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The Importance of Course Management

Course management is an essential component of playing golf. It involves making strategic decisions about how to approach each hole on the course, considering factors such as the layout of the hole, the weather conditions, and one’s own strengths and weaknesses as a player. Good course management can help a player avoid costly mistakes and improve their chances of success on the course.

What is golf course management?

An essential part of course management is the comprehension of the golf course. This suggests that to improve performance, one must take into consideration the layout of the course in general. Though taking time to consider where hazards, such as bunkers/rough/trees/water, are located pre-round and creating a clear shot plan to the hole will undoubtably lower your score.

Another important element of course management is understanding one’s own abilities as a player. This includes knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to different types of shots, such as drives, irons, and putts. By playing to one’s strengths and avoiding shots that are likely to result in errors, a player can improve their chances of success on the course. For example, if you’re a long hitter, you might choose to take a more aggressive line on a hole in order to set up a shorter approach shot.

Weather conditions are also an important factor to consider when it comes to course management. Wind, rain, and other weather conditions can affect the flight of the ball and make certain shots more challenging. By adjusting one’s approach based on the weather conditions, a player can minimize the impact of these factors and improve their chances of success.

Knowing when to play it safe and when to take chances is a crucial part of course management. Occasionally, taking a chance can result in a significant reward, as when you make a long drive over a hazard to get to the green in two shots. But taking unwarranted risks can also result in expensive errors, for example, striking a ball into a hazard or out of bounds. A player can decide when to take risks and when to play it safe more intelligently by weighing the possible rewards and risks of each shot.

In addition to these strategic elements, course management also involves staying focused and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the round. Golf can be a mentally challenging game, and it’s important to stay focused on the task at hand and avoid becoming distracted by negative thoughts or emotions. By staying positive and maintaining a good attitude, a player can stay focused and make better decisions throughout the round.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, investing time and effort into improving your course management skills can help you achieve better results and enjoy the game of golf to the fullest.

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The Emajin Challenge – 2022 Results & Winners


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 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 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 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 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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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!


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

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 –

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.


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 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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What is a golf handicap & how can I get one?

A golf handicap is a numerical measure of a golfer’s ability or their “potential to play” a golf course at a given moment in time. Handicaps are calculated by comparing a player’s average number of strokes per round with their playing partners’ averages.

This handicap allows players of varying abilities to play with and fairly compete against one another.  The lower the handicap, the fewer shots you are given to play your round against the course and your fellow competitors.

Your handicap is also a measure of how well you are playing. Reducing your handicap is something every golfer can aspire to!

How does the golf handicap system work?

Historically,  handicap systems have varied from country to country, with many different systems in force around the world.  However, the USGA and the R&A, working with the various handicapping authorities, devised a new World Handicap System (WHS)  implemented in Australia in January 2020 and is being introduced globally. Golf Australia calculates the handicap for each player via cards entered into Golflink system through affiliate clubs such as Emajin Golf.

The World Handicapping System has been designed to make it possible and fair to compare golfers’ scores when they are competing from different tees on the same golf course, or even when they are competing against competitors playing different golf courses on that same day!

How do I get a golf handicap in Australia?

To get a Golf Australia (GA) Handicap, you need to be a member of a Golf Australia affiliated club such as Emajin GC.  You will then need to submit your scores for either three 18 hole rounds, six 9 hole or equivalent combinations of rounds using one of the following options:

  • By emailing your scanned signed scorecards to
  • By posting your signed scorecards to PO Box 89, Bondi Junction, NSW 1355

Rules for acceptance of scorecards for handicapping

Each scorecard must be verified and signed by someone who has a current GA handicap and has witnessed your round.

Submitted scorecards must display:

  • the date the round was played
  • the course played by tee colour
  • the number of strokes taken to complete each hole to a maximum of 5 strokes over each hole’s par
  • the player’s signature
  • a marker signature who has an official GA handicap and witnessed the round
  • the marker’s printed name and Golflink number

You can submit unlimited conforming scorecards to us for handicapping. 

Your handicap will also be adjusted (higher and lower) when you enter and play golf club open days, invitational, or other official competitions.

Having your own GA Handicap is a great incentive to improve your game. If you’re wondering how to get a golf handicap in Australia, talk to us today.

Remember you will need the Golflink number we supply within 24 hours of joining Emajin to book competition golf at clubs throughout Australia. You can expect your official Golflink card within 14 days.

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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.

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Australia’s Biggest Golf Competition

Emajin Online Golf Comp. Play Anyone, Anywhere!

Sam Peters (25) from Coolangatta Golf Club is on an absolute heater today and is coming down the stretch looking at 40+ points, this time he doesn’t fumble and closes the round out with solid golf to win his Wednesday club comp. If only Sam’s buddies who have just recently packed up and moved to Sydney where there to see it! They have joined up at Eastlakes GolfClub in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. The golf rivalry between the mates is now a thing of the past due to life’s commitments of work, relationships and kids. You know the deal! 

But there is hope, ‘Emajin’ a club exists where you can still play against your mates who are in different states! Well now thats a reality and we want all to reap the benefits of how cool this really is. 

Fast forward a month and Sam and the boys have all managed to put a round together and are chilling in different club houses in different states refreshing the leaderboard to see who’s on top this week/ month so that they can cash in on there bets and even have a shot at some free gear whilst there at it! Welcome to the future of comp golf in Australia! 

So what the hell is an online golf competition you ask and how does it all work?

Well we are glad you asked! Emajin is very proud to announce whats just the beginning of Australia’s biggest golf competition. It works like this, you register to Emajin’s online comp and join the list of golfers who are already actively participating, from there you go out and play your regular club competition rounds and instead of just going in the running to win your club comp that day, now you can see where you ranked nation wide! To top it all off, if you’ve played well enough you will have the chance to win epic prizes including custom fit drivers, golf bags, free rounds and all sorts of golf goodies. 

Let’s review some details and dive into how this is all possible; First up you need to join, the fee is $120 a year so its cheap as chips to register. Then its as simple as playing your local comps or any comp where your scores are submitted to Golflink. You can use any scorecard. If you are playing in a club competition or open competition, those scores can also count towards an Emajin Comp.  These are sourced directly from Golflink, so there is no need for you to do anything other than play your best golf.

We will pool the top 5 results that come in weekly and monthly and if thats you then you will go into the draw with the other 4 top scorers that month for your chance to win a brand new driver. If you have placed in the weekly leaders, you will win a box of ProV1s to help you continue your journey to the top of ranks!

There are no minimum or maximum rounds you can play in a month so if you’re a true golf addict like us you’ve got even more of a chance to get in the winners circle. You will be able to check the live leaderboard on and send screen shots through to your buddies in a completely different post code to fuel the competitive fire!

At Emajin we are competitive at heart and know that in Golf that its through friendly competition that progress takes place, so we want to spread this belief like wildfire and let the fun begin!

To find out more information and how you can get involved check out and get involved today!

Best of luck out there, we will be watching!

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Golf Sustainability & The Environment

Golf: Sustainability and the Environment:

There is a fair chance that you think about sustainability.

It is hard not to. 

In a world with finite resources and growing population everything is under pressure. Are we doing enough? What will the future be like for our kids?

We know the world is changing so as golfers it is good to know sustainability is being addressed across our game too.

The games governing body, The Royal and Ancient in St Andrews is leading the way with research and resources to help clubs adapt for a changing future.

Want to know more? Check out their sustainability website here:

On the home front Australia has talented course superintendents and consultants helping courses improve their environmental credentials by addressing areas including:

-reducing water use and turf grass optimisation.

-storm water harvesting

-wetland management

-indigenous vegetation and biodiversity

-facilitation of pollinators and establishing bird habitat

Did you know selecting the right turf species for a site can reduce water and chemical inputs by 50%. 

Check out Kate Torgersen’s work at Environmental Golf Solutions:

There is also significant research that shows targeted golf course maintenance practices provide significant environmental benefits. As urban open space is under increasing pressure for development the golf world is building a strong case that courses are a valuable public asset for environmental reasons, not just for the mental and physical benefits of participants.

One interesting area is research on turf maintenance and golf courses’ role as carbon sinks. It turns out carbon sequestration is a positive outcome of the frequency of mowing fairways and short grass areas. One researcher on turf’s carbon capture potential and expert on golf sustainability is Edwin Roald of Eureka Golf. He’s a passionate advocate for how golf courses can work in harmony with society and make a positive contribution to sustainability.

Interested? Check out this fascinating interview on The Thing About Golf Podcast here:


Golf courses are obviously significant when it comes to the game being sustainability yet so too is the gear we use and the clothes we wear. As we all assess our impacts and footprint it is good to know there are brands working towards greener futures.

When it comes to the products we use golf can definitely improve from plastic tees that don’t break down to equipment being shipped in plastic and bubble wrap. 

Those keen for an ethical option should look to companies like Ocean Tee. 

Ocean Tee was started by a golf obsessed former marine biologist. He saw waste, especially plastic making its way to the ocean, as problem golf needed to address. 

The company’s first product were bamboo tees in recycled cardboard packs. They’ve expanded into apparel using sustainable merino wool; and recently have released a line of caps made from ocean salvaged bottles that you can even trace where the plastic was found.  

Apparel is another area where the choice of sustainable options is increasing. A leader in this field is Adidas. 

The global sportswear brand is committed to sustainability with the goal of using only recycled polyester in every poly product by 2024.

When it comes to cotton their focus is on conserving water, reducing waste and energy efficiency by replacing conventional cotton with that which is 100 percent sustainable.

Utilising their PRIME Blue technology Adidas also offers shoes made with recycled materials

Want to know more about Adidas’ collaboration with Parley Ocean Plastics read here:

Emajin Golf has recently partnered with Adidas so members can purchase online with a members discount.

As we seek to reduce our environmental impacts we can feel confident there has been progress across the game as golf looks towards a sustainable future.

The way things are headed golf courses will become seen not just as a sanctuary for those playing the game but also as bio diverse assets that play an integral part of our urban communities. 

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and play your part. Support those committed to making our game better for all.

Reading and links:

Check out Ocean Tee here:

Waste2wear (makers of fabrics from ocean plastics)

Golf Courses and Biodiversity: The Conversation

Golf companies embracing Sustainability.

Beyond Birdies: Biodiversity on Urban golf courses:

The Environmental Benefits of golf courses

Greener Golf: Parker Anderson

The fried egg podcast: Bees and the future of golf

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Decisions. They are yours to make

Welcome to golf

Welcome to the game that will engage your mind like no other. 

A game you will never conquer yet one that will deliver joy like you could never imagine.

A game that will spark a wildly diverse a raft of emotions you will never experience in other sports Why? How? Because in golf you are 100% invested in every shot.

I look back on my sporting life and see a fork in the road. That junction was where I chose to pursue golf over the other the sports I was playing at that time. Specifically team sports. The main ones for me were cricket, basketball and football.

What was the appeal of golf over the others?

Well, it all was up to me. You may have had this revelation yourself.

To succeed or fail was in my hands and, more importantly, in my head.

 I like team sports, don’t get me wrong. There is much to be learnt and enjoyed from the collaboration and cohesion of a well drilled team. Players with different skills coming together to achieve an outcome is exhilarating to be part of and watch. This is evident in the popularity of sports like AFL and 20/20 cricket.

In team sports coaches and managers are charged with the job of blending and honing diverse skills & personalities to achieve peak performance with winning the ultimate goal. 

In team sports I felt something was missing. Training harder guaranteed nothing. There were too many other factors. Factors I couldn’t control. The quality of the opposition and the performance of my team mates being the most obvious.

Golf on the other hand provided a causal link between my best efforts and better play. 

Very few good things happen by accident in golf. Make good decisions and you are on track for improvement and the intense sense of satisfaction that comes with it.

Equally a poor execution, a rash decision or losing control of my emotions resulted in bad outcomes of my own making. Success or failure stemmed from my decisions and no one else.

When you play golf you are the player and the manager. 

To be the player you want to be requires you to:

  1. Decide what is your goal (reach a certain handicap or break a certain score barrier)
  2. Make the decisions that lead to it happening. 

I feel many people have done the first.

In my experience, when it comes to the second part people don’t have any structure to how to achieve their goal or they look in the wrong places for answers.

Have a think about the decisions you make about your game. Are you happy with your play?

 If you are; you need to continue preparing and practicing at least as much as you are now to maintain that level. That involves a series of decisions. Slack off and you will go backwards.

If you are not happy with your play then a decision to do things differently is required. 

I find many golfers unsatisfied by their golf have unhelpful habits. Not getting to the course early enough to warm up and be prepared to play is something I see frequently.

Others include only practice the shots you like or the ones you are good at. Skills like holing short putts are critical for scoring well, yet how many people systematically practice them?

When you start to think more deeply about your game you will realise you are making important decisions all the time.

What to practice, how long to practice, when to get to the course, what to do to warm up before a round. What gear to bring. Not thinking about these things is a decision in itself.

So if you plan on playing better golf you have decisions to make.  When you do there is a real sense of ownership. You are no longer a victim. You become the captain of your ship.

The first step is to stop and have and honest assessment of your game.

A key part of this is being realistic about the time and resources you can invest. Having unrealistically high expectations is setting yourself up to fail.

Ask yourself:

How much practice do I do and how focussed am I when I am doing it?

Am I practicing all the parts of the game or just the bits I like or the shots I am good at?

How am I preparing for a round?

Any plan to improve should start with assessing your game against better players not just your regular playing partners. If a friend is a few handicap shots lower than you they are not the model to copy. You need to look at the habits of really good players. I am not suggesting you are going to play like them (yet) but there is lots to be learnt from the way good golfers prepare. 

Better players are systematic. You can be too.

When you decide to be better, as a coach, I see a number of key avenues.

1. Start with the short game. Developing a rock solid putting and chipping game with a consistent routine for playing these shots. Practicing putting is something you can even do at home.

2. Better preparation. Be ready to play. Have a warm up and be prepared for the conditions of the day. Rushing leads to anxiety and your mind will never be focussed on the task

3. Better practice. Quality is more important than quantity. 

4. Better Technique. Improving your swing and adding skills is like adding tools to your tool kit for solving the problems you face on the course. This is often extremely rewarding yet will require resources (time, effort and patience) and will involve getting good advice. 

5. Optimised equipment. Equipment is a big part of golf and requires many decisions. There has never been a better time to get good advice on equipment and the major manufacturers are offering more customisation than ever with club fitting and options for women and men of all skill levels.

A good starting point is to find a PGA professional. They have the knowledge to help guide your decisions. Whether that is getting lessons to learn new skills or advice on what equipment best suits your game, having experience on your side makes a big difference.

Remember, the only impossible journey is the one you never start.

It is your game; it is your journey. The decisions are yours to make.

Go well.

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What you can control


Take charge of the things you can control: 

The COVID pandemic has put us all in a mode of problem solving and seeking creative ways to address challenges. We have also started new habits almost instantaneously. 

Historically people find habits hard to change. Yet during COVID we adjusted to masks, we started washing our hands more thoroughly and became aware of social distancing almost instantaneously.

It is time to harness this flexible mind set to help your golf game.

So if you were to summon this power to change and make new habits what would they be?

Well here are some to consider. All will have a positive impact on your golf and once you are doing them you scores will start to drop.

7 Habits to improve your golf:

1    Set your alarm half an hour earlier.

Getting ready and arriving at the course earlier allows so many good things to happen. Being prepared, having a warm up, testing the speed of the greens are all things that will improve your score ad make you less flustered when you walk on that first tee.

To do: Develop a routine for getting ready to play. Pack all you need for the day in advance and allow a contingency for getting to the course in time.

Have a plan for what you will do at the course. Some putting, chipping and pitching before you play always helps your feel. 

2. Monitor your hydration and energy levels.

When your energy levels or hydration are low your concentration is affected. Losing focus and making bad decisions can derail your round in a hurry.

To do: Carry water. Have plenty of cold water if the weather is hot. Have a hydrolyte drink, snacks or fruit ready in your golf bag. Have small amounts often is better than one large intake.

3 Settle on one type of golf ball:

Experiment with balls and get some advice on what might be best for you game. The sooner you have a single type of ball the sooner you can calibrate the feel and sound of the short shots (chipping and putting). You will notice and learn to manage the character of your long shots.

Ask a golf pro to help you choose the right type of ball for your game or you can find help online. Some brands have online fitting charts or tools to help. Check out Titleist’s here


Also get a permanent pen and develop a consistent set of marking for your golf ball. A drawing, your initials or just a series of coloured dots will do.

Make it distinctive and do it on all balls you play with. Nothing worse than having your ball picked up by someone because a  stray shot ends up on another fairway and your ball is the same as someone else’s.

4.     Strengthen your legs.

Strong legs are vital for golf. In the golf swing they are hugely important for power and this equates to distance off the tee.

For playing 18 holes strong legs help your endurance so you can still be playing your best on the closing holes of a round.

To do:

Adjust your routine to add incidental leg workouts to daily life.

-Walk some sets of stairs where you might normally take the lift.

-Maybe you could ride a bike to work a couple of days a week?

 -Join a spin class at the gym, do squats, deadlifts or seated rowing. 

– Hill sprints and running up stairs are great for explosive power

All are all good for leg strength.

If you are up to it and you want more power in the swing; If you live near a beach run in sand.

The better your leg strength, the better your golf.

5.     Have a stretching routine.

Having your body feel the same every day is not possible. Yet having a consistent set of things you do the morning of every round of golf can take you much closer to feeling good and ready to play. A stretching regime dent need to be long. 10 or even 5 minutes of dynamic stretching is a great way to prepare for a game. Plenty of good ones you can find on YouTube, Get started today.

6.     Practice your short game at least as much as your long game

If you want to improve your scores the answer doesn’t lie in a perfect swing. While a better full swing technique is desirable and will result in some better shots each round yet it will be your short game that will improve your score the most.

To Do:

You Practice your putting at home on carpet or a specific putting practice mat. Make time for a couple of 10 min sessions a week and you will notice this translates to better putting on the course.

Putting and chipping counts for more than half your shots so it needs at least half your practice time to become better at it.

Dedicating time each week to short game practice is an investment that wills pay handsome dividends.

7.     Post round debrief.

Golf is a game that elicits many emotions. It turn out emotions are also powerful in how we recall events.

One difference between good golfers and poor golfers is which emotions and what shots they focus on and therefore remember.

One habit that is helpful to develop is letting go of poor shots and not storing them as memories. Attach negative memories to bad shots and reliving them in your mind only makes them more likely to pop into your head when faced with a similar situation in the future.

By focussing on, and re-running the memories of the good shots and the positive emotions that go with them you will have these constructive memories to draw upon later.

To do:

Pick the three best shots you played in your last round and run through those shot in your head. Do this over and over till the memories of that round are dominated by these good shots. This can be incredibly powerful and before long you will have a catalogue of memories of your best shots not your worst.

Start some new habits today and watch your game start tracking towards the golf of your dreams. Your Emajin golf membership and handicap is the ideal way to watch your improvement. Tell a friend about membership today.

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