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Mel Sole has 30 years experience teaching golf and is co-founder of Ritson-Sole Golf Schools, USA



Product Review

In future issues we will be publishing reviews of golf equipment, golf accessories and golf instruction books & videos. We intend to review products from a different perspective to other popular golf magazines that generally use only professionals. The majority of our readers are keen amateurs of varying skill levels and we feel that it makes sense to get the opinions of a similarly wide range of players when reviewing products. The results experienced when using a product recommended by a professional are likely to be somewhat different when the same product is in the hands of a mid- or high-handicapper. This week we'd like to introduce the man who is heading up our review team.

Mark Pursey, PGA Professional

Mark Pursey is a PGA qualified golf professional employed by Laguna Golf & Country Club as Golf Consultant & Teaching Professional. Most of his coaching is carried out at Amarilla Golf in south Tenerife but he often plays a "teaching round" with his students at other local courses.

He turned professional in 1980 and embarked on the five year PGA training course whilst working at a sports center in Brentwood, Essex, UK. On becoming PGA qualified, Mark moved to Germany where he taught for a season at Golf Club Oberfranken. He came to Tenerife in the winter of 1986 and was present at the beginning stages of the island’s emergent golf industry. "I saw there were exciting possibilities and challenges here and was fortunate to be offered the position of resident professional at Golf del Sur where I ran a golf school and driving range".

During that time he worked with the highly respected John Jacobs, former Ryder Cup player and captain, who currently teaches Jose Maria Olazabal. Jacobs is well known in the golfing world as an influential teacher who pioneered teaching videos and instructional books.

Mark enjoys teaching, whether it is a fellow professional, a low handicapper or a complete beginner although he gains most satisfaction from teaching complete beginners and developing them into accomplished players. Mark says, "the nice thing with a beginner is that they are like a blank page without faults so I am able to guide them and instill the correct thought processes and develop the muscle memory needed for a good swing".

An indication of Mark’s effective teaching methods is that most low handicappers in the south of the island have sought his advice at some point.

"I feel very fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to live and work in such a warm and friendly environment and look forward to seeing the continuing development of golf in the south of Tenerife with more and more people enjoying playing this wonderful, sometimes frustrating, game called golf. I am delighted to be working with Golfing Weekly which will also give me the opportunity to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with golfers all over the world".

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Golfing Weekly is pleased to have Mark Pursey as a pivotal member of the team. Apart from leading the review team Mark has also promised to contribute to our Golf Tips section from time to time.



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