The Golf Foundation has teamed up with Colour Path Golf to offer PGA professionals a dynamic new coaching system that promises to help encourage more youngsters to learn the game.
Colour Path Golf has become the ‘Junior Golf Passport Delivery Partner’ of the Golf Foundation. The coaching system, which has been developed by PGA professionals John Glenn and Kevin Merry, will support and promote the Foundation’s Junior Golf Passport; the official learning programme for England and Wales as endorsed by the Professional Golfers’ Association.
The Junior Golf Passport supports young people who have first experienced the sport in Golf Foundation school and community programmes to take the next step to learning golf under the guidance of the PGA professional at a golf club venue. Used by 300 golf clubs and 450 PGA professionals the Passport, and the relationship the Foundation enjoys with the PGA, is a key element of the charity’s HSBC Golf Roots programme which encourages young people to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in golf.
Colour Path Golf is an innovative coaching system that is proving to be a popular new way to learn all aspects of the game. Using plastic shapes in the four primary colours, coaches can map out the correct swing path on the ground for every type of golf shot. This visual way of learning has great success rates, is incredibly easy to follow and brings consistency to junior coaching programmes. With its fun games and drills, Colour Path Golf is particularly successful when coaching young players and beginners.
Martin Crowder, Head of Development for the Golf Foundation, said: “The Junior Golf Passport is a successful learning programme in its own right, fully endorsed by the PGA. We are always looking at new ways to inspire both youngsters and the coaches who are involved in the programme and we believe Colour Path Golf is a great example of fresh thinking that will have a positive impact on everyone involved in the Passport programme.
“The Golf Foundation has recognised the growing interest for Colour Path Golf’s coaching philosophy amongst PGA coaches and that its colourful and fun delivery has been a real hit with many young people.”
“With their own PGA professional expertise, the team at Colour Path Golf has a fantastic attitude and a clear passion for helping youngsters to reach their potential. We feel working with this team offers a natural additional option for all users of the Junior Golf Passport which they will enjoy as they help the next generation into the game.”
John Glenn, a PGA Class AA Teaching Professional and Co-Founder of Colour Path Golf, said: “We are delighted to be in partnership with the Golf Foundation. It’s very early days for us as a business but their endorsement of our coaching system shows that there is a real desire to simplify the game and to make it easy to learn. Our dedication to growing the game is what has led us to develop the Colour Path Golf system.”
“I am confident that our products, combined with the Golf Foundation’s commitment to bringing golf to more youngsters through its Junior Golf Passport programme, can have a really positive impact on the game.”
Through the partnership, the Golf Foundation will promote the resources of Colour Path Golf through its Junior Golf Passport platform (see www.juniorgolfpassport.org) and the Colour Path Golf team will also work to increase awareness of the Passport system by providing training kits and education to all the Golf Foundation’s Regional Officers.
Furthermore, all sales of Colour Path Golf training products to PGA pros who are registered on the Passport scheme will bring an extra benefit to the charity, as John explains: “As part of our commitment to growing the game we will be making a donation, for every Colour Path Golf product bought by PGA professionals registered on the Passport scheme, to the Golf Foundation to continue the incredible work they do for Junior Golf Development.”
Meanwhile, the Golf Foundation is carrying out a redesign to create a new look for the Junior Golf Passport combined with exciting fresh content to appeal to juniors as they learn the game. Additional skills-testing has also been added to further support the work of coaches and this new-look Passport is expected to launch in February 2019.
For more information visit www.colourpathgolf.co.uk.