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Saffron Walden Golf Club - PGA Golf Professional

Welcome to this weeks' newsletter.

Last Sunday saw the annual Captain's cocktail party which was superbly supported by the members. By all accounts everyone had a great day, and the golf wasn't bad either.

The front 9 competition was won by James Smith and Janina Jones ( finally got a reliable partner) with 19 points from Mike and La Vern Frost.

The back 9 competition was won by Bill Hall and Angela Reed with a great score of 22 points with Jeremy White and Carol Jones finishing runner up.

Many thanks to Simon Hawkins for the great photo's.




47 Players from the Seniors Section of Saffron Walden Golf Club competed for the Michael Noakes Trophy last Friday 2nd May. In spite of a fine day and the course in excellent condition scoring proved difficult in this annual Stableford Competition, however Hugh Jenkins with a very credible 36 points crowned the day and took the Trophy. Simon, son of the late Michael Noakes kindly donated prizes for nearest the pin on all the Par 3's and presented the Trophy after a splendid celebratory lunch.

Michael Noakes (left) presents the Trophy to the winner Hugh Jenkins.

After last weeks photos of the Slade, I recieved a fair bit of feedback about how little golf we seemed to play, so here is one just to prove that it wasn't all about the siesta.

Your lie reveals the truth

We recently gave a lesson to a mid-handicapper who just could not stop his irons going left. The shot had been plaguing him for 18 months. He was aware that period coincided with using his latest set of clubs, bought off the shelf; but like many, he didn't want to be a bad workman blaming his tools.

We'd never argue against the importance of sound technique; but in this case, the solution was gear-related. This golfer's lie angles - the angle between the sole of the club and its shaft - were too upright. At address the club's toe was in the air, and at impact the heel was catching the ground, twisting the face shut. Not only this - as the toe rises, clubface loft makes the face aim further left. A simple lie adjustment later, his pull instantly vanished.

It can be hard to tell whether your shot pattern is rooted in equipment or swing issues, but our expertise in both allows us to diagnose the problem straight away. If our friend had done that, he'd have save himself 18 months of pain. We're here to make sure you don't suffer the same fate. Click here to contact us about your poor shots.

I hope you like the rest of the newsletter and the articles I have for you below. Enjoy the read.
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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...

Course management made easy

If doing your yardages involves a cursory gaze towards the 150-yard marker - and then wondering on your backswing if that's to the front or the centre of the green - then it's high time you considered a distance measuring device.


Both Laser and GPS devices offer stacks of clever functions, but you don't need a PhD to use them. Visit us to see how simple and helpful they can be.

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