Life on the Links #4

Jason Boyd
Jason Boyd

Firstly can I start with a little non-golf?

Thanks to a nomination from Councillor Bill Duff I have been chosen as a Baton Bearer for Angus in Her Majesty’s The Queens Baton Relay on the June 28.

This is a tremendous honour and takes on even more significance as my sister and brother in law are also Baton Bearers in the Borders.

This will make all my solo training runs worthwhile and will be a great occasion and a real once in a lifetime experience.

OK, let’s get back to the golf. Despite some mist and fog the season is well underway and by the time you read this the Europro event will have taken place, a fantastic development tour giving professionals the chance to play tournament golf, have a look on the website for the results.

May will also see the return of the Carnoustie Classic, a real showcase event to show off all Carnoustie country has to offer.

This seasons message from the major manufacturers is ‘loft up’, and as for the traditionalists among us this may seem a little strange, however, with the adjustability and design of the new products, the ‘loft up’ message is getting home with many now gaining significant yardage and carry, while gaining more consistency from the tee with the confidence of more loft! This little video explains the concept.

Last month I mentioned how important the short game is to all of us and if we could ‘up and down it’ more our scores and your handicaps would improve.

It always surprises me when the shot selection involves a very lofted club, this makes the shot much harder. The shot is a bump and run with a lower loft, seven, eight or nine ironman is ideal, ball in the middle of your stance, hands and weight slightly on the front foot producing a lower running type shot, concentrating on the landing area to chase the ball up the green to your target!

Plenty of practise and this will be your safe shot to save many shots around the links!

And finally, back to the running, I am about to start the 50/50 challenge. This consists of 50 5k runs in 50 days.

I will be raising money for the Links Park Community Trust and also for Transplant Donation, through ‘Donate Life’, and junior golf in Montrose.

Each individual who sponsors me will also have a chance to win some fantastic prizes! I will have a sponsors sheet in the shop, so please if you would like to support these worthy causes then please get in touch. Does anyone wish to join me ?

Until next time, when we will discuss the future and address one of the biggest problems facing golfers today.

Happy golfing!