Welcome to our weekly newsletter.
Again you should find it full of news and useful information, this week we bring you:
- Rickie Fowler answers his critics
- Tips on buying the right set of irons
- Barnes wins the Barnes
- Hartford lose a close match against Malkins Bank
- Our great custom fitting offer
- Titleist fitting day news
- Claim your FREE adidas tour cap
- Ladies news and Seniors news
- Happy Birthday to Audrey!
The Players Championship was played at Sawgrass last week. It's often dubbed the 'fifth major' and on the Sunday afternoon the tournament certainly had that major feel about it as many of the world's top players battled for the victory. Rickie Fowler was probably still bristling from just last week being announced by Sports Illustrated magazine as the 'most over-rated golfer in the world'. This title was apparently given to him by his peers but it was made to look pretty ridiculous as he claimed a playoff victory.
After twelve holes Fowler admitted to 'being out of the tournament', but he then proceeded to play some amazing golf over the tough last six holes scoring 2-4-3-3-2-3. Incredibly he played the infamous island green seventeenth hole in five under par from six attempts. It's three years since Fowler had claimed his previous only tour victory, also achieved by winning in a playoff, and surely he would have enjoyed this latest victory. He will now be up there with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth as a new order of golfing great's battle for major victories - it's only a month until the next one; the US Open at Chambers Bay.
Are you looking at buying new irons?
Last week we talked about buying a new driver and this week we give you some useful tips if you're thinking about buying a new set of irons. To keep it simple I'm going to highlight three major points you need to consider before taking the plunge:
1) Make sure that you choose the right irons set for your ability
This is without a doubt the most important aspect. If you take a look at the three iron heads in the two photographs you will see a major difference in the size of the heads and the cavity and therefore the amount of forgiveness they will afford a player.
One aspect often overlooked but very important is the amount of offset on the head, this is the angle or the kink you see where the head is set back from the shaft. More offset is good as it means more forgiveness and help to get the ball up in the air and keep the club face square.
With the top iron head in the photograph there is hardly any offset as they are aimed at a very low handicap golfer, generally better players have more power to launch the ball and keep the club face square so they don't need so much offset. For the average golfer though offset is a good thing, if you hit the ball too low or struggle with accuracy on your irons not enough offset could be the cause.
As I would always advise seek professional help and make sure you get the right irons for your ability.
2) Get the right shaft
Again have a look at the photograph of these two shafts, they are both steel stiff shafts but they are very different, would you know which one suits you best?
As I said last week the shaft is the engine of the golf club it has to be right for your swing, you need to know your swing speed and temp to get the right shaft.
There is no standard regular or stiff shaft, with the two stiff shafts in the photograph for example one is around 120 grams with a very firm feel promoting a boring flight that suits a player who really hits the ball hard and has no problem launching the ball. The second shaft is also stiff but weighs around 80 grams and has a much more responsive lighter feel to help get the ball up in the air.
3) Get the right lie angle
The third aspect of getting the right irons set is to get the right lie angle of head and again this is best determined during a custom fitting session. A golfer who is over six feet tall will need the club to be more upright than another golfer who is around five feet tall for example.
The lie angle is also determined by the angle of your swing path so it's essential you check this during a fitting session where you can try various different head lie angles. If you buy a set with the wrong lie angle for your swing the iron head will not be square at impact - it will either hit the ground heel or toe first which will make your shots fly off line rather than straight.
As we always say the best way to find the right club for you is to have a custom fitting session with us, as you can appreciate from the points above it can be quite a minefield in terms of the choice on offer and getting the right driver head design, shaft and loft to suit you.
With a custom fitting session we can give you professional advice on what you should you use to get the most out of your swing, you will also find out your club head speed and try a number of shafts and lofts to determine which works best for you with launch monitor data providing the proof in the pudding.
Next week we will bring you some useful tips on buying a new putter.
Contact me here to get your session booked in now!
Barnes wins the Barnes Trophy
The golf season is flying by as we played the second 'major' of our season on Saturday. A cold wind was blowing again make scoring difficult with the first two holes playing straight into the wind. 11 handicapper Ian Daines was the early Clubhouse leader with a fine nett 67 including a birdie-birdie run on holes three and four. However he was soon to be pipped by Tim Barnes and eventually finished in third place.
Nine handicapper Tim had never won the Barnes Trophy before and after a triple bogey on the twelfth hole a victory looked unlikely, but he then found another gear to produce a Rickie Fowler-esque last six holes of 3-3-4-3-3; an amazing score of three under for the last six holes including birdies on the last two! This catapulted him to a score of nett 65 and his first individual board competition win at Hartford since 2010. Read below for the secret to Tim's new found success.
Simon Stephenson was the next closest challenger in second place also with a nett 67 including a birdie two on hole sixteen. Longest drive winner on the tenth hole was Steve Bond and nearest the pin winner was Julie Daines.
Click here to view the full results.
The next competition is another board competition - the Benny Trophy on Sunday, 24 May.
Our team bowed out of the Mail on Sunday Classic in the fourth round at home on Sunday. We faced a very strong team from Malkins Bank who were all off a handicap of six or less, the final score was 3-2 to the visitors.
James Eaton had a great win against a three handicap county senior player and Dave Johnson also won his match. Unfortunately Chris Bird, Gareth Eaton and Ian Daines lost their matches. Well done guys for a great run until the fourth round - we lost out to a very strong team.
You could be our next Game Improvement Champion? Tim Barnes' improvement in his golf has come about in no small part to having a fitting session a couple of weeks ago and investing in a new set of irons. He had been struggling with a loss of distance in his irons and his shots were flying with a weak low flight. The solution was a more forgiving head with more offset coupled with a much lighter steel shaft to help him launch the ball, the result was that he went from struggling to hit a seven iron not much more than 130 yards to hitting it well over 150.
With his new Callaway Big Bertha irons he played in a charity day at Portal and won first place in a team competition with the prize being a holiday to Spain and on Saturday in the Barnes Trophy he took the victory with a fine nett 65 including fantastic iron shots on the last two holes to within a few feet from the flags to set up birdies.
The new irons have made a massive difference to his game and Tim is back striking the ball with confidence again and enjoying his golf so much more, you too can benefit like this from custom fitting and I am looking for a golfer who would like to volunteer for a FREE fitting session in which we can help you to improve your golf - you can be 'a game improvement champion', if you're interested please contact me here.
Audrey Kettle won the ladies Thursday nine hole Stableford last week with a great score of 20 points. She just edged out Sandra Peake who also scored 20 points on a card playoff, and third place went to Joyce Graham on 18. Well done also to Kath Hough and Barbara Watkinson who both scored birdie two's.
Next was a Monday night nine hole Stableford. The winner of this was Jo Cameron who scored a great 22 point total including a birdie three on the sixth hole, her handicap drops to 30 as a result. In second place was Chris Paxton on 16 points and in third was Elspeth Forbes on 15.
The next ladies competition is today - the Clare Cup and this weekend there is a friendly 18 hole Stableford on Sunday starting at 12:04pm.
Happy Birthday Audrey!
As she approaches her 80th birthday this weekend, Ladies Vice Captain Audrey Kettle has been a player on form having had 3 shots taken off her handicap in the last couple of weeks. On Monday night she made her debut in the Summer Pairs knockout with partner Jean Clare against Men's Vice Captain Paul Underwood and his son and Cheshire under 14's golfer Kieran. Audrey and Jean were expecting a short game as they were playing against players with a significantly lower handicap where Kieran who was over 65 years younger than Audrey was giving 17 and 19 shots respectively.
The golf handicap system showed why it works so well for different ages, genders and abilities and it turned out to be a very close match with some great shots and some shots to forget for all players. Kieran rolled the winning putt in for a 2&1 win in a game played in great spirit. Here is Audrey on the left with past captain Jill and current captain Annie.
Everyone at the club wishes popular member Audrey a very happy birthday celebration!!
The seniors played a nine hole Stableford on Tuesday morning in beautiful sunny conditions. Paul Frost is another player who has recently improved his golf with a new set of custom fit irons and the proof of this was shown in his winning score of 20 points and his handicap drops to 25. In second place was 26 handicapper Alan Phillips on 18 points, Alan has now been in the top three in his last three competitions, a great run of form! In third place was Ray Gilliland on 16 points.
Next week the seniors play a nine hole fun game.
Outfit of the week
The best outfit on show at the weekend was undoubtedly from Gareth Eaton in his Irish trousers.
Titleist Fitting Day
We have another one of our popular fitting days coming up with Titleist on Thursday, 4 June from 10:00am-2:00pm. You can book a FREE fitting from a Titleist equipment expert on any of the current range of the fantastic Titleist 915 metal woods and hybrids, 714 irons and the Vokey SM5 wedges. We will also have special offers available on the day on all of the Titleist range, so you can purchase custom fitted clubs and at a good price!
You must book a slot in advance for the fitting day demand will be high and it will get booked up, we just have two slots left available now at 10:40am and 11:20am, if you would like to reserve one of these times please contact me here.
The Clare Cup - Thursday, 14 May 9:32am
Ladies 18 hole Stableford - Sunday, 17 May 12:04pm
Ladies match vs. Knutsford - Monday, 18 May 10:36am
Seniors nine hole roll up - Tuesday, 19 May 9:16am
The Benny Trophy - Sunday, 24 May 11:00am
Claim your free adidas Tour Cap
This week sees the launch of a great new promotion in our shop in conjunction with adidas, if you spend over £50 on adidas clothing or shoes you will receive a FREE adidas tour cap worth £14.99 . This is a great offer and we only have a limited number of caps to give away so to claim your FREE cap you had better be quick before they all go!