The Western Isles golf squad for the Island Games due to be held on June 25th to July 1st on the Isle of Wight travelled to Rowallan Castle G.C. on the 7th May to take advantage of the courtesy extended by the owner which included free use of the course and professional tuition from Ross Aitken (Head of Golf and Instruction) at the venue.
Players needed acclimatization to a longer layout (the new Colin Montgomerie design is 6700 yds long) and a calibre of course which would test them fully. Strategically placed bunkering and excellent long par-4’s ensured that the players got used to hitting longer irons into huge, receptive greens.
The Isles’ players home course is generally regarded as short, with very small (comparatively) greens. There is also a fair degree of leniency for wayward tee-shots.
Accuracy off the tee, with an emphasis on good distance control to get the ball near the pins was paramount on the championship standard course and the team benefitted hugely from the experience.
The professional tuition the following day was probably the most beneficial 90 minutes by the players.
The video analysis techniques used demonstrated vividly the corrections required, as pointed out by the professional, and the follow up sessions allowed the players to check on their progress.