Hi everyone, if ever there is a chance to learn some cool new stuff that will help you improve what you do, then you take it! So it proved for me and two JFGA students today with a flying visit to see Phil Kenyon at his base just outside Liverpool. Paul Cutler and I had been over to see Phil at Xmas just passed, but to Andrew Snoddy it was a first chance to see the excellent facilities and coaching that was on offer.
First up was Paul to find out from the SAM Puttlab where his stroke was compared to four months previous. Given the work that Paul has put in on his address and tempo since he first met Phil in September ‘11, it was no surprise to see that there were measurable improvements. This matched up with Paul’s own feelings of more confidence at address, the fact that he’s controlling his distance better on lag putts and also the evidence from his 1st and 3rd finished in his last 2 starts. On the whole, we were all satisfied with the progress but naturally Phil did make some farther suggestions based on the continued theme of eye line and spine angle at setup. In fact, part of his practice sees Paul doing his best Kanye West impression (see pciture!).
Next up was Andrew who presented a different set of challenges which included choosing which putter to use as he had made the journey equipped with two! But being the consummate professional he is, Phil got down to the root of the problem and carried out a thorough analysis which left Andy in no doubt what he needed to improve (see picture below).
All in all, it was a fun day and I must thank Phil for letting me observe and be part of the sessions, when we are coaching the same players. It’s great for the lads to receive world class information, and even better if their coach is up to speed with how they putt. I’m able to learn about the science behind putting and what tendencies to check with the guys, they have confidence knowing that they are being monitored consistently and Phil gets email feedback on their progress. Everyone’s a winner!
Back to basics now at home for a few weeks and then the same 3 ‘usual suspects’ are heading to Ascot to spend some time with ‘serial’ European Tour winner Michael Hoey! I’m hoping that Paul can learn a thing or two from Michael and that Andrew and I don’t run out of balls!