Carly's blog - news and views on the world of ladies' golf
COME ON ENGLAND!
Okay, so I admit it, when I'm not glued to watching the golf (and yes I did stay up until 3.30am on Sunday night watching the conclusion of the US Open!) I'm actually quite a patriot sports fan. Any sport that England is playing I'll support and tonight's big UEFA European Football Championship match is no exception.
I'll be sat there watching the Big Game in my full red and white regalia and I know a few ladies out on the course today will be sporting a St. George's flag. So you might be interested to hear that Druh Belts & Buckles are encouraging fans to fly the flag and show their support by wearing their new national flag belt buckle. The flag buckle alone costs £23 and if you want to add a premium snakeskin belt £125 or leather £79.
The nice part is that Druh guarantees that the snakes used in the production of their belts are not protected species. Go to www.drubbeltsandbuckles.com and order one before the next match.
The Ladies European Tour season will culminate with a visit to Marrakech, Morocco, this year, when both stages of Tour School for 2013 will be held over two weeks from December 6-17, 2012.
Two spectacular courses, Al Maaden Golf and Amelkis Golf Club in Marrakech, will host the first stage from December 6-9 and then the Final Stage from December 13-17. The top 30 players and ties will earn their full playing privileges for the 2013 Ladies European Tour.
As part of an agreement with Hassan II Golf Trophy Association (ATH), which also organises the Trophée Hassan II and Lalla Meryem Cup tournaments on the European Tour and Ladies European Tour respectively, the LET qualifying tournament has been renamed the Lalla Aïcha Tour School in honour of Her Royal Highness the Princess Lalla Aïcha, His late Majesty Hassan II's sister and the aunt of King Mohammed VI.
Alexandra Armas, Executive Director of the Ladies European Tour, said: "On behalf of the Ladies European Tour I would like to express how pleased we are to be returning to Morocco after such a successful visit for the Lalla Meryem Cup in Agadir in March and once again we are honoured to have the patronage of the Royal Family.
"Marrakech is the perfect place to host the Lalla Aïcha Tour School, with fantastic weather, high quality golf courses, hotels and superb hospitality. We are very excited and look forward to working with ATH again to make the experience as pleasurable as possible for the competitors."
The LET Tour School has produced a number of noteworthy winners in recent years, not least Anna Nordvist and Caroline Hedwall, who went on to claim impressive tournament victories and represent Europe at The Solheim Cup. Jodi Ewart was the most recent winner and is enjoying a stellar debut season in 2012.
Last year was the biggest Tour School in LET history with 241 entrants, which included 165 non-members, representing a total of 43 different nationalities worldwide. This year's Lalla Aïcha Tour School is expected to attract an even more diverse list of competitors and entries will open in early July.
A pink driver that packs a punch!
They say: The E-01 for ladies is made to be lightweight and easy for max distance. It has a design that picks up the ball easily and increases carry distance. The wide-and-shallow head shape makes setup easy and ensures greater confidence. The deep-and-low center of gravity design efficiently hugs the ball and generates a dynamic high trajectory. The larger center of gravity angle more efficiently allows clean contact with the ball and prevents slicing. The area-specific thick construction design at the forged face reduces the weight of the club, adding strength and longer carry.
Carly's verdict: The 'E' in the title of Honma's new ladies Beres E-01 driver stands for 'Excellence' and it is a very fitting description because everything about this driver oozes excellence. This Japanese manufacturer is renowned for the quality of its components, a feature reflected in the very high prices of its golf products, but in the Beres E-01's case it is money well spent. From the moment I cast my eye on the E-01 there was instant attraction to the pretty pink and silver styling of the headcover. But peal that off and you'll discover a very classy looking club finished in a sparkly dark aubergine that sits beautifully behind the ball. The clubhead is big but shaped in such a way that you don't feel as though it is cumbersome and swing weighted perfectly so that it free-flows through the air. The subtle small weight screw in the back of the head does exactly what it is designed to do and helps you hit shots up into the air effortlessly. The impact sound is very pleasing and you can see the results in the pleasing carry and run-out distance. If you're looking for that stand-out 'wow' factor driver that no other lady has on the first tee then you'll turn a few heads with the Honma!
A million choices for your customisable shoes!
If you want to really stand out on the fairways this summer then sporting a pair of customisable golf shoes is a must.
Leading golf shoe manufacturer FootJoy has long been offering a clever MyJoys service that allows you to customise the look of your shoe and now they've enhanced their programme to offer an even greater range of styles to choose from. In fact FootJoy say that there are now one million custom combinations!
Most notably for us ladies there are three new categories (DryJoys, FJ Sport and LoPro models) that will allow us to design a shoe to match any outfit in our wardrobe.
Check them out at www.myjoys.co.uk
Great value golf in Tenerife
Prices start from 1015 Euros per person based on a seven night minimum stay in an Ocean View double room inclusive of breakfast. The offer is valid from now through until the end of September 2012.
About Abama: Abama Golf & Spa Resort is an exclusive five-star operated and managed by Ritz-Carlton. Set in Guía de Isora, a peaceful, gem of a destination on the west coast of Tenerife, the resort is located in a stunning 'finca' setting surrounded by lush and vibrant vegetation, volcanic landscapes and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Offering the perfect ultra-luxurious holiday experience, Abama Golf & Spa Resort features fabulous Moorish-inspired rooms and suites, a perfectly pampering spa, 10 dining options including M.B, the only Michelin star restaurant in the Canary Islands, three bars, a Dave Thomas designed championship golf course and Academy, Tennis Centre and Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy, a first-class Tennis Academy, seven swimming pools, two natural pools and its own secluded golden sand beach. August 2012 sees the launch of a brand new kids club followed by a Teen Zone in October.
An easy alternative to traditional chipping that will transform your short game
By Kylie Walker, LET Tour Professional & Aberdeen Asset Management Ambassador
I take the difficulty out of this shot by choosing to play a fairway wood (the lower loft is best e.g. 3 or 5-wood) instead and I use it just like my putter. I like to call it my 'tick-tock' chip shot because basically the rhythm and tempo to the swing is exactly like a ticking clock, a smooth, rhythmical tempo back and through.
You hold the fairway wood just like your putter, gripping down near the shaft at the bottom of the grip for control. Position the ball fairly central in your stance and then simply rock from the shoulders. There should be no wrist hinge at all. Keep the triangle formed between the arms and hands so that there are lovely straight lines. The sole of the wood is designed in such a way that it will easily sweep across the top of the turf with no harsh digging in and collect the ball as it passes through. The ball will pop forward a foot or two before running out like a putt the rest of the way to the pin. The shorter your tick-tock swing the shorter the shot will travel and vice versa, it's as easy as that!