Location: Bath GC
Russell has an incredible CV with his students having notched up wins in the Spanish, French, Dutch, Scottish and English Amateur Championships and St Andrews Links Trophy. In 2021 he was awarded the PGA Specialist Coach and Professional he has been the Somerset head coach since 2013. He can also boast to having eight consecutive years with a pupil in the England Men's squad.
A typical lesson:
All sessions are at least 60 minutes and no tuition will happen until the pupil is fully warmed up. Hardware information is gathered along with video while questioning the client on both their practice habits and performances since the last session. When we are both on the same wavelength, we will move forward to diagnosing any problems they may be seeing and set to work on educating them on the best way forward.
I will always question them on their understanding of what they have heard and how they interpret that information. Then we move onto dedicated practice patterns and how to practise are discussed and managed into their notes for after the session. The final stage is to clarify the amount of time before the next session and, if at all possible, book it in there and then. Notes will then follow after the session via WhatsApp, sequentially in order of importance, quantity and how did look for feedback (whether that be positive or negative).
Students learn best when…
They understand the process and the content being delivered. There is nothing more disconcerting than 'frown lines'. If I see them, I pounce and ask questions to probe why they frowned or showed confusion in the instruction/knowledge given. I cannot move beyond that stage without knowing they are clear in the next steps to be taken. Whether that be technical, conceptual or strategic.
Describe the greatest teacher you have ever known:
Hugh Marr. For me Hugh is one of the most impactful coaches of my generation and someone who I respect enormously. Unknown to many but hugely respected by the people who know him.