It all starts with a Good Grip.

The grip is often overlooked by golfers looking to improve their game, but I believe it’s essential that every golfer has a sound grip before working on any other fundamentals or swing mechanics.

I always stress to new students the importance of light grip pressure in the right hand. I ask them, would they squeeze a ball tightly in their hand if they were going to throw it as far as they can?

The answer is no, the ball should be held lightly in the finger tips to allow the wrist, arm and shoulder to stay relaxed, so maximum speed can be generated.

Your connection with the grip of your golf club should be no different. The primary role of your hands is to connect with the club as one unit to allow the power built up by the movements of the body to be transferred into the clubhead.

Below are the key points I believe you should focus on for a sound grip:

Left Hand 

  • The grip sits under the muscular pad and in the bend of index finger (see image above).
  • The remaining fingers are then wrapped around the grip.
  • Top three fingers fairly firm to maintain control at the top of the swing.

Right Hand

  • Hands are connected by either inter-lock or overlap method.
  • Grip sits in middle of fingers and pad of right hand is rolled over to sit on top of left thumb (left thumb should be hidden).
  • Pressure in right fingers is a 1 or 2 out of 10 (very light).

One of the favourite drills I like to use hitting balls is the Right Thumb & Forefinger off the club. It was discovered by the Legandary US golfer Ben Hogan and works wonders for golfers who hold onto the club too tightly with the right hand.

Taking the thumb and finger off allows the right forearm and shoulder to stay relaxed which cures a lot of swing faults associated with an overactive right side.



The Holden Scramble is back again this year. We will be hosting the event on Friday 25th September with a rolling start from the 1st tee.

Despite the poor weather, last year’s event was a huge success with less than 1 shot separating the top 4 teams. Changing the event to an Invitation with a minimum of two members per team helped to attract more players.

This year’s event will be the same format, so start organising your teams now so you can register in August.

The Handiskins Tournament will be hosted for the 3rd consecutive year in 2015. The event which has been enjoyed by members over the past 2 years has a few new incentives to make this year’s tournament even more exciting.

There are more giveaways including wine and a national final at Hamilton Island Resort. Once again participants will combine their best 3 rounds over 5 qualifying days. Players’ scores and their ranking will be listed on the Handiskins website after each round.

The top 4 players after Round 5 will participate in a club final skins match for $1200 which is extremely exciting for all.

This year’s qualifying rounds will be held on the following dates (weather permitting):

  • Saturday 29th August
  • Saturday 5th September
  • Saturday 12th September
  • Saturday 19th September
  • Saturday 26th September
  • Saturday 10th October (CLUB FINAL)


Two lucky players have won their free round of golf for this edition of the newsletter! They are:

  • Lyn Joseph (I’ve never won it before, I need the practice, I love my golf).
  • Vicki Costello (because I just joined the club).

Congratulations on your prize of a free round of golf that can be redeemed outside club competition times – please call into the pro-shop to see Stewart and the team to arrange your free game.


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Thanks for reading our second newsletter for the year. In this edition, we are giving away two free rounds of golf (for the months of February and March), a guessing competition for the upcoming US Masters this weekend, the BlueFit Golf NRL Tipping competition, a tip from our trainee professional and an update on the Holden Scramble and Handiskins for 2015.


April is the time of year when the flowers are in full bloom of spring over in the USA in readiness for the first golfing major of the year – The US Masters.

The Aussies are well represented in the field with six players making the final field (it could be seven if one of the lads is able to win the Houston Open like local boy Matthew Jones did last year to receive the last player exemption spot for the US Masters) and  we’re hoping that another player from “Down Under Can Be On Top Of The World” and wear the infamous green jacket with pride being presented by Bubba Watson in The Butler Cabin at Augusta National Golf Course in the second weekend of April.

13th Hold Augusta National

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 13th hole at Augusta National is also a par five that has a water carry to cross to get to the green.It looks very similar to the 3rd hole at Hurstville Golf Course.


The professionals on tour plan their schedules accordingly to give themselves the best preparation possible to be able to compete (and hopefully win) one of the four golf majors that are played every year being the US Masters, The US Open, British Open and the US PGA events.

From their practice sessions, exercise plan (both strength and conditioning program), short game work for shots that are played within 100 metres of the hole (where most golfers take 60% of their shots during a round of golf), and training with their swing coaches in readiness for the majors.

What are your major tournaments throughout the golfing year ?

  • Club Championships
  • Matchplay Championships
  • Foursomes Championships
  • Pennants / Club Representative Fixtures

Have you set yourself a goal to get your handicap to a certain level by the end of the year?

Maybe getting a lesson from one of the staff in the pro-shop could be the answer to help you improve your golf and get more enjoyment from the game.

Craig is running a US Masters Guessing Competition (that closes on Saturday 11th April) where you nominate who you think will win the first major of the year along with the winning score and the winning member will receive a 60 minute individual golf lesson.

Pop into the pro-shop and talk to Stewart or the team to see if they are able to help you with your golf game and be the envy of your playing partners.


BlueFit Golf are running a NRL Tipping Competition again in 2015.

There have been lots of upset victories in the first 5 rounds which has made tipping difficult. Trying to work out which Parramatta team is going to turn up doesn’t help either. After a slow start the Mighty Dragons have been rock solid with 3 consecutive wins and last weekend saw the Sharks finally get a win on the board with an upset over the Roosters. Although it’s still early days, after 5 rounds there is a 3 way tie at the top between Ruatoki, Ernie Eels and the Unhappy Dragon.

Only 6 points separates first and last place.


One of my favourite movies growing up was “The Karate Kid” (mainly because Daniel-San gets to make out with Elisabeth Shue at the end of the film as she was, and still is, extremely cute). One of the underlying themes throughout the movie is that there are many effective methods in how to train for karate that might not be found in any textbook.

The same can also be said about the golf swing. It can be trained in many different ways with the use of numerous golf swing training aids and methods (trust me – I have tried most of them as Stewart can attest to, based on the deliveries made for me here in the pro-shop on occasion).

One thing that is common amongst all athletes is that to be able to perform at your best, you must remain in balance. Balance in a golf swing is essential and the easiest way to observe if someone is able to attain this is how long a player can hold their follow through position at the completion of their golf swing.

Not being able to hold your balance does not allow for the best possible strike of the golf ball. Failing to move the body in the correct sequence or over-swinging are common faults that lead to inconsistent ball striking and can result in poorer shots. Balance is achieved via a good rhythm throughout the entire golf swing from pre-shot routine, shot execution and into post-shot routine.

One drill that Tom Watson used to undertake to ensure that his swing was always in balance was when making practice swings he would turn into his follow through and lift his right foot off the ground completely – this meant all of his weight had moved into his left side and he was holding his balance on one leg. It also meant that he maintained a smooth tempo throughout his swing.

Physical balance is one important factor for successful golf. The other is that mental balance is particularly important for good golf to be played.

The mind must be able to stay on an even keel during the round and needless to say there will be an article on mental balance in one of the following newsletters.


The Holden Scramble will be back again in 2015. Despite the poor weather last year’s event was a huge success with less than 1 shot separating the top 4 teams. Changing the event to an Invitation with a minimum of two members per team helped to attract more players. This year’s event will be the same, more information including a date likely to be in August or September will be posted soon.

The Handiskins Tournament will be hosted for the 3rd consecutive year in 2015. The event which has been enjoyed by members over the past 2 years has a few new incentives to make this year’s tournament even more exciting. There are more giveaways including wine and a national final at Hamilton Island Resort. Once again participants will combined their best 3 rounds over 5 qualifying days. Players’ scores and their ranking will be listed on the Handiskins website after each round. The top 4 players after Round 5 will participate in a club final skins match for $1200 which is extremely exciting for all. This year’s qualifying rounds will be held on the following dates (weather permitting);

  • Saturday 29th August
  • Saturday 5th September
  • Saturday 12th September
  • Saturday 19th September
  • Saturday 26th September
  • Saturday 10th October (CLUB FINAL)


Our two lucky players that have won their free round of golf for this edition of the newsletter:

February 2015 – Linda Rolfe (she thinks she needs the practice)

March 2015 – Cherese Huntley (who also thinks she needs the practice)

Congratulations on your prize of a free round of golf that can be redeemed outside club competition times – please call into the pro-shop to see Stewart and the team to arrange your free game.


Prices that will blow you away especially with your Hurstville Golf Club members discount available.

Simply too hot for the press !!

Call into the shop to see all the deals on Footjoy shoes this month.


Welcome to BlueFit Golf’s first newsletter of 2015. It’s been a busy start to the year with lots of members and guests participating in competitions and plenty of social golfers rocking up for a round in the mild summer conditions we have been experiencing. The course is in fantastic condition thanks to our Head Super Bazza and his new assistant Touk’s. It’s hard to believe that these two guys maintain the entire course with very little extra assistance. Keep up the good work boys and we look forward to a new apprentice joining your team soon.

Once again there will be lots of exciting events to play in 2015. We plan to host another Holden Scramble and possibly the Handiskins Tournament. Pennants season has kicked off and Hurstville Golf Club have Major, Mixed and Super Senior Pennant teams, along with an Encourage Shield team. We wish all our representatives the best of luck and hope they thoroughly enjoy all their matches.

Head Professional Stewart Hardiman will be escorting a group of members and guests on a Golf Tour to play Barnbougal Dunes & Lost Farm  Golf Courses in Tasmania. Both courses are ranked in the Top 25 Public Access Courses in the world. If you would like to join Stewart on this spectacular tour from 17th-19th May please email golf@bluefit.com.au

The Mayoral Golf Day will be hosted on Friday 6th March. It’s always a very fun day with lots of prizes, great food and plenty of amber liquid. If you are interested in playing on the day or sponsoring a hole please contact Kevin Greene on kevingreene@live.com.au

This month’s newsletter will also feature Upcoming Events, Pro Shop Specials, New Products, Rules & Etiquette, NRL Tipping Comp and our Free Round winner. Also, if you have any interesting golf news or stories please let us know so we can share it with the other readers in future editions.


In 2015  we will be posting even more tips, specials, new products and events on our Hurstville Golf Course Facebook page.

It’s a great way to keep up to date with golf course promotions, upcoming events and the latest products.

If you’re on Facebook, but haven’t been receiving any of our feeds, ‘Like Us’ today!


The Mixed Pennants team has been performing well in 2015. So far the team is undefeated with four wins and one halved match. With one game to play they look like specials to proceed to the finals.

The Girls Encourage Shield team has also started well with two wins from as many matches and the Super Senior have won their first group match. The Major & Ladies Pennants will commence later this month. Let’s hope all our teams continue with their consistent play.

We wish them all the best for their upcoming matches.

The 2nd hole is proving to be a favourite for Billy Conwell. Billy recorded his second Hole in One on the same hole he scored his first hole in one last year.

Congratulations Billy. Hopefully number 3 will drop in 2016?