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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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Since my last blog, what a busy few weeks it has been, the golf season is really kicking in on and off the golf course.

It was a great night at the England Golf Awards at the Royal Lancaster London, honouring clubs, individuals and organisations that do so much for the good of the game. The room was packed with over 400 people there, making it a memorable evening for the award winners, even if a little daunting for those that had to collect the award and be interviewed by the host, BBC's Dan Walker.  However, they all did a great job.

These type of events always inspire me, so I was looking forward to this year's first match in the Team Naga vs Team Clive Challenge. This was held at Lambourne Golf Club, where Clive and another member of his team are members, so home advantage! Only jesting as that's not an excuse for our two and a half to a half defeat, especially where my match was concerned. Julia and Richard, both single figure golfers, were just too good for myself and Lisa, but what a lovely day we had, playing in glorious sunshine - see our team pic below. As you know, I've been tinkering with my swing - six out of ten on that day, so it's back to the range!

Prior to the match, Dan Grieve, talked us through what's new for TeeToCup (the online learning programme) and what is involved for us as part of this exercise. Each month we will focus on a specific part of the game, beginning with the full swing. From the information that Dan sends (Discover), we'll digest this and then extract what relates to our game (Distill), and then practise the key points (Do) - known as 3D Learning. We're all really up for this and hope to improve, so I'll keep you posted throughout the year. If you'd like to know more, visit: teetocup.com

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I last wrote that I had booked a golf lesson with Dan Grieve at Woburn, one that had previously been cancelled due to snow. Going from one extreme to the other, I was then fortunate to enjoy the lesson during one of the hottest February days on record.

I've now introduced a wrist hinge (apparently it's easier to introduce hinge rather than take it away) and am also working on a better impact position. I'm hoping that my swing will become more efficient and I'll gain a few more yards - at the moment there's a lot of wasted energy! This lesson has inspired me to practise the drills that Dan suggested including swinging a stick to get a noisy 'swoosh' and I'm really enjoying it. I've been to the range on a few occasions, although those of you who take lessons will know - it's hard to switch off all the swing thoughts when you're on the course, but I'm working on that too! It's the first match between Team Naga and Team Clive next weekend at Lambourne Golf Club, so we'll see - I want to persevere, but I also know that I can't expect miracles overnight!

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Last weekend I attended the drive-in at Batchworth Park Golf Club. This was a lovely informal affair with an early shotgun start of mixed golf - I played with three nice guys who I had never met before so it was a great way to interact with other members. After the drive-in a buffet lunch was served with a few glasses of Prosecco of course, a magician entertained us, and speeches were kept to a minimum, so a great day was had by all! Even better, I won the prize for nearest-the-pin - something must be working with my new swing!

At least it looks like the windy and wet weather is behind us - I do hope so as I've got an instruction shoot booked with Lauren Blease at Foxhills a week on Monday. 

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Spring has sprung early, at least for the time being. Only a few weeks ago I had a golf lesson booked with Dan Grieve at Woburn, but it was postponed due to snow. I'm now looking forward to a lesson on Monday, fingers crossed in glorious sunshine. Then of course I'll need to go to the range and practise, practise, practise!

I've just taken out a Play More Golf membership at my previous club, West Essex, although having been a member for almost 30 years until a couple of years ago, it feels as though I never left. This is the most sensible membership option for me, whereby I use credits towards green fees, as I have limited time to play week in week out. West Essex is local to where I live, but I will still be making appearances at Batchworth Park to join my Team Naga mates as we're all focused on winning this year's challenge (again!) against Team Clive.

This week I attended a dinner at the plush Oriental Club in London, hosted by Jenahura, a golf management company who are also about to launch the Jenahura Tour Academy, an educational platform for aspiring tournament professional golfers. Jenahura recently signed up LET player Cloe Frankish (pictured below), and she certainly is a young English female player to watch.

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Matthew Southgate, another player in the Jenahura stable offered dinner guests an insight into his life on tour, overcoming testicular cancer, the experience of Q-School, having a monkey on his back for not yet winning on Tour despite being a great player, his love for links golf (he's worth a bet at this year's Open!) and so it went on. What a great down-to-earth guy and I'd love to see him win.

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Don't you just loathe the month of January? And doing Dry January makes it even worse! I realise that I haven't posted anything for a while, probably because there hasn't been too much going on. That's not to say I haven't been busy since Christmas as a deadline is fast approaching for the next issue of Women & Golf magazine, and then there's all the other daily work related matters to deal with.

But ... believe it or not, I have been to the golf range on a few occasions as I really need to get my act together this year, especially because the challenge between Team Naga Munchetty and Team Clive Woodward is on again, so I must try to get my handicap down - no pressure! Charley Hull gave me an incentive one Saturday after I closely followed the closing holes in Abu Dhabi on my i-pad. It was a great win for her and well-deserved as she's practised hard all winter, and it just shows how practice pays off.

As you can see from this picture, my top half looks like I'm dressed to go skiing rather than playing golf, although it is golf gear - a really nice jacket and matching bobble hat from Daily Sports. I could swing a club wearing it, so that was a big plus! I've mentioned Toptracer before so I was pleased to find this technology at the A1 driving range in Borehamwood. It really does make a visit to a golf range more pleasurable - I like watching the ball flight of my shots, carry, and distance, even if it's frustrating at times when you look at the results.

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To confirm this focus on my game is no flash in the pan, I've also booked a lesson with Dan Grieve at Woburn, and this will give me even more to work on over the next month or so. I'll let you know how it goes. At least January is almost over and I'm going to celebrate with a large drink!

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