Huge demand for coaching meant that hundreds had to be turned away daily from the PGA Swing Zone at the Ryder Cup as spectators sought the chance to get swing and putting advice. And while the majority of the 40,000 plus spectators swarming over the PGA Centenary Course were Scottish, there was a melting pot of nationalities visiting the PGA Swing Zone including Americans, Canadians, Mexicans and Europeans.
Heather Gaunt, coach education and development manager for Scotland, branded the exercise a huge hit and is already looking forward to next year’s Open Championship at St Andrews were PGA pros will again be on hand to give free lessons.
Gaunt commented, “It’s been a really positive experience, we’ve had everything from absolute beginners through to golfers who play off scratch and just wanted to work on a few things such as posture and alignment. The quality of the coaching has been fantastic and bar the odd break to go and watch a bit of the golf they worked from eight in the morning through to seven in the evening. Their enthusiasm and energy has been incredible and I just want to thank the PGA pros for giving up their time and making it such a success. The feedback from the public has been tremendous, we even had people coming back day after day for a lesson.”