Today’s Golfer hosted its first ever golfing Masterclass in association with the prestigious Grove golf resort in Hertfordshire. In total, 48 lucky readers covering a range of handicaps braved the autumn morning elements to take part in a series of comprehensive coaching sessions, delivered by some of Today’s Golfer’s top Elite Teaching Professionals.
TG’s Gareth Benson, Adrian Fryer and Gareth Johnson joined forces with The Grove’s very own Kevin Merry to deliver the seminars that dealt with short game, iron play, driving and putting.
Each golfer received some top tips from the group sessions, as well as the chance to have some one-on-one time with all four coaches to address individual problems with their game.
After a question and answer session over lunch with European Tour player Sam Little, the golfers had the chance to take what they had learnt in the morning to the Grove’s magnificent championship course in fantastic October sunshine.
The pros were on hand in the afternoon to assist the players with any course management questions that arose on the Grove’s tricky, 7,152 yard layout.
The feedback from the golfers attending the day was extremely positive. Matt Mullings, one of the 48 golfers involved, had this to say about the day.
"It was worth every penny of the £199 from start to finish. The four coaching sessions were of the highest quality and the coaches were very helpful to answer questions and even met us on a green during our round. The Q&A with Sam Little was a nice insight into a tour player's life. To cap it all off, I managed to sink a 50 foot putt (thank you Kevin Merry) on the par-three 7th!"
Iain Straith, another Masterclasser, was equally positive. "I was especially impressed by the presentation styles and methods of the pros. I'm sure all 48 of us benefited from the four clinics. Indeed, the two guys I played with in the afternoon saw immediate improvement: one had never driven the ball so well and the other was putting like Tiger!"
A big thanks must go to Glenmuir for providing the coaches with their snazzy windproof tops.