Golf World (UK) - - THE SPIN -

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.

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