During the course of my work I get a chance to see lots of golf coaches. Some are good, some are ok and some are frankly poor. It is very rare that I come across someone who is outstanding. Yet I can say without hesitation that in my opinion Colin Brooks is one of the very few outstanding coaches in the UK today. His ability to look at all aspects of the game, his willingness to learn and his own personal playing experience mean that if you are really serious about your game you could do no better than put your future progress in his very safe hands.
Colin has been instrumental in the significant improvement seen in my game since I first met him over 10 years ago. During that time his coaching has transformed me from a golfer that struggled to break 80 to one who now consistently scores in the low 70's and one who has won his local clubs strokeplay championship twice in the last 5 years. Colin's approach to coaching is very much tailored to the individual and his ability to translate the technical aspects of the game into practical and easily understandable concepts is one of his key strengths. He also has a great ability to think outside the box as demonstrated by his solution to the problems I was having with my short game a couple of years ago. I haven't looked back since he recommended that I switch to putting and chipping cack-handed! The fact that Colin is now working with a number of European Tour players is testament to his ability and growing reputation.
I've been coached by the 'best'.... Harmon, Leadbetter and Cowan and still I was playing poorly. I decided to contact my old room mate from the tour, Colin Brooks. I knew he was making a name for himself as one of the best coaches around. We went back to basics working on my posture and my backswing. Even after the first lesson I could really feel the difference. Colin has given me my old swing back. He takes the time to work out the individual pupil and adjusts his coaching philosophy to get the best results possible. He has a great eye for the swing, a natural approach and a clever way of listening and getting his ideas through to even the most stubborn of brains. My confidence has returned and I feel I am hitting the ball better than ever. I am looking forward instead of back now. Thanks Colin.
After years playing golf, shooting scores in the high 90's, and forever searching for my balls in the right hand rough. I thought, like the majority of weekend golfers, I was destined to be a habitual slicer for the rest of my golfing life. However all that changed after a visit to the Braids Golf Centre where I read about Colin and plucked up the courage to book a lesson. I am sure like many other amateur golfers I felt a bit intimidated at the thought of booking a lesson with a PGA pro who coaches top players on the European tour, however I decided to take the step, and as a result my golf game has been totally transformed. Through Colin's excellent interpersonal skills, and extensive knowledge of the golf swing we went about rebuilding my swing and after four months the change was incredible, Colin articulated clearly and concisely exactly what I need to work on and after a few lessons I started hit the ball with a draw. Over the following weeks my scores also started to tumble. From previously shooting in the high 90's I found myself regularly shooting low eighties, then in the high seventies and once managed to shoot a 69, which was the best score of my life. So if like me, you want to improve and you are prepared to listen and practice what you have been taught, book yourself a lesson with Colin as I guarantee he will definitely take your game to the next level.
I first met Colin when I was 13 years old at coaching with the Lothians Golf Association. We didn't do much in the early days, just the odd group lesson in the winter. At the age of 16 and playing to a handicap of 2 i decided I needed a full time coach if I was going to reach my full potential. I travelled up to the Braid Hills with my father and we asked Colin if he would work with me. Colin agreed to take me on board and that very day we set out a 5 year plan with the ultimate goal of becoming the No.1 amateur in the UK and playing in the Walker Cup. Over the next few years the coaching became much more intense. I would have a lesson almost every week and we played many rounds of golf together. Every area of the game was covered in detail. Did I achieve my goals? Well just over 3 years later I won the silver medal at the open finishing tied 15th. My handicap was +4 and I was ranked the no 1 amateur in the world. I couldn't have achieved this without Colin's help and I can honestly say that he has played a huge part in my success as a golfer.
Colin and I have worked closely together since 2003, in which time I have made significant progress as a player. He has helped me with all aspects of my game from putting to driving. Things are kept nice and simple and I always leave a lesson with Colin having a really clear picture in my mind of what I need to work on to improve. In the last few years I have achieved my dreams as a blind golfer and this couldn't have been done without Colin's help.
I felt my game stagnating in 2008, I was hitting the ball poorly and my misses were going both ways which isn't good. I knew I had to do something to get back on track.
I met up with Colin in Las Vegas in December 2008. We spent 3 days working together. Straight away I liked what he was saying, he tried to get me back to hitting the ball with my body and not with my hands. That's how I always felt when I played my best golf. We also worked a bit on putting and short game, small things but I could feel the difference right away.
The results were good straight away. I returned home to India and won an Indian tour event with 19 under par. 2 months later I had my best finish on the European Tour 2nd in the Malaysian open. 2 weeks after that I won the Thailand open on the Asian tour.
Thanks to Colin my game is coming back. Its early days but I am really excited about the future.