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Swing Thoughts

English, inglés, golf

 

Swing Thoughts?

Have you ever heard of the English golf term “swing thoughts“? If you watch Mark Crossfield, you are sure to have heard him speak about these. He actually dedicated a complete video of his to the topic of swing thoughts. But also if you watch Rick Shiels or Me and My Golf.

What are Swing Thoughts?

Maybe you are still wondering what to call them in Spanish. Well, I would translate the term as “pensamientos de swing“.

Ever looked at the ball and thought: girar, desgirar, girar, desgirar. Well, that is a swing thought. In English, by the way, we speak about turning.

So, a swing thought is that thought that you have when you are making your swing, mostly something you need to focus on.

Examples

So, some examples of swing thought that I usually have? And believe me, I have quite a few as I am absolutely not a good golfer:

  • Finish the swing – Termina el swing. I have this problem very often and it comes together with:
  • Turn your hips! – Girar. Explained this one before, I hope.
  • Eyes on the ball! – Mira la pelota. How many people make this mistake?
  • Don’t try to kill it! – No lo intentes matar. The ball is dead and this is closely related to:
  • Let the club do the work! – Deja que el palo haga su trabajo.

Here are some interesting “swing thoughts” you can have. Usually, I don’t leave the comment section open but this time, it is. So if you have any comments, feel free to write some and maybe give some ideas on the topic as well.

I hope this helps you a bit and I wish you good luck. Until the next article:

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

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Parts of the Golf Club

parts of the golf club

Golfer with Club

The golf club, the tool we use the most when performing our favorite activity. But what are the different term of this tool, the golf club? Do you know? And do you know in English? In our blog today, we would like to tell you a little bit more about the different parts of the golf club. In this article, we use phonetic symbols to show you how to pronounce different words. In this article, we use US pronunciation and if you would like to know more about phonetic symbols, please click here.  

The Vocabulary Basics

A golf club, in its basics, consists of three parts, and this is the same for all club. If we have a look at the picture of the golfer, next to this text, you can see she holds a club in her hand. From right to left, starting at her hands, the three parts of the club are:
  • The grip /grɪp/ – the part you hold in your hands. Please be careful of saying /graip/ or /greep/.
  • The shaft /ʃæft/ – the part between the grip and the head. This is pronounced like the movie Shaft.
  • The head /hɛd/ – the part that actually hit the ball. The pronunciation is the same as the head on your shoulders.

Shaft Vocabulary

So, the basics are the basics. But a good golf club consists of more parts than just the grip, shaft and head. The shaft, for example, comes in different varieties of stiffness /ˈstɪfnəs/:
  • L – Ladies /ˈleɪdiz/
  • A – Senior /ˈsinjər/
  • R – Regular /ˈrɛgjələr/
  • F – Firm /fɜrm/
  • X – Extra Firm /ˈɛkstrə fɜrm/
  • S – Stiff /stɪf/

    The parts of the head

Head Vocabulary

Now the head of the golf club, the part everybody is interested in because that is how we hit our ball 250 meters. (We don’t, but some do.)  We have decided to give you a picture of the vocabulary of the head so it becomes easier to also attach the word to the part, we thought it would be easier. This does not keep us from our responsibility of showing you how to pronounce these different words:
  • Hosel /ˈhəʊz(ə)l/
  • Heel /hil/
  • Toe /toʊ/
  • Face /feɪs/
  • Cavity /ˈkævəti/
  • Sole /soʊl/

I hope this helps you a bit and I wish you good luck. Until the next article:

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

If you would like to receive more information about us, please send me an email to info@tjenglishgolf.es

Welcome a Golfer at your Club Correctly

First impressions are the most important we can make because they are the first (duh) and they stay with the people we meet quite a bit. Therefore, the correct use of language is key. In this article, I will explain some basic things that are essential for the purpose of welcoming guests.

Guests

Respect for the people who visit your course is shown in the way you speak about them, the way you refer to the. As golf is part of the hospitality sector, we prefer to speak about guests instead of clients. The difference? A guest will stay at our facility and will receive a service in the form of hospitality, similar to a restaurant or a hotel. Clients buy products or services.

Referring to the people who visit your resort as guests changes the mindset and the approach.

The Correct Greeting

As mentioned before, greeting our guest is a key part of making a good first impression. This also means that you need to use the correct greeting. And here it is important to remember that the parts of the day may be different in English than they are in your language. So, good morning is valid after a certain hour, especially not as late as in Spain.

  • From 0:00 midnight to 12:00 midday (noon) we say “morning”;
  • From noon to 18:00 we say “afternoon”. Here it is interesting to mention that “afternoon” actually means “after noon“;
  • The last one from 18:00 to 24:00 midnight, we say “evening”.

These different parts of the day also turn into their respective greetings combined with “good”. Meaning that before 12:00 we say “good morning” to people and after this, until 18:00 you say “good afternoon”. The last one would be “good evening”. Be aware to never say “good night” as we say this when we go to bed.

Learn More

If you wish to learn more, you can do so in our eBook, English for Caddie Masters which is available on Amazon.

 

I hope this helps you a bit and I wish you good luck. Until the next article:

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

If you would like to receive more information about us, please send me an email to info@tjenglishgolf.es

What’s in my Golf Bag – Part I

An interesting topic typically is, what is in your golf bag. So, I thought, you might be interested in this as well. Furthermore, it is a great way of explaining the names of the different clubs in English.

As you can see, the title says “Part I”. In a few months I will publish part II which will be focused on the accessories we (should) all have in our golf bags.

Golf BagNaturally, there is a video which I’d like to invite you to watch by clicking here, and that would be it.

 

I hope this helps you a bit and I wish you good luck. Until the next article:

DON’T FORGET TO PRACTICE

If you would like to receive more information about us, please send me an email to info@tjenglishgolf.es

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