Looking to improve your golfing skills? Then a lesson with teaching professional, Sam Pitcairn, could be the answer. Helping you to understand the impact factors that affect ball flight, he will show you how to control them to maximise your performance against the backdrop of Hever Castle.
Hever Castle teaching professional, Sam Pitcairn, believes the old adage of ‘drive for show, putt for dough’ just doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny – and he wants to prove it. Sam joined the team of Castle Golf School Professionals, based at the impressive Hever Castle Golf Club, in March 2014.
He has given thousands of lessons throughout his career and has witnessed many golfers suffering frustration because they lack distance and/or accuracy off the tee. This leads to a lack of greens in regulation and poor performances on the course.
Recently published statistics confirm that driving is as important, if not more important, than the short game in terms of lowering scores. “In his book, Every Shot Counts, American professor and golf writer, Mark Broadie, showed, through the strokes gained statistic, that a 20 yard gain off the tee can lead to a reduction of two or three shots a round, depending on the handicap of the player,” says Sam.
Accurate assessment of a player’s technique is a critical part of the coaching process, and Sam uses the latest GC2 launch monitor, with HMT manufactured by Foresight Sports, to ensure that he knows exactly what improvements are required for a player to improve their shots. “Sometimes it’s a club issue and so, within the packages I’ve designed, there is a custom fit to make sure that you are maximising performance with the driver you are using, as well as your swing.”
He explains that a small adjustment to how a driver is set up, such as the correct length of shaft, can have a huge effect on performance. In his initial 90 minute assessment (cost £50), he really likes to get an understanding of the player’s goals and, with this information, combined with data collected from the GC2 and video swing analysis, he then puts together a plan of action that will get the player where they aim to be.