A new Lady Captain
At last Thursday's Ladies' A.G.M., Jane Morris was sworn into office as the club's new Lady Captain. I'd like to wish Jane the very best of luck and success for her forthcoming year as well as thanking the outgoing Lady Captain, Jackie Tannett, for her support during her time in charge. In particular, we had some really good Lady Captain/Pro Challenge matches which included some really fun times along the way.
Men's Team vs Scratch Team
Men's team lost 4 - 1.
Professional's Winter Draw
I'm delighted to tell you that my Winter Draw board is now in the Pro Shop. As always, there will be some truly superb prizes on offer so if you'd like to enter, please come in early to bag your favourite or lucky numbers!
Sunice Gore-Tex Suits
I will soon be taking delivery of some fantastic new Sunice Albany Gore-Tex jackets and trousers. These suits are the best of the best in terms of what a waterproof suit can offer you. The Gore-Tex material is fully water resistant and Sunice are so confident that they will not leak they offer a lifetime warranty!! The suits are not cheap however coming in at around £549.99 . To help you understand why Gore-Tex is so good we are also getting in some Demo jackets in Medium, Large and Extra Large so you can really feel the benefit please feel free to come in and give them a go.
This is the last suit you will ever need to wear!
New Under Armour men's and ladies'clothing
I now have displayed in the shop, all of my men's and ladies' Under Armour autumn/winter clothing. If you've had Under Armour winter clothing before, you will know that their clothing is really designed to help keep you nice and warm, is of a great quality and also feels really great when worn. In particular, I'd like to draw your attention to the new men's Knock Down jacket with Prima Loft. These are a casual jacket - though you can play golf in one - and come in either black, light or dark grey - and are supremely warm whilst still being relatively thin. Great for both golf and casual wear.
New Masters wheeled travel covers
Several of you have been asking me for "wheeled" travel covers and I'm pleased to tell you that I now have several available in the Pro Shop. These covers obviously have wheels on them which makes it much easier to transport your clubs around so rather than carrying your bag, you can simply wheel it behind you. And because these travel covers retail at £37.99 , they represent really good value too!
New self-service Grip Bar
Fresh in this week is my fantastic new Grip Bar. This allows you to see the kind of grips that we offer to replace your old, worn grips on your clubs and you’ll be able to see just what a difference a new grip makes in terms of feel and your ability to hold the club properly because I have a selection of different grips, all on shafts, available for you to try. But the most fascinating part of my Grip Bar is that you can measure your hand to see what size grip is best suited to you. For example, did you know that Nick Faldo used to have twelve layers of tape under the grip on his left hand yet only eight layers of tape under his right? So you can see just how personal and vital it is to have the correct grips and grip size. Please pop in and check out my new Grip Bar!
I don’t know about you but the regular “lead-acid” batteries don’t seem to last very long these days, so the answer is simple: a brand new lithium battery. These batteries are so good in so many ways and the benefits over a lead-acid are numerous, such as, they will recharge in about three hours, you will get about five times more life out of a lithium than a lead-acid, they’re more powerful and they’re incredibly light!
And at £199.99 , they will also come with a brand new charger and a fantastic two year unlimited warranty and a five year limited warranty. So for further details, please pop into the Pro Shop.
Men's Polo Ralph Lauren shirts reduced
If you're looking for a really great bargain, please check out my discount rail (situated outside the shop) on which I've just placed many of my men's Polo Ralph Lauren shirts and which have been marked down by 20% from the normal RRP. But hurry, because at the time of writing they are flying out the door!
New winter wheels
Not only do I have Powakaddy's very own model of winter wheels, but I now also have some winter wheels from Masters which will replace your current trolley wheels and are both different in design and slightly cheaper. These wheels are made with the raised "pimple" design, are street legal around Ashridge and cost £64.99!
SkyCaddie SGX for sale
And finally this week, I have a SkyCaddie SGX GPS unit that has been used once and I need to clear this unit from stock. This unit has lovely features such as Intelligreen Technology, Target Lists and Interactive Hole Vue and normally retails for £299.99 but I'm happy to accept just £200 so I can clear the decks.
Michel Sweers, Paul Hocking, Stewart Percy and I visited Porters Park last Thursday for a Herts. P.G.A. Alliance meeting and came away triumphant! In this best-two-from-four on each hole stableford event, we cruised round our first nine holes recording a whopping 45 points and then added a further 40 points to record a score of 85 points, thus winning by two. Naturally, I'm taking all the glory for my stewardship of the team but Messrs. Sweers, Hocking & Percy claim that if they'd had a half-decent pro playing with them, they might have threatened the 90 points barrier! Charming…
How to cope with strong winds
Here's some good advice on how to cope with the strong winds that are currently annoying us at the moment.
Into the wind, play the ball further back in your stance as this will automatically push your hands further forward and naturally reduce the amount of loft through impact.
Where many players go wrong is they grip the club too tightly and swing harder and faster. This is not a good move because this will impart much more spin on the ball lifting it up into the wind forcing it to stall during its flight. It is better to grip the club lighter and swing slower and smoother and take an extra club.
Try it and it will soon pay dividends! Good luck!