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Mail on Sunday Classic, National Knockout Competition 
Format: Singles Match Play, full handicap allowance 
Venue: Barkway Park Golf Club 

Congratulations to our Ladies Team on a fantastic result in their 5-0 victory over the ladies of Barkway Park. 

The players set off in difficult conditions for their first competitive match of the year at Barkway on Sunday, 31 January.

Justine Voss lead the way and won her match 8&7 giving her opponent 18 shots. Morag Hutcheon followed and won 2up (7 shots given). Kiyoko McLellan and Delia Roberts both won 4&2 giving 13 and 3 shots respectively. Lynda Minton's opponent only started playing golf last year but in that year cut her handicap from 36 to 18. They had a very close match with Lynda winning with the final putt on the last hole! 

Thank you to Jaine Fieldhouse (Lady Captain) and Janina Jones who supported the Team and caddied for Morag and Delia. 

Despite the poor weather conditions everyone enjoyed their match, played in a friendly but competitive spirit. Well done Team, a brilliant start to the golfing year. 

Custom fitting 

This week Aaron attended a custom fitting and product training day at PING's European headquarters in Gainsborough. He got to experience a full factory tour in their new building detailing each stage, showing how all the new PING products were produced. Following the factory tour, he was shown round the tour truck where back up club components are kept for all the tour players. If Bubba Watson or Lee Westwood need a back up driver/irons, they can sit in the comfort of the tour truck lounge with a coffee and watch Sky Sports while their clubs are being made up. 

His afternoon was then spent at PING's custom fitting range where their driver, iron and putter fitting procedures were demonstrated. Aaron also got to try a right handed version of Bubba's pink driver and was shown copies of the gold plated putter and wedge Bubba received for his tour wins. 

This custom club fitting service is available to all of our members should they wish to travel up to PING.

Click here to find out more about PING's hardware line up for 2016, or click here to get in touch if you would like to arrange your custom fitting.



Tip of the week 

Weight Distribution 

Leading on from the posture and ball position tips, correct weight distribution is essential in maintaining good posture and correct swing mechanics. In the set-up, weight distribution applies to both front and back and to the left and right sides of the body.


Front to back weight 

Picture 1 shows my posture in a "ready" position where my weight feels balanced on the balls of my feet. The heels and toes of the feet act as stabilisers to a balanced set up. From a flat lie, the weight should never favour the heels or toes.

Side to side weight 

This depends entirely on the shot the player is trying to execute. For example, in a basic iron shot the weight should be positioned 50/50 between the right and left sides. In the case of the driver shot in picture 2, I am endeavouring to hit a long, high tee shot. To do this, my weight is positioned with around 60% on my right side and 40% on my left. This naturally tilts my spine angle away from the target and lowers my right shoulder at the same time. My shoulders are still aiming parallel to the target but are on a slightly higher incline mirroring the trajectory of the shot I want with this club.

Lastly, picture 3 shows the pitfalls of having weight stacked on the left side and toes at address. From this position a reverse pivot and lift are a likely consequence of the poor set up. 

If balance is achieved at address then it is easier to maintain it in-swing. 

Next week Sarah will go through the importance of and how to make a good take away.

Click here to get in touch to let us know how you get on with this.

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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...

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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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