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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 17:58

Greetings from Stellenbosch Golf Club Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Dear Members,

It’s hard to believe that we are now in the second half of the year! WOW the time is just flying and I hope that you are all making time to spend on the golf course? Hard to think of better places to spend time, than on the golf course...

As promised in last weeks Dog’s Tale, I am going to tell you a little bit more about our wonderful new marshalling system. It’s just amazing to see where to world is going with technology. Uber is the biggest taxi company in the world but does not own one vehicle, AirB&B is the biggest accommodation group in the world but don’t own one property and marshalling are now done by satellite.

Let me name a few very interesting things that we can monitor with the new system. From 1 June till 26 June we have monitored 338 groups of golfers. The original goal time set to complete an 18-hole round including halfway house is 4 hours 35 minutes.

Would you believe it if I say that 328 groups averaged a time of 4 hour 25 minutes and 59 seconds (Halfway house included) for their round.

On the graphs below we can see how the groups have performed during this period. The system also allows us to do a hole by hole analysis. Seeing which holes are playing fast or slower. If the hole is slow for an extended period of time, we will have a look to see what is causing the problem and fix it!

Another very nice tool is the risk groups, provided by the system. This is where the system predicts who will be the slow players during the round. So the next time one of the staff members asks you to play a bit faster because you are holding up the field or you are falling behind, the rest of the field would really appreciate it if you can play a little faster! Big Brother is watching you!

Most importuned rule I always say to players is just to keep up with the 4-ball in front of them – No gaps.

On the last picture you will be able to see how the screen looks that we look at – green dot it’s all good, but as the colours starts changing and the circle size start to increase we can see where the problems are.

Thankfully we don’t have to worry too much at the moment as the field is doing really well! Thank you to all the fast golfers. No wonder the F&B at the club has picked up so nicely, players now have more time after the round to enjoy something!

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Group One Nissan Stellenbosch Challenge
The 5th round of the Group One Nissan Stellenbosch Challenge will be played today! I had a look at the standings in the passages today and the competition is still wide open. The halfway mark will be reached after the completion of this round, so remember to participate in at least 6 of the 10 rounds with the same partner to be in contention for the BIG prize at the end of the year.

Thank you once again for the continuous sponsorship by Group One Nissan Stellenbosch. Remember that if you are in the market for a Renault, they will be able to assist.

Watch this space
I am off to the Kalahari for a couple of days to spend a bit of time with my family. To all our members also going away for the holidays, please travel safe.

For those staying behind we will be doing the US Open and Open Championship 9-hole competition during July - Watch this space.

Also in July for the first time Watershed will be performing live at the club on 28 July 2017 – book now to avoid disappointment.

All the best,

Destination in sight!
Movement on the range has begun in terms of preparation for the commencement of the construction of the new building! What I am looking forward to more than words can say is the highly enhanced teaching and fitting experience we will be able to deliver with the help of the latest Flightscope technology. In the last newsletter I introduced some background about Flightscope and that it is a very proudly South African invention which is now being used all around the globe with great success.

Firstly I have to make a correction from my last report - in it I stated that Flightscope, who's headquarters are 5 mins away from us in Technopark, want to help make it one of the best studios in the country - the correction is that their goal is now to make it THE best one in the country!

In the meantime, knowing myself and wanting to perfect everything (tough thing to do in golf!), I asked our friends at Flightscope whether I could use one of their units to practise on so long in order to become skillful and filled with knowledge so that I can hit the ground running when the studio opens which they happily did.

It is difficult for me to describe just how much it is already helping me to help anyone improve. If I would have to try to describe it, I would say that it is simply allowing me to bring about improvement at an immensely accelerated pace and much more efficiently than with video technology alone, not that I did not have success thus far though!

The reason is simple - with video technology there are only visual clues available which cannot show me how the clubhead is behaving in the impact zone on a consistent enough basis nor any saved data of the ball flights - with Flightscope there is a highly accurate set of critical club and ball flight data available with which I can make the connection between where the golfer is at the moment and what has to be tweaked in order to get the most critical data to improve, and consequently his/her golf can become much more enjoyable in a short space of time! Most often this tweak can just be something simple like a change in the person's setup, and now it is a pure delight to be able to make the improvement connection based on the facts of the data.

There is also no better way to let the golfer make the connection between what he/she is doing and its effect on the ball flight (cause and effect) as well as what must change to improve this cause and effect. What will set our studio apart as well is that it will be possible to see the ball's full flight instead of just hitting the ball into a net or wall, hereby also having the peace of mind to make the connection of the actual flight and what one sees on the screen. I have yet to see one shot that did not exactly match the actual ball flight shown on the screen!

In the next newsletter I will start introducing some of the most critical data which this great invention measures, but if you would like to come and already experience it first-hand, please feel free to contact me here.

The Flightscope instrument at work

Just some of the Flightscope data showing on the connected iPad

Besides the studio, the new building on the range will also greatly enhance your general range experience, as you will be able to purchase the buckets of balls directly from the building, together with some cool drinks, some snacks and the odd beer or three! More sitting area will also be provided. This will also set the scene for some fun events to take place on the range.

Go Garrett!
One of the big heroes of our club and the top-ranked visually impaired golfer in South Africa, Prof Garrett Slattery, is taking part in the British and Irish Blind Opens, which are taking place this week in Ireland. The British Open is taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday at Greenore Golf Club, and the Irish Open in Nuremore Golf Club on Friday and Saturday.

Garrett has combined this with a visit to his father in Ireland, and the tournaments also act as preparation for the big one - the ISPS Handa Vision Cup in Canada taking place on 21 - 23 July, in which yours truly will once again have the privilege of guiding Garrett, who has also been chosen to Captain the Rest of the World team which is taking on a North American team.

I have to mention that the participants of the Club Putting Championships helped to make this possible and especially also the sponsor of the event, Kurth Geiger, for which Garrett and myself are truly thankful. I would also like to mention here that the Boland Golf Union has also generously helped us to make the long trip possible, again a hearty thank you and we will not disappoint you!
Garrett in action

SA Kids Golf
The next SA Kids Golf Tournament will be taking place at our club on Sunday 30 July. We would love to see as many of your youngsters taking part as possible. SA Kids Golf is a non-profit organization that started in 2004 and organizes fun-spirited competitions for kids between the ages of 5 and 14. It is supported by the PGA of South Africa and sanctioned by Golf RSA. They host 12 events annually in the Western Province and Kwazulu-Natal, and 24 events in Gauteng. They have also been awarded the rights to host qualifying events for a number of international junior tournaments including the U.S. Kids World Championship.

Please visit their website for much more information as well as the entry/registration forms, or click here if you want to ask me anything about SA Kids Golf, our junior programme, any golf question at all, or if you would like to book a lesson.

See you at the club,