Hope you all had an enjoyable golf season before all this cold weather set in.
It was yet another busy month for me at the JFGA, I have been very busy coaching and learning a lot about the biomechanical side of golf. It’s all been very interesting!
Towards the beginning of the month I was lucky enough to get to spend some time with Professor Eric Wallace at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown. Eric was able to share some of his knowledge in biomechanics with me and Johnny for a few hours. It was very interesting and I definitely learned a lot from the few hours I spent there and I hope I get another chance to learn from Eric again in the future. I have also been able to participate in some of the studies that Eric has been running at the University; it’s definitely been a worthwhile experience!
I was also recently down at the Biomechanics facility at Queens University’s PEC Sports Centre. It, like at the University of Ulster, is a top class facility and the data generated by their GC2 Golf Simulator is very easy to analyse.
Also this month I was back down at Cushendall, it’s great to see that the winter training programme is now in full swing. I definitely have high hopes for the Cushendall Fred Daly team next year, they are working hard on the right things and I know their hard work will pay off come April and the new season. Basics, basics, basic lads! I have also started coaching the Ballymena Fred Daly team; it’s a great experience for me to be coaching the up and coming players from my home golf club. They are a great bunch of lads also and I am looking forward to seeing how they improve for next year. Keep up the hard work!
I have also been developing my own personal coaching by watching Johnny teach, reading , by having Johnny watch me and my videoing my own lessons. I learn a lot from these experiences, having Johnny watch me teach is very eye opening to me. What I think I do and what I actually do are two totally different things, but I value Johnny’s opinion on how to teach the game very highly and I am moving forward on the correct path to become a better coach. This is backed up by the videos that I watch of myself teaching. A book that I have just finished and would highly recommend to anyone is Practical Golf by John Jacobs. The book is very simple to understand and I would say it’s a must read or any golfer or other teaching professionals!
We were also very lucky this month as Robbie Cannon took time out of his busy schedule to spend some time with the junior students of the JFGA and also the University of Ulster. Robbie is a Golf Fitness Specialist from Dublin. Robbie’s physical and nutritional knowledge is outstanding and I know that the juniors and UU golf team benefitted a lot from their time with Robbie.
Also this month I took Johnny to the Big Al’s takeaway in Ballymena. Big Al’s is BBQ style takeaway and every time I have been there the food has always been great. It would be fair to say that me and Johnny ate a lot of food that evening and I was still too full for breakfast the next day!
I hope everyone has an enjoyable Christmas and New Year!