Welcome to my blog where I'll be updating you on everything about my game from where I'm playing to how I played. I can promise you that I will include all the details - even the poor shots !
So, the leaves are all falling from the trees, the weather is turning - yes we get the odd nice day here and there but the temperature is dropping! Is it time just to put the clubs away for the winter? Is it time to take a break from golf? Is it just 'too cold to play'? I say, no chance.
Ok, so how have you played this year? Have you actually reflected on that? Maybe you reflect during the season or maybe you accept that you're an average golfer and that's the way it will always be. Maybe you've had the season of your life and you're too scared to put the clubs away in case 'your form sllips'. Maybe your season has been a poor one and you're left scratching your head as to where it all went wrong?
- Has your driver 'gone off'?
- Are you struggling fom 100 yards and in?
- Are you taking too many shots to get out the bunker?
- Is it your swing path?
Whatever stage you're at - I'll work with you throughout the winter and, together, we can make the improvements necessary! Putting your clubs away for the winter will be a BIG mistake.
Turning to my own game - obviously, this year has seen a lot of change for me in terms of my job move BUT I've never lost the desire to play golf - in fact, I've missed playing this year. I've not played as much given business commitments etc but whenever I get the chance for a game, I take it. My game isn't perfect but I know exactly what I'll be working on this winter and, hopefully, plan to play a bit more on the Tartan Tour next year - that's my goal anyway.
My Winter Performance Plan has been running successfully over several years now and already, people have contacted me to sign up again, which is fantastic. HOWEVER, this year, I've decided to limit the places available as I have to plan in the sessions and manage my time between winter coaching and my commitments to the pro shop etc.
This is a package tailored for YOUR OWN GAME - there's nothing standard about it - each player will have their own plan designed to suit them. Whether you're a low/mid/high handicapper - whatever your goals are on the course, I'll work with you to tailor the coaching around your own objectives.
The package will be structured slightly differently this year and I'm working on the format as we speak but the main aim is focussed on working on YOUR OWN game! The plan is to start in November and work through to March or April, depending on the analysis of your game which we can do together in the first session.
Please email me NOW if you'd like to sign up for it!
That's us half way through our first block of the brand new JUNIOR GOLF DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY here at Whitecraigs. I decided to set up this academy for the juniors who have advanced through the Wee Wonders programme or for other juniors (not necessarily members) to continue their golf development under my supervision. This response has been great and thank you to all those who have signed up.
Saturday afternoons take on a whole new dynamic for me and I'm thoroughly enjoying working with all the juniors! We have children of ALL abilities split into the different categories which make up our Academy. It's the best way to engage with them if they're all at similar levels. Their confidence grows and they lose their inhibitions - if they don't hit a great shot then it's no big deal! The important thing is they're learning and engaging in the fundamentals of golf! They are all progressing nicely!
This block will run until SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER and then we'll break for the school holidays before we kick off Block 2 up until the beginning of December. I've got lots more planned for block 2 and we hope to see the juniors back for more.
If you're interested in signing up a junior and want to know more about my structured coaching, please contact me via email or by calling the Pro Shop on 0141.639.2140 and I can share details with you.
When did I start playing golf? Age 4! Where did I learn to play? East Renfrewshire Golf Club! What was my goal when I was a junior? To hit my drive over the burn at the 1st hole at East Ren! A wee boy with big ambitions BUT everyone has to start somewhere ....
In my professional career, I've always been hugely committed to developing junior golf and in my professional opinon, age isn't a factor - kids can learn at ANY AGE and stage of their lives! I have seen kids as young as age 8/9 hitting the ball further than a 12 year old BUT the key question is how do we as coaches (and parents) develop their skills so they can enjoy the great journey golf brings us!
I'm a Dad myself with two young sons age 10 and 13, both very keen on golf! So, putting my 'Dad' hat on I'd opt to get them into a well structured, planned out junior golf development programme run by qualified PGA Professionals. I'd want them out on the course playing AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE to bring them on, however, I would worry about when that time was right. I've played a lot over the last year or two with my sons and can tell you that patience is key - to give you a few examples, they take 2/3 practice swings before every shot, take a long time to line up putts, put their bags in the wrong position on the greens BUT they are learning and they're improving each time they play! The only way they do learn these things is by getting them out playing on the course and observing their habits and watching how aware they are of absolutely everything! They need to be taught well and educated in every aspect of golf not just the 'playing' side of things.
At Whitecraigs, we have a FANTASTIC WEE WONDERS programme designed very much for the younger kids (from age 5 through to 10). This is a solid foundation from which their golf development starts, however, I'm going to be introducing my development programme for the kids to advance onto once they have completed the WEE WONDERS programme. It may be your kids already attend the Wee Wonders and are proving to show some real skill and technique in golf ... could they maybe advance to the Development Academy earlier than expected? The answer is ABSOLUTELY.
One of my passions in golf is the development of juniors - to this end, I'm excited to launch our BRAND NEW JUNIOR GOLF DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY from September 2018. So, if your kids are keen to learn or develop existing skills, we'd love to welcome them to our Development Day on SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER. I'll be facilitating various skills tests and games to determine the level of their golf which will, in turn, determine which group they go into if you wish to sign them up to the regular coaching sessions from September onwards.
Please call us on 0141.639.2140 to register them to one of our half hour slots on 8th September.
We look forward to developing junior golf here at Whitecraigs and very much hope you'd like to be part of an exciting journey in golf with us!
I'll be looking to recruit either a Trainee PGA Professional who is under the banner of the PGA or a fully qualified Assistant PGA Professional to join me at The Whitecraigs Golf Club. I'll be taking up the position as Club Professional on 11th August and am keen to recuit an enthusiastic worker who shares my passion for golf!
I'm looking for an Assistant who is organised, forward thinking, able to work on own initiative, reliable, dedicated and well presented. Whilst the position will be predominantly shop based, there is an opportunity for development in coaching and custom fitting.
If you're interested to speak to me further about this job opportunity, I'd love to hear from you with a covering letter of application along with current CV. Please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP
The position is FULL TIME with flexibility on seasonal shifts.