Carly's blog - news and views on the world of ladies' golf
GET INTO GOLF!
I was excited to see that 'Get into golf', the national campaign to inspire adults to take up the game, is launching a drive to attract more women to the game.
It's a fact that just over half the population in the UK is female yet only 14 per cent of golf club members are women sadly.
So if you have some friends who have never tried golf before please point them in the direction of www.getintogolf.org where they can find a list of free or low-cost opportunities for ladies (either complete beginners or returners to the game) to learn golf with a PGA qualified professional.
As part of the incentive to get women to try golf 'Get into Golf' is going to feature 'in Balance', a health and wellbeing programme aimed at over 450,000 NHS staff, of whom more than 80 per cent are female. It is also being delivered to 52,000 staff in 24 district councils.
The 'Get into golf' opportunities are run by the country's network of County Golf Partnerships and are a fun and sociable way to start golf - and a great way to make new friends. Everyone attending a beginner course will receive a basic introduction to the game, together with information about club membership and follow-on coaching opportunities.
And it doesn't matter what your age, background or ability. With plenty of time for conversation and fun, golf is the perfect way to make new friends and grow closer bonds with people you already know.
So get your non-golfing friends to visit www.getintogolf.org and look at the activity map to find their nearest 'Get into golf' opportunities or call 0800 118 2766.
CURTIS CUP STAR TARGETS ENGLISH GIRLS' CHAMPIONSHIP
Curtis Cup star Bronte Law will be one of the favourites teeing off in the English girls' championship this week at Sandiway Golf Club in her home county of Cheshire.
The championship, which starts tomorrow and runs until Thursday, has attracted a full field of 120 competitors. Two companion events, the English U15 and U13 girls' championships will take place simultaneously at nearby Delamere Forest Golf Club and they, too, were over-subscribed.
It means that almost 250 of England's most talented girl golfers will be heading to Cheshire to show off their stroke play skills as they seek one of three national titles. The competition, in all three championships, is guaranteed to be fierce.
Bronte Law, from Bramhall Golf Club, is enjoying a great season and will carry the local hopes in the English girls' championship.
The 17-year-old helped GB&I win the Curtis Cup at Nairn in June, beating the USA for the first time in 16 years. She was runner-up in the French lady junior championship, contested by the cream of Europe's U21 golfers, and she's just won the Northern ladies' championship.
Another top contender will be Elizabeth Mallett, 17, the 2010 winner from Sutton Coldfield Ladies'. She demonstrated her sizzling form at the European girls' team championship where she shared the individual honours in qualifying at 11-under par for 36 holes. She has just become the Midlands South regional women's champion and also won this season's Whittington Trophy with a course record.
Irish stroke play champion Emily Taylor (Hillside) is another force to be reckoned with. She, too, was one of the low scorers at the European championship and won the U18 event at the St Rule Trophy.
One to watch is Gabriella Cowley of West Essex, who won the U15 title last year, went on to become Scottish U16 open champion and has just finished third in the R&A's Junior Open, in an international field of over 120 players.
She is one of seven players in the field who will go on to represent England in the Girls' Home Internationals, from 7-9 August. The others are Elizabeth Mallett, Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), Brogan Townend (Pleasington), Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer), Shelby Smart (Knowle) and Olivia Winning (Rotherham).
All competitors in all three championships will play 18 holes on each of the first two days, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then, the fields in the English girls' and the U15 championships will each be cut to the top 36 players and ties who will play 36 holes on Thursday.
Callaway Razr X HL irons
Price: £699 (5-SW)
They say: Taking accuracy, distance and forgiveness to new highs, Razr X HL irons have a low centre of gravity so that lady golfers can launch shots higher, even on impacts low on the clubface, so golf balls fly consistently longer and land softer on the greens. Razr technology makes the sweet spot more accessible at lower impacts, where most golfers tend to hit the ball. Customised set options are available for golfers who want to substitute Razr X HL hybrids into their set.
I say: The first thing that strikes you about the Razr X HL irons is the enormous size of the clubheads - they look impossible to miss! They remind me a little of the old driving irons that were popular a few years ago and had the same large clubhead size that made them very easy to use. Then when you hit them you realise just how fantastic these irons are. Even the highest handicapper will love the ease with which shots get airborne. The beauty of the design is that you don't need to swing hard or fast to make them work as all the technology does that for you. The HL stands for high launch and the irons are certainly true to their name. My shots flew very high with a soft landing, a blessing for most lady players but not at the sacrifice of distance. The ball positively propelled off the clubface with a fanstastic sound. Looks-wise they are not my personal cup of tea. The pretty pattern on the back of the clubhead and at the top of the shaft added a feminine touch to what was otherwise quite a dull, dark club. I do like the fact that the designers have really thought about the detrimental effects on glare from the topline of the golf club on a sunny day by giving it a matt finish. This stops the sun reflecting up into your eyes. The irons are offset to help you hit shots straight or even better with a lovely right-to-left draw shape.
Golf Pride Introduces New Range of Florescent Grips
Golf Pride has launched a new range of florescent grips that look as good as they feel.
The new Niion grips come in a choice of white, yellow, pink, green and orange Niion colours and have a number of hi-tech features that deliver excellent feedback and control with every club in the bag
Niion grips are manufactured using an ingenious new rubber compound that is tacky, durable and easy to clean. They provide a firm feel and incorporate a distinctive hex pattern which gives you great control in all sorts of weather conditions.
"Golf Pride has long been a leader in new grip technology, from the invention of the slip-on grip to the introduction of the hybrid category of grips," said Conor Dillon, Sales and Marketing Manager for EMEA. "The 2012 line-up offers a grip for every player's needs, ability and club selection."
"Golf Pride pushes the limits in moulded rubber grips to offer the ultimate feel, feedback, performance and consistency to help golfers play their best."
Golf Pride is by far the most popular grip on the majority of leading Tours around the world. Over 80% of Tour Professionals re-grip with Golf Pride even though none is paid to do so.
There's an exciting new range of skincare products which could hold the key to rejuvenating ageing skin from playing golf. It has been developed in the US by plastic surgeons has just been launched in the UK under the brand Supaskin.
The manufacturers believe that the products are amongst the purest available. The range of products is scientifically proven to enhance and supplement natural skin functionality. The products contain no preservatives, fillers or parabens. There are eight products all designed to supplement and enhance the skin's natural functions.
· Micro Dermabrasion Cream: The maximum strength salon-grade crystals found in this product are contained in a base of hyaluronic acid, liposomes, squalane, essential minerals and vitamins A & E. After 1 minute, skin is exfoliated to salon standard.
· Salicylic Exfoliator: A liquid exfoliator which removes the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal newer and younger skin, speeding up cell renewal. Great for age spots, problem skin and older skin.
· 100% Pure Squalane Hydrating Serum: Derived from the olive, Squalane has a very small molecular structure and mimics sebum to penetrate the skin and intensely hydrate and moisturise.
· Arbutin Brightening Serum: Formulated with alpha arbutin and seaweed extract to quickly even the skin tone and fade dark marks and blemishes.
· 100% Pure Hyaluronic Moisturiser: For use after exfoliation, Hyaluronic Acid has been scientifically proven to stimulate new cell growth.
· Instant Face Lift Serum: "Plastic Surgery in a Bottle". This extraordinary skin solution tightens sagging skin to visibly lift as it smoothes creases and wrinkles.
· Multi Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Serum: The latest innovation for the reduction of wrinkles, Multi-Peptide Serum contains six of the most potent peptides currently available. Wrinkles are reduced by 50% in 28 days.
The manufacturers claim that the products are the purest available for consumers. So confident are the UK distributors, Supaskin, that they offer a unique 30 day money back guarantee to anyone who feels that the products have not been effective.
Tanya Furst, Co-founder of Supaskin comments: "This is serious skincare, not a fashion brand, which has come via the medical profession. Because of this pedigree, we are hugely excited about its potential for everyday use by individuals who are dedicated to giving their skin the most effective treatment available on the market."
All of the products are available through the website www.supaskin.com.
Late Deal - The Quay Hotel and Spa, Deganwy, North Wales
Swing into summer at The Quay Hotel and Spa as they welcome the stars of the Senior European Golf Tour, following the announcement that it is to be the Official Hotel of the Speedy Services Wales Senior Open. Conwy Golf Club is a spectacular setting for a coastal Golf break, set in the shadows of the Conwy Mountains and overlooking the Estuary towards Llandudno and Anglesey.
The Quay Hotel and Spa is the epitome of cool sophistication and boasts some of the most magical scenery in the area. Enjoy a Mid-Week stay (Monday-Thursday) for £120 pppn including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast or Weekend (Friday-Sunday) for £135 pppn including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast. Want to extend your stay? Add an extra night for £55 pppn Bed & Breakfast (Mid-Week) and £75 ppn Bed & Breakfast (Weekend).
The price is based on two guests sharing a Classic Twin Room. The offer is available pre and post Senior European Golf Tour - from now until August 20th August and August 29th to September 30th 2012 (Excludes Bank Holidays and subject to room and Tee time availability.) The offer must be booked 48 hours prior to arrival. Quote Ref "SWINGSUMMER".
For full terms and conditions, or for any further information please visit www.quayhotel.co.uk or call the hotel directly 01492 564 100.