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Greetings from Rob McNicholas
Saffron Walden Golf Club - PGA Golf Professional

It's a busy time of year for brands releasing new product and you'll hopefully have noticed the online content in 'My Shop' that contains some must-see equipment videos, including interviews with the big manufacturers at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show.

If you haven't had the chance, go to 'My Shop' and you'll find insightful interviews from the Show - an annual gathering in Orlando to showcase new equipment - that take you through some exciting new releases and provide custom-fitting advice for you should you be wishing to invest in new gear, whether it be woods and irons, or wedges and balls.

So, with a few signs of the weather improving and the prospect of more golf being played, start with a trip to 'My Shop' for some helpful tips and peeks at some fantastic new equipment. Click here to visit my site.


One of the popular comments in last weeks senior coaching was "thats because I lifted my head up". If only the game was so simple. Keeping your head down can actually cause you more problems than it fixes.

In picture 1 you will see that keeping my head down too long after I've struck the ball with an iron leads to a steep shoulder tilt (white line), and a lack of weight transfer to the front foot (blue line). The result in picture 2 shows the weight often stays on the back foot. This can cause heavy strikes as the club bottoms out too early and thins, as the club follows the shoulders up and hits the top oft he ball.

To get the centre of the swing more over the ball and a better impact position, I recommend a drill where you look at the target as you hit the ball or even before it as in picture 3.This allows you to get the weight onto the front foot and to turn around your spine rather than create a reverse C position and lean back. A number of professionals have done this over the years including Annika Sorenstam and she seemed to do alright. The truth is, if you try to keep your head down too long it will actually pop up. As you create a force hitting the ground the ground gives you one back causing the appearance of coming up. This happens in everyone's swing.   


The Seniors annual migration to the out of bounds on 2 and 3 has started, or as some call it, team coaching on the practice area. A rarely seen creature in these parts, the senior has often devised a unique and complex method of ball striking which they are reluctant to change. Having said that, this bunch were pretty good, open to new ideas on drivers and fairway woods and an improvement in their ball striking, even if John Stewart looks as though he's embarrassed to have been caught on camera practicing. Their next victim will be Aaron as he embarks on a mission to improve their short game.


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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...

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Distance and feel are two big factors you need to consider before settling on your golf ball choice. Yes we want performance in both departments, but we also need to consider your own skill level before making the right selection.

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Ask us what you're looking for in your golf ball and let's find you the right model for your game this season.

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There are so many great styles in FootJoy's range which has been further bolstered by the new D.N.A. shoes. Whether you're in the 'sporty' or 'classic' camp, there are styles for all tastes.

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Take a look at FootJoy's offerings in store and you'll be sure to find a style or two that suit you this season.

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These two sets from Titleist are fantastic to look down on at address, with a classy finish that will just make you want to get out there and play. The 714 AP1 irons should appeal to both the mid to high handicappers out there, not just single figure golfers.
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