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from a youngster who plays in his first I would say it’s essential. The game of golf is
competition to a top player who wins a big complex, sometimes not natural, and
tournament. I would say maybe when I lessons make the learning process a lot
bySebastien Jost
became a qualified PGA Professional, easier. Unfortunately when one starts
because it gave me the chance to be where playing golf, what seems the best way of
Royal Jersey Golf Club I am today. doing things is actually wrong, so once you
do it a lot, your muscle memory
What made you stop playing remembers it and it becomes harder to
professionally and become a change. On the other hand, you should also
professional teacher? develop feel and fluidity, so too much
To be perfectly honest, I played a lot of guidance might make it too mechanical.
competitive golf as an amateur, but I soon There is a fine balance to find and we are
realised that I wanted to teach more than here to help you with it.
What age did you start playing golf?
anything. So I decided to qualify as a PGA
I started playing golf in 1990, I was 8 years
Professional as soon as I could, and I have Is there any benefit having golf
old then. My parents joined a club near
been teaching since. I obviously love playing lessons even if I have been playing

Paris, and I started having some lessons
golf, but I think I am better at teaching golf for many years?
with Michel Meyrat, the club Professional,
anyway… Tiger Woods has more golf lessons than
he also taught my brother who is now a
anyone else in the world, and he is the best
PGA Professional, and my sister who plays
How does one become a player in the world! There is always room
off a 5 Handicap. We owe him a lot.
professional teacher? for improvement but changing takes time.
The Professional Golfers Association is in You should not expect your slice to
At what age did you become a
charge of training good golfers to become become a draw after one lesson, but if you
Golf teachers. Depending on the country understand why you slice you are on the
I became a Professional in 2002 at the age
the duration varies slightly (2 to 3 years), way to correct it.
of 19 years old. I finished my scholarship
but the process is the same. Part of the
first, and then applied to qualify as a PGA
training is at the PGA headquarters, where What is it that makes your lessons
you learn, and the other part is at a golf effective?
club, where you teach as a trainee. I try to take as much time as I can to
What is your most memorable
understand what sort of golfer my student
moment in your career?
How important is it to have golf is. From this point I decide on where I think
I think that the day I shot the course
lessons when starting to play golf? we can progress to by the end of the
record on my home course was one of the
lesson, and then I organize the lesson in
best moments as a player. As a teacher that
two to three parts trying to achieve the
is a very difficult question, as we get
target. I like to see every lesson as a new
memorable moments almost every day,
What do you think are the prime
requirements of a good golfer?
I suppose eye-hand coordination is the
most important, but you also need balance,
flexibility, speed and accuracy. Most people
with a sporting background find it easier to
start, but soon realise that the main quality
you need is a strong determination to


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6 lessons for the price of5
only £125

Valid to 1st March 2010
Contact: Sebastien,
Royal Jersey Proshop
Telephone: 852234

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