Posted: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:05 by Katie Jane Tebbet
Seeing people progress is absolutely fantastic. To see golfers lit up and gain confidence and enjoy their game is wonderful. It's nice to work with people in a positive way and I'm lucky that I can teach people who want to learn and to get better. It's great to watch them achieve their goals and enjoy their journey.
I started playing 40 years ago and played my first English Girls when I was 12. It got more fun the more I competed and played full-time amateur golf for a number of years. That led to some national championships and I turned pro at 28. That saw me play on the European tour and I started looking at getting into coaching through PGA training.
Coaching is very easy to get into. Through Sport England and CSP's, all sports are looking for volunteer coaches and to get involved with a club and do coaching courses - you don't need to be a professional at all. At ground level, it is not hard to get into.
It's nice to get people who wouldn't play otherwise to stay and play golf - it's a real privilege. What is really important is getting good basics and to get coaching to revisit those basics helps massively. Here at club level I can arrange a competition and days later they can tell me how they've got out of all the bunkers after lessons, which is a great thing.