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Exploring the world outside performance coaching in golf – coaching beginners, juniors, recreational players

Exploring the world outside performance coaching in golf – coaching beginners, juniors, recreational players




Exploring the world outside performance coaching in golf – coaching beginners, juniors, recreational players






Holistic approach to junior coaching – Oliver Morton

Oliver is a junior and performance golf coach based at Archerfield Performance Centre. We discuss holistic junior coaching as well as Oliver's background and story.


Creating a sustainable junior community within a golf club – Paul Aitkens

Paul Aitkens is back – this time not representing the Golf Foundation, but talking about his participation coaching business Enrichment Golf and growing junior membership at golf clubs. Junior Golf membership – the how, who, when and where My guest – Paul Aitkens (@PaulTheGolfPro, @EnrichmentGolf). I want to provide people with not necessarily the groundbreaking […]


Creating a junior brand attracting 200+ kids every week – Andy Little

The next guest is another full-time junior coach – how did he get to having over 200 kids at his weekly junior sessions? Attracting and retaining children in the Little Golfers programme My guest – Andy Little (@AndyLGolfPro, I wanted the kids to feel like they were part of something… Realising it or not, […]


Supporting junior golf coaches – Golf Foundation

A bit of a different episode – this time, the focus is not on a coach, but an organisation that supports coaches. Many, many topics covered. This episode will be of particular interest to golf coaches based in Great Britain – but still should be very useful to coaches, coach educators and golf developers worldwide. […]


Building the future of the game – Rick Grayson

Get inspired to have an impact on the game and young people’s lives with today’s guest! The future of golf is in your hands My guest – Rick Grayson (@RickGraysonGolf, You could take an adult and ask them who their eighth grade English teacher was, and there is a good chance they wouldn’t remember. […]


The business of full-time junior coaching – Nevil Perryman-Best

Having spoken to one of the business partners as the very first episode of the Participation Coaching Podcast (Neil Plimmer), here is a follow-up and an update with a new guest! Lessons learned from a new junior coaching business My guest – Nevil Perryman-Best (@NevilPB). Don’t fool for people saying “you can’t make money from […]


Catering to the needs of all junior golfers – James Hong

James Hong is a junior coach superstar. Here comes a delightful podcast episode full of interesting stories from one of the most well-known junior coaches in America.


Getting kids playing on the golf course with Operation 36 – Ryan Dailey and Matt Reagan

Having experimented with many different junior coaching formats throughout the years, Ryan and Matt can now show that what they do works. Kids are playing more rounds of golf and playing better (losing strokes) while staying in the program for a long time. How did they get there?


Is your coaching philosophy evolving? – Thomas Devine

An interview with junior golf coach Thomas Devine. Throughout the conversation, an interesting theme emerged - of change and continuous development. Thomas provides numerous examples of things he used to believe in regards to his junior coaching (or the way his programme is structured), but no longer does.


Coaching children ages 2-5 – Nicole Weller

Following a previous episode with Kate Tempesta, let’s continue the topic of coaching the very youngest golfers. How early does your program start? Matching your offer to the environment you’re in My guest – Nicole Weller (@Stick2Sports, website). I wrote Stick to Sports: Let’s Play Golf because I watched adults try to teach kids in […]


Grow the child to grow the game – Kate Tempesta

Onto the second interview in the junior series. This time focusing on the very youngest golfers! Engaging 3-8 year olds through age-appropriate coaching My guest – Kate Tempesta (@PLAYgolfNYC, Kate Tempesta’s Urban Golf Academy). Kate is one of the few golf coaches that focus on the youngest golfers, working mainly with 3-8 year olds. It is not […]


Going from 4 to 80 kids in 18 months – Phil Akers

Phil is a Senior PGA Coach and the Director of Junior Golf at the Belfry, a well-known Ryder Cup golf resort, and home to the PGA of GB&I and the PGAs of Europe. Phil created and developed FUEL Golf (Future Elite Golf) junior programme at Oulton Hall Golf Academy - growing the programme to over 150 juniors. In 2016, Phil joined The Belfry with a task to develop and grow their junior offering. In 18 months he went from 4 juniors in the academy to over 80 attending sessions every week.


Instinctive, task-led learning of golf with Kendal McWade

So excited to be sharing this episode of the podcast! My guest is Kendal McWade. He’s the founder of Instinctive Golf Coaching, coaching all levels of golfers, from complete beginners to Ryder Cup stars. He’s widely known to be an expert in task-led coaching. I’ve had a chance to take part in one of his […]


Making a difference to people’s lives through golf with Richard Shaw

This conversation goes deep. I have the pleasure of presenting you my chat with Richard Shaw, founder of Community Golf. Richard grows golf for a living. Quite literally – Community Golf’s mission statement is “Making a difference to people’s lives”, and they happen to use golf to fulfill that goal. They bring golf into the community by organising […]


Accelerating skill acquisition of beginner golfers with Adam Young

Today I’m joined by Adam Young, a world-class coach and a best-selling author of The Practice Manual (which is by far the best golf instruction / practice book I’ve read). I had the pleasure of working with Adam for a few months and he’s had a massive impact on me as a coach. I’m very excited […]


Participation coaching vs performance coaching with Greg Brodie

My guest for the third episode of the podcast is Greg Brodie (@gregbrodiepga). Greg has a really impressive CV and similarly to Stéphane Bachoz (previous guest) he is a full-stack coach – coaching everyone from complete beginners up to tour professionals. Greg has some unique views on golf and the differences between participation and performance coaching, […]


Unique beginner golf methods with Stéphane Bachoz

Here it is! Second episode of the podcast. Today’s guest – Stéphane Bachoz, co-founder of FlowMotion Golf, coach of every golfer, from complete beginners to European Tour players (Philip Golding among others), dedicated to growing the game of golf through various projects (Triangulaid, Golf Educatif). A “master” beginner coach, as he achieves outstanding results with […]


Appropriate junior and beginner golf experiences with Neil Plimmer

I’ve been thinking of ways that I can take this project forwards and wanted to call a few of my mentors and friends to ask for advice. Then I realised – if I’m going to call them anyway, why not record the conversations and publish them as a podcast? So, here it is. Participation Coaching […]