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It seems crazy that since my last blog when I mentioned a golf lesson, I've only played once, so that's almost a month ago. Shocking - this won't help any improvement this year! As you can see, it's a myth that those who work in the golf industry play golf all the time - well, some do! I'm not sure when I will play next as today I'm off to Ibiza for a week - no golf, just plenty of much needed R&R!

I have just signed off the latest issue of Women & Golf and this is accompanied by a free magazine - The Solheim Cup with PING - so don't miss it! It has also been a busy few weeks for the pros. I headed to Royal Portrush for a couple of days during the men's Open week. This was my first visit to this fabulous venue, but as I was attending meetings, along with an R&A women's forum, I didn't get to walk any of the course, so I was pleased to get back home and have half an eye on the TV to see what the players were up against. The coastline is stunning - and I also wish that I'd had time to visit the Giant's Causeway.

Closer to home was the recent AIG Women's British Open at Woburn and like so many golf fans, when eventual champion, Hinako Shibuno smiled, you couldn't help but smile back! She is a breath of fresh air for women's golf. Other than when taking a shot, an infectious smile rarely left her face and she embraced and delighted the crowds with plenty of high-fives at every opportunity.

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Over recent years, players in the East have dominated leaderboards, but as youngsters, particularly the Koreans, they are encouraged to keep their emotions in check, so other than playing fantastic golf, their on-course personalities do little to bring the game alive. It’s nothing personal, but for those non-golfers in the UK looking in, you can’t blame them for perhaps thinking the game is a little dull.

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I wrote my last blog from Miami but that seems an awful long time ago now. Whilst there I had a lesson with renowned instructor Jim McLean as his school is based at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Funnily enough it was the day after Gary Woodland, once a pupil of Jim's, won the US Open. In the school office there are pics of some of the best professionals with thank you messages to Jim including Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr and Keegan Bradley.

Anyway, back to my lesson ... first of all, what a lovely guy, charming and easygoing so it was easy to relax. He changed my grip slightly. I have a tendency to grip the club too tightly, so my right hand has now moved over a little and I'm trying hard to not even notice my right thumb and index finger being on the club - at the moment it feels weird but I will persevere. He also gave me a series of drills that should help my weight transfer - as always, plenty to think about, but what a treat to have this lesson.

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Back in the UK, I did check out Pachesham Golf Centre in Leatherhead, Surrey. I'd never heard of this place, but the facilities are fantastic. There's a 28-bay covered and floodlit driving range, and what I really liked was the short game area which has targets at various yardages. I had a go in the putting lab - really interesting looking at the different stats and confirmed that more often than not I miss putts to the left!

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I'm writing this blog from my room at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Cables, Miami. I thought I might be relaxing on a sun lounger on this Sunday afternoon, but it's raining outside at the moment and not expected to clear any time soon, but more about this trip in my next blog. I'm looking forward to watching the final round of the men's US Open, and as I'm on US time, for once I won't have that tired Monday morning feeling tomorrow after staying up to watch the golf.

The week before last I attended an AIG Women's British Open media event at Woburn. What a treat to have dinner at Woburn Abbey, a place that I have never visited before - I'm not sure why - the surroundings are beautiful. Sitting next to Charley Hull, who had just arrived home from the US that morning, she was on great form and although feeling tired, she was excitedly talking about her boyfriend, her new house and forthcoming wedding. She's unique, so natural, doing things her way, and really enjoying life away from golf.

The following day was a great experience - playing in a fourball with Catriona Matthew, along with the BBC's Eilidh Barbour and Times journalist Cathy Harries. You do learn a lot when playing with a pro, especially watching their tempo. I did try and replicate Catriona's short game shots! Fortunately it was a day where I showed up as a golfer and played ok, so I was happy. It was a really enjoyable fourball, as any round always is at Woburn - this time on the Marquess course. Catriona is busy considering players and pairings for this year's Solheim Cup and relatively quiet by nature, you can see that as a captain she'll have a really calming influence. Both of us were happy to promote our Skechers' golf shoes - if you were wondering what the picture is about! I'd worn mine straight out of the box that morning - no complaints and love the silver colour, as it goes with anything.

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It's still raining ... but until next time.

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I can't believe the last time I posted a blog was five weeks ago, and now we're almost into June. Where does the time go?

I've since been to Castlemartyr Resort in Ireland and what a relaxing place it is and one that I'd definitely recommend. Easy to get to for me, just a short flight to Cork from Stansted. I enjoyed the golf course, whizzing round on my own making notes, and I was pleased that I booked myself a head massage because the treatment and the overall experience of the spa was excellent.

Other than a personal city break to Berlin that combined seeing Rod Stewart in concert (whatever he's on at his age, I want it!) and taking my mum to Bournemouth for a few days, it has been a very busy month of meetings and planning content for this site and the next issue of Women & Golf. And, of course, playing golf whenever I have an opportunity to do so, although this still isn't as much as I'd like. I did manage 18 holes of crazy golf in Bournemouth - competitive as ever! Not sure about golf in heels though ...

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What a weekend we've just had for British Women's Golf. England's Annabel Dimmock won the LET event at the Evian Resort in France and fellow Englishwoman Bronte Law celebrated her first LPGA victory, and with it she banked a cheque for $195,000 - wow!

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We talk about job satisfaction and that is something I have on a regular basis from a variety of situations, and a particular week recently springs to mind.

A really long day on the golf course, I hasten to add not playing golf, but an instruction shoot at Foxhills with Lauren Blease, followed by a fitness shoot with Becky Scott, was a job well done, thanks also to photographer Paul Severn. Whizzing around on a buggy to find the right locations on the two courses, outfit changes, videos, and plenty of laughs too, there is now plenty of content in the bag.

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Two days later I travelled to Lincolnshire to Thonock Park and PING's HQ to join Women & Golf's competition winners. Three lucky ladies won a club-fitting experience and it was great to meet them, enjoy a light lunch, before watching them being taking through the fitting process. They had a fantastic day, one that they won't forget and it was a pleasure to see. I'm looking forward to following their progress with their new clubs .... watch this space.

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