Sixteen years ago, my journey began working in the golf industry in Australia. My first nine years I was lucky to be guided and mentored by David Breen, a past Director PGA Australia, and past Chairman PGA Australia WA Division. I went out of my way to learn from him as much as I could. I had a keenness for club fitting and golf club construction early on wanting to know how to perform every golf club repair there was possible. David was happy to teach me and he made sure I learnt the art as he did, and what I like to call the ‘correct’ way.
I believe the art of golf club repair is an underrated skill that is slowly disappearing from the industry. Through my desire to want to learn and improve, my skills quickly grew to where I was performing 100+ repairs and dozens of club fittings a week. One thing I noticed very early on was how few options there were for the putter during a full bag fitting. Golfers would arrive mostly just wanting to test woods and irons but when you looked at the number of options available for them to test compared to the putters, you could see why. Being able to test different heads, shafts, lengths, lies, and analyse the data was a lot more appealing to the golfer than just testing a few different putters off the shelf, all the same length, loft and lie. Still, I would always do my best to fit the putter best I could with the tools I had.
When I began coaching as a PGA Trainee Professional, I noticed early on I could very quickly improve the golfer’s game; working on their putting stroke and building/fitting a suitable putter for their build, setup, and action. I was a lot better at coaching putting than I thought. I worked alongside over 20 PGA professionals, learning from them all, watching them coach and listening to their own individual teaching styles. Still, I found myself more and more consumed with coaching putting, spending more of my time and energy researching and learning new techniques and teaching methods to improve my putting coaching. I completed Capto Putting Analysis Certifications to add to my Trackman certifications I used for club fitting and coaching. After using GC2 and Trackman for years the study of the Capto putting system took everything to another level and took my coaching to the next level. It was then I chose to move my focus to only coaching putting, learning all the physics behind it, and I continue to learn and improve every day.
Today at Putt Lab, I pride myself in providing a professional and consistent service to my students.
Today at Putt Lab, I pride myself in providing a professional and consistent service to my students. I offer a putting analysis and fitting experience that I believe is and has been missing in the industry. The golfer can now test different head shapes and sightline’s to find what best helps them aim. They can test different heads, head weights, dead weights, lengths, lofts and lies and using Capto 2.0 we can analysis and determine the most suitable combination. Further still the player can then choose to have the putter personalised and custom made from the ground up.