Location: Three Rivers Golf & Country Club
Sarah will become just the second female to Captain the PGA in 2022, replacing Bernard Gallacher. As well as being a dedicated and well-respected coach in Essex, Bennett is well-known for the hours she devotes to helping the less fortunate. She won the Toby Sunderland Award in 2018, an accolade to celebrate the many wide-ranging charitable achievements by PGA professionals across Great Britain and Ireland.
Most common fault:
The fact the loft is key in the delivery and not to scoop, lift or get under the ball. A visual magnetic pointer shows the varying loft. Many clients think the divot is behind the ball not actually in front. I demonstrate with a paint line or with a tee in front of the ball which really assists with their understanding. From a performance point of view, always end every round with a positive scenario such as “What were your three best shots of the day?” so the mental aspect of the game is vital.
Greatest teaching success story:
I set up the Golf Fore Recovery programme for injured service personnel providing the chaps with a sport which they can play together and aid their mental well-being after serious life-changing injuries. I had to adapt very quickly as a coach and be flexible with my delivery finding a number of different ways to impart the information.
Most common advice:
I always explain the practice process “Effective practice” so start with blocked practice working on the technical elements. I will provide game-based practice which can be used at any venue with an achievable target. I often suggest this is carried out with their partners to encourage a little competition upon completion of the session. Too many clients will just hit too many balls at the range leading to injury, which I explain. So, making each ball count. I will suggest on course games too, such as worst ball so you're not scoring all the time.