Royal Port Al­fred be­hind the times?

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

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

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