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These are two quotes from a book by Chris Riddoch `The Golf Swing`.

Pressure doesn´t cause a bad shots by distracting us, it does so by tempting us to apply too much control. A golf swing under pressure looks ´steery´because the player is trying to steer the ball carefully, searching for extra control. The swing looks- and is- slower and more deliberate than usual. The player is once again thinking through the movements, running off components separately. The swing has become more beginner-like, it is been de-automated.

We should consider many things before we change our golf swings, because the process of making permanent changes to automated swing routines is measured not in hours, weeks or months, but years. For most of us, it is normally better to practise with our swing, rather than continually change our swing.

So let us put this into plain words: Every time we think about our swing on the golf course it becomes beginner like, and to change our swing will take hours and hours of practice and will take years to become automatic. I will not bore you at the moment with all the science behind these quotes. We can discuss all of the facts later in our seminars.

Let us now take the normal everyday golf lesson that happens in golf clubs and driving ranges all over the world.

Mr. Club Player has decided to take a golf lesson with his local Pro. He turns up at the lesson and the Pro asks him what he can do for him today. They talk about his situation and Mr. Club Player starts to hit some balls. The Pro starts to film Mr. CP swing or just takes a look at him hitting balls. After a few shots the Pro will show him his swing or talk to him about what he has observed. They will talk about the changes and new positions or actions that the Pro thinks will help make his swing better.

Mr.CP will start hitting more balls and the Pro will give him some advice and drills so that he can start learning the new positions. After the lesson is over Mr.CP will pay the lesson and has now the advice that he thinks he needs to improve.

Now what most of the players do not understand is that to make these changes automatic it will take ages, Mr.CP is a working man and only has time to play golf maybe once a week and if his wife  allows him , he can play on the weekends with his friends.

After the lesson he understand the changes that he has to make and when he is on the golf course the next time with his friend he will think about the new positions and try and improve his swing.

We know that that will be a disaster!!!! Mr.CP has been playing golf for 10 years now, and all his experience that he has gained and the practiced that he has put into becoming an 18HCp is at that moment lost. He is now in a beginner stage of trying to control his swing with his thoughts and everything just falls apart. He will never blame the Pro, he will probably think that he is too stupid to do that what the Pro told him to change.

After the game he may think that the next time he is at the golf club maybe he should hit a few balls on the range before going out on the course. Maybe that will be better. We all know what happens!!!

Over the last 2 years I have been listening and speaking to lots of clever people and we at UNIVEGO have developed a way to simplify the art of how Humans learn a motor skill, and more important how to transfer these skills to the golf course. We make it understandable that it is impossible to use technical thoughts about our swings and think that it will help us improve our games. We have developed a method that makes it simple to transfer all those hours of practice from the driving range to the golf course.

We can help players like Mr.CP understand how important it is to think correctly and use the right thoughts to have more fun and achieve better results on the course. This knowledge that we have gained is also valid for many Professional who are trying to make their living with golf. If you are still have swing thoughts while hitting the golf ball on the golf course you have to come and see us as soon as possible!!!!!!

The information that the Pros give in their lessons maybe correct, but Mr.CP has to understand how and when to apply that information and how his thoughts and feelings effect the final outcome.

That is our job at UNIVEGO. We are the next step in the development of playing better golf and having more fun. Univego is the missing link between skill development and reaching your true potential. As we say: Just UNIVEGO it!!!!

The big problem with today’s golf swing is- it is too big a problem.

Only a brave coach ignore a teaching strategy that is more effective and more acceptable to pupils.

Do not miss this great opportunity of becoming a better Golf Coach and to be the best that you can be in your lesson.  I will be working with the EGTF later this year to bring you a CPD Day in Spain.

This information you really need!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you

Nigel Elder

EGTF Master Teaching Professional

Univego Coach

Golf Teaching Books

Stuart Gavaghan, EGTF Professional and PGA of Belgium Member, would like to let EGTF members know that in the last 7 years he has completed two Teaching Books for Beginners and Juniors.  He is also just finishing the third, Golf for Seniors, which will be ready in June.

The books are in German, but if you would like to contact Stuart about them, please email

EGTF Teaching Professionals Needed

Pro Analysis Sports

Are looking for EGTF Professionals to help deliver golf in schools all over the UK.  Sessions are not affected by the weather!  Training, support and equipment will be provided.  We have a proven coaching structure and national competitions.  We are looking for Coaches and Area Managers all over the UK.

For more details please contact Mark Eadle

07861 885761

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……

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

The Europa Senior Challenge Tour

The Tour is designed for Senior Golfers who are 47 years of age in the year of the Tournament Entered, it  allows serious Golfers to Participate at the highest level in 54 Hole Tournaments without a cut so Players can hone a competitive edge before participating on the full Senior European Tour.

The Tournaments are run under European Rules and conditions  Please browse the Web and if interested contact

The Tour was started in 2008 with Tournaments in the Czech Republic and Germany, It has currently more than 40 Members and is going from strenght to strength

This season there is a guaranteed minimum 1st prize of 1,000 Euros this rises with the number of Entrants e.g with 28 Players 1st Prize = 2,500 Euros


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