PGA Pro File - Meet Mike
Hello and welcome to my profile that will provide you with brief insight to my experience, abilities, and coaching philosophies.
I enjoyed playing all sports growing up but after watching the late, great Seve Ballesteros drive the green on the 10th hole of the Brabazon course at the Belfry my interest was sparked and when he won the Open at Lytham the following year, golf became my sporting passion. From the moment I struck my first shot, I enjoyed all the challenges golf had to offer and had the desire to become as good as I could be in the shortest time possible as I had started relatively late.
Despite making many of the common mistakes that I now help others avoid, I managed to achieve a plus one handicap and joined the professional staff at Stoke Park Golf Club 18 months after taking up the sport. During my time at the club, I won the inaugural UK Long Driving Championship and was fortunate to play with and learn from many leading Tour Players including Sir Nick Faldo (6-time Major Champion), Sir Henry Cotton (3-time Major Champion), Sandy Lyle (2-time Major Champion and Bernard Langer (2-time Major Champion).
My playing achievements include winning Regional, National and European Tournaments during which I held several course records with a personal best low round of 60 (10 under par) missing a 12-foot putt on the last hole for an elusive 59. I have been fortunate to achieve seven holes in one and my last was at Stoke Park Golf Club where I began my career as professional golfer. It was fantastic to return to the club and recall many happy memories and the icing on the cake came when I aced the club's signature 7th hole to win a VIP trip to the Masters.
I am as passionate about helping other people achieve their full playing potential as I am with my own game and it gives me a great deal of pleasure to watch golfers make rapid improvements and gain a greater enjoyment from their play. I believe that there isn’t one perfect swing for everyone, but everyone has their own perfect swing and to help each person discover their best way to play, I deliver bespoke instruction that is easy to understand, apply and guaranteed to help each person to improve quickly, gain a sound understanding of their game and build a solid foundation from which they can constantly improve.
I utilise a complete suite of analysis tools including a high-speed camera, video analysis software, launch monitor, and golf simulator with next generation software that provides accurate data and the most realistic playing experiences using real golf balls on the best virtual ranges and 200k championship courses. The many benefits of this technology apply to golfers at every level of play as it helps to accelerate their understanding, skill acquisition through effective training modules that provide valuable feedback and enable golfers to gain a greater understanding and feel for their play.
If you are thinking about learning how to play or are serious about making a substantial improvement to your game, I would be delighted to discuss your requirements and offer you a complimentary consultation to determine the aspects of your play that require the most attention before planning a programme of improvement.
PGA Professional AA
SafeGolf Acredited Coach