The Gazette & Herald and sister paper the Wiltshire Times have teamed up with PGA golf teaching professional Simon Shanks for a new series of tips to improve your game. Simon, from Warminster, is based at the Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, near Calne has been voted a Top 100 Teacher by Golf World magazine and is also the head coach to the successful Wiltshire Boys team. Get in touch via simonshanksgolf.com or at simonshanksgolf@gmail.com

Weigh up the odds

Wiltshire Times: Weigh up the odds

1:20pm Thursday 19th June 2014

Warminster’s Simon Shanks with a series of golf tips for Wiltshire Times readers to improve their game. Simon, the Bowood Golf Resort’s PGA teaching professional, was recently named South West coach of the year by the PGA of England and Wales

Don’t get caught out in between

Wiltshire Times: Gripping down the shaft of a longer club will help you with those shots where you are in between yardages

1:11pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Bowood Golf Resort’s PGA teaching professional Simon Shanks with a series of golf tips for Gazette & Herald and Wiltshire Times readers to improve their game. Simon was recently named South West coach of the year by the PGA of England and Wales

Always box clever

Wiltshire Times: Teeing up on the left side, with trouble down the right, could affect your shot, but teeing right will face you away from danger

1:33pm Thursday 15th May 2014

Warminster’s Simon Shanks with a series of golf tips for readers to improve their game. Simon, the Bowood Golf Resort’s PGA teaching professional, was recently named South West coach of the year by the PGA of England and Wales

Setting up for green success

Wiltshire Times: Setting up for green success

2:03pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Warminster’s Simon Shanks with a series of golf tips for Gazette & Herald and Wiltshire Times readers to improve their game. Simon, the Bowood Golf Resort’s PGA teaching professional, was recently named South West coach of the year by the PGA of England and Wales

Turn up the power

Wiltshire Times: Avoid swaying with your legs in the backswing (above left), instead practicing getting a full shoulder turn (above right)

1:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Bowood Golf Resort’s PGA teaching professional Simon Shanks with a series of golf tips for Gazette & Herald readers to improve their game. Simon was recently named South West coach of the year by the PGA of England and Wales

It is all in the legs

Wiltshire Times: It is all in the legs

3:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Warminster’s Simon Shanks returns with a series of golf tips for Wiltshire Times readers to improve their game. Simon, the Bowood Golf Resort’s PGA teaching professional, was recently named South West coach of the year by the PGA of England and Wales

At times, loft is not always your friend

Wiltshire Times: Practice with different clubs to see what works best for chip shots around the greens

4:19pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Bowood Golf Resort’s PGA teaching professional Simon Shanks returns with a series of golf tips for Gazette & Herald readers to improve their game. Simon, from Warminster, has been voted a Top 100 Teacher by Golf World magazine

Match swings for straighter shots

Wiltshire Times: Simon Shanks

12:00pm Saturday 20th July 2013

THIS WEEK: Swing

Strike a pose for great golf shots

Wiltshire Times: Holding your finish until the ball has landed can help you hit the ball better and maintain your balance

6:00pm Thursday 11th July 2013

THIS WEEK: Balance

Line up to hole more

Wiltshire Times: Drawing a straight line on your ball can help you line up

12:30pm Saturday 6th July 2013

THIS WEEK: Putting

Get a good start

Wiltshire Times: Picture 1

3:40pm Friday 28th June 2013

THIS WEEK: Take-away

Keep playing it again

Wiltshire Times: The top players, such as world number one Tiger Woods, all have a pre-shot routine

12:53pm Friday 21st June 2013

THIS WEEK: Pre-shot routine

The correct plane will give you lift-off

Wiltshire Times: The correct plane will give you lift-off

1:38pm Thursday 13th June 2013

THIS WEEK: swing plane

It’s all in the hips

Wiltshire Times: Encourage your legs to stay stable and your hips to turn rather than tilt

2:07pm Thursday 6th June 2013

THIS WEEK: The strike

Facing your fears

Wiltshire Times: Swinging towards your target and not aligning the ball too far back in your stance can help cure the hook

1:26pm Thursday 30th May 2013

THIS WEEK: Hooking

Control the rhythm, control the distance

Wiltshire Times: When putting, the swing length should be the same either side of the ball

5:00pm Thursday 23rd May 2013

THIS WEEK: Rhythm

Finding the right cure to end your topping woes

Wiltshire Times: A shallow angle of hit causes you to hit up on the ball

1:19pm Thursday 16th May 2013

THIS WEEK: The top (part two)

Banish bunker blues

Wiltshire Times: Set up with the club face pointing right and your body aiming left

12:38pm Friday 10th May 2013

THIS WEEK: Bunkers

Quality not quantity is what’s needed

Wiltshire Times: Quality not quantity is what’s needed

9:00am Friday 3rd May 2013

THIS WEEK: On the range

Tee it high, see it fly

Wiltshire Times: Getting the right tee height can help with long, straight driving

11:26am Friday 26th April 2013

THIS WEEK: Tee shots

Line up and eyes down will help on the greens

Wiltshire Times: A line on your ball will help with your alignment

2:32pm Thursday 18th April 2013

THIS WEEK: Short putts

Go against your instincts to help stop the top

Wiltshire Times: Go against your instincts to help stop the top

2:41pm Thursday 18th April 2013

ANOTHER common miss in golf is to ‘top’ the ball, meaning the ball pops up in the air and rolls along the floor, not achieving the desired height and distance for the shot.

Steps help you stay on target

Wiltshire Times: Steps help you stay on target

2:52pm Thursday 4th April 2013

THIS WEEK: The slice

Nice, flowing motion can leave you pitch perfect

Wiltshire Times: Picture 1

3:25pm Thursday 4th April 2013

THIS WEEK: Pitching

Pendulum action will give you control around the greens

Wiltshire Times: Picture 1

12:34pm Friday 22nd March 2013

THIS WEEK: Chipping

Alignment and rhythm keys to green success

Wiltshire Times: Alignment and rhythm keys to green success

4:18pm Friday 15th March 2013

THIS WEEK: Putting

Getting in good shape is the key

Wiltshire Times: Picture 1

11:44am Thursday 7th March 2013

THIS WEEK: Swing

Striking a pose will put you in a perfect position

Wiltshire Times: Simon Shanks

11:18am Thursday 28th February 2013

THIS WEEK: Posture

GOLF TIPS: For starters, try getting to grips with this

Wiltshire Times: Simon Shanks

3:00pm Thursday 21st February 2013

THIS WEEK: The grip




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