Mizuno #YourGame2016: 15-handicap Dan Barlow

15-handicapper Dan Barlow is hoping to achieve his Mizuno #YourGame2016 goal of single figures by tightening things up a little, especially off the tee

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15-handicapper Dan Barlow is hoping to achieve his Mizuno #YourGame2016 goal of single figures by tightening things up a little, especially off the tee

Dan Barlow

Handicap: 15

Home Club: Mellor and Townscliffe

Mizuno #YourGame2016 goal: To make it down to single figures.

I got into golf in 1988 when Sandy Lyle won the Masters. I played loads as a junior and got down to 12 before going to Uni. Life and family then took over, but I’m ready to give the single-figure dream another go. I’ll have to tighten up off the tee though as I lose two balls a round on average!

Strengths My short game from 10 yards and in - I'm good at chipping from around the green Putting is also one of the better parts of my game, and I'm reasonably long off the tee too.

Weaknesses My driving in particular can go left or right. I struggle to control my ball flight, and will often lose a couple of balls a round. My approach play is very up and down too.

Jeremy Ellwood
Jeremy Ellwood

Jeremy Ellwood has worked in the golf industry since 1993 and for Golf Monthly since 2002 when he started out as equipment editor. He is now a freelance journalist writing mainly for Golf Monthly across the whole spectrum from courses and Rules to equipment and even instruction despite his own somewhat iffy swing (he knows how to do it, but just can't do it himself). He also edits The Golf Club Secretary Newsletter, has authored or co-authored three books and written for a number of national papers including The Telegraph and The Independent. He is a senior panelist for Golf Monthly's Top 100 UK & Ireland Course Rankings and has played all of the Top 100 plus 89 of the Next 100. He has played well over 900 courses worldwide in 35 countries, but put him on a links course anywhere and he will be blissfully content. On his first trip to Abu Dhabi a decade ago he foolishly asked Paul Casey what sort of a record he had around the course there. "Well, I've won it twice if that's what you mean!" came the reply...