On the 1st November 2011 Westwood Golf found a home. Chichester Golf Club became the new headquarters of the golf academy with BIG ideas.
Working alongside Tony Westwood was Sean Herron who had been based at Chichester for the previous two years or so. With excellent facilities at the club which ranged from the newly designed driving range, academy hole, 9-hole par three course, crazy golf and the two 18-hole golf courses, Cathedral and Tower, the stage was set for the future.
The first 12 months have been very exciting and both Tony and Sean have kept long hours in the development of their 'Centre of Excellence' here on the south coast. Progress has been steady and now many golfers have visited the academy and discovered that playing great golf is not just down to knowing how to move a club around their body.
As the year has developed Tony has been continually developing the learning process he started to create some 12 years ago and the journey has been well worth it, with many golfers now understanding the simple 4 step process which has now come to be known as 'Golfing Success in 4 Steps'.
Just after the academy opened in 2011,Tony had managed to land the position of compering the London Golf Show, Earls Court. The show proved to be a great success and he was asked to compere the National Golf Show, Birmingham NEC in April and for the second time he has just repeated the London Golf Show again at Earls Court.
The show is proving to be a great place for Tony to spread the word about the 'Golfing Success in 4 Steps' process with golfers of all abilities 'getting it' and being able to explore more what happens when they hit the ball.
Golfers of both sexes, young and old are really applying the process to their games and loving the freedom the process permits when they play. Having an understanding that it is possible to learn something from every shot and then move on to the next one and do something different.
The challenge as Tony sees it is that the golfer has never had a process to go back to to keep them on track when they play. The game has always meant swinging the club and trying to work out what went wrong, fixing something, hoping you picked the right thing and then hitting the ball more with hope than with trust, commitment and confidence.
Just recently Tony was sent a link to a website by one of the owners of Maple Leaf Golf which took him to a website www.thegolfswingzone. The website had been created by Professor Chris Riddoch who's research had led him to write a book called 'The Golf Swing........it's easier than you think'. Having started to read the book Tony contacted Chris and explained the 'Golfing Success in 4 Steps' process. A few days later Chris replied to Tony's e-mail with complimentary remarks about the fact that the work the academy was doing fitted with Chris's discoveries in his book.
Once Tony had finished reading the book more e-mails were exchanged and Tony and Sean are recommending the book to their clients and for them to use it as a simple study guide to complement their work.
The explanations are simple and golfers really do understand what needs to happen. And with a greater awareness of the learning process their clients are able to stay patient and maintain a great attitude whilst continuing to learn and move forward.
At the latest London Golf Show, Tony also co-hosted two Masterclass sessions with Andy Gorman, one of Europe's leading putting coaches and Gary Smith, a former England Golf Coach who stepped aside after 14 years last year.
These sessions allowed members of the audience to ask questions to three coaches, with a combined 110 years experience,and for them to give simple and effective answers without any real technical jargon. Simple is good enough and all three coaches really do appreciate that keeping it simple works for everyone, even the elite players they work with.
The academy has now begun it's 2nd year and the signs are looking good for a prosperous future. A schools program is being created with the help and support from Planet Sport who deliver PE in schools around the south of England, with a plan to show young people the benefits of exercise and learning to play a game that can be played for a lifetime.
In the Spring of 2013 the first 1&2 day 'Golfing Success in 4 Steps' programs will be launched with golfers getting the opportunity to understand the process in a 1 or 2 day format. Overseas schools are also in the planning with the emphasis on learning and playing in a relaxed atmosphere in the sun.
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Until next time enjoy all of your shots always!!!