How Hard Is It To Become A Tour Professional Golfer?

How Hard Is It To Become A Tour Professional Golfer?

Andrew is the European Head of Coaching for David Leadbetter and has been working for LGA since 1997. He has worldwide experience coaching in the USA, Europe, Asia and the UK. His home Academy at Wynyard, North East England is the longest serving Leadbetter Academy in Europe.

Andrew is acknowledged as one of the finest coaches in his field and specializes in elite development.

He is a Tour Coach, England Golf coach and past BBC Swing analyst. His passion is development and in particular developing children to Elite National levels. His alumni includes European Tour Winners, Multiple National Champions, National teams and squads. Top 10 World Ranked Amateurs and Champions of all age groups have been coached and mentored by him. However, despite Andrews worldwide reputation he gets as much satisfaction developing golfers of all ages and abilities. Indeed anyone with a desire to be the “best they can be” are always welcome at his academy.

List of Awards:

  • “Coach of the Year” England Golf
  • U.S Golf Digest – Top 75 World International Coach
  • Worldwide Instructor of the Year 2016

Many young golfers have a dream to turn professional and then compete at the highest level, on the European Tour or PGA Tour, winning major championships.  In this episode, Andrew Nicholson, a highly respected golf coach, who has coached a number of European Tour winners and many up and coming elite amateurs and budding professionals tells me about what he thinks the young golfer needs to consider in order to breakthrough onto the different tours.

He discusses the finer details and differences in skill that are needed.  We also chat about the commitment levels and focus that are required to succeed and how to be most effective in the way you go about things. 

Enjoy the episode.

Key Learning Points:

  • Whether you playing on the PGA Tour, European Tour, Challenge Tour, Europro Tour, college golf in the US or in elite amateur golf in the UK unique skillsets and strengths are required as the constraints placed upon performance are different.
  • As a professional you’re judged on your performance over a full season and longer, this can be different in amateur golf. 
  • To progress in professional golf it is key to understand that there are many different elements that have to very strong.  It’s important to be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses and make each element stronger.  
  • Building a strong support team round you is essential, people that you trust and can help you through different parts of the journey.

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David Charlton

Online Golf Performance Psychologist who supports many golfers around the world from the USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Australian and New Zealand, using ONLINE Video Conferencing.    

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