Royal Port Alfred behind the times?
It seems likely that the three most powerful nations will soon have women leading their governments. There still remains the situation that somehow men who run golf clubs think that women are not up to scratch when it comes to club competitions. Recently at Royal Port Alfred Golf Club, and booking to play on a Wednesday morning, our fourball of two men and two ladies were told that we (the ladies) were not eligible for the midweek club competition.We were informed that ladies may play in the Tuesday ladies day competition but not Wednesday or Saturday. If playing on a Saturday morning we are obliged to include men in our fourball.
It does not make sense that women who work
Hand run businesses are still bound by archaic rules made by men who are either threatened by women who might win, or feel women are not competent enough to play in a club competition.
I established that a woman can join Royal Port Alfred as a full member but still not have the opportunity of enjoying a club competition on Wednesday or Saturday. How many women at other golf clubs in South Africa suffer the same discrimination? A survey dealing with this unacceptable situation in golf would be an interesting exercise and in the interest of fair play. Kathy Mossop SomersetWest Golf Club (where women are equal) Erinvale Golf Club (where women are also equal) ere’s a drill for Golf Digest readers who are seeking rhythm to their swings. Rhythm is the key component in obtaining distance and accuracy. Do this drill on the range before you tee off, or when you begin a practice session. Take a 7-iron and start with a short backswing, no higher than the hips and follow through with a slow tempo.You will start feeling the upper body going through the shot.After a few shots (no more than 10), take a backswing that stays below shoulder height and again follow through with the same slow tempo.You will start feeling the lower body work through the ball effortlessly. Now you can take a full length swing, without quickening your tempo.
You will feel all swing components are working together, producing a great overall rhythm, and you will be striking the ball pure, which equates to more distance and consistency. Jason Vermeulen, Pezula pro shop manager, Knysna