Inside Golf : Inside Golf January 2015
instruction 52 January 2015 | www.insidegolf.com.au HERE’S a scary thought – one in two Queenslanders will develop cancer in their lifetime. That’s a statistic close to Golf Queensland’s head coach Tony Meyer, who recently had a scare with confirmation he had a stage one melanoma. “I went in for a routine skin check and the following day I got the call to return to Brisbane immediately for the removal of the melanoma,” Meyer said. “A few days later I was back in for reconstructive surgery including 60 stitches and two skin grafts.” The scenario could have been worse when work commitments meant Meyer had to reschedule his original skin check appointment. “I missed the booking while away on business and then the clinic was fully booked for three months,” he said. “Luckily they had a cancellation and I got checked when I did. It could have progressed to a stage two in the time I was waiting. “I’ve always been really proactive in making sure the athletes wear sunscreen, bucket hats and re-apply sunscreen. The importance of re- applying is vital throughout the day particularly when you are out on the golf course. “My best advice to everyone, not just golfers, is to get your skin checked regularly. If I didn’t get it early the prognosis could have been dire.” Coach’s cancer scare Improving your golf just by finding the right coach Brent Dale firstname.lastname@example.org Brent Dale is an AAA Member of the Australian PGA, and Head professional at Liverpool golf club. Full Swing, Short Game and On Course Lessons available. Brent is also TPI Certified. www.brentdalegolf.com.au. email@example.com. 0402 038 227 A fter attending my fourth PGA coaching summit back in September and watching all the speakers share their knowledge, I realised that the stock- standard golf teacher who just stands on the lesson tee telling you to fix a problem is slowly getting phased out. A lot of good golf coaches these days have holistic approaches to coaching and don’t just look at the swing fault as being a problem. Perhaps your current teacher is trying to fix a swing fault that is virtually impossible to fix due to a body ailment. If you really want to improve your golf you have to come to the realization that just having one 30-minute lesson isn’t going to get the job done. The first step is making a list of available coaches in your area or an area you are willing to travel to and then pick up the phone and give them a call and ask some questions about their coaching and what they have to offer. When picking a coach, he or she should be able to provide or have access to a support network around them to help you reach your goals. This should include: • Golf-Specific Physio • Mental Coach • Personal Trainer • Practice plans • Video Analysis • Group training sessions to help monitor progress • Lesson packages The coach should also have the ability to conduct these lesson types: • Driving Range • Short Game • Putting • On Course Try and find a coach that conducts weekly tune-up sessions or group sessions, they might cost you $20 or so for an hour group session. But it’s a great way to check in with the coach on how your swing change is progressing. When I was sitting and listening to the seminars I realised this is something I have been doing for a long while now and it made me feel great about my coaching. I believe in learning a new movement, practicing on the range and then testing on the course under pressure (after practice) Remembering that purposeful practice makes perfect! Don’t just turn up and hit a few balls or have a few putts. Turn up to the course with a plan and know exactly what you need to be doing to achieve your goals There are a large number of PGA members who would be able to fulfil your needs . I hope that these tips will help shave a few shots off your game!
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