Category: Pro Shop

Our head professional runs our Pro Shop along with his team of aspiring professionals. Members and visitors who wish to improve aspects of their game can book private tuition with one of our PGA Professionals . As well as stocking some of the best brands in golf, the Pro Shop also offer a club/trolley repair and re-gripping service.

If there is anything that is not within the pro-shop, please ask one of staff and we will be happy to get it for you.

We are open from 8am you can call us on  01708 688333

Friday Swing Tip: Get your set up right to optimise your golf shots.

One of the fundamentals for any golfer is to get their set up right in order to have the best chance to optimise the ball strike and to maximise the distance.

Remember the golden rule of ball striking: Use a descending strike when hitting irons and an ascending strike when using your driver.

This video concentrates on the set up when playing the tee shot with a driver .

Get your set up right pre swing, to help you hit the ball as best as you can..
Covering the golf ball with your chest is not ideal for driver. Irons ……. great!! 
You’ll see from the video that If you set your head behind the ball slightly. It’ll help you get the ascending strike your require to maximise distance.

Firstly set the ball up just inside your left heel (for a right handed golfer) and grip the club how you like to.

Star Tip : Then once your set up, feel like the head and chest tilt away from the target by lets say 5%. This will make your low point an inch or so behind the ball.

With this adjusted low point, by the time you make contact you will naturally be hitting up on the golf ball.

For those of you that like data from launch monitors you want you the attack angle to be a positive or + number.

In addition to hitting up, to increase distance you need to increase ball speed. PGA Tour Pro’s generate a ball speed of 170 + mph to achieve their carry distances of +/- 300 yards.

Simple Fact: The faster the ball speed the further the distance. Look out for Jack’s lesson on “How to increase ball speed tip”

NEW CLOTHING JUST LANDED

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The Professional shop is offering some special discounts for customers. Even on newly arrived products.

Come in store today to have a look for your

And do remember……..there are still huge savings to be had on premium brands such as FootJoy and Puma

Some as much as 60% off

Golf Principles are delighted to have their new base at Abridge Golf Club

Golf Principles, headed by Jason MacNiven, are based in their state of the art indoor custom fitting studio at Abridge. The club also has excellent outdoor practice facilities so clients will receive both ‘data + visual’ feedback.

The team at golf principles will be able to show you that a good set of clubs and a powerful swing are not enough for you to play your best golf. 

The improved results come from having the additional benefits of the perfect combination of shaft, loft and flex working together in harmony with your natural swing.

Then and only then, can you start to play golf to your full capability.

To have professionally-fitted clubs is essential to getting the most out of your game and our PGA-qualified staff do this by reading your ‘signature’ swing. We coach using Trackman to provide instant feedback, link the numbers and help you enhance the mechanics of your swing.

We also offer a complete repair service for all your golf clubs. This could be a quick re-grip or shaft replacement to a complete MOT including loft & lie adjustment.

It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to have your clubs correctly custom fitted. The video below demonstrates how having the wrong lie angle effects club face direction at impact (known as Face Plane Tilt). Club face is the biggest contributor to the direction of the golf ball.

Come and see any of our Golf Principles Team to check yours !

If you would like more information, please contact the pro shop on 01708 688 333 or complete this form and one our team will be in touch.

Pro Shop Raffle Results

Pro Shop Christmas Raffle Results

On behalf of the Professional shop we would like tothank those of you that supported our 2018 Christmas raffle

We would like to congratulate;

Maurice Hart on his 1st place, winning a New s3 Pro 18 Hole Lithium Electric Trolley

Richard Gray on his 2nd place, winning a PX6 StormForce Proquip Waterproof Jacket

And Lol Green on a 3rd place finish, Receiving a New Odyssey O-Works No7 Putter

We wish you all the best for 2019.

The Professional Staff

Golf Drills and Tips from Jack Winer our resident PGA Professional at Abridge.

Early Extension

Do you struggle with inconsistencies in your ball striking that produces unexpected bad shots including pushes, slices and hooks ?

Poor contacted golf shots like these may be caused by an early extension of the body. This occurs when there is a forward movement of the hips and lower body towards the golf ball at the start of the downswing.  As a result the plane gets underneath us causing the club and arms to get stuck behind the body.

Here is a simple drill that can be easily practiced on the range.

You should start the drill by taking your normal set up with the back of your ‘derriere’ resting against your golf bag. 

From this position take the club to the top of the back swing whilst ensuring you stay in contact with bag.

On the downswing try and feel like you are going to maintain that contact or even push back slightly as if you are trying to push the bag over. This subtle feeling will greatly assist the ability to stop that early extension.

Jack qualified as a PGA professional in 2018 and finished the year by competing in the PGA Play-Offs at Antalya Golf Club on the PGA Sultan course in Turkey. He will be regularly providing his tips and drills over the coming months to help all levels of golfers

To improve any part of your game please contact Jack for lessons via the club website www.abridgegolf.com/your-game/

Alternatively you can contact Jack directly by :

Pro Shop: 01708 688 333 – Mobile: 07835 205710

Email: [email protected] 

Instagram: @jackwinergolf

Fantastic new buggy paths

Dear Lol

Re: Buggy Paths

I congratulate Jeff and his team and yourself on the fine and quick installation of the paths.  I can see multi benefits of having them.  I out-line my views as follows: –

 

1.    The Course will benefit greatly by reducing Wear and Tear especially during the Winter months.

2.    Buggies can be used twelve months of the year.  At the moment, any Buggy user can play the front line twice providing they get a second start time.

3.    The current 10 club Buggies can be used 12 months of the year instead of being laid up from November to March, therefor not generating any income to pay their rental charges

4.    In due course Abridge will develop its standing to a club that can be played all the year round for Buggies and Electronic Trolleys and even Walkers in a comfortable environment (no wet feet or trousers)

5.    From my own experience I have not found it any hardship to walk and play the 90º rule, play is no longer than normal. 4 Ball Times.

Finally, I would urge you to proceed with the back Nine as a matter of urgency so that we can all benefit from the Points outlined.

Once again well done, everyone keep up the good work.

Best Regards

Alan Hopson

Christmas present ideas for golfers that have everything.

Looking for the perfect golf gift this Christmas for the golfers that have everything.

Now that we are well into December and the nights are noticeably shorter, all thoughts are turning towards Christmas and the excitement of receiving that perfect golf present to be opened on Christmas day.

The pro shop team at Abridge Golf & Country Club appreciate that, at this time of year, most golfers are already planning for and looking forward to the new golf season. There will be ideas about new golf clothing & equipment and thoughts on how to improve their game.

So this is the perfect opportunity to kill 2 birds with one stone by visiting the Pro shop and speaking with Jason MacNiven and his 3 wise men Jack Winer, Reiss Francis and Bobby Parmer. They will be bearing special golf shop offers all the way through to Christmas Eve although you will be hard pressed to find any gold, frankincense or myrrh.

You can contact the pro shop team on 01708 688 333 during winter opening hours which is to 15:30 on weekdays and 16:00 at weekends.

Get the perfect gift in time for Christmas

If it’s new equipment you require, there is also no need to miss out on that Christmas day present as the Abridge Pro Shop team are bringing forward the boxing day sales with their very own version of the “12 Days of Christmas”.

Starting on Thursday 13th December there will be special daily offers running right up to Christmas Eve. There is something for everyone amongst the offers which will help those still finding it difficult to come up with good golf gift ideas for that perfect present.

Improving your Golf Game

Jack and Reece have put together Christmas Gift Packages for golf lessons to improve all aspect of your game including on course strategy playing lessons and gapping sessions.

A festive gift voucher for these golf gift packages will be provided and can be purchased by visiting the pro shop or calling them directly.

Jack Winer Winer Chicken Dinner!

GRANTHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Jack Winer of Abridge Golf & Country Club celebrates sinking his putt on the second play off hole to win the Golfbreaks.com PGA Fourball Championship during the final round of the Golfbreaks.com PGA Fourball Championship at Belton Woods – Lakes on August 31, 2018 in Grantham, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Winer, from Abridge Golf and Country Club in the village of Stapleford Tawney in Epping Forest, fought off the likes of Jason Levermore and Brett Taylor to claim the victory thanks to a fantastic putt on the first extra hole.

The win is the Essex golfer’s second victory in the space of a week after he triumphed at the PGA Fourball Championship at Belton Woods alongside partner James Watts days earlier.

The 30-year-old had to do it the hard way at the East Region Championship, though, as the tournament went to a play off after Levermore, Taylor and Winer all finished with a five-under par score of 137 after 36 holes.

But unlike his counterparts, the Essex golfer was the only one to find the green on the first extra hole, thanks to a 140-yard effort which flew to within 18 feet.

Taylor didn’t enjoy such good fortunes down the left but Levermore looked like extending the play-off with a deft chip from behind the back of the green.

However, Winer held his nerve to birdie the first extra hole, pulling off a tricky left to right putt to claim the win.

The 30-year-old believes his victory alongside Watts days earlier played an integral role in his performance at Bishop’s Stortford and also paid tribute to Gary McGrath, who was his playing partner in the alliance event that ran alongside the tournament last week.

Winer said: “I’ve been playing well for a good few weeks and then to go away with Wattsy (James Watts) and have the week that we did just spurred me on.

“One thing that I kept from that was when we were under the gun he had my back as in, ‘Stay calm, we’ve got this.’ Then I put that same mentality into playing out here through the second day.

“And it was great to have my partner Gary, an old friend of my dad’s, next to me. Gary has caddied for me before at Tour School and is such a laugh. I think that when you are under pressure you need that – it keeps you relaxed.

“I was unfortunate to miss a five, six-foot putt down the last hole to win it in main time. But to win it in a play-off – and win two play-offs in two weeks – is a dream come true. It’s really good.”

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