At The Open Championship the R&A Swing Zone gave 3,000 free 15 minute lessons during the week. The 22 PGA pros worked from at six bays, three driving nets and a purpose built Huxley putting green delivering expert tuition to golfers ranging in age from three to 80 and in ability from scratch golfers to complete beginners. Many of the lessons were filmed too with more than 1,500 video clips emailed to golfers with a reminder of the key things to work on and to follow up with their local PGA professional.
Top class coaching remains a driving force of The PGA with a philosophy of ‘Right Coach, Right Time, Right Place’ which aims to ensure that all golf coaches involved in growing the game are appropriately trained and qualified to coach at their chosen level.
Justin Branton, The PGA’s regional coach development officer, hailed the commitment and skill of the PGA pros who worked longer hours than ever before to cater for the demand from spectators eager to take advantage of top class coaching. “As always the coaches have done really well. They’ve also been out in all weathers and have been a great advert for The PGA and PGA professionals. We’ve coached longer hours with five-and-a-half hour sessions and some pros were doing double shifts. The feedback from the public has been fantastic. Every time I’ve asked them they have been overwhelmingly positive and all have been going away with a smile on their faces.”