Mark’s top of coach­ing class

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

MARK Pilling, the coach­ing pro­fes­sional Prest­bury Golf Club, has a great rep­u­ta­tion in the game for his high level of teach­ing at the ter­rific coach­ing stu­dio and prac­tice area at his club.

Mark has al­ways aimed high and was awarded the golf coach of the year dur­ing his PGA train­ing and com­ple­tion of the Ad­vanced Cer­tifi­cate in Golf Coach­ing in 2012.

Mark said: “I de­cided to con­tinue my aca­demic stud­ies by com­plet­ing a Post Grad­u­ate Diploma in Sports Coach­ing at the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham and re­cently re­ceived my diploma.

“To date less than 20 PGA pro­fes­sion­als have com­pleted the course and I am the only pro in the lo­cal area to achieve this.

“The two-year course fo­cuses on pro­vid­ing an in­ter-dis­ci­plinar y ap­proach to coach­ing us­ing re­search from dis­ci­plines such as sports sci­ence, biome­chan­ics and psy­chol­ogy to of­fer golfers of all abil­i­ties the most ap­pro­pri­ate so­lu­tions to im­prove their golf.

“My fi­nal the­sis fo­cussed on the use of 3D mo­tion cap­ture tech­nol­ogy which I now try to use on a reg­u­lar ba­sis in my stu­dio at Prest­bury.

“The course has helped me ap­pre­ci­ate the com­plex­ity in help­ing play­ers de­velop sus­tained im­prove­ment in golf and it has given me the abil­ity to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate so­lu­tions to the right per­son at the right time.

“Us­ing 3D mo­tion cap­ture has given me a broader un­der­stand­ing into how and why play­ers move and swing the way they do.

“Specif­i­cally it helps me iden­tify where the swing breaks down and what is in­flu­enc­ing this.

“I have links with Cheshire and cur­rently coach a squad of girls and boys for both the gents and ladies county unions.

“The aim of th­ese squad ses­sions is to de­velop young play­ers to a suf­fi­cient stan­dard to rep­re­sent the county and join the county elite squads.

“As well as coach­ing many of the mem­bers at Prest­bury I am also work­ing with and look­ing for­ward to watch­ing the progress of PGA Euro­Pro player Dan Os­bald­ses­ton and county play­ers James New­ton and Joe Ar­mitt through­out the com­ing sea­son.

“Fi­nally I would like to thank the mem­bers at Prest­bury for their sup­port over the past three years whilst study­ing.”

The 13th Win­ter League at Shrigley Hall had James Brown in form con­trol with 44 points, well clear of An­thony Holt 41 and Ian Roebuck and John Gaskell, both 40.

Medal ac­tion at Mot­tram Hall saw a fab four level on 69 but the cpo went in favour of Dave McCal­lum from Daine John­son, Dave Roberts and Mal­colm Hur­rell.

The 18th Styal Se­niors Win­ter League was also a close af­fair with four play­ers locked on 42 points and get­ting the nod in the cpo was John Hep­ple­stone from Steve Weaver, David English and Steve Wild.

Joe Brad­shaw led in a Sun­day Sta­ble­ford at Styal with his 40-poin­ter tak­ing him home by a point from the ever con­sis­tent Harry Reid and Derek Lamb.

Styal Ladies lat­est Win­ter League saw Claire Whit­ney out on her own with 29 points from Rosina Ramahia 22.

●● Mac­cles­field Tigers un­der 16s are tar­get­ing a tro­phy tre­ble

●● Mark Pilling

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