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give the gift of golf this festive season

It’s been a huge year and it’s great to be back on the golf course reconnecting with other Members. To ensure you have a stress-free Festive Season, we’ve created some great gift giving ideas for the golfer in the family.  

From golf tuition packages to a golf inspired hamper – let us do the shopping for you; or spoil yourself with something special – you deserve it!

2020 Festive Season Sports Shop Offers

 

eastern launches online golf lessons with introductory offer

Whilst our golf lessions and clinics cannot be conducted at this time, we want to support you in the continued improvement of your golf game from the comfort of your own backyard. Our online lesson platform is easy to set up – please follow the instructions below to download the V1 Golf app and get started. 

As an introductory offer, we are offering assessments for $20. 

  1. Head to the Apple App Store or Android App Store
  2. Download the free V1 Golf app (red app as pictured)
  3. Create a username and password and login
  4. Choose the instructors tab from the bottom panel and search for The Eastern Golf Club
  5. Select Scott Barradell as your instructor
  6. Go to the camera tab at the bottom panel and record ytour swing from the down the line view and face on view.  Use the outline of the player shown when recording your swings 
  7. When you click on the video tab at the bottom panel you will now see the swings you recorded  previously. Click on the swing you would like to send. Before sending, use the trim video feature (scissor tab) to ensure that only the ‘swing’ of the video is saved
  8. When trimmed and the swing is saved, click on the share button to send the swing to be analysed
  9. Repeat for the swing taken from the other view
  10. Your swing(s) will be sent to mel to be reviewed and I will be in contact with you shortly to review your swing and finalise payment of $20
  11. Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me via email

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Happy golfing and please stay well.

 

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Brand Ambassador 

Date: April 7, 2020


Golf is hard!

At the recent Arnold Palmer Invitational, the first round leader was Matthew Every with a 65. His score on the second day was 83 and he went on to miss the cut.  In the third round, held on the Saturday less than a handful of players shot under par – sound familiar?

It’s a typical Saturday afternoon and approximately 80 % of the field have not played to their handicap. Many players have hit balls throughout the week, some have played two to three times and others have just turned up for their weekly Saturday game expecting dramatic improvement from their last time on course.  It’s a staggering statistic with roughly 80%, and potentially more, of your golfing rounds not living up to your expectation – no matter what level you play at.

In looking at the checklist below, ask yourself why you may not be improving as any of those could be contributing to it:

  • Are you playing at least once a fortnight?
  • Are you hitting balls at least once or twice a week?
  • Are you having any form of professional instruction – YouTube and friendly advice from your playing partners doesn’t count?
  • Have you had your golf equipment checked for its suitability to your build?

I often ask people during their lessons how often they play, and how often they practice? If you are playing once a week, with no practice or instruction, I recommend you go out and enjoy the game.  Improvement will, generally only come when you are making an investment in your game out on the driving range, and complemented by tuition – and that’s fine if you are continuing to enjoy being out on course playing and the score is not important.

If your schedule doesn’t allow you to practice much, and if you can find some time, I recommend you spend it on areas like chipping and putting, and no hitting your driver. Inside 50 metres is where your scores are made and if time is limited, don’t bother hitting the range – head to the chipping green instead.

One of the benefits of your membership of The Eastern Golf Club is that you enjoy unlimited golf balls when on the Driving Range; and can access a comprehensive selection of group and private tuition options.  Please don’t hesitate to catch up when you’re next in The Sports Shop and we can discuss a tailored program that will assist you in making an ongoing investment in your golf game.

Golf is definitely Hard!!

 

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: March 11, 2020


TaylorMade new PIx and Tour Response balls flying off the shelves

We all know that TaylorMade make great drivers and golf clubs, but it’s only in recent years that their golf ball has stood up to other brands including Titleist and Callaway; and in 2020, they’ve taken another positive step with the release of the PIX and Tour Response.

Let’s start with PIX. Continuing with the five layer TP5 construction, PIX was designed by tour player – Rickie Fowler – who has been using the TaylorMade ball for a couple of years now. He recommended adding a strip of white space down the centre of PIX, created by removing one of the TaylorMade stamps. By doing this, a distinct pathway on the ball can be used to help golfers line up; and secondly, the new black and orange pixels on the cover provide feedback to the golfer on how they are rolling the putt.

The usual quality in terms of spin and distance remain with a yellow option now also available in the TP5 and TP5 X.

Following on from its predecessor – the Project A – the new Tour Response is as close to a tour ball as can be without the price tag. It starts with a 100 % urethane cover to provide spin and feel on those short shots and distance from the tee – what more do you need? The ultra low 40 compression core provides the golfer with soft feel just like a tour ball does but doesn’t compromise distance in any way.  It’s the perfect choice fo the player who wants the closest thing to a tour ball quality and performance and doesn’t mind saving a few doillars in doing so. The Tour Response is also available in yellow.

Both balls are available in The Sports Shop for your playing enjoyment.

 

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: March 11, 2020

Image Credit: TaylorMade Golf Australia Instagram


golf australia magazine’s ‘top 100 australian golf courses 2020’ announced 

The Eastern Golf Club has two, of it’s three, championship courses featured within Golf Australia Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Australian Golf Courses 2020’.

South Course : Holes 1-18 (#55 Golf Australia Magazine ‘Top 100 Golf Courses 2020’)

North Course : Holes 10-27 (#84 Golf Australia Magazine ‘Top 100 Golf Courses 2020’)

 

Date: February 17, 2020


AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR GAME CAN BRING INCREDIBLE RESULTS

Why is it that less than 10% of golfers have regular instruction and, by that, I mean four to five lessons a year?

For some, it’s a lack of time, for others it’s financial but the number one reason for not investing in your game is the ‘fear of change’. Changing any pattern of behaviour  takes time to get used to.  There will be errors along the way, slips and frustration as you don’t necessarily see immediate improvement. The general rule of thumb is that it takes between 30 to 60 days to change a pattern of behaviour, and not within days as most golfers expect.

The improvement cycle looks like this:

  • Make the decision that you actually want to get better
  • Seek help on what to change and that’s where the golf professional comes in
  • Practice the changed behaviour as much as you can and for a period of three to four weeks
  • Check in with your golf professional on how your progress is going
  • Repeat the above

If you follow this cycle, without doubt you will improve – it will just take time and a bit of hard work. Don’t be one of the 90 % of golfers that go round and round searching for the magic answer without finding it because there isn’t one; and often enjoying their golf less and less in the process.

If golf lessons aren’t your thing, the quickest way to see improvement is through a review of, and changing your equipment and having your equipment properly fitted for you – just as you would a pair of shoes. I see so many golfers who play golf two – three days a week with equipment that is 10 – 15, and sometimes 20 years old.  Golf equipment and technology is changing constantly, as do our own bodies – what may have worked three years ago might not be best suited to you to ensure maximum enjoyment from your golf, whilst also assisting in minimising any risk of injury. 

Eastern Golf Club Member, James Walsh, recently booked in for a lesson and asked me why he was hitting his driver so high and wanted more distance. James didn’t have a lot to change, for as it is for many golfers, it was a combination of technique and equipment.  James was very happy to share his story with you:

“For the last 30 years my clubs have come from flea markets, bidding on eBay or gumtree, hand me downs or bargain bins financed by birthday vouchers. I joined Eastern Golf Club 11 months ago as a 26 handicapper. Three weeks ago, at the age of 41, I had my first golf lesson. Scott’s statement about my driver was initially shocking but it turns out he was right, and I really don’t know as much about golf as I thought I did. In 30 minutes, he had me straightened out and banned me from my 12-year-old offset head driver – it was all wrong for me and he lent me a more suitable demo M6 driver.  ​At first, I was overwhelmed but my next round was amazing, gaining 50+ metres on my drives. This meant that my 4 iron 2nd shots are now an 8 iron.  ​In one round I dropped from 11 to 10.3. ​In 2020, I’m looking at ticking single figures off my bucket list!” – James Walsh

If you’re keen to improve your golf game and are unsure how to go about it, or simply want to try the latest and greatest equipment, please touch base with me when you’re in The Sports Shop, or send me an email and I’d be delighted to have a chat and see how, together, we can help you improve your game, and ultimately get more enjoyment from it as you improve.

2020 Golf Clinic Schedule

 

 

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: January 15, 2020

 


It’s a new year and there’s new gear

The New Year always coincides with new product launches and none are more widely anticipated than those from TaylorMade and CALLAWAY. Replacing the M5 and M6 come the SIM and SIM Max from TaylorMade while Rogue finishes up with MAVRIK being launched from CALLAWAY.

It’s hard to imagine the products getting better each year, but I like to compare golf clubs with mobile phones.  If your mobile phone is only a year old then it’s probably not really worth all that’s involved to update to the newest model, but if you have gone three to four years without an update, then you are probably missing out on the latest technology advances. Golf clubs are the same and there are many players out there who are not only using clubs that are a couple of series behind the most recent equipment, but many don’t take the time to have their clubs fitted correctly either – which is even more important than what model you are playing with.

The message from both companies is simple – faster and more forgiving using aerodynamics and changing the shape of their driver slightly. In viewing the video below the SIM series looks like some sort of spaceship but when seeing it, it is exactly the kind of design you expect from a TaylorMade driver and, of course, it performs, sounds and feels great as always.

The MAVRIK delivers on all fronts also and sits nicely in with the EPIC Flash family from 2019.

The driver is always the club that both brands want to win you over with but the full range also includes fairways, hybrids and irons. Both brands will officially launch their product in early 2020 with bookings for fittings beginning in late January.

As always, I encourage you to make an appointment for a fitting and try the new products – especially if you haven’t updated your equipment in recent times. Complimentary fittings are provided for Eastern Golf Club members and there is no obligation to purchase. Don’t forget that our price match guarantee* means we will honour a lower advertised price for the identical product advertised by a local competitor. 

Please contact me for more information or to make a fitting appointment.

Stay tuned!

 

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: January 14, 2020

Content Source: TaylorMade

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Eliminate those three-putts with good rhythm and timing

If there is one area of the game where the Pros really outplay the amateurs, it is in their putting.

If you were lucky enough to see Kevin Na’s win at the Shriners Open on the US Tour you would understand – with one of the best putting performances ever seen on the greens. In the second round he holed 202 feet of putts; to put that into perspective – he holed an 11 foot putt on every green. A good day on the greens is about 100 feet – to double that on one day is simply incredible and Na only won the tournament in a play off that lasted six holes.

What can the average golfer learn from players like Na is that good rhythm on the greens is the key to controlling speed and eliminating three-putts. When most amateurs are faced with a 20 foot putt, the tendency is to simply hit the ball harder; make a short back swing and then ‘accelerate’ the putter through very quickly in a jerking fashion, often losing control of the strike and therefore having no consistency of speed.

The key to controlling your speed is to swing the putter with consistent rhythm and timing to allow your backswing to become much longer than your follow through on those 20 and 30 feet efforts. One of the biggest myths in golf that prevents this is to putt with your shoulders and no wrists. To allow the backswing to lengthen, your wrists should naturally hinge a little as should your elbows. Try throwing a ball without hinging your wrists – you can’t and putting is no different.

If you want to conquer the big putting surfaces at Eastern, spend some time working on your lag putting with the above techniques and watch the handicap slowly come down.

Better still book in for a putting lesson using SAM Puttlab and BLAST Motion with our Director of Golf,  Scott Barradell.

 

 

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: October 9, 2019


australian golf digest magazine : ’25 greatest clubhouses in australia’ 

“The Members’ Lounge, fitted with comfy armchairs at nearly every table, that spills out to the terrace overlooking the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges has to be arguably the most comfortable members’ lounge in Australia.com “ Terry Hicks, panellist Australian Golf Digest ‘25 Greatest Clubhouses in Australia’.

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You may be practicing, but is what you are doing helping you improve your game?

It is not uncommon to see the driving range full on any given day, but are you really getting the full benefit out of what you are doing? Chances are that you may not be achieving as much as you could be.  Here’s my guide 

to getting the most of your time on the range.

If you are hitting balls before a round, half a bucket of balls is more than enough. This is the time when you are warming up, not practicing. Spend 15 – 20 minutes going through your bag with the focus on rhythm and tempo. Most of your balls should be hit with the scoring clubs and very few with your driver or longer clubs. I reguarly see people arrive at the driving range and immediately pull out their driver and start hitting the ball. Make sure you include some time on the chipping and putting greens before heading out on course. 

If you do have the additional time, separate to those days that you are playing a round of golf, to get some more practice in then do your golf game a favour and make it worth while. I would estimate that the large majority of players spend time hitting on the driving range without any plan, and no structure, and are not really making any significant improvement to their game.

If you are having lessons, or working on something constructive to the improvement of your game, the driving range is the place to do it, so invest the time in this.  The worst thing you can do on the range is to just hit balls with no purpose or thought. A good simple exercise is try and ‘play golf’ on the range. Hit a driver at a certain spot, pull out a 6 iron and hit at a different target and finish off with a small pitch. This is more constructive, and beneficial to your game than just ‘hitting away’ with the same club, ball after ball. Have fun with clubs and different shots too; try and hit your 5 iron low and high; try and hit a 7 iron half its usual distance. Don’t be one of those players just trying something different every day, thinking you’ve got the fix, but only to find in a day or so, that you haven’t.

All Eastern Golf Club members enjoy full use of the Driving Range facilities including unlimited golf balls. 

Some final thoughts for improvement:
  • Get some help and appreciate that changing anything takes time. Don’t be one of those doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.
  • Small changes can lead to big improvement – especially in your short game technique.
  • If you do practice, then spend 70% of your time on shots inside 120 metres.
  • Before taking advice from someone, including yourself, ask are they qualified to give it? 

 

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: August 1, 2019


Improve your putting and lower those scores now

When I ask people about their putting I usually receive two answers: “It’s OK, or good one day, bad the next” or “It’s pretty close to the truth but only thing I’d say is it’s more down than up”.

No matter what skill you are looking to assess, the first stage of the improvement process is to measure and assess. Once you know what you are doing, whether it’s right or wrong, you can then plan what y

ou need to improve and go from there. The important thing to remember is that the assessment must be measurable so that, over time, you can continue to assess and track your improvements. An example of this is trying to improve your fitness and health – you would collate vital information including how much you weigh, your body measurements and other important health details.

With anything you would like to get better at doing, you always need a starting point from which you can begin your program of improvement. 

For years the golf industry has not had the technology to measure and assess a putting stroke; which is one of the main reasons why many golfers never improve in that area of their game. The other reason is that most golfers think their technique is actually efficient as they have never been shown otherwise and the majority of time, it’s not. 

We now have the technology to measure and assess a putting stroke in extreme detail and provide golfers with clear reasons as to why they are OK one day and bad the next using SAM Puttlab and the BLAST sensor.

In simple terms, feel is determined by putting dynamics; and by dynamics I am referring to your timing and tempo. Once you develop the correct parameters in these areas which can be achieved with as little as five minutes practice a day, you can improve your putting stroke in no time and you will see your scores come down with it. It was interesting reading an article by Australia’s Cameron Smith in the July edition of Australian Golf Digest saying that he uses the BLAST sensor before every round in his warm up as his feel changes every day. Yours does too.

The BLAST sensor and SAM Puttlab station are both available within the TaylorMade Performance Centre and are the complete solution for improving your putting and lowering your scores.

To enquire about our selection of golf tuition packages; and our calendar of golf clinics, please discuss your requirements with The Sports Shop team or email me directly.

 

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: July 31, 2019


australian golf digest course review

“Moving house is never easy to do. For Melbourne’s Eastern Golf Club, the relocation from suburban Doncaster to Yering in 2015 was an emotional mix of sorrow and opportunity. The former sentiment was over the

 loss of 90-odd years of history at one site and the latter a chance to simultaneously make a powerful statement and fortify a new chapter in the club’s history.”

To read Steve Keipert’s full course review in Australian Golf Digest please click on the link below:

COURSE REVIEW 

 

 

Date: June 27, 2019


It’s winter time and that means a few changes in your preparation.

This year we have been blessed with some great weather but in recent weeks we’ve seen winter arrive with arctic temperatures being experienced and darkness arriving late afternoon. 

With the colder weather well and truly upon us, you may have noticed that your golf ball does not travel as far and many adjustments need to be made to your game, with one of the most important ones being to review the clubs you are using, with an extra club or two often required.

The other noticable thing during the colder months is that the ball rolls less when on the fairway, and it is often best to choose a club with more loft and less roll. Sounds simple but many golfers overlook these easy adjustments that are required during cold and wet conditions that can be the difference between a great, or challenging, day out on course. 

Preparation is imperative when playing in winter and we’ve outlined some of the essential items we recommend to not only play better golf, but to stay warm whilst out there:

  • A good set of waterproofs is a must when playing in winter. Many companies now provide waterproof pant options that can be worn instead of normal pants. The FOOTJOY range of waterproof outfits is one of the best on the market and available in The Sports Shop
  • Keeping your hands dry and warm is probably the most important thing during winter and it’s as easy as having a pair of winter gloves and a rain grip glove in your bag. There are several options in the winter glove market that can be used when swinging in those freezing conditions; and equally as important is a rain glove when playing in the wet. Both items cost approximately $30 each and can last up to three to four seasons, depending on your use.
  • Grips are another thing which many people overlook. Depending on your use, grips should be changed every one to two years. There are many options on new grips and our team in The Sports Shop can assist you in finding the best pair for your needs.  
  • It’s fine to try and stay warm by wearing three to four layers of clothing but you still must be able to swing freely. Two absolute essentials for me include a base layer under garment and wind vest. Both keep the body warm without causing extra bulk and impeding your ability to swing freely.
  • Finally the list concludes with some basic items including a beanie to keep the head warm, umbrella and hand warmer. Once you are fully kitted out, you will be able to stay warmer this winter and, hopefully, enjoy your golf more. 

When sourcing your equipment, please remember our price match guarantee which means that we will honour a lower advertised price for the identical product advertised by a local competitor; and when you’re purchasing your golf equipment through The Sports Shop you are benefitting the club. 

In addition to your club and equipment preparation, it’s also imperative to undertake a good warm up before playing. One of the great benefits of your golf membership at Eastern is access to our extenstive practice facilities include long and short game Practice Range facilities including a grass tee driving range and covered practice bays with high quality TaylorMade range balls.  The Club’s practice facilities, with unlimited drive range balls, are available to playing golf members only.  

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: May 29, 2019


director of golf recognised in 2019 ‘top 50’ greatest clubfitters

Fantastic to see our Director of Golf, Scott Barradell featured in Australian Golf Digest 2019 ’50 Great Clubfitters’.

Scott leads a team that takes a great deal of pride in assisting each member with their individual requirements and are fully trained to review your personal playing needs, and how the latest golfing technology and equipment that is available can assist in improving your golf game.

The team are trained in specialised club fitting systems and we can provide assistance with coordinating any repairs and maintenance of your clubs; with the aim to get you, and your clubs, back on the golf course as quickly as possible  All club repairs are done offsite and we can assist with the organisation of substitute clubs if required. 

The Eastern Golf Club Golf Shop prides itself on three core values:

  • Providing value for money – our price match guarantee means that we will honour a lower advertised price for the identical product advertised by a local competitor
  • 100% money-back-guarantee on fitted equipment
  • Exceptional after-sales service

We only stock products that we endorse, and personally use ourselves. 

Well done Scott!


 

Why a good set up position is most important.

If I was asked to prioritise just one tip that will provide maximum benefit to the average golfer’s game, it would be how to set up a golf ball correctly.

There are very few lessons that I give in which we don’t talk about the set up – it is often an evolving thing, and without players realising, can change from day-to-day. It can include areas such as the width of your stance; standing too far away, or too close, to the ball; poor ball position and, finally, poor posture. Each of these elements can have different effects on your swing; but, the good news is that some subtle changes to your game can make huge differences.

Having good, sound, technique before you hit the shot is imperative to giving yourself the best chance to make a good swing. From an improvement point of view, set up changes are the easiest ones to make as they are ‘static’ and can easily be practiced on the Driving Range, at work, home or practically anywhere.  Within short time frames, an improvement in ball striking can be seen with a few minor tweaks.

In this tuitorial I would like to focus on two of these set up areas – ball position and the effect it has on your spine angle.  As a general rule, most players that slice have the ball too far forward and those that hook have the ball too far back.

The most common mistake I see golfers make is having their spine too straight (Image: 1 & 2) and their head too far on top on the ball. Poor positioning of the spine, with the ball being too far forward, will lead to a number of things including lack of rotation, swaying of the hips and in general the swing being too vertical which causes big slices or pulling the ball.

In the correct position (Image 3 & 4), the stance should be shoulder width apart with the ball slightly forward and the left hip and left shoulder slightly higher than the right. In this position the head is positioned behind the ball allowing the body to turn correctly and have the club swing around the body as it should.

In our ‘Full Swing Tune Up Package’, the set up fundamentals are included within the areas of your game that we cover over four sessions. To book in for a lesson, or if you have any questions answered regarding your game, please send me through an email.

Incorrect: ball forward and spine too straight.

Incorrect: too far away from ball.

Correct: left hip high and head behind ball.

Correct posture. Good balance, arms just hanging.

Scott Barradell

Director of Golf I TaylorMade Australia Brand Ambassador

Date: March 26, 2019


 

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