Mark Wood: Director of Instruction / PGA Advanced Teaching Professional
Mark is the Director of Instruction and a PGA Advanced Teaching Professional at Chichester golf club in West Sussex, and has been since 2016 and with over 20 years’ experience every standard of golfer has been coached, helped and enthused; complete beginners to European Tour and Ryder Cup players.
I turned pro in 1996 after a fairly successful amateur career and my journey into the professional ranks was very interesting. As a kid I remember buying almost every instructional book, video and most of the monthly golfing publications as I was devoted and hooked in becoming a better player. I was like a kid so passionate about golf; my brain was a sponge soaking up all the different swing techniques and short game methods as I wanted to be the best golfer in the world.
As time went on I soon realised that a lot of what I was reading and seeing was confusing advice and I was not advancing the way I thought I should be. So after a short time I decided that I needed a coach who would help me fulfil my passion and goals. I must have gone through 6 or 7 coaches before I found a great coach called (Nick Bradley) who was coaching some of the finest professionals in the world. Nick worked for 5 years on my game and it really helped me and my golf, I remember going to watch Nick coaching his professionals and I got a real buzz from that and I started to realise that the dream of becoming the best golfer in the world was not for me, I wanted to be a coach. That was quite an eureka moment for me as I could not understand that the tournaments that I was playing in I was more interested about the players swings and games than I was my own!! Even playing social golf outside of tournaments with friends I was always giving them advice of what shots they should hit and advice on their techniques, I was so much more concerned about everybody else’s game apart from mine, and I was trying to make a living form playing golf!!
From that point onward I turned my attention full time into becoming a great golf coach who is driven and passionate about helping golfers of all abilities improve. I get a great buzz from helping golfers starting out in the game as I do when one of my pro clients wins an event.
I have always gone out of my way to observe and learn from the best in order to create a holistic approach to the game and my teaching. I have spent a lot of time with some of the best coaches in the world at PGA Coaching Seminars, such as Butch Harmon, David Leadbetter, Martin Hall, Dr Paul Hurrion, and Nick Bradley has honed and polished my tuition abilities to be recognised as some of the finest in England.
Mark's Record of Player Achievement:
Steven Richardson - Former Ryder Cup player and European tour member.
Mike Lindfield - PGA Professional and Euro Pro Tour Professional.
Maria Tulley - WPGA Professional.
Glyn Bateman - PGA Professional.
Mark Packard - PGA Professional.
2009 Sussex Ladies Veteran Champion – Rosie Hockey.
2011 - Dom Driver Winner of the Bishops Bowl at the Wildernesse.
2012 - Sussex County Ladies Scratch Foursomes Winner – Rosie Hockey.
2012 - PGA South Region Winter Series London Club – Glyn Bateman.
2012 - Emma Morgan Crowborough Beacon Ladies Club Championship.
2012 - Glyn Bateman Winner of Willingdon Pro Am.
2012 - Glyn Bateman Winner of the Bill Watts (Sussex Pro's Championship).
2012 - Maria Tulley Finished 2nd in the Womans Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship.
2012 - Laird Shephard Winner of the Piltdown Junior Open.
2012 - Liz Dixon Dale Hill Ladies Club Champion.
2012 - Rosie Hockey Royal Ashdown Ladies Club Champion.
2013 - Rosie Hockey Dale Hill Ladies Club Champion.
2013 - Willie Clapperton Eastbourne Park Club Champion.
2013 - Maria Tulley Sussex Professional Championship.
2013 - Maria Tulley New course record -8 Willingdon golf club.
2013 - Jason Partridge Sussex Professional Autumn Meeting Champion.
2013 - Laird Shepherd - Dale Hill Junior Open Champion.
2013 - Jason Partridge Sussex Professional Order of Merit Winner.
2014 - Liz Dixon Dale Hill Ladies Club Champion.
2015 - Maureen Hope Watts Dale Hill Ladies Club Champion.
2016 - Kathy Donohoe Chichester Ladies Club Champion.
The experience and satisfaction gained from helping players at all levels gives Mark a rounded, holistic approach, easily seen in his enthusiastic, user friendly style.
Mark has written over 30 articles for golf publications – Golf Links, Play Better Golf, National Club Golfer and PGA Magazine, and is currently working on a series of instruction films which will be available here and on DVD.
Iain Naylor: Senior Teaching Professional PGA Advanced Professional
Iain Naylor has been a PGA Qualified Golf Professional since 1985, having worked at some of the UK’s most prestigious golf clubs like Selsdon Park Hotel and East Sussex National Golf Club as Head Professional. He has always strived to develop his own technical knowledge of the golf swing which enables him to help golfers of all levels to achieve their maximum potential. For the last 7 years he has been head professional at Nizels Golf & Country Club in Kent but has now moved to Hayling Island to join Chichester Golf Club.
Like so many Golf Professionals starting out, they want to be the next Tiger Woods and play on the tour, Iain was no exception, having had a relatively successful amateur career, he went on to work as an Assistant Pro to one of Scotland’s best players back in the eighties and this gave Iain the desire to be a tour player himself. He played on the South African Sunshine Tour and has played several Challenge Tour events as well as numerous PGA events.
What is Iain’s mark of distinction? Fault-detection.” I will empower you to understand your personal Swing Pattern and then show you exactly how to correct it. My swing technique is minimalist. My core philosophy is that to fix bad motion in a golf swing one must first identify its cause or “origin”. I believe that anybody can learn to be a great golfer if they have a basic understanding of a few simple, interconnected concepts”.
Understanding the lessons on Body Shape, Wrist Angles and the Direction of the Turn is the essence of building a simple, powerful and repeatable golf swing.
Now the best news, you don’t need numerous swings and different swing thoughts to hit each club in your golf bag, I will show you how from your chip shots to the full swing, it is simply a matter of lengthening your swing without compromising ‘body shape’. All will be explained!
Call now to book a lesson with Mark on 07796 271661 or Iain on 07753 807158 or the Golf Shop on 01243 536666 to get your game on track.
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