Q&A MIKE KANSKI, HEAD INSTRUCTOR
Phil [Kenyon] coached eight of the 2016 European Ryder Cup team.
Players like Rory Mcilroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Matt Fitzpatrick have all been here, but Phil coaches a lot of players out on Tour. He coaches from this studio about twice a month, and a lot of players send messages on Whatsapp with videos of their strokes.
There’s a three to four week waiting time for lessons.
We are very busy, and we are open seven days a week, from 7am to 8pm. Chris Wood and Tommy Fleetwood are regular visitors, but we also coach all of the England amateur squads. Phil has had students from Australia, who travel specifically to come here. I’ve had pros from India and every week we have someone in who’s travelled from somewhere in Europe.
We measure everything in the putting stroke; no stone is left unturned.
If we think someone has got questionable acceleration in their stroke, we can set the Green Stage to an upslope and watch how they adjust and change their stroke. We can do the same with people who struggle to control their speed with downhill putts.
All the best putters are able to keep their forearms, elbows and wrists quiet.
Small movements there will have big implications at the bottom end, and the Sam Puttlab can pick that up as well as any changes in grip and arm pressure.
A percentage of your practice needs to be dedicated to putting.
And within that, time should be spent on improving the dynamics of your stroke, green reading and pace. If you can section your practice that way and have some measurable drills, you can then monitor and track any improvement.
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