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17th May tour news

17th May Tour News

Sang Moon Bae Army

It was not all celebrations for Si Woo Kim after winning the Players Championship on Sunday, sitting in the back of his mind was the thought of national service potentially ruining his career. The Korean national is legally obliged to undertake two years of national service between the age of 18 and 35, due to the fact that they are still technically at war with North Korea.

Kim’s fellow countryman and two-time PGA tour winner Sang Moon Bae is currently doing his national service. In 2005 he launched an appeal for this to be overturned, but was rejected. Currently the only way that Si Woo Kim can be exempt from doing the required national service is by winning a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. It is believed that Kim has already decided that he is going to do the national service sooner rather than later.

Ian Poulter


It has been a busy week for Ian Poulter, both on and off the course. After finishing second place at the player’s championship on Sunday, golf channel analyst Brandel Chamblee was quick to accuse Poulter of not trying to win the championship. He believed that Poulter hit the worst shot of the week, laying up on 17 and trying to protect the world ranking points and prize money that came with second place. Poulter was quick to reply with a tweet saying “I can only dream of being as good as Brandel Chamblee, it is clearly very easy sitting on you’re a***”. Chamblee was quick to block Poulter after the reply, think we all know the reason why!

This week he was invited to play in the PGA championship at Wentworth next week, returning to the course for the first time in almost three years. Poulter was also quoted saying that he might not play in the US Open qualifier on the Monday after the tournament, His reason for this was that during the summer, his wife and kids will be back home in England and prefers to play a solid European schedule rather than heading back and forth to the states.

This week on tour


This week the PGA Tour returns to Texas for the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship at TPC four seasons, you can expect to witness some exciting golf and low scores as it is one of the shortest courses on the tour this season. Last year masters champion Sergio Garcia was the champion, but won’t be competing this week. A player expected to do this well this week is Tony Finau, who has had finishes of 10th and 12th in his first two starts at the tournament. He also has a stroke average of 67 around the course, so is expected to finish well.

Below is the TV schedule for the tournament, with all four days appearing on Sky Sports 4 in High Definition:

Thursday 18th May – Sky Sports 4 (21:00)

Friday 19th May – Sky Sports 4 (21:00)

Saturday 20th May – Sky Sports 4 (18:00)

Sunday 21st May – Sky Sports 4 (18:00)


The European tour heads to Italy this week for the Rocco-Forte Open; a new tournament on the tour and will include 25 Italian players in the field. This may be a new event on the tour but it is not the first time the venue has played host to a European Tour event, with the Sicilian Open being held there in 2012. The field includes several big names such as Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, Matteo Manassero, Trevor Immelman and Mike Weir. You will be able to watch this event on all four days on Sky Sports 4 in High Definition also. Below is the schedule for the week:

Thursday 18th May – Sky Sports 4 (10:30 & 14:30)

Friday 19th May – Sky Sports 4 910:30 and 14:30)

Saturday 20th May – Sky Sports 4 (13:00)

Sunday 21st May – Sky Sports 4 (10:00)

Mizuno Pro S18 Wedges


New Mizuno wedges have appeared on the USGA conforming clubs list. Available in a variety of loft and bounce options, it can also be noted that the wedges use the familiar Mizuno grain-flow forging and the boron-infused carbon steel which is stronger than the standard carbon steel used to make other wedges on the market. A release date has not yet been announced but it is likely that these wedges will replace the current S5 Wedges.

Looking for new clothing, come and check out our new range of Calvin Klein clothing or get yourself a discount on new Adidas golf shoes at or pop into store at 47-53 Market Streett, Aberdeen, AB11 5PZ!

Players Championship Review


Players Championship Review  (TPC Sawgrass May 11-14 2017)


M any of us will have noticed a few changes to the course at TPC Sawgrass when watching the ‘Fifth Major’ last week. One of the major changes that could have been noticed was the 12th hole; it was reduced from a 358 yard par 4 into a 302 yard par 4. This made the green easier to hit and offered a greater risk or reward than previously, this change received positive feedback from players including Jonas Blixt and Billy Horschel.

It is difficult not to mention TPC Sawgrass and the 17th hole in the same sentence, this week 69 balls found the water on the 17th. This total was the second highest since it was started being recorded in 2003, largely down to the high winds during the week. Zac Blair found it extremely difficult in round two, he was seen playing his 7th shot from the tee (Yes his 7th!). It was not only Blair who found it to be a problem in his group, with his two playing partners also finding the water. Sergio Garcia found no difficulty with the 17th and made Ace during his round on Thursday.

The Winner


On Sunday night we witnessed Si Woo Kim become the champion of the Players Championship, with this he became the youngest champion of the Players at 21 years old and only the fourth player to win their second PGA Tour title before the age of 22 in the last 25 years joining the likes of Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods.

Si Woo Kim showed great confidence and maturity coming down the stretch, shown by ignoring the Sunday pin position on 17. Playing over the bunker rather than right of it, taking the risk of finding the water right out of the shot.

This wasn’t the only story to report from this week, another was the 2nd place finish for Ian Poulter. What a year it has been for Poulter this year, from needing to make $35,000 to secure his PGA tour card to finishing second place last week for a cheque of approximately $1.1 million. This was secured after a dreaded ‘Shank’ into the bushes far right, taking an unplayable drop and then hitting it up and over the trees to 6 inches for a tap in par.

The Equipment

This was the second week in a row that a Taylormade staff player has won on the PGA Tour. Below is the list of the equipment that Si Woo Kim played on his way to winning the Players Championship:

  • Driver (Taylormade 2017 M1)
  • 3 Wood (Taylormade 2017 M1)
  • 5 Wood (Taylormade 2017 M1)
  • Irons (3-4 Iron P770 & 5-9 Iron P750)
  • Wedges (Titleist Vokey SM6)
  • Ball (Taylormade TP5X)

Si Woo Kim and fellow Taylormade staffers such as Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson have opted for the Taylormade TP5x rather than the slightly softer TP5. These are similar to the Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1X in the fact that the X is lower spinning and offers a firmer feel than the V. All of the clubs that were used can be purchased from our online store, by calling us on 01224 592900 or by visiting us in store at 47-53 Market street, Aberdeen, AB11 5PZ.






Jordan Spieth

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The bi-annual President’s Cup finished last week to mark the culmination of intense season on the PGA Tour. For the uninitiated it’s played in a Ryder Cup format – Team USA versus the Internationals! This year it was  played on a stunning Jack Nicklaus designed course in South Korea. USA have been dominant in recent years – and again managed to scrape a victory – winning on the last hole of the last match. The drama of team matchplay creates a very different atmosphere to the individual battle of the regular season. Social media was awash with requests for more matchplay events for the world’s best golfers. Do you enjoy watching matchplay on TV?



Before the Presidents Cup Jordan Spieth captured the Fedex Cup at East Lake in Atlanta by winning in commanding fashion. His short game was unbelievable in testing conditions. His up and down percentage was over 85% for the week!

Bad weather and a very long course with only two par fives nullified a lot of the advantages usually available to the longer hitters. Spieth amassed $22million in prize money this year – the numbers per shot are staggering – over $3,000!

His talents are not as breathtaking on TV as a powerful drive may be from Day or Mcilroy but his strategy and focus bring only a young Tiger to mind. Whose game do you admire the most?

We also can’t ignore the emergence this season of Jason Day. Along with Spieth and Mcilroy he has established himself as the world’s best. Like Mcilroy he possesses a power game we all envy. In winning the PGA Championship he astounded viewers with a number of drives over 350 yards and his immensely high ball flight.


I recently wrote a blog summing up my own tournaments this year. I decided to write a little about my end of season swing change too. For  those of you working on your games now you might find it an interesting read.


The summer has flown by at Gamola with so much clubfitting and coaching. It has been great meeting enthusiastic golfers from all over the area. We occasionally get international visitors too – from places as far flung as Dubai, Dublin and Dundee!


Flightscope is ball tracking radar that we use in our sessions. It’s accuracy and detail provides a comprehensive picture of impact. In a lesson it will show improvement through efficiency measurements or swing direction consistency. In a fitting in can provide a fantastic snapshot of dispersion or fastest ball speed.  Why not pop in to test some equipment or receive some analysis on your technique? Just email me to book.



Recently Gamola & The Locker Room were delighted to host Karen Young of Spear Physiotherapy for an introduction to golf fitness event. It proved a hit and we look forward to further events beginning in the new year. Read our review of the night below:



Starting this month the popular Winter league returns for its fourth series upstairs at The Locker Room – Virtual Golf Simulators! A rolling event for the winter you can play anytime Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 9pm and includes a FOC main meal! The Format is a 9 hole stableford with your best six scores to count.



This summer I have been delighted to do a couple of short events for our corporate guests. Using the fantastic virtual facilities I talk through and demonstrate some of the fundamentals that professionals apply to their games. From warming up to shaping shots it is fun to field questions from the crowd!





At Gamola we have always been a big supporter of TaylorMade and their constant innovation. This autumn has seen them launch the new M1 series and the PSI iron. The effect the movable weights have had during my custom fits has been impressive. Changing your ball flight has never been easier! Watch our video review by clicking below!



Titleist have made a big effort to offer extra forgiveness with the new range. Over 25% extra tungsten has been added to the AP1 and AP2 series to provide more stability and power on off centre hits. Tungsten even makes its way into the CB series long irons to help improve launch conditions.

Titliest have managed to create a hotter AP1 by thinning the face – creating more spring for distance and forgiveness.

The new T-MB series combines a blade style look with the extra forgiveness and two piece construction of tungsten.

So much of my club-fittings now are designed to optimise the gap between your fairway woods and mid irons. The majority of iron set’s we sell at Gamola begin at 5 iron. Titleist have launched the new hybrid in conjunction with the irons to help fit that gap better. The H1 and H2 have very different sized heads to match the required launch conditions of the golfer. Its grey appearance and fantastic shaft offerings mean the golfer can look forward to and not fear, that approach on a long par four or demanding par three.

But don’t take my word for it! The demo’s have just arrived in store – why not book a fitting to see if you can gain ball speed or improve dispersion!



Under Armour has partnered with leading outerwear technology specialist Gore-Tex for the launch of their latest waterproof suit.

The Under Armour Gore-Tex Tips waterproof suit is being heralded as the next generation in golf rainwear by being the first three-layer, full-stretch Gore-Tex rain suit for golfers.

This has been achieved through two key design features found in both the UA Gore-Tex Tips Jacket and UA Gore-Tex Tips Pant:

  • The three-layer bonded fabric delivers a durable, smooth outside and a soft, brushed interior, keeping the garment 100 per cent waterproof but incredibly breathable.
  • 10 per cent stretch fabrication applied across the whole suit gives golfers 25 per cent more stretch than other Gore-Tex rainwear for golf.







Become a better golfer by joining one of our weekly coaching groups




  • This gives you a credit for five sessions
  • Each session will last one hour
  • Email me or phone the shop (01224 592900) to reserve your space each week
  • Maximum of six people per session
  • Class times will vary between lunch and evening
  •  Booking will be required as attendance will be capped at six per session.
  • The cost for joining the class is £90 (payable at Gamola upon your first session)

Each session will feature a fundamental aspect of breaking your target score. Although the sessions will be structured well in advance this will be very flexible and tailored to attendees as much as possible.

Session examples include:
  • Course management
  • Psychology of playing your best
  • Chipping basics
  • Putt like a pro
  • Increase your distance
  • Stop that slice!

Each session will have a summary, notes and videos posted in the groups space on Edufii (the cloud based coaching app that I use- read more about it here). Attendance is open to any adult with enthusiasm! Junior group coaching (under 16) sessions are in the pipeline.





Head Professional of Gamola Golf, Malcolm Isaacs will be coaching each group. He has a passion for helping people improve and achieve their potential.

“Without changing major positions of my swing, Malcolm was able to give me a vastly improved ability to change my trajectory. I now have many more options yet the game feels as instictive as before.” –– Jordan Mccoll, Europro Tour Professional

As one of the most enthusiastic golfers out there I had tried to hard to improve. Malcolm provided a clear pathway for improvement, improving my shot choice and psychology on the course. I have reached my lowest ever handicap,!” — Andy , 3 handicap


Just starting out in golf or coming back to it after a long break? This class is for you!

Do you play regularly? Join this class to lower that handicap – includes golf psychology as well as technique.

Is your handicap better than ten? Join this class to optimize your game for lower scores using Flightscope technology.





What a fun night we had last Wednesday with Karen Young from Spear Physiotherapy. Twenty five people attended our “Introduction to Golf Fitness” night. The aim of the evening was to engage people on what can be achieved by working on your golf fitness when working with a specialist physiotherapist such as Karen. Her experience in the industry and her knowledge of the swing are a fantastic combination.



Just like the coaching industry there is a lot of information available for consumption thanks to the internet and magazines. What Karen and I both agree on is that ‘one size does not fit all’. By that we mean that the help or guidance provided by the above sources is well intentioned but not specific to you. To reach your potential you really need personal feedback.


A ‘screening’ is the first part of an appointment with Karen. This means doing a series of tests to determine your bodies range of motion, strength and balance as it relates to the golf swing. On the night the group took part in a couple of tests – the ‘crucifix’ and the ‘helicopter’. The titles are rather descriptive! – the crucifix testing mainly for shoulder mobility whilst the one legged helicopter (arms extended, body bent over) tests balance. After a demonstration the group were surprised at how hard the test actually was!



The biggest point Karen made on the night was that you can only swing with the body that you have. You may desire to have the swing of Adam Scott but if your body works in a different way, or you have very different flexibility characteristics then it isn’t possible. What Karen has immense skill at is linking your bodies limitations to your swings limitations. In my first session with Karen a few years ago she perfectly described my swing without seeing me hit one ball!

This point is one of the main reasons why I encourage everybody I coach to make an appointment with Karen. If you want to reach your potential its a necessity!


Thanks to our big screen capabilities at ‘The Locker Room’ we put up the videos below to show how the worlds elite train. Does any of the workout surprise you?





In the videos a lot of different equipment is used. The most valuable and easy to use tools for a golfer include the foam roller, the spikey ball and the physio bands.

The roller and spikey ball can really help loosen off tight areas of your body. It’s a core part of a preventative approach to a healthy golf body. The physio band can be adapted as a warm up tool or part of hard workout in the hotel room or gym. This equipment is so convenient to travel with and makes a noticeable difference to how you feel.


I’ve tried to summarise the nights talking points above but you can see we covered a few topics! It was great to have a few people along for an engaging night. As one attendee stated it was like ‘a rather large lightbulb flashed on’ during the talk as to why they had struggled to change their swing!

Thanks to those that attended. As I’ve said in my previous newsletter The Gamola Golf Academy is delighted to have the partnership with Spear Golf Physiotherapy to help golfers achieve their potential!







Are you curious about what effect better fitness can have on your golf?

Why not come along to this event, an introduction into golf fitness with Karen Young, Scottish Golf’s head physiotherapist for numerous years and with Malcolm Isaacs, Head Professional at Gamola Golf.



On the night you will learn what level of flexibility, strength and stamina are required to play your best and avoid injury. Questions we hope to answer and discuss include:


  • How often should I train for golf?
  • What are the best exercises for golf?
  • What do the professionals do?
  • How do I warm up for golf?
  • How can I prevent injury?
  • What fitness equipment should I buy?



Karen Young




Malcolm Isaacs

Malcolm Isaacs

Below is the summary of the nights events which we expect to last around an hour!


  • Meet Scotland’s Top Golf Physio – Karen Young
  • Meet Head Professional – Malcolm Isaacs
  • Get an intro to Golf Fitness Fundamentals
  • Take part in some general tests of your golf fitness
  • Q+A Session with Karen and Malcolm
  • Long drive and Nearest the Pin contests – Prizes on offer!

Book your free place on Wednesday 26th at 7pm by emailing

Thanks for reading and look forward to seeing you!

***  No need to wear any fitness clothing – normal golf or casual attire is perfect!
*** The event will be held upstairs in the Locker Room Bar & Restaurant

Want to read more about golf fitness? Why not visit the fitness section on my blog?



What a busy few weeks it has been for Gamola and for Scottish Golf! I will start this newsletter with a fun update from last week – John Daly visited us at Gamola!

It was a bit of a surprise to see John walk through the doors but we were delighted to have him in – topping up on waterproofs whilst expecting nothing from the Scottish weather. Along with his ‘entourage’ he was in great form and certainly made the day for some customers and staff.


He was in town for the Paul Lawrie Matchplay tournament at Murcar, a fantastic event that caught the imagination of many. Murcar looked perfect and the drama of matchplay made for another very successful European Tour event in Aberdeen

Almost more importantly it can provide a great experience for the junior golfer and encourage participation – vital to the long term health of the game. With the mention of junior golf I thought I might share a statistic I came across this week – there are over 2,000! female juniors in Korea with a handicap of scratch or better. Clearly they are doing something right!


A dramatic Open Championship featured three distinct storylines: the weather , the amateurs and the Spieth Slam! The weather in the tournament was a microcosm of our summer so far across the country. Flooding, delays, extreme wind with the occasional chance for some good golf – but always with a woolly hat close at hand!

Almost overshadowing Jordan Spieths attempt at three majors in a row was the stellar play of the amateurs. Ollie Schnaedjerns, Paul Dunne and Ashley Chesters all gained invaluable experience and respect by spending a lot of time near the top of the leaderboard. For Paul Dunne to play in the final group is surely one of the most amazing achievements in recent Amateur golf history.

I have to mention Jordan Spieths valiant attempt for victory in St Andrews. I for one thought that the achievements of Tiger Woods in the majors would not be challenged for a long time. To come up one shot shy of winning the first three majors is an unbelievable achievement. I feel his achievements have been way under estimated or appreciated by the golf community in general. It may be because his ability to score is effortlessly efficient and not so tangible as the dramatic power of Mcilroy or the spell binding recoveries of Tiger and Mickleson.

Before he began his major run I wrote an article on the young maestro. In summary I think he may become the future model for aspiring youths. His technique has individual quirks that have not been and can’t really be copied. Along with his highly respected coach Cameron McCormick, they have turned weaknesses into strengths but have always prioritised scoring over perfection. Function over form may be another way of expressing it.






For the last couple of months we have had an incredible promotion available to those who sign up to our new loyalty scheme. Any purchase over £50 enables a spin on our roulette table (available in store only).

If your number comes in you will receive your purchase value as a voucher to spend in store. Already our giveaways have totalled over £2000! View our very happy winners on Facebook here.



As a long time Titleist player I felt well qualified to post a review of the Titleist 915 driver. The new technology really makes a difference.




If you have been into or past Gamola Golf lately you may have noticed our incredible promotion on the Taylor Made Burner Series – only £169 including a free of charge fitting for shaft and loft with Flightscope Technology. Measure your speed, launch angle and spin to find more distance and forgiveness with the Burner Series. Why not take in your own driver for a comparison?



The big announcement I would like to make is the launch of three new coaching groups that will be offered almost every week at Gamola Golf.

1 – Fundamentals class: higher handicaps!

2- Improvers class: for the average golfer!

3- advanced class: keys for shooting under par!

Lasting an hour each week, the class will alternate between evening and lunchtime sessions. It costs £99 to join the club which gives you credits to use for five classes, any time – valid for three months.

I plan to run the sessions each week with a break for holidays. The class timetables will be made available around one month in advance. Booking will be required as attendance will be capped at six per session.

Each session will feature a fundamental aspect of breaking your target score. Although the sessions will be structured well in advance this will be very flexible and tailored to attendees as much as possible.

Each session will have a summary, notes and videos posted in the groups space on Edufii (the cloud based coaching app that I use). Attendance is open to any adult with enthusiasm! Junior group coaching (under 16) sessions are in the pipeline.

Email me at to register. Payment can be made upon attendance of your first session once registered.


Recently I wrote this article on my coaching blog discussing the benefits of practicing with others. Research shows increased motivation and confidence come from having someone to improve alongside. I find it makes improvement in a session become more of a competitive task rather than the feeling you are trying to pass an exam! The above group sessions I am launching at Gamola may act as a beneficial supplement to a one on one lesson. Nothing can replace the individual time and attention of a one on one session.




Some of you may know Karen Young of Spear Physiotherapy based at The Sports Village on King Street here in Aberdeen. She specialises in golf and was the Head Physiotherapist for the Scottish Team for many years.

She has helped me tremendously with my own golf fitness and my understanding of how the technical aspects of the swing are influenced by our physical capabilities.





I am delighted to announce an official partnership between Spear Golf and The Gamola Golf Academy. The partnership means two things.

1 – If you have any physical issues that affect your golf you now have a wholehearted recommendation to pay a visit to Karen and her team. Unlike some ‘golf’ physios Karen has genuine experience with some of the worlds elite players and understands the implications your physique has on your game so very well.

2 – We plan to organise a series of evening clinics focusing on golf fitness. Our first Golf Fitness Evening at Gamola Golf will be later this month with details coming soon. These events are a chance to learn about the impact that various forms of fitness and exercise can affect golf. Each event will also feature a Q+A opportunity as well as the chance to assess your own ‘golf fitness’!



The Titleist 915 driver has been out for a few months now and has been getting rave reviews from our customers in testing. Titleist always sticks with a traditional style and shies away from gimmicks or outlandish claims of distance gains.

The 915 range offers something very different in the form of an channel on the sole of the club. Titleist state that “Relative to competitive drivers with slot technology, “ARC” is wider, deeper and longer, stretching across the entire sole from heel to toe”


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The intention is to create more speed and less spin by creating a flex in the overall clubhead upon impact. This is a genuine innovation and creates a distance increase that has been limited in recent years due to the rule mandating a “maximum trampoline” face effect. They have manouvered around this rule by flexing the whole head with ARC.

You may think tour professionals never hit a bad shot but Titleist found that when they

“ launched these drivers on tour, the most dominant point of feedback we received was that the spin and speed are very consistent across the face”.


This has been achieved through the Radial Speed Face design which has a

“variable thickness face insert and a central thick portion, but is thinner and organically tapered as you move out from centre to increase performance on off-centre hits”.



The final part of the jigsaw was the location of the centre of gravity in the head. Intensive R&D allowed Titleist to maintain a higher level of forgiveness (Moment of Inertia or twisting properties) despite the difficulty of doing so in combination with ARC.




The popular Sand Trap Golf Blog carried out extensive testing of the 915. Their testing compared the differences found with the previous model. The D2 has a larger head than the D3 and increased launch angle.

In player testing, golfers that had previously played a 913D2 experienced an average of 115rpm (and up to 300rpm) lower spin with the new 915D2 model – with an average of three yards (and up to 15 yards) more carry distance. Golfers who previously played a 913D3 saw an average of 250rpm (and up to 500 rpm) lower spin with the new 915D3 – with an average of nine yards (and up to 20 yards) more carry distance. With both 915 models, players experienced more consistent speeds and lower spin across the face than their 913 drivers.



The fantastic Aldila Rogue and Diamana Blue shafts come as standard on the 915 range.


Adam has put the 10.5 D3 in play in combination with a Fujikura Kuro Kage shaft as played by Rory Mcilroy. This is a significantly different setup that the 9.5 lofted D3 head with a Grahphite Design DI 8X shaft, that he has used since 2011. Lets hear what Adam has to say about the new product:

“Picking up 10 to 15 yards carry is a big deal. It makes a huge difference if I’m hitting a wedge in instead of maybe an 8-iron or if I’m hitting a 5-iron instead of a 3-iron. I certainly feel like my mishits – if you can even call them that, because you’ve almost got the whole face to play with – have been very good. The carry distance of what I’d call a mishit has been negligible to the ones flushed out of the middle.”



The world’s best golfer in the last couple of months, Jordan Spieth plays the 915 D2 with 9.5 loft and the Aldila Rogue Black 60 shaft. Since switching Jordan has racked up multiple wins worldwide including two majors in 2015.

CLICK HERE to watch a video produced by Titleist and Trackman on tour players trying the 915.

Below I’m testing the 915 at Gamola using the D3 head in 9.5 loft with the Diamana Blue Shaft.




Email me at to book a fitting for the 915 driver at Gamola Golf.

In the fitting we would optimize your launch angle and spin rate to maximise distance and control.


Thanks for reading!

















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Above is Jamie Sadlowski – the world’s longest driver. At 5-8″ he rarely hits it less than 400 yards! He credits an intense fitness regime and a background in ice hockey for his amazing speed.

In my clinic I plan to provide an insight on some of the technical aspects of the way Jamie creates speed and distance. You may not be as strong or flexible as him but we can learn a lot from the way he and other power players such as Tiger, Mcilroy, Stenson and Daly swing the club.

Learn why the following can be BAD for distance in the clinic:

– keeping your head down

– keeping your left arm straight

-restricting your hip turn

-keeping your feet flat on the ground

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you on Tuesday.


Malcolm Isaacs
Head Professional
Gamola Golf

t:01224 592900




A couple of weeks ago Rodger and I presented our first coaching clinic at Gamola Golf. A coaching clinic can take a variety of forms – some more demonstration and explanation based, others can be very interactive.

Previously I have done some that are more demonstration based. Before heading to European Tour School at my old club the clinic was an opportunity to show some of the shots I had been working on for the event. I explained how I practice and prepare for such a big event and also talked through the thought processes of dealing with pressure on the course. There were lots of questions about a good pre shot routine.



For the Gamola Clinic, we decided to make it a very interactive event. We started with Rodger hitting a few balls with his short irons – I did the talking and gave an insight into what makes an effective warm up session before teeing it up in competition. As Rodger moved through the bag we covered the pitfalls of working on swing changes before playing.

Rodger is a really consistent driver of the ball and the attendees enjoyed hearing about how he combats the wind off the tee. Growing up on the links of Lossiemouth, it is second nature for him to produce a very low spin penetrating ball flight.

I talked a little about dealing with strategies for dealing with difficult tee shots such as the one below at Penina earlier this year. It is so important to plan, commit and visualise the shot you intend. You have probably heard this advice before but this skill really separates the players. At Penina I focused on my rhythm and attempted to hit a slight draw as on previous tee shots.


The next part of the evening was a Q+A opportunity. I really enjoy running group coaching or clinics as it is a fantastic opportunity for the attendees to learn in a relaxed environment with others. It also means that the group is not shy in airing all their queries about our difficult game!




Popular topics on the night were golf fitness and nutrition. We discussed the importance of maintaining a steady sugar level throughout a round. No burgers at the half way house but equally something is needed to avoid a sugar ‘crash’ and the resultant lethargy and lack of focus.


With much of Rory Mcilroy’s dominance being credited to his impressive fitness regime and physique the average golfer is very keen to understand how they can benefit from improved golf fitness. Recently I wrote an article on Mcilroy’s fitness gains – read it here at:


Personally I love to take my ‘Golf Band’ with me to every tournament and use it daily. It really helps to keep me loose and balanced.

(Click here to view the golf band in our online store)

This video gives an example of ways it can be used:


To round off the nights event the attendees took part in a longest drive and nearest the pin competition against Rodger whilst I gave five minute ‘mini-lessons’. It gave everyone a chance to see their swing on video and measure their clubhead speed and launch angle



Thanks for reading this blog! We have a few more clinics in the pipeline for 2015 and we hope to see you along in the meantime. This format can work really well for corporate clients. If you would like to book an event contact myself or Rodger at: