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