Herts worst golfer getting in the swing

PUBLISHED: 08:43 21 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:01 06 May 2010

Angel Giblen has improved leaps and bounds under the tutelage of professional James Blake

Angel Giblen has improved leaps and bounds under the tutelage of professional James Blake

AFTER being crowned Herts Worst Golfer, Angela Giblen has been wowing her coach as she settles into the swing of things. Her prize for winning the X-Factor-style competition, run in association with the Herts Advertiser eight months ago, was a year of go

AFTER being crowned Herts' Worst Golfer, Angela Giblen has been wowing her coach as she settles into the swing of things.

Her prize for winning the X-Factor-style competition, run in association with the Herts Advertiser eight months ago, was a year of golf lessons at Redbourn Golf Club.

Angela is already half-way through the course and is well on her way to becoming an accomplished golfer under the expert eye of professional James Blake.

She hopes she will now be able to join her family to play golf on a Sunday rather than being left behind preparing the lunch at their home in Welwyn Garden City.

She said: "The lessons have been lots of fun. I expected it to be a lot harder but James has made it really easy to understand and fun. I've really got into my golf. In fact I spent both my birthday and Christmas at the driving range with my family.

"I have learnt so much in a relatively short space of time. It's amazing seeing the amount that I've improved and I can't wait to get out onto the main course at Redbourn."

Angela has gone through an extensive look at her game, including video analysis where James recorded her swing and compared it to the world's top golfers.

James said: "I was surprised at how well she's been doing. We've been out on the Par-3 short course and she's been doing brilliantly. She really gives the ball a good whack, listens to what I've been saying and puts it all into practice.

He added: "Angela certainly doesn't look like Herts' worst golfer anymore - she hits a great drive and has a great swing. She doesn't lack any power, we've just got to work on the accuracy a little."

Over the next six months Angela will be working on the short game and shots around the green before going out onto the main 18-hole course. She added: "I can now hit the ball well - I just need to work on judging distances. I can't wait to get out on the course with my dad, brother and son. I don't necessarily want to beat them, I just want to be able to get around the course."

For more information about coaching at Redbourn Golf Club, call 01582 793493 or visit http://www.redbourngolfclub.com


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