Did you know that golf has been proven to reduce stress, improve confidence and self-esteem and anxiety levels?
As its #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, we’ve taken some time out to share how golf can contribute and help gain better mental wellbeing.
Golf increases physical and mental capacity, creativity and the ability to solve problems, all of which are undoubted positives and bound to make you feel better. The physical side of golf is also known to be effective in treating mild to moderate depression.
Back in April, the first ever ‘Golf and Health Week’ took place to encourage golfers, non-golfers and lapsed golfers into taking part in the sport. The campaign was co-ordinated by The R&A with the support of the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, The Professional Golfers’ Association and the Golf Foundation, as well as national associations including England Golf, Scottish Golf, Wales Golf, the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union. Find out more about it here.
We all know that golf is sociable sport, you’re always meeting new people and naturally you’ll end up making connections with people whenever you play. The social elements of golf allow you to make friends easily which in turn enables you to feel included and releases positive endorphins. By joining us on our Dino Falls Adventure Golf course or playing a virtual course on one of our TopTracer bays at the range – you’ll be bound to bump into at least one friendly face.
With that in mind, if you’re new to the sport, pick up a golf club for the first time and learn a new skill? We offer introductory golf assessments, expertly guided by one of our PGA approved golf instructors to make you feel comfortable and settle any nerves.
At Trafford Golf Centre, we like to offer customers time to reflect, switch off and have a break in our Café & Bar, complete with Sky Sports to catch up on the latest tournaments.
At just three years old, Louie Ockerby-Morris from Failsworth is Trafford Golf Centre’s youngest Academy student and is currently impressing both customers and staff out on the range.
Introduced to the game following a round of adventure golf at Dino Falls Adventure Golf, and encourage by his dad, Steven Morris, Louie first started showing an interest in golf at the age of two after watching the sport on TV. Since then, his love for golf and professional golfer Rickie Fowler has grown, he even has a signed Rickie Fowler cap that he takes great pride in wearing when he practices. Louie has been playing since June 2018 and began his lessons with Trafford Golf Centre professional, Tom Fearon in October 2018.
Louie’s Dad, Steven Morris said: “Whilst walking through the driving range to Dino Falls, Louie was asking to have a go and wouldn’t take no for an answer (even though I thought he was too young at the time). It was there that we met Tom, who very kindly arranged for Louie to have a practice on the range. Louie was immediately hooked, and he has loved every moment since.”
Louie, who uses child friendly Golphin junior clubs, now loves to play golf everywhere from practicing in his bedroom to the park and in his Grandma and Grandad’s garden. There has been a positive boost in his confidence since embarking on golf lessons with Tom which he now attends weekly at the range.
Steven continues: “Louie has always had a confident nature but this has grown through Tom’s encouragement. He knows the difference between hitting a great shot and a shot that could have been better. He even pretends to be Tom and often teaches us how to play using the skills he has learnt during his lessons.
“Trafford Golf Centre is an incredible facility with everything that you could ever want to learn and develop in every aspect of golf. Tom Fearon has been incredible from the moment we met, ensuring Louie’s lessons are always fun and engaging which allows him to learn, understand and develop – hopefully in to the next Tiger Woods!”
Pete Styles, director of golf, at Trafford Golf Centre and Dino Falls, said: “Dino Falls Adventure Golf is a fantastic and fun way for parents to encourage their children to get out of the house and gain an interest in a new sport. Our junior Academy lessons offer a structured learning programme which encourages and motivates juniors through quality coaching activities and games to make learning this awesome sport great fun.
“We are thrilled Louie is enjoying his lessons at the Academy and look forward to seeing his progress in the coming months and years.”
In 2018, the TraffordCity-based driving range revolutionised its offering by installing the most advanced ball tracking technology, Toptracer to 16 bays following a £90,000 investment. Since then, a further £30,000 has been invested in a new short game practice area, featuring the best Huxley synthetic turf to give superb realistic results, offering golfers the very best in short game practice.
Steven concludes: “We would actively encourage any parent who wants their child to take up golf, no matter their age. Not only does golf keep children active but it also helps with communication skills, hand/eye coordination as well as fine and gross motor skills. Golf is also a fantastic way to have fun and this is something that we always ensure Louie has in and out of his lessons.”
Trafford Golf Centre, which hit 14 million balls in 2018, and Dino Falls Adventure Golf is located next to the M60 and offers a ‘We proudly serve Starbucks Café and Bar’, 57 bay golf range, nine PGA professionals teaching from the Academy and the largest American Golf retail store in the north. Junior Academy lessons start from just £40 for 5 sessions (group lessons) and £90 for private lessons (5 x 30-minute private golf lessons).
For more information on Trafford Golf Centre and junior coaching, visit: www.traffordgolfcentre.co.uk
One of the UK’s leading golf venues, Trafford Golf Centre has revolutionised its driving range by installing the most advanced ball tracking technology, Toptracer to 16 bays.
Offering the same ball-tracking technology that traces the shots of the game’s best players on TV, Toptracer provides instant shot replays and statistical feedback on interactive game screens in the bays, which allows players to make swing adjustments and immediately see the impact on their golf shot. The fun, tech-driven experience appeals to seasoned players, range rivals, friends, family members, and even first-time golfers.
Now the UK’s busiest driving range, hitting almost 14 million balls in 2018, Trafford Golf Centre has also introduced convenient waiter service, serving food and beverages, out on the range for customers to enjoy.
Pete Styles, director of golf, at Trafford Golf Centre and Dino Falls, said: “The ball-tracking technology is a complete game changer as customers can now use the Toptracer Range Community App to access their history of shot data, as well as how they rank against other players on leaderboards.
“This latest attraction compliments the ongoing improvements and new facilities at Trafford Golf Centre, including Dino Falls Adventure Golf, extended catering facility and consistent supply of new Srixon golf balls and equipment. We look forward to seeing both existing and new customers enjoying the new technology.”
Work is currently underway on a new putting green and chipping practice area which is due to be completed by early December. There is also a new hot food menu including Chicago Town pizzas plus alcoholic beverages and Starbucks refreshments complete with waiter service now available in the Top Tracer bays, making Trafford Golf Centre the perfect destination for mates, dates and family get togethers.
Top Tracer will be charged at £5.00 per hour before 5pm Monday to Friday and £10.00 at all other times. This price excludes balls and club hire.
Trafford Golf Centre and Dino Falls Adventure Golf, located next to the M60, also offers a ‘We proudly serve Starbucks Café and Bar’, 53 bay golf range, nine PGA professionals teaching from the Academy and the largest American Golf retail store in the North.
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The driver is generally the club that starts your hole off, so it can be viewed as the most important aspect of the game.
Everybody talks about “Drive for show, Putt for dough”
But you cant putt for dough if you miss fairways!!
Check out the video below to help correct and maintain your driver fundamentals.
After 1 week of downswing practice, creating an in to out swing path, this player felt very low about his swing and thought he had majorly regressed, in fact he had made a huge improvement.
The ball told him he was hitting bad shots but his downswing told me he was ready to start hitting the ball further and with a nice high draw!!!
We made 2 slight adjustments to his posture and top of backswing position which instantly felt more comfortable and the results were superb.
Improving a players swing path will help ball striking and turn that pull or high slice into a little push or nice shaping draw!!
Watch and see 🙂
This week PGA Pro Ged Walters shows you how to take dead aim at the hole with your putter
and make more short putts
Trafford Golf Centre is bucking the national trend of golf declining in the UK with a record number of golf balls hit in just one day!
Saturday 18th October saw Peel’s Trafford Golf Centre’s customers hit 55,000 golf balls on the range in just one day! The highest number of balls hit in one day during the Centre’s 15 year history.
Peter Styles, Director of Golf at Trafford Golf Centre said, “Golf in general is in a decline with fewer people participating in the sport at a club level, however we are seeing an increase in the number of people visiting our driving range.
“We have just launched our Junior Academy which is growing ever popular with over 60 children taking lessons per week. We have also introduced an adult teaching offer with five one hour sessions for just £25 each per person. This has encouraged over 100 golfers to take up the sport with a new class beginning every week.
“We aren’t seeing a decline in golf, we’re see a change in the way people play with more people enjoying the relaxed atmosphere here and the benefit of having PGA-Qualified Professionals on-site.”
The Academy at Trafford Golf Centre is one of the most advanced golf teaching facilities in the country with superb facilities and state-of-the-art technology. Our five teaching professionals hold all of their lessons at the Centre and can create lesson programs for every ability.
Trafford Golf Centre offers top class facilities with 57 undercover driving bays over two tiers with a floodlit outfield and extensive free on-site car parking. We have five on-site PGA Qualified Teaching Professionals and four state-of-the-art teaching bays in the Trafford Golf Academy, as well as an American Golf store. It is an iconic building immediately adjacent to Junction 10 of the M60, on the doorstep of intu Trafford Centre and close to Chillfactore and AirKix.
BBC staff have been channelling their energies into a new sporting pursuit.
Workers at the corporation’s MediaCityUK headquarters in Salford have been enjoying free golf taster sessions.
PGA professionals from Peel’s Trafford Golf Centre delivered the introduction to golf under the umbrella of the Lancashire County Golf Partnership.
Organised by Lizzie Dignam, who runs the BBC Salford Club, and Bev Dodds, development officer for the Lancashire CGP, the sessions offered staff something different that they can enjoy with their friends and family.
Nationally the Get into golf campaign and BBC Sport’s Get Inspired programme have teamed up to encourage people to get active and find new activities in their local area.
The sessions covered the basics of the game in a relaxed and enjoyable environment and golfing equipment was provided.
Says Peter Styles, director of golf at Trafford Golf Centre: “The taster sessions were delivered to golfing beginners, but they really enjoyed the experience and a number of them are now looking to carry on learning a sport that offers both social and health benefits to all ages and abilities.
“The feedback we had was really positive with comments such as:
After the taster sessions, follow-up coaching is available for the bargain price of just £25 for five lessons. The scheme is open to individuals, groups or businesses and is aimed at beginners or those returning to the sport.
Adds Peter: “Our aim at Trafford Golf Centre is to create as many golfers as we can and for more people to enjoy the sport. We start new Get into golf taster sessions and coaching courses every two weeks at Trafford Golf Centre, so it is easy to find a time and date to suit you.”
The centre, which can be found in Old Park Lane, Trafford Quays next to the Trafford Centre and the Chill Factore ski slope, has links with a number of clubs in the Manchester area – including Flixton, Northenden, Sale and Davyhulme Park – which provides a pathway into potential golf club membership for those attending the 57-bay driving range, which has five qualified teaching professionals.
Get into golf is working alongside Get Inspired to extend its reach to millions of BBC viewers, listeners and web users across the country.
“We are delighted to work with Get Inspired. This will be a big boost to our campaign to encourage people of all backgrounds and abilities to take up golf,” said Richard Flint, England Golf’s Participation & Club Support Director.
“With this increased awareness we are looking for more clubs to work with the Get into golf programme so that we can offer more opportunities across the country.”
Get into golf is a national campaign to inspire adults to take up the game and is run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Partnerships, supported by Sport England and National Lottery funding.
Get into golf opportunities include FREE taster sessions and low-cost beginner courses with PGA professionals. They are a fun and sociable way to start golf – and a great way to make new friends.
To find your nearest centre visit getintogolf.org and look at the activity map or call 0800 118 2766
This video shows the improvements which can be made during a 1 hour golf assessment lesson with Andy Carter.
A players swing plane is vital for the outcome of their shots.
The majority of golfers want to hit a draw shape, and that’s because the majority of golfers actually hit a slice.
The feedback from shots was a slice, heavy connection and even pull hooks.
This lesson completely re-vamped his swing plane and led to cleaner hits, better trajectory and a more consistent shape.
I am looking forward to working more with him and improving his game.
This is a video from a client’s 1st golf lesson at Trafford Golf Centre with Andy Carter.
Note the significant improvements made to his backswing which had a positive effect on his downswing and swing path into the golf ball. Due to the better rotation in the backswing more space was created enabling improvements to the swing path, angle of attack and contact with the ball. This in turn led to better and more consistent shots.
A second lesson will further improve and strengthen the swing aiding him in his future goals. As with every lesson more knowledge and experience will be gained about the golf swing so if bad shots do reoccur, he has an understanding of what caused them.
For more information or to check availability on golf lessons with Andy Carter please call 0161 749 7000.