Training Weekend 2014
View by Mark Dove PGA Professional
Having had over fifteen years’ experience of teaching blind and partially sighted golfers, I was delighted to be asked to be part of the coaching team for England and Wales Blind Golf at Gaudet Luce Golf Club this April.
I really enjoyed working with golfers who have such a good feel for the golf swing and whose awareness of their bodies makes them so receptive to advice. The focus that was used to judge the length of swing needed for a particular distance is a skill many golfers would do well to emulate, rather than relying on a ‘guesstimate’ through sight.
As far as chipping and putting are concerned, the players needed no prompting to walk both the greens and apron to work out the lie of the land. As Ron remarked, “This green is going to play slower than the ones I’m used to. The grass is longer.” Sadly this is a cue many golfers completely miss!
I was pleased to see a focus on two putting on the green. Players concentrated on a good distance shot, followed by a safe putt, rather than a more risky single putt. As one player commented, “If it does go in for one that’s a bonus but not the aim.”
I thoroughly enjoyed coaching such receptive and motivated golfers. I hope I can work with you all again soon and look forward to seeing you in the future.
Mark Dove, PGA Golf Professional