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Charlie’s got the Common touch

Sandison-Woods has big plans for teaching centre at Wimbledon Common Golf Club

With his newly acquired PGA AA status, Charlie Sandison-Woods’s passion for teaching golf is about to take a big step forwards with his recent move to Wimbledon Common Golf Club.

He’s already the lead coach for Middlesex and an England Golf manager assisting the coaching of the U16 girls’ squad in Surrey and Hampshire. After helping the club’s successful Academy programme last summer, he was offered the role as the club’s PGA Head Teaching Professional.

Sandison-Woods is relishing the challenge, as he explains: “I moved from a career with the John Lewis Partnership to teaching golf because I realised I get great pleasure and satisfaction from helping others to realise their full golfing potential. Now I’ve got the opportunity of a lifetime, and my goal is to make Wimbledon Common Golf Club the go to place for beginners and elite golfers alike.”

To make sure he can really walk the talk, he’s combined his passion for coaching with every kind of coaching qualification: “I have studied and worked with many of the world’s experts in sports science and coaching. I’m Flatstick, SAM Putt Lab, Quintic and Putting Solutions certified, and likewise for Boditrak, Swing Catalyst, and Golf Biodynamics – so I know what I’m talking about!”

He adds: “I teach all ages, male and female, as well as all squads within Middlesex County Golf Union and Regional England Girls’ Squads. All my lessons utilise the latest coaching technology like Trakman and Hackmotion, Capto for putting, and the GASP video system, all of which are at the forefront for learning and performance.”

Plans for the club include a new studio to provide golfers with the ideal teaching resource. As he puts it: “The club’s built up a highly successful Academy programme, so now it’s my job to take that up to new levels for golfers of all ages and abilities, and make Wimbledon Common Golf Club the premium coaching centre in this part of the world.”

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