KEEP IT SIMPLE
Sitting in an airport lounge, ready to embark on my summer holiday when… oh joy, an eight-hour delay. I’ve been up since 1am, arrived in the lounge for 4am and it’s now 11am. I’ve exhausted the daily news, browsed the property and glamour magazines, eaten my way through the entire breakfast menu, I’m almost out of options. But then I spot a copy of Golf World – at last, salvation, and how appropriate.
Having just been given a set of clubs and booked a series of lessons, this can help me get up to date with the jargon and pick up some useful tips. As a newcomer to the game, how hard can it really be? Answer: very, very hard indeed.
As I read on I begin to research a selection of tips. Tee the ball lower to hit it in the sweet spot and maximise ball speed. Hit a fade for more accurate iron shot. Try the ‘pop’ putting stroke to get the ball rolling smoothly on line. Keep your eyes level during the stroke to be more consistent. The clubface is the CEO… hold on, have I landed on Mars?
Would it not be possible to put tips in layman’s terms so that we beginners could work out what we’re supposed to be doing out there? That would be most welcome.
Yours in hope – and still Gatwick Airport’s departure Lounge. Paula Moore, email Ed’s reply: Thanks Paula for your comments. We want our instructional articles to be understandable to all our readers. At times technical terms or jargon become almost impossible to avoid, but feedback like yours is most helpful in our ongoing mission to improve clarity.