It has been yet another great month for me at the JFGA, I have been very busy coaching, playing and watching European Tour coaches teach at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The month began with me competing in the Irish Assistants at Nuremore Country Club in Co. Monaghan. Although I didn’t do very well in the competition itself, it was good to get out and playing competitive golf again. I was asked a couple of days before the competition when was the last time I had played competitive golf before that week and the answer was 3 and a half years ago in the Ulster Youths at Kirkistown. It was an answer that surprised me, I hadn’t realised I had gone so long without playing in an individual golf competition and after playing that week at the Irish Assistants It made me realise that I actually had missed playing competitive golf. It made me want to play more competitive golf over the coming months and of course next summer so I will practicing hard over the winter months and hopefully get some better results in my competitions next season!
Also this month I recently made the trip to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with Johnny on the Tuesday and Wednesday practice days. This was an educational trip for me to watch how coaches teach their students, how they stand and how they speak with their students. It was interesting to watch Pete Cowen teach Charl Schwartzel on the range on the Tuesday; Pete was going through the basic fundamentals with Charl and their importance for the golf swing. What Pete was working on with Charl that morning was his posture, he was saying that Charl got his weight too much on his heels rather than on the balls of his feet which then caused him to come over the top and hit it straight left or a big cut out to the right. It just goes to show that having the correct basics can do so much for your golf swing and even the very best still have lessons on how to improve their basics.
I also got the chance to watch Gareth Maybin and Michael Hoey on the Kingsbarns Golf course both days I was there. It was also an interesting experience; both players were also working on their basics during the week, it just goes to show having the correct basics can do so much in improving your ball flight. Johnny mentioned a stat that 90% of swing faults happen because of poor basics at set up and from what I have seen this week I would have to definitely agree with that stat. Johnny also introduced me to tour coach Jaime Gough at the range at St. Andrews, Jaime teaches a lot of tour players and hopefully I’ll get to meet him again and learn a lot from him.
On the Thursday Johnny and I played golf at local courses – Lundin Links and Leven Golf Club. I won’t talk much about the result (Johnny might have won!) but they were lovely courses and I would definitely love to play them again if I am ever back in that area of the world again.
Over the next month I will be playing in another competition so I will let you know how I get on and also what plans I have for coaching over the winter months!
Enjoy the last few days of the good weather while you can!