As a player and now a coach, I have learned many important lessons about what it takes to succeed and find contentment in doing something you truly enjoy. Hopefully, through my coaching I can communicate these qualities and guide my students to learn about and understand the game in their quest to achieve their golfing dreams.
Through my own golf, I managed to represent Ireland, play in an Irish Open and on the Palmer Cup Team and win a few amateur and PGA tournaments along the way. As I journey along this path I have been given the opportunities to compete and now coach in places like South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, USA, Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Morocco, Holland, Denmark, Czech, Hungary and extensively around GB&I. These adventures and many more encounters with the world’s best have given me wonderful learning experiences that I am eager to share with players I support.
I was drawn toward elite level coaching as it offered an opportunity to help other committed players’ enjoy the game as I had, especially those who shared my attitude of finding out how good they can become and striving for excellence. I’m a firm believer that a coach has to play many different roles depending on what each student requires at any particular time, but most importantly they are a mentor on a player’s journey of ‘guided self discovery’.
I have always been fascinated by sporting excellence and it’s this passion that underlies my enthusiasm to coach and to develop player’s natural talents into scoring skills. I set a high standard for myself and others, but I relish the challenge of trying to unravel the dynamics of competitive golf and turning these answers into simple solutions. As with most golfers I realised quickly that above all golf is a game to be ‘played’ and the quality of our results are reflected largely by the quality of how we ‘train’!
Creating a Learning Environment
I believe today’s elite player has to embrace a ‘holistic’ approach to their game. To ensure that my players receive the best available help in all areas of their game, I always try and surround them with the correct people and encourage them to learn from others who have studied the path or walked it before them. Consistency and clarity are two of the most important features of learning.
How Good Can We Be?
Having watched firsthand and been fascinated by all the great players like Nicklaus, Palmer, Player, Woods, Watson, Norman, Ballesteros and Faldo. Also having played & competed alongside Donald, McIlroy, Hoey, McDowell, Fisher and Oosthuizen, I feel I have a unique perspective on what it takes to improve your game and to enjoy your own golfing journey along the way!