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William Mckenzie (Updated 2016)

Back in 2011, we profiled EGTF Master Professional, William McKenzie. This is an update on what he has been doing since then.

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Where are you Teaching now?
When I qualified as a Teaching Pro in 2005 I was working as the Manager at Berryhill Driving Range, Peterhead in North East Scotland.  I started teaching, doing a few lessons and steadily built up a client base to keep me busy and worked hard on building my reputation and learning my trade as a golf coach.  I worked at the range until 2013 when I decided to leave and start my own business and started up my own company WLMgolf.  I teach now at Berryhill Driving Range, Myrus Golf Centre in Macduff and Fraserburgh Golf Club.  I now teach 7 days a week dividing my time between the 3 golf facilities.  I also offer an online swing analysis service via my website at

Have you completed any additional Courses?
I passed my Diploma course in 2005 and I then completed my Masters Course in 2006.  I have qualified as a Certified Putting Instructor with Eyeline Golf.   I have plans to attend additional courses in 2016 to help increase my knowledge so I can teach other aspects of the game.

Who do you Teach?
I teach a wide variety of golfers from beginners to Tour Professionals, men, ladies, juniors of all ages.  I take great pride in helping all my students improve, from weekend warriors trying to break 100, to County players getting to the standard required to make it on to the team.  To date I have taught more than 30 individual club champions at various clubs in all categories.  One thing I’m proud of was a local ladies club championship quarter final match play.  I was teaching 7 of the 8 players and the eventual winner and runner up.  Also helping a future County player reduce his handicap from 3.1 to +2.1 and helping him to get picked for the first time.

Do you specialise in any areas of the Game?
I  teach all parts of the game from driving through to putting.  I like to work with different players on whichever part of their game needs improving be it driving, helping them find the fairways or long irons to high towering mid irons stopping quickly on the green, to chipping, pitching or improving their bunker play.  As a Putting Instructor, one day I have thoughts to specialise in this but at the moment I enjoy helping with all parts of the game, so will see how it all works out.

What are your biggest changes since 2005?
Without a doubt the biggest changes in the golf industry since I qualified as a Teaching Professional is technology, There is a whole new world of convenience and opportunity for any Teaching Professional to learn from the volume of information available on the Internet.  There is a wide array of launch monitors to provide swing data now, to help diagnose all the key elements in the golf swing.  My only concern as we embrace all the technology available is that the art of teaching is lost in a world of numbers searching for the perfect swing.

What are your plans for the future?
Keep learning, keep enjoying my profession.  I can say the last 10 years as a member of the EGTF have been the best years of my working life.  I still have the enthusiasm of a teenager. I get up every morning looking forward to the day ahead to help all my students / golfers improve their ability to play this great game.  I have always had a thought to  teach in the sunshine as it’s sadly lacking here in Fraserburgh, so if any golf resorts in the sunshine are looking for a good instructor give me a shout.

Willie Mckenzie EGTF Master Teaching Professional –

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EGTF Spain Pro Am February 2016

The 9th EGTF Spain Pro Am will take place from 23 to 27 February 2016. This is a very popular event and is limited to 20 teams.  Please see the attached details and book your team in as soon as possible.


EGTF 2016 Pro am Entry Form


Gavin Riddall

Albatross Golf Tours

Tel: 966 764 145

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Loretta Christey-Clover

My name is Loretta Christey-Clover, joint owner and director of the Christey-Clover Golf Academy, a limited company which specialises in the tuition of golf at schools. I am also a current final year undergraduate, studying for a BSc (Hons) degree in “Computing and IT with Mathematics” through the Open University.

I have seen first-hand through my years of golf teaching the confidence that pupils can grow by acquiring new skills, with every student bringing something individual that can be nurtured and redirected into productive learning. It is the sense of satisfaction that comes from unearthing or enhancing a student’s potential which makes me relish my job. “Computing and IT with Mathematics” offers challenges that compliment my passionate work ethic and this was a contributing factor when choosing to use my new degree to become a full time teacher. Outside of the degree I continue to develop my golf teaching by studying new techniques emerging from the golf world. Some of my existing clients include Port Regis Prep School, Hazlegrove Prep School, Perrott Hill School, Henstridge Golf Club and Trent Young’s Endowed Primary School.

Prior to the establishment of the Christey-Clover Golf Academy, I worked in industry, with an emphasis on software security and gas analysis throughout Europe, the USA and the UK. I worked predominantly in the roles of Engineering Sales and Marketing, managing and working with teams across the globe and have over 15 years’ experience in these markets.

Clients know me as a highly motivated educator who can always be trusted to find a positive aspect of a student’s ability to build upon. My aim is always to tailor the lessons to the students and offer new approaches and ideas that will inspire continued progression. I believe that learning comes with enjoyment and try to make lessons as engaging as possible. I also believe that sport is vital for the health and wellbeing of students and would encourage all students to take up sport.

I currently teach two programming hobby groups for prep school students in preparation for what I hope will be a future expansion of my teaching career.




Where do you work?

The Christey-Clover Academy runs across the South West of England mainly covering Dorset, Somerset & Wiltshire.

Where do you play golf?

I enjoy visiting golf courses across the South West region in order to make positive connections for future business development and see what other Pro’s are offering.

What is the best thing about being a Teaching Professional?

The satisfaction you get when you see the smile light up a pupil’s face after they hit the golf ball better than they ever have before, it’s priceless.

What is the worst thing about being a Teaching Professional?

Teaching those rugged pupils who want a lesson in the wind and rain when the temperature is near freezing!

What do you consider is the most important lesson you could give someone and why?

I believe that the more laughter each lesson contains, the more relaxed each student feels and the better they hit the ball. So ‘soft hands and good rhythm’ is vital to good play.

What is your favourite drill and why?

Too many to choose from but tempo based drills for the full swing and distance control drills for putting.

Who is your favourite player and why?

Michelle Wie, an educated business woman as well as a high calibre golfer. She looks to her future potential as well as her current achievements. A true inspiration.

Who would be in your ideal fourball and why?

Seve Ballesteros – A true legend of the game and an enormous heart, Alan Turing – The chance to converse in depth about code breaking & Bilbo Baggins – Great story teller and a good banterer.

Which is the best course you have played and why?

Troon, Scotland. Just a fabulous setting with beautiful views and amazing golf holes… Even the sun shone and the rain held!

What is your best and worst experience you have had in golf?

Best – A Hole in One during the club championship when I was Lady Captain! Worst – Being hit in the kneecap with a PW  by an over zealous student.

Why did you become a teaching professional?

I believe that you get the best out of life by striving to better yourself. Becoming a teaching professional was a challenge, but one that I felt would provide many rewards. I enjoy my job tremendously and thank you EGTF for the opportunities you provide to individuals like myself.

What is the best tip you could give a junior golfer?

Work on your chipping & putting as much as possible and drag your friends along for a game.

What’s in the bag?

10deg Big Bertha Driver, Taylor Made SLDR 3 & 5 wood, Taylor Made Hybrid, Ping i Irons 5-sw and Ping i series Putter.

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EGTF China 2015

It is now 5 years since we began running courses in China, and in that time we have seen many new people complete the EGTF training programs.  The EGTF brand is becoming associated with high quality, instructional golf courses aimed at getting people with a passion for teaching, into golf coaching.

The progress has been made easy with the excellent help of Jack Lee and David Zhou, who run EGTF China and are dedicated to establishing the courses here.

We are looking to develop the EGTF name along with our excellent Junior Program to help more people get into golf through our passionate EGTF golf coaches.  2015 looks full of promise and with hard work and dedication, we should see a lot of activity in the golf coaching market.

The Diploma Course at Senxing Driving Range in May 2015 has proved to be very good with 4 high level players, from a Chinese LPGA player to already established golf coaches, coming through our system.

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EGTF Diploma Course – Senxing Driving Range May 2015

Bill Abbott instructing on the Range

Bill Abbott instructing on the Range

Class Room Lectures

Class Room Lectures

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EGTF Students working on the Range giving lessons

EGTF Students working on the Range giving lessons

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EGTF Group, Staff and Volunteers

EGTF Group, Staff and Volunteers

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Bill Abbott EGTF Director of Education, and Jack Lee EGTF China Representative

Bill Abbott EGTF Director of Education, and Jack Lee EGTF China Representative




EGTF Taizhou Golf Academy Opening – May 2015

I was pleased to be able to come over to Taizhou for the opening of the new EGTF China Golf Academy.  Myself and Jimmy Qi (China PGA Player) were asked to do the official opening of the facility, which is the work of EGTF China Representative Jack Lee.

Grand Opening Ceremony

Grand Opening Ceremony

It is a very impressive facility, in the grounds of the Taizhou Athletics Stadium, developing the driving range and par 3 course from the old warm up track and surrounding grounds.

Taizhou Driving Range

Taizhou Driving Range

Jack and his team of EGTF coaches will be implementing the EGTF Junior Program at the facility along with a variety of adult programs as well.

As the name of the EGTF starts to spread in China, we anticipate more golf academies opening, using the simple methods created by the EGTF, and producing the next generation of Chinese golf players.

Congratulations to Jack Lee and his team for the hard work over the last few years in developing the EGTF brand in China.

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Bill Abbott EGTF - Jack Lee EGTF China

Bill Abbott EGTF – Jack Lee EGTF China

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Taizhou Driving Range

Taizhou Driving Range

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Taizhou Driving Range

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

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Bill Abbott EGTF – Jimmy Qi China PGA Player

Driving Range Road Way

Driving Range Road Way

Entrance to Driving Range

Entrance to Driving Range

Gym Room

Gym Room

Stuart Gavaghan


I started playing golf aged 7, but I had been around golf since the age of 3 as my father was on the Committee at our club.  I was Junior Captain and played under 21’s for Surrey County Golf Union.  I won three County titles including Surrey Championship at Croham Hurst 36 hole event.  After that win, golf would become my career, but I waited until I had some savings.  I wanted to start abroad and called an Advert in PGA Profile, an Assistant needed in Germany.  I went for an interview and started immediately.  I found it was only Teaching Pro’s they wanted and I would soon be teaching every day from March-October.  So this was when I became a Golf Teacher in 1989-90.

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Where do you work?

A Golf Centre in Germany (Dusseldorf area) as Head Coach and also Manager of the Range and Short Course.   A famous German Tennis player owns it and it also has 6 indoor Tennis courts.

Where do you play golf?

I play at Rittergut Birkhof where I also work 2 x per week since 1997.

What is the best thing about being a Teaching Professional?

Helping all kinds of people from all jobs or unemployed, so that golf keeps them occupied and out in the fresh air making good use of their free time.

What is the worst thing about being a Teaching Professional?

The long Winter or leaving family and friends when heading out to Germany for sometimes 10 hard months’ solid teaching, is hard to get used to.

How many lessons do you do in the Summer and the Winter?

No lessons in the Winter but the Summer varies 30+ per week.

What do you consider is the most important lesson you could give someone and why?

Start with good posture.  Learning how to stand correctly will avoid any injuries to the spine, knees and hips.

What is your favourite drill and why?

Simply the goalkeeper drill.  Stand like one for good posture.

Who is your favourite player and why?

Favourite player of modern times is Rory McIlroy because he has a good golf swing and short game.

Who would be your favourite fourball and why?

Ideal 4 ball would be me, Rory McIlroy, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, because of the mixture of all ages and different golf swings to learn off of.

Which is the best course you have played and why?

The Victoria Club in The Algarve for the sun in the Winter and the layout of big lakes and perfect fairways with fast greens.  It also has a very relaxed Club House.

What is your best and worst experience you have had in golf?

The best experience in golf was winning three under 21 Surrey County Championships one after the other.  I also played rounds with the longest hole in one record holder, Peter Lovesey.  I met Tony Jacklin for an hour’s talk one-to-one at San Roque Golf Club in 1990.

The worst experience was playing Winter golf in the UK on muddy, wet and sometimes freezing conditions.

Why did you become a Teaching Professional?

I became a Teaching Professional because I enjoyed it.

What is the best tip you could give a junior golfer?

A junior golfer should always take a lesson or more with an EGTF Teaching Professional, because of the simplified and fun approach to teaching.

What’s in the bag?

I have a contract with Callaway that keeps me up to date with their irons and woods.

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EGTF Pro Am, Kent, 28 September 2014

The EGTF Pro Am was held at the lovely Darenth Valley Golf Course on Ryder Cup Sunday, so we had the benefit of playing in the tournament and watching the important action from the singles, as Europe crushed the American Team once more !

The weather was glorious and the company excellent, which all made for a great day of golf for the EGTF members and their guests, with some fine scoring all the way.

The Amateur Competition was won by Mira Lee , playing off 5 handicap scoring 34 points.

1st – Mira Lee – 34 points
2nd – Dave Leach – 33 points
3rd – Tommy Barnes – 32 points  

The Team Competition was captured by my team, including Mira Lee and Jeff Barnes with a score of 82 points (best 2 scores from 3 on each hole)

1st – Bill Abbott – Pro – Mira Lee – Jeff Barnes – 82 points
2nd Pete Stopford – Pro – Dave Leach – Peter Wilmour – 79 points
3rd John Blatch – Pro – Alan Blatch – Chris Ablitt – 74 points

The EGTF Pro Competition was won by Tom Roberts, a fairly new  member to the EGTF, with some excellent play to finish with a one under par 71.

1st Tom Roberts – 71
2nd Bill Abbott – 72
3rd Pete Stopford – 73
Big thanks go to the people who sponsored the event :

The information for the EGTF Spanish Pro Am from 23 – 27 February 2015 is now available through the website and the office, so if you are looking for some competitive golf in February next year, come and join the gang down in Murcia for an excellent week.

Thanks again to everyone who came and supported the EGTF.

Bill Abbott






















The Best Coaches Understand Equipment Too!

Written by Jeff Hatton, EGTF Master Teaching Professional and Master Club Maker

Are you a good coach?  Want to be a great coach?

If you really don’t understand the role equipment plays in executing golf shots you should definitely try to gain this knowledge to enable you to become a better  golf coach?  Having a sound knowledge of equipment and how it influences ball flight is vital to becoming a great coach.  If the equipment is wrong for the player you can be doing more harm than good in your lessons!

Some basic examples of equipment related issues:

Scenario 1:  Player came along for an equipment MOT.  He had been working with a local coach trying to improve his ball trajectory as he was hitting it too high.  He’d had three lessons all with a 7 iron (wrong) trying to get the trajectory down as his coach said he was scooping the ball in the air.  One strike on a lie check board showed that the impact position was if fact reasonable and not scooping, but the ball was still carrying too much back spin and launching too high.   His coach however had failed to spot something very obvious that would make their objective very difficult to achieve!

The player was using a very large game improver cavity backed iron, a very soft superlite shaft with a low kick point.  This club’s sole purpose is to get the ball high in the air and yet his coach was trying to get him to hit it lower.  The net effect of this 7 iron coaching is that the player now hits down on his driver too, creating very high back spin and launch angles and is also trying to fight the design of his irons.

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Scenario 2:  Player was having difficulty with his wedge play, he couldn’t find the greens but the rest of his game was OK.  Again he’d had lessons to try and correct the fault but was still struggling.  One swing on a lie check board showed the lie angle to be around four degree out.  If the lie angle is out on any lofted club the player will struggle to hit it straight!

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If the lie angle is out, change the club before attempting any swing corrections.  Lie check boards, essential tools for any teaching professional.

Scenario 3:  Player was struggling for consistency when driving.  Most shots were a push fade with the occasional snap hook.  However, he was more consistent with his 3 wood.   Both clubs had regular shafts fitted.

 As a coach we know there are several likely swing causes for this problem but what equipment issues could also contribute?  In this instance the flex of both clubs were measured for CPM using a frequency meter, the 3 wood came up as a mid regular, the driver registered a soft senior flex and was particularly soft in the tip section.  The soft shaft in the driver was undoubtedly the cause of the players club face timing issues. 

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As a coach how do you correct this in the swing?  The simple answer is, you cannot!  Whilst the equipment is not fit for purpose giving a lesson is a pointless exercise and likely to make you look less than competent.

What is written on a shaft is unlikely to represent what flex the shaft really is.  All shafts should carry the label BS and we all know what that stands for.  Most but not all premium shafts usual do ‘what it says on the tin’.

Scenario 4:   A mid handicapper was having trouble finding the middle of his driver clubface.  A simple solution would be to shorten the driver as most off-the-shelf clubs measure up at 46 inches long.   Firstly long clubs inhibit swing speed and they also encourage off centre hits.  Cutting the driver length will help but be mindful of the swing-weight it may be too light afterwards.  What if after cutting the driver down the problem persists?  Oscillation, this is a swear word amongst the OEM fraternity and they will not admit it exists.  Watch the video link below, as club maker we correct these problems all the time, as a coach it’s important to know it exists.

This is my pet subject; I see it on a daily basis with off the shelf clubs.  Sometimes I’m able to pull the head turn the shaft and re-glue, the club is transformed.  Most often a new shaft is required but it will still be pured and flowed before assembly.

Scenario 5:  Do you know the difference between a Tour spec driver head and a standard one apart from the price?  One such example is the Taylor made RBZ driver.  The tour head version will produce up to 1000 RPM less back spin than the standard head.  Trying to teach a strong player how to improve their flight trajectory (less back spin) with a game improver head is going to be a long and painful exercise!

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 Scenario 6:  Balls.  As a coach we know that all balls are round and they have dimples on them and that is where the similarity ends.   Different balls will benefit different players.

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Do we understand compression and what is the difference between a two piece ball and a four piece ball apart from the price?

One Piece balls are typically used on driving ranges.  They are more durable offer lower spin rates and reduced distance. 

Two Piece balls are typically your game improvement or distance balls. The large core provides a lot of velocity when struck.  Mid compression ball

3/4 Piece premium balls are for low handicap and professional golfers with high swing speeds who need a ball with low initial spin and a softer feel around the greens.  High Compression ball

Golf balls are designed for different swing speeds. A higher compression ball requires a higher swing speed to compress the ball a certain amount. And, for drives to get the maximum distance out the ball, you want to be able to compress the ball enough that the core of the ball is compressed.

Changing golf ball for a client can lead to improved distance!

These are just a few examples, understanding them is vital to offering a good service!


We don’t all have the benefit of launch monitors and workshop measuring equipment, but if we can see potential issues with equipment that might be holding back our student then you can offer the advice to help improve their chances of success thereby making your customer service even better to your clients.   Giving lessons to students  using unsuitable equipment will  make the end we are looking for more difficult to achieve, they need to understand these ideas so they are not wasting their own time and money .  Get their clubs corrected first then fix their swing!

As coaches we all want to help our students, understanding the role equipment plays will make you a better coach.  Offer your students the complete lesson package; know your equipment as well as the golf swing.

Hatton Golf offer 1-2-1 CPD training courses to all EGTF members.  Become a better coach.



I have attended a fair number of CPD Courses in my 10 years as an EGTF Professional, and so travelled through to Forthview Golf Academy for Stewart and Bill’s latest offering on Teaching with New Technology.

There were four of us on the Course, Betty Sworowski, Bob Lamb, Philippe Pineau and myself.  Since the four of us hadn’t met before, introductions took around 20 minutes.  Anyone who knows Stewart will understand that his introduction took about an hour!!


As usual, the information provided on the Course was first class.  Topics ranged from the Force Plate, D Plane and new Ball Flight Laws.  We discussed all of the above and more in detail as well as having to look at some of the latest training aids.  The one we were all impressed with was Swingbyte.  Swingbyte attaches to the club shaft and provides all the feedback you would require when analysing the swing.  The figures are not as accurate as Flightscope or Trackman but are in the “buffer zone”, so the information you get is more than good enough to work with.

As I said, I have been on numerous CPD Courses over the years and have never been disappointed.  This time proved no different .  The way GAASP and Balance provides the building blocks of the golf Swing, CPD Courses provide building blocks in your knowledge and ability to analyse and teach golfers how to enjoy and play better golf.  I would encourage all of you to put one or more of these days into your diary.  Neither you or your pupils will be disappointed.

Thank you again to Stewart and Bill for a great day.

Ronnie Martin – EGTF Teaching Professional

Isles of Scilly Golf Club

Isles of Scilly Golf Club

Pitchcare’s attention was drawn to the Isles of Scilly Golf Club when our editor received an email about three volunteer greenkeepers who, with a collective age of 229, were keeping the course going for members and visitors.

This unusual arrangement required further investigation, so we asked the youngest of the triumvirate, Derek Metcalfe, to explain more about …

The Scilly Season!

A very interesting article below, from EGTF Professional Derek Metcalfe from the Isles of Scilly.

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