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Rob McNicholas

Saffron Walden Golf Club PGA Golf Professional

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Fitting news 

Putter Fitting 

We all have a natural putting stroke that is individual to us, but many of us have no idea what we do when we take the club back, if it is correct, and why it works some days and not others. Putters are all different shapes and sizes and certain putters suit different putting strokes. Some may suit a face balanced putter while others may match up to one that moves on a slight arc or even a strong arc.

There is no right or wrong stroke to have but it is ESSENTIAL to match the putter to your natural putting stroke, rather than have a club that is fighting your natural tendencies.

Why should you have a putter fitting? 

Nearly half of the strokes you take during a round of golf are used with a putter. It should be tailored to your individual specifications to have the greatest effect.

The correct putter will be the one that is the: 

- Right length 
- Right head design 
- Right loft Right balance to suit your own stroke 
- Right lie 
- Right weight 
- Right grip design/size

All of the above can be altered to suit the player.

It is also important to ensure the club is set up correctly to position our eyes in the right place relative to the target line to allow us to aim properly. 

We use the PING putter fitting system that works through an iPhone application by attaching it to a putter (as shown in the pictures). It shows all the required information needed to provide the correct putter to suit you, and any technical putter stroke aspects that need addressing. 

In addition to putter fitting, the benefits of having a coaching session based around this part of the game is usually proven invaluable and can be the quickest way to lowering scores. 


If you are looking at having a putter fitting or putter lesson, come and have a chat with the team in the pro shop, or click here to get in touch.

Course news 

Course Managers Update

Last week we undertook our autumn hollow coring program. Greens were cored to a depth of 2.5 inches, filled with 45 tons of top dressing sand and over seeded with a pure bent grass mix. We are confident that we will have a speedy recovery in the coming weeks.  


As you are all aware of by now, our yearly course development is well under way on the 14th and 15th holes. Shapewright arrived on site on Monday morning and they are well under way. The progress so far has been excellent, as weather conditions have been ideal so far and we hope this continues to be the case. 

Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing patience during the recent hollow coring program and the ongoing course development work.  


Happy golfing

Junior golf 

On Saturday, 17 September, our junior squad took on East Berkshire juniors in the semi-final of the British Legion National 4BBB competition. This was the furthest our juniors have ever reached in the competition, and was well deserved after overcoming difficult opposition in close home and away matches.

Young Prodigy Josh Izod was paired with 18 year old Callum Brookes entering his last year as a junior. The pair were on form with a 100% win rate in the competition with both players enjoying a stellar season within individual events too. Brookes and Izod lost the first hole to a nett birdie, but bounced back on the second to get the match back to all square. Their match never had any more than 1 hole up or down until the 14th hole where young Izod's par wasn't enough to match the opposing sides birdie. Despite being 2 down with 4 to play, young Josh Izod showed his mental strength. Shrugging off the disappointment of the last 2 holes he then went on to get up and down from short of the green for par to make a crucial putt to halve the hole, he then continued his momentum and parred the 16th, holing a right to left downhill 5 footer to get the match back to one down. The 17th was also won with a much needed par form Brookes to level the match. Unfortunately on 18 both Brookes and Izod found the front right trap and after failing to hole their bunker shots they lost the hole and the match to a birdie on the final hole.

In the final pairing was made up of Richard Hall our junior captain and Louis Martin who has just started at the Lee Westwood golf school at Stoke-By-Nayland golf club where he is improving by the day. Louis and Richard have shown throughout the competition determination and fight even when down, and as a result are also undefeated in the competition so far. Just like the First their match was tight with no team being able to get ahead by more than 1 hole. After a birdie from Louis on the 6th hole, the pair were 1 up. After some birdies from the opposition on 9 and 10 they were back to all square in the match. After a series of steady pars from both juniors and birdies on 14, they kept momentum up until losing the 16th hole. After the pair halved the final 2 holes in pars it wasn't quite enough, and just like the first pair they lost 1 down.

Despite marginally losing out in the semi-finals the juniors showed great sportsmanship and determination and have continued to improve every year and continue to get further in this illustrious competition.


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