Pro Shop Newsletter – January 2012

Pro Shop News – Christmas is over and the New Year has begun. It has been an interesting couple of months for everyone. The summer of golf in Australia is possibly the best we have ever seen, and at the other end of the scale were the floods.

Positives always come out of negatives and the big plus is the new pro shop which looks great. A really big thank you to everyone that helped to get all of the stock out of the shop before the floods, there are too many members to name.

A special thank you must go to Adam and especially Adrian who came down to the course at 3.00 am to check the river then decided to get everything out! Also a big thank you must go to Howard Meppem for all the work he did to get the pro shop up and going and also to the painters!!! With all that behind us we really look forward to the year ahead and hopefully playing some good golf.

Congratulations to Adrian who passed his 2nd year traineeship with flying colours. He begins playing in mid January with his first event being down at Woolooware in Sydney and then the Rich River Classic down on the Murray at the end of January. We will keep you posted on how he is going.

As you all probably know I had an operation on my wrist at the end of November. The operation seems to have gone really well and I should be back playing golf by mid to late January. Depending on what shape my game is in (probably terrible!) I am looking to try and qualify for the Queensland PGA from the 23rd – 26th February.

Get Your Equipment Fitted Correctly – As you may have seen the Titleist fitting cart has arrived and looks great, unfortunately the tour exotics cart is not here yet as it had to be put back due to the floods. This is on top of the Ping and Callaway fitting systems we already have.

A club fit will take around 45 minutes but will improve your game almost immediately. The club fit consists of finding the right shaft – flex, length, weight and kick point, lie angle in the head, grip size and set composition. All of the top players in the world are using golf clubs fitted to them. All people are individual, some are tall, short, big, small, older, younger etc so golf clubs should be made to suit you.

If your new year’s resolution is to improve your golf have your clubs checked today.

Clinics – Ladies Clinics. The ladies daylight savings clinics have started and will run throughout the whole daylight savings period. They are on Monday afternoons from 5 – 6 pm and cost is $10

We also conduct Friday morning clinics for ladies at 10 – 11am.

Ladies are also invited to play in the 4 hole competition at the completion of the lesson. Cost is $10

Junior Clinics Beginner Junior Clinics – every Thursday from 4.30 – 5.30 pm (during daylight savings, 4 – 5pm outside of that) and the cost is $7

Advanced Beginner Junior Clinics – due to the large numbers in the Thursday clinic we have started an advanced beginner clinic on Monday afternoons 4.00 – 5.00 pm. Numbers are limited to 10 kids and they are run in conjunction with the school terms.

A junior calendar can also be found on the website, this contains all the dates for the junior clinics for 2012 and also includes when some junior events are on.

Golf Tips -Throughout the year I will go through a series of tips which will cover the whole game. Remember tips are good but they are general and might not help (in some cases can hinder) if it isn’t already broken, individual lessons will pinpoint your problems and help to fix them!

Tip # 1 – Posture – Most problems in the golf swing actually start from a poor posture and set-up. If your posture and set-up is wrong then you need to correct them in the swing (which generally leads to more problems). A good posture is an important place to start.

 • Your feet should be a shoulder width apart, if they are too close together it will affect your balance and if they are too wide apart it will restrict your turn.

• Knees slightly bent so you are in an athletic position. The best way to think about this is to think if you were going to catch a ball. If your knees are straight and locked in it will affect your ability to move quickly to catch the ball.

• Bend over from the hips keeping your back as straight as possible

• Your arms should hang straight down, if you don’t bend over from the hips this is not possible. This posture is an athletic posture and a great place to start your swing.

Good golfing Matt.

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