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Rob McNicholas

Saffron Walden Golf Club PGA Golf Professional

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Welcome to this week's newsletter, Rob is away in sunny Spain this week so myself and Aaron have been left the responsibility of making this week's newsletter, another great read for you! 

Hope you enjoy...


Competition news 

Seniors Greensome Stableford Competition

On Friday 28 seniors turned out to brave the cold and play in a Greensome Stableford Competition. Players are paired in high/low handicap and all players drive off, then select the ball to play alternate shots, scoring using stableford.

- The outright winners were Bill Sandford with Keith Willey scoring 41 points. 
- 2nd were Malcolm Thorne with Chris Knight scoring 39 points on countback. 
- 3rd were Geoff Woollerson with Derek Green also scoring 39 points. 
- The nearest the pin on the 5th was won by Colin Bailey.

A good fun competition to play in - why not try it next year.

Chris and my memorable moments were me chipping in over the right hand bunker on the 16th for a birdie nett eagle. And Chris putting off the left slope on the 17th straight into the hole for a par nett birdie!

Many thanks, Malcolm.

Demo day 

Callaway Demo Day

Want a chance to try and be fitted for the new Epic driver and fairways as well as other Callaway products. Please book your time slot in the pro shop or below as there a limited spaces left.


Pro Am 

Sarah at Woodbridge Pro Am

It was a very windy day out for me and my team David Reville, Olly Tuck & Spencer Burlingham at Woodbridge Pro Am on Monday. Having not played the course before its definitely one to go to, even after the snow on Sunday the course played in great condition for this time of year including pretty fast greens!


I feel really happy with how I hit the ball after making some small swing changes on Saturday with Rob definitely improved my ball striking for the day, dropping shots with 3 doubles on the day from around the green was the only thing that let me down. I've come away really positive as it's the best I've played for a while and I'm looking forward to the season ahead. Overall we worked really well as a team finishing in 8th position out of 21.

(Picture above, all 3 guys with their new Callaway Epic Sub Zero Drivers!)

Shop news 

New 2017 Ladies FootJoy Clothing

With a hint of sunshine this week, we are ready for the spring! Get your wardrobe looking great with the new range of ladies FootJoy clothing which has just arrived in the pro shop. 


As it's a new range (and because we want you to look great this summer!)...we are offering 10% OFF any 2017 item of ladies FootJoy clothing till the end of the month! 

Don't forget - if we don't have your size in stock we can order items in, please speak to Sarah.

Coaching news 

Coaching News from PGA Pro Aaron Howard

Swing Analysis - Robert Ryder

Robert played to a low single figure handicap when he was younger and now wants to get back into the game and rekindle that form. He displays a strong posture at address and has an athletic swing to match.


During the lesson Robert was suffering with his consistency due to over rotation in the backswing. He turns too much, too early leading to the club falling under the line and behind him halfway into the backswing (shown in picture 1). From there the club moves up and across the line pointing well right of his target. This swing fault can lead to pushes and hook inaccuracies and generally shot inconsistency (picture 2).

During the lesson we worked on one or two drills to help get the club back on the proper plane with a more synchronised turn.

By the end of the lesson he was swinging it much better and now has the club parallel to his feet and aim lines at the top of his swing (shown in picture 3).

If you are struggling with any part of your game please contact a member of the pro shop team.

Alternatively you can Click here to book a lesson.

Last Chance

This is your last chance to sign up for the Refreshers Guide to Golf Day this Saturday, there's only a few spaces left! It's 1:30/4pm and aimed for those wanting to have a go at golf or getting back into the game.

At only £22pp, all equipment and balls are included in the price and it's a great afternoon to improve your game, whilst learning new skills and making friends. Please contact Sarah to book or for further questions.

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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I hope you have enjoyed this weeks update.
We hope to see you soon



Rob McNicholas, Saffron Walden Golf Club, Windmill Hill, Saffron Walden, CB10 1BX

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