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Rob McNicholas

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Hello and welcome to this week's newsletter. 

Pros news 

What a glorious week of weather we have finally had to follow the Open championship from last week. If the two things combined don't inspire you to get out and play then nothing will. Being at work and out Sunday afternoon, I managed to avoid the news so I could watch the highlights of the Open last weekend. The standard of the golf played by Stenson and Mickelson was out of this world. In the end Stenson's 63 was just enough to hold off Mickelson, and the distance between the two of them and the rest of the field showed what a different planet their golf was on.

Club news 

This weekend sees the club championships taking place and the course should be set up for a fair test. With the weather we've had so far this year, the course isn't as bouncy as it has been in the past and the greens are not as slick as in previous years, that said I expect them to be into double figures on the stamp metre reading come Saturday morning. 

Good luck to all those playing.

Staff news 

This past Monday, Peter Flowers, Spencer Burlingham and Richard Southall joined up with Aaron to play in the Northamtonshire County Midlands Pro-am. On a tough windy day, Aaron played well negotiating the 25-30 mph gusts, but couldn't quite get to grips with the greens and was undone by a couple of three putts to score 74 in the pro individual event. 

In the team event, this long, top 100 rated English course proved no match for the "bomber's" power with Spencer winning longest drive with a blow of well over 300 yards. Richard lipped out with his long range bunker shot mid round to win the nearest the pin in 2 prize. Peter Flowers banished his chipping demons to record back to back birdies on the inward 9 to keep them all on track. 

The players also won the team driving challenge with a collective yardage of 1079 yards. Thankfully it didn't matter if they weren't all on the fairway.

Needing a strong finish, Aaron and Peter both birdied the last and the team finished in 4th place at 13 under visiting the prize table again to complete a great day out.

Golf fitness 

Pilates For Golf Classes 

How does this improve your golf? 

- Get more distance and power because of added hip and torso flexibility 
- Have a stronger and bigger hip turn for greater power through rotation 
- Create a smoother and more powerful swing due to evenly conditioned back muscles 
- Maximize balance and alignment while rotating. 
- Hold a body position long enough to play through a shot. 

Why choose the Pilates class? 

- Build up the back muscles evenly 
- Elongate and align the spine for better stability 
- Strengthen the abdominals 
- Increase overall flexibility, strength, and balance 
- Increase range of motion in hips and shoulders 
- Enhance concentration through focused breathing

Held in the privacy of the Meeting Room at only £6 per session...

Ladies only classes for any age and ability on the following dates: 

Thursday, 28 July | 10-11am 
Thursday, 11 August | 10-11am 
Thursday, 11 August | 7-8pm 
Thursday, 1 September | 7-8pm

Please see Sarah for more information or to sign up.. Sign up sheet is also in the changing rooms.

Junior academy  

Junior Summer Camps @ Saffron Walden 

Monday, 8 & Tuesday, 9 August 
Tuesday, 23 & Wednesday, 24 August 

10:00am - 3:00pm 

Only £55 for 2 days 

August Camps - lunch is included

What's included in the camps? 

- Range work, practising your long game
- Short Game, making sure your chipping in the hole
- Putting, lot's of skills games & competitions

Suitable for any age & any ability

Minimum of 6 to go ahead, maximum of 10 in a group 

Book now to secure your place.

Junior Academy Coaching 6 week course

This is open to any Junior whether a member or non-member. We have children starting with no golfing background, to children who are members at the club. The programme coaching is open to any age, and we have groups to suit all. 

The first 5 weeks will involve learning long game, short game, putting & skills based challenges. The final week includes an exciting competition.

Only £40 for a 6 week block, or £8 a time roll up. 

Saturday's - 23, 30 July, 6, 13, 20, 27 August 
9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm

Sunday's - 31 July, 7, 21, 28 August, 4, 11, September 
(Please note, no golf 14 August)

Please contact Sarah Smith if you would like to book on. Spaces are limited.

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Stenson win

The 145th Open Championship saw Callaway’s Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson go head-to-head in a Sunday showdown that will go down as one of the greatest ever – it really was some display of ball striking. We’re used to seeing the Swede use that much-loved 3-wood of his, but we also saw him use his XR driver to devastating effect at Royal Troon.

Learn 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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