The Story so far

The first half of the amateur season is done and dusted and after a couple of weeks off, the second half is about to commence with the North of Ireland starting monday. Ive been working on some technical stuff on my swing with Seamus Duffy the last couple of weeks so hopefully i can go into competition mode by monday. Its important to keep working on the fundamentals and skills when you get some time off. It can be very hard to do this during the season in Ireland with so many tournaments in quick succession. But i have done some good work the last couple of  weeks and it will keep me in good shape for the reminder of the season. Im hoping the second half of the season will be just as exciting as the first half. It has flew by so quickly but i guess thats what happens when you are having fun. Im going to write a little about my thoughts on each tournament so far this season and ill start with the latest tournament first. (more…)

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The value of coaching

When i took up golf at 15 i was always blessed with the ability to listen and to be coached. Not every person is like this. I took lessons from the great Bobby Browne in Bettystown golf club right from the word go. I remember every few weeks getting the golf clubs on my back  and walking a mile to the train station in Balbriggan. Got the train to Laytown and then walking the three miles to Bettystown golf club with the clubs on my back. If i was lucky it wasn’t into a gale force northerly wind but mostly in winter it was. I didn’t really mind that too much as i knew it was a lovely wind to get a lesson with bobby as we would be hitting shots right into the wind. After the lesson and a few hours of working on changes id walk back again with the clubs on my back back to catch the train home. On occasion Bobby would feel sorry for me and drive me back. But i loved going for lessons. Back then as a teenager i realised the importance of getting coaching and Bobby has the best coaching eye in the country. They talk about the 10,000 hour rule to be world class and Bobby has 50,000 hours. I was very lucky to have a coach like that so close to me growing up.  (more…)

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The importance of sports science

So far in my career as a strength and conditioning coach i have came across a lot of patterns while screening  golfers that i train. The majority of the players have a strength training age of zero. Every single one of them has some kind of stability and mobility issue. Almost every one of them have insufficient strength in their glutes with some even struggling to activate them. Core strength is therefore non existent and the ability to store and release power in the golf swing is diminished. As one of the coaches in the darren clarke golf school said last week the inside controls the outside in the golf swing. What he meant by that was that the swing is controlled by your core muscles not by your hands and arms. Having a strong core should be the number one strength goal for a golfer. (more…)

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