In our new ‘Pro of the Month’ feature, we'll find out more about Scotland’s top kids’ coaches and how they hope to create our next generation of stars. In this edition, we talk to Glenbervie PGA Pro and Development Centre Coach Steven Rosie.
Name: Steven Rosie
Development Centre: Glenbervie
Years coaching: Over 20 years
Q. What approach do you take to coaching?
SR: In my coaching, I look to achieve long-term player
development through a holistic coaching process matched to the
player's needs. Therefore, I don't only look at my pupils' swings
or particular swing faults, but try and tailor my coaching to all
of their physical and mental characteristics.
Q. What is your proudest moment as a coach?
SR: Watching on as Craig Lee almost won the Omega European
Masters in Switzerland last year. He was eventually beaten in a
play-off with Thomas Bjorn but it was fantastic to see all of the
hard work you have put in with a student over the years really pay
off. I have worked with Craig since his days on the Tartan Tour and
have seen him progress all the way to the top 60 of the European
Tour Race to Dubai ranking, of which I am immensely proud.
Q. What do you enjoy most about coaching
SR: I enjoy coaching a wide range of people but find that both
myself and the pupil enjoy it most when they are willing to listen,
learn and work hard. Those are the key characteristics that make a
Q. What is the best piece of advice you can give a young
golfer looking to improve this year?
SR: Try to keep some statistics about how you play. So take note
of how many drives hit the fairway, how many greens you hit with
your approach shots, how many times you get up and down and how
many putts you take. These results may well show you the areas of
your game you need to develop to reach your goals.
Q. What's the best thing about being a Development Centre
SR: It's great to be able to share knowledge and experience and
to offer guidance to young golfers. It is really satisfying to do
that and then watch them improve.
Q. What are the greatest benefits for your students of
being part of the Development Centre at Glenbervie?
SR: The fact that the children are able to use the terrific
facilities we have here at Glenbervie Golf Club during the winter
is a massive benefit. They can also take a great deal from the
Development Centre coaching programme in that they are involved in
structured coaching sessions which encompass all aspects of the
game. I think this will show itself in their standard of play on
the course when the new season starts.
Q. What is your top tip for the month?
SR: If you're looking for extra length from the tee, pay attention
to where the ball is striking the clubface. Ideally, it should be
in the middle of the driver. If the strike is too much towards the
heel or the toe the distance will be reduced and there will be an
increase in curvature of the flight. Striking the ball too low or
too high on the clubface can give an inefficient flight and cost
distance. For best results, right in the middle or a few
millimetres towards the top of the club is good. To monitor this in
practice, simply use inexpensive clubface tape, which will show the
strike point. You can achieve the same effect by applying some foot
deodorant or a thin layer of lipstick to the face of the