Earlier this year I was playing golf at Wisley Golf Club and our fourball came up behind professional Fransesco Molinari. He was with someone that I did not recognise, his usual coach is Dennis Pugh and it wasnâ€™t him. Fransesco was hitting shot after shot from a really difficult place onto the green. We finished our round and I was later told that Francesco had not stopped using Dennis Pugh as a golf technique coach but that he had employed a chap called Dave Alred, a wellknown figure who had helped many sportsmen over the years focusing on sport psychology. Francesco has always been a strong player; he and his brother have won golfing events before, but this year he won the British Open and then gained five points out of five in the recent Ryder Cup in Paris. A major step change. The difference has come from Dr David Alreds coaching, no disrespect to Dennis. I was keen to learn more, so I read THE PRESSURE PRINCIPLE, a book written by David Alred on his experiences as an alternative coach. Then of course I found out that the former inner-City school teacher has been involved in coaching some of the best sporting teams and people over the last twenty years.
Winter Edition - December 2018