To first have an interest in golf;
My dad having an occasional game on a Sunday at a random municipal in Stoke, I remember vividly laughing out loud at one of his friends hitting a pure top with the ball popping up and landing in exactly the same spot!
Serious inspiration to begin playing;
The Masters, Augusta National 1996. Need I say more? The images of the course alone were breath taking, but the tension and the excitement of seeing Nick Faldo overcome a six shot deficit over Greg Norman was the catalyst for me to become hooked.
How did I start;
A Junior set of golf clubs for Christmas, with junior coaching sessions at my nearest golf club Leek Golf Club with legendary club professional Peter Stubbs. A few months of group coaching with Peter and I joined the junior section... gradually became a half decent player and eventually realised I could be quite good at this! The dream of becoming a golf pro started to become apparent.
Players who have inspired;
Nick Faldo as mentioned, obviously Tiger Woods, now I have a big admiration for Ian Poulter and Robert Rock whom both qualified as PGA Professionals before climbing through the golfing tours to their current status.
Sean Foley has an incredibly good approach to how he coaches his clients, using philosphy and understanding the pupil, being able to communicate clearly and genuinley help the golfer in question. What he says is true, there are no revolutionary swing theories, every coach copies or takes ideas from those before him, so being well read in coaching theories, psychology, and how to coach effectivley sit high in my coaching agenda.