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"(Golf s) a fantastic networking tool for anyone
in business... and if you want to find out the true
personality of someone, play a round of golf and it
will show itself!"
But, he says, to improve in the sport it s essen-
tial to get the right advice from the start.
"The most common mistake people make
when starting out is taking advice from friends and
spouses, as although it is given with good intent
it normally creates wrong concepts -- which take a
long time to undo."
Choosing your clubs, too, should be something
done in consultation with a professional.
"The most common mistake is buying clubs off
the rack, rather than consulting with a fully quali-
fied PGA member who is trained to fit the clubs to
"Incorrectly fitted clubs are the main cause of
golfers with major swing issues, caused by making
compensations to accommodate the clubs that
don t suit them," says David. He suggests new
golfers are better off starting with group lessons.
"In general new golfers learn better in small
clinics, as the dynamics of learning in a group is
less intimidating than individual lessons. Plus, it is
more cost-effective as equipment is also supplied
during the course... individual lessons are tailored
to fast-track someone who has specific goals and
wants measurable results."
There s also a myth that you don t need to be
fit to play golf (OK, ditch those mental images of
a chain-smoking wild-living pre-stomach stapled
John Daly for the moment); for a start, the aver-
age length of a course is around 6000m; that s six
kilometres of solid walking, and a whole lot more
if you re an exponent of "army golf " (hitting the
ball left, right, left, right).
You need power, flexibility, strength and
stamina in equal doses. Golf is a sport where you
need to be fully concentrated and relaxed at the
same time. So what exercises are good for golf?
Where to play
Perth and surrounds has some fantastic courses
open to the public. Here are 10 of the best:
ARALUEN GOLF RESORT, (08) 9397 9000,
BURSWOOD PARK, (08) 9362 7576,
COLLIER PARK, (08) 9450 6488,
JOONDALUP, (08) 9400 8811,
DID YOU KNOW?
The odds of making a hole-in-one
vary, according to a study published in
authoritative US journal Golf Digest, on
the quality of the player.
For a professional tour player, this is
3000 to 1; a low-handicapper 5000 to 1;
an average player, 12,000 to 1.
POINT WALTER, (08) 9330 3262,
SUN CITY COUNTRY CLUB, YANCHEP,
(08) 9561 1352, suncitygolf.org.au.
THE CUT, (08) 9582 4444, the-cut.com.au.
THE VINES RESORT AND COUNTRY CLUB,
(08) 9297 0777, thevines.com.au.
WEMBLEY GOLF COMPLEX, near to
completing a $12 million upgrade of its
facilities, including an 80-bay, fully automated
driving range (pictured), the most modern and
biggest of its kind in Australia. (08) 9387 7272,
WHALEBACK GOLF COURSE, (08) 9457 8999,
For details on more courses, see
golftourismwa.com. WA also has some of the
finest private courses in Australia; many are
open to "green fee" players. Check with clubs
directly or see wagolf.com.au for more details.
For lessons, check out davidmilnegolfacademy.
com.au, (08) 9301 2599, or contact your local golf
Melbourne-based Ramsay McMaster, a world
authority on golf-specific physiotherapy, suggests
cycling, running and swimming as "golf-comple-
Swimming is particularly beneficial because
it is low-impact on joints, is not weight bearing
and, provided your technique is sound, encourages
good trunk rotation -- essential in the golf swing.
But, says Ramsay, pushing big weights in the
gym, in order to "bulk up" will do more harm
than good when it comes to golf.
A regular stretching routine is probably the
golfer s best friend but don t overdo it, he says.
For more on golf-specific exercises, see
BY THE NUMBERS
12,000,000,000 estimated drop
in stock value (US dollars) of Tiger Woods'
sponsors in 2009 in wake of world No.1's sex
1,000,000,000 US dollars, career
earnings of Tiger Woods (PSS*)
540,000,000 number of golf balls sold in
the US each year
150,000,000 US dollars, cost of building
Liberty National Golf Course, New York
29,200,000 estimated number of rounds
played in Australia each year
23,000,000 US dollars, career earnings of
former women's world No.1 Annika Sorenstam
1,200,000 number of registered golfers in
500,000 US dollars, joining fee of Liberty
National Golf Club, New York
470,000 estimated number of "social"
golfers in Australia
110,800 number of registered golfers
32,000 US dollars, cost of world's most
expensive clubs, platinum and gold-plated Five
Star 14-piece set made by Honma, Japan
20,000 number of courses in the US
9750 US dollars, cost of Louis Vuitton Damier
Geant golf bag
1566 number of golf clubs in Australia
1 best possible score on a single hole in golf
i.e an ace, or hole-in-one. On a par-five (it has
happened!) this is known as a condor, double-
albatross or triple-eagle
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