Golf - Co-Curricular Activity (CCA)
Thursday’s from 2:30pm – 4:00pm at Kelab Darul Ehsan (KDE)
Should your child elect to play Golf for their CCA, they will be taken by school bus to the below facility at Kelab Darul Ehsan (KDE).GOLF Kelab Darul Ehsan is located at Taman Tun Abdul Razak, Ampang Jaya Selangor and is only a short 5 minute drive from the school. On arrival to the club, students will be taken to the Driving Range which is a further five minute walk from the main entrance of KDE. There are no additional costs associated to this activity nor are there any additional costs involved for any of the other CCA activities should your child choose an alternative persuit.
Students participating at KDE in 2010. From left to right: Bryan Tien Sern Boon, Faidz Ahmad Tengku, Khamil Megat Dhala.
It is not intended that your child will be taught how to play golf and it is not necessary for students to have played the game before as with practice their game should improve, and they will be using the Driving Range only which provides the ideal opportunity to improves one’s game.
Although we do not have the facility to offer your child any formal coaching in this area, you may wish to send your child for some coaching in order for them to grasp the basics although this is again by no means necessary unless they have ambitions to seriously improve their game.
Furthermore due to the mixed level of the students and the limited time available on a Thursday, it is not possible to play a full or partial round of Golf on the Golf course.
Please find below some further information which you and your child may find useful in deciding whether or not Golf CCA will be suitable for you. There also some useful instructional videos which we hope you and your child find useful (links attached).
A Word From a Current Member
At MIGS, the Golf CCA has never been the most popular CCA choice, but there have always been a few people who have chosen to develop a new skill and join the Golf club. Every Thursday, we head to the Driving Range in KDE, leaving the school at around 2.30pm and returning an hour later. Within that one hour we are given around 100 balls to hit, under the supervision of Mr. Sami. Along with us he occasionally practices his golf swing and shoots a few balls too.
Within the golf club, the students’ skill ranges from beginners to students who are more capable to those that can consistently swing a clean shot. Throughout the term, all of our golf skills gradually improved although occasionally, when attempting a good swing, the ball will head in the wrong direction but luckily ever since I joined the Golf CCA, I have never seen an accident occur.
We always try to improve our swing during our game, such as trying to get the ball to go straight and not curve to the left or right and try to get the ball to go the correct expected distances from each golf club.
In the driving range there are rules that are applied when someone is swinging his or her club and pupils are always reminded to stay some distance from other competitors when they playing. Hopefully next year there will be more people interested in joining the golf club.
Some Information About Golf.
So what is the game Golf all about?
According to Wikipedia ‘Golf is a precision club and ball sport, in which competing players (or golfers) use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a golf course using the fewest number of strokes’.
(use this link if you wish to go straight to the Wikipedia website, alternatively for a brief overview (courtesy of Wikipedia) continue to read on.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golf
What does a Golf course look like?
A golf course consists of a series of holes, each with a teeing ground that is set off by two markers showing the bounds of the legal tee area, fairway, rough and other hazards, and the putting green surrounded by the fringe with the pin (normally a flagstick) and cup.
Playing the Game
Every round of golf is based on playing a number of holes in a given order. A 'round' typically consists of 18 holes that are played in the order determined by the course layout. On a nine-hole course, a standard round consists of two consecutive nine-hole rounds.
Rules and Regulations
The rules of golf are internationally standardised and are jointly governed by The R&A, spun off in 2004 from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (founded 1754), and the United States Golf Association (USGA).
The underlying principle of the rules is fairness. As stated on the back cover of the official rule book:
Play the ball as it lies, play the course as you find it, and if you cannot do either, do what is fair.
Penalties are incurred in certain situations. They are counted towards a player's score as if there were extra swing(s) at the ball. Strokes are added for rule infractions or for hitting one's ball into an unplayable situation.
A lost ball or a ball hit out of bounds result in a penalty of one stroke and distance (Rule 27–1). A one-stroke penalty is assessed if a player's equipment causes the ball to move or the removal of a loose impediment causes the ball to move (Rule 18–2). If a golfer makes a stroke at the wrong ball (Rule 19–2) or hits a fellow golfer's ball with a putt (Rule 19–5), the player incurs a two-stroke penalty. Most rule infractions lead to stroke penalties but also can lead to disqualification. Disqualification could be from cheating, signing for a lower score, or from rule infractions that lead to improper play.
Golf clubs are used to hit the golf ball.Each club is composed of a shaft with a lance (or 'grip') on the top end and a club head on the bottom. Long clubs, which have a lower amount of degreed loft, are those meant to propel the ball a comparatively longer distance, and short clubs a higher degree of loft and a comparatively shorter distance. Typically, the actual physical length of each club is longer or shorter, depending on the distance the club is intended to propel the ball.
A wood positioned ready to be swung and to strike a golf ball.
Understanding the golf stroke is easier if one first understands the golfer's role. The golfer does not "hit the ball". The golfer's role is to swing the club, which then strikes the ball.
Golfers start with the non-dominant side of the body facing the target. At address the body and club are positioned parallel to the target line. The feet are commonly shoulder-width apart for middle irons and putters, narrower for short irons and wider for long irons and woods. The ball is positioned in the centre of the player's stance for short irons and putters, more to the front for middle irons and even more for long irons and woods. The golfer chooses a golf club, grip, and stroke appropriate to the distance:
Scoring and Handicapping
A hole is classified by its par, meaning the number of strokes a skilled golfer should require to complete play of the hole. For example, a skilled golfer expects to reach the green on a par-4 hole in two strokes: one from the tee (the 'drive') and another, second, stroke to the green (the 'approach'); and then roll the ball into the hole in two putts for par. This would be termed a 'green in regulation' (GIR). A hole is either a par-3, −4 or −5. Par-6 holes are extremely rare.
In every form of play, the goal is to play as few strokes per round as possible. A hole in one (or an 'ace') occurs when a golfer sinks his ball into the cup with his first stroke from the tee. Common scores for a hole also have specific terms.
A simple way to practice putting at home
Want some free instruction, then check out these excellent videos below: (links attached should you wish to go straight to the website) http://golf.about.com/od/golftips/tp/golf-instruction-video.htm
If you want to produce better golf shots, you must first understand the concept of the basic swing. Watch this overview of golf swing fundamentals to get an understanding of those basics. Watch Video
The way you hold onto the golf club in the swing is your grip, and if you want to hit straight, long shots, you must grip the club properly. In this video, you'll learn how to properly position each of your hands on the grip of the club, and how much pressure to apply. Watch Video
Correct posture plays a vital roll in golf, putting you in position for balanced, powerful, and consistent ball striking. See some tips for correcting and perfecting your posture. Watch Video
Impact is the moment of truth in golf, so placing the ball in the correct position in your stance is critical to arriving at the correct impact position. Improve your ball striking with these tips. Watch Video
Everyone wants to hit the ball farther. But before you can do that, you need to understand the power sources within the golf swing. Here's a look at those power sources, plus a drill that can help you develop yours. Watch Video
The drive is one of golf's most important shots, and if you follow these driving basics you can hit the ball both long and straight. Watch Video
Many golfers slice their entire lives without realizing that by making a few simple adjustments to their swing, it can be easily corrected. Try these tips to correct your slice. Watch Video
The hook is a common shot missed in golf. If you understand the factors that cause a hook and make a few adjustments to your swing, it can be easily corrected. See how it's done. Watch Video
A chip shot is used when the ball lies next to the green, and your goal is to get it into the hole in one or two strokes. Learn how to execute a chip shot using the ideal stance, grip, and swing. Watch Video
You won't always be chipping from the fringe, of course. Often we are faced with chips shots a little farther off the green, where the grass is taller. This video address how to chip from those lies. Watch Video
If you struggle with distance putting, adding some rhythm to your stroke can help improve your results. Watch Video
Student Code of Conduct
During the period of CCA, the student shall be responsible to:
1. arrive on time (2:30pm) to the pick-up point at the front of the school to board a coach
heading to KDE.
2. report to the Teacher in Charge (TIC) for registration and be under the supervision of that
teacher during the period of the CCA (2:30pm - 4:00pm).
3. bring their own Golf Club, or to arrange to share with another student member,
although this could pose a problem in the case of the other student being absent. We
therefore recommend that ALL students have their own club(s).
4. be correctly dressed in the appropriate attire and bring extra money if required for golf
tee’s and any other equipment required, or for refreshments (balls are provided).
5. keep noise down to a minimum and respect other users of the facility.
6. never step over the yellow line where golfers swing their clubs in order to avoid being
hit and receiving a nasty injury or worse.
7. avoid stepping further than the end of the green mat, so as to avoid falling into the
lake at a great height and to avoid retrieving balls that have fallen into the wire safety
netting for the same reasons.
8. purchase drinks/refreshments only either before or during but NOT after the games.
9. go promptly back to the pick-up/drop-off point in order not to miss the bus, and to arrive
back at school on time for 4:00pm.
Enjoy your CCA.