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Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

In this blog, I am going to talk through a few simple checks and give you some simple tips to help cure your slice. Cure Your Slice Before you can correct any major flaw in your golf swing, it is important to understand the reason why you slice the ball. The... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

  With the long hot sunny spell coming to an end and the typical British summer finally arrived, you need to make sure you are prepared for all weather conditions. As you can see from the last week we have everything from 30+ degrees, howling winds and torrential... read more

Simon’s Leaving Letter

A Message from Simon Hayward As many of you know but after working here at Westridge Golf Centre for 23 years, I am moving to a new part of the country with the family and it will not be possible to carry on working day to day  at Westridge Golf Centre. I will be... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

If you have been reading my blogs recently, you will know that I had my PGA playing exam on 23rd July, in which I missed the qualifying score. However, I will be re-taking it on Monday 13th August. I was working on hitting a fade with all my clubs and everything was... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed It is looking increasingly likely, that July will see no rainfall here at Westridge. A first, certainly since we have been recording the weather. That will make a combined total of 1mm, for June & July. This compared to the wettest June/July... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

If you have been reading my blogs recently, you will know that I have my PGA playing ability exam coming up on the 23rd July. In my previous blog, I was talking about how the mental side of my game has let me down in previous years and what I have done to improve that... read more

A View from the Shed

A View from the Shed There are two main subjects to mention this week. One is obviously the weather, with only 1mm of rain fallen here at Westridge in June, making it the driest June on our records. I have been asked, whether it is creating a problem for us, no! We... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Some of you may strive to achieve a hole in one and never get one, others may strive for it and get more than one. Whatever the case may be, the key thing is to try and stay calm and collected for the coming holes. As you can quickly make your round much better,... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

As some of you may know, I am hoping to turn professional this year and start my PGA training. One part of this process is going through, what they class as a “playing test”. In simple terms, on a test and venue date of my choice that they have set out, I... read more

A View From The Shed

The last couple of weeks have thrown up most weather conditions (apart from frost & snow) Here on the course, we have experienced a second growth spurt, which now seems to have abated now. The reason for the slower pace of the greens, over the last week is three... read more

Taylor Made Fitting Day

Taylor Made Demo Fitting Day Wednesday 27th June 2pm - 6pm On Wednesday 27th June we have a Taylor Made Demo day where you will be able to try the full range of Taylor Made equipment including the M4 driver, or the adjustable Number 1 driver on Tour the M3. Taylor... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed With June nearly upon us, my team and i are on top of the Spring growth and are presenting a golf course that is attractive and a challenge. The bunkers have been worked on, following the wet Winter and now present a fair challenge. It is never... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Perfect Pitching When it comes to pitching many people complicate things by using their wrists too much or by focusing on different lengths in the golf swing depending on the distance. So in this short “Top Tip” I will go through 3 simple ways in which you... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

In my latest addition to Dan’s Weekly Top Tips, I will be talking through the basics for a good solid pitching game and how we can simplify things. My Step-by-step guide to pitching 1) Lining up The first thing you need to do is pick your target line allowing... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed The 1st of May, the sun is shining and a FROST ! The weather continues to be challenging, however, we are presenting a tidy course, fit for you all. The swallows have arrived, therefore the good weather will follow. Although we have verti-cut the... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

This week’s weekly top tip isn’t so much about the golf swing. However, more about staying connected and up to date with current news and ways that you can do that. You can do this via a variety of different networks and platforms. One of the best ways to... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Putt to the edge of the green Use the edge of the putting green to your advantage. Firstly, you need to make sure that you are striking your putter out the middle. This can be made easier with a smooth and consistent stroke. If you aren’t sure about how... read more

A View From The Shed

With this current unprecedented prolonged wet weather, the only birdie’s I have seen on the course recently are the return of the Barnacle Geese, some Canada Geese and plenty of Mallards! The inclement weather has also put back our spring preparations on the... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

How to control spin around the greens 1) Set-up basics On occasions, you will need or want the ball to check up on landing from a 20-40-yard chip shot. I’m going to talk you through my step by step guide on how to do just that. However, I will also explain how you can... read more

Handicap Review 27th March 2018

Handicap Review A handicap review was carried out on Tuesday 27th March by the Competition and Handicap Commitee.  Handicaps of the following members have been altered; Cut Bob Singh-Bansi is now 14.1 Glen Winnards is now 12.5 Increased Christine Hodgkinson is now... read more

TopTracer Open 2018

Free entry to the 2018 Toptracer Open Matchplay tournament With the WGC Matchplay having just been played the next biggest matchplay event of the year is here! This marks the inaugural Toptracer Open where you have the opportunity to be pitted against other golfers... read more

A View From The Shed

Thankfully, the snow left as quickly as it arrived this time. Today we have a clear blue sky, however, with a -3c frost, the ground temperature is 5c below this time last year. This together with the recent heavy rainfall, to my mind has put us back about 6 weeks.... read more

A View From The Shed

Mother nature is certainly testing us so far this year. Although the weather has hampered some planned projects, I have taken every opportunity when dry conditions have allowed, to keep the course cut and presented, to the best of our ability. We have this week,... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Pure Your Hybrid Hybrids may be dubbed as the easy to hit alternative to long-irons, however, some golfers still really struggle with the consistency of strike, launch and distance. Similar to the fairway woods, we must try to make sure the impact area of the golf... read more

Dates for Your Diary

Dates for your Diary Westridge Golf Centre are pleased to inform you that we have a Cobra Golf fitting day on Thursday 22nd March 2pm until 6pm Cobra will be bringing their award winning one length clubs and their latest F8 and F8+ ranges will be available for trial.... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

It’s time to brush the snow of your cars and get yourself up to the range to loosen up the body and get yourself prepped for the season ahead as its fast approaching. A great way to get yourself prepped for the season is by knowing how far you hit each golf club... read more

A View From The Shed

WOW ! What a turnaround in the weather, not getting above 0c all day and forecast to get colder as the week goes on. As you can see by the pictures, it is a tad chilly. However, i would have this weather every day, rather than the wet rainy conditions. This is... read more

Spring Clean Your Golf

So now that the lighter evenings are on the way and you can nearly get out and do 9 holes after work you need to start thinking about how you can improve your golf game this summer from tee shots all the way through to your putting. Why don’t you come and speak... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Understand Your Divots We should all try and take divots when we’re playing, however, how many of us actually look closely at what they are telling us about our own game and how we’re swinging the golf club? Your divots hold clues as to the direction of... read more

A View From The Shed

Yet again, as I write this, it is pouring down with rain and winds of 46 mph are forecast. Perhaps if I stop writing these, the weather will improve! However, we did manage to take advantage of the dry weather last week and managed to cut pretty much everything. The... read more

Custom Fitting

The Importance of Custom Fitting The golfing season is coming so now is the time we need to get our golf game ready for the upcoming season. With a lot of companies introducing new clubs to the market at this time of year, this could be a good time to get yourself... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Pre-shot routine tips for golf The decision making needs to happen in the first part of your pre-shot routine. Nearly all golfers should know, that good shots rarely happen if you aren’t 100% focused on the shot. This is when you need to build up an image in your... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed 65mm of rain has so far fallen on the course this month, compounding an already wet surface. I have therefore, introduced a temporary trolley ban. This is to protect the high wear areas. I thank all golfers for your understanding in this matter.... read more

Mind the Gaps!

Mind the gaps If your ball speed with a driver is around 130mph then the gap between your 6 iron and 5 iron will be around 5.5 yards carry distance. If your ball speed is 115mph then this gap drops again to 3.5 yards which makes it hardly worth carrying both clubs in... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Getting the correct tee height with your driver this time of year can be crucial to keeping your drives straight and in play. This is down to having the incorrect tee height, which will generate more spin, especially into the wind. The first thing people tend to do... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed As I write this, the rain is pouring down and the wind is forecast to be 40 kph +. Water on a golf course can be its greatest asset and its biggest headache. I have recently visited a links course and even that was flooded, due to the excess... read more

Keep Up To Date

Here at Westridge Golf Centre like many companies we like to use social media to pass on information about our services, products and instruction. You will also see regular videos where one of our four top coaches will perform swing tips to help you understand the... read more

Gunning for The Open Part 3

Gunning for The Open Part 3 So it is here, this is the year! We are in to 2018, the regional qualifier dates are in place and the date has been booked off in the diary! It is now time to ramp up the practice and analyse each area of my game to highlight where I should... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

2018 has finally arrived and the golfing season is fast approaching. My first top tip for the 2018 season is GOAL SETTING. Set yourself some achievable goals for the coming year. This may include such goals as cutting your handicap to 18 or single figures, reducing... read more

A View From The Shed

As we welcome in a new year, one full of optimism and hope. Looking out of the window at nature catching up with its rainfall. One can not help reflect on warmer times, when we have everything cut and well presented. I have been very fortunate over the years. I have... read more

A View from the shed

A View from the Shed Nature has a way of getting its own back, with only 100mm of rainfall in the last 3 months, gave us the opportunity to cut and present the course, well into early December. However, in the last 3 weeks, mother nature has delivered storm force... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

One of the most important things when it comes to golf is to make sure that you enjoy it, have fun and don’t get yourself worked up if you’re going through a bad spell or had a bad game. We are fast approaching a very happy festive time of year, where the ground is... read more

Is it time to upgrade your wedges?

Most golfers change their driver and irons like they do a pair of socks! But chances are if you have a certain wedge or putter which you like the look and feel of, then it stays in the bag forever! This is not a bad thing when it comes to the putter, as this is a club... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Simple step-by-step guide to pitching Facing a chip shot from a muddy claggy lie is a situation no golfer enjoys being in. The margins for error become much tighter on the strike when you adopt your standard technique, which can make this shot very tricky and riddled... read more

A View from the Shed

Here at Westridge, we are very lucky with the weather, only 24 mm of rain during November. Therefore, it is allowing us to keep presenting the course to a high standard. This is the time of year that i look at budgets for the coming year and start the winter machinery... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Maximising spin with your wedges through “Spin Loft” This is the holy grail, it’s what every golfer wants to be able to do. Spin the golf ball on the green. Now, if you read my blog two weeks ago you would have a brief understanding of what... read more

A View From The Shed

With all but the Oak leaves off the trees, the course takes on quite a different character at this time of year. The introduction of the alternative tee’s, also adds to a different challenge. This week saw the return of the Air 2G2, a machine that injects 5 bar... read more

Understanding Bounce On a Wedge

If I asked every golfer that walked through the shop if they knew what bounce was on a wedge, almost everyone would look at me strangely and say “NO”. Most golfers have no idea that this characteristic can have a massive impact on how the club performs... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Maximizing your drives through “Spin Loft” Some of you may know that recently I have been away on a Trackman Advanced training course. This has given me a broader understanding of Trackman and the numbers it produces. One of the key numbers that sticks out... read more

Escaping Plugged Lies

After hitting a nice drive straight down the middle, you then hit the next shot straight into the greenside bunker. As you approach the green you are praying to the gods that your ball is lying ok, and have a chance to get the ball relatively close to the hole and... read more

A View From The Shed

The suggestion of teeing the ball up on the fairway for Winter, is obviously a thoughtful one. However, for what relatively little damage occurs, I believe the issues of where, when and how it should be used, would create confusion and slow play and out balances the... read more

New Titleist Iron Range!

Last week I had the opportunity to try out the complete range of Titleist irons going into 2018 and must say I was impressed with both the looks and performance right the way through the range. A lot of the promotion around clubs you see now is all about distance,... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed July saw 85mm of rain fall here at Westridge. That equates to nearly twice the average for the same month (49mm) This time next week, i will be in North Carolina, as part of the greenkeeper support team at the US PGA at Quail Hollow. An experience... read more

Custom Fitting

Custom Fitting All the professionals at the British Open this week have had their club custom fitted to their own swing have yours been measured to your swing? Here at Westridge Golf Centre we offer a FREE custom fitting service* so why not come into Westridge Golf... read more

Captains’ Day Results

Sunday 23rd July Captains’ Day First with 44 Stableford points C. Smith, R Miller, T Jennings and P Dixcey; 2nd 41 points G Budd, R Budd, J Jones, & R Hodgkinson; 3rd 40 points R Merrifield, S Merrifield, I Dyer, J Taylor. Congratulations to all our winners.... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

How to play bunker shots: Opening the face With most instruction related to bunker play, a coach will tell his pupil to open the face of their wedge. The problem here is that there is a right and wrong way to do it. If you take your normal grip and then open the... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed At the time of writing this, i plan to double verti-cut the greens. This will not only speed the greens up, but will remove some of the now dead pearl wort and toad rush. This will be followed by overseeding and topdressing. I expect this... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Playing from thick rough 1) Weigh it all up Club selection, the amount of wrist hinge, ball position and ultimately speed of body rotation are all crucial when it comes to getting it safely out when playing from thick rough. Too many people try to just get it out with... read more

Garmin GPS

Here at Westridge Golf Centre we have a great selection of Garmin GPS devices to suit your needs and budget. The Garmin is now becoming recognized as one of the leading GPS devices not just in golf but all areas of sport and leisure. With a Garmin device whether it be... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed I have been asked, when am i going to cut the long rough ?! The answer is, at the end of the season, this will be part of the area’s maintenance programme. As touched on in previous blogs, those area’s now create true risk and reward... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

What Can Cause A Hook And How Can I Cure It? Hooking the ball can affect any golfer, regardless of their handicap. In this blog, I will talk through with you the causes and fixes of the dreaded hook.  1) Watch the elbow Cause: The biggest element is the angle of the... read more

Putting Drills

How Many Putts are you taking?   Now that the greens at the golf courses are in tip top shape and playing at there best there should be no excuses with bad putting. I get asked by a lot of customers how many putts should I take a round? This is a very hard... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed These are the days we love our job, early morning and bright blue sky, warmth in the sun and no wind. Out cutting the greens, when you come across two Partridges chasing each other around the 3rd green. Look to the 4th fairway and 3 Hare’s... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Step-by-step guide to pitching: 1) Lining up In the 50-yard pitch,  let’s say for example I’ve got a dip to go over and the pin is set back a bit, so I’m looking to pitch it about 10 yards on to the green. I’m using my 58˚ wedge, but you may find lower... read more

Presentation Evening 2017

Back in February we had our Presentation evening for the 2016 Prize winners at Westridge Golf Club at The Ryde Castle. A great evening was had by all and over 70 people were there to enjoy the evening. Here are some of the highlights from the evening... read more

A View From the Shed

The course continues to look and play very well, with the recent rain being very welcome. An interesting point about green speed, on the day that I measured the speed of our greens, I asked a handful of golfers, what speed they thought they were running at. The... read more

Fathers Day Ideas

Westridge Golf Centre The perfect place for Fathers Day Here at Westridge Golf Centre we have put some great offers together so you can get your father something he would like rather than just a card and a bottle of drink from the supermarket, come on up to Westridge... read more

The biggest distance in golf

There is a saying that the biggest distance in golf is the six inches between the ears and I believe the mental side of the game is often overlooked when looking at a players performance. With this in mind this week I thought I would share a very interesting article... read more

A view from the shed

A View from the Shed That is now the arrival of swallows, swifts & house martins this week. A sure sign of summer arriving. Even as i write this, a pair of swallows are looking at our workshop, with the view to nesting. The rain over the last couple of days has... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Tackling the DOWNHILL LIE chip shot Most golfers usually make this shot harder than it needs to be through a poor set up position. They will fight the slope and do anything they can to help the ball up in the air, which makes it almost impossible to make good contact... read more

Ladies Open Results

Westridge Golf Centre held the 17th annual Ladies open on Friday 28th April, with the course now starting to look towards its best with the spring days helping the grass grow and the sunshine on your back the ladies took to the course in full swing. With a full field... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed The total rainfall for April was only 3mm. This equals 2011. However, the lowest April rainfall was in 2007 with only 1mm. As a comparison, the highest April rainfall here at Westridge was 165mm, back in 2012. The dry April has helped us to... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Pre-shot Routine Tips The first part of your pre-shot routine is where the decision-making needs to happen. As every golfer knows, good shots rarely happen if you aren’t 100% focussed. This is when you need to build up a picture in your mind for exactly what a good... read more

Demo Days

DEMO DAYS Easter is just around the corner and the Masters Tournament is boiling up nicely for hopefully  a very exciting and on the edge of your seat final round with many players still in contention and no runaway leader. I do hope with a little bias, with Rose and... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

The chances of making a good swing increase significantly when you take extra care to make sure that things are spot on at address, with ball position being one of the key ingredients of a good address position. Here’s how to find the perfect ball position with every... read more

A View From The Shed

Welcome to the 2017 golfing season, may you swing with ease and hit them straight down the middle. With 66mm of rain between the 23rd Feb and 7th March, followed by relative mild weather since, the growth on the course has kicked in early this year. The benefit of... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Short Putting Drills The pace you hit your 3-footers is just as important as when you are lagging from 40ft. You need a roll that is strong enough to stay on line over any lumps and bumps on the green but you don’t want to hit the ball too hard and lip out. Finding... read more

Spring Has Sprung

The clocks have gone forward and the start of April is now just around the corner. For most golfers the 1st April signifies the proper start to the 2017 golf season, we know that golf is an all year round sport now, but when April comes, the course starts to dry out... read more

A View from the Shed

I will conclude the history of the Westridge site and bring us up to the present date. It was in the 1980’s that the site really transformed into what most of us recognise today. Following years of speculation, Tesco arrived on the Island, building their first... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

How To Play The Low Punch Shot 1) Take your pick The low punch shot is a great one to have in your bag when you’re looking for more control or a lower flight, perhaps when playing in to a strong head wind. There are two ways of thinking here. One is that you put the... read more

DATES FOR DEMO DAYS

DEMO DAYS FOR THE DIARY With the signs of Spring now upon us, it’s now time to make sure that you have everything in place for the golfing season ahead. Whether it is a new Driver, Fairway woods, Hybrid, Irons, Wedges, Putter, Shoes, Balls, GPS or Distance... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Improve Posture For Better Chips Have you been duffing chips recently? You’re not alone as a lot of golfers have great trouble striking the ball correctly on those little chip shots around the green. They’ll hit it fat, they’ll hit it thin, and it often all comes... read more

New Rules

Please note that the following this weeks announcement by the R&A and USGA they have suggested new rules but they will not come into effect until January 2019!! (so dont start playing with them now) This will allow you to have your opinion on the rules changes on... read more

Fitting For Putters and Wedges

  When it comes to Custom Fitting of golf clubs, the majority of golfers would prioritise the need for fitting in this order. 1st- Driver 2nd-Set of Irons 3rd-Fairway woods 4th-Hybrid 5th-Wedges 6th -Putter Here at Westridge Golf Centre we believe in a holistic... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

As we all know the flop shot is one of the most dangerous in the game – especially if you don’t have a close understanding of how to play the shot. Duff and thin strikes can quickly turn a chance of a par into a card-wrecking disaster. The truth is, this is not a shot... read more

A view from the shed continued

A view from the Shed The two main aircraft that regularly flew in and out of Ryde Airport, was a Wessex G-ABVB and a De Havilland DH82 Dragon Rapide. Both planes carried no more than 9 passengers each. The main routes were Ryde to Portsmouth and to London. Out of... read more

Mizuno’s Swing DNA system

Find your Swing DNA with Mizuno This week we took delivery of the 2017 range of Mizuno irons and they have a fantastic looking range for this year. Mizuno have produced some of the finest irons around for the last few decades and this year is definately no different.... read more

New Titleist Pro V1 Golf Ball

Titleist Pro V1 2017 Now In Stock Titleist have updated the Number 1 ball in golf making it even better than previous models.   After playing 18 holes with the latest Titleist Pro V1 ball and having played the previous two years with the Titleist Pro V1 ball, I... read more

Cobra – Connect Your Game

When Companies are striving to bring something new to the market place, Cobra bring Two . The One Length set of irons and Cobra Connect ,we have previously talked about One Length so here is a little insight into Cobra Connect which is available when purchasing a... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

You’ll grip a club up to 60+ times per round, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get it right every time. Having the correct golf grip will enable you to deliver the club square to the intended target at impact. Here, we take a look at certain checkpoints to help... read more

A View From The Shed

By the way of a change, i thought that i would go back 90 years, looking at the history of the site that is now Westridge Golf Centre. I had heard rumours and comments regarding an airport. This turns out to be true. Ryde Airport, as it was originally known, did... read more

Dates For Your Diary

Dates for your Diary Cobra 6th April 1pm - 5pm Yonex 6th April 1pm - 5pm Srixon 11th April 12pm - 4pm Adidas Shoe Fitting 12th April 10am - 3pm Ping 19th April 2pm - 6pm Callaway 20th April 12pm - 4pm So far these are the companies we have booked in but keep checking... read more

Buggy and Trolley Update

We are sorry to say that the buggy and trolley ban will continue this coming weekend 4th and 5th February 2017 and will be reviewed on Monday 6th February at 8:30am and news will be published on our Facebook, Twitter and Website. Westridge Golf Centre are sorry for... read more

No Buggies

Westridge Golf Centre are sorry to inform our members and visitors that as from Monday 30th January there are to be no Buggies used until further notice. Trolleys may still be used.     read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Green Reading Guide for Golf One trap that many golfers fall into is to get obsessed by the line of their putt without seeing the layout of the green as a whole. You miss the putt, step away and suddenly as you look at the green again, you spot a slope you had... read more

A Different Take On Things

A  Different Take On Things On Wednesday 3 PGA staff members from Westridge G C , went to the PGA Teaching & Coaching Conference 2017 at Old Thorns Manor GC . The guests speakers was Steve Backley OBE , Steven Orr ,PGA Master Professional. Neil Plimmer ,Fellow... read more

COBRA F7 ONE LENGTH IRONS

They are here, the COBRA ONE LENGTH IRONS. Since the highly rated Bryson DeChambeau who as an amateur had a fantastic Masters tournament in 2016 appeared on the scene using a whole set of irons that were the same length as a standard 7 iron there has been a real buzz... read more

A view from the shed

A View from the Shed As i write this, a heavy fog shrouds the golf course, with visibility down to 50m. However, with only 41mm of rain so far this month (January average 96mm) the course remains very playable. I had a very productive time at our industries annual... read more

A New Way to Practise

Play Better Golf In 2017 Carrying on from last week’s newsletter I have put together an idea so practise on the range will become more enjoyable and will give you the rewards on the golf course for the 2017 season The following is based on a bucket size of a 110... read more

Gifted and talented or just a hard grafter

Gifted and talented or just a hard grafter ? Over the years I have heard and listened to a lot of talk about various individuals being particularly gifted and talented, or indeed both, in relation to their abilities in different sports, musically or academically.  I... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Stop Blocking Your Drives 1 Lateral Shift If you want to discover how to stop blocking drives the first fault to check relates to the way your weight is shifting at the start of the downswing. Ideally, as you transition from the top, your hips should move towards the... read more

A View From The Shed

A view from the Shed 2017 started with 13.5mm of rain on the 1st of January. I know i sound surprised, but we have been spoiled this winter so far. All of our machinery is regularly serviced every 50 hours, as per manufactures requirements. All units are ground as and... read more

Steve’s Top Tips for the Majors 2017

Steve’s Top Tips for the Majors So the season is now on its way and the Masters will soon be here so I thought it would be a good time for me to give you my thoughts on the potential Major winners for 2017 The Masters Dustin Johnson Now he has won one major I... read more

Play Better Golf in 2017

A Very Happy New Year From All The Staff At Westridge Golf Centre Westridge golf centre would like to wish all their members and customers a Happy New Year and a prosperous golfing season  in 2017.   Play Better Golf In 2017   To play better golf in 2017 now... read more

What a “Super”Stroke

When it comes to putting and the kind of stroke that you make with the Putter , I believe that how your hands feel on the club has a major influence on how you make your putting Stroke . The smaller the grip feels in your hands ,the more the hands and wrists instigate... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

How to play the knockdown shot There are two things that will determine the height of your golf shots. The loft on the club at impact and the speed at which you are swinging. It makes sense that when learning how to play the knockdown shot, these are the two factors... read more

A view from the shed

A view from the Shed 2016 has been a good year on the golf course here at Westridge. The fact that we have only had 617mm of rainfall, which is 247mm below average for the course, has helped. The course remains well presented, with definition being a focus. The young... read more

Plan for the golfing season ahead

PLAN FOR THE NEW SEASON IN THE NEW YEAR This time of year is a typical time for most of us to make some New Year’s resolutions, the usual eat less, drink less do more exercise and these are usually forgotten by mid February but, if you fail to plan then you plan... read more

The Right Grip

When it comes to  the time to replace your  grips , there is such a large variety now that the selection process is becoming very difficult, to make the right decision for your requirements. Super Stroke, Golf Pride, Lamkin, G-RIP, Champ and Pure off the top of my... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Get The Perfect Ball Position For Every Club The chances of making a good swing increase significantly if you take extra care to make sure that things are spot-on at set-up, with ball position one of the key ingredients of a good set up. Here’s how to find the perfect... read more

A View From The Shed

Morning frost and the consequences of play, is an emotive subject in most clubhouses. Here is a greenkeeping view. The grass plant is especially prone to damage when it is frozen, also when the ground is thawing. In an ideal world, the course should remain closed... read more

Christmas Gift Ideas

Here at Westridge we have everything covered for the golfer in the family. Below  I have put a list together of some of the items golfers always need from £10 up to how much who would like to spend on them. Below are a few ideas for you to help you get creative... read more

Holding On

HOLDING ON Not enough people realise how important and how much of an impact the state of the grip on the golf club has on  your swing and hold. The only contact between you and the club, is through the grip and your hands. So making sure the grip is in good condition... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Choosing & Executing the Correct Chip Shot 1) The lie of the land The standard rule when chipping is that if there are any slopes, bunkers or mounds to come over, you should play a lower shot and get the ball running as soon as possible. But even if there is... read more

A View From The Shed

A view from the Shed This morning was a wakeup call, with the ground temperature halving in 24 hours to only 3.9c. This together with the wind chill, made for an “exhilarating” morning. However, with these crisp dry mornings, come some lovely sunrises. I... read more

Fit Matters

As PGA professionals we recommend a Custom Fit before you purchase a new set of irons, a new driver or some new fairway woods, which is undoubtedly the best course of action.  However when it comes to gloves and shoes we all tend to think that we remain the same... read more

WHY BUY ON THE INTERNET

WHY BUY ON THE INTERNET? Christmas is on its way and no doubt you will be sat at home at some point purchasing an item over the internet ready for the big day, but will any of those items be golf related? If you are looking at getting new equipment for christmas,... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Playing Your Hybrid Your hybrid is an important club, especially in the winter. The extra weight behind the ball will help tackle a variety of different lies but should you be thinking of them like irons or fairway woods? What is the right ball position for hybrids?... read more

A view from the Shed

A view from the shed There is never a dull moment in my profession. Some days we have to remind ourselves of the vast amount of skills required, who said men can’t multi task ! With 37mm of rain since Friday night, the monthly rainfall to date is 67.7mm. Still a... read more

Callaway SteelHead Iron

Callaway Steelhead Iron 2016-17 The new Callaway Steelhead iron has now been in our shop for a few weeks and I have now had time to take it down the range and compare. My first overall impression was that it looked very clean but slightly larger than previous models... read more

Putting into Practice

PUTTING  INTO  PRACTICE During the Winter months and into the Spring, we all tend to use the range a lot more, trying to groove the swing for the new season ahead and ironing out the faults before the April start.  However, we must not in our endeavour to improve our... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

How high to tee the driver When playing into the wind you should tee the ball down lower, right? Wrong. This is a huge misconception that most people think that a lower tee height will automatically deliver a lower trajectory. This might seem like a logical outcome,... read more

A VIEW FROM THE SHED

Here we are in the middle of November. Even following the actually quite welcome rain of Saturday (i did not think i would be saying that in November)! I am pleased and encouraged with the condition of the course. There is capacity in the ground, as we are 132mm of... read more

My Trip Away

As many of you know (all the staff know) I have been away on a family holiday for the last few weeks in Florida. Along with doing all the normal Disney and Universal parks I also got to have a couple of games of golf. The first game was played at Isleworth Golf and... read more

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice makes perfect So you have recognised the benefits of Winter as the time to evaluate and focus on your area/s for improvement.  However a word of caution, that doesn’t mean spending the entire Winter perfecting that aspect of your game alone, to the detriment... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Pitching from a Down Slope Square alignment – It’s important to get the basics right in all aspects of pitching, but the pitch I’m looking at specifically here is one of about 50 yards off a slight down slope. Other than a bare or really tight lie, pitching off... read more

A view from the shed

Faith restored - a little! Yesterday afternoon, i was surprised and disappointed to see a golfer, had driven his ride on buggy across the apron/surround on more than one hole. However this morning, with a widespread frost, three senior members took a decision to carry... read more

Grip Size

Correct Grip Size When getting your clubs custom fit people often overlook the fact that the grip plays an important roll in the shot along with the fact that it’s the only part of the golf club that you are in contact with. A grip that is to thin can cause you to... read more

Taylormade & Star Wars Join Forces!

Taylormade joins forces with STAR WARS! They have teamed up together to bring you the best Christmas present for any golf/star wars fan! You will be able to get everything you see in these pictures in store immanently. All you need to do, is decide what side of the... read more

Reflect,Review and Record

Reflect, Review and Record Last week we talked of the bonus of the winter season in golf and how this time gives us a period to prepare for the next season, starting with a review of the tools you use, your beloved clubs.  However those clubs are of no use at all... read more

BENEFITS OF A GOLF GPS

BENEFITS OF A GOLF GPS DEVICE There is a strong likely hood that in the last game of golf you played someone in your four ball was shouting out yardages left right and centre because they had either a Golf GPS watch or a hand held device. These devices are fantastic... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

Pace Putting Relaxed Arms- The pace at which you hit your putts is the most crucial element of putting. Let’s start with relaxed arms. Let them just hang freely from your shoulders as you don’t want any tension creeping through your hands in to your forearms and up in... read more

A View from the Shed

A view from the shed As i write this, looking out of my office window, the sun is shining, it is 16c outside and only 34 mm of rain for the month. (with 107mm being the average rainfall for October) What more can one ask for, for the first day of November. With the... read more

Finding The Right Putter

Finding the right putter. Putting is as much about feel as it is about science so finding the right putter is a combination of the players preferences (how they like the look and feel of the putter) and the technology in the putter (face inserts, length of putter and... read more

As the Nights Draw in

As the nights draw in As Autumn is upon us and the dark evenings have descended, let’s not look at this as the end of the golfing season, but the time to prepare for the start of the next.  It is time for a comprehensive evaluation of how well your season has gone,... read more

The Importance of correct club Gapping

10 years ago when you entered a golf shop all the sets of irons on the shelf would consist of 9 irons, 3-9 plus a pitching wedge and sand wedge and quite a lot of people probably still have those 3 and 4 irons sat at home in brand new condition because they could not... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tip’s

Large Divots & Striking The Ball Fat Taking large divots and striking the ball fat or coming in too steeply and take a very deep divot, are something every golfer has suffered from. So let’s address three common causes. Over the top The first common cause is the... read more

A View from the Shed

Autumn is here at Westridge with a bang, heavy dews and leaves falling. However, with the continued mild weather, it is a lovely sight and feeling to watch the sun rise, bringing each hole to life as it does. This week i am Verti-Draining the greens again. Following... read more

Super Stroke Putter Grips

Super Stroke The Tours most played putter grip. The Superstroke putter has had a big rise in popularity over the past few season from the best players in the world to club golfers. This is part to how well the tour players in particular Jordon Speith putts. One of the... read more

In My Humble Opinion

Practice – then not so perfect Why is it that when we are on the range having a practice or trying out a new golf club, we always seem to hit the ball really well; but when we take ourselves onto the golf course, we often struggle to replicate the accuracy or the... read more

Clear out your old clubs and get money to spend in store!

Clear out your clutter and update your kit for less! At Westridge Golf Centre we have all the latest equipment that is available in the market place, but we also have a great opportunity to clear out any old clubs you have sat at home gathering dust. Whether it is an... read more

Dan’s Weekly Top Tips

The Bunker Shot The bunker is a part of the golf course that most of us dread going into as it can be a score destroyer. However, I’m going to talk you through a few top tips to turn you into a bunker hero! Most people struggle with getting enough elevation on... read more

A View From The Shed

A view from the shed With the prolonged dry weather until recently, we have verti-cut and top dressed the greens, later than usual. This has given them a late increase in pace, for the time of year. However, with the rain and mild weather, a little disease has reared... read more

Bushnell Tour X

The World’s Ultimate Golf Laser Rangefinder Bushnell’s Laser range finders are regarded as one of the most accurate lasers on the market that is available to golfers with it being accurate to half a yard over 400 yards (Good for even Joe Miller) The Bushnell... read more

Play Golf & Live Longer!

New research has shown playing golf has physical and mental health benefits for all ages and genders Playing golf is likely to boost cardiovascular,respiratory and metabolic health Findings published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine,also show golf could help... read more

In My Humble Opinion…..

In my humble opinion…… As a golf coach with decades of experience, I still find it fascinating that so many golfers are so interested and even fixated on how their golf swing looks.  Golf is a results-based game and unlike other sports, you are not awarded points for... read more

Callaway DEMO Day – Friday 14th October

This Friday will give you the opportunity to test out and get fitted for the latest Callaway clubs to hit the market. They have recently released their NEW Big Bertha range. This includes irons, hybrids, fairway woods and drivers. The New Callaway Big Bertha Fusion... read more

NEW Motocaddy S1 DHC Electric Trolley

A few of us will have experienced the feeling of our golf going downhill during a round, but for those who use an electric trolley that happens every round. That is why I feel that this trolley is one of the key must haves going forward as it features a descent... read more

Garmin X40

  Garmin X40 Watch The Garmin X40 watch  is more than just a distance measuring device for the golf course it will also track your heart rate, calories burned and intensity of your activities along with being water resistant to 50metres . The Garmin X40 is pre... read more

A View From The OverSeas Shed

That’s me back from nearly two weeks working at the Ryder Cup. A fantastic experience, networked with likeminded people from around the world. In my opinion, dare i say, the right team won for the good of the Ryder Cup. There were 150 of us greenkeepers, 50 of... read more

What a Ryder Cup!

What a Ryder Cup!!!!! Well I think we would all agree the best team won the Cup in the end But what a great advert for golf and sport in general As I mentioned last week in my blog,it was fascinating listening to former Ryder Cup players Peter Dawson and Steve... read more

Custom Fit

When was the last time you bought a pair of shoes without trying them on first, or bought a car without first taking it out for a test drive?  Why then should it be any different when it comes to golf and you buying a new set of clubs or a new driver? In times gone by... read more

It’s High Time for Juniors to Shine

Over the past few years, junior golf on the Isle of Wight has withered slowly. We are now having a big push to get more juniors on the Island into golf. Back in the hay day of junior golf on the Island we had in excess of 60 regular juniors playing from various clubs... read more

Callaway Fusion Now In Store

The New Callaway Fusion Driver is now in Stock The latest driver from Callaway Golf is the Big Bertha Fusion it mixes aerospace grade titanium with a carbon crown and sole so that the Fusion is the most forgiving drivers callaway have produced. By Callaway using two... read more

Ryder Cup Past & Present Times

What a start to the Ryder Cup!!! After losing all matches in the morning it’s time to start the comeback. Our own course manager, Paul Jenkins has the privilege of working on the course this week, his duties includes preparing the bunkers and making sure they... read more

Trying too hard for Success!

  Many golfers come off the course after a competition such as a Monthly Medal or Golf Club Major, mentally and physically tired, if not shattered.  This is due to them trying to concentrate and stay in the zone for upwards of four hours.   This strive to focus... read more

Eating & Hydration on the Golf Course

Hydration on the golf course  Staying hydrated on the golf course plays a key part in playing a great round of golf, as you need to have 100% concentration at all times during your round. However, consuming the correct drink is also the key to a successful round of... read more

Garmin S20

Garmin G20 DO you know the distance to the front back and centre of the green?   Well the Garmin G20 can do this for you and make your golf game easier and we all want that. The Garmin S20 is a lightweight GPS golf watch that can be worn on your wrist or attached... read more

Westridge Captain’s Day

Westridge Club Captain Bob Singh-Bansi and Lady Captain Helen Whittaker hosted Captains Days, attracting around ninety people to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Day started with the national anthem, followed by a 9 hole  Stableford Competition with a few twists... read more

A view from the course

Last week saw the removal of the long grassed areas. This is part of the annual management of those natural areas. It clears any old dead grass, which in turn will encourage the finer species of grass to grow next year. It will also reduce the weeds and weed grasses.... read more

A View From The Course

A View from the Shed With September now upon us, it is an opportune moment to reflect on the course throughout the summer. I believe my team and i have consistently produced an aesthetically pleasing and challenging course. With the introduction of the managed natural... read more

August Shield 2016

Congratulations to Frank Brazier and Steve Hull who won The August Shield for 2016 with a great combined score of 75 to beat Ernie Moore and Dennis Wilson by 6 shots, who took second place from Pete Holton and Nick Geeson on a countback! The weather was fantastic and... read more

Coaching Vol 1 – Alignment

Many golfers turn up to a golf lesson not quite sure what going to happen to them. Many new golfers worry there will too much to take in and experienced golfers worry that the Pro will stand behind them tutting as they swing and then tell them they have to change... read more

Teaching Report

One of our members Mike Dalloz, is part of a golf society of 7 players that visits the 3 prestigious golf courses in La Manga Southern Spain every year. After a couple of lean years (as Mike puts it) coming near the bottom of the field, he was determined to win the... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed What a week we have had, up to last Wednesday, only 35mm of rain had fallen this month, here at Westridge. Five days later, we are now up to 86mm. It is a full time job to keep on top of the cutting at present with the current prolific growth. The... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed This spring has been an interesting and challenging one. We went from removing half a box of clippings in total a day, to emptying them twice daily, all in the space of one week. The trees went from bud to full leaf in the same period. The ground... read more

Garmin X40

Garmin Approach X40 GPS Golf Band With Garmin Elevate Wrist Heart Rate Technology   Approach X40 GPS golf band is the slim, smart game changer that adds style to your round. Shows precise distances to the front, middle and back of the green, as well as hazards... read more

National Golf Month – Free Golf Lessons

FREE GOLF LESSONS!   It is National Golf Month in May and we will be hosting a range of FREE golf lessons over the course of May to help promote the sport and get people to give golf a try. We will be holding 6 x 45 minute lessons at various times and dates... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed Easter was early this year and with the testing weather conditions, however saying that, we only had the average rainfall in March. My Spring maintenance program was completed early too. This is in the hope to “cheating” nature ! With... read more

Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Events at Westridge Golf Centre With all the new clubs coming out for the upcoming season how do you know which one will best suit your game as with getting the correct shaft and club head on your Driver we could add up to 30 Yards on your drive and turn that... read more

Easter Junior Golf Festival

JUNIOR GOLF                 FESTIVAL Thursday 31ST March 10am – 3pm Only £35pp   Enjoy a fun day of golf with your academy coach taking part in a series of fun skills challenges. The day includes all equipment and... read more

A View From The Shed

With a kind window in the weather last week, we managed to cut and present the course. It is a pleasure to see definition and stripes. Following a request from some of our members, the 5th & 6th fairways have now been lengthened, thus reducing the carry from Tee... read more

Play More Golf

Westridge Golf Centre have teamed up with PlayMoreGolf   Westridge Golf Centre are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with the golf membership company PlayMoreGolf to help increase golf participation. By teaming up with PlayMoreGolf we are able to offer a new... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed That is January out of the way, a month nearer sunny, long days. Last month we saw 133mm of rain fall here at Westridge, 40mm over the average for the month of January. The forecast for this week is set fair, so fingers crossed. With the inclement... read more

Footjoy Shoes

ew Footjoy Golf Shoes in this Week   The new range of 2016 golf shoes hits our store this with and with some new models for the 2016 season from Footjoy. Dryjoy Tour   The Dryjoy Tour model is one of the most played shoes due to the excellent support and... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed May i wish you all a very Happy and healthy 2016. I hope you all enjoy your golf. I have just completed my weather statistics for last year. Surprisingly, it was not a record year for rainfall, with less than 800mm fallen here at Westridge, it was... read more

Westridge And The Isle of Wighter

Westridge Golf Centre and the Isle Of Wighter Westridge Golf Centre has been given the opportunity to help two local charities. For every copy of The Isle of Wighter sold using our specific code £1 will be going between the 2 local charities.   The Isle of... read more

Christmas Ideas

Here at Westridge Golf Centre you will be sure to find everything you need this Christmas and with that special day less than two weeks away, now is the time to be getting those last minute stocking fillers or that perfect gift to put a smile on their face. We have... read more

A View From The Shed

A View from the Shed It is at this time of year that i look at next year’s feed program. Looking at where i need to make slight changes or different products. I am a firm believer in seaweed and will using more, in the coming years. With the attack of disease... read more

Get Equipped This Winter

Winter is well and truly under way and over the course of the next few months any golfers willing to brave the winter weather will experience weather such as wind, freezing temperatures and rain. So it is vital that you have the correct clothing, accessories and... read more

Custom Fitting

This is a staggering statistic that purely from having custom fit clubs, you will see an immediate benefit straight after! This statistic shows you that it is very important to get your clubs fitted properly for you and not to buy them straight off the shelf or... read more

Christmas & New Year Opening Times

Saturday 19th December –  8.00am - 6.00pm Sunday 20th December –  8.00am - 6.00pm Monday 21st December –  8.00am - 6.00pm Tuesday 22nd December -  8.00am - 6.00pm Wednesday 23rd December - 8.00am - 6.00pm Thursday 24th December - 8.00am - 4.30pm... read more

Beginner Lessons

Next week will see the end of our two 6 week beginner courses, which means we will be running the next course of 6 week beginner lessons starting on Saturday 21st November & Thursday 26th November. We run them on a Saturday at 10am and a Thursday at 6pm. The... read more

A View From The Shed

Here at Westridge Golf Centre, November 1st brings in the introduction of winter rules. We will also start looking at protecting high wear areas, this will include positioning of hoops, signs, rope and stakes. I would ask everyone to observe any protective measures... read more

Christmas is upon us

With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start getting together the presents. Whether you’re looking for that small stocking filler or the one main present, we have it all to offer here at Westridge Golf Centre. Here is a list of ideas... read more

Trackman Evening

TRACKMAN OPEN EVENING WEDNESDAY 9TH DECEMBER 4.30PM UNTIL 7PM PRIZES FOR LONGEST DRIVER & NEAREST THE PIN On Wednesday 9th December we are running a Trackman open evening for people to come along and have a go on our Trackman Radar system to find out what... read more

A View From The Shed

A View From The Shed It was interesting to look back at my records this morning. On the same date yesterday last year, the ground temperature was 11.5c, this year 11.1c. The Min/Max for the day was 19.8c/8c, last year 20.2c/8c. Almost identical, as it should be, but... read more

Winter Lesson Programmes

The evening are drawing in so those games after work during the week are soon going to stop but the improvement in your game does not have to. Our PGA Professionals can help you with setting up a practice and lesson plan to work out your weaknesses and strengths to... read more

Westridge Staff Hit New Highs!

Last month our professionals Steve, Simon and Chris attended the Trackman University for one of their workshops, this was a two day workshop where they improved their knowledge on the swing, ball flight laws and learnt about different swing theories such as the... read more

Junior Golf Festival – October

JUNIOR GOLF FESTIVAL TUESDAY 27TH OCTOBER 10am – 3pm Only £35pp   Enjoy a fun day of golf with your academy coaches taking part in a series of fun skills challenges. The day includes all equipment, lunch and certificates.... read more

A View From The Shed

A View From The Shed It was interesting to look back at my records this morning. On the same date yesterday last year, the ground temperature was 11.5c, this year 11.1c. The Min/Max for the day was 19.8c/8c, last year 20.2c/8c. Almost identical, as it should be, but... read more

A View From The Shed

A View From The Shed It was interesting to look back at my records this morning. On the same date yesterday last year, the ground temperature was 11.5c, this year 11.1c. The Min/Max for the day was 19.8c/8c, last year 20.2c/8c. Almost identical, as it should be, but... read more

Winter is upon us

We have added two waterproof garments to our extensive winter range this year. We have added a premium Gore Tex Under Armour suit and a Nike Storm Fit suit. The Nike Storm-Fit suit is a fantastic lightweight garment, which comes fully equipped with soft inner zipped... read more

From The Course

A view from the shed I am pleased with the Autumn renovation of the greens last week. They are now awaiting an application of an  Autumn granular feed. The removal of old gorse, brambles and general rubbish is now completed, from holes 1,2 and 3. The area has been... read more

Trackman

Trackman   Last week Westridge Golf Centres professionals Simon Hayward, Steven Davis and Chris Tyson were away at The Belfry on the Trackman University level workshop  1 and level 2 training course. The training course was hosted by Co Founder and Co owner of... read more

Callaway Great Big Bertha

This September will see the latest driver to come from Callaway’s long line of rich big bertha history. This Great Big Bertha returns from the past to LEAVE NO YARD BEHIND! A little factoid for everyone, the name big bertha originates from 1991 when it was... read more

From The Course

A VIEW FROM THE SHED This week, I have planned the autumn renovation of the greens. However, someone failed to inform the weather of this!! Weather permitting, all greens will be Gradened. This is a deep scarification and sand injection of kiln dried sand. I will... read more

From The Course

A VIEW FROM THE SHED This week, I have planned the autumn renovation of the greens. However, someone failed to inform the weather of this!! Weather permitting, all greens will be Gradened. This is a deep scarification and sand injection of kiln dried sand. I will... read more

Club Championship

Ian wins in a playoff   Congratulations to Ian Pethick for winning the Westridge Golf Club Scratch Championship. Ian was in second place after the first days play two shots behind leader Xavier Bishop with Dan West a further shot behind however with two holes to... read more

trackman

NEW TRACKMAN 3 IS HERE We now have up and running our new Trackman III unit which has made huge improvements over the previous Trackman, meaning it is now far more portable and even more accurate than before. What is Trackman In simple terms, Trackman uses Radar... read more

A View From The Shed

With a “light shower” this morning ! I thought this would be a good time to mention a few course rules/requests. Rake bunkers after use Rakes are to be left IN the bunkers Repair all pitch marks Do not take trolleys across greens, tee’s or surrounds... read more

GolphinforKids Now Exclusively at Westridge Golf Centre

GolphinforKids is a fantastic young brand in junior golf, which only launched its first clubs in spring 2014! They have already hit the ground running with their revolutionary products and forward thinking. The main stream junior club for most young juniors under the... read more

Membership

Membership Now Available Westridge golf centre now have a wide range of memberships available to suit everyone’s needs from Juniors under 10’s to Full Adults. Some of the benefits of being a member of Westridge Golf Centre are as follows: No expensive... read more

Junior Golf Festival – August

JUNIOR GOLF FESTIVAL THURSDAY 27th AUGUST 10am – 3pm Only £35pp   Enjoy a fun day of golf with your academy coaches taking part in a series of fun skills challenges. The day includes all equipment, lunch and... read more

From The Course

Golf Course Landscaping Update The clearing of the old gorse and brambles is continuing, with some interesting results. We are exposing many young Oak trees, which now can flourish and in time will become an integral part of the course.     Other benefits... read more

New In

SuperStroke Putter Grips The superstroke putter grip is now one of the most used grip on the professional tours. The superstroke is now regarded as the must have grip on your putter. Not only does the grip look bright (however they do a standard in black) they also... read more

Golf Course Landscaping

Some of you may have noticed a different panoramic view from the 2nd, 3rd & 4th. We are in the process of selectively removing some of the old woody gorse. This in the short term will open up the vista across the course. However, the intention is to create some... read more

Junior Golf Day – August

JUNIOR GOLF FESTIVAL THURSDAY 27th AUGUST 10am – 3pm Only £35pp   Enjoy a fun day of golf with your academy coaches taking part in a series of fun skills challenges. The day includes all equipment, lunch and... read more

Josh Oddy Wins the Alliance

Westridge Josh Oddy takes the Isle of Wight Golf Alliance Championships   Westridge ambassador Josh Oddy won the Isle of Wight Fletcher Jones Golf Alliance Championship on Sunday. The event played at Sandown and Shanklin Golf Club was over 36 holes for scratch... read more

From The Course

Summer Golf Summer Golf brings its own unique challenges, from the maintenance as well as from the golfing point of view. Keeping the greens consistent is a fine line, when it comes to moisture. Each pop-up can be set to irrigate at different timings, depending upon... read more

The Open 2015

The 2015 golf season  is now in full swing with two of the four majors played so far and Jordan Spieth being the triumphant winner so far.  The third major “The Open” is just around the corner and I know you are all wondering if Jordan can keep it going... read more

From The Course

AIR INJECTION I hope everyone enjoyed the clubs Captain’s day yesterday and apology’s for the ‘Greenkeepers challenge’ on hole 4 ! Today, I have on hire the Campey Air2G2. This machine injects 5bar of compressed air 300mm down, this in turn... read more

US OPEN

Congratulations!! Congratulations to Jordan Spieth on winning the US Open. Which can be argued as the most controversial major ever ! In my opinion, the layout of the course was excellent, a true test for the world’s best golfers. However, the presentation was... read more

PING Demo Day

On Tuesday 14th July we will be hosting a PING demo day from 12 - 5PM. This will give you a chance to try out the latest PING drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons. They will also bring all the various shafts options available, so they can be sure to fit you for... read more

Fathers Day @ Westridge Golf Centre

Westridge Golf  Centre is the perfect place for Fathers Day this year! With some of these great offers from Westridge Golf Centre we can make this a father’s day to remember, rather than just a card and a few bottles of beer from the supermarket. Visit Westridge Golf... read more

Westridge Machine

A snapshot of our equipment Over the coming weeks, I will introduce you to our equipment. Today is the Textron AR250 Turbo, this machine has a dual purpose. It cuts the semi rough and the first cut around the fairways and greens. It has 5 twin bladed rotary units.... read more

Poa Annua

There has been a lot said and printed over the last couple of weeks, regarding Wentworth’s greens. The issue is, the re colonisation of the new Bent/Fescue greens by Poa Annua (Annual Meadow Grass) Unless the golf course is a links course, it is almost... read more

Tee to Green 6 Week Beginner Course

Tee to Green 6 Week Beginner Course The end of June will see the end of the last 6 week beginner course, which means we will be running the next course of 6 week beginner lessons. We run them on a Saturday at 10am and a Tuesday at 6pm. The spaces are already being... read more

From The Course

Its Growing ! With the ground temperature consistently at 10c or above now, the growth has picked up, with cutting a full time operation. The greens are set at 4mm and cut daily, the tee’s and surrounds are cut 3 times a week, first cut twice a week and... read more

From The Course

Its Growing ! With the ground temperature consistently at 10c or above now, the growth has picked up, with cutting a full time operation. The greens are set at 4mm and cut daily, the tee’s and surrounds are cut 3 times a week, first cut twice a week and... read more

Titleist Golf Ball Fitting @ Westridge Golf Centre

Their innovative new ball fitting experience comes to Westridge Golf Centre on Wednesday 3rd June. The experience will last 1 hour, which consists of each player hitting every single golf ball Titleist has to offer from various different yardages of 50 yards and... read more

Dates for your Diary

Callaway Demo Day Friday 29th May 12pm-4pm This year Callaway launched a complete new range of  XR Drivers, Fairways, Hybrids and Irons. Their new range has been designed with “turbulators” on the crown of the Driver head to help increase swing speeds,... read more

Driving Range

Driving Range Re-Vamp Over the last few months our driving range has been cosmetically and atheistically re-vamped. We have undergone a change of power tee’s including new mats, new sensors and new control panels. This means there is no more dips in any of the... read more

From The Course

Spring watch From the grass roots It is always a welcome sight to see the trees bursting into leaf, the gorse in full bloom and the birds singing. The weekend did bring 6mm of welcomed and much needed rain. Although i have had the irrigation on every night, you... read more

Special Offers

Managers special This week we have a couple of cracking special deals for you but stocks are limited so once they are gone they are gone! Yonex Ezone SD irons £349 this week only get a free matching Yonex Ezone driver worth £129! The Yonex Ezone provides high levels... read more

From the Grass roots – Paul Jenkins

Dry and Sunny From the grass roots It is a busy time here at Westridge, with the greens now top dressed and fed. Together with presenting the course for our early competitions. The paths are being resurfaced and I have taken delivery of the new driving range yardage... read more

National Golf Month – Free Golf Lessons

It is National Golf Month in May and we will be hosting a range of FREE golf lessons over the course of May to help promote the sport and get people to give golf a go. We will be holding 4 x 45 minute lessons at various times and dates throughout the month to... read more

Events

Events this week   Tuesday  7th April We are hosting a Bridgestone ball fitting day from 11am till 4pm. Bridgestone golf have a number of new golf balls which with new technology they can now fit you for the right one. Don’t miss it after all it could... read more

Nike Range balls

At the start of April we will be refreshing all the current golf balls used on the driving range, and replacing them with brand new Nike 2 piece balls. This should bring even more accurate yardages and realism to using the driving range and making your practice even... read more

Get Into Golf!

Looking to get into golf or just give it a go? Then look no further than Westridge Golf Centre! We offer a unique fast track course to get you started in golf, which includes all the skills needed as well as a few simple rules and etiquette. The course is spread over... read more

Spring Preparations

The course has weathered the winter well and enters the Spring in good condition. The greens have been relatively disease free and have had their first Spring feed. We have taken full advantage of the few dry spells and have managed to keep the course cut and... read more

Spring

Spring is definitely knocking on the door, the daffodils and snow drops are in flower, the birds are starting to nest, its Cheltenham Gold Cup week and even a pair of foxes were “welcoming in the spring” at 2.30am this morning. Here on the course, we are... read more

Putters

New Putters In This Week New in this week we have had the New Odyssey Works range of putters and the New range of Ping TR Putters.   Most people will spend money on a new driver or set of irons yet when it comes to the putter they are happy just to use anything... read more

From the Grass roots – Paul Jenkins

AIR, HOSTS ,MACHINERY, TRENDS   It is important to keep up to speed with new methods, equipment and operations, when it comes to maintaining the golf course. This does not replace, but compliment good, sound, basic greenkeeping. The Solent does make that a small... read more

New Products in this Week

Pre-season is the time of the year for most manufacturers to release their latest models of clubs and their latest lines of accessories and apparel. These last couple of months has seen the latest products flood to our shelves making it a busy time of year. With new... read more

Machinery

MACHINERY Next to labour costs, the second largest expenditure on the golf course is machinery. Here at  Westridge, we employ our own mechanic .A vital part of our team, when you consider for instance, a new greens machine costs £30,000. All machinery is serviced... read more

Get Into Golf!

Now is the perfect time to get into golf, with the summer weather a short few months away. There is no better place to be than on a golf course enjoying the weather, catching a tan and playing some golf. So join our 6 week beginner course starting on Saturday 28th... read more

The Masters

THE MASTERS It will not be long before everyone’s thoughts will turn to Augusta and the Masters. Truly a unique event in the world of golf. It is also a timely reminder to us British Greenkeepers too .We prepare ourselves for the same question every  year. So,... read more

Fitting Day

During April Westridge are hosting fitting days so you can all come and try the new clubs that are out this season   Tuesday 7th April 11am - 4pm On Tuesday the 7th April we have ball fitting company Bridgestone bringing down the Bridgestone ball fitting launch... read more

Spring Is Here

SPRING IS HERE Well, nearly ! Natures signs are there. The birds are singing and looking for nest sites. Golfing fixtures are being agreed for the coming season. I am planning my maintenance programme around this. So, with no rain so far this month and very little... read more

2015 Nike Iron Sets

You have probably already seen Rory McIlroy winning countless tournaments with the new Nike Vapor range but now we have them in store for you to purchase as well. This years Nike irons are the Vapor speed and the Vapor Pro-combo’s. With two sets to choose from... read more

Frost

Foot traffic on greens in the presence of frost will lead to damage of the grass plant. The use of greens during periods when air frost is present, will damage the leaf of the grass plant. either by bruising the plant tissues or snapping the leaf from the plant. this... read more

Junior Golf Festival

JUNIOR GOLF FESTIVAL WEDNESDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 10am – 3pm Only £35pp   Enjoy a fun day of golf with your academy coaches taking part in a series of fun skills challenges. The day includes all equipment, lunch and certificates.  ... read more

From the Grass roots – Paul Jenkins

I am just back from a very informative week in Harrogate, attending the industries annual conference, seminars & trade show (BTME) I attended seminars to keep updated on new methods, trends and ideas. The trade introduced new products and machinery at the show.... read more

New Stock Available This Week

This time of year is when the club manufacturers release all the new products for the coming year, which makes it also one of the most exciting times as the golf season dawns upon us and we see all of the new seasons stock flood the shelves.  This last week at... read more

Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Ball

The new Chrome soft is Callaway’s latest ball to hit the market, which has had some raving reviews from many Callaway tour pro’s already. “You don’t have to choose between feel and distance anymore” is Callaway’s marketing slogan,... read more

Paul From the Course

At this time of year, work on the course is very weather dependant. We strive to present the course at its best, despite what nature throws at us ! To this end, i would ask all members to assist, by repairing pitch marks, replace divots and rake bunkers after use.... read more

Titleist 915 Driver

The 915 D2 & D3 drivers are titleist’s latest metal wood to hit the market. They have made some ground breaking changes to their drivers this year, over the previous models D10 & D13. I hear you asking yourself whats the difference between the D2 and D3... read more

Golf Course Update

It is a challenging time on the course at present, the weather has played its hand and is not helping. It is not only rain and frost, but I have seen some disease appear on the Greens. I have the usual invasion of “leather jackets” ( the larvae of the crane fly)... read more

Taylormade Aero Burner

We have recently received instore the newly released Taylormade Aero Burner driver. The Aero Burner driver is aimed to be highly aero-dynamic, they have stripped away any unnecessary components on the driver, causing promising high club head speeds. This driver is... read more

Sales Now On!

Christmas has come to an end and it is a good time to pick up a few bargains, from golf balls to golf clubs we have lots on sale. Our first item on sale is a 15 golf ball pack of Wilson Tour Velocity  Normally £15 per box Sale Price - £12 per box or two for £20 We... read more

Christmas Junior Golf Festival

On Monday 22nd December we are hosting our annual Christmas Junior Golf Festival. The day will include coaching sessions of the key areas of the golf, they will then be tested on what they have learnt through unique fun skills challenges set up by the coaches. This... read more

Top 5 Christmas Ideas

There are various types and brands of golf balls, which makes choosing the right golf ball key. This is where we come in, using our advanced knowledge on the various brands we have in store we can be sure to find the right product that suits your needs. We have 28... read more

Fill your club gaps

Fill the gaps in your bag! “My pitching wedge goes 110 yards but my sand wedge only goes 70 yards, I have nothing in between!” “My 7 iron goes 150 but my 5 iron does not go any further” “I wont get there with my 4 iron but my 5 wood will... read more

Golf Course Update

There will be a trolley ban in place a numerous times over the winter, however, to keep you updated it will be assessed on a daily basis and will be placed on Twitter, Facebook and our website each time a ban is in place. Alternatively you can call us on 01983 613131... read more

From the grass roots

Here at Westridge Golf Centre we constantly strive to improve your golfing experience. To that end, in my time as course manager, my team and I have built or rebuilt ten tees, nine bunkers and a practice green. These, together with the re-shaping of fairways, all help... read more

Preparing For Winter Golf

As golfers we all know the winter weather can effect both our mental strength and physical ability to get around the golf course. However, now manufacturers have produced a way for you to be as comfortable as you can but still have the ability to make good golf... read more

Christmas Junior Golf Festival

On Monday 22nd December we are hosting our Christmas Junior Golf Festival. The day will run from 10am till 3pm and a lunch is provided by us. Come and join Dan and Joe here at Westridge Golf Centre, for our fun golf day. We go through a whole range of challenges from... read more

Halloween Junior Festival

Halloween Junior Festival 2014   We held our annual Halloween junior festival yesterday on 30th November and what a fantastic day it turned out to be. We had beautiful weather and a great group of children which made the day. At the beginning of the day we split... read more

Christmas Ideas

Westridge Golf Centre is the perfect place for Christmas this year. We have some amazing offers in store on a wide range of products, perfectly suited for that stocking filler ranging all the way up to “the main present”. Whatever your budget we have something... read more

Weather, What Weather

Weather, what weather !?   I take daily weather readings here at Westridge GC. This helps for planning, historic reasoning, it also assists in the understanding of footfall within the complex. Readings have been taken and kept since 1999, allowing me a good... read more

Garmin GPS

Garmin Devices Now In at Westridge Westridge Golf Centre are now pleased to have teamed up with Garmin which allows Westridge Golf Centre to stock the Garmin GPS range finders. Below are some of the benefits that the Garmin watches offer if you require more... read more

Cobra Bio Cell+

COBRA FITTING DAY is fast approaching. After the hugely successful day with Ping we have Cobra here with their Bio Cell range on Friday 22nd 2pm- 6pm. The Bio Cell irons come with Bio Cell and E9 face technology enabling weight to be moved to create a low Centre of... read more

Junior Golf Festival

WGC JUNIOR GOLF FESTIVAL THURSDAY AUGUST 14TH 10am – 3pm Only £35pp Enjoy a fun day of golf with your academy coaches taking part in a series of fun skills challenges. The day includes all equipment, lunch and... read more

Open Predictions

WESTRIDGE STAFF PREDICTIONS FOR THE OPEN   The staff at Westridge Golf Centre are having a friendly competition to see who gets the bragging rights come Sunday night.   Mark Wright – Justin Rose Simon Hayward – Martin Kaymer Steve Davis – Shane Lowry Tony... read more

Putter Fitting

Putting Fitting Frank has saved 3 shots per round with his new Odyssey Putter custom fitted at Westridge Golf Centre. Franks comment ‘ I have stopped three putting as often and am holing a lot more putts inside of ten feet since I changed to the putter I got custom... read more

PING G20 FITTING DAY

Be one of the first to get your hands on the new PING G20 range of golf clubs. On thursday 7th AUG We will be hosting a fitting day for Ping, they will have the new G30 Driver, fairway woods, hybrids and irons as well as the hugely popular i25 and Ladies range. Early... read more

TAYLOR MADE FITTING DAY

TAYLOR MADE FITTING DAY FRIDAY 27TH JUNE BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT On Friday 27th June 2014 we have Taylor Made coming to Westridge Golf Centre with the complete 2014 product range for customers to try and get fitted with some of the hottest products in the market place.... read more

Fathers Day

Westridge Golf Centre The perfect place for Fathers Day With some of these great offers from Westridge Golf Centre we can make this a father’s day to remember rather than just a card and a bottle of drink from the supermarket, come up to Westridge and have a look at... read more

Lower your scores

Lower your scores without changing your swing If your looking for the extra edge to your game this summer without major swing changes look no further than a RANGE FINDER . How many times have you hit a well struck iron but come up short of the green and instead of a... read more

Junior golf festival

JUNIOR GOLF FESTIVAL THURSDAY MAY 29TH 10am – 3pm Only £35pp Enjoy a fun day of golf with your academy coaches taking part in a series of fun skills challenges. The day includes all equipment, lunch and certificates. Call 613131 to book your childs... read more

Electric Trolleys

Golf is a hard enough game for most of us as it is so any advantage we can get to make the game easier is a route we should all go down. Playing 18 holes of golf carrying a golf bag full of your equipment will cause both physical and mental fatigue, and could also... read more

Charity day

Saturday 26th April we had our annual Susan Mew Challenge where 62 competitors battled it out to take the trophy all in aid of the Isle of Wight Hospice. The wet weather on friday meant that the course played its full length and the conditions on the day meant that... read more

Free Golf Lessons

Free Golf Lessons at Westridge Golf Centre   Over the past year Westridge has introduced over 100 people to golf through the Westridge Teaching academy by introducing a their new Tee to Green group lesson’s. The six week course for only £20 per person is... read more

Iron headcovers

Why not protect your clubs and look smart at the same time by investing in a good set of iron head covers. How many times do you hear yours or your playing partners clubs rattling around in the bag as you carry or push them in the trolley and think of the damage it... read more

Fitting Day

Only 1 week to go until the big fitting day, what will you need in your bag this year? This week we look at the need to custom fit hybrids.  A hybrid is the most versatile club in a golfers bag, its used from the tee, the fairway, the rough and even from around the... read more

Golf Shoes

Spike less golf shoes    The new age of golf shoe is now the spikeless golf shoe as apposed to spiked shoes which have been the trend since golf began. The spiked shoe has many advantages and some disadvantages which is the same with the spikeless shoe. The main point... read more

Demo Day

Now that spring has sprung and the golf courses are drying out it is time to think about your golf clubs for the upcoming year. In April we have Callaway, Yonex, Wilson all coming to the Island for a Demo Day Event this gives you the opportunity to come and try the... read more

Westridge Golf Centre Junior Festival

JUNIOR GOLF FESTIVAL THURSDAY APRIL 10TH 10am – 3pm  Only £35pp   Come along and enjoy a fun day of golf with your academy coaches. Take part in a series of fun skills challenges and games. The day includes all equipment, lunch and... read more

ADAMS GOLF

We have recently taken delivery of the new Adams golf range of equipment that includes the number 1 hybrid on the PGA Tour among others, and they have a fantastic range of Woods, hybrids and iron.hybrid combination sets that will suit a wide range of golfing skill... read more

Bushnell Range Finders

Bushnell The Number 1 Laser in the professional golf Most people believe that using a range finder will slow their game down. However using one for the past year I can assure you that they actually quicken up play. This is now that you only have to point at the flag... read more

Taylor Made Money Back Guarantee

Hit it Longer! Loft Up! 30 Day guarantee. We have added 20 to 30 yards and more to some golfers’ tee shots, just by adding one degree of loft to their Driver. Jason Day, for the World Golf Championship Matchplay Championship, added 1.5 degrees of loft to his... read more

Tuition at Westridge Golf Centre

Head Professional                                                                    Head Junior Coach Tony Lloyd                                                                                Dan West PGA Professional                     PGA Professional            ... read more

Trade in your golf clubs

They say that most people have over £100’s worth of items cluttering up the home or garage that are never used but are sat there going down in value every day. This can be especially true of old golf clubs that have been replaced over time with newer versions... read more

Taylormade SLDR

Taylormade’s new SLDR driver is the only “loft up” driver on the market. By loft up i mean you are able to increase the loft of your driver, without causing the driver to spin too much. This is created by pushing the Center of Gravity (CG) lower and... read more

Ping i25 range now in store

This week we have taken delivery of the new Ping i25 product which looks fantastic. They have a new complete range of clubs which is aimed towards a player looking to take his game forward to the next level. The irons feature a sleaker top line and look superb at... read more

Lady Captains report 2013/14

Has it really been a year !!! I felt very honoured to be voted in as captain. After a turbulent start to my year everything eventually settled down, a big thank you to Roger for  taking over as club captain and  with the support from the committee, the  members and... read more

Nike Covert 2.0

The new range of Nike golf equipment has arrived this week Tested this week the new Nike Covert 2.0 Driver   The New Nike driver has arrived this week and as always the staff at Westridge Golf Centre went out and tested it and they were very impressed with the... read more

Emergency contact form

To ensure our records are up to date and correct we require contact details forms for all junior golfers who have lessons at Westridge. Please print off, fill in  and bring it along to your childs next lesson.  PARENTAL CONSENT FORM AND PLAYER PROFILE Details of Child... read more

Junior Code Of Conduct

All junior members should yearly sign our code of conduct, if you havent already please print off and bring it with you to the club next time you visit.   WESTRIDGE GOLF CENTRE   CODE OF CONDUCT  FOR JUNIOR GOLFERS   This code of conduct has been designed to... read more

Cobra Bio Cell woods

Cobra has color cornered in its new line of BiO Cell drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, which are available in club heads painted blue, red, silver, orange and black.That makes the company the clear-cut leader in personalisation among the major equipment... read more

Callaway Speed Golf Balls

Callaway have launched three new models of golf balls this year Speed Regime 1, Speed Regime 2 and Speed regime 3. The ball is based all around your swing speed so that you can compress the ball with your driver to get the maximum distance but still get the control... read more

What to look forward to in February 2014

The start of the golfing season brings with it a host of new equipment from the top manufacturers in golf and below is a brief run through of what is on offer from Callaway Golf for 2014 Callaway Golf Big Bertha Alpha Driver Callaway have re-introduced the Big Bertha... read more

Sale

Here at Westridge golf Centre we have most of the brands and models right through the range from clothes to clubs and accessories. Right now we have some amazing deals with some of the biggest brands in the game. We have Hugo Boss and Lyle and Scott jumpers and polo... read more

New Stock 2014

New 2014 Stock Already in Store Taylor Made Jet Speed Driver, Fairway woods and Hybrid This is a very forgiving Driver from Taylor Made and offers exceptional forgiveness on miss hit shots. The driver has a very lightweight and longer shaft shaft than most models to... read more

JANUARY SALES AT WESTRIDGE GOLF CENTRE

Massive end of year clearance sale At Westridge Golf Centre we currently have one of our biggest ever clearance sales. We have discounted a huge selection of 2013 golf equipment which means that some clubs are up to 50% off our previous selling price. Whether you are... read more

The Yellow Ball Winners!

The yellow ball winners are a group of people that have bought 170 balls on our driving range and found the yellow ball! When purchasing the 170 balls range ticket you automatically get the chance to win £20 FREE RANGE CREDIT! You have got to keep your eye out for... read more

Base Layers for the Winter

During the winter period the temperature can drop quite severely to freezing temperatures, which can then cause the golfer to “layer up” just so he/she can stay warm during a round. Well now you don’t have to as much, you can simply wear a base layer. These base... read more

Christmas Draw

Christmas Draw Prizes 2013     Cowes Golf Club Voucher                  Bob Cloke                        Ryde Golf Club Voucher                     Ian Spragg                       Newport Golf Club Voucher               George Webster               Trackman Session  ... read more

The 11 Key Items Needed For Winter Golf

During the course of the winter we are expected to get rain, wind and cold temperatures. Which means you need to be correctly equipped with the right clothing, accessories and equipment  to aid you in a round of golf. The 11 things that are essential for winter golf... read more

Tony’s Top Tips

Many golfers turn up to a golf lesson not quite sure what going to happen to them. Many new golfers worry there will too much to take in and experienced golfers worry that the Pro will stand behind them tutting as they swing and then tell them they have to change... read more

Prepare For The Trolley Ban

It comes around every year and most people are not prepared for it so they end up stopping playing golf until the ban is lifted. However, now you have the chance to get yourself prepared in advance so you can keep yourself playing, even when its a little wet... read more

How about some more distance?

South England squad player Josh Oddy has recently been having lessons with Steve Davis and has noticed a marked difference in his game. A combination of lessons, practice and a correctly fitted driver has meant Josh has been able to acquire over 40 YARDS extra... read more

Tony’s top tips 2

Many golfers turn up to a golf lesson not quite sure what going to happen to them. Many new golfers worry there will too much to take in and experienced golfers worry that the Pro will stand behind them tutting as they swing and then tell them they have to change... read more

Junior Christmas Golf Festival

Monday 23rd December 10am - 3pm Bring your child along and get them involved with our fun packed golf day. Including many skills games and challenges. Includes lunch, refreshments and certificates. Only £35 Call 01983 613131 to book your child in... read more

Events over Christmas

Over the Christmas period we have a variety of events happening that you may wish to get involved with. The first event happening up here is the Yonex Demo Day, which gives anyone the opportunity to test out their new range of irons and woods. However, anyone looking... read more

Christmas Gift Ideas

What to get a golfer for Christmas What can you get a person who has everything for Christmas? Well if they play golf it is very easy and the following are a few ideas If they have a favourite football team there are a lot of items to choose from with the name of... read more

6 Week Beginner Programme

Every six weeks we offer the chance for anyone to join our new beginner programme. The programme has been running since early summer and has been proven to be very popular. The six week programme consists of learning the six key skills needed to prepare yourself to... read more

The new Trackman update

Any body who has had a lesson or a custom fit at Westridge Golf Centre in the last 10 years would have come across the Trackman radar system. For any one that has not used the system before you are really missing out as it is a fantastic tool for club fitting,... read more

Part 2 Of Turning Professional

After a long year of paperwork and it hasn’t become any easier, the hard work has only just begun. In June it started with the playing test which I passed on my second attempt at a golf course calling Nazeing which is in Essex. This was a hard task as there was a lot... read more

Top tips from PGA Pro Tony Lloyd

Many golfers turn up to a golf lesson not quite sure what going to happen to them. Many new golfers worry there will too much to take in and experienced golfers worry that the Pro will stand behind them tutting as they swing and then tell them they have to change... read more

Winter Shoes

When playing golf people often give little thought to their golf shoes however this is one area that is very critical as swinging a golf club around 100 miles per hour you do really need to have a stable foundation. If your feet slip during the golf swing this can not... read more

Winter Golf Overview Part III

This week I will be looking into this seasons new irons, showing you what they have to offer and speaking about all the ins and outs that could help benefit your game. I will be looking into Mizuno’s new irons the MP4 and the JPX-EZ iron along side this I will be... read more

Clearance Corner

We have some fantastic offers in store at present with some new deals on Callaway, Nike and Titleist iron sets as well as some ex demo woods from Taylor Made, Callaway and Ping. First off we have some Callaway X Hot Pro irons. This set consists of 4-PW and previously... read more

Junior Golf Festival

This week sees the schools on half term, halloween and it also sees our next JUNIOR GOLF FESTIVAL. Whether your child has made it to all the lessons this half term, just the 1 or has never played before the FESTIVAL will be great fun and will run through skills tests... read more

Winter Practice

Now the clocks have gone back it is now not possible to get 9 holes in after work so here are a few items you can practice with over the winter to keep your golf in top shape be it indoors or outdoors in the garden. Putting Matt or Putting Cup with the PING APP This... read more

Being Prepared for Winter golf.

Making sure you are ready for winter golf may be the key to you keeping up the good work that you have put in in the summer. Most golfers will turn up for a round of golf in the winter as they will in the summer, with the same balls and without the essential items for... read more

Septembers Hall of Fame

The best time to take a golf lesson is when your playing WELL and my hall of fame proves that regular coaching is the best way to find consistent form on the golf course. September’s playing conditions continued to provide golfers with excellent conditions so lets see... read more

Hampshire PGA Autumn Tour

I have just come back from the Hampshire PGA Autumn Tour held in Le Touquet, just outside Calais, France, where I took along 3 amateur players  to play in the 54 hole pro-am event. The event was held over three days at three different courses which were all different... read more

Winter Golf Overview Part II

This week I will be diving into this seasons new drivers, showing you what they have to offer and all the ins and outs of each driver. I will be looking at both the new Taylormade SLDR and Callaway FT Optiforce, both of which are some of golf’s top named drivers. The... read more

Taylor Made Speed Blades

Taylor Made have launched a new Speed Blade iron this week to super seed the very popular Rocket Bladez irons. With this model Taylor Made have changed the speed pocket in the new iron and have made it wider and bigger which helps make the iron even easier to hit and... read more

Golf Course Improvements 2013

This year has been a great year off and on the course as the weather has been surprisingly good meaning that Head Green keeper Paul Jenkins and his team have been able to make some small but significant changes to the course. The first job that was completed this year... read more

Clearance Corner

This week we have some amazing offers in our clearance corner and we only have ONE SET of each of the irons so make sure you are quick if you want to make the most of these deals. First off we have a fantastic deal on a set of Taylor Made Rocketbladz irons were you... read more

Winter Golf Overview

Over the next 3 weeks we will be looking into all the new seasons golf equipment and clothing we now have in stock.  This will vary from the latest Galvin Green and Proquip waterproofs, to the Taylormade and Callaway woods and Mizuno irons. WATERPROOF SUITS FOR WINTER... read more

How SmartPro can help you

Smartpro could be your GAME CHANGER! What would it be like to: Have a greater understanding of your golf game? Identify the weaker areas of your game - from mind-set to short game? Be able to easily communicate with your coach and get guidance between lessons? Use a... read more

Junior Golf Schedule

Over the next 7 weeks we are going to prepare the juniors for the next “Junior Festival” on the 31st October. We will be working through each sector in the new passport, this will get them working on not only each skill within golf, it also introduces a few... read more

Westridge Pro Am

On Sunday the 8th September Westridge Golf Centre held the 5th Westridge Pro Am.   We had 14 teams in this years pro-am with 7 professionals playing including Andy Beal a former European Tour Professional, Michael Lord a Senior Tour Professional who has just... read more

The Importance of a Golf Warm up

Before a round of golf it is important to make sure that you warm up as most injuries in golf come from golfers running to the first tee and hitting a driver at 100mph without warming up. Ask 100 people if they would stretch their legs before going for a run and im... read more

Junior Passport Update

For the passed 6 months we have been running a pilot scheme for the golf foundations new Junior Golf Passport. The main difference between the old passport and the new passport is the introduction of an online system which allows parents and juniors to track their... read more

SUMMER CLEARANCE

At Westridge Golf Centre we currently have some unbelievable clearance deals for anybody looking to upgrade their equipment. IRONS Deal 1 TITLEIST 712-AP1 4-PW FOR WERE £599 NOW ONLY £399 These irons are fantastic for the improving golfer looking to take their golf to... read more

Dress code

As a golfer there are certain expectations as well as preconcieved views of what and how you dress on and around the golf course. The dress code has changed dramatically over the years going from plus 2’s and plus 4’s worn with long socks to tailored trousers, we have... read more

Augusts Hall of Fame

All golfers will admit they are a little worried about having golf lessons in case they get worse before they get better, every month I will be posting the success stories from my students  here at Westridge golf academy to show that lessons really do pay off. Well I... read more

Which Wedge Bounce Is Right For You

When choosing a wedge one of the first things to consider is what type of golf course do you play on is it a links type golf course where the fairways tend to be cut tighter and harder or more of a parkland type golf course where the fairways tend to be softer with... read more

Buying The Right Golf Shirt For You

There are many different types of polo shirt materials that use a variety of technologies within them, which makes it key that you choose the correct one for your needs. There are such things as UV protection, Ventil8, dri-release and pure. These are the main types of... read more

Marking The Scorecard

Some things in golf you cant have control over, the weather, other players scores or that putt that should have broke left!! So as a golfer you have to make sure you concentrate on the things you can control, one of which is your score card. Marking a score card... read more

The New SKYPRO

We have recently taken delivery of a new training aid to hit the market, the new SkyPro unit from Skycaddie. This is a fantastic device designed to track the path of your swing, your tempo, and your clubhead speed along with many other features. It also shows you your... read more

Buying the perfect putter

Putting is as much about feel as it is about science so finding the right putter is a combination of the players preferences (how they like the look and feel of the putter) and the technology in the putter (face inserts, length of putter and the putters balance). The... read more

Junior Golf Festival

This summers ‘Junior Golf Days’ have had a twist put on them turning them into Festivals with Juniors completing fun skills games such as ‘over the river’ and ‘down the runway’ as set out by the Golf Foundations new junior golf passport. Thursday 8th Aug saw the first... read more

Having The Correct Size Golf Shoe

One of the most important investments a golfer can make is in a good pair of well fitting, waterproof and breathable shoes, golfers will spend £200 on a driver that they may only use a dozen times a round but on average will walk over 3.5 miles for 18 holes and wont... read more

The Benefits of a Distance Measuring Device

Unless you are lucky enough to have a full time caddy, most of us playing golf have relied heavily on Yardage markers and posts dotted around various parts of the golf courses we play at to work out how far we have left to the flag. These are very handy, but there is... read more

July’s Hall of Fame

All golfers will admit they are a little worried about having golf lessons in case they get worse before they get better, every month I will be posting the success stories from my students  here at Westridge golf academy to show that lessons really do pay off. Well... read more

Choosing your golf ball

There are now more golf balls on the market than ever before offering more spin, more distance and better feel just to mention a few of the selling points. When choosing the golf ball for your game you should ask yourself some of the following questions about your... read more

Correct Grip Size

When getting your clubs custom fit people often overlook the fact that the grip plays an important roll in the shot along with the fact that it’s the only part of the golf club that you are in contact with. A grip that is to thin can cause you to hook the ball due to... read more

Simon Pro Am

The London Golf Club Pro-Am On Tuesday 9thJuly Simon played at the London club in a Pro Am with Roy Clayton, Justin Clayton and Dave Street the format was an individual medal for Simon playing against other professionals from the south of England and the team format... read more

The First Stages To Becoming a PGA Professional

My name is Joe Wright; I have been working at Westridge for 2 years now and this is my journey of how to become a PGA professional. Firstly to be able to start the PGA training you need to have five GCSE grades from a A to an  C including Maths and both English... read more

June’s Hall of Fame

All golfers will admit they are a little worried about having golf lessons in case they get worse before they get better, every month I will be posting the success stories from my students  here at Westridge golf academy to show that lessons really do pay off. Well... read more

The perils of buying ‘CHEAP’ golf equipment

If you are on a budget with your golf but looking to push on to the next level with your golf you don’t always have to spend a fortune. There is lots of good equipment out there and sometimes a good condition used set of golf clubs will bring far better performance... read more

Bunker Rakes

Many golfers are unaware of their golf clubs policy on bunker rake placement. It is important to make sure that you don’t leave the rake in certain places, so that it makes life easy for green keepers and players. As a golfer the last thing you want is your golf ball to get stuck next to a rake that is on the edge of the bunker, as it then makes your next shot a tough one. At Westridge Golf Club our policy is to place the whole rake inside the bunker as shown below

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Are you prepared for golf?

Next week I shall be embarking on my 4thattempt as a PGA Professional to qualify for the Open.  Whilst preparing for the event it got me to thinking how many of my pupils prepare for golf fully? Yes they have the lessons but on match day its not always the swing that... read more

The Importance of a Clean Club Head

It is very important to keep your clubs clean and looking good for a many number of reasons. The first key reason is consistency.  With a dirty club face the golf ball is going to come off the club face a various number of ways, it could shoot off to the left or right... read more

The New Junior Passport Scheme

The past 2 months we have been implementing a junior golf foundation pilot scheme called “The Junior Golf Passport”, which takes over from the original “Lobbing the Hazards” junior programme we created ourselves. The past couple of months have been a... read more

Clearance Corner

We have some cracking deals for you on this US Open weekend and remember these are all while stocks last so ensure you get in quickly. This week we have some fantastic deals especially if you are looking for a new driver or putter as well as an unmissable Callaway... read more

Callaway Clearance Corner

Every week we will be updating this blog with a special clearance section offering some unbelievable deals on golf equipment ,bearing in mind that these deals will be on a first come first serve basis with limited supply so make the most of them while you can.  ... read more

The Art of Getting the Correct Lie Angle

The lie angle of the club is very important when it comes to you as a player wanting to hit that straight shot all the time. A lie angle that is too upright can result in shots going to the left or having a hook on them. (Ball moves right to left in the air for right... read more

Re-gripping Service

Not enough people realise the impact a set of worn grips can have on their game of golf. When a grip becomes worn or even worse hard or slippy it makes it very difficult to control the club without having to hold the club much tighter. When you do this you introduce... read more

Seventh Hole Bunker Re-Construction

The reconstruction of the left hand greenside bunker, at the 7th hole, is now completed. It may be a little easier to get out of, however, as it now compliments the contours of the green, it will gather many more less accurate shots. Therefore testing the skill of any... read more

Ladies Captian Report

Another month gone!! Soon be Christmas!! Westridge held their 13th ladies Open with 72 entries, a big thank you to all players and an even bigger thank you to all the members who helped. We played our 2nd Qualifier last week, congratulations to Jill Prouten who won... read more

May’s Hall of Fame

All golfers will admit they are a little worried about having golf lessons in case they get worse before they get better, every month I will be posting the success stories from our lessons here at Westridge golf academy to show that lessons really do pay off. Over the... read more

The importance of a custom fit driver – Steve Davis

For the last 4 years I have had in my bag a Taylor Made R7 Limited Driver with 9.5 degrees of loft. This is fitted with a Grafalloy Protopype 65 gram shaft in Stiff flex and I have not wanted to change it because it has been one of the most consistent clubs in my bag.... read more

Clearance Corner

Every week we will be updating this blog with a special clearance section offering some unbelievable deals on golf equipment so make sure you check this out every Friday evening, bearing in mind that these deals will be on a first come first serve basis with limited... read more

Fitting Day product reviews

Over the past week we have had 3 of the ‘big guns’ in the golf industry as well as the emerging Benross go toe to toe on the range at the biggest fitting day the island has seen in years. Callaway, Nike and Wilson joined Benross on Wednesday 24th April for a fitting... read more

Captains Report

Hi, May I first off start by saying congratulations to Sarah and Tony Lloyd on their marriage and we wish them all the best for the future. Summer is nearly here!! I know it’s hard to believe but I definitely saw the sun!! The course is looking a little greener... read more

Bunker Re-Construction

The reconstruction of the left hand greenside bunker on the 7th,is now underway. The design will compliment the construction of  the bunkers on the new nine holes. I have welcomed a week of dry weather, including the sun ! Following 259mm rain for the first 3 months... read more

Introducing your Course Manager

This is the first blog from our Course Manager Paul Jenkins whos going to keep you all posted on the course developments.  You’ll be given week by week information of everything from the existing course to the development of the new 9 holes.  Look out for Paul... read more

Demo Days This Spring

Fancy changing your clubs this year? Need more distance off the tee? Come to Westridge the April and have your game sprung into action with all the latest golf equipment. We have Cobra here on the 2nd April from 12pm to 6pm, come and try their new Amp range with its... read more

Winter Series at the London Club

2 of Westridge Golf Centres PGA professionals kicked of their 2013 playing seasons at the London Golf Club this week. Simon Hayward and Tony Lloyd took on the 7005 yard par 72 International course in this south region PGA event. Playing in sunny conditions for the... read more

Callaway X2 Hot

Now In Stock Driver Callaway have continued to improve on the previous model of driver with this new X2Hot Driver by making the face even thinner so the club is more forgiving and the ball now comes off the face even faster to increase distance. Callaway have also... read more