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November Newsletter

Mark Wood Golf Academy – November Newsletter 2011

With temperatures soaring into the high teens and the leaves only reluctantly falling from the trees, it’s hard to be thinking of Christmas and what present to buy your husband/wife, son/daughter and playing partner. And so I won’t even mention the fact that Lesson Vouchers make wonderfully welcome gifts for the man and woman who has everything but needs a little help with their golf swing. All the details about how you can buy them online at or by emailing me at or telephoning on             07796 271661      .

Because the grass has just kept growing and growing so late in the year, it’s possible that you’ve spent a lot more than you budgeted for on extra petrol for the lawnmower. Don’t worry as I can offer you a couple of tips that are both hotter than the weather and absolutely free. The first is how to hole out those Dennis Wise’s – in other words, those nasty looking five-footers. I (almost) guarantee you’ll never miss another one if you follow this Youtube link And the other absolutely free tip gives away the secret of how to hit long shots out of fairway bunkers. If you still can’t manage it after studying my advice at don’t panic, as a future tip will show you how to steer clear of fairway bunkers! In case you’re interested, the last I heard of Dennis Wise he was managing Chalfont St Peter.

“Golf is a game the aim of which is to hit a very small ball into a ridiculously small hole with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.” – Winston Churchill

At the beginning of this month, two not terribly bright golfers teed off on the second hole of the Old Course on a particularly foggy morning. Both hit decent shots and proceeded to the green. One of the balls was about six feet from the cup while the other was in the hole. Both were playing a TopFlite 2 and couldn’t determine who had had a hole in one. And so they came to me for help. After congratulating both on their fine shots, I asked, “Who was playing the orange ball?”

Until next time good golfing!!

Mark Wood
PGA Advanced Head Teaching Professional

More Wins for MWGA Students

Well done to the following clients in the July Stableford at Dale Hill golf club last weekend.

Div 1 Winner – Andy Harris 40 points
Div 3 Winner – Terry Kent 40 points

Well done guys.

The Winner’s Circle

Well done to the following clients in the June Stableford last weekend at Dale Hill golf club.

Div 1 3rd Andrew Stevens
Div 2 2nd with 41 points was Steve Webb and his handicap was reduced from 16 to 14
Div 3 Richard Hanman finished 2nd

Well done to Malcolm Forrest who won the Tams Medal at Dale Hill with a nett 63, he has also had his handicap cut from 27 to 25.

Well done all, lessons and hard work do pay off.

Handicap Reductions

Well done to the following MWGA students this week on getting there handicap reduced –

Steve Ingles 11 to 10
Terry Kent 14 to 13
Ron Stevens 10 to 9

Well done to Ron Stevens on winning the June mid week stableford on Wednesday with 37 points in testing conditions.

Brian Pennells wins over 70’s

Well done to MWGA student Brian Pennells on winning the Seniors over 70′s cup at Dale Hill golf club with 43 points on Tuesday.

Ultimate Golf Retreat

Mark Wood and Mark Janes are launching an exciting new business venture together called the Ultimate Golf Retreat. The Ultimate Golf Retreat is a golf school designed to improve your golf over a one, two or a three day residential stay.

The Ultimate Golf Retreat website will be live very soon.


Congratulations to Rosie Hockey for winning the Ladies Club Championship at Dale Hill on Monday. Also Congratulations to Yoko Nitta – Martin for winning the best overall net score.

Both Rosie and Yoko have worked extremely hard on their games this year with me, all the work is paying off so a big well done.

Hello. Here is the news.

Hi and welcome. This is where I’ll pass on snippets of info I think you’ll find interesting and useful; about golf, golf players, golf coaching…all of it.

And to start off:

Harry Shearing has successfully defended his Title in the Mens Club Championship at Tenterden golf club last week end with rounds of 72 and 68. Harry has been working with me since February 2007 and has reduced his handicap from 9 to 4 in these 3 years.

Laird Shephard has been picked to play for Sussex under 13’s and has also been selected for a County coaching squad day with David Leadbetter. I have been working with Laird for the last 5 years.

Rosie Hockey who has been working with Mark for the last 7 years is playing the best golf of her life, Rosie won the Sussex Veterans Championship last year and she has once again secured her place in the Sussex County squad. When Rosie started working with Mark her handicap was 11 and now Rosie plays off 5.