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What's in My Bag This Year?


So, after my blog this morning on new equipment, I thought I'd share with you the thoughts I have on what's going into my bag this year!   As I'm focussed this year on playing a bit more competitive golf, it's time for an upgrade .... so that I can benefit from the technology changes in clubs too!

Over the last four years, I've been playing with M2 10.5 degree driver and M2 16.5 degree high launch 3 wood and Titleist H1 22 degree hybrid.  

In 2019, I'll be using the TAYLORMADE M6 10.5 degrees and high launch 3 Wood alongside a 21/22 degree Hybrid.  My TITLEIST irons (AP3, 4-7 iron and AP2 8-wedge) will remain the same as will my 3 TITLEIST Vokey wedges (50, 54 and 58 degrees).  I absolutely love my wedges and won't be changing them .... the control and spin you get from them are second to none! 

Here's to a good season ahead!!  Happy Golfing folks :)

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We're welcoming the new year .... and NEW PRODUCTS!!

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Welcome to the first blog of 2019!!

Today I'm blogging about NEW PRODUCTS!!! Yes, brand new product launches from TAYLORMADE, PING, CALLAWAY AND TITLEIST!  A very exciting time in golf and what's more exciting is that we have them all right here at The Whitecraigs Golf Club!! If you're a member here, you can simply pop into the shop, select a demo, select a shaft option and take it out on the course to try!  If you're not a member here and are coached by me, you can simply book in for a half hour lesson and you can try all the equipment you like.  We do this on the worlds leading TRACKMAN 4 Radar Technology giving us all the stats we need to get the right club for you. 

If you're reading this thinking that it's time to upgrade your irons or woods and want to try new product, then come in and see us and ask our advice. 

TITLEIST ..... with a new line of  718 irons replacing the popular 716 series, will feature 6 models, AP1, AP2, AP3, T-MB, CB and MB – all precisely engineered to meet the performance requirements of players at EVERY level in golf.  Their success speak for themselves with the amazing results on tour by Justin Thomas who WON the USPGA Championship with the 718 MB irons; Jordan Spieth's famous recovery shot on 13th taking him on to WIN the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale using a 718 T-MB 3-iron!!

PING ...... the new G410 Driver and Fairway woods due in at the end of February/beginning of March.  Fantastic addition to the range and set to be a strong performer for the year ahead.

TAYLORMADE ..... There is a huge amount of noise and buzz surrounding the revolutionary new M5/M6 products - golfers all around the world have been hearing and seeing the Taylormade story on injected Twist Face and SpeedBridge - click on this link to check it out!  https://youtu.be/hNVm8lTMxDM

CALLAWAY ....... they have unveiled the new EIPIC FLASH and EPIC FLASH SUB ZERO drivers and fairway woods - set to replace the Great Big Bertha come February 1st!!  Not for us - they are in store NOW for you to come and try!!  Their headline technology on the drivers is new Flash Face said to help ALL golfers get more ball speed and distance!!

Yes there's new equipment on the market, yes it's all HOT product BUT is it the right product for you?  Say you pop into our Pro Shop and pick up a driver to try; after various shots you might start to scratch your head!  What's going on?  It can't be the club as it's on the Hot List, it must be my swing!  So you start to analyse things further, head to the range to hit balls!  There are MANY factors which can influence this:

Club Face Angle ​knowing the face angles of your clubs will be very helpful in understanding their tendencies.

Club Length ​fitting for proper length is the most BASIC element of club fitting and this should never be overlooked!

Lie Angle ​same as length can impact posture as well as the direction of your shots

Shaft Flex, Weight, and Torque ​important factors which can't be seen but definitely have an impact - mainly inconsistency.  There's always rule of thumb with shafts but these rules are broken so often that there's little point - it's simple, if you don't like your shafts, we can work with you to change.

Part of my job is to advise and help all the golfers I come across - whether they are passing by, coming for a lesson, a friend or a member.  I'm not interested in selling a set of clubs to you unless they're the right clubs.  I love golf just as much as you and know what it feels like to be hitting wayward shots so I'm just as passionate about helping you in your own game and new equipment choice, as I am mine!

I can't emphasise the importance of custom fitting enough!  Come and see us ANY TIME!!  All are welcome!

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Planning Ahead for 2019!

As we all gear up for a busy time over the festive period, the retailers are all hectic with shoppers running around and buying those last minute gifts for friends and family!  We have seen many new customers come in to the Pro Shop at Whitecraigs - members, visitors and people simply passing-by. Thank you for coming in and we appreciate your business! 

This is also a time where we start planning for the year ahead - lots to plan and organise for the coming year.  As you know, one part of golf I'm hugely committed to is the development of junior golf.  With the recent launch of our brand new Junior Golf Development Academy, I was delighted to sign up some 30 new young budding players to our coaching programme!  The dates have been planned and secured for Block 1 in 2019 - an exciting year ahead!  What I will say is that it won't always be classes on a Saturday afternoon; I'll be mixing it up with the juniors out on our fantastic Par 3 course and working hard to get the older players ready to focus on their handicaps! 

Turning to the younger membership in our WEE WONDERS - I'm delighted to confirm that I'll be running this programme next year specifically aimed at children from ages 5 to 11 years. Here are the dates below and the registration sheets are very much OPEN.  If you're thinking of signing up your child/children for golf, there's no better place than here with our very own Par 3 course!  It's a perfect environment for them to learn to play golf.   All Wee Wonders Membership enquiries should be directed through our office email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Once you've signed up for membership, you will automatically qualify for this complimentary coaching.

We look forward to developing junior golf here at The Whitecraigs Golf Club!!

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Time to put your feet up ? No chance !


So, the leaves are all falling from the trees, the weather is turning - yes we get the odd nice day here and there but the temperature is dropping!  Is it time just to put the clubs away for the winter?  Is it time to take a break from golf?  Is it just 'too cold to play'?  I say, no chance.

Ok, so how have you played this year?  Have you actually reflected on that?  Maybe you reflect during the season or maybe you accept that you're an average golfer and that's the way it will always be.  Maybe you've had the season of your life and you're too scared to put the clubs away in case 'your form sllips'. 
Maybe your season has been a poor one and you're left scratching your head as to where it all went wrong? 

Has your driver 'gone off'?
Are you struggling fom 100 yards and in?
Are you taking too many shots to get out the bunker?
Is it your swing path?

Whatever stage you're at - I'll work with you throughout the winter and, together, we can make the improvements necessary!  Putting your clubs away for the winter will be a BIG mistake.

Turning to my own game - obviously, this year has seen a lot of change for me in terms of my job move BUT I've never lost the desire to play golf - in fact, I've missed playing this year.   I've not played as much given business commitments etc but whenever I get the chance for a game, I take it.  My game isn't perfect but I know exactly what I'll be working on this winter and, hopefully, plan to play a bit more on the Tartan Tour next year - that's my goal anyway. 

My Winter Performance Plan has been running successfully over several years now and already, people have contacted me to sign up again, which is fantastic.  HOWEVER, this year, I've decided to limit the places available as I have to plan in the sessions and manage my time between winter coaching and my commitments to the pro shop etc.  

This is a package tailored for YOUR OWN GAME - there's nothing standard about it - each player will have their own plan designed to suit them.  Whether you're a low/mid/high handicapper - whatever your goals are on the course, I'll work with you to tailor the coaching around your own objectives.

The package will be structured slightly differently this year and I'm working on the format as we speak but the main aim is focussed on working on YOUR OWN game!  The plan is to start in November and work through to March or April, depending on the analysis of your game which we can do together in the first session.

Please email me NOW if you'd like to sign up for it!  


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