Golf Pros share insights on perfecting the game ahead of new season

Wednesday 30th March 2022

The new golf season is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited to dive into a summer of social and competitive golf.

Golf tuition can be a fantastic tool to improve your game no matter your experience level, whether that’s identifying personal weaknesses, mastering your swing or simply staying focused while out on the course. We caught up with some of our clubs’ resident Golf Pros, PGA professionals and coaches to find out more about what they offer.

Sam Pleshette, resident Golf Pro at Cams Hall: How is a typical lesson structured? 

Typically, I would receive some background information on the golfer’s game, including strengths & weaknesses and any areas they would like to improve either before or at the start of the lesson. I would then want to witness some of this for myself on the range or on the course and then really work on the plan of action to start making the improvement.

Dean Kane, resident Golf Pro at Wharton Park: What are the top three aspects of the game that people are looking to improve on when they come to their first golf lesson?

The top three aspects are contact, directional control and distance. Many clients come in with an objective - for example, longer drives. However, without good contact and directional control, distance can never be achieved. In my experience, if this order is adhered to, we can improve all aspects of the game.

Jo Oliver, resident Golf Pro at Chesfield Downs: I'm already an experienced player. How could golf tuition help me?

If a golfer is a more experienced or elite player, we can start to develop a performance programme. This will include improving the short game, developing a higher rate of up and downs, lowering putts per round and distance control form 120 yards. We will start to use on-course statistics to help shape the learning.

Lee Cocker, resident Golf Pro at Benton Hall: What's the best way to prepare for a competition?

You need to find what works best for you, as we are all different. For example, a 65-year-old 18hcp player may well not benefit from hitting 100 balls before playing, whereas this could be just the tonic for a junior. If you think back to when you had success in a previous competition, how did you prepare? Was it a good night sleep the night before or a healthy breakfast to fuel up before you teed off? Maybe a couple of practice rounds at the course leading up, or a trip to the driving range the night before. Learn what works best for you to give yourself the best chance of performance.

Andrew Wilde resident Golf Pro at The Club at Mapledurham: What’s the most common mistake you see beginners making on the course?

Golf is a very challenging game, whatever level you play at, but as a beginner it can be really daunting. Apart from the plethora of rules, standards and etiquette, you have to keep up with the pace of play and the enormous number of distractions you have on the golf course.

In many ways, the key to enjoying your golf and playing better is to become comfortable at being uncomfortable – i.e., play enough games that it becomes the norm.

The most common mistakes I see are:

  1. Not warming up
  2. Being too technical - swing thoughts need to be left on the range
  3. Not breathing correctly - taking shallow breaths through the chest rather than deep tummy breaths
  4. Not enjoying themselves and having funBeing too critical and becoming their own evil caddy

James Morrow, resident Golf Pro at Nizels: How can I monitor my progress in the longer term?

Having a handicap and playing competitions and returning general play cards is good on a bigger scale. On a small scale, setting measurable goals for your practice gives you some realistic and ‘honest’ feedback.

David Myers, resident Golf Pro at The Tytherington: Can you give me your '5 top tips on technique' ready for the new season?

  • Grip
  • Alignment
  • Posture
  • Ball Position
  • Swing

How can I find out more about golf tuition?

To book a trial session or find out more about what golf tuition could offer you, contact your local club today to be put in touch with their resident Golf Pro and coaching professional.

About The Club Company

Majority-owned by Epiris LLP, The Club Company operates 15 country clubs, the majority of which are located in central and southern England. The clubs offer a range of facilities to their members, including championship standard golf courses, premium health and fitness facilities, swimming pools, tennis courts, bars, restaurants and accommodation.