The Professional & The Pro Shop
The Head Professional at Shortlands is Mark Wood, who is a popular figure with members having been at the club for more than ten years. Mark keeps a well-stocked Pro Shop, which has an excellent reputation for outstanding service and accessibility to most manufacturers including Calloway, TaylorMade, Footjoy and Wilson.
As a member of Foremost, the United Kingdom’s biggest golf buying group, Mark has an extensive network from which to source stock. So if you are in search of a specific piece of equipment you do not see in the shop, there is a good chance he will be able to get it for you.
Backed by the Foremost price promise and Mark’s excellent service you really can’t go wrong.
Second-hand clubs are also available to buy, though if you are serious about improving your game, why not consider custom fitting? This is where a few simple dynamic and static measurements are taken of your physique and your golf swing and a set of clubs is built specifically for you. It sounds expensive, but it really isn’t and the difference can be significant, both in confidence and scoring.
Shortlands has all the component elements in place to ensure that beginners are given a firm foundation on which to build a solid golf game and that good players are inspired to take their game to the next level. The club has an excellent PGA-qualified teaching professional in Mark Wood, allied to some fine practice facilities enabling you to ingrain the new skills you have learnt. If you have the desire to get better, Mark has the application to determination to help you achieve your goals, whatever they are.
A selection of 30-minute lessons are available, covering any area of the game you wish to work on, from driving the ball with power and precision to the more delicate skills of chipping and putting.
Mark adapts his instruction to suit his student’s physical ability rather than try and get them to do something they are not capable of doing on a consistent basis.
He says: “I have various successful teaching methods for all levels of golfer from beginner to professional. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than having one of my pupils telling me how their game and score have improved after lessons.”