Mark’s top of coaching class
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