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 CARLY CUMMINS
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Carly's blog - news and views on the world of ladies' golf
June 28, 2011

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NEW GEAR...

Tried & tested: Power Balance EFX Wrist Band
From time to time there are fads in golf that you can’t help but want to join in with. The latest one is the wearing of special silicone wrist bands that are designed to improve balance, strength and flexibility.

Power Balance EFX Wrist Band

The EFX Power Balance wrist band has become something of a celebrity accessory in recent months - from footballer David Beckham to rap star P Diddy all wearing one – so I decided I wanted to find out what all the fuss was about.

Power Balance EFX Wrist BandThe secret is said to lie in a special hologram, set in the silicone band that supposedly enhances the body's natural energy. The theory is that everything in nature has a set frequency. The body has a frequency and things which cause negativity to the human body - like mobile phones and radio waves - break down its natural healing frequency. By wearing the Power Balance band you are boosting your body’s natural balance, an obvious and key benefit in golf where balance is essential.

There is a simple test that proves how the EFX band improves your balance and despite my initial skepticism it really did work! Basically you stand on one leg with your arms stretched out at the sides and someone tries to push you so that you topple over. Then you repeat the test wearing the Power Balance band – and hey presto you are remarkably balanced.

OK, so the test is a little flawed in that you are expecting the push the second time round, but I can genuinely vouch for the fact that I have noticed an improved swing tempo and balance on the golf course, and that is certainly a good thing.

At £29.99 the EFX wrist band is a fraction of the cost of the jewelry most A-list celebrities usually wear, and just knowing they are choosing the Power Band over a diamonds or gold accessories says it all.

Still a skeptic? I suggest you try it out for yourself, you might just be surprised! www.powerbalanceuk.com

TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 Ladies Driver
It was back at the end of last year that white headed drivers first appeared in the hands of Tour professionals around the world and the pros were instantly singing their praises. “I’ve never had more confidence in my equipment,” was the reaction of LPGA Tour professional Natalie Gulbis, and she wasn’t alone. Although initially strange to see a ‘ghost white’ clubhead I have to say the look has really grown on me.

TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 Ladies Driver

Out of all the players I competed against during South Region ladies match week last week the one driver I noticed more than any other was the new TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0. Not only was this a popular choice, every player I saw using it seemed to hit it miles!

TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 Ladies DriverThe reason the driver is painted white and not the traditional black is to trick your eyes into thinking it is larger and more forgiving. In fact tests have shown that a white head looks 2% larger than the same-sized black head, promoting more confidence, plus the golf ball stands out much clearer against the black clubface making alignment easier.

The clubhead has an aerodynamic shape with a rounded crown that reduces drag and allows wind to flow more smoothly across the clubhead, therefore letting it move through the air with greater speed.

Add to that TaylorMade’s patented Inverted Cone technology that means the ball propels off the clubface faster and from a bigger sweetspot for fewer mishits, and it is easy to see why the TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 is so popular.

The ladies TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 driver is available in a 10.5 degree or easier to launch 13 degree high trajectory option, priced at £249. For more information visit www.taylormadegolf.com

Buy a visor for a good cause...
While I was sweltering on the golf course over the weekend my sister Amy joined thousands of brave women in the Race for Life run. A big congratulation must go to Amy, who not only completed the race in an impressive 31 minutes, but best of all raised loads of money for MacMillan Cancer Relief.

It’s a subject close to my heart as my Mum is recovering from breast cancer as we speak, so if any of you ladies are looking for a little gift for a friend, relative or loved one, then please do support the Pink Ribbon cause and buy one of these stylish Titleist visors. They are padded for comfort and come in a selection of different colours so that you can co-ordinate your visor with any outfit.

Titleist Pink Ribbon clip-on visor

The Pink Ribbon clip-on visor costs just £12 and proceeds go to the Pink Ribbon Cancer Relief charity. For more information visit www.titleist.co.uk or call 01480 301114.


FASHION PICK OF THE WEEK...

Stay cool in Under Armour shirts as temperatures soar
As the temperatures soared last weekend there were plenty of hot and uncomfortable golfers hacking around golf courses across the country. Luckily for me I was wearing one of my Under Armour HeatGear polo shirts when the temperature gauge hit 30 degrees down in the West Country and I was staying a lot cooler and more comfortable than others on the links.

Under Armour made their name by producing remarkably good fabrics that are packed with technology designed to keep you comfortable and regulate your temperature on the golf course rain or shine.

UA Rugby Stripe Polo UA One Putt Rib Polo
UA Rugby Stripe Polo - £40 UA One Putt Rib Polo - £45

The HeatGear polo shirts are ideal for hot days as they are made from a special fabric that is designed to wick moisture away from your body keeping you cool. One of the features I particularly like is the SPF 30 sun protection that is built into the fabric, so you are protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays too. There are also clever odour wicking qualities in the HeatGear fabric which mean that you emerge after your round smelling as fresh as when you started. www.underarmour.com


INSTRUCTION...

Jaclyn Sweeney The Henderson Rookies ‘Tips from the Tour’
Three lucky LET rookies have been sponsored by Henderson Global Investors this year and we’ve been lucky enough to get their top tips.

Last week talented American Jaclyn Sweeney shared her best three drills for the driving range; this week she explains why the best practice work is done from 100 yards and in.

"One question I always get asked is what is my best piece of advice to the lady golfer? My answer is stay patient! Remember you are playing golf for fun; that means you don’t have to put in the hours of practice I do to earn my living. That said your golf can be much more fun and rewarding if you simply concentrated your practice time on the shots from 100 yards and in.

"When I practice I like to simulate the pressure of tournament conditions by playing the ‘Par 2’ competition all the time. The idea is that on a Par 3 (pitch and putt) course (or every time you reach the 100 yard marker or in on a full course) you are trying to see how many birdies you can score. I am always pleased if I finish 7 or 8 under par for 18 holes. This really sharpens your focus on the target and makes you hit at the pin, plus it challenges your short game shots if you miss the green so that you try and get up and down.

Jaclyn Sweeney

Let me know what your best score is over 18 holes, and who knows, next time I’m in the UK I might just challenge one or two of you to a game of ‘Par 2’ golf!"


GOLF ESCAPES...

Weekend break
If you want to follow in the footsteps of the world’s best female golfers who are competing in this year’s RICOH Women’s British Open at Carnoustie next month, then a golfing break playing this ancient Scottish links is a must.

The luxurious Carnoustie Golf Hotel is part of the Oxford Hotels & Inns group and offers various golf packages from one night stays to week-long breaks with prices starting from as little as £60 a night. For an extra special treat I’d recommend the upgrade to a suite as they have an amazing view over the championship links, the sea and Carnoustie.

Carnoustie Links

Best of all there’s a wonderful spa where you can unwind after your game in the large heated pool, sauna, whirlpool and steam room.

Carnoustie Spa

For more information on the golfing packages call 08444 146600 or visit www.oxfordhotelsandinns.com

 








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