SUNDAY ON TOUR

A lonely place but where is "Rummy"? Seven under par !! Yes, I repeat, seven under par. Nothing too spectacular about that I hear you say, although for once this wasn't an individual round, no, not at all it wasn't . What it transpired very quickly to be, was the realisation that this was set to be the lowest under par score for any cut that the Asian Tour or possibly any other Tour had ever seen. Honestly its not like these were two easy golf courses either, It's just the standard was pheno...
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Titiya Plucksataporn

Top Thai Golfer & LET Tournament Professional “ I have personally known Ian for eight years when he was coaching on the Ladies European Tour. The players had a great deal of respect for him and although I never actually worked with Ian myself I did know many of the players he worked with and saw the significant difference he made with them. When I was drawn in groups with players Ian was coaching he would often walk around and watch them play. He always showed a keen interest in my ga...
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John Novak

B.A. M.A. L.L.B Top Sports Mind & Performance Coach "During my 30 years of experience in elite sport with Olympic athletes and professional teams in myriad sports I have encountered a variety of coaches. Ian is undoubtedly in the top few coaches in any sport I have ever worked with during this period.He is diligent, clear, genuine caring, honest and extremely well versed in the intricacies of his sport.My professional relationship with Ian has been World Class in every sense of the term....
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IAN FINALIST FOR NZ MIGRANT OF THE YEAR

I was incredibly honoured when the Chairman of New Zealand Immigration contacted me to advise that I had been put forward as a nomination for Migrant of the year. I never expected to make it all the way to the final (three) however I was truly humbled. The award is in recognition of people migrants coming into the country and substantially adding value, skill and knowledge to New Zealand. Suffice to say, being a runner up to Grace Liu who has built a truly amazing school of music, was...
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PADDISON SECURES TOP 10 IN FIJI

It was great to see Gareth Paddison come home strongly with a birdie - birdie finish to secure a Top 10 place in the Fiji International. It continues a welcome run of form for the New Zealander who won the Charles Tour Order of Merit from Mark Brown winning back to back events in the process. In a strong field that had European Tour regulars Ryan Fox, Jason Svrivener, Scott Hend and Major winners Vijay Singh, Angel Cabrera and Mike Weir, Paddison shot rounds of 73,69,71,67 . Gareth...
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NO RETURN TO COSTA NAVARINO

Costa Navarino Greece. Due to significant price increases and a reduction in benefits we decided against returning to Costa Navarino in 2017. Whilst some people will be disappointed please rest assured that we know of other golf groups that made the same decision as us and did not return. Ian commented ,"Virtually all our benefits were withdrawn and the prices went up substantially. I spoke to other Professionals and group leaders who felt the same so it was not just our group that did...
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IAN TO HILLSIDE

Today Ian flew into Hillside Golf Club to work for the next three days with Gareth Paddison in preparation for The Open final qualifying. Hillside is one of the finest courses in the UK and holds happy memories for Ian.                                                    Hillside Golf Club is Ian's favourite course in England Ian said "Its an absolutely stunning golf course and one that I love. I believe its even better than Lytham although I am a little bit based as I have happy memor...
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Rachel Bailey

LET  Tour Professional "I also want you to know that I have only known you a very short time and you have inspired me to become an even better coach. You have so much passion and your eye for detail is amazing. I have never come across a coach like you even in my playing years. You care, you work hard and your summaries and analysis are so detailed and spot on. I have learned so much in such a short space of time"
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Rachel Jennings

LET Tour Professional "Ian never actually taught me how to swing a golf club or anything to do with the angles of the swing that is now a major part of the modern game, what Ian did was sit with me for a good few hours talking me out of what I now look back on as my very darkest moment on Tour.  Ian was incredibly understanding and talked me through how to put my dark moments in a box and leave them at the hotel while I played golf (and boy did I try!). It gave me strength when I most needed...
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Blending Pupils Wants With Their Actual Needs!

Teaching never ceases to stop fascinating me. Next year will be my 30th year of standing out on a practice ground helping people play better golf. In thirty years you can imagine how many changes I have seen and in all shapes and sizes from equipment and techniques to fitness and playing strategies. I am not sure that subscribe to the view that teaching has changed that drastically. Of course teaching methods and techniques have changed, no question however I would say it is just as much if not...
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Juniors & The Parent’s Role

Charley Hull... Child to Superstar, the best nurtured "Golf prodigy" I know and have ever seen Recently I had a long and interesting conversation with a very famous Professional footballer who is a very good friend of mine. We were talking about the coaching of children and the myriad of challenges that now seem to attach to it. It was interesting to see how many parallels and indeed synergies there were with football and golf however he was more than a little surprised to learn of some...
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Steve Liddell

Head Golf Professional - PGA Schloss Vornholz - Germany "I have known Ian for nearly 30 years and it has given me great pleasure to see what he has achieved. What has struck me the most is that even though he has coached some of the World's best players he has never changed as a person. Incredibly he is very open and still helps so many of us coaches lucky enough to be around him. Ian has spent much of his time first hand with the worlds best players, best coaches, top specialists, Doctor...
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Monia Bernado

Senior Golf Professional - PGA Pine Cliffs Resort - Algarve "I had the pleasure of working with Ian a few years ago, and today I feel blessed to have had this opportunity. I honestly learned more from Ian than I did by studying and working to get my PGA degree and it was just amazing to see him work at close quarters." "He gives so much of himself to the student and he also gave much of his time to help me become the teacher I am today. Watching Ian train other teachers had a huge impa...
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Yiannis Tsioukanis

Golf Operations Manager - PGA Professional Costa Navarino - Troon Golf "By far the most Professional Teacher and set up I have seen visiting our resort. After I watched Ian work on the practice ground I immediately advised my staff and our Pro's to watch how he works and try and learn from him. Our Head Professional then had some private lessons with Ian and said he learned an incredible amount from Ian in a short space of time."
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Martin Whittig

Ex-CEO Roland Berger Lectureship University of St. Gallen Honorary Consul of Germany for Switzerland "One of the most dedicated teachers I ever saw in my life. I could not only profit golf wise but also definitely take many inspirations from Ian for my own teachings and lectures at St. Gallen University."
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Ed Fenwick

EGTF Teaching Professional Ian is a wealth of knowledge about all aspects of the game including putting, short game, swing, tips & tricks from the tour and even the makeup of a club or shaft, to name a few. As a professional myself I have always come out of a session having learned at least 3-5 new concepts that are thoroughly explained with past examples and proof to back them up. Ian is open and progressive which for me are qualities that are often lacking in our industry. He unique...
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The Golf Robot

If Trackman 4 and 3D Bio system are like X-rays and MRI scans then surely the Golf robot is like at Spec't Nuclear CT scan, it is simply amazing. My philosophy has always been to use a blend of my own teaching knowledge coupled with all the available technical systems effectively meaning that you don't just have a subjective coach opinion. If its available and gives us hard and fast factual data, then why wouldn't a coach use it! This week (14/7/16) I had the privilege of going on Europe'...
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Natasha Fink

US LPGA TOUR 1997-2002 LET 1994-2008 "I first met Ian in 2006. It was hard not to see him as he was coaching so many of the girls on Tour. I remember listening to him and also speaking to lots of the players as to what they thought of him and feedback was excellent. Looking back now it was great having someone of his stature regularly out on Tour. Ian is very approachable and has a great understanding, we became very good friends although he always displayed and maintained a high standard...
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Phillip Price

Ryder Cup Star & 3 Tour Wins Everyone will remember the day that Phillip Price defeated Phil Mickelson in the Ryder cup! Mickelson was World No.2 at the time and "Pricey" was not given a cats chance as they say. Well the rest is definitely history. That day I was an incredibly proud as alongside with Dennis Sheehy we had worked so hard the previous four years to get him to that point of being able to stand up and be able to beat the World's best and my office wall at home is full ...
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Peter Baker

Ryder Cup Star & 3 Tour Wins To this day Seve Ballesteros apart, I would have to say Peter Baker was the biggest talent I have ever had the pleasure of working alongside. Great ball striker and not phased with anything, "Bakes is just Bakes" and has never changed. He amassed 9 Professional victories and over €4,000,000 in prize money. Two highlights stand out for me and it was in 1993 a year I was with Denis Sheehy on Tour working with Denis and Peter when he won the the Dunhill B...
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Nicole Gergely

French Open Winner 2009 Nicole Gergely came to me in 2011 because her game started to become inconsistent. She turned Pro in 2005 and by 2009 she had become a solid performer on the Ladies European Tour with a spectacular win at the 2009 French Open at Arras cementing her position as Austria's No.1 female golfer. We worked a lot on the backswing and tried to get the club up and down the line more. We also tried to hit a safer "fade" shot as she was long enough in the first place to not ha...
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Elisabeth Esterl

2 Wins & Solheim Cup There were not many golfers I worked with that knew more about the swing than Elisabeth. Her knowledge of her own swing was infinite and working with her was good as the feedback you would get from Elisabeth as a coach was excellent and her feels and way of communicating it were superb. She was also a very hard worker and could change things very easily. Although not in her prime when I was with her, Elisabeth was still an extremely long hitter of the ball. ...
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Per-Ulrik Johansson

6 Tour Wins & 2 Ryder Cups Per-Ulrik Johansson had the most perfect golf swing I ever saw. It was a privilege to stand behind him and watch him hit ball after ball. The biggest compliment I can pay him is he was the closest thing to a robot I have ever seen. Per-Ulrik went to Arizona College with Phil Mickelson and the two are great mates. Ironically in 1995 at the Ryder Cup the two played against each other. I had the chance to work with Per when he was working closely with Denis She...
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Steve Lewton

2014 Taiwan Masters Winner Originally from Woburn and now based in Australia I tell everyone that Steve Lewton is really a fantastic golfer and one that I still feel has unfinished business out on Tour. I was thrilled when he won the 2014 Taiwan Masters and he immediately thanked all the people that had helped him. It was a class act from a class person. Stevie came to me as am amateur already playing off +3 and he had issues with a long arm swing. His father Mike, who sadly passed aw...
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David Addison

Greatest Ever Ball Striker It must be said I have been very lucky to coach, work and help with some of the most amazing ball strikers ever to play the game of golf. Seve Ballesteros, David Frost, Howard Clark, Vijay Singh and Ian Woosnam all impressed me when I was with them. I am often asked who is the best striker of a golf ball I have ever coached and to this day the answer is David Addison. An amateur golfer from Parasampia in England. The first time I met David he was confident, in f...
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Matt Briggs

PGA European Seniors Tour Matthew Briggs came to me a very solid amateur. He was in his mid forties and has harboured a life time dream of playing on the European Seniors Tour. Already at a brilliant level of plus 2 and plus 3 (+2/+3) level you would wonder why you would drastically start to change a swing, however Matt had hip issues and was prone to shaping the ball far too much right to left. We started upon a plan of action which saw us completely overhaul his swing. Not only t...
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Bryce Mawhinney

NZPGA - Golf Professional "I have had the pleasure of watching and talking with Ian regarding the golf swing during the past 12 months. I have found him to be more than happy to impart his knowledge to a fellow professional coach with the same passion he does to his pupils. I am really looking forward to working with him in the future to gain more knowledge for myself about the game of golf"
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Marcus Menara

NZ Senior Touring Professional I have worked a bit with Marcus now over the last fifteen months or so. He is a quality ball striker and it strikes me that he can hit the ball with any kind of movement. In many respects this is quite impressive however at the same time quite dangerous. He has a lot of knowledge and many of our lessons are in depth discussions about how I explain it, how he feels it and how I repeat it back to him on our common understanding. I really enjoy teaching ...
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Marcus Menara

NZ Touring Professional "It is nice to work with someone who has the same philosophy of the golf swing as myself but also has the passion, knowledge and the technical tools to reinforce his beliefs. He doesn't really need Trackman though, his eye is just as good"
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Simon Hurd

European Tour Professional Simon Hurd is no question the most confident player I have ever coached. Confident in his own game, confident as a person and if you spend time with him you start realise it is definitely not a front. In fact Simon Hurd probably has more self-belief than any other golfer on the planet. I realised very quickly that Simon had talent and ability, however what struck me was a great inner determination to get to the top and nothing would stop him. A good practiser a...
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