Month: June 2011

EGTF – A Different Dimension

A refreshing review from a member of the public, Sara Woodward

Discovering the EGTF website was like finding someone had opened the locker room door, blown away all the cob webs and let light shine into the dark corners of the game of golf.  I speak from the experience of a golfer who has probably taken a path similar to thousands of other golfers.  My knowledge and experience of the game has been hard won, with many knocks along the way.

I have stumbled across Pro’s who have a gift of teaching and imparting knowledge.    Pro’s who understand the addiction of the dimpled ball addict and who are only too ready to lead their students to the nirvana of a perfect swing.

However, there are too many Pro’s out there on the practice ground or driving range who hate the thought of getting out of bed for another day with the hooker, the slicer, the shanker.  For them there is no way out.  Just the relentless grind of another day.  Another punter.  Another pay cheque.  They run through the same tired script, leaning on their seven iron and dreaming of sunshine and a palm fringed beach. Bored.  Bored. Bored.

But these Pro’s should lean on their seven irons with great care, because there is a wind of change blowing and golfers are beginning to realize that there is another route to the fairways.

The European Golf Teaching Federation has tapped into a reservoir of talent which has been denied entry by the arcane rules of the PGA.  The door should not be closed when someone reaches the age of twenty seven or who did not have the opportunity to spend three years qualifying as a Golf Professional.    The EGTF has the foresight to understand that teaching is a gift and there is more than one route to passing on knowledge about how to play the game of golf.

They embrace anyone who has an obvious aptitude for golf and has a desire to teach the game.  Such is the enthusiasm and passion of EGTF members, they will not rank along the bored, tired Golf Pro, dreaming of a palm fringed beach.  Their enjoyment will be found in encouraging their pupils and students.  Not just those who are scratch or potential super stars.  They know that only five percent of golfers are destined to play to single figures.  Their aim is also to encourage the 95% to be better.  To aim higher. To shoot lower.

What tumbles from the Members’ webpage of the EGTF is enthusiasm.  A fresh, honest approach to the game.  Personally, I cannot wait to find a local teacher who genuinely wants to get to the practice ground.  It is time the game of golf took a long hard look at itself and its congregation of golfers.

EGTF.  Your time has come to shine that light and blow away the cobwebs……

Golf Course Management Online Course

Through the University of Highlands and Islands – ONGOING

Anyone looking to add this type of valuable skill to their CV should have a look at this Course.  Available completely online and covering a number of different modules within the golf industry, it provides a BA Honours Degree at the end.

Please follow this link to enrol: *

* You can use your EGTF diploma as accredited prior learning for this course.

Brian Hemmings Online Golf Psychology Course


You can enrol at any time for this fantastic learning module, which is fully certified




EGTF Masters Course 13 – 18 June 2011 Germany

Op de Niep Golf Club, Dusseldorf, Germany

I have just finished our latest Masters course in Dussledorf, Germany and it was great to see members coming back and wanting to learn some new skills and develop their teaching programmes.

These courses are always excellent and I can get to see how people have progressed since taking their original EGTF course.

We had five students keen to learn, and the weather was just about in our favour during the week, which is obviously a bonus.

The seminars, range work and playing tests were all conducted well, with only one member not passing the playing ability test, due to some injuries sustained before the course began.

We covered some important topics, that I feel are necessary as you start to move to the next level as a coach, including:

  • Customer service and marketing
  • Advanced coaching lessons
  • Body balance in the golf swing using Sam balance lab
  • Cause and effect video analysis using Quintic video analysis and Casio high speed cameras
  • Putting biomechanics – using high speed video cameras
  • Advanced short game techniques – using the short game handicap test and Pelz finesse swing system
  • Performance coaching – looking into the psychology of playing to your potential
  • The magic machine – studying body types and what they are capable of (endomorphs, mesomorphs and ectomorphs !!!)
  • Masters playing and skills tests

Thanks to everyone who attended the Masters course, and also to Bob Lamb EGTF teaching professional who works at Op De Niep Golf Club, for all his help during my stay.

Have a look at the website to see if you can fit in some CPD work this year, it can only make you a better teacher.

Bill Abbott

Body Balance using the Sam Balance Lab


Masters June 2011

Sam Balance Lab photo 1

Masters June 2011

Sam Balance Lab photo 2


Short Game Handicap Test

Masters June 2011

Short Game Handicap Test


Masters Putting Lesson


Masters June 2011
Masters Putting Lesson photo 1



Masters June 2011

Masters Putting Lesson photo 2




Albatross Golf Tours

The 1st Las Colinas Classic AM/AM / Pro/AM

Hi everyone

Just to let you all know that I now have a great new deal at Bonalba.

Staying in the 4* Bonalba Hotel in twin accommodation on bed and breakfast basis with free access to the Spa.
Valid for all months other than July/August/September.

1 Night accommodation with 1 round of golf – 69€

1 Night accommodation with 2 rounds of golf – 115€

4 Nights accommodation with 3 rounds of golf – 229€

7 Nights accommodation with 5 rounds of golf – 369€

Please contact me if you would like to book

I also now have final costings for the Las Colinas Classic which I am promoting in September – limited field please find attached 1st Las Colinas Classic

Gavin Riddall
Albatross Golf Tours

00 34 966189993 / 00 34 603161532
Member of IAGTO

What’s New & What’s Happening

The EGTF website is being brought into the 21st Century over the next few months, by EGTF member Steve Ellis of Intouch Web Solutions We look forward to having a more up-to-date and easily accessible site to showcase the EGTF talents, and be more interactive with our members via Twitter, Youtube etc.  Also, any feedback on the EGTF Newsletter that we send out regularly by email, would be much appreciated.

Bill Abbott – Director of Education

Pro Stance Teaching Aid

The ProStance Teaching Aid has become a must have for any golf professional.  Whether you are playing or teaching, the feedback this product gives you is absolutely fantastic.

It was designed by EGTF Coaches, Stewart Craig and Dr Paul Hurrion and has 10 years’ of biomechanical research into balance problems at address and at impact.

Now used by many of the world’s best players and teachers, including Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Oliver Wilson and many more.

It soon helps you to realise that poor balance causes many of the faults we see from day to day in teaching the golf swing.  Bill Abbott says, ‘It is now a permanent fixture in my bag, whether or not I am teaching or practising.’

It is without doubt the best teaching aid on the market, and without it you will be guessing as to what the problem is.

The ProStance is available to EGTF Professionals for own use or in a Teaching Pack of 10.  For more details go to

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