Mark Allen, Professional Snooker Player
Barry Fennelly, Manager Paddy Harrington Golf Scholarship Programme at NUI Maynooth
Andy Burns (Coaching Convenor, Cushendall G.C.)
“Over the last 4 years the Junior Section have been developing the Junior and Juvenile golfers in Cushendall. Currently we have 80 or so kids playing and the majority have spent time with PGA Coach Johnny Foster working on the basics and fundamentals of a golf swing. Six boys and 4 girls that have been coached by Johnny have been invited for further elite coaching with the GUI and ILGU.
Over the last 2 years, in addition to the regular coaching, we have focused on a group of 6 Juvenile boys with handicaps now in the range of 9 to 18. These lads have developed from high handicappers only two years ago and will improve considerably over the next few years due to the structured development given to their game by Johnny. He has the ability to communicate with each individual in a way that is easy to understand, developing the kids and the improvements are clearly visible with each passing month.
If you are not dedicated and prepared to work hard on your swing, stance, posture and grip, then Johnny Foster is not for you. But if you are willing to work hard, he will develop you with traditional lessons, new concepts, video analysis and all round support utilising a personal diary that acts both as a reminder and a homework book!!”
Phil Carson (Sports Service Manager, UU)
“For the past 15 years, student golfers at the university of Ulster have been able to benefit from funding for its ‘Elite Programme’ from The R&A Golf Club of St Andrews’ and also from the GUI (Ulster Branch). The purpose of the programme is to identify, support, and develop low handicap golfers who are also studying for a degree at the University of Ulster
An essential part of this programme is the provision of ‘quality coaching’ for the students who play off ‘scratch’ and better. Over the last few years, both at Greenmount Campus and now at Greenacres Golf Centre where the JFGA is based, Johnny has provided a comprehensive, challenging coaching course over a 16 week ‘off season’ period which coincides with term time at the university.
This course has ranged from – striking the ball off the tee and off the fairway, bunker shots, and putting, with overall ‘golf course management’ also a key element. Johnny knows and understands many of the students from their school days; they have really enjoyed the sessions and have been challenged by Johnny’s professional approach and overall commitment both to them and to the game of golf.
All who attend regularly have improved their performances, both individually and also as part of the team who have won the Irish intervarsity competitions and also the British Home Nations tournament.
We are very fortunate, in the University of Ulster, to have access to someone of the calibre of Johnny Foster, to coach and develop our students to reach their full potential as golfers, while studying to improve their academic qualifications.”
Jamie Gough (European Tour Coach)
“Not only is Johnny Foster already a very good golf teacher but he has an open mind and a thirst for more knowledge, add that to his personality and communication skills and I would say that he has the potential to be a world class instructor.”
Phil Kenyon (European Tour Putting Coach)
“I first met Johnny through a mutual friend Michael Hoey. Over the last few years I have helped some of the players he coaches and Johnny has always been helpful, monitoring their progress and providing feedback. Johnny is very supportive of his players and is always willing to embrace modern ideas to improve his coaching and to benefit his pupils. I always enjoy catching up with him at events and sharing ideas. I am sure Johnny is well on his way to becoming a top class coach and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him to anyone serious about improving their game.”
Ryan McGuigan (European Tour Caddie)
Andrew Nicholson (Director of Coaching Europe, DLGA)
“I have known Johnny both as a pupil and as a mentor since 2007 following his trips to my Academy in North East England and my trips over to Belfast. His desire to further his knowledge and understanding of the golf swing and his love for the game is evident the moment you meet him.
I have enjoyed helping Johnny throughout his journey and will continue to do so in the future. I find Johnny personable and extremely single minded in his quest to develop his coaching and reputation and would recommend him to anyone who is serious about improving their golf game…!”
Niall O’Connor (Ulster Rugby Player)
“When I began working with Johnny, I was looking for a few tips and work on that would help me leading into the golf season. By hitting balls on the range with the camera, over the first few lessons we covered basic set up techniques, take away, swing planes and position at impact. I came away from each lesson with a much better understanding of how I was going to improve. I found Johnny’s teaching to be not only fun but very efficient. I liked how I would receive videos by email of either some swings I had made that lesson or Johnny himself demonstrating the drills that I had to work on.
Something I had never much knowledge on before which I learnt a great deal from Johnny was ball flight, swing path and an understanding of where my bad shots come from. We talked about these “destructive” shots I would have that could ruin a good round. By simply understanding how they occur and the swing faults that cause them I’ve found I have been able to eliminate them from my game.
Something I had never done before and would highly recommend to any amateur is having a short game lesson. I had thought that my basic fundamentals where pretty sound but found out that my technique for playing simple shots needing some adjusting. By having a little bit of knowledge about shot selection, natural loft of my wedges and how to use them I’ve noticed a dramatic improvement in this area.
My experience with Johnny has been nothing but positive. It is quite clear through chatting with him he has a strong passion for teaching. Combined with his sense of humour and ability to teach effectively I found the lessons to be very enjoyable and ultimately came away with a much better understanding and knowledge of the game.
Andrew Snoddy (PGA Tournament Controller)
Eric Wallace (Professor of Biomechanics and Sports Technology, UU)
“I have known Johnny for over 15 years – as a Masters student, an R&A golf bursar and more recently as a dedicated coach. Johnny has always impressed me, both as an outstanding player and now as an aspiring world-class coach, with his unwavering commitment for excellence. Johnny has already established excellent coaching credentials and continues to invest highly in acquiring up-to-date scientific coaching knowledge and exposure to the world’s best players and coaches. Johnny’s understanding of the swing along his sharp wit and communication skills make him an ideal coach for any serious player.”
Fergus Wallce (Performance Coach)
“I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work alongside Johnny in various player development programs.He has a infectious enthusiasm, a passion and a thirst for continuous learning and the development of his professional coaching knowledge. Johnny brings more to the player than the technical side of the game…he brings an holistic approach to his coaching, identifying a 360 degree view of his player’s development needs.
I believe the key reason why Johnny is now recognised at the highest level of his profession is that he puts the “person” at the centre of his coaching…he cares deeply about what he does and is always seeking to step outside his comfort zone to bring the best insights and support mechanisms together to create a learning environment where his students can develop their full potential…this is the essence of true elite, professional coaching in any sport.”