Sky Sports TV commentator and world-renowned short game coach Mark Roe, has opened his first state-of-the-art indoor Putting Studio at Pachesham Golf Centre in Surrey.
The new Studio offers the opportunity for golfers to experience high class indoor technical coaching usually only available to Tour Professionals from Mark Roe himself or the Pachesham coaching team.
The former European Tour player, turned leading short game coach, has worked with many of the world’s top professionals including Lee Westwood and Ryder Cup heroes Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari.
He already has his Short Game Academy at Pachesham but wanted an indoor facility where he, or a member of the Pachesham coaching team, could help golfers improve their putting stroke all year round, no matter what the weather or the condition of the greens.
“As we all know the weather in the UK isn’t very conducive to working on your game in the winter,” explains Roe. “By opening my first indoor putting studio I now have a fantastic facility where I can coach golfers all year round on a perfect putting surface.
“I personally oversaw the design and build of the green and have incorporated a couple of tricky sloping putts as well as one long straight putt so that golfers can work on all facets of their stroke and putting technique. I’ve already had European Tour professional Francesco Molinari in my studio working on his stroke and he loved it.”
The modern indoor studio contains a USGA-specification putting green supplied by leading manufacturer European Tour Greens, and is also one of only 15 sites in England to be fitted with a SAM Puttlab high speed camera system.
This state-of-the-art putting system captures the intricate movements of your stroke, such as face aim, path, rotation, timing and the impact spot in incredible detail.
“It’s amazing how little the average golfer knows about their putting stroke,” explains Roe. “Seeing your stroke on camera in incredible detail for the first time is a real eye-opener. The short game, and particularly putting, accounts for such a big percentage of your overall score, so investing in improving your stroke can have a dramatic effect on lowering your scores and your handicap.”
The Pachesham Academy offers a ‘Two-hour definitive putting lesson’ with one of the highly qualified PGA Professionals. The lesson includes a full assessment of your current putter, its performance and suitability to your style.
Instruction topics such as eye dominance, visualisation tests, the physicality of putting, green reading skills, depth perception and ball roll performance are all explained and covered.
The golfer then leaves with a print out of their putting readings, lesson notes and a memory stick with voiceover of the main points covered.
One of Pachesham’s Head Coaches Stuart Martin says: “No matter what standard of golfer I am working with the information that the SAM Puttlab system gives me is invaluable. A putting lesson in the Mark Roe Putting Studio will open your eyes to improvement and really change your performance aims and aspirations as a golfer.”
The studio contains a wide selection of putters in all different lengths, lofts and lies from the leading manufacturers such as TaylorMade, Scotty Cameron and Rife. Getting custom fitted for a putter is often overlooked and yet very few golfers will suit a standard putter straight off the shop shelf. The high-tech software in the studio enables the professional to recommend the perfect putter to suit your stroke.