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‘Networking Nous’ – Australian Golf Digest Masters Issue 2023

We are thrilled to be featured in the Master’s April 2023 issue of the Australian Golf Digest magazine!

“The words of golf and networking have never displayed such close ties”, says Annabel Rolley from the digest, and applauds Emajin on our Networking Nous.

A big thank you to our amazing and loyal members for their continued support.

We couldn’t be more proud of the team and the hard work they have put in to make this happen.

Read the full article here – Australian Golf Digest Article on Networking

 

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The Emajin Challenge – January 2023

Emajin Challenge Leaderboard:

January Monthly winner is Joshua Daly, Newcastle GC, 38 points off 21 handicap

Weekly winners in January:

Week 1 – Nathan Corby, Wagga City Golf Club, 36 points off 8 handicap

Week 2 – Andy Williams, Monash GC, 37 points off 14 handicap

Week 3 – Daniel New, St Michaels GC, 42 points off 4 handicap

Week 4 – Brendan Kenny, Clermont GC, 38 points off 7 handicap

View the January leaderboard here:

January 2023 Leaderboard

How does The Emajin Challenge Work?

Top 5 scores each week go into the running to win a box of Pro V 1s.  Top 20 scores each month go into the running to win a BRAND NEW DRIVER of your choice every month.  If you don’t want a driver, you can choose from a Scotty Cameron Putter, Bushnell Range Finder or $500 Drummond Voucher.

Over 20,000 dollars worth of prizes up for grabs!

Scores from your local club competitions or open competitions are automatically included in our leaderboard from Golflink.  Once you enter the comp, you can ‘set and forget’.

All you need to do is play your best golf and check out your name on our national leaderboard.

$120 per annum (Or $20 per month if paid monthly)

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“Tee for Two” Podcast – Raj Narayan with Karen Harding

Our Founder, Raj Narayan, sat down with Karen Harding for the latest “Tee for Two” episode, to discuss her journey through golf, how Emajin came into being and why traditional bricks and mortar and online golf clubs can happily co-exist in the golfing landscape in Australia.

“Tee for Two” is produced and hosted by Karen Harding, leading Australian golf journalist, freelance writer and editor specialising in women’s, inclusive, sustainable and grassroots golf.

Karen currently contributes to the monthly golf magazine Golf Australia, to The Long Game (the newsletter of the Golf Society of Australia), to Golf Global magazine (produced by ISPS HANDA), and to the Golf Management Australia (GMA) Journal.

Tee for Two has featured talks with many influential Women in Golf such as Hannah Green and Hannah Brown amoung others.

Have a listen below.

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The Emajin Challenge – 2022 Results & Winners

2022 FULL YEAR RESULTS & WINNERS FOR THE EMAJIN CHALLENGE

The Emajin Challenge is our Nationwide Online Competition with golfers across Australia competing in a National Leaderboard.  With the end of 2022 fast approaching, we have compiled a comprehensive list all the winners for the year.  So who were the winners of the Monthly Brand New Driver Prize and the Weekly Box of Pro V1 Golf Balls?  Just take a look below.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Not a contender yet?  Sign up here – Join the Emajin Challenge

DECEMBER 2022:

December Monthly DRVER winner:

Ian Duncan, from Churchill & Monash Golf Club, VIC, played at Traralgon GC 39 points, 14 GA handicap

December Weekly PRO V1 Box of Balls winners:

Week 1 – Michael Grubb, Charters Towers Golf Club, QLD – 37 points, 16 handicap

Week 2 – Jeff Ryan, Shelly Beach Golf Club, NSW – 36 points, 12 handicap

Week 3 – Ian Duncan, Traralgon Golf Club, VIC – 39 points, 17 handicap

Week 4 – Terry Green, Carnarvon Golf Club, NSW – 38 points, 19 handicap

Week 5 – Alex Lotz, Palmerston Golf Club, 39 points, 22 handicap

NOVEMBER 2022:

November Monthly DRVER winner:

Hilton Williams, Brisbane Fairways Social Club – 40pts off 21 Hcp at Twin Waters GC QLD

November Weekly PRO V1 Box of Balls winners:

Week 1 – Nigel Seller, Foster-Tuncurry GC NSW – 38 points off 24 handicap

Week 2 – Hannah Dawes, Gold Creek GC ACT – 37 points off 32 handicap

Week 3 – Hugh MacNally, Royal Sydney GC NSW – 41 points off 22 handicap

Week 4 – Hilton Williams, Twin Waters GC QLD – 40 points off 21 handicap

OCTOBER 2022:

October Monthly DRIVER winner:

John Harrison, Monash GC – 36 points off 3 handicap

October Weekly PRO V1 Box of Balls winners:

Week 1 – Joe Cox, Neangar Park Golf Club VIC – 36 points off 5 handicap

Week 2 – Jamie Hooper, Blackwater Golf Club, QLD – 35 points off 15 handicap

Week 3 – Adam Higgins, Parkwood Golf Club, QLD – 44 points off 29 handicap

Week 4 – John Harrison, Monash Country Club, NSW – 36 points off 3 handicap

Week 5 – Bee Mew-Sum, Avondale Golf Club, NSW – 38 points off 17 handicap

SEPTEMBER 2022:

September Monthly DRVER winner:

Jackson Braid, Moore Park Golf Club, NSW – 34 points off 18 handicap

September Weekly PRO V1 Box of Balls winners:

Week 1 – Ramesh Sivabalan, Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club, NSW – 35 points off 14 handicap

Week 2 – Charles Meschkank, Wyong Golf Club, NSW – 35 points off 14 handicap

Week 3 – Anja Muller, Gold Creek Country Club, ACT – 35 points off 30 handicap

Week 4 – Jonathan Kenny, Riverside Oaks Golf Club, NSW – 37 points off 10 handicap

AUGUST 2022:

August Monthly driver winner:

Barney Rae from Palmerston GC, Northern Territory – 39 points off 19 handicap

August Weekly PRO V1 Box of Balls winners:

Week 1 – Tim Borham, from Pennant Hills GC Golf Club, NSW – 36 points off 13 handicap

Week 2 – Steve Fanale, played at Moore Park Golf Club, NSW – 36 points off 16 handicap

Week 3 – John Harrison, played at Monash Country Club, NSW – 37 points off 4 handicap

Week 4 – Ramesh Sivabalan, played at Coolangatta Golf Club, NSW – 35 points off 14 handicap

JULY 2022:

July Monthly DRIVER winner:

Bruce Brownlow, Port Kembla GC, NSW – 40 points off 8 handicap

July Weekly PRO V1 Box of Balls winners:

Week 1 – Joe Cox, Neangar Park Golf Club, VIC – 33 points off 6 handicap

Week 2 – Rai Narayan, Macquarie Links Golf Course, NSW – 40 points off 9 handicap

Week 3 – Andrew Pohl, Gordonvale Golf Course, QLD – 35 points off 16 handicap

Week 4 – Mitch Vesic, Muswellbrook Golf Club, NSW – 34 points of 27 handicap

JUNE 2022:

June Monthly DRIVER winner:

Washington Alvarez from Cabramatta Golf Club – 37 points off 4 handicap

June Weekly PRO V1 Box of Balls winners:

Week 1 – Washington Alvarez, Cabramatta Golf Club, NSW – 37 points off 4 handicap

Week 2 – Ramesh Sivabalan, Coolangatta Golf Club, QLD – 36 points off 12 handicap

Week 3 – Chris Thompson, St Michaels Golf Club, NSW – 37 points off 17 handicap

Week 4 – Steve Tomlin, New South Wales Golf Club, NSW – 35 points off 18 handicap

MAY 2022:

May Monthly Driver winner:

Amy Pennicott from Claremont Golf Club, Tasmania – 42 points off 30 handicap

May Weekly PRO V1 Box of Balls winners:

Ramesh Sivabalan, Coolangatta Golf Club, QLD – 36 points off 13 handicap

Pablo Roig, Pinjarra Golf Club, WA – 28 points off 15 handicap from

Llewellyn Lottering, Esperance Golf Course, WA – 34 points off 14 handicap

Ben Thompson, Goldfields GC, WA – 31 points off 2 handicap

APRIL 2022:

April Monthly DRIVER winner:

Tim Borham, Pennant Hills Golf Club, NSW – 41 points off 13 handicap

April Weekly PRO V1 Box of Balls winners:

Week 1 – Michael Lam played at Coffs Harbour Golf Club, NSW – 31 points off 7 handicap

Week 2 – Patrick Yassmin, Eastlake Golf Club, NSW – 42 points off 27 handicap

Week 3 – Jonathan Kenny, Riverside Oaks Golf Club, NSW – 32 points off 11 handicap

Week 4 – Tim Borham, Pennant Hills Golf Club, NSW – 41 points off 13 handicap

 

(The Emajin Challenge our Nationwide Online Competition commenced on 1 April 2022)

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Women’s Golf Magazine Feature

I am excited to be featured in the Spring 2022 edition of the Women’s Golf Magazine.

It was great to talk about the Emajin Golf story and our journey since January 2021.

With a mission to make golf inclusive, accessible, flexible, and fun to the thousands of golfers across Australia, we at Emajin Golf have thoroughly enjoyed bringing innovative ideas and value-based access to golf for all skill levels and backgrounds.

Firstly, a very big thanks to the amazing team at Emajin Golf, Ben Doney, Jamie Mattick, Allan Haughie, Portia Hill, and Andrew Marchbank, who so strongly support our vision every step of the way, and without whom this wouldn’t be half as fun!

Proving golf-based networking opportunities to build strong connections and business growth has been a great success.  A big thanks to all our keynote speakers who have shared their insights and experiences with us – Paul Graham, Peter Gould, Rich Harvey, John Mattick AO.  And thanks to the partnership with a number of great golf courses across Australia for hosting our events.

To our members, who have been so fantastic, thank you for your support. We have so enjoyed working with all of you right from getting into golf clinics, official handicaps, online competitions, business networking and so much more.

Building golfing communities from the hundreds of thousands of golfers across the nation has been so rewarding.

“Emajin Golf is run by golfers, for golfers and this is at the heart of everything we do.”

– Raj Narayan, Founder & CEO, Emajin Golf

Read Full Article Here – Women’s Golf Magazine Spring 2022

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Online Comp – November 2022 Leaderboard

Emajin Nationwide Online Competition Scores:

November Monthly winner is Hilton Williams, Brisbane Fairways Social Club – 40pts off 21 Hcp at Twin Waters GC QLD

Weekly winners in November:

Week 1 – Nigel Seller: 38pts off 24 Hcp at Foster-Tuncurry GC NSW

Week 2 – Hannah Dawes: 37pts off 32 Hcp at Gold Creek GC ACT

Week 3 – Hugh MacNally: 41pts off 22 Hcp at Royal Sydney GC NSW

Week 4 – Hilton Williams: 40pts off 21 Hcp at Twin Waters GC QLD

How does the Emajin Nationwide Online Comp Work?

Top 5 scores each week go into the running to win a box of Pro V 1s.  Top 20 scores each month go into the running to win a BRAND NEW DRIVER of your choice every month.  Over 16,000 dollars worth of prizes up for grabs!

Scores from your club competitions are automatically included in our leaderboard from Golflink.  Once you enter the comp, you can ‘set and forget’.

All you need to do is play your best golf and check out your name on our national leaderboard.

$120 per annum (Only $10 per month)

View the November leaderboard here:

November 2022 Leaderboard

Learn more about getting a golf handicap and golf networking with Emajin.

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Member Benefits

Here at Emajin Golf, we want to help our members to Get in the Game and make golf accessible, inclusive, flexible and fun.  While many believe that golf is a difficult sport to break into because of the cost, we are trying to break that stigma and get everyone out on the course!

To assist with this, we have a number of member benefits, whether it is to get in some more practice, get great deals on equipment or just play more golf in general.

We have partnered with many of Australia’s biggest and best golf brands to give you, our members, the best deals possible.

Below is a list of our partners with the discounts and benefits that are provided to Emajin Golf members. In addition to this, you can always reach out to our friendly and helpful Emajin Golf team who are dedicated to making your golfing life as fun and easy as possible.

With the support provided from the team and the benefits that you will enjoy as an Emajineer, you really can’t go wrong. If only playing golf was this easy!

Adidas

Emajin members receive a 25% discount on all Adidas golf attire and equipment.

Use the code EMAJIN25 at checkout.

Shop the Adidas golf range, including apparel, accessories, and shoes at https://www.adidas.com.au/

Adidas is a leader in sustainable fashion through their use of recycled and natural materials in all their products.

Big Swing Golf

All Emajin members will receive a complementary membership with Big Swing Golf, valued at $35

This includes a

  • 1 hour sim hire x 1 person
  • 10% off sim hire and food and beverages for life
  • Member’s details are included in the BSG database, and you are set to receive any future offers and benefits.

Check out the Big Swing Locations – https://bigswinggolf.com.au/

With a massive screen and a selection of exciting virtual games, Big Swing Golf delivers a one-of-a-kind simulation that’s fun for golfers and non-golfers alike.

Drummond Golf

All Emajin Business Club members (Networking members) will receive a complementary lifetime membership with Drummond Golf, valued at $39.95

This membership provides storewide discounts at Drummond Golf of 20% and up to 40% on some items.

As Australia’s premier golf retailer for over 40 years, Drummond Golf has been providing the largest range of the world’s leading golf brands at competitive prices.

Trackman

Emajin is partnered with Trackman, and Trackman will provide complementary swing assessments and statistics at all our Emajin events.

TrackMan 4 is the tracking unit of choice for the top players in the world.  And now you can access this technology.  Better data leads to better golf.

Complementary online swing assessment by Emajin PGA Professionals

 Contact us via email at clubhouse@emajin.golf to book your dedicated swing assessment or onboarding session.

Send us a video of your swing and we will be able to connect with you via zoom to provide swing tips and drills to help you on your golfing journey.

We are also happy to have a chat about golf equipment, golf balls, accessing golf bookings and any other question you might have.

Get in touch, as we are here to help!


Playfair Golf and Goods

Emajin is partnered with Playfair Golf and Goods, and will provide our members with a 15% discount.

Playfair creates a unique experience by combining world class technology and training expertise to create a welcoming and convenient environment for developing each and every players golfing potential. Offers a range of products and services including individual and group lessons, custom programs and unassisted sessions.


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How a Golf Handicap works

The golf handicap! Lets dive into it..

Viktor Hovland played his home course in Norway the other day in preparation for the British Open Championship. He shot the course record (60) or -12 under, replacing previous course record holder, himself.

To a new golfer or even an average golfer, this is unfathomable. To Viktor it was expected. Not expected in a sense that he pulls up to golf courses anywhere in the world and just presumes he’s going to shoot 12 under par but more so he just played to his handicap.

If we break it down; Viktor is around a +8 handicap, even though pros don’t have handicaps! Meaning that on an average golf course he needs to make 8 birdies and shoot 64 to play to his par. Then on top of that he’s used to playing PGA set up golf courses with lengthy holes, 12cm thick rough and lighting fast greens. So when he arrives at his childhood public course they might want a little more out of him and depending on difficulty ask for -10 to shoot his par. On this day he went a little better and shot -12 but when we factor his actual handicap in he only ‘technically’ shot -2.

Why does this matter? We are not going out and shooting scores like that anytime soon or even in this lifetime are we! It matters because Viktor wasn’t the only one to shoot -2 under that day. (64) year old John Citizen also shot 2 under and so did Mary Goldberg (48) on her 5th round ever! Now John and Mary didn’t drive the green on short par 4s, hunt down flag sticks and hole bunker shots for eagles like Viktor probably did, they simply played to there handicaps of 22 and 36.

Like we broke down the way Viktor’s handicap works its also the same for John and Mary. If John plays of a handicap of 22 then he’s allowed to shoot 22 over the course par to shoot his handicap and his level par. Again depending on the difficulty of the course they will most likely be a little more flexible with John and give him around 25 strokes on the day and Mary maybe 44! Why?

This is because golf courses know that the higher the handicapper the less likely they are to play to there par and allow for some room to slowly hit there mark the more rounds they play.

This is why the handicapping system in golf is so clever, it allows people of all abilities and experience levels to play against one another and compete. It also gives golfers something to strive towards when out on the course. You have a number in mind and know what you need to do on each hole in order to hit that number and improve your game!

Let’s have a look at the major benefit’s of having a golf handicap and how having one will help you improve!

  • It’s one thing to believe that you are good at golf, and another is to have a trustable measure, like your golf handicap, that actually confirms how good you are. This isn’t for you to show off its for you to be fair to your playing partners!
  • Golf is a really fun game once you learn to play properly, but having a handicap ramps up the fun ten fold and gives you something official to fight for out there! More importantly it enables players of different levels to compete on an equal terms.
  • The handicapping system is now a one world system, meaning that you can travel overseas and play off the same handicap that you did back home and see how you shape up in different conditions! Ever played in temps near zero with icy wind? Those 250m drives you have been hitting now go 180m and you cant feel you fingers! Don’t worry though the course will factor that in on the day and you should still have a shot at your par (if you have a handicap that is).
  • Its a great gauge, and is fascinating to track how your performance improves and deteriorates at times and gives you the feedback you need to put the work in required to get back to the level you know you can play at!
  • Having an official handicap lets you bet! Every true golfer loves some friendly competition with mates and having a handicap is the perfect way to iron out any uneven terrain! Whilst letting you place some bragging rights into the group chat and maybe even some cash!
  • Do you play golf? What’s your handicap? Everyone gets asked this and now you have an answer! Are you embarrassed of your handicap number? Good then get out there and Improve it!
  • So you can play in the club competition’s and win prizes such as the monthly medal. Having a handicap lets you travel and play at different courses in competition and test your skills against other golfers and even represent your club!
  • Because having a golf handicap is awesome and truly opens the flood gates to your golfing life.
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Make Short Putts Your Friend

Wherever you are in your golf journey there is no doubt putting has delivered its fair share of mixed results.

There is a finality to putting and hence it plays a significant role in our golf experience.

Good putters seen to have an aura about them. Especially those who seem to reliably make all the short. What do they know? What are they doing that you are not?

Well let me share a story.

In a recent lesson I found myself in a conversation with a member who was having trouble with short putts.

Nothing new about that.

Who hasn’t, at some stage, missed more short putts than they would like?

For some it becomes debilitating.

The yips, a devastating nervous twitch when putting that makes holing short putts nigh on impossible, has driven many golfers from the game.

Not that this gentleman’s putting was technically poor. He did not have the yips or anything similar.  Yet when playing in competitions he felt a sense of pressure over these putts. The result was missing straightforward 3-5 footers (1-2m) on the first few holes of most rounds.

This said to me it was more a mental issue rather than a physical one. The thing with golf is you can’t separate the two.

Mental and physical elements intersect constantly and you can’t improve the whole by focusing on just one side of the equation.

It was his mind set that was sabotaging his putting.

When that is your problem it doesn’t matter what your technique is like or if you have the latest and greatest putter.

As most golfers have experienced, when you miss a short putt early in the round your confidence plummets. Many find this hard to recover from.

This is because they don’t have a mental or physical process to rely on. It is likely also you have positive memories ready to access that prove you can do it. Only the evidence that you just missed.

What you need is a clear memory of making more short putts than you miss. Plus an approach to these putts where you put aside negative thoughts and focus on what matters.

With no recent practice where you successfully made short putts you have no mental ammunition to fight off the doubt and uncertainty that builds every time you miss a short putt.

As with all shots, you need a clear plan with putting.

Control what you can and execute your plan decisively.

Doing this every time is what we call a Pre Shot Routine (PSR). If you are interested in improvement and don’t have a Pre Short Routine already then start working on one now.

The good news with putting it is entirely possible to practice at home. With more people working some, or all of the time, at home there is no reason not to incorporate some putting practice into your breaks from sitting at the computer.

Putting on a mat or on carpet can help with developing a consistent stroke, a solid strike on the ball and an understanding of where your putter is aiming.

One game you can play; Aim at a small target. A coin on the ground will do. Then try and hit the ball at a speed that will have the ball stop less than 20cm past your target. Start with 1m putts. Move further back when you are consistently rolling over the coin and stopping the ball in the 20cm distance.

To do this will calibrate your stroke. You will start to control the length of backswing and follow-through that allows you to roll the ball different distances.

Believing you are in control of your speed and aim is a must if you are to improve this area of your game.

If you can get to a course where you can use the putting green then practice the compass drill. Put a ball at the four points of the compass at 1m (approx the length of your putter) from the hole. Follow your routine and putt each ball. Getting a score out of 4 means you are a decent short putter.  Keep going till you make 4 in a row. When you achieve this consistently add 30cm to each putt.

Effective practice is all about laying down successful memories of being proficient at different skills. Short putting is no exception.

Develop and trust a routine that delivers the putter to the ball consistently where you are aiming and at the speed you need is a foundation for better scores. You will start to believe you are ‘competent’ rather than rely on ‘confidence’ that varies with the inevitable fluctuations of your performance.

Luck, the vagaries of greens conditions and the elements are all part of golf. These are things out of your control.

Unlike hitting 300m drives, putting is something physically achievable by any and every golfer.  And, a holed putt counts just the same as that long drive!

What are you waiting for? The only impossible journey is the one you never start.

Get a golf handicap today.

Every golfer needs a handicap to get involved in the game, whether you’re a serious competitor or new to the game. Emajin Golf is an online club allowing more Australians to hit the green and play with an official Golf Australia handicap without being tied to a single location club.