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 CARLY FROST
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 Ladies Golf Today

Carly's blog - news and views on the world of ladies' golf
January 25, 2012

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The 'Ladies-only' Charity golf day for a great cause...

DEBRA CharityI received a very moving email this week from a lovely lady called Helen Taylorson, a fellow member of Burhill Golf Club, asking me whether I could help raise awareness of a ladies-only charity golf day she organises and runs at the club every year for the charity DEBRA.

Helen explained: "My husband and I have been involved with helping DEBRA increase their income since our son was born over 22 years ago. We felt so blessed to have a healthy child when good friends had a son born with Dystrophic EB - one of the most severe forms of this dreadful skin blistering condition.

"Most charity golf days are for men and corporate teams but I decided some years ago that organising a ladies only golf day was a great way of raising awareness, raising some money and also having some fun.
"This year our sponsorship partners include www.offtheredtees.com, Lancôme, Knight Frank offices in Guildford and Ascot and Luxury Partners. On the day the ladies play a four ball betterball, have lunch, a little retail therapy, cosmetic demos and so on. This year for non-golfers we are selling a 3-hour clinic with Burhill teaching professional James Winstanley followed by lunch as a way of encouraging more ladies to take up golf and to still take part in the day.

"Although entries are flooding in I can never sit back and relax until the day is full, so I am inviting all ladies to please enter a team and come and join us for a fantastic fun and worthwhile golf day."

The DEBRA Burhill Ladies Silver Salvers Day takes place on Wednesday 25th April at Burhill Golf Club and costs £80 per person/£160 per pair. To book your place contact DEBRA golf day organiser Hannah Weston on: Hannah.Weston@debra.org.uk   or Helen Taylorson on: helen.taylorson@btinternet.com

More information about DEBRA and their very active Golf Society for both men and ladies can be found on their website: www.debra.org.uk

Is Sophie sexy or is her portrayal sexist?

Sophie HornI was having a heated debate this week with one of my fellow golf journalists about Wilson Golf's signing of 'the world's sexiest golfer' Sophie Horn - and that's their exact words.

Now I know that in the modern day and age pictures of scantily clad women in the media are commonplace but in golf - really?!

The fashion on the Ladies Tour has certainly moved with the times and become far more provocative and I can't blame the girls for flaunting their assets to try and get the backing of those all-important sponsors, but for me, picturing an attractive young lady swinging a golf club in her underwear to try to sell golf product is one step too far. It is acceptable for the pages of those top shelf magazines but for advertising golf clubs it seems a bit extreme.

I'm sure that Sophie is a lovely lady and she sounds like a decent golfer playing off a 4 handicap but I think that Wilson Staff would be far better off investing in supporting one of the up and coming Ladies Tour professionals. Your thoughts welcomed...

Equipment: Tried & Tested
SkyCaddie SGX GPS Rangefinder
Price:
£219
Info:
www.skygolf.com

I have been using a Laser Rangefinder for the last two years so when the opportunity arose to the test the SkyCaddie SGX GPS Rangefinder I wasn't sure how it would compare. Well if you are looking for plus points then for starters try blind holes - you can't look through a laser to get the distance to the pin if you can't see the pin! Secondly, I've lost count of the golfers I play with who simply can't hold a laser steady. Shaky hand syndrome is common, and even harder to hold still on a windy day. Then there are the occasions when the laser has let me down, like in the pouring rain, a slight fog or morning mist, it simply hasn't detected the pin. The SkyCaddie in comparison gives you an instant yardage rain or shine. It's so easy, in fact, that within the space of a couple of holes I stopped getting my Laser out of my bag at all. Having the SkyCaddie clipped to my trolley meant that a quick glance at the clear display screen gave me all the information I needed (distance to pin, to hazards etc.) much faster and hassle free.

Accuracy going into the pin was the one area I expected the Laser to beat the SkyCaddie in. Although the Laser gives you the exact yardage to the pin, I actually benefitted from the fact that the SkyCaddie gave me a distance to the front, middle and back of the green. When there was trouble at the front I hit a club extra to the back distance knowing that I wasn't going to overshoot the green and vice versa, and in doing so missed more hazards than I would normally find.

Other great features include the scorecard that you fill in with the simple press of a button at the end of each hole, great if you want to keep your eclectic scores online over the year. Then there's a really clever iGreen button - basically you move the target pointer to any position on the picture of the green and it gives you the correct distance to that point, particularly useful from close range.

There's also a 'Mark Ball' button that you can press before hitting a shot and again when you reach your ball to tell you how far you have hit it - a great way of learning very accurately how far you hit each club.

Are there any downsides? Well the cost of annual membership isn't cheap (they start at £29.99) and you'll need to sign up if you want to download lots of mapped courses to your device. Plus there's a little extra charge to upgrade to upload overseas courses, but that's definitely worth it if you play holiday golf. And of course you also have to charge your SkyCaddie up after each round of golf. But I'd highly recommend buying the Sky Caddie car charger as you could simply get into the habit of putting your SkyCaddie on charge as you drive to and from the golf course so you never leave it at home by accident.

Overall the SkyCaddie gets a big thumbs-up from me!

NEW GEAR

Brilliant bags for business golfers

If you're a career lady who likes to combine business with a social round of golf then you'll love the latest range of bags from Titleist. There's a backpack (£60) that has three easy zip compartments to stash your shoes and a change of clothing, plus it is large enough to fit a 17" laptop. Or if you have a business meeting, golf and an overnight stay then this handy Titleist Duffel bag (£70) is ideal for packing your golf clothes and toiletries. To see the entire Titleist bag range visit: www.titleist.co.uk or contact 01480 301114.

TaylorMade putters get a little more Ghostly!

TaylorMade had great success in 2011 with their distinctive line of white golf equipment seen in the hands of hundreds of Tour professionals around the globe, so it's not surprising that they are expanding the line-up for 2012 to include a new collection of white finish putters. There are three new putter ranges to choose from: Ghost Mantra, Ghost Tour and White Smoke. The putters have been developed with input from TaylorMade teaching professional and putting guru Dave Stockton. The idea behind the white finish is to eliminate glare and 'hot spots' on the crown, while providing a sharp contrast with the turf of the putting green to make aiming easy.

The Ghost Mantra are easy-to-aim, extremely forgiving mallet-shaped putters priced at £149. Ghost Tour are three mallet-shaped putters and three blade designs each featuring a PURE ROLL insert for a true ball roll and adjustable weights in the sole to customise feel, produced off the back of feedback and input from TaylorMade's Tour professionals priced at £129. White Smoke are three classically-shaped putters with simple yet effective alignment features and the PURE ROLL inserts for improved feel and ball roll, priced at £95.

The putters are available in right and left-handed models and a range of different lengths and in shops from March 2012 onwards. Visit www.taylormadegolf.eu for more information.

Fashion for the fairways

Accessorise your outfit!

If you want to add a little statement piece to your golf outfit to stand out then this Rollo belt from Ping Collection, priced at £28, is just the job. It's a quality leather and available in a choice of colours to complement your trousers. Visit www.pingapparel.com to view the entire collection.



Fitness update

Are you drinking enough water?

As part of my Christmas list this year I asked for a selection of books that had been recommended to me by golf fitness expert and C.H.E.K practitioner Scott Bryant. I have been following a new diet, lifestyle and fitness regime since the New Year and Scott wanted me to read the books to understand why I needed to make the changes to my diet and lifestyle.

The first book I picked up is 'Your Body's Many Cries For Water' by Dr. Batmanghelidj and it is a real eye-opener. It's certainly made me think twice about what drink I'm carrying in my golf bag. I was guilty of packing those high-energy drinks or even worse a bottle of fizzy drink for my round - an energy fix I thought. Reading the book has completely changed that mentality. I now carry a bottle of still, natural pure water and am monitoring my daily intake of water.

According to Dr. Batmanghelidj's advice if I continue to hydrate my body with the right amount of pure water every day I will...

•  Lose weight effortlessly and naturally without dieting

•  Naturally prevent and reverse conditions such as asthma and allergies

•  Naturally eliminate pains including back pain and headaches

•  Prevent and combat premature ageing

Drinking water might sound boring but it is so important and so easy to do. Trust me; it will make that nice glass of wine at the weekend taste so sweet when you treat yourself!

For more information about Scott Bryant visit www.activebryantsystems.com or to book a free one-hour physical assessment with Scott contact him on: 07841 144878 or email scttbrynt@aol.com








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