David is a qualified Master Teaching Professional having previously enjoyed a highly successful amateur career. Illness cut short his playing ambitions however and he turned to the teaching side of the game which has allowed him to apply his outstanding golfing knowledge to coach and develop golfers of all ages and levels.
David runs his golf academy from Kingsfield Golf Centre, Linlithgow.
His reputation of being able to put over his ideas and demonstrate them in a simple and impressive way saw him as a natural choice to coach for the highly successful Stephen Gallacher Foundation from its launch in 2012 and he continues to support the organisation in its vision to encourage and develop young golfers in the Lothian and Borders area.
When you build a reputation like David’s, the word gets round that he is able to polish existing skills with the minute detail that improves the already accomplished player. Tour professionals and elite amateurs are benefiting from David’s insight and advanced coaching techniques.
His technical knowledge sees him combine his Academy and Foundation work with his freelance custom fitting at the Taylormade Performance Centre, also at Kingsfield.
David does not believe in method coaching. He will analyse your game using Trackman and video technology. This analysis will be discussed fully with you and an improvement plan tailored to your needs set out.
"I have been long enough at this game to see what a player is capable of and that's where I start. I look at each student as an individual and my priority with all levels of golfer is to make the most destructive shots less damaging and then improve the quality of the good shots.
My success over the years has been as a result of breaking down the mechanics of a swing into smaller pieces of information, that all players will understand, to enable them to reach their potential to play their best golf.
Experience has taught me that instead of having a solid foundation on which to build, players have developed bad habits in their swings and spend most of their time trying to shore up the cracks. Although there may be some merit in each short- term cure, long-term improvement is forsaken in favour of 'quick fix' solutions which are rarely effective for more than a few rounds."