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Swing Thoughts

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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

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

New Year’s Resolution?

The new year is on its way. That means that many are starting to think about their New Year’s resolutions (las resoluciones del año nuevo).  Stop smoking, going to the gym, learning a new language, getting your handicap below 10!

Unfortunately, we also know most people don’t get very far with these resolutions, un the UK, 80% of the people didn’t even make it for three months. Three months! So, by the end of March, 80% of the people who had resolutions will have given up!

Mow, I am not looking to dive into the details of the how and the why, it’s better to solve the problem I think.

So practice!

Here comes the reason for the title of today’s blog. If your goal this year is to learn a language, make your resolution more concrete: Set a practice goal and set it as high as possible! And then? Well, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, AND PRACTICE, of course. Listen to the ratio, watch TV, read books and make sure it’s all in English.

Even more interesting, locate the closest location for foreigners to have their after work cañas and start making friends. If you can make even more of it, better (yes, I am telling you that having an intimate relationship helps as long as neither of you is committed!). So make friends, in order to be able to practice in a natural environment, don’t force it. Don’t ask people to teach you and don’t be scared of making mistakes. I am sure you will make them, I make mistakes and I’m an English teacher!

Get it moving

Practicing is the best way to improve your skills, any skill, as you basically do the same thing as sports people. Tiger Woods didn’t become the player he is because he studied golf, not even because he spent so much time on the driving range. He is the golfer he is because he put in (el hizo) the rounds. He went onto the course and played.

Now, you go to that bar and practice!

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

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

Practice Your English – Irish European Tour Players

Are you looking to continuously improve your English? Then the adage is practice, practice, practice. I would like to invite you to do this and hereby, I present you with a means, some exercises.

Irish European Tour Players

Ireland is one of those countries we think about when it comes to golf. I have friends here in Spain who often discuss traveling to the country and enjoy golf and “other activities”.

But what is Ireland doing when it comes to golf? Where have the Irish tour players gone? Philip Reid asks himself this question as well in The Irish Times. In today’s exercise, this is the article we read.

Reading and Questions

The questions are based on the before mentioned article in The Irish Times which you can read by clicking here. Here are the questions:

  • Numbers of Irish players what? And what does that mean?
  • How many players held tour cards back in 1996?
  • What is the first reason given for it being more complicated for Irish players to obtain such a card?
  • What, according to Mr. Reid, is the role of the Golfing Union of Ireland?

Your Ideas

There are so many things we could ask you to write about regarding this Ryder Cup. We would like to ask you to be creative and give us an opinion you have. Maybe about the result of the picks made by the European captain, maybe about the comments made by Phil Mickelson after the tournament. Maybe you would like to say something about the results of the Spanish participants.

Send us an email explaining in about 250 words your ideas on the questions above. Send it to info@tjenglishgolf.es with the subject “Practice Your English – Ryder Cup” and we will respond as soon as possible with feedback on your writing.

Answers

  • The numbers have dwindled which means that they have dropped gradually.
  • 13 players held tour card at that moment.
  • More players from different countries are obtaining spots on the tour, the competition is growing making it more complicated for Irish players.
  • Its role is to govern the sport of golf, for men, in Ireland.

If you would like to have a look at the previous exercises on “The Ryder Cup”, please click here.

English for Caddie Masters

Y aquí está, INGLÉS PARA CADDIE MASTERS. El libro de inglés de 11 capítulos creado especificamente para el trabajo diario de los caddie master que tienen que y quieren poder interactuar con visitantes. Visitantes que no hablan su idioma y que prefieren comunicar en inglés.

Trata de diferentes temas como: dar la bienvenida, hacer reservas y explicar como puede hacerse miembro de su club. Está completamente pensada para poder comunicarse de forma hablada. Con frases sencillas aptos para todos independiente del nivel de inglés que tiene. Cada capitulo contiene vocabulario, frases hechas de forma sencilla y ejemplos de conversación para usted poder practicar.

¿Donde encontrarlo? El libro se vende en Amazon por el increíble precio de €3,99. Ademas puede verlo en nuestra página web pinchando aquí. 

Curso

Y no solo existe el libro, además tenemos el curso de inglés para caddie master. Basado en el libro, son 10 clases de media hora por teléfono. Si desee más información, aquí encuentra toda la información acerca del curso.

Practice Your English – Ryder Cup

Are you looking to continuously improve your English? Then the adage is practice, practice, practice. I would like to invite you to do this and hereby, I present you with a means, some exercises.

The Ryder Cup

Yes yes, we know. It’s has been a week already, but can’t we really enjoy this one? Europe winning the Ryder Cup with such a big score and in great fashion. And yes, we at TJ English Golf are also proud of the result, of course, we are, Go Team Europe! And let’s be honest, 17,5 against 10,5, right?

So why not have some exercises on this topic. Many can have their opinions and we would love to know them.

Reading and Questions

The questions are based on an article in The Guardian which you can read by clicking here. Here are the questions:

  • Why did the Americans need to “tip their caps”?
  • How did Phil Mickelson earn his place in history?
  • What was so important about Jon Rahm?
  • Why have the critics of Thomas Brørn been silenced?

Your Ideas

There are so many things we could ask you to write about regarding this Ryder Cup. We would like to ask you to be creative and give us an opinion you have. Maybe about the result of the picks made by the European captain, maybe about the comments made by Phil Mickelson after the tournament. Maybe you would like to say something about the results of the Spanish participants.

Send us an email explaining in about 250 words your ideas on the questions above. Send it to info@tjenglishgolf.es with the subject “Practice Your English – Ryder Cup” and we will respond as soon as possible with feedback on your writing.

Answers

  • Thomas was the better captain.
  • No other player has lost so many matches ar the Ryder Cup as he has.
  • He beat Tiger and made no mistakes at all.
  • He was criticized for his picks but they all played extremely well.

If you would like to have a look at the previous exercises on “Missing the Cut”, please click here.

Practice Your English – Shot Clock

Photo by Veri Ivanova on Unsplash

At TJ English Golf we believe in the cliché of “practice makes perfect“. Therefore, every once in a while, we ask you to do some exercises and we will give you feedback. The level of this class C1.

The Shot Clock

Slow play is becoming an important discussion in golf recently. It frustrates players and even the professionals. So, what can be done about it. Well, The European Tour is now experimenting with solutions and one of those is the shot clock. Players have 40 seconds to make their shot, if they don’t, an extra stroke is added to their total.

In amateur golf the discussion is hot as well. I myself always try to keep up the pace but, since I have a low handicap, I might not be the fastest player myself. I am aware of this and I’m working on it.

Reading and Questions

The questions are based on an article that you can find by clicking here. The answers you may find at the bottom of this article.

  • Describe the reviews that were given (please, don’t just copy)
  • How was the shot clock enforced during the tournament?
  • What was an unexpected extra result of the shot clock?
  • Explain the reactions of the American players
  • Did players actually use all the time needed?

Your Ideas

So, as mentioned, slow play is a topic that is being discussed. I would like your opinion on the topic now. Do you encounter it on the course, do you think the pros should set the example by not playing slow? Are you maybe even a slow player.

Send us an email explaining in about 150 words your ideas on the questions above. Send it to info@tjenglishgolf.es with the subject “Practice Your English – Shot Clock” and we will respond as soon as possible with feedback on your writing.

Answers

  • Rave reviews meaning extremely enthusiastic
  • Players would receive a penalty shot if passing the 40 seconds
  • Scores actually went down compared to last year.
  • Your own answers
  • No, they didn’t. Often they hit the ball before the clock hit 30 seconds.

If you would like to have a look at the previous exercises on “The Home of Golf”, please click here.

Practice Your English – The Home of Golf

Picture from Links Golf St Andrews

At TJ English Golf we believe in the cliché of “practice makes perfect“. Therefore, every once in a while, we ask you to do some exercises and we will give you feedback. The level of this class C1 (with a great Scottish accent).

The Home of Golf

St. Andrews. Who would not like to play that golf course, we definitely would. Maybe you are lucky enough to play there this summer. Therefore, we would like to share with you this video: A five minute guide to St. Andrews and what to do there.

Watching and Questions

The questions below are based on the video which you may find by clicking here. The answers can be found at the bottom of the article.

  • How many golf courses are there at St. Andrews?
  • Which is the most famous golf club at St. Andrews?
  • When was the St. Andrews Ladies Putting Club founded?
  • Which is the courses at St. Andrews are the easiest to play on?
  • Which sea is mentioned as being close to the town?
  • How far back does golf go at St. Andrews?
  • Why was there a new trophy created?
  • Which famous couple met at the University?

Your Ideas

Would you like to play at St. Andrews?
Record a speech of about 2 minutes on your ideas of the St. Andrews golf courses and send it to us at info@tjenglishgolf.es with the subject line “Practice your English – The Home of Golf” and we will respond as soon as possible.

 

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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Answers

  • There are 7 golf courses, the most famous being the Old Course.
  • The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
  • It was founded in 1867
  • The Old Course, as the other ones are almost never available.
  • It goes back to the 14 hundreds.
  • The former one was given to Tom Morris as he won the Open three times in a row.
  • Future King and Queen William and Kate.

If you would like to have a look at the previous exercises on “The Open de España”, please click here.

Practice You English – Open de España

Open de España John Rahm

Picture from elpais.com

At TJ English Golf we believe in the cliché of “practice makes perfect“. Therefore, every once in a while, we ask you to do some exercises and we will give you feedback. The level of this class B2/C1.

 

The Open de España

More than a week has past since John Rahm won the Open de España in a magnificent manner. Everyone on the golf world, in Spain, spoke about the tournament while it was being played and I know many who went to the golf course. A shame I was busy playing golf my self (yes, I am being sarcastic).

I thought you would enjoy some exercises about the Open de España.

Reading and Questions

The questions below are based on the article by ThoughtCo which you may find by clicking here. The answers can be found at the bottom of the article.

  • The runner-up was Paule Dunne, therefore, his final position was?
  • What is the oldest record set for the tournament, as mentioned in the article?
  • Why is Antonio Garrido the first winner in the European Tour’s history?
  • Why was Miguel Angel Jimenez’s victory in 2014 important?

Your Opinion

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, many we excited about the tournament being played, especially that is was so close to Madrid. Did you go? And what’s next?
Write us your ideas in about 100 words and send them to us at info@tjenglishgolf.es with the subject line “Practice your English – Open de España” and we will respond as soon as possible.

 

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

You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter following this link.

Answers

  • He was second. The second position is called “runner-up”.
  • The golfer with the most wins, Angel de la Torre.
  • Because the Spanish Open was the first ever European Tour tournament played, and he won, in 1972.
  • He was 50 years old, setting a record for the older ever European Tour winner and being the first to do so in his 50’s.

If you would like to have a look at the previous exercises on “The New Rules of Golf”, please click here.

Practice Your English – The New Rules of Golf

aprende ingles jugando al golfAt TJ English Golf we believe in the cliché of “practice makes perfect“. Therefore, every once in a while, we ask you to do some exercises and we will give you feedback. The level of this class B2/C1.

The New Golf Rules

Recently The R&A and USGA revealed the new rules that will be implemented starting 1st January 2019. The Spanish Golf Federation has also published their translation of the changes to the rules governing this great sport.

The exercises for today are related with these rules changes.

Reading and Questions

The questions below are based on the article by the Golf Monthly which you may find by clicking here. The answers can be found at the bottom of the article.

  • What has been hanged to knee hight?
  • What is the penalty for hitting the flagstick?
  • How has the grounding rule changed?
  • Which three ideas should improve speed of play?

Your Opinion

There are many different opinions on the changes in the rules of golf. We, at TJ English Golf, are sure you also have your ideas on the topic. Write us your ideas in about 100 words and send them to us at info@tjenglishgolf.es with the subject line “Practice your English – The New Rules” and we will respond as soon as possible.

If you would like to have a look at the previous exercises on “Golf Etiquette”, please click here.

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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