visitors) to find out how to use hybrids for maximum effect. Please book your place.
- Thursday, April 8th: 10am-11am
- Saturday, April 17th: 1pm-2pm
Junior Golf at Pyrford
Gus Mottershead and Andrew Blackman will be starting Junior classes on Saturdays at Pyrford GC starting in April, with a maximum of 6 juniors per class (Ages 5 – 17). Spaces available, it’s not too late to register.
Timings for the classes will be:
- 09:00–10:00 (Ages 5-11)
- 10:00–11:00 (Ages 5-11)
- 11:00–12:00 (Ages 5-11)
- 13:00–14:00 (Ages 12-17)
- 14:00–15:00 (Ages 12-17)
The dates of the classes will be:
- April 3rd
- April 17th
- April 24th
Price for the four-week course is £50
Gus Mottershead is a fully qualified PGA Professional who teaches juniors with a fun and skills-based learning philosophy. He built up his experience at Hampton Court Palace GC starting a junior programme from scratch two years ago that is now a thriving junior section with lots of enthusiastic kids playing the game that beforehand they had never considered.
To sign up for the junior classes please contact Gus directly at [email protected] or call him on 07507682969 or Andrew at [email protected] 07977 652798.
Seniors and Ladies Clinics
Seniors and Ladies group classes will continue again from Tuesday, March 30th for the Seniors and Wednesday, March 31st for the Ladies. These classes are very relaxed and a lot of fun! We will continue to pick different aspects of the game weekly to work on to aid your enjoyment and scoring.
- Seniors will run every Tuesday from 10am-11am to include tea/coffee, coaching and balls, and will cost £15.
- Ladies will run every Wednesday from 10am-11am to include tea/coffee, coaching and balls, and will cost £15
Open to Members and visitors on a roll-up basis as we are no longer restricted on maximum numbers.
So there are a few things to whet your appetites for when you come back to our great game! Remember, one-to-one lessons are always available and the best way to progress and achieve your goals. What’s your goal for 2021? I’m always here for a chat about your game and to discuss your goals.
Feel free to sign up to my emails on game improvement and special offers at andrewblackmangolf.co.uk and follow me on Instagram and Facebook. I hope to see you soon around the club and, to all our new Members, feel free to say hello and join in with the classes, an excellent way to meet new people!