What can we learn from the worlds best?

In the months where golf has had us all on the edge of our seats, it is undeniable that we have all witnessed some world class golf. It's been a great couple of months to be a British or European golfer- with Europe wining the Ryder cup, the British Masters tournament thriving for another year and Charley Hull finishing second in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.

A great way to improve your game is from watching other golfers- especially if they are the worlds best! So what can we take away from the last couple of months of golf? And what can we learn?

What's there to learn about this years Ryder cup?

The importance of hitting the fairway.

A big factor in the way the Ryder Cup was won was the consistency of Team Europe's tee shots. While the American team were very wayward with hitting, the European team were hitting the fairways most of the time.

The rough round Le Golf National was very thick and if you went in it- you didn't have much chance of getting the ball out very far. Being in the fairway makes golf a lot easier than being in the rough. Stats show that any golfer is more likely to get the ball closer to the hole from being in the fairway rather than the rough. 

What's there to learn about this years British Masters Championship?
 
The importance of keeping warm on the golf course.
 
Being held in October, it was always going to be a bit chilly at the British Masters. I personally went on one of the days and wish I had brought more layers with me!
Despite the jealousy I had, it was good to see the players out in force in their winter gear. Some players were out in polo shirts but some had bobble hats on. It is always important to be prepared for any type of weather on the course- especially in Britain where you don't know what to expect! 

Winter Golf check list 
  • Warm hat
  • All weather gloves
  • Winter mitts
  • Waterproofs
  • Umbrella
  • Golf bag rain cover 
  • Golf towel 
  • Pitch mark repairer
  • Flask- if you want a hot drink to take round with you
  • Extra layers if needed!

Shop winter warmers here https://surprizeshop.co.uk/on-course/winter-warmers.html

 
What's there to learn about both events?

The importance of playing the wind 
 
A factor that really made both of these events tough was the wind. Both Le Golf National and Walton Heath had tight fairways with punishing rough. Playing in the wind is always tough, but the more experience you get playing in it, the better.
A great thing to do if you have the time is visit a links course to get more experience of playing in the wind. 
Remember, any time on the golf course is a learning experience, and you can always take away things to improve after every day you play.