Award Winning PGA Golf Professional
WORK TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE
The generic subject of ‘coaching’ fascinates me and I spend a lot of time reading, researching, meeting and networking with coaches from a variety of sports and backgrounds to discuss the wide selection of subject areas involved.
In 2014 I was proud to be selected by Kent Sport as one of only six Coach Mentors across all sports in Kent. This has led to me helping coaches from an assortment of sports (cycling, triathlon, swimming) develop themselves in a positive way:
“When the Project 500 team got in touch to ask if I’d like a coaching mentor, I wasn’t really sure what it would entail but thought I’d give it a whirl. They put me in contact with Gary, we met and talked through our coaching commitments, philosophies and techniques. We had some differences, as an unpaid volunteer cycling coach compared to Gary being a professional, but we also had many similarities. I feel that watching each other coach and sharing our experiences really helped me gain more confidence as a coach myself and helped me attain and exceed my goal to become a Level 2 track cycling coach, as I am now a Madison qualified track coach, regularly coaching at the Olympic Velodrome in London and hope to progress to Level 3 in the future. Gary is friendly, professional and truly dedicated and as my mentor I feel privileged to have had his support and guidance over the years. Thanks so much for your support!” Teresa Childs, Thanet Road Club
“Gary was one of the first Kent Sport Mentors and has supported coaches to develop from a variety of sports. He is always keen to improve his own knowledge by attending cross sport workshops. Gary is currently part of our Coach Developer team in our Talent Foundation programme, he is a great asset to Kent Sport and the coaches are really benefitting from his broad experience and dedication to helping them improve.” Louisa Arnold, Coaching Network Officer, Kent Sport CSP
I really believe that any sports coaches who are serious about their career will benefit from a mentoring relationship. My ability to ask relevant but challenging questions will encourage the coach to think about their current set of beliefs, skills, structure etc. A successful mentoring
relationship will help identify areas that can make a significant difference in their ability to achieve their coaching goals:
• more clients
• new coaching qualification
• more income
• improved knowledge
• better customer satisfaction
• client retention
Assisting other coaches to become as good as they can be is quickly becoming a passion of mine. It is my opinion that a lot of coaches are comfortable in what they do, but the best/most successful ones are constantly reflecting on their offer and developing themselves accordingly. I have the necessary experience and resources to help any coach from any sport.
If you are a coach who has the drive and motivation to improve yourself I am offering you the opportunity of a FREE 60min Consultation to discuss how I will be able to assist you. Please contact me to arrange.
CERTIFIED GOLF PSYCHOLOGY COACHING
GB GOLF COACHING
In the same way that mentoring can assist a coach, anyone that plays golf cannot escape the fact that their mind plays a big role in determining their performance. I am a Certified Golf Psychology Coach having completed the online course designed by Brian Hemmings (Lead Psychologist to England Golf for 16 years)as well as the GLT (Game Like Training) Golf Psychology for Golf Coaches Course and can create bespoke programmes specifically tailored to the players needs. Typical scenarios would be:
• first tee nerves
• anxiety before a big competition
• too much tension during play
• perform well on the driving range, but not on the course
• can hit my irons fine, but struggle with a driver
• always mess up the same hole
• general inconsistency
• and many more!
These ideally would be face to face, but could take the form of an online email relationship.
Please contact me with details of your game and any specific mental issues that are affecting your performance. I will reply with my thoughts about how best to overcome these and create sustainable improvements moving forward.
What percentage of your performance would you say is down to your mental skills compared to your physical skills? Now ask yourself how much time do you spend practising the mental skills?! How you think, behave and react can have a big influence on your play. The best players will practice all these aspects and therefore achieve optimum performance when it matters most.