Nicky Lumb – The Practice Principles – How To Optimise Golf Practice.

“Players will tend to rely on certain skill sets more than others. Making sure you are hitting into areas of your game where you are the strongest at is vital. Nearer the hole is not necessarily better. Knowing your average proximity to the hole with each club and with specific distances will enable you to plan the way you play the game more effectively.”  Nicky Lumb.

Dr Nicky Lumb specializes in golf practice, skill development, and performance enhancement. She helps golfers of all abilities including elite amateurs and tour professionals to fulfill their potential on the golf course whilst they are competing. Nicky is also an international speaker and recently presented some of her Ph.D. research into golf practice and performance at the World Scientific Congress of Golf in Canada. In some of her research, she was able to help professional golfers become 400% more accurate after only 10 practice sessions.

LPGA Development programme at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

Nicky has a Ph.D. in Optimising Practice for Peak Performance, as well as an MSc in Sports Coaching where she specialised in Elite Performance. Nicky is also a PGA Professional, has reached TPI Level 3 status as a Golf Professional and Junior Coach, and is one of only a handful of coaches worldwide that is able to use the Every Ball Counts Assessment which is endorsed by the PGA Tour. This is the world’s first science data-driven assessment and enables players to identify where they stand in the 19 key skills attributed to scoring by the PGA Tour Shot Link statistics.

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Nicky Lumb Performance Drills

Nicky has also been very kind and share with us, two drills she works with her players. Don’t just read them, take action 🙂

Nicky Lumb working with the top 16 female amateurs in Malaysia as part of the LPGA Development programme at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

Putting: 4-8ft

  • Place tees at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock 4ft from the hole.
  • Repeat this from 5ft, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft so that your set-up looks like the tees in the picture and you have 20 tees in place.
Nicky Lumb – Putting Drills
  • Use one ball.
  • Choose any tee and put your ball to the side of it. Take the putt making sure you go through your full pre-putt routine (you must go through your full pre-putt routine on every putt).
  • When you hole a putt push the tee into the ground.
  • If you miss a putt, place the tee so it is flat on the ground.
  • After every putt go to a different line and take your next putt from a different distance.
  • At the end count how many putts you have holed (the number of tees sat upright but lower in the ground will give you your total)
  • Enter your total score and the result for each distance into the app.

Chipping: 10-20yards

  • Use 1 ball
  • Start between 10 and 20 yards from the hole on each chip (every starting chip must be from a different position / alternate between different sides of the green)
  • Play until you hole out
  • Go through your full pre-shot routine before every shot
  • Your goal is to get up and down 10 times.
  • How many attempts does it take you
  • Enter your score into the practice app

Nicky Lumb’s Action Challenge 

  1. If you are going to practice, go to practice with a goal and a purpose of trying to achieve that goal.
  2. So when you walk away from your practice session you feel accountable for your time and felt like you have accomplished something from your practice session.
  3. Outside of golf.  Make an effort to move each and every day.  Even if it just going for a walk get into the habit of including a little bit of exercise into your daily routine 

Nicky Lumb Contact Details. 

PhD research into golf practice and performance at the World Scientific Congress of Golf in Canada.

Who Is Malcolm Lewis?

“A weakness is often an overdone strength.” Malcolm Lewis

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Key National Events 

  • Silver Medal Leading Amateur The (British) Open at Troon 1982 (St Andrews 1978)
  • British Youths Champion (Under 22) 1976
Silver Medal 1982 Troon. Malcolm Lewis & Tom Watson
Walker Cup 1983: Back: Lindsey Mann, David Carrick, Malcolm Lewis, Philip Parkin, Andrew Oldcorn, Stephen Keppler Front: George MacGregor, Martin Thompson, Charlie Green, Arthur Pierce, Philip Walton

GB & I, England and County Appearances 

  • International All-India Amateur 1981
  • Greek Amateur 1979
  • Dutch Amateur 1982
  • East of India 1982
  • GB & I v USA Walker Cup 1983 (Reserve 1981)
  • GB & I World Amateur Team (Eisenhower Trophy) Reserve 1982
  • GB & I Youths v Europe 1976 -1977 and 1980
  • British and English Universities 1978 -1982 (Captain 1981-82)
  • British Universities Stroke play 1978,1979 and 1980 (Runner up 1981)
  • British Universities Match play 1980 and 1981 (Runner up 1978)
  • England Full 1980 -1982 (20 Caps) (Captain 1998 – 2001)
  • England Youths 1977 -1978 and 1980 (Captain 1980)
  • England Boys 1975 -1976 (Captain 1976)
  • South West Counties 1977, 1981
  • Gloucestershire County 1974 – 1993
  • Somerset County 1994 – 2000
  • England Selector 1996 – 2002
  • Member of the Royal & Ancient of St Andrews 1986 – Present
  • Life Honorary Member Henbury 1982 – Present
  • Started golf in Lagos, Nigeria playing golf on ‘browns’ (not greens) in 1970
England 1982 Team: Back: Michael Kelly, Andrew Sherborne, Paul Downes, Andrew Stubbs, David Ray, Front: Stephen Keppler, Peter Hedges, Andrew Oldcorn, Geoff Marks, Martin Thompson, Malcolm Lewis, Richard Boxall

Life After Golf  

Malcolm went to Bath University on the first ever Sports Scholarship in the UK in 1977 and graduated with a BSc in Business Administration following which he qualified as a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with KPMG and a post-graduate MSc in Financial Management from the Bristol Business School. 

Now a Psychologist, Strategic Leadership Consultant and Coach to senior management teams and main boards around the world.

Malcolm is a ‘Wizard’ guiding corporate ‘King Arthurs’ (CEO’s) and a ‘Corporate Alchemist’ helping top teams to turn base strategies into valuable companies.

Malcolm Lewis R&A Member

The theme of this talk:

Reading a putt is often best done intuitively and seen from the far side of the hole for determining the amount of break combined with the speed of the putt. So the same is true for life and is in fact an approach applicable for every situation in life.

Malcolm Lewis Action Challenge

How to work back from the future 

  1. When trying to identify what you want to achieve.  Create a physical timeline and picture of what you are looking to achieve.
  2. If you want to achieve something in the next three years. Take three steps in your living room and then actually look back down the line.
  3. You can get clarity on what you want to achieve by; drawing a picture of it, recording your voice or writing it out.
  4. Then ask yourself, how does that sound? What are the specific KPI’s you are going to have to achieve to make this happen? What does it feel like?  If it doesn’t sound right, keep going until you hear the ‘vibration’ and it connects with you regarding something you really, really want to pursue.
  5. Deconstruct the steps you are going to need to achieve your end goal.  What would I need to do by next month, next week right the way through to what do I need to do tomorrow morning to make that end goal come true.
  6. Then, start taking massive action.
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Jonathan “Jigger” Thomson – How to Obtain Your European Tour Card

“The adrenaline was just phenomenal, after holing that put.  I have never felt like that before, ever.  My heart was racing and I was just absolutely buzzing.” Jigger Thomson 

Welcome to another episode of Making A Club Champion.

In this episode, we feature Jonathan ” Jigger” Thompson, and how he went from playing on the Euro-Pro to qualifying on the European Tour.

Jonathan “Jigger” Thompson 

Some pictures of when Jonathan “Jigger” Thompson qualified  for his tour Card on the European Tour 

Jonathan “Jigger” Thompson Action Challenge 

Think you all may enjoy this one 🙂

  1. Do not forget your own downtime and do not forget to relax.
  2. Take some time out of your day to fit in some time for yourself.
  3. Not being on your phone, not talking to someone on a screen. Just chilling out in a bar with a glass of red wine and just being present in your surroundings.
  4. Jiggers choice in red is a “Malbec.” Great Choice 🙂


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Karl Morris – Stop Bullshitting Yourself

“Not enough people do what they say they are going to do. Words do not mean an awful lot, it is your actions which are the key.  Stop bullshitting yourself.  If you want to do something, make a plan to do it, but actually, carry it out. Be accountable to yourself. So you can say to yourself. ” I said I was going to do it and I did it,  that then transfers onto the golf course.”  Karl Morris 

Karl Morris – Performance Coach

Karl has worked with over 100 PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour players including six major winners including Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke.

He is the co-author of the new book ’The Lost Art of Putting’ as well as previous books. ‘Attention –the secret to YOU playing great golf’ and ‘Golf –The Mind Factor’ with Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke. His passion is to provide golfers of all levels with simple and effective tools to get the very best from their game. His Mind Factor seminars have been presented all over the world to the PGA’s of Australia, Sweden, South Africa, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium.

He has personally trained and mentored over 500 Mind Factor coaches

“Don’t tell me what you want to do, tell me what you are going to do. Get off your backside and get some action and do something, and then we get some feedback from your actions. Don’t winge and moan about things not happening and don’t tell me what you are going to do, actually tell me what you have done. I am more interested in that. ” Dr Karl Morris 

Karl Morris Show Notes 

This podcast is brought to you by the three golf journals; Golf DataShort Game and the Long Game From the research of the interviews, I put the strategies and philosophies into three books to help make your practice sessions more effective. I personally use them every time I go out on the course and I am delighted how they have come out. Try them and give them a test run, and let me know what you think. To your golfing greatness!

  • How Karl Morris met Derren Clarke. [1:50]
  • Most important quality a coach can offer when working with a player. [2:50]
  • Topics on the groundbreaking book The Inner Game of Golf. [4:40]
  • One word that sums up the mental game. [5:50]
  • The three parts to every golf shot. [6:30]
  • Tony Robbins advice which can help your game. [10:10]
  • What questions to ask yourself before your round of golf. [12:30]
  • How to understand what goals to set to your personality. [15:10]
  • How to view your round as a success. [17:50]
  • How to set up your day for success. [20:50]
  • Actions speed louder than words. [22:30]
  • How to manage your tendencies. [24:30]
  • Who is Don Bradman and what is the Don Bradman effect? [25:30]
  • Karl Morris “Ten Chance” driver drill. [27:40]
  • How to use a golfing journal. [30.00]
  • Do you give energy or take energy? [35.00]
  • What is the “three shot” diary drill?  [36.00]

Karl Morris Action Challenge 

1. Go to the chipping area and take one ball.

2. Play form nine locations; three easy, three medium and three hard.

3. Devil is in the detail. Use the ball you use during a tournament. Keep to a routine and finish out every put.

4. Record your score over time and keep track of your performances.  Derren Clarke has achieved par 18 once, can you beat him?

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Dr Brian Hemmings – The Five Qualities of Golfing Performance

“I just sit down with somebody and see where they’re at – you get some sense of them and they get some sense of you, and together you collaborate.” – Dr. Brian Hemmings

Dr. Brian Hemmings has been one of the most influential figures in English golf for the past two decades. For 16 years between 1997 and 2013, he was the lead psychologist to the England golf team, working with names such as Danny Willett, Chris Wood, and Ross Fisher. His work also extends well past the professional realm, as he has played a major role in shaping the careers of elite talent at the youth and junior levels.

Dr Brain Hemmings –

Dr. Hemmings has a PhD in sports psychology, which he gained from the University of Southampton in 1998. He has released three books and a CD, and presented ‘Masterclasses in Golf Psychology’ in over 10 different countries around the world. Brian is also trained in hypnosis and bereavement counseling, and boasts a Fellowship awarded by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences in 2010.

Brian’s experience in elite level sport is not limited to golf – he has worked with professional cricketers, Olympic medallists, and Formula 1 podium winners. Today, he works predominantly in golf consultancy, though he is still involved in cricket at the professional level.

Dr Brain Hemmings –

In this episode, Brian discusses the five qualities commonly shared by the upper echelon of golfers. He also discusses the strategies he employs with his clients, as well as discussing the influence of faith on his life.

Dr. Brian Hemmings Show Notes

This podcast is brought to you by the three golf journals; Golf DataShort Game and the Long Game From the research of the interviews, I put the strategies and philosophies into three books to help make your practice sessions more effective. I personally use them every time I go out on the course and I am delighted how they have come out. Try them and give them a test run, and let me know what you think. To your golfing greatness!

  • Introduction to Dr. Brian Hemmings. [0:50]
  • Brian talks about his work with elite level golfers, the advancement of pro golf in England, and the importance of gaining professional experience as an amateur. [2:50]
  • Profiling top players, and identifying the common qualities which they share. [7:30]
  • The importance of discipline and some examples from players Brian has worked with. [9:50]
  • How to simplify information – why asking questions is so important and keeping golf in perspective. [16:50]
  • Brian talks about the benefits of breathing techniques. [20:30]
  • Resilience – how to deal with setbacks on and off the course. [23:00]
  • What it means to be quick-minded in golf. [26:10]
  • Taking responsibility for your own game, and seeing situations as challenges rather than threats. [28:00]
  • Does Brian set goals with his clients? [35:50]
  • Chris recalls his lessons with Brian as a young golfer, how they defined success, and how to moderate fears of failure. [40:30]
  • Brian discusses his faith. [47:40]
  • What habit has most improved Brian’s life, and the quote which he lives by. [50:10]
  • Bad recommendations which arise in Brian’s area of expertise. [52:20]
  • Dr. Brian Hemming’s action challenge. [54:20]

Dr. Brian Hemmings’ Action Challenge

  1. Perform skills challenges as often as you can.
  2. When doing them, ensure that you simulate a game situation.
  3. For example, apply the ‘one ball, one chance’ philosophy.
  4. These types of challenges can give you vital information and feedback about your game.

Gear/Resources Mentioned

People Mentioned
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Oscar Sharpe – The Story of a Child Prodigy

“How often do we speak to ourselves in a firm, aggressive voice when we wouldn’t dream of speaking like that to a friend? If we don’t speak like that to a friend why do we do it to ourselves? We’re not trying to hit a shank, we’re not trying to duff it three feet in front of ourselves. So why be so firm?” – Oscar Sharpe

As a child, Oscar Sharpe was a child prodigy. At just 10 years of age he boasted a handicap of 8 – by 11 this was down to 4, and by 13 he was off scratch. He was British Champion in his age group for three consecutive years between Under 14’s and Under 16’s, and was the youngest person ever to be selected for the England U18 golf team – beating out Justin Rose.

Oscar was well and truly on the radar of many well-regarded people within the golfing world as a youngster. Peter McEvoy, former Walker Cup captain, once quipped that he had the talent to be the best British golfer to have ever played the game, while legendary coach Butch Harmon said that he was a better player at 13 than Tiger Woods.

After actively pursuing his dream to become the best player in the world for much of his childhood and his early adulthood, Oscar’s game began to deteriorate, and with it his passion for the sport.

In this podcast, he discusses how his love for the game developed as a young child, and subsequently, how and why it began to dwindle. He provides fascinating insight into a career like no other, including the impact of the pressure which was placed on him as a star young player, the influence of David Leadbetter on his game and his life, and what he did after his golfing dreams subsided.

Show Notes

This podcast is brought to you by the three golf journals; Golf DataShort Game and the Long Game From the research of the interviews, I put the strategies and philosophies into three books to help make your practice sessions more effective. I personally use them every time I go out on the course and I am delighted how they have come out. Try them and give them a test run, and let me know what you think. To your golfing greatness!

  • Introduction to Oscar Sharpe. [0:50]
  • Oscar talks about the role of golf in his childhood, and how his love and passion for the game developed. [3:00]
  • Where did his drive and motivation come from as a child, and what plans were put in place to reach his goals? [8:20]
  • What did a day in the life of Oscar Sharpe look like at 13? [14:40]
  • His time at Milford, and how his career started to kick off as a teenager. [20:00]
  • His move to the United States, and how it and the increasing structure which he faced affected his golf. [23:00]
  • How did Oscar, and coach David Leadbetter, try to fix his game when it began to falter, and what was the lowest point he reached with his game? [32:00]
  • What was the caliber of players he was beating as a teenager? [38:30]
  • What happened when Oscar returned to the UK, and the moment he realized he was finished with golf. [40:20]
  • What did Oscar do during his time away from golf, and the void in his life that was filled by the gym. [46:50]
  • Oscar talks about his life today, and in particular the role that golf plays in it. [51:20]
  • Oscar shares an anecdote about a client with the yips. [59:30]
  • How to deal with players with differing mindsets and outlooks on golf, and what a standard lesson from Oscar looks like. [1:02:20]
  • Oscar’s golfing plans for the future. [1:09:50]
  • Oscar Sharpe’s action challenge. [1:11:10]

Oscar Sharpe’s action challenge

  1. Place your ball in a bunker, five yards away from the flag
  2. Take your 4-iron to the bunker, and hit a full swing with it.
  3. Try to hit it as high as possible, and try to land it as softly as possible.
  4. This incorporates feel into your shot, forcing you to adapt and connect with the shot.

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Phil Kenyon on The Putting Principles

“People will judge you on the players you work with and the success they have, but that’s not necessarily your success, that’s their success. And I think sometimes coaches get too much credit, and conversely, sometimes they get a little bit too much blame.” – Phil Kenyon

Philip Kenyon is one of the most sought-after putting coaches in the world. His client list reads like a who’s who of the world’s best golfers and includes Rory Mcilroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, and Martin Kaymer.

Prior to his career as a putting coach, Phil was a talented golfer himself. He completed around the world as a Tour professional, though he always enjoyed the coaching side of the game. So strong was this passion that Phil completed a Masters Degree in Sports Science before he started his career as a professional golfer, before later completing achieving his Honours in Applied Psychology and Sports Science. This academic knowledge combined with personal experience provides him with a unique skill set, and ability to help other players.

Phil is also the principal owner of the Harold Swash Putting School of Excellence, which was created by his mentor and putting coach legend Harold Swash. On top of this, Phil is the creator of Visio Putting, a leader in the industry of putting aids.

In this episode, Phil tells us his story, from how he initially got into coaching to how he helps many PGA professionals today. He also provides us with some actionable tips to improve our own putting, including the putting gate challenge, performing under pressure, and dealing with the yips.

Show Notes

This podcast is brought to you by the three golf journals; Golf DataShort Game and the Long Game From the research of the interviews, I put the strategies and philosophies into three books to help make your practice sessions more effective. I personally use them every time I go out on the course and I am delighted how they have come out. Try them and give them a test run, and let me know what you think. To your golfing greatness!

  • Phil talks about how he transitioned from playing professional golf into coaching it, and the help he got from coaching legend Harold Swash. [1:00]
  • Different approaches to coaching, including how to find the balance between delivering too much information and not enough, and whether a one-size-fits-all approach works for putting. [5:40]
  • The three most important elements of putting, and how to develop them. [8:40]
  • Bad advice about putting which Phil commonly hears. [15:00]
  • Surprising stats about putting. [16:40]
  • How much of coaching players about putting is related to mental factors, and how much is technique based? [19:10]
  • Chris discusses his own putting philosophies with Phil, including the idea of not practicing it, and how to measure your own putting performance. [20:50]
  • What separates the best putters Phil has worked with from the rest, and how to perform better under pressure. [25:30]
  • What are the yips, and how to get rid of them. [30:30]
  • Phil talks us through his average day, including how he balances his numerous relationships with players on tour, and his hardest working clients. [34:10]
  • How does Phil help his clients after a tough day on the greens? [38:00]
  • How much of a golfers practice time should be devoted to putting? [41:20]
  • Chris asks Phil some rapid fire questions, including his favourite books, how his beliefs have changed over time, and how he defines success. [42:30]
  • Phil Kenyon’s action challenge [51:00]

Phil Kenyon’s Action Challenge

  1. While practicing your putting, line up a putt as you normally would.
  2. Place two tees (or anything you can stick into the green surface) on the green about 10cm apart, on the line that you intend to hit your putt.
  3. Putt your ball through the ‘gate’.
  4. This provides you with great feedback on whether you can start the ball on the right line, and match your speed to the line you choose.
Phil Kenyon –

Dave Alred – The Pressure Principles

“Wherever you are, whoever you are, you can always get better – but that doesn’t imply there’s fault with what you’re doing at the moment.” – Dave Alred

Dave Alred is one of the best coaches in the world today. Boasting clients including Jonny Wilkinson, Luke Donald, and Padraig Harrington. He has an innate ability to help athletes exceed their own expectations. He has a Ph.D. in Performing Under Pressure from Longborough University and over 30 years of experience in the field of performance psychology.

Dave believes strongly in the concept of continual improvement and has applied his expertise on the topic to not only athletes, but surgeons, pilots, and even dolphin trainers. His endless pursuit of improvement applies to himself as well and has enabled him to reach the pinnacle of the coaching industry.

In 2016, Dave added published author to his list of achievements, releasing The Pressure Principle. Applicable to people in all walks of life, the book sheds light on Dave’s philosophies around handling stress and performing when it matters most.

In this episode, Dave provides us with a fascinating insight into his work with some of the world’s best athletes. He also goes into detail about his philosophies, both in life and in sport, some of his favorite drills, and how he structures practice for his own golf game.

Dave Alred Show Notes

This podcast is brought to you by the three golf journals; Golf DataShort Game and the Long Game From the research of the interviews, I put the strategies and philosophies into three books to help make your practice sessions more effective. I personally use them every time I go out on the course and I am delighted how they have come out. Try them and give them a test run, and let me know what you think. To your golfing greatness!

  • Dave talks about how he met Luke Donald, and the work they did together. [2:00]
  • Dave discusses his innate ability to sense when somebody is fully committed to a shot or a kick, or as he calls it, when they hit the ball ‘with their soul’. [6:30]
  • Dave explains his fig drill. [8:40]
  • Dave talks about some of his favourite putting drills. [10:40]
  • Affirmations, which of Dave’s clients use them, and how often they do them. [12:00]
  • What self-talk should a golfer practice during a round? [15:40]
  • How far does Dave push his clients, and do they ever get annoyed with him? [17:20]
  • What are the shared habits of the top players Dave works with? [18:30]
  • Dave talks us through the winning drop goal kicked by his client, Jonny Wilkinson, in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, and their relationship together. [21:30]
  • Dave talks about the detailed preparation he runs his clients through prior to competition. [24:00]
  • As a capable golfer himself, how does Dave structure his own practice? [26:20]
  • How much time should a player spend with a coach, and how much time practicing alone? [28:00]
  • Chris asks Dave some rapid-fire questions, including his favorite books, fundamental beliefs, and how he spends his evenings. [28:50]
  • Dave Alred’s action challenge. [35:10]

Dave Alred’s Action Challenge

  • Each day, write down 3 good things that happened that day.
  • On Sunday, read through all of the good things on your list from that week.
    Ask yourself – why am I better than I was last Monday?
    (This demonstrates that you can improve on a weekly basis in any aspect of your life, and be in a better place next week based on how you approach this week. Dave’s action challenge can be found at 35:10)

Books Mentioned

The Pressure Principle

Mindset by Dr Carol Dweck 

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari 

Psychology of Concentration by Aidan Moran 

Gear/Resources Mentioned

The Pressure Principle
Parkinson’s Law

People Mentioned

Jonny Wilkinson
Luke Donald
Carol Dweck
Melissa Reid
Francesco Molinari
Tiger Woods
Gary Smith
Wayne Bennett
Aidan Moran

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David Galbraith – How to Develop Habits for Success (Psychologist to the All Blacks Rugby 7s Team)

“It’s not what people think about us that matters,  it is what we think about ourselves.”

“Our life will be defined by how our character is represented in moments of crisis – that’s what people remember about us.”  David Galbraith

David Galbraith is a clinical psychologist, with 17 years of experience in his field. In the past 10 years, he has shifted his focus towards sports psychology, working with some of New Zealand’s most talented athletes.

His experience includes work with Olympic Gold Medallists, both the men’s and women’s rugby 7s teams, and NZ golf. Through his work, he helps these already elite athletes get the most out of themselves, both in the sense of sport, and in life.

Unleashing Greatness by David Galbraith

His focus is on assisting both teams and individuals express themselves as truly as possible. He believes strongly in the present moment, and encourages people to fully commit to, and relish, the process involved in reaching an outcome, rather than focussing on the tangible outcome itself.

In this truly enlightening episode, David discusses the concept of self and identity, and how to develop these ideas. He talks about how resilience on the golf course relates to resilience in real life, and provides advice on how to focus on processes rather than results.

David Galbraith Show Notes

  • David explains his role as a psychologist. [0:00]
  • How to connect to one’s true identity. [7:30]
  • What’s the benefit of having a strong sense of self? [15:20]
  • How to focus on process rather than end result. [23:00]
  • David talks about the relationship between resilience on the golf course and resilience in real life. [34:30]
  • How to truly evaluate yourself. [43:00]
  • Chris asks David some rapid fire questions. [47:30]
  • David’s action challenge. [52:00]
  • David asks Chris about his motivation for the podcast. [54:40]

David Galbraith Action Challenge

  1. Looking at your current morning habits.
  2. Take your shower, get dressed appropriately for your day.  But during this time don’t look at yourself in the mirror.
  3. Why? Find David Galbraith Action challenge at 52:00m

Books Mentioned

  • People Mentioned

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Stuart Robinson – How to Increase Golfing Strength, Power and Speed

“When everyone’s pressed for time in the modern world you want to make sure what you’re doing is the most efficient route to success as possible.” – Stuart Robinson

Stuart Robinson is a leading chiropractor and golf fitness trainer. He has significant academic qualifications, and is a pretty handy golfer himself, playing off scratch at Walton Heath and St. Andrews.

Stuart studied Human Biology at the University of St. Andrews. Following this, he undertook a further 4 years of study, and became a qualified chiropractor. Throughout his studies, golf was a prevalent part of his life, and he was awarded a Golf Bursary by St. Andrews Golf Club during his first degree.

Logically, Stuart combined his passion for golf and his academic qualifications in chiropractics, and much of his work now centres around applying his knowledge of biomechanics to a golf swing. In his work, he helps to ensure that players have the physical capabilities required to produce their optimum technique. His qualifications provide a point of difference from regular golf coaches, as he is able to explain the physical attributes which allow a golfer to swing in a certain way.

In this episode, Stuart provides an array of in-depth advice to help you improve your game. He discusses flexibility, stability, and how to combat the problems which can arise from sedentary habits. His advice is specific and actionable, and can easily be applied by the listener to their own lifestyle and golf game.

Stuart Robinson Show Notes

  • Stuart talks about his role as a chiropractor, and how it relates to golf. [3:20]
  • How to minimise the damage which can result from day-to-day habits, such as sitting for prolonged periods. [16:20]
  • The benefits of various pieces of gym equipment, and how they can help your posture. [21:20]
  • Common problems among junior golfers. [27:40]
  • Flexibility differences between men and women. [32:40]
  • Regimes for golfers with limited ranges of motion. [36:10]
  • Regimes for golfers with very high ranges of motion. [44:40]
  • The importance of stability. [48:40]
  • How to prevent DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). [53:40]
  • Specific training loads for building muscle strength and endurance. [57:40]
  • Nutrition preparation before and during a round. [61:00]
  • Chris asks Stuart some rapid fire questions. [76:00]
  • Stuart Robinson’s Action Challenge. [82:20]

Stuart Robinson’s Action Challenge

  1. As simple as this sounds, set aside 5 minutes per day for gentle exercise.
  2. For most people, this will be in the form of stretching.
  3. Stretch out your hip/buttock muscles with a golf ball, lacrosse ball or rumble roller.
  4. Make it part of your daily routine.

Gear/Resources Mentioned

Myofascial release ball – to release tension and easy to travel with on tour.
Rumble Roller – perfect for helping you to unwind after your round. The best massage out there.
Improve your posture and core by replacing your chair with a yoga ball at work. Rory Mcilroy here in action.

Using fat for energy to fuel your rounds.
Balance pads can be used during technical practice to help improve stability over the ball.

Books Mentioned 


People Mentioned

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Mark Bull – What is 3D Biomechanics

“My role is to give options, not to give an answer.” – Mark Bull

Mark Bull is one of the leading minds in the field of golfing biomechanics. He has extensive knowledge on the relationship between skeletal movement and an effective golf swing, something he has used to help many of the best golfers on the planet.

As a junior, Mark Bull was a talented golfer, but injury proved to be the catalyst for changing interests. His passion moved away from competition and towards biomechanics, a field in which he is now one of the leading minds.

He first became a member of the PGA in 1996, and qualified second in the PGA trainee of the year award at the start of his coaching career.

Mark Bull and Simon Holmes use special 3D technology to analyze the science behind the golf swing on the Golf Channel.

Since then, he has been continually adding to his resume both academically and through tangible coaching experience. Currently in the process of a  Ph.D. in Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Science at Birmingham University, with a research focus on, unsurprisingly, the impact of exercise on golf swing biomechanics and kinetics. Mark has also worked with players on the European Tour.

Mark places a strong emphasis on the idea that no two golf swings are the same, preferring to utilize the specific bodily movements of each individual to best develop their golf swing. In this interview, he explains in detail how he does this, and the role he plays in helping players of all abilities to improve their game. He provides a fantastic level of detail, from the importance of posture to the way he uses biofeedback, as well as his own development as a golf coach.

Mark Bull Show Notes

  • Mark explains biomechanics and how he applies it to golf. [3:30]
  • What does success for a client look like? [13:30]
  • The importance of asking questions. [18:00]
  • Posture. [20:30]
  • Mark talks about the work he does with injury avoidance and rehabilitation. [23:10]
  • The idea of sequencing and an optimal golf swing. [25:20]
  • Biofeedback. [33:00]
  • Mark talks about his evolution as a golf coach. [36:00]
  • Mark talks about working with players’ coaches.  [41:50]
  • How often does Mark see players, and what information does he give them. [45:00]
  • Chris asks Mark some rapid fire questions. [49:30]
  • Mark Bull’s action challenge. [53:10]

Mark Bull’s action challenge

  1. Find a brick wall.
  2. Stand up straight with your back touching the wall.
  3. Try to establish a natural standing position with the back of your pelvis, your shoulder blades, and the back of your head all touching the wall, without unnaturally extending your head.
  4. Maintain equal pressure against the wall through these three points.

Gear/resources mentioned

An example of the 3d Software at

People mentioned

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Laurie Canter – Life on the European Tour

“Resilience is the one thing that golf beats into you, and if you’re not careful it will beat it out of you.” – Laurie Canter

Laurie Canter didn’t pick up a golf club until he was 14 years old. Prior to that, he was a talented junior tennis player, competing at a high enough level for Avon County that his team came across Andy Murray in under-14s. He quickly developed a passion for golf which usurped his interest in tennis, though, a decision which proved wise.

As an amateur, Laurie boasted a handicap of +5, and won both the South African Amateur Championships and the Spanish Amateur Championships. These successes helped him to become the fifth ranked amateur golfer in the world, and the best amateur golfer in the United Kingdom. In 2010 he played in the Open Championship at the home of golf, St. Andrews. He struggled, failing to make the cut, but overcame the disappointment to turn pro the following year.

This year, he returned to the Open Championship for the first time since 2010, putting in an impressive showing at Royal Birkdale to finish in a tie for 37th place, just a shot behind Jason Day and Bubba Watson, and ahead of names including world number 1 Dustin Johnson, and Ernie Els.

In this episode, Laurie talks to Chris about his development into a professional golfer in recent years. He discusses life on tour in detail, many of his practice techniques and on-course routines, and what separates the best players on tour from the rest of the pack.

Ep. 5: Laurie Canter Show Notes

This podcast is brought to you by the three golf journals; Golf DataShort Game and the Long Game From the research of the interviews, I put the strategies and philosophies into three books to help make your practice sessions more effective. I personally use them every time I go out on the course and I am delighted how they have come out. Try them and give them a test run, and let me know what you think. To your golfing greatness!

  • Laurie talks about his obsession with golf. [3:10]
  • How Laurie practices off the course. [7:30]
  • Improving his bunker play. [10:30]
  • The most important shots in golf. [12:30]
  • Laurie takes us through his journey of life on tour. [14:30]
  • Making cuts. [18:30]
  • Pre-shot routines and strategies. [23:00]Laurie’s most memorable moments on tour. [25:10]
  • Being a rookie on tour. [30:40]
  • Bouncing back from disappointing results. [34:40]
  • Laurie talks about what separates the best players from the rest. [36:40]
  • Who Laurie travels with. [39:10]
  • Laurie’s favorite books. [42:30]
  • The best £100 you can spend on golf. [43:50]
  • Laurie’s biggest mentor. [46:20]
  • Laurie Canter’s action challenge. [49:20]

Laurie Canter’s Action Challenge

  1. Go to the range with 50 balls
  2. Split the balls into 2 groups of 25
  3. Use 25 balls for technical drills, honing an aspect of your swing
  4. Use the other 25 balls for practicing pre-shot routines, changing the target regularly to replicate a round of golf

Gear/Resources Mentioned

People Mentioned

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Peter Taver-Jones – European Tour School Stories

“I figure everything out in practice so you know exactly what you’re doing every single hole. You’re almost just on auto-pilot, you’re just executing it. I know exactly what club I’m going to hit on every hole, I know exactly what direction the wind is going to be before I even wake up.” – Peter Tarver-Jones

Peter Tarver-Jones first developed his passion for golf at the relatively tender age of 12. As a junior, Pete showed a great aptitude for the game, culminating in a Sussex under-18s title at the age of 17. Following this success, he opted to move to the United States to play college golf at Belmont College. These years proved vital in Pete’s development as a golfer, and he turned to the professional sphere of golf soon after his return home to the United Kingdom.

After missing his first three cuts as a professional on the Euro Pro Tour, Pete worked his way into an outstanding season which saw him finish second in the order of merit and advance to the Challenge Tour.  Pete went onto to win the Euro Pro Tour Championships in 2016 and subsequently move back up to the Challenge Tour, where he is currently playing.

In this episode, Peter discusses what life was like playing collegiate golf in America and how it shaped him as a golfer. He also talks us through what life is like having turned pro, some of his pre-game rituals, and provides a putting action challenge which he uses to improve his game.

Peter Tarver-Jones Show Notes

This podcast is brought to you by the three golf journals; Golf DataShort Game and the Long Game From the research of the interviews, I put the strategies and philosophies into three books to help make your practice sessions more effective. I personally use them every time I go out on the course and I am delighted how they have come out. Try them and give them a test run, and let me know what you think. To your golfing greatness!

  • Peter explains his journey to college golf in the USA. [2:30]
  • Life as a college golfer. [5:30]
  • Pete remembers one of his favorite tournaments. [13:30]
  • Peter’s improvement as a college golfer. [15:20]
  • Post-graduation. [20:10]
  • Pete’s first season on the Euro Pro Tour. [23:20]
  • Stepping up to the Challenge Tour. [25:20]
  • Pete’s 2017 Challenge Tour season. [30:30]
  • When Chris caddied for Pete. [34:20]
  • Pete’s pre-game rituals. [38:20]
  • Pete’s interesting method of calculating yardages. [44:30]
  • Chris asks Pete some rapid fire questions. [48:10]
  • Pete’s action challenge. [54:20]

Peter Tarver-Jones’ Action Challenge

  1. Place tees on the ground 3 feet, 5 feet, 7 feet from the hole
  2. Place three golf balls next to each other at each tee – 9 balls in total
  3. Try to sink all 9 balls
  4. Start again if you miss any of the putts to create pressure
  5. Stay on the green until you complete the challenge

Gear/Resources Mentioned

People Mentioned

  • David Bainbridge
  • Matt Perry
  • John Daly
  • Ian Poulter
  • Tiger Woods
  • Steve Williams

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Official Website

Thomas King – How to Develop a Winning Golf Mind

Thomas King is a sports psychology consultant, working for Winning Golf Mind and the Leicester City Football Academy. He has extensive academic qualifications, including a Psychology degree with Honours in Sports Psychology, as well as a Masters Degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology. His work with Leicester City involves psychologically profiling 160 athletes, from young players just starting out to more established players up to the age of 23.

Golf, however, is where Tom’s specialty lies. His work with Winning Golf Mind sees him consult a wide variety of players, from seasoned professionals to amateurs with handicaps in the high 20s. He commonly works 1-on-1 with these players, however he also runs workshops and speaks to larger groups. The focus is, essentially, to help their game through the development of psychological techniques.

Tom’s interest in sports psychology as it relates to golf stems from a strong playing history. He has competed for his county for a number of years, and in 2007 represented Wales in British colleges.

In this episode, Tom goes into significant detail about the processes which he tries to instill in his clients. These range from imagery and self-talk, all the way through to blood flow and emotional states.

Ep. 6: Thomas King from Winning Golf Mind Show Notes

This podcast is brought to you by the three golf journals; Golf DataShort Game and the Long Game From the research of the interviews, I put the strategies and philosophies into three books to help make your practice sessions more effective. I personally use them every time I go out on the course and I am delighted how they have come out. Try them and give them a test run, and let me know what you think. To your golfing greatness!

  • Thomas explains his role as a sports psychologist. [2:20]
  • How do mindsets differ between golfers and footballers? [3:40]
  • What are effective questions? [9:10]
  • Swing thoughts. [14:30]
  • How do we get into the process of flow, and what is it? [16:00]
  • The Winning Golf Mind model. [17:40]
  • Pre-shot routines. [22:20]
  • Imagery. [26:10]
  • Self talk. [28:50]
  • Goal setting. [31:50]
  • Attitude and quality of thoughts. [35:30]
  • Mastery vs ego. [38:10]
  • Avoidance vs towards. [41:40]
  • Blood flow. [44:00]
  • Brain waves. [52:50]
  • Emotional states. [56:30]
  • Rapid fire questions. [64:00]
  • Thomas King’s action challenge. [67:00]

Thomas King’s Action Challenge

  1. Go to a practice range and create an imaginary 50-yard fairway using two markers on the range.
  2. Hit 3 drives in a row onto this fairway.
  3. Create an imaginary 30-year fairway using two markers.
  4. Hit 3 drives in a row onto this fairway.
  5. If you miss your fairway, you go back to the start of the process. This establishes consequences to your poor shots and helps you to practice like you play. It does not have to involve driving, nor the exact number. The intention is to practice like you play.

Gear/Resources Mentioned

People Mentioned

  • Matthew Perry
  • Gary Smith
  • Dr Steve Peters
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Brian Hemmings

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Mathew Perry – How to Optimize Performance


“There is an end dream, and it is all aligned back to that. ” – Mathew Perry


Mathew Perry is a New Zealand-born professional golfer who now resides in Australia. Playing on both the Australia Tour as well as the China Tour. Mathew has seen many moments of success on the golf course in 2016 which led to European Tour final stage Q-School. Mathew was also New Zealand Amateur Champion in 2011.

Looking to the future, Mathew will be playing in the 2017 European Challenge Tour. Placing 15th on the Challenge Tour would make Mathew an official member of the European Tour, one of his biggest goals for the year.

In this episode, Mathew takes the time to talk about his unique and insightful outlook on the game of golf. He also discusses some interesting topics like Aim Point putting and Biomechanics. Join Mathew and I as we take a look at his game and how amateurs players can begin to think like a professional.

Mathew Perry Show Notes 

This podcast is brought to you by the three golf journals; Golf DataShort Game and the Long Game From the research of the interviews, I put the strategies and philosophies into three books to help make your practice sessions more effective. I personally use them every time I go out on the course and I am delighted how they have come out. Try them and give them a test run, and let me know what you think. To your golfing greatness!

  • How Mathew prepares for the upcoming golf week. [3:30]
  • What Mathew does to warm up before a round. [9:00]
  • Discussing warm up routine. [11:30]
  • Attention to detail and collecting information during practice rounds. [17:00]
  • How Mathew maps out and plans his shots. [21:15]
  • Using the Aim Point technique to read putts. [26:45]
  • How to read a 20-foot putt. [32:30]
  • Seizing the moment at the first tee. [36:50]
  • Working with sports psychologist David Galbraith [37:15]
  • What influences Mathew’s decision on club selection [43:30]
  • Moments of Perfection and Resilience Patients Drill. [50:15]
  • Discussion of biomechanics and how they relate to golf. [57:20]
  • Using analytics to understand your game. [1:04:50]
  • How Mathew sets goals for the year. [1:08:40]
  • Rapid Fire Questions [1:13:00]
  • Action Challenge [1:18:20]

Action Challenge

Mathew explains that everyone has fear both on and off the golf course. His challenge to you is to embrace the fear in your life and attempt to overcome it.

Here are some tips:

  • Use courage to help stand up to, and push through the fear in your life. Once you overcome your fear you will realize that it wasn’t really that bad to begin with.
  • Success might not be achieved on the first attempt! Be persistent and keep trying to challenge yourself and what you are afraid of.
  • Being uncomfortable is something that goes along with overcoming fear. Don’t fight this feeling but instead embrace it, and try to make the situation feel more ordinary.

People Mentioned

  • Jeff Knox
  • Justin Rose
  • David Galbraith author of Unleashing Greatness
  • Ryan Lumsden
  • Mark Bull
  • Marty Joyce
  • Adam Scott
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Edoardo Molinari




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Precision Golf – The Art of Custom Fitting Golf Clubs

“Ultimately it’s just what works best for you. Technically a pretty low grade, rotten, 10 buck shaft can outperform a ₤350 shaft if it just suits you better.” – Simon Cooper

Simon Cooper co-founded Precision Golf in 2004, alongside clubmaker and good friend James Davey. The company custom fits clubs to players, utilizing advanced technology to manufacture the clubs which best suit an individual’s needs. Ultimately, this enables golfers to maximize their potential with the skill set they have.

Prior to this business venture, Simon was a talented golfer himself. He participated in a number of esteemed amateur events, and played on the EuroPro Tour in 2004 – coincidentally the same year in which Precision Golf launched. As a player, he showed an interest in understanding his game as deeply as possible, which made a move into club fitting a natural progression.

In this episode, Simon explains how Precision Golf got started, and how the process of being fitted works. He also provides some valuable insights into various technical elements of a club, how they impact shot outcomes, and some of his favorite clubs.

Ep. 3: Simon Cooper from Precision Golf Show Notes

This podcast is brought to you by the three golf journals; Golf DataShort Game and the Long Game From the research of the interviews, I put the strategies and philosophies into three books to help make your practice sessions more effective. I personally use them every time I go out on the course and I am delighted how they have come out. Try them and give them a test run, and let me know what you think. To your golfing greatness!

Ep: 3:  Precision Golf Show Notes 

  • Simon explains the history of Precision Golf. [3:40]
  • How the perception of club fitting has changed in recent years. [5:40]
  • What was the driving force behind starting Precision Golf? [7:10]
  • How Precision Golf’s location was chosen. [8:30]
  • The benefits of fitting indoors vs outdoors. [9:30]
  • Simon talks about the impact of personal biases in selecting clubs for purchase. [12:10]
  • Simon explains the process of being fitted by Precision Golf. [14:00]
  • The most common problem with clubs which players face prior to being fitted, and how Precision Golf attempts to rectify them. [17:10]
  • Simon explains the difference between the swing of a low-handicapper and a high-handicapper. [21:30]
  • Fixing your swing vs changing your clubs.[22:50]
  • What happens after the swing data has been gathered? [26:00]
  • What are the key metrics looked at in the TrackMan? [30:30]
  • Simon explains how long the entire process of club fitting takes. [33:00]
  • What gear is used at Precision Golf to manufacture the clubs? [34:40]
  • Simon talks about the development of equipment in recent years. [36:40]
  • The benefits of being fitted for a putter. [38:20]
  • Simon explains the danger of becoming overly fixated on data. [42:00]
  • How much are drivers improving? [44:00]
  • Is the club head or the shaft more important? [46:40]
  • Simon explains what makes a good shaft. [47:40]
  • Who is the best manufacturing company to work with? [49:40]
  • Simon talks PXG. [51:30]
  • Simon answers some rapid fire questions. [53:30]
  • Why lessons are the best value investment for a golfer. [58:30]
  • The differences in club grips. [61:00]
  • Simon talks about the differences in player’s requirements. [63:00]
  • What are the highest quality clubs? [63:50]
  • Simon’s favorite book. [65:10]
  • Action challenge. [66:00]

Simon Cooper’s Action Challenge

  1. Specifically, work out carry distances for every club in the bag. This will enable you to know whether your ball will carry that bunker, that body of water, that hazard.
  2. Record it in whichever way you prefer – write distances on your shafts, on your card, in your pocket.
  3. Memorize it.

Gear/Resources Mentioned

People Mentioned

  • James Davey
  • Colin Montgomerie
  • Jack Niklaus
  • Bernhard Langer
  • Lee Westwood

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Gary Smith – The Short Game Principles

“Anyone who struggles with the short game tries to create more and more control over the golf club and the ball, and of course the best players do the opposite.” Gary Smith 

Gary Smith is a Golf Monthly UK Top 25 coach and has 14 years experience working with England’s top amateur stars as an EGU Technical Coach working with European Tour players including Danny Willett, Justin Rose, Chris Wood, Ross Fisher, Ollie Fisher, Richard Finch, David Horsey, Seve Benson, Nick Dougherty, and Gary Wolstenholme. Gary is the go-to man for short game lessons in the UK and I had the fortune of being coached by him back in 2004.

Gary has also played in The Open Championship three times, and a winner on the European Tour. Gary is based at Sutton Green Golf Club 

In this particular episode, Gary explains his philosophy on the short game, sharing the drills and technique he teaches his players. He also shares a funny story on how he creates an incentive for his players if they don’t execute on certain shots.

Ep: 3: Gary Smith Short Game Principles and Actionable Golf Drills

This podcast is brought to you by the three golf journals; Golf Data, Short Game and the Long Game From the research of the interviews, I put the strategies and philosophies into three books to help make your practice sessions more effective. I personally use them every time I go out on the course and I am delighted how they have come out. Try them and give them a test run, and let me know what you think. To your golfing greatness!

Ep: 2: Gary Smith Short Game Show Notes 

  • How Gary communicates his lessons and what makes them so effective. [04:30]
  • What Gary looks at when coaching the linear method [07:45]
  • Gary challenges coach’s advice to aim left to hit the ball straight at your target. [10:00]
  • What is the process to put in place to hit a 15 yard short? [11:30]
  • Why ball position should be relevant to the sternum. [12:20]
  • Gary philosophy on coaching a player. [17:00]
  • Gary shares a story of Olly Fisher. [19:20]
  • We go through my notes from my first coaching lesson with Gary. [23:00]
  • The process of club selection. [24:30]
  • Gary explains the lie and how to use simple routines [25:40]
  • Matty Perry’s process for determining a certain shot [26:40]
  • How can a player use bounce/slider? [28:35]
  • Gary tells the story of how he met Wayne Riley and the interesting game they used to play. [33:00]
  • The process of being selected for England. [36:00]
  • The importance of having specifics (data) about your game before going to a coach. [40:00]
  • Software and feedback on yardages. [42:00]
  • Gary’s recommended resources and gear. [51:00]

Gary Smith Short Game 

Gary Smith’s Action Challenge

The four stations of implementing new lessons by Gary Smith 

  1. No target: When implementing a new technique, start by getting a feel of the new positions and forget about the target. You can call this “The Technical Station.” Where you are introducing changes. Be open to change and embrace it. Look for a positive attitude to change.
  2. No Target but further distance: Start playing around with different flights or different clubs, have fun and be creative.
  3. Aim at Target:  Start to hit towards specific targets. Flags on the driving range or yardage markers. Now you are embracing what that new technique may look like in a competitive situation.
  4. Aim at the target with consequence/ under pressure: Make it real. How many can you do out of 10? Putt money on it or do 100 push ups.  You will see pretty quickly what you would be like in course situation with a card in your hands.

Gear/Resources Mentioned

People Mentioned

  • Oliver Fisher
  • Danny Willett
  • Nick Faldo
  • Wayne Riley
  • Gary Wolstenholme

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Matt Wallace – Practice Routines, Drills and Competition Preparation

– “The first goal is just to play really good golf. Second goal: Stay healthy, fit and no injuries. If I can do that, my end goal will take care of itself and that is top 15 in order of merit.” Matt Wallace

Firstly, Welcome to Making A Club Champion Podcast!

I am delighted to bring you the very first guest – Matt Wallace.

First things first: To launch, I’ve posted two episodes.

What is the show all about?

Start here;

 Ep: 1: Welcome to Making a Club Champion Podcast 

In this episode…

  • A welcome to me (Chris baker) and reasons why I have created the show.
  • The problems I am trying to solve and the actions one can take after each episode.
  • Why I will be conducting research on the top performers in the field of golf.
  • Why asking better questions can lead to better results.
  • Why “Making a Club Champion”?

Once you are done with the intro, dive straight into episode two.

Ep: 2:  How Matt Wallace won 5 consecutive starts on the Alps Tour

In this episode…

  • How Matt won five consecutive starts on the Alps Tour
  • How Matt developed putting to be the strongest part of his game.
  • How creating sponsorships through his social media, captured the attention of Chubby Chandlers management company ISM and 2 Thumb.
  • How not setting goals took Matt to 242 in the world in 18 months, and much, much more.

If you LOVE the show: I do have an important favor to ask: 

1) Subscribe to private show notes. You can do that here, trust me you will love this! 

2) Then, PLEASE leave a review on iTunes.

This will help me deliver better episodes to you the listener. I will read EVERY review.

Hope you enjoyed the first two episodes. I have many great guests lined up for you.

It is going to be one amazing adventure, I hope you can join me.

Show Notes:  Ep: 2: Matt Wallace 

Matt Wallace with the Two Thumb Putting Grip #teamtwothumb


  • 6 wins: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in 9 starts
  • Not a finish lower than 4th in 9 starts
  • Hitting greens in regulation 85% mark in GIR
  • Stroke Average: 67.8%
  • World Ranking: 242 (time of show) 


  • Allows 1 hour of prep time before teeing off
  • 15–20 min: putting green
  • 15–20 min: chipping and bunker
  • 20–30 min: range
  • Range: few pitches, through the bag, finish the last shot with the course I am going to hit on the course
  • Visualization: Finishes with the shot he hits on the first tee

Short Game

Matt Wallace’s choice in putting aid.
  • Average puts per round: 28–29
  • Start off with 3–4 ft putts to get things going. It builds confidence.
  • Block practice putting drills: 5 straight in a row, 5 left to right, 5 right to left.
  • If the course has lots of breaking putts, spend more time practicing breaking puts so you are more prepared.
  • At the end of the day, better putters win tournaments.
  • Gear: My putting mirror, Visio Mi Template, Green Books, 2-Thumb


You can hole putts from anywhere.

  • You don’t need to hit it close to make up shots. You can take chances on the greens, rather than hitting a risky shot to gain strokes.

Never do a putt that you don’t think you can hole.

  • You always want the mindset to hole everything, so if you’re practicing your lag putting, don’t do it to a hole. Anytime you’re on a green you want to have the mindset of holing out. Don’t get onto a putting green for the first time and attempt a 15ft putt. Give yourself an easy 2–3ft putt, then work back towards the 15ft ones.

When things are not going according to plan: I ask, “What’s the divot telling me? What’s the ball flight telling me?.”

  • Go back to the basics, and look at the ball position. I may get the video out, one down the line and on the side, and start the process again.

To gain confidence and get things going.

  • Start off getting small easy wins. Don’t start off hitting small-percentage shots that not even the best golfers in the world will pull off initially. Build your confidence from the ground up. 

Developing a stronger mindset.

  • Get nervous and struggle to sleep when I have not worked or practiced hard. The best way I cured this was to finish all my practice sessions knowing I got something out of it and got better.
  • Intimidating effects:  you can’t control what they’re doing. You can only influence them by playing good golf.
  • Failure is my biggest drive, not playing well, but still scoring. That’s the ultimate goal. Playing badly and scoring badly, that is the worst outcome. Putting all that effort in and not getting anything.

Surround yourself with great players

  • If you’re a short hitter, play with people who are longer than you. You can learn to play your own game and how to beat exceptionally long hitters.
  • When playing a new course, it’s important to visualize how you want to play the hole in your mind. Relax and enjoy just playing around the course. leave the practice once you get it right.Are you practicing hard or are you practicing smart? Get specific on what you want to achieve. What is the outcome of this practice session? Is it to hit 5 in a row on the range? The more specific you are the better. If you are working on technique, just work on technique. If you are working on outcomes, get clear on those outcomes.Take regular ice baths for recovery


Don’t give yourself time limits

  • Leave the practice once you get it right.
  • Are you practicing hard or are you practicing smart? Get specific about what you want to achieve. What is the outcome of this practice session? Is it to hit 5 in a row on the range? The more specific you are, the better. If you’re working on technique, just work on that.  If you are working on outcomes, get clear on those outcomes.

Recovery and boost performance

  • Take regular ice baths.

Goal Setting

Goals can create unnecessary pressure

  • First goal:  just to play really good golf. Second goal: Stay healthy, fit and fit with no injuries. “If I can do that, my goal will take care of itself, and that’s Top 15 in order of merit.”
  • Some players have benchmarks to hit, but if they didn’t have that added pressure on them, they’d smash through their goals.
  • Matt believes in creating a systems/process approach to achieving his results. “If you do the right things, the outcome will take care of itself.”

Life on Tour

Matt Wallace, Ben Eccles, Chubby Chandler and Olivia Wayne
  • 2016: 3 European Tour events, 6 challenges, 9 Alps Tour events: 18 tournaments. Total cost: 38k GBP.
  • The cost of each event works out to be roughly 2k GBP.
  • There are some hidden costs too.  For instance; If you want to perform well, you have to eat and sleep well. 
  • The Top 50 in the world – management companies have everything set up for them, so the players just turn up and play. Thus, when starting out, you have a lot more to think about than just golf.
  • Chubby Chandler, ISM, managed to get Matt invites to some events, which would never have been possible otherwise. This also included connecting Matt with 6–7 sponsors to just play golf.
  • Management company fees: 5% of earnings, 20% of all sponsors they find for me. A full tournament could cost Matt 15% of his potential earnings.
  • It was the 3rd win on the Alps Tour when ISM got in contact through social media.
  • Caddy costs: 650 GBP per tournament. Performance fees: 5% of any earnings, 7.5 % on any top 10s and 10% of any wins.
  • Downtime: “I love going out for dinner in the evenings once practice and preparation are completed.”
  • A goal outside golf: Wallace Wine

Behind the scenes

  • Win bonuses: How the likes of the top players claim win bonuses and performance-related wins through their major sponsors.
  • Getting your tour card on the European Tour isn’t quite as straightforward as it seems. Playing the majority of the tournaments throughout the year comes down to what category you’re in.
  • 150 players roughly in each tournament and a 65-man cut
  • What is ‘tipping’? A method of filling up buckets of water and leaning them against your opposition’s door! (Not advised!)

Matt Wallace Action Challenge 

1. Create a fairway by finding two markers on the range. 

2. Get specific and decided what shot shape you are going to hit.

3. Implement your routine as if you were playing in a tournament. Hold your finish position and keep your balance. Watch the flight and where it lands.

4. Keep your score. How many did you make out of 5?

5. Write it down and record it.

How did you get on? Leave a comment below. 

Gear Mentioned

Matt’s relationship with 2 Thumb enables him access to Green Book

People Mentioned 

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