Hello again, welcome to 2012, hopefully it’s going to be strong year for the JFGA and good golfing to my readers. I’m starting as I mean to go on this year with another trip to visit DLGA European Senior Director of Instruction, Andrew Nicholson at his academy in Wynyard, about 45 min south of Newcastle airport. I have made many such visits for the last few years and Andrew has enlightened me many times with his concepts on how he feels the game is played best and the mechanics involved. He has been a strong influence on my coaching and I always thank him for his time.
I first met him through one of his former pupils, Michael Hoey and indeed have accompanied Michael over in the past to share ideas with Andrew. My travelling companion this time was Peter Morgan, a former DLGA instructor. The day usually involves us hitting some balls or spending some time around the greens, with Andrew giving his suggestions or just experimenting with different ideas and feelings. It’s certainly what you would call a ‘teacher’s lesson’, in that we get into the finer details (or ‘point 1s’ as Andrew calls them!) and challenge the norm in our conversations. I find knowing the ‘whys’ helps me really conceptualise what we are doing and hence make it much easier for me to explain to students.
This time around Peter got the conversation onto ‘D plane’ and its implications. After watching some background stuff online (pictured above), it was really interesting to listen to each other’s ideas on it. I would really recommend to any young aspiring coach who is just starting to try and find other experienced coaches to chat to or even observe coach if they are willing. I can honestly say from personal experience that it really helped my coaching & confidence when I joined Michael McGee, Seamus Duffy (pictured right) and Michael Bannon as a GUI coach, and then spent time with coaches like Andrew, Jamie Gough and Phil Kenyon. I have been asked on occasion by assistant pros if they could observe me coach a little and I am thrilled to be asked as I will always be grateful to the above guys for letting me learn from them.
Catch up with me next time when I will be checking in from the Abu Dhabi as the JFGA hits the Middle East and goes in search of the Tiger!!