Newmarket golfer Teddy Hall hoping to carry on from where he left off after positive 2023
The start of a new year is traditionally a time where people in all walks of life vow to make changes with a view to betterment.
Yet, do not expect Newmarket teenager Teddy Hall to be making any alterations when he steps out on the golf course throughout 2024.
The Links Golf Club member is very assured of his technique and ability at the moment – and why not? After all, Hall got very used to the feeling of what it’s like to win tournaments during the previous 12 months.
It was a year that got under way with some handy top 10 finishes and accelerated from there, ending with the former Fairstead House School and Bottisham Village College pupil coming out on top in three of his last five competitions before Big Ben’s famous chimes signalled the start of January.
“I got off to a decent start, it was a strong middle and I just kept going from there,” said the 19-year-old.
“I felt in good shape for the whole of 2023 and I was really happy with how it all went.
“I’ve shown myself and also any doubters that I can win tournaments – back-to-back tournaments as well – and shoot decent scores.
“When I won in Portugal (in December), I even felt like I’d left four or five shots out there as well.
“There’s not really anything I want to change (this year). I’m playing well, hitting the ball well and I just want to stick to what I know.
“When it gets too technical and you try to make changes, that’s when I start to struggle with my game mentally. I’m happy with my game right now so there’s no need to change.”
While those in England currently battle their way through the freezing temperatures, Hall is preparing for the months to come in much more comfortable conditions in Spain.
Spending each day out on La Hacienda Links Golf Resort allows Hall to put in the hard yards, while those at home struggle to get out on courses.
And he is hopeful that the decision to spend a couple of months in a sunnier setting will help him to achieve his targets.
Hall added: “The weather is good and it’s nice preparation for the year. I’m hoping to play in a couple of pro events as well to keep the feel of tournament golf going.
“With the weather, there isn’t much of that going on at home right now.
“I think it will help me because I do set goals at the start of each year.
“It would be great to get on the radar of the England Men’s squad. Representing your country in any sport is a massive honour and that’s something I’d love to do.
“There’s also the Walker Cup and plenty of competitions like the Berkshire Trophy and Berkhamsted Trophy. Those are big competitions I’d love to do well in.
“If I can continue to play in 2024 how I did in 2023, hopefully it will get me very close to my goals.”
Hall’s appetite to represent England has only been heightened by the news earlier this month that his friend and fellow Links Golf Club player Tyler Weaver had earned himself a call-up to the squad.
Weaver’s elder brother Max is also in the Wales set-up and Hall would love to battle it out on the international scene with his friends.
“Tyler is a really good friend. We’ve been playing together since we were nine or 10 years old,” he said.
“It would be great to play alongside him. With Max in the Welsh squad, it would be amazing if we could get a three-way battle going.
“They’re both great players and to share big events with two people I’ve grown up with, that would be amazing.”
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