In this 2nd installment of our Development Centre student blog, we talk to Kintore's Matthew Palin, who takes part in coaching at Meldrum House. The focus this week - short game.
Name: Matthew Palin
Club: Kintore GC
Development Centre: Meldrum House
Favourite Golfer: Sergio Garcia
"We practice almost every kind of shot, whether it
is a 40-yard pitch or driving the ball 250 yards"
I started the ClubGolf programme four years ago, completing two
years, which gave me an excellent introduction to playing and
understand the game. I have now started playing in the adults'
Saturday Medal, ending the season with a handicap of 17 off the
gents medal tees.
This weekend, I attended my second Development Centre session,
which I have really been enjoying. Over those two weeks, we had our
first skills assessment on the short game and, although I didn't do
as well as I'd hoped, it was still very interesting and has given
me more ways to practise and test my short game.
For our assessment, we measured out distance that varied from
10-50 yards. The type of shot we had to play also varied. We had to
play shots from high lob-like shots to simple pitch-and-runs.
This was good as it allowed us to practise the different types of
shots we could play and see what we are good at and what needs
improved. I really enjoyed this assessment, and hope we can do it
I also had my first session with my coach, Iain Donaldson, and we
worked on my posture. I discovered I need to make sure my back is
straighter as I set-up, which will lead to a better swing and
We've been doing a lot of work on the range, which is great and
very enjoyable. We practice almost every kind of shot, whether it
is a 40-yard pitch or driving the ball 250 yards.
I, personally, really enjoy the freedom we are allowed as well.
We're allowed to go onto the short game area or the range whenever
we want. We are also allowed breaks which is a big help especially
when we've been practising for a while.
I hope to carry on what I've been doing, learn new things and just
continue to enjoy myself playing golf, which I think will help me
to improve a fair bit.