The six winners of the Titleist Ultimate Short Game Tune Up competition made their way to Brocket Hall last week for a short game clinic with Titleist ambassador and coach to some of the world's leading pros, Mark Roe.
Arriving at the stately home, which is set in 543 acres of mature Hertfordshire parkland, the six winners enjoyed lunch at the estate's golf clubhouse before venturing out onto the Melbourne course for 18 holes in the afternoon. After a keenly fought match between the two fourballs (made up by two Team Titleist staff), there was time for a quick shower and change before heading to the Michelin Starred Auberge du Lac restaurant for some fine dining and good natured banter about the afternoon's golf.
Mark Roe sets the scene for the Titleist Ultimate Short Game Tune Up
Following breakfast the next morning, Allan, Danny, John, Anthony, Neil and Jamie were introduced to Mark Roe, before making their way down to fantastic range and short game facilities on the Palmerston Academy at Brocket Hall - covered range bays, two separate short game greens, bunkers and a putting green make this an ideal venue for the Ultimate Short Game Tune Up.
Anthony looks to pick up some posture tips from Roey
After an hour and a half's short game tuition, during which Mark Roe put his iPhone on the green and challenged the winners to land a golf ball on it, three winners moved over to the range to be fitted for their Vokey Design SM4 wedges.
Jack (L) works to find the optimum Vokey wedge fit for Team Titleist member Allan (R)
Allan, John and Danny remained with Mark for a further hour of bunker tuition - working on the basic principles of bunker play through to mastering even plugged lies in the sand.
John was delighted to be able to overcome his bunker fears by the end of the morning
After Danny, Jamie and Neil had been fitted for their Vokey wedges by Titleist Fitting Technician Jack Yetton, it was time for the two groups to switch.
Danny gets it in the neck from Roey
"I think some of the guys were surprised by how many options we were able to offer them," explains Jack. "And that by trying some different bounce options and some different loft options we were really able to affect the flight and distance gapping to give much more consistent results!"
Anthony records some numbers during his wedge fitting
And giving credence to this was Anthony, who said, "I have always just carried a pitching wedge and 56 deg sand wedge, but after the bunker class with Mark, he recommended a 60 degree wedge for shots out of sand. The session with Jack was excellent and I could see that the gaps that worked best for me were to have a 52 degree strengthened to 51 degrees. a 56 and 60 all with mid bounce."
Roey's proposing something to Team Titleist member Neil
Also commenting on the two days, Neil stated, "Mark was, as expected, a top bloke with a real natural ability to make it look all too easy. Even with my ham fists, I have a lot to go and work on, which has given me a real fresh spark to go and practice."
Jamie makes the most of the time with Mark Roe and gets in plenty of questions
"Put simply, this has been, by far and away the greatest golfing experience of my life," enthused Jamie.
All in all, a phenomenal first Team Titleist event and rest assured that we are already working on other "money-can't -buy" experiences exclusively for Team Titleist members - keep your eyes peeled!
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