World-renowned coach David Leadbetter will share his wisdom on the changing face of golf coaching when he addresses PGA Professionals at The Golf Show, Europe’s leading golf trade show and education event.
The 59-year-old will host two 90-minute seminars during a Teaching & Coaching Conference that will form part of this year’s Golf Show, held at the Harrogate International Centre from 9-11 October.
Taking place on the final day of the show (Thursday, 11 October, noon to 6pm) the conference will see Leadbetter begin proceedings with a seminar titled The Leadbetter Coaching Philosophy Past, Present and Future.
In an exclusive video interview on The Golf Show’s website (www.golftradeshow.co.uk), Leadbetter said: “It will be very interesting to discuss how golf coaching has changed tremendously compared to 25 years ago. We are now dealing with athletes, and equipment has changed from persimmon to metal woods. Clubs are far more stable now and we’re able to match clubs to individuals.
“Today golf is a real power game compared with 25 years ago where it was more precision and things were based more around the iron play.”
His second seminar, which will bring the curtain down on The Golf Show 2012, will see him analyse the swings of some of his famous charges, including Sir Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Greg Norman and give the audience the chance to experience what it’s like to view a golf swing through the eyes of David Leadbetter.
“When you look at golf swings they are all very different, the great champions of golf have all done it so differently,” he added. “They’ve all got different minds, different strengths and weaknesses in their games.
“At The Golf Show we’re going to look at these swings and see if we can figure out some of the commonalities that made these players great. It’ll be an open discussion, I like to talk about things as people have a lot of interesting comments and theories about golf, so hopefully I’ll learn some things too.”
Leadbetter is keen to involve the audience as much as possible during his discussions and is hoping to come away from The Golf Show having learned as much as educated.
He added: “I follow a maxim ‘we who dare to teach must never cease to learn.’ I’ve been in this game a long time and I’m continually learning. If you’re a lover of the game and you want to help people, which as teachers we do, I think you really want to keep learning. I’m looking forward to coming to Harrogate.”
In between Leadbetter’s seminars Karl Morris, Founder and Managing Director of Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke Golf Schools, will present What Will Today’s Client Want Tomorrow?
As founder of the largest providers of golf education within the UK, with more than 100 full-time students, Karl understands the role of golf within the wider market and the role of the PGA Professional.
David Colclough, PGA Head of Member Education, said: “Karl is extremely well placed to fully understand the challenges that face golf professionals within the current market. With a background in business and training Karl will aim to provide delegates with an insight into how they can make themselves more successful in the business of coaching.”
Delegates will be able to register for The Golf Show through the website at www.golftradeshow.co.uk. Once registered delegates will receive an email with a separate link, which will enable them to book their place at the Teaching & Coaching Conference, at a cost of £25, which will include lunch.