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Club news

Poppy Classic Success for Martin and Eley 

Following tradition, Saffron Walden golfers turned out in force to support the Poppy Appeal competitions last week, raising over £350 in the process. 

Chris Martin put in a storming performance to win the Poppy Classic stableford competition with 42 points, 3 clear of Graham Jones (39 points) with David Wiseman (38 points) in second place. 

Chris believed he had blown his chances by going out of bounds on the 2nd, but steady play saw him reach the turn on 19 points. His back 9 holes came alight with a birdie on the par 4 12th hole. 3 pars in the next 4 holes gave him a back 9 of 23 points and a great win. 

In the ladies medal competition, Ginny Eley had a strong front 9, playing 3 under handicap. A 7 on the par 3 11th,brought her back to level, and she held her nerve to finish with a nett 74. Barbara Caley was runner up on count back from Justine Voss, both finishing with nett 75.  

Coaching news 

Learn Golf in a Day - 1 space remaining

Learn Golf In One DayOur Final Learn Golf in a Day event is coming up on Saturday, 19 November, (weather permitting)

The course takes place here at Saffron Walden between 1:30pm - 4:00pm and will cost just £20 per person which includes all balls and equipment.   

If you would like to join this session, please click here to get in touch, or call us in the pro shop.

N.B. We only have 1 space left, so contact us quickly to book this final place.   

Thought of the week 

When coaching, I deal with what's known as ball flight laws, and when trouble shooting ball flight laws, what you often see is the affect in the swing, but what is needed for a permanent change is too identify the cause.

Here is a good example of this that I picked up on in the ladies squad coaching last week. Marjorie plays with at best a fade, but when things aren't going well, a pull or slice. You can see in the video that the swing is upright and the path of the club works a fraction over the top and out to in on the target line. This is the effect of having to combat an open club face at impact. 

Click here to watch Marjorie's swing in action.

The cause is having a weak left hand grip, a common mistake of lining the grip up with the brand/ logo on the grip, not down the right of centre as it should be. 

As you can see from face on, the left v-shape formed with the finger and thumb of the left hand is pointing at the chin rather than the right shoulder. As mentioned earlier, everything else in the swing is an effect to compensate for the set up error.

Once we changed this and Marjorie started to hit the ball with no unwanted side spin, it was then a case of shallowing out the swing plane and path to compensate for the new grip.

The grip is something we often take for granted but will often dictate the sequence of the golf swing. Getting this and the fundamentals right will make it much easier to get the swing and the ball flight you are after.

If you're struggling with any aspect of your game, click here to get in touch or come and have a chat with us in the pro shop.

Shop news 

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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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