The Bears 2014: Friendly golf and grumpy neighbours

Sep 05

The Bears 2014: Friendly golf and grumpy neighbours

The Bears 2014: North Berwick East, Dunbar, Craigielaw, The Hirsel (Coldstream) This year’s event was slightly later, second week of August and started on the Glorious Twelfth so no grouse shooting for us, just birdies, ha-ha. The week’s campaign was mapped out over a meal at Duncan’s on the Monday night. Day 1 On turning up to the Glen, we were the only players on...

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Ben Hogan: Power Golf, Fundamentals and Secrets of the Golf Swing

Jun 30

Ben Hogan: Power Golf, Fundamentals and Secrets of the Golf Swing

by Ian Butcher, PGA Teaching Pro at Kings Acre Golf Course – edited by David Hillson “Some measures, long esteemed to be of paramount importance in the swing, are really not that important at all. On the other hand, some measures considered only to be of secondary importance seem to me as invaluable.”  (Ben Hogan) It may seem self-evident, but actions that...

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Ian Butcher Golf

Mar 05

Ian Butcher Golf

Ian Butcher is a Level 3 PGA Certified Coach based at King’s Acre Golf Course near Edinburgh, Scotland. Throughout his professional career my passion has been to develop and extend my knowledge of the golf swing and how it is that golfers learn and improve their game on an individual basis. As well as talking to top coaches and golfers (of all abilities) Ian...

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The Bears 2013 – Cheap and Cheerful

Sep 02

The Bears 2013 – Cheap and Cheerful

This year’s event was a low budget production to suit the retired and retiring contingent. We decided to use some of our own courses and received a bonus by being given “the honour of the course” at a fourth, Dunbar, the first time this has been accorded to us. Fame indeed! We began at Craighead, the other Crail course next to Balcomie, scene of many a Bears battle....

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Favourite Golf Books

Apr 30

Favourite Golf Books

Ian Butcher’s  students often ask him “What are the best books on golf instruction”. There are five books which he returns to and he says are of value to the serious golfer (i.e. anyone really trying to improve their game). 1. Butch Harmon’s ‘The Four Cornerstones of Winning Golf” 2. Bob Toski’s “How to Feel a Real Golf Swing” 3. Jim Hardy’s “The Plane Truth...

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Grant Forrest, Scottish Amateur Golf Champion

Feb 01

Grant Forrest, Scottish Amateur Golf Champion

As East Lothian’s junior golf members prepare for the 2013 season, David Hillson talked to Grant Forrest, the Scottish Amateur Champion on behalf of East Lothian Junior Golf League, before he returned to San Diego University for the remainder of his second year of his four-year Business course. ELJGL: How important is the competition you had as a junior golfer to...

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