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Golf: Mold Golf Club opens hi-tech academy to teach the game

A GOLF club with more than 100 years of history behind it has just unveiled one of the most advanced teaching facilities of its kind in North Wales and the North West.

Mold Golf Club and head professional Craig Tudor have invested a total of £50,000 in a state-of-the-art new indoor academy.

Hi-tech equipment including three high-speed cameras and a radar-based launch monitor automatically analyse more than 20 key elements of a player’s golf shot, including angle of attack, swing speed, ball trajectory and total distance.

The facility was made possible thanks partly to a grant of £10,800 from Flintshire County Council and the Welsh Government under the Rural Development Partnership scheme and it has brought Mold’s teaching of the game into the 21st century.

“I’m delighted that the club management and members had the foresight and confidence to support this investment at a time when many golf clubs are cutting back,” said Tudor.

“The equipment provides exceptionally accurate data which is a great back-up to my video analysis software. It’s basically eliminated all the guesswork.

A 12-metre square screen displays the ‘course’ providing users with an outdoor experience indoors. All shots are saved allowing them to monitor their progress throughout each lesson or practice session.

There is also a four-hole indoor putting facility with the highest quality synthetic surface which replicates the speed of the greens out on the golf course.

With work nearing completion on the facility, an academy drive-in was organised, including a head-to-head in which men’s captain John Scott beat lady captain Kate Faulkner with a drive well over 200-yards which finished 0.4 of a yard right of centre.