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Coaching

 

“If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf” – Bob Hope. 

Our coaching simulator is well equipped to maximise real-time data which when interpreted and applied with the help of our Golf Pro, Sophie Walker, will make immediate and significant improvement to your game.

We are proud to be one of very few to offer Swing Catalyst technology, as used by Sean Foley, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Ian poulter and more.

Swing Catalyst offers a comprehensive and powerful video analysis software that has been praised by coaches around the world for its user friendliness. The software allows you to capture live video from a range of cameras, including high-speed cameras that provide up to 500 frames per second. The video analysis suite is equipped with every imaginable drawing tool, slow motion playback, video overlay and side by side comparison.

SWING CATALYST BALANCE PLATE

The Swing Catalyst Balance Plate adds an important dimension to golf instruction, and offers the user a “peek behind the curtain”. The Balance Plate, consisting of more than 2000 high-resolution pressure sensors, provides detailed foot pressure data, accurate pressure distribution, real time center of pressure (CoP) and CoP patterns. All elements that cannot be determined by the best trained eye or even expensive high-speed cameras. The Swing Catalyst Balance Plate data is perfectly synchronized with high-speed video images as well as with data from the most popular ball/club tracking devices.

  • Pressure distribution
  • Centre of Pressure (CoP)
  • Detailed foot pressure distribution
  • CoP patterns
  • Video synchronisation

Head Professional: Sophie Walker

Sophie first held a golf club when she was 18 months old thanks to her Dad’s consuming passion for the game. At the age of 13 she was playing for her county, Lincolnshire, and for England by the time she was 15.  During this time Sophie enjoyed some great successes, winning the English Girls Championship in 2000, the Daily Telegraph Championship in 2000 and 2001 and the English Girls stroke play  in 2002.  She progressed rapidly and joined the senior squad at 18, which coincided with starting Loughborough University where she gained a 2:1 in Sports Science and Management whilst also winning the  English Amateur Championships and representing England and Great Britain!

Sophie turned professional in October 2006 and has been playing on the Ladies European Tour for 12 consecutive years, competing in 33 countries.  She has played  in 6 Majors (5 British Opens and 1 US Open) and career highlights to date include: 2nd at the Scottish Open; 3rd Open De Espana; 13 top 10 finishes on Ladies European Tour; Playing in the British Open at St Andrews; Playing in the US Open at Shoal Creek Roehampton Gold Cup winner.

Sophie is fully trained in Foresight technology and personally taught swing catalyst by the renowned biomechanics professor, Dr Scott Lynn.  She has worked with many of the top coaches in the world such as Phil Kenyon, Karl Morris, Steve Peters, Faye Downey, Dr Scott Lynn,  David Ridley and has also played with the very best (Laura Davies, Annika Sorenstam, Lexi Thompson).   The key to my game is driving the golf ball, last season on the Ladies European Tour I averaged 83.57% fairways hit.

Sophie’s enduring appetite for golf is as strong today as when she started hence why, alongside her playing career, she started working at The Range.  She loves to share her many years of experience and knowledge to help others play to their best and get the most from each game.  She understands all the ups and downs of playing the sport from being a complete novice to a seasoned pro and everywhere in between.  Sophie Walker’s first question to students is always `What do you want? It’s about your game, I’m just here to make the ride more enjoyable and lower your scores`!

To book your golf lessons please email sophie@therange.uk.com