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Louie Chan talks to the Gen­eral Man­ager of PureForm Golf HK about his col­lege golf achieve­ments and per­spec­tive on golf coach­ing and club fit­ting.

HK Golfer - - Contents - Interview by Louie Chan

Nick Cow­per, Gen­eral Man­ager of PureForm Golf HK, talks about his col­lege golf achieve­ments and per­spec­tive on golf coach­ing and club fit­ting.

How of­ten do you play?

When did you start play­ing - and where?

I was first in­tro­duced to golf at three to four years old by my Grand­fa­ther, John Thom­son, who moved his fam­ily to HK in 1970. I was born in Aus­tralia in 1982 and soon af­ter re­turn­ing to HK, we im­mi­grated as a fam­ily to Auck­land, New Zealand in 1985. My father would take me to the Akarana Golf Course in Auck­land where I first learned to play. My mother un­ex­pect­edly passed away in the spring of 1993. I im­mi­grated to the U.S. with my younger sis­ter, father and step­mother. Four years later, we set­tled in Ken­ne­saw, a small quiet sub­ur­ban town just out­side At­lanta, Ge­or­gia. It was then my real pas­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion for golf was ig­nited.

Do you have fam­ily ties in HK?

My Grand­fa­ther John was the Chief In­stru­men­tal En­gi­neer at HK Elec­tric. He is a Scots­man and ex­tremely pas­sion­ate golfer, joined HKGC as a mem­ber later that year, play­ing ev­ery Sun­day un­til he moved back to Scot­land re­tired in the 1980s. Both of my par­ents grew up in HK. My father at­tended King Ge­orge V School, and was quite the sports­man played hockey, rugby and soc­cer but never played golf. Len Cow­per, my Grand­fa­ther on my father’s side, was the first pi­lot of Cathay Pa­cific Air­ways. He was mar­ried to my grand­mother, Joy Drake, who was the 1966 Miss HK.

I don’t get to play on course too much nowa­days as I spend most of my time fit­ting golf equip­ment and coach­ing at PureForm Golf HK. How­ever, op­er­at­ing a fa­cil­ity with the best golf in­struc­tional and swing an­a­lyz­ing tech­nol­ogy, I’m able to keep my golf game even bet­ter as it once was.

What’s been your best ever round?

On May 7th, 2001 dur­ing my fresh­man year at Arm­strong State, I shot a course and NCAA record 63 in the first round of the South­east­ern Su­per Re­gional Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onship at North Shore Golf Club, North Carolina. I went on to win that tour­na­ment and qual­ify for the NCAA Cham­pi­onship that year. That event and per­for­mance earned me NCAA All-Amer­i­can hon­ors in my fresh­man year. I think that round was the day and mo­ment I be­lieved I could re­ally play golf pro­fes­sion­ally.

Do you have a favourite course?

HKGC is my fa­vorite for its his­tory and pres­tige. The sto­ries my Grand­fa­ther has told me about the past great HK Open cham­pi­ons years ago al­ways in­spired me. Clear­wa­ter Bay def­i­nitely tops my list as one of the most pic­turesque golf cour­ses I’ve ever played. The 10th to 12th are such beau­ti­ful, well de­signed and chal­leng­ing golf holes.

What is your per­spec­tive on golf coach­ing and club fit­ting?

They are com­pletely dif­fer­ent. How­ever, both are im­por­tant as­pects to eval­u­ate your over­all golf per­for­mance. The com­mon mis­con­cep­tion is that club fit­ting is just for the ac­com­plished player. As a be­gin­ner, hav­ing the cor­rect golf equip­ment will tremen­dously ben­e­fit one’s learn­ing. One of the first things I work with a new stu­dent is as­sess­ing the equip­ment they are us­ing. Prop­erly fit­ting equip­ment in­clud­ing the cor­rect weight, length, flex, lie an­gle, loft even vis­ual de­sign and aes­thet­ics of the club head. We have de­vel­oped our sys­tem to cus­tom­ize your im­prove­ment through bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of swing me­chan­ics, cou­pled with equip­ment best suited to max­i­mize your best swings.

Who would be in your dream four-ball?

My dream four-ball would def­i­nitely be Tiger Woods, Michael Jor­dan and Justin Tim­ber­lake. All three at some point were my child­hood hero!

If you want to book a fit­ting ses­sion or les­son at PureForm Golf HK, please write to info@pure­for­m­golfhk.com or call +852 3598 2958.

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