It’s been another busy month for me at the JFGA, I have been teaching lots of people, some new faces and some coming back to build upon the improvements that they have achieved in previous lessons.
This month hasn’t all been plain sailing though; I injured my back at the beginning of the month and had to take a 3 week break from playing the game. This was the first time I have ever had an injury that has prevented me from playing golf over any period of time, and I missed playing over that 3 week stretch and it made me appreciate how much I actually value playing this game. Unfortunately, I was playing well before I got injured and I am now not playing up to that standard since I’ve returned to action so that’s a little annoying!
During my coaching over the first 3 months I have been at the JFGA, it has amazed me how many people’s bad shot and ball flights are caused by poor basic fundamentals at set up. A lot of people have come for a session with me either hitting a hook because they have an incredibly strong grip or a big slice because their shoulder alignment is pointing way left compared with the lower half of their bodies at address. If you watch the tour players they do the basic fundamentals perfect each and every time so it’ll knock shots off the amateur player’s handicaps if they do it too! We at the JFGA always remind customers “well begun is half done!”.
Coaching at various bases beyond our academy has been fun too and as luck would have it, two teams that i help are actually playing each other shortly – Cushendall and Ballymena! The match is part of the Fred Daly Shield semi-finals and it will be a good match against too very evenly matched opponents. Teaching at Greenisland Golf Club has been enjoyable too and there are definitely some great youngsters coming up through their junior ranks. They have a great junior set up at Greenisland and I am sure we will see a lot more promising youngsters coming from Greenisland Golf Club in the near future too. I have been lucky enough to be doing some junior coaching with the University of Ulster during their ‘Multi-Sport’ Summer Camps which has also been a great experience for me and hopefully a lot of kids will start playing the game because of their involvement in those fun activities. I am also hopefully going to start doing some lessons with members of the University Golf Club which will be an interesting development for me and hopefully a lot more golfers improving their games!
During the next month I have the opportunity to go and help Johnny with his growing stable of players at the Dunhill Championships in Scotland which should be exciting. I’m also really looking forward to playing in a few competitions myself so I will keep you posted in my next blog on how I got a long with those events.
Hope you’re playing well!