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Rob McNicholas

Saffron Walden Golf Club PGA Golf Professional

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Hello and welcome to this week's newsletter. 

Club news 

Captains Drive In

Last weekend saw the captains drive in take place at the club. Despite the snow to start off the day the sun came out to shine on Chris and Jaine for their first tee shots as Captains of the club. 

As ever the captains were dressed up for the occasion, this time as Boycie and Marlene. 

Those of you who bet on the occasion will realise that this was not the best get up's to play golf in. 

They had to follow the junior's captain Richard Hall and Seniors captain Brandon Chapman who both sent them down the middle. Chris followed in his slicks and just about kept his balance and his dignity by nudging it past the ladies tee. 

Jaine did well to make it to the tee in her outfit let alone hit the shot, but did manage to send it down the middle. 



Best of luck to all the Captains for the upcoming year, I'm sure you will have lots of fun and represent the club well. 

Many thanks to Kieran and Helen for the last year and to John Stewart for the past two years as seniors captain.


Many thanks to Simon Hawkins of Reeve Photography as always for his photography.

Golf fitness 

Bio-mechanics and Golf Fitness for Women

Want to improve your golf swing, avoid injury?

Our PGA Professional, Sarah Smith has recommended sessions of Bio-Mechanics as a way to improve your golf swing, posture and muscle imbalance which may help prevent injury to your back, shoulder, elbows and wrists.

The sessions include a short presentation in the Committee Room with Personal Trainers Oliver and Ben, then practical work, linking the exercises and the golf swing, out on the practice range with Sarah. 

Oliver and Ben work for Spartans, a gym based at Barnwell Road, Cambridge. 

If you would like more information on the work they do, please see Rob's Newsletter from the 6th November and read Oliver's article and tips. 

You could also visit Spartans website at

A 1 hour session with Oliver and Ben includes: 

- Check for injuries 
- Explanation of bio-mechanics 
- Linking bio-mechanics and golf

The importance of a warm up routine 

Mobility and stretching drills. (Laminated instructions supplied free together with a resistance band) 

Team exercises

A 1 hour session with Sarah 

- The importance of the correct posture to avoid faults in the golf swing 
- Mobility and stretching exercises and why these will improve your golf swing 
- On the range; applying bio-mechanics to the golf swing 
- Coaching or help with your golf swing 

The cost for the two hour session is £10 per person based on eight ladies per group. 

If there is enough support for this innovative addition to our current squad training, there will be two x two hour sessions on the following days:

Thursday, 3 December
Group 1. Presentation 10-11am. Range 11-12 noon FULL 
Group 2. Presentation 1:30-2:30pm. Range 2:30-3:30pm 5 SPACES 

Sunday, 6 December: 3 SPACES Presentation 11-12noon. Range 12-1pm

Click here or pay us a visit in the pro shop to register your interest

Other news 

One of our young members' Harvey Redfern has asked me to include in this week's mail a link to his  survey to help him with his achademic studies.

This shouldn't take too long, so if  you have a few minutes, I know and Harvey would be hugely grateful.

Click here to complete the survey.

Many thanks.

Thought of the week 

In the money 

Not that he needed it, but Rory McIlroy picked up a nice little end-of-season bonus with victory at the DP World Tour Championship. Eighteen-year-old Lydia Ko also hit the jackpot, netting a tidy $1m for her season's efforts on the LPGA Tour. Well done to the pair of them. 

The prize funds we're used to may have a few less zeros on the end, but you can't beat the buzz of taking the money. Even if it's a pint and bag of crisps, we all love coming out on top; getting the better of our weekly fourball partners and rubbing it in in the clubhouse afterwards. 

Now, we all know someone who never seems to win, and we've all gone through barren spells. We dare say you find yourself willing on that person when they can't buy a putt, it's what makes golf so special; taking pleasure in seeing someone else play well. 

However, if you really are sick of handing over a fiver each week, now's the time to do something about it. Don't wait until the spring to find your game, come and speak to the team now and we can get you on the right track with a lesson. We might not be able to turn you into a millionaire, but we'll help cut down your bar bill resulting from those painful weekly defeats.

Get in touch here.

FootJoy gloves

Glove warning
According to FootJoy, a worrying 50% of you are playing golf in a glove that’s too big for you – which will present grip issues. You might be fine, but ask us the question next time you’re about to head out for a round. Can’t do any harm, can it?

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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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