TESTIMONIALS - David Burns Golf

David Burns - European Tour Coach
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DAVID BURNS European Tour Coach
I have built a reputation for being able to put over my ideas and demonstrate them in a simple and helpful way, as a result saw me as a natural choice to coach for the highly successful Stephen Gallacher Foundation from its launch in 2012, and I continue to support the organisation in its vision to encourage and develop young golfers in the Lothian and Borders area.

One of my key attributes is being able to polish for being able to polish existing skills with the minute detail that improves the already accomplished player. Tour professionals and elite amateurs are benefiting from my insight and advanced coaching techniques.

My technical knowledge sees me combine my Academy and Foundation work with my freelance custom fitting at the TaylorMade Performance Centre, also at Kingsfield.

What the players say ...
Stephen Gallacher
4 times European Tour winner, 2014 Ryder Cup player

"David and I joined up again in January of this year having worked together successfully twice previously.  Since then we have made significant changes to several aspects of my game and I’m delighted with the improvements shown already. Working with David before has seen me achieve my 2 best finishes in majors at the 2010 British Open and 2010 USPGA and my best finish at BMW PGA Wentworth. Well aware of his qualities, I felt he was the ideal coach, along with Jane Connachan, to lead instruction for my foundation. I’m delighted with the results he has achieved developing natural talent and kids of all ages.

Several kids under David’s guidance have already progressed to playing at national level, two have won European Championships at their respective age groups, and I’ve no doubt over the next few years further success will be achieved. He has always believed there is no substitute for good technique, especially in young golfers. I hope that a number of the pupils he has met and now works with through the Foundation will go on to have successful careers in tournament golf. I believe David is the ideal coach for developing young talented golfers."

Robert MacIntyre - European Tour Professional

European Tour Cyprus Open winner 2020
Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year winner 2019

"David was recommended to me by friends at my club who had been to see him at Kingsfield. Although I was having a very successful amateur career, I felt my game was deteriorating and needed attention. David gave me a very honest assessment of my entire game. We struck it off straight away and things moved on very quickly indeed. He has definitely pushed me onto the next level.

Since starting work with David, I've represented Great Britain and Ireland in the 2017 Walker Cup. After spending a successful 2018 on Challenge Tour I graduated to full European Tour status and finished my debut season in 11th position in the Race to Dubai, secured 7 top 10 finishes and was crowned 2019 Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year.

My career highlight so far is joint 6th in the Open at Portrush in July. David and I are continuing to make further improvements to progress my game even further."

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Callum Hill - European Tour Professional

"I gained my full European Tour card from finishing 2nd in 2019 Challenge Tour Order of Merit where I won twice. I was however keen to improve all aspects of my game and having been well aware of David’s reputation from his work with Robert MacIntyre and Stephen Gallacher, decided to ask him for his thoughts on how my game in general could improve both short and long term. I was immediately impressed and now we are hopefully on a long and successful journey together."
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Ruben Lindsay, Ayr Belleisle Golf Club

"David has been coaching me since I was 8 years old and part of the Stephen Gallacher Foundation. Together we have developed my swing from an early age and now it feels reliable and consistent. Already I have achieved many great things at junior level, ultimately achieving my main goal, of becoming 2017 European Champion aged 13 playing off a handicap of 1. In 2019 I won both Scottish and Italian under 18 national championships and have reduced my handicap to plus 3.

With the use of Trackman and video analysis, his support has given me an excellent understanding of the golf swing which will benefit me for many years to come. David is straight talking and thorough, explains things in simple terms and from my own perspective. I always look forward to our coaching sessions and after he tells me what to work on I am always motivated to work hard developing my swing.

David has an excellent eye for detail and spotting the source of any faults and quickly helps get things back on track. We have developed an excellent working relationship with mutual respect, fun and relaxed sessions. I look forward to working with David and taking my game to the next level."

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Mathew Bacon - PGA Professional

"I had a successful start to my golfing career but didn’t progress as I hoped between 16 and 18 yrs old. I had heard of David through his work with coaching Stephen Gallacher and decided to get in touch. I immediately liked his views and ideas and have worked with David for several years now, commuting regularly from Norwich. I have completed my PGA qualification with David’s guidance. My ambition is to be a Tour player and hopefully David’s knowledge and experience can help me get there. He has improved all aspects of my play."

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Andrew Hendry - Turnhouse Golf Club

"My son Andrew started to play golf at a young age. He always honed a natural golf swing but after being introduced to David Burns via the Stephen Gallacher Foundation in early 2014, Andrew has excelled! Andrew's first national (Men's) handicap was 19 and by the summer of 2017 it was down to 5! He is now playing off 2!

Andrew was Oceanico World Kids Championship in 2015 and 2017 and runner up in 2014. He has won a host of local events and is also a regular participant in the US Kids European Championships. He has been junior champion at his nearby club, Turnhouse, in 2016 & 2017. Andrew last year won the under 14 Lothian Boys championship.

David has laid sound foundations into all aspects of Andrew's golf a techincally superb coach his attention to detail shows in Andrew's now immaculate swing. David has an infectious personality and is an outstanding golf coach."

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Stephen Easingwood
Dunbar Golf Club, Ex Scottish Amateur Champion

"I've known David since junior golf events and coaching in our early teens. He was a very talented golfer with a good eye for technique and a real passion to succeed so it was no surprise when he became a top coach. I represented Scotland at all levels throughout the 1980s, winning, amongst other notable events, the Scottish Open Amateur Championship and Scottish Amateur Order of Merit in 1988. I was named as Walker Cup reserve in 1989.

Although I still played to a Cat 1 standard thereafter I drifted out of top level competitive golf. By my mid to late 40s my golf had stagnated with my technique stuck in the coaching of yesteryear. I enlisted David's help and we started working to modernise and re-energise my whole golf game with outstanding results.

In 2015 I unbelievably won the prestigious 36 hole Edward Trophy at Glasgow Gailes aged 49, 28 years after I first won it! I also got my handicap back to plus 2 and still retain this at aged 52. This wouldn't have been possible without David's expertise, modern technical knowledge and ongoing input.

I have been coached by many top instructors including John Jacobs and Bob Torrance but David surpasses them all with his modern coaching methods, embracing new technologies while still delivering instruction in a clear and user friendly way rather than getting too technical. I have spoken to many golfers of wide ranging ability levels who enthuse about David's methods and results.

In recent times I have also seen first hand, the results of David's coaching of the youngsters within the Stephen Gallacher Foundation. The quality of technique on display in these young golfers is remarkable and worlds apart from 'back in the day'."

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Musa Kurdi - Father of Shergo Kurdi

"We met David at a tournament when Shergo was only 9 years old and after watching Shergo play and a brief discussion afterwards, we arranged a session with David the following day. We were immediately extremely impressed by his knowedge, thoughts and characteristics of his teaching and my son and David quickly formed a very special relationship. Shergo had already won dozens of competitions for his age group and above, but David has improved his technique and will continue to work on all aspects of his game.

Shergo is now 14 years old and plays off a plus handicap. He has been invited to play in pro-ams for European Tour events, and performed very admirably on the 2017 Mena Tour and his full European Tour debut in the 2018 Qatar Masters. Shergo and David are totally dedicated to making Shergo the best possible player he can be."

I run 1:1 sessions on the range and playing lessons for all levels and experience of the game. Due to the geographical spread of my clients, I regularly coach remotely. I provide analysis and feedback via video technology.
Thanks for visiting my page.  I hope you've found it interesting and informative. I coach out of Kingsfield Golf Centre, Linlithgow. If you'd like to book a lesson or talk about how I can help you, please get in touch. My hourly rate from 1st Sept 2020 is £60.
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