Sandy has worked with and alongside some of the best players and coaches in the world. These include, David Leadbetter, Peter Cowan, Denis Pugh, Nick Faldo, Gary Player, Steve Elkington and many more.

Why Coaching?

Whilst I enjoy giving quick fix lessons to people who are in need of instant help, I much prefer building a longer lasting relationship with my clients. This way it can be more beneficial to the player who can expect longer lasting patterns of play and better results. By acting as a team with players, showing regular support and encouragement I feel I can really hit home my message and improve the golfer as an all round player.

  • An initial diagnosis of areas of strength and weakness with goal setting plan.
  • Email/Text video of coaching sessions
  • `practice plans` with drills to work on between sessions
  • Telephone and Email support
  • V1 app with ability to send video of swings to Sandy for analysis/feedback
  • End of season review of progress

This includes talking through an initial goal setting plan. There after depending on how intensive you would like the lessons to be, I have various rates noted below to suit all levels of golfer. I recommend all established players to take time out for coaching every 2-4 weeks. This ensures that we are always building, monitoring and improving areas of weakness whilst maintaining areas of strength.

Lessons will cover:

  • Golf Fundamentals
  • Swing Basics
  • Short Game
  • Long Game
  • Course Management
  • The Golfing MInd
  • Putting

Our Staff

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Sandy Smith - Head PGA Professional

I am currently the head professional at Ladybank Golf Club and was formerly the Head Professional at The Gleneagles Hotel. My passion for golf relfects through my teaching with the aim to improve a client's ability allowing them the enjoy the great game of golf instantly. I have had the opportunity to work along side some of the greatest coaches and players in the world. These include David Leadbetter, Pete Cowen, Denis Pugh, Nick Faldo, Gary Player, Steve Elkington and many more. Ensuring that I have satisfied all my client’s needs is my upmost priority during a lesson. I deliver tailor-made sessions with the long-term objective in mind; therefore the client aims for the lasting solution over the quick fix. I base most of my coaching around ball flight and how it an be inproved or trajectories changed, resulting in instant progress. A holistic approach is used to achieve this. Whilt at The Gleneagles Hotel I was able to introduce the concept of golf and the internet by setting up the internet golf academy in conjuction with V1 interactive frontiers. It not only was the first of its kind in Scotland but allowed Gleneagles to capitalise on a truly global market. I continue my coaching of county, international and several professional players whom are on various different tours.

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Andrew Cooper - PGA Professional

Growing up in Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Andrew enjoyed many sports from a young age. But it was golf that became his great passion. Inspired by watching the leading players of the era, Andrew’s dedication to the game led to considerable early success in county and national events. Andrew’s love of the game led to his decision to pursue a career in golf, joining Newmachar Golf Club in 2001 and becoming a fully qualified member of the PGA in 2004. He was appointed Head Professional in 2006. During his career, Andrew has enjoyed helping thousands of golfers to improve. His clients range from beginners to elite players and across all age groups. He has also provided group classes for many corporate clients, including BP, Aker Solutions and Schlumberger. Helping golfers improve has always been Andrew’s main professional focus, and in 2017 he established his own coaching business, based at Newburgh-on-Ythan Golf Club, Aberdeenshire. In 2019 he moved back to Perth and is now based at Ladybank in Fife. When not helping fellow golfers improve, Andrew enjoys competing in PGA events. Away from golf, he enjoys music and reading, and spending time with Eileen, his wife, and their two children, Finlay and Lois.


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