Carly's blog - news and views on the world of ladies' golf
Playing in a team has reminded me what a fantastic sport golf is for camaraderie and friendship. Have you got your own team tales to tell? Drop me a line – I’d love to hear your stories, and I’ll publish a few of the best!
Tried & tested: Chic sunglasses for the summer
The Softtouch range of Silhouette sunglasses are unique because they have the lightest frames in the world - they are so light, in fact, you hardly even notice you’re wearing them – which is ideal for golf.
The frames are made using Flexi Titan that means they wrap easily around your head and are super comfortable, which instantly got the thumbs up from me.
Most importantly the lenses are packed with a technology called IQ Pol that provides 34 SPF eye protection, essential for the golfer out on the course for the typical four hour round, as they eliminate sun reflections through a 12 layer shield.
The biggest attraction for me is that I actually look stylish wearing these on the golf course, unlike the traditional sports wrap around style glasses that are usually sold in pro shops!
The Silhouette Softtouch sunglasses cost £170. For more information visit www.silhouette.com or for stockists call 0208 987 8899.
Tried & tested: Wired energy bars
They’re appropriately called Wired and believe you me after a munching your way through this giant oat-based bar you certainly feel ready for a full 18 again!
The concept behind the Wired bar is to provide an edible alternative to the energy drinks that are readily available in our pro shops. As such the Wired bar has been made with products that provide a slow release of energy. The bars contain Caffeine and Taurine for that energy kick, with the added bonus of oats, enabling a longer-lasting energy fix.
The Wired bars have a delicious yoghurt berry flavour coating that makes them even more yummy and moreish! One word of warning though, don’t eat too many, you might be counting the calories!
Each Wired bar costs around £1.20 and will be stocked in most good pro shops. For more information visit www.Wirednottired.co.uk
Big Max Smart Cart IQ trolley
OK so technically, the new Big Max Smart Cart isn’t the first of its kind. It’s actually the second generation of an extremely successful three-wheeled trolley, and it’s called IQ.
As with its predecessor, the design of the Smart Cart is based on the combination of its ease of use and incredibly small folded size – small enough to fit comfortably in any car boot. The front wheel folds away and a clever ‘one shake’ folding opening mechanism means the trolley opens up to full size in seconds.
The best part is the manoeuvrability. The IQ glides along the fairways and feels incredibly stable. Plus it even has a handbrake so that if you stop on the side of a slope it won’t run away.
In my opinion it’s the well-thought out added extras that set this apart from other push trolleys. The IQ has an organiser panel with a scorecard holder, bottle holder, tee and pencil holder, a ball marker, storage compartment and even a pencil sharpener.
It’s available in a choice of white, black, red and silver priced at £199.99 with a 5-year warranty. For more information visit www.bigmaxgolf.co.uk
Fashion pick of the week -
FootJoy Women’s Wind Vest
The FootJoy Wind Vest is made from a stretchable and waterproof soft-shell fabric and has an ultra-suede lined collar for added comfort. There’s also an inside wind flap for enhanced wind protection. A contoured waist band and longer back design ensures that the Wind Vest doesn’t get in the way when you swing.
The FootJoy Wind Vest is available in a selection of colours and sizes XS-XL, priced at £50. For information visit www.footjoy.co.uk; 01480 301114.
Want to book a golfing trip of a lifetime for the girls?
Despite only being open four years The Grand Del Mar in San Diego California has been widely recognised as one of the best golf destinations in the USA. This lavish five-star hotel has an amazing spa, plus fine wine and dining to die for. Oh... and Phil Mickelson makes this his home course which means that the golf’s awesome as well!
What’s even better is that throughout the summer The Grand Golf Performance Academy at The Grand Del Mar is holding a series of ‘Ladies Only Golf & Wine Experiences.’ For just $40 (around £30) you will be treated to 90 minutes of first-class short game and full swing instruction at the golf academy. Then as a special treat after your lesson the resort’s award-winning wine director Jesse Rodriguez will give you some clever tips about how to pair wine and food – all user-friendly and highly quaffable. So after you’ve learned the secrets to a perfect swing you can go and enjoy sipping some perfectly paired wines!
The Ladies Only Golf & Wine Experience is open to golfers of all standards and can be booked by visiting www.TheGrandDelMar.com
The Henderson Rookies ‘Tips from the Tour’
In the third week of our series of tips from the Ladies European Tour talented American Jaclyn Sweeney shows you three simple drills she uses on the practice ground to help straighten her natural slice shot shape (left-to-right).
What causes a slice?
The simple solution is to work on getting your upper and lower body turn in sync so that the arms work closer to the body and in front of you.
I use these three drills to help me get that sensation...
Drill 1: Pump and hit
Drill 2: Left foot forward
Drill 3: Step up and plant