It’s been an exciting couple of months for myself recently, I have just graduated from my Applied Golf Management Studies degree at the University of Birmingham and I have also completed my first month working at the JFGA! This has been a great experience for me and I can finally begin to put into practice everything that I have learned in the class room.
The best part over the past month for me is finally being able to say that my university degree is finished, don’t get me wrong I loved the degree course, but it’s a lot of pressure off my shoulders not having to worry about doing any more university work. I’v also been able to start teaching full time, something that I have always wanted to do for as long as I can remember.
The first month, for me, has gone quite quickly. I have taught a lot of different people from kids to adults over a varying range of abilities and I have met some really interesting people. I am hoping to teach a lot more people between now and the end of the year, so book your lesson now to avoid disappointment! Apart from teaching at Greenacres Golf Centre, I have also started doing junior coaching at Greenisland, Cushendall and Ballymena Golf Clubs. Hopefully my partnership with these golf clubs will be one that I can continue to develop over a long period of time.
Also during the first month I was lucky enough to get a range pass for the Irish Open on Tuesday’s practice day. During the day I met and watched a number of influential golf coaches from around the world teach their students on the range and around the short game area. I was able to watch Pete Cowen teach Padraig Harrington on the range at Carlton House, it was interesting in what Pete was telling Padraig and I learned a little bit from it that I’m sure I will use down the line sometime in my own teaching.
During the practice round I also was lucky enough to get to follow Gareth Maybin for the first five holes. This was the first time I have watched a tour player play a couple of holes with my own eyes, rather than watching from a TV screen. Now I have watched a lot of high class amateur golf including the North of Ireland and the Walker Cup in 2011, but the different between the professionals and the amateurs is the number of different shots that a tour professional can hit. For the 5 holes I watched Gareth play, I witnessed 5 different ball flights, everything from a low fade to a high draw and he hit them exactly the way he said he would. Now if I was watching an amateur play those first 5 holes, they would have played their normal draw or fade shot in with no difference in flight and probably would have ended up in many of the bunkers that are around the greens. Interesting! I’m learning there’s a lot more to this game than grip & posture!
That’s all from my blog at the moment, hope you all are playing great golf to match the weather!