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"Simple and effective advice backed up by the latest in golf coaching technology. No matter if you are a complete beginner, an aspiring tour pro or somewhere in between, Tom will be sure to take your game to the next level..."


What I do

Is this you?


"I just can't seem to get rid of this slice!"

"Why am I always the shortest hitter in my group?"

"How can I hit it great on one shot and then duff the next?!"

"If only I could putt..."

"I want to learn the right way from the outset..."

"Please let me get this out of this bunker!"

"How do I break my scoring barrier?"

"I've gotten myself lost with youtube tips!"


"I just need some quality advice on how to get better..."

Then let me help you!


"I have over 5000 hours coaching experience working with all levels of golfer from complete beginner to aspiring tour pro"

"I will use language that you understand to give you the most effective and concise solution to improve your golf as quickly as possible"

"All breakthroughs will be backed up by the latest there is to offer in golf coaching technology"

"I will build you your own personalised library of drills and lesson notes to assist you in your learning"


"The ultimate goal is that you develop a full understanding of your golf game allowing you to play like the pros by making any neccessary adjustments out on the course when it matters most!"

What I Use

"A good workman never blames his tools... but it certainly helps to have some!"


Trackman 4

Gain access to the same tool that is trusted by the top players and coaches in the world such as Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia...
Trackman is the most advanced ball and club tracking device on the market which gives pinpoint data on carry distance, spin rate, club path, attack angle and much more.
This takes the guess work out the equation and allows for an easy to follow experience where you can see, in real time, the effect of improvements on impact and ball flight.
With integrated HD slow-motion video analysis we can build the full picture of any faults and watch as they disappear! For more information visit trackmangolf.com

MySwing 3D

Why guess when you can measure?

This fantastic tool allows us to see what cannot be seen by the naked eye or even slow-motion video for that matter. Set up and ready to go in 5 minutes, your swing will be captured and then transformed into a proportioned computer avatar on the screen. We can then see with ease the individual movements of your swing and measure progress with live biofeedback training. For more information visit www.myswing.com

COACHNOW

Your lesson doesn't end when you leave the academy! All lessons will be supplemented with a video summary and detailed notes from the session along with a plan of what to practice.
This web or app based tool will make a huge difference to your retention and understanding of the learning process. You have 24/7 access and a direct route of communication to your coach.

Arccos

"If you can't measure it, you can't manage it"

Designed to improve your golf game, Arccos seamlessly captures all your performance data in real time. It then uses the power of advanced analytics and Artificial Intelligence to help you make smarter decisions and shoot lower scores.

Combining Automatic Shot Tracking + GPS 2.0 + Tour Analytics and Caddie 2.0, Arccos captures thousands of data points during every round you play. This data is then neatly presented in such a way that you can track how different areas of your game are performing and create a clear and objective framework for improvement.

To receive 10% off your purchase use the discount code 'TOMHUTTUNEN'

www.arccosgolf.com

Hackmotion

The hands are our only connection to the golf club. It is therefore vital that we can understand and measure the influence of wrist action throughout the swing. This watchsize tool is ready to go in 30 seconds capturing 100 frames a second of data so that every single movement is tracked and recorded. Once any faulty movement patterns have been identified you are ready to use real-time biofeedback training to help you learn more functional movements and start playing better golf!

What I Charge

All lessons include full Trackman and slow motion video analysis along with detailed lesson notes and video summary via the CoachNow learning platform.


1 hour Initial Assessment

Start your journey to playing better golf with a one hour

assessment for half the usual price at only £30

Rack Rates

1 hour Adult - £60

1/2 hour Junior (under 18's) - £17.50

Off-Peak Special

1 hour "Off-Peak" special - £40 (weekdays before 4pm)

The Half Day Golf Experience

3 hours training incl. on-course instruction – £99

Packages

4 x 1 hour sessions - £180

10 x 1 hour sessions - £350

6 x 1/2 hour Junior sessions - £90

The Game Changer

8 lessons per month – £249 per month *3 months minimum

This is an intensive program designed to make the biggest and best change possible to your golf game! You can expect a thorough and regimented improvement plan with regular progress checkpoints and on-course instruction

Cancellation Policy ❌

There are always occasions when cancelling your appointment is unavoidable but I do ask that you give me 24 hours notice to avoid the cancellation fee (full lesson cost). I endeavour to help you remember your appointment by sending reminder emails. Please be aware if you are late for the session your time will be reduced as it is unfair to run into the next client's time slot.

Group Golf Lessons

I run a number of group classes throughout the week. This is more of an informal format running through different areas of the game each week with a focus on fun and creative practice. This is a cost-effective way to boost your practice time at just £49 for a block of 5 sessions to be taken over a 6-week period. This includes unlimited balls and access to the course when possible. Classes are limited to a maximum of 5 people at any one time. You can join at any point where there is availability and continue on for as many blocks of 5 sessions as you wish.


Classes run at the following times:

Mondays 7-8pm

Mondays 8-9pm

Tuesdays 6-7pm

Tuesdays 7-8pm

Wednesdays 7-8pm

Wednesdays 8-9pm

Thursdays 1-2pm

If you are interested please contact me for availability

Articles

Short Game Strategy


Golf Skills for Beginners

Written by PGA Pro, Tom Huttunen

Take a look at the following image…

What type of shot would you attempt to play from each of the 3 positions? This is a question which often leads to confusion for new golfers. Maybe you’ve heard of some of the terms for shots played around the green from a simple putt to a chip & run or even a pitch shot. Maybe you haven’t quite gotten your head around the differences between these shots and why a certain situation would suit playing one over the other.

*this article does not go into detail on the various techniques you can use to play these shots

What are the options?

Let’s take a closer look at the different shots and when you should be playing them. We will go through them in order of difficulty. This is something you will need to consider when weighing up your options…

The Putt:


A putt is, technically speaking, the simplest shot in golf. There should really be no question in the players mind if they are going to strike the ball correctly. So long as you avoid contacting the ground with the putter then you’ll be fine! The question is simply if you can guess the correct direction and speed that is required to get the ball to the hole.

It is for this reason that you should ask yourself, before even considering a different shot, “could I putt this?” Most of the time the answer will be “well I guess I could!” Even top professionals will tend to reach for the putter as soon as their ball gets close to the green. This would include the fringe area (short cut of grass surrounding the green) and even the fairway provided the course is well maintained.

The difficulty arises when you are unable to make a clean contact (no grass between the putter and ball) due to a poor lie or that you have some form of obstacle in your way (sprinkler, divot, bunker etc.). Experienced golfers will then go for a more lofted club in order to lift the ball out of the longer grass or over the obstacle and roll out towards the hole.

The Chip & Run:


The name does a great job in describing this shot. The goal is to chip the ball into the air for a short distance before landing and running out towards the intended target. The benefit being that the ball will jump over any immediate obstacles and allow for a better judge of speed when the ball starts to roll on the green.

This shot is slightly more difficult than a putt in terms of execution. It demands a lower point of contact on the golf ball in order to propel the ball upwards. Many beginners struggle with the precision of their strike and end up colliding with the ground or hitting towards the top of the ball resulting in a poor shot. With a little practise you will be able to groove your contact point and put this shot into play.

It is worth mentioning here that there is no set club that you should use for your chip shots. This really depends on the amount of green you have between your ball and the hole. Logic dictates that chipping a ball with less loft (e.g. 7 iron) will result in more roll out than when chipping with a more lofted club (e.g. sand wedge). Practising with different clubs will enable you to get better at guessing which club would suit certain chip & run situations.

The Pitch Shot:


As we attempt to launch the ball higher and carry more distance through the air, the shot becomes known as a pitch shot. As with the chip & run, the level of precision is more demanding as we need to ensure we strike the bottom of the ball. The added speed required to hit the ball further only serves to exacerbate the difficulty. Being able to play this shot is a huge advantage as we are often faced with situations like that pictured above.

The choice of club for a pitch shot is reduced as we need plenty of loft to get the ball to stop quickly when it lands on the green. You would be forgiven when faced with a pitch shot to reach straight for the pitching wedge given the name of the club. However, in modern times, clubs have generally become stronger in lofts to seduce golfers into thinking they are hitting the ball further. Therefore, a sand wedge or even a lob wedge will do a better job of stopping the ball quickly once it lands.

Make sure you get plenty of practise hitting this shot from a variety of lies to get a good sense for how much speed is required to get the ball to fly the desired distance. This shot should generally be used as a last resort for new golfers until you develop the skill and confidence to play it properly.

Think back to the original image with the 3 situations. You should now have a better understanding of the different shots available to you and which would be more suited to each scenario…


Practice Game:

Now that you know which shot to play, why not have a go and test yourself? Go down to your local short game practice area with a variety of clubs. Drop 4 balls down in random positions around the green from the fringe up to 20 yards away and play them out to a hole. A good starting point to aim for would be to get all 4 balls in the hole in a total of 12 shots. See how you get on!

Hopefully you found this article useful. Please get in contact should you have any questions or would like to arrange any tuition. If you are new to golf, then check out our new StartGolf beginner program where we take you from complete beginner to ‘course-ready’ in just 10 hours!

Tom Huttunen (B.A. Hons)
PGA Professional
Oulton Hall Golf Academy
Tel: 07393351211


Clubface Control


GOLF SKILLS FOR BEGINNERS

Written by PGA Pro, Tom Huttunen


What is the clubface?

The clubface is the part of the club which comes into contact with the ball. It has the primary influence over which direction the ball will begin its flight and is therefore very important to us when it comes to hitting the ball straight.

How should we present the club face?

It would seem common sense that we should try and hit the ball with a square/neutral club face in order to get the ball flying towards our target. Unfortunately, this is much easier said than done! Even the world’s best golfers struggle to deliver the face square 100% of the time.
In fact, when it comes to the point when you are trying to curve a golf ball, you may not even want the face to be pointing at the target at all…. (don’t worry about this for now!)
With the nature of the swing being such a large and powerful motion, it becomes very easy to unintentionally twist the face into a closed or open condition (pictured below).


How do we train clubface control?

Before we can gain control of the clubface, we need to become aware of it. To help us with this task we can draw inspiration from the children’s fairy-tale of Goldilocks. You know the premise… too much, too little and just right.
Try this drill:
*best practiced at slower speeds for new golfers
- Get yourself down to the driving range and line up 3 balls to hit
- Without changing the alignment of your body or clubface at setup…
- Proceed to make a swing at each ball and see if you can intentionally twist that clubface closed for the first ball, open for the second and then try to hit the last ball as straight as possible
After 10 minutes practice you should already start to feel like you have much more awareness and control over the direction of your shots!

Hopefully you found this useful. Please get in contact should you have any questions or would like to arrange any tuition

Tom Huttunen (B.A. Hons)
PGA Professional
Oulton Hall Golf Academy
Tel: 07393351211

Low Point Control


GOLF SKILLS FOR BEGINNERS
Written by PGA Pro, Tom Huttunen

What is low point?

If you can imagine the golf swing as a big circle, then you can visualise that circle having a lowest point. As a new golfer, perhaps the most important skill to learn is how to control that low point so that it coincides with the ball in the best way possible to achieve a proper strike and maximum distance.

What is the best low point?

When hitting a shot with the ball lying on the ground then the best-case scenario would look something like that of the image above. Here we can clearly see that the low point occurs after the ball.
The club is descending and simultaneously colliding with the bottom of the ball and the ground. If the shot is played from grass then a small piece of turf (known as a divot) would be displaced after the ball.

Why is this the best low point?

We want the club to contact the bottom of the golf ball to achieve the most efficient transfer of energy and to allow the loft of the club to propel the ball upwards.
As the club is descending this allows for a clean strike with minimal interference of any grass or ground.
The golfer will be left with a feeling of pure joy as they watch in awe as their ball flies off into the sky!

What is the common mistake?

Often with new starters in the game there is an overwhelming instinct to try and help or aid the ball get up in to the air.
With no clear concept in mind of how to achieve a proper strike, this typically leads to a low point which occurs before the ball (see image below) with the intent of getting the club to ascend into the ball in a hope that the ball will follow suit.



Unfortunately, the result is almost always unsuccessful with the ball bobbling along the ground followed by a feeling of frustration.
This type of strike (ground before ball) is known as a ‘heavy contact’. The shot hardly goes any distance as the club’s energy is depleted after going through the ground to get to the ball.
Another common mishit (pictured below) is known as a ‘topped shot’. This is where the low point occurs too high and fails to contact the bottom of the ball. Again, this will fail to launch into the air and the golfer will be left wondering what it is they did to deserve such a shot!


How do we train low point control?

This is a great question and there are many ways to improve your accuracy and consistency of the low point.
In fact, merely by reading this article you are bound to improve as you will have a clear picture in your mind of what it is that you are trying to achieve.

Here is a quick drill to get you started and even something you could do at home with minimal equipment:
-         Get hold of a golf club and a hitting mat (a nice thick garden mat will do the trick)
-         Place a small item (e.g. broken tee or a tiny stone) on the mat halfway between the middle of your stance and your left foot (for a right-handed golfer)
-         Proceed to swing and attempt to hit the item away by brushing the mat with your club 
This simple exercise will train you to get the low point both far enough forward and low enough to contact the ground. You should then try to recreate this feeling when hitting the golf ball.

Hopefully you found this useful. Please get in contact should you have any questions or would like to arrange any tuition

Tom Huttunen (B.A. Hons)
PGA Professional
Oulton Hall Golf Academy
Tel: 07393351211

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testimonials

“Just finished 3 months with Tom. What can I say. 10 shots of my handicap, A greater understanding of the golf swing and an awful lot of fun. A great bloke with outstanding knowledge of the game. Thanks for everything”

Chris

“Had my first golf lesson with Tom, really professional and patient, really knowledgeable and makes the lesson enjoyable and fun! Definitely would recommend”

Adam

“First lesson with Tom was very informative, practical and was also great fun. The first thing he showed me was a can of athlete foot spray! I’ll let Tom explain why that was! Really knows his stuff and gets technical info across in an easy to understand way”

Dave

“Fantastic lesson from Tom today. A real thinker in terms of my skills moving forward. I’ve come away feeling positive and looking forward to getting going on my new drills. Practice makes perfect! Thanks Tom!”

Adrienne

“Great coach. Really knows his stuff and I’m looking forward to my next lesson. Brilliant”

Mark

“Since taking golf lessons with tom, I’ve gone from a 14 handicap with the shanks, struggling to break 90, and now I’m down to a 9 handicap In a short period of time shooting in the 70’s with no shanks. This is the result from having a great golf coach. ”

Mason

About Me

I'mTom Huttunen

Professional Golfer and Golf Coach

"I am a fully qualified AA PGA Professional with a BA Hons degree in Applied Golf Management Studies from the highly acclaimed University of Birmingham (UK). This degree is widely recognised to be at the forefront of golf education and provides a holistic approach to golf instruction and the wider golf industry.

In September 2016, I relocated to Oulton Hall Golf Academy from Mallorca where I was working as a Senior PGA Teaching Professional for 4 years.

I am a lover of learning and it is my greatest pleasure to see clients transform their golf games under my tuition!"


Teaching Philosophy 👨‍🎓

"I'm a big believer in training golfers to become skillful rather than obsessing too much over technique, especially at the beginning...

Technique can be seen as the type of vehicle in which our body allows us to arrive at a destination/end result. Skill can be seen as our ability to operate that vehicle and navigate the road. Some of us are lucky enough to own a brand new Ferrari whilst others are left with a beaten up old banger... the point being it is irrelevant which car we own if we have no idea how to drive it in the first place!

Once a golfer has developed certain skills to a decent standard then the technique/vehicle can be serviced or upgraded to allow limits to be pushed and broken! Let me help you find those pedals..."


Get in touch!


Address

Oulton Hall Golf Academy

Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds LS26 8HN


Phone number

Tel: 07393351211


Email

tom@oultonhallgolfacademy.co.uk

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