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

Making the right choice

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

10:51am Thursday 16th October 2014

Bowood Golf Resort’s PGA teaching professional Simon Shanks, from Warminster, returns with a series of golf tips. THIS WEEK: Fairway shots

The big hits guaranteed

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

2:12pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

Bowood Golf Resort’s PGA teaching professional Simon Shanks, from Warminster, returns with a series of golf tips. THIS WEEK: Tee shots

Weigh up the odds

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

Play to your strengths

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Look at your options on your green approaches

2:00pm Thursday 12th 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

Don’t get caught out in between

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

How to get to grips...

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Try the knuckle test to see if your grip is too weak or too strong

1:00pm Thursday 29th May 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

Staying on target

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Staying on target

1:00pm Thursday 22nd May 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

Weight forward, face up to keep the height

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Weight forward, face up to keep the height

1:00pm Thursday 8th May 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

Listening for the swoosh

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Gripping the club upside down is a drill to help promote clubhead speed

1:00pm Thursday 1st May 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

Setting up for green success

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

It’s all in the swing

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Play the pitch shot like a mini golf swing

1:00pm Thursday 17th 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

Turn up the power

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

Get the perfect pace

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Make practice as random as possible by aiming at different holes

1:30pm Thursday 20th March 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

Eyes on the ball for better putting results

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Eyes on the ball for better putting results

1:00pm Thursday 6th March 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, from Warminster, has been voted a Top 100 Teacher by Golf World magazine

Lean over for more solid contact on shots

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Bend forwards from your hips so that you lower your body’s centre of gravity

1:00pm Thursday 27th February 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, from Warminster, has been voted a Top 100 Teacher by Golf World magazine

Gain an extra 10 yards

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Position the ball opposite the inside of your left heel

1:00pm Thursday 20th February 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, from Warminster, has been voted a Top 100 Teacher by Golf World magazine

At times, loft is not always your friend

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

Set the face to the sky for soft landing shots

11:40am Friday 2nd August 2013

THIS WEEK: Flop shot

Match swings for straighter shots

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Simon Shanks

12:00pm Saturday 20th July 2013

THIS WEEK: Swing

Strike a pose for great golf shots

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Picture 1

3:40pm Friday 28th June 2013

THIS WEEK: Take-away

Keep playing it again

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The correct plane will give you lift-off

1:38pm Thursday 13th June 2013

THIS WEEK: swing plane

It’s all in the hips

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Quality not quantity is what’s needed

9:00am Friday 3rd May 2013

THIS WEEK: On the range

Tee it high, see it fly

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: 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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Steps help you stay on target

2:52pm Thursday 4th April 2013

THIS WEEK: The slice

Nice, flowing motion can leave you pitch perfect

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Picture 1

3:25pm Thursday 4th April 2013

THIS WEEK: Pitching

Pendulum action will give you control around the greens

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Picture 1

12:34pm Friday 22nd March 2013

THIS WEEK: Chipping

Alignment and rhythm keys to green success

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Alignment and rhythm keys to green success

4:18pm Friday 15th March 2013

THIS WEEK: Putting

Getting in good shape is the key

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Picture 1

11:44am Thursday 7th March 2013

THIS WEEK: Swing

Striking a pose will put you in a perfect position

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Simon Shanks

11:18am Thursday 28th February 2013

THIS WEEK: Posture

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

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Simon Shanks

3:00pm Thursday 21st February 2013

THIS WEEK: The grip


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