The True Meaning of Coaching

After watching the finale of the PGA Tour season unfold at the Tour Championship, I reflected on the the season that had passed and thought about who had made an impact this year. That question didn’t take long to answer. It’s obvious that the shining stars of golf in 2015 have been FedEx Cup champion…

The Transition

Since 2004, we have had the pleasure of coaching dozens of Ireland’s aspiring elite amateurs and professionals at our academy. The walls have become decorated with pictures of players’ trophies and signed memorabilia. But for us, it’s the faces who aren’t there that raise our eyebrows. Both myself and Chris often ask ‘do you remember…

If Only…

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You’ll get as far as your chosen surroundings….

[styled_image image=”http://www.johnnyfostergolfacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/blog1.jpeg” w=”200″ h=”150″ link=”” lightbox=”yes” alt=”You’ll get as far as your chosen surroundings” rel=”tour” align=”right”]The title sounds like a description that could apply to any walk of life, from a cricket team to a successful business. The last few years of coaching and learning has been a subtle revelation for me as a High…

Plan, Execute, Succeed

Many people wait for their futures to unfold, others engineer theirs. One type of person relies completely on luck, but the other type create their own good fortune. Which one would you rather be? It’s that time of the year again when we all sit down with great intentions and write out our ‘plan’ or…

Practice: Are you making effort or progress? Part 2

Following directly on from our first blog on what good practice looks like, let me introduce you to three more features of professional practice that we see at European Tour events each week. So, what characteristics does the top players practice contain? Imagination¬†– the legendary Ben Hogan once said that he ‘played’ 36 holes a…