TEE IT UP: Tough week ahead at Le Golf National...

Johnny Foster (left), Michael Hoey and Chris Gallagher (right)
Johnny Foster (left), Michael Hoey and Chris Gallagher (right)

In the first of a weekly column, JFGA Academy coaches Johnny Foster and Chris Gallagher take a look at the world of golf.

Last week on the European Tour we saw Pablo Larrazabal win the BMW International Open. 
His ever impressive short game helped him over the line to grab his fourth victory on the European Tour.

Pablo Larrazabal winner of the  BMW International Open

Pablo Larrazabal winner of the BMW International Open

It was also a great week for JFGA student Michael Hoey who finished T7th.

A confidence boosting result going into this week’s French Open.

This week’s venue, Le Golf National is a notoriously difficult layout.

A tight, tricky golf course will test the players to the maximum.

It could be argued that it will suit a strategist such as Graeme McDowell, who has a proven record around here, winning in 2013 and 2014.

If we had to pick two players we think will perform this week?

Firstly, we’ll go with Thongchai Jaidee, a man in form whose game will suit this layout.

Secondly, Eddie Pepperell, a proven performer on tough golf courses with a win surely round the corner.

On the Challenge Tour, JFGA student Chris Selfridge finished T10th in the Scottish Hydro Challenge, getting him into this weeks AEGAN Airlines Challenge in Germany.

In the amateur game, young JFGA student Tom McKibbin is making a splash in the States, winning the Junior PGA Championship and finishing 8th in the Future Masters Tournament in Alabama.

His tireless work ethic and professional attitudes seem to be paying dividends.


An integral part of the golf swing is a consistent tempo. It could be described as the oil which greases the moving parts in your golf swing.

At the JFGA, one of the most common problems we see amateur golfers struggle with is an inconsistent rhythm to their swing. In an attempt to propel the ball as far as possible, they often lose balance and coordination, leading to an inconsistent result.

A great drill to get the feeling of a smoother and more consistent tempo is to swing a six or seven iron with your feet together.

This adjustment in your stance will limit your balance and will force you to soften your tempo.

Try hitting some shots with the feeling that your head is the centre piece and that you smoothly swing from one side of your head to the other, all whilst maintaining your balance.

Next time you practice, try this little drill and you will start to feel a smoother, controllable rhythm to your swing.

Thanks for reading. If you would like to find out more about the Johnny Foster Golf Academy please visit www.johnnyfostergolfacademy.comto view details on our coaching offers and summer junior camps. Until next time...