I was born in Falkirk, Scotland in 1966 and my sport was always snooker. Not good enough to turn professional when I left college with an HND in Mechanical Engineering, I went to work on a commission only basis, in direct sales, selling and training sales people.
I continued to play snooker semi-pro until moving to Mallorca in 1996 with my wife Linda and three children. We opened a bar/bookmakers in Santa Ponsa in 1997 and in the absence of any snooker on the island, I took to golf as a hobby. I quickly got the bug and within 7 years got down to scratch. With a passion for teaching dating back to my sales days, I turned Pro immediately when I gained my EGTF Diploma in September 2006 (aged 40) and started teaching friends and family at any golf course where I was able to pay and use the range.
Keen to increase my golf knowledge, I completed the three Golfsmith Clubmaker Training Courses in my first year as a Pro to become a GCA Master Craftsman, and then went on to do my EGTF Masters Course. I started to build a client base from the ex-pats in Mallorca from personal recommendations. In my first three years I logged over 1000 coaching hours from self generated clients without a driving range or golf course to be based at. I attended numerous CPD training days which I found to be excellent and very informative.
In 2009 I went to work with Stewart Craig in my home town Falkirk when the crisis hit Mallorca with a view to moving back home and working full time at Forthview Golf Range where I had done my EGTF courses. Before I could sell up here in Mallorca though, Golf Santa Ponsa got in touch and asked me to come and work with them as Professional at the private Santa Ponsa II and III where a lot of my clients were shareholders. I didn’t need to be asked twice!! I started on 31 March 2010 and have never been busier or happier.
With a golf course to work from and constant exposure to a membership, my lesson diary gets busier and busier. I continue to invest in my professional development and joined the Spanish PGA in 2010. In Nov. ´12 I became a Certified Master Mind Factor Coach and started my Aimpoint Cerftification training which was completed in Feb ´13. I quickly moved up the AimPoint ladder to become a Level III Senior Instructor and work with some of the world´s best players.
I turned 50 in January 2016 and decided it was time to start a new challenge and realise my dream of playing an event on the Senior European Tour (The Legends Tour). Although I haven´t managed that yet I have won the Balearic Senior Professional Championship x 4 and continue to try and qualify for The Senior Open every year.
Why did you become a Teaching Professional?
To make a living doing something I enjoy immensely.
Where do you work?
Based at Golf Santa Ponsa II and III, Mallorca but do travel for work regularly.
Where do you play golf?
Mallorca mainly, the Spanish mainland and Scotland.
What is the best thing about being a Teaching Professional?
Job satisfaction, a client calling me to say ‘it works, thank you’.
How many lessons do you give during the Summer and Winter?
Mallorca is all year round. Last year I logged over 1000 hours!
What do you consider is the most important lesson you could give someone and why?
Short game, because that is what will reduce their handicap the quickest.
What is your favourite drill and why?
Railway tracks. If you guarantee good aiming & alignment when practising, you get ACCURATE instant feedback from every shot.
Who would be your ideal fourball and why?
Jack Nicklaus because he is the best there has ever been; Colin Montgomerie because he is my hero, and John Daly so I could go on the lash with him afterwards!
Which is the best golf course you have played and why?
Kingsbarns without a doubt, it´s truly amazing.
What is the best and worst experience you have had in golf?
The best experience was Sebi Garcia getting his 2011 European Tour Card at Q school. I honestly can’t think of anything that I could describe as being my worst experience. Not had it yet and hopefully never will.
What is the best tip you could give a junior golfer?
If you want to hit it further, HIT IT BETTER!!
What’s in the bag?
Callaway Mavrik 10.5″ Driver Stiff Riptide (Pured) shaft. Matching 3 wood & 3 Hybrid 19º.
Mavrik Pro Irons 4 – PW. Callaway PM Grind Wedges 54º & 60º.
Edel custom built Putter. Vice Pro balls.