Andy Paisley’s status as one of the leading coaches in the North has been underlined by a new role for Hexham’s head professional in a much-admired training programme for aspiring youngsters.
Next month Paisley will become the sole golf coach for the North Region’s Advance Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence.
The AASE programme lasts for two years and is limited to 16 and 17-year-old starters who have finished their GCSEs.
One of the scheme’s biggest supporters is European Senior Tour player John Harrison, the godfather of golf in the region, who describes it as “excellent.”
Paisley coaches Harrison, his former boss at Matfen Hall, and Close House assistant Andy Scrimshaw as well as England Boy internationals Matty Lamb and Jake Storey, who have brought major junior national trophies back to their clubs, Hexham and Foxton.
Said AASE programme manager David Charlton: “Andy is the only coach involved now as, going forward, this will involve eight players on the programme.
“This means we can deliver something better with a one-to-one approach to coaching rather than squad sessions.
“The AASE initiative is designed to support young, talented, male and female golfers in achieving their maximum potential.”
Paisley said: “It is how a player trains and practices which determines how much the player will improve.
“How many players spend countless hours practising things that have no impact on their games, if anything sometimes they get worse?
“Every one of my players trains and practices using methods that will help each department of their game.
“It is my job to make them realise it is down to themselves to improve performance.
“Working hard on the right things equals success.”
The Paisley brothers from Mickley Square, Andy and Chris, are one of only two sets of siblings to have both won the Northumberland amateur championship.
Chris, a former Walker Cup player, tees off today in The Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles alongside his fellow North East and Cumbria European Tour professionals, Graeme Storm and Gary Lockerbie.
Andy said: “I use my brother as a great example of the way forward.
“For the last 15 years, he has improved every aspect of his game every single year.
“No big highs or lows, just constant improvement. “
Programme manager Charlton added: “The programme gives youngsters a great chance to learn about many different aspects to golf - technical, tactical, psychological, physical and nutritional.
“It is a great way to prepare should they decide they want to go on and do a PGA Foundation Degree as a golf club apprentice or choose to go on to a degree or a golf scholarship at university.
“The scheme is ideal for both boys and girls looking to further their careers in the game at a time when they are following an educational pathway.”