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Rob McNicholas

Saffron Walden Golf Club PGA Golf Professional

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Hello and welcome to this week's newsletter. 

Coaching news 

The season is fast approaching and many sections of the club have been fine tuning their games. This week saw the final part of the senior's winter lessons and the start of the ladies squad coaching. 

The main theme this week was short game, the ladies did chipping with loft and the seniors were put through their paces on putting. After their strokes were analysed they were all given various skill tests to help them continue their development.


Do You Know Someone Who Wants to Learn How To Play Golf? 
Would You Like To Join A Refresher Course? 

Sunday, 6 March & Sunday, 3 April

During the afternoon you will learn basic techniques for getting you started in learning golf. 
The afternoon covers long game, chipping & putting. 
It's a fun afternoon, meeting new people, discovering new skills and you will begin to learn how to play golf! 

All equipment & balls are provided. 

Only £20 For 3 Hours!

Shop news 

Over the last few weeks you may have seen the shop being moving around a lot. Due to all the new season equipment arriving, we have had a chance to make the shop look its best! 

This year 2 new additional brands have been added for you to improve your game with, these being Callaway and Yonex. The popular Titleist, Mizuno and PING ranges are still here, as well as new clothing and shoes from Galvin Green, Rohnisch, FootJoy & ECCO.

Club news 

New season beckons for scratch team 

Saffron Walden Golf Club men's scratch team, supported by Ford Wells Construction Group start their pre-season with a friendly against a Cambridgeshire Area Golf union team at Windmill Hill this Sunday.

After leading the team to a number of scratch titles in Cambridgeshire, Graham Goodman is captain again, in what promises to be an exciting time for the team. Newly promoted Gog Magog and St Neots join Brampton PK, Ramsey and Walden in Division 1.

Other friendlies have been organised against Gog Magog, Ely and St Ives before the season starts. 

Captain Goodman said 

"The successes of the past seasons are firmly behind us and we are all excited about the new season upon us. Teams evolve and this year we will be building a new team to challenge for honours. Some team members have started new careers so it is a great opportunity for the academy players to come to the fore. The likes of Callum Brookes, Louis Martin and Jacob Gamble have a great opportunity to show how good they can be. This coupled with the addition of some new players and the experience of players like Mark Reeve, Olly Tuck, Ryan Adair and Ian Macdonald, we have a great blend of experience and youth for the challenges ahead".

Custom fitting 

We're developing and improving our custom fit service for members and have introduced a SkyTrak launch monitor.

When trying out new products don't forget to be custom fitted which is a FREE of charge service our Pro's offer to members. 

SkyTrak will deliver instant feedback on ball speed, launch angle, side spin, back spin, spin axis & side angle. It can be used for teaching, club gapping, but most importantly making sure you try the equipment which is going to improve your game the most. 

One of the most important reasons for custom fitting is club gapping… 

- Do you find you hit your clubs very similar distances? 
- Or have big gaps in between your wedges?

Book a gapping lesson now with Rob, Aaron or Sarah for only £25!

Click here to get in touch if you are interested.

Ladies section

From your Lady Professional Sarah Smith:

On Tuesday, 15 March I am holding a test trial afternoon on the practice range. We are looking for a group of volunteers to try out our new range of ladies equipment, including Callaway, Yonex and Mizuno, and we would like you to analyse and review on the range with the use of our SkyTrak launch monitor.

Everyone's golf swing is different, so it makes sense to match clubs to your individual swing. We all want to hit the ball further and straighter so checking club head speed, launch angle and spin rates can maximise distance and increase consistency to improve your ball flight. 

Click here to get in touch if you'd like to be part of this special group to meet between 12 and 2pm. 

This is your time to be the judge!
(Mens dates tbc!)

Due to the ladies Monday morning coaching being a huge success, we have now opened this up to two hours of coaching to replace the one. 

Now the evenings are getting lighter, we have opened an additional hour on a Thursday evening between 6-7pm. The dates for the Thursday evening and the specific parts of your game we will be working on are as follows:

7th April - Swing Check 
14th April - Pitching 
12th May - Driving 
19th May - Putting 
26th May - Chipping 
2nd June - Play

The sign up sheet is in the changing rooms, similar to the Monday sign up sheet dates!

Please remember the group is limited to 8 with 1 reserve who will be given 24 hours notice if a space becomes available, so secure your place now!

Click here to get in touch if you are interested,

Sarah Smith,
PGA Professional 

 MOT your game 

Why Change Your Grips? ...

Grips are made of materials that age and wear as a function of time. Heat, dirt, and oils from your hands all age your grips and cause the natural degradation of the grip. The traction that a fresh grip provides lets you hold the club lightly without the subconscious fear of losing the club during your swing. This relaxed state will improve the swing mechanics, therefore improving your game!

Top of the range Golf Pride grips start from £7.50 for irons and putters including the grip fitting. 

If you re-grip 9 or more of your clubs your will receive 10% OFF the total price!

Club News
Click here to find out more about our upcoming 'Learn to Play Golf' group sessionsRead 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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Essex, CB10 1BX

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