My Golfing background
Golf has been my passion for many years, for those of you who are totally captivated by this sport it has a never ending fascination for golfers of all levels. All of us are looking for that new method or simple tip to improve our game. Every golfer wishes to shoot better scores and reduce their handicap. The important question is which areas of the game to improve, where are my weaknesses, and more importantly which path will achieve better golf. I have played county golf for over 35 years, and I still play in England events. I am always working on all areas of the game, the technical, physical and mental sides to achieve better performance. I have used a lifetime of martial art experience to give me an edge on the course. A lot of top golfers now look to the Orient for extra skills in their training regimes, Tiger Woods being the most notable in recent years, he practiced both Tai chi and Qigong.
How will Tai Chi help my golf?
I have had success with golfers who have practiced Tai Chi and Qigong, the student will be working on specific skills and exercises built around agreed objectives and goals. Everyone is different and has varying degrees of fitness and golfing abilities. Key concepts the student will learn very early on is to develop better posture, balance and train the mind to focus, this will result in executing more good shots, and reduce the number of bad shots.
The top professionals and amateurs work on their physical fitness and mental focus as much as they do on the technical elements of their game. Learning to make the correct decision under pressure is vital. The game of golf will always come down to the wire. Executing that tough tee or iron shot, important putt to shoot that good round or close out the match, that is the mark of great player.
The mind is the best club in the bag. Everyone can think like a SCR golfer before they play a shot.
Negativity and poor focus can ruin a round of golf - I must not hit it right, left, in the water, in the bunker etc... Removing tension and anxiety is very important when playing under pressure, it is a skill not everyone has.
Developing the ability to control the mind and body as one under pressure will produce better golf. Then learning to analyse the situation, the environment, but FIRST and FOREMOST knowing yourself, recognising what you can do and what you cannot. Then be able to calm the mind, make the right decision and finally execute the shot without nerves, fear and the ultimate golfing killer tension.
"Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You've got to believe you can play a shot instead of wondering where your next bad shot is coming from"
"Golf is 20 percent talent and 80 percent management"
"The average golfer's problem is not so much the lack of ability as it is lack of knowledge about what he should be doing"
“You must work very hard to become a natural golfer.”
I have developed a program comprising of specific exercises based on ancient and modern Chinese skills, that will improve the body and minds ability to play better golf. This will require regular practice and the benefits go beyond just golf, your overall health and fitness levels will increase as well.
I am based in Chiddingstone, where i have a studio, lessons are either on a weekly or monthly basis depending on your requirements / goals.
You will get a personal report after each lesson, outlining your goals and objectives, specific exercises to practice and key skills to work on.
I feel I have a unique perspective to offer the student who wishes to learn how to apply new skills to aid their golf performance. This program enhances the students traditional golf instruction and develops new concepts and skills.
Please email me for further information
Tai chi for Sport (Golf article)
A couple of years ago I wrote an article for the Tai Chi Union magazine on the synergy between sport performance and Tai Chi . You may find it interesting reading.