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Rob McNicholas

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Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter. 

Competition news 

As you will see from the picture, it's been a very busy week on the course. 

Last Sunday saw the end of season junior competition, the December Cup and their AGM. In tricky conditions Jonathan Jenkins shot an excellent 37 points, he was followed by Jamie Price with 35 points and Harvey Redfearn with 34 points.

This caps a good year for Jonathan and Jamie who have both been constant performers for the junior team this season. They were included in next years Junior Squad which was also announced on the day. The squad will have a different look to it next year as we've lost a couple of the older boys, but we have replaced them with younger models. Josh Izod and Leo Bonser have made their way into the main team from the development squad having both had great seasons. Josh has also made his way into the county U14 squad despite only being 10 years old. Leo too can't be far off breaking into the set up. 

A special mention to one of the squad members, Louis Martin who has been accepted into the Lee Westwood Academy at Stoke By Nayland. Louis has put a lot of time and effort into his golf this year and is developing into a fine player and deserves all the success he has achieved this year. Fortunately we have him for another season before he moves on in September.

Senior section 

Christmas with the Seniors' 

The Seniors' Section started the Festive Season in great style on Friday 4th, although the bright sunshine and mild temperatures gave no hint that we were into December. The competition of the day was the much loved Texas Scramble and although there was much discussion on what particular rules we were playing under no one really worried, especially after they had visited the Halfway House which this year was run by Annette Chapman and Geraldine Still providing a magnificent spread of savoury and sweet goodies, tea or coffee with just a little tot for those so inclined. 

14 teams of four players enjoyed the course in its usual excellent condition with some low scores being submitted. The winners were Kieran o'Reilly (remember him?), Peter Plunkett, Chris Martin and Alan Simpson

9 players also enjoyed a 9 hole Stableford competition with Peter Swan coming out victorious. 

The traditional Christmas Lunch followed with 72 players and guests sitting down to a delicious meal served up by Debbie and her team. Party games were compulsory with Geoff Mansfield doing his Heads and Tails game whilst others just enjoyed the party bangers and flying balloons!. This together with a raffle and the generosity of everyone enabled us to raise over £600 for our designated charity this year, Support4Sight. 

Seniors' Captain, Brandon Chapman said that this was 'just one fantastic day', 'the great spirit and camaraderie of the club was truly evident…we must do it again sometime!!'


Click here to view all of the photos from the day.

Coaching news 

Sarah has been working this week with Mark Collins. 

Just by working on his swing path, Mark was hitting the ball more central out of the club-face and now attacking the ball down the line to play shots a lot straighter. 

As seen in the first picture (left side) the half way back positioning is outside the line promoting a more out to in swing path (as seen in the second picture left side). The picture with the yellow line shows the end of lesson video, the swing path has now changed to 'in to square to in' to promote a straighter ball flight. 


Video Lessons start from £22 for half and hour, and gift vouchers are also available for Christmas!

Click here to get in touch if you would like to book your video lesson.

Improving your game 

Developing a safe fade 

There's a big difference between a fade and a slice; the former is such a useful shot to have at your disposal. The slice? Not so much. 

Now's a great time to work on your game with many of the season's biggest competitions consigned to the history books. Here are some tips for you to work on over the winter so you can find more fairways and greens. Come the spring, you'll be in great shape to take the honours. 

FadeThe safe fade

  1. Start by setting the ball slightly forward in your stance. This will force you to stay over the shot while also encouraging the ideal out-to-in swing path through impact.
  2. Open your stance a fraction by aiming your feet, hips and shoulders a little left of your target. Again, this encourages the swing path that you're looking for. 
  3. During the swing itself, concentrate on making a strong hip and torso rotation through impact. If you have a good connection between your body movement and your arm swing this will work perfectly to get the club swinging on the correct path for a soft fade. Get it right and you'll take a healthy divot through impact. 

Try this in practice and use it on course once you're comfortable. For more simple advice or lessons, come in and speak to the team. Click here to book your lesson.

Club News
Click here to view all of the photo's from the Senior's Christmas Texas ScrambleRead more...

Club News
Lots of people have asked which swing model they are and how do they know which one will suit them. Here is a straight forward test to see which model will suit your overall flexibility, strength and physical condition.Read more...

Club News
Two common faults I often see with a driver set up when teaching are; weight too left sided , and open shoulder alignment. These are both caused by the alteration with the ball position for the driver. As it's moved left in the stance for a right handed player, the weight tends to go with it, and the shoulders open at the same time.Read more...

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