Kevin Morris Director of golf in Cork at Fota Island Resort and PGA Professional since 1979 has given the following advice “Having not played a round for so long due to weather constraints or for whatever reason, why not play a few practice holes to ease back into it. It will help warm up your game and get you back on form” for a proper round of the course.

Some tips for the rusty golfer

Most importantly, look after your back!! Take care not to hurt yourself as you get back into your game.

If you are unsure of your clubs, find someone reputable to check for you, important areas to look include the grip, the sole point of contact between the golfer and the club, hence its importance. Check that your clubs fit this can help to drastically improve your game. Finally, I would suggest that you make sure you have all the right golf equipment in your bag each time before setting out, a master is no good with out his tools!

A good starting point if you are uncertain would be to work on the basics! You can’t go wrong if you follow that advice. It also helps to reduce any bad habits you may have formed along the way!

Depending on how long you’ve been away, you might need a few refresher lessons. Even the most regular players could use a lesson or two from time to time. This also helps to help reduce those bad habits. You should choose two or three things at a time to work on! This way you are not spreading yourself too finely and maximising the benefits to be gained from your efforts.

I hope this information has been useful. Keep an eye on next week’s blog from Fota Island Golf for tips on checking your equipment.

If you have any questions or want anything clarified please ask and I’ll find out for you.

John O’Connell